234 episodes

Dr. Deborah Adamy has conversations with everyday people who inspire, uplift and who are living their lives with vitality and joy. She admires people who can weather adversity and hardship without becoming cynical and bitter; who actually choose to learn, grow and find meaning and purpose in what they have experienced.
There are countless ordinary people living pretty extraordinary lives and Deborah wants to shine light on them! Enlighten: Uplift and Inspire includes conversations with a wide variety of people: activists, musicians, shiatsu therapists, circus arts performers, playwrights, directors, psychotherapists, dancers, film makers, yoga teachers, educators, actors and photographers, just to name a few. May you feel inspired and uplifted listening to this podcast. Visit www.enlighten.nyc for more. Enjoy!!

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire Dr. Deborah Adamy, PhD., LMSW, LMT

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Dr. Deborah Adamy has conversations with everyday people who inspire, uplift and who are living their lives with vitality and joy. She admires people who can weather adversity and hardship without becoming cynical and bitter; who actually choose to learn, grow and find meaning and purpose in what they have experienced.
There are countless ordinary people living pretty extraordinary lives and Deborah wants to shine light on them! Enlighten: Uplift and Inspire includes conversations with a wide variety of people: activists, musicians, shiatsu therapists, circus arts performers, playwrights, directors, psychotherapists, dancers, film makers, yoga teachers, educators, actors and photographers, just to name a few. May you feel inspired and uplifted listening to this podcast. Visit www.enlighten.nyc for more. Enjoy!!

    Myles Aronowitz, photographer & filmmaker

    Myles Aronowitz, photographer & filmmaker

    My guest today is Myles Aronowitz. Myles is an extraordinary photographer, filmmaker, animator and artist. From his unusual childhood surrounded by music legends, to making movies in NYC’s East Village at age 11, to a successful career as a photographer for film and television, Myles respectfully allows whoever and whatever he is filming to reveal its true nature. He has honed the gracious skill of being a ‘fly on the wall’ to capture the wonderment in humanity and nature. He tells visual stories that invoke transformation in the story and the viewer. Myles treasures collaboration, his artistic community and everyday miracles.

    Check out the links below to Myles’ website and some of the deeply moving films we referenced. Enjoy the podcast!

    Links:
    MylesAronowitz.com
    Myles' Vimeo Channel
    Lush Photography
    Storytellers: Beverly Little Thunder
    Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation
    Animation Intro
    Eagles Nest
    Ice Storm
    Tropic of Cancer
    The Cove

    • 54 min
    Gratitude with Patrick Heffernan

    Gratitude with Patrick Heffernan

    Fitting for the week following Thanksgiving, this week’s episode is a conversation about gratitude. In whatever way you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you can tap into a list of what you are grateful for on a regular basis. I am part of a wonderful yoga community called Journey to the Peak (we use the initials JTTP). The co-founders of JTTP, Shawna Emerick and Patrick Heffernan, both have been guests on my podcast and are treasured friends. They recently started recording conversations with members from our JTTP community focusing on the theme for the month. I was delighted to be invited to have a conversation with Patrick on gratitude.

    What are you feeling grateful for? What gratitude practices have you implemented? May this episode inspire you to be more intentional to integrate gratitude into your life.

    Check out the links below for other conversations with Shawna and Patrick, all the benefits of becoming a JTTP member and the gracious offerings Shawna and Patrick make to welcome people into our JTTP community. Enjoy the podcast!

    Links:
    Video Conversation
    Patrick's Web Site
    Journey to the Peak
    Shawna's Web Site
    Podcast Episode with Patrick
    Podcast Episode with Shawna

    • 54 min
    Lydia Ignacio, Holistic Therapist and Coach

    Lydia Ignacio, Holistic Therapist and Coach

    My guest today is Lydia Ignacio, a holistic therapist and coach, who is on a mission to awaken, heal and inspire humanity to reach higher heights. She integrates intuitive, energetic healing modalities and cares deeply about the health and vitality of her community. Lydia calls herself a transformational ascension coach. The concept of ascension, is both personal and metaphorical, with Lydia’s roots in the northern tip of Manhattan - Washington Heights. It’s fitting that the name of Lydia’s business is “Reaching Heights, LLC” helping people reach higher heights and bringing her community together to soar.

    Taking therapy and the human experience to new heights, Lydia’s enthusiasm and wholehearted approach to life is uplifting! Check out the links below for Lydia’s website and her social media platforms. Enjoy the podcast!

    Links:
    Reaching Heights LLC Web Site
    FB: @ReachingHeightsLLC8
    IG: @Reaching_Heights
    Twitter: @Reaching_Height

    • 51 min
    Hope In Humanity

    Hope In Humanity

    On this week’s episode, I share a visceral experience that refueled my hope in humanity. On Sunday November 6th, two days before Election Day, I witnessed NYC’s biggest block party: the NYC Marathon. My inspiring son-in-law, Ross Pederson, ran the 26.2 miles and it was exhilarating being there to cheer him on and witness this spectacular event. I was moved to tears by so many inspiring runners, reflecting a wide range of ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and abilities.
    What a representation not just of diversity on so many levels, but of care, support, encouragement, fear, despair, frustration, tenacity, and achievement! We are capable of so much more than we imagine, light years beyond our limiting beliefs. And we are also capable of being present to each other with more love and tenderness than I’ve experienced collectively in a long time. I felt like I was peering into a world I want to live in. A world of challenges and support. A world of generosity and patience, of enthusiasm and empathy, of overcoming obstacles and crossing a finish line with exuberance, of being stretched and held. A world of individual achievement and collective joy. May we cultivate our hope in the human spirit, hope in humanity. Enjoy the podcast!

    • 11 min
    Ride The Waves

    Ride The Waves

    On this week’s episode, I acknowledge the political waves before us, with tomorrow November 8th being election day for the mid-terms. I reflect on the waves of paranoia, waves of activism, waves of fear, and waves of spiritual centeredness. With these waves comes a wide range of emotions from fear, anxiety and panic to denial, apathy and avoidance. My dear friend Bette who expressed how troubling the political climate is, articulated her desire beautifully: “I want to intentionally choose how to ride the wave.”

    How are you riding this political wave so that your inner wisdom is heard, your intuition is honored, your need for silence and stillness is cultivated, your energy for action and involvement is empowering and positively impactful? May we find peace in the eye of this storm. May our voices be heard to herald hope and sanity and deep peace.

    PLEASE VOTE and encourage others to VOTE! Enjoy the podcast!

    • 11 min
    Patty Murray, musician, songwriter and mental health advocate

    Patty Murray, musician, songwriter and mental health advocate

    My guest today is Patty Murray - just to be clear, that is ‘Patty Murray, the sister’ - not ‘Patty Murray the senator!’ Patty is a musician, songwriter and mental health advocate extraordinaire. Even though Patty doesn’t have a social work license, she has the heart and soul of social worker, having compassionately championed her sister’s medical and mental health care for nearly 40 years.

    As a free lance musician, Patty has brought her music and joyful spirit to clubs, recording studios, and facilities for those we deem ‘marginalized’. She cares deeply about valuing the worth and dignity of everyone she meets. Patty knows intimately how vital it is to change our perception, resources, access to resources, treatment, research, policy, culture and legislation, regarding mental health. I am honored to call this compassionate, courageous, joyful human my friend.

    Check out the links below for Patty’s website and her social media platforms as well as her 4 part web series “Special Kind of Wrong”. Enjoy the podcast!

    Links:
    FB: @pattymurraymusic
    IG: @pattymurraynyc
    Twitter: @pattymurraynyc
    www.pattymurrayband.com
    www.specialkindofwrong.com
    Ad for Charles Booker of Kentucky
    National Alliance on Mental Health - NAMI

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Anne Macksoud ,

Important Work

I was lucky enough to have been interviewed by Deb. Usually that would be a “nervous-making” experience for me but not with Deb! Her empathy, humor, and intelligence immediately scattered the nervousness and I felt as if I had known her for years. I have been listening to Deb’s earlier Podcasts and always find something (or several things) that help me get through my day in a happier
frame of mind. In these times of division and alienation, Deb builds a bridge and reminds us of what is essential. Many thanks to you for that, Deb.
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proudbrother ,

Heartopening

I love this podcast. Deb’s got all the right ingredients: curiosity, courage, humility and compassion. Keep spreading and shining light.

wsaint ,

Love it

Great podcast. Real, intelligent, and revealing. On both sides. Excellent.

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