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Discovering and exploring what it means to be truly known.

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S4E12 Wrap Q&A
56:11

Being Known Podcast normally ends our season with a wrap up episode highlighting each episode with one more nugget of wisdom.  This season we mixed things up a bit and asked our listeners and followers what they wanted to know more about.

 

We received over 40 questions seeking additional wisdom on sexual trauma, generational trauma, trauma and the church and more.

 

A few of the questions asked include:

  • How does trauma play out in our relationship with God? And how does this affect our ability to attune to God?
  • Can trauma cause a type of amnesia where we forget past events? And why/how does this happen?
  • If I already have grown children, is it too late to heal my trauma and not pass my trauma onto my kids?

 

In Curt’s own words, “I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to end the season.  It allowed us to be live action and real time.  It offered us a glimpse of what people are learning and what they desire to learn more about.”

 

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May 18, 2022
S4E11 Healing Trauma: The Wholeness of Integration
49:12

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.  This week we talk on how we can begin to heal from trauma with a look at the wholeness of integration.

 

We were made to create beauty and goodness in the world.  But evil has other plans, and wields trauma as a way to devour us before that goodness and beauty can be realized.

 

But - God had other plans beyond those of evil – plans that evil never saw coming, and still doesn’t.  For indeed, God’s intention is not to ignore trauma, but wade right into it and right up to it, allowing himself to be subjected to its worst possible form.  And so, despite the traumatic execution by crucifixion of a prisoner from a backwater village of a now non-existent ancient empire on a non-descript Friday – we call that Friday Good because God has come not merely to be with us in our trauma, but to transform them, bringing us to wholeness, to beauty and goodness, in ways we could never imagine.

 

Join us as we, together, imagine Jesus coming to find us in the bomb craters that make up the story of our lives – and as we then tell a new story of beauty and goodness that will transform our minds, and change our brains along the way.

 

 

Links, References and Resources

 

Scripture References

  • Mark 5:25-24
  • Mark 3:20-34
  • Luke 24:13-35

 

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May 11, 2022
S4E10 Healing Trauma: The Power of Presence
52:02

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.  This week we talk on how we can begin to heal from trauma.

 

If there is anything we know about trauma, it’s that it depends on disintegration and isolation to do its dirty work.  And if there’s anything we know about its healing, it’s that the presence of others is the beginning of integration, which leads to the creation of beauty and goodness in the face of painfully broken stories.

 

But it’s tricky: for the very thing we need the most – the presence of loving relationships – is often the context in which our traumas are initially taking place.

 

This week we talk about how we can begin to practice the presence of God and of others – the presence that we need despite our error that it is something we won’t be able to survive.

 

 

Links and References

 

Scripture References

  • John 15:4 – Abide in Me
  • Matthew 28:20 – I am with you always
  • 1 Corinthians 12 – The body of Christ

 

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May 04, 2022
S4E9 Trauma and the Church
53:03

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.  This week we are looking at trauma caused by the church.

 

One thing we know about infections: some of the most difficult to treat are actually contracted inside hospitals.  How is it that the place where we come to heal can also be the very place where some of our most painful experiences of trauma occur?

 

From pastoral and spiritual abuse to sexual assault that spares no denominational traditions, that place where we would expect to be as safe as any, can at times seem like just the opposite.  And who would want to have anything to do with a God that would appear to turn a blind eye to such behavior?

 

Join us as we pull the curtain back on what it means to encounter trauma in the church – only to discover that what we encounter may surprise us, especially when we find out that none of it surprises Jesus.  And he is just the one we need to help us make sense out of what makes no sense at all. 

 

Links and References

 

Scripture References

  • 1 Peter 5:6-11
  • Mark 2:17

 

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Apr 27, 2022
S4E8 Family and Generational Trauma
45:57

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.  This week we are talking families!

 

Despite our fierce commitment to individualism, trauma is far more likely to follow the way the mind has actually been made, rather than the way we have for the last several hundred years tried to pretend that it works. We would like to think that the trauma that we experience or perpetrate will only have effects on us or the ones upon whom we inflict it.

 

But that would not be true to the way the brain works. As we will discover, what happens in one generation doesn’t necessarily stay in that generation. Rather, it can have the tendency to travel down ancestral lines, leaving others to pay the price for events that occurred long before they were even born.

 

Join Pepper and Curt as we discover the steam that the train of trauma can gather over the course of generations—and what we can begin to do to stop it in its tracks.

 

Links and References

 

Scripture References

  • Numbers 14:18

 

 

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Apr 20, 2022
S4E7 Sexual Trauma
48:48

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.  This week we are looking at the sensitive, hard and beautiful topic of sexual trauma.

 

What is it about sex that seems to make everything – especially trauma – so much more difficult?  Moreover, how is sexual trauma so much more debilitating than some other forms of our topic?  No matter how much we would like to wish otherwise, there is just no getting around the fact that few things shatter lives more than the events of trauma that surround our sexuality. 

 

This week we wade into this sensitive – and beautiful – topic.

It’s sensitive because it addresses the parts of what it means to be most fragile as human beings.  And beautiful because it addresses those same parts from which our greatest vulnerability and generativity spring forth.

 

If your story is being told through the lens of sexual trauma, Jesus is at the ready to meet you to make sure you begin to tell your story very differently.

 

Links and References

 

Scripture References

  • Genesis 1:25
  • Genesis 3

 

 

You can now sign up to have access to Being Known Podcast applications, the weekly exercise that connects what you are learning to your life in a practical way.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up (not the pop-up).

 

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Apr 13, 2022
S4E6 Trauma and Shame: Self-Perpetuation
45:31

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.

 

This week we connect trauma and shame.

 

Of all the things trauma can do, its capacity for self-perpetuation is unmatched.  And at the core of that experience is our neurophysiological encounter with shame.  Be it the way we sense the world, or the story we tell about what we are sensing, evil will want to use shame to strengthen the experience of isolation that we feel in response to traumatic events.

 

But God has no intention of leaving us in shame’s wake, and with the coming of Jesus – not least his own experience of trauma and the shame it carried – we have a model for how shame can be addressed as our trauma is healed.

 

Listen as we discover how connection dispels shame, making it possible for us to imagine and live into life that is beyond our wounds.

 

 

Links and References

 

 

Scripture References

  • Creation Story in Genesis
  • Ezekiel 36:26

 

 

You can now sign up to have access to Being Known Podcast applications, the weekly exercise that connects what you are learning to your life in a practical way.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up (not the pop-up).

 

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Apr 06, 2022
S4E5 Trauma and the Body: “Then the Lord God Formed the Man…”
54:16

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.

 

This week we connect trauma and the brain.  To the great surprise of many, our bodies are how our minds most often and most powerfully let us in on reality.  As we like to say in the business, first we sense, and only then do we make sense of what we sense.

 

But what if our “sensing” mechanism, the body, has been the very thing that has encountered so much physical, sexual, or emotional bludgeoning?  Those who have experienced trauma often perceive that their bodies have been violated, and in some twisted ways have also betrayed them.  Then their bodies go on to keep the bad work of continual betrayal.

 

In this way, trauma becomes something that our bodies themselves remember in ways that we are often unaware of.  What are we to do?

 

Today, we pull back the curtain on how the body can be wounded, but also how we can begin to take the first steps toward inviting that same body to become the very source of our healing, long before we are able to imagine in our thinking minds.

 

 

Scripture References

  • Genesis 2:7
  • Genesis 2:21-23
  • John 16:33

 

 

Links and References

 

You can now sign up to have access to Being Known Podcast applications, the weekly exercise that connects what you are learning to your life in a practical way.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up (not the pop-up).

 

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Mar 30, 2022
S4E4 Trauma and the Brain: It’s Not What You Think
47:22

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.

 

This week we continue looking at the mind. 

 

If the mind goes first, it necessarily will involve the brain.  Therefore, in this episode, we will explore how trauma affects the brain in particular – not least how it perceives our inner and outer worlds – and how being aware of this can give us clues to hour our healing can begin.

 

Join Curt and Pepper as we discover how the brain is for far more than thinking, and that paying attention to all the other things it does can usher us into the healing process in ways we might not easily guess.  Along the way, we will be reminded that even when the brain has had a tough go of it, God is always able to go one better.

 

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Mar 23, 2022
S4E3 Trauma and the Mind: Shattering Beauty
47:47

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.

 

This week we begin our exploration of how trauma affects us at the beginning—for it is with our minds that we perceive that trauma has occurred in the first place and what its nature is.  Pepper and Curt review what the mind is and how trauma affects it.

 

Listen in as we catch the first glimpses of the effects of trauma and what we need to pay attention to as we seek its healing. We’ll see together how, if beauty is what God has intended for all of creation—ourselves included—to become, trauma is one way evil will attempt to devour that beauty before it is realized. But keep in mind that despite the ways that trauma can shatter our mind, God never runs out of options.

 

Links and References:

 

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Mar 16, 2022
S4E2 Definitions: Encountering Trauma
45:16

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.

 

This week, Curt and Pepper look at the questions:

  • What then, is trauma, exactly?
  • How do we understand trauma to be different from other wounds that we experience over the course of our lives?

 

This much we know: although many of us are able to avoid awareness of trauma, no one avoids it altogether. It touches us as individuals and as systems, including those places we seek and expect to find refuge from it, such as our families and churches. Eventually, it extends to entire cultures where with our violence we resort to systematic cultural brutality and the support of building an empire.

Fortunately for us, the Bible is no stranger to trauma, and neither is Jesus. In fact, it is his example to which we will turn over and over to discover what it means to turn our attention toward, rather than away from trauma, for it not only to be healed, but for us to be recommissioned to create beauty in its very midst.

This episode lays the groundwork for knowing not just what trauma is, but what it begins to look like when we move from being its victims to becoming its victors.

 

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Mar 09, 2022
S4E1 Trauma: Creating Beauty in the Bomb Craters of our Lives
41:05

Welcome to Season 4 of Being Known Podcast where we are looking at trauma through the lens of hope and not fear.

Description: There are few places you go these days without being made aware that there is a thing called trauma. It has begun to take up residence in the collective social consciousness—and it’s really of little surprise that it has. From the pandemic to racial injustice to political rancor to sexual abuse in what we have assumed to be trustworthy institutions to state-sponsored violence—we are more aware of it than ever. But awareness alone isn’t enough to stop it, as is patently obvious.

In this season, we want to offer hope to our listeners. Hope for those who know what trauma is up close and personal, as well as for those who may have little to no idea that they have encountered it, let alone that others have. And that hope is ultimately to be found in Jesus, who appears to have made it his mission to redeem trauma wherever he finds it.

Part of that redemptive process includes our telling the story of trauma as truly as we can—so that evil doesn’t get to have the last word. 

Each episode in this season will relate to an area of trauma, including:

  • Trauma and the mind
  • Trauma and the brain
  • Trauma and the body
  • Trauma and shame
  • Trauma and the church
  • Sexual trauma
  • Generational trauma
  • Healing trauma
  • And more

 

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As always, we invite you to subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode and welcome your reviews on Apple Podcasts.

Mar 01, 2022
Wrap.
27:47

Video version available on our YouTube channel!

 

Dec 27, 2021
Practicing For Heaven: A People of Beauty
28:51

What happens when we faithfully practice dwelling, gazing and inquiring within the confessional community—within the house of the Lord? As it turns out, nothing short of the emergence of beauty and goodness within the community itself, the very place where the hard work of hope is done. Goodness and beauty that then spills out into every other domain of life that the members of the community occupy. Furthermore, the very hard work that happens in the community—unlike Las Vegas—does not stay in the community, but extends through the lives of the participants to become the artistry of new creation wherever their footfalls land, be be that in their family, their place and form of occupation, their friendships and their churches. Join Pepper and Curt to find out what glimpsing into heaven might be like—God’s heaven that is already here and is surely coming.  

Dec 21, 2021
Inquire
53:30

First, we dwell. Then we gaze. But eventually, these states of mind lead to our inquiring, asking questions with curiosity and without condemnation. We live in a world that rarely creates space for such inquiries. But we will see that the questions we explore in this episode are the ones that God has already asked of us—and will continue to ask as he enables us to collaborate with him in creating and becoming the beauty and goodness that he has imagined before the foundation of the world.  

Dec 14, 2021
Gaze.
38:34

It requires little effort to gaze upon a brilliant sunset. But what about our trauma? What about the parts of us that we hate the most? Who wants even to glance at that, let alone gaze upon it? But as we will see (no pun intended), it is when we take the time, by dwelling, to look upon our wounds in the presence of others—and do so long enough to fully take them in—that we begin to experience what new creation not only looks like, but what it feels like in our bodies as our souls are renewed.

 

Dec 07, 2021
Dwell
41:47

To remain in one place while not being continually entertained or stimulated from something outside ourselves is increasingly difficult. But if we are to become outposts of beauty and goodness—like any artist—we must be willing to remain in the presence of others and of ourselves, over and against our impulse to run away as quickly as we can to reduce our distress as expeditiously as possible. Join us as we delve into the heart of Psalm 27:4 and discover how dwelling is a necessary step in becoming aware of our longings and our griefs, as well as those of others, and how staying put—as odd as it initially might seem—is the first step in our movement toward flourishing. But not only this. For we will see how dwelling “…in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…” is so much more than you might have imagined.

Nov 30, 2021
Imagine That: Looking at What We Don’t Yet See
39:46

The emergence of beauty and goodness in our world requires that we first imagine it to be so.  But trauma and shame shatter and atrophy our imagination, leaving us fearful of imagining, let alone naming the beauty and goodness we long for. For new creation to dawn, it must be led by our willingness to imagine a world we cannot yet see. Moreover, once we catch our first glimpse of a newly imagined future, making it more permanent requires lots of practice. And that practice requires perseverance, because if we want our imagination to wire for beauty and goodness, we much repeatedly fire it to do so. Join Curt and Pepper as we imagine with you what beauty and goodness can become, and how the people who take the stage in the biblical narrative know exactly how hard it is to imagine a world that they have never seen before.

Nov 23, 2021
Confessional Communities: Telling Our Stories More Truly
46:30

Trauma, shame and their healing, at their heart, take place in the context of intimate human relationships. How does participation in a confessional community create space for the healing we are seeking to emerge? In this episode, Pepper and Curt explore these ideas and more, inviting you to begin to imagine how being part of a vulnerable community not only makes possible the healing and vocational recommissioning we are hungering and thirsting for, but does so in a manner that simultaneously grounds and strengthens our formation as spiritual creatures like few other practices do. Listen in as we discover how confession is about so much more than sin, and what happens when men and women, together—that’s right, we’re going to talk about sex!—commit themselves to creating and curating beauty, rather than devouring it. Moreover, we’ll see how this takes place, surprisingly, in the very presence of their trauma and shame, and not in their absence.

Nov 16, 2021
Trauma and Shame: People of Grief
44:47

It takes very little to see that if longing and beauty go hand in hand, then trauma and shame are more than willing to make sure that none of that ever lasts, and in some cases makes sure no handshake ever happens. For truly, as sure as we are people of desire, we are people of grief. From our brains to the rest of our bodies, from our inner lives to our relational realities, our grief so fills our minds that we hardly notice that so much of life’s work consists of managing our grief, looking for trouble so we can head it off before it finds us. Given the brokenness and pain that seem so ubiquitous, no wonder we mostly see ourselves as problems to solve rather than beauty waiting to be revealed. Join Pepper and Curt as we unflinchingly name our grief—without forgetting that we were made for so much more.

Nov 09, 2021
Beauty: Becoming What We Create
43:38

It’s one thing to consider that beauty is what we might discover, or something we long to create. But what happens when we clue in to the fact that there’s even more? What happens when we are made aware that beauty isn’t just something we want to create—it’s something we were destined from the beginning to become?  For as it turns out, to bear and restore God’s image necessarily includes bearing God’s beauty. Who knew that when God looks upon us, beauty is what he sees? Join Curt as he and the most beautiful man in the world explore together how our imaginations are reborn and our minds are renewed when we consider the destiny for which we were truly made.

Nov 02, 2021
Beauty: Desire Made Manifest
44:46

If desire is the fuel in the tank, then where is it taking us? Yes, our longing is to be deeply, fully known. But our desire is only just beginning to get our attention. For before you know it, from watching children to watching sunsets we soon discover that our ultimate longings are directed to find their home in nothing short of beauty. We begin by making things, and the number of things we want to make is endless. But we aren’t satisfied to make mediocrity. No, we want to create beauty in all of its possible dimensions and in all dimensions of life. Moreover, we will discover in this episode that beauty isn’t a luxury, something we might get to have once we take care of all the other important work of life. No—beauty is something we were—and from God’s point of view, literally—made for. In this episode, Pepper and Curt will explore how our desire to create beauty is not just an add-on, it’s necessary if the life we want is to be realized.

Oct 26, 2021
Desire: A People of Longing
37:56

We are people of desire. And it doesn’t take much or long to know that that’s true. Our relationships and, as it turns out, our brains tell us so. But desire is a tricky thing, because as much as we know that it lies at the core of our being, it’s also something that has created no shortage of trouble for us—for as long as we have walked the planet. Just ask Adam and Eve. What does it mean for us to long for all we long for, and how do we reconcile that the very thing that fuels the deepest longings we have is also the source of so much pain and  brokenness? Join Pepper and Curt as we kick off Season 3 of the Being Known Podcast, and as we begin the journey into the Soul of Desire, discovering just how much life is waiting for us—right in the center of what we may be more afraid of than anything. And just so you know—we’re longing for you to meet us there.

Oct 19, 2021
That’s a Wrap
59:44

Join Pepper and Curt as we recapitulate Season 2 of the Being Known Podcast. And, no, “recapitulate” isn’t one of the domains of integration. But if we come up with another one, that’s what we’ll name it. The domain of recapitulation.

Aug 24, 2021
We Didn’t Make This Up
46:38

Like all spiritual disciplines, when we attune to the eight domains of integration we have already introduced, transformation ensues. Not by might. Not by power. But by the Spirit of God. You might think we’re kidding. But when you listen in as we explore the transpirational domain of the mind, you’ll see that, even though the word—transpiration—is one that is made up, what it points to is far from make believe.

Aug 17, 2021
It’s Only a Matter of Time
49:13

We humans, as far as we can tell, are the only creatures to occupy a temporal domain of mental activity — the perceived awareness of our past and our future, and most importantly, that we will die. How does our awareness of time shape our mind, for good or for ill, and how does that awareness potentially prime us to be agents of beauty and goodness on the earth? Join Pepper Sweeney and Curt Thompson as we explore the notion of time — and we try not to lose track of it in the process.

Aug 10, 2021
Life Would Be So Much Easier…
51:58

…if it weren’t for… people. Or would it? As it turns out, our minds depend far more on the minds of others than we may know. But once we do know, we’ll see why it’s not good for any of us to be alone, and why loving our enemies as much as our friends isn’t just a noble idea pulled off the pages of an ancient religious text. In this episode, come explore with us the interpersonal domain of integration, and see why we so desperately need each other if flourishing is what we seek.

Aug 03, 2021
Your Mind’s State of Affairs
48:36

Who knew that what state of mind you’re in really does, scientifically, refer to more than New York. Join us as we discover the state domain of integration, and learn that it’s not only important to be aware of which state we’re in, but why so much of our troubles — and the potential for beauty and goodness — is to be found in moving from one state to another. And we don’t mean moving to Pennsylvania.

Jul 30, 2021
What’s Your Story?
01:00:37

Storytellers. That’s what we are, and we can’t get away from it. But just how truly do we tell them? It turns out that, just as important as the story you tell, is how you tell it. And that makes all the difference. Join us as we explore the narrative domain of integration, and discover the interpersonal neurobiology of attachment. We can assure you: After you’ve listened in, you’ll have quite a story to tell.

Jul 21, 2021
Remembering the Future
59:58

What is memory when it comes to the brain? When it comes to time? And when it comes to relationships? And how is it that our memory has as much to do with the future as it has to do with the past? Moreover, what does it have to do with changing our past and our future? These are all important questions, so…don’t forget to tune in as Pepper and Curt try to recall the domain of memory. (Did you see what we did there?)

Jul 13, 2021
You’re Right. You’re Left. And In That Order.
42:07

Who’s in charge here? As it turns out, the way the right and left hemispheres of the brain work says a lot about how we answer that question. And, be assured, that’ a question that we need to answer — whether we know it or not. Listen in as Pepper and Curt introduce the horizontal domain of the mind, and why, as it turns out, it really is important for the right hand to know what the left hand is doing.

Jul 06, 2021
“And he formed the man from the dust of the earth…”
54:17

Dirt. Mud. Bodies. God began with bodies, and the vertical domain of the mind reminds us that if we aren’t paying attention to our body (that’s right, our body) there will be a great deal of life — not least our relationship with God and others — that we’ll miss. Join our conversation as we awaken to why the triune brain is so much more than just three-part harmony.

Jun 29, 2021
Are You Paying Attention?
39:45

Awake. Alert. Attuned. Join Pepper Sweeney and Curt Thompson as they start at the beginning, exploring the domain of consciousness, and discovering why paying attention to what you’re paying attention to matters so much. Because if you don’t begin with consciousness, there won’t be as much to your ending as you would like.

Jun 22, 2021
Be Ye Whole… Integration and the Symphony of New Creation
55:54

What does it mean to flourish — to be whole even as our Father in heaven is whole? And how does becoming acquainted with the mind’s domains of integration help us get there? Join Pepper Sweeney and Curt Thompson as they explore the notion of integration and why it matters so much — to everything.

Jun 14, 2021
Episode 9: Wrap
53:20

Join us as we recap this first season of Being Known — and all the new words Pepper has learned.

Apr 13, 2021
Episode 8: Neuroplasticity
01:05:44

Learn what it means for our minds to be renewed. Literally. And how our brains can change along the way. And, best of all, discover that we don’t have to be left with the stories we have told ourselves.

Apr 07, 2021
Episode 7: Emotion
57:15

What are you feeling, and where do you feel it? Join us as we discover why emotion is so critical to life — and regulating it is even more so. And while we’re at it, we’ll also see why it’s so important to God.

Mar 30, 2021
Episode 6: The Mind
38:46

What is the mind? And if we answer that, what does a flourishing mind look like? And if we answer that, what does it mean to love God with all of it?

Mar 23, 2021
Episode 5: Anthropology and Plausibility Structures
41:48

What does it mean to be human, and who decides the answer to that question? Listen to find out why those questions are so important, and how “…standing at the crossroads and asking for the ancient paths — where the good way lies…” can help us answer them — even if there are a lot of syllables in this episode’s title.

Mar 16, 2021
Episode 4: Story
38:41

One thing that makes us uniquely human is that we are storytellers. But in what story do you believe you are living? Believe us, how you answer that question changes everything.

Mar 10, 2021
Episode 3: Vulnerability
49:58

To be vulnerable is not first something we choose. It is something we are. In this episode, we explore how our vulnerability opens the door for hope, healing and creativity.

Feb 28, 2021
Episode 2: Longing and Beauty
45:06

We are people who long to be known — that, together, we may create beauty in the world. But, could it be that beauty is not only what we long to create, but also what we are destined to become?

Feb 28, 2021
Episode 1: Being Known
34:48

Join host Pepper Sweeney and psychiatrist Curt Thompson as we together awaken to the journey of being fully known.

Feb 28, 2021