40 episodes

Hello and welcome to The Soul Stories Podcast!
Soul Stories curates space for difficult conversation and create connection through dialogue, storytelling, and creative expression. We host live events, workshops and a podcast! Check us out at soulstoriesdenver.com for more information.

For the podcast, you will hear vulnerable, intimate, and unfiltered interviews with leaders, artists and change-makers in which they share personal stories on meaningful topics. Our guests provide insights on how to follow your passion, build more equitable communities, and live an emotionally and mentally healthier life.

If you like what we do and want to support, check us out at Patreon.com/soulstoriesdenver.com

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The Soul Stories Podcas‪t‬ Daniel Mazur, Kamga Tchassa

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

Hello and welcome to The Soul Stories Podcast!
Soul Stories curates space for difficult conversation and create connection through dialogue, storytelling, and creative expression. We host live events, workshops and a podcast! Check us out at soulstoriesdenver.com for more information.

For the podcast, you will hear vulnerable, intimate, and unfiltered interviews with leaders, artists and change-makers in which they share personal stories on meaningful topics. Our guests provide insights on how to follow your passion, build more equitable communities, and live an emotionally and mentally healthier life.

If you like what we do and want to support, check us out at Patreon.com/soulstoriesdenver.com

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    Leaning Into Life's Unknowns with Kriste Peoples

    Leaning Into Life's Unknowns with Kriste Peoples

    Kriste Peoples is a writer, trail runner, and meditator. She is a leader in the Denver community and somebody I really look up to. She makes you feel so comfortable when you are around her and has the best laugh. In this conversation, she talks about growing up in a military family, her internal curiosity, and always wanting to push against the edge while asking the question "what's next?". The first half of the interview is about her journey and how she found her path. In the second half, we discuss the power of mindfulness and nature. We talk about how when we slow down we can turn and face our fears, stories, limiting beliefs and unresolved pain. Kriste an incredible person and I'm excited for you to listen!
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    4:47 - Kriste's adventures to find her place in the U.S.
    16:00 - Following the path of fulfillment
    25:57 - Leaning into the unknown
    35:00 - The healing power of nature
    40:40 - Mindfulness: cultivating our capacity to be with what's difficult
    49:50 - Being with life as it happens
    59:47 - Breaking through barriers
    1:04:45 - Presence in everyday life
    1:15:03 - Creating space to breathe

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    LGBTQ Mental Health with Dr. Robert Davies

    LGBTQ Mental Health with Dr. Robert Davies

    Dr. Robert Davies is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Co-Founder and Director of the UCHealth LGBTQ Mental Health Clinic otherwise known as the Imagine Clinic. He also co-founded their Integrated Transgender program. Bob leads with the intimate details of his story which is inspiring and at times heart-breaking. He talks about being raised Southern Baptist and how before he knew he was gay, he grew up feeling different. Bob describes how the 70's were a much different time. People didn't talk about being Gay or what that meant. Up until 1972 you couldn't practice as a psychiatrist if you were openly gay because you weren't "psychologically sound". In this conversation, we talk about the rampant homophobia and transphobia in this country. Bob gives us an in-depth look at the challenges that the LGBTQ and Trans communities face when trying to receive quality mental health care and medical support. This is an important, informational and hopeful conversation. Here is our episode!
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    Imagine Clinic: https://lgbtqcolorado.org/resources/imagine-clinic-lgbtq-mental-health-clinic/
    Integrated Transgender Program: https://www.uchealth.org/services/diabetes-endocrinology-care/uchealth-integrated-transgender-program/
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    4:48 - Growing up Southern Baptist: "feeling different and wrong"
    10:20 - Homophobia in the 70's
    13:56 - Bob's relationship to his mom
    16:10 - Coming out at 41 after being married for 20 years
    24:48 - the AiDS epidemic in the 90's
    27:54 - Fears of being openly gay as a psychiatrist
    35:16 - The origins of the Imagine Clinic
    40:20 - What quality LGBTQ mental health care looks like
    48:30 - Building a Transgender clinic with all-inclusive, integrated services
    53:35 - The lack of safety and understanding for the Trans community
    57:28 - A historical perspective on oppression
    1:02:06 - What LGBTQ youth face today and hope for the future
    1:11:23 - Misunderstanding body dysmorphia and Transgender folks
    1:16:31 - "Educating people that were never educated"
    1:20:12 - The importance of accepting someone as they are

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Choose your Mindset with Super Bowl Champion, Ryan Harris

    Choose your Mindset with Super Bowl Champion, Ryan Harris

    Ryan Harris is a motivational speaker, ex-Denver Bronco, and Super Bowl Champion. You will hear about the NFL, his unique experiences, and the pressures and expectations he endured to play football at that level. He shares relatable tips on how to eliminate distractions, find your discipline, and the very human process of setting boundaries. He talks about how we all need to define our own success in our own lives and surround ourselves with people who will help us reach those goals. I was blown away by his vulnerability, his ability to lead with his own story and share his own shortcomings, and what he had to do to become who he is today. We talk about racism, society and so much more. Enjoy!
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    For more from Ryan Harris check out https://www.ryanharris68.com/. He has a book titled "Mindset for Mastery" and can be hired for speaking engagements!
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    2:02 - Introduction to Ryan's NFL journey
    4:40 - Choosing your mindset to overcome
    7:49 - The unexpected pressures of being in the NFL
    12:24 - Reverse engineer your goals
    15:19 - Stress is our number one issue
    18:00 - Ryan's NFL wake-up call
    21:55 - The importance of having the right people around you
    25:48 - "Your worth does not come from other people"
    32:34 - Racial injustice in our society
    36:15 - How to have these difficult conversations
    41:34 - Resolving conflict


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    • 46 min
    Aligning with your Authentic Self with Kerri-Ann Appleton

    Aligning with your Authentic Self with Kerri-Ann Appleton

    Kerri-Ann Appleton is an empowerment coach and teacher in every sense of the word. We talk about how to find alignment with our authentic selves and all the challenges we undergo in that process. She gets vulnerable and shares about her childhood wounds along with the tools she is using to work with them. Kerri-Ann discusses a recent experience with gaslighting and manipulation and all the self-growth that has come from that. And I think that's what I respect the most about Kerri-Ann. She is a coach who not only teaches, but leads by example. This is an inspiring episode and I am excited for you to listen!
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    IG: coaching_with_kerriann
    Email: connect@kerri-ann.com
    FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/InHerPowertribe/
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    3:33 - Empowerment coaching
    9:21 - Reprogramming how we were conditioned in childhood
    16:21 - Letting go of old identities to embrace new ones
    24:07 - Being gaslighted and manipulated by a significant other
    31:09 - Understanding manipulation 
    35:20 - Cultural differences of dating and living in Brazil
    44:21 - Distinguishing between fear and wisdom; fact and story 
    50:39 - "Are you going to answer the call for the invite to growth?"
    58:25 - Stepping into self-acceptance of our imperfections
    1:03:00 - Setting boundaries with compassion
    1:06:56 - This is happening for our greatest good

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Fighting to Live with John McDermott

    Fighting to Live with John McDermott

    Note: Since this podcast was recorded, John now identifies as non-binary and professionally uses the pronouns "they / them" and personally uses all pronouns. In drag, they only go by "she".
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    John McDermott is the Bodycare Manager at Natural Grocers and a good friend of mine with a gigantic heart. John shares in-depth about their mental health journey and diagnoses. They have been hospitalized eight times and have what is called chronic suicidal ideation. Trigger warning: John discusses multiple suicide attempts. They showcase an incredible amount of strength and ability to persevere throughout this conversation. This episode is equal parts heavy and fun. We end up talking about boxing, masculinity, identity and John's new passion for dressing in drag. I was really grateful to witness a story as powerful as this one and hope you have a similar experience.
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    For more from John, check out their event, The Love and Hope Drag show, which will be streamed on Facebook live at 11:00 AM on February 14th, 2021. It’ll feature Ximena Latinx, Jessica L’Whore, Bella C Le Cher, Simon Paul, Celeste Brooks, Betty Sparkles, Lola Fierce, and Patricia Del Rosario. 
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    3:29 - Suicide in our country
    11:33 - John's attempts and their love for others
    17:16 - Experiencing a Mental Health Hospital
    25:12 - Planning for a downward spiral
    30:01 - "Seeing myself as worth it and deserving a life"
    35:47 - Boxing and privilege
    43:21 - White privilege and mental health co-existing
    51:20 - Borderline Personality Disorder
    58:36 - John's fluid identity and reckoning with masculinity
    1:05:49 - Living in Alaska
    1:11:09 - Pursuing the feminine 
    1:16:22 - Discovering drag

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Healing Process with My Therapist, Gabriel De Oliveira Duarte

    The Healing Process with My Therapist, Gabriel De Oliveira Duarte

    Gabriel is a Brazilian therapist and an incredibly warm, meditative and introspective person. This is a really special episode because he is my current therapist. And we dig deep into the therapeutic process. I talk about what I'm working through and Gabe shares intimate stories that really illuminate how beautiful and challenging healing can be. We talk about being triggered, childhood wounds, and strategies that we use even when they don't serve us. This conversation is informative and insightful. It feels like you are sitting down for coffee with a good friend. I had a good time and I believe you will too!
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    To contact Gabriel, you can find him at gabrieldeoliveiraduarte@gmail.com 
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    1:14 - Gabriel's work and his wounds
    14:21 - Introduction to Danny and Gabriel's therapeutic relationship
    16:59 - Triggers: an opportunity for healing
    18:56 - What prevents us from facing painful truths?
    24:50 - Owning your own projection as a therapist
    27:53 - Danny and Gabriel's boundaries
    34:00 - Gabriel's body-based process with Danny and everyone else
    42:09 - Abandonment and childhood fear
    46:00 - Getting in touch with your heart - Gabriel and his brother
    53:19 - One woman's incredible journey to set boundaries
    59:39 - Why should we pursue healing? 

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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

nikkieg1983 ,

Authentic

What a great podcast! This is the type of conversation we should all strive for; instead of looking for differences we should start with all we have in common (humanness) which this podcast embodies. From there we can learn from this podcast examples on living this messy life from one human to another. Bravo on your mission, Soul Stories!

Appletk ,

This podcast is so raw

I appreciate the content being discussed on this podcast. The deep conversations about major issues that are often swept under the rug. We need to be having these conversations and start shining a light on them. Thank you for being part of these necessary dialogues.

cb4denver ,

Justice for Elijah

This special episode really helps tell the story of not only the violin vigils but why people are calling for dismantling and reworking the system of policing. Thank you for putting it together!

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