Welcome to the fourth episode of SPIRIT & RECOVERY, our 5-part podcast series exploring powerful healing modalities, philosophies and soulful practices that are designed to support recovery – on all levels – from trauma, addiction, harmful behaviors and more.

How do you define recovery? I think of recovery as the process of recovering the initiation and the potentiality of your life. It can also be seen as an opportunity to explore new and innovative ways of healing, growing and flourishing in a rapidly changing world.

In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, a celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, psychologist and author. Rooted with the Yoruba people, Dr. Bayo is the Founder of The Emergence Network, host of the online postactivist course/festival series, ‘We Will Dance with Mountains’ and lectures at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California and University of Vermont. 

In this conversation we explore the redefinition of recovery and re-pair, the power of uncertainty and the reevaluation of what we fear.

*Warning: This episode includes conversations about trauma, addiction, abuse and other subjects and situations that may be triggering for some listeners. Our intention with this series is to educate and inspire, and while mental health professionals are being interviewed, this podcast does not offer personalized medical advice. If you need help or are in crisis, please seek medical attention and advice from a professional.

In This Episode We Talk About:

  • Growing up in Nigeria and his exposure to different cultures and travel at a young age
  • Being a ‘loner’ and finding solace introspectively with philosophy, books & knowledge
  • Colette & Dr. Bayo challenge the confines of reality and transgress rigidity
  • Dr. Bayo talks about his Father’s passing, loss & grief and how it affected his perceptions and beliefs 
  • Emergence & Magic: Uncertainty on a collective level & the gifts that surface 
  • Teaching & practicing psychology beyond parameters & opening up more places of power
  • Recovery versus Repair (Re-Pair) & ‘Never not broken’
  • Redefining failure as an exploration of self discovery & how we re-pair 
  • Redefining ‘monsters’ and challenging what fear really is 
  • Lost in the wilderness and meeting your monsters for a picnic 
  • Getting rooted in ancestral past wisdom & self-exploration
  • Getting caught up in the details, ‘noun-ism’, ‘thing-afication’ 
  • Dr. Bayo’s ideas & philosophies on trauma & mental illness
  • What does it mean to be an individual?
  • Sense of Safety: Getting comfortable with the wilderness…
  • How can we make the world a better place & the Emergence of something new!
  • Pull an Oracle card with Colette & Dr. Bayo! 

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