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Losing Our Religion
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Losing Our Religion with host Zac Gandara is a wild often comedic ride alongside a community of diverse humans each seeking their desired life and ideal experience away from the dogma and exclusivities they may have been raised to believe.
 
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Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Chögyam Trungpa, the founder of Shambhala, a form of Tibetan Buddhism, believed that religion and modern-day entertainment were created for those wanting to distract themselves from themselves. What do you think? M ...…
 
Remy is back! We're talking about things we grew up nerding out about and how it has affected our lives. Topics are ranging from racism, activism, and the struggle of wanting to be nomads in a world of teams. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Remy Guts Music CONTACT THE GUEST: MESSAGE ZAC FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 203: Music, Relationships, Bullies, an ...…
 
Have you ever felt like there is a glass ceiling hanging over you? Is it stopping you from stepping out towards your dreams? What is that? How do we get rid of it? Are we a victim waiting for a savior? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: No books to reference today. CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreligion.org SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Narcissistic abuse plagues us long after we recognize the damage and break off the relationship. Are you doing things that are sabotaging your life without knowing it? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 9 Things People Don ...…
 
Remy Guts and I sit down to talk about a broad spectrum of life. Being bullied, learning in our relationships, and growing up. We close the episode with some music from Remy! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Remy Guts Music CONTACT THE GUEST: MESSAGE ZAC FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 203: Music, Relationships, Bullies, and Growing Up: Remy Guts LOSER DEAL ...…
 
One of the downfalls of losing your religion is you often lose your coping mechanisms that came along with it. Even though they may have been unhealthy, can you reincarnate them to be better tools for your health? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreli ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. The words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase "In God, we trust" on the back of a dollar bill haven't been there as long as most Americans might think. Perhaps we never were a "Christian" nation ...…
 
Dexter didn’t grow up with “religion,” but he did grow up in an immigrant family thankful for American Capitalism. We continue to talk about his life philosophy, and he makes me feel a little better about American Capitalism. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Rashomon: The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the per ...…
 
After leaving religion or cult-like ideologies, we often feel bad for needing aspects of them again. We should feel free to go back and pick up the rituals that revive us. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreligion.org SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: We C ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. We often ruin current and future relationships by emotionally blaming our partners for the past trauma we feel coming up from inside of us. Can we stop doing that? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Psych Alive: What is yo ...…
 
Dexter didn’t grow up with “religion,” but he did grow up in an immigrant family thankful for American Capitalism. We talk about this belief, his why, and his life philosophy. CONTACT THE GUEST: TALK TO ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 201: We're Free! Kind Of: Dexter Tang LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Self-Emplo ...…
 
A fellow Loser writes in to vent about their Christian boss who gives hugs but doesn’t pay a livable wage or provide healthcare for his employees. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreligion.org SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: The Health Insurance and Gree ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. After I left Christianity, I realized that post conservative dogma; I hadn’t changed much in terms of my mentality of “Us Vs. Them.” I was now just in a different boat; I was now in the liberal boat. Can we truly l ...…
 
We've been asked to lay down our lives for our jobs, our religions, churches, communities. We're even programmed to believe that if we don't, there is something wrong with us. Today's guest Liz had given their life to Burning Man until it just asked too much of them and they had a breaking point. CONTACT THE GUEST: TALK TO ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW ...…
 
“Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful,” McKrae Game said. Game is one of several former conversion therapy advocates who have come out as LGBTQ and condemned the practice of conversion therapy. So many leaders live dualistic lives have you seen it in your world? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: USA TODAY ARTICLE: Conversion the ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Professor of Psychology at Villanova University and author, Dr. Patrick Markey talks about whether or not video games are the cause of school shootings. We jump on their conversation of Moral Panic that is interest ...…
 
Liz had been searching for community, family since she was a teen coming out of a tough situation at home. When she found Burning Man, she thought she had found it, until… CONTACT THE GUEST: TALK TO ZAC GANDARA FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 199: Searching for Something We Already Have: Liz “Mostly” Gozza LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks Online an ...…
 
We are often are most harsh critics, and when we perceive that we mess up on something we can get into a cycle of beating ourselves up over it. How do we break this cycle? How can we become more compassionate with ourselves? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing today but you can call or write in! CALL IN: 206-395-5608 WRITE IN: zacg@losingourreli ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. As we grew up, our feelings and emotions were often suppressed by authority figures and parents. So many of us don't know healthy boundaries in dealing with our, and other's emotions. "While we work through our fee ...…
 
This episode is a repeat of 000, but it had so many downloads we made it a "Best Of!" It's hard to believe how far we have all come and how much has changed since my (Host Zac Gandara) story posted four years ago this month. I am grateful that my story and the stories of hundreds of others have been so wonderfully therapeutic for us all to hear ...…
 
Ed calls in to share his experience with stoicism and even going back to church with his parents. Tricia writes in and wonders if it’s time to end Facebook after being triggered by family members improper scriptural hermeneutics and interpretations. “Why am I doing this? Why do I care? I don’t believe any of this anymore.” MENTIONED IN THIS EPI ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Growing through our traumas is hard. Changing is hard. Realizes that we have issues is hard. What is the answer? Is there one answer? Do I need to bring my inward change outward? This stoic thought is something to ...…
 
This episode is a repeat of 006, but it had so many downloads we made it a "Best Of!" Taylor Hughes grew up with the childhood dream of being a Magician. Religion detoured that dream as he got wrapped up into the American Evangelical Mega-Church world. After a trauma filled exit, PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks, he continues to heal and is ful ...…
 
Transitions in this life are really hard. Death, divorce, job changes, job loss, breakups, moving, how do we make it through these tough changes and overcome the anxiety and often depression. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 10 Ways to Make It Through Your Life’s Transitions By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: How to Make it ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. So many of you sent me this article, Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole. I knew I had to address it. Thank you for sending it! It has been a reminder to me of how vital the work of our podcast is. It a ...…
 
This episode is a repeat of 160, but it had so many downloads we made it a “Best Of!” Mak is an ExMormon, Exvangelical, Empath who has done a lot of work within herself. She's full of wisdom beyond her years and feels therapeutic in her communication. We talk about her story, her past, and her present. CONTACT THE GUESTS: FOLLOW MAK ON INSTAGRA ...…
 
Fellow Loser Lilith posted this clip, "If You So Christian Forgive Me" from DL Hughley discussing his challenge with Christian Conservatives and their allegiance to Trump. He brings up some good points, particularly about racism and The Satanic Temple. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: DL Hughley - If You So Christian Forgive Me SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MEL ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Sometimes we feel trapped. We feel trapped by our past decisions, by our relationships, by our government, by our…whatever. We feel freaking trapped. Maybe there’s a different perspective, and maybe there’s not. Th ...…
 
This episode is a repeat of 138, but it had so many downloads we made it a “Best Of!” Sarah Quinn is a beautiful human with a beautiful misfit soul. We connect amidst the impression that we wasted our lives on our addiction, religion, Christianity in particular. Is our past something to be frustrated about or something that serves us? CONTACT T ...…
 
Many of us grew up in religions, ideologies, or families that didn't allow the embracing of our humanity, our emotions. We were taught to suppress them with positivity, or not to engage them at all. Here is a healthy alternative. Let's talk about it — Thank's Loser Laird Young for sending this in. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Danger in Fake P ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. I’m a fan of Duncan Trussell. So I listened to Episode 1313 of the Joe Rogan Experience with him. He went on a beautiful tirade about human suffering, the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, Self-Deception, and the work ...…
 
Vee Chattie is a Sex Worker with an upbringing in the Vineyard Church. This episode we talk about their sex worker career while laughing at the jokes that come from Vee’s former Christianity. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Vee Chattie Instagram FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 198: I am the Sex Worker Robin Hood!: Vee Chattie LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks O ...…
 
Many of you sent in this CNN article about Joshua Harris, the author of the book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” He is getting divorced and no longer calls himself a Christian. That book hurt many of us; let’s talk about it. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Joshua Harris, a former pastor who wrote relationship book, says his marriage is over and he is no ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Fellow Loser Brian sent in an article. Capitalism is destroying the Earth: We need a new human right for future generations by George Monbiot. We take a look at it and put it in the critical thinking machine. MENTI ...…
 
Vee Chattie grew up in Florida in the Vineyard Church. A neo-charismatic movement within evangelical protestant Christianity. At an early age, they started questioning the faith. Vee is a sex worker by day and a comedian by night. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Vee Chattie Instagram FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 197: Sex Worker by Day, Comedian By Night: Vee C ...…
 
Fellow Loser Austin writes in while he’s sitting in church. The Pastor is talking about homosexuality and Austin, shaking, wonders if he’ll ever be accepted. Is he crazy? How can he cope? SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Will I Ever Be Accepted? How Can I Cope?: Zac Gandara "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people want ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. A Fellow Loser sends in a Big Think video featuring Kurt Andersen talking about how the Christian Right has seriously harmed the perception of science American politics. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Fantasyland: How ...…
 
An empath is described in SciFi as a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual. Strangely, psychologists use this term as well. I think therapy happens when they talk, let's find out. Jess is an empath, mom, and band manager. She grew up and survived hardcore domestic abuse and came out ...…
 
Fellow Loser Nick, calls in to talk about his new position at work, wondering if it’s possible to work alongside difficult people and lead them while not being difficult himself. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Dealing with Difficult People (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series) by Harvard Business Review,Tony Schwartz, Mark Gerzon. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. I once was told that the only things we have control over are our thoughts and energy/effort. I have since added our focus, and time to the list. What do you think? Do you agree that we have control over these thin ...…
 
Jess is an empath, mom, and band manager. She grew up and survived hardcore domestic abuse and came out of it functioning, healthy, happy, and successful. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Jess McMahon - MatrixFlex Management MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE ...…
 
We get emails or messages from fellow Losers every week sharing with us what the show means to them and how it’s helping them. It’s past time that we hear those emails on the show. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life by Caleb Wilde SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: The Mail Bag: Thoug ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. In life, transitions are inevitable. We can’t avoid change. It comes for us no matter what. Change often happens when we decide to heal our traumas when we learn how to care for and love ourselves — taking on the t ...…
 
Chris and Christina Sellers married at a young age were both raised in American Christianity. Their sexualities oppressed and suppressed by the dogma of religion; now they're both finding healing after infidelity and vaginismus. This is their therapeutic story. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Contact Christina Sellers Contact Chris Sellers MENTIONED IN THI ...…
 
A fellow Loser sent me to the new Adam Conover podcast Factually! On it he chats with the founder of Invisible People, Mark Horvath conducts intimate, groundbreaking interviews with people experiencing homelessness. With these interviews, he is educating the less empathetic in hopes of us having a better future together. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISO ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. We dive into five philosophies to get an overview of some schools of thought to add to our critical thinking toolbox — Nihilism, Existentialism, Stoicism, Hedonism, and Marxism. Also, fellow Loser Jennifer calls in ...…
 
Chris and Tina fell in love as teenagers in a Christian Mega Church. As they’ve deconstructed their past faith together, they realized how much the suppression of sex through purity culture in Christianity not only stifled their sex life but almost ruined their relationship. In this episode, we talk about how to recover your sex life after reli ...…
 
Former show guest Lillith Starr posted this article “How the concept of forgiveness is used to gaslight women.” It’s a perfect meltdown for those of us who have been silenced and been gaslighted because we were hurt. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: How the Concept of Forgiveness is Used to Gaslight: Zac Gandara: Sophia King "You own everything tha ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. A fellow Loser wrote to tell me about Esther Perel on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. I loved it. Then my therapist mentions Esther Perel to me, encouraging me to watch her TED Talk. Here is an excerpt from her e ...…
 
We're back with our Atheist friends Colleen and Rebecca. We get into a conversation around communal liturgies, having community, the connection of all things, the benefits of religion, and what fills the void of religion when we leave. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Richard Rohr - Franciscan Monk on a Universal Christ with Pete Holmes Trekonomics: ...…
 
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