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46 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Ep. 62:High Expectations: From Pain to Healing w/Christine Benjamin (Veteran & Engineer)
Listen as Christine Benjamin shares her journey to healing by listening to her inner experience. The body speaks to us and learning its cues can transform your life. Christine is a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force, Engineer, wife, mother of three, and caretaker. Along with medical professionals, here are some resources that have been helpful to her journey.*As always, please consult a health professional to discuss your personal well-being. This podcast and resources are not meant to be medical advice. https://www.facebook.com/fasterchanges/ https://www.weightreleasewithcarla.com/?fs=e&s=cl https://www.facebook.com/rgrubb66 https://www.youngliving.com/us/en/referral/30028367
50 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
EP.61:The Cost of Freedom w/ Entrepreneur TJ Osby
TJ Osby, a veteran, and entrepreneur, shares his personal story of trauma. He sheds light on the raw truth of war, the desire to heal, and the gifts he is able to impart with others. Bridges Home Health Care LLChttps://www.virginiasbdc.org/bridges-home-health-care/Veteran Resources:https://www.maketheconnection.net/resources/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-IHXsJje-AIVC4_ICh2iqQ4_EAAYASAAEgJxDPD_BwEMental Health Resources:Per NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health)Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest emergency room.National Suicide Prevention LifelineCall 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En español 1-888-628-9454 Use Lifeline Chat on the webThe Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis service available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects people to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.Crisis Text LineText “HELLO” to 741741 The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.Veterans Crisis LineCall 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
49 minutes | May 17, 2022
Ep.60:Mindfulness & Healing w/Oneika Mays, LMT, E-RYT
Oneika Mays shares her journey and gets vulnerable about the complexities and beauty of the human experience. From deep wounds to incredible triumphs - she highlights the process of inner transformation that is liberating and empowers one to thrive.Oneika Mays (LMT, E-RYT) transitioned to yoga and meditation from a 20-year career incorporate retail leadership over 10 years ago. Oneika used that experience to support socialjustice non-profits and teach meditation/yoga inside jails. Today, she is the first MindfulnessCoach at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. At Rikers she works one-on-one with communitymembers in a therapeutic setting. Sessions are a combination of modalities and are infused withcompassion. These sessions help people foster resilience and agency. She believes that ourjustice system needs to focus on transformation and restoration rather than punishment. Thisidea of liberation and compassion is woven into her work whether it’s in a jail, speaking toaudiences, or teaching meditation. In addition to teaching meditation and yoga Oneika facilitatesworkshops and training centered around resilience, liberation and compassion. She believesthat meditation, movement and mindfulness practices can forge a path to freedom.
33 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Ep. 59:Forgiveness Heals
The process of forgiveness can be difficult. However, the benefits of moving through the process are liberating and healing.
37 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Ep.58: Building Resilience w/Dr. Addie J. McCafferty
Adversity, challenges, and setbacks are inevitable in life. However, how we have the ability to be resilience in our lives and encounter difficulties gracefully. Listen in as Dr. Addie J. McCafferty talks about “building resilience”. Dr. Addie J. McCafferty, affectionately known as “Dr. Addie”, is an MSW Field Education Associate with Capella University’s Social Work Program. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership from Trident University International. Her MSW from the University of South Carolina (USC) advanced standing program and her BSW from Limestone College. She is licensed in two states as an LMSW (SC) and an LGSW (MN). Dr. Addie is a transformational leader who focuses on empowering individuals through her social work experience. She has worked at USC on a national research project called Center for Adolescents Research in Schools (CARS) as a consultant in which she trained school counselors and psychologists on how to implement the intervention of the research project. She is the CEO of A.J. Consulting, LLC in which they contract services with community mental health organizations to administer behavioral modification to children who are struggling with success in the classroom. Also, she worked as a counselor/outreach coordinator at the Hinesville/Ft. Stewart Ga satellite office of the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire in Savannah, Ga. Dr. Addie is the executive director of her internet TV show called: Wisdom Breaks with Dr. Addie and the author of Livin It Up Wholly and Beyond Betrayal: Standing in The Midst of Adversity, both of which can be purchased on Amazon. She has earned a reputation as a dynamic catalyst for change in learners, individuals, and families seeking to expedite the journey along the path towards self-sufficiency. Dr. Addie’s insightful lectures/speeches are seasoned with humor, compassion, and personal candor. She opens the minds of her learners and challenges their thought processes with documented research and real-life examples. Dr. Addie translates psychology and human behavior into everyday language that enables individuals to transform their lives and helps change the path they take in the quest for knowledge, sustainability, dignity, and hope.
52 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Ep.57: Creating Community & Its Impact on Personal Development w/Kasia Kedzia, International Professional & Community Building Coach
We all desire a place to belong and connectedness. Listen in as Kasia Kedzia discusses how to create community and its impact on our personal development. International Development Professional and Community Building CoachOver 15 years of experience in International Development performance management, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building. Has lived overseas and adapted well wherever she landed, building and growing her communities wherever she went. Passionate trainer and mentor. Dedicated to helping high-performance individuals grow in their faith and take action toward creating communities that feel like family. A community that helps them get more done with a lot less doing to live life to the full, unburdened, filled with peace & joy regardless of circumstances. Kasia believes that the community done right makes each individual stronger, without shame, to show up as their most authentic self. The individual voice rises in the collective. She's risen through many significant challenges and still created this type of community everywhere she's gone, she now shows the way to others. To learn more about one on one coaching you can contact her via LinkedIn or DM her on Instagram: @stronggirlforlife www.linkedin.com
78 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Ep. 56:Critical Race Theory w/Ted Williams III & Matt Tebbe
Critical Race Theory in America is a prevalent topic evoking great emotion and controversy. Is our individualistic culture a barrier to understanding and critical thinking that can bring forth unity and prominent change? Excited to have previous guests:Ted William IIIProfessor, Performing Artist, & Influencer of Changewww.tedwilliamsiii.com FB/Youtube/LinkedIn Ted Williams IIIIG @ChangespeakerMatt Tebbe Pastor at The TableCo-Planter l The TableCo-Founder l Gravity Leadershipthetableindy.orggravityleadership.comSuggested Books:Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repairby Duke L. Kwon & Gregory ThompsonCaste: The Origins of Our Discontentsby Isabel WilkersonThe 1619 Project: A New Origin Storyby Nikole Hannah-Jones
24 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
What external factors are causing you stress? Being able to identify those areas is key. Listen in to get tools that empower us to cope with stress.
20 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
When fear grips us, it is natural to feel overwhelmed. However, we can face our fears and learn tools to work through them and to trust.
68 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Ep.53:The Journey to Healing Shame w/Robin Weidner CTP & Life Coach
Shame is a painful emotion that can render us powerless and keep us trapped in unhealthy cycles. Understanding shame and trauma is key to the process of healing. Robin Weidner helps us recognize shame and how grace, vulnerability, and more empower our lives and bring true healing and connection.Robin Weidner is a Certified Trauma Professional and Life Coach, serving clients in the areas of Creative Recovery, Spiritual and/or Trauma Recovery, and Marriage Coaching. She is the author of four highly-acclaimed books including Secure in Heart, Eve’s Song, and Grace Calls: Spiritual recovery after abandonment, addiction, and abuse. Robin and her husband Dave have traveled around the world teaching grace-based discipleship, sexual purity, security, and trauma. Alongside her husband Dave, Robin helps to lead the Purity Restored Ministry. Married for 41 years, Dave and Robin have 3 children and two grandchildren. Enjoying an active life in Idaho, Robin enjoys creating healing art, hiking, riding her bike, and stand-up paddleboarding.To learn more about Robin's books, go to purityrestored.com. For more information on coaching or speaking, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Ep.52:The Gift of Self-Awareness
Many of us are naturally are immersed in our life and/or the lives of those around us. We can easily lose our sense and awareness. Listen in and discover the benefits of pausing and accepting the gifts that come from self-awareness.
25 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Ep.51: Tips for Connection
We are designed for intimacy and connection. Interpersonal traits, discernment, and more are key to identifying healthy people.
56 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Ep. 50: Trauma In The Church
Description: Trauma and Complex trauma can be difficult to understand. In the church, when we don't understand trauma or know how to heal, we perpetuate more harm and pain. Listen in and gain insight into healing and God. Bio:Kyle Spears is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Nebraska. He works in private practice at the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska utilizing EMDR in working with Complex Trauma, PTSD, and DID. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he works to help heal marriages and complex family issues. He also specializes in helping men with trauma, masculinity, and depression. Last year he started a YouTube channel and a podcast and has a website where people can go to get resources for issues that relate to trauma and theology. Kyle is currently working on his first book that will provide a basic understanding of trauma to equip both ministers and members. He is also working on a book with Michael Burns called “The Big Lie” that will address the aspect of racial and intergenerational trauma. Kyle was baptized as a senior in high school and has been a disciple for almost 20 years. His wife Kristi works as a Physician Assistant specializing in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Together, they are raising their son Shea Christopher who is 2 years old and Kristi is due to give birth to their second child Amya Renee in December.
34 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Ep. 49:Now Is The Time w/ Swadesh Sharma, Entrepreneur
More than ever, people are re-evaluating their careers and lives. Swadesh Sharma shares his story about stepping out on faith and pursuing his passions. There is nothing more amazing than living the life we are designed for! Listen in and be inspired!Swadesh Sharma - After 22+ years within the pharmaceutical industry at Covance, Novartis, Allergan, and J&J, Swadesh took a leap of faith to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship. Leveraging his background in operations, team building, and science/technology, Swadesh has been able to "pay it forward" by supporting other entrepreneurs and those wanting to take the leap to realize their potential and their network to follow their passion.
34 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Ep.48: Embrace the Process w/Dario Santana, Program Analyst & Veteran
Dario Santana shares his story and the importance of continuing the process to heal from trauma. As a man of faith, a family man, and a Marine veteran - he discusses getting help and making a difference in the lives of others.
35 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Ep.47: Little Big Changes
As humans, we experience little and big changes that influence our lives and those around us. Change can be sudden, organic, self-determined, or even forced. How we navigate it, though, can be transformative!
33 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Ep.46: Why We Need Hope?
Hope is powerful in our lives! It can bring us out of dark places, transform us, and change our lives -even save it!
24 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Ep.45: Blind Spots
Are there areas of your life that are not in clear view? Is your view blocked or distorted? Having blind spots are not always bad. Rather, they can be opportunities for growth.
57 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Ep.44: Intersection of Creativity & Healing w/ Entrepreneur & Artist Vanesa Simon
Vanesa's Bio:I am a visual artist, specializing in pattern drawing in ink.I am the founder and owner of Mariposa Arts; whose objective is to make creativity accessible to all communities as a healing tool.Being a cancer survivor, I found refuge in writing, drawing and photography during and after treatment. I became painfully aware at the lack of creative resources offered post cancer treatment. This began a passion project and in 2017 I piloted a program called Healing Through the Arts, to offer creativity for healing to cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.One of my goals was to offer it at no cost to participants, because during a time when the sole focus should be on getting well, cost should not be an impediment. This type of healing, using creativity, should be accessible to all of us.I presently continue to grow and coordinate this program through a partnership with the Delaware Art Museum, local organizations and with the help of a generous grant. Our workshops offer participants ceramics, grief drumming, watercolor journaling, Zentangle© and painting classes. In March 2019, I became certified to instruct in the Zentangle Method. I love to share the ease and joy of this art method, especially when it is focused in learning a meditative drawing practice for wellness.I am proud to be involved in my local artist community through working as the Director of Lumina Arts Incubator and cofacilitating an Artist’s Way Creative Cluster.I serve on the Delaware Shakespeare Board of Directors, and I am an active member of the Development Committee for their organization.I hold a Creative Catalyst Certificate, a program from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This program equipped me as an Artist Leader, Innovator and Entrepreneur. (May 2021)I am so pleased that the virtual nature of our world in 2020 afforded me the opportunity to work with Carla Rey and the international artist collective Instantes Graficos, based out of my home country, Argentina. I have learned techniques working with Artist’s Books using many different mediums and book making methods. I explore themes of social justice, issues relating to immigrants and my healing journey. My books contain elements of writing, pattern drawing done in ink and photography. In January 2021, the collection Yo Creo, Todxs Somos Unxs made with this artist collective was exhibited at 1/1 Caja de Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Three of my artist’s books were presented and sold at this year’s Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair in NYC.Contact: email@example.comFollow Vanesa Simon on Instagram @vanesamariposaarts. There you can see all that she is up to with Healing Through the Arts program with the Delaware Art Museum, Lumina Arts Incubator art shows and virtual programming and see her artwork.The next Artist’s Way Creative Cluster will start in September. It is free, will be held virtually and open to all!Visit https://artistsforjoy.org/theartistsway to register.We are also looking for potential partners in the US & internationally to train to facilitate their own local Artist’s Way creative clusters.
31 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Ep.43: Are You On Defense?
We often go on the defense when we feel unsafe. Today’s episode discusses some psychological defense mechanisms that are commonly used for self-protection.
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