Where we have been together over the last year.
To connect with Chidimma:
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* IG: @thetypeahippie
* FB: www.facebook.com/typeahippie
Rachel Bertner is one of those people that makes you want to be a better version of yourself not only for your community, but for yourself. She's definitely a member of the badass brigade and has allowed her pain to cultivate her passion with working with other survivors to empower them on their path of recovery as well as the perpetrators of sexual assault via the healing therapeutic practice of yoga and other modalities.
Anna Feagans is quite honestly one of my favorite people - and we haven't met yet! Her spirit is one of survival and she has an authenticity that many wish they had. Her heart is open and she loves being of service to others. Her devotion to the traumatic brain injury (TBI) community is beautiful and inspires many.
Anna is no stranger to surviving. She is actually well acquainted with it. On January 31, 2006 she hit rock bottom from years of drug abuse and has been clean for almost 12 years. Day by day she has found her sobriety and doesn't normally talk about the years she's been clean but sticks with the mantra of "today I'm clean". Then in March of 2013, doctors found a 4 cm tumor on her right frontal lobe and after a craniotomy and removal of said brain tumor she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Anna believes in the deep healing of breath, laughter, hope and as a 500hr certified instructor, the practice of yoga. She relies heavily on her faith and the power of laughing in midst of pain, suffering or trials that come with survival. After years of digging into the hard spaces and sifting through what works and what doesn't she is just now discovering what her "new normal" is. She believes in the process, not the outcome; the journey, not the destination. She is now on that beautiful, but painful journey of discovering who she is beyond her survival and learning to thrive with kindness, love, laughter and grace in the midst of it.
To Connect with Anna:
To donate to Grey Matters of Southwest Missouri:
Grey Matters of Southwest Missouri exists to provide education, support and financial assistance to those in the Southwest Missouri area impacted by brain cancer, tumors, and other brain traumas.
59 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Racism, Yoga, the State of the Union & #BlackGirlMagic (Maythinee Washington)
Maythinee and I connected over laughs because a woman was convinced I was here. Friends, we look NOTHING alike. We're both beautiful, yes. We both teach yoga, yes. And we're both women of color (WOC), yes. She is multiracial with longer, wavy hair and I'm Nigerian-American with jet black tightly curled hair that is short. These are some of things we talk about along with the state of the Union, activism, advocacy, privilege, racism and sexism amongst other things.
Maythinee's bio: Coming soon!
To connect with Maythinee: Coming soon!
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Noah Levine is one of those people that puts you at ease when you're in his presence. If you look at him and formulate an opinion without actually speaking to him, you will likely regret your decision. He's a friend to many and I enjoyed speaking with him and look forward to connecting with him in person over tea at a coffeehouse at the beach. He's thoughtful, kind, determined, humble and spiritual AF.
Noah was a young man embedded in a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties.
As with many self-destructive kids, Noah's search for meaning led him first to punk rock, drugs, drinking, and dissatisfaction. But the search didn't end there. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society.
Fueled by his anger and so much injustice and suffering, Noah now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion.
Noah is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions.
Noah currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Noah is the author of Refuge Recovery and Dharma Punx.
Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.
Refuge Recovery is a systematic approach to training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming. You are entering a way of life that may be familiar to some and foreign to others. In the beginning some of it may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and some of it is. But you will find that with time, familiarity and experience, it will all make perfect sense and will gradually become a more and more natural way of being.
To contact with Noah:
* Twitter: @_RefugeRecovery
* Website: www.refugerecovery.org
57 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Ethical Fashion, Social Justice & Sseko Designs (Liz Forkin Bohannon)
I knew that Liz and I would immediately connect and I was correct. She's an amazing human and her laugh is contagious. She goes deep and it's clear that she loves humanity.
Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko Designs enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko Designs has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to over 50 women in East Africa.
To connect with Liz:
* Instagram: @ssekodesigns
* Twitter: @ssekodesigns
* Facebook: www.facebook.com/ssekodesigns
* Website: www.ssekodesigns.com/chidimma_ozor (if you're not connected with a Sseko Fellow); if you are connected with a Sseko Fellow, please connect directly with them.
56 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Spilling the Tea with the Pastors (Gina Pollard & John Pavlovitz)
Having a conversation with GP and JP was beyond phenomenal. Gina Pollard is sweet and spicy and the spiritual leader you want in your corner when life gets lifey and John Pavlovitz, the Pastor of the Resistance, inspires action through his writing and pushes the reader to extend themselves to contribute to healing and working on behalf of humanity.
Both are my spiritual mentors and it was a joy and gift to listen and learn in their presence.
Gina Pollard is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and a Life Transition Coach. Her focus is in helping people deal with grief and loss, past abuse issues, and moving into new life stages. Her experience in leading Mending the Soul abuse support groups, and providing pastoral care gives her a deep understanding what it means to feel deep pain, need a glimmer of hope, and do the work to have a fulfilling life.
A self-described “hope junkie,” Gina loves to journey with others, helping them to validate the whole of who they are in the world and in their lives. Gina earned her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. In addition to her coaching and recovery practice, she also works at Fuller Seminary Arizona helping to provide spiritual formation for seminary students.
John Pavlovitz is a writer and pastor from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past three years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse audience of millions. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John's mission is to help the Church become a more compassionate, loving environment for all people. His first book A Bigger Table, was released this month (October 2017).
To connect with Gina:
* Website: www.ginapollard.com
* Facebook: Gina Pollard
* Twitter: @GinaPollard
* Instagram: @ginadpollard
55 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Talking About All The Things (Shari Berga, Jennifer Fultz & Maiko Greenleaf)
I have not yet met these brilliant women, but I know that it's going to happen. We met because of our love for social justice and empowering others and have been able to really connect on a soul level. On this episode, we discuss social justice, politics, the 2016 presidential election, intersectionality, racism, sexism, gender and more.
Bios and social media handles to come.
**NOTE** This podcast episode includes adult language, be aware of little people who may be listening.