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Calming the Chaos

Calming the Chaos is a podcast by Licensed Mental Health Counselor Tracy Kenela. She uses profound and often humorous stories from her own life to illustrate how chaos can show up, and how emotional it can be! Anxiety, depression, fear, worry, shame and overwhelm can be managed using a variety of simple tools, skills and techniques. Tracy uses her experience as a counselor and her own personal work to provide you with hope…as well as some simple coping techniques, support and encouragement... that will help you move toward a more peaceful and enjoyable life.

Apr 9, 2021

Finding Meaning Through Chaos

Calming the Chaos welcomes Francie White, Ph.D. and Maria Rippo, M.A. onto a Live YouTube Show on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1pm PST. We will talk about how painful and chaotic experiences can help you find meaning in life, and can prepare you to better cope with life’s challenges!

  1. The goal: To help people see
    1. That we have a deficit of meaning in our lives
    2. Because we lack meaning in our lives, we have more chaos in our lives
    3. How can we find a meaningful life that has purpose and value?
    4. How finding meaning can calm the chaos
  2. What do we mean by “Meaning?”
    1. What draws you in, makes you excited, fills you with passion
    2. A sense of purpose, awe and wonder, inspiration at heightened levels
  • There is a deficit / “Crisis” of felt-meaning amongst people in our culture (The collective)
    1. “When you lack meaning in your life, this is what happens.”
      1. Empty, lonely and lost
      2. Without direction, faith or hope
  • Escape from the self that has no meaning or purpose
  1. Reaching out for shallow sources of meaning
  1. A solution (among individuals and the collective)
    1. Create more meaning in your life
    2. Feel like your life has purpose
  • Sense your own unique value in life
  1. Share your talents, strengths and gifts with others who are struggling
  1. Francie’s Story of how she moved through chaos and found a meaningful life
  2. Maria’s Story of how she moved through chaos and found a meaningful life
  • What can all of us do to find meaning, raise consciousness, shift the paradigm, and increase better manage our lives:

TED Talk #1: Emotions and Meaning: Dr. Alan Watkins, founder of Complete Coherence, introduces the key phases of human development and explains why poor emotional control is holding back progress. He asks us to imagine a world where we never have to feel anything we don’t want to feel; where we have complete control of what we feel and when we feel it. He also has an app called Universe of Emotions where you can track your emotions and change them. Check out the talk here:


TED Talk #2: Michael F. Steger is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. He has spent more than a decade researching people's ability to find meaning in their lives and the benefits of living a meaningful life. In his talk, he asks the question "What Makes Life Meaningful?" and will share what psychological science can tell us about the answer.

Iain Mcgilchrist TED Talk:

Iain Mcgilchrist Interview Transcript:

“The Divided Brain” book by Iain Mcgilchrist: