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110 – Traveling the Light Path with Monika Black

“The whole system was created to keep you distracted onto a battlefield. You could not have been put on this wonderful journey called life to fight. That could not be what we are here to do.” ~Monika Black 

What do you get when a leadership maximizer and the Wounded Healer get together to discuss light and shadow, happiness and shame? A roadmap to joy and an invitation to claim your agency, naturally! 

Besides being an amazing human, Monika Black, PhD., is a positive psychology expert who’s shifted to coaching, a space she says allows her to live and lead with authenticity.

Pick an -ism (capitalism, racism, sexism, colonialism) and drill down to its essence, to the core of shame and pain. That’s where adherents to and victims of the dark -isms find themselves, existing in the shadows. The -isms take away individual agency and force victims to work from a deficit. 

Monika sees her role as a guide out from under dark power structures. 

“I can’t dispel the shadows,” she said, “but in the light, they are irrelevant.” Her words read like a mantra and, in many ways, that’s Monika’s work distilled to its most vital and pure sentiment. She’s here to show her clients how they can address the shadows and ultimately reclaim the gifts of inner lightness and joy.

For complete show notes and links to connect with Monika, visit http://www.headhearttherapy.com/podcast.

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EP 324 Must Politics Be War?

https://www.kevinvallier.com/books/must-politics-be-war/

Tribalism is the term that has entered our political lexicon as we attempt to define the raucous, contentious political phase we have entered in this country.  That seems dangerous for a society that is built on the the ideals of fairness, justice and liberty.  All of which would seem to require that we trust each other enough to settle our political differences in an amicable fashion. After all, America hangs together, as a society not built on ethnicity, on the adherence to those values.  Kevin Vallier, professor of philosophy and author of the book ‘Must Politics Be War?’ is challenging us to restore our trust in the open society.  He shares thoughts on overcoming the cynicism and callowness of our politics and offers the nearly discarded notion that you don’t need to share strangers’ ideology in order to trust them. And in the spirit of this episode, imagine that increased diversity as our society is now experiencing need not correlate with a decline in social trust.  Let’s think about this as we enter this highly charged political season and see whether we still have the ability to reason together because more things work about our politics than are broken. Is that even possible? It’s, at least, worth a shot.  Expect an unconventional conversation over the next 30 minutes.

EP 322 Reparations for Slavery: An Idea That’s Too Late or Whose Time Has Come?

https://manishasinha.com/

Reconstruction interruptus.  It is of the great untold stories in America history.  Lincoln was shot and what died along with him was the hope and promise that America could make things right for so many who had contributed to the economy of the nation, but could not partake in its rewards.  Through a long 100 year period of Jim Crow leading to hard won civil rights legislation in the 1960’s, it’s hard to calculate the economic injustices still visited upon blacks in America.  The costs have been apparent in housing, education, employment and the gaping disparity in net worth between the races. So as the question of reparations comes up again, primarily as a result of author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article in ‘The Atlantic’ in 2014, and conversations begin swirling around it, many questions about necessity and plausibility are raised. History Chair at the University of Connecticut, Manisha Sinha, weighed in on the subject in the ‘Wall Street Journal’ recently.  We reached out to discuss this issue with some historical record so everyone is clear that modern history, including our own, has made accommodation to groups upon whom grave injustices were visited.  So, has the time come or passed for some form of recompense to take place?  Listen in and consider the matter in context.

EP 319 Income Inequality is Real, But What’s the Real Cause?

https://news.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/267938/roots-income-inequality.aspx

Our guest, Jonathan Rockwell, is the principal economist at Gallup, so he’s crunched all the numbers and is prepared on this podcast to debunk a lot of the conventional thinking about the real causes of income inequality in America. And the reasons may not sound like the usual suspects trotted out by political leaders in our country.  Democrats often lay the problem at the doorstep of greedy corporations, while Republicans often point to immigrants, trade and general lack of individual motivation and effort as the culprits.  In his weighty analysis of the problem, Jonathan Rothwell makes a compelling, and empirically arrived at, argument that longstanding racism and unequal political and institutional power lie at the root of the matter.   He explains the make-up of the one percent, and some may surprise you, and the disproportionate rewards that accrue to them because of their professions and not their genes, intelligence or work ethic.  Unconventional thinking abounds in this episode.              

#42 Cheslea Higgs Wise Live at the CSZ Theater

Chelsea Higgs Wise, MSW is a clinical social worker and experienced facilitator who specializes in connecting people from different walks of life to create equitable communication strategies. Chelsea is an experienced advocate and inclusion educator who consults with a wide range of organizations, campaign narratives and events/activities to achieve outreach results in local districts. Chelsea is passionate about dialogue & deliberation for attitudinal shifts and evolving structural approaches specifically aimed toward racial justice and gender equality.
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#40 Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
Advocacy For LGBT Inclusion & Equality

Rabbi Moskowitz was assigned secular, then identified as ultra-orthodox for twenty years, and now embraces a religiously non-conforming identity. He has the cultural competency and language to translate beyond the words of the text and to hear the intentionality in the rabbinic voice speaking for social justice and inclusivity.
Rabbi Moskowitz has three ultra-orthodox rabbinic ordinations. He spent a decade in the largest yeshivas in the world and studied the entire Babylonian Talmud. He founded and headed a kollel – a sacred think tank, served as a rabbi at Columbia University, and of a congregation in Harlem. Rabbi Moskowitz explored academic Talmud at Yale and at Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is currently completing a Doctorate in Hebrew Literature. As one of the leading thinkers at the intersection of trans issues and Jewish thought, he is a sought after lecturer, educator, and researcher.
Buy his book Textual Activism on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Textual-Activism-Rabbi-Mike-Moskowitz/dp/1798034506/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Mike%20Moskowitz&qid=1567184828&s=gateway&sr=8-1
https://www.rabbimikemoskowitz.com/

When Therapists Have Lived through Suicide Intensity — Deep Insights on Helping the Suicidal Person: Interview with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal

Do mental health providers’ own personal histories with suicide impact their interactions with and attitudes towards people experiencing suicide intensity? What happens when clinicians disclose their own suicide attempts to the public or to their clients? Does an “insider’s view” help a therapist to be more of an ally than an adversary? In this interview Dr. Stacey Freedenthal and I explore these questions as we have an in-depth conversation about her deep insights in helping the suicide person.

About Dr. Stacey Freedenthal
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Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is a tenured faculty member at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work where she teaches Suicide Assessment and Interventions, Assessment of Mental Health in Adults, Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice, and Social Justice Challenges in Mental Health Practice. She writes poignantly and powerfully about suicide. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, contains evidence-based instructions and advice for assessing risk, planning for safety and helping the suicidal person to build hope, coping skills and reasons for living. She has written more than 70 articles for her website SpeakingOfSuicide.com, a blog that has received over five million visitors since 2013.

Freedenthal started her journey working in the field of suicide prevention in 1994, when she volunteered at a suicide hotline. Subsequently, she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. She held clinical positions in psychiatric emergency settings before returning to school to earn a PhD in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. Before Freedenthal became a social worker, she worked as a journalist for The Dallas Morning News. for more information go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/hope-illuminated-podcast/48

Meanwhile on Earth – Selections – A Poetry Reading by Joseph S. Fusaro

From my books ‘Letters to the Universe’ up until ‘Andromeda’ I was doing a lot of soul-searching. I was trying to find out who I was. I was trying to make any sense that I could out of the things I had went through in my 20’s. I finally knew in my head that I wanted to live, I just didn’t physically feel that way. My earlier writing was a product of my seclusion and meditation. Although it was more positive than my schizoaffective and panic-driven-manifesto days, it was still very ungrounded. Yes, I was aware and hopeful, however I was not very present and still felt like I was watching my days pass away from afar. I was the third-person omniscient narrator of my story, and it was boring always knowing what was going to happen. With ‘Meanwhile On Earth’ I decided to take a break from the spiritual and visit this wonderful place called Earth. It was my attempt at coming back to myself. And when I got back I was very surprised that the talk of the town (more the talk of the internet) was sexism, racism, lies, and fear. Even the people that claimed they were there to serve, were really just serving up fear. Damn, I thought I’d be coming back to a place of peace, love, and understanding? It was with ‘Meanwhile On Earth’ that I realized why so many people like myself ran away to a journal to get lost deep into the mind. It felt a little safer in there. “Meanwhile on Earth, I don’t want to hear another word.” Meanwhile on Earth is available on Amazon at http://a.co/d/bZyWaiH

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