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The Art of Living Well Podcast®

Aug 25, 2021

We are so excited to welcome today’s guest, Lisa Whalen.

Lisa Whalen has a Ph.D. in postsecondary and adult education from Capella University and an M.A. in creative and critical writing from Hamline University. She teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Her debut book, Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope, has received advance praise from eating disorder specialists, literature professors, and horse trainers.

Her memoir, Taking the Reins, is in the process of submission for publication. For more information about it, refer to her Upcoming page.

In her spare time, she rides horses and volunteers at the Animal Humane Society.

On today’s show, we hear how a lifetime of trying to be perfect lands Lisa in the psych ward at the age of 29.  She shares how her eating-disorder treatment set her on a path towards health, but ultimately her progress stalls until she meets 10 special horses who teach her to face her fears, trust her intuition, live in the moment, and love her body.  

We also dive into how contact with animals can be therapeutic outside of a formal animal therapy program. We hear about how animals can ground us in the present moment, provide unconditional acceptance and help us heal from life's challenges. 

This episode is filled with so many fantastic tips and strategies for people that may struggle with perfectionism, body image or depression. 

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