Poema is a Greek word which speaks of our lives as divine works of art. The Poema Podcast, hosted by James Prescott, seeks to explore the intersections between spirituality, creativity & identity. It's a show for those seeking a deeper, more interconnected spirituality. It's a space to reclaim the lost art of conversation, a space for anyone looking to explore their creativity, discover their true identity, and who desire to live a life of purpose & meaning.
Poema S7 018 | Caroline McGraw on Why You Don't Owe Anyone
Today author and coach Caroline McGraw joins me to talk about her new book and why "You Don't Owe Anyone".
Caroline explains to us how often we feel obligated to the world around us, feel we "owe" people and put impossible expectations on ourselves, and the unhelpful roles we can sometimes assign ourselves. We explore the dangers of perfectionism and how to free ourselves of it.
We also discuss why it's so important to name what we're carrying - fear, trauma, mistakes - and face up to it in order to be transformed and grow. And why continually pursuing growth is so important.
Finally, Caroline gives us some practical steps we can take to begin this journey in our own lives.
Pre-Order Carolines book here (& get some amazing pre-order bonuses):
Poema S7 017 | Sarah Bessey & Lisa Sharon Harper on the Rhythm of Prayer
Today I'm joined by author & speaker Sarah Bessey, and speaker, author, podcast host and activist Lisa Sharon Harper, to talk about the new collaborative book they've worked on and contributed to, along with many others, 'A Rhythm of Prayer'.
We talk about the background to the creation of the book in the context of the events of the last 12 months - global pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, the US Presidential election and the weight this book carries and the message it wants to send us in these times of grief & uncertainty.
We talk about the inspiration for Lisa's own contribution, Sarah's reasons for creating this book and the importance of new liturgies for a new time - and the significance of all of these voices being women.
"A Rhythm of Prayer" is available now at all online booksellers.
Poema S7 016 | James' Story - hosted by Becky Castle Miller
In this special episode, I sit with Becky Castle Miller and tell my own story.
A story of childhood trauma, multiple grief experiences, and a journey through the unhealth of certainty and spiritual abuse, into deconstructing not just my faith, but my life and my identity.
It's a story of transcendent spiritual experiences, betrayal, suicidal ideation and nearly losing it all.
A journey of healing, transformation and embodiment.
Poema S7 015 | Kelly Wolfe on Lust, Desire and Faith
Today my friend Kelly Wolfe joins me, to talk about sex, desire, lust, masturbation and healthy ways we can connect these with Christian faith.
We talk about the damage purity culture and shame has done to so many people, and how we need to unlearn this and begin to talk about these subjects openly and honestly, and be honest about our desires and how our bodies work, and need to express themselves sexually.
Kelly talks openly about how masturbation in the right context can be a healthy expression of our sexuality - and how and why this fits with the way of Jesus and honours how we were created.
Finally, Kelly also discusses the difference between lust and desire, and why we should have no shame in discussing and ethically exploring our sexuality - and why this is a beautiful, divine gift.
Poema S7 014 | Dr Hillary McBride PhD on Grief & the Language of Our Pain
I'm delighted to be joined today by Dr Hillary McBride PhD, therapist, researcher, author and former co-host of The Liturgists podcast (this episode was recorded before she announced her departure).
We just started talking and let the conversation flow - it began by Hillary sharing her own journey and about the experience of being a therapist during a pandemic.
Hillary and I also talked about where following our curiosity can take us in our lives, conversations, art and our own personal journeys.
She also talks about growth, and how we can often find growth & meaning even in the midst of hardship. Hillary then shares how we need to become familiar with the language of our own pain, and how this can be helpful in our journeys of growth and healing.
We end by exploring grief in more depth, and how historically we have dealt with grief as a culture and how we can use the energy of grief on a broader scale to bring about cultural change.
This was hands down one of my all time favourite conversations for the podcast, Hillary is inspiring, wise and encouraging. I'm excited for you to hear this.
Poema S7 013 | Anita Grace Brown is a Kamikaze Yogi
Today I'm joined by Yogi and author Anita Grace Brown to hear her story and talk about her work exploring the connections between Christ, Yoga and how this intertwines with our journey of growth.
Anita shares with us how we can use yoga and the story of Jesus to help us enter healthy state of centeredness. She tells us how the human soul might just be God's muscle which we need to work on strengthening - and if we do, we could be transformed.
Anita believes we are more resilient than we think, and more conscious than we think - and today we explore this.
Anita's book Kamikaze Yogi is available now!
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Poema is honest, raw and authentic
James Prescott is very sincere, honest and does a great job with this podcast. It also spans over a lot of different topics that all still fall under the topic of total authenticity and honesty.
I LOVE the content, but there’s poor audio quality (from the guests side) and unfortunately it’s pretty difficult to hear. I appreciate the work, however.
In good hands
You're in good hands here on this podcast. James is kind and honest. He curates wonderful guests! Keep it up!