100 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

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.9, 41 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!!

    Episode 123 Frances Pratt, President NAACP Nyack

    Episode 123 Frances Pratt, President NAACP Nyack

    My guest today is Frances Pratt. In my Nyack, NY community, Frances, at age 86, is a beloved, living legend. Frances is a registered nurse, who had a 53 year career at Nyack Hospital, which included being head nurse of ER and later a health administrator. The hospital named a waiting room after Frances, a scholarship in her name, as well as a positive-image rose garden. Frances is also a “licensed family care” provider and for 48 years housed up to 6 mentally challenged women in her home, at a time. The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 and is celebrating its 111th anniversary, continuing their commitment to social justice and equity. Frances has served as president of the NAACP Nyack chapter since 1981.

    In addition to her long history of making a positive difference in countless lives, Frances has wowed her colleagues, congregants, audiences and community members with her colorful, large, striking hats. She explains the origins of such vibrant accessories as a way for black women to boost their self esteem, give themselves respect after their exhausting hours of demeaning, dehumanizing work. I was honored to peak at a partial collection in her bedroom, where 100 of her hats resided! Frances’s strong faith, altruistic values and deep care for humanity are embedded in her frequent southern sayings and memorized bible verses. Check out the show notes for links to the NAACP website and articles featuring Frances. Enjoy the podcast!
     
    Links:
    Nyack NAACP
    "The Many Hats of Frances Pratt" - Patch
    Nyack News & Views

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 122 Julia Adamy Pederson, musician/equal justice advocate

    Episode 122 Julia Adamy Pederson, musician/equal justice advocate

    My guest today is Julia Adamy Pederson. Although Julia is an outstanding professional bass player, today’s conversation is not about what a marvelous bass player she is, or her vibrant music career. Julia, my wholehearted, yet humble daughter, is uncomfortable talking about herself. True to the instrument she plays, her personality matches the function of the bass player: to be a supportive role, or as she describes it “I’d rather be felt, than heard”. She agreed to be my guest, stretching herself beyond her comfort zone, only because she feels compelled to speak about what she is learning and experiencing in our country’s current racial equality movement. In fact, she said it feels worse not to says something.  

    Julia acknowledges that the pandemic has provided the opportunity for her to pay attention more closely and feel more deeply, while affording her the chance to directly take action. She shares impactful books and movies that have opened her eyes and expanded her mind. Julia and her husband (Ross Pederson, Episode 26) are learning to take solidarity to the next level. Julia describes the power of protest, the call to action and her hope for lasting change. As her proud mother, I know Julia is teaching me so much about white privilege and racism; I trust that many of us can relate to and be inspired by Julia’s insights, vulnerability and desire to learn. Check out the show notes for links to Julia’s website, Instagram account, as well as links to the resources she mentions. Enjoy the podcast!

    Links:
    www.JuliaAdamy.com
    Instagram: @JuliaAdamyBass
    www.RobinDiAngelo.com
    White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
    When They See Us (Netflix)
    Director Ava DuVernay
    13th
    Instagram: @justiceforgeorgenyc

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 121 Kimberly Jones, author, filmmaker, activist

    Episode 121 Kimberly Jones, author, filmmaker, activist

    My guest today is Kimberly Latrice Jones. Kimberly is an activist, writer, and director. It was Kimberly’s recent impassioned video that powerfully moved me and inspired me to reach out to her. Both Trevor Noah and John Oliver highlighted Kim’s video, where she provides a poignant history lesson, outlines the broken social contracts between whites and blacks in this country, and pleads for people to not superficially focus on the WHAT (looting and rioting), but dig into the WHY.

    • 46 min
    Episode 120, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr, Discussion On White Privilege

    Episode 120, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr, Discussion On White Privilege

    My guests today are 2 of my nieces, Siri Carr and Kirsti Carr. Siri is a teacher of 8th grade writing in a Boston charter school. She cares deeply about making the world a better place, trusting that with love, we are capable of so much more. Kirsti is an environmental biologist, who has studied raptors in California and Nevada and is currently working on a red-headed woodpecker project in Minnesota. Siri and Kirsti help challenge me to think about how we can openly practice anti-racism in our lives.

    • 55 min
    Episode 119 Jamie Surya, yoga studio owner and teacher

    Episode 119 Jamie Surya, yoga studio owner and teacher

    My guest today is Jamie Surya. Jamie is a yoga instructor, owner of her own yoga studio and a revered community builder. Jamie was drawn to yoga at a very vulnerable time in her life, when she was struggling with anxiety and depression. Yoga shifted and profoundly transformed Jamie’s life so she is devoted to sharing the practice with others. Rooted in a reverence for the ancient philosophy and practice of yoga, Jamie adds her modern twist.

    • 51 min
    Episode 118 Dr. Deborah Adamy Talks About Raw Emotions

    Episode 118 Dr. Deborah Adamy Talks About Raw Emotions

    I didn’t plan for, nor expect the flood of tears that came over me, and in between my sobs, I realized it took a pandemic for me to feel the raw emotions of our country’s intensified racism. It took a pandemic for me to weep in a new way for all the people of color who have been terrorized by police brutality and white supremacy.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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41 Ratings

41 Ratings

wsaint ,

Love it

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

RossMarler ,

Enlighten

Some sustenance to help us remain on the path to enlightenment during these trying times. Brilliant program!

Jetsarebetter ,

Wonderful!!

I have become absolutely addicted to these podcasts! Deb’s relaxed and joyful interviewing style and the Depth, spirituality, compassion and interest of the guests she chooses make this a must listen every week for me.

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