525. Vicki Woodyard

Vicki WoodyardVicki Woodyard is a spiritual writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she graduated from The University of Memphis, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and Psychology. She is a meditator, a webmaster and has a lifelong interest in the spiritual path. Her late husband, Bob, died of multiple myeloma in 2004 and they lost their only daughter to cancer when she was seven.

This equips Vicki to write about her path in an honest and humble way, opening the reader’s own heart to what is worth living for. The light of her path is tinged with humor as she lays down the bottom line and invites you to consider what YOU are living for. Awakening is but a dream until you sink into the heart. When you are caught in the dream, it just means you have temporarily forgotten. Vicki’s writing, as Elsa Joy Bailey says, “serves as a bookmark to help you find your place again. The website is a way into what is. Vicki’s writing catches one off-guard, waking people up to their mortality and infinite being at the same time…”

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You can find out more about Vicki at her website or friend her on Facebook.

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded November 16, 2019.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump with Vicki Woodward
  • 00:05:26 – Suffering and Spiritual Awakening
  • 00:11:04 – My Introduction to His Teachings
  • 00:15:03 – The Short-Term vs. Long-Term Perspective
  • 00:18:45 – The Bus Stop and Digging Deep Wells
  • 00:22:38 – Finding Balance Between Extremes
  • 00:25:56 – Capturing Wisdom in Short Sutras
  • 00:29:35 – Gathering Energy
  • 00:32:59 – The Journey to Wholeness and Simplicity
  • 00:36:28 – True Resting and Putting to Rest
  • 00:39:35 – The Gentleman Teacher
  • 00:42:47 – Cracking Open the Ego and Humility
  • 00:46:15 – Dreams and Destiny
  • 00:49:43 – Meeting the Hawaiian Guru
  • 00:52:59 – Synchronicities with John Ramsey
  • 00:55:47 – Synchronicities and Spiritual Coherence
  • 00:59:05 – The Experience of Self
  • 01:02:18 – Finding Humor in Tragic Times
  • 01:05:49 – Being Conscious in Daily Tasks
  • 01:09:28 – Suffering and Consciousness
  • 01:13:16 – Overcoming Agoraphobia and Social Anxiety
  • 01:16:47 – A “What Me Worry” Approach
  • 01:19:48 – Manifesting Grace through Leaps of Faith
  • 01:23:09 – The Grace of Christmas Dinner
  • 01:26:53 – The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes
  • 01:30:35 – The Intensity of Spiritual Practice
  • 01:34:26 – The Power of Consciousness and Grace
  • 01:37:42 – The Journey of an Ordinary Spiritually Awakening Person
  • 01:41:27 – Finding Wholeness in Life
  • 01:44:56 – The Art of Going Deep
  • 01:47:39 – Closing Remarks