The Unbroken Place with Eddy Paul Thomas

Eddy Paul Thomas

Welcome to The Unbroken Place Podcast, where empathy is the cornerstone of our journey. Here, we dive deep into learning to better navigate difficult conversations, enriching work dynamics, and nurturing personal connections in the complexities of contemporary life. Your host, Eddy Paul Thomas, brings a wealth of experience as an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and, at the heart of it all, a dedicated husband and father. Drawing on over two decades of experience in fostering resilient teams and thriving businesses, Eddy extends his insights on conscious leadership and empathy beyond the boardroom, offering listeners actionable advice on applying these lessons to enhance their interpersonal relationships. Join us as we transform relationships and discover the unbreakable bonds that empathy can forge. read less
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Episode 8: Conscious Leadership and Active Listening
May 7 2024
Episode 8: Conscious Leadership and Active Listening
Summary Conscious leadership is an approach to leadership that emphasizes self-awareness, ethical practices, and personal and professional growth. It is practiced by organizations like Patagonia, Ben and Jerry's, and Google. The tenets of conscious leadership include self-awareness, authenticity, emotional intelligence, empathy, mindfulness, purpose-driven leadership, servant leadership, systems thinking, continuous learning and growth, and ethical and values-driven leadership. Active listening is a crucial aspect of conscious leadership, as it involves fully engaging and understanding the perspectives and concerns of others. Active listening can improve communication, empathy, and connection in both professional and personal relationships. Takeaways Conscious leadership emphasizes self-awareness, ethical practices, and personal and professional growth.Organizations like Patagonia, Ben and Jerry's, and Google practice conscious leadership.The tenets of conscious leadership include self-awareness, authenticity, emotional intelligence, empathy, mindfulness, purpose-driven leadership, servant leadership, systems thinking, continuous learning and growth, and ethical and values-driven leadership.Active listening is a crucial aspect of conscious leadership and can improve communication, empathy, and connection in both professional and personal relationships. Chapters 00:00 Introduction to Conscious Leadership and Active Listening 03:24 Notable Organizations Practicing Conscious Leadership 32:24 Applying Active Listening in Personal and Professional Relationships 35:20 Resources for Practicing Active Listening 36:46 Conclusion ----more---- Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 7: Deconstructing an Inherited Identity and Faith With Dave Capozzi
Apr 29 2024
Episode 7: Deconstructing an Inherited Identity and Faith With Dave Capozzi
Summary In this conversation, Eddy and Dave discuss the concept of deconstruction and its impact on faith and belief systems. They explore the themes of empathy, truth-seeking, and the role of white evangelicalism in perpetuating oppressive systems. Dave shares his personal journey of deconstruction and how it led him to question the foundations of his faith. They also discuss the difference between how Black people and white people perceive Jesus and the importance of empathy in understanding different perspectives. The conversation highlights the need for the church to dismantle harmful practices and prioritize relational connection and understanding. In this conversation, Dave Capozzi and Eddy discuss the importance of empathy in addressing biases, promoting understanding, and fostering meaningful conversations. They explore the role of empathy in various contexts, including social media platforms like TikTok and the classroom. Dave emphasizes the need for self-reflection and healing as a starting point for individuals engaging in personal deconstruction. They also discuss the intersections of faith and activism, particularly in the context of deconstructing whiteness. Dave's podcast, Dig New Streams, is highlighted as a valuable resource for exploring themes of empathy, faith, and social justice. Takeaways Deconstruction is a process that every human being goes through in their lifetime, where they question and reevaluate their beliefs and values.White evangelicalism is rooted in imperial Christianity, which has perpetuated oppressive systems and marginalized certain groups of people.Empathy is crucial in understanding different perspectives and dismantling harmful practices within the church.The concept of Black Jesus versus white Jesus highlights the different experiences and interpretations of Jesus based on race and lived experiences.The church should prioritize relational connection and understanding, rather than imposing beliefs and practices on others. Empathy is essential in addressing biases and promoting understanding.Meaningful conversations require listening empathically and creating safe spaces.Self-reflection and healing are crucial for personal deconstruction.Faith and activism are interconnected, and individuals can be allies by healing themselves and walking alongside marginalized communities.Dave Capozzi's podcast, Dig New Streams, explores themes of empathy, faith, and social justice. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and the Importance of Empathy 06:19 Understanding Deconstruction 10:11 The Rise of Deconstruction in the Western Church 11:11 Dave Capozzi's Personal Journey of Deconstruction 13:45 The Role of Whiteness in Christianity 19:29 Different Perspectives on Jesus 26:34 The Importance of Empathy in Christian Faith 30:02 Challenges in Missionary Work and Church Planting 30:30 The Need for Perspective Shift in the Church 31:04 Expanding Topics on TikTok 32:27 Encouraging Empathy in the Classroom 42:05 Faith and Activism 48:33 Exploring Empathy, Faith, and Social Justice on the Dig New Streams Podcast 51:53 Advice for Personal Deconstruction 54:32 The Power of Empathy ... Dave Capozzi's recommended deconstruction follows on TikTok: Kokayi Nosakhere - @rsadefiant2Evan Mingo - @blacademicsPortia- @portia.noirAmy Chen - @circusfaery33 Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 6: The Journey Towards Mutuality with Mekdes Haddis
Apr 22 2024
Episode 6: The Journey Towards Mutuality with Mekdes Haddis
Summary In this conversation, Eddy and Mekdes Haddis discuss the importance of empathy in the missions community and the impact of the white savior complex. They explore the need for understanding different perspectives, taking collaborative action, and addressing the lack of empathy in traditional Western mission practices. Mekdes shares her experiences as an Ethiopian immigrant and challenges the narrative of the hunter in mission work. They also discuss the shame experienced by minority missionaries and the disparities in wealth that affect their ability to serve. The conversation highlights the need for a shift towards a more empathetic approach that uplifts local leadership. The conversation explores the need for a deeper understanding of mission work and challenges the traditional approach of Western missionaries. It emphasizes the importance of listening to and respecting the dignity of the people being served, rather than imposing Western ideals and culture. The conversation also highlights the need for a shift in the mission movement, with a focus on the next generation and a more collaborative and decentralized approach. It acknowledges the role of women, particularly from the global south, in leading a new wave of mission initiatives. The conversation concludes with advice for young missionaries to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to be open to the unique path that God has for them. Takeaways Empathy in the missions community involves understanding different perspectives and taking collaborative action.Traditional Western mission practices often lack empathy and perpetuate the white savior complex.Minority missionaries often face shame and financial challenges due to disparities in wealth.There is a need for a shift towards a more empathetic approach that uplifts local leadership. Start mission work by listening and understanding the culture and dignity of the people being served.Challenge the traditional approach of Western missionaries and avoid imposing Western ideals and culture.Focus on the next generation and invest in their training and development for mission work.Embrace a collaborative and decentralized approach to mission work.Recognize the important role of women, particularly from the global south, in leading a new wave of mission initiatives.Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and be open to the unique path that God has for each individual in mission work. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Admiration for Mekdes 09:45 The Lack of Empathy in Traditional Western Mission Practices 30:17 Listening and Understanding: A New Approach to Mission Work 46:48 Women in Mission: Leading a New Wave of Initiatives 53:40 Guidance from the Holy Spirit: Embracing a Unique Path in Mission Work ... Discover more about Mekdes Haddis' ministry at: mekdeshaddis.com Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 5: Balancing Concern for Others with Self-Care with Britt Dorazio
Apr 15 2024
Episode 5: Balancing Concern for Others with Self-Care with Britt Dorazio
In this conversation, Britt Dorazio discusses the meaning of empathy and its importance in her work. She explains how her background in musical theater influences her approach to teaching empathy through the arts. Britt also explores the role of trauma-informed mindfulness practices in facilitating empathy and understanding. She emphasizes the significance of somatic practices in cultivating self-empathy and recognizing the needs of the body. Britt shares her experiences with integrating empathy into curriculum development and program delivery, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for diverse communities. She addresses misconceptions about empathy and offers strategies for individuals struggling to empathize with themselves. Finally, Britt shares a personal story that highlights the profound impact of empathy in her work. Takeaways Empathy means creating space to remain connected to each other's humanity.Storytelling and the arts can be powerful tools for teaching empathy.Trauma-informed mindfulness practices facilitate deeper understanding and empathy towards others' experiences.Somatic practices help cultivate self-empathy and recognize the needs of the body.Empathy-focused practices should be inclusive and accessible to diverse communities.Empathy requires active participation and self-care.Empathy is not about abandoning oneself, but about finding a balance between giving and receiving.Empathy can be challenging to teach in a culture that prioritizes individual success over collective well-being.Strategies for empathizing with oneself include investigating the origins of narratives and tending to the nervous system.Misconceptions about empathy include the belief that one must abandon oneself to serve others.Personal stories can have a profound impact on empathy.Online offerings provide accessible opportunities for learning and practicing empathy. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Definition of Empathy 01:11 Influence of Musical Theater on Teaching Empathy 07:48 Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Practices 10:48 Somatic Practices and Cultivating Self-Empathy 14:28 Empathy-Focused Practices with Awaken Pittsburgh 21:27 Integrative Community Therapy Model and Empathy 25:20 Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Empathy 32:23 Strategies for Empathizing with Oneself 35:39 Misconceptions about Empathy 38:26 Personal Story of Profound Empathy 44:26 Online Offerings and Conclusion ... Discover more about Britt Dorazio's Services at: https://www.brittanydorazio.com/ Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 4: Unpacking the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy
Apr 1 2024
Episode 4: Unpacking the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy
In this episode, Eddy Paul Thomas explores the difference between empathy and sympathy and their impact on human connection. He delves into the essence of empathy and sympathy, highlighting their distinct meanings and roles in our interactions. Eddy then discusses the practical application of empathy in the workplace, emphasizing the importance of understanding and supporting colleagues while maintaining professional boundaries. He concludes by emphasizing the need to create a workplace culture that thrives on empathy and understanding. Takeaways Empathy and sympathy have distinct meanings and play crucial roles in our interactions. Empathy involves truly understanding and sharing the feelings of another, while sympathy is feeling compassion and acknowledging someone's distress from a certain detachment. In the workplace, empathy can enhance communication, collaboration, and employee well-being. Creating a workplace culture of empathy and understanding requires active listening, setting healthy boundaries, and fostering psychological safety.   Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:02 The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy 10:58 Practical Application of Empathy in the Workplace ..... Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 3: The Impact of Historical Trauma on Family Dynamics with Dr. Jackie Montgomery
Mar 25 2024
Episode 3: The Impact of Historical Trauma on Family Dynamics with Dr. Jackie Montgomery
Dr. Jackie Montgomery developed Healing Horizons to help the community understand and talk about trauma. She emphasizes that trauma is not just about violence, but it occurs when something tough happens and our bodies react in a way that goes beyond our usual coping mechanisms. Historical trauma refers to the collective experience of traumatic events that have lasting impacts on individuals, families, and communities. It includes intergenerational trauma, cultural trouble, and social and economic disparities. Historical trauma can lead to identity struggles, power struggles, and barriers to effective communication within families. Empathy plays a crucial role in understanding and addressing historical trauma, as it involves acknowledging the pain, suffering, and resilience of individuals. It is important to know and understand one's own history and identity in order to identify and address trauma. Forgiveness is a key aspect of the healing process, and it involves releasing the desire for revenge and letting go of bitterness, resentment, and anger. The process of forgiveness is personal and requires emotional processing and release. It is essential to address historical trauma and promote empathy and forgiveness in order to heal and move forward. The conversation with Dr. Jackie Montgomery focused on the importance of empathy and understanding in addressing historical trauma. She emphasized the need to acknowledge and address trauma rather than trying to erase it. Dr. Montgomery shared a personal story about her own experience with historical trauma in her family and how open communication and empathy helped in healing and reconciliation. She highlighted the significance of counseling and taking a holistic approach to healing, including addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of trauma. Dr. Montgomery also discussed the importance of self-care and being aware of secondary trauma when helping others with historical trauma.   Takeaways   Trauma occurs when something tough happens and our bodies react in a way that goes beyond our usual coping mechanisms. Historical trauma refers to the collective experience of traumatic events that have lasting impacts on individuals, families, and communities. Empathy plays a crucial role in understanding and addressing historical trauma, as it involves acknowledging the pain, suffering, and resilience of individuals. It is important to know and understand one's own history and identity in order to identify and address trauma. Forgiveness is a key aspect of the healing process, and it involves releasing the desire for revenge and letting go of bitterness, resentment, and anger. Empathy is an action word and plays a crucial role in addressing historical trauma. Open communication and empathy can help in healing and reconciliation. Counseling and a holistic approach are important for healing from historical trauma. Self-care and awareness of secondary trauma are essential when helping others with historical trauma.   Chapters   00:00 Introduction and Organization Overview 01:04 Understanding Trauma and Historical Trauma 05:33 Challenges in Healing from Historical Trauma 06:37 The Importance of Communication in Healing 08:04 Identifying and Addressing Historical Trauma in Families 09:12 Healthy Ways to Look at Identity 11:01 The Influence of Media on Identity 13:48 The Role of Forgiveness in Healing 22:11 Trauma and Empathy in Current Events 23:23 Overcoming Historical Trauma through Empathy and Understanding 32:07 Supporting Families Affected by Historical Trauma 40:23 Resources and Readings 42:46 Cultivating Empathetic Understanding ... Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 2: Addressing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Leaders with Dr. Stephanie Romero
Mar 18 2024
Episode 2: Addressing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Leaders with Dr. Stephanie Romero
Summary Dr. Stephanie Romero of Awaken Pittsburgh (awakenpittsburgh.org) discusses the importance of mindfulness and addressing burnout and compassion fatigue among leaders. She shares her personal experience as a teacher and the realization that anger can be a symptom of burnout and compassion fatigue. Stephanie explains the concept of mindfulness and its correlation with meditation. She emphasizes the role of empathy in cultivating a culture of mindfulness and empathy in organizations. Stephanie also highlights the benefits of mindfulness and empathy in preventing burnout and compassion fatigue. She encourages leaders to prioritize connection, awareness, and self-care. Takeaways Anger can be a symptom of burnout and compassion fatigue.Mindfulness is a quality of non-judgmental attention in the present moment.Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help manage stressors that lead to burnout.Cultivating a culture of mindfulness and empathy in organizations can prevent burnout and improve employee satisfaction.Connection, empathy, and awareness are key in preventing burnout and compassion fatigue. If you want to support the work of Dr. Stephanie Romero please go to: awakenpittsburgh.org/support/ ..... Learn more about the Unbroken Place Podcast at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
Episode 1: An Introduction to Empathy
Mar 11 2024
Episode 1: An Introduction to Empathy
In the inaugural episode of "The Unbroken Place," host Eddy Paul Thomas invites listeners into a profound exploration of empathy, the invisible thread that weaves humanity together. Titled "An Introduction to Empathy," this episode sets the stage for a series dedicated to understanding the essence of feeling with and for others in a world that often prioritizes division over unity. Eddy Paul Thomas emphasizes empathy's pivotal role in fostering understanding, healing, and connection, proposing it as more than a mere soft skill but as a crucial element for societal harmony. Through engaging discussions, the episode promises to unravel the complexities of empathy, featuring insights from thought leaders, activists, and those whose lives exemplify the transformative power of empathetic engagement. The episode is not just a call to action but an invitation to journey through the myriad dimensions of empathy, from its scientific underpinnings to its impact on our well-being and the practical steps we can take to cultivate it. "The Unbroken Place" is poised to be a sanctuary for stories and a beacon for those seeking to navigate the world with an open heart, emphasizing that empathy is not only about understanding others but about discovering the unbroken place within that binds us all in shared humanity. Learn more at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Discover the transformative power of empathy in both our personal lives and the workplace with the following resources: Ok...On Second Thought newsletter on Linkedin.Ok...On Second Thought articles.Ok...On Second Thought Resources for the Workplace. Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Produced by Say Some Thing Studios. Music: "Open Door" & "I Dare You" by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.
The Unbroken Place Trailer
Feb 25 2024
The Unbroken Place Trailer
It’s time for a new conversation. It begins and ends with empathy. My name is Eddy Paul Thomas, and this is The Unbroken Place Podcast. In a world where conversations can turn difficult, work dynamics become challenging, and personal connections feel complex, empathy remains our guiding light. With over twenty years of journeying through the highs and lows of building resilient teams and thriving businesses for clients, I've seen firsthand the transformative power of empathy. It's not just about understanding others; it's about connecting deeply and genuinely. Each week, we'll dive into the art of navigating life's complexities with a compassionate mind and, ultimately, a compassionate heart. From enriching your work environment to deepening your personal relationships, we're here to explore the practical steps you can take to make a real difference in every aspect of your relationships. Join me as we unearth the bonds that connect us all. Whether you're a leader looking to inspire, a friend aiming to support, a partner who desires better communication in your relationship, or simply someone who believes in the power of understanding, this podcast is for you. This is The Unbroken Place, where we transform relationships and discover the strength in our connections. Together, let's embark on this journey of empathy. Because, in the end, it's empathy that brings us together and empathy that can lead us forward. Subscribe to The Unbroken Place with Eddy Paul Thomas, available on all major podcast platforms. Let's make empathy our mission. Learn more at: www.eddypaulthomas.com/unbrokenplace Brought to you by Elevate 1 Consulting. Music: Open Door by Little Glass Men from the free music archive. This work is openly licensed via CC BY 4.0.