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Episode 99: How Craniosacral Therapy Can Help - From Anxiety & Low Energy to Tight Shoulders & Locked Jaws with Lucille Rayner

 

Lucille Rayner is a fellow yogi and local Calgarian who has studied and worked in the natural health industry for over ten years. Yoga, meditation, and chi kung (also spelled qigong) are all part of her practices. Today, she’s best known as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.

If you’re wondering what that even is, then perfect, you’ve landed into the right episode! In a nutshell, Craniosacral therapy is a bodywork modality that uses light touch therapy and your body’s own intelligence to help you re-balance physically, mentally and emotionally (they’re all connected as you’ll learn). Through very gentle touch, Craniosacral Therapy helps support and

reorganize body, tissues and balances the central nervous system.

Lucille goes into way more depth about how this works and the benefits that it can have. She explains the mind-body connection and how mental and emotional pain also shows up physically and vice versa. This actually leads us to a super fun pit stop in talking about the fascia and how the whole fascial system is like those ropey web playground structures that kids play on. If a child sits on one side, the whole structure is tugged and misshapen to support their weight. Experiences that we go through are held in our fascial system. When we strain a part of our body, the entire fascial system (that’s like the web where everything is interconnected) gets tugged and manipulated to support this strain.

Plug in those earbuds and listen to the episode to hear about our mind-body connection!

Topic Summary:

  • What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and how does it work

  • Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

  • Mind-body connection (there’s always a connection between how you feel and what’s going on in your body)

  • Fascia and the importance it plays in your body

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Key Nuggets:

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

A type of body work that uses light touch to cue into how body structures like fascia, interstitial fluids, and bones are moving. Uses body’s own intelligence - the body is met with gentle touch and allowed to breathe and move in its own time. 

Adjustments gently made as needed to soothe the nervous system or manipulate muscular structure

Physiological and also there’s an energetic piece because of the mind-body connection. 

Benefits

Teaches you to trust your body again and begin to build a relationship with it especially if you’ve dissociated

Cranialsacral therapy helps release adhesions from scar tissue as the body is ready to (rather than forcing it).  Allowing rather than forcing leads to longer effects

Releases painful patterns that exist within our bodies

Because mind-body is connected, you go for anxiety, depression, not feeling energized and also for tight shoulders, strained jaws and other physical or emotional issues.

Mind Body Connection

Everything is connected – when you get hurt emotionally, it’ll show up in your body and vice versa.

Ex. Heartbreak – your heart isn’t actually breaking but it feels like it is. You feel the emotional pain and physically your back hunches forward and chest curls in, creating physical tension.

You need to feel it to heal it – we often dissociate in our bodies but we need to feel it to heal it

 Fascia

As we form in the womb it all starts with fascia.  At first it’s just goop then all the different parts start to pop up as limbs and organs.  Essentially, different organs are made of the same components but laid down in a different way.

Fascia is housing place for our  nervous  system and vasculature.

Experiences that we go through are held in our fascia – holding pain in fascia.  Like the ropey web structures in a playground, pressing on one part of the structure causes the rest of it to be tugged and misshapen.

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

Trusting the inherent intelligence within herself.  To not give her power out to external things like putting people on pedestals.

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

There’s always something that you should be doing but sometimes you just have to not do.  Slow down and PLAY. Do things that are fun.  You’re already doing enough!

Links:

If you have any questions for Melanie or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website:  https://serenitynowwellness.ca/

Email:   lucille@serenitynowwellness.ca

Facebook: @lucillelight

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Episode 96: How To Heal Your Shadow Self with Amanda JP Brown

 

"Everything I ever been ashamed of, was part of me, a powerful part of me, because it was my forge, my place of creation and learning to own and love of the disowned and rejected pieces of myself was where my power resided."

Former trauma therapist, Amanda JP Brown, was once a high school drop out and drug user who struggled with shame, self confidence and loving herself. Today, she is an author, speaker, and coach who guides women to walk through their

darkness and reclaim the disowned pieces of themselves so they can stand confidently in their power. Her journey has led her to write her book,You're Brave Enough: 8 Daily Practices to be Your Own HERO.

No knight in shining armor is coming to save you. Even if he did, how can he save you from the thoughts and beliefs you use to belittle and judge yourself? You hold all the power to change your life. No one can do it for you”

In this episode, we have a lively and meaningful conversation about judgement, shame, self-rejection; self-acceptance, self-love and personal power.

We all have shadow parts to ourselves, it’s part of being human - but it doesn’t mean that we’re meant to suffer with them our whole lives. Plug in those earbuds to absorb the insight on how to heal your shadow self!

Topic Summary:

  • What is judgement, shame, self-rejection and how to deal with these difficult emotions

  • How to heal your shadow self with forgiveness and self acceptance

  • When is it safe to share your story

  • Story of how Amanda was called to write Brave Enough


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Key Nuggets:

What does it mean to be Brave Enough?

To look at all the dark places within yourself and be ready to ground yourself to move through it.

Shame, Rejection & Judgement

  • Shame: personal experience of feeling so bad that you don’t want to talk about anything so that you don’t get hurt. Constrict yourself off and you really don’t want to feel it or experience it but don’t want to or don’t know how to talk about it

  • Rejection: really is about lack of acceptance and being heard or if it’s self rejection it’s about not wanting to accept parts of ourselves

  • Judgement: you don’t reject things you don’t judge. When you find yourself judging ask yourself “where’d it come from?” and “what do I need to let go of?”

Healing the Shadow Places

  • Starts with owning what it is that you think

  • We reject the parts of ourselves that we’re actually afraid of

  • Forgiveness “it’s okay, you tried your best”

  • Accept all parts of yourself - Everything that you ever wanted to get rid of within yourself is exactly where your power is.

Sharing your story

  • It can be powerful to share your story in a supportive environment as a way to get through the dark places.

  • Some stories don’t need to be shared out to the world ever and it’s just meant to be witnessed by you.

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

"Everything I ever been ashamed of, was part of me, a powerful part of me, because it was my forge, my place of creation and learning to own and love of the disowned and rejected pieces of myself was where my power resided."

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

"You have to look within yourself for the answers you seek and be open to exploring all the pieces of who you are including your past experiences, what you think and believe and start asking new questions. And I believe You're Brave Enough to do just that.

Resources:

Episode 73: What does it really mean to live your truth?

Links:

If you have any questions for Melanie or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website:  www.amandajpbrown.com

Email:   hello@amandajpbrown.com

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Episode 92: You Develop Self-Worth By Choosing That You're Worthy with Lina Carvajal

 

Lina Carvajal is an engineer turned banker turned Art Therapist, Life Coach and Counsellor. She’s gone from being stuck (more than once) in a life that looked great on the outside but felt completely misaligned on the inside. This is a story of how she found her way out of the ruts and into a life that she loves.

Lina also shares the valuable wisdom that she gathered about self-worth and self-love - the two things that were most impactful in her transformation.

Listen in for golden nuggets on how to get over “not good enough” and “not worthy” and into a place of total enough-ness and worthiness.

In Lina’s potent words:

“You Choose If You’re Worth Or Not”

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Key Nuggets:

Lina’s Story:

Lina spent much of her life seeking happiness - she lived a life that looked great on the outside but misaligned on the inside. She was uncomfortable and felt like she just didn’t fit. She found herself in this rut more than once in her life! She found what she was looking for when she turned toward self inquiry and looked into self-worth and self-love.

Getting Out Of A Rut

Once Lina realized that she as living a life of expectations, she started to make changes to get out of that rut including moving from Columbia to Australia. She also realized that she was focusing on trying to fix her weaknesses rather than build her strengths. That realization also helped her get out of the rut. Other things that she did to move forward include:

  • Asking herself the transformational question “What do I want to create?”

  • Asking friends for feedback to figure out her strengths. They helped provide a helpful objective view for her own blindspots.

    • These breadcrumbs lead her to counseling

  • Dived into self inquiry and challenged her own limiting beliefs

  • Learned to move out of her thinking mind and into her emotions

Learning to accept yourself and be comfortable in your own skin

Lina developed self worth when she:

  • Stopped living by other people’s expectations

  • Stopped looking for approval by collecting a bunch of certifications. She leaned into her own skills and trusted that it was good enough.

You’re Enough

Whatever you’re creating in the world at this moment, is perfect. You’re enough.

Lina felt good enough when she:

  • Gave herself permission to feel everything that she did about herself

  • Knew her strengths (it’s always been there, but are you ready to see it)

  • Got back in touch with her inner self

  • Asked herself “What do I want to create”

You choose if you’re worthy or not

  • Start where you are and use what you have, knowing that it’s enough

  • Use the resources that you have and do what you can

  • Feel the fear but do it anyway

  • Do something to move toward your better life every single day!

Philosophy for living a life you love:

Everything begins within yourself.  The relationship that you have with yourself is the relationship that you have with everything. Have the best relationship that you can with yourself and then from there, you’ll affect everyone outside of you.

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

“We’re all an original so don’t die as a copy”

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

You are already who you’re looking for.  You are who you are and that’s enough.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” – Joseph Campbell

Links:

If you have any questions for Melanie or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: https://about.me/linacarvajal

Instagram: @micoach.lina

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lina-carvajal-552971a/

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Episode 88: Are You Breathing Correctly? Functional Breathing Can Reduce Stress, Anxiety & Pain with Marco Tesi

 

“You can change your whole life with your breath”

I couldn’t agree more with the statement above! In yoga, we refer to breath as pranayam. Translated from sanskrit it means “life force”, which makes absolute sense as our breath, in essence, is our life force. Stop breathing and you stop living.

The way I’ve taught my students about the importance of breath in class is that the simple act of changing your breath can alter your entire physiology (body response) which in turn changes the way you feel > your thoughts > beliefs > actions > and ultimately your life because your life is made up of the actions, beliefs and thoughts that you create. Lengthen your breathe to soothe your nervous system, release the tension from your body and make better choices. Fragment your breath and you’ll create more anxiety and stress in your body.

In this episode, we get to talk to Marco Tesi about the epic power of breath and how to use it to reduce stress, anxiety and pain. He approaches the topic from a Sports Science background which is exciting because he rounds out what yogis have known about breath for centuries with the physiology and functionality of it all. It just make so much sense when he explains it! Marco shares so many important nuggets that need to be applied for our lives for better living. For example, it’s all about functionality and balance! Short breaths can save your life or they can give you a panic attack. It all depends on what you’re doing. Our body system isn’t rigid, it’s meant to flow and pivot with whatever situation is currently facing us. Okay, before I spoil it all, plug in those earbuds and listen in!

Marco is the creator of Respiro Breathing technique and has helped over a hundred people overcome chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, anxiety and other challenges through breathing techniques.

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Key Nuggets:

Importance of Breath

Breath is the bridge between your body and your mind. It affects the mechanical body (ex. help with posture, emotional body (activating different areas of your brain) and physiological body (can actually change the chemistry of your blood)

Based on this, breath is the connector of all parts of you

Chemistry of Breathing For Stress & Anxiety

The way you breathe can actually change the chemistry of your blood. Contrary to what you might think, more oxygen doesn’t mean that it’s better. It’s about the balance of oxygen intake and carbon dioxide removal. An imbalance can cause harmful outcomes like acidosis or panic attacks.

In a nutshell: short, fast breathing that feels like you’re never getting enough air is not good for a body and is usually an effect of chronic stress.

Functional Breathing

It’s all depends on the context. For example, hyperventilation is great for if you’re in a real danger or doing strenuous activity because it helps match your real physical demands to what the body needs (ex. doing sprints on a treadmill = need oxygen).

Hyperventilation is bad for you if it’s a result of chronic stress and you’re hyperventilating even as you try to go to bed.

Our body has been made to oscillate between high to low – just don’t get stuck.

Breathing Technique

Always let it be functional - practice by placing your hands on ribs and belly to sense what your natural rhythm of breathing is. Changes are made from there and it all depends on what you want to use your breath for. It’s like how you use your voice - raising it if you’re doing something like giving a presentation and lowering if you’re in a library.

Breathe through your nose because your nose hairs filter for you affects the tone of your airways.

Snoring and sleep apnea are results of dysfunctional breathing.  Mouth breathing creates loss of tone in airways.

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

Learn to inhabit your body again because your body holds the tools for whatever you’re dealing with. It will allow you to modulate and reframe the perceptions you have now.

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

Work on yourself first and get experience. It takes courage to try. Find the art in whatever your work is and don’t lean just on methodology.  In the end, trust yourself with your skills!

Links:

If you have any questions for Melanie or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website:  https://www.marcotesi.com/about

Facebook:   Respiro by Marco Tesi

Instagram: : @respiro.marcotes

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Episode 87: Use Discomfort To Live A Life You Love with Melanie Scott

 

The entirety of this episode can be summed up with one simple quote from our conversation:

“Getting uncomfortable is the key to growth, change and fulfillment”

Melanie Scott, Intuitive Business Strategist, has a mission to empower women to wake up, connect to their truth, and to reflect to them what's possible. 

Her own story of how she came to live a life she loves revolves around discomfort.  Basically, she was feeling so uncomfortable living in the box of “should” that she made a drastic move to live in Italy.  It was there that she learned to get in touch with her true self.  She became aware, conscious and learned how to feel her emotions (skills that aren’t usually taught to us, certainly not in school).  In connecting to her soul (her true essence) she was able to find her calling.


There are SO many motivating messages in this episode!  With great passion, Melanie tells us to lean into the things that make us feel uncomfortable.  She challenges us to question what the discomfort is really about – is a bear literally chasing us and we should run or are we scared of being judged so we don’t show up for what we’re meant to do. 

“In order for transformation to occur, you need to go through it”.

We also talk about other important ingredients to create a life you love like energy, alignment, and self worth.  Plug in those earbuds!  Melanie’s exhilaration for getting out there and answering your call is contagious.  Use it to get motivated and take action!

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Key Nuggets:

  • At our very core, we’re all seekers.

  • To start doing what she loved, Melanie had to get out of living a life of “shoulds” and tune into awareness and consciousness. She had to learn to feel the emotions that were coming up for her and meet up with who she really was.

  • Life is more than the box we’ve been conditioned to live in.

Ingredients to living a life you love:

  • Energy is so powerful. It is consciousness and awareness and always in motion. We have the power to harness the energy around us to create a life we love.

  • Creates a sense of alignment with your soul.

  • Your soul is your essence, pure truth. Get in touch with that part of you and align all decisions to that and that’s what we all want in our lives.

  • Once you know what alignment feels like then you know when you’re out of alignment (like when you cut out foods that are bad for your body and then it becomes apparent of how crappy it makes you feel when you ingest them again)

  • Do what scares you

  • Get out of the resistance and into flow

    • Challenge every resistance that you have and consider sincerely: what is this really about?

  • Self worth: knowing that you’re worthy and needed. Trusting that you’re being led, believing in yourself and getting back to your sense of self.

    • Self worth is a muscle to be built.  It can be helpful to have somebody who can reflect your thoughts back to you in order to build this muscle.

The Path

  • In order to experience transformation, remember that you actually need to step into it and get to the other side

  • Hero’s Journey:

    • You hear the call and you either take action toward it or not (Most people don’t either because they fear the challenges or they start and then stop because it gets too hard)

    • When you follow the call, you meet all the parts of yourself that are the shadows and evolve into what you’re meant to be

    • Through the journey you find a place called bliss

  • You have many journeys in one life

  • When it comes to “the call”, it’s any sort of outlet that let’s you experience the creative outlet and connects to your soul

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

When you answer the call and you follow it, it will never ever steer you wrong.  When you believe that life is truly working for you, you know that your heart and soul will never steer you wrong.

…and also…

“It's in the discomfort that we actually grow, evolve and have an impact. Leaning into the discomfort, even though it feels counterintuitive and something we are never taught, will change your life. In life and business if we move in the direction of the discomfort there will be massive movement and transformation and growth on the other side.”

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

Carve out time to be with you.  Cut out technology and find silence, whether you meditate or take a walk, just have time to be with you.  5min-10min is enough!

Honor the downloads that come to you – have a journal ready to write it down.

Links:

If you have any questions for Melanie or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website:  http://anintentionalbusiness.com/

Email:   melanie@anintentionalbusiness.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melaniescott1111/

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Episode 86: THE HUSTLE SERIES - Doing Business For A Social Cause. Becoming a Social Entrepreneur with Carlie Rioux

 

And for our final story….

A social entrepreneur is somebody who does business for a social cause. Their bottom line includes profit as well as the improvement upon the world, especially the lives of people who are connected to the cause.

Local YYC movement maker, Carlie Rioux, is a social entrepreneur who started an international fashion company to change the lives of hundreds of women. Using an innovative beach bag design to fuel the show, Carlie is supporting local artists, loving the environment and saving lives of women who are victims of human trafficking.

The driving force behind Carlie’s cause to keep women safe stems from a childhood experience in Tiajuana where she first witnessed what poverty looked like. It was further magnified through a number of traumatic experiences she experienced as a young adult.

We don’t talk about this social issue because it’s so uncomfortable but according to Carlie, human trafficking doesn’t exist only in developing countries. It also happens to be the fastest growing industry in Canada (yes, Canada! Seriously! My eyeballs could’ve dropped to the ground when I first heard. I had to ask her to confirm several times because I couldn’t believe it). Victims are usually in a physically, socially, or economically vulnerable position. When she read the research, a pivotal thought dawned on her:

“If she - a privileged citizen of a safe first world country, could be attacked by men multiple times in her life, then what about girls who live in more dangerous places? Who is looking out for them?”

She knew that she had to step up and do something. Through further research, Carlie learned that providing work for women who came from human trafficking was the best way to help them stay out of it. In our talk, Carlie share with us how she was able to step up for her cause and keep going despite imposter syndrome and a whole slew of other fears.

Listen in to see how this girl from the prairies created an international company that shines so bright for the world.  

PS. If you’re just joining in, this is an episode of the special mini series,The Hustle Series. September is like a second new year where we get to establish new routines, refresh goals and create new dreams. Taking full advantage of this new energy, fresh start vibe, I’ve collected stories of amazing individuals wh

o took the courage and leaped for their heart calling.  As a result, they're now making riveting impact on positive change around the world.

They tell us about what it really took to make their vision a success - triumphs, trials and everything in between. They share candidly about how they figured out their heart calling was in the first place and what they leaned on to get this far. We especially dive deep and get real about the challenges they’ve faced. Oftentimes, we hear success stories about how there was a challenge and then ta-da! they made it….but what happened in the middle? It’s the sticky part that’s the thick of it and where we can use the most support when going for these endeavors.

The times when things seem hopeless and we’re about to throw in the towel. Maybe you run out of money and you literally can’t pay the bills. How do you know if you should keep trying? How do you manage when you wake up feeling like everything is a complete wash?

I’m so grateful to these individuals who graciously share the sticky parts of their journey with us. We learn so much from hearing about their passion, will and deep sense of resolve to follow their heart calling. Of course, we celebrate their triumphs with them cheer them on as they keep on going!

For you, I hope that these stories can be your anchor and inspiration as you daringly go for your dreams!

If you haven’t caught the first three episodes yet, go and listen to it now!

Episode 83 with Lyndsay Morris who has started a movement to get mindfulness into schools across America.

Episode 84 with Mandy Balak who started a national movement across Canada to help entrepreneurial women Rise Up

Episode 85 with Ingrid Huffman who’s working fearlessly operates a healing ranch to help US veterans reconnect with their happiness

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Key Nuggets:

The Story:

When she was young, Carlie’s parents passed by Tijuana on their way to Disneyland to show her what different socioeconomic status’ looked like. Carlie noticed a little girl who was caring for her baby sister and selling roses on the side of the road. In that moment, a seed was planted that would change Carlie’s life forever. She was floored by the fact that while she and her brother were so lucky to go to Disneyland, there was this other little girl who was just trying to survive on the side of the road. The call to contribute to a social cause had been instilled.

This calling sat with her for a long time until the idea of the beach bag came along. In a nutshell:

  • Came up with beach bag idea

  • Interviewed 55 women and came up with design

  • Failed

  • Tried again

  • More challenges

  • International company

Biggest Challenges Along the Way and How You Got Through It

  1. Wanting to contribute to this cause but not knowing how or where to start. Then one day the idea came naturally. Carlie’s mom helped come up with the idea of a beach bag. Well actually she was complaining about how beach bags really sucked because it’s just one big hole and the idea dawned on Carlie to innovate the design.

    The idea presented itself and Carlie was listening.

  2. Not knowing anything about fashion. Unable to tell her polyester from cotton, Carlie had to somehow design an innovative beach bag. She got through it by doing what she does best - problem solving. She started with hiring a designer and got to work.

  3. a.) Prototype was all wrong - it was nothing like she imagined. Even after spending so much money on creating it, she had to stay aligned to herself and muster up the gumption to change it.

    b.) This led to the night where she sat in her car until 1 am waiting for the new prototype to be finished. It was URGENT because she needed it for a trade show the next day. Instead of letting the fear get to her, she defaulted to the tool that she uses in the most dire times - thinking about what a great story/speech/talk it would make someday (and it worked out because it was a great story for this podcast!)

  4. Being pushed to go bigger. She was advised at a startup workshop that she needed to go bigger. She took on that challenged and once again realigned herself to what she felt was true. Instead of just supporting villages, she also found space to support local artists. Instead of just a pretty beach bag, she found a way to make it eco friendly as well .

Lessons To Share

  • Carlie got through all of her challenges because of her problem solving skills but also because she was deeply anchored to why she was doing all of this in the first place

  • You have to trust your gut. When Carlie strayed from her vision, the energy fizzled from her business. When she realigned (ex. saying not to mass production in China and opting to support small villages instead) the inspiration came back (ex. idea to support local artists)

  • Keep challenging yourself to see if you can do even more

  • Helping people doesn’t have to look a certain way (ex. being a doctor, doing volunteer work…or anything else that you’ve associated with it). Don’t feel guilty if what you truly want to do doesn’t line up with what you have in your head as a commendable cause. Not everybody needs to be passionate about clean drinking water or building shelters in third world countries. Or in Carlie’s case, she didn’t want to keep her cause local and that’s okay! You need to follow what feels good for you and it will most certainly be helping somebody.

  • Celebrate even your smallest wins

  • If you’re scared, DO IT ANYWAY

  • Learn to get comfortable with discomfort. If you’re doing anything worth doing, you’ll grow and in that growth there will be discomfort

Favorite Triumph

The moment her trust came through. She took her business plan to an entrepreneur friend to review, expecting to see red marks and questions returned, but instead he cut her a cheque to help her get the project off the ground. Working with so much faith and it worked!

What made your vision a success?

Problem solving – there was a problem, she didn’t know the answer so she researched, tested, researched and tried again. It’s about trial and error and she gave herself time and space to own that.

What’s your advice for others who are also trying to go for their dreams?

Pick your dream and get honest with yourself about how that life will look like.  Get hellbent on it then let it go.

If you’re not feeling scared, it’s not right.

Whatever that perfect life you have as a vision – chase it and chase it with everything that you have.

Your biggest lesson along the way:

 Get out of your own damn way.  There’s nothing ever an excuse or reason big enough to stop you from what you really want to do.  Stay dedicated.

What is one nugget of wisdom you would share with fellow seekers who are also on this journey of self discovery?

Surround yourself with bangin’ good people!  She’s really leveled up her friend group in her journey.  You need your tribe to lift you up during challenges. 

Links:

If you have any questions for Carlie or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.theacaye.com

Email: info@theacaye.com

Social: @theacaye

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Episode 85: THE HUSTLE SERIES - Follow Your Yes with Ingrid Huffman

 

Next, we have…..

Ingrid Huffman, founder of Blue Winds Dancing Ranch. After serving in both the US Navy and Army Nurse Corps, ingrid came to a point where her life just didn't work anymore.  She experienced PTSD and felt like she was “flapping in the wind”. All she knew was that she had a desire for something different...something more.  As she followed her yes's, she was guided to become a shaman and start a non profit Ranch where she helps veterans reconnect with themselves by connecting through nature.

Today she happily lives on a ranch with happy horses, goats, cows, ducks….and spends her time running programs to help veterans “re-member “ themselves. All Ingrid knew when she was younger was that she was called to be a nurse. Now she runs three separate businesses…or when it comes to Blue Winds Dancing Ranch, in her words “I’m not just starting a business, I’m starting a movement”.

In this episode, Ingrid shares the story of how she made this vision a success. One of the takeaways that most resonates with me is that she clearly sees how every single experience of her life has guided her to where she is now; and how she also got here by heeding to the yes’s that her intuition called out for.

Plug in those earbuds and listen in!

PS. If you’re just joining in, this is an episode of the special mini series,The Hustle Series. September is like a second new year where we get to establish new routines, refresh goals and create new dreams. Taking full advantage of this new energy, fresh start vibe, I’ve collected stories of amazing individuals who took the courage and leaped for their heart calling.  As a result, they're now making riveting impact on positive change around the world.

They tell us about what it really took to make their vision a success - triumphs, trials and everything in between. They share candidly about how they figured out their heart calling was in the first place and what they leaned on to get this far. We especially dive deep and get real about the challenges they’ve faced. Oftentimes, we hear success stories about how there was a challenge and then ta-da! they made it….but what happened in the middle? It’s the sticky part that’s the thick of it and where we can use the most support when going for these endeavors.

The times when things seem hopeless and we’re about to throw in the towel. Maybe you run out of money and you literally can’t pay the bills. How do you know if you should keep trying? How do you manage when you wake up feeling like everything is a complete wash?

I’m so grateful to these individuals who graciously share the sticky parts of their journey with us. We learn so much from hearing about their passion, will and deep sense of resolve to follow their heart calling. Of course, we celebrate their triumphs with them cheer them on as they keep on going!

For you, I hope that these stories can be your anchor and inspiration as you daringly go for your dreams!

If you haven’t caught the first episode yet, go and listen to it now! Episode 83 with Lyndsay Morris who has started a movement to get mindfulness into schools across America.


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Key Nuggets:

Challenges Along The Way And How You Got Through It

The hardest part about starting Bluewinds Dancing Ranch was to keep going. In the first ranch, Ingrid found herself cold, without heat and wondering why in the world she was doing this. The thing that kept her going was the strong anchor to her why, which you can hear the passion behind when she talks about it.

Lessons To Share

Everyone’s story brings them to where they are now

If you’re going through a challenging time, remember that “this too shall pass”

When she felt lost, she found herself seeking answers.. She didn’t know where home was and when she realized home was where her soul was, this energized and anchored her reason for doing what she does

Favorite Triumph

When she sees the recovery of her clients.

What are 3 things you can share with people who are ready to go after their vision?

Get to know your story (because your story has brought you to where you are now)

Have a solid Why for doing what you’re doing

Say Yes to your yes’s!

Your biggest lesson along the way:

Embracing her shadows and realizing that she can be the alchemist that can turn the shadows into gold.

Loving herself

What is one nugget of advice you would share with fellow seekers who are also on this journey of self discovery?

You are a divine miracle and you can become a cosmic collaborator so that you can live out your perfect vision of health and wealth

Links:

If you have any questions for Mandy or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: bluewindsdancing.org, or bwdranch.org.

Email: ingrid@bluewindsdancing.org, blueheronwarrior@gmail, bluewindsdancing3@gmai

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Episode 84: THE HUSTLE SERIES - Fail Faster + Grow with Mandy Balak

Next, we have…..

Mandy Balak, founder of YYC Date Night and Ace Class, spends her days both saving relationships from dull monotonous routines AND building an empire of women who rise together. With presence in six major cities across Canada, Ace Class has built a brilliantly bright community where female leaders grow and thrive together.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

When I first learned about Ace Class, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Bright, beautiful and refreshingly strong women getting together - YES!

It’s awe inspiring to witness the end product of Mandy’s visions, but what’s even more fascinating is how this vision came alive and stayed alive! I’m so excited for you to listen to Mandy’s story as she courageously and vulnerably (Brene Brown fans will know these two absolutely go together and we totally talk about that in this episode) takes us through the ups and downs in her journey. Included is the story of how she figured her way out of a life that she was unhappy in and into one that she actually desired; her major failures and how she got through the sticky middle; and her big lesson about vulnerability.

Plug in those earbuds and get ready to re-invigorate your kick ass vibes!

PS. If you’re just joining in, this is the second episode of the special mini series,The Hustle Series. September is like a second new year where we get to establish new routines, refresh goals and create new dreams. Taking full advantage of this new energy, fresh start vibe, I’ve collected stories of amazing individuals who took the courage and leaped for their heart calling.  As a result, they're now making riveting impact on positive change around the world.

They tell us about what it really took to make their vision a success - triumphs, trials and everything in between. They share candidly about how they figured out their heart calling was in the first place and what they leaned on to get this far. We especially dive deep and get real about the challenges they’ve faced. Oftentimes, we hear success stories about how there was a challenge and then ta-da! they made it….but what happened in the middle? It’s the sticky part that’s the thick of it and where we can use the most support when going for these endeavors.

The times when things seem hopeless and we’re about to throw in the towel. Maybe you run out of money and you literally can’t pay the bills. How do you know if you should keep trying? How do you manage when you wake up feeling like everything is a complete wash?

I’m so grateful to these individuals who graciously share the sticky parts of their journey with us. We learn so much from hearing about their passion, will and deep sense of resolve to follow their heart calling. Of course, we celebrate their triumphs with them cheer them on as they keep on going!

For you, I hope that these stories can be your anchor and inspiration as you daringly go for your dreams!

If you haven’t caught the first episode yet, go and listen to it now! Episode 83 with Lyndsay Morris who has started a movement to get mindfulness into schools across America.



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The Story

Shortly after moving to a new city (Calgary), Mandy found herself out of alignment with herself and living a life that she didn’t like. She had moved to Calgary for her boyfriend and didn’t have a network of friends in the city. She was introduced to a few new people and tried to fit in but it just wasn’t her people and she felt inauthentic. She wasn’t thrilled with her mostly male dominant finance career in the oil & gas industry either. So she started making changes - opting out of her friend group because it didn’t feel right and then taking up a serving job and became a spin class instructor instead because it felt better. One nudge at a time, she followed what lit her up until one day the idea for YYC Date Night was born. And then eventually the idea of Ace Class was born. She found her people and continues to build a strong community that completely lights her up. There’s definitely ups and downs in between, which Mandy shares with us.

Challenges Along The Way And How You Got Through It

There were many discouragements and failures along the way for Mandy including people cutting down her idea, losing $50K, and having to close an entire company altogether. There was a point in time when Mandy had just broken up her relationship, lost money on a business she tried, and her friends and family back home in Vancouver kept telling her to just come home. It didn’t seem like there was much here for her. And then there was another time when she had to close down her business and lay off all of her employees.

What kept her going was:

  • trust in her intuition

  • community and finding connection with others

  • Knowing that the target can change shape and persevering in light of that

Lessons To Share

There’s more that connects us than divides us.

Without the failures and challenges, she wouldn’t be where she is in her life today because they helped her grow.

At the end of the day, whatever you do, you need to be in alignment with yourself.

Sometimes it’s easier to figure out what doesn’t light you up to help lead you to what actually does.

It’s never going to be perfect. It’s better to get it out there than not at all. Fail faster to grow faster.

done is better than perfect” - Sheryl Sandberg

Be brave, be vulnerable. Ask for help and lean on your support when you need it.

Most unexpected thing about taking a leap toward your dreams?

Everytime she got a “dream” she realized it was just a goal because it all changes as you go.

What made your vision a success?

Amazing mentors and women who opened up doors for her. “it’s not often somebody sends and elevator back down”. This experience fueled her motivation for Ace Class and to create a community of women who thrive together.

Many shares her tips on how to find a mentor.

Also, keeping up the mindset with support is key - aside from a mentor, maybe get a coach. Know which teachers you like to learn from and the books/podcasts that you like to hear for inspiration.

The Philosophy That You Now Live LIfe With:

If it’s not a Fuck Yes, It’s a No. Follow that intuition everytime. Whatever you do, you have to love it!

Resources:

My interview with Mandy on Ace Talks - Core Desired Feelings

Links:

If you have any questions for Mandy or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.theaceclass.com

Social Media: @theaceclass_ @mandybalak


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Episode 83: THE HUSTLE SERIES - Creating A Movement For World Peace with Lyndsay Morris

Can you believe it, we’re already into the last two weeks of August! I’m not ready for the summer fun to be over but at the same time I’m excited for the Fresh Start vibes that are upon us.

September is like a second new year where we get to establish new routines, refresh goals and create new dreams. Taking full advantage of this new energy, fresh start vibe, I’ve created a special series for you! In this The Hustle series, I’m releasing one story each week from now until September. These are stories of amazing individuals who took the courage and leaped for their heart calling.  As a result, they're now making riveting impact on positive change around the world.  

They tell us about what it really took to make their vision a success - triumphs, trials and everything in between. They share candidly about how they figured out their heart calling was in the first place and what they leaned on to get this far. We especially dive deep and get real about the challenges they’ve faced. Oftentimes, we hear success stories about how there was a challenge and then ta-da! they made it….but what happened in the middle? It’s the sticky part that’s the thick of it and where we can use the most support when going for these endeavors.

The times when things seem hopeless and we’re about to throw in the towel. Maybe you run out of money and you literally can’t pay the bills. How do you know if you should keep trying? How do you manage when you wake up feeling like everything is a complete wash?

I’m so grateful to these individuals who graciously share the sticky parts of their journey with us. We learn so much from hearing about their passion, will and deep sense of resolve to follow their heart calling. Of course, we celebrate their triumphs with them cheer them on as they keep on going!

For you, I hope that these stories can be your anchor and inspiration as you daringly go for your dreams!

Lyndsay Morris kicks off the first of this series

Lyndsay founder of Generation Wellness, creator of The Mindful Student Online Platform and the host of the Wellness Warrior Show. She’s committed to whole child education and teaching peace around the world through mindfulness practices, cutting-edge social/emotional techniques and fun, interactive activities.

She started off as a 4th grade teacher, then school counselor and eventually realized that the school system was missing a huge part of wellness for children. The system builds academics and achievements but doesn’t teach anything by way of how to be happy or how to find intrinsic motivation. Lyndsay saw a need to include the mental and emotional well-being as a child. She’s created a whole movement of wellness practices for school to help children find peace! The goal of Generation Wellness is to be in every single school in North America by 2023!

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The Story

Lyndsay Morris who was a 4th grade teacher and school counselor realized the need for education that takes the whole child into account. Not just academics and achievements but mental, emotional and mindfulness too so that they can learn how to be happy and find intrinsic motivation.

In 2014, Lyndsay started a movement to cultivate well-being to students and Generation Wellness was born.

Challenges Along The Way And How You Got Through It

When she first started there was a lot of outside noise and everybody seemed to have an opinion. “why are you throwing away your degree?” “you know few businesses make it to even year 5” “why would you leave your secure job?” - she overcame that by anchoring herself to her why and staying in alignment with herself

Spread herself so thin for the first two years and really had to learn to focus on just 1-3 things in order to make progress

To learn to appreciate the process by using Shawn Anchor’s Happiness Habits (gratitude, doubler, movement, acts of kindness and stillness). Lyndsay explains in detail in the episode.

Her biggest challenge was when she was experiencing much pressure from her personal life and she came to a point where she didn’t even have money to fix the washer. She thought she’d hit rock bottom and that she’d have to get a job again. Lyndsay shares how she managed her way through this sticky part.

Lessons To Share

We think that happiness is on the other side of achievement but in reality you need to learn to appreciate the process

Working hard is not the solution (hard lesson learned from ending up in many hospital beds) - find self-care and don’t let yourself burnout

Decide how you’re going to show up for what you’re called to do

You need to believe in yourself before anybody else believes in you!

You don’t need to know everything at once, you just need to know where to go

Know your why, your intentions and what the world needs

Favorite Triumph

Favorite memories all end up being the small moments like the moment she walks off the stage and people tell her they really needed to hear her message.

Most unexpected thing you learned about starting your business?

There is no finish line which is why you need to fall in love with the process

Intention + Heart Print + Aligned Committed Action = Results

What made your vision a success?

A strong why, mentors, loving your mistakes, loving yourself, loving the process and having a support system for when you’re in the valleys

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

“Fall in love with the process. Most of life is the process, not the moment in which you speak in front of thousands, meet the love of your life, hit that income goal, travel to the place that’s been on your bucket list. These are moments. However, most of life is the journey in between the moments. Business is the ultimate personal development course- it’s daily, hands-on in the trenches. Fall in love with the mistakes. Fall in love with getting back up. Fall in love with learning. Fall in love with growing. Fall in love with the excitement of new. Fall in love with doing the best you know how to do. Fall in love with the people who you connect with. Fall in love with creating. Fall in love with igniting your light to illuminate the world.”

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

“ “You always have options.”

Delete all reasons why it won’t work. Be open to help, resources, abundance and everything you need for massive positive impact + income. You always have options.

You must find the light in you, so that you, in your own way can illuminate the world.

Get super clear on who you are AND what you desire for self, friends/family and the world. Stay around your sweet spots and in alignment with your intention. Every choice you make matters. If you’re not making choices that align to your intention/heart print, you will burn out. Awareness of who you are and what gifts you offer is key.”

Education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think” – Einstein

Train new neural pathways for happiness and dissolve limiting beliefs.

Links:

If you have any questions for Lyndsay or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website & Live Training App: https://www.generationwellness.com

Private Facebook Group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/generationwellness
Facebook + Instagram: @generationwellness


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Episode 82: How To Create Habits That Actually Stick with Elizabeth Sherman

Here’s a question - why is it so hard to develop good habits like eating healthy even when we know what’s good for us? Or even more intriguing - what makes some behaviors stick even when it gets hard (ex. eating healthy even while on vacation…that’s some major willpower) versus habits that slide right off at the first sight of difficulty?

Elizabeth Sherman, Executive Health Coach, has been pondering this question for the last decade. Over the past 12 years, she’s helped hundreds of people achieve optimal health for them through staying consistent with the basics, getting a little bit better every day, and having self-compassion on those days when we thing we ‘should’ be more. Lucky for us, she’s here to share her findings with

with us in this episode! The topic of health & fitness, and in specific, healthy habits first dawned on her after her mother had passed away from breast cancer. Elizabeth was motivated to understand how she could stay as healthy as possible. As she puts it, she thought that

“once I found that magic pill, everything would be easy”

Sorry to break it to you, but there’s no magic pill. But what she found does come in as a close second! She discovered that the brain (mindset) is crucial when it comes to being healthy. We can extend that into something even more concrete and say that forming healthy habits is all about how we wire our brain.

While our examples revolve around habits for health, you can take the principles that Elizabeth shares and extend it into any good habit that you want to develop - relationships, work or self care. Here’s my take on habits:

  • Good habits for health are crucial to every part of your life because it’s one of the drivers of your energy. Energy is one of the most important commodities that you have so do everything that you can to keep it up. Without energy, you end up as a potato! You feel slow, foggy, and unmotivated to create a life you love. With energy, you can take life by the horns and go live vibrantly!

  • Creating any good habit will help you live in ease and flow! Imagine all the brainpower you save when you just get up and workout in the morning without having to think about it. Or that you get up and slip right into meditation and start the day off just the way you want. Even simpler yet, maybe it’s something like taking out the trash every time you leave the house - like a well oiled machine. No pep talk needed, no extra energy spent on remembering…then forgetting…then berating yourself for forgetting….

I used myself as the guinea pig with my issue of not being able to wake up early even though I really want to. Elizabeth quickly revealed a few possible limiting beliefs and helped me flip it - a technique that you can apply too.

So in summary, this episode is all about setting habits that stick. Elizabeth tells us why sheer willpower or even setting our environment up for success (ex. laying out your gym clothes the night before) isn’t the key. She shares the number one most important thing when it comes to actually making a habit work. I can’t wait for you to listen in - what she shares will make your life a lot easier!

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Key Nuggets:

What makes some behaviors stick even when it’s hard (ex. eating healthy even on vacation) and some that don’t?

  •    Identity, limiting beliefs & belief systems

Why are some habits easy for us to stick with but others are not?

  • For example, why is it easier to exercise regularly but so hard to eat healthy regularly (or vice versa)

Elizabeth shares with us a pyramid that describes the layers of habit forming. From the top:

  • Environment - the physical things can you do to set yourself up for success ex. Put out your workout clothes, only have healthy foods around the house

    • Problem: When we’re thrown off our game (ex. you miss your Sunday groceries or you have a stressful day) it’s easy to blow them off

  • Habits & Skills – pegging something to something else

    ex. If you want to start taking vitamins then peg it to something you already do daily like brushing your teeth. 

    • Problem: Once again, habit falls away if stressed out

  • Abilities

  • Beliefs & Values

  • Identity – the most important layer.  Elizabeth explains in more detail but essentially you become what you think you are. 

How do you know if your identity is holding you back? 

  • You can identify your identity through noticing resistance. Ex. If you’re wanting to go for a walk but you end up watching a Friends rerun, why is that?

  • Elizabeth actually takes my trouble forming a habit of waking up early in the morning and workshops it with me. That was really cool because we got curious about possible beliefs like:

    • What do I think about people who wake up at 6am?

    • What are my beliefs about people who sleep early?

  • You can work through your own limiting beliefs by:

    • Figuring out what belief about the habit you’re forming bothers you (ex. I believed that people who sleep early are boring)

    • Reflect on the domino beliefs that come with that

    • Flip the belief (ex. find examples of people who sleep early who aren’t boring)

Why affirmations actually work

3 things to do right now that you can do to start living healthier:

1. Start small – start so small that you can’t fail.

2. Try to be 1% better everyday – do a little more than you did the day before

3.. Do what you can with what you can – we put pressure on ourselves to be overnight successes. Relieve yourself of that pressure

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

The reason why diets and exercises don’t work for us is because you need to go through the mindset shift to create lasting change. (You can extend this concept into any habit you’re trying to form)

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

It takes time to unlearn years of programming that we learned. Realize that as we’re creating new habits, we will backslide.  Approach it with compassion!          

Links:

If you have any questions for Elizabeth or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.elizabethsherman.com

Email:   eliz@elizabethsherman.com
Facebook: www.facebookcom/totalhealthbyeliz

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/esherman68/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/esherman68

Twitter: www.twitter.com/esherman

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethsherma


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Episode 81: Why You Should Do Kundalini Yoga with Victoria Amore

There are many tools and practices out there that help us understand ourselves through our mind and bodies, but not very many that can help us understand ourselves through our subtle energy body. This is where Kundalini Yoga comes in! This practice is all about aligning your energy body so that you can flow as a whole being. When you get to know yourself through your energy, you increase your capability to process emotions. You also have one more access point to understand where you may be depleted or blocked. Personally, I’ve never felt a shift so strongly

as I did when I (accidentally) took a Kundalini class at the Bali Festival. I’d never felt strongly emotional during a yoga class before but at that moment when we let the vibration of our collective mantra chanting sink in, I couldn’t help but let a tear roll down my cheek because that feeling of “oneness” was so strong. That’s when I started to get curious about Kundalini…

In this episode, we get to learn from Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher + Gong Sound Healer, Victoria Amore. Her passion is bringing the ancient technology and wisdom into our modern lives.. Obsessed with the Moon and the power of being a woman, Victoria’s deeply spiritual lifestyle has placed her in the presence, teaching and learning alongside some of the worlds renown spiritual teachers from many linages in India, LA, Peru and across Europe- all of which is intuitively woven into her teachings. 

Victoria had a similar bumpy experience with Kundalini in that she went into her first class expecting one thing but walked out with a completely different outcome. It was a good thing because it’s what’s led her to share this practice with so many people today! In specific, Victoria talks to us about the Kundalini energies which also includes the chakras. We learn about the benefits of this practice on an energetic & practical level.

Okay, plug in those earbuds! You may just get inspired to try something new ;)


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Key Nuggets:

Benefits of Kundalini

Kundalini yoga teaches you to get to know yourself through your energy. Understanding energies and breath has helped Victoria with her anxiety.  Instead of a bad day or week she only has a bad hour because she has learned to process her emotions through this practice.

Victoria emphasizes that the benefits of this practice shows itself most powerfully during times of hardships because it can help you get past your downs.

To start a Kundalini practice, just show up, be open and surrender. 

Kundalini Energies

Kundalini is all about aligning our energy body so that we can flow as a whole being. Simple alignment starts with breath.  A mindful breath can immediately bring in calm and get you tuned into your body. As the energies align you may experience many sensations including tingling or seeing colors.

As we continue to talk about the Kundalini energies, Victoria explains that they come up through the base of the spine and moves up the chakras. Since chakras are such an important part of this system and I haven’t done an actual episode on this yet, Victoria takes the time to briefly bring us through (see below).

In Kundalini yoga, you usually practice based on a chakra ex. there could be a whole class based on the throat chakra. As you get to know your energy body,  you’ll being to know which space you need to work on and then use the kriyas and mantras to help you align the energy in that area.

I inquire about why we need to shift our energies in the first pace (ie. why do our energies get blocked) and it all goes back to the negative experiences that we encounter along our journey that have been jarred up and hasn’t had a chance to release.

 Chakras

Victoria gives us a quick run down of our chakra system, which is essentially a map of our energy body.

Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown and in Kundalini there’s an eighth point which is the aura.

The root chakra is particularly important because it’s our foundation. If it’s not strong then it’s like building a house on sand.

Victoria identifies the root and crown chakra as the most important points when you are trying to gain a sense of self. Together, these two chakras help you understand Who Am I.

A mantra to help balance yourself: sa ta na maa

This mantra represents infinity - life, death and rebirth. During our conversation, we’re also given hand movements to go with this mantra for max wellbeing

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

“To be unapologetically myself.  To find out who that is and be it in every moment”

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

Honor the pause.  Take a pause and give yourself however long it takes!

Resources:

For more about Kundalini Yoga, listen to Episode 67: "Weird" Practices in Kundalini Yoga Explained with Sat Shakti Kaur

 Links:

If you have any questions for Victoria or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vkundalini/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoria_kundalini/


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Episode 80: What's Meant For You Will Find You with Mariaestela Gullestrap

One fascinating inquiry that guides my curiosity and was an essential building block that led to the creation of this podcast is:

How do we end up doing the work that we do?

In specific, what I really mean to explore is

How do people end up doing work that totally lights them up?

How can we live lives that feel purposeful?

What can we do to ensure that we take our right path...the best path for ourselves?

I’ve been completely captivated by these questions ever since the first time I ever felt “stuck” in life. They seemed more reachable than the sometimes intimidating and seemingly amorphous existential questions of “why are we here?” or “why am I here?” (although these are fun to contemplate too). In the end, these question are in and of the same as there is only one essential truth. But there are many paths to get here and at times the initial questions just seem more palpable than the last.

Good thing that Spiritual Business Coach, Mariaestela Gullestrap is on the same wavelength! In this episode we explore these questions and Mariaestela lends the wisdom that she’s collected from her own journey into this inquiry. One of my biggest takeaways from our conversation is that we can be prescribed a hundred thousand million kajillion famillion strategies/habits/skills to “get it right” but at the end of the day, it boils down to a very simple piece of knowledge that we already know at some level or another.

Live your life. Choose love.

Live your life. Whether you like it or not, your life is already unfolding. Instead of worrying and fighting and trying to control it to look a certain way, just try going with it. See what happens. It’s already started and it’s already bringing you to where you need to be.

Choose love. Make the choices that make you feel light and expansive - that’s the real you. Anything that shrinks and suffocates you is not you.

Damn. As always, the most powerful wisdom is the simplest (I didn’t say easiest ;))

Okay plug in those earbuds and listen away! Maybe have a journal ready, there are some mighty nuggets you might want to remember!

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Key Nuggets: 

You don’t find your purpose, your purpose finds you.  You just need to be ready to hear it and willing to listen

  • What Mariaestela has learned from her own journey is that it’s all about the continuous practice of surrender and that there can be so many lessons in the darkness. Sometimes the pain becomes so great that it’s easier to actually surrender to something bigger

  • Surrender is an internal process but it also has an external result

  • In her own story, she realizes that she’s been preparing all her life for the work that truly lights her up. The preparation came naturally as it has been in being an older sister and the friend that everyone confided in

How to find balance between the seen and unseen (energy and concrete action)

  • When you feel resistance, give yourself some space

  • Take what serves and leave the rest. What resonates with your truth?  That’s your guide.  We keep looking outside of ourselves but you already know that the answer is inside

  • There’s a moment when it clicks! Don’t think that you have to max out your credit card or jump off planes.  Live your life and it will unfold!

  • And when in doubt always default to the mantra of “choosing love”. In fact, a practice that Mariaestela suggests is to put a reminder alarm in your phone to CHOOSE LOVE. When she initiated this practice for herself, everything changed

Spirituality

  • Spirituality for For Mariaestela is everything that can support you in lifting the veil. “God is one song but there are many DJs”.  Basically the vast and expansive universe. Her spiritual practice is truth, her values, her practices, faith , beliefs, how she shows up in her world.

  • We’re all weaved from this source of love and there is something bigger than us

Is it fear or love?

  • Inspired action: being willing to listen to what you’re being called forth to do and then being wiling to do it.  Take one tiny step at a time knowing that you expand in love –then next thing will show up, next thing will show up…

  • It’s about the activation because if you don’t then the shadow self starts coming up

  • Answer for yourself: How do you tap into the right energy?

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

“Love is The Way - not in the airy fairy, unicorns, rainbows and butterflies kinda way, although who doesn’t love unicorns! LOL I’m a firm believer in expansion from a space of love, meaning that as we review and build our day, our lives, our businesses, really anything - make sure it’s done in a way that uplifts you and propels you forward rather than drag you down, which doesn’t serve you nor those you’re here to serve”

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

“Love is the way.  It’s better to take one small step than to plan out a hundred.  Start where you are and do what you can with what you have.  Trust that you already have everything that you need to take the next step right now.”

Resources:

Podcast episode of Magdalene Voices that we talked about: Visibility and the Witch Wound

Mariaesta’s Freebie: Divine Clarity & Inspired Action

A Course In Miracle’s Begginer’s Guide

Links:

If you have any questions for Janice or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.mariaestela.com

Email:  hello@mariaestela.com

Social Media: @xomariaestela


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Episode 79: A Yogi’s Journey Toward Self Inquiry with Janice Brown

I’ve said this before - there are two monumentally life changing questions that usually dawn on us at some point in our journey. One of them is: What do I want?

And the other - even more profound, is Who am I?

Once either of them is bestowed upon us, we can count on the fact that our life we will never be the same. Not in a bad way. Actually, in a very good way. A transformative way. Because you can’t be presented with an existential question like that and not feel compelled to wonder about it.

It’s at that pivotal moment that a richer life suddenly becomes available to you. One where you get to look into the depths of everything that you are. One of self inquiry.

The kinds of questions you ask yourself will change your life

And so it begins with a single question. What follows is a colorful journey filled with trials, triumphs and lessons. Your story becomes a striking thread in the fabric of all existence. For some, your story will be that of guidance. For others, a point of connection.

Today, we get to hear of one such story. We get an inside look at what fellow yoga teacher, Janice Brown’s, journey has been like ever since the question of Who Am I? dawned on her. What’s it been like, what has she learned and how did/does she navigate the confusion and messiness that sometimes comes with facing our truth.

Janice is also a respiratory therapist who is working to bridge the gap between wellness and healthcare by making yoga practical and accessible to everyone.

The topic is deep but the conversation is full of laughs. We even talk about play at one point - and discovered that both of us have a childlike sense of fun (which I love!). The biggest message: IT DOESN”T HAVE TO BE SO HARD!!! Plug in those earbuds to get inspired and laugh along with us!

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Key Nuggets:

Reminder that we are holistic beings - mind, body, spirit and emotions work together. You can’t change one aspect without affecting the other. It’s this basis that motivates Janice to bridge the gap between wellness and healthcare.

Yoga and the Path of Self Inquiry

There were so many great reflection questions that came up in our conversation. When Janice first contemplated this question of who am I? Some follow up questions included:

Who is your true self?

What parts of your life have you been living as your true self?

These questions would be so good to journal on!

We live our life in paradoxes - even when it comes to something as holistic as yoga. Yoga is the union within yourself and outside of yourself (reconnecting to yourself but also realizing that we’re all interconnected). In in the physical poses, you can be both grounded and flying at the same time like in Warrior III. Yet in life we’re taught to live in a structure of boxes and labels. You are A or B (or in our conversation we used the Friends quiz as an example - you’re either Phoebe, Monica or Rachel. There’s no quiz to tell you how much of each you are). But it isn’t necessary to have this all or one mentality because we aren’t all or one. The truth is, we live on a spectrum. Our own unique cocktail of various traits. It’s when we force ourselves into boxes or labels that we force ourselves to be who we are not and in turn, suffer (because we’re living against our truth).

Lessons to Share From Self Inquiry: how did you perceive life in the world before vs. after moving toward self inquiry

Just like the labels, life used to be a set of rules but now life is so much more open. Janice lives with a lot more ease and the ability to chill out and trust. There’s definitely more faith that it will all turn out…and it always does.

One lesson Janice shares is that you don’t always have to follow the rules that were given to you. The world isn’t just a bunch of boxes &labels, it’s more dynamic than that. In fact, boxes & labels feeds into judgement.

Big idea:  when you see things holistically, you suffer less.  Ex. If you want to heal people and think that in order to do that, the only solution is to be a doctor, you trap yourself. You are devastated if you fail your MCAT. But the truth is, being a doctor isn’t your be all end all. If you really want, you take the MCAT again, but perhaps there’s something more magical in store for you. There are so many ways you can help heal others - but if you’r in a box you won’t see that.

What has the path been like

In Janice’s experience, it’s not like there were big stepping stones. It was more like a little pebble trail. First thing she learned to move forward was knowing to say no to what doesn’t inspire her and simply saying YES to all that inspires her (ex. Backstage work at community theatre, improv…). These little pebbles all lead her to where she is today

There will be moments when you have a hard time deciding. You’ll wonder if this is the right thing. And there will also be times where it’s messy, confusing and basically you’re wondering WTF. It all makes sense in hindsight. Plus you don’t even need to know exactly where it’s going to go anyway. Just keep following what inspires you and trust that, that will lead the way.

Yoga can be a powerful tool to help you sit with what is. To let go of the clinging and attachment of needing to know and holding onto control.

Important Questions when things don’t go the way you want them to:

What is this telling me? If you don’t know, just let it go for now.  The answer will come. It always works out for her.  Just chill. Let go.  And it all works out.

Slow down and pay attention to your emotions. What’s it telling you, where do you feel the discomfort.

IT DOESN”T HAVE TO BE THAT HARD!!

Tips for having fun:

Fun is creativity and aliveness

Look for what’s fun: find what inspires you

Ultimately, as you learn to let go and not force yourself into a box and look cool or professional and whatever else you think you should be like, ask yourself the question: WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

Get to know yourself. Do this by looking for what inspires you. To know yourself means ease.  It is sukha (sweetness)

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

Be kind to yourself and get selfish.  It’s totally okay!                                                                                        

Links:

If you have any questions for Janice or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website:  https://www.yogamoments.ca

Facebook: @Yoga Moments

Instagram: @yogamoments_canada

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCENnOiTe6uAxixy0Adq7e1w


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Episode 78: How Crystal Healing Really Works with Jessica Roth

Jessica Roth is a Certified Crystal Healer and Certified ThetaHealer (energy work) that utilizes crystals and energy for healing of the mind, body & soul. She’s extremely intuitive, which allows her to guide people towards healing and connecting with themselves on deeper levels. She loves to help others learn how to work with energetic tools so that they can efficiently transmute influences that might be affecting their own physical and emotional wellbeing. Teaching and empowering about crystals and energy is her passion - she is the creator and founder of crystal healing courses and a Crystal Healer Certification program, based in San Diego California.

In this episode we talk about - you guessed it - CRYSTALS!


My earliest memory of crystals are the bins of little mix & match ones that you could get a gift shops. There would be a chart of what each one’s healing properties were. As a kid, I loved seeing what each rock (what I called them back then) could help with. If you’ve ever been to Banff, Alberta you would’ve come across one of these bins for sure!

As a grown up, I’ve taken a workshop or two about crystals. They usually bring in a few different ones and go over what the healing properties are. It’s like a live class of those charts I used to read. They’ve been enjoyable but I haven’t learned much beyond what does what. Today, I own a few beautiful crystals and hold the same curious candor for them as I did when I was a kid but I haven’t learned to use them beyond the psychological effect of having something comforting around (like a blankie).

But that all changes with my conversation with Jessica Roth!

If you’ve been interested in learning more about how crystals actually work and how to use them, you need to listen in! Jessica affectionately shares what she knows about crystals & energy. She also efficaciously answers all of my burning questions about crystals like: how can they actually change your vibration? (spoiler: if you think about it in terms of energy, it makes a lot more sense!) Does size matter? What’s up with “cleaning” your crystals - do we actually need to do that? If so, what’s the best method?

This is a fun one to listen to! Go on, plug in those earbuds!

Share your comments or questions below to keep the conversation going.

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Key Nuggets:

Theta Healing

Since Jessica is also a Theta Energy Healer, we get to learn a bit about what Theta healing is. Basically it’s energy healing where your guided in a conversation to reveal subconscious blockages which then is released by the energy work.

Jessica loves using Theta healing to release these blockages and uses crystals to fill in the space with good vibes.

 Crystal Healing 101

Jessica gives us the scoop on crystals: how they work, does size matter and what energy has to do with all of this.

Crystals hold a certain vibration

It’s all about energy – each crystal has a certain energy and so do we.  That’s why we each react to the energy of a crystal differently.

The healing part of crystals is that it can be used to shift your vibration. Jessica explains exactly how/why it has the power to do that in our conversation. In a nutshell, we’re roller coasters of energy during daily life and our energy may fluctuate depending on what comes into our surroundings (ex. we may feel anything between love, happiness, fear, guilt….throughout the day. If somebody comes in and yells at us, we immediately change energetic states).

The intention that you use a crystal with also affects what it does for you.

When crystal comes into our space we start to match their vibrations (entrain) – this shift can happen in just a few minutes.

Depending on how sensitive to energy you are, you may have stomach gurgles or even tingles

Do we need to clean our crystals and why?

Jessica gives her explanation of why we should clean our crystals and how to do it. In a nutshell, the energy we carry can leave an “energy print” on the crystal (kind of like a fingerprint after you touch a glass). It’s like a residue that gets stuck to the crystal and if it’s somebody else’s “energy print” that’s left on your crystal then you may want to clear it.

How to work with crystals:

Jewelry, put it in your pocket, carry it in your bra, under your pillow, use in sacred circles….

Jessica’s Favorite Crystals:

Black Tourmaline to ground, reconnect with body, remove anxiety, remove energy from electronics

Quartz to clear and use as an all purpose crystal.  Be careful because it amplifies so make sure you are clear on what you’re trying to amplify.

Amazonite (teal blue-green color) – for throat and heart chakra.  Calming and balancing and communicating from the heart

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

One of the most important questions that she was asked is “how would you feel in 10 years if you stayed exactly where you are now?”.  Looking from this perspective of re-evaluating 10 years from now of what would you regret or not regret helps puts things into perspective.

If you’re not happy in your situation, make a change now.

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

“Start small with taking steps towards living a life that is more authentic to you... It doesn't have to be drastic like skydiving! Just be willing to explore new things, or revisit things that you used to love as a kid! This was huge for me, because being playful had been something I hadn't allowed myself to be after my parents had passed away and I was in survival mode. So painting, having a puppy/dog, getting back into dance/fitness, being curious about spirituality/crystals... it really opened me up to experiencing life differently.”

Resources:

Jessica has a new online Intro Crystal Course. You can check it out here.

Links:

If you have any questions for Janice or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.JessKayCrystals.com

Email: jess@jesskaycrystals.com

Social Media: @JessKayCrystals


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Episode 77: How To Boost Self Worth with Jen Miller

A feeling of unworthiness can inhibit us from living the fullest lives that we want. It can hold us back from the relationships, careers and ideas that we dream of because if we don’t feel worthy of them, we won’t even try. Or perhaps you do try but find yourself sabotaging yourself part way through. It totally sucks but how do we get over ourselves?

It all starts with understanding self-worth. What is self worth, what determines self worth, and how to boost self-worth?

In this episode, we get to talk to the bright & lovely Jen Miller all about this! Jen is a Holistic Wellness Coach and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (C.H.N.C) whose own journey with self worth and anxiety has provided her with golden nuggets of wisdom that she now shares with us.

Jen specializes in stress resiliency and emotional wellbeing, and works with three pillars of wellness; nutrition, lifestyle and mindset. She’s all about supporting women with their wellness as they navigate various life transitions such as career change, getting married or going from your 20’s to your 30’s – all exciting times of life but also those that tend to bring more stress, anxiety or uncertainty.

Jen was so much fun to talk to and it was a conversation filled with tons of tips, tools and ideas for how to step back into your light. This episode is a little pot of gold for boosting self worth.

Plug in those earbuds, I can’t wait for you to listen!

PS. Click “read more” and scroll to “resource” to view titles of the books/podcasts mentioned.

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Key Nuggets:

What’s Your Philosophy to Loving the life you love?

Check in with yourself regularly. Ask reflective questions like: What is my why? What am I still apologizing for? What am I doing that’s not a hell yes?

You need to keep noticing if you’re still in alignment even if you’re on a great path because if you just go on auto drive, you might find yourself getting led astray.

 Staying in Alignment

Sometimes we’re a square peg trying to fit into a round hole and don’t even know it. In other words, we’re completely out of alignment with our authentic selves but we don’t have awareness of it. That’s part of Jen’s story - she was trying to fit in, in a high paced, high stress work environment and was getting so exhausted; but she kept going anyway because she wasn’t aware that the role she was in was going against her true nature.

What are you doing that doesn’t completely light you up?

This comes back to checking in with yourself and identify any necessary course redirects (you’re allowed to change your mind!). Jen shares excellent questions to provoke alignment and how she reminds herself to do this practice.

               

Self Worth

What it is: Knowing that you’re worthy of anything you want in your life. Coming from positive energy rather than fear based.

Jen shares her story on how she’s come to understand her own self worth.

What a lack of it holds us back from: A feeling of unworthiness can inhibit you from living your fullest life because if you don’t think you’re worth it, you’re not going to let yourself have it (relationships, career, sense of validation…). Even if you start making your way to it, you’re likely sabotage yourself from fully basking in the desire.

Low self worth can show up as a constant need for external validation to feel good, a people pleasing mentality and choices that bring you further away from your authentic self.

Jen tells us of how her own self worth issues were reflected in her environment with mean girl relationships and the holding herself back from the “something more”that she knew she was meant for.

How to bust out and boost self worth:

             Start taking care of yourself a way that you haven’t before – sends message to self that you’re worthy of being taken care of. This was a catalyst for Jen.

Shift your perception - Jen listened to podcasts, read books, and listened to other people’s stories to expand what she know was possible for herself. Find things that open you up to new perspectives! Listen to different stories and look for the messages that resonate with you

Watch those little habits that shrink you! For example, look closely at what you’re apologizing for and approaching from a place of gratitude and appreciation if possible (ex. late emails. Instead of “sorry for the delayed reply” it can be “thank you for your patience with my reply”). Stop saying sorry for the little things that make you shrink.

TRUST in self knowing and that you already have everything that you need inside of you.

Jen tells us about her personal tools for self worth: journaling, reflection, boundaries, protecting energy

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

We took a fun and short pit stop to talk about HSP - a personality trait for depth of processing of sensory information. It ties into the conversation around feeling like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Highly sensitive persons process sensory information at an intensely deep level and can be highly impacted by sounds, sights, smells, people’s energies. Because of this, they can be easily overwhelmed or overstimulated.  Can feel like shutting down easily.

Planting the seed with this conversation to help you further understand yourself. When you can bring awareness into who you really are, then you can stop apologizing for why you don’t fit into the mold that you think you’re supposed to.

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

You don’t need external validation or approval to feel worthy of doing something.  You don’t need to wait for an invitation or permission either.

Another big lesson that Jen’s learned is that to make something happen, you can’t just sit and ruminate – you need to take steps toward it.

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

We reach for a lot of external resources to validate our choices/path but sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is to take time and allow yourself to reflect on what you already have inside.

Resources:

The two books that helped Jen make the big shifts in her own self growth:

The Universe Has Your Back - Gabrielle Berstein

Intuitive Being - Jill Willard

Initial podcast that helped Jen shift her perception:

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Links:

If you have any questions for Jen or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.glowingmindswellness.com

Email: jen@glowingmindswellness.com

Instagram: @glowingmindswellness

Facebook: Glowing Minds Wellness


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Episode 76: How To Use Your Feelings To Guide You Into Alignment with AnneMarie McKenzie

Sometimes we’re lucky and we come across a new tool, concept or a change in perspective that changes our lives for the better. Maybe it’s the best travel pillow you’ve ever found (and will never ever travel without with again) or the concept of simplifying your life (#minimalism). Either way, it helps you live with more ease and you’re quality of life is much higher with it. Sometimes, we come across something even bigger than that - it answers something profound + deep within you. Like say some of life’s big questions like “What do I really want in life?”.

That’s what happened for me when my perspective of emotions and feelings was totally shifted. I was reading a book called The Desire Map and in it the author, Danielle LaPorte, proposed that we should allow our feelings to navigate our lives rather than our thinking. Saaaayyyy whhaaaaatt? Radical. My logical, thinking, Type A mind was quick to put its guard up.

“What is this craziness of feelings first? I thought we’ve been working hard to control these feelings so that it doesn’t interfere with our life. To keep it at bay, not let it rule the world.”

That was my lizard brain. My innermost self, however, loved it. The idea felt freeing - like as if I could finally just be me. You see, I had a lot of feelings but didn’t really know what to do with them. They were all scrambled and I felt ashamed to have so many to be honest. But now you’re telling me that they’re the answer to my life? JACKPOT!

In today’s episode, I chat with AnneMarie McKenzie, Master Desire Map Facilitator, about the concept around using our feelings and emotions to find alignment in our lives. Exactly how can we use this as our inner compass? Even if we know how we truly want to feel most of the time (Core Desired Feelngs) what tools/strategies can we implement to make sure that we engage them? Big picture - how can feeling what we desire to feel most of the time lead us to an aligned life?

Okie dokie, plug in those earbuds - this one is full of wisdom nuggets!

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EARLYBIRD until May 1st


Key Nugget Discussed:

“Would you rather be right or be happy?” - Danielle LaPorte

How feelings & emotions guide our lives:

  • Feelings are the language of our soul, of the universe – embrace them.  Use them as a guidance system for your life. Use them for the choices you make

  •  Is there a difference between feelings and emotions?

  • All feelings are good - happiness, playfulness, anger, sadness….all of it. They all carry messages for you to learn from

  • Example of what anger means to you

Core Desired Feelings as your inner guide:

  • Live from your heart & soul because that’s who you really are. Anything but is just a facade.

  • Core Desired Feelings are the feelings that we want to feel most of the time - they are the expression of your innermost self. Our home base.

    • They are different for everyone

    • You can find your Core Desired Feelings through The Desire Map

  • Use Core Desired Feelings as a tool just as how you would use your yoga practice. Just as you would return to the mat again and again, come back to your Core Desire Feelings daily. It’s a powerful tool to help you through the throes of life. It’s how AnnMarie got through one of the most important parts of her life

  • Use your Core Desired Feelings to guide you by asking:

    • Does this person make you feel the way that you want to feel

    • Does this situation make you feel the way that you want to feel

    • Guide relationships – does it feel the way that you want to feel

    • If it’s not a “hell yes” it’s a “no”

  • Tools  for homing into desired feelings: “I AM” , gratitude , crystals, essential oils, mudras. These can be coupled with other tools that you’ve already collected along the way.  

 One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

“Gratitude is the most powerful tool we have free access to that can shift our perspective and mindset on a cellular level to come back to our soul.”

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

“Our feelings are our most untapped, valuable resource. They are the language of the Soul and the language of the Universe. To manifest a handcrafted life we love, we must build a relationship with our feelings. In doing so, this is strength training for our intuition, spiritual fitness, and our feelings end up becoming the compass for our Soul. THAT is when we truly become the creator of our own life.”

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Website: annmariemckenzie.com


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Episode 76: How To Use Your Feelings To Guide You Into Alignment with AnneMarie McKenzie

Sometimes we’re lucky and we come across a new tool, concept or a change in perspective that changes our lives for the better. Maybe it’s the best travel pillow you’ve ever found (and will never ever travel without with again) or the concept of simplifying your life (#minimalism). Either way, it helps you live with more ease and you’re quality of life is much higher with it. Sometimes, we come across something even bigger than that - it answers something profound + deep within you. Like say some of life’s big questions like “What do I really want in life?”.

That’s what happened for me when my perspective of emotions and feelings was totally shifted. I was reading a book called The Desire Map and in it the author, Danielle LaPorte, proposed that we should allow our feelings to navigate our lives rather than our thinking. Saaaayyyy whhaaaaatt? Radical. My logical, thinking, Type A mind was quick to put its guard up.

“What is this craziness of feelings first? I thought we’ve been working hard to control these feelings so that it doesn’t interfere with our life. To keep it at bay, not let it rule the world.”

That was my lizard brain. My innermost self, however, loved it. The idea felt freeing - like as if I could finally just be me. You see, I had a lot of feelings but didn’t really know what to do with them. They were all scrambled and I felt ashamed to have so many to be honest. But now you’re telling me that they’re the answer to my life? JACKPOT!

In today’s episode, I chat with AnneMarie McKenzie, Master Desire Map Facilitator, about the concept around using our feelings and emotions to find alignment in our lives. Exactly how can we use this as our inner compass? Even if we know how we truly want to feel most of the time (Core Desired Feelngs) what tools/strategies can we implement to make sure that we engage them? Big picture - how can feeling what we desire to feel most of the time lead us to an aligned life?

Okie dokie, plug in those earbuds - this one is full of wisdom nuggets!

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Episode 75: Magic Ingredients to Make Manifesting Work For You with Janice Berkenheger

This episode is an exciting one because we get to talk about MANIFESTING! Using the power of your own energy to intentionally create what you want in life. You’ve probably heard of the idea that your thoughts create your reality. Maybe you were around in 2008-ish when the book The Secret came out and this Law of Attraction stuff exploded.

That’s when I was first introduced to manifesting. — my boss at the time was ecstatic about The Secret and LOA. Her enthusiasm was contagious and naturally, the book started getting circulated among all 40 staff members.

I liked the book because it fortified my growing belief that there are forces operating beyond what we can currently see. That there’s a universe out there orchestrating rhyme and rhythm in this world…that we’re all here on purpose. I was intrigued by the idea that we can work with this force to manifest our desires into reality. But I was super skeptical of the formula that was provided “ask for it, believe it and then * poof* it’s yours”.

“If it were that easy,” I thought, “then why doesn’t everyone already have what they want?” I had many more follow up questions. I wish I knew somebody like Janice Berkenheger back then because she would’ve been able to pacify my leery suspicion of this whole Law of Attraction/Manifestation thing. Janice helps women discover how to consistently manifest what they want so that they can bring their dreams into reality. She’s spent the last 8 years or so studying and using this practice.

I’m so grateful for our wonderful conversation! The instructions for manifesting are simple - ask for it, believe it’s yours, then it will come to life, but there’s more to that. We talked a bit about what manifestation is and then went right into depth about how to use it, what’s wrong if it’s not working, and the magic ingredients to make it successful. My favorite part is when we dived into the parking lot example. Oh, that parking lot example! ….I hate it haha. This example has come up in so many books that I’ve read, even ones that aren’t about manifesting. It’s supposed to be an easy way to practice manifestation/trust/surrender/faith in the universe but I’m riddled with anxiety everytime I try. In our conversation, Janice tells me what I’m doing wrong.

Alrighty, plug in those headphones this one’s a good one!

Don’t forget to click “read more” for the amazing resources that Janice gives us including a free ebook and a list of universal laws.

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Key Nuggets:

What’s Your Philosophy to Loving the life you love?

You’re supposed to be living a life you love. Living the life you love will take you to the growth that you were meant to experience and for you to live on purpose and do all the things that you’re here to do.

What is Manifestation?

We are powerful beings creating our reality via our thoughts.  Look around your life and you’ll realize that your reality is a reflection of how you normally think, based on thoughts and beliefs. In a nutshell, manifestation is bringing what you desire into life by aligning your thoughts, beliefs and actions. 

We’ve come here with everything that we need on this journey!  We all have the power within us to do this.

What’s up with the parking example?

I’ve read about the parking lot example so many times…..but it’s so hard because I get so anxious.  Janice helps me see what fears have been blocking me.

For success, you first need to feel as if it’s [the parking space] is already here. Then detach from the idea that you have to have it. Janice personally comes up with a criteria for her parking space – thinking about it that and trusting that everything is in perfect timing for what’s happening. 

Most people fall down with manifesting  when they don’t receive in their order in the time frame that they expected. You basically give up when you stop believing it or when you come up with a contingency plan or try to just make it yourself. And yet it’s at this point, right before giving up, that what you want is just within reach.

People give up right before they’re about to get it

Trust in divine timing

So is creating a contingency plan bad?

No it’s not bad but you need to know how to create  contingency plan that doesn’t conflict with your desires.  Ex. The feeling of it – feel and see what I want to feel and see

The universe will give you this or something better

Disclaimer to Law of Attraction:

Let’s say we’re trying to manifest abundance. Should you really spend the money before you have it? Neither yes or no. Its all about energetic vibe.  If you can truly believe, without stress or fear, that you will certainly receive the abundance you ask for then that makes sense. Thing is, most people will feel fear or anxiety when they make a purchase without having the money first.

What energy am I in when I make this purchase?

It’s similar to how it’s easier to find a job when you have one – because you’re not desperate and not focusing on what you don’t have.

Magic Ingredients to Manifestation

FEELING

TRUST & FAITH

Janice builds trust and faith by taking the steps and leaps.  You can take little leaps and little steps to begin with.  Janice gives example of her free cup of coffee. Getting small wins to build your faith in process and yourself

ENERGETIC VIBRATIONS

TAKING INSPIRED ACTION

It doesn’t happen with just your thought.  You need to take action!  If an opportunity drops in front of you, take action on it.

Sometimes it’s not totally clear but clarity comes with each step.  You don’t know exactly what opportunity inspired actions will open you up to.

Ask yourself: how can this be easy?

As we change our beliefs and perceptions, we change the filter that we see things through.  Everything that we want it’s already here. You can’t have a desire w/o it being here.

WHO DO YOU NEED TO BE?

What thoughts, actions, needs do you have when you have that thing you want?

 Every single day, we need to tap into that

 GRATITUDE

One of the fastest and most amazing ways to manifest  

Elevates your frequency

Just b/c the radio isn’t on doesn’t mean that the frequencies are going through the room, you’ve just turned the source off

Give thanks for what you already have: Thank you for [insert desire here as if you already have it]

Common reason for why it’s not working

Limiting beliefs!! You need to identify then shift

Universal Laws

Universal laws are laws that govern the universe.  Just like the law of gravity, if you believe in it or not it works.  And it will work for everybody – no exceptions.  There are a lot of these laws (over 100+) but there are a few that you’ll want to know in particular.  Janice has a list of universal laws that she’s narrowed down to be most important (scroll down for this free list in “resources” section)

What’s helpful is that when you know and understand them then you can use them to your advantage.

Sometimes you manifest what you don’t want b/c you don’t’ understand these laws.

 WHAT YOU FOCUS ON EXPANDS  

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

That we have everything we need inside of us and we just need to learn to access it and trust ourselves.  It’s important to access our inner guidance. Everybody is born to be successful, your success is inevitable!

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

Notice and be aware of what you are thinking at all times.  It's those thoughts that are creating your reality.  Are your thoughts in alignment with what you want, or are you worrying about what you don't want?


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Resources:

E-book about manifesting

Links:

If you have any questions for Janice or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website: www.janiceberkenheger.com  

Email:   info@janiceberkenheger.com



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Episode 73 Bite Sized: What Does It Really Mean to Live Your TRUTH?

The whole point of this podcast is to explore the meaning of our experiences in this journey and understand what our truth is and how to live in it.  Fully. Vulnerably. Unapologetically.

But over the last few weeks I found myself contemplating what “living our truth” really means.  It certainly sounds enticing, like as if it would lead us to something good – perhaps liberation.  Maybe happiness.  Still, I wondered how do we find our truths?  How do we know if when we’re living it?  And how do we stay connected to our truest self?

In this episode, I explore all these questions, starting with understanding truth from both a philosophical and applicable level.  I also identify three characteristics that develop when we are living our truth and give you two questions that can help you build momentum in this journey.

The disclaimer here is that while this is a start, it’s not the full answer.  These are big existential questions and this episode is only 20 minutes long! Plus I can’t say that I know what the whole answer is. There are as many layers to this as there are human beings that have ever inhabited this planet.  Like the rest of this journey, this is an exploration.  With each episode, a new story is shared and a little nugget is gathered to help deepen our understanding.  I’m really excited that we’re on this journey together!    

Episode 72: You Can Be Your True Self Even If You Keep Your Day Job with Sarah Marlowe Spence

It was so cool to meet Sarah Marlowe Spence! By day she’s an IT contractor and by night she lives a dynamic spiritual life. Actually, it’s really not that cut and dry - the picture’s just more vivid when I say it that way. In truth, she is both these things (and more) at all times during the day. Balancing our identities is one thing that we discuss in this episode - How can you keep your sense of truth without leaving the office?

Oftentimes, we have this fantasy of sticking it to the man and then galloping off into a shiny life where you won’t be held back from who you really are and you can just BE YOURSELF!! (* cue sunset and the angelic voice of the choir *) While ditching

 your day job might be the right choice for some, it’s not the right move for everybody. For example, if you enjoy your job, you shouldn’t feel like you’re missing out if you don’t cavort out of the office with wild abandon. That’s what Sarah’s story shows - she loves her job as an IT professional….and she also loves her studies in yoga. shamanism, and esoteric studies (which we also talk about in this episode). She spends her time at the office and at the ashram. She’s the perfect person to talk to about how to keep your true sense of self without having to quit your day job!

Key Nuggets:

  • As your yoga practice deepens, you’ll realize that Yoga is life and its teachings extend much beyond the physical poses.

  • It’s important to live your truth but also be aware that your truth can change.

  • Sarah’s advice on how to be fearless:

    • First Light Flower Essence

    • Use your yoga to create fearlessness by embodying what the pose represents:

      • Ex. Use Warrior pose and embody the warrior and find strength

      • Ex. Use Archer pose and imagine yourself pulling back with strength and then letting go

One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:

Enjoy the moment as much as possible because life is a journey, not a destination.

What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?

Dig deep. Find the courage and be fearless. Be inspired to hold the determination that you have and that you can find to keep going.

Links:

If you have any questions for Sarah   or want to learn more, connect with her through:

Website:  www.sarahmarlowespence.com 

              www.premratnamusic.com

Facebook & Instagram: Sarah Marlowe Spence