Soul Forge Podcast
Time Capsule Unboxing - 94

Time Capsule Unboxing - 94

March 28, 2019

The unboxing of my time capsule of first year university memories. After my first year of school in 1995-1996, I boxed up a bunch of stuff I thought would be significant. I haven't opened the box in 23 years. On this episode, I take everything out, and tell the story of each item. There is no real message or moral to this episode. It's meant as a fun look back at who I was. Following is the list of things found in the time capsule box. Listen to the episode to hear the stories...

Time Capsule Items:

  • Coors Light beer can
  • Alberta Pure Vodka cup keychain
  • star shaped candle holder
  • NU keychain squeeze light
  • condom holder
  • small rock with a face on it
  • Crown Royal velvet bag with bottle inside
  • assorted pens
  • frosh week hat
  • ID holder
  • Toronto Blue Jays jewelry
  • book of matches
  • metal mind teaser puzzle
  • friendship bracelet
  • student handbook
  • fireworks glasses
  • Juicy Fruit gum
  • random papers, notes and phone numbers
  • pub night flyer
  • baseball ticket stub
  • holographic hockey card
  • course schedule
  • Ken Griffey Jr baseball card
  • personality test drawing
  • beer coaster
  • floppy disk
  • happy birthday card
  • Valentine's Day card
  • telephone hook-up receipt
  • Nova Scotia quarter
  • Looney Tunes pogs

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Wait, What. . . Water? - 93

Wait, What. . . Water? - 93

March 21, 2019

Water is life. You wouldn't think we could make an entire episode about water, but Deidre is back to show us how it's done!

Water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients.

We are not talking about the hydrologic cycle, the boiling point, or the fact that water turns to ice by freezing backwards in relation to how everything else freeezes.

8 glasses a day? The Canadian Food Guide says so, but Deidre thinks we should double that amount, depending on how age and activity level. Water activates our cells, keeps us healthy. We are all dehydrated. Lack of water is responsible for our migraine headaches, high blood pressure and cancers. We're also eating too much processed sugar - but there are alternatives.

Coffee! Drink 2 glasses of water for each cup of coffee. Double that for sugary soda pop type drinks. There's a fun bit of humour about triple fisting.

Plastics are everywhere. In the oceans. In our bodies.

Farting. The best way to tell if kids are dehydrated is through fart odours. The worse the smell, the more water is needed.

Our bodies know what they need to stay healthy. Weeds are only weeds because we are not using them properly. Make yourself some dandelion tea!

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Fun With Existential Loneliness

Fun With Existential Loneliness

March 14, 2019

This week’s Soul Forge Podcast deals with, you guessed it, existential loneliness. What is that? Good question! It is the fundamental basis of human life, or human existence. But, we are having fun with this deep, dark topic. We are not dwelling on the morose. This is a fun episode about something not so fun. Loneliness is something we all experience and can relate to. In this episode, we are going to cover the types of loneliness, and tell personal stories relating to each type.

Existentialism is the philosophical study that begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual.

Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people. The causes of loneliness are varied and include social, mental, emotional, and physical factors.

Existential Loneliness is a new concept in existential philosophy and psychology. This sense of emptiness and void is really a problem within each person, not a lack of meaningful relationships.
However, existential loneliness is deeper than either (1) the absence of a specific person we love or (2) the lack of any meaningful connections with others. Because existential loneliness is so easy to confuse with problems of love or problems of having no relationships, we might spend a few years of our lives struggling with existential loneliness using methods that are appropriate only for interpersonal loneliness.

To be happy, we need intimate bonds; we need to be able to confide, we need to feel like we belong, we need to be able to get and give support. In fact, strong relationships are key — perhaps the key — to a happy life.

Of course, being alone and being lonely aren’t the same. Loneliness feels draining, distracting, and upsetting; desired solitude feels peaceful, creative, restorative.

7 Types of Loneliness

1. New-situation loneliness
2. I’m-different loneliness
3. No-sweetheart loneliness
4. No-animal loneliness
5. No-time-for-me loneliness
6. Untrustworthy-friends loneliness
7. Quiet-presence loneliness


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Jealousy or Envy - 91

Jealousy or Envy - 91

March 7, 2019

We look at the ideas of jealousy and envy. Recent comments and observations have prompted the hosts to discuss their feelings in regards to these emotions. Thus, we have the ideal topic for this week's podcast episode.

Jealousy generally refers to the thoughts or feelings of insecurity, fear, concern, over relative lack of possessions. It can consist of one or more emotions such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness or disgust.

Envy (from Latin invidia) is an emotion which "occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it"

After listening to several recent episodes of Soul Forge, co-host Tracy is feeling inadequate. Recent guests, Deidre and Stephanie were eloquent and intelligent and well-spoken. Tracy feels as though she lacks these qualities.

Heather (a guest on several episodes) sends us a text with her thoughts and feelings on this topic.

As we get deeper into the subject we ask ourselves if envy comes from our poor life choices. Do we see in others what we failed to achieve in our own lives? As such, Shawn discusses his ongoing envy of his friend's lives. Yet, we can only see so far into other people's situations. Are we, therefore, jealous or envious of perceptions?

It's possible to use envy and jealousy in a positive manner. We must look inside ourselves, recognize what we desire from others, and strive to create it for ourselves.

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