his week's guest on Inner Monologue is photographer and co-founder of the peer support group, Phoenix Rising, Sara Tiberio. Dealing with her own issues of anxiety and panic attacks became the catalyst to the formation of the Phoenix Rising support group. After putting an invitation on Facebook to see who was interested, the first group started with ten people and has slowly grown into a thriving community. Each meeting, Sara and her co-founder, Ashley focus on different topics or themes for group discussion. The group has become a beacon of hope by creating a safe place for everyone to share their fears, anxieties and hopes within a supportive community.
This week's guest on Inner Monologue is artistic renaissance man, Steve Dukes. Steve's first love in creative expression was writing, which he uses in his improve sketch comedy crew and stand up acts. However, he also practices yoga and meditation. Our conversation starts with Steve's experience in the army where he shares about his time in basic training while 9/11 happened. After the millitary, Steve discovered his passion for writing in theatre. He found his groove in comedy writing after working for a traveling cooking show. It was through the cooking show that he learned about nutrition and holistic methods for wellness. Each avenue of his life was truly inspiring him and leading to one creative expression after another.
This week's guest on Inner Monologue is Entrepreneur and Artist, Antoinette Cauley. In this profoundly diverse conversation, we begin our conversation discussing our different struggles with mental health issues and even touch upon a discussion of race issues. We also share stories of frustration and inconvenience in terms of handling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety. Antoinette shares her journey of success to becoming a full time artist. She talks about the stress of making ends meet, building confidence through each painting and art show and how she has ultimately used art as a tool for self discovery.
This week's guest on Inner Monologue is Yoga Teacher, Meditation Guide and Sound Healer, Hamid Jabbar. Hamid shares his experiences with spiritual drive-by, which he considers to be a transformational life experience that alters your life course to a new chapter. Due to several of these experiences, he shifted his life from stressful living in Los Angeles as a lawyer to a meditative yogic lifestyle. We also discuss the value of applying what one learns in yoga and meditation into real world scenarios.
This week on Inner Monologue podcast we have storyteller and organizer of Chatterbox Storytelling, Jessie Balli. Chatterbox Storytelling is a local weekly storytelling event in downtown Phoenix. We begin our conversation reflecting upon the function of the storyteller within society. Jessie also shares how she got involved with storytelling. There is a very profound community building that takes place in sharing stories, which ultimately allows us to learn from one another and connect.