You, Me, Empathy - Episode 72: Spirituality and The Divine Feminine with Tamara Albanna

On Episode 72 of You, Me, Empathy, Tamara Albanna and I explore the intersection of spirituality and mental health, complex PTSD (CPTSD), our ties to ancestry, and The Divine Feminine.

Tamara shares the work she’s doing in therapy, trying to uncover lost memories from her childhood. She talks about growing up in a patriarchal, misogynistic home, and the work she’s doing to connect with her ancestry, and her home land, Baghdad, Iraq—even amidst the at-times violence and dictatorship.

Tamara then enlightens me on The Divine Feminine and how she connects to the divine as if it were her mother, a “cosmic mother,” who is accepting and nurturing and loving. Tamara’s spirituality is a beautiful presence in her life, which has led to finding that she’s not powerless, and has fostered deeper joy and catharsis.

Finally, we talk about Tamara’s Complex PTSD (CPTSD) diagnosis, and how she’s coming to terms with that and what that means for her childhood experiences—through being kinder to herself, connecting with stories, and discovering safe spaces. We explore change, and in accepting change, how we humans can see it as transformative and life affirming.

Thanks to Tamara for sharing your feely heart on You, Me, Empathy!

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