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Chaos is Transformation

Have you ever felt like you landed on a plateau of healing, took a deep breath and said, "thank god that is over with" only to find yourself catapulted into the next feeling of life chaos?

Well, in this podcast I chat about the phenomenon of chaos, or, life foundation change, as a part of the transformation growth process.

Of course, life chaos does not always mean growth process, it can simply mean chaotic habits, but it can also be a sign when life moves from stable to chaotic to stable to chaotic that there is growth happening, or, in other words, the natural process of change and evolution.

I feel we are experiencing this both globally and individually, and, find it valuable, healing, harmonizing, and supportive to move out of isolation and into community as we move through this time both as a humanity and as individuals.

Take a listen and, if you feel called to participate with me as a leader in this evolution, I would love to talk!  You can email me at lovebombthemovie@gmail.com to see if becoming a My Love Bomb Facilitator in 2017 might be your next Love Bomb.

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. 

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

 

Refugee Love

As I sit on the cusp of my 40th birthday, in my safe home, with my healthy and happy 3 month old baby, my  heart is cracked open wide for these families around the world right now who are in major crisis.

I want to know what I can do to help in the immediate crisis, and also how to contribute to a longer term effort for refugees entering my own country, my own community.

I am in awe of the Love Bombers out there coming forth with creative citizen driven solutions, like these people offering their homes through the "Refugee Airbnb."

I also recognize that assistance of this magnitude requires intelligent, long term planning and support.

While there are many short term efforts to donate to (find resources listed here) I have decided to create a campaign to support efforts for assisting refugees entering my own country.  I will be donating 100% of profits from online viewings of Love Bomb to the  U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants for the month of September.

How do I rewire for Love?

How do I rewire for Love?

Through the making of Love Bomb I landed on the simplicity that if we can live from Love, we will be better off, individually and collectively.

One of the easiest ways to access the concept of living love is through service.  Service easily activates some of the best parts of us, the most loving parts.  Another way I have found to access my most loving self is through the application of mind/body practices to create daily habits to help me choose love, first from within myself, and then through my actions.

One of the most successful tools that I have found is actually a set of audios that I wrote and recorded to help me embody the material in the book "The Rays of the Dawn" by Dr. Thurman Fleet called Breathe Love