Rhea Komarek

Get out There and Serve, Watch Your Life Change, with Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany serving in the field with Soles4Souls

Tiffany serving in the field with Soles4Souls

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Last week's podcast broad me to laughter, and this week's brought me to tears.  It's essentially like having a service trip experience right from my home as the depth and breadth of human experience through story sweeps through my heart.

Tiffany Johnson shares about her journey from her career as a professional singer and performer to a volunteer and eventually full time employee of Soles4Souls.  Her story is rich in what happens when we're willing to listen to the innate calling of our soul, as well as the wisdom of what life itself is telling us through the circumstances that point us in a particular direction.

Speaking to her was so poignant for and she shares a story of a woman's life that touched her deeply in Honduras.  She brought me to tears, both in the way that her relationship with the woman was able to ultimately help her, and the plight of so many women around the world who suffer for opportunities like we have so readily available to us in the United States with birth control options as well as the support needed in the case of unwanted pregnancies that are out of the control of the women themselves.  You will hear us talk about how this woman chose tubal ligation that was being offered to her in the village, but what you won't hear is why this is so important.  After we finished our conversation in record mode I brought up a story about a woman I have cared for in poverty that needed this option due to rape that was occurring.  This is when she shared that the woman in her story needed this option because her husband was hiding her birth control and so she kept getting unwanted pregnancies.  

This conversation reminds me of the absolute heart wrenching at times complexity of the service that we do and what happens when we are willing to open our eyes to the depth of challenges of those around us.  It is also the power of being willing to do so, as, we might not have the solution, but we might know someone who does.  Truly, deeply, we never know how far reaching something we say or do for another person will ultimately change their lives.

She also reminds me of simply how powerful it is to answer the calling to help right now, because one hand held out leads to seeing more, which leads to more questions, which leads to more answers and the ability to connect people to the solutions that can and do exist.

Together we are the web, the tribe, that uplifts life.  It is painful at times to be willing to see, but it is also the only way to be fully alive.

Thank you Tiffany, the relationship is just beginning.

To connect with service opportunities through Souls4Soles:  

To connect with Tiffany's beautiful music, one of her outlets of expression for processing the beautiful living complexity of her heart's work:  http://tiffanyjohnson.net

More about Tiffany: 

Tiffany works full ­time at Soles4Souls as Outreach and Travel Coordinator where she works daily with hundreds of global partners who distribute shoes for the international non-­profit. Tiffany has visited 9 countries, leading groups to give shoes and love and serve others worldwide. Tiffany was also chosen by Mutual of Omaha as their 2013 Aha Moment Winner. Learn about her Aha Moment here: http://www.ahamoment.com/moments/10041

When she’s not traveling, she can currently be found making music with her R&B/Soul band Soul Confidant in and around Nashville. Her current release, Five Minutes More, includes a rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” – a song she’s been singing for the past 30 years. 

Whether it’s shoes or music, Tiffany just has one goal in mind...leaving her “soul” where it’s needed most. 

Why Every Love Bomber Should Be Talking About Sex, With Sexologist Randi Levinson

Randi Levinson, M.A. CSC, CSE

Randi Levinson, M.A. CSC, CSE

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This is a unique conversation for me with Randi into a discovery of how her gifts contribute to healing and intimacy for couples, and ultimately, to adding to the reconnection and healing for human beings on a larger scale towards letting go of shame, finding self acceptance, and letting sex be a healthy part of our lives.

I am fascinated by the "Big Idea" of Love Bombers visions.  As Chiropractors this concept is very important to us.  We love looking at how the micro of what we do can impact the health of a culture.  Through this conversation with Randi I got to the awesome intersection of her natural calling to serve with the Big Idea of a more whole, more happy, more connection humanity.

Are you curious about how finding your "blissed out sexuality" could contribute to world peace?  

Give a listen.

More about Randi:  Randi received her B.A. in Psychology and went on to get a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California.  She is a Certified Clinical Sexologist, Sex Expert and Certified Sex Coach.  

Her belief is that if your sexual activities are not harming you or others and there is consent with other adults- it is all okay and there is no "normal."

To connect with her: http://www.randilevinson.com 

 

 

 

The Calm Feeling of a Balanced Life, with Evy Smith

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In this interview I have the pleasure of speaking to Evy Smith.  Evy and I connected online 10 years ago when she reached out to me in response to a blog I was writing.  We have built a relationship since that time and got to meet in person officially in 2014 when she premiered Love Bomb in Burlington, Vermont.  I feel that my relationship with her is exemplary of the positive power of the internet to connect me to wonderful inspiring people online and then in person.

Evy and I at the Premier of Love Bomb in Burlington, Vermont in October of 2014

Evy and I at the Premier of Love Bomb in Burlington, Vermont in October of 2014

Evy has a Masters in Health Education and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.  She is a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Certified Life Coach.  She is a lifelong member of the Concept Therapy Institute.  Evy has served as a massage therapist and Thai Yoga Bodyworker which she practiced for 10 years.  Evy has been counseling people from all "walks of life" for over 30 years.  She offers an artful blend of alternative and conventional understanding in her counseling practice.  Currently she is an Employee and Family Assistance Counselor at the University of Vermont Medical Center and has a small practice in South Burlington, Vermont.

In this conversation we explore the feeling of life balance as peace, fulfillment, and an inner harmony that leads to a harmony with life itself.  She gives tips for finding this.

She shares about the power of nature and quiet times of reflection, as well as the importance of play and fun in the adult life.  Essentially, making sure every day includes elements of self care as well as doing something that brings joy.

 

Addiction, Healing, and Service

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with long time friend Melissa Sivvy while on tour with Love Bomb in New England during the fall of 2014.

Dr. Rhea Zimmerman with long time friend Melissa Sivvy while on tour with Love Bomb in New England during the fall of 2014.

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This interview features the story of a long time friend Melissa Sivvy whose recovery from paralysis of the legs after Guillain Barre Syndrome and then healing from alcohol and drug addiction has deeply inspired me.  To literally watch someone find their legs again is a thing of grace.

She is now finishing her master's degree in psychology at Goddard College and is registered as a non-licensed psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Her work lately has been focused on Refuge Recovery (a Buddhism-based program for addictions of all kinds), which has lead her to an interest in providing proper care for incarcerated people who suffer from addiction and other mental health afflictions. Melissa intends to pursue a PhD in Forensic Psychology where she will gain the training and knowledge needed to advocate for policy changes within the United State's corrections system. 

Resources for help with addiction and finding connection to others mentioned in the podcast are:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Refuge Recovery

and another not mentioned is

Attitudinal Healing