This week’s topic is: Managing Your Energy Using The Four Cornerstones
One of the things that has always consistently come up in questions is energy. And who amongst us doesn’t want more energy, more vitality as we move through life? A little bit more pep in our step. A little bit more sparkle in our eyes. We all want more energy. We want to feel energized and to feel really alive.
I love this topic and I love that today we’re going to be talking about taking a wider approach when we look at energy and the different topics throughout our entire lives that affect all different parts of our lifestyle.
It’s really important that we incorporate this holistic approach, which really honors and supports us as humans and our wholeness. Our cornerstones, again, are food, body, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.
I’m in love with our philosophy, because I find that it really is so effective. I’ve been able to coach a lot of people with their food and their diet. However, to really get sustained levels of energy, vitality and all around well-being, which is really about our peace, joy, and our connection to the true self, we must go beyond food.
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Cheyenne – England
You’ve just done a lovely podcast with Krishna Das. I would love some tips on how to incorporate his music and chants into my meditations. Thanks!
Eilene – Wyoming
I’ve heard you mention self-massage in helping to reconnect with our bodies. Can you share any tips on what oils to use, techniques, etc?
Mia – North Dakota
I’m eating 80 percent plant-based and doing yoga but still feel so scattered and drained. What would be a go-to to help alleviate these feelings?
Ella – Nebraska
Lately being around people is zapping my energy at work which makes me have to “fake it till I make it”. Do you have any easy tips I can use while taking my 15 minute breaks to recover?
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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey Beauties and welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast where all the questions come right from our community. I absolutely love to hear what you’re wondering, what you’re thinking about, how I can support you. And today our topic is Managing Your Energy Using The Four Cornerstones. And I will say, since my career began now, The Beauty Detox Solution, which was my first book, came out in 2011. So over 10 years ago.
Kimberly: 00:30 I will say that one of the things that has always consistently come up in questions is energy. And who amongst us doesn’t want more energy, more vitality as we move through life? A little bit more pep in our step. A little bit more sparkle in our eyes. We all want more energy. We want to feel energized. We want to feel really alive.
Kimberly: 00:53 I love this topic and I love that today we’re going to be talking about taking a wider breadth, a wider approach when we look at energy, when we look at all these different topics throughout our entire lives that affect all different parts of our lifestyle. It’s really important that we incorporate this holistic approach, which really honors and supports us as humans and our wholeness. Our cornerstones, again, are food, body, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.
Kimberly: 01:23 I’m in love with our philosophy, because I find that it really is so effective and it’s what I’ve been really talking about and working with since the beginning, even though it’s easy to focus on food and it’s the beginning pathway for many of us. I’ve been able to coach a lot of people with their food and their diet. But to really get sustained levels of energy and vitality and all around well-being, which is really about our peace and our joy and our connection to the true self, we must go beyond food.
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Kimberly: 01:57 And we go into our emotional and our spiritual and our mental well-being. All of this is critical and it all affects everything. Everything affects everything else. Everything affects our body, our mindset, our hormones, so on and so forth. I’m really excited about today’s show. Before we get into it, I just want to give you a little reminder to please leave us a review on iTunes, which is just a wonderful way to support the show. We all know reviews are important and you can leave a one sentence review.
Question #1 around the topic of: Managing Your Energy Using The Four Cornerstones: You’ve just done a lovely podcast with Krishna Das. I would love some tips on how to incorporate his music and chants into my meditations. Thanks.
Kimberly: 02:31 It can take you less than a minute. I thank you so much in advance, and please be sure to subscribe to our show. And that way you don’t miss out on any of these community shows, which are always on Thursdays, or our Monday interviews or solocasts. All right, that being said, let’s get into our topic today, managing your energy using the four cornerstones. Our first question comes from Cheyenne, who lives in England. Sending you a big lovely hug out there, Cheyenne.
Kimberly: 03:02 Not sure exactly where you are in England, but a country that I love. I’ve traveled through extensively. I did a semester at Oxford. I have a warm place in my heart for England. And your question is, “You’ve just done a lovely podcast with Krishna Das. I would love some tips on how to incorporate his music and chants into my meditations. Thanks.” Well, Cheyenne, I’m so excited and so happy to hear that you did love that show.
Kimberly: 03:33 I loved that interview personally myself. Krishna Das has been such a big part of my life. He’s been there for me in all these moments, these up moments, down moments. I remember listening to his music walking around New York City, sometimes to and from yoga, to and from teaching yoga. I remember listening to his music in moments of sorrow and grief when my mom passed away. I just was at that place, at that darkness.
Kimberly: 04:11 We had the Prema Chalisa as our wedding song when I walked down the aisle to John. And whenever I hear that song, I always think of him, and I always think of our union. Music has that ability to really shift our energy, and in particular music like Krishna Das, which is based in chance. It’s based in this call and response sort of music called kirtan has a very powerful effect because he’s working with mantras, which in Sanskrit means tool of the mind.
Kimberly: 04:44 And it is believed in yoga that when we repeat these chants over and over again, we’re basically saying different iterations of the divine. We’re seeing sacred syllables. Even if we don’t know what the words mean, there’s a resonance in that and there’s a frequency, and they can help to elevate our energy.
Kimberly: 05:03 It’s actually believed by some people in India that listening to the Hanuman Chalisa, which is a sacred chant about the Great Hanuman, which is the representation for the perfect servant to the Lord, the perfect servant to the light, it’s believed when you listen to this chant, it brings you good fortune, good luck, good energy if you listen to it every day. I certainly listen to it at least once a day, just without even trying.
Kimberly: 05:32 It just flows into my life, which leads me to the answer to your question, Cheyenne. I could go on and on about Hanuman, who was a very special symbol to me personally, and I have paintings and depictions of him around. I will say that it’s not that they’re in the yogic system, in the Hindu system, or the Vedic, that they believe millions of different gods and all these different figures. It is monotheistic. They believe in one central spirit, one energy.
Kimberly: 06:06 When you’re giving homage or you’re paying devotion to Saraswati or Hanuman or Ganesh or Shivah or whatever different iterations, you’re actually really focusing on that aspect of the one divine. I’ll leave it there. Otherwise, I could go on and on and on about that. But what I want to say to you, Cheyenne, is for me, when I listen to chants, I listen to them… I’ll share with my life, and then I’ll also share other ways to use it. I listen to them daily on my walks. Sometimes there’s periods of silence.
Kimberly: 06:46 Sometimes I listen to on the [inaudible 00:06:51] or whatever chant which translates in one translation to everything everywhere, love. I listen to it when I’m walking and I’m moving, and I’m incorporating that energy, because I like the frequency. I like that going into my brain, into my being, into cells. And then I turn off the chance and then I have periods of silence. Just listening to nature, where I feel like I’m integrating the energy. I also listen to the chants when I’m driving somewhere.
Kimberly: 07:28 Usually I like it when it’s quiet, so maybe I’ve dropped Bubby off at nature class, Moses is taking a nap, or whatever. But sometimes I like those moments where you’re a little bit tuned out and in the car. Sometimes I use those times, of course, to do calls to the team and I try to be productive. But sometimes this morning I did it. I had to go somewhere and I just listened to the chants, and it really made that otherwise perhaps ordinary part of life, pretty extraordinary, and it was filled with all this vibrant energy.
Kimberly: 08:00 I don’t personally, Cheyenne, incorporate the music and chants into my meditations on a daily basis. They do this at the Self-Realization Fellowship, which is Paramahansa Yogananda’s organization. They’ll do a chant, and then they’ll go into the meditation techniques. I do that when I go to service there. But at home, I go right into the movement and our practical enlightenment meditations. We do a little bit of body movement, then we do breath work, then we settle in with a really focused intention, affirmation, some sort of a theme.
Kimberly: 08:45 I don’t actually use the chants then. But if you wanted to incorporate them then, if you feel that maybe some music to focus on would help bridge that moment from your busy mind into dropping into a deeper meditation space, then you might want to listen to a chants at the beginning. I would do it at the beginning, and then it would be a softer chant perhaps. And then you would turn the music off and you could go right into your technique.
Kimberly: 09:11 That’s a way you could incorporate it or try, Cheyenne, as I mentioned as well, just working it into your life when you’re moving around, when you’re doing the dishes, when you’re in the car, and just notice how bringing that type of music, the chanting, the vibration of the sacred sounds into your life regularly has healing effects. Everything is vibration. Everything resonates on a certain level. And that type of chanting is so harmonious. There’s a power to those sounds.
Kimberly: 09:45 Just bringing it into your life, I believe, is wonderful and healing and nourishing on different levels. Certainly spiritually. It feels good to our soul, to our heart. It’s soothing to the mind and to the emotions. It makes me feel more connected to myself, and it helps me drop down inside of me. I hope that you have the same experience, Cheyenne, and anybody wanting to check it out.
Kimberly: 10:10 Really, if you just pull up Krishna Das on Spotify or anywhere you listen to music, just check out any of the songs. Skip around and see the ones that really resonate. You can build your own little playlist that lead you to other artists like Chayuta or Wa. There’s just sort of any amazing chant artists out there. I highly recommend it. I’ll leave you there, but it’s a wonderful tool to use as well. All right, next question. Sending another big hug, Cheyenne. Thank you so much for being part of our community.
Question #2 around the topic of: Managing Your Energy Using The Four Cornerstones: I’ve heard you mention self-massage in helping to reconnect with our bodies. Can you share any tips on what oils to use, techniques, et cetera?
Kimberly: 10:49 Next question now comes from Eileen, who lives in Wyoming, and she writes, “I’ve heard you mention self-massage in helping to reconnect with our bodies. Can you share any tips on what oils to use, techniques, et cetera?” I do we believe that working with the skin, working with our nervous system, which is really what massage is all about. One of the ways that massage can really help us is working on that level of helping to sooth our nervous system and bring us to the here and now.
Kimberly: 11:22 We are having an embodied experience as humans, meaning we are informed. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in our thoughts and our thought patterns and to disconnect from our bodies and to feel disconnected from ourselves, our needs, our desires, what we want to eat, how we want to take care of ourselves, what sort of relationship we want to be in, how we want to use our time this evening. It’s easy to just overanalyze and get into the head.
Kimberly: 11:54 The body actually has a lot of wisdom, and being fully embodied means that we drop deeper into our body and we start to just move through life being more present versus the over-analyzing, the overthinking over and over. Just so much mind chatter. Connecting with a body is a pathway for being present. Because when we’re in our bodies, we’re here in this moment. And it’s easier to truly be present. What I recommend as a self-massage is an Ayurvedic technique called Abhyanga, and it’s basically a warm oil massage.
Kimberly: 12:32 I’ll describe it briefly. We have some vlogs about this over at mysolluna.com. I also wrote about it in the Radical Beauty book that I wrote with Deepak Chopra. You can also check it out there. Basically what you want to do is you want to take a little bit of oil. Now that we’re in summer, you could use coconut oil, which is considered cooling. And in the winter you could use sesame oil, which is considered warming, or you could use a specific type of herbalized Ayurvedic oil.
Kimberly: 13:01 You take a tablespoon or two and you pour it into a jar. This is how I do it. There’s many ways to do it, but I find this is the easiest because I keep a jar in the bowl in my bathroom. I just wash it out. You put the oil in the jar, and then you put the jar in an empty bowl. And then you turn the hot water. My bathroom water gets pretty hot from the sink, so I put hot water in the bowl surrounding the jar. The jar is just sitting there in the middle. And I leave it there for a couple minutes.
Kimberly: 13:30 I go do something else. I come back and the oil is warm. It’s warm now. It’s warm to the touch. What you want to do is you want to sit in a safe place. You want to sit down because your feet are going to get oily, so you certainly don’t want to slip. After you oil the body and your feet, you definitely want to take an old towel that you’re not worried about getting dirty. Just pat the bottom of your feet just to really take off the excess oil.
Kimberly: 13:58 But basically you just start sort of like how you dry brush, doing long strokes up towards your heart and avoiding overly sensitive areas. You can do round circles in your belly. You massage your neck. And you can even do your face if you’re comfortable and your scalp. In Ayurveda, they would say that the most important places are actually the bottoms of your feet and your scalp. You want to give yourself that. Get that oil in there if you’re okay with that.
Kimberly: 14:27 I’ll be honest with you, I don’t always do my scalp with the oil. I don’t wash my hair that much. Sometimes I do put sesame oil in, and then I wash it out in the morning, which is really great for hair growth, by the way. But with this type of Abhyanga, I’ll be honest, I don’t always put the oil in my hair, but I put it everywhere around my body. By the way, there’s two oils I like by Banyan. I like that it’s just a really great daily oil that they offer. I really like the consistency.
Kimberly: 15:06 I like how it makes me feel. It’s easily accessible. They have an Ashwagandha Bala Oil that I like a lot. Then there’s also the daily massage oil that I always have on supply that’s sort of another staple in my home. After you’ve oiled up, ideally you would sort of take some time, take five, 10 minutes doing that. Let it soak in for a little bit. And then you could take a warm shower. You wouldn’t want to overly use soap, according to my teacher [inaudible 00:15:38] The oil has some cleansing qualities.
Kimberly: 15:44 You would just leave that little film over your skin that’s left from the oil, which is a wonderful way to help protect your skin and to keep the muscles warm. Ayurveda believes that the heat from the oil helps to allow the oil to penetrate more deeply down into the dermis. There’s benefits to your muscles. There’s benefits to soothing the nervous system, which is connected to our endocrine system, connected to our immune system. We just start to feel this really nourished.
Kimberly: 16:20 Ooh, like I almost feel like a tingly vitality. There’s so much benefit from touch and self-touch on a regular basis does really help. I believe in it. I’ll be honest, I don’t do it every day because I get busy too. Very busy. And some of these practices… There’s practices that I stick to every day no matter what, like my meditation practice, probiotics, our daily morning routine I talk about a lot, the evening routine. The evening routine for me, sometimes I just want to jump in the shower.
Kimberly: 16:54 The more I do Abhyanga, the better I feel. It is one of those things that you may want to commit to doing once a week, three times a week, four times a week, five times a week, maybe every day, but whatever feels good to you. It’s always good with these practices to… For me, at least, I don’t want the pressure of feeling like, okay, I’m messing up if I don’t do it all the time. I say to myself, I’m doing it once a week. I’m doing it somewhat regularly. It’s a bonus if I do it three times a week.
Kimberly: 17:33 Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Do it somewhat regularly, however it fits into your schedule, but don’t make it another thing to feel guilty about either. It’s certainly beneficial. I certainly recommend that you stock your bathroom with the oils, the Banyan oils, or another oil that you like, as well as the bowl and the jar, and then you have a little kit there that you can incorporate when it feels good to you. All right, my loves.
Kimberly: 18:00 I love these questions so far, and I love that they’re practical. How are we using chants and music to elevate our energy? How are we using Abhyanga self oil massage to soothe the nervous system, which in the end will save us tremendous amounts of energy and make us feel soothed and really, really good and relaxed, but also revitalized as well. We’re going to take a short break now. When we come back, I have two more questions for you all on this topic of managing your energy using the four cornerstone. Be right back.
Question #3 around the topic of: Managing Your Energy Using The Four Cornerstones: I’m eating 80% plant-based and doing yoga, but still feel so scattered and drained. What would be a go-to to help alleviate these feelings?
Kimberly: 18:46 All right, my loves. Next question comes from Mia, who lives in North Dakota, and she writes, “I’m eating 80% plant-based and doing yoga, but still feel so scattered and drained. What would be a go-to to help alleviate these feelings?” Mia, thank you so much for your question. I think that we’ve all gone through different phases where we feel that frustration of making changes and then still not seeing the results that we were hoping for. I know I’ve been there.
Kimberly: 19:19 This is an important reminder, Mia, that our wellness and our energy is really affected. It’s multifactorial really what affects how we feel day to day, and we want to work on all levels. We really want to work towards nourishing this wholeness that is our power, that is our true nature. We’re not a being that just relies on food to eat. We don’t just thrive if we exercise, right? We need to feel good mentally and emotionally. Otherwise, stress just takes over and will break down the body or disconnection.
Kimberly: 19:55 A lack of touch, a lack of love will impact us in so many different ways, and that very much includes in physical ways. And same thing with our spiritual growth, which is really about our awareness and our connection to our true essence, to ourselves. That is a source of energy that provides so much comfort. You don’t need as much from the outside. You don’t need your energy to constantly be going out looking for validation, comparing, wondering how you measure up, beating yourself up.
Kimberly: 20:31 Just start to get really, really centered in and of yourself. That’s a very powerful way to really call in your energy. Eating largely plant-based is wonderful. Let’s talk about this from the four approach, starting with food because it’s the most dense. Plant-based is important. People can be plant-based, but sometimes they just eat a lot of processed crap to say bluntly. I would just encourage you, Mia, to really eat fresh foods, lots of fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts.
Kimberly: 21:13 We’re in summer, so salads, smoothies, really just eating as fresh and as simply as possible within that plant-based diet and you’re going to do great. Yoga wise, it’s wonderful to move your body. A lot of people, when they say the word yoga, I assume they’re talking about asanas and poses, so I’m going to assume the same thing here. I think it’s great that you’re exercising and taking time to work on your flexibility and your spinal movement, which is another great way to bring in energy.
Kimberly: 21:46 A stiff spine can often lead to stiffness in the mind, stiffness in your energy. It’s important to feel limber and to feel alive and to feel that youthfulness of energy going up and down your spine. Yoga is great. But here we are, we still have two more cornerstones, right? We exercise. Great. We’re eating well. Great. But we cannot ignore the emotional and spiritual, as I was just speaking to a moment ago. Emotionally, here you’re mentioning feeling scattered and drained.
Kimberly: 22:18 There’s a lot of reasons that could be. It could be a lack of focus, not feeling inspired or passionate about what you do, having unhealthy relationships, maybe having a lot of fear and not having tools to work on the fear, or having a lot of built-up anger inside of yourself, or not sleeping well, right? There’s so many different ways here, particular reasons here. Back in the body category, I just do want to mention that it is important, of course, to get sleep.
Kimberly: 22:57 That’s a big reason we can often feel scattered. But putting the physical aside into the emotional, it is so important that we take the time to feel our feelings and to not push them down and distract. This is the way of modern culture, and this is also the way and the reason I believe that there are so many anxiety and depression disorders. Many different kinds now, different iterations, different depths of seriousness, degrees of seriousness rather.
Kimberly: 23:33 There’s just so much that’s going on with people emotionally and mentally. And so they’re not really in their full potential of well-being, and still we focus so much on food and body, food and exercise, or sleep and supplements, and all these things. They’re fantastic and important and critical, but we also want to honor these other parts of us. What I encourage you to do, Mia, is to… And then spiritually, as I mentioned, finding that centeredness. I encourage you to make these practices part of your life.
Kimberly: 24:04 It sounds like you really focus on eating well and doing your exercise and your yoga asanas. It’s really important to make space in the morning and the evening to sit with yourself and to meditate and to journal. It doesn’t have to take so long, this whole thing. I’ll share with you what my practice is right now. In the morning, I do my full meditation practice. And then at the end, I’ve been doing a few affirmations. And the one that I’ve been saying a lot daily now is, “I am unconditional love.”
Kimberly: 24:39 Because I’ll share with you, that is my number one biggest goal that I’m working towards is really embodying unconditional love in all ways as the truth of who I am. I say my affirmations, and then I take some time to… Sometimes I flip back at old journal entries and I just see something I’m working through or something I’m pondering. And then I take a couple of minutes to journal. I sit and I feel my feelings, I see, is there anything there that kind of pushed down from yesterday or during the day if I’m doing it in the evening.
Kimberly: 25:14 Now, this for me is anywhere from on the very low end 30 minutes to over an hour, and I make it part of my day. I do it when Moses is napping and Bubby, older son, Emerson is in nature class or he is playing or he’s with Papa or something is… He’s taken care of. But it’s so important to me and to my health and to my vitality and to my energy and to feeling good during the day that I take it very seriously. And I used to not. I used to be the thing, if I was busy, I would skip, but I would never skip my GGS.
Kimberly: 25:57 I would never skip doing my yoga asanas sometime during the day. But now I realize the real magic of this time where we nourish emotionally and mentally, and I’ve seen the difference in my life. I’ve seen even changes in my body. I’ve seen how much easier it is to recover from birth and to recover from the ups and downs of daily life honestly. It is true that our nervous system we’re working on this level, working with energy.
Kimberly: 26:30 If you don’t work with it, your body breaks down and you age much faster, and it becomes much harder to maintain your weight. It becomes much harder to move through life in the way that you want to in your highest potential. I can’t stress enough, Mia, how making these practices part of your daily routine will start to help you feel grounded and clear. Let that clarity come forth, instead of scattered and drained. You will start to feel that potential rise up, and you will start to feel that focus.
Kimberly: 27:00 I encourage you to really look at the four cornerstones. I’ve said this in the past, but maybe take a piece of paper, draw quadrants, a vertical line, a horizontal line. Write food, body, emotional well-being, spiritual growth, and just commit to one step in each one. Meditate five minutes a day. Journal five minutes a day, or sit and try to feel my feelings five minutes, which I know can feel a little foreign.
Kimberly: 27:25 But when you start doing it and just getting to know yourself, giving yourself some space to actually feel, it starts to feel good. It feels good to feel. It feels good to allow yourself permission to be human and to have this full experience and not push things away or push them down, but to actually feel and then release. And that’s how we digest food, and that’s actually how we digest emotional energy. Give it a go, Mia, and I love to hear what your steps are.
Question #4 around the topic of: Managing Your Energy Using The Four Cornerstones: Lately, being around people is zapping my energy at work, which makes me have to “fake it until I make it.” Do you have any easy tips I can use while taking my 15 minute breaks to recover?
Kimberly: 27:59 Please keep in touch with us as you work on all four of your cornerstones, my love. I can’t wait to hear how you do. I send you so much love out there to North Dakota, and thank you so much for being part of our community. Big warm hug. All right, my loves, last question. This one comes from Ella, who lives in Nebraska, and she writes, “Lately, being around people is zapping my energy at work, which makes me have to “fake it until I make it.” Do you have any easy tips I can use while taking my 15 minute breaks to recover?”
Kimberly: 28:38 Ella, thank you so much for your question. I think a lot of us can relate. There are all kinds of energies around us. There are people that may not feel like they’re so positive, and yet we work with them. They’re in our space, and they’re going to be around us. And we all know that people around us are definitely going to have an effect on our energy. In fact, the great yoga guru Paramahansa Yogananda says that besides meditation, the people that we surround ourselves with affect our energy second most.
Kimberly: 29:09 So it’s very important that we fortify ourselves. When we can choose friends, people that we hang out with that we talk to, we choose wisely. And then sometimes when we’re in a work situation, we’re going to be around certain people. We want to protect ourselves in that way as well. We want to fortify ourselves, so we’re not as affected. There are wonderful yogic ways to do this, and one of them is really about creating healthy boundaries in all ways, including energetically.
Kimberly: 29:44 And what I mean by that foremost is that when we become so connected on the inside, we can put up healthy boundaries. We don’t become this overly leaky empathic person that can just take on energy from everybody else. We can create that intention. We can go into work, go into a situation, and I used to do this sometimes when I would go into spaces, and just imagine… For me, it was a visual. I would zip up my…
Kimberly: 30:13 I would imagine I was zipping up the front and just like tying a knot at the top like I’m in a bubble and I’m protected energetically. Nothing’s going to come in. It’s a visual. But I do believe in the power of intention. If we believe it and we’ve sort of set that boundary, we’ve set that intention, we can create that feeling like no one can really get it. I’m not as effected by you. For me, that little ritual of every time I go into the space I do that feels really good.
Kimberly: 30:42 And on the flip side, when I’m leaving the space, I imagine like waterfall, water coming off and just sort of washing the energy off me, like cutting chords and just releasing all the energy of everybody behind. Just letting it go. I do like working with visuals and intention. The other thing I recommend is before you go to work and also in these 15 minute breaks, you can do a meditation, even a mini meditation.
Kimberly: 31:11 This will help you breathe and reconnect to yourself and to know that, yes, there are people around, yes, there are different energies all around me, but I don’t have to give my power away. I don’t have to be so affected by the people around me. It means I’m putting too much attention on the outside world. Such and such maybe doing this. Maybe their behavior is a little bit annoying. Maybe they’re out of alignment. Maybe they are egoic. Maybe those things are true.
Kimberly: 31:45 But at the same time, when we start to get really connected inside of ourselves, we just start to judge less. We start to care less what other people are doing, because honestly, who cares that much? It’s not worth that much of our energy and our attention. This comes from meditation. I know what it’s like to judge. I’ve definitely been in a place where I’ve notice and I’ll make little judgments to myself.
Kimberly: 32:11 And now it just feels a lot better, even if there’s that split second you notice and you start to judge, you pull back and you say, “Not now. I’m not going to waste my energy right now. This means nothing. Such and such is just someone getting on with their life,” right? I encourage you, Ella, to do those visuals, to meditate, even to do a mini meditation. We have now [inaudible 00:32:37] and over at mysolluna.com. We have meditations that I’m going to be putting out every week that are themed and that are timely.
Kimberly: 32:47 And of course, in our Solluna Circle, we take a deep, deep dive. We have Zoom and we have meditations in there as well, but it goes much more beyond into daily discussion. And in the zoom, we all speak. Everybody has a chance to talk and ask questions. Our theme this month is actually letting go of control, which is such a powerful, powerful one that relates to this centeredness inside of us.
Kimberly: 33:13 During the break, you could try something like our spring awakening meditation. We just crossed into summer, but that energy of awakening your power and your energy is still very potent. You could do a mini meditation. It’s great to change your energy by going outside. Take some deep breaths. Get into the fresh air, a little bit of sunlight. Walk around. Reset your energy. If you’re sitting, if you’re inside all the time, it’s easier to feel stagnant.
Kimberly: 33:38 So just try to change your atmosphere during those 15 minutes. Go somewhere else and do a meditation would be way to stack it and really come back feeling refreshed, refortified. Zip up your chakras or put yourself in your little energetic bubble, whatever visual feels good to you, and that feels great. And then you’ve covered body, just getting outside, moving around, a little bit of sunlight. You’ve covered your emotional well-being. You’re protecting yourself. You’re feeling that healthy boundary.
Kimberly: 34:09 And then spiritually, you’re reconnecting inside. You’re doing a meditation. The only one we haven’t covered is food. It’s a great time to take a smoothie outside or a little snack or something. When you’re dealing with energy, you don’t want to feel really stagnant. I don’t recommend eating anything overly heavy, of course, fried or too oily, but you can certainly have a little bit of fruit, like I said, a smoothie, something like that.
Kimberly: 34:34 That’d be great during your breaks and you’ll be feeling amazing in no time. All right, Ella. Well, thank you so much for your question and thank you so much for being part of our community. Thank you all of you and to you specifically listening to this. I am so grateful for our community, and I’m so grateful for the support system that we have built for each other. I am always here for you. Please keep the questions coming. There’s a whole podcast section for questions over at mysolluna.com.
Thought of the Week
Kimberly: 35:08 I will be back here on Monday for our next interview podcast, which will be amazing. But before then, I want to leave you with the quote of the week. As always, what I do is I look at the title and I think about, I ponder the energy of the question and sort of what surrounds it. Sometimes my quote or my saying is just a reminder. It’s something I’ve said before, and it is something that I have said. I’m paraphrasing it a little bit here, but what I will remind you of is that your power lies in your wholeness.
Kimberly: 35:55 And when you nurture your wholeness by going wider and more holistic, then you get better results than when you become too narrow and fixated. So think about that. Your power lies in your wholeness. If you’re just taking care of one part of you, you’re not as empowered as you could be when you’re coming from that deeply centered, aligned place. And you can’t just do that with food. You can’t just do that with exercise.
Kimberly: 36:25 You have to incorporate the emotional, mental, spiritual parts of you, and then you become empowered. You become the goddess or the divine masculine whatever iteration. You really step into that full alignment. And then the next part that I said is you nurture that wholeness when you go more holistic and you go wider versus narrow and fixated. Because don’t you see, we’re a whole being, so we really want to take that wider approach with the cornerstones, food body, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.
Kimberly: 37:00 I’ll leave you with that. Tons more support over on the website, mysolluna.com, our app, the Solluna app, and of course, on social @_kimberlysnyder. See you back here in a few days. Sending you so much love. Take great care and see you back here soon.