In the last few weeks, I’ve had repeated instances where I know that I was being led to listen, watch or read something. Either for my own personal growth or it was meant for me to be the conduit to pass on to others.
My hope is that one of the three wisdom resources I've included here are what you’re needing right now.
The first is an episode of Oprah’s Super Soul podcast. I hadn’t listened to one of her podcasts in quite a while, but for some reason, I was nudged to pull up the app and listen while I took a walk in my neighborhood.
It had been so long since I listened to one of her podcasts that they stopped downloading. So I picked the one that last downloaded and it was from January 20, 2021 entitled “Broken Open”…ahhh the universe has a great sense of humor. The past 16 months have been a breaking open experience for me with the death of my mom, the pandemic, moving from CO to TN and working behind the scenes to birth new programs and services that will take my coaching practice in a new direction (exciting and scary stuff!).
I saw the podcast title, rubbed my hands together and thought ‘this ought to be juicy!’ and hit play. Whoa doggy, it was goo-oood!
If you’re inspired to listen too, I’m confident there’s a few nuggets of wisdom in there that will hit your spirit in just the right way.
Take a listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. And for those that like to jump ahead, here’s some nuggets of wisdom by way of time stamp:
2:35 min: Turn your wounds into wisdom
4:19 min: Confront whatever needes confrontation instead of suppressing
5:19 min: Our greatest epiphanies reveal themselves in times of deep turmoil and despair
6:25 min: No experience you’ve ever had is wasted!
7:53 min: When we open into our brokenness, that’s when we blossom
9:04 min: Everything I’ve learned has been from humiliation, sin, failure, rejection, betrayal…that’s when my soul expands…I don’t like it, but…I realize I’m larger
18:58 min: It’s always about you…nobody can speak to you in a way that demeans your spirit unless you are willing to be demeaned or believe you deserve that in some way
20:58 min: Some days are more authentic than others…tomorrow is another day. You can get up and have another chance…try again
23:12 min: no expectations…certain things shouldn’t happen to you that happen to ordinary people…people hold the idea of being ordinary in absolute contempt…because they do that they think they should be protected from ordinary things…I can’t believe this happened to me
26:31 min: You ask empowering questions, the Universe will answers these questions in a way that you can understand…it’s all about the question, the sincerity of the question, and then the ability to really listen, to really be available, that’s where the real juice is
32:43 min: Number one human addiction…it’s not chocolate…it’s control…sends the human ego into a total meltdown
33:48 min: Right beneath the anger there is a well of hurt… we stay with the anger because it gives us control because we are afraid to go into the hurt…right beneath the hurt is the love
37:17 min: We all suffer, we all have heartbreak, we all difficult things; that’s part of life…grand sense of humility that you have to have to keep walking in ways both literally and metaphorically
38:48 min: What do I do when I’m suffering or really feel overwhelmed? First thing is to be fully unconditionally open to it and take responsibility…it’s very liberating…the keys to your happiness are no longer in somebody else’s pocket of the past, they’re in yours and that’s empowering…come to see ‘how am I sustaining that trauma’ …continuing it…not in the sense that I’m to blame for it…but how is it that I’m keeping it alive? Since the past isn’t here now, how am I keeping it alive? What are the dynamics?
In the past few months I’ve gotten really good about unsubscribing from things that land in my inbox and throw off my day. I’ve needed this disciplined with my email since I’m a self-admitted sufferer of Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) LOL. The best way to suppress my SOS tendencies is to make things out of sight so that I’m not drawn into things that will hijack my attention and drain my energy. So unsubscribing, turning off notifications, keeping my phone on silent (no vibrate either) and deleting apps like Twitter have been a real game changer for me.
If you’re so inspired, I encourage you to experiment with some of these SOS suppression methods. Do a 7-day experiment and see what happens.
But I digress…of the remaining wisdom teachers I follow and subscribe to their newsletters and allow to drop into my inbox (btw, thank you for continuing to allow me to drop into your inbox from time to time!), I love Marie Forleo. She recently had an interview with Dr. James Gordon – click here to watch it on her site or with timestamps on YouTube, go here.
The interview was based on Dr. Gordon’s newest book “Transforming Trauma” and wow are the insights and convo spectacular between the two of them. You don’t have to read the book to get some juicy wisdom that you can put into action today!
That’s why I feel so strongly about including this in today’s member communication, because it can stand alone and benefit you in real life tangible, action oriented ways.
All you need to do is click here and watch/listen. How about it?
If you’re still not convinced, here’s how Marie put it: “If you’ve been feeling stressed, overwhelmed, brain-fogged, or numb lately, please watch this episode now.”
The third nudge from the Universe came to me in the form of an audio book. Since moving to Nashville I’ve really been digging going for long walks and listening to an audiobook.
I’m so inspired by this book by Dr. Robert Maurer entitled “One Small Step Could Change Your Life | The Kaizen Way to Success” that I’m creating an entire course or program around it (stay tuned, more info to come in the next few months).
For a free preview of the book, click here and here’s a snippet to peak your interest further:
If you can relate to slapping your hand against your forehead in frustration and disgust with yourself because you can’t stick with a routine or habit change you desperately need in your life and keep wondering what the hell is wrong with you, then I’d invite you to pause, take a couple full breaths, and then inwardly say this to yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with me, I just haven’t found the right tools, resources and support I need to make the changes I so desperately want. Maybe learning the Kaizen way is a right next step?
Please don’t mistake me, I don’t believe there are any magic solutions out there and anyone who claims there are quick fixes to life’s most difficult challenges, well, that’s just hogwash.
If you have a mean, critical inner voice, you’re not going to suddenly make friends with it overnight.
If you’re a people pleaser and don’t know how to stand up for yourself and say no, there aren’t silver bullet affirmations that if you say daily, suddenly you’ll have strong boundaries.
However, there are tiny, seemingly trivial, small steps that when taken with consistency, are life changing. I don’t mean in the temporary yo-yo kind of way. Rather, in the truly transformative way of change that’s recognizable and sustainable.
It’s universal for each of us to live in this duality of existence: to rest head on our pillow at night knowing we’re ok just as we are and also desire change because we know that with it, our best days lie ahead.
So long as we have breath in our lungs, we’re both a masterpiece and a work-in-progress.
Keep learning, growing and seeking my friend and the personal transformation you yearn for will be yours before you know it!
My hope is that one or more of the three resources I’ve shared with you today resonate and inspire you to take action and trust the process.
If at any point you feel like you could use some help and structured guidance, contact me for private health coaching and let’s get started!
If there are others in your life that you feel could benefit from today’s member communication, would you share it with them?
Leave a comment and let me know what caught your attention most in today’s member communication. I read all comments and look forward to hearing from you.
In good health,
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