The Soul Seekers with Ellen Podcast

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Welcome to the souls seekers podcast, with me your host, Ellen Shilling. This podcast will explore ways to bring more meaning, connection, purpose and joy. We will have chats about menopause, grief, trauma, pilates, self care and more but most of all it’s just me having chats with people I really really admire.

I believe that everyone has a story to tell and in that story there lies wisdom and inspiration for us all, so as you listen to a speaker talk about their struggles or how they got themselves out of a situation this might reflect your own and you might be motivated to make the changes that you need to make. Or you might just have a giggle with us as we chat about our experiences.

Either way I hope that this podcast brings you a feeling of connection, an understanding of yourself and a few laughs along the way.

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Podcast Transcriptions

All episodes of the podcast will be transcribed and posted here, making the content more accessible and so that you can read through all the wise words shared by my wonderful guests!

Just click on the title below to access the transcriptions 

Season 1: Episode 1 - Anna Frankland of Reform Pilates .

You can listen to the episode here

Some of the things we cover are:

  • Dealing with the inner conflict – staying at home v’s pursuing a career
  • How two screaming babies in a bassinet on a long haul flight lead to one of the biggest decisions of their lives
  • Client story – Pilates can inspire you to go for a promotion!
  • Pilates builds self esteem, Anna and her team help you to change your perspective to focus on what you can do
  • Annas definition of success meant she said no to a opening a second studio
  • Her tips for work – family balance – “You can do anything but you can’t do everything”
  • Surrounding herself with the right people
  • Sometimes success is letting go
  • Modelling self-care for your children and not modelling the pursuit of goals

Anna Frankland of Reform Pilates

And thank you Linda McGann for the wonderful music

Season 1: Episode 2 - Caroline Meade of ItsTimeForMe

Access the transcription here

Our chat in the big blue chair was so inspiring that I found it hard to cut anything out and so I didn’t! Some of the highlights are:

  • Journey from Law to Wellness via a pack of her granny’s tarot cards.
  • Why not to go to a tarot card reader
  • No “one size fits all” when it comes to wellness and healing
  • Perceptions of who we are as “healers”
  • Dispelling the myths – I have a spiritual life = I have a happy life,
  • How to find your intuition – and you know where it is. 
  • Looking for answers “outside of myself” 
  • Losing her Dad as she was going through IVF and during COVID
  • How to read the signs from the universe.
  • Her journey to conceive – and it’s not what you think! 
  • “I had to turn into a b1tch to be heard”: loosing her voice during IVF.
  • Getting a positive COVID test and negative pregnancy test on the same day
  • The peace she found during the 4 weeks as she was miscarrying.
  • We talk about relationships, manifesting a partner or anything you want into your life.  
  • To surrender does not mean you have to give it up, how wanting something so much might keep you stuck.
  • Sometimes your intuition leads you away from the thing that you wish for only to bring you back again


Caroline Meade of ItsTimeForMe

And thank you Linda McGann for the wonderful music


Season 1: Episode 3 -Mindfulness

This is a short mindfulness practice for you to use to rest after a busy day, let go of stress and drift into a peaceful evening. 

Season 1: Episode 4 & 5 -sharon Lawless

Part A – Adoption stories and how she moved from managing nite clubs to producing documentaries

Imagine this: you are 19 years old and you become pregnant. You’re sent to a private nursing home to have your baby and one day after giving birth you see a couple arriving, something about them makes you suspicious. Shortly after you are told that you have one night with your baby boy after which you re forced to give him up for adoption. You spend the next 50 years looking for him.

This is Tressa’s story, listen to find out what happens. Sharon Lawless of Flawless Films shares her story of how she came to make Adoption Stories , the people she met and the shocking legislation that stopped people from finding their families.

Part B – Death & Dying

During this chat we talk about a very popular subject 🙂 Some of the topics we cover:

  • The worst thing to say to someone who is grieving
  • What she learnt from death
  • The people she interviewed in the Hospice
  • How to support someone who is grieving
Plus whats next for her – A 1950’s Irish icon – rally driver, model and dress designer, oh and yes she was a woman! 

Sharon Lawless of Flawless Films – producer of Adoption Stories, The Killing of Father Niall Molloy and Inside the Hospice.

And thank you Linda McGann for the wonderful music

Season 1: Episode 6 -Dani Sheil

“Letting go is a huge part, because I think we’ve all taken on so much. And every time we have a little bit of a gap in the schedule,  you think –  I’ll just make a phone call, or just, send an email or I just send a text or whatever it is,. Next time – Why don’t I just sit in the garden and look at my flowers instead.”

 I think if you can do something to pull yourself away from your mind and into your body, it’s a good start. 

 What if everything you have right now was already enough?

 We’re all different and if you can hone in and find your authentic itself, then you can reach the people who resonate with you

Dani Sheil is a long time friend, Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness expert, Coach and so muc more. She is full of insights, wisdom and fun! 

Check out her retreats, classes and workshops here – Dani Sheil Yoga

And thank you Linda McGann for the wonderful music

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