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Author: Matt Cooper

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The Imagining; a time to explore the imagination, creativity and mental health. All of the conversations I am having form part of the research for my new book. I hope that you discover something new about yourself while listening to this episode  

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As we near the close of a chapter in our podcast journey, I can't help but share what's been stirring behind the scenes: a shift from podcasting to writing. It's a pivot that's come with its fair share of hurdles, and in this penultimate episode, I go into whats behind my decision. We tackle creating content that resonates, without falling prey to analytics. Balancing the art of building a genuine community and engagement metrics has been a challenge.We chat about the magic of fairy tales. Je...
Have you ever peered into a reflection and found the depths of your imagination staring back? That's where my guest, Phil, and I kick off our dialogue, wading through the chaos and creativity that churns in the mind like a Salvador Dali masterpiece caught in a rain puddle. We traverse the landscape of mental health, unearthing how the stillness of lockdown has amplified the need to declutter the mind, like one carefully salvages a precious watch from murky waters. Phil's candid revelations on...
Ever think about how creativity, mental health, and our human spirit are connected? Let's explore that together! We'll talk about personal stories, like the joy of being a parent and how tough times can actually make us stronger.We'll also dive into how our minds work and how the way we think can shape our view of the world. I'll share a story from my job, dealing with tricky situations where money and personal values clashed. And we'll talk about the human side of big business, like layoffs ...
Crisis to Compassion, join host Matt Cooper and guest David Simmons as he shares his remarkable journey from a life-changing incident to becoming the driving force behind a community organization dedicated to transforming lives. David, the founder of Changing Lives and the leader of Changing Lives FC, takes us through the challenges and triumphs of running an organization focused on community well-being, mental health, and supporting refugees.Delve into David's reflections on the pivotal mome...
In this episode, Matt engages in a thought-provoking discussion with guest Terry Lawless about his journey as a parent, a professional, and an individual navigating the intricate tapestry of mental health. From creative approaches to dealing with challenges in a competitive work environment to the importance of understanding and embracing one's creativity, this conversation touches upon various aspects of life.Support the Show.
Join us on this captivating episode as we delve into a unique approach to real estate marketing that goes beyond the conventional. In our conversation, we explore the transformative power of creativity in the industry, as one individual takes a bold step to redefine how homes are presented and sold. From initial skepticism to the overwhelming positive responses, discover the impact of bringing a touch of creativity to the world of real estate. Our guest shares insights into the challenges fac...
In this episode, we delve into the intricacies of daily life, creativity, and the often misunderstood concept of boredom. Our guest, a mother of three and a community pastor, shares her dynamic and varied routine. The conversation unfolds into a deep exploration of boredom, its impact on mental health, and strategies to combat it.As our guest opens up about her personal journey, we discover how she copes with boredom and instills a sense of purpose in her children, especially considering the ...
Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

2023-12-2501:48

Happy Christmas from the Imagining Team, we will return to weekly releases in 2024. Wherever you are, whoever you are with or without may you find some piece. Support the Show.
In this episode, join our host as they take you on a personal journey through the challenges of creativity, anxiety, and the intricate dance between the two. From abandoned documentary projects to moments of personal crisis, discover how the host found inspiration in an unexpected place—a prayer to alleviate anxiety. Explore the intricate relationship between anxiety, imagination, and the power to create beauty in the midst of chaos.Support the Show.
In this episode, Lottie takes us on a heartfelt journey, recounting pivotal moments in her life that shaped her path as a professional photographer. From the first sale of her photograph at an exhibition to the encouragement of her grandfather, Lottie unveils the inspiration that fueled her pursuit of a creative and fulfilling career. She shares insights into the behind-the-scenes of being a professional photographer, the emotional connections formed during weddings, and the importance of bui...
In this enlightening episode, we unravel the profound influence of fashion on mental well-being. Join the conversation as we discuss how clothing can serve as a therapeutic tool, influencing emotions, and fostering self-expression. Our guest, the visionary behind Vault Urban, shares the philosophy driving the brand's sustainable and creative designs.From the role of fashion in expressing one's identity to the societal impact of dress codes, we explore the diverse facets of this powerful art f...
Embark on a profound journey through time and purpose in this episode, guided by Alan Moss, a dedicated pioneer vicar based in East London. Regardless of your beliefs, delve into the ancient wisdom gleaned from the Desert Fathers over 2000 years ago, as they sought solace in the quiet of the desert, inadvertently giving rise to communities.Shifting to the contemporary narrative, Alan, a pioneer vicar and community engagement advocate, shares his remarkable journey from a working-class backgro...
Join us in this powerful episode as we explore the journey of self-discovery and creative triumph with our guest, who opens up about the challenges of growing up amidst stereotypes and racism. From childhood prayers for a different identity to struggles with cultural expectations, our guest shares a deeply personal narrative. Discover how the journey from self-doubt to embracing one's identity has influenced creativity, navigating the complexities of culture, and finding success in music. We ...
In this thought-provoking episode of The Imagining, we delve deep into the complex relationship between imagination and reality. Just like the enchanting fairy tales of our childhoods, our imagination has the power to shape our perception of the world. However, as we step into the realm of adulthood, we often find that limitless imagination can lead to paralysis rather than freedom.Our guest, Tom James, offers valuable insights into how to strike a balance and create boundaries for our ...
Join us in a candid conversation that explores the intricate relationship between business endeavours and the limitless landscape of the imagination. Our guest, Dave Pye, shares valuable insights drawn from years of advising and mentoring a multitude of companies. Together, we unravel the complexities of discerning a clear path when inundated with a myriad of "imaginings."This engaging discussion addresses key questions:How do you manage a torrent of creative ideas without losing focus?What i...
Join us in this conversation with Dan Pierce: Priest and Author. In this conversation, we explore the world of the imagination and the human spirit. Give yourself an opportunity to consider how the pursuit of beauty may nourish your spirit. Support the Show.
Join us in this discussion with Steve Cooper: Careers advisor, Small Business Owner, Map Maker and Runner. Learn some key techniques in identifying a career path that empowers your imagination and creativity, and mitigates possible anxieties. This is a must-listen if you are starting out in working life, looking to make a big career change or a parent looking to support their child in this complex world.Support the Show.
Join us for this conversation with Storm Cecile: Award-winning Poet and Entrepreneur. In this episode, we look at some techniques for filtering our imaginings, using our value system as a means of identifying and empowering helpful thoughts. Support the Show.
Meet David Joey Mitchell: Poet and Community worker. In this episode, we discuss the pursuit of beauty and navigating chaos. Give yourself a chance to consider the wide spectrum of activity catalysed in your imagination and reflect upon the health of your thought life. Support the Show.
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The Imagining Teaser

2023-10-0501:32

Welcome to "Imagining" podcast, where we dive deep into Imagination, Creativity, and Mental Health. Every conversation fuels the research for my upcoming book. Get ready to discover something new about yourself. 🌟 #ImaginingPodcast #Imagination #Creativity #MentalHealth #SelfDiscoverySupport the Show.
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