Diane Pendola is the author of The Lioness Tale and creator of the Lioness Tale Prison Project. Her radio show “The Lioness Tale: Awakening the Liberating Spirit” first aired on VoiceAmerica Talk Radio. As with Diane’s work in prisons, the podcasts aim to awaken us to the liberating spirit that lives at the center of each of our lives. With the help and expertise of her guests, Diane guides the listener into a process of self-inquiry and discovery. Utilizing principles from a variety of traditions, the imprisoning bars of addictive patterns are unlocked and the doors to a new life open.

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Podcast #1 — Wednesday, May 6, 2009 — The Power of Storytelling

Hal Zina Bennett is a master story-teller and a much sought after writing coach. On this show we will be reading and discussing the foreword to The Lioness Tale. Hal volunteered to write the foreword after he discovered the unpublished manuscript in a rustic cabin during a stay at Diane’s retreat center. The story of Lioness addresses issues of living under difficult, even despairing, circumstances.

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Podcast #2 — Wednesday, May 13, 2009 — Self-Remembering

On this show I will be introducing the Enneagram and discussing the meaning of essence and the higher states of being— Love, Perfection, Freedom, Hope, Origin, Omniscience, Faith, Sobriety and Truth— from the Enneagram perspective. In The Lioness Tale, when we speak about self-remembering we are referring to connecting with these essential states of being, and embodying them, actually re-membering them.

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Podcast #3 — Wednesday, May 20, 2009Love, Serve, Remember

During this episode Teresa Hahn will be reading the first third of the book “the Lioness Tale” for our listeners. We begin with the lyrics from our theme song: “Why have you come to earth? Do you remember? Why have you taken birth? Why have you come?”

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Podcast #4 — Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Enneagram: A Path to Freedom

Stanford psychiatrist, David Daniels, brings his years of experience as an international teacher of the Enneagram to this conversation with the author of The Lioness Tale, Diane Pendola. David Daniels, with Helen Palmer co-founded the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP), where Diane and David first met. David has continued to be a source of support for Diane’s work with the Enneagram, particularly through his book The Essential Enneagram which has just been newly updated and revised.

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Podcast #5 — Wednesday, June 3, 2009 — Mirrors of Our Soul

During this episode Teresa Hahn will continue reading “The Lioness Tale” for our listeners. You will remember that in the beginning of our story, our Lioness remembers who she is at the level of her soul, of her true nature. But with traumatic wounding she loses contact with that Truth and begins to identify with a limited view of herself which is only confirmed by the narrow view of her fellow captives and those who guard them.

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podcast #6 — Wednesday, June 10, 2009 — Mothers Behind Bars

We welcome Jo Chapman to our show for a conversation about incarcerated mothers and the devastating effects on their children as well as society at large. Jo agrees that The Lioness Tale is representative of the stories of these women and the deep grief surrounding the loss of, and separation from, their children.

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Podcast #7 — Wednesday, June 17, 2009 — The Power of Purpose

Ken Hartman is one of those exceptional human beings who are a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit. Serving a life sentence in a California State Prison, his story is a mirror reflection of the story of The Lioness Tale. He found that even here, in this monstrous world of razor wire, concrete walls and prison bars, he could wake up and choose his own path.

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Podcast #8 — Wednesday, June 24, 2009 — Before Evil Was, I Am

During this episode Teresa Hahn will conclude reading “The Lioness Tale” for our listeners. The book concludes with this triumphant declaration of inner freedom by Lioness: Before Evil was, I Am! We recall that when Moses was called by God to lead his people out of slavery and exile he asked God what name to use when speaking on God’s behalf to the people. Moses is told, “Tell them, I AM sent me.”

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Podcast #9 — Wednesday, July 1, 2009 — The Journey Inward

Today we address the profound importance of breath and present-centered awareness in our journey inward toward liberation. Christine Stewart Price has been Diane’s teacher in this form of active meditation since 1994. Gestalt Awareness Practice (GAP) is a Practice of Presence and being with ‘what is’ in a spirit of kindness, what Chris chooses to call a spirit of “Aloha”.

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Podcast #10 — Wednesday, July 8, 2009 — Creating a Healing Society

“While we are accustomed to thinking about the impact of trauma on the individual, most of us are unaware of the dramatic effect that unresolved trauma and difficult life experiences have on society and the world,” so says Susan Lawrence, MD, founder of The Catalyst Foundation and author of “Creating a Healing Society” and guest on today’s show.

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Podcast #11 — Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Chronic Pain and Addiction: A Way Through

Human beings experience imprisonment in many ways. For some, the sense of inner bondage is a result of debilitating physical pain. Dr Howard Kornfeld is a specialist in the area of chronic pain and addiction medicine. Though not all chronic pain sufferers become addicted to the medications prescribed for alleviation of their pain, addictions can develop.

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Podcast #12 — Wednesday, July 22, 2009 — Adverse Childhood Experience

In a detailed study of over 17,000 middle-class Americans, called the ACE study, it was found that the intensity of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), directly effects the quality of physical and emotional health, as well as greatly increases the risk of addictive behaviors, in adulthood. Dr. Vincent Felitti, MD is a co-Principal Investigator in this collaborative research project between Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and the Centers for Disease Control.

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Podcast #13 — Wednesday, July 29, 2009 — The Wounded Healer

On this program we will be focusing on the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual growth through the lens of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) experience. GLBT people experience imprisonment in ways that are unique, either through their own internalized self-rejection or through the cage of familial, societal and religious homophobia and intolerance. On this show we welcome Enneagram teacher and Catholic priest, Jake Empereur, who has written on the subjects of the Enneagram and spiritual direction as they relate to GLBT people. …

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Podcast #15 — Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
The 12 Step Model of Recovery and Awakening

Awakening is at the heart of 12 Step programs. In order to awaken we need to surrender to a power greater than our egos, our personalities and our attempts at control. In 12 step language, we surrender to God— as we understand God. I think of the 12 Steps as the basic structure of a mature spiritual practice. You can surrender to your Buddha nature, or your Christ nature. You can surrender to a Truth greater than your own version of truth. …

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"When did you know that we weren't on the margins but at the center?" The question felt poignant. It came from one of the women in our LiT-uPP core group as she looked up from reading a book that held a chapter on The Lioness Tale Prison Project. I knew the lines she was referring to because I had written them...

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