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Liz Dozier, Founder of Chicago Beyond, Reminds Us To Step Fully Into Life and Say, “It’s On!”

Three years ago to the day that I lost my mom, the most devout Catholic I've ever known, I interviewed this week's podcast guest, who just so happens to be the daughter of a nun. Life is full of surprises, but rarely any accidents.

Liz Dozier is the Founder & CEO of Chicago Beyond, an organization whose mission is to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to live a free and full life. Since its inception in 2016, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $40M in barriers to equity – from education, to youth safety, to health, wellness, and beyond.

Episode 31: Tami Simon, Founder of Sounds True, Teaches Us How To Reach Our Highest Potential

Have you ever had a conversation with someone you just met, where time seems to come to a standstill and it feels like you have known this person for years? This is exactly what it felt like when I interviewed Tami Simon.

Tami is the Founder and CEO of Sounds True, a wildly successful multimedia publishing company that she launched more than three decades ago with a dream and one clear mission – to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Now one of the top publishing companies for many of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, Tami and her team of more than 110 employees are accomplishing their mission to wake up the world.

Episode 29: Learn How A Finance Executive Turned to Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing To Heal Her Chronic Back Pain and Soul With Candace Blair

We all know that presence is hard to come by this time of year with the busyness of the holiday season, as we attend parties and performances, wrap up year-end work deadlines, and check off our “to-do” lists.

But what I'm realizing is that our presence truly makes the best presents of all.

So I am gifting you the presence of this week’s special podcast guest, Candace Blair.

Candace has been teaching Kundalini for over 10 years, is an experienced sound healer, a certified “Cacaoista”, a shamanic reiki practitioner & a lead coach for the “Alchemy of Becoming” methodology.

Episode 28: Learn About the Four Attachment Styles and How To Heal Your Attachment Wounds With Dr. Diane Poole Heller

I don’t know about you, but whenever I spend time with family over the holidays, I become even more curious about people’s personalities, especially my own.

Why are we so attached to some family members, but not to others?

Why do we feel safe around some people, but want to avoid or run
away from others?

Why are some of us so uptight about cooking, while others can do it
with ease?

Why do we sometimes crave solitude while other times love being in
a large group?

I have found that one of the greatest times of year to take a deeper look into our choices, our triggers, and even our own souls, is over the holidays.

That makes this the perfect time to listen to attachment style expert Dr. Diane Poole Heller this week on the Cracking Open podcast!

Episode 27: Learn How 19 Years in Prison, Telling the Truth and Vulnerability Gave Shaka Senghor Freedom

This week's Cracking Open Podcast episode with Shaka Senghor is so effing good!

(I actually wanted to write the F word, but I still feel a bit scared doing it – hello old Catholic schoolgirl guilt!)

There are so many gems in this episode but one of my biggest takeaways was the importance of standing in your truth.

Shaka shares his story with us about his own reckoning and realization that he initially wasn’t living his truth. Instead, he was living out an interpretation of his life rooted in his trauma. This trauma-informed life eventually led him into a 19-year imprisonment for 2nd-degree murder, seven of those years which were in solitary confinement.

Episode 26: Learn About Your Enneagram Number and How To Come Back to Yourself With Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober

Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober is a community psychologist, speaker, and certified Enneagram educator. She is also the author of Enneagram for Relationships, The Two of Us: A Three-Year Couples Journal and The Enneagram Made Simple.

With a desire to see relationships strengthened and people empowered, she created Enneagram Ashton in early 2019.

You may be asking yourself – what is the Enneagram?

Ashton shares with us this incredible ancient system that will not only help you strengthen your relationships but also help you not take things so personally in life.

Episode 25: Learn How To Live More in Your Heart While Looking at Your Biases, With BMe Co-Founder and Developer of Asset Framing, Trabian Shorters

I will never forget one cold and dark February morning getting chills from head to toe while listening to Krista Tippet interview Trabian Shorters on her podcast On Being.

Trabian was describing his visionary concept of asset framing. From social media to journalism, academics, and policy-making, asset framing is about seeing others’ assets before you witness their deficits.

Episode 24: How To Heal Your Body by Healing Your Soul With Registered Dietitian Heather K. Jones

How many of you look at your legs and bellies, and curse them for their shapes and sizes?

Do you feel shame about your body in any way, or restrict what you do or don't eat?

Do you worry about eating dairy, gluten, sugar, or meat, and wonder if you should be on a vegan, vegetarian, or keto diet?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. An estimated 45 million people go on diets yearly, and 33 billion dollars are spent on weight loss and wellness products.

Episode 23: Dr. Dan Siegel, UCLA School of Medicine Professor, Is Using Science To Bring More Compassion Into the World

What a way to launch Season 3’s Cracking Open Podcast! Get ready for a deep and honest conversation about meditation, psychedelics, and how to obtain a positive mindset.

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight and teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families, and communities.