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The Heart of the Matter is a podcast that promotes self-care, healing and wellness through exploring internal well-being, relationships and connection to others, and social issues.

The Heart of the Matter Michael Ceccon and Jermaine Simpson

    • Health & Fitness
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The Heart of the Matter is a podcast that promotes self-care, healing and wellness through exploring internal well-being, relationships and connection to others, and social issues.

    Healing Trauma...Mind, Body & Soul

    Healing Trauma...Mind, Body & Soul

    Lisa McJunkin is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with trauma. She’s also an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and co-founder of Enlightened Vibrations, where she provides therapeutic services. Lisa explains the various ways that traumatic stress impacts individuals. She also describes her holistic approach to healing trauma, integrating both eastern and western healing practices, that attend to the mind, body and spirit.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    #43 Authentic Branding and Social Change

    #43 Authentic Branding and Social Change

    Dr. Mitch Hamilton is a business marketing professor at Loyola Marymount University and founder/CEO of Rethink Creative Agency.  He talks about finding his niche in marketing, how companies can effectively engage in social change, working on projects with Nipsey Hussle and Snoop Dogg, and balancing work and family during this social climate.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Teaching Our Kids To Survive

    Teaching Our Kids To Survive

    On this episode of THOTM, Jermaine Simpson and Michael Ceccon are joined by Laila Aziz...a community activist, law student and parent of twin boys. This conversation is about having “the talk” with our children. However, this is not the “where do babies come from?” talk. It’s the unfortunate talk that many black parents have with their sons about what to do when stopped by police. We also discuss mental health in Black communities and balancing activism with parenting, career, and personal wellnes

    • 1 hr 17 min
    What Is White Privilege?

    What Is White Privilege?

    Chrissy Hunter is a licensed professional clinical counselor in Beaumont, Texas. She is also a return guest to THOTM (episode 7). Chrissy joined us for a discussion on white privilege, answering questions such as “what does it mean?”, “why does it matters?” and “what to do about it?”

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Racist Policing In Black Communities.

    Racist Policing In Black Communities.

    Khalid Alexander is an English professor at San Diego City College, activist and co-founder of Pillars of the Community in Southeast San Diego. Khalid talks about racist policing of Black communities, the murder of George Floyd, local protests, and “defunding the police”. He is a return guest to THOTM, so check out episode #14 Post Election Reflections

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode #39 Violence Against Blacks, Racial Trauma, and Activism

    Episode #39 Violence Against Blacks, Racial Trauma, and Activism

    On episode #39, our guests are Dr. Ngonzi Truth Chrushshon and Dr. Mychal Odom. Dr. Truth is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology, with a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Odom, is a history and black studies professor for the San Diego Community College District and a community activists. We discussed police violence against black people, mental health implications, and ways to take action.

    • 1 hr 45 min

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