Trying to change the external world (bending a spoon) to achieve happiness is a fool’s game; authentic transformations are an inside job. Join Renegade Life Coach Stephen Ladd for a bite-size, deep dive exploration into how your mind works, the meaning of (just about) everything, and maybe even a glimpse of your true nature. Frustrated spiritual seekers and worn-out personal development peepers welcome. Come on in, the water’s fine.

Note: It is suggested that you listen to this podcast at normal speed – CTFD (Calm The F*** Down) – there is no rush, nowhere else to be and nothing to do.

Podcast Episode One – WTF is There is No Spoon?

Bending spoons with your mind is a trick. The mind itself is a magician, of sorts, and a talented one at that.

In this episode we’ll start to sniff around the entrance to the rabbit hole and ponder on:

• The Inside-Out Understanding
• The Matrix
• Keanu Reeve’s filmography (Dude, it’d better than you think!)
• Authentic Freedom
• Being Swell and Staying Bendy

Podcast Episode Two – Save The Wigglies

Not all who wander are lost… but I was lost as shit.

In this episode we’ll wander through my backstory and ponder on:

  • My courageous yet misguided Hero’s Journey
  • NLP, EFT, CBT and other 3-letter acronym techniques
  • The No-Step Path
  • Insightful Understanding
  • Being Swell and Staying Bendy

Podcast Episode Three – Adult Teddy Bears

“A teddy bear will give you love. A grizzly bear will give you a mauling. Some bears aren’t just the same.” —Anthony T. Hincks

In this episode we’ll weave our way through the following menagerie of topics:

• Furry Fetishes and Consenting Adults

• The Origin of All Bad Feelings… and the Good Ones, Too

• The Art of Pondering

• Time Travel

• And One More Piece to the Puzzle of “How Things Work”

Podcast Episode Four – Your Fecal Colored Feelings

“Poop jokes aren’t my favorite, butt they’re a solid number two.”

In this episode we’ll bumble our way further down the rabbit hole and ponder on:
• The F-word (Feelings) and just a bit into the other F-word (Feces)
• What Feelings Mean… and What They Don’t
• Positive Thinking Fatigue
• Why Awareness is King

Podcast Episode Five – The Three (Non) Steps to Less Stress

“My shrink told me that my happiness was stress related.” – Richard Lewis
 
In this episode we’ll invite stress over for a cup of tea and get cozy with it, and ponder on:
     • The True Origin of All Stressful Feelings
     • The Great News… and Some Potential Bad News
     • Your Psychological Immune System
     • Scab Picking and Doing A Whole Lotta Nothin’ 

Podcast Episode Six – How To Make Love Stay

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”  – Tom Robbins
 
In this episode we’ll cuddle up to Cupid and ponder on:
     • The True Origin of Love
     • Tips and Tricks for Keeping Love Captive
     • Urinating Out of Windows
     • Rumi and Kafka on Love & Ecstasy

Podcast Episode Seven – Let Go or Be Dragged

“The Gulf Stream will flow through a straw provided the straw is aligned to the Gulf Stream, and not at cross purposes with it.” -Anne Lamott
 
In this episode we’ll meander together for a bit and ponder on:
     • Is “Letting Go” an Action Verb
     • Leonard Cohen’s Crack 
     • Accepting the Unacceptable
     • Alignment, Surrender and Rebirth

Podcast Episode Eight – On Being Heavily Meditated

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
 
In this episode we’ll distort ourselves into crossed-legged lotus posture and ponder on:
     • Potential Traps of Meditation Practices
     • The Ever-Elusive State of a “Quiet Mind”
     • Silent Retreats (STFU!)
     • Tea-Bagging Cranky Zen Masters

Podcast Episode Nine – On Being Calm & Confused

“George Washington was in a cult, and that cult was into aliens, man.” — Slater (Dazed & Confused)
 
In this episode we’ll calmly discuss confusing stuff and ponder on:
     • Putting Wasabi on a Hot Dog
     • The Beauty and Opportunity of Being Calm and Confused
     • How to “Listen Naked” Without Getting Arrested
     • Why I don’t Care if You “Get It”
 
Note: It is suggested that you listen to this podcast at the normal speed. — CTFD (Calm The F*** Down) — There is no rush, nowhere else to be, and nothing to do.