Awareness

Use Meditation and Embodied Awareness to Guide Your Path

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Join Sebene Selassie to learn to sit with uncomfortable emotions and to be able to explore mindfulness and embodied presence as pathways to self-acceptance and transformation. Sebene Selassie is a meditation teacher. As a three time breast cancer survivor, she has learned a lot about awareness and she shares this with us in her book You Belong. You can find it wherever books are sold.

In the clips shared today, we talk about the value of meditation and what it means to be in embodied awareness. At the end, Sebene invites us to be able to sit with uncomfortable emotions and to be able to explore acceptance as a pathway to transformation.

Listen to this episode for a deeper understanding about the value of meditation and how you can apply it in your life to live more in embodied awareness, to be more present in your body, to be more present in your life.

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Habits to Help You Protect and Grow Your Self-Acceptance

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Listen to this episode for 15 ideas of actions you could take to support the development of self-acceptance.

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Own Your Story and Tell it Like You Mean It

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In his book Think Again, Adam Grant talks about exploring concepts from a spherical perspective. That idea of looking at things from so many different angles as is possible in a spherical shape appeals to me.

In this second compilation episode on self-acceptance, I will be highlighting elements of interviews with seven different guests on the topic of self-acceptance. I’ll be weaving a thread between the episodes to help you understand different elements of self-acceptance and its relevance and application in your life. The featured guests are Rachel Tapscott, Daralyse Lyons, Michelle Kuei, Seanna Leath, Aruna Krishnan, Fatima Oliver and Sarah Eames.

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Start Right Where You Are with Self Acceptance

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I conducted 19 interviews for season 3 of Changes Big and Small. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reading Radical Self Acceptance by Tara Brach and discussing it on the podcast. Feel free to read along and join the conversation. Or if you’ve read the book, feel free to share your thoughts and questions with me at contact@changesbigandsmall.com or you can live a voice recording by clicking on the Start here link.

Self-acceptance means knowing your strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, and seeing yourself as worthy of love, of dignity, despite your imperfections. It means accepting who you really are, not who you wish you should be or want to be. It has no judgement, only truth. This sets it apart from the related idea of self-esteem because self-esteem only focuses on the “esteemed” or the positive aspects of yourself. Self-acceptance looks at all of yourself and likes yourself regardless of the “flaws”, and it is essential before any transformation.

From the exploration this season, we know that there are many things that affect our self acceptance. These include our relationship with ourselves and with others, the stories we tell about the various facets of our lives and our self-image.

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Get in Touch with Yourself and Define Your Self-Image

I love how Monica Sherese shows up in this interview. Her energy and her passion comes through, and there are so many questions that I had on my list that we didn’t even get to. Be sure to accept Monica’s invitation; it’s something that each of us can do every day. Listen to this episode to get in touch with yourself and define your self-image.

A common theme in many episodes of the podcast, and especially the recent episodes, is for you to take time, get to know yourself, savor your experiences, find out what it is that you really want. Find ways to remove the external and outside influences that are putting up blockers or walls between you and the life that you can choose, the life that you can decide.

If you’re new to listening to Changes Big and Small, go back and listen to the previous episodes because there is an action that you can take, an invitation, in each episode that can help you build habits. These habits can be steps along your path to living the life that you want.

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How to Uncover Limiting Beliefs and Overcome Them

In this episode, Kim Ades invites you to to commit to getting what you want by emailing her your answers to two questions that she asks. If you do, she will reply to you.

Kim Ades (pronounced add-iss) is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind CoachingTM and JournalEngineTM Software. Recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery and mental toughness, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help leaders identify their personal blind spots and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mom of five, Kim’s claim to fame is teaching her powerful Frame of Mind CoachingTM process to leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers worldwide.

Contact and follow Kim at frameofmindcoaching.com.

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Peel Back the Layers to Uncover your Authentic, Untamed, Wild Self

Today’s guest is Elizabeth DiAlto. Elizabeth has such great, fabulous energy. You can definitely tell that she is untamed and has been doing this work for some time because she speaks so confidently about her whole framework of self-awareness, self knowledge, self acceptance, self trust, and self respect, which are so important on our journey to living the life that we want.

Each of us can take actions and have behaviors and make choices. Those are the ABCs that you can learn more about from Elizabeth’s websites as well. Those contribute to the life that we create.

Elizabeth has invited us to look at the way that we talk to ourselves this week. And I hope you will take her up on that invitation. Where can you be a bit kinder to yourself this week? What can you notice? What can you name? What feelings do you experience that you can actually sit with? What can you observe and where do you need to soften?

In last week’s episode, the invitation was to tense and release the different parts of your body. And so if you continue these regular challenges, you start to see how the pieces fit together and how we can transform our lives by taking small, consistent actions.

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How to Create a Personalized Money Mindset

The guest this episode is Mark Butler. Mark is the founder of the accounting startup Let’s Do The Books as well as the bookkeeper, CFO and confidante to top online entrepreneurs like Brooke Castillo. Before working in finance, mark co-founded three online businesses that brought in close to 2 million in total revenue. Today, Mark combines his business savvy with his certification in life coaching to help business owners take control of their finances and work through the shame and anxiety that almost always comes up when dealing with money.

One of the reasons I wanted to speak with Mark is because he has an expansive mindset around money, philosophy about money. And so, I hope that you will consider some of the activities to build your own habits, to find out what you believe about money, what your values are, and the relationship between your consumption and your earnings. As Mark says, it all starts with self-awareness.

This podcast interview was recorded on April 12, 2021.

Timeline of the Chat

01:48 – Money School
02:39 – The cause of anxiety and fear around money
06:19 – Making financial decisions based on self-awareness 
09:24 – Challenges to building a money mindset
11:13 – Book recommendation on money
13:29 – Use priorities to make decisions
15:41 – Financial education
18:07 – Finding our money patterns
22:41 – Two key habit to change your money mindset 
25:37 – Mark’s Learning/Observation Journey
27:30 – The impact of feeling neutral about money
29:42 – Personalizing your money philosophy
32:35 – Choosing what we want
38:44 – Everyone is lucky
41:27 – Invitation/Challenge
43:18 – Fast Five

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How to Get to Know and Accept Yourself

Listen to this episode with Fatima Oliver to find out how to have a soul journey to self-acceptance. Fatima and I discuss some of the main situations and experiences that damage our self acceptance, and she shares the steps that she followed in order to heal some of the trauma and hurt in her life to get to a place of self acceptance.

Fatima is a wife, mother, and author. She has a passion for helping others using what she calls a baby step approach. Fatima has been able to embrace the work necessary to heal from childhood trauma, heartbreak and abuse. Much of her life’s journey is shared in her new book The Prescription is in the Dirt, now available on Amazon.com.

Timeline of the Chat

01:50 – The Prescription is in the Dirt
04:44 – Recognizing the need for change
06:67 – Getting Therapeutic Help
10:47 – Uncovering hidden triggers and habits
17:09 – Finding the Why for your Triggers
21:24 – On Self-Acceptance
25:33 – Learning from failure
27:49 – The greatest threat to self acceptance
31:37 – Milestones on the self-acceptance journey
35:49 – Celebrating Successes on your Journey
37:55 – Change starts with you
38:46 – Struggles with self acceptance
40:57 – Challenge/Invitation
42:54 – Fast Five

This podcast interview was recorded on April 12, 2021.

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How to Overcome Fear and Find Beauty in the Darkness

Michelle is a certified confidence coach who coaches people to confidently tell their stories, that get them seen, heard, hired, and change lives along the way. She’s the author of a memoir, Perfectly Normal: An Immigrant’s Story of Making it in America, an inspirational journey of overcoming adversity after an automobile accident that changed her life’s trajectory.

Michelle has such fantastic energy and her story is so inspiring. In this episode, she shares how she made a switch at some point in her mindset and the impact this had on her life. She took a series of brave actions that helped her discover how she could show up and choose the life that she wants.

Michelle shares suggestions on how we can make changes in our lives and the four elements necessary for success. Michelle shows us a route to developing self acceptance, and to dance with and befriend our fears.

This podcast interview was recorded on April 2, 2021.

Timeline of the Chat

03:32 – Becoming disabled at age 11
07:21 – Struggling with mental health 
10:53 – Changing mindset and travelling the Inca Trail
20:43 – Change your mindset to change your life
21:56 – How to trust your path and overcome fear
25:35 – Using the The Inner Critic Project to Manage Your Fears
29:16 – Defining acceptance
31:19 – Facing negative self talk – Judgment journal
34:18: Feng Shui and The Five Archetypes
36:30- Awareness as the first step to change
38:53 – The Four Elements to Live the Life that You Want
42:28 – Invitation/Challenge
43:48 – Perfectly Normal
44:23 – Fast Five

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How to Live a Romantic and Sensuous Life

In this episode, David Brower invites us to find ways to add more pleasure, more joy in our lives. He talks of the importance of experiencing and savoring the moments to feel alive.

David, an American by birth, has chosen the city of love and pleasure, Paris, has his home for the last 30 years. You can connect with David@davidbrower.com and you can also connect with him on his website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Linkedin.

03:09 – On immigrating from the US to France
09:58 – Benefits of travelling
11:10 – Building a life in Paris
13:15 – Lesson learned from trying many different things in life
15:08 – Defining sensuality and romance
20:40 – Redefining romance and sensuality
25:11 – Finding joy and pleasure
30:53 – Rethinking good and bad
37:24 – Working with David
40:15 – Invitation – How to have more joy and love in your life
47:16 – Fast 5

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This podcast interview was recorded on April 1, 2021 but is no joke :D.

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Using Video to Connect with Your Audience

When was the last time that you showed up on video? Are you comfortable with being on video or is it a medium that you tend to avoid? Why might all of us want to create a video? These are some of the questions that I explore with Rachel Tapscott in this episode.

Rachel helps business owners share their story through video. She began her career in media as original news camera operator, then moved into corporate video production, which led her to start her own video production company That Camera Girl. She noticed the same patterns and limiting beliefs present with dozens of different clients around the idea of putting themselves out on video, and she experienced the same fear and internal battle at the idea of appearing on video herself. Rachel’s purpose and the focus of her business has shifted from simply creating videos to helping people with their confidence on camera and their belief in themselves.

This podcast interview was recorded on March 28, 2021.

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