Easy Vegan Squash Gratin

Easy Vegan Squash Gratin

Are you wondering what to do with all that seasonal squash? With zucchini and yellow squash in full bounty during this time of year, one fun way to enjoy them is in my Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe. This exciting new recipe is so simple to make and savory to taste. Roasting layers of squash coated with creamy coconut milk allow the veggies to get all deliciously caramelized. Plus, a protein-rich, crunchy, gluten-free, and cheesy, dairy-free topping makes this so mouthwatering!  

Unlike traditional gratin recipes, my Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe is naturally anti-inflammatory. As with all the recipes I create for you, Beauties, I focus on balancing levels of protein, fat, and carbohydrates so that you don’t have to think twice. I also 100% of the time, avoid things like gluten, dairy, saturated fats, and processed ingredients. 

If you love a good casserole, but you don’t love all that heavy cream or dairy then this recipe is for you. The key to cooking what you love is to figure out healthy alternatives to your old favorites. Focus on using ingredients that are easily digested and cleansing, yet still delicious and satisfying. It takes many of us a long time to transition off our favorite foods, and that’s okay. Rather than feel like you must cut them out of your life for good, focus your creative energy on discovering ways to make them healthier. 

Yellow Squash

One of my favorite veggies to grow during summertime is squash. They pop up in such fun varieties of colors, shapes, and sizes that look so beautiful in garden beds. Plus Lil’ Bub loves to go out and pick them from the vine. I believe it is so important to get our kids eating foods that come straight from the earth. And squash is one easy veggie to grow that almost all kids love. Especially if you prepare it in a fun way like my Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe I am sharing with you today. 

You can feel so good making this recipe for yourself and your family. For starters, yellow squash packs in quite the punch of folate. And this is one thing that we all want to be sure we are getting enough of. Folate helps build and repair our DNA: think healthy connective skin tissue. We can all use this vitamin to boost our beauty! Our bodies also require it to help us maintain a normal rate of red blood cell production. 

This is especially even more true for us women while we are of childbearing age. Folate is important during early pregnancy, to support the normal development of the fetal brain and nervous system. So if you are thinking about conceiving, you may even consider taking a prenatal with folate to cover your basis. I took one with both my pregnancies just to cover my bases. :) One cup of squash contains around 35 micrograms of folate. With that in mind, the recommended daily amount of folate for a healthy diet is around 400 micrograms for adults. So don’t be shy. Serve yourself up this Easy Vegan Squash Gratin and know that you are giving the body the right tools to repair and build itself!  

Zucchini

While making this recipe, have fun layering your yellow summer squash with zucchini to create a colorful pattern of your liking. Zucchini is just as healthy and delicious as yellow summer squash. I always enjoy incorporating several varieties of summer squash in my dishes. With a slightly different texture, it helps add depth to the Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe. Note, both yellow summer squash and zucchini can be used interchangeably in most dishes. But consuming a variety of veggies is always best! 

During summer it is even more important that we stay hydrated. Enjoying zucchini is one delicious way to do so! Zucchini is abundant in potassium and “living water” which makes it excellent for hydration. Adding in hydrating foods to your diet will help keep you looking and feeling your best! When we are dehydrated, our skin starts to look weathered. Our organs even have a harder time working efficiently when they are lacking water. Even our hair can become brittle and break. No thank you! 

Do you want even more ways to help your skin glow to it’s fullest potential? Here is an insider tip, Beauty: Be sure to check out my Feel Good Moisturizer. Formulated with carefully selected plant-based natural ingredients, it is the ultimate secret weapon in your beauty arsenal! It leaves the skin feeling supple and refreshed with a botanical alternative to Retinol that works to reduce and prevent wrinkles. If you have any existing skin damage then give this a go! It even helps prevent oxidative damage with plant-based stem cell extracts. Vegan skincare has never felt this good!

Nutritional Yeast

If there is one question I hear time and time again it’s this. “How do we get enough protein as plant-based eaters?” Well, Beauties, it is time to clear that confusion up. We’ve got so many options for plant-based protein sources. We are so lucky that to live in a time where this truly should never be of concern to us. 

One protein superstar that I am using in today’s recipe is nutritional yeast. Haven’t tried it yet? It is quite an impressive protein source! Nutritional yeast contains 71% protein by weight. Now isn’t that just so amazing for plant food? With a wonderfully-balanced amino acid composition, it has all the right things to help boost brain function and muscle definition. 

When craving something savory and creamy goodness, reach for nutritional yeast. The name doesn’t do justice for how good this superstar really tastes. Plus, it is so good for you too!  Nutritional yeast is heated, and therefore not an active yeast. Because the yeast is deactivated, what we have left in the finished product is an assortment of vitamins and minerals. It has a full spectrum of B vitamins, so it can offer a great little boost of energy if you are feeling low. It is also rich in sources of phosphorous and chromium as well.

Besides in my Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe, there are numerous ways you can reap the benefits of nutritional yeast. Try sprinkling it over soup to thicken it up and create a creamy flavor. You can also toss it into your salad and witness it take on a yummy twist to your greens! I’ve personally been consuming nutritional yeast, very regularly for years, I feel stronger, healthier, and more mentally sharp than ever before, thanks to its benefits!

Sea Salt

Before I sign off and let you start making this Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe, I must highlight one last humble ingredient. Sea salt. Too often we use sea salt in our lives without taking out a moment to appreciate what it is offering us. Besides being great to enhance the flavor of your food, sea salt also provides many beauty benefits! 

Before I jump in, let me point out that sea salt is not the same thing as table salt.  Do not confuse sea salt with table salt, as table salt is iodized. This means that table salt is much more heavily processed and lacking some of the top health benefits that sea salt offers. For starters, do you know that by adding sea salt into your day, it can actually help you stay hydrated? I know it may sound a bit confusing but sea salt contains trace minerals which help balance fluid levels in your body. Sea salt can also help your body absorb more nutrients from the food you eat. But be mindful, a little goes a very long way! 

In order to help your body digest food even more, I highly recommend that you try out my Feel Good Digestive Enzymes. They break down stubborn macronutrients in your food like protein, carbs and fat. Adding this digestive enzyme supplement to your daily practice helps to ensure you will get the most out of every meal and is essential to your digestive system and wellness. 

There are so many different things you can benefit from by enjoying this Easy Vegan Squash Gratin recipe. 

Unlike traditional heavy casseroles, this one comes beautifully layered with a bounty of beneficial nutrients! Be sure to tag me in your Instagram creations. I love to see how your recipes turn out. And if you are on Pinterest, Pin the picture above to your board to save it for a late date.

Easy Vegan Squash Gratin Recipe

Easy Vegan Squash Gratin
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Topping Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • Gratin Ingredients
  • 1.5 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 zucchini, cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (full fat)
  • 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor, place your almonds in and pulse until finely chopped. Add in the nutritional yeast, sea salt, coconut oil and pulse once more until mixture is evenly combined and crumbly.
  3. In a 1-quart (8x6) baking dish, rub in ½ tablespoon of coconut oil to prevent gratin from sticking. Then set dish aside.
  4. Using a large skillet, heat up your remaining coconut oil. Place your shallots in the pan and saute on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Next place in your squash and zucchini. Crack a few sprinkles of fresh sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and let cook until squash gets golden and tender.
  5. Once your squash has completed cooking, pour in your coconut milk and simmer mixture together for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove your mixture from the heat and stir in nutritional yeast.
  7. Carefully ladle the squash mixture into your baking dish. Sprinkle on your topping mixture and pop dish into the oven.
  8. Bake your mixture for 6-8 minutes, until gratin is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes before serving on your favorite plate and enjoy!
 

Sending you lots of love today and always. Be well!

How to Create Your Dreams at Any Age with SoulCycle Co-Founder Ruth Zukerman [Episode #529]

How to Create Your Dreams at Any Age with SoulCycle Co-Founder Ruth Zukerman [Episode #529]

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This week’s topic is: How to Create Your Dreams at Any Age with SoulCycle Co-Founder Ruth Zukerman

I am so excited to have my very special guest, Ruth Zukerman, who is the co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel and pioneered the boutique fitness industry by creating the “studio” and pay per class structure. Listen as Ruth shares her mission beyond fitness, how to embody a dream, advice for entrepreneurs and connecting people to each other and their own inner strength.

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  • Connecting with the mom part of us and what it has been like raising twins as a single mom…
  • Embodying a dream, crystallizing an idea and synchro-destiny…
  • Creating a business plan and finding the right support to scale it…
  • Advice for entrepreneurs to be successful during the hiring process…
  • Starting a company later in life and moving past self-doubt…
  • Juggling being a working mom and entrepreneurship…
  • Ruth shares how she keeps her center and what beauty means to her…

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About Ruth Zukerman 

Ruth Zukerman of New York City is the co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel — companies I do not have to explain to any of you! She pioneered the boutique fitness industry by creating the “studio” and pay per class structure. But, her mission is more than fitness — it’s connecting people to each other and their own inner strength.

She left Flywheel in 2018, wrote a memoir Riding High: How I Kissed SoulCycle Goodbye, Co-Founded Flywheel and Built the Life I Always Wanted. Her latest venture, tru community virtually connects a global community to fitness, seminars, and discussions on health and wellness.

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey Beauties. Welcome back to our Monday interview podcast. I am so excited for our guest today. I recently met her and heard her story and it just blew me away. And I said, “I have to have this woman as a guest on our podcast.” Her name is Ruth Zukerman and she co-founded SoulCycle. And four years later, co-founded Flywheel.

Kimberly: 00:24 But here’s the thing, I’m sorry, I’m giving you a little spoiler, but there’s so much, much incredible wisdom and information she shares in our interview today. But she was a single mom and she never really had many full-time jobs. And she found herself as a single mom and had to figure it out. So she founded SoulCycle at 48 years old and Flywheel at 52 years old. So she is so inspiring. She shows that dream big, never limit yourself, and also, never put time limits on creating your dream.

Fan of the Week

Kimberly: 00:59 So I cannot wait to get into our interview today. But before we do, I want to give you a quick shout out to our fan of the week, and her name is Bitty12345, and she writes, “Love it. One of the best podcasts I’ve heard.” Boom. Thank you so much Bitty12345 for being part of our community and for also showing that that reviews can be short and sweet and still super, super powerful.

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Kimberly: 01:27 So, for your chance to also be shouted out as our fan of the week, please just take a moment out of your day and please leave us a review over on iTunes, which is free and easy, and as you can see from bitty’s review here, can literally be one sentence and can literally be just a wonderful way to support the show. While you’re over there, please be sure to subscribe to the show and that way you don’t miss out on any of our Monday interview’s or solo casts or Thursday QA shows. All right, all that being said, let’s get into our amazing interview today with Ruth.

Interview with Ruth Zukerman

Kimberly: 00:17 So Ruth, I loved we connected. We’re part of this amazing wellness program. We’re two of the four women. And the first time we connected over Zoom, of course, during this funny period, I just loved hearing your story. And I felt really connected to you as an entrepreneur but also as a mom. You have twins. Girls, is that right?

Ruth: 00:40 Yes. And they are 30, which I can hardly believe. And as you heard on the podcast, I’m going to be a grandmother, which is just-

Kimberly: 00:51 Oh, my gosh.

Ruth: 00:53 … crazy to me, but…

Kimberly: 00:55 Congratulations.

Ruth: 00:55 Thank you.

Kimberly: 00:56 I can’t even imagine having… I think, for me, the period… Toddler twins, what was that like?

Ruth: 01:03 It was not easy. It’s funny because I have older twin brothers, and when my mother found out… When I told her I was pregnant with twins, the first thing she said to me was, “I’m just praying they’re not boys.” So I was relieved that they weren’t boys, because I heard that’s even harder. But they definitely gave me a run for my money. They were just always running in opposite directions. And as you probably, well, maybe have experienced, but as they grow and get older, the biggest challenge as a parent, I think, is to find a moment where, when you have more than one child, where both are actually happy at the same time.

Kimberly: 01:49 Oh. Yeah, I’m looking forward to that time where they can play together, because now one is a baby and one is older. They love each other, but I’m hoping in a year or two, they can actually play and maybe entertain each other more.

Ruth: 02:05 That will really help you, and that is a plus with twins, is that happens from the beginning. They can entertain each other, so that’s when mommy gets a break.

Connecting with the mom part of us and what it has been like raising twins as a single mom

Kimberly: 02:17 So Ruth, you founded both SoulCycle and Flywheel, which is incredible. And I want to get into that in a moment, but first I just love connecting on the mom part of us first.

Ruth: 02:29 Yes.

Kimberly: 02:29 And the other part of your story that I also really connected to were pretty real on the podcast, so I hope that’s okay with you.

Ruth: 02:37 I know how to be.

Kimberly: 02:39 I also actually went through a period with my first son, where my mom ended up passing away before he was one, and that was sort of this defining moment in my life, I think, where it took me to my rock bottom. It took me to my core. And some months later, I ended up splitting up with his dad. So there was a period where I was a single mom for a while, and I was resetting before I got remarried. And I believe you were also a single mom

Ruth: 03:08 I was.

Kimberly: 03:09 … with twins. So can you tell a little bit about what that experience was like? Did you also hit rock bottom or-

Ruth: 03:18 It was quite a shock in that I decided to leave the marriage when my twin girls were six years old, so they were obviously young. I was living a very comfortable life, and suddenly, after making the decision to leave, I was a fish out of water. Everything changed. I had to really watch every penny I spent, and the days of having a babysitter were over. So it was just me and the girls.

Kimberly: 03:51 Yes. [crosstalk 00:03:52].

Ruth: 03:54 Yeah, so it was a huge change and humbling, and I learned a lot. It was during that period, that was one… Actually, that was my second, what I call, reinvention moment, where I had to figure out what I was going to do next, who I was, and how I was going to support myself. So it was a very humbling time, but I figured it out. Not overnight, but I did figure it out. And Kimberly, I do believe that everything happens for a reason.

Kimberly: 04:27 Yes.

Ruth: 04:27 We learn from every setback, and we get stronger, and that’s really been the story of my life.

What Ruth’s career trajectory looked like prior to SoulCycle

Kimberly: 04:34 Wow! Well, had you worked before you had children, Ruth, and then did you go back to that career? Or did you not work when your kids were younger? What does your career trajectory look like?

Ruth: 04:45 Yeah. I grew up as an aspiring dancer. I thought I would have a profession as a modern dancer in New York City. That didn’t work out. As we all know, that’s pretty tough to do. So when I made the decision to leave dancing, I eventually found myself in a group fitness class. It was in the 1980s, and it was aerobics, and it was like a dancy aerobics small-

Kimberly: 05:13 Was it like Jane Fonda style?

Ruth: 05:14 Kind of, but even a little more dancy.

Kimberly: 05:18 Okay.

Ruth: 05:18 So I started taking class there because suddenly I had to exercise. It was always built in for me as a dancer. I never had to think about exercise. And very soon after starting to take class there, the owner of the studio said, “You should really teach.” And I thought, “Oh, okay, let me try that,” because it felt like I was dancing to a certain extent. And that was really my foray into group fitness, and that all happened right before I got married and as I got married. So I had a career kind of as a part-time fitness instructor. And then once the girls were born, I put it aside, and I became a full-time mom.

Kimberly: 05:59 And then the breakup happened.

Ruth: 06:02 The breakup happened and-

Kimberly: 06:02 You were like, “Oh, what do I do now?”

Ruth: 06:05 Right, and I had no clue. I still was able to hold onto my membership at my neighborhood gym, which had a spin room, and they offered spin classes. I had never taken one before, and I used to walk by and kind of peer in, and it looked very intimidating to me. It was a full room of everyone was on the bike and dark and loud music. I wanted to go in there, but I was scared, and then one day I just pushed myself. I didn’t go in with a friend. I went in by myself, and that was it. 45 minutes later, I was blown away by this experience.

Ruth: 06:44 And I call it an experience because it wasn’t just an exercise class. There was something more to it for me, and I became addicted to it because I saw that… It became this kind of mini-transformation for me every time I took a class. There I was in this very traumatic time of my life going through a divorce, and I saw that at the end of the 45 minutes, I suddenly felt empowered, as if I could conquer my day. So I started going to class six times a week.

Kimberly: 07:16 Wow!

Ruth: 07:18 I know. And then one day, my guru spin instructor, who I loved because he kind of got me into the whole thing, announced to the class that he was moving to Florida, and I was like, “What? How am I going to survive without him?” You know how it is. You get attached.

Kimberly: 07:40 Yes.

Ruth: 07:40 And I didn’t really like the classes offered by the other instructors there, so I thought, “Well, maybe I should try teaching spin.” So I auditioned for the club, and they hired me within three minutes. They said, “You’re hired.”

Kimberly: 07:58 Wow!

Ruth: 07:58 I know, because I was a dancer, and so I knew how to ride on the beat, and I knew music from my dance background. So that was it, and that started my career as a spin instructor. I taught at the Reebok Club for five years, and during those five years, I really honed my method of teaching. I learned what people liked, what they didn’t like, what attracted them to spin. And five years later, a rider in my class approached me and said, “I’d love to open a spin-only boutique studio in New York.” This was my dream. She had the funding, the capital. I didn’t. And within two minutes, I said, “I’m in.” And that was the start of SoulCycle.

Kimberly: 08:45 Wait. So Ruth, this was 10 years then you were an instructor?

Ruth: 08:49 Five. Five years.

Kimberly: 08:50 Five years.

Ruth: 08:50 From 2000 to 2005.

Kimberly: 08:55 Now, I don’t know… I’ve done, I think, one spin class, so I’m not as educated about the energy of it. But it feels like you being a dancer, which is flowy, and spin feels very linear to me, how did you reconcile those movements?

Ruth: 09:12 I love that question, and you’re right. Ever since I gave up dance, I still miss moving across a floor, because certainly you’re not doing that… You’re on a bike, and you are very linear. However, there were aspects of dance and dance class and dancing that I could bring to spin, and that’s exactly what I did. So the spin class suddenly became a chance to choreograph to music, even though I’m on a bike.

Kimberly: 09:47 Wow!

Ruth: 09:47 So that means moving to the music. That means timing your intervals to the chorus of the song. A lot goes into the playlist of a spin class. So I would choose music that moved me, as I would when I was dancing. I figured if it’s moving me, it’s going to move the people in the class. And that kind of opened up a wide set of possibilities in terms of the music I would use in my playlist. I realized very soon into it that I didn’t have to use thumping gym music. I could use anything. I could use a ballad by Neil Young. I could use-

Kimberly: 10:37 Wow!

Ruth: 10:37 … yeah, anything, because, again, if it moved you emotionally, I could make it work. I think that was one of the draws of my class, was the playlist.

Kimberly: 10:48 Wow, because you were so connected to the music as well.

Ruth: 10:50 Exactly.

Embodying a dream, crystallizing an idea and synchro-destiny

Kimberly: 10:53 You said, Ruth, this woman approached you, but you said it was your dream. So deep inside of you, even though you didn’t have the funding, even though you didn’t have this whole structured business plan, did you have this dream of having your own studio, but you just hadn’t said it out loud at that point?

Ruth: 11:08 I did. I did. And a friend of mine, who was also a rider in my class, was very addicted to taking spin classes, and she and I used to sit and talk about… We both had the dream, so we would talk about doing it. But she didn’t have the capital either, so it really was just a dream.

Kimberly: 11:27 Wow! But you put it out there. You were talking about it. You were thinking about it.

Ruth: 11:31 Yes.

Kimberly: 11:31 And then it was just out of the blue. I mean, I love these stories that are… My co-author on one of my books, Deepak Chopra, would call it synchro-destiny.

Ruth: 11:41 Oh, I love that.

Kimberly: 11:42 When you embody something in yourself, you crystallize an idea, and then some kind of synchronicity shows up.

Ruth: 11:52 [crosstalk 00:11:52].

Kimberly: 11:52 Would you say that describes what happened to you?

Ruth: 11:54 I think it is. I mean, honestly, as I get older, I am realizing the importance of putting things out into the universe. I think they really do get answered. Sometimes, it might take a really long time, but I feel that it happens. And yes, I do feel that that is what happened.

Creating a business plan and finding the right support to scale it

Kimberly: 12:15 Wow. It’s so powerful. So she approached you about this idea. And then was it this whole business plan, this whole thing you guys had to create? Or were you able to get the right support people right away? What did-

Ruth: 12:29 We really just played it by ear.

Kimberly: 12:32 I love it.

Ruth: 12:32 We just decided… We really did. I had no experience in business. One of my co-founders at the time had experience in real estate, and the other one was a talent agent from LA. And we literally found the space and just started, and we had no playbook at all.

Kimberly: 12:58 Wow! And then how did you figure out how to scale it? Did you just get one location really locked in and then…

Ruth: 13:05 Yeah. It really all happened organically. We had our one location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and that was the spring of 2006 when we opened it. And slowly, it was growing. I ended up taking my entire following from the Reebok Club, which, quite frankly, I never thought I would because it was this beautiful full-service gym, and I was basically asking these people to come to what was essentially a hole in the wall. There was nothing basically.

Kimberly: 13:36 No showers.

Ruth: 13:37 Literally, it was not fancy. It was one room with a long narrow hallway that led to the room, one bathroom, no shower. It was a big departure from the Reebok Club, but they all came slowly but surely. So our second summer, the summer of 2007, we decided we need to open our second location in the Hamptons out on Long Island because, as we all know, everybody summers there from all over the world. Great exposure. We found a barn, which was just the most amazing space, and we opened our doors that summer in our second location. And then the fall of 2007, we couldn’t fit everyone through our doors. The business exploded.

Kimberly: 14:30 Wow! I’m getting goosebumps.

Ruth: 14:32 Yeah.

Kimberly: 14:33 Well, let me ask you. I think, let’s say, a cup or a food product can easily be replicated and scaled in a factory. But you were talking about how you got so attached to your instructor, and I imagine people are so attached to you and your energy.

Ruth: 14:48 Yes.

We discuss if it’s possible to scale the energy of an actual person

Kimberly: 14:48 How do you scale that? How do you scale the energy of an instructor, an actual person?

Ruth: 14:53 Yeah. It’s hard, and we made a lot of mistakes in the beginning. And a lot of the instructors that we hired didn’t work out, but a lot did. And I attribute that also to perfecting our training program as we were rolling away and figuring out how to find good instructors, but also train them. And something we realized as we went on was that a lot of the best instructors that we had, again, came organically because they were originally just riders in the class. They had never instructed before, and they became very passionate about it. So we just kind of graduated them from being riders to coming to the training program and then teaching them the skills that they needed. But they kind of already had a lot going for them already just from taking so many classes.

Kimberly: 15:56 Interesting.

Ruth: 15:57 Yes.

Kimberly: 15:57 Because I’ve made a lot of hiring mistakes too, Ruth. People can write whatever they write on paper, and then as I’ve gone along, I’ve found that there’s just some things that you can’t put words to.

Ruth: 16:09 Teach.

Advice for entrepreneurs to be successful during the hiring process

Kimberly: 16:10 Yeah, it’s just the energy of someone. So what advice would you say to any entrepreneur, anyone listening to this that says, “What do you find to be the most helpful when you’re looking to hire someone? What have you learned from the mistakes that you’ve made and the successful hires that you’ve made?”

Ruth: 16:28 I think that whether it’s an instructor or really any employee who’s going to work for you, you really want them to… And I know it sounds a little cliché, but you really do want them to be passionate about what you’re selling, about what you stand for. Those are the people that are going to work for you as if they owned the business, like as you do. And speaking of that, when you do find people who you do feel are as passionate about it as you are, treat them really well and give them some equity in the business. Give them some options. Give them something that makes them feel invested, and then they are as invested as you are and want it to succeed as much as you do.

Ruth: 17:20 That is something that we were very jazzed about that idea when we started Flywheel especially, my two co-founders and I. And our first set of instructors we gave equity to. And they so appreciated it and had skin in the game and worked as if they had skin in the game, and it worked.

Kimberly: 17:44 Wow! That’s great advice, because it’s very different. It shifts the perspective from I’m working for someone versus I’m part of this.

Ruth: 17:51 Exactly. Yeah.

Kimberly: 17:53 Wow. So Ruth, what’s impressive is you started SoulCycle, which is enormous. I mean, even though I’m not a rider, as you say, everybody knows SoulCycle.

Ruth: 18:04 Yes.

Kimberly: 18:06 And then there was a journey where you transitioned, and then you started another huge company, Flywheel.

Ruth: 18:12 Yes.

Ruth shares the difference between SoulCycle versus Flywheel

Kimberly: 18:12 So tell us the difference and maybe a little bit about what happened there.

Ruth: 18:17 Definitely. It was quite a transition. I had a falling out with my partners at SoulCycle, and it was ugly. I’m not going to lie. And it was devastating.

Kimberly: 18:32 And this was the original woman that had approached you? Oh, man!

Ruth: 18:36 Not only that. It was the original woman who had approached me, but then I also mentioned to you that there was another woman who was a very close friend of mine, and the one who used to talk to me about opening the studio before I was approached. I actually felt almost a little guilty going into the business without her, and so I mentioned her to the woman who had approached me, and she said, “Well, I’m happy to meet her.” I put the two of them together, and we ended up bringing her into the partnership. And at the end of the day, they both ultimately, how do I say this, had a meeting with me where let’s just… I’m going to leave out the details, but let’s just say I walked into the meeting thinking we were going to sign a contract because we had had a verbal agreement. This was after the business exploded. I walked out of the meeting no longer being a partner in this business.

Kimberly: 19:36 Oh, my God. That was a huge betrayal.

Ruth: 19:39 Yes. And I describe it as being as traumatic as my divorce and the death of my father. This was my baby, and this was a business that never would have existed without me, so…

Kimberly: 19:54 Sure.

Ruth: 19:54 It was devastating. I describe it as devastating, to say the least. So that started the ball rolling on my exit from SoulCycle, which actually happened two years later. I stayed on, believe it or not, as an instructor in the business that I started.

Kimberly: 20:16 Oh, my. Ruth, how did you do that? How did you find the grace?

Ruth: 20:21 Painful. But what happened was, Kimberly, every day I walked in there to teach my class, I felt like I grew another gray hair walking through these doors. But what would happen is I would get up on the bike and on the podium, and I would hit the play button to start my class, and for those 45 minutes, it all went away.

Kimberly: 20:45 Wow.

Ruth: 20:46 You have to understand that all of my riders, none of them knew what happened. As far as they were concerned, nothing changed. So for those 45 minutes, I could connect with them. They connected with me, and everything was fine, and then I left each day.

Kimberly: 21:05 Wow!

Ruth: 21:05 Two years later, I was introduced to these two men, who came up with the idea of adding metrics to the experience, adding metrics to the bike, which could allow the rider to calculate how hard they were working. It added kind of a game element to the ride, where we could compete with each other. It allowed the ride to become more athletic. They introduced the idea to me, and I was skeptical at first, because the mindful component of the ride was still so important to me. But I gave it a shot. I got on the bike by myself one day in a room and used the numbers and realized this could be not only a game-changer, but it could be a way to bring in spinning number two, if you will, and differentiate ourselves from the first business that I started and give us an opportunity that way. And in fact, that’s what happened, and then we started Flywheel.

Kimberly: 22:12 There’s Flywheel. So, Ruth, similarly to the first time, did you… I mean, I know that feels so painful even just hearing like [crosstalk 00:22:20] were so close.

Ruth: 22:22 It’s so painful.

Kimberly: 22:22 But then did you start thinking, “Well, I want to have another business?” Did you start manifesting it inside of yourself and then these guys showed up, or did you say to people, did you put it out in the world to attract your second set of partners?

Ruth: 22:36 You know what? I’m sure I did in a very internal, private way. I didn’t talk about it too much because I needed to preserve where I was because, keep in mind, I’m still that single mom trying to make a living and support my daughters. So I had worked out a deal where I was still getting paid enough to do that and didn’t want to jeopardize, but at the same time, wanted it to be known in some way that I’m open to something bigger, which of course I was. So I do think, as you’re putting it out there, that I did put it out there myself, and that did allow me to meet these two people who became my co-founders. And needless to say, it was just such a better experience working with them, and I was so grateful for that. Yeah.

Kimberly: 23:37 Thank gosh, Ruth.

Ruth: 23:39 Yes.

Kimberly: 23:39 Sometimes we hear a lot about these tech founders, these people that are billionaires by the time they’re 22 years old or 24 years old.

Ruth: 23:48 Yeah.

Starting a company later in life and moving past self-doubt

Kimberly: 23:48 The other really inspiring part about your story is that you founded these companies a little bit later in your career.

Ruth: 23:56 I did.

Kimberly: 23:58 Tell us about that. Did you ever have any self-doubt? Like, oh my gosh, I’m, what, in my 30s or 40s doing this?

Ruth: 24:05 I will tell you, it’s better than that. And I mention this whenever I do my speaking gigs because people gasp when I tell them that I was 48 when I started SoulCycle, and I was 52 when I started Flywheel, and I always get a big-

Kimberly: 24:23 Yes. Oh, I love it.

Ruth: 24:23 I get a big reaction because, again, going back to my story, Kim, it’s just proof that we do go through our lives reinventing ourselves, and I certainly did that. And I like to give people hope that, no matter how old they are, they can do it too. And just to bring this to today, I love to talk about our President-Elect. I mean, Joe Biden is going to be… He’s going to be 78, and let’s look at how long he’s been at this, at a political career, and he didn’t give up. I mean, here he is, now he’s going to be the President. So it never ends. It really doesn’t.

Juggling being a working mom and entrepreneurship

Kimberly: 25:17 You started these amazing businesses, Ruth, and then it started to explode. For me, I’m down here in my basement hiding from my kids, and even if I have a little time away, it’s hard, the mom-guilt, isn’t it a little bit, just being away from them, being a working mom? How was it for you when your businesses started to take off and your little girls were like, “Mom, where are you?” and they needed you?

Ruth: 25:43 Yes.

Kimberly: 25:44 What was that interplay like?

Ruth: 25:46 Not easy. Not easy at all. But on the one hand, I knew that I didn’t have a choice because I needed to figure out a way to support myself financially. Trust me, there were many moments where I wasn’t the greatest mother, and when I say that, I mean, as you know, as mothers we need an inordinate amount of patience. And when you’re working-

Kimberly: 26:16 It’s so hard.

Ruth: 26:17 It’s so hard. And when you’re working in the home and outside of the home, it’s a lot to expect to have the kind of patience that you need. I have a really good example, which I also used in my book, and I remember it so clearly. When I was in the midst of SoulCycle and all of the work that was involved there, my kids were applying to colleges and looking into the college choices. And I remember taking a road trip in the car to upstate New York. It was a five or six-hour drive. I didn’t have… What is it called again? A navigator.

Kimberly: 26:59 Yeah, yeah.

Ruth: 26:59 Something like that in the car. So I had a map, and we were driving upstate, my daughter and I, and I got lost. I had no idea where I was, and I was so frustrated, and my daughter was upset. And I literally pulled over to the side of the road and started crying, which is really not going to get us anywhere. But I started crying so hard, and my poor daughter. And I lost it. I lost patience. And obviously, I pulled it together and figured it out. But it was just one of those moments where I guess I couldn’t [crosstalk 00:27:38] thing.

Kimberly: 27:38 It’s a very real moment. Yeah. Well, it’s so refreshing to hear that. Sometimes it’s like everything can look so perfect on the outside, but we’re human.

Ruth: 27:48 Exactly.

Kimberly: 27:49 There’s only so many hours in the day with sleep and kids and work and…

Ruth: 27:53 Exactly. But I can tell you, Kim, because I know you work hard too, but I can give you a silver lining, which is again my daughters are 30 years old now, and as they started becoming adults, it all paid off because I became a role model for them.

Kimberly: 28:12 Oh, yeah.

Ruth: 28:12 And this is the thing they talk to me about a lot, and nothing makes me happier than to hear this from two daughters that not only have I raised two very strong-willed daughters, I get to hear from them that I have become a role model for them, and that is just incredibly gratifying.

Kimberly: 28:34 Well, Ruth, I have to say you’re a role model for me and, I think, millions and millions of other women.

Ruth: 28:39 Oh, well, thank you.

Kimberly: 28:41 I do really relate to that because my mom worked a lot out… She worked in an office, and sometimes, of course, I wished she was home, but she was so strong, and she was this female executive. And I don’t know that I would be doing what I’m doing today if I didn’t have that role model, so…

Ruth: 28:57 That feels good.

Kimberly: 28:59 Yeah. Yeah, I think every mother obviously has to do their best, and there’s very powerful women that choose to be stay-at-home moms too, so everybody has their own journey, of course.

Ruth: 29:08 Exactly. Yeah.

How Tru Community Evolved from the pandemic

Kimberly: 29:10 Are you still involved with Flywheel now, Ruth?

Ruth: 29:13 No. In fact, I left Flywheel at the end of 2018 when… We were acquired, which was in 2014. Four years into the business, we sold. It was still my baby, and I absolutely knew I wanted to stay with the company. The people that took it over unfortunately became very difficult to work with, and I know this is a very common story when companies are acquired. I didn’t quite realize how it was going to play out. And sadly, as the years went on, it just more and more started to not feel like my company anymore. It changed a lot, and I couldn’t… It got to the point where I felt that it didn’t represent me anymore, and because of that, it was hard for me to represent the company. So I made the very difficult decision to leave at the end of 2018.

Ruth: 30:17 And quite frankly, since 2018, it’s been a tough journey, and I’ve really had to take a lot of my own advice. What I mean is we’ve all had those moments and periods of time where we have to sit with discomfort because we might not know what’s next, and that’s really difficult. So I spent a lot of time… I took some time off, but then I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was next. I was getting closer and closer to some new ideas, again, in the health and wellness realm, and they all involve brick and mortar. And then bam, the pandemic hit, right, in March. And boy, I didn’t know what to do then. It really felt as if the fitness industry was turned upside down so suddenly.

Ruth: 31:15 And what I did know was I needed desperately to do something. I couldn’t just sit there in the pandemic and in the lockdown and not do anything. So that inspired me to start what I call Tru Community. And Tru Community became an online virtual business offering spin classes, and then we expanded it to different genres of fitness. But most importantly, I did it not just to exercise or to offer exercise to all of my community that I had built for all these years, but what was as equally important to me was connecting, because certainly in a pandemic, we need to connect more than ever.

Ruth: 32:02 So I started these classes, only live streamed because if we could do it on Zoom, we can connect with each other. So for the 10 minutes or so before the class and after the class, we could all chat with each other. And we also added another element to it, which I called Tru Talks. So once every couple of weeks, we could all get together on a Zoom call and not be on a bike or not be sweating and exercising together, and get to talk to each other and listen to maybe a speaker or someone speaking to something that we can all relate to. And that has become a big part of it, and I’ll be curious to see where that goes. So we’re having fun with it. Yeah.

Kimberly: 32:48 I love it, love it.

Ruth: 32:49 Thank you.

Kimberly: 32:50 Ruth, you’re constantly evolving. You’re constantly [crosstalk 00:32:53].

Ruth: 32:53 Yeah.

Kimberly: 32:54 You have this creative power. In yoga, this embodiment, Saraswati. I don’t know if you’re familiar with yoga, but this idea, this intelligent, creative beauty.

Ruth: 33:04 Thank you. So who knows? We’ll see where that goes. We’ll see where I go as a person who inspires people. It was hard to get my speaker series going, but then that obviously came to a screeching halt too because I couldn’t travel anymore around the country and do my keynotes. Obviously, I can do a little bit on Zoom, but that changed too. So I am looking forward to the day I can do that again and see where that takes me.

Kimberly: 33:42 Well, hopefully, it won’t be too much longer.

Ruth: 33:43 I hope. I hope it’s not. Yeah.

Ruth shares how she puts the Four Cornerstones into her daily practice

Kimberly: 33:46 So Ruth, here in our community at Solluna, we have what we call our Four Cornerstones of wellness, of true beauty, which are food, body, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. I think the body part is exercise and supplements and sleep. Food is obviously food. Emotional well-being is community, journaling, processing, anything that helps us to support our mental health. And then spiritual growth I define as nothing to do with religion, but more our journey to understanding ourselves more deeply, whether that’s stillness, going in nature, meditation. So can you talk a little bit about practices or the way that you would approach these four? Body we know about. We’ll start there. We know about the spin. We know about the dance. Anything else you’d want to add there in that category?

Ruth: 34:39 Just really finding some form of exercise that makes you feel good. And one of the things I noticed that was a product of the pandemic and the lockdown was how great it is to just walk.

Kimberly: 34:55 Yes.

Ruth: 34:56 And walk outside and, as you said, be in nature. And that was something that… Walks fell by the wayside for me when I got so busy with everything else. And since the pandemic, I’ve been making a point of taking long walks, and boy, does that help us all around in all the pillars.

Kimberly: 35:19 Totally.

Ruth: 35:19 So I’m a big proponent of that, and it’s something I’ve learned recently.

Kimberly: 35:24 Yes. I actually am a daily walker too. I put the baby in the carrier, so I get to be with him, and I get to be outside, and it’s just so good mentally. So it’s part of my emotional well-being pillar too, for sure.

Ruth: 35:39 So that’s something.

Kimberly: 35:40 And then food-wise, Ruth, do you like to cook? You live in New York City. Are you a big take-out person? Do you have regularity to what you eat?

Ruth: 35:49 Yes. I am not a take-out person. I love to cook. And I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of my time out in Sag Harbor, where I am now, out on Long Island, where we get such good ingredients because there are farms everywhere. And eating for me has always been about eating in moderation, but not depriving, and eating everything. I don’t really exclude food groups. I like everything. I love to eat, and it brings me great pleasure. So moderation has always been the key for me, not overdoing it, and definitely not… If I was going to exclude something, it would probably be sugars, but I’ll eat natural… things that have natural sugar and just try to curtail the processed foods. But I’m a meat eater, and I love it. And again, just eating to enjoy and making sure you’re eating for the right reasons, and not for emotional reasons, that has helped me a lot too.

Kimberly: 37:01 Yeah. I used to be a little bit more rigid about I won’t have any gluten, but then I discovered sourdough bread, which my body digests really well. So now I’m a huge sourdough bread eater, right? So we go along, and I don’t know. I just feel like I’ve opened up a little bit more to certain things that I would never eat.

Ruth: 37:20 Yes.

Kimberly: 37:21 And I just feel like having a really more relaxed approach helps me digest food better, in general, also.

Ruth: 37:27 I think that’s definitely true.

How to keep your center

Kimberly: 37:29 So Ruth, through all these incredible ups and downs of your life, you feel like a really centered person. So again, when I talk about the spiritual part, it could be advice you’ve gotten from other women or other teachers or just having time to meditate or stillness. How do you keep your center?

Ruth: 37:48 For me, Kimberly, it’s really been about therapy, doing my own work in therapy. I started the therapeutic process a long time ago when my father was dying and I didn’t know how I was going to deal with that, and I needed some help with that. And that just kind of set me on a trajectory of working on myself. It’s been a very long process, but it’s so incredibly helpful. I think if I’m going to simplify the whole path, it’s really about learning who you are, first and foremost, and then liking who you are.

Ruth: 38:32 This is not something that happens overnight. It takes a lot of work, and it’s really about, at the end of the day, your self-esteem level. And self-esteem levels, as I’ve learned subjectively, go up and down. We have phases in our lives where they’re pretty low and phases when they come up. It’s a constant work in progress, but so much of it has to do with how we feel about ourselves. I think that the better we feel about ourselves, the more authentic we can be and real.

Ruth: 39:08 And what I’ve learned through practice is that the more vulnerable I’m willing to be, the easier I can connect with people because, at the end of the day, that is how we connect. If you think about it, the people out there, and we all know a lot of them, who are really filled with a lot of fear and are afraid to be vulnerable, those are the people that we have a hard time connecting with-

Kimberly: 39:36 Totally

Ruth: 39:36 … because they’re putting on airs, or they’re trying to be someone they’re not, or they’re not-

Kimberly: 39:41 Totally.

Ruth: 39:45 … authentic. And I think you understand, from your reaction to what I’m saying, we don’t know what do with that. And sometimes we take it upon ourselves, and we think, “Oh, well, what am I doing wrong, because I’m not connecting with that person?” We have to remind ourselves that it’s not you. It’s that person.

Kimberly: 40:03 Exactly. Exactly. I know exactly what you’re talking about, Ruth. Again, when I go back to energy, you can feel someone’s heart. Vulnerability, their heart just feels more open, and they’re not pretending that everything’s perfect, like the moms that pretend, oh my God, everything’s these perfect little meals and everything’s neat. I’m like, “Come see what my kitchen looks like on a normal day with all the food on the floor and Legos.” I’m trying to carve out my little space to eat with all the Legos everywhere.

Ruth: 40:33 That’s real, right?

Kimberly: 40:35 Yes. Yeah, and it feels good to be real. It’s very freeing, isn’t it?

Ruth: 40:41 It’s so freeing, and it’s comforting when you find out that other people are experiencing what you’re experiencing. And again, that’s how we connect, and truthfully, I feel that that’s been a big reason for whatever success I’ve experienced because the feeling of success for me, again, comes back to being able to inspire people, and I could never do that without being vulnerable.

Ruth shares how she keeps her center and what beauty means to her

Kimberly: 41:10 Wow. So Ruth, this is the perfect segue into my last question for you, which has to do with the word beauty. I’ve explored beauty for years. Three out of my… Well, I’m writing my sixth book, so three out of the six books have beauty in the title. And as someone that grew up in a very… feeling very uneasy in my body, I think. I’m half-Asian, and I grew up in a very Caucasian town in Connecticut. So even if the attention was positive, I always felt different. I always felt awkward. It translated into being a doer and achiever, an over-achiever. And that parlayed also into eating disorders. So I’ve had this whole journey about beauty.

Kimberly: 41:52 And what I’ve come to find is that similarly to what you were saying about being vulnerable, this whole idea about beauty inside out, it really is when someone is so connected to themselves and their unique essence. Those are the women that I find to be just stunningly beautiful, like you. You’re one of my beauty role models. The external features can be perfect and this and that and perfect hair, but that gets old very quickly, I think, if you start to talk to someone and there’s this emptiness or disconnection inside of them.

Kimberly: 42:26 So that’s what I’ve come in to this whole journey, is true beauty is something we never have to be competitive about, because we each have our own essence. And that’s felt really wonderful to me as a woman to then look at other women and celebrate their beauty, and we have our own beauty. Because so many women are competitive with each other, and there’s this fleeting sense of beauty in society about features and just all this external. So can you speak a little bit to our community, Ruth, about what you’ve come to understand about your own beauty?

Ruth: 42:56 Absolutely. Well, you’ve said so much already, and I’m in complete agreement with everything you’ve said. I think that, for me, what I’ve discovered is that beauty comes from kindness.

Kimberly: 43:11 Yeah.

Ruth: 43:11 And I think that, in this day and age, it’s hard to find that kindness. I feel that the path our world has taken, our country has taken for the past four years, if you will, I feel that a lot of kindness has been lost. And when I am attracted to people, I’m attracted to their kindness first and their openness. It’s just like you talk about the heart and being open. And that’s what draws me in, and that’s what becomes beautiful for me in that other person. And I feel that with what’s going on today with social media and the emphasis on perfection and that outer beauty, there’s no kindness in that. It’s all kind of conveyed in a cold kind of way.

Kimberly: 44:10 That’s right.

Ruth: 44:10 There’s no warmth there. And therefore, it makes it-

Kimberly: 44:15 That’s exactly what you need.

Ruth: 44:17 … hard and challenging to relate to it. And these goals are created that are completely unrealistic. And as you said, at the end of the day, they’re vapid at the end of the day. There’s just-

Kimberly: 44:31 Good word. Exactly.

Ruth: 44:33 It doesn’t last. I just believe that kindness is something that… Kindness and warmth are two qualities that come from within, and they go such a long way. I mean, we all want that, right? We all want someone to put their arm around us and say, “I understand.”

Kimberly: 44:54 Yes, exactly.

Ruth: 44:56 And that’s empathy. And I think that that, to me, is the most important quality that someone can have, and the beauty comes pretty quickly once you have that.

Kimberly: 45:09 Wow! Ruth, of all the people I’ve ever asked that question to, no one has actually connected kindness with beauty.

Ruth: 45:16 Oh, I’m so happy. I came up with something good.

Kimberly: 45:18 It’s such a brilliant answer. I’m going to make a whole little quote about that. Thank you, Ruth.

Ruth: 45:24 I actually just want to say one more thing, which is I feel that I’m a very kind person, and it has worked against me in many times of my life. Certainly in the business setting, it has not always worked well for me. But at the same time, Kim, I wouldn’t give it up for anything. It’s who I am and something I’ve learned to love about myself, and obviously, it’s something I feel is more important than anything else.

Kimberly: 45:54 That makes sense because when your heart’s open, sure, someone can come in and trample. But then the other option is living with your heart closed, which is even worse.

Ruth: 46:06 Who wants that, right?

Kimberly: 46:07 Yeah. Wow! Ruth, thank you for being such an incredible, inspiring woman, just having such an open heart, having so much wisdom to share, being so inspiring as a mother and an entrepreneur and someone that has been able to stay centered through this journey of life. So thank you so much, Ruth. I’ve loved our conversation.

Kimberly: 02:03 All right Beauties. I hope you enjoyed that time we had together with Ruth as much as I did. I just think she is such a powerful, inspiring, kind woman. So warm and so kind. And she is an example to all of us that we can create our dreams, we can do what we want to do at any age, and we can stay really warm-hearted and nice along the journey. So, that to me is one of the best parts of her whole story.

Kimberly: 02:33 So, sending you so much love, we will be back here in just a few days for our next community show, till then, take great care and I’ll be over on Instagram every day for if you want to connect with me there @_kimberlysnyder. Remember the show notes, recipes, meditations, everything else is at our website, mysolluna.com. See you in a few days, till then, take care and lots of love.

Boosting Your Mindset During Difficult Times [Episode #528]

Boosting Your Mindset During Difficult Times [Episode #528]

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This week’s topic is: Boosting Your Mindset During Difficult Times

As we roll into the holiday season, this is an important topic because things simply are not going to be the same as other years. If we compare this year to other years, we may feel like we’re missing out. We may feel sad or disappointed and this sets us up to suffer more.

Rather, we can look at them in a different way and we can start to make a shift, whether that’s having a little bit more extra quiet time to yourself, reflection time, or time to evaluate and peel away layers.

Mindset is so powerful. There’s more and more research correlating our perspective which is really the cause of stress. It’s not events, but it’s our way of looking at the events. Stress levels and hormonal imbalance compromise our own immunity and disruption to our digestive system and our endocrine system.

There’s so many things that actually stem from our mindset and perspective. This is why our third cornerstone at Solluna is emotional wellbeing and mental health. It’s a huge part of wellness. Remember, it’s not the event itself that causes stress and issues to our health and wellbeing, it’s the way that we look at it.

I know it’s not always easy to make a shift to your perspective. However, I promise you that with focus and with tools and techniques and dialing in your practice, it is possible. This is a really beautiful time to focus on this topic as it is getting into the darker days and I’m really excited to hear your questions about boosting your mindset during these difficult challenging times.

Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!

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Stefanie – Chicago 

Hi! My husband and I recently moved back in with my parents. Luckily, we all get along great but the one topic we do not see eye to eye on is wellness & medicine. This year is so unique and would love to learn any new thoughts on getting the flu shot? Thanks, much love!

Courtney – CA

Growing up I had always struggled with fitting in. Whether it was in school or in my own personal family I had always felt excluded. With that came low self esteem and suppressed feelings. How do I boost confidence and release my inner struggles with self image and social anxiety?

Kate – Minneapolis 

My health problems seem to have a common theme of being slow, heavy, and stuck. This manifests as allergies, constipation, brain fog and depression. What is your advice to combat this? Thank you!

Beth – TX

I’m so exhausted from overthinking what’s to come with coronavirus. Any suggestions on how to give my mind a break?

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey Beauties, welcome back for our Thursday Q&A podcast. Happy Thanksgiving. Sending you a huge, huge, warm virtual hug across the interesting cyber world that we live in. I do believe that love and connection transcend time and space. So, right from my heart, my hand is on my heart right now, and I’m sending a big virtual hug. I hope that you are safe and cozy, and having a peaceful day, no matter where you are. Maybe you’re by yourself, maybe you’re with a pet or close inner circle. I know that this is an interesting year, a challenging year in many different ways for many of us. So, hang in there, we have our community, we have each other, we continue to grow and look to the lighter side of things, which is our topic today actually, very timely. Our topic is Boosting Your Mindset During Difficult Times.

Kimberly: 00:59 So, as we roll into the holiday season, I think that this is an important topic because things simply are not going to be the same as other years. And if we compare this year to other years, we may feel like we’re missing out, or we may feel sad or disappointed. And that really does set us up to suffer more. So instead of looking at things that way, we can look at them in a different way, we can start to make a shift, whether that’s having a little bit more extra quiet time, or restful time, or time to yourself, or reflection time, or time to evaluate and peel away layers. We’ll get into all of that today. But mindset is so powerful, you guys. There’s more and more research correlating our perspective with… I mean, our perspective really is the cause of stress, right? It’s not events, but it’s our way of looking at the events.

Kimberly: 01:52 So stress levels and hormonal imbalance, compromising our own immunity, and disruption to our digestive system and our endocrine system. There’s so many things that actually stem from the mind, and our mindset, and our perspective. So, this is why our third cornerstone at Solluna is emotional wellbeing and mental health. It’s really, really such a huge part of wellness. So, it’s not the event itself that causes stress and issues to our health and wellbeing, it’s the way that we look at it.

Kimberly: 02:26 And I know this isn’t always easy, it’s not always easy to make a shift to your perspective, of course, but I promise you that with focus and with some tools and techniques and dialing in your practice, it is possible. I have seen very pessimistic people shift. I have seen myself really shift towards a much more uplifted perspective overall. I know as I continue to let go of heaviness and stagnancy in my body and old limiting beliefs, things shift and things change.

Kimberly: 03:03 And so I think this is a really beautiful time to focus on this as it is getting into the darker days, we know this is the inward time. This is the time where we can look inward and we’re already starting to think ahead and plant seeds for the upcoming year, something that sometimes we don’t think about till New Years. But this is the time where we’re already in that mode and it’s naturally happening, we’re maybe going to bed earlier, I know I am. But also, the days are getting darker and there’s just this natural shift inward. So, I’m really excited to hear your questions today about boosting your mindset during these difficult challenging times.

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Question 1: Hi, my husband and I recently moved back in with my parents. Luckily, we all get along great, but the one topic we do not see eye to eye on is wellness and medicine. Well, this year is so unique and I would love to hear any new thoughts on getting the flu shot. Thanks, much love.

Kimberly: 04:26 All right, so all that being said, let’s get into our questions today about mindset and especially during difficult times, challenging times, times that cause us to go deeper and dig into our strength. Because really, that’s what a challenging time, the gift of a challenging time is. Otherwise, when things are happy and bright, we don’t really have to go deeper. So this is a really, really wonderful opportunity in that way, if we choose to look at it that way.

Kimberly: 05:03 First question comes from Stephanie in Chicago and she writes, “Hi, my husband and I recently moved back in with my parents. Luckily, we all get along great, but the one topic we do not see eye to eye on is wellness and medicine. Well, this year is so unique and I would love to hear any new thoughts on getting the flu shot. Thanks and much love.” Well, Stephanie sending you a lot of love in Chicago where I imagine right now it is freezing. And yes, I have been in Chicago in January and, wowser, get those coats out, get those scarves out, it is chilly.

Kimberly: 05:41 So a couple of things here, it’s okay to not agree on everything, is what I want to say upfront. I think it’s wonderful that you’re able to be with your husband and your parents/his in-laws in a personal space and to get along great. I think that is the main thing to focus on and to focus on the love and the connection and having each other to support each other during this holiday, during this challenging time.

Kimberly: 06:10 If some things you don’t agree on, wellness and medicine, that’s okay. If you know their opinion and you know their opinion, why get in an argument about it? Why keep bringing it up? We know that pretty much, probably they’re not going to shift and neither are you. So it’s better to maybe avoid that topic if you’ve already hashed it out and you know that on this one, maybe you’re on a little bit opposite sides or just have a different perspective.

Kimberly: 06:41 I wouldn’t focus on that because with… True love, I think means true acceptance and people may not want to change, and they may not want to see things the same way you do, and that’s okay. When we push, when we force, when we try to shame people, or just throw more information at them, which I definitely have done in the past, it can cause them to resist and to contract even more. So I say, first of all, just let it be what it is. If you feel that you’ve expressed yourself and you’ve been able to be heard and they’ve been able to be heard, I think that’s a lovely place to let that topic rest.

Kimberly: 07:22 I think that the flu shot is always a controversial topic. People feel very strongly on either side of it. I have always been of the mindset that we need to really fortify our immunity and protect ourselves from the inside out. So I’m a big proponent of our Four Cornerstone perspectives. So food wise, having lots of vitamin C rich foods, foods containing zinc, foods that have antioxidants. All the clinical research around certain foods that show that they strengthen and fortify our bodies.

Kimberly: 07:58 Well, in the show notes, we will include some links to blogs, very specific blogs, with links to recipes, but blogs that include lists of food that would be wonderful for you to focus on right now. There’s just so many great foods. I know for me personally, I feel really drawn to cucumbers and cucumber salad. And I don’t peel my cucumbers because that’s where a lot of the minerals are. I think, intuitively, there’s certain foods that come in and out in different phases. So that’s a really big food for me right now. And it’s full of zinc and other minerals that are really nourishing to the body.

Kimberly: 08:40 I also am lucky enough that I live in California. It’s still pretty warm. We have a lot of oranges. Actually, we have, one, two, three, four, five… We have at least five orange trees in our yard. And I’m very, very grateful for that. So every day almost go out, [Bubby 00:08:56] and I go out and pick fresh oranges, and that’s another great source of vitamin C, of course, it’s citrus. And I have lemon every day. I have ginger. So food wise, there’s a lot you can do to strengthen your body.

Kimberly: 09:07 Body-wise I still like to get out in the fresh air. I live in a very rural place now, in the mountains, outside LA. So I don’t really see anybody on my walks, which is nice. I walk with the baby. I think walking is a great way to continue to boost circulation and to keep your body moving. Speaking of which, Detoxy is a really powerful supplement to help with immunity, because the more stagnancy inside our body, the more viruses and sicknesses can take hold. So you want to make sure that you’re releasing a lot, that you are going to the bathroom a lot, and drinking a lot of water. And that’s what I do with my body practices and taking the SBO Probiotics, of course, which is central to immunity.

Kimberly: 09:47 Emotional well-being wise, this is an important time to give yourself some space because we don’t want stress to take over. Stress will compromise your immunity. Stress will make you more susceptible to the flu and other illnesses. And again, it’s not events per se that make us stressful, it’s our perspective. So you just want to evaluate, see, feel, really feel the feelings that are coming up, process them, spend some time journaling, and you will be able to digest your feelings in a much healthier way, instead of letting them continue to accrue and stagnate in your body.

Kimberly: 10:26 And our fourth cornerstone is spiritual growth. And I think this is a really important one, especially right now, to meditate, and to find stillness, and to find space, gaps between all the activities where you can just be. And that’s a really healthy place to be in to increase your natural vitality and your natural essence, your prawna, your life force.

Kimberly: 10:48 So these are the practices that I focus on, Stephanie. Again, this is a personal, personal choice, it may or may not feel right to you. I personally have never gotten the flu shot and, knock on wood, I’ve never gotten the flu. So everybody’s different, everybody’s perspective is different. This, of course, is a very unique year and it can seem scary and frightening if we are on the news all the time and there’s just a lot going on out there.

Kimberly: 11:18 But again, it’s just a completely personal choice. I focus so much on the cornerstones and focusing on my inner health and vitality, and that’s what feels good to me. So, to sum up this question, Stephanie, I would say again, just really honor everybody’s perspective and everybody should honor each other’s, and then do what feels best to you. So sending a big warm hug in Chicago and lots of love.

Question 2: Growing up, I had always struggled with fitting in. Whether it was in school or in my own personal family, I had always felt excluded. With that came low self-esteem and suppressed feelings. How do I boost confidence and release my inner struggles with self image and social anxiety?

Kimberly: 11:44 All right, next question comes from Courtney, who is a fellow Californian and she writes, “Growing up, I had always struggled with fitting in. Whether it was in school or in my own personal family, I had always felt excluded. With that came low self-esteem and suppressed feelings. How do I boost confidence and release my inner struggles with self image and social anxiety?” Courtney, thank you so much, beauty, for being in our community and for being so brave to voice this question. I think a lot of us can relate.

Kimberly: 12:16 I will say that I never felt like I fully fit in when I was growing up. I was in different crowds and I was an athlete and, at times I would hang out with the cool crowd, and sometimes I would hang out with the nerds because I was in all the AP classes, and we were in study groups together too. So, I think that I just focused so much on the outer parts of me, the way that I looked. And I am half Asian, and I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb in a very, very Caucasian town that I grew up in Connecticut.

Kimberly: 12:51 So, I feel that, from the beginning, I always had very compromised, low self-esteem. And I did have a lot of issues with confidence and I did have different… Which I never labeled at the time, but looking back, different levels of social anxiety and it might’ve been one of the reasons that I got into partying and drinking so much in college, was because it made me feel relaxed and comfortable when I was drinking.

Kimberly: 13:20 So, the way that I got through it was, first of all, when I was backpacking, it was the first time I felt free. It was the first time that I felt out of my head more, and more present with what I was doing, because I think it’s important, when we have self-esteem and we have confidence issues, that we start to look at, “What are my coping mechanisms?” So for me, my coping mechanisms were really achieve more, do more, show that you’re worthy. So it was all this stuff outside of myself. And when I started traveling and being free, I didn’t have to focus on all of that. So I was forced to be with myself and to just really find myself.

Kimberly: 14:08 Now, I don’t think anyone else has to go on a three-year backpacking journey to create that. But what I learned from that, Courtney, is how important the emotional wellbeing and spiritual growth cornerstones of our four cornerstone philosophy is. That’s your ticket to confidence and raising your self esteem, is being able to sit with yourself more and being able to be comfortable with yourself and then eventually starting to like yourself.

Kimberly: 14:39 So, what do I mean by that? I mean that, when we’re identifying with the outer parts of ourselves, so how we look, how much we weigh, what we do in the world, we’ve displaced our true identity. We’re identifying with our ego. We’re not identifying with the essence, our soul, the part of us that is who we really are inside of us. When we connect with that person, that’s where our confidence grows and that’s where our self-esteem grows, but we aren’t able to really create that or do that unless, and until, we spend time getting to know that person, that essence, that soul, that beingness, which is beyond the physicality, and it can be on what we’re doing.

Kimberly: 15:24 And the way to get to know that part of us is meditation and stillness. Is to process feelings, emotions with journaling, to sit, to create self-analysis and self-awareness. When we do that, this crazy thing happens, and I experienced this in my own life, where we become so comfortable with ourselves, that we certainly care less and less about what other people think of us, and then we start to just feel so good and radiant as ourselves that other people are attracted to us and other people want to be with us and other people see us as we are. And it happens without pushing and pulling. It’s really incredible process and something that I love to share about because I really did experience it myself.

Kimberly: 16:10 So what I would say to you, Courtney, is to really dial in your practice. So your morning practice, which is meditation, SBO Probiotics, hot water with lemon, GGS, the meditation part is especially important for you. Just to sit and to breathe and to be with yourself.

Kimberly: 16:30 And if you’re interested in some free meditations, we have them over at mysolluna.com and you can check them out there. I also do meditations every week on Instagram at _kimberlysnyder. Same thing with your evening routine, spend some time, don’t fall asleep to Netflix. Don’t just read the news or chat with a friend or do whatever up until bed. That’s okay to do some of that, but you want to carve out at least 10 minutes, I would say, as a good starting goal, five minutes is the bare minimum, but better is 10 minutes just to sit and to breathe and to be inside your body and to sit with yourself.

Kimberly: 17:10 And at first, it may feel very uncomfortable. But what happens is you start to feel the deep, deep, peace and love inside of you that is your true nature. I’m not BSing you, the only reason I’m saying this is because I experienced it inside of myself, which is the reason that in my super busy life, carving out time for meditation is one of my top, top, top priorities, always, every day. If I don’t meditate and find that time, then I become a very imbalanced person. And when we are imbalanced, that’s when we start to have confidence issues. It’s as simple as that. When we are in touch with our true self, we know that no one can be us, and we don’t have to try to be like anyone else. And that’s the source of true confidence. But that only comes from getting to know your true self. So meditation is important.

Kimberly: 17:58 And what I would do, Courtney, is to pair that with journaling time. So I usually journal after my meditation. Or sometimes before, depending… Sometimes in the evening, actually, I may journal before I meditate. Just depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I meditate first because I need to ground and calm myself. So it just depends. But journaling, to me, is the time where we can really express… It’s another way to know yourself. We can express our truest feelings in a really authentic way. We can see what we were feeling. We can look back, we can reflect, we can grow, we can start to know our triggers. It’s a very powerful form of self-growth. So, I would say, Courtney, take a deep breath. It’s okay, honestly, if nobody else understands you, what’s important is that you understand yourself and that you start to validate yourself and you love yourself. And that’s all entirely possible because many of us have been through that journey, including yours truly.

Kimberly: 18:55 So I encourage you to really take the time to do those practices, because those are the ones that will make the biggest difference in your life. And everything else will come from that, ideas, creativity, an easier time with your dietary choices, with food cravings, with your weight, everything comes from that. It comes from the inner space. Which is why I have shifted, and I talk about this so much you guys, because I see the difference and I see that food is important, but food will only take us so far. So try that, Courtney, let me know how you do. I send you a huge virtual hug. Remember, there is only one you, you are beautiful and radiant and special, completely unique and whole already, just as you are. You don’t have to change anything. But what you do need to do is change and improve upon your inner knowing of that beautiful soul inside of you. And then your outer world will start to shift.

Break

Kimberly: 19:56 All right, Beauties, I love these questions so far. We’re going to take a short break. And when we come back, we have two more questions for you guys on this topic of boosting your mindset during difficult times.

Question 3: My health problems seem to have a common theme of being slow, heavy, and stuck. This manifests as allergies, constipation, brain fog and depression. What is your advice to combat this? Thank you!

Kimberly: 20:12 All right, Beauties, we’re back from our break. And we have two more questions for you, beauties. I cannot wait to hear what they are. So let’s get right into them. The first one comes from Kate, who is from Minneapolis, and she writes, “My health problems seem to have a common theme of being slow, heavy, and stuck. This manifests as allergies, constipation, brain fog…” Bubby and my son says, “Why is it froggy out?” “What do you mean? It’s foggy.” Sorry, “Brain fog and depression. What is your advice to combat this? Thank you.”

Kimberly: 20:47 So, Kate, thank you so much for your beautiful, beautiful question. This is so beautiful and self-aware to see that common theme, that there’s an energy imbalance going on. And what we do is we can apply the four cornerstones to each area in your life to give you a rebalance. So, in our you Ayurvedic medicine, there are three Gunas that are said to be these different properties, these different energies that govern many different aspects of life, of vitality. Sometimes it’s difficult to pair down these Ayurvedic concepts, which are quite long and involved, into short phrases, but that’s basically how I would sum it up.

Kimberly: 21:35 So for instance, being Rajasic, Rajas, the Guna Rajas means something is active. Sattvic means balanced and calm and in equanimity, and Tomasic is, as you’re describing, a sort of lethargic slowness. Now we need all three in balance in different ways, in different processes in our body. So for instance, we need activity to create Agni, digestive fire to break down our food, and we need some level of [Tomas 00:22:11] to help us assimilate properly. But the problem is when we become too Tomasic, as you’re describing here, we can start to feel like everything is too slow and we need to create more balance, we want to get more towards Sattvic. We don’t want to become overly Rajasic, because that would lead to things like anxiety and overdoing and stress, and diarrhea, the opposite, from a digestive standpoint. But where we want to land is somewhere in the middle, somewhere balance.

Kimberly: 22:45 So I would say, Kate, also, the body type that’s a little bit more prone to this would be Kapha. So I’ll go into that a little bit. There’s three different overarching categories, shall we say, I’m trying to use layman terms here, and Ayurveda. One is Vata, which is known as the air and the wind, which is my primary constitution. The second is Pitta, which is my husband’s primary constitution, which is fire. And the third is Kapha, which is earth. And Kapha people tend to be a little bit slower, more methodical. Kapha people tend to have an easier time putting on weight.

Kimberly: 23:28 So, what’s going on in your body, maybe a combination of having a Kapha imbalance. We all have the Gunas and we all have these properties, these elements of our constitution inside of all of us, but certain ones dominate and certain ones can become a predominant and then over imbalanced in our body, if that makes sense. So what we want to do is we want to create balance. So let’s talk about that from a cornerstone perspective.

Kimberly: 24:01 Food wise, think about the foods that are very slow and can cause lethargy and don’t digest as quickly or as well. You got it, dairy, meat, foods that don’t have any fiber. These foods are going to absorb water in your system and without fiber to move them along, they’re going to go at their own stately, slower pace through your many, many feet of GI tract, and that’s going to create a lot of slowness.

Kimberly: 24:30 I didn’t get this for a long time. I mentioned this in some of my books, where I was eating fat-free cheese, lower fat cheese thinking that would help, but dairy is still dairy and it doesn’t digest well. So what I would say, Courtney, food-wise, is to think about movement with your food. Think about more plant-based foods. Now, it’s the colder time of year. So you may not be gravitating towards so many just raw salads and salad meals, I know I’m not. But what I do is I still have a raw component to my meals.

Kimberly: 25:00 I’ll have a big soup or a stew with brown rice, I eat that a lot, and I put a huge handful of micro greens on top. Or I do have a salad, but along with a hot meal. And right now, I have a smoothie next to me, it’s a power protein smoothie, but I’m warming it up to room temperature so I don’t like to drink it super cold. So I would say that, from a food perspective, you want to make sure that you’re having a lot of liquids, soups and stews, a lot of plant foods that have the fiber. And you’re just drinking a lot of water in general, because there’s so much with the heating systems on and dryness in the air, potentially, and in our cars and wherever we happen to be. So you just want to keep everything moving.

Kimberly: 25:47 And I mentioned this earlier, but Detoxy is such a powerful, powerful way to really help bust through that stagnation in your system/ and when we start to release, it’s an oxygen and vitamin C, or ASC2P based product, Kate, it’s got magnesium in it, you can check it out if you’re interested at mysolluna.com. I take it all the time. I’ve been taking it for years, which is one of the reasons I was interested in creating this product, manufacturing it. Is because it helps to move matter out of your GI tract. And there’s a lot of energy in there. And a lot of different Eastern medicinal systems will say that the colon is the organ that holds… It helps us process feelings. So, the problem is, if we aren’t moving things out of our colon, we can hold on to a lot of energy and we can hold on to repressed feelings and just feel kind of dragged down in general.

Kimberly: 26:45 I’ll quickly share a personal story, which was the first time I got a colonic ever. This was years and years ago. And I haven’t gotten one in a long, long time, to be honest. I got them for a while and I felt like I cleared out a lot. And now I take Detoxy and I literally haven’t gotten a colonic in many years. But in the beginning, I did. And I remember the first time I got one, I felt like, “Okay, that was interesting.”

Kimberly: 27:09 The second time I got a colonic, so much came out that I remember sitting in the waiting room and I couldn’t move for like an hour. I was kind of on the edge of crying and I just felt alive and awake, and I don’t know, just all this energy was coming up. And that’s the power of moving matter because our mind and our body is really a continuous loop hole that, one influences the other in a powerful, profound way. So, by doing that alone, Kate, I think that you’re going to see tremendous shifts in your energy.

Kimberly: 27:40 Body wise, it’s important to move, to walk. I think walking is the best form of exercise, honestly, one of the best forms. But for me, my primary form, now. You get fresh air, you get a little bit of sunlight, you move, it’s good for your digestive system, it’s good to walk after you eat. So you’re just getting everything moving. So it’s great for your brain. It pumps extra oxygen into your brain. It’s great for combating depression. So I highly recommend daily walks as much as you can, as long as you can. I walk for about an hour a day and it feels great to me.

Kimberly: 28:15 Now, emotionally, it’s important that… You talk about brain fog, you talk about lethargy. Kate, just make sure that you’re taking time to process your feelings and emotions, to have a beautiful community around you that you can share, just like our community, right? Positivity goes a very long way. And depression can come about sometimes when we don’t… It can feel like repressed anger, like we’re not really processing something, so we’re pushing it down and it makes us just feel [inaudible 00:28:47] feel despondent. So I think it’s important to let things out in healthy way. I think we don’t want to feel isolated and alone, which is where the community aspect part is super important.

Kimberly: 28:58 And then finally, the spiritual part is really important as well. The tuning in, the tapping in that we spoke about in our last question with Courtney. Just to really connect into the part of you that is so full of light and beyond all the surface stuff. So when you connect in with that, that’s an energy that busts through anything. That’s an energy that will help you stay anchored with your food choices, with your practice, with your walking, with self-awareness, with strength. So you want to make sure that you’re meditating a couple of times a day, morning, and evening, or anytime you get a chance to take a little mini break, I think it’s a really, really powerful practice.

Kimberly: 29:38 And so, if you’re interested too, we will link, in the show notes, to some more information about the Ayurveda concept, of the Gunas, and also [inaudible 00:29:50] and constitution and how that plays into this. And you can look up as well just anything that you want to read about the Kapha body type and also Tomas and Tomasic as a Guna. And I think that’ll be really interesting for you to learn.

Kimberly: 30:08 From the Aryuvedic approach, there’s a tremendous amount of more specific information like Kapha types should really eat lower fat and less oil in general, just to keep things moving. And again, just really following our beauty detox Solluna lifestyle, I think, is a much… And all the foods that we recommend, are so easily digestible, that’ll be really, really wonderful for your system as well. So thank you so much for your question, beauty, and do not worry, couple shifts here, and I believe that we will be able to get you back in balance and I can’t wait. So please keep in touch with me and let me know how you do as you progress along your journey.

Question 4: I’m so exhausted from overthinking what’s to come with coronavirus. Any suggestions on how to give my mind a break?

Kimberly: 30:45 All right. Our last question comes from Beth in Texas and she writes, “I’m so exhausted from overthinking what’s to come with coronavirus. Any suggestions on how to give my mind a break?” Yes. So Beth, I say two things here. Number one, make sure that you minimize your time on the news. It’s not a pretty situation on the news right now. We need to be informed. We need to be safe. But, of course, we’re taking precautions, or I hope we’re all taking precautions. We’re wearing masks, we’re washing our hands, we’re hand sanitizing, we’re keeping a social distance from people. And if we’re doing that, then we’re doing what we can do in this moment. So, the news about how many people died today, how many people died yesterday, I mean, again, we want to stay on top of the science and what’s going on, but we don’t need to obsess. And so, that’s the first thing is to give your mind a break from the news.

Kimberly: 31:44 The second thing is overthinking what’s to come. Here’s the truth, nobody knows. And nobody knows the future. And honestly, nobody knows the future anyways, with or without coronavirus. So this is a very Buddhist teaching and Buddha talks about this a lot, thinking about the past, thinking about the future is the path to suffering. Being as much as we can in the present moment is the path of power and being empowered. So, as much as you can stay here right now and enjoy your life, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week or in a month or next year, but we know where we are today and what can I focus on today, Beth? What can I move forward in my life? What can I do that’s good for myself?

Kimberly: 32:36 And something that I think is a really important practice for all of us right now is to do things just for fun, because sometimes, and I really fall into this, I read very little fiction, I feel like most of my books that I read are about something that I’m learning to share or learning for one of my books. I love it, but it’s not fun reading or activities. And, lately, I’ve been letting myself read a little bit more just for fun. And I’ve been drawing with Bubby and doing then my own little art projects, simple art projects, and I really enjoy that. I think it’s important to just let yourself be, Beth, and to allow space for that just creative play.

Kimberly: 33:20 It’s such an important part of childhood. And, and for children learning is to let them play. Play-based early education is fundamental. And as adults, I don’t think we have enough time to play and to be playful and to be light. And so much of this feels so heavy and so serious, and it is, to an extent, people are having really serious health conditions and there’s a lot of serious financial implications of this, but we don’t have to obsess about it day in and day out.

Kimberly: 33:47 So I say, think about what may feel like a fun craft project, Beth, and you can order stuff online. Maybe it’s learning how to knit or paint or draw or, Katelyn on our team, is such a big crafter. She was talking about this project she was doing where she was pressing little beads into something and creating something beautiful just for the sake of that. So I will say, Beth, create a fun little hobby right now, because why not? It’s a great way to stay present, and it’s a great way to just feel that creative power, that spirit inside of you, which is part of your true self, it’s part of your essence to be free and to be playful, and to be… Just being in the world without doing and obsessing. And it’s a great way to let your mind relax. Just in that play space, just try it.

Kimberly: 34:36 And I will also say, of course, I’ve talked about this all the time, because it’s such an important part of my practice, but to allow that space for meditation, to allow the space, to really focus on your breath, and being here now, and really having no other agenda and nothing else to do, and nowhere else to rush off to is just to be here now. And that’s a great break for your mind. And if you’ve never really put any effort into learning meditation, now is such a beautiful, wonderful time to do it. [inaudible 00:35:04] start five or 10 minutes twice a day, and you can build your practice from there and it will be a great, great solace to you. It will be great, great friend through these challenging times and through all the times where you just need to take a break. And remember, over on mysolluna.com, we have those meditations, and also on my Instagram handle, you will find a weekly meditations as well.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly: 35:29 What an amazing topic you guys, you guys are all amazing. I love, love, love to hear about what you’re thinking about because a lot of us are thinking and wondering about the same things and we need to really support each other. And so, my thought of the day, of the week, that I want to close with is, take it one breath at a time. Not even one day at a time, that’s a lot of hours. Just take this breath right here, right now. Focus on relaxing, focus on letting go, focus on shifting away from maybe habits that don’t feel good to anymore, whether that’s drinking an extra glass of wine, or gossiping, or beating yourself up, just try to shift back into love and peace. Try to shift back into yourself, into your heart, into just that loving light space that is you, that’s who you really are, you are a beautiful soul and align with that in each moment.

Kimberly: 36:29 And if you break it up into chunks, sized pieces, little bite-size pieces, not enormous chunks, but little bite-sized chunks, this breath, that breath, for the next few breaths, I’m going to relax. I don’t know how I’m going to handle that thing that’s going to happen tomorrow or next week, but I don’t know, it doesn’t matter. Right now, I have my breath. So take it one breath at a time, beauty, and I love you so much. And I’m so grateful for you. I’m always here. Again, I wish you and your family the best holiday weekend, the best relaxing time ever. I love, love, love you. I will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. Till then, take care and so much love.

What is the Mind-Body Connection? with Kelly Noonan Gores  [Episode #527]

What is the Mind-Body Connection? with Kelly Noonan Gores [Episode #527]

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This week’s topic is: What is the Mind-Body Connection with Kelly Noonan Gores

I am so excited to have my very special guest, Kelly Noonan Gores, who is the writer, director, and producer of HEAL, a documentary feature about the mind-body connection and our body’s innate ability to heal. Listen in as Kelly shares her dedication and energies when putting this wonderful resource together with great thought leaders, teachers and researchers and breaking down subconscious beliefs in order to start healing.

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  • Kelly’s backstory on where her interest in consciousness came from and the documentary, Heal
  • Subconscious beliefs – what they are and how to know if they are holding you back…
  • If we can really move energy through us if we give others permission…
  • What we learn from our babies and being in the present moment…
  • If you need to believe in God in order to heal…
  • Alternative healing modalities and how to turn the system around…

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About Kelly Noonan Gores

Kelly is the writer, director, and producer of HEAL, a documentary feature about the mind-body connection and our body’s innate ability to heal. She also authored the follow up book HEAL which has twice the content of the film. A Los Angeles native, she grew up in front of the camera acting on and off in commercials, TV, and film from the age of 7. In 2012 she started Elevative Entertainment with the intention to create conscious media that informs, inspires, and empowers.

She has a passion for psychology, wellness, and spirituality and an insatiable appetite for understanding consciousness. As such, she has spent the last 18 years studying the teachings of luminaries like Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Ernest Holmes, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and many more. Her intention with the documentary is to empower people to take control of their health back and demonstrate that almost anything is possible if we believe it is so. Kelly is a seeker, a meditator, and enjoys traveling, sports, reading and writing.

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Kimberly : 00:01 Hey Beauties, welcome back to our Monday interview podcast, where I’m so excited for a very special beauty that we have on our show today. Her name is Kelly Noonan Gores, and she is the writer, director, and producer of Heal, a documentary feature about the mind body connection and our body’s innate ability to heal. I don’t know if you have seen this documentary yet on Netflix, but it is absolutely wonderful. This powerful woman dedicated so much of her energy into putting together this wonderful resource, and she and I were able to connect, actually, at a intimate circle that I had at my home, our mutual friend, Danica Patrick brought Kelly to the circle and we just hit it off right away. She is such an incredible, beautiful, bright light. She’s a beautiful energy.

Kimberly : 00:48 And of course the circle was safe and it was outside and socially distanced, I will say, but it sparked something and we connected more and we started to talk about the film and I wanted to share this conversation with all of you, because she is so wonderful at showing what’s what’s possible and putting together great thought leaders and so many different teachers and researchers and yeah, she has a lot of wisdom to share, so I’m really, really excited for you to listen to our interview today.

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Kimberly : 01:24 Before we get going, I want to give a quick shout out to our fan of the week. Her name is Andreadailey21. She writes, “Kimberly, thank you so much for all you do. My life has changed so much since reading your books. This podcast is the icing on the cake. I appreciate this so much and all the information you give so freely. Thank you, thank you so much.” Oh, well Andreadailey21, I send you a huge hug. I felt that right in my heart. Thank you. Thank you so much for being in our community, for taking the time to write a review. It means the world to me. So thank you. And I hope we get to meet in person one day.

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Kimberly : 02:02 And Beauties, for your chance to also be shattered out as the fan of the week, please leave us a review over on iTunes, which is free and easy and just a wonderful way to support the show. While you’re at it, you can also subscribe to the show. Because of the busy flow of life we often forget certain things, and that way you never miss any of these interview podcasts or Thursday Q&A shows. So all that being said, let’s get into our interview right now with a wonderful Kelly.

Interview with Kelly Noonan Gores

Kimberly: 02:44 It is so good to see you love. Thank you, again, so much for coming on the podcast. We met a couple months ago, weeks ago, time is still funny at one of my circles and it was amazing. Amazing to have you and just to share and it was just a great introduction. I felt like we connected right away.

Kelly: 03:05 Oh my gosh, that circle was so powerful. I think it was on the new moon maybe or the next to the new moon and it was just… I mean, it was so cool.

Kimberly: 03:16 Have you done a lot of circles before Kelly?

Kelly: 03:18 I haven’t. I haven’t actually and the fact that you, myself and one other of your friends that attended we all pick the same word. It was really, really cool.

Kimberly: 03:30 Yes. Primarily, I’ve said they were women circles, Kelly. We do them with Selena, we do them online and then I do a lot of in-person ones. And then a couple months ago, when we could travel more, I was in New York and we had this big women’s circle and someone brought her boyfriend. And then my team was like, “Well, what should we do? Should we tell him to leave?” And I thought about it and I said, “Why would we exclude someone just because they’re a man?” And so what happened was… And I have two sons and then my husband John is so into this too. So when we do circles at home, it’s become a lot more co-ed. It’s been men and women and it’s really interesting when I think about the Me Too Movement and all, Justice Ginsburg and now we have a female vice president. And sometimes I think about, we want to empower women but there’s also unity and oneness. And how do we reconcile that? So it’s just interesting as we go along.

Kelly: 04:33 Totally, and the fact that all of us have the yin and the yang and to find that balance. It’s so great that there’s this whole future is female and feminist movement right now. And that’s awesome and we need that. But I also think it’s so beautiful. That circle was so balanced. Finding that balance in the individual and the community of just really finding that fit. Even with men tapping into their feminine and a lot of women also have so much… And this is true for me. I’m an Aries, but I’m also… Just because of my childhood, I have a lot of masculinity and Me Too you and Action power and sometimes I need to come back and tap into my femininity a little bit more.

Kimberly: 05:15 That’s right. I mean we have it within ourselves, the masculine and the feminine. And then we have it in the collective and I feel like healing comes from wholeness. So, at first I was a little worried, will people be as vulnerable when there’s men but again, coming together and being real and open, I think, heals all of us.

Kelly: 05:32 Totally.

Kimberly: 05:33 So no pun intended, Kelly, but I love the documentary, Heal. It’s so from the heart and it’s so genuine and I think it’s so accessible. So first of all, thank you so much for putting such beautiful work into the world. I imagine it was a tremendous amount of work.

Kelly: 05:50 It was. Documentaries, especially with not a huge budget, there’s so many moving parts with film and documentaries don’t really have… You can have a general structure but to not know the ending, it’s all unfolding, it’s kind of a mystery what’s going to happen. So you don’t know if you’re going to film for a year, five years, 10 years. But it turned out to be just really divinely guided and I was thankful that it came through me.

Kelly shares the backstory on where her interest in consciousness came from and her documentary, Heal

Kimberly: 06:19 Yeah, amazing. So I’d love to hear, Kelly, the back, back story because I know you’ve been interested in consciousness for a long, long time. But I often find that there’s something personal that draws us to a subject. So for instance, when I got into wellness, I’ve had a lot of issues with my body, a lot of bloating and rosacea back in the day and eating disorders. And so I came in to heal myself. So can you tell us a little bit about where your interest in consciousness came from this whole amazing subjects about-

Kelly: 06:53 Oh my gosh….

Kimberly: 06:54 Yeah, tell us the backstory and Beauties Heal is on Netflix, you can easily access it. It’s absolutely incredible and it really encumbers… Kelly, you could tell us more about it obviously but all these amazing healers and [mortalities 00:07:09] and just a much more wider breadth of looking at care and rejuvenation beyond Western medicine.

Kelly: 07:18 Yeah, thank you. And actually, if you’re listening to this after February 2021, we’re going to switch over to Amazon Prime. It’s been on Netflix for two years and it’s been amazing but they’re pushing all the other content off and just doing their own content now so we’re going to have a new home which is exciting.

Kimberly: 07:36 Yeah, great.

Kelly: 07:39 But anyways. I mean, I think I’ve always really been fascinated in the human potential and what we’re capable of and as I learned more about the intelligence of the human body, my mind just kept exploding like, Oh, my gosh. I learned about epigenetics and we’re not victims of our genes and that just fascinated me and lit up this whole passion inside me to do the film. But before that, I think I grew up acting. I grew up in LA so started doing commercials and small roles in film and television when I was seven years old. And I loved acting but part of me was… I wanted to be a normal kid, I didn’t want to stick out too much. And so there was this battle but I really loved it.

Kelly: 08:31 And I think in my 20s, I was not having the career that I expected to have by that time since I’ve been doing it since seven years old and kind of took some time off and went to Berk lee and thought I would explore other things and eventually came back, the calling came back to me to be in film. And in my 20s, I just felt like there was so many blocks in the way so I actually started seeing healers to understand what is getting in the way? Why am I not able to be vulnerable? Why am I so self conscious? What am I fearing? So it started out more, I think, psychological and emotional and energetic and then in my late 20s, I started having like digestive issues as many of us do.

Kimberly: 09:16 So much in the gut.

Kelly: 09:17 So much in the gut and especially females, we hold a lot of our emotions in that area. And so, I consider myself a very bright person but I wasn’t aware of nutrition and like how what I was putting in my body was affecting my gut health which is shocking but until you’re aware, you’re not aware, you’re in the dark. So I actually wanted to take… I was holding on to acting so tightly that I wanted to explore something else. I was interested so I was toying with the idea of going to USM which is the University of Santa Monica which is a spiritual psychology degree.

Kimberly: 09:55 Oh, wow.

Kelly: 09:56 Or taking this course from the Institute of integrative nutrition out of New York and I decided to do that because it was shorter, it was only a year. And I learned all about integrative nutrition and how, “Oh my gosh, the reason I have acid reflux that the doctor wanted to give me Prilosec for, to be on the rest of my life, at age 28. As I’m running marathons and doing all these healthy things. I learned that, frozen yogurt and drinking Charles Shaw wine and eating cereal for dinner. All these things are causing an acidic reaction in my body. So one thing led to another and I just woke up to the fact that our choices, our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and lifestyle choices really affect our health. That we have so much more control and power over our health and well being than we’ve been led to believe. And so that kind of set me on this path to do this film.

Kimberly: 10:57 Wow. And one of the things, Kelly, I loved the film. There were so many interesting teachers and healers and characters. And one thing that kept coming up whether it was Gregg Braden talking about it or Joe Dispenza was this idea of limiting beliefs and subconscious beliefs. I think that it makes sense to a lot of us but it’s not easy to even know we have a limit, you know what I mean? Like you said, you knew when you knew. But what if we don’t even know? Like the woman, I forget her name but she had like boils all over her body and when she started exploring, she started unpacking things with her mom and with her family. But a lot of us push things down or we were oppressed. I mean sometimes we don’t even remember, we don’t know.

Subconscious beliefs – what they are and how to know if they are holding you back

Kimberly: 11:42 So what would you say to someone Kelly, that’s like, “I love this. I’m really inspired to get to my subconscious beliefs that may be holding me back but I don’t know what they are?”

Kelly: 11:52 Yeah, exactly. That’s that whole tricky thing of subconscious. It’s literally below our awareness.

Kimberly: 11:58 How do we bring it up?

Kelly: 11:59 How do we bring that… I mean, there’s so many modalities to kind of become aware. I mean, there’s… I wouldn’t even know. There’s so many and watching the film… like hypnosis, I don’t know if you’ve ever done hypnosis but that-

Kimberly: 12:18 I have actually.

Kelly: 12:19 …tap into working with a hypnotherapist. They can actually tap into your past and things that you’ve suppressed and repressed and then they reframe the event to help you heal. But, again, they can help you become aware of things that you didn’t even know happened because there was so much trauma that you reversed them. So you start to just ask questions, that’s self exploration. And, what I always say is, we do bring up a lot of modalities in the film. And, I think that one of the things I encourage is people to really… We all have this internal guidance system, it’s our intuition and it’s our higher self speaking to us through that. And that will never lead us astray.

Kelly: 13:05 It’s kind of a skill and a trick to learn to decipher between your intuition and something else. And with practice, you can tap into that and understand it more. But it’s resonance, when you watch the film and something really resonates and jumps out at you, dive into that. That’s your intuition, that’s your guidance going, “Oh, maybe that’s something that’s correct for me.” If you set the intention that you want to understand these belief systems, we talked about it in the film, from ages zero to seven, the way our brain develops, we’re just downloading programs and belief systems from our caretakers. And they become like a software that’s just running our lives so that we don’t have to think about things, we can do things automatically. And that’s 95% of our thoughts are this subconscious programming. So we really need to wake up to what these programs are and Bruce Lipton says that 75% of them are negative and disempowering. And they’re not even ours, we adopted them from our caretakers. So getting to our core belief systems is the path and the gateway to healing and to freedom and all that.

Kelly: 14:50 So there’s so many modalities and ways to do it when you set the intention and you put it out there. Things will come forward and you’ll resonate with the right path for you to uncover.

Kimberly: 15:02 I 100% agree, Kelly. And I feel for me, one of the ways I unpacked some of my unconscious or subconscious, deep down there, beliefs was triggers. So I just started to notice as I went through, why does it bother me so much? One of mine was not being heard or seen from different things that happened in my childhood. So someone would interrupt me or I felt like someone didn’t acknowledge me, it really, really, really hurt. And as I became more conscious as an adult, I started to question, why does this bother me so much? Why can this screw up the party or the day? So I think it’s important to look at. And then like you said, the intention of, I don’t want to be sabotaged by thoughts. I want to explore this. So when we get to that point, like you said, different tools can come forward but I think being open and feeling what feels off or uneasy to us, it just was happening so much. I thought, this isn’t normal. This isn’t how I want to… Not normal but it just doesn’t feel flow, this needs some kind of balancing.

Kelly: 16:08 Totally, I think triggers are the exact way to wake up, right? Why am I being triggered? This doesn’t feel aligned. So it’s either you’re being triggered because of a limiting belief system that really isn’t aligned with your higher self, your soul, your purpose. Or it’s a past wound that you’ve stuffed down that you haven’t dealt with and it’s coming to the surface to try to be healed. And that’s why triggers are actually one of the best teachers, the best waker uppers.

Kimberly: 16:38 Yeah, exactly. Instead of pretending they’re not there or distracting, but actually going in. So there’s this, I think when we want to be healed, when we choose, like you said Kelly, there’s this courage, I think, when you can stand and look. Which can feel scary and some of the characters in Heal. Sometimes of course, we’re so used to distracting, we’re so used to pulling away but actually leaning in a little bit to the discomfort, I think is how we go through it.

Kelly: 17:12 100%, yeah. Eva is the woman in the film that you talked about with the boils and when I met her and she agreed to go on this journey and be filmed. She’s very vulnerable, she had a lot of trauma in her past. And, as you said, it’s often scary. It takes a lot of courage to look at your wounds because healing your wounds or bringing them up to the surface after they’ve been repressed or suppressed is just as painful as when the event first happened. So it takes a lot of courage but there is light on the other side of going through that fire.

Kimberly: 17:45 So Kelly, those were really amazing. I mean, I don’t remember all their names but just the way that people were healing, physically, energy and moving. And you were in the room for some of this. So there’s all this discussion in the medical community and in the spiritual community about placebos versus actually moving energy. And of course, we don’t really know the answer. And I guess at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Because if you’re using your mind to heal or to enact change, it doesn’t matter. But I was watching this and I said, I can’t wait to ask Kelly. Your opinion, Kelly, is it coming within us or do you believe that there are people that have medical intuitives, the medical… I forget the[crosstalk 00:18:31]

Kelly: 18:30 Medium.

We discuss if there are people that can help move energy through us if we give them permission

Kimberly: 18:31 Yes, there you go. Do you believe there are people that can help actually move energy through us if we actually give them permission?

Kelly: 18:40 I do. I do believe and but I like I said, I do think placebo and that the human belief systems can really shift things within their own biology. But when it comes to energy and people kind of facilitating, removing entities or bad energy or healing past lives or even just doing energy healing that we see in the film just like with psychics. I think we all have a certain gift but it’s on this scale and a lot of people come in and are just more sensitive in certain faculties. My friends, they’re colorblind, these two brothers but they’re musical geniuses. So they’re lacking some eyesight but their hearing, is heightened.

Kelly: 19:28 So I think both psychic and healing capabilities, I think that’s the same. They’ve just have a heightened sense of that talent, ability and sensitivity. But I do think placebo is everything. They talk about how if you’re taking a placebo drug, thinking it’s an anti depressant, expecting and believing that this pill is going to elevate your mood even if it’s just a sugar pill and won’t do anything to your biology, if you take it, believe, and expect and you give meaning to this pill, 75% or more of those people will have a positive, elevated mood reaction because of their belief system, their brain has signaled to create the exact same drug and chemical that the drug would be giving them. So our brain is our best pharmacy and our belief systems and our expectations and our thoughts are what trigger and turn on and off and release [inaudible 00:20:28], it’s amazing.

Kimberly: 20:29 It’s amazing in that case Kelly. If it’s the doctor giving you a pill or the doctor saying a surgery, it’s easier to be like, “Oh, I trust this person.” So the placebo really works. I guess the key is how we kind of turn it in ourselves without anybody else. I mean, that seems like the big… When we do that.

Kelly: 20:48 Exactly, because then we could start to take inert substances with no negative side effects and have these wonderful chemical outcomes.

Kimberly: 20:57 Not even take substances, Just say, “Oh, I decide to heal my liver today.” Right? And use the mind to manufacture the proteins and the antibody, whatever’s needed in the body.

Kelly: 21:06 Exactly. That’s coming in 2050 or something. Please someone teaches how to do this, yeah.

Kimberly: 21:15 So what’s interesting, I worked with many different people especially women that are suffering and have so much that they want to shift and move forward in our lives and of course, we want to keep growing. But I couldn’t help but think about my mom when I was watching the film, Kelly. So three years ago, when my first son was not even a year old. She was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day and she’s so healthy. She was running around, she was the most energetic person in the world and then she passed in six weeks. We didn’t know she had cancer and then suddenly she had cancer and it was a stage four. And I witnessed this and as someone that has been in the wellness space and she was mostly following my programs, organic food, largely plant based. And she was a meditator, it was bewildering to me. So at first she was she said to me, “I don’t want to die.” And we were doing everything that we could.

Kimberly: 22:15 But in a few weeks, in my meditations, in my heart, as painful as it was, I felt this acceptance. I felt like she was kind of done with this life in this body. It was her path to move on as painful as it was. And I could feel her holding when she couldn’t speak anymore. And I had to say to her, which is the hardest thing in my life. “It’s okay to let go, mom. It’s okay.” I’ve never said that out loud actually. But I guess my question is, because we witness people that want to heal and they want to keep going but it’s funny with grief, sometimes you don’t know when it hits you. It’s been three years and I cried. And sometimes I talk about it all day and it doesn’t hit me, sometimes it does.

Kimberly: 23:05 But I guess with all these amazing modalities and Joe Dispenza and everyone’s talking about infinite potentiality. There’s a line though of acceptance and if we do believe in a higher power which I do, sometimes it’s the will of God that things go a certain way. Or you hear about the stories of Ramana Maharshi, these Yogis who have intense physical pain, intense physical illness and he says, No, this is purifying me and he meditates through it. So I guess I don’t really have a question except Kelly to say there’s potentiality but then there’s the will of higher, higher power. And sometimes it’s blurry to know when we keep fighting and when we accept.

Kelly: 23:57 I know, it’s so hard. Thank you for sharing that and I can’t even imagine, I mean, I really can’t. Especially happening that fast and then someone who seemingly has done everything right and is so healthy of spirit and that doesn’t make sense to me. And I would probably need to do endless documentaries on exploring that because I do want to crack the code. I do want to understand why… We posed the question in the film, Well, I understand maybe unhealed past trauma and environmental toxicity and emotional stress. We talked about how much stress just wears out the immune system and allows the environment for things like cancer and other things to pop up.

Kelly: 24:45 We talked about kids. Why do kids come in to this world with leukemia or cystic fibrosis or whatever it is. It just doesn’t make sense when you’re talking about the psychological factors. And Gregg Braden says we just don’t know. And Michael Beckwith says, sometimes people choose to come into this life to be our greatest teachers. We just had a really dear family friend who had been battling brain cancer for five years. She was 15 years old and she just passed away. And I’m not there day to day but it’s just like, why? Why don’t we know? Why can’t we crack the code and cancer is especially tricky because there’s 1000 different causes and the same diagnosis can be caused by 1000 different things in different humans. So it’s just… I don’t know. I wish I knew the answer, you didn’t even ask a question really but I think acceptance and there is such a spiritual… To me, all healing is a spiritual journey for you and your mother.

Kimberly: 25:56 Exactly. And from the yogic standpoint which is rooted in this idea of reincarnation, where we come back many, many times. That’s how Yogananda, the great yoga master, would explain the childhood person that has leukemia saying, “Oh, it’s a tendency from another life.” With my mom, this body had served her and she was going to move on but again, we don’t know. But that resonates with me because it takes away this idea, this is all we have and this idea of unfairness. But again, we don’t know. There’s different theories out there, of course.

Kelly: 26:29 Yeah. And I feel like I totally believe that we come back many times. I believe that we know what we’re getting into and we come here and we forget when we come into the physical incarnation. Or we forget, as we get older. I think children are so very close to it but that still doesn’t make it any easier for the ones left behind like us and when were missing those people.

Kimberly: 26:53 So one of the yogic beliefs that I love, Kelly, along this idea is that we choose our mother and then we choose our parents in this situation. And I had shared this with my mother. And the last thing she said to me when she could still talk with you picked me, remember? Just felt really powerful [inaudible 00:27:18] to that. And then we learn and things keep going.

Kelly: 27:22 Yeah. Wow. That’s the last thing she said. I mean, that’s just kind of the great reminder, right?

How we learn from our babies and being in the present moment

Kimberly: 27:30 But as mothers, Kelly, we learned so much from our babies too. I just feel like they’re so close to the other world and they haven’t been conditioned and it’s amazing just to sit and your daughter’s a year?

Kelly: 27:46 A year and a half, yeah.

Kimberly: 27:48 And just to sit in the presence of these teachers is such a… I feel like we should be studying the psychology of children more.

Kelly: 27:57 Yeah, totally.

Kimberly: 27:59 What they can teach us.

Kelly: 28:01 Yes, absolutely. I mean, everybody’s like, “When are you doing Heal 2 and what’s your next project?” I’m like, “My project right now is just really trying to be present for my daughter” So all of this stuff I know about subconscious programming, I just need to be present so I don’t give her some limited programming. That she has to unpack for the rest of her life so I’m just doing my best.

Kimberly: 28:23 All right. I think you’re coming in more a week we’re conscious than most folks out there. So I think you’re doing just great.

Kelly: 28:30 Thank you, I have. But yeah, there’s such great teachers and I love… We look we look at our babies and we’re just like they can do no wrong even when they’re throwing a tantrum. We just know, we have this awareness that they’re just learning to express. They’re learning so much so fast, a crazy amount. And I’d love… If we could hold our inner child like we revere and really honor our children and give them the space to be vulnerable and messy and not perfect and learning and making mistakes and falling down as they’re walking. I mean, we live in such a unforgiving society right now and we’re so hard on ourselves and allow mistakes and learning and so I think she’s taught me most to go back and just be more gentle on myself. We were all that innocent child at one point. Flailing and learning and making mistakes and we need to allow ourselves that permission through our entire lives and that care and that space.

Kimberly: 29:42 Yes. So Kelly, here at Solluna we have a what we call her Four Cornerstone philosophy which is food, body, emotional well being/mental health and spiritual growth. And a lot of times when I talk to this about people, people are like, “Oh, food, I get that.” Everything not food related, obviously you probably exercise, supplements and so on. Emotional well being, people get that too. Western psychology, right? But then the spiritual part I say to me that’s… I guess the broad definition is how we… I define it as a deeper understanding of ourselves, right? Removing blocks to love. It’s not about religion but it’s about connecting inward with our spirit.

If you need to believe in God in order to heal

Kimberly: 30:24 So, interesting question for you. This popped into my head when I was going on my walk today and you had said it earlier, Kelly. All of healing is about spirituality. So what about the atheists out there, the people that closed down to this concept of something greater, right? Because I love these scientists, Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden, I believe he’s a geologists and Einstein, he comes to a point where we’re like, we know what we know but then there’s this… Quantum physics has the spooky principle where there’s just things that cannot be explained. The observer principle, they defy the laws of Newtonian physics. So do you feel that unless someone opens up to this idea that… It was a tricky question but I guess I’m asking because I have some relatives who are atheists, right? And they think some of what I do is [inaudible 00:31:14].

Kimberly: 31:15 But I guess, do you think that’s a necessary component to heal in your work? Have you seen people when you were doing the film, that we’re still atheist, but we’re able to do the placebo effect? Just in your opinion, do you think?

Kelly: 31:30 Yeah, I think that, we talked about it, there’s always these anomalies where someone is just a total… Like the asshole neighbors, excuse my french. For anyone that-

Kimberly: 31:42 Totally, I get it.

Kelly: 31:44 … smokes, drinks, does everything wrong in the four pillars, right? He’s probably an atheist and, not to say atheists are assholes but just in the example of the guy who literally does everything to the opposite of what we would recommend living to 106 years old and nobody can explain it. And there’s something to be said about someone who… I guess the answer is I don’t think it’s a prerequisite to believe in God to be able to heal. I think that it’s available to everybody and you could have this defiant attitude where you just enjoy life so much and even that might look like an angry guy smoking cigarettes or whatever but that just brings him joy. He doesn’t hold on to anything, he’s not stressed. He’s just expresses his emotions freely and because of his genetic constitution, he is just a bull and he [crosstalk 00:32:44].

Kelly: 32:44 So, I don’t think it’s prerequisite. I do feel that there’s… I love Anita [Moorjani 00:32:50] story in the film. It’s a long one but I’ll just sum it up. Basically, [inaudible 00:32:55] with cancer, was on her deathbed, went into a coma, had a near death experience, went to the other side, basically melted into source energy which is the love that was beyond human word description. Encountered her father, who in life they just had the butting heads relationship, lots of tension. And there was no animosity, everything was forgiven. And she realized that the reason she had cancer is every decision she had made in her physical life was made out of fear.

Kelly: 33:33 And because she went to the other side and felt the magnitude and the love and and remembered through that from whence she came, the source energy that we all are. She came back into her physical body and she healed within like three to five weeks.

Kimberly: 33:52 Her body didn’t match the new belief system?

Kelly: 33:55 Exactly. And her body just reconfigured to the new software system that had been downloaded which is without fear and that she knows that we have no fear of death and that we are all loved and connected beyond imagination. I love that story and that to me sums up…[crosstalk 00:34:12]

Kimberly: 34:14 Was she’s spiritual before that experience? Did she have a meditation practice? Wasn’t she a doctor?

Kelly: 34:24 What I remember most was she was raised in Hong Kong. So she was very westernized education, we’re a very traditional Hindi family. One that wanted to give her an arranged marriage so I think she kind of shunned her spirituality actually and wanted to be more westernized and modern. And so all of that went out the window and there was no definitions now. She was fearing so much what she ate. I love this part of the story too. She had so much fear around what she ate because she lost her best friend to cancer. So she didn’t eat sugar, she didn’t want to eat too much, she didn’t want to do it. So She was then so rigid after that experience that she actually had so much fear that she developed cancer.

Kelly: 35:05 And now she eats ice cream. She eats whatever she wants whenever she wants obviously in moderation. She’s very aware of how it makes her body feels but she’s like if I’m going to eat the ice cream then I’m going to enjoy it. There’s no fear that that sugar is going to cause and there’s just so much more balance and appreciation for life which is what the purpose is.

Kimberly: 35:24 Sometimes we can get so obsessed with one… When I was first getting into a healing with food, it can go the other way. The orthodeoxia, the obsession with everything being perfect and that creates a lot of stress like you said too, Kelly. So I feel like there’s this softening that happens when we go on the healing path and not feeling so rigid and uptight because that’s the stress hormones and that the stress chemicals as well coming in.

Kelly: 35:50 Exactly and I like to say, you summed it up perfectly, that rigidity, that stress, that resistance. I mean, we can give so many names to every area of our life. If we call sickness, disease, our purpose here, our homeostasis, our natural state is ease, flow, great. So when we have that stress and imperfection and rigidity and resistance and it shouldn’t be this way, we are causing our own disease. So to me, health is ease.

Kimberly: 36:21 I love that. It’s feels good. It feels like a river, like a nice river[inaudible 00:36:25]

Kelly: 36:26 Exactly.

Alternative healing modalities and how to turn the system around

Kimberly: 36:27 So Kelly, another thing that was like “Oh my gosh,” In the film, it would be amazing If everybody had access to medical intuitives and Reiki healers. We talked about food deserts, right? Where there’s these places where people just don’t have access to good food, they don’t have access to organic. So the way our healthcare system works and the way most insurance program works is, you go to the doctor and it’ll cover some of the pills and the western medicine but unfortunately people don’t have access to all these now alternative healing modalities. Of course, acupuncture has been more studied. I think some plans cover acupuncture or massage. But what do we do, Kelly? How do we get this out to more people? I mean, in the future it’d be amazing if insurance covered some of this. What do you think is needed? Do you think there’s more research? Like what Joe Dispenza is doing? How do we turn the system?

Kelly: 37:24 Yeah, I think it’s a combination. I think technology is finally catching up to start to prove that these ancient philosophies and these ancient modalities and Ayurveda and Chinese medicine and meditation. Now Joe Dispenza, is proving with measuring brainwaves and everything and energy in the room and in the electromagnetic field that we can really shift things and cause healing effects with meditation. And I think technology is starting to back up science to present to these health insurance companies that actually show that preventative medicine and these alternative modalities actually save them money in the long term. So I think that the consumer… Wellness is such a wave right now. And I think that that’s going to help because so many more people [inaudible 00:38:17] for these modalities and then the consumer will demand that more are covered.

Kelly: 38:22 And I’ve talked to your husband about this but I’m involved… After I did Heal, I envisioned this online community where people could share stories and resources of what they did to heal certain conditions, just to talking so that people can help each other down the path. My friend healed stage 3C, ovarian cancer, in six months. She took these supplements. She had this kind of type of nutrition issue or cold caps during chemo, all these little things to share information. And so I didn’t have the bandwidth to do it at the time. But then I got aligned with these two people that started this company called WellSet. And it’s this online booking…it’s basically the Airbnb for alternative and preventative medicine practitioners.

Kelly: 39:12 Because if you think about it, we get our healers and people through word of mouth. But if you’re in Kansas or if you’re traveling to Chicago, I want to know the best person in that area. So I’m so excited because there it’s launched now, which is a little challenging during COVID. But basically it’s a place where people can find vetted and trusted practitioners, they can see who their friends use, they can see people who have healed from certain things who they use and then search conditions. So it’s a trusted way and one of the main goals of this platform is to show the data to these health insurance companies and actually partner with them eventually to see… Look, we have millions of people in this country and globally that are repeat customers of craniosacral and their medications are dropping because of it and to show all this data with the practitioner. So I think it’s a combination of all three of those things, technology, these online communities and then the consumer demand.

Where to find more information on Kelly’s recommendations

Kimberly: 40:17 Where do we find more information about it? Sounds amazing. You said it’s been launched?

Kelly: 40:22 It’s totally live and we’ve got practitioners. So we vet practitioners, we do background checks, we did certification so people can feel trusted. And then you can have your circle, I can have my circle so people can go on and see who Kelly recommends. It’s really cool. It’s like digitized word of mouth but really safe. And so it’s called WellSet and it’s just wellset.co and whether you’re a client searching for someone or you’re a practitioner, you can have your practice on there booked directly to the platform.

Kimberly: 40:53 Well, it feels like the natural extension of Heal because again, I’ve watched it and I think, again, how do people find these people and how they could help them so this is the perfect-

Kelly: 41:04 Exactly, yeah. Totally.

Kimberly: 41:08 I feel really hopeful about that, Kelly, because it’s like, Power to the People, right? Because we think, big food industry, but look at what’s happening? More people are choosing organic and choosing plant based as more information comes out. So even though Big Pharma is so powerful, I feel like the more people learn about these modalities and seek them and want them and like you said, the insurance companies can start to shift their policy and they’re part of it.

Kelly: 41:33 Totally.

Kimberly: 41:34 It has to it has to shift, I love that. So that’s something you’re working on as well as being a mom, which is-

Kelly: 41:42 Yeah.

Kelly shares what is in her heart at the end of 2020

Kimberly: 41:43 …a huge job day to day. What else are you excited about right now, love? At the end of 2020? What’s in your heart?

Kelly: 41:55 Yeah, my heart goes out to so many people that are struggling, that have been crushed by the economy’s pause and this pandemic and anyone who’s lost a loved one because of COVID. I mean, there’s been so much tragedy this year but I also think that I always just… It’s one of my favorite cheesy cliches but it’s break down before breakthrough. I think you need a big kind of wake up, shake up, break down for people to really wake up and want a different way of being. We really are hypnotized by media and even pharmaceutical commercials. It’s mind blowing to me that they play this beautiful music and these loving families skipping around the house or whatever and then it’s like you’re taking something for Psoriasis like a skin rash but it causes lymphoma or death. I’m like, “Are people paying attention?” No, because we’re just hypnotized.

Kimberly: 42:56 They make it so pretty, don’t they at first?

Kelly: 42:58 There’s butterflies and people are kissing and walking up the stairs and putting lotion on in the pool way. So, I think it’s painful and it’s tragic but we are not working in so many areas of our society and we need to snap out of it. And it’s going to take something pretty major to make us do that. So, I think 2021 will start on this trajectory but 2020 was the shakeout.

Kimberly: 43:26 Yeah, I agree. It brought up a lot of shadows but shadows that needed to be healed.

Kelly: 43:31 Exactly.

Kimberly: 43:32 And also just having people quarantine sitting with themselves and peeling away layers and seeing you actually don’t need this as much and why the discomfort that comes in.

Kelly: 43:43 Totally. Yeah, exactly.

Kimberly: 44:35 We bury parts of it, we think things come up but then actually, when I was watching your film, I started thinking about fighting and then with her. I’m like, Mom. It was just like at one point, it had to be acceptance.

Kelly: 44:48 Yeah. And that acceptance we talked about, that’s the first step in healing and that’s the hardest thing to navigate. It’s like people don’t want to accept. People want to resist because they feel like acceptance is like surrender, it’s literally giving up but there’s a part of… Acceptance is the necessary step, whether it’s like the fact that you’re not supposed to heal because acceptance is the healing and letting go back to the other realm or whatever it is. This life here is complete or acceptance is letting go of that resistance of thinking things should be a different way. What everybody said in the film, who had healed from really gnarly things, like a stage 4 cancer or MS or something, it turned out to be their greatest gift and they wouldn’t change a thing because it woke them up and reconnected them to their purpose or woke them up to past trauma that they needed to accept and let go.

Kimberly: 45:59 Wow. Oh my gosh, goosebumps again. Everything in life if we see it as more of a teaching or these things that are healings. I think it’s one of the teachings of Buddhism, right? And just, instead of, Oh, this sucks. I don’t want this to be here, that resistance, which is how a lot of us have been trained when we grow up to think about things.

Kelly: 46:24 Totally.

Kimberly: 43:45 Great healing to come from that. Thank you so much for being with us today. You have such a bright light and I was just so drawn to you when we met and we’ve connected and I’m just so happy and grateful that you’re in the world doing your work.

Kelly: 44:00 Thank you I feel the exact same way about you. Same connection and you are one of the most vibrant beings I’ve ever met so thank you, I’m honored to be on.

Kimberly: 44:08 Thank you my love.

Kimberly : 02:32 Well Beauties, I hope you enjoyed that interview as much as I enjoyed doing the interview. What a wonderful, beautiful light Kelly is. For more information on her, on Heal, on other podcasts you might enjoy, please head over to mysolluna.com for the show notes for this show. And we will be back here Thursday as always for our next Q&A podcast. Besides the show notes over at Solluna, you can check out our other resources, recipes, meditations, our products. Also I’m on Instagram every day. I’d love to connect with you more. And my handle’s @_KimberlySnyder. So all that being said, thank you so much. And I will see you back here Thursday.

Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu

Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu

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Thanksgiving is almost here, Beauty! For many of us, Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year than in years past. But I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday and practice self-care than by enjoying a delicious Plant-Based Thanksgiving menu, regardless of your plans.

As we’ve discussed in our Solluna community many times, what we put into our body is incredibly important to defend it from sickness, especially during this pandemic. I’ve pulled together this year’s plant-based Thanksgiving menu with special intention, filling it of some of my most favorite nutrient-dense, satisfying and delicious recipes. So you can work on keeping your body healthy, while enjoying the comfort of traditional Thanksgiving flavors!

In these interesting times, remember to go back to the origin of this holiday and take a moment for gratitude. Enjoy the day’s peace and solitude, on a usually busy holiday. Connect with the energy and vibrancy of these amazing plant foods. Happy cooking!

Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette

First up on our plant-based Thanksgiving menu is my colorful, flavor-filled Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe! It’s a fresh and light way to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. Combining leafy greens, tasty tomatoes, radiant radishes, flavor-filled fennel, and a delicious tangy, creamy dressing, this salad is gratifying and oh so good for you! Plus, it’s the perfect starter to prepare your tastebuds for the heartier dishes to come ;)

Rosemary Mashed Vegan Sweet Potatoes

What’s Thanksgiving without creamy mashed potatoes? But have you ever thought of shaking up your traditional recipe just a tad, so you leave the dinner table feeling energized instead of sluggish? My Rosemary Mashed Vegan Sweet Potatoes Recipe fits the bill! Completely plant-based with no heavy dairy added to this recipe, you will avoid any digestive discomfort that comes with traditional mashed potatoes. Plus you’ll benefit from the anti-inflammatory perks of sweet potatoes and rosemary, that also provide tons of delicious flavor. Your immune system and tastebuds will thank you!

All-Plant Stewed Collards

All-Plant Stewed Collards

Here’s a delicious dish that provides warming comfort along with the benefits of dark, leafy greens. My All-Plant Stewed Collards recipe is so simple to prepare that you will want to make it for more than just your plant-based Thanksgiving menu! These collards are loaded with incredible antioxidant power that will help keep your body filled with nutrient-rich goodness, sans guilt. We could all use more of that magic, especially this time of year!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

This Vegan and Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese is the answer to all your plant-based comfort food wishes! In this recipe, the cheesy richness is derived from a blend of butternut squash and coconut milk, rather than bloat-inducing dairy. I personally love the velvety rich texture of this dish, which is satisfying and gives you all the comfort of real cheese. But since it’s properly food combined it won’t burden your system. Take it from me, you can’t miss adding this recipe to your plant-based Thanksgiving menu.

Lentil Stuffed Squash with Mushroom Gravy

This next dish might become an annual staple on your plant-based Thanksgiving menu. I present this fully plant-based, yummy recipe: my Lentil Stuffed Squash with Mushroom Gravy. Packed with rich fiber from lentils, to loads of nutrients from veggies and herbs—your body will be so happy! I think you’re going to love this recipe so much that future Thanksgivings won’t be the same without it.

Vegan Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

If you’re like me, and will forgo the turkey on your plant-based Thanksgiving menu, you’re probably looking for a hearty dish to take its place. This Vegan Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie recipe gives you all the comforting feelings you crave, without any of the unwanted ingredients or guilt (i.e. gluten, vegetable oil or loads of butter, etc.)! Instead, it WILL give you that warm, filling sensation in your tummy without any heaviness. And it’s still packed with beauty-, energy- and health-building nutrients. You won’t even miss the turkey, I promise ;)

Spicy Beauty Stuffed Eggplant

Spicy Beauty Stuffed Eggplant

This Spicy Beauty Stuffed Eggplant recipe will elevate your plant-based Thanksgiving menu to a whole new level! Eggplants help to protect our brain and nervous system because they contain an antioxidant known as anthocyanin. On a deeper level, eggplant is a deep indigo color – the color of our third eye. This color is said to help us live fearlessly, and feel inspired by our vision of purpose. I can’t think of a better food to eat as we give thanks and reflect on this crazy year, and head into a new year with purpose. Plus, this dish is loaded with flavor and hearty texture, adding an unexpected spicy twist to give your menu a kick!

Raw Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Kicking off the desserts on this plant-based Thanksgiving menu are my Raw Pumpkin Spice Truffles! This recipe is such a delicious little treat, due to the perfectly-balanced flavors of the pumpkin pie spice paired with the sweetness of the coconut flakes and dates. I really enjoy creating truffles as a dessert option because they are just enough to quell a craving or have a treat, without going overboard. :)

Raw Pecan Love Pie

What’s a Thanksgiving menu without pie, right, Beauty? “Regular” pies, of course, contain lots of unhealthy white sugar, butter, gluten and dairy products. Skip all of those toxic ingredients and try out my Raw Pecan Love Pie instead! Especially now that the seasons are shifting, the natural energy of this season is going inwards. Take time for self-care and enjoy treats, which may be nourishing to you. Good desserts go a long way to heal our body, mind, and soul, which is especially needed this year.

Pumpkin Pie Parfait

I can’t wrap up my plant-based Thanksgiving menu without a little pumpkin pie! To shake things up, I suggest you try my favorite Pumpkin Pie Parfait instead. This fiber-filled and fabulously-tasting puree is layered with gluten-free granola and coconut whipped cream. Not only will this parfait keep us healthy from the inside out, but we’ll still have enough energy left over for other festivities.

I hope this roundup of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes shows you that you can find balance during the holidays! Yes, you CAN get all the comforting goodness of a Thanksgiving meal, while still putting your health and energy first. Even if you’re enjoying the day a little differently than usual, I hope it’s stress-free and filled with peace, gratitude and happiness. Remember, I am thankful for you, Beauty, today and every day.

Sending you and your loved ones all the blessings and love for a wonderful holiday!

With gratitude,

Creating Abundance and Gratitude In Everyday Life [Episode #526]

Creating Abundance and Gratitude In Everyday Life [Episode #526]

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This week’s topic is: Creating Abundance and Gratitude in Everyday Life

I love this topic because I’m someone that has ventured out on my own so to speak. I had this big around the world backpacking trip, which lasted over three years. And I came back with very, very little money. I was very broke, and I really had to create my life from the ground up. I know what it’s like to feel down on your luck. I literally know what it’s like to barely be able to pay the rent.

And I know what it’s like to go into Whole Foods and not be able to get all the organic food that I would like to have gotten back then, because I simply couldn’t afford it. I also know what it’s like to turn it around and to create your outer world from your inner world. Today I’m really excited to share some of the tips and concepts that have really worked for me over the years around abundance and gratitude.

Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!

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Diane – Oregon

Right now I don’t feel like I have much to be thankful for. I’m recently divorced, on unemployment and my ex-husband just got a DUI. Life seems like it’s crumbling underneath me. Where do I even begin to create a life I love?

Maryn – Washington DC

During quarantine, I’ve felt like my relationships have all been put on hold. Like, the world has stopped and no one puts any effort into trying to connect in other ways. How can I be grateful for what I do have and stop complaining?

Claire – Georgia

I want to start creating a better mindset around abundance. I kind of feel bad that I want more in my life, when so many people have much less. Have you ever felt this way and how do you rationalize this?

Wendy – Kentucky 

Kimberly, do you find it helpful to write down what you’re thankful for in a daily journal? I wish I could remember to take time to reflect on what I need to be grateful for but I dislike writing my feelings down. Will I eventually start enjoying this habit?

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hi, Beauties and welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast where all these questions come right from you guys right in the community. So I absolutely love the show. I love to hear what you’re thinking, what you’re wondering about, how I can best support you. And speaking of which, I absolutely love our topic today, which is Creating Abundance and Gratitude in Everyday Life. So I recently did abundance video with my husband, John, if you happened to catch it on Instagram. And it’s so funny because my team had said there was so many other questions coming in around abundance that had come before I did that video. So it just shows how connected we are. And you know, a lot of us have the same thoughts and we have the same questions.

Kimberly: 00:45 I love this topic as well, because I’m someone that has ventured out on my own so to speak. I had this big around the world backpacking trip, which I’ve mentioned to you before, which lasted over three years. And I came back with very, very little money. I was very broke, and I really had to create my life from the ground up. So I know what it’s like to feel down on your luck. I literally know what it’s like to barely be able to pay the rent. And I know what it’s like to go into Whole Foods and not be able to get all the organic food that I would like to have gotten back then, because I simply couldn’t afford it. And I also know what it’s like to turn it around. And I know what it’s like to create your outer world from your inner world.

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Kimberly: 01:36 And so today I’m really excited to share some of the tips and concepts that have really worked for me over the years, and to get into your specific questions around abundance and gratitude. So, before we get into it, I just want to give you a quick reminder to please leave us a review on iTunes. Takes about a minute or so, and it is a wonderful way to support the show. We live in a world now where reviews are so important. So thank you in advance for taking a moment to do that. And please be sure to subscribe to our show. That way you get the shows coming in and you don’t forget about them or miss them. And it’s a wonderful form of self-care as well. And we all get busy and sometimes you may forget to actually tune in for the show. So that way, when you subscribe, you don’t miss out on anything.

Kimberly: 02:30 All right, let’s get into our topic today. I am so excited. I’m thrilled to talk about this. And I’ll say at the top of the show that abundance is something that isn’t relegated to just certain people. It’s easy to look out and say, “Oh, that person has so much, and this person has so much, and I have nothing.” I think abundance is the quality that we can develop. Just like we can develop being more kind, being more grateful, being more peaceful through meditations and other things. I think we can start to shape and hone our abundance mindset. And when we do that, it means that we open up to a whole world of possibilities. You see, abundance isn’t about one specific thing or specific things outside of us. So we don’t want to pin it to one specific opportunity or one specific person.

Kimberly: 03:27 But rather when we have this open mindset, openness, expansiveness is abundance. It means that we don’t close off anything. We don’t close off possibilities. We don’t think things have to look a certain way or expect them to look a certain way. We are open, and in that openness, and we’ll get into it more in the show, other qualities of abundance, it means that we allow more to come in. So there may be ways that we are unknowingly closing ourselves off or playing really small. And once we start to identify that we can start to shift it. So awareness is first. Then we start to shift it and then we consciously and purposely create that expansive abundance, abundant mindset, which is going to help so much more start to come into your life.

Question 1: Right now I don’t feel like I have much to be thankful for. I’m recently divorced, on unemployment, and my ex husband just got a DUI. Life seems like it’s crumbling underneath me. Where do I even begin to create a life I love?

Kimberly: 04:14 Our first question comes from Diane, and she’s from Oregon. And she writes, “Right now I don’t feel like I have much to be thankful for. I’m recently divorced, on unemployment, and my ex husband just got a DUI. Life seems like it’s crumbling underneath me. Where do I even begin to create a life I love?” Diane, my sister in Oregon, sending you a huge virtual hug, a warm hug. Thank you so much for being part of our community. First off, thank you so much for your question.

Kimberly: 04:44 And I love starting the show this way. I think a lot of us have felt these pivotal moments in our life that feel like everything’s crumbling away, that we’ve hit rock bottom. I know that I have felt that in my life, particularly in the period when my mom passed away really suddenly. And then a short time later I ended up splitting up from Bubby’s father and I was a single mom for a period and my life was so not going the way that I imagined or wanted it to go. And I felt like that was really my rock bottom place.

Kimberly: 05:23 So here’s the good news. Once you’re at rock bottom, there’s nowhere to go, but up. And sometimes, and spiritual teachers talk about this. Buddha had talked about this, this idea of suffering creates, it create a leap in spiritual growth. And Eckhart Tolle talks about that as well. When we have moments of crisis, when we have moments of great strain and what we may perceive as negative change, that is an enormous opportunity to create a shift. So what I would say, Diane is, if you just got divorced, congratulations.

Kimberly: 06:06 You know, sometimes people say, “I split up or I got divorced,” and people would wrinkle their noses and say, “Oh, I’m so sorry.” But honestly, if it wasn’t right for you or that other person, it wasn’t a good fit. It frees you to go on to bigger things and for you more aligned things and maybe deeper love, deeper relationships, more time to do the things that you love. And it’s also a time where you can start to evaluate and you can start to think about what your next career move is or what you do want to create in your life.

Kimberly: 06:39 So, first of all I would say, and you mentioned your ex-husband got a DUI, which is interesting because that doesn’t exactly apply to your life anymore since he is your ex-husband. So that also says to me, that seems to be more still entanglement. A little bit of, maybe a little bit more energy connected to him now that you’re divorced than maybe ultimately healthy for you. And only you know the answer. I don’t know. I’m just surmising that based on my experience and creating healthy separation and healthy boundaries once you do have a breakup and you know that you want to not be entangled in that person and their energy. And especially if they’re engaged in negative behavior, like your ex-husband drinking and driving of course.

Kimberly: 07:29 So what I would say is to start with just exactly where you are, Diane, and just take some deep breaths. And this is what I had to do to get up from rock bottom. We’re not able to move up from rock bottom until we accept exactly where we are. When we don’t want to be where we are and we’re thrashing around and thriving around. And you’re just saying, “I don’t want this. This sucks.” We are not creating a point of power, because our power has to come with the present moment. We need to harmonize with the present moment. We need to create acceptance and surrender. And these are Eastern concepts that I know in the West this concept of surrender can feel like giving up, but it’s actually not that at all. It’s this idea of harmonizing again with the present moment.

Kimberly: 08:27 So what I would say is, right here, right now, take some time to honor yourself to create some stillness and to just breathe. There’s a lot of perhaps radical shifts in your life. So just feel centered, just feel still first and breathe and see what comes up out of your body. It’s very hard to move forward until we process negative feelings, negative emotions, stagnant energies in our own body. So you just feel, right? You can start, for me I would start to feel this dullness in my gut. I would start to feel the pain in my heart, the pain that comes from that accepting, from pushing away, from saying, “You know, this is so disappointing. I so don’t want this to be there.”

Kimberly: 09:13 Instead of the thinking patterns, which can keep it in your body, just sit with your body and see what wisdom your body has to share with you. Then whatever comes up, I would recommend that you sit in it and you sit with it and it will start to dissipate in sometimes a few moments, but it comes in waves that could come back and back again. But I want you to start, Diane to just reconnect with your body and to reconnect with your point of power, which is right now.

Kimberly: 09:40 And from that place, from that place, from the most basic, basic things, we can start to create an energy around gratitude for the most basic things. I’m so grateful that I can take this breath. I am so grateful that I got out of a, I’m just saying this, whatever words feel right to you. I got out of a really unhealthy relationship. I’m so grateful that I don’t know what my life is going to be like going forward, but I have space to actually create it. I’m so grateful that I have an opportunity now to have stillness in my life. I am so grateful that there’s openness before me. I don’t want to be on unemployment forever, but right now it’s given me an opportunity to really think about what I want to create in the future.

Kimberly: 10:30 So we start with where we are right now, without trying to shift it, without feeling sorry for ourselves or angry or whatever else. I know those feelings can come and rise. It’s okay to feel them come and rise. But eventually we want to get to the point where we just are sitting where we are. And that’s what I had to do, Diana. It took some time to, like there was so much, and I was just letting it out. And it was coming in waves of crying, waves of anger. And it was the combination of my mom and the whole situation with my ex and I just sat with it and sat with it.

Kimberly: 11:03 And eventually what happens when we sit in stillness with ourselves is we get to a point of acceptance, which leads to a point of peace. And again, this, for any of us that have been through a crisis, I don’t want to say successfully, but we’ve breathed our way through a crisis. You know, for many of us, myself included, I will say that the level of strength that I found within myself, that I connected to within myself, was profound.

Kimberly: 11:34 And I don’t think I would have been able to access that had this period of rock bottom not happened in my life. So once you get to that point of stillness, I would say that the next part would be to write out on a piece of paper, “This is what I would like my life to be.” And maybe you haven’t thought about it without the constraints of the relationship or your current job. But just start to imagine what you would like to bring in, whether it’s an outrageous soulmate love, whether it’s a position, a job in another field, whether it’s taking some time to travel, whether it’s spending time with family. Whatever it is, I think it’s beautiful to be as specific as possible and to really open up the space for possibility. So don’t limit yourself, just think about it, feel it, and then take some deep breaths.

Kimberly: 12:29 And that is the beginning of a blueprint for your future. And that’s something you can start to get excited about. And over time you can start to, once it’s out on paper you can start to see, okay, well, this step would be necessary or this or that. The love part I have a lot to say about specifically. I will do a whole other podcast on that and clearing the path for the soulmate to come in is also something I have to say a lot about.

Kimberly: 12:58 But I would say that create your life on paper the way you want it to be, create that possibility. And that will already start to shift energy into, Joe Dispenza has some research around this idea when we can be excited about the future and see it, and actually clarify it. We can start to pull it into our present reality, even though our present circumstances may look very, very different. So this is a very powerful practice. Get to that point of peace and then imagine what you want your life to be.

Kimberly: 13:31 And then the next thing I would say is to really start to nurture yourself and to nourish yourself. When you are in point of crisis and rock bottom I know that it’s easy to let our self-care practices slip away. So I want you to take another piece of paper and write, make a vertical line and a horizontal line. And in the quadrants put our four cornerstones, food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth. And then I want you to just write one simple tip that you’re going to commit to now, to start to really nourish yourself and start to soothe and rebalance and start to amplify by your own energy.

Kimberly: 14:08 So in the food quadrant it could be something like, “I’m going to go back to my GGS, or I’m going to start making dinner for myself again.” Maybe even doing takeout, whatever. Just one step, one tangible thing that you can focus on, and same thing for a body. “I’m going to to go on a 20 minute walk. I’m going to sit in nature for 20 minutes and not think. I’m going to allow myself stillness, whatever it is. I want to take my Detoxy every night to just help clear out any toxins in my body, stagnant energy.

Kimberly: 14:39 Emotionally. Another, this is a really important time, Diane, to nurture yourself emotionally. So this part could be, “I’m going to write in my journal for 10 minutes. I’m going to take the time to speak to a loved supportive one for 10 minutes a day.” Or whatever it is that helps you feel balanced emotionally and mentally. And then spiritually. And this is the really powerful one. The really interesting one, Diane is to sit in meditation for at least, depending on your time, 10 minutes in the morning, maybe 10 minutes in the evening. This is when you can start to connect back into your power. This is how I started to gain power, I went tremendously deeply into my meditation practice when I hit rock bottom. There was a period of months where I just stayed home by myself with Bobby, who was very young and I just meditated and meditated and meditated. In that stillness I started to reconnect back with who I was and with my center.

Kimberly: 15:43 And I had started to feel off in that prior relationship, I had started to feel disconnected. So when I started to do the meditations, I started to reconnect with my inner light, and that was a really powerful point of transition. So again, we have free guided meditations for you over at mysolluna.com. I also put out meditation, short meditations and tips every week on Instagram, which is @_kimberlysnyder. So either of those places, please check out, Diane, or any other meditation that resonates with you, of course. And take care of yourself. Remember that from here on and you are going to rise. Try doing these steps, keep in touch with us and let us know how you do. And I send you so much love and support. You will get through this. You have all the strength in the world.

Question 2: During quarantine I felt like my relationships have all been put on hold. Like the world has stopped and no one puts any effort in trying to connect in other ways. How can I be grateful for what I do have and stop complaining?

Kimberly: 16:35 All right, our next question comes from Marin and she’s from Washington D.C. And she writes, “During quarantine I felt like my relationships have all been put on hold. Like the world has stopped and no one puts any effort in trying to connect in other ways. How can I be grateful for what I do have and stop complaining?” Marin, this is a wonderful question. I thank you so much first of all for being part of our community. And I think that it’s easy to complain. I think that it’s easy to look at what’s not working and to focus on that.

Kimberly: 17:04 So all we need to do here is reframe our perspective. I mean, this goes back to the basics, is the glass half full or is it half empty? And remember that from a quantum physics standpoint, what we focus on tends to amplify and grow. When we put energy and attention on something, it tends again to just expand. So if we are focusing on lack, a lack of friendship or a lack of the communication that we would like, that tends to expand bigger. If we can shift into thinking about or focusing on the time that we’ve gotten to perhaps do our own self-care practices and nurture ourselves, the Four Cornerstones. Just like I was saying to Diane, this is a great time, Marin to dive into the cornerstones whether, and again, I’ll say to you guys, food, body, emotions, spirituality.

Kimberly: 18:01 Since I’ve started doing this work, and I’m really excited to talk about it publicly and to give a system and to give language to it. I’ve always worked with clients with the four cornerstones. There isn’t anybody really that I just worked with on a food basis. We have to talk about lifestyle. We have to talk about relationships. We have to talk about emotions and what they’re feeling and how they’re digesting and all these things. So rather than put all your energy into one cornerstone, for instance just eating perfectly. It’s better to put, to spread your energy into at least one step in the four cornerstones. So you’re treating yourself as a whole person. And remember, in our wholeness is our power. In our wholeness is our beauty. In our wholeness is our confidence and wisdom and all these things that we want.

Kimberly: 18:50 So that I would say, Marin, instead of looking like, “Oh my God, all of this stuff’s on hold.” We know that quarantine is not going to go on forever. And quite honestly, after quarantine you may be drawn to different people. You may want to spend time with certain people, just depending on how you’ve grown and shifted and your frequency and your vibration. So I would say to think about this period as a time where you can really go inward and you can really nurture yourself. And then I would say to seek out if, we all need tribes, we all need community. So find some really positive, beautiful online communities. That may be ones that you can call on, that you can connect with, that you can converse with.

Kimberly: 19:29 We have a really exciting revamp of our Solluna Circle, which is going to be in the form of an app that we’re launching early 2021. So I’m super, super excited about that. It’s going to be very active. There’s going to be tips and tools every day that you can access and community, and I’m going to be doing live circles on there. So that’s a wonderful place for you to connect in. I know it can feel hurtful, Marin for just feeling like, “You know, why aren’t you making an effort, or what’s going on over there?” But I would say not to take it personally. Everybody’s dealing with quarantine and with COVID-19 in a different way. So I wouldn’t make it be about you. Someone may be just going through a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress. We don’t know what people are going through.

Kimberly: 20:15 So instead of creating more suffering for yourself, I would say to just tune that wonderful energy of yours back inward, work on yourself, foster yourself. And again, look for healthy online communities or the friendships that you are feeling nourished from but right now. Just remind yourself, when this is all over, whether it’s through groups or yoga studios or whatever, if you want to shift your friendships there’s infinite amount of wonderful souls to connect with in the world. And so that may be something that you want to pursue later.

Kimberly: 20:49 But in the meantime, you have yourself, you have so much that you can connect with, so much rich resourcefulness within yourself. You can get to know yourself better. You can do more meditation, you can eat healthy food and take care of yourself and love yourself and go deep into yourself. And then everything else, I promise, when the more we work on ourselves on the inside, everything will start to magnify on the outside. Everything will start to feel like it’s falling into place more easily on the outside the more we do that. So thank you so much for your question, Marin. I love this, and thank you for being part of our community.

Break

Kimberly: 21:26 All right, Beauties, we have a short break and I will be right back with you after the break for two more questions on abundance and gratitude. Sorry, I got to drink some water.

Kimberly: All right, Beauties. We’re back from our break. We have two more questions for you guys from the community on this concept of abundance and gratitude in everyday life.

Question 3: I want to start creating a better mindset around abundance. I feel kind of bad that I want more in my life with so many people having less. Have you ever felt this way? And how do you rationalize this?

Kimberly: 22:02 Our first question back from the break comes from Claire, who lives in Georgia. She writes, “I want to start creating a better mindset around abundance. I feel kind of bad that I want more in my life with so many people having less. Have you ever felt this way? And how do you rationalize this?” Claire, I think that this is a great question. I think that, first big, big hug. I love that we’re connecting through this cyber world, even though we live in different states. This hits on something that I think a lot of women, specifically and especially feel, which is guilt. I think as women we’re nurturers, we’re so used to thinking about other people’s needs and looking outside of ourselves to take care versus turning that inward. That this is a common thing to think, “Why should I have more?” And you’re looking at other people.

Kimberly: 22:57 Now, I want you to remember that, I know this can feel like an abstract concept, but in the heart of it, and I truly 100% believe this. We are one, oneness. So what that means is we all come from the same source. Whatever you believe. Some people like Gregg Braden, who was a geologist and spiritual teacher talks about this concept of the Big Bang Theory where we all are, we were connected and then it all kind of exploded outward. So energetically we’re still connected, even though physically we may feel distant and there’s a distance. But there is science that shows that we actually are connected. And I won’t get too philosophical here. I can geek out on quantum physics, but I choose not to at this exact moment.

Kimberly: 23:51 But anyways, what I’m saying is that this idea of me versus you, I have more, you have less, is still this idea of duality and separation. So the shift here in thinking is, “The more I rise, the more I can help my sisters and my brothers. The more I rise, the more resources I have to help others. The more inspiring I can personally be to others to show that they can rise too.” So I have found that, I’ve gone about my work. And as I mentioned earlier in the podcast, I’ve been rock bottom also financially, not just emotionally, but financially when I got back from my around the world trip. And as I continued to rise, there was literally thousands and thousands of women that said, “I want to do my own thing too. I want to be a nutritionist,” back when nutrition was my primary focus earlier in my career. “I want to do this.” So as you rise you can show other women and other people what’s possible.

Kimberly: 24:59 You can help to break through glass ceilings. You can help to inspire. And then you can get to the point where you can also give more and share more in infinite ways. So one thing I’m really, really, really, really excited about, and I will share this with you here, is that we are about to launch a charity T-shirt in just a few weeks, which I can’t wait to share with you guys. I think it’s beautiful. It’s organic cotton. And this whole project was born of the inspiration when my dad sent me this New York Times article that was highlighting how many more people are going hungry because of COVID-19. And I just felt deep in my core that I really wanted me and my team to do something specifically about that, our Solluna team. And so we created this shirt and a 100% of the proceeds are going to go to FoodForward, which is this wonderful, wonderful organization that pairs needy people with fruits and vegetables.

Kimberly: 25:56 And so for every shirt that we sell a 100 pounds of healthy produce is going to go to needy people. And you know, I’d love for you guys to check out the shirt and participate of course, but the reason I also say this, it’s irrelevant to this question, Claire. Is that if I felt guilty about rising up and creating this company Solluna and having a wonderful team, I wouldn’t be able to do this. I wouldn’t be able to necessarily put together this project, right? And through that, through my rising up, I’m able to give some of that out.

Kimberly: 26:29 And so I would think about it that way, Claire, in your life. When you have more abundance it creates abundance for all because others will see you. You’ll be able to give more, we’re all connected. We’re all one. Plus, your being abundant doesn’t take away from someone else. There’s enough for all of us. So we start to think of it that way too. Abundance is infinite. Abundance is all around us and everyone can access more abundance. It’s not that some people have abundance as a possibility and other people don’t. It’s something that we need to tap into and connect to within ourselves. So by doing that, you can inspire many, many other women and people to do the same. So I encourage you, Claire to be as abundant as you can be and share that with the world in all the ways that you can. And that way we can all help each other rise.

Kimberly: 27:24 So think about that, ponder that, maybe journal on that and then let go of all that guilt. Guilt is a very low vibration, negative emotion, and guess what? It doesn’t help anyone or anything. So I definitely, definitely do not recommend going down the guilt pipeline. It doesn’t help. So, hope that shed a little bit of light about abundance mindset, Claire. I send you so much love and thank you so much for being part of our community.

Question 4: Kimberly, do you find it helpful to write down what you’re thankful for in a daily journal? I wish I could remember to take time to reflect on what I am grateful for, but I dislike writing my feelings down. Well, I eventually start enjoying this habit.

Kimberly: 27:52 Last question comes from Wendy now in Kentucky and she writes, “Kimberly, do you find it helpful to write down what you’re thankful for in a daily journal? I wish I could remember to take time to reflect on what I am grateful for, but I dislike writing my feelings down. Well, I eventually start enjoying this habit.” So Wendy, thank you so much for your question. Thank you so much beauty for being with us. And I send you a big warm hug in Kentucky. So a couple things here. I do write down what I’m grateful for sometimes, but what we do as a family, what we do as a daily gratitude practice is we go around the dinner table every night we say grace, and then everybody says what they’re grateful for. Except for Moses, because he’s only five months old. But Bobby says it. I know I say it, hubby says it. And then if we happen to have any tight, tight pod or quarantine circle at dinner, like our uncle, then he will come say it too.

Kimberly: 28:49 And so for me the constant gratitude practice is more of a vocalness, but I think that having a daily gratitude practice and writing things down is something that can be very powerful. And if you don’t remember, it’s a great thing to pair it with another either morning or evening practice. You stack it. So what I mean is, you drink your hot water with lemon, and then you say, “Okay, I’m journaling for five minutes while I drink hot water with lemon.” Or you drink your evening elixir, and while you’re doing that, you’re journaling. So by active making the elixir, then it’s paired with the journaling. So it keeps it as more of a constant rhythm in your life versus something you forget, something you do sporadically.

Kimberly: 29:34 So that’s a great way to remember is to stack these practices and these routines on top of each. So they’re not disparate, they’re not separate, but they tend to flow better. And again, they tend to be more consistent in your life. Now, the next part of this is I dislike writing my feelings down. So while I enjoy doing this habit. So I would explore that a little bit one day, because I think a lot of us are scared to feel feelings. Sometimes feelings can be very scary if we’re not used to feeling them. Sometimes we’re taught and especially in the west to not really feel our feelings, to sort of numb them or distract, watch Netflix, go on YouTube, drink some wine, and not feel what’s coming up.

Kimberly: 30:16 So to me that’s a little bit of a sign that maybe there’s some stuff in there, some wisdom, and she wants to tell you, she meaning the feelings inside you wants to express something to you and you can learn from those feelings. So maybe there’s a deep, deep sadness and you can ask her, “What is the sadness?” And she might say, “I didn’t have this opportunity. I want to pursue this instead.” Or maybe there’s an anger. Maybe there’s, whatever it is. So I encourage you, Wendy. It may not feel as fun at first and it wasn’t fun for me. But now I really do like journaling about my feelings is to just sit with your body.

Kimberly: 30:56 And I said this earlier, it’s someday practice has been so powerful for me because our body holds energy. Our body holds emotions. Our minds can trick us. Our thoughts can play games with us and keep telling us limiting beliefs and validate and justify what we think, but our bodies have tremendous wisdom. So if we can go into the feelings of the body and sit with whatever’s there, it helps to dislodge these energies and it helps us digest them the way that we digest food. We need to process our feelings and emotions so we can release them. And when we do that, we start to feel lighter and lighter and lighter.

Kimberly: 31:30 Now, sometimes it comes and goes in waves, which is my experience with grief. My mom passed over three years now and there’s weeks and weeks where I don’t cry about it. And then like the last few days, I’ve cried three times about it. So whatever it is, we accept it. We know that there’s a healing process and a digestion process so to speak with feelings that is organic and can’t be pushed or forced.

Kimberly: 31:55 So I would just encourage you, Wendy to just see dislike your feelings, but just see what’s in there and explore and just write as it feels good to you, I wouldn’t force it. But you can start to be … You could start with the gratitude part and then as it unfolds maybe you start to write a little bit more about your feelings. But I would sit with them first and just see what feels best to you. Again, as we get going with our circle again in 2021, our online circle, and the new amazing form it’s going to take. I think that would be a really wonderful community for you to join, Wendy because it’s very safe. And I will hold the live circles and I’ve seen so much transformation and just being able to sit together and I will speak. You don’t have to say a word if you don’t want to.

Kimberly: 32:47 But some will come forward and speak. We don’t give advice. We don’t judge. There’s something very powerful about just witnessing, just stating your feelings. So it’s again, something that’s very unusual in our society and the way that we’re raised, most of us. But just something to explore and something to dip your toe into and see what feels best to you. I send you so much loved, Wendy, thank you again for being part of our community and yeah, I just love that we’re connected across the country and across states and around the world.

Kimberly: 33:21 I love you guys so much. I’m so grateful for this community. I’ll end by saying that gratitude really does help. I didn’t say this specifically before, but gratitude and abundance are linked. Because when we’re grateful for what we have now, it’s an energy that’s so expansive and open that it is the openness that allows more and more to come in. So think about abundance and gratitude as expansion and openness. The more open we feel, the more can come in. And when we feel small and limited, and these negative emotions like jealousy and guilt and shame keep us small. So we just want to notice when those feelings come up, we want to ride the wave of them so to speak. We want to let them play out and then we can digest them and let them go. So we want to be aware of them. We don’t want to push them down. We want to have them, let them have their day in the sun so to speak. We want to feel them because they have wisdom to teach us. And then we can start to process and let them go.

Kimberly: 34:18 But the more we do that and the lighter we feel, the more open we feel, and then we will become more abundant, abundant in our ways. Financially, love wise, wisdom wise, all the things can start to flow more and more into our life. We can also start to be grateful. So this practice that I said earlier with Diane, who is at a rock bottom point in her life, like many of us have experienced, including me. When we start to write what we do want our lives to look like, when we reflect on that we can start to put ourselves in the state of feeling grateful for all those things as if they’ve already happened. And that’s a very powerful abundance practice as well. Because when we’re grateful, it’s teaching our body to say, “Oh, I already have it.” You know, because gratitude is usually the end and energy we bring in. “Oh, I’m so grateful this did happen.” Well, maybe it didn’t actually happen yet. But by saying that it’s happened. By being grateful for the future, it helps to bring that in. It’s a really interesting rewiring in your brain.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly: 35:21 And if you’re interested in that concept more, there’s a book called, what’s it called? You Are the Placebo, by Joe Dispenza that talks a little bit about this being grateful for future occurrences and that can bring more in. So check it out, try this practice for yourself. And remember that abundance comes from within you. Along those lines. My quote of the week that I wrote down is, “You create your outer world from within, including your abundance.” So I want you guys to remember that. It’s not something you have to grasp, it’s not something people have outside you, like this out here.

Kimberly: 35:58 Create that abundance energy inside of yourself with your abundance mindset and with your gratitude and your outer world will start to change. Things will start to shift for you, but it starts on the inside and all your power is on the inside. Oh, sorry. I love this show. I love these questions, Beauties. Thank you so much for tuning in with me. I send you so much love. We will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast or solocast podcast. I love you. Take great care of yourself. Again, check out the show notes at mysolluna.com as well as all the recipes and meditations, all the resources for you we have over on the site and also on Instagram @_kimberlysnyder. Lots of love, and see you back here soon.

Chilled Curry Lentil Soup

Chilled Curry Lentil Soup

Let’s face it, we all can be busy bees from time to time. We might have a hard time preparing a healthy meal every single day for our family. Well, worry no further, Beauty. My new Chilled Curry Lentil Soup is one of those recipes you can prep ahead of time and enjoys for days to come. Make a double batch even and place half in your freezer so you always have some on hand. With so much wonderful plant-based protein, fiber, and beauty rich spinach, your body will certainly thank you for all the love you are feeding it!

Powerful Curry

To start this Chilled Curry Lentil Soup recipe off right, let me talk to you about the spice of the show: curry. Super pungent in flavor, curry is bold and provides the body with wondrous healing powers. The pungent taste of curry can actually invigorate our GI tract. This, in turn, will promote circulation throughout our bodies. And it helps us to release toxins and bacteria stored up in our system. You might notice the smell of curry coming through your pores after you eat a lot of it. This is when you know it is really doing work on your system. :) 

Interestingly, curry comes in so many different varieties. For this Chilled Curry Lentil Soup recipe, I recommend you use a dried curry powder variety, that is already packed up for you from your favorite health food market. Curry powder has been linked to help lower cholesterol and prevent cholesterol gallstones. This is in large part due to fenugreek found in curry powder. It is also shared that curry powder helps to remove toxic metals from the body. Thank you, beautiful spice! Yet another reason to use curry throughout your cooking adventures.

Creamy Chickpeas

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, truly help create creamy taste in this Chilled Curry Lentil Soup recipe. Besides bringing some truly satisfying flavor to the mix, chickpeas also provide our bodies with beauty and health benefits. With 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, chickpeas play a huge role in helping to facilitate healthy digestion. They also help balance our pH levels and bacteria within the gut. By balancing pH levels, our bodies can then increase healthy bacteria while decreasing unhealthy bacteria.

Another way to help boost good bacteria in your gut is with my Feel Good SBO Probiotics. These are by far the most important thing to add into your routine if you have yet to do so. As we get older, our ability to digest and assimilate macronutrients and eliminate waste is more difficult. This unique and powerful formula contains prebiotics, postbiotics and multiple probiotic strains of soil based organisms (SBOs) that boost immunity, health and wellness.

Rich in essential nutrients, chickpeas offer more than just fiber to the mix. For instance, they provide your body with 84% of your daily recommended amount of manganese per cup. Cha-ching! Just one serving of this Chilled Curry Lentil Soup can even help guard you against kidney stones, prevent obesity, and alleviate PMS. Fabulous, right? I’d say so!

Do you love chickpeas as much as I do? I’ve created more amazing recipes with chickpeas that you must try out. For instance, My Chickpea Stew with Pistachio Pesto recipe comes my newest book, Recipes for Your Perfectly Imperfect Life. In this book, I offer everyday ways to live and eat for health, healing, and happiness. Order your book today and learn all my insider tips and practical tools to feeling your best!

Loaded Lentils

If there is one protein source most of us plant-based eaters can agree on, it’s lentils. And for good reason too! One cup of lentils has an amazing 18 grams of easy to digest and assimilate plant protein. Move over protein powder, let lentils fuel your body with all powerful goodness. Not only are they loaded with amazing amounts of plant-based protein, but they are also so easy to make, filling and totally delish. Loaded with minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients too, one serving of this Chilled Curry Lentil Soup sets you on the path to feeling so good!

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Lentils may look little but they pack a flavorful and powerful punch. That is why I just love enjoying them in soups and stews. They come nicely packed up in their sweet little pods and offer up plenty of dietary fiber that our bodies so desperately need. 

Supreme Spinach

To finish off this recipe, you will see that I’m including one of my favorite all-around skin beauty superfoods, spinach. Before I dive into all the reasons I love spinach, I do want to mention that you can easily substitute any other leafy green in here and it would still taste delicious. If you don’t have spinach on hand, or perhaps you are trying to limit your oxalates for the day, go ahead and sub in arugula or even green cabbage. The important thing is that you are getting in some greens to your Chilled Curry Lentil Soup recipe, no matter what.

When you do enjoy a cup or two of spinach, you are giving so many supreme things to your skin. For starters, spinach is rich in beta-carotene, which converts to the powerful anti-aging vitamin A. This important nutrient promotes youthful skin by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis. Taking this one step further, spinach can actually help prevent wrinkles. It can even work on removing dead skin cells from your body and making room for fresh new ones. No wonder Popeye and Olive Oil had such great skin! :) 

Spinach is also a wonderful way to get in your iron count. You may have heard that iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C. Luckily, spinach comes packed with both of these nutrients! Adding spinach into your Chilled Curry Lentil Soup supports healthy blood and blood flow throughout your entire body. You’re welcome :) 

There you have it, Beauties. Time to sign off and let you enjoy this Chilled Curry Lentil Soup for good. It is such a blessing to share recipes with you each week. I hope you enjoy reading this just as much as I do talking about it with you. Know that I love you and am always here for you if you need me!

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Chilled Curry Lentil Soup
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½ head of cauliflower
  • 3 tsp. curry powder
  • ½ cup green lentils
  • 16 oz. veggie broth
  • ½ can chickpeas
  • 1 Tbs. tahini
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
Instructions
  1. On medium head, heat up 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large soup pot.
  2. Add in your shallots and saute for 3 minutes, until they are tender. Add in your carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Place you cauliflower into the pot and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle your curry powder and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Next, add in your lentils and veggie broth. Bring to a boil and then cover. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes.
  6. While your lentils are cooking, add your chickpeas, tahini, water and lemon into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  7. Once lentils have completed cooking, pour chickpea mixture into the lentil soup pot and stir together. Let the soup cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove your soup from the heat and stir in your fresh spinach.
  9. Pour your soup into refrigerator-safe containers and chill for 1-2 hours or until you are ready to serve.
How to Find Acceptance and Empowerment with Nikia Phoenix [Episode #525]

How to Find Acceptance and Empowerment with Nikia Phoenix [Episode #525]

Nikia Phoenix [Podcast #525] Blog Graphic for Feel Good Podcast with Kimberly Snyder.

This week’s topic is: How to Find Acceptance and Empowerment with Nikia Phoenix

I am so excited to have my very special guest, Nikia Phoenix, who is an aesthete, multi-hyphenate, model, actor, blogger, entrepreneur and the brains behind Black Girl Beautiful and the face of the latest 23 and Me commercial. Listen in as Nikia shares the premise behind Black Girl Beautiful, how to embrace differences and practical tips on how to find acceptance within yourself.

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  • Black Girl Beautiful and the premise behind this loving and safe space…
  • We discuss beauty, our uniqueness and how we define it…
  • How to make the shift to experiential self-love…
  • Embracing differences in yourself and in others…
  • How to maintain a loving space when circumstances are not ‘in the light’
  • Getting over racial divides and coming together more…
  • Working through the transformative stages of fear…
  • Practical tips on how to find acceptance and empowerment within yourself…
  • We discuss anger and a healthy way to let it out

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Nikia Phoenix on the Feel Good Podcast with Kimberly Snyder.

About Nikia Phoenix

Nikia Phoenix is a content creator, storyteller and occasional commercial actress with a passion for social change and conscious living. She is also the founder of Black Girl Beautiful, a loving and safe space that celebrates Black women.

After diving deeper into wellness and self-care, Nikia recently became a Reiki master and meditation practitioner. When she’s not socially distancing at home, she enjoys traveling to serene locations, documenting her journeys, and occasionally road tripping with her cat.

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Kimberly : 00:01 Hey Beauties. Welcome back to our Monday interview podcast where we have a wonderful guest for you here today. Her name is Nikia Phoenix, and she is the founder of Black Girl Beautiful, which is a loving and safe space that celebrates black women. She has a passion for social change and conscious living. And what has really drawn me to her is her energy. We first met at a online conference a couple of weeks ago, and I was just so drawn to her incredibly loving, incredibly serene energy. And as we’ll get to in the interview today, even when we’re talking about charged topics, which I think is important for all of us to look at and not run away from right now as we come together in unity and oneness for our future and for all of us, we’re all connected. It’s important that we think about the approach and how we do that.

Fan of the Week

Kimberly : 01:00 So we’re going to get into that today, and I cannot wait for you to meet Nikia for yourself. She is such a gem. But before we get into that, I want to give a shout out to our fan of the week. And her name is Karina O. from Princeton, New Jersey. She writes, “Hey, Kimberly, I’m a 21-year-old dancer and student. Words cannot express my gratitude for the lessons and wisdom you consistently share with us on many deep levels. From transforming my understanding of nutrition to helping me connect to my true power, you continue to be an inspiration and guiding force in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this podcast.” Oh my gosh, Karina O. thank you so much for being part of our community. Ooh, big hug, big cuddles digitally from afar, cyberspace, but thank you so much love for being part of our community.

Kimberly : 01:56 It is such an honor for me to be part of your journey, to be part of your life and for you to be part of mine. So, oh my gosh, this just wells my heart up with joy. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And I love you and I send you so much love. And what an amazing community we have you guys. It just blows me away and I love to hear your questions and I love to interact with you guys on social media. And when we get on the other side of this, I hope to be with many of you again at our events, just the hugs and the circles that we were doing in person and the book signings and all of that is so, so, so precious to me. So I can’t wait to connect with you more. But anyways, not getting too far off topic, but this is such, makes me feel so good.

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Kimberly : 02:49 But for your chance Beauties to also be shouted out as the fan of the week, please just take a moment out of your day. Please leave us a review. And I just want to say, it’s a great way to support the show. It’s so easy and it’s free and I appreciate it so much. And it helps me feel really connected to the community. And I welcome all the feedback and all the ideas. So thank you so much. And while you’re over there, please be sure to subscribe to the show and that way you don’t miss out on any of these interview podcast, solo cast, Q&A podcasts, which is a great form of self-care, just to keep that positivity coming into your life as well as new information and new ideas. So all of that being said, let’s get into our interview today with the wonderful, beautiful Nikia.

Interview with Nikia Phoenix

Kimberly: 02:34 Nikia, where are you based, love?

Nikia: 02:52 I am based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kimberly: 02:55 Oh my gosh. Pretty amazing times right now. I love the power of everything that’s going on right now, and I’ve actually spent a lot of time there too, Nikia. I worked on a couple of films there. So is that where your from?

Nikia: 03:12 I’m originally from South Carolina.

Kimberly: 03:14 Okay. [crosstalk 00:03:15]

Nikia: 03:17 It’s definitely interesting. It’s an adjustment coming from LA to Atlanta, so I’m very happy to be here and I’m also very happy to be able to lend my voice to what seems like a very fresh movement, and an awakening of our power here. So yeah, it’s exciting.

Black Girl Beautiful and the premise behind this loving and safe space

Kimberly: 03:38 I just got goosebumps when you said a [inaudible 00:03:40]. So tell me a little bit, Nikia, about Black Girl Beautiful and where the inspiration came for this, and why now. Tell us the premise of it.

Nikia: 03:54 Black Girl Beautiful came about maybe four years ago. I had just wanted to do something for women of African descent and just realizing that we do have so much power, but we also need affirming and we need to show ourselves some love, so I created this loving and safe space for us. And at first it was very much based around more of a beauty event, and then it really turned into an empowerment movement. And so we have this wonderful mural here in the city of Atlanta that says, “Hey, brown girl, you’re beautiful.”

Kimberly: 04:33 Wow.

Nikia: 04:36 Yeah, I’m really proud of it. It makes me really happy to be able to leave a big love note in a big Afro-American nation in the city for a black and brown young girl.

Kimberly: 04:50 So Nikia, I love that it’s called Black Girl Beautiful. And this idea of beauty and beautiful is something that I’ve explored a lot within myself. What is it? Four out of my six… Well, the sixth book’s coming up. But out of my six books have beauty in the title. And I’ve just explored this as someone that is a… I call myself a recovering perfectionist. I’ve struggled, I’ve had eating disorders, I grew up in a primarily Caucasian place, Nikia, and I’m a mixed. I have a lot of Asian, Hispanic blood, and so I used to try to use makeup to try to fit in more and try to make my eyes look more around. So I’ve come from this place of a lot of shame and self-esteem issues. And then I started to take care of my body and started to learn how to eat and just get past bloating, and then the deeper I go, I start to think about this word beauty now from a spiritual standpoint.

We discuss beauty, our uniqueness and how we define it

Kimberly: 05:52 Rumi talks about beauty and yoga Nanda and the beauty that comes from the soul and the beauty that comes inside of us. So for me, beauty is multifaceted. There’s the external beauty, the physical beauty, but there’s so much from the inside. Not just our energy, but our uniqueness. So can you tell me a little bit about how you see beauty Nikia, especially how it’s shifted for you over the years and now with Black Girl Beautiful, how would you define it?

Nikia: 06:22 Beauty is a state of being. I think when I was younger, I thought that it was definitely about physical appearance in the outside, but I’m sure we’ve all noticed those people who may appear attractive on the outside, but when you start to get to really know them and you sense their energy, then there’s a shift. There’s a weird shift that happens, and you realize that they’re not actually beautiful people. They have the potential to be, but at the moment that they’re presenting themselves to you, they’re not. So I have definitely come into the fact that for me, the more I love myself, the more beautiful I can be. The more beautiful I will even appear to myself.

Nikia: 07:13 I struggled a lot with self love and self appreciation, and I didn’t think that I was beautiful for such a long time. I recognize that in other black women, that we would say just casually, “Oh, I’m beautiful.” But we weren’t really feeling it. So I want us to embrace it and to really feel it, and to dig deeper about what beauty actually is and what it means to us.

How to make the shift to experiential self-love

Kimberly: 07:45 What do you say, Nikia, to the woman let’s say in our community, your community, our collective community that wants to feel beautiful, that understands the concept of self-love, but is just not feeling it. Like you said, it’s a concept that feels almost academic or mental, but it’s not in our heart. How do we make that shift to experiential self-love?

Nikia: 08:14 It’s interesting that you say it’s not in our heart. I think that too long we’ve allowed this to take control, instead of listening to this and really breathing into the essence of who we are. So I think once we’re able to truly get in touch with our hearts and realize that that heart energy connects all of us, then we start to see the beauty in each other, and then we start to see the beauty in ourselves. It’s a reflection.

Kimberly: 08:47 Mm-hmm (affirmative). So it’s spending time here, right? It’s meditating, stillness, when we’re up here all the time, it’s just like when people to be healthy, they want to learn how to eat, you have to spend some time food shopping or making recipes. So if we want to be more in our heart, we have to spend more time there.

Nikia: 09:03 Yeah, absolutely. And spending more time in your… Oh my goodness. Sometimes it can feel very uncomfortable. When your heart is beating very fast or you’re breathing very heavily, it can feel uncomfortable but there’s something really amazing about when you’re able to unlock that heart power, that energy that you have right here that is genuinely universal.

Kimberly: 09:32 Yes. So I think, Nikia, I always find it powerful when we share our stories and we share our transformations, and then we can share what’s helped us. So I’ll say for me, when I was transitioning, I was in an environment growing up where I did look different, and then it made me feel different, and then I just struggled to feel like I fit in. I struggled to feel like I belonged. And it wasn’t until much later. Then I went to college in an urban environment, I went to Georgetown, which was in a very diverse Washington DC. I started to, I would say bridge out more, and started to love the shape of my eyes, which are more almond shaped. And it just took work.

Embracing differences in yourself and in others

Kimberly: 10:15 It took self work, it took learning to meditate. I went around the world, I just had to sit with myself and I had to go deeper like you said. And I’m looking at you here, Nikia, Zoom, and you’re obviously stunningly beautiful. I love your hair, I love your freckles. And I don’t know how tall you are. You look like a beautiful [inaudible 00:10:36] women, we all kind of pick on our own physicality and we think we’re different and we create shame around that. What features have you been able to love and even see are part of your unique beauty and are part of your real strength and just owning that part of you? Tell us a little bit about that.

Nikia: 10:58 Growing up with freckles… and I didn’t have nearly as many as I have now. But they stood out for people. They didn’t stand out for me because I was so used to seeing them. You’re used to seeing yourself. So you don’t see necessarily what everyone else sees. But I remember getting teased a lot for my freckles and just for being different. I feel like I’ve been this height for forever. I hit my growth spurt probably at nine or 10, and then just shot up to five, eight. So it was this long, lanky, freckled girl with reddish hair, auburn hair, and I stuck out like a sore thumb when in South Carolina when I went to school, when I went places I just stuck out. And I really remember wanting to hide. Wanting to shrink into a little ball and just disappear or blend in.

Nikia: 11:59 Even now as an adult, I say, “How?” I think it’s so nice to have an invisibility cloak, so I could just put it on and people watch without people watching me. But yeah, growing up with freckles, I just felt very different. Now, I realized it wasn’t just my appearance, it was everything about me. I couldn’t blend in no matter how hard I tried. I couldn’t blend in. Physically, I stood out in class because I knew what I knew, and definitely took some appreciation in knowing that I was actually intelligent. But as a kid, you don’t want to be a smart one in the class. You kind of just…

Kimberly: 12:50 You want to fit in.

Nikia: 12:51 Yeah, you want to fit in. But I was doing myself a disservice by trying to fit in.

Kimberly: 12:57 Totally.

Nikia: 12:59 And I just gave up.

Kimberly: 13:01 Do you feel like it just wasn’t working, you weren’t able to blend in. So at some point, you just said, “Hey, let me embrace this.” What was that process?

Nikia: 13:12 I think the universe is like, “You’re going to embrace it.” At that point in time, I’m a kid, had no idea about meditation and finding yourself and your true self. I had no idea about any of that. So it was the universe like, “You’re not going to be able to fit in, and that’s okay.” But when I looked around at my family and just appreciated how beautiful and diverse my family is and just how different we are, and that we can all still celebrate our differences and come together as family, it was like, “Well, can’t the rest of the world be like this?

Kimberly: 13:59 What do you mean? How is your family different Nikia?

Nikia: 14:05 I think that we’re very loving, very understanding. My grandmother who’s the heart of my family, she turned 100 this year.

Kimberly: 14:21 Wow. That’s really the ancestral wisdom still with her.

Nikia: 14:26 Yes. And there’s so much ancestral wisdom that she’s passed down. Even just her presence. She doesn’t even have to say anything, you still feel that love and that energy because no matter what, my grandmother has always been the rock, not only in our family, but in our community. She’s never judged anyone, she’s never turned anyone away, she’s always there with open arms no matter what. And it’s like, “Oh, wow. Okay.” She was leading by example, and I definitely picked up on that.

Kimberly: 15:09 Wow. Well, one of the things, Nikia, that struck me about you when we first met was your energy, and just being a really anchored, loving presence. I get goosebumps. I just feel like as more time goes on, everything to me just feels like energy. It’s the way that I’ve always looked at food, it’s the way I looked at people. You can feel it. So talking about real stuff now, because I think these are the conversations we need to have. Maintaining that love when there’s so much going on in the world, and let’s say, not everybody is so loving and especially what we’ve seen the last few months in our country, this racial divide, this charged divide. We see, unfortunately, ignorance and people that are not coming from their heart space.

How to maintain a loving space when circumstances are not ‘in the light’

Kimberly: 15:57 So how do you, as a woman, as a founder of Black Girl Beautiful, as an activist, as a heart-based person, how do you maintain a loving space when there are things that need to be said, when there’s people, forces, that are not in the light, so to speak? How do you find that balance?

Nikia: 16:20 Interesting that you say not in the light. An astrologer friend of mine said we often think about our differences, but they’re all the same. It’s just different sides of the coin. It’s all balanced. You can’t have one without the other. And so I think about that often, and I know that within myself, I had a number of imbalances. There was a lot of rage honestly. As a kid, I had a lot of rage and it was misplaced. I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t know how to feel. I just knew that I was angry. And so now when I see people that are exhibiting that kind of behavior, I sympathize with them or I empathize with them because I see that there’s something you’re angry about. There’s something you haven’t been able to say, there’s something that’s been holding you back. Let me just look at you like a human being. Let’s just connect on that level instead of focusing so much on these heightened emotions and these differences.

Nikia: 17:40 How are you really feeling? And then getting to the root… Because when you talk to people one-on-one, you realize that you’re actually going through the same things.

Kimberly: 17:51 Yes.

Nikia: 17:51 You just have slightly different perspectives, or the things that maybe your childhood trauma is manifesting itself differently. But you’re probably going through the same things. And so when you’re able to connect on that human level, I think it makes everything easier. Also, making sure that you have a safe space for yourself, that you create a safe space for yourself before you engage with someone that you may not feel safe around, because I know that I didn’t always trust myself, and I didn’t always put myself in the safest spaces or create safe spaces for myself. So now that I know that, I’m able to kind of have this protective law where I can still allow people up to a certain point, but they can’t get in so much that it affects how I feel about myself.

Getting over racial divides and coming together more

Kimberly: 18:54 Right. There’s a healthy boundary. So what would you say to the women in your group that are feeling… Of course, first of all, we all want positive… I hope we all want, but a lot of us want positive change. We want coming together. There’s different ways of going about that of course. There’s the path of Gandhi and Martin Luther King of non-violence, but then there’s wanting to be on the frontline and wanting to do the protests. And I think there’s not one right way or one wrong way, I think using our voices together to come over the ignorance and to bring people together. What do you see as your pathway forward, Nikia, in getting over the ignorance, getting over the racial divides, getting over these surface divisions. That seemed so ridiculous and coming together more.

Nikia: 19:54 Right. Wow. [crosstalk 00:19:59] a cure all for the whole thing. But I think it’s being able to have those one-on-one conversations with each other, I think that makes a world of difference. Being able to connect on a more human level and just be honest with each other about how certain things make you feel. Yeah, how certain things make you feel. When I was younger, I was definitely more of the protest activist, and that comes from my stepdad. He taught me a long time ago how to use my voice and how to stand up for people who don’t necessarily know how to use their voices. So the protest part of me is still screaming somewhere in the background, but I’ve been able to… I think we’ve often… I was having this conversation with my parents a while ago about what activism actually is, and how the faces of activism have evolved since the civil rights movement.

Nikia: 21:21 And I think that going against the grain, going against patriarchy, white supremacy, sexism, racism, going against all of that and standing with certainty in your space, that is also activism.

Kimberly: 21:43 Yes.

Nikia: 21:45 An allowing other people to see that and to receive that inner energy and run with it, that’s activism. I consider the, Hey Brown Girl mural activism, because it’s [crosstalk 00:22:00] public art in a… It’s huge. It’s public art that just makes a very powerful declaration that we don’t hear, that we don’t get to see very often. It’s like the anger has transmuted into a different form of expression and activism. So I support everyone who’s out there on the front lines because we need that energy, but then we also need the energy of people behind the scenes, we also need the energy of people who are using their creativity to push activism and their art to push activism. We need all of it. And in some way, shape or form, that activism is going to communicate to someone who wasn’t able to see it in that same light before.

Kimberly: 22:58 I agree. I think it.s all of us doing our part and living our truth, and having these conversations and whatever it is. Putting out our truth on social media and living it, and bringing people together as much as possible because you’re right. There is a time for the protest, and there is a time for bringing attention for, hopefully, policy change. It comes on the news. But I think within us every day, we all have our part. We can all live this life and connect and stand for love and come together. I think it’s all needed.

Nikia: 23:39 Yes. It is all needed. Because like you said, the policy change, we can be out here fighting and using our voices, but unless someone else is doing the work to make sure that the policies are actually changing, then all the work that people are doing on the physical front lines, it doesn’t really matter. So we need all of it.

Kimberly: 24:03 We need all of it. And going back to Black Girl Beautiful. I love saying the name. [inaudible 00:24:12] The safe space that we all have within ourselves, that it takes some work to access this place of safety and security, especially what’s gone on over this year with COVID and uncertainty in the world, uncertainty in the future, and again, all of these tensions with women and racial tensions that are going on. I have found, Nikia, to get to that place of feeling safe, it almost feels like… No, for me, it’s like that dark night of the soul or seeing the shadow. Sitting with a fear that rises up, or sitting with what’s come up, that resistance to trying to control or I don’t know. Whatever that transformation’s needed. I know when I do women’s circles or we do coed circles… We do Solluna Circles, I should say, where we sit together and we’re vulnerable and we hold space.

Working through the transformative stages of fear and moving past it

Kimberly: 25:05 Do you find that when you’re working with people through transformation and helping them to feel that beauty inside of them, you see kind of this darkness come first, or you see the shadow come up first? You see the fear come up first. And I found not to push that down, but to let that be there so we can move past it. What do you think about that?

Nikia: 25:30 A few weeks ago, I led an in-person meditation session and transformation session. And I hadn’t done it in person in such a long time, and I realized how much I missed it because I was able to bear witness to transformation, and bear witness to some of those shadows that were coming up for people. And like you said, it’s very important that we acknowledge that those things exist, because you can’t just try to quiet it, you can’t just try to hush it, you have to listen and see what the shadow is telling you about yourself, and step into the uncomfortable spaces that are going to actually propel you into healing. So often we’re afraid. Last year, I went on a retreat and I remember praying and meditating and just saying, “I want to see my truth no matter…” Because at the time I was so afraid of it.

Nikia: 26:33 I said I just want to see my truth, and I want to see it and no longer be afraid of it. I think it’s important for us to confront those areas where we’re feeling uneasy. They can teach us so much about ourselves. When it comes to women, I think that we’re so used to holding space for other people that we don’t know how to hold space for ourselves. Even being in Atlanta, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of women who know that they want this thing, they know that they want to grow, that they want to evolve, but it’s like they still have to ask for someone else’s permission to do what they know that they need to do. So I would love for everyone to just be a lot more free and loving for yourself and have more grace for yourself. I know I’ve been afraid that you said you were a recovering perfectionist. I say that I’m a recovering control freak. I’m still recovering.

Kimberly: 27:39 In different ways, or maybe on both. I remember [inaudible 00:27:42].

Nikia: 27:46 I remember for a long time, not wanting to admit that there was something going on, there was some healing that needed to happen, because I felt like if I admitted that, then I was less than. Now I know that I’m not. That we’re all going through some things, and even on a deeper spiritual level in some way, shape or form, we’ve chosen these obstacles. We’ve chosen these things so that we can learn something about ourselves and get in touch with our true selves in the process. Well, I know some people will try to delay the inevitable, but you’re just going to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again, so why not just leap?

Practical tips on how to find acceptance and empowerment within yourself

Kimberly: 28:38 Yeah. It was like [inaudible 00:28:39] surrender. Well, what I find, Nikia, too, is that, again, giving people a pathway, giving them some guidance, so that’s why I talk a lot about my morning practice and doing the meditation in the morning, drinking hot water with lemon, all these things we do. Can you share with us maybe a couple practical things you would say to any woman wanting to feel her beauty, to accept herself, to feel her power, to feel empowered. What are some practical things we can do? Because sometimes it just feels like this big concept is like, how do we get from point A to point B?

Nikia: 29:16 Yeah. Practical things.

Kimberly: 29:20 I know we’re talking about spiritual. It’s hard to think practically. But even if it’s like be consistent with your meditations or [inaudible 00:29:28] your self-talk when you look in the mirror. I used to always think how fat and flabby my arms were. Now, I think, “Oh, not today,.”

Nikia: 29:38 Actually, your hair looks good.

Kimberly: 29:40 Whatever it is, they try to shift that self-talk.

Nikia: 29:45 Oh goodness. I can honestly tell you, I’m in my early 20s, I think I hit the quarter-life crisis a few years early. It was very rough. And I remember having episodes where literally I felt so disconnected from myself, disconnected from my body, disconnected from my heart, from my mind, and I thought that there was something wrong with me when I started talking to myself. And I realized you actually need to talk to yourself. You need to. It’s okay. I think that we often say in our heads, it’s okay to talk to yourself and actually out loud, so that you can work through those processes as if you’re actually having a physical conversation with someone. I think that’s really important. I don’t know why. I remember having a conversation with a friend about this and he was like, “This might sound crazy, but I talk to myself.” I was like, “No, that doesn’t sound crazy. That actually sounds pretty healthy.”

Kimberly: 30:58 Yes. So you actually have a conversation out loud. Are you looking in the mirror, or you’re just kind of talking to yourself as you’re doing tasks?

Nikia: 31:09 It varies. Sometimes it’s looking in the mirror, sometimes it’s while I’m walking around the house, I’ll talk to myself. Because I live alone and we’ve been in such isolation because of the pandemic, I need to be able to talk to someone. I talk to my cat who’s laying right beside me on the floor. He’s so sweet. But I think it’s important to talk to yourself no matter what, even if it’s… I touch heart center all the time and [crosstalk 00:31:48] this. So I’ll vocalize something and give myself a little hug, a little heartwarming here, and then I can close my eyes. Once I’ve vocalized, “Hey, here’s what I need.” I can close my eyes, put my hand on my heart and really breathe into heart center. And then I can drop into meditation. It’s a process.

Kimberly: 32:13 I love that as a simple practice of just literally… because sometimes the voice of the heart gets drowned out, or we get busy, or we get into our head so much. But actually physically connecting, putting our hands on your heart, seeing what comes forward, that even in itself is powerful just to drop down into your body, into your heart, into that deeper space, because the mind takes over so much, doesn’t it?

Nikia: 32:38 The mind takes over so much. The mind will drown out what the heart is saying often when it should be… Not that the heart needs to drown out the brain, but we have to be able to listen from the space. In this particular space we have the heart, we have the lungs, we’ve got all these things that connect our entire bodies, and our spirits, and our minds. It’s all connected right here. And so to be able to breathe into that space and to really listen… I was the band geek growing up, and I remember the warmup exercises. Our band director would have us play different notes, and then eventually we would come into harmony and really sync with each other. And that’s what we have to do with our entire selves.

Nikia: 33:45 Not necessarily quiet everything, but listen and then breathe, and then it all starts to come together into this beautiful harmony and then you can proceed on with whatever you need to do because you realize that you need those different parts of yourself to function. You can’t necessarily quiet one, but you can listen and allow it to speak. And somehow, all the dissonant chords start coming together to make this beautiful symphony.

Kimberly: 34:15 I love the research in the HeartMath Institute. I don’t know if you’re familiar with it, Nikia, but this amazing institute which has been studying what you’re talking about for 29 years. It was saying that the electromagnetic resonance of the heart is like 60 times bigger than the mind. So when we’re here and then there’s all this research about how it synchronizes our brainwaves and there’s more hemi-coherence between our lobes and the whole system, our digestion, everything functions… [crosstalk 00:34:43].

Nikia: 34:43 Yeah, everything.

Kimberly: 34:46 I think that’s a wonderful practice to bring up, because it’s simple, but it’s putting us into that state which we can drop into at any time in the middle of the day or in the middle even of doing emails or anything like that.

Nikia: 35:01 Yeah. I’ve realized also that when I check in with friends in person or family members in person, and I’ve done this for a long time, I’ll ask them, “How is your heart?” One of my friends, Ace, who does yoga and LA, she started me on that path of, how is your heart today? So I’ve taken a step further and I will literally put my hand on someone’s chest or someone’s shoulder and just breathe with them. You can tell when someone’s heart is racing or when someone’s holding their breath. You can use your heart energy to help someone else’s heart energy just kind of relax.

Kimberly: 35:48 Wow. And isn’t that true by doing that, they can sync a [inaudible 00:35:52] to your rhythm. You can actually make coherence. You can be the anchor.

Nikia: 35:57 Yeah.

Kimberly: 35:58 Wow. That’s amazing. I love that. Can you imagine how much more peaceful the world would be if we were breathing into our hearts instead of up in our heads?

Nikia: 36:12 Yeah. We’re so in our heads. But everything that we have learned since childhood has made us think from here instead of feeling and existing from here.

We discuss anger and a healthy way to let it out

Kimberly: 36:24 Well again, Nikia, what do you say to someone that’s like, “There’s so much anger in my heart, there’s so much injustice, there’s so much unfairness. I want to be loving, but I have so much anger right now.” What do you say?

Nikia: 36:39 Let it out.

Kimberly: 36:40 Whats the safe healthy way to do that? The breath or sharing…

Nikia: 36:46 Oh my goodness.

Kimberly: 36:49 It has to come out. I agree with you. [crosstalk 00:36:52] process, not pushed down.

Nikia: 37:00 I will turn on music in the middle of the day when I’m frustrated, and I will go through kind of a mood playlist where I’ll start super sad, and then I’m like singing through all the pain and the frustration, and then it gets to a point where it’s bubbling up so much that I just let it out and I start dancing then I’m able to, through movement, release some of that tension and release some of that energy. Everyone’s process is different, but for me, movement allows me to get out some of that anger.

Kimberly: 37:41 Oh yeah. All the shaking in the freeform movement. So Nikia, you are actively letting it go. You don’t try to not feel. Is that something you’ve always done? Because for me, that’s something I’m really, the last few years, learning to feel into the pain instead of distracting away. I think a lot of us learn [inaudible 00:38:00].

Nikia: 37:59 Yeah. Definitely I’ve been learning this. I would try distractions, I would try to suppress it, and I realized that no matter what, it was going to come out. It’s just that the longer I suppressed it, the worse it got. I just turned into a really bitter angry person.

Kimberly: 38:25 Right.

Nikia: 38:25 That’s not who I am all the time. I’m not going to say it’s not me because anger is normal, it’s human, sadness is normal, it’s human, but we have to allow ourselves to express these emotions, and find healthy ways of doing it so that those emotions don’t show up before we do. Because I realized that my anger and my fear was showing up before me, and prohibiting me from actually getting to know people and prohibiting me from loving myself. So I was so ashamed that I was so angry. I was so ashamed that I was so scared. Somehow I refused to forgive myself for those moments. Now I’m learning that it’s okay. I can move past it, and it’s important that I do.

Nikia’s shares what her true wisdom is

Kimberly: 39:33 Forgiveness is so important Nikia. Thank you so much for all your wisdom. I’d love for you to close with giving all of us, all these amazing thousands of women in our community, a message. Something right from your beautiful heart that you think is something you really want women and people to know, or just something you want to share from, again, it’s that beautiful heart space which energetically we can all feel is so connected. Especially for what’s going on right now in the world. We’ll say, “November 2020.” With everything that’s going on, what’s a message that we can leave listeners with?

Nikia: 40:20 Okay.

Kimberly: 40:21 Tune into the heart and take out that sacred pause to really let true wisdom come forth.

Nikia: 40:27 Mm-hmm (affirmative). Tune into your heart, listen to your heart, breathe into your heart, allow your heart to guide you, allow it to help you see, help you feel, how you hear, listen. Integrate [inaudible 00:40:46] for self, for humanity, for earth, for the universe. Allow your heart to let you listen.

Kimberly: 41:00 Amazing. I felt it. If you close your eyes, you can really feel that powerful message, and that the heart wants to be listened to and that there is a pathway to deeper wisdom and understanding. Amazing, Nikia. Thank you so much. I am in love with your energy. I told you this the first time we met, I think you have such a peaceful, powerful presence. Where can people find you more? Where can they find out more about your work?

Nikia: 41:26 Follow me on Instagram at Nikia Phoenix, and also at blackgirlbeautiful.com.

Kimberly: 41:33 blackgirlbeautiful.com. We’ll link to it in the show notes. Nikia, thank you so much. [inaudible 00:41:38] amazing heart, I love you. I am so grateful that you’re in the world and that we’re connected. You just keep putting out those positive vibes. I appreciate you so much.

Nikia: 41:48 I appreciate you so much too.

Kimberly: 41:49 Have a nice day.

Nikia: 41:49 Have a nice day.

Kimberly : 03:36 All right, Beauties. I hope you enjoyed my interview today with Nikia as much as I did, such a lovely soul, so full of positivity, so full of love and such a wonderful inspiration, just a wonderful role model I think for many of us of how we can hold space but still work to enact positive change. I will be back here Thursday for our next Q&A podcast.

Kimberly : 04:26 Remember that the show notes for this show are over at mysolluna.com, where you can get links, and recipes, and research, and lots of other things that pertain to the show and connect you to other information which we feel would benefit you. So be sure to check out the show notes. Remember you can connect with me all the time over there on the site and over on Instagram, particularly, which my handle is @_KimberlySnyder. I send you so much love, so much gratitude. Thank you for being with me on this journey together. And I promise to keep giving all my best, all my love to you and to sharing how you can feel your best. It’s a great, great honor for me. So I’ll see you back here soon and again, lots and lots of love. Take care.

Dealing with Holiday Dread [Episode #524]

Dealing with Holiday Dread [Episode #524]

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This week’s topic is: Dealing with Holiday Dread

I love this topic because it’s so real and authentic. It’s when we don’t sugar coat things. Yes, the holidays can be about vegan Christmas cookies, presents,  trees and lights and all of these beautiful aspects.

However, there is another aspect of the holidays, which of course is stress, including financial stress if you have a huge amount of people that you typically get presents for. There is rushing around, there’s drama within families and all sorts of things. We don’t want to pretend that they’re not there.

Of course we want to embrace it, which is really this whole concept of wholeness. It’s not all just about the shiny pretty stuff, but also about the shadow side and the parts that throw up a lot of triggers and feelings for us. To really equip ourselves with tools and techniques so that we are able to move through the holidays as gracefully and as lightly as possible, and feel our best.

In contrast, I find when we pretend that things aren’t stressful or that things are just so when they’re not, we abandon and shut down part of ourselves. We don’t acknowledge parts of ourselves. And of course our wholeness is part of our power. It’s our ability to look at everything and to deal with it that continues to make us stronger and stronger.

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Tricia – New York 

I feel like my expectations of what a holiday should look like is warped. How can I prepare my mind so that I don’t feel so let down?

Stan – Montana

I’m dreading the holidays. It’s a reminder of how dysfunctional my family is and how I don’t want to be around them. Any suggestions?

Bethany – FL

Holidays are so overwhelming and difficult. I literally feel like telling everyone that I’m not celebrating this year. How can I do this without feeling so guilty?

Susan – Louisiana 

I’m financially strapped right now with covid and it breaks my heart to not be able to buy gifts for everyone. Any tips on how to make up for this?

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey Beauties. Welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast where our topic today is Dealing With Holiday Dread. I love this title, I love this topic because it’s so real. It’s so authentic. It’s when we don’t sugar coat things. Yes, the holidays can be about vegan Christmas cookies and presents and trees and lights and all of these beautiful aspects, but there is another aspect of the holidays, which of course is stress, including financial stress if you have a huge amount of people that you typically get presents for, there’s rushing around, there’s drama within families, there’s all sorts of things. We don’t want to pretend that they’re not there. Of course we want to embrace it, I think, which is really this whole concept of wholeness. Is that it’s not all just about the shiny pretty stuff, but also about the shadow side and the parts that throw up a lot of triggers for us or just a lot of feelings. And to really just equip ourselves with tools and techniques so that we are able to move through the holidays, in this case, as gracefully as possible, as lightly as possible, so to speak, so that we feel our best. Simple as that.

Kimberly: 01:31 In contrast, I find when we pretend that things aren’t stressful when they are, or we pretend that things are just so when they’re not, we abandon ourselves, we shut down part of ourselves. We don’t acknowledge parts of ourselves. And of course our wholeness is part of our power. So it’s our ability to look at everything and to deal with it that continues to make us stronger and stronger.

Kimberly: 01:59 Needless to say, I am super excited for your questions today. As always, our Thursday show comes from real questions from our community, from all around the world, that are submitted and our wonderful, wonderful Solluna team organizes them. We have amazing people working on the podcast, including our Beauty, Nicol, who has been with me for many years now. She puts in a lot of hard work going through all these questions.

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Kimberly: 02:26 Today, I’m going to be reading the questions and answering them, which I think I will continue to do here for the next little while. I’m going to stop saying it every week. Katelyn is super busy. We have some amazing stuff that we’re launching very, very soon. Some before the holiday and a lot in Q1 next year. So I’m really, really excited about that. A quick reminder to please leave us a review on iTunes, which is a wonderful way to support the show. So thank you so much in advance, and to please also be sure to subscribe to our show over there or wherever you listen to podcasts and that way you don’t miss out on this amazing… All right, I like to think of it as amazing, hopefully heart connection, self-care space, where it was really about community and about supporting each other on this path.

Question 1: I feel like my expectations of what a holiday should look like is warped. How can I prepare my mind so that I don’t feel so let down?

Kimberly: 03:15 All that being said, let’s dive into our questions today around dealing with holiday dread. The first question comes from Tricia in New York, and she writes, “I feel like my expectations of what a holiday should look like is warped. How can I prepare my mind so that I don’t feel so let down?” Tricia, thank you so much for your question, sending you a big warm hug over to New York. I used to live in New York and I have to admit that I really struggled with the cold. I know what it’s like to be really cold. I just love the warmth. And I know, we build resiliency over time, but who I have to say that hubby just got an ice bath and I am not that excited about it. I’ve been in it a couple of times. I find ice baths much easier to do in the summer. So anyways, not to get off into too much of a tangent, but big warm hugs to all you guys living in really, really cold places right now.

Kimberly: 04:21 I think the answer to this question is actually contained in the question itself. When I hear the word “expectations,” Tricia, and this kind of reminds me of the word “should.” When we set up expectations and then life comes and reality comes, there is often a gap between our expectations and between how things show up. Or “should.” Like, “It should look like this, but it actually looks like that.” That gap is the cause of suffering. It is a huge cause of stress and we don’t need that in our lives. There’s already enough going on. So one thing I would say, Tricia, is drop the expectations. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s very, very powerful.

Kimberly: 05:10 So how do we do that? We remain open. We don’t close up. We don’t have a narrow, again, expectation of how things should be. How the holiday should go, who should say this and who should be cooking that exactly. All these little details, right? Life is multifaceted and holidays can be quite challenging for us, especially because we’re used to seeing imagery in social media, in movies and all these depictions of these perfect holidays. And when we think, “Oh, that’s real life, and that’s what holiday should look like.” Again, we can set ourselves up for tremendous suffering and tremendous disappointment because that’s not real life. So openness is the antithesis to expectations.

Kimberly: 06:05 I have struggled with expectations of myself in the past. Expecting myself to get all these things done, expecting myself to, back years ago when I had a lot of different issues around food, expecting myself to eat perfectly or to lose weight in a set amount of time or expectations about achievements. It’s so stressful and it’s so demoralizing.

Kimberly: 06:36 So what I’ve done, and this has been a result of practice, my practice, which my daily practice involves meditation, which is the ultimate place for me to feel open. I carry that into my life, so I encourage all you guys to start a meditation practice if you haven’t already. And remember that we have free meditations for you over at mysolluna.com. I put up free meditations every week on Instagram at _kimberlysnyder.

Kimberly: 07:05 The reason that meditation is such a wonderful way to get past this habit of expectations is in meditation, when properly practiced, you drop into the center, you drop into the space of infinite potentiality. You drop into a space where instead of being the small limit itself, we become the expanded self, we connect with everything else. So I have found for me personally, spending more time in that space, spending more time in meditation is a way that has helped me get past all these expectations, holiday expectations and beyond.

Kimberly: 07:45 I think just simply reminding yourself, Tricia, remain open. Just tell that to yourself. When you find yourself in your mind, going down a pathway of painting this exact picture of the holidays, pull it back and just say, “That would be nice, but whatever shows up is meant to be.” Take some deep breaths, take it one step at a time, keep up with your self-care practices during this whole holiday season, your morning practice, your warm baths, warm showers, hot water with lemon, whatever all your practices are and remind yourself that ultimately it is what we make of it. Holidays are a moment in time and they go. What’s most important is that we just stay centered. We do our best to stay connected to ourselves, to each breath, to each moment, however it shows up and we do our best. So lots of love to you, Tricia. Thank you so much for your wonderful question. I love that as an opening.

Question 2: I am dreading the holidays. It’s a reminder of how dysfunctional my family is and how I don’t want to be around them. Any suggestions?

Kimberly: 08:48 Next question comes from Stan in Montana and he writes, “I’m dreading the holidays.” Well, first of all, Stan, before I get it, I just send you so much love. I love when one of our brothers comes forth and gives questions. We’ve been getting more vocal brothers in our community and we welcome you and we love you. So Stan’s question is, “I am dreading the holidays. It’s a reminder of how dysfunctional my family is and how I don’t want to be around them. Any suggestions?” Oof, Stan, I totally understand this. The rest of the year, we kind of live our lives and we do what feels good to us, but the holidays can feel a time when we are corralled with other family members and forced into situations like dinner tables and more time together than we may be used to.

Kimberly: 09:39 And of course, this can bring up a lot from the past and a lot that may be not necessarily fully processed because a lot of us do have triggers and wounds from our childhood and that comes up. We all have them. I know I have them. So I try to work through them by, by sitting in the discomfort and facing it, which is a whole other topic, but something that I would love to talk about more another day. Not going to get off track though, Katelyn’s not here. I’m going to do my part to keep myself focused.

Kimberly: 10:15 Listen, no one has perfect families and there’s dysfunction in all families. So what I do in these sorts of situations is I prepare myself. I fortify myself before I go in. If I’m in a triggered state or I have some anxiety or I’m feeling stressed or tired or whatever about something else, that situation I know is going to be way more heightened. So I prepare myself. I know you know, Stan, that there’s a lot of different energies that are going to come into the mix. But what you want to focus on is yourself. If you go into this knowing, “Hey, I’m probably not going to change all my family members’ opinions or ideas of me, that’s not what I’m going to focus on. I’m going to focus on staying calm. I’m going to maybe do a meditation before I go in. I’m going to have a wonderful morning, I’m going to exercise and then to do a walk. I’m going to eat a healthy breakfast,” my GGS.

Kimberly: 11:28 So anchor yourself through your four cornerstones, right? Food wise, have a great morning. Feel good in your body, GGS, hot water with lemon.

Kimberly: 11:37 Secondly, within your body, like we said, maybe you go for a walk or you do some yoga or you do something physically. So you feel strong, you feel energized in your body.

Kimberly: 11:47 Emotionally, you want to prepare. You may want to journal before you go in. You may write down things that may come up. When I’m around my family, it brings up my trigger of not being seen, brings up my trigger of feeling that my brothers were favored over me or it brings up just all this old anger. So just let it come out of you. Let yourself feel it. And then you can let the wisdom part of yourself chime in, or not. Maybe it’s just this space, this free-form space where you can really just allow your feelings to be there.

Kimberly: 12:22 Sometimes what I do in my journal, and I’ve shared this with you before, I’ll say the fear and then truth and wisdom. So, right? Fear. Fear is, “Hey, I’m really scared about this holiday dinner because I think I’m going to be really triggered and I’m going to feel like crap, and it’s going to be horrible.” Then I wrote T and W, which means “truth” and “wisdom.” And then I’ll sit with the higher part of myself. I’ll write down, “People may say things, but I can stay calm within myself. I have tools. I can run to the bathroom for a couple of minutes if I need to just breathe or I need a break. I’m going to pay attention to my body, whatever it is. And then the fear part may come back and say, “Yeah, but this person is super loud and super annoying and I don’t want to sit next to them.” T&W, truth and wisdom. “Yes, yes, but just remember, self, that this is a finite amount of time. I don’t have to do this every day. I am strong. I am resilient. I can do this for an hour or two or whatever it is, over a weekend. I can do this.” And you can go back and forth, and I do that to myself: fear, truth and wisdom, fear, truth and wisdom. So I process it before, especially before I go into a situation like this.

Kimberly: 13:40 And then our fourth cornerstone is spiritual growth, which we spoke about a little bit with Trisha’s last question. Meditation, centering yourself, going into that space of equanimity and serenity and stillness. I highly recommend, Stan, that you meditate before you go into any family situations. It doesn’t mean you won’t get triggered, it doesn’t mean you won’t get riled up, but it does mean that you’re putting yourself in the best possible situation that you can, as you go in. And that’s all we can do, is strengthen ourselves, fortify ourselves, do our best. And then while you’re in it, Stan, like I said, just keep checking in with yourself, keep your breath going, keep checking in with your body, letting things rise up and fall and remind yourself that you don’t have to do this every day. So that’s really a positive note.

Kimberly: 14:36 Then afterwards, you can give yourself a little treat, take a nice hot shower, make yourself a nice elixir, do something really nice for yourself and reward yourself for being strong and resilient. Thank you so much for your question. I send you lots of love out there to Montana, a state that I have never been to, but I would love to go one day. I know it’s especially beautiful.

Break

Kimberly: 15:00 All right, Beauties. We have a short break here. And when I come back, we will have two more questions for you guys on this amazing topic.

Question 3: Holidays are so overwhelming and difficult. I literally feel like telling everyone that I’m not celebrating this year. How can I do this without feeling so guilty?

Kimberly: 15:17 All right, Beauties. We are back from our break. Two more questions on dealing with holiday dread. And the first one comes from Bethany, who is from Florida. She writes, “Holidays are so overwhelming and difficult. I literally feel like telling everyone that I’m not celebrating this year. How can I do this without feeling so guilty?”

Kimberly: 15:39 So Bethany, thank you so much for your question, love. I love and totally appreciate your sincerity and your question. And I love that we can be this open with each other. I’m sorry that the holidays feel overwhelming and difficult. I know I have felt that in the past with certain holidays, certain times of my life, and I think a lot of us feel that way. We don’t want to feel that it’s overwhelming and the overwhelm comes from our thoughts. It comes from the circular thought patterns. It comes from our reactions to things. I want to say that upfront and please know that we can work to shift that.

Kimberly: 16:27 The second part that I want to talk about is the guilty part. Guilt is a very low vibration emotion, guilt drags us down, and it doesn’t help anyone or anything. So when we’re feeling guilty, please know that some passing guilt is a natural, normal human emotion. And sometimes it can help correct us back to what feels good and we learn from it. And then we stop doing certain things in the future that we have done that doesn’t feel good to us, but chronic guilt and guilt when we are being authentic is something that I don’t think we need in our lives.

Kimberly: 17:13 Now, for instance, one of my dear friends here who I’ll call [Larysa 00:17:17] says to me, “I feel so guilty because I feel great during this COVID period and everybody else seems to be suffering.” And I said to her, “How is you feeling guilty going to help anyone else? How’s it going to do anything?” I felt guilty for a moment because I too have felt, I’m very fortunate. We live in the mountains, we have space. So I’ve had less of a difficult period than I know some others have. And my heart and love goes out to everyone that is suffering right now. But for me, when we’re in a higher vibration, I can serve more. I can put more love out and hopefully help to raise others’ energy. So guilt is not something that is a positive. Again, the chronic guilt is not a positive thing that’s helping anything.

Kimberly: 18:11 So what I would say to your question, Bethany, is first of all, honor your feelings and honor where you are. And if you really, authentically, feel that the holidays in general, or maybe certain events… I don’t know what it’s like, how much it’s shifted for you this year but if certain things really do not feel good to you and don’t feel healthy, then there’s a way to say that with compassion and authenticity and just say, “It’s been a really overwhelming period with everything going on and I really feel that I need to take care of myself and I’m just going to sit this one out.” So you make it be about yourself and your feelings. That’s a very clear line and a very healthy boundary and that can easily be respected. Someone doesn’t respect that, then they have their own issue. If we leave it ambiguous and someone may interpret it as, “Oh, do you have a problem with coming over to my house or do you have a problem with me or whatever?” But if you really make it about yourself and about taking care of yourself, then that is such a powerful place to come.

Kimberly: 19:18 So I want to address that. That is okay, to take care of yourself, it is okay to have healthy boundaries and that should be respected. But the first part of your question I want to go back to for a moment, this overwhelm and difficulty. Again, overwhelm comes from our thought patterns. So what I would say to you, Bethany, is just to observe what thoughts are coming up and to breathe through them and to sit in them. I recently talked about digesting our feelings on one of my little Instagram posts, my little meditation posts over there. What I have found personally, and I wasn’t taught this as a child, but something that I’ve really, really learned has helped me so much with overwhelm and difficult feelings, is sitting in the feelings when they come up. So it’s uncomfortable and we’re not really used to it and we want to run away, we want to distract, we want to blame. The thoughts can say, “Oh, that person’s an a-hole and this shouldn’t have happened, and this and this.” But if we put that aside and we let the feelings be felt in our body, it’s like digesting food. We can deeply, deeply go into the feeling.

Kimberly: 20:32 And what happens as Michael Singer says in his fabulous book The Untethered Soul, it’s like pulling a thorn out of you. Eventually, that’s a form of digestion where that feeling comes to a completion and can be released. The problem is, if we don’t see a feeling through to completion, it can become encrypted in ourselves, repressed, suppressed, pushed down. There’s amazing research around this as well. And then what happens is, a similar situation triggers us or being around that person. So holidays brings up a lot for people because a lot of us have a lot of unprocessed stuff from our childhood. So it feels like it’s happening. It feels like it’s happening in real time when we’re around those situations and those people.

Kimberly: 21:18 Again, anytime something like this comes up, even thinking about it, I would encourage you, just try sitting in it instead of running from it. This is the shamanic work of transformation. We sit in the shadow, we see the shadow. We don’t run from the shadow and we let the shadows start to unfold and we learn from it. It teaches us. And we love ourselves, even when we have those shadow sides, we love the wholeness. We love the completeness. We love it because that’s part of our work and it’s part of how we move forward.

Kimberly: 21:51 So that’s one thing that I would say encourage you to do Bethany, because for your own sake, not for anyone else, but for you to really get past some of this overwhelm, to get past some of these big feelings, which are inside of you, let them be felt, let them have their day in the sun. That’s what they want. They want you to face them and then they can be let go. Sometimes deeper energies come up a couple of times and you have to feel them and feel them, bigger things that happen like grief.

Kimberly: 22:25 Whew. The [inaudible 00:22:27] is with grief. My mom passed away three years ago now. And there was big, big cries, big feelings, right when it happened. But then literally three days ago I was showing hubby John a family album and I was saying, “Hey, look at this picture when I was a baby, doesn’t this look like Moses’ face?” We were opening up to just look at our childhood pictures. And I saw a picture of me and my mom when I was about Bubby’s age, I was about four.

Kimberly: 22:56 And I just, whew, hit me and so painful. It comes and it goes so we don’t know, but I do know that letting myself feel that pain and that grief and crying and the intensity, it feels so good to feel. It feels so freeing afterwards. And it doesn’t really last more than, intensity five, 10 minutes. So I would encourage you to try that Bethany, see how it feels in your body, see what you can release. And again, like I said, see how you feel, honor your authenticity, make it be about yourself and you know nothing to do with anyone else. Should you choose to sit out in any of the holiday events or maybe all of them and that’s okay. Thank you so much, my love.

Question 4: I’m financially strapped right now with COVID and it breaks my heart to not be able to buy gifts for everyone. Any tips on how to make up for this?

Kimberly: 23:46 Our last question comes from Susan, who is in Louisiana and she writes, “I’m financially strapped right now with COVID and it breaks my heart to not be able to buy gifts for everyone. Any tips on how to make up for this?”

Kimberly: 24:00 Oh my gosh. My love, Susan, you are such a beautiful soul and I send you so much love and I can feel your energy. So this question of being such a caring person that loves and wants to give, a very heart-centered person. So what I would say, Susan, is your loved ones will benefit the most from your love. However you can give that energy, it could be a personalized video that just shares with that person what they mean to you and how much you love them. That could mean so much, like a video holiday card, but just right from your heart. If someone sent that to me, that would mean way more to me than getting a sweater or some material gift, which is nice, but let’s be honest, the gifts from the heart are what we remember, what sticks with us, which is what really matters.

Kimberly: 25:03 So that’s an idea. Or a beautifully written card that you make. Maybe you get some crafty stuff. Katelyn is an amazing crafter, she would have a lot of great ideas right now, but let’s say you just get some of those, I don’t know, stickers, markers, those little balls that you can paste together. You make some really beautiful cards and you just write out from your heart. What people really want, I think, in the deepest, deepest depths of our soul, what we really want and thrive off of is connection. We want to feel connected to ourselves. We want to feel connected to other humans. We want to feel seen. We want to feel understood. And so all of these from-the-heart ways of connecting, I really think, Susan are going to light up all your loved ones. Just saying what they mean to you, saying how you feel about them, how you love them, whether it’s audio or visual or text or you draw something or you create something. I think that’s the power here.

Kimberly: 26:16 And that’s one of the powers. The positive parts of COVID has been this stripping away, I think, of illusion and veils and thinking that we need so much more than we need and we need to go out all the time. And we need to buy this and we need all this stuff. You realize, “Gosh, I don’t need all this stuff. I don’t miss all this stuff that I thought that I needed and I thought was such an integral part of my life. So we’ve been stripped down to the core: real beliefs, real values, really what’s important. And what’s really important is love and connection, Susan.

Kimberly: 26:54 Again, I can feel that you’re such a beautiful heart-centered person. Just let that shine through in all the ways that feel authentic to you for the holidays. And guess what? It may be the best gifts that you’ve ever given anybody. I cannot wait to hear more about that. Please share with us what you’ve decided to do and please do not feel bad or guilty in any way. Many, many people are struggling with COVID. This is completely out of your control, but what you can do is shift, reframe, dig in a little bit deeper, see what that person would love to hear, what you would want to share from your heart and make it be about that.

Kimberly: 27:39 Wow, this is one of my favorite shows. I have to say just the heart-feltness, the authenticity of these questions and the fact, again, that we can be so open with each other in our community is so beautiful and wonderful and really does really make me feel so much joy. So thank you so much for being part of our community. And I love you so much.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly: 28:11 But before we sign off, I want to leave you with a thought or a quote of the week. Again, with holiday season upon us, it’s an extra charged time. And I understand that, and this is where we want to just re-center, come back in. So take a deep breath. And remember this, the quote of the week is from the wise words of Eckhart Tolle who writes, “Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.” Again, “Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.”

Kimberly: 28:55 This reminds me a little bit of, I never read the questions before the show, by the way, because I just like to go in that present moment and see what wisdom comes through, what connection comes through. I don’t want to plan, I don’t want to just think through what I’m going to say first, because I feel like that could feel a little bit stagnant and I really like to connect. So anyways, it’s pure coincidence or we always say, “Nothing’s really a coincidence,” because everything’s energy in the world and matching frequencies and so on. But this saying sort of matches the first question when we were talking with Tricia about letting go of expectations, because there’s the stress.

Kimberly: 29:42 So as we sail into the holidays, can we just take it one breath at a time and to show up as it is and realize maybe we don’t want to be with all these relatives. Maybe we want it to look a certain way, but that’s just not how it is. And that just creates more suffering. So let us be here now, let us feel here now, let us breathe in this moment, embrace it. Let it show us, let it teach us, let us enjoy it, revel it, however it shows up. But just being here now is our power.

Kimberly: 30:14 So I’m going to leave you with that. Contemplate that, see how that resonates for you and your life, how it’s relevant. I send you so much love, love, love, love, and I will see you back here Monday for our next interview podcast. Till then, take care and big warm hug wherever you are.

The Flu, Colds and Corona Virus – A Refresher on How to Boost Your Health! [Episode #523]

The Flu, Colds and Corona Virus – A Refresher on How to Boost Your Health! [Episode #523]

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Today’s solocast topic is: The Flu, Colds and Corona Virus – A Refresher on How to Boost Your Health!

Beauty, it’s that time of year again! This year especially, staying healthy during cold and flu season is more important than ever. I’ve been getting so many questions about strengthening your body against illness this season, so I wanted to dedicate an entire podcast to this topic!

Today I’m going to share with you specific foods and nutrients that boost your immunity, and other lifestyle practices you can take to avoid getting sick. Staying healthy is about so much more than what we’re putting inside our bodies – it also has to do with our minds and spirits. We need to take care of ourselves on all levels is the key to stay healthy!

By making small changes to your diet and lifestyle, you’ll be better protected against the nasty cold and flu germs that are so pervasive this season.

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Kimberly : 00:00 Hey, Beauties. And welcome back to our Monday solocast podcast, where today our topic is The Flu, Colds, and Coronavirus – A Refresher on How to Boost Your Health. And as we come now into the colder months, into the windier months, as we’re deeper into fall now, and going into the winter, going to the darker period, this is a topic that I just want to bring up now, because it’s the beginning of that period. It’s really important, and it’s more powerful to think about our intentions and practices that we can put into place now to help prevent a lot of these illnesses, or let’s just say we do happen to pick up something, our recovery rate, how hard things hit us, or again, maybe they don’t hit us at all. So, it’s a great time right now to really focus on this topic right now.

Kimberly : 00:56 Today, I’m going to be covering some specific research. We also had our Q&A community podcast a couple of days ago centered around this idea, but today I’m going to be giving some other information. So if this is a topic that’s really interesting for you, I encourage you to go back to our show from just a few days ago and hear what other Beauties were asking about and tips and ideas based on that.

Fan of the Week

Kimberly : 01:23 So we’re going to get into it just now, but first I want to give a quick shout out to our fan of the week. His or her name is zozo710. So I really don’t know if this is a man or a woman, but he or she writes, “Thank you to Kimberly and the Feel Good podcast team for providing positive and insightful conversations. I’ve struggled with health issues for years and love to do my research for natural remedies. So I love that this show focuses on providing grounded and holistic information. I always finish the show feeling inspired to make the little adjustments that lead to an overwhelmingly healthy, vibrant life.”

Kimberly : 02:03 I love zozo710. Thank you so much for your review. And I really love this last sentence here, how you worded it. Overwhelmingly healthy, vibrant life. Because I think we all deserve to feel our best, to live our best lives. And it’s these small, simple little practices that really add up. I know sometimes we think we have to do this big overhaul or maybe my friend is spending so much money and all this stuff. And a couple of good supplements are important, and we want to put as much as we can towards high quality organic food. But overall, it’s just the small things that really make a big, big difference. Micro shifts really add up. So I love, I’m going on a tangent here, but I really, really love this review. And thank you so much, Zozo710, again, for being our fan of the week. I appreciate it so much. And I send you a huge virtual hug.

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Kimberly : 03:38 All right, let’s get into it now. Let’s talk about some research here for boosting your health, flu, colds, and coronavirus, how to best protect ourselves against all of these things, all of these little things that may be going around. This is the time of the year, especially because of what’s going on with COVID-19, that if someone around you is coughing, or somebody has a fever, rightfully so, there’s a bit of panic. And there’s coronavirus, and then there’s normal colds, and then there’s normal illness and sickness that gets passed around.

Kimberly : 04:16 So we want to fortify our bodies against all of it, because first of all, anytime right now, if we get sick in any way, it’s stressful, more stressful than usual. Number two, because we want to feel our best day to day. We don’t want to have to be grounded in bed for a long time, just not feeling great in our bodies. So, I don’t have to tell you that. Nobody wants to get sick. So let’s get into some research here.

Four Cornerstones

Kimberly : 04:45 First, let’s talk about food for a minute. Let’s go through our cornerstones. And sometimes we talk about food first, often we do. I’m used to it that way, because I think it’s a very tangible starting point, but it doesn’t mean that food is the most important. It’s just a starting point, it’s a pathway entry for a lot of us. So there is some great research from Harvard University, and all of this I will link to in the show notes over at mysolluna.com, saying that immunity isn’t one thing that we do. It’s not like, oh, I take elderberry syrup, or I’m taking a ton of vitamin C. It’s multifactorial. As Harvard says, it’s not from a single entity, but it requires “balance and harmony.” So we really want to take a multifaceted approach. And the top recommendations from Harvard are eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, which of course is something we’ve always emphasized, but we will want to talk about it for a moment here in the food cornerstone.

Kimberly : 05:50 Secondly, I’ll just jump ahead a little bit, secondly, exercising regularly, we know that helps to boost circulation all around. Number three, getting adequate sleep, which is also in our body cornerstone. And fourth is minimizing stress. And I love that this is one of the points of Harvard because stress goes into the emotional/mental. That goes into our third cornerstone because events, in and of themselves, are not stressful. It’s raining. There’s a fact. Or this person hasn’t answered my email, or there is traffic today. These are all facts. It’s our response. It’s our way. It’s our people perspective. It’s what we add into the equation that creates stress. It means our bodies are struggling. Our mind is struggling to accept something we resist. And so it creates that stress, that stress response, a cascade of stress hormones, and just an overall imbalance in our system. So we’ll get into that a little bit now. Let’s move through it systematically.

Food and tips to boost your health

Kimberly : 06:59 So then the first thing that we want to talk about is the food. So fruits and vegetables, all around, super, super important. Furthermore, according to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, a plant-based diet may give the immune system a boost because those on a plant-based diet have been found to have more white blood cells that produce antibodies to combat bacteria, viruses, and invaders. So this is based on research, we will link to it, which is really, really interesting.

Kimberly : 07:32 I’ll say that when we are eating a plant-based diet or a mostly plant-based diet, our bodies can have more energy to repair, to, in this case, again, create more white blood cells, to help to cleanse the system. When we eat a very heavy diet with a lot of meat, a lot of dairy, there’s just so much energy spent on working to break down that actual food and to push it through so many feet of our digestive track to get it out of the body, that we do become more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Our bodies are just spending much more energy on digestion. Our bodies are trying to break down that food.

Kimberly : 08:15 So one thing I’ll say, it’s not all or nothing, but know that as we go into this period of winter, the more plant-based you can be, the more meals you choose to have lentils and beans and veggies and Brussels sprouts and walnuts, and all these amazing foods, without the meat and dairy, you’re going to be lightening the load on your body. And consequently, you’re going to be helping it to feel its best and its strongest, and to build the immunity.

Kimberly : 08:41 So additional research shows that particularly, we want to focus on foods that contain beta carotene, vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin E, which can boost the immune system and reduce oxidative stress. So I will say that the Glowing Green Smoothie®, for instance, is a really wonderful place to start. And make sure that you’re having it more closer to room temperature. Now that it’s windy and cold, having a really icy cold smoothie first thing in the morning probably isn’t appealing. And remember, you never have to do that. You will want to start with the heat. You want to start with hot water with lemon or even hot water with lemon and ginger, and then you can make your GGS closer to room temperature, take it out, put it on the counter, and then you can drink it a little bit later in the morning, or just a couple minutes later will make a big difference to your body. So it’s great because there’s so much vitamin C in raw fruits and vegetables, that it’s just a wonderful power-packed drink.

Kimberly : 09:41 And when it comes to beta carotene, we want to focus on foods like sweet potatoes and all these wonderful orange foods in particular, and carrots, which there’s certainly a lot of carrots going around in my home. And sweet potatoes too, which are one of Bubby’s favorites.

Kimberly : 09:58 Vitamin E wise, I recommend almonds. I make fresh, raw almond milk every day. There’s so many wonderful sources for all these nutrients. Again, making sure to focus on getting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into your body, checking out as things start to shift at the farmer’s market, as things start to shift in your local market, and just seeing what looks best and what looks freshest and how you can vary your diet, is going to really do a lot of good for you.

Kimberly : 10:31 So that is, and again, if you’re looking for some more recipe ideas, I highly recommend that you check out mysolluna.com. We have tons of elixir recipes, soups, stews, salads, you name it. We have all the different categories over there, so check it out.

Body and what this cornerstone encompasses beyond food

Kimberly : 10:50 All right. So our next cornerstone is the body cornerstone, and body cornerstone encompasses everything that isn’t food-related. So sleep, exercise, supplements. One of the most important things here is that we want to… So I’m going to do this one first because there’s a crossover a little bit between food and body, and that has to do with vitamin D. Now, vitamin D is super, super important for our immune system. It helps to… It’s actually integral to the immune system. There’s research from the Nutrients Journal, also from the University of Edinburgh, that shows that a vitamin C deficiency can lead to dysregulation of immune responses. So that means that the more deficient we become in vitamin D, we leave ourselves more susceptible and more vulnerable to viruses coming up and sicknesses in general.

Kimberly : 11:46 So it’s really, really important that we get some vitamin D regularly, to balance our system and to boost our immunity. And the best source, of course, is natural sunlight. So I’m a big believer in getting some sunlight on your limbs. I walk around every day. I go for walks with baby Moses in the carrier. So I really protect my face. I wear a hat. I wear sunglasses. I wear non-toxic, chemical free sunscreen on my face, but I like to get the sun on my limbs. I like to get it on my arms and my legs for a couple of moments. And everybody’s skin is different. So maybe a few minutes is already too much for your body if you’re very fair, but I do encourage you to get a few moments of sunlight on, just to help activate that vitamin D.

Kimberly : 12:30 Additionally, you can supplement, and you should supplement if you are living in a place with very minimal sunlight. We’re so lucky here in California. It’s November, and I’m still wearing shorts and a tank top, and there’s so much sunlight, not to rub it in, but just to say that, of course, the weather changes wherever we live. So be mindful that this is a very, very important supplement. This is something over and beyond usually what you can get in the diet. There are four to five sources of vitamin D, certain mushrooms have vitamin D, but because it’s so important, if you’re not in a place where you’re getting adequate sunlight, I do recommend taking a vitamin D supplement, just to be safe, just because, again, it’s such an important part of immunity.

Kimberly : 13:19 So now in the body cornerstone, let’s also talk about sleep. Research on sleep and the immune system from the CDC states that sleep has powerful effects on immune functioning. Sleep loss, which is considered less than four hours of sleep per night, puts you at a much higher risk of viral infection and cardiovascular disorders. With regular sleep hours, which are considered six hours or more per night, it’s the sweet spot, at least where we want be, because at least getting six hours a night can help increase influenza antibody production by 50%. So, sometimes, to be honest, I’m going to be honest. I’m going to be real with you guys. I don’t get eight hours of sleep, especially not right now. Mosey is just a few months old. Bubby’s been coming into our bed really early in the morning. At night, I don’t go to bed super early because it’s the time with hubby, where we want to hang out and chat and talk and connect.

Kimberly : 14:30 So I don’t know that eight hours is, especially right now where I am in my life, a viable goal, even though it would be wonderful. But six hours is something that I feel like I am shooting for and I would like to get, and of course, I want to get back on track to where I can get eight hours. But as mothers, as parents, as busy people juggling a lot sometimes, it doesn’t always look perfect. As I’ve always said, we’re perfectly imperfect. And all of this stuff that we’re talking about, these are the ideals. So it doesn’t mean we hit everything perfectly, but we do our best. And what I want to emphasize is the most powerful approach to this is thinking about it in a wide way, thinking about it from the four cornerstone perspective. Instead of putting all your focus on one cornerstone, obsessing over food and recipes and just doing that, it’s better to do a little bit in food and to do a little bit in body, and to do a little bit emotionally, and to do a little bit spiritually. And that way you’re able to, again, just support your body’s wholeness.

Kimberly : 15:37 And everything affects everything else. So we know our emotional wellbeing, our mental health, our thoughts, everything affects the physical body and vice versa. And the way that we connect with spirit, the way we’re able to de-stress, the way that we’re able to take care of our body affects everything. If we’re not eating well, if we’re eating really heavy food, it affects our meditation. Our meditation is going to help us digest better.

Kimberly : 16:00 So I could literally connect to the cornerstones in infinite thousands of ways, but just know that what I would love for you to do is to think about spreading your focus out, so that it’s not just in one or two of the cornerstones. And I definitely think that’s really important.

Kimberly : 16:19 So we have sleep here next. And then let’s move on to our third cornerstone, which is… Oh, before we move on there, sorry, I want to talk about one more thing, which is how important, again, we’ve talked about this a million times, but how important it is for you to really, really, really focus on your gut health right now. It can feel overwhelming, all the information out there right now, about take this form of elderberry, or maybe it’s this or this, and all these different supplements, and all these different syrups and gummies, and all these things being passed around.

Kimberly : 16:56 But just remember that the most important supplement for you to take, hands down, is the SBO Probiotics. This is a very powerful form of probiotics that’s going to get past your stomach acid. It’s going to get to your gut, which is where it’s going to help your immunity. So if you want more info, it’s over at mysolluna.com. I’ll say that in research published by urologists, this year in 2020, found that bacteria plays a major role in preventing and protecting against illnesses like the flu, since a healthy immune system begins with gut health. So it’s super important to balance the good bacteria in your gut, to be able to protect against all these foreign entities and pathogens and so on and so forth.

Kimberly : 17:42 So take your SBO Probiotics every day. And I know that there’s a cost to that, but if you put that as your focus, then you often don’t have to buy all these other things. It simplifies everything, and you start to feel your own power, your own strength, because it’s not relying on something outside of yourself. Makeup is great, but you need the makeup to put it on. It’s not manufactured by your body. Whereas when you take probiotics, we’re rebalancing our gut health. It’s supporting what your body’s systems are already meant to do and to be in balance. And so it’s working with your body. It’s working in tandem with your body, and a lot of things imbalance our body, like stress and sugar and all these different things, not sleeping well. So we want to come back to balance. And again, the probiotics are instrumental in that way.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health amidst a pandemic

Kimberly : 18:43 So moving along, our third cornerstone is emotional wellbeing/mental health, shall we say. And this is a really, really important one right now. According to the CDC, influenza arises in the fall and winter because stress is so high right now, it’s higher than ever. Stress of avoiding the flu is creating more stress on the average person, as we are all in the midst of a pandemic. So influenza rises, all these other illnesses rise when stress breaks down our body. So how do we react to stress or how do we respond to it? How do we work with stress?

Kimberly : 19:35 So again, it goes back to perspective. It’s not the traffic. It’s not the rain, when you wanted to sunny weather. It’s our reaction to things. So we really want to work on what are our big triggers? What are the things that really bother us consistently? When do I just feel frazzled, I’m at the end of my rope?

Kimberly : 19:55 So I actually did as a solocast last week about ways to help remove anxiety, to clear anxiety, before it keeps building up, up, more and more into your body and into your system, which makes it much harder to deal with, when it’s accrued to a certain level. So I encourage you to check that out as well with different ideas.

Kimberly : 20:16 But I will just say to really start your day at a good pace. If you need to wake up a little bit earlier, it just starts to build if we go into the day already feeling like we’re behind and we’re rushing. So just take that time in the morning to space things out, to do your morning ritual, to do your routine, to take care of yourself, including meditation, which we’ll talk about in our next cornerstone. My favorite thing in the world, makes me feel so good, makes me feel so anchored.

Kimberly : 20:48 But just to think about, as we go into this darker period, it’s going to bring up maybe some things for you, as there’s less light compounded with the fact that we’re inward more, we’re going to be home more. You’re not going to see as many people because of coronavirus, all these different things happening.

Kimberly : 21:06 So I suggest that you really make some space for journaling, processing, people in your tribe, people in our community, connecting with them. We have a good community over on Instagram @_KimberlySnyder. We’re actually revamping our Solluna Circle program. That’s going to be amazing. We’re going to talk about that in a few months with you guys, that’ll be great community. But if you need to check in with a friend over FaceTime or online, send a text, whatever it is, just feeling connected and really taking it seriously, that you need to put effort and energy into reducing your stress and rebalancing it constantly and consistently, I think is so important this time of year.

Kimberly : 21:50 And remember, stress has a huge, huge, huge impact on your immunity. So we really want to take it seriously, and we want to take care of the unseen parts of wellness. So what’s going on in your mind, what’s going on emotionally for you, and not ignoring that. And really, really taking the time to take care of yourself in that way, which is so powerful, and again, so important.

Spiritual growth and ways to connect in with ourselves

Kimberly : 22:13 So the next cornerstone is the spiritual cornerstone. So spiritual growth, which again, I define as how we connect in with our true selves, with our authentic selves, how we really anchor into our center and who we are. And spirituality is not about religion, the way I’m using it. It could be independent of religion, or for some people, incorporate it into their religious practice. But it’s not dependent on religion. It’s about, again, how we connect in with ourselves. So stillness, being in nature, just finding time to breathe, sometimes when you just need to close your eyes and lay on the couch for five minutes, put your hand on your heart and on your belly, as I do sometimes, and just check in with you. The you that’s beyond the physicality, the you that’s beyond what you look like, if you’re a man or woman, how much you weigh, all these externals, what you do for a living, but you connect in with your deepest, deepest self, your source of security, the parts of you that can’t really be defined.

Kimberly : 23:27 And a 2017 randomized controlled trial published by the annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that mindfulness meditation helped to reduce inflammation and boost immune cell production in the body. So there you have it, there’s more and more research that shows how meditation and mindfulness help with immunity. And I think this has to do with, when we are in a state of harmony, inner harmony, everything is effected by that. Our breath is affected and our heart rate, our heart rate variability is also affected. And in turn, all the different systems of the body, including our nervous system with our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, our endocrine system, all of this is connected to our immunity.

Kimberly : 24:15 So when we are feeling in sync, and we’re feeling in harmony, we’re feeling strong, we are able to flow along in life in a much more easeful way. In contrast, when we are feeling tight and anxious and confused and bewildered and all these different things, it creates chaos in our bodies and throughout all of the systems.

Kimberly : 24:41 So again, right now, if you really want to take care of yourself, flu-wise, preventing the flu, cold-wise, coronavirus-wise, all these ways, remember beauties, cornerstones, cornerstones, cornerstones. You want the best, don’t just think about the food. Don’t just think about the cough syrup or the elderberry syrup. Think about what am I doing to take care of my emotional health? What am I doing to focus on myself spiritually? How am I staying anchored? I promise you these things make a big difference, whether we realize them or not. They show up in our face. They show up in our digestion. They show up in your immunity.

Kimberly : 25:20 And then of course, taking care of the body, taking the SBO Probiotics, everything that we’ve talked about. But I emphasize these other cornerstones because they’re the ones that are usually ignored, especially in the face of panic and just focusing on things that we can see and pick up. And that’s wonderful, and that’s important, but again, I just emphasize that that’s not the end all be all. You want to look at everything.

Kimberly : 25:44 So it’s a great time to maybe check in and evaluate and see what practices you can focus on across all four of the cornerstones, to really boost your immunity and to really feel your very best, right here, right now, as we go into the latter part of 2020, and we go into 2021.

Kimberly : 26:04 So it’s a beautiful, exciting period right now, I think, despite… There’s shadows that are going on all around. But remember, if we look to the light, we look to this period as a time where we can really work on ourselves on all levels, we can grow, we can evolve, we can strengthen our bodies. We can strengthen our minds. We can realize how resilient we are, and we can realize that we are resourceful, and we can pivot, and we can shift. And we need to create the strongest temple, in order to do that first.

In Closing

Kimberly : 26:36 So I hope that you enjoyed this, and I hope that you’re going to take some of these tips to heart. And remember that over at mysolluna.com, we’re going to have all these different show notes for you guys with all the different studies for you guys. And I encourage you to head over there and check them out.

Kimberly : 26:56 So before we leave today, I want to leave you with a thought of the week, something that you can take with you as you cruise into the rest of your day and the rest of the week. Something that is near and dear to my heart is the work of Paramahansa Yogananda who’s the great yoga master and guru. I consider him my guru. I’ve been practicing this yoga and this meditation for well over a decade now. And I love this quote that he says from one of his books. He writes, “In stillness, things will come to you, things you may not understand at the time.”

Kimberly : 27:37 So it’s part of a larger thought, but I just want to introduce this idea of how powerful stillness is, which we cultivate with our spiritual growth cornerstone. When we’re still, it means that we can become more open to our deeper knowing, to our intuition, to things feeling like they’re dropped in. They’re given to us. That’s what I call a download, and that’s where I think some of the best ideas are.

Kimberly : 28:08 So in stillness, things may come to you. He says you may not understand them, but note them, think about them, maybe even write them down, ponder. Because you’re deeper knowing may be coming in to share with you some insight or a new direction, or something that you’ve been grappling with and maybe a new creative solution. So stillness is a point of power. Stillness is something that is important, especially right now, when there’s so much outside noise, how we tune in and how we find our voice inside of ourselves.

Kimberly : 28:40 So I want you guys to think about stillness and how you can create more. I will say I, now with the baby and E’s not really a toddler anymore, he’s four. I call him a toddler, but he’s just over that edge. He’s a very active little boy. And of course, this podcast, and I’m writing the next book, which I think is my most important book, by the way, and I’m running Solluna. So my life is really busy too, you guys, but I find stillness. I find it in pockets. I find it in the little stretches when both the boys are asleep. I find it when Bubby’s playing and Mosey’s napping during the day, and I’m sitting at the kitchen table with them, and I just close my eyes. I find it when hubby’s playing with them, and I can just go outside in the garden for a couple of minutes.

Kimberly : 29:24 And yeah, so check it out. And also I’ve been doing a weekly meditation over at Instagram @_KimberlySnyder. So you can see, I have a little Instagram IG TV series called Meditations. If you’re looking for some more tips to get started, and that’s an easy access point for you, please go check it out.

Kimberly : 29:43 “In stillness, things will come to you, things you may not understand at the time.” I love these words of Yogananda. I’m going to leave you with that. Thank you so much, Beauties, for being with me on this journey. I love you so much. I care about you so much. Keep the questions coming over at mysolluna.com. You’ll see the podcast tab where you can submit questions for our Thursday podcast. I will be back here Thursday for that next show. Till then, take care. Sending you lots and lots of love.

Strengthening Your Body for Flu Season [Episode #522]

Strengthening Your Body for Flu Season [Episode #522]

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This week’s topic is: Strengthening Your Body for Flu Season

It sort of feels, in a way, that we’ve been in a quasi flu season state for more than half a year already with COVID going on. And now that we’re getting into the windier months and more deeply into fall and then winter, we also have the regular flu.

For all these different reasons, we want to make sure that we are fortifying ourselves as much as possible. We want to make sure that we’re strengthening ourselves and taking advantage of all the ways that we can enhance our lifestyles.

This includes keeping ourselves and our families as safe and as healthy as possible. Today we’re going to get into ways we can strengthen our bodies for flu season and beyond!

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Steve – Idaho

What do you suggest for additional supplement sources in addition to your supplements to keep immunity up?

Corinna – Maine

I’m freaking out about what my kids may bring home each day from school when it comes to any cold, flu or covid. What can I give my 7 and 9 year olds to keep them as healthy as possible?

Cyndi – Cape Cod

How do you keep your physical body in top shape for flu season?

Susie – Utah 

Do you think having hot water and lemon and the GGS everyday is enough to help keep my immune system strong?

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Kimberly : 00:00 Hey Beauties. Welcome back to our Thursday, Q&A community show where our topic today is Strengthening Your Body for Flu Season. And it sort of felt in a way that we’ve been in a quasi flu season state for more than half a year already with COVID going on. But now that we’re getting into the windier months, now that we’re getting more deeply into fall and then winter, we also have the regular flu.

Kimberly : 00:29 So for all these different reasons, we want to make sure that we are fortifying ourselves as much as possible. We want to make sure that we’re strengthening ourselves and taking advantage of all the ways that we can enhance our lifestyles to of course, keep ourselves and our families as safe and as healthy as possible. So we’re going to get into it today, I’m so excited to hear your questions.

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Kimberly : 01:22 All right, so let’s get going right into our topic today Beauties, I know that immunity has been on our minds for many, many months and it’s just been a very interesting time. There’s been ups and downs, where I live in California, there’s been full quarantine periods. Then there’s been periods where it’s felt a little bit more relaxed. For me, I’ve just been pretty much home the whole time where we live in the mountains. And especially because we just had Moses, we just had a new baby a few months ago, I would have been pretty much quarantined any way.

Kimberly : 02:00 But now that we have a much longer summer in California, but now for almost all of us, we’re starting to think about this wind that’s getting picked up. And the fact that this is the season where stuff tends to get passed around, COVID year or not. There’s just the normal sort of range of colds and the flu and just different ways that we may feel under the weather. So it’s really important that we go into this season in a strong, as fortified as possible.

Question 1: What do you suggest for additional supplement sources in addition to your supplements to keep your immunity up?

Kimberly : 02:33 So first question, let’s get right into your questions. I’m going to be doing the questions as we have been doing lately, because Caitlin’s been so busy with really, really great stuff to come for you guys. So I’m going to be reading the questions and answering them myself. And the first one comes from Steve in Idaho and he says, I love it, we have a brother in our community now answering questions. Hi, Steve. First of all, welcome. Thank you for your question. Huge virtual hug. I know that we have a lot of men and I know that a lot of the partners of our women are somewhat part of our community, but sometimes we don’t get as many questions from men.

Kimberly : 03:14 So this is really exciting to see your questions Steve who writes, what do you suggest for additional supplement sources in addition to your supplements to keep your immunity up? So this is a really great question, Steve, first of all, I would say that, yes, thank you for bringing up our settlements. I stand by the fact that the SBO Probiotic is the number one thing you want to do right now, because so much of your immunity is centered in your gut.

Kimberly : 03:43 So it’s really, really critical that you continue to take your SBO Probiotic, which is the form that nature provides probiotics. It’s the form that survives stomach acid. And so it’s going to support your immunity as well as your overall vitality, your skin, your energy, your digestion, everything.

Kimberly : 04:01 Now, the other supplement I would point out is really, really important is the Detoxy supplement because when your body is clogged, when there’s backup, when there’s more waste in your system, it’s an easier breeding ground, it’s a more conducive breeding ground, shall we say for viruses and bacteria to take cold. So for those reasons, you definitely want to be sure to clean out your system regularly and to take Detoxy just as I do pretty much every week, I don’t take it every day unless I’m traveling, but I take it very often, sometimes a few days in a row. Sometimes I’ll skip a day. Sometimes I take it every other day, at least. And the digestive enzymes are also really, really wonderful to make sure you’re getting the most nutrition out of your food.

Kimberly : 04:46 Now, beyond that, I would say that the next thing that I like to pay attention to is stacking the right foods that are going to boost immunity. So before I reach for additional supplements, I highly recommend stacking up on ginger, which is warming it’s a warming herb that really starts to just, you can feel that it’s activating your digestion. It’s helping your body function in more optimal ways. I remember when COVID first hit. And I think one of the last times I went to the grocery store before the birth, there was just a few times I went, ginger completely out. So the word had gotten out or people were doing some searching around and there was just no more ginger and I couldn’t find it for weeks.

Kimberly : 05:32 So thankfully that surplus, that supply has been rebalanced. And so I do recommend really stocking up on ginger, slicing it, putting it in your hot water with lemon in the mornings, putting it in your soups and stews, just working it in as a wonderful, wonderful way to support immunity. In fact, if you make that elixir or the simple elixir of ginger and lemon with a little bit of raw honey, if you have honey or a little bit of coconut sugar or coconut nectar, if you find it too sour, that is going to be a wonderful, wonderful thing for your system. So I highly recommend doing that right now. I also think that in general, we want to keep our bodies really, really strong. And another thing that’s important is eating more vitamin C foods in general. So this is where your glowing green smoothie is going to be key because vitamin C is heat sensitive.

Kimberly : 06:27 So if you’re eating cooked vegetables, for instance, you’re going to have fiber, you’re going to get minerals, but the amount of vitamin C in those foods may be greatly impaired. So I definitely recommend keeping some raw veggies and to make sure that you’re getting some of that goodness into your system.

Kimberly : 06:45 Now, one of the most popular supplements out there right now, that’s been around during this COVID period that I get asked about a lot is elderberry. This is something that has been shown to attack flu viruses and to also help to support respiratory health. So my mom was into elderberry and I have been using elderberry when I would have some sort of cough or illness for a lot of my life, just because of my mom. So I had good experiences with it. I think that if you are going to take something supplemental, there’s definitely some evidence that shows that it’s a really good thing to take, especially at the very, very beginning of when you feel that you’re a susceptible to the flu or you feel like something may be coming on, it’s not a bad idea to stock in your home.

Kimberly : 07:46 Another one that is also a great thing to stock this time of year is echinacea, tried and true, been around for years and years and years, believed to be really helpful in helping your body fight off infections. So that’s something you can have as well. And like I said, even something like a raw honey, the manuka honey, has been shown to have some great immunity enhancing benefits. And you also want to drink a lot of water just to flush out your system, to flush germs and viruses out of your system, your body just in general function so much better when it’s hydrated, when it’s fully, fully hydrated.

Kimberly : 08:29 So I will say again, as you can see from my response, my go-to is always food, including ginger and vitamin C rich foods, and then food based supplements. I think if you’re taking your probiotics and you’re drinking lots of water, you’re doing the best thing you can do as well. You don’t need to run out and buy 50 different supplements. That’s going to tax your body, which has to digest all those supplements. It’s a lot of money. And to be honest, I just don’t know that that’s going to really add much more benefit. So go with that and remember that as scary as it can seem as much as everything’s going on, because everything’s going on in the world. Common sense ways to take care of your wellness, which I hope to be going through in a general sense. And one of these questions about the cornerstones, I think is the most powerful, powerful way that you can really fortify your body. So if not in the next two questions that I’m going to tell you my overall tips, but let’s see if one of our beauties are going to ask me directly.

Question 2: I’m freaking out about what my kids may bring home each day from school when it comes to any cold, flu or COVID, what can I give my seven and nine year olds to keep them as healthy as possible? 

Kimberly : 09:37 The next question… Thank you, Steve so much love the question. And now the next one comes from Corinna and she is from Maine. She writes, I’m freaking out about what my kids may bring home each day from school when it comes to any cold, flu or COVID, what can I give my seven and nine year olds to keep them as healthy as possible? Corina I am with you about kids, for that reason, Baby E is only in preschool, but we decided to keep him home this year because I was myself, pretty freaked out about the schools and the sharing of toys going around. But some school districts are open and some kids like yours are older and definitely are in an age where there’s a lot of important education and educational activities going on. So we want to do the best that we can. And especially if our kids are physically in school right now.

Kimberly : 10:35 So what I will say is, first of all, have a conversation with your children, which you probably have had already and put hand sanitizer in their school bags, just have that conversation about washing their hands and being as careful as possible about not putting things in their mouth. I don’t have kids that old yet. I know when I talked to Baby E about this, it’s a little bit futile because he is four. And that’s why I don’t take him to stores or anywhere because he just is such a free spirit and he’s going to touch things. He puts things in his mouth, but I’m hoping by seven and nine years old, there’s a little bit more discrimination in that way and is not so much of an issue.

Kimberly : 11:22 So I would say to first of all, have that conversation. Second of all, similarly to what we were talking about with Steve, actually now let’s go into our cornerstones so we can cover this now, I’ve been wanting to talk about it. So first cornerstone is food. So similarly to Steve’s question, it’s a great idea to keep stocking your kid’s diet with vitamin C rich foods. And if they can tolerate ginger, I would bring it in too, Baby E is okay with things that contain ginger, he’s just not okay eating the actual ginger. So I’m sure to fish it out of soups and stews that we eat as a family so that he doesn’t ingest any of them.

Kimberly : 12:04 So you want to make sure your kids, if they are GGS drinkers, keep it up. Another thing to do is to make salad dressings sauces for them with lemon juice, vitamin C, something simple, like a creamy, I’m just thinking off the top of my head, but I make a Caesar dressing that was in beauty detox foods that had pine nuts, or you can use cashews and some nutritional yeast and to brighten it some vitamin C. So you could pour that over some steam veggies, for instance. So you can find different ways to use lemon or even raw red peppers that your kids could dip with hummus. Just remember that vitamin C is heat sensitive. So any time you can give your kids some raw foods, and again, this includes sauces and dressings, you’re going to really benefit them vitamin C wise.

Kimberly : 12:58 This is also really important that kids, I’m a big believer in kids taking probiotics as well. So I give Baby E some of our SBO Probiotics. I open up the capsule and give him about half of a capsule. You can see what feels right for you and your family, you can talk to your doctor, but I am a big believer in kids taking care of their gut health as well. So that would fall into our second cornerstone body. So I would say definitely you want to give your kids probiotics and very important is to make sure your kids are sleeping well. Sleep has such a high correlation to high immunity and bedtime practices sticking to which may be easier now, I’m hoping it’s easier with Baby E because we are getting into the darker part of the year. So the night fall is coming sooner. So maybe your kids, you can sneak in a little bit more time for them to sleep, which is definitely going to benefit their immunity as well of course, as their focus and their ability to concentrate at school.

Kimberly : 14:06 Now, emotional wellbeing, stress, we know very much reduces immunity. So I would just make sure that we create a space for your kids, where you could talk about feelings, there may be fear, there may be things your kids are starting to process about what’s going on in the world and uncertainty about the future. So you just really want to be an open space to create that open communication so your kids can come to you and they can process their feelings and they don’t have pent up stress. And I think that’s… We think about stress a lot as it pertains to academics or pertains to adults. But I think kids, they’re trying to make their way in the world and they’re trying to understand the world and they too can have so much stress. So please, great practices is to make space for that.

Kimberly : 14:58 And then finally, our fourth cornerstone is spiritual growth. And just having that space to connect in. So with kids, Baby E does meditate, it’s not super long, but he sits. And I just want him to get used to feeling this connection with his breath and with deep breathing and with being still, I think it’s a wonderful skill for children to learn. And even though we’re talking about flu season, again, there’s so much about stress and over-activated nervous system and adrenal fatigue and all these things that add up to compromise our immunity. So if you can teach your kids to do a meditation or maybe just to find time to play outside in nature, to get away from electronic devices to connect back in with their real essence. I just think that’s a way to just let energy flow and be free and not have anything emotionally energetically pent up in the body.

Kimberly : 15:57 Of course, standard practices about hand washing and sanitizing. And I’m not sure what your kid’s school’s policy is on masks or anything, but just all these natural precautions I would say, as parents and as citizens of the community, we just take these steps and we do our best. But we can’t also get debilitated and get obsessed and we don’t want our kids to feel obsessed, we want to live our lives, take the proper steps, keep on top of the science that’s coming out in relation to the flu and also to COVID and to keep walking forward. And that’s why I bring up this four cornerstone philosophy because it’s so balanced and because in this is our mental health and our stress and the mind and our spiritual wellbeing. So I very much encourage that you [inaudible 00:16:48] and all you beauties out there, really take that approach.

Break

Kimberly : 16:53 All right. Love this topic, love your questions so far, we have two more questions for you guys on this topic, strengthening your body for flu season. When we come back right from this break.

Question 3: How do you keep your physical body in top shape for flu season?

Kimberly : 17:20 All right, Beauties, we have two more questions for you love’s on this topic of fortifying ourselves against the flu. And the first one comes from Cindy who lives in Cape Cod and she writes, how do you keep your physical body in top shape for flu season? Cindy, I thank you so much for being part of your community. First of all, I have lots of say, Cape Cod is a place I went as a kid, I love it so much. I imagine this time of year, it gets a little bit damp and windy and cold. So make sure that you are really protecting your throat and really wearing a lot of scarves. This is a big principle and Ayurveda is to really protect the vulnerability of your throat when vata season comes, which we’re coming into now, the windy cold season, you really just want to wrap your throat with warm material and keep it nice and cozy in there as well.

Kimberly : 18:17 Our physical bodies are of course physical, but I just want to reiterate what I was saying in Corina’s question last that everything affects everything else. So we want to look at this from the Four Cornerstone perspective, stress in our mind, just toxic patterns, the way that we talk to ourselves, the imagery, what we saturate our mind with has an effect on the physical body, which is why we talk so much about emotional and mental health. It’s so, so important.

Kimberly : 18:55 So I will say everything that I’ve talked about so far applies Cindy, but specifically going into the physical body, I will say. And I don’t say this in a bragging way. I say this in a way that I do believe, there’s a lot we can do for our immunity. I will say, knock on wood that I have never gotten the flu. I’ve also never gotten a flu vaccine. I focus on for different reasons, I focus on my immunity, I focus on my inner health and I really focus on keeping my body clean that I’ve emphasized to guys for so many years.

Kimberly : 19:32 So for me, that is a huge part of my approach to immunity is cleaning out my colon. Now we know the colon has a relationship with our liver, which is our other main detoxifying organ. So immunity has to do with cleaning out what’s in our system so much that our organs can really be at the top of their game when it comes to protecting us from foreign matter and including foreign viruses coming into our system. So Detoxy, Detoxy, Detoxy is really important taking this oxygen based supplement before bed, which you can check out @mysolluna.com if you’re interested.

Kimberly : 20:18 Also eating a lot of fibrous foods, only plant foods have fiber. So you want to make sure you’re stocking up on those veggies and those Hardy veggie soups. Now this time of year, I’m pretty much having that everyday awesome soup. And every week, a couple of times, which is in recipes, we are perfectly imperfect life. I vary the veggies and sometimes I vary the seasoning and sometimes I put a nutritional yeast if I want it to feel a little bit more dense, sometimes I don’t, but I have that veggie lentil, ginger soup with a brown rice a lot.

Kimberly : 20:51 So just thinking about having simple recipes that you can go to this time of year, again with ingredients like ginger, fiber filled veggies, and then sprinkling on some micro greens on top or cilantro, some raw vitamin C rich veggies is a really a perfect, wonderful immunity based meal. So just thinking about that, thinking about cutting out anything that feels clogging or too heavy to you right now, especially if you have some remnants of dairy in your diet or anything like that, it’s a time to just clean up. So we were really focusing on foods that are as easy to digest as possible.

Kimberly : 21:29 Now body-wise and it just talk about this in different iterations. We talked about how important sleep is in the last question. And I just want to say that it’s not just sleep, but getting into deep rejuvenative sleep where your body can repair and your body can protect itself against these viruses. So I am a big fan of wearing blue light blocking glasses in the evening. I am a big fan of having evening routine and meditating before bed and having a practice so that I’m not just diving into sleep when I’m exhausted, and I’ve actually stimulated different parts of my brain with electronics. And it’s just kind of a restless sleep when I do that.

Kimberly : 22:15 So what you can do Cindy is to really prepare your body, prepare yourself for deep, deep sleep. And I think that’s really important for your physical body as well. We also know that the brain actually detoxifies, the brain needs proper sleep to be at its full optimal level. And our moods, our abilities to deal with stress are affected by sleep. And again, stress leads to impaired immunity. So you can see that it all starts to fit together from an emotional standpoint and wellbeing standpoint, all around standpoint. I think it’s a wonderful practice to get outside, to bundle up, to go for walks, to get some fresh air, to keep your body moving.

Kimberly : 22:59 And this is important for circulation and walking in particular is something that our diabetic medicine talks about as well. It’s just a great way to keep things going and to also support your digestion. So going for walks either mini-walks, let’s say 10, 15 minutes after meals, or you can do them as one bigger walk like I do. I walk for about an hour a day with Moses and the carrier. So I’m getting a little bit of extra poundage there, and it just feels wonderful to get outside both mentally and physically. So I highly recommend that as well.

Kimberly : 23:33 The other thing to keep your physical body in top shape again, is releasing stress. And one of the best ways to do that is to stay tight with your community, stay tight with your tribe, including our tribe here. And there’s many ways to find our tribe. We are actually revamping our Solluna circle program. So we’ll have that for you in just a few months. We also have, I’m over at Instagram @_kimberlysnyder It’s putting a vibrant community over there, as well as this community. So just a way to connect. So you don’t feel like you’re floating off by yourself. So you don’t start to get into your head, I think is also really, really important, especially as we go into the darker months, especially as we go into winter, you want to stay connected and to your loved ones and to the tribe. And so you will gain strength from that as well.

Kimberly : 24:22 And another thing I would say is to really utilize elixirs this season, we talked about ginger. There’s also some really wonderful, wonderful strengthening herbs that I love, particularly ashwagandha, I love shatavari. I love brahmi, which is for focus and concentration. There’s also the things that you already have in your kitchen, like cinnamon and cardamom and nutmeg and almond milk and tumeric. You can make a wonderful nutmeg with tumeric and ginger or ginger powder and a little bit of black pepper.

Kimberly : 25:02 And I just think hot drinks are the way to really support your body. It’s believed that the heat health allows the ingredients to penetrate deeper into your system, to activate some of the active oils and other parts of the herbs and plant foods that make them really potent. So I highly recommend drinking hot drinks, even if it’s just hot water with lemon and ginger throughout the day. And that’s another great, super accessible, super inexpensive thing, Cindy, that you can do to support your immunity.

Question 4: Do you think having hot water and lemon and the GGS every day is enough to keep my immune system strong?

Kimberly : 25:33 All right. And here we go. Thank you so much, Cindy. The last question is Susie from Utah, where I bet it is getting very chilly. So Susie, I sent you a big virtual hug. And your question is, do you think having hot water and lemon and the GGS every day is enough to keep my immune system strong? So Susie, I think that’s one part of the equation, but as I’ve been talking about all along, I don’t think immunity just comes from things that we ingest. So that’s a theme for this show, if there’s one thing you’re going to take away, yes, you want to drink hot water with lemon. Huge yes. Huge thumbs up. Yes, you want to drink your GGS every day, a 100%, but your body taking the supplements, take your SBO Probiotics, take your Detoxy, sleep well, manage your stress, tune into your community journal, fill your feelings, make some space to meditate in our spiritual cornerstone, make some space to be still.

Kimberly : 26:37 If you listened to the podcast Monday, this past Monday, where I talked about ways to manage anxiety throughout the day, one of the things is we want to just keep, it’s like digesting. When something comes down the pipeline, our body works on it and digest it and then moves on. So what you want to do is you really want to manage stress in little increments throughout the day, so we keep it from accruing and building up until the point where it starts to snowball and just feel overwhelming. So that’s really, really important for your immune system in addition to what you’re taking. Remember beauty, true beauty, true confidence, true vitality, true health, true immunity doesn’t come from just one thing you guys, it comes from this four cornerstone philosophy, which I’m so powerful about sharing because I think it is the key to really getting the best results.

Kimberly : 27:30 If we just do one thing that we get partial results. And at first it may seem like, Oh my gosh, this is it. This is amazing. Which is how I felt with food when I first started well over 10 years ago now, but then you realize that you want to keep going. You want to keep finding the way to a holistic approach, to looking at things in a much more expansive way, because again, that’s how we always get the best results. So Susie keep doing what you’re doing with the water and lemon and the GGS. But please think about adding in some of these other ideals, these other tips, sleep and supplements and so on that we’ve been talking about throughout this entire podcast to your routine to really, really help you amplify and amp up that amazing, amazing immunity of yours.

Kimberly : 28:14 So I hope that you take to heart some of these tips beauties, I hope that you are able to, whether it’s one or two that you really focus on, I encourage you to take a look at it from a four cornerstone perspective and to think about what you can slot in and where you can take some steps going forward in each of the cornerstones, even if it’s a small, very simple step.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly : 28:43 And so I want to leave us with a speaking of simple, of a powerful, but very simple thought of the week that has been on my mind as well, which is a little reminder. We’ve talked about this before, but it’s simply that your point of power is in the present moment. So think about the present moment, bring yourself back to the now, don’t worry so much about the future. We know that there’s a lot going on, so you don’t want to drive yourself crazy and obsessing about the, what ifs and what’s going to happen, which we just have no clue about, right? So I would just encourage you to stay here right now, do the best that you can do really show up for yourself, make that hot water with lemon, take the time to make your GGS, make the space so you can create an evening routine for sleep. Reclaim your power in the now and then once you know that you’ve done your best in the now, then you can relax. Then you can let go. Then you can know that you don’t have to keep obsessing.

Kimberly : 29:45 And yeah, I think that’s the way to keep moving forward and to doing our very, very best. So I send you so much love I’m with you every step of the way as we march forward with confidence and with our best protection into the fall, into the winter, keep your questions coming over @mysolluna.com and remember, again, all the show notes are over on our website, mysolluna.com as well as all the recipes, the elixir recipes, the meditation’s, tons and tons of resources for you beauties and over on Instagram @_kimberlysnyder. So I will see back here on Monday till then take care so much love and see you back here soon.

Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip

Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip

If you need a healthy, vegan dip recipe, then you’ve come to the right place. This Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip is such a crowd favorite. Boasting in a combination of yummy creamy vegan ingredients and earthy herby flavor, you are going to love dipping just about everything into this recipe. 

Do you ever find yourself craving a delicious dip but don’t know where to start? All too often dips available at the store are loaded with congestive dairy products or poor oil choices. We all want to munch on something creamy, nutty, and delicious from time to time, but there is no need to sacrifice our beauty for poor ingredients. That’s why I put together this new Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip recipe for you, Beauty. I want to make sure you have an easy, beautifying recipe at your fingertips that you can whip up in a flash. 

Once you make this recipe, you will be surprised how easy it is to do. You can even have fun with it and change it up by mixing in different herbs  Really any of your favorites will taste delicious here! Okay, let me jump in and tell you a bit about some of the ingredients so you can feel good knowing all the benefits you will receive by consuming this yummy dish! 

Raging Cauliflower

Cauliflower recipes have been all the rage ever since cauliflower rice popped into the scene. I hope it stays in the spotlight because cauliflower is such a fantastic vegetable to consume. It used to be that cauliflower would be the last man standing at the veggie party platter while all his other friends got eaten up. Well after you check out this Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip recipe I don’t think you will ever leave a piece of cauliflower behind. Listen here to all the benefits of cauliflower and you will want to grab that cauliflower right up!

Here are some fun cauliflower facts. Just one serving of cauliflower provides you with 77% of your daily vitamin C needs and 20% of your daily vitamin K needs. Cauliflower also comes packed with another dynamic duo, antioxidants and glucosinolates. These help support detoxification and help to activate detoxification enzymes.The more we give our bodies the tools to detox, the better we feel and the happier we are. What I am saying here is that you can eat this Creamy Cauliflower Cashew dip and actually feel amazing. Who would have thought that was possible!? You’re welcome :) 

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Creative Cashews

Let me give this to you straight. Cashews are one of those nuts that you can easily use to create some creamy goodness to a dish. Since we don’t use dairy products in our recipes due to their many congestive issues, cashews are a great option to richen up a recipe. I don’t often create recipes that call for this nut. There are so many beautiful nuts to choose from, but every once in a while, I will rotate this one into the mix, as I’ve done with this Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip recipe. 

If you are snacking on cashews raw I’ll be straight forward and say a few of these nuts are all you really need. Rich in flavor and texture, I like to slowly enjoy them and soak in their creamy delightfulness. Cashews are also rich in fiber and healthy fats. They do contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and health-protective beneficial plant compounds that work well on our overall digestive system.

One last thing, cashews do provide you with some magnesium. Though I recommend taking your magnesium to the next level with my Feel Good Detoxy 2.0. Unlike other colon cleanse pills or natural laxatives, Detoxy 2.0 works by delivering more oxygen to your colon and overall body, loosening toxins and acidic waste in your colon and helping to transport it out via elimination. Oxygen, delivered this way, improves detoxification and supports the growth of friendly bacteria which leads to better digestive and intestinal health and increased vitality. There’s no need for an uncomfortable colonic. Feel Good Detoxy 2.0 is the ultimate colon treatment!

Radiant Rosemary

Now the true secret to making this Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip taste so good is all about using a beauty herb. For your first go at this recipe, I highly recommend using rosemary. It makes this dip taste totally divine! And once you’ve tried it with rosemary, feel free to change it up with another one of your favorite herbs and spices. Curry, oregano, or basil are sure to be delicious! 

Rosemary grows so easily here that I opt to use a fresh variety for this recipe, rather than dried. When it comes to choosing fresh over dried, just remember that while a portion of the nutritional value of many herbs may be lost in drying, you will still reap the benefits. Fresh, organic herbs are certainly the way to go (whenever possible), but I do realize that there are always going to be those times when they are simply not available. It is times like these that dried herbs can come in quite handy.

The important thing is not to skip out on this precious ingredient. Rosemary is one of those amazing herbs that your body can greatly benefit from. Rosemary’s active components are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic in nature, making it an important food to protect our health. This amazing herb also helps boost the production of red blood cells. Increasing blood flow further helps to oxygenate vital organ systems, and stimulating the movement of nutrients to cells that may need repair. I like to call this radiant rosemary magic at it’s finest!

Making this Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip is easier than you think! 

For starters, you will want to soak cashews in a bowl of water for 2 hours. A quick reminder: we always soak our nuts and grains to help optimize digestion. Prepare your cauliflower by breaking it into florets and set it aside in a large bowl. Once your cashews are about ready, get your oven heated up to 400 degrees. Then you can toss your cauliflower with coconut oil, and sea salt. Next up, grab yourself a baking sheet and place your cauliflower on it and get it into the oven. You will want to roast your cauliflower for about 30-40 minutes until it looks golden and tender. 

Let your cauliflower cool for about 10 minutes while you start working on the cashews. Drain the cashews from the water they have been soaking in and place them in a food processor. Next, add in the roasted cauliflower, water, avocado oil, lemon, nutritional yeast, and rosemary. Pulse everything together until smooth. You might want to add in 1 tsp of water at a time if necessary to thin it to your desired consistency.

And lastly, for my favorite part, place your Creamy Cauliflower Cashew dip into your favorite bowl. Garnish it with sea salt and pepper to taste. Now you are ready to enjoy it till your heart is content! I like to dip in celery, bell peppers, and carrots to the mix. You can get creative and use it as a spread in your favorite veggie wrap. Just be sure to tag my in your creations on Instagram so I can see what fun ways you are enjoying this recipe. And as always, if you have Pinterest, pin this picture above to your boards and share it with your greater community.

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Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Dip
 
Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 3 Tbs. filtered water
  • 2 Tbs. avocado oil
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs. fresh rosemary, minced
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water for 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Toss cauliflower with coconut oil, and sea salt. Add to a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the cashews, and place them in a food processor. Add in the roasted cauliflower, water, avocado oil, lemon, nutritional yeast, and rosemary. Pulse until smooth, adding in 1 tsp of water at a time if necessary.
  5. Place dip into your favorite bowl and garnish with sea salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy with your favorite fresh veggies!
 

Sending you love today and always,

Tips for Handling Anxiety Throughout the Day [Episode #521]

Tips for Handling Anxiety Throughout the Day [Episode #521]

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Today’s solocast topic is: Tips for Handling Anxiety Throughout the Day

Throughout the day is a big part I want to emphasize because if we don’t take care of ourselves in real-time, then we really can have a lot of health issues. Everything from feeling depleted, to our energy and vitality going down, accelerated aging, more inflammation, and many different things. 

I think the mentality for a lot of us is to keep working, keep going, keep pushing and when something becomes unbearable, then we have to deal with it. When our back aches so much we can’t walk, then we deal with it.

What we want to do is we want to start paying attention to anxiety levels now and prevent all these major issues coming down the road. We don’t want to get depleted or wear down our bodies. Anxiety disorders are affecting millions of adults in the United States alone which shows a really rampant issue that we really need to talk about and address as a community.

Topics Covered In Tips for Handling Anxiety Throughout the Day

#1. The mechanism of anxiety

#2. Tips for handling anxiety through the Four Cornerstones

#3. How to connect with your body

#4. Foods to help balance your body

#5. How to ‘feel our feelings through to completion’

#6. Mini meditations and how to make space for stillness

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey, Beauties. Welcome back to our Monday solocast podcast, where our topic today is Tips for Handling Anxiety Throughout the Day. Throughout the day is a big part I want to emphasize because if we don’t take care of ourselves in real-time, so again, throughout the day, instead of letting it start to accumulate and build up in our bodies and build up in our minds, then we really can have a lot of health issues, feeling depleted, our energy going down, our vitality, accelerated aging, more inflammation, so many different things. So I think the mentality for a lot of us is keep working, keep going, keep pushing and when something becomes unbearable, then we have to deal with it. When our back aches so much we can’t walk, then we deal with it.

Kimberly: 00:55 But really what we want to do is we want to start paying attention to anxiety levels now, so again, we prevent all these major issues coming down the road. We don’t want to get depleted. We don’t want to wear down our bodies. So this is an important topic. Also, according to different statistics, anxiety disorders are now affecting… This is a statistic, so I think there’s a lot that goes on reported. But according to this statistic, anxiety disorders are affecting 40 million adults in the United States alone. This is ages 18 and older. So as we’ll get into, there’s different statistics for children. But the point is, this is a really rampant issue right now that we really need to talk about, we really need to address as a community.

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Kimberly: 01:44 So before we get into it, I want to give a shout out to our Fan of the Week. His or her name is EveyAmaris, can’t tell if that’s a woman or a man. So here is his or her review. He or she writes, “I have loved every book Kimberly has written, and her podcast is extremely informative on all things holistic. She beautifully educates on how to live a balanced life. If you want to make positive changes to your health, then she is your go-to lady.” Well, EveyAmaris, thank you so much for being our fan of the week. I sent you a huge virtual hug, no matter where you are. Thank you so much for supporting. Thank you so much for being part of the community. It really means a lot. So again, big virtual hug. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Kimberly: 03:22 Okay. So all of that being said, let’s get into our topic today, which is handling anxiety throughout the day. So what happens is we go to this altered state of consciousness called sleep, and we wake up, and hopefully, we wake up refreshed. But for many of us, we already wake up feeling a little bit behind, right? First of all, we back up a step back, a lot of us have trouble even falling asleep at night because there’s so much in our mind, there’s so much anxiety that tends to build up inside of our bodies, inside of our minds so maybe we don’t sleep as well. So we wake up the next day, and we already feel a little bit of general underlying anxiety as we get up and we’re starting throughout the day. And then maybe we get right on email or right into texts, and we start to feel that feeling in our tummy of, “Oh my gosh, there’s so much to do. I don’t have time to do it.” Or, “What’s going to happen here?”

Kimberly: 04:23 Then, on top of all that with COVID, and the election, and politics, and social unrest, there’s also the collective anxiety of what’s going on in the world and what’s going to happen in the future because none of us know that. So then you start to go throughout the day, and then maybe you’re getting ready for doing your work, going to work. A lot of us are working from home now. And you turn on the news, and this kicks up more anxiety. Then, you get into your work, and then maybe some deadlines have crept up or maybe something’s starting to stress you out, and then that just starts to build, build, build more in your body. So that by the time it’s six, seven o’clock, you are desperate for that glass of wine. You’re desperate for the ice cream and the sugar just to feel that you’re quelling your body, that you’re giving your body some sort of soothing. You have to placate your body in some way.

Kimberly: 05:22 And then maybe that glass of wine turns into two or three glasses of wine and suddenly, you’ve had half a pint of ice cream, or maybe a full pint of ice cream. Suddenly, we’re back into this pattern of watching the news before bed and feeling more anxiety and going to bed already stressed. So I’m painting a picture, which is not so unrealistic for millions and millions of people, to show that at any time, we’re walking around with a certain level of anxiety already there. So that means if your kid has a tantrum, or somebody from your business suddenly quit, or the weather is different than you wanted it to be for your picnic outside, these little things can set us off. They can be triggers because of this low level of anxiety.

Kimberly: 06:14 So it’s really, really critical as we go through our lives, and we go through our days, and we go through week by week, month, month, year by year, that we’re constantly cleaning out that anxiety so to speak. It’s like detoxing our bodies. It’s something that we’ve talked about in the community for years. You want to get rid of the excess assets. You want to get rid of the waste that bioaccumulates in our system. Otherwise, it just accrues and over time, it becomes harder to lose weight. It becomes harder to have any amount of high energy that’s sustained. All these things start to get more and more difficult. And the same thing with anxiety. It makes life more difficult in general.

Research and Statistics 

Kimberly: 06:59 Now, I mentioned that, again, about 40 million Americans are experiencing some kind of anxiety disorder. I think the number is actually much higher. That’s my personal opinion, but it’s not all tracked. We can’t really accurately, in my opinion, track all of that. What about the millions and millions of people that go through their lives and don’t say anything, don’t report anything, aren’t part of these surveys? So I think that the number could be higher, especially it’s all estimated based on sample populations. But, especially with what is going on in the world right now, I think they’re higher.

Kimberly: 07:39 Also, statistics have shown that 25% of children up to the age of 18 are experiencing anxiety disorders. So the research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders have a higher risk to perform poorly in school. They miss out on important social experiences, and they may engage in substance abuse. So worldwide, the World Health Organization reports that anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders worldwide. So lot to talk about here. So let’s get into it, and we’re going to talk about the tips. Well, first let’s talk about the mechanism of anxiety and then we’re going to talk about tips throughout our four cornerstones, which is our holistic approach that we like to look at every topic through, which is food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth.

The mechanism of anxiety

Kimberly: 08:36 I’ve always found that looking at things in this more holistic way will always give the best results and will always give us, not just the best results, but I find the sustainable results, the results that aren’t just from a fad diet or doing a 21-day meditation challenge. Although these things can be helpful, what we want to do is we want to really start anchoring into a lifestyle that includes these four cornerstones. As I’ve said before, many times probably, if we don’t pay attention to the cornerstones, what happens is we could hyper-fixate on one or two of them and never really feel our best.

Kimberly: 09:20 So for instance, if we ignore our emotional well-being, our mental health, or we ignore the spiritual part of our life, which I define is greater understanding of ourselves, that could be quiet time, stillness, meditation being in nature, then we tend to fixate on either food or the body cornerstone, which includes exercise or both of them. That is very relevant to our discussion today about anxiety. I think a lot of people are not paying attention to their overall wellness. I know people that are obsessed about food and keep buying more superfoods, and adaptogens, and all these different things. And that can be helpful. That can be great, but that will only take you so far. Then, we have to look at the other parts of our lives, or we will continue to suffer. I’ll get into that more.

Kimberly: 10:20 So, first of all, what happens with anxiety? Okay. So let’s say there’s something that triggers us. It could be a email. It could be an argument with a loved one. It could be watching the news and starting to get into our minds about what’s going to go in the future. Whatever the trigger is, it will activate our autonomic nervous system and our fight-or-flight response. When that is triggered in our body, one of the first things that happens is our breath changes. We tend to become very shallow breathers, there’s physical changes in our body. We can start to feel our heart racing. We can even start to feel like we’re sweating, we’re getting hot, or there’s almost a constriction around our throat like we’re being choked, tightness in our body, just emotions coming up. We start to feel we’re not able to communicate well, or maybe we go straight into a reaction like a screaming, or ignoring, or whatever it is, whatever our go-to is. We can start to observe how our body handles anxiety.

Kimberly: 11:41 So fight-or-flight is actually triggering an actual physical response in our body, a physiological response. It’s based on adrenaline, which is the hormone of fear. We actually had a really interesting full podcast on an adrenaline expert, adrenaline doctor, which we’ll link to in the show notes because that’s also very related to our topic today. So when adrenaline is surging through our body, this hormone, it is signaling to our body that there’s danger. So what it does is it uses up a lot of our energy and our blood supply. So immediately, our digestion is going to be affected. Immediately, different other processes in the body are going to be affected because fear, and anxiety, and adrenaline takes so much, they will take the lion’s share.

Kimberly: 12:28 So ideally, we would come in and out of these stressors. But the problem, again, is if we’re already a certain base level of anxiety, it only will spike, it will only get bigger and bigger because we haven’t fully cleared out the anxiety that was there in the first place. It’s really important to restore balance that our parasympathetic nervous system responds by balancing and shutting off the stress reaction so that we come back into neutral. But however, as research now shows, the sympathetic nervous system can malfunction or can go into overdrive, leaving that person in a state of constant red alert, constant anxiety, there’s a constant level of anxiety there. Again, this continues to wreak havoc on our body, blood pressure can become raised, hormonal imbalance, chemical reactions. It just goes on, and on, and on.

Tips for handling anxiety through the Four Cornerstones

Kimberly: 13:29 So I wanted to paint that picture so you understand how one trigger starts to signal a cascade of responses in your body. So let’s get into our cornerstones now and our tips. The cornerstone that I want to talk about first is body. So when something happens, one of the most effective ways to quell it or to balance it is to get out of your head and to get out of the thought patterns which continually react to that trigger. So again, let’s say it’s a fight, let’s say with a coworker or a loved one, let’s say it’s the news, which can trigger a lot of us. One of the reasons I don’t watch the news very much. Let’s say it’s a deadline for a project, or proposal, or something like that. So the triggers there.

Kimberly: 14:25 So in your mind, you can keep it going by getting down the rabbit hole of, “But, what’s going to happen in three months? What’s going to happen when it gets colder? What am I going to do about this fight? Oh, it was their fault.” Whatever it is, the thoughts can keep going, going, going. So what we want to do is we want to cut off the thoughts. It doesn’t mean that we don’t revisit them when we’re calmer. It doesn’t mean that we don’t take action, but what it means is we need to cut them off so that we can come at it from a calm perspective of equanimity. So, where do we go? We go into the body.

Tip #1: Connecting with your body

Kimberly: 15:02 Remember what I just said, one of the first things that happens when anxiety hits is that our breath pattern changes. So to make sure that we are handling anxiety throughout the day, we need to make sure that our breath is as stable and steady as possible throughout the day because that is a direct indication of how much anxiety has built up in our body. The first thing we do is we go into the body, and we check in right after a trigger but also throughout the day. It’s a very easy thing to do. We check in. This is how I like to check in. We put one hand on our heart. We’re connecting to our deeper, deeper essence. And we put one hand on our belly. Then, just check in. Is the hand that’s on your belly rising and falling when you’re breathing it? If it is not, if you are not doing deep, abdominal breathing, which is the ideal that I want you to get to every day, then you’re breathing more shallowly, and we need to shift your breathing, just as simple as that.

Kimberly: 16:04 So let’s say the trigger just happened. Your heart’s really, really pumping. It’s really up there. Just cut off the thoughts, close your eyes, put your hand on your belly and your hand on your heart, and then just focus completely on your breath. Focus completely. Your complete goal, your only focus right now is to calm down the breathing. So that, again, your breath, your inhales are going down into your belly, and your belly is starting to rise, and you’re starting to feel that full, expansive breathing and the slowness that goes with that. So that’s something that you can start to do. First thing I want you to do is just focus on your breath.

Kimberly: 16:55 If you’re having a hard time, this is a technique that I recently learned. If you’re having a hard time cutting off the thoughts, as you’re starting to focus on your breath, look around your environment or the room, environment if you’re outside, and just name five things. So it could literally be picture frame, tree, quartz crystal, couch, books. This is a way to pull your brain from the emotional centers that keep you charged into the logical part of your brain. So where you cut off, just again, just feeling overly emotional, and you get more into the limbic part of your brain and you’re able to shift your mentality.

Kimberly: 17:48 Now, this is really important because as we know, there’s times where we just feel totally, totally emotional, and there’s parts of our brain where we feel like, “Oh my gosh, I’m calmer now. I can see where the different sides of this, and I can deal with this in a way that feels a lot more responsive versus overly emotional.” When we’re able to understand our brain more, we are able to actually have more control over our lives. So there’s a really great book that came out a couple of years ago, I believe. It’s by Daniel Siegel and it’s called Flipping the Lid. He uses the analogy about our upstairs and downstairs brain and connecting them. So, again, there’s a part of our brain that is rational and will help us look at a situation more calmly, and then there’s a part of our brain that’s extremely emotional. I thought I might’ve said the wrong thing before. The limbic part of our brain is actually related to emotional responses.

Kimberly: 00:48 So what we want to do is pause, get our breathing under control and, like I said, this technique of looking around the room and naming five objects. We have to use our rational brain to do that. So what it does is, it’s just helping to regulate our system so that we’re not just in that part of our brain that’s overly emotional and create so much anxiety. When we start to link our brain with the rational part, then we can start to take a step back and we can talk to ourselves the way that we might talk to one of our friends who’s going through extreme anxiety or there’s something going on with them as well.

Kimberly: 01:28 So, again, just take a pause and we’ll do that podcast at another time. I’m not going to go on that tangent too much, but I think the brain is fascinating. But just know for now that what we want to do is we want to regulate our own brain by first calming down the body. The breath is so important in this regard. Then we want to look around and name five things and come back to some level of rationality.

Tip #2: Foods to help balance your body 

Kimberly: 01:53 Next cornerstone is food, and this is something that’s meant to be in place as a lifestyle, as we’ve always talked about food versus something that you eat directly to quell your anxiety in that moment. When you are anxious, you do not want to eat because, as we mentioned before, so much energy and blood flow is tied up with the anxiety and the hormones, and what’s going on around that, that there isn’t much energy or blood flow that’s going to be assigned to digestion. So it’s actually one of the worst times you can eat because you can be sure that there’s going to be indigestion. There’s probably going to be some bloating that happens because the food isn’t going to be digested as well.

Kimberly: 02:40 But what we can do is we can create some strategy around eating in general that’s going to help balance our bodies from an anxiety standpoint. One of the most important nutrients for dealing with anxiety is B vitamins. There’s a couple of great ways that we get B vitamins into our body. Number one is we can eat seaweed, all different seaweeds. It used to be a big part of my diet. I’ve fallen off a little bit, but I want to bring it back in. Bubby loves seaweed. So just think about wakame and aramae and nori wrappers and all these amazing seaweeds. I used to chop them up and put them into salads, which is a really great thing to do. Or you can make simple rolls like I do with Bubby, with just brown rice and avocados. But seaweeds are a great thing to stock in your pantry always.

Kimberly: 03:33 Second thing is continuing to take your SBO probiotics every day. So not only is this introducing good bacterium into your system, which comes from the soil, it’s how our ancestors used to get their healthy probiotics into their guts, but number two, the right mix of bacterium, a healthy gut, also helps to produce B vitamins inside your own body. So another reason that probiotics are so important, the right kind. You can check out mysolluna.com for the probiotics I have created for you and for me, that I take every day, that I highly recommend. They have clinical research behind the strains. They’re able to survive your stomach acid, and they’re based on nature. They’re based on how our ancestors got probiotics, which, when we can look to nature, when we can look to the natural way of acquiring something and rebalancing, I always think that’s the most powerful.

Kimberly: 04:30 Then other than that, you want to make sure that you’re eating foods that have a wide variety of certain minerals and nutrients. You think about nuts as a wonderful category for nutrients like zinc and magnesium. So I’ve gotten really hugely back into walnuts, which I think are wonderful. They have omega-3 fats, which are really great for stress in your brain as well. So they’re also an oily nut, which is really great for your skin as we go into winter.

Kimberly: 05:07 So I’d also say this is a great time of year to eat nuts, seaweed, take your probiotics, and also lots of great vitamin C rich foods like berries and acai that you may use in some of your smoothies. Also, just really healthy, whole carbohydrates like sprouted brown rice, I think are really great. And also tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid and protein, which you can get from almond milk, the Power Protein Smoothie. It’s also in hemp milk. So these are some of the best foods that you want to consistently get into your body to help quell anxiety throughout the day.

Tip #3: Feel our feelings through to completion

Kimberly: 05:56 So our next cornerstone is emotional wellbeing and mental health, and this is throughout the day. Again, we’re talking about throughout the day, not where we let things build and build and build and then every six months we go on a two day yoga retreat, right? We want to consistently handle this. So one of the things that I don’t think people do enough, and I include myself in that, is to feel our feelings through to completion. So what happens is, often, let’s say something creates anxiety, an uncomfortable note, or a thought. And instead of feeling into it, which usually lasts a couple minutes or maybe up to 10 minutes, as Dr. Hawkins says, Dr. David Hawkins, we tend to distract. So maybe that’s when we reach for the candy bar, or that’s when we turn on Netflix, or that’s when we have more wine or a cocktail, or maybe that’s when we pick up our phone and complain to a friend about our other friends.

Kimberly: 07:03 What we want to do is we want to feel that feeling. We want to sit with it until it naturally dissipates. This keeps it from being repressed and suppressed into our body. This keeps us able to process something. It’s like digestion, it goes through us. So, again, it doesn’t get stored. Once we get through the other side of that intense emotion, again, just like we were saying earlier, we can use different parts of our brain to respond to it, to take action or not to take action if there’s no action required. But we have more of a fuller understanding, a much more rational way of looking at it so that it doesn’t accumulate and we deal with what we need to deal with. If there’s nothing to deal with, then we’ve processed that more acute fear and then we can move on with our day and with our life.

Kimberly: 07:52 So I would encourage you to do that throughout the day, is when something comes up, let yourself process it as much as possible. Now, you can also journal throughout the day. I know our days are full and busy and the same thing is for me. So maybe you’re dealing with something with your kids. You can’t deal with it in that moment. But you want to find time throughout the day where you can sit with it and let it come up and let it flow through you. I think that’s really, really, really important.

Tip #4: Mini meditations and how to make space for stillness

Kimberly: 08:22 From a spiritual standpoint, as I mentioned, I define spirituality not as some dogma or anything like that, religious, but it’s more about understanding yourself over time more and more, which I think is really, really important. We understand ourselves more when we can sit with ourselves without any external reference point or any influence or input from the outside world. So what we can do throughout the day, especially if you start to feel anxiety come up or distressing thoughts, is you want to do mini meditations.

Kimberly: 09:03 I actually did an example of a mini meditation over on my Instagram, which is at @ _kimberlysnyder, just a few days ago. So you can easily find it if you want to check it out. It’s a great video where I’m hiding in my garden, actually, because I needed to do a mini meditation. I left hubby with the kids for just a few minutes, just so I could go and recenter myself. I think that’s also really important, is that we don’t just plow through from one thing to the next on our to-do list, but we actually take a moment to center, to breathe, to do that mini meditation.

Kimberly: 09:37 The power of that, it doesn’t take a lot of time, but the power of that can be so amazing and just so impactful that it really makes a huge, huge difference. A huge difference. Sometimes we think it’s the big things like doing a big cleanse or doing a big retreat that makes the difference, but it’s not, guys, it’s the everyday steps. It’s the small, simple steps we do every day that actually make the biggest difference in our lives overall. So think about those mini meditations. Check out that example over on Instagram and, yeah, just start incorporating it into your life.

Kimberly: 10:15 Then other tips I would say is making sure that you have space for stillness, making sure that the TV and the news isn’t blaring on in the background all the time, making sure that you’re not over-scheduling, even though we’re in some level of quarantine depending where you live and where you are. I’m pretty quarantined myself, but there’s still a lot of activity. I’m writing a new book. I have Zoom calls. I’m running Solluna. I’ve got the two babies. But still not over-scheduling your calls and what you’re doing, so that you’re able to create more space to check in with your body and to actually incorporate these tips in the first place.

In Closing

Kimberly: 10:59 So there you have it, different areas for dealing with anxiety throughout the day. Let me know how you do. I definitely hope that you try some or all of these. You deserve to have a wonderful life that is free from excessively accumulating anxiety. I say excessively because the reality is there’s things that will make us anxious. There’s things that make us feel stressed as we go through life, but we deal with them with love and with presence and with our full strength, which we all have inside of us. Then we keep moving on and we keep growing and evolving.

Kimberly: 11:34 I love you so much. I really want you to feel your best. So thank you so much for tuning in. Thank you for being part of our community. I just want to leave you a quick thought of the week that you can contemplate as we’re ending on our spiritual cornerstone today. This is a quote from the great Rumi, the great poet and mystic who brings so much wisdom even today to our modern world. He writes, “I am not this hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul within.” This is such a poignant quote that really relates to my philosophy of true beauty. Yes, we want to have great hair. Yes, we want to have great skin. There’s nothing wrong with that. Listen, I have a whole skincare line. I talk about hair all the time. But that’s fun. That isn’t who we are. That’s not our self-worth.

Kimberly: 12:25 Our self-worth doesn’t come from the externals. It’s part of us. It gives an indication of our inner health. But our real essence, our real essence is the soul, the uniqueness of who we are. Tapping into that is our source of true beauty, magnetism, glow. Then everything becomes the icing on top. When we connect with that, the ironic part is everything flows better: our skin, our hair. Everything just tends to be healthier and more vibrant because we’re so deeply connected to the essence of who we are. And so all the stress about trying to be someone else starts to go away and then our real power comes forth. So I want you to think about that. Great thought to leave with. I will see you back here on Thursday for our next Q&A podcast. Till then, take great care. I love you very much. I’ll see you on Instagram and on the website, mysolluna.com, where you can find these show notes. Lots of love and see you back here soon.

Self-Love Practices [Episode #520]

Self-Love Practices [Episode #520]

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This week’s topic is: Self-Love Practices

I know we could all use more self-love practices because of this interesting time that we are in right now. The fact that some of our prior self-care, self-love practices like getting facials, massages, pedicures or manicures – we just haven’t really been getting for many months now.

It’s really important that we check in and we talk about practices that you can do right now, today in your home. In that really warm, cozy environment you can really nourish yourself on many different levels.

As we say in our Four Cornerstones, on a dietary food level, a physical body level, an emotional and mental level, and the spiritual level, these are the deepest core of us, our essence inside of us.

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This may sound strange, but is there a self-love practice for when it comes to food?

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I’m trying to love my body, rather than berate it every time I look in the mirror. Is there one practice you find helpful to stop the negativity?

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I noticed you’ve introduced the spirituality element and would love to ask if you have any tips on how to create a healthy spiritual practice?

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Kimberly: 00:00 Hey Beauties, welcome back to our Thursday, Q&A community show where our topic today is Self-Love Practices. And I know we could all use more self-love practices because of this interesting time that we are in right now and the fact that some of our prior self-care, self-love practices like perhaps getting facials or my personal favorite massages, pedicures, manicures, whatever sorts of services we haven’t really been getting for many months now.

Kimberly: 00:36 So it’s really important that we check in and we talk about practices that you can do right here, right now, today in your home. And in that really warm, cozy environment and you can really nourish yourself on many different levels. As we say, in our cornerstones on a dietary food level and a physical body level and also the emotional, mental level and the spiritual level, which is the deepest core of us, our essence inside of us.

Kimberly: 01:15 So really important topic today. I’m excited to dive in, I’m going to be reading the questions today because Caitlin as in the last few weeks has been very busy. We have been working on different, or she has been working on, I’m not going to take credit for any of the work, but she has been working on different projects and with different teams and working to update our site and to enhance your experience even more over there mysolluna.com. And we have been working on the fertility and pregnancy and postpartum course quite a bit, which I am so excited about.

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Kimberly: 01:53 And besides yours truly, there are a plethora of other experts that we have interviewed and their content is part of this course. So I don’t want to get into it too much, but some amazing, amazing people. Anyways, I’m not going to go down that tangent, but anyways, the point is I will be doing the questions today, and I’m really excited to hear your questions and also, please leave us a review on iTunes, which is a really, really great way to support the show.

Kimberly: 02:27 So I thank you so much in advance. And over there, you can also subscribe to the show and that way you have this self-love practice of having tips and tools and hopefully beneficial new information coming in through these different shows every week. And as busy as you get, sometimes you can forget about tuning into something if you haven’t subscribed. So it’s a great thing to do.

Question 1: This may sound strange, but is there a self-love practice for when it comes to food?

Kimberly: 02:54 And all that being said, let’s get into our show today. I’m super excited. Self-love practices. All right. Our first question comes from Sarah and she is from California. California girl like me. She writes, “This may sound strange, but is there a self-love practice for when it comes to food?” Well, Sarah, I don’t think it’s strange at all. I think this is a wonderful question and it shows that all these areas of our lives, the different levels, the different layers, the cornerstones one really does completely affect the other.

Kimberly: 03:30 So for instance, the food cornerstone, there is a reason that all the different great yoga masters and teachers from India would always talk about diet. They would always teach their students how to eat. And that was because they knew that the food that you eat becomes part of your energy. And as I talked about in, especially my earlier books, the energy of food and digestion has a huge effect on your total vitality and your total energy levels.

Kimberly: 04:03 So this is an example of how food can affect your spiritual practice. And it’s hard to meditate if you have indigestion and you are feeling really bloated or you’re just exhausted at the end of the day. So again, it’s important that we create the right fitness and the right environment for our bodies. So incorporating another cornerstone so that we’re able to sit in meditation longer. So that’s another example of an inter linking between the cornerstones.

Kimberly: 05:30 When it comes to our bodies, we can create different practices within that specifically. So for instance, if we stretch out our hips and our knees in different yoga asanas, which are the physical poses, then we are able to sit with our spines upright and our legs either in cross-legged or full Lotus position, which is considered a type of an energy lock, just like [inaudible 00:06:03] mudra a shape that you make with your fingers is also considered an energy lock, meaning it keeps the energy recirculating within your body and it isn’t leaked out.

Kimberly: 06:13 So that’s a way that what we’re practicing with our body affects our spiritual practice as well. So emotionally, might as well talk about all the cornerstones at this point, emotionally, we know that it’s also hard to meditate. I keep referencing meditation and a spiritual practice because in many ways it is it, to be blunt, it is the most important cornerstone that will give us the most lasting joy and sustained peace. And out of that comes more balance with food naturally.

Kimberly: 06:56 It comes with a more balanced body and attaining the goals that you want in a more easeful way, as I’ve seen time and time again with people that I’ve worked with. And also what happens is that everything just starts to feel more harmonious. So you process your feelings and your communication and your relationships tend to get better as well. So Sarah, back to your question, it’s a very long intro, but an overall segue that I wanted to introduce with this concept because this is an example that perfectly highlights how the cornerstones work.

Kimberly: 07:40 So back to this idea about food. I think it’s really important to first of all, connect with your food as much as possible. So the most ideal would be if you could grow anything, even if it’s some herbs or you can sprout things in your kitchen. You can have planter boxes. Anytime you can source your food, there’s a real connection because you’re putting your love into growing the food, which is quite beautiful and nourishing.

Kimberly: 08:10 At another level, if that’s not possible, or in addition to what you could do is really connect with the food in front of you before you eat it, which is something that I do as much as possible, even if it’s quite brief when I’m by myself at lunch or in a much more expanded way at family dinner. When we are saying our gratitude practice and grace.

Kimberly: 08:34 We do say grace every night as a family. And my nose is feeling a little bit stuffy tonight. I don’t know if you guys can hear that. I’m listening to myself and saying, “Oh, I’m sounding a little bit nasally and it’s funny.” It just really suddenly came on, but it definitely has gotten windy here where I live in California really suddenly.

Kimberly: 08:58 So it’s definitely a vulnerable time for our throats and these little respiratory systems in general, of course we want to protect right now. So time to bust out the scarves. I’m going to get out by tomorrow. It just feels really good to keep my throat really warm and cozy and protected. So starting very soon, I’m going to be a probably daily scarf person. Although I know it’s going to get pulled on a lot by Mosey, who’s constantly in my lap and switching from side to side.

Kimberly: 09:33 So back to food. I love to connect with it. And what I mean by that is give thanks for it. I’ll think about again, if I have a little bit more time at dinner, I think about the chain of events that brought that food before me, just a general overview gratitude for the farmers and the people that work on the trucks and bring it to the stores and the farmer’s market, which is where a lot of our vegetables come from and distributed it to us.

Kimberly: 10:07 So I like to just think about that if only briefly and give thanks and really connect with the food and give thanks to the food.

Kimberly: 10:33 Being as close to the sourcing as much as possible and also buying locally is a really powerful thing that you can do, which is why I love farmer’s markets so much. I love that the vegetables were picked that morning. The farmer’s market I go to doesn’t start till 10. So the farmers literally tell me that they get up early in the morning and pick the veggies for the market that morning. So it’s pretty, pretty amazing. So sourcing is important and taking a moment and giving thanks for the food I think is a beautiful self-care practice.

Kimberly: 11:08 And what it does is it connects you to the source. Gratitude is a very expansive energy. It’s high vibration energy. It’s great for everything I think, especially even relaxing your body and helping to promote better digestion. And I do believe there is even some research around this.

Kimberly: 11:26 So great thing to do. I go back, my older listeners or listeners that have been listening to the show for many years, I don’t mean chronological age. I mean, time spent as a feel-good podcast listener might remember a couple … I’m so bad with time. But over a year ago, few years ago, my dear friend, Tony was on the podcast with we and we love him very much, but he was a chief researcher and he was so great at it. So he would probably know something off the top of his head or be able to really pull something from his storehouse over there, gratitude and the body, but anyways. A little flash to the past.

Kimberly: 12:17 But yes, so I think gratitude is just a wonderful self-care practice to bring in and to honor yourself and to honor the food and to bring ceremony and magic and ritual into everyday life, which can I think overall enhance our quality of life, which is what self love is all about. It’s a great question. Thank you so much, Sarah.

Question 2: I’m trying to love my body rather than berate it every time I look at the mirror. Is there one practice you find helpful to stop the negativity?

Kimberly: 12:42 All right. Our next question comes from Betsy in Alabama and she writes, “I’m trying to love my body rather than [inaudible 00:12:51] it every time I look at the mirror. Is there one practice you find helpful to stop the negativity?” Betsy, thank you so much for your question. I think that most all of us women have struggled with mirror issues, including myself. I wrote about this in the Beauty Detox Power, about how I would look in the mirror and just constantly think, oh, your arms are so flabby and your thighs are so big and you’re so fat. I would literally say that to myself multiple times a day. And looking back on it, it just, I think why was I so mean to myself? Where did that come from? Was it from imbalanced teenage hormones? Or just as we’re developing into adults, is that a phase? It just felt, not the part about beating ourselves up, but just the extreme levels that I was speaking to myself.

Kimberly: 00:59 Again, I think we’re all on our own different pathways and time frames and journeys and the ways things unfold and the purpose of this podcast, which is from my heart, is to share with you guys what’s helped me, which is really the core, the source of all my material and all of my books is through my experiences and then seeking out research around it and also working with a lot of different people that have had a lot of different experiences and issues and witnessing that and working with it has been a huge, huge, amazing aspect of education as well.

Kimberly: 01:48 Back to this idea of the mirror. Again, I think this is something that is going to take some time to undo, but little by little, it can be undone because it’s been undone for me. And so I know if I can do it, I know that you could do it, Betsy, and all of you listening out there that have, we could call mirror shame. I think it’s really important. For me, this is an example where we work more and more and more on the unseen parts of ourselves. Specifically cornerstone three, which is our emotional wellbeing slash mental health cornerstone and our spiritual cornerstone, because when we connect more inward, when we connect to our spirit, into our essence and to our soul, we don’t hyper-fixate so much on the surface and on the shape of our bodies. While we can do practices like focus on three things that you like about yourself.

Kimberly: 02:51 And I’ve written that, I’ve given that advice because it’s very pragmatic and it’s a starting place too. But at the same time, I think it’s really important and we also cannot get around the fact that when we connect in our body, we don’t overvalue the outer body. And the ironic part is that when we do that, when we don’t obsess about the outer body, it turns out that it becomes much easier for the outer body to shift and morph and unfold and develop into what we do want it to look like and how we do want to feel.

Kimberly: 03:29 What I would suggest Betsy, is again, this combination perhaps or the pragmatic approach of thinking about three things that you love about yourself and bringing that up when you are looking in the mirror first. And then secondly, I would say to work on your meditation practice and to really find the time to sit, ideally morning and evening, to start your day and to end your day, and to just take some time to breathe. We definitely have some free meditations over you at mysolluna.com.

Kimberly: 04:15 I think it’s good to have some guided meditations with whatever type of meditation you connect with. I have free ones I offer. Oh, and there’s plenty out there, plenty of different apps as well. Just find one that feels really harmonious to you, that you really vibe with and then you can hopefully focus on incorporating into your life in a regular way. And it’s just like anything else, when we really prioritize, focusing on our food, we notice a big difference. We notice a big difference when we’re cooking at home more. When we prioritize on our bodies and we’re making time for our yoga practice or making time to walk, we notice a difference in our energy levels and how we feel in our bodies. And so it’s the same thing with all of these cornerstones.

Kimberly: 05:10 If we really want to progress in our inner life, which will help you dramatically heal the outer. In fact, it is the antidote. It is the answer to hyper-fixation, constantly beating yourself, is to build the inner connection, which is where the real self love comes from. It’s where we connect to our deepest, deepest source, where the true safety and the true security, true confidence comes from. And the great news is that it is inside of each and every single one of us already. The work, our work, our daily work, our daily practice is to spend time connecting back in which we do through our meditation. And again, this is the most important part, Betsy, of healing body shame, self hatred, berating yourself when you look at the mirror, being negative with yourself, negative self talk, is to work on the inner love and the inner connection. And I promise if you do that, you will see a difference in your life.

Break

Kimberly: 06:13 All right. And I don’t say that about many things, but of this one, I am sure. All right. Thank you Beauties, so much. I love these questions so far with our self love practices topic. We’re going to take a short break and I’ll be right back right after the break.

Question 3: I noticed you’ve introduced the spirituality element. I would love to ask if you have any tips on how to create a healthy, spiritual practice?

Kimberly: 06:41 All right. Our next question back here from the break on our topic of self love practices comes from Fran in the UK, and she writes, “I noticed you’ve introduced the spirituality element. I would love to ask if you have any tips on how to create a healthy, spiritual practice?”

Kimberly: 07:01 Well, Fran, we were just speaking about that as well in the last question and we can go a little bit further with your question. Thank you so much for submitting it. And I send you love over there in the UK. A country I have spent quite a bit of time at a country that I love very much. Yes, the spiritual element is one of our cornerstones and upfront. I want to say that for me, I define the spiritual path as a path to connect with the spirit inside of each of us. It’s not about religion or dogmatic theory or exclusionism of any sort. In fact, it’s about connection and feeling oneness and feeling expansive energy and it’s so powerful. It’s like stepping into a different dimension. It shifts your life because it shifts the way that you look at everything.

Kimberly: 08:04 As far as setting up a practice, Fran, I would say one of the most important things on the path is consistency and regularity. Just as I was saying in Betsy’s response, that if you want to get better at making your own food, you have to spend some time testing the recipes, playing with the recipes. And so it is with your spiritual practice. It’s important that you are consistently spending time in your practice and then it starts to go deeper and deeper. It may start to feel like, oh man, there’s a lot of thoughts in my head. Am I just wasting my time? Am I doing this right? What am I supposed to be doing? But then eventually over time and with guidance and a path, then you will be able to go deeper and deeper into the practice.

Kimberly: 08:53 I would say that you want create a system in the morning. For me when I wake up, I may cuddle for a little bit, but then I sit upright with my loved ones because by that time my children are in bed on one side, or one of them is on my chest and one of them is next to me and my husband’s on the other side. I sit up cross legged, one’s in my lap, one’s still next to me touching my leg and hubby’s touching the other leg so I’m connected to the family, but I sit upright and that’s how I meditate before I do anything else. Before I look at my phone, before I really open my eyes, I may take a sip of water, but I don’t get up.

Kimberly: 09:41 For me, I’ve established that that really works for my practice and keeping it regular is the timing. I know for me, if I do it right away, I can drop in. I’m not immersed yet in the world and the news and social media and email and texts that have come in through the night. I put my phone in wifi mode so I don’t get the texts until, then I open my phone. I’m like, “Ah.” They start to come in and sometimes, sometimes not. Depends on the day. I would say that creating a time and a rhythm to when you incorporate it. And then for me, I start to flow into the other parts. I go into the kitchen, I turn on the water for hot water with lemon, taking my SBO probiotics. And then, I don’t make the smoothie every day. I make batches, the GGS. And so, I might have some smoothie ready. I like to take it out around that time as I do with all my smoothies, because I don’t like them too cold. I like them to warm up a little bit closer to room temperature.

Kimberly: 10:52 Anyways, and so the day continues and same thing in the evening. For me, I like to meditate in the same spot actually, but usually in the evening, it’s my time to calm down and ground myself. sometimes I actually move Mosey, usually sleeping, I move him off my lap for a moment and I just have a little bit of space to myself. That’s my practice. I would say Fran, feeling into what feels good to you, of what you can right now in your lifestyle do consistently and sticking to it. And again, I’ll iterate, we had the free meditations from yours truly over at, mysolluna.com and you can check them out there.

Kimberly: 11:37 And I’m also doing a weekly different meditations over on Instagram. I usually post them on Wednesdays or so. Sometimes my days flip a little bit, but my Instagram handle’s @_kimberlysnyder. And you’ll see that one of my IGTV series is actually called Meditations. You can check them out over there as well if that’s a convenient way for you to access finding the meditations.

Question 4: How can my husband and I create a practice together that will help us connect more? Do you do anything with your husband?

Kimberly: 12:06 Okay. Thank you so much for these questions so far, you guys. I am just loving them and I’m loving this topic. We have one more who’s from Lee in North Carolina, and she writes, “How can my husband and I create a practice together that will help us connect more? Do you do anything with your husband?”

Kimberly: 12:29 Yes, yes, yes. I love this question. We have many practices and I think that bringing ritual and practice and ceremony in different ways to your relationship is a very powerful way to connect with your partner, to deepen your love and to benefit the both of you. Connection is so healing and it’s so powerful. Deep, deep soul connection, especially. When you have your soulmate friends and if you have been lucky enough to meet your soulmate, and maybe you’re someone that is now ready for your soulmate, and that’s exciting as well. And I would say to create the space for feeling the energy that you want to feel in that relationship. And I could say that’s exactly what I did and that’s exactly what I got. I would just imagine. I was coming out of another last relationship. I took five months to really heal and to do my practice and to go into myself and then when I was starting to get clear or I came out and then I had some meetings and a shorter relationship that was with a really nice person.

Kimberly: 14:08 But then I got really clear about what all that I wanted. And when I got really clear is when I found it. I don’t know how else just to put it, but that simply. I think clarity is really, really important. When you’re with your partner, present or currently magnetizing in, shall we say. I’ll share some of the practices that hubby and I do that I love. First of all, we, as a family hold space for the kids, Mosey’s too young still, but we hold space for family dinner and grace and gratitude and we often speak about each other and that feels really nice and it feels really connected to do as a family. We also do two person circles. And so the Solluna circles, it’s a whole other topic, but involves different aspects of sharing and meditating together and doing breath work and there’s so many different ways that we do circles.

Kimberly: 15:20 We are actually revamping our Total Circle Program very, very soon for you guys. It’s in the works now. I’ll tease it and say that I’m super excited for this to come about because I think it’s just going to be a wonderful offering with inspiration that you can work with it a little bit on a daily basis, but that’s a way to integrate, integrate, integrate into your energy field and benefit. I’m really excited about that.

Kimberly: 15:56 We do these circles periodically and we connect daily. We have, I would say almost daily bedtime chats and we talk about our day. We put down the phones and the screens and we cuddle and we connect with each other, which is really, really important for me mentally and emotionally and spiritually with my partner. And we are very physical as well. I will say in our physical practices, in our sexual practices, I’ll leave it at that, but I’ll say that we make space for that as a regular part of our life.

Kimberly: 16:46 And I think that life can get busy for all of us and so it’s important to honor our sexual connection with our partner because our sexual connection with our partner is the only person that we have that relationship with and it’s a beautiful way to express love. And so again, everything is multilevel, just like the cornerstones so we want to create practices for our partner, ideally in each of the cornerstones. It’s funny, I just sort of naturally, I think I didn’t do a body one, but food wise, gratitude practice around meals. Body wise I would say that we love to walk together and we have a dog, Jackie and it’s nice to walk with him on the beach, which we used to do more often when we were living in Venice. Now we do more mountain walks and emotionally the bedtime chats and the circles and spiritually part of that is really, really connecting authentically from the heart and also meditating together.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly: 17:55 Wow. What a great show. I really loved this one, especially. Thank you guys so much for being here, being part of the community and I love you. And I can’t wait to connect with you more. As we are leaving the show, I just want to leave you with a thought of the week. This is an adaptation of the Carl Jung quote, “She who looks outside, dreams. She who looks inside, awakens.” Goes along with all our talk today about spirituality and cultivating our inner world and nourishing our inner world, which will benefit everything else, including the other cornerstones, including our relationship with food and our physical bodies and our emotional body as well. I will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. I am on Instagram everyday @_kimberlysnyder. The website, mysolluna.com. Lots of different ways to connect with me. Sending you so much love from my heart to yours. I’ll see you back here soon. Till then, take care. And again, lots of love.

How to Create Your Own Vision with GT Dave [Episode #519]

How to Create Your Own Vision with GT Dave [Episode #519]

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This week’s topic is: How to Create Your Own Vision with GT Dave

I am so excited to have my very special guest, GT Dave, who is the Founder and CEO of GT’s Living Foods, the #1 best-selling and most-loved Kombucha brand. Listen in as GT shares what motivated and inspired him to share kombucha with the world, what to focus on when starting your own business, and self-care practices you should never skip out on.

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  • The inspiration for sharing kombucha with the world…
  • How kombucha helped GT’s mom throughout her intense chemotherapy treatments…
  • Being raised with plant-based parents and Hindu hymns…
  • Going from point A to point B in business while embodying kindness and compassion…
  • What to focus on when creating products for your business…
  • Tips for building your team…
  • GT shares what the future is for GTS…
  • We discuss our self-care practices and how we turn our brains off and relax…

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About GT Dave

As the Founder and CEO of GT’s Living Foods, the #1 best-selling and most-loved Kombucha brand, GT Dave has not only revolutionized the way people think and feel about Kombucha and fermented foods, but dedicated his life, his brand and even his name on the label, to the philosophy that living foods should be around us and in us to live happier, healthier lives.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of GT’s Living Foods! GT also just was named EY’s 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year of the greater Los Angeles area.  He was recognized as an inspiring leader whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation, and tenacity have driven his company’s success, transformed the health and wellness industry, and made a positive impact on his community.

Today GT’s Living Foods is still the #1 selling kombucha brands and retains 40 percent of the kombucha marketplace. GT has expanded into new areas including adaptogenic mushroom tea. GT resides in Los Angeles with his husband, Allan and pet bunny Madonna continuing to act as a steward for Kombucha and all living foods.

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hi Beauties, and welcome back to our Monday interview podcast. I have a very, very special guest for you today. His name is GT Dave, and you may very well recognize his name from the Synergy Kombucha bottles that you have been perhaps drinking for years and years. I know that I have seen his name before and wondered, who is this guy? And the interview today, I have to say, is pretty spectacular. GT Dave, I don’t want to tease it too much, but he basically pretty much started the whole kombucha category. And he has an incredible story based on finding this special elixir, this modality to help his mom with her cancer when he was only 15 years old. So he’s just an incredible person, an incredible entrepreneur. His incredible vision. I learned so much from this interview and I cannot wait to get into it today.

Fan of the Week

Kimberly: 01:06 Before we do, though, I want to give a quick shout out to our fan of the week. His or her name is KBarchiesi and he or she writes, “I recently became plant-based and found your podcast through another health and wellness podcast. I want to thank you for all your information, guests, tips and tricks. Thank you so much.” Thank you so much, KBarchiesi, for being our fan of the week and for being in our community. I’m so glad that we found each other. I think it’s all meant to be, and I send you a big virtual hug.

Leave a Review and Subscribe on Itunes

Kimberly:  01:49 And Beauties, for your chance to also be shouted out as the fan of the week, please take a moment or two out of your day and please leave us a review, which is free and easy and just a great way to support the show. And while you’re at it, please be sure to subscribe to the show, and that way you don’t miss out on any of these solo casts or interviews or Q&A podcasts, which are our shows on Thursdays. All right, all that being said, let’s get into our interview with the incredible GT. Again, founder and CEO of GT’s Living Foods, the number one best-selling and most loved kombucha brand.

Interview with GT Dave

Kimberly : 00:02:18 GT I have to tell you that, I think it was, it must have been 10 years ago or more. And I used to live in New York city and I remember the exact moment where I was, I was in Union Square and there’s this Big Whole foods in Union Square. And my friend went in and came back with a couple things to share. And one of them was the Grape flavor Kombucha. And I remember your Synergy GTS of course, I took a sip and I remember thinking, what is this? I had never had anything like it before. It wasn’t sweet, but it was sparkly. And it was interesting. It was my first sip of kombucha I’m even getting goosebumps. And it changed my life. I then started, I was already into sauerkraut and fermenting foods, but I didn’t really know about kombucha. So first of all, I just want you to know that… Then I read the label then I saw your name. And now over a decade later here we are doing this podcast. That’s amazing how connected we all are.

GT: 00:03:20 It really is. And thank you for sharing with me your story, because your experience is exactly what we aspire all of our fans and all of our consumers to experience. We really want them to have this moment when it’s experiential. When you have your first bottle of raw kombucha, that it opens your eyes, it almost creates this reawakening. So I love that you just shared that with me.

What inspired GT to not only want to drink kombucha but share it with the world

Kimberly : 00:03:40 It was this reawakening and I’ve to GT talk a lot about gut health. I’m really into SBO Probiotics and all these different things. And my journey came about because I used to be super bloated. I had really bad acne. So can you tell us a little bit about, maybe kombucha has been around for a long time, but you brought it into the modern world. Where did you even come up with this idea? Never heard pf it, so amazing.

GT: 00:04:07 Yeah. Well, so first of all, the people that I have to thank for introducing kombucha to me is my parents. So my parents, both my mother and father raised me very holistically, very spiritually. And in addition to that, they raised me on a plant based diet. So I was actually a vegetarian in my mother’s womb. And then when I came out of the womb, I was vegetarian for the first 10 years of my life with just a little break there and then went back to being vegetarian. But throughout the many years of my upbringing, my parents exposed me to so many different types of foods from tofu, to wheat grass, to chia seeds, to Noni juice, to everything that now is becoming more and more popular. And again, by the way, this is the ’80s. So even the word plant-based was even a thing in people’s minds, but kombucha was one of the things that my parents exposed me to.

GT: 00:04:55 And to be honest, I thought it was very weird when I first saw it. So I actually didn’t want anything to do with it, but it wasn’t until I witnessed my mother and my father’s positive experience with it, that I gave it a second chance. And the two things that really resonated with me, that I witnessed that my parents experienced with kombucha is, one they became fanatic about drinking it and they noticed that their skin, their hair, their immune system and their energy levels all improved. But honestly, that wasn’t enough for me. The second part, which was really the moment is when it helped my mom with her breast cancer. And not only did that resonate with me, but in many ways inspired me because in many ways I thought kombucha kind of, it helped my mom survive this battle with breast cancer. And through that, I became inspired and wanted to not only drink it for myself, but I actually wanted to share it with the world. So, that’s how it was.

Kimberly : 00:05:42 Oh, sorry GT. What stage breast cancer was she and how did it help her?

GT: 00:05:46 So she had stage three breast cancer, maybe even stage four, actually, now that I think about it. And what happened was, is my mother was plant-based herself, very athletic, the picture of perfect health or so it seemed, and so she actually thought she was pregnant and she went to the doctors to get checked. And the doctors unfortunately responded and say, “Mrs. Dave, you’re actually not pregnant, but what you have is this tumor growing in your right breast. And it’s about the size of a golf ball. And we believe you’ve had it for several years. And in addition to that, we believe it’s a very fast growing form of cancer. And therefore we’re concerned that it has already spread throughout your body to specifically your bones.” So it was actually my mother that came home from that doctor’s visit and sat me and my brothers and my father in the backyard of our home in Los Angeles and share with us the news.

GT: 00:06:35 And I have to be honest that when she shared this diagnosis, I thought I had been diagnosed with cancer. It was within minutes I felt that my life was coming to an end, and that the sky was falling. And so we all were very concerned naturally. And I remember my mother’s words saying, “I will beat this because I want to see my boys grow up to be men. And I want to see my family grow up to everything that I hope and wanted it to be.” And so she was really, again, committed to overcoming cancer, which I believe is step one. You always need that wheel to live. And that bravery to overcome the adversity that now is in front of you.

GT: 00:07:12 However, two weeks later, she went to the doctor. They called her back in to give her some of her test results. And of course she was very concerned because they normally only call you into the office when they have bad news. And so they brought my mother into the doctor’s office and they sat her down. They said, “Mrs. Dave, we brought you into the office today not because we have bad news, we actually have good news. This cancer and tumor that we identified in your body, despite the many years that we believe you’ve had it,” they thought that she had it for four years. They said, “the tumor is actually pre-cancerous and dormant. And it has not spread throughout your body to your lymph nodes and certainly not to your bones. So we actually brought you in, because we want to ask you some questions. We want to know what you’re doing differently in your diet. We want to know if you’re taking any Chinese herbs or Chinese medicines or anything that’s out of the ordinary.” And this was the part that really sold it to us, “because your condition is miraculous.”

Kimberly : 00:08:06 Oh, my gosh.

GT: 00:08:07 And so that was the story that my mother retold when she again came back home and took me and my brothers and my father back in the backyard, again, it was like deja vu, but now the story had a positive ending. And so that was that moment where I went from complete darkness two weeks prior, to complete light with hopefulness-

Kimberly : 00:08:27 Wait, two weeks.

GT: 00:08:27 Yes, in two weeks. Yes. When we got the first diagnosis of, “hey, we found this tumor in your right breast, it’s very large. It’s very fast growing. We don’t think that the outcome is going to be good.” To all of a sudden, “actually the tumor is precancerous. It’s dormant and has not spread.” Now, what they did say is, as I mentioned, your condition is miraculous, but they still wanted my mother to go through radiation, excuse me, chemotherapy, lumpectomy, chemotherapy and then radiation.

GT: 00:08:55 And so my mother did do that because again, this is the ’90s. So you didn’t really have the internet because this was 1993. And you didn’t have the phenomenon of the health and wellness movement that you have today. So my mother thought and said to me and my brothers and my father that, “listen, so apparently kombucha has helped me stay strong and stay resilient. But my doctors are saying that I really need to incorporate more conventional medicine to see me through this.” So she did opt to do chemotherapy and ultimately the lumpectomy, the surgery of the removal of the tumor and more chemotherapy and more radiation. And as you or anybody that’s listening that knows, when cancer patients go through such intense treatment. A lot of times they die of the treatment and not the cancer.

GT: 00:09:40 So, that was the second indication that I saw that kombucha help my mom is that, throughout these really aggressive and intense series of chemotherapy treatments, kombucha was the only thing that she could consume. And during her treatments it helped her with her stomach, because obviously the nausea. It helped her with her immune system, because a lot of times you can get very sick and it gave her strength. And so that was a culmination of all these things. It really spoke to me and I said, “mom, dad, this really needs to be shared with the world because this is something that’s so special and can truly help others.” So I was 15 years old at the time.

How kombucha helped GT’s mom throughout her intense chemotherapy treatments

Kimberly : 00:10:17 Oh, hold on a second. Pause for a second. Where were they getting kombucha since you weren’t making it and bottling it, and how much was she actually drinking at that time?

GT: 00:10:26 So what’s really interesting is in the early ’90s, my father being the plant-based kind of health food pioneer that he would say he is, is that every day on the way to his office in Hollywood, he would stop by the store called the Beverly Hills Juice Club, which really was one of the first press juice here in Los Angeles. So he’d pick up his fresh pressed carrot juice, a shot of wheat grass, his shot of ginger, all of that. Things that again, only were really being done then, now we’re a little bit more popular and a little bit more widely available.

GT: 00:10:57 And so on one of his trips to the Beverly Hills Juice Club, the owner whose name is David Otto, who’s still around and so is the Beverly Hills Juice Club, approached my father and said, “Michael, you’re a friend and a great customer. My wife had just returned from the Himalayas and she came back with this kind of fermented tea. That’s fermented with this mushroom. And she’s saying it’s great for the immune system that it was originated in Manchuria, China. That everybody who drank it in this village and Manchuria all live to their hundreds.” He said, “but to be honest. I’m not buying it.” He’s like, “I think it’s snake oil. You and I both know there’s nothing better than fresh pressed juice.” He’s like, “but again, you’re a good friend and we’re on the same path. I would really, really love for you to give this kombucha a try. Here’s the culture, here’s the recipe. I’d love for you and your wife to make it and let me know what you think.”

GT: 00:11:47 So it really was kind of a favor to be honest, that my parents were being asked and because my parents were very open minded, they went about it with a very open heart. So I remember when my dad came home with the first culture and made his first batch and that’s really what my mother was drinking up to this point.

Kimberly : 00:12:04 That is an amazing, amazing story. So, that guy his wife literally got it from the Himalayas.

GT: 00:12:10 Yeah, is that baby in the background?

Kimberly : 00:12:13 Yeah. Sorry, one second GT. Sorry, one second.

GT: 00:12:16 Oh good. Aww he’s a little one in the background. I think your audio cut out.

Kimberly : 00:12:42 Sorry, GT this is my real mom life GT [inaudible 00:12:45] you can hear him a little bit in the podcast and people get it. And that’s one of the reasons I think people relate to me because I’m trying to juggle everything.

GT: 00:12:54 That’s right. What’s his name?

Kimberly : 00:12:56 His name is Moses.

GT: 00:12:58 Moses, it’s a sweet… Me and my husband are working on children. So I have a new found. Yeah, we’re doing maternal twins or at least maternally related three months apart. So the first one is expected May of next year. And then the second one is expected August of next year.

Kimberly : 00:13:12 Oh my God! Congratulations. Boys or girls?

GT: 00:13:19 One boy, one girl.

Kimberly : 00:13:20 Oh my gosh. What a blessing. They’re going to be so close in age.

GT: 00:13:24 They are. Yeah. So I have to be honest, I’m excited and absolutely mortified. So when I see anybody handling their baby, I’m paying much more attention these days, from my wanting to learn some tips or observe because as you probably know, you kind of learn as you go, right.

Kimberly : 00:13:40 It’s so much easier too with the second one, we have a four year old. And I think the first time parent is just so careful with everything and now we kind of roll with it. He’s always on my body. He’s always with me for my Zoom calls. So you’ll see. You and your husband will just, you’ll love it.

GT: 00:14:00 We just embrace it [crosstalk 00:14:00] Yeah, as his life, right?

Being raised with plant-based parents and Hindu hymns

Kimberly : 00:14:04 Wait, so GT, are you still plant-based because I’m actually vegan. I’ve been plant-based for, I think 12 years now and both of my children have been plant based since conception.

GT: 00:14:19 That’s amazing. Yeah. So I’ve been plant-based virtually my entire life. Now what I referenced earlier is at the age of 10, again, my parents being very progressive, but also very open-minded, they said to me and my brothers, they said, “all right, children, we raised you this way for the last 10 years. We believe that this is the path, but we want you to discover it on your own.” So they said, “so at this point forward, you can eat whatever you want and draw your own conclusions of what is right for you.” And so of course I was like, “yes, I’m going to McDonald’s and doing this and doing that.” And to be honest I actually enjoyed the way meat tasted. It was very savory, very flavorful, all of that. But I did not like how it made me feel. And maybe I think after about six months of it, I thought to myself, this doesn’t feel right. And honestly, what was kind of the culmination of this realization is when I went to McDonald’s and I got a chicken McNugget and I dipped into it, and a purple vein popped out.

Kimberly : 00:15:18 Yow.

GT: 00:15:19 Yeah. And I remember looking at it… And then again, my 10 years of upbringing kind of ran through my head and I thought, this isn’t really right. This may taste good, but it’s not making me feel good. If it’s not making me feel good, what is it really doing for my body? And again, I was raised to understand energy and I felt like, is this really good quality of energy that I want to put into my body? And so then I gave it up and I never looked back.

Kimberly : 00:15:45 Wow. So when you said you were thinking about in terms of energy, were your parents yogis? Were you raised in meditation?

GT: 00:15:53 Yeah, exactly. So in addition to being plant-based, my parents took me to India many times when I was a young boy. So my first trip was actually at the age of three, and I stayed at this Ostrom in India and of course they were all plant-based and we learned Hindu hymns and meditation, and all this kind of different kind of consciousness that is… At least back then was somewhat foreign to a Western way of thinking. And in many ways it kind of married the East and West for me.

Kimberly : 00:16:21 Yes.

GT: 00:16:21 So it was different than how a lot of my friends were raised. And to be honest, I even kind of resented it early on because as you know, when you’re growing up, you just want to fit in and you just want to be like everybody else.

Kimberly : 00:16:34 [inaudible 00:16:34] the weird boy having Indian hymns.

GT: 00:16:37 Exactly, all my friends would go to Europe for the vacation and I’d go to India. It just didn’t feel normal. But in looking back, I’m incredibly grateful for that [inaudible 00:16:49] because it really solidified my path and being compassionate, being empathetic, believing in whether it’s karma or reincarnation, or just that every action that we do in this world almost has a reaction. So it’s a different way of thinking. By the way, I was also raised Catholic. So my parents had a beautiful job of marrying my spirituality with also my religiousness. And so it was an interesting kind of marriage of the two, which I’m very proud to have experienced,

Kimberly : 00:17:21 You know, GT it’s so funny you say that, because my Guru is Paramahansa Yogananda, who I don’t know if you’re familiar with, are you familiar with him?

GT: 00:17:29 I’m vaguely familiar.

Kimberly : 00:17:30 Okay. So, he started something called The Self-Realization Fellowship, and he’s one of the people that brought yoga to the West. So he talks about the connection, the heart of true religion. He talks about the message of Jesus being very similar to the message of Krishna. And like you said, bridging East or West and someone like myself that was raised Catholic, just feeling oh this is how meditation and spirituality can work with that instead of opposing it. So, that’s been really nice. It feels really harmonious when you find that

GT: 00:18:03 It’s true and you know what, my parents took me to The Self-Realization Fellowship on Sunset a lot growing up. And so, although I don’t know explicitly the teachings, I do know that they are essentially synonymous or aligned with Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Baba was the Holy man in India that my parents took me to see. And the one thing that he said that my parents would continue to repeat to me throughout my life is, “every river leads to the ocean, every religion leads to God.” And that was really saying that, because that’s the one thing I did notice growing up in Catholicism, is there was this heavy sense of judgment that it’s this way or no other way, if you don’t follow this, you’re doomed.

GT: 00:18:44 And as I grew up, I was exposed to Judaism and Buddhism and of course Hinduism, which when I was went to India and I was like there is this common thread amongst all religion. And if you strip away some of the judgements and the heavens and hells and all that stuff, it really is live your life with love. Give people love and you’ll get love and be kind to each other. That is honestly the basic principle of almost every religion.

Kimberly : 00:19:10 What’s amazing listening to you GT is, we have all different kinds of [inaudible 00:19:15] yes with my coauthor for my books Deepak Chopra talking about philosophy, talking about spirituality. My next book is actually heavily about spirituality, but I’m hearing you talk about it from your heart. And then I think, wait a minute, this guy is this super successful business guy. And so sometimes we think, oh yeah, just love and true. And then people will, my ex, different people will kind of dismiss it and be like, oh, you’re just a hippie blah, blah, blah. But what’s really inspiring in you is that you’re embodying kindness and compassion, and you’ve also parlayed it into this big business. It’s interesting.

Going from point A to point B in business while embodying kindness and compassion

Kimberly : 00:19:54 I want to go back to the kombucha in a little bit, but it’s kombucha idea comes into your life very authentically. Your mom’s sick. It helps her heal. You’re yogi, you’re growing up in this really conscious environment. How do you go from that? Let’s say point A to point B, where everywhere in the world, every franchise your kombucha, you figured out distribution, production, all this stuff that’s so business-minded. And I’m not sure what background you had before to went into this. How did you go from point A to point B, which I’m sure it’s not an easy answer, but just broad strokes. Because, it’s really interesting.

GT: 00:20:35 Yeah, to be honest, I think you’ll relate. I think the best analogy I can give it’s like giving birth. So I was giving birth to this idea, this living thing that I wanted to raise and make myself proud and do something special in the world. And when you have that commitment and conviction, you don’t sacrifice, you don’t compromise. You lead with your heart. I didn’t start my business because I was looking to get rich, or famous or any of those things. As I said, it helped my mother with her breast cancer. I notice it’s improvement in my life. And so I really wanted to share it with the world and that was all I really wanted to do. And by the way, just for anybody listening, it’s been 25 years in the making.

GT: 00:21:18 So I am by no means an overnight success. So, everything that you’ve just described about seeing it everywhere and all of that, that came with price and sacrifice. For the first five years of my professional life, my products were only basically sold on the West Coast. And I was almost virtually a one man show. Where I made it, I bottled it, I delivered it and I’d go to the stores on the weekend and I would sample it. So in many ways, this was my child, this was my family. And so that was really important because I think, what a lot of business owners and entrepreneurs do, especially in this day and age of instant gratification and kind of this rat race that we sometimes fall into is, they just start making these leaps and bounds with the growth of their business.

GT: 00:22:03 Because again, everything is so instantaneous these days that they skip certain steps, or when they make mistakes, they make big mistakes that can sometimes be catastrophic. So in retrospect, what really helped me is, as I said, it was slow and steady. It was like raising a child. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t put my newborn into college, because that would basically wreck its life. So that’s why for the first 10 years I was this overprotective parent, really protecting this idea and making sure that it never changed. And if it did, it only changed for the better. And then in addition to that, I learned. I pride myself on being a very, very fast learner, very observant. I’m obsessed with details almost too much so to be honest, but the good news is when you’re very detail oriented, you understand the good and the bad and you know how to avoid the good, excuse me avoid the bad and maximize the good. And so that was honestly the secret of my success.

Kimberly : 00:22:55 Wait, say that, what was the secret? Say it again, GT.

GT: 00:23:01 So it’s being detailed oriented. So when you’re detail oriented, you rather learn things on your own that you learn them in a very isolated environment. So you’re not making big mistakes, or better yet, what I would do is I’d learn from others. So whether it was other brands in the marketplace, but I noticed that once they got so big, their quality started to drop. Case in point is at Odwalla, which is actually a very timely example, because now Odwalla, as of two months ago, Coca-Cola which acquired them many years ago, just announced that they’re shutting Odwalla for good.

GT: 00:23:32 So the reason why I bring that up is it Odwalla had just started around the time that I started. And they were the darling of the natural food marketplace, and they were celebrating this raw, fresh juice. And they had this beautiful story around it and about it. But then, because they were so aggressive with their growth trajectory, they made these leaps and bounds and virtually overnight, they had their first recall, they had Eco-Line their apples, which unfortunately got somebody sick and even think a child got very sick. And what did they do overnight? They changed their business plan. They went to flash pasteurization and they took this very safe road.

GT: 00:24:07 And so I was able to observe that and I was able to go, alright, where did this go wrong? And how can I learn from this and make sure that I don’t repeat their destiny, or other destinies that I’ve seen with other brands. And so, I’m fortunate that I am a founder and I don’t have any investors and I don’t have any partners. So I don’t have any of that kind of exterior noise or pressure that I think a lot of times can overstress an entrepreneur. And so I was able to just lead from my heart and do things my way. And fortunately, it’s worked out.

Kimberly : 00:24:36 So you’ve never brought in investment money, you self funded it and then just grew it within it’s… That’s incredible. The entrepreneurs I really admire the most have been able to do that, like Sara Blakely.

GT: 00:24:52 Right. Well, listen, it’s a path less traveled because it’s very, very hard. But if you have the intention that I do, which is I have no intent to sell number one. Number two is, I’m not going to say that I’m not interested in what other people have to say, but I noticed a lot of times when I get people’s opinions, a lot of times their opinion is colored by other things. Like, “hey, this is how you make more money,” or “this is how you’re growing your business faster.” It’s rare, not to say it’s impossible for people to come from this place of, “hey, I want to help you make your product better.”

Kimberly : 00:25:25 Right.

GT: 00:25:26 Over the course of the first 10 years that I was in business, I really didn’t get that type of advice I got, “hey, let’s change your formulas so you can sell more” or, “hey, let’s do this to your products so you can have a longer shelf life,” or “let’s cut this corner so you can make more money.” And I was candidly kind of mortified with some of the advice that I was getting, because I was like, do you guys just want to make bad products, but make a lot of money at it? Like, is that the common theme here? And so I tuned out those people and that’s why I was actually adverse to having an investor. Because I thought, no, I’m a single parent. Let’s just own it. And I’m going to raise this child the way I want to.

What to focus on when creating products for your business

Kimberly : 00:26:03 Love it. I love it. So your focus was putting out the best product.

GT: 00:26:07 That’s it[crosstalk 00:26:08]The best product possible.

Kimberly : 00:26:10 Not the marketing.

GT: 00:26:12 Nope. I mean the marketing to me again, you’re going to get tired of this analogy, but I’ll use it, is because the brand in many ways, an extension of me, I don’t have to work hard to give it a voice, because in many ways it’s voices is my voice. Because the company and the product was based on, in my mind, a very purpose driven mission, which is it helped my mother and I want it to help others. And I believe that everything you should do should come from your heart, and it should come from love. That’s been my foundation. So I don’t really need to up with a cute marketing slogan or a cute marketing campaign to tell that story, because in my opinion, that never gets old. I think people genuinely want great products that are going to change their life for the better. So as long as you can articulate that, I think you’re good.

GT’s process for building his team

Kimberly : 00:26:57 Wow. Gosh, it’s so amazing. I think sometimes people get caught up GT on, I don’t know enough. And then building your team, when you started, you were a one man show, but eventually you probably had to hire an operations person and this and that. So did that come from your heart too? Because along the way, I certainly made mistakes and we’ve had bad partnerships and legal stuff. And [inaudible 00:27:22] So for you, even though you were so rooted and you didn’t want to take on investors, what was your process for building your team?

GT: 00:27:33 It really was to find like minded individuals. So again, for instance, if you’re going to bring somebody in to be a nanny to your child, you want to make sure that you’re aligned on, okay, this is how the child’s going to eat. This is what the child’s going to be exposed to. This is the energy around the child, because that’s what I believe. And that’s what I’ve been giving my child. So why change it? It’s easier said than done, to be honest, because especially when something in the employment world is somewhat transactional. It’s an employer, employee relationship. It’s hard to have those conversations.

GT: 00:28:08 So there is some trial and error, but you start to notice that there are certain key indicators that really are the essential qualities of alignment. So I believe whether it’s astrology, I believe it’s your philosophy on your diet. I believe it’s the philosophy of this world. What makes you tick? What is important to you? And if what’s important to you is how much I make being made, excuse me, how much I’m being paid or what’s in my title. I’m like, that’s great. I don’t think this is a good fit for you, because I want somebody that-

GT: 00:28:38 Yeah. I want somebody to walk in and be like, listen, “I want to be part of something that’s special. I want to be part of something that’s bigger than me and truly is making the world a better place.” And when I hear that, I’m like, “yes, welcome to the family.”

Kimberly : 00:28:52 Wow.

GT: 00:28:53 But if they come here and it feels a bit more like a career move or again, another rung on the ladder that they’re going to climb. That’s great but you can go do that somewhere else, because I’m really actually trying to build a family. I’m not looking to employ transients, which a lot of times, certain people that are looking to climb the corporate ladder, they are so much transient in that respect and that’s not something I’m interested in.

Kimberly : 00:29:13 Right. It’s not the right energy. It’s not building the soul of the brand.

GT: 00:29:18 Yeah. I’m on a mission. I want people to get by my side, and we’re going to march together indefinitely.

GT shares what the future is for GTS

Kimberly : 00:29:25 What’s the goal GT? You’ve already gotten into every store everywhere. So what’s the future for GTS?

GT: 00:29:33 Well, first of all, I’m a big believer that you can always be better. And I believe that perfection isn’t necessarily an attainable goal. I think perfection is somewhat of this fantasy, but I do believe that the pursuit and the path to perfection is something very real. So I’m a big believer in continuous improvement. I believe that complacency really is human and corporate cancer. So I never, ever, ever feel like I’ve made it. In many ways I just feel like I’m getting started. And what that kind of perception gives me is this humility, this passion and this persistence to, I need to keep on moving. Again, if a thousand things are going well, and one isn’t, it’s the one thing that I need to fix. And so listen, that can be a blessing and a curse because a lot of times, it could be perceived that I’m not satisfied with things or I don’t celebrate my-

Kimberly : 00:30:28 Never enough.

GT: 00:30:28 Yeah, it’s never enough. And I’m going to be honest sometimes it’s that way, because I want to always be better. And I want the people around me to always be better.

Kimberly : 00:30:39 The yogic Buddhist concept GT of letting go of the fruit of your actions. You do your best. We show up in the moment we’re here in the now and then we let it go. How do you live that in your business? Or is that something you live in your business? It’s easy to get caught up in outcomes, right? I do it too. I want to know, how’s this doing and this, but in the Eastern sense we’re meant to let go.

GT: 00:31:10 Yeah, absolutely. So let go can mean a lot of things. So what I was raised to believe it’s called detachment. It’s not indifference. It’s not that you don’t care. It’s just that you do your best, but you understand that, destiny has a plan of its own. So everything, whether it’s good or bad is meant to be and everything you can learn a lesson from. And I do believe, and I’ve learned, I don’t want to say the hard way, but I’ve learned many lessons in my early adult life. And I’ll give you one, is when I was starting my business, about two years into it. After my mother successfully overcame her breast cancer, we had another cancer scare in the family, and actually it was my older brother. And I was now at 17 years old at the time, he was 22 years old and he was diagnosed 10 days after his 22nd birthday and died six months later. And what I saw in this journey is that-

Kimberly : 00:32:05 I’m sorry.

GT: 00:32:05 No, it’s okay. Because this is part of the answer to your question is, how do you learn from things and how do you not let them destroy you, but how at the same time do you grow from them? And so with this experience is, I was able to see somebody that was more or less in my age range, who had a certain point of view about life, wanting to be popular, wanting to be successful, wanted cool clothes, and the cool cars and the cool friends, over the course of six months being stripped of all of that. And none of it meant anything to him. And the only thing that was meaningful to him, is that he had love around him and love in his heart. And so seeing that really solidified my path that yes, I want to do something with my life, when I’m on my death bed, I want to say, listen, I loved everybody. I made this world a better place. I was kind, I was compassionate, I was empathetic, but I also made something out of my life. I contributed.

GT: 00:33:01 So sometimes it’s that interesting balance of being detached, meaning everything you do, isn’t intended to feed your ego or to fill into greed or anything like that. But at the same time, you also realize that there’s a greater plan. So, in that respect, you kind of embrace it. And in many ways you surrender to a certain degree, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t care. So with me, even when bad stuff happens, I embrace it. And I ask myself, why did this happen? What lesson am I supposed to learn from this? If this was to happen all over again, what would I do differently? Because, chances are almost everything in this world, you’re going to experience more than once. And so on the second time around, if you really reflected on the initial experience, you’re now wiser. And the next time something happens, you handle it differently. And if you’re lucky, the outcome will be different and it might be a better outcome. And that’s kind of how I live my life,

Kimberly : 00:34:36 I went through a similar experience GT where my mom was very into health. She was into organic. She was progressive, a little bit later in her life because her energy was starting to go in and out. But she was so healthy and amazing. She comes from the Philippines. And then a couple of years ago, on Valentine’s day, we found out she had cancer, which was a huge shock because she had been so healthy and she meditated. And then we tried everything. I tried to give her probiotics and kombucha and glowing green smoothie and everything that I knew and still she passed in six weeks. And there was no buildup. There was no indication. It was so quick. And then I was shocked.

Kimberly : 00:35:18 So I think, when things like this happen, you just think how do I deal with it? How do I move forward? How do I make sense of this?And for me, like you said, surrender, there’s a bigger plan. This is the will of God somehow. And I think she’s really happy, she’s moved on to where her soul can continue to evolve is how I reconcile it. And for me, it just created so much growth. My whole life shifted. I moved. I did all sorts of things.

GT: 00:35:47 That’s an interesting story. So one thing I’d love to add is, what I’ve learned, because now I’ve lost a couple people in my life, is that I think in this society, we fear death. We see it somehow as this end and we see it somehow as some type of failure. If you get a disease and you don’t beat it, it’s like they lost the battle. But I think if you have a different point of view and you realize at the end everything happens for a reason and what were we supposed to learn out of this? And what will we continue to learn out of this? I think that helps with the coping process.

GT: 00:36:17 And then in addition to that, if you really understand that, I genuinely believe that there’s more to this life. And in many ways I see death as a graduation. So if you understand that, it takes the sadness away from things and it changes the perspective of death is a failure, death is the end. In many ways, death becomes the beginning and that’s been a philosophy that I’ve subscribed to, that not only has helped me cope with the loss of others, but it’s helped me also understand my life.

Kimberly : 00:36:45 Yes. Well, and what I learned through that GT too, was it was her path to go and learn somewhere else. Like you said, a new beginning. And a lot of times with grief, we’re really crying for our loss and our attachment to how things were versus the truth, which is, it’s just the flow of life.

GT: 00:37:04 The cycle of life.

Kimberly : 00:37:06 The cycle of life. So you keep going.

GT: 00:37:07 Yeah. Exactly.

Kimberly : 00:37:09 So GT let’s take it back to kombucha again for one minute. I have a couple more questions for you. So now you’re like, okay, I’ve been doing this for 25 years. Are you still, what seems like the answer is yes, still just as passionate about kombucha? Do you still drink it every single day of your life?

GT: 00:37:24 I do. Yeah. To answer your question pointedly, I’m more passionate about kombucha than I’ve ever been. However, I must admit that my approach to kombucha has changed. And it’s been slightly against my will, but again, as we were talking earlier, you got to embrace change. And for the first 20 years of my career, I spent it primarily spreading the word of kombucha and educating people on why they need it, and why it’s healthy, and using it also as this conversation starter of why we need to be careful of the foods that we consume. Food can be your medicine as well as your poison. And that continues to be the conversation. But now there’s been this additional conversations that’s come into the play, because of the proliferation of all the kombucha brands in the marketplace.

Kimberly : 00:38:12 Right.

GT: 00:38:13 Over the course of the last five years. If you ask the average kombucha consumer, what kombucha is and why they’re drinking it, you’ll be amazed with the difference of answers that you get. You’ll hear everybody saying, “oh, it’s like a new age soda” or, “oh, it’s like a lighter sparkling something.” Or “I like it because it tastes good,” or, “I think it’s supposed to help my digestion,” but they don’t really understand why. And the concern that I have is, growing up my parents exposed me to yogurt. And so my first impression of yogurt was YoPlait. And that was my standard of yogurt. And I’m pleased to say that I’ve now learned that YoPlait is not considered real yogurt and there’s different kinds of yogurt [crosstalk 00:38:56]

Kimberly : 00:38:57 There’s coconut yogurt.

GT: 00:38:58 Exactly. So I felt a little misled. And I felt that I was not getting the authentic version of the yogurt, but I didn’t know better. And I’m concerned that if we’re not careful now in the kombucha industry, that may be the case going forward, that somebody might buy a product that says kombucha on a label, but it’s not made with the kombucha culture. It’s not fermented. It may not even be living. It might be a pasteurized carbonated flavored tea with some added in probiotics. Not to say that, that’s a bad thing. It’s just not kombucha. So I’ve learned that this next chapter of my mission, is to not only continue to promote the awareness and education and history of kombucha, but it’s also to protect it. Because again, I would be very, very heartbroken and after 25 years of this journey, to wake up one day and find out that the world is now just basically decided that kombucha is just your new age LaCroix.

Kimberly : 00:39:55 Gosh. Wow. So you started the whole category didn’t you GT?

GT: 00:40:04 Yeah. I mean, it’s-

Kimberly : 00:40:07 How old is [inaudible 00:40:07] You were the first entrepreneur to put it on the shelves. Did you have any job? I think I must’ve interrupted you. Did you have any job before this? Or you were a kid, your mom got sick and as a teenager you were like, this is going to be my life mission.

GT: 00:40:20 Yeah. I was 15 years old, so my two jobs was going to high school. And then the second job was I worked at actually behind the counter of this Italian restaurant in Brentwood. And that was actually my first experience in the, call it the food business. And I saw how food can be made and how it can be made commercially and all of that. And actually, I was pretty surprised about how unclean some of the environment was in the kitchen, because you would see food sitting on the floor all day and they would tolerate that. But I know in my home I didn’t tolerate that. So that actually gave me confidence that when I started making kombucha in my household, I could say with confidence that I was making it in a very sterile and sanitary environment, that there was no chance of any kind of contamination.

GT: 00:41:01 But back to your question. So yes, I virtually started my business without any manufacturing experience. I hadn’t gone to business school. I barely had even mastered high school and I just treated kombucha like this special thing that I wanted to craft with my own bare hands and share it with the world. And as long as I came from a good place and that I wanted to change people’s lives for the better, I would be okay. And so that was kind of my business plan.

Kimberly : 00:41:25 GT what would you say to someone, you hear your story it’s so authentic, you’re this little kid going around, but then in a certain point you started to scale and grow this into like a huge global brand. So the person, like you said today may look on the shelf and they may be like, “oh, look at these little Artes, no local kombucha.” Again, we don’t know the quality control, but “I want to support local and small.” But then, on the hand, you are a local and small and you scaled and you kept it consistent, and you put integrity, and you built an amazing product and now it’s huge. So what would you say to the people that say, “oh, but I like to go to the little Artes and all once.”

GT: 00:42:08 Yeah. Well, first of all, I think it’s important to buy local. Now there are different degrees of local. I think buying local produce is wonderful because it’s being grown local. Now for instance, something like kombucha, and there’s exceptions to this. So I’ll preface this by saying, this is a general statement, but when it comes to local kombucha, that is, they’re still getting their tea overseas, they’re probably getting it from Japan or India or China. Their bottles are likely being made overseas. And so yes, those ingredients are being assembled locally. That doesn’t mean that everything’s local. So that’s I think, something that everybody needs to be cognizant of when they’re buying local, they need to understand really what’s the percentage of the ingredients and materials used in this product. Do they actually come from a local source? So, that’s number one.

GT: 00:42:53 Number two, just because it’s local doesn’t mean it’s high quality. So I’m not here to, kind of battle other producers of any size. But again, when it comes to kombucha, you really want to make sure that they’re making it the right way. That they’re fully fermenting it. They’re making it with the kombucha culture, that it has a bright and bold and alive flavor, because if it doesn’t have any of that, I don’t care where it’s coming from. It’s a waste of your time and a waste of your money. So that’s my kind of advice to people is, read the label, kind of listen to your body. Are you really feeling like this is everything that you want and everything that you deserve. And if you don’t have an answer to that, call the company and ask questions.

GT: 00:43:36 Ask them what are the size of the batches you make? How long do you ferment it for? Do you know your probiotic count? Do you do anything post fermentation? Do you pasteurize? Do you filter? Do you make your press your own juices or do you buy your juices from someone else? And if so, are the juices pasteurized? It’s all these questions that, again, every answer will inform this is a great brand, regardless of where it’s made, or this is a brand that’s still figuring it out and I’m going to continue to explore the quality of others. And that applies to kombucha or any other space.

Kimberly : 00:44:08 Yeah. I think it’s great like you said, to buy local and produce, but when a brand has grown to this level, it also means they’re doing something right. And they’re keeping that integrity. So, again, it’s not as easy as being like, oh, I just buy the small batch stuff. I think sometimes these broad strokes get lost in the realities you want to choose the best product, no matter what, big or small.

GT: 00:44:36 Yeah, it’s true. There’s a lot to decide when it comes to choosing a product and you have to look at it from a 360 degree point of view.

Kimberly : 00:44:44 How many kombuchas do you drink a day, GT?

GT: 00:44:47 I drink a lot. So Monday through Friday, because one of my primary roles is the taste every batch before it ships. I can probably go through about eight to 12, 16 ounce bottles or about a gallon to a gallon and a half.

Kimberly : 00:45:00 A day?

GT: 00:45:02 A day. Yeah. I don’t recommend that people emulate my consumption, but for those listening, that always wonder, hey, can I drink too much kombucha? The answer is probably not. Because I am case in point and I’ve been drinking this much for over two decades and I still feel great. Now if somebody was to ask me how much can I drink? Or what’s considered the ideal amount, I always say about two to three bottles a day and not because more than three will harm you, but I’m a big believer in moderation. So if you’re wanting to drink more than three bottles of kombucha day, I think you need to stop and reassess your diet and make sure you’re drinking enough water, making sure you’re getting some vegetable juice, making sure you’re consuming other things.

GT: 00:45:45 That’s a nice segue into the fact that we, as a brand has started to make other beverages outside of the kombucha space, to kind of help our consumers who want more functional beverage, but don’t have a lot of options out there. We want to be that next option for them. So whether it’s our Water Kefir called AQUA KEFIR or our ALIVE, which is kind of an ancient mushroom elixir with reishi, chaga and turkey tail. We want to create this portfolio of all these different products that people can have at different times of the day or whatever the occasion is, kombucha or otherwise.

Kimberly : 00:46:18 But is there a yogurt too?

GT: 00:46:19 There is, yeah. We make something called CocoYo, which again was kind of a happy accident is, we have this product called, it used to be called CocoKefir for now it’s called a Probiotic Shot, where we take raw young coconut water and we ferment it. And it’s not really a beverage. It’s more of like a therapeutic shot, where if you drink two ounces every day for seven days straight, you notice dramatic changes in your digestion and your elimination, even more so than kombucha or Water Kefir or anything like that. And so we started with this product, but because we crack the young Thai coconut here in Los Angeles, we’ve discovered that we have this coconut meat leftover. So I’m a big believer in minimizing your waste, so we started to hand scoop the meat, puree it, add a little bit of fermented coconut water. And that became our raw coconut yogurt called CocoYo. Have you had a chance to try it?

Kimberly : 00:47:13 I was waiting to tell you GT, the CocoYo is, in my opinion, one of the best things you can buy in the store. With this guy, and you guys can’t see this, but GT is such a patient, amazing man. I’m holding baby Moses so he can see him in the screen, but also to keep him from crying. So when I first, I would say first trimester and a lot of the second trimester, that was one of the only things that I ate. It was one of those[crosstalk 00:47:43]

GT: 00:47:43 No way.

Kimberly : 00:47:44 Every day, just the plain Vanilla CocoYo and the Plain one and the Vanilla one, not the Chocolate, not the other flavors. I think it’s one of the best things for pregnant women GT.

GT: 00:47:55 Oh, thank you for saying that

Kimberly : 00:47:58 Because your tastes are weird. Your hormones are weird. And then just having this coconut yogurt, I knew it was nourishing. I knew it was healthy fats and the probiotics and I could get it down. So thank you for creating that. My husband would go out and feel the whole shelf with it, CocoYo.

GT: 00:48:16 I love hearing that because to be honest, it’s such a hard product to make, and it goes back to what I was saying earlier, I would never choose to make our CocoYo, if I was looking to make a profitable product. Because it is so arduous-

Kimberly : 00:48:29 Labor intensive.

GT: 00:48:30 To make this product, it’s a labor of love. But everything that you just shared is exactly what is the intention behind CocoYo is, it’s a difficult product to make it’s super active. It has a short shelf life because again, we only use raw, simple ingredients, but when you experience it, it is life changing. So whether you’re pregnant, whether you have digestive health, whether you’re looking to just get off of the junk food or these sweet little treats, CocoYo really is remarkable with how it can change people’s lives. I appreciate you sharing your story and listen, I’m going to tell my team that we’re missing the boat. We need to start talking to some pregnant women and make sure that they understand that this is a great opportunity for them.

Kimberly : 00:49:06 Yeah, no, I have a pregnancy course coming out in January GT. I will be sure to mentioned it.

GT: 00:49:12 Okay. Yeah. And we should hook you up. We should make sure we get you some coupons or something. So you can share it with your audience.

Kimberly : 00:49:17 Oh, yeah. When I was pregnant, I was doing stories all the time. I was doing bowls, people were like, “what is that coconut yogurt?” So I think I’m responsible for moving some CocoYo in the world.

GT: 00:49:29 Thank you. I appreciate that.

Kimberly : 00:49:32 Yeah. Sometimes as the creator or it must be interesting to hear how real people are using it, and what they gravitate towards, the Gingerade Kombucha is also really wonderful for morning sickness in pregnancy. As you know, the ginger resettling and then the bubbles. And just thinking about all the people getting off ginger rail and soda because of your kombucha. I can’t tell you how many clients have said, “hey, you’re transitioning away from diet soda. This is the best thing.” And it does really help people.

GT: 00:50:02 It does. Yeah.

Kimberly : 00:50:03 Amazing.

GT: 00:50:04 Thank you. We love making these special products that only tastes good, but actually can remarkably improve people’s lives for the better.

Kimberly : 00:50:12 Yeah. So just for what it’s worth, and I’ve been waiting 10 years to tell you this, the Grape, the Cranberry and the Lavender, which I think are the newer ones I think are genius. The Lavender one has this… People use it for essential oils, but I have to tell you the story. I was in a road trip with a couple friends. I had bought five of your kombuchas for everybody. And I was like, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. There’s the Grape one, the Trilogy, blah, blah, blah. And I said, and then there’s the Lavender one, but the Lavender one’s for me. But you guys can pick from the other ones and everybody’s like, “we want to try the Lavender. Oh, the lavender.” But it’s also like when somebody has something, then you want it, I think, the psychology.

Kimberly : 00:51:01 But man, just amazing what you’re creating in the world GT. I just have to tell you rock on dude. You’ve stuck to your heart and you’ve done something with kindness and love and made it huge. And I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but I just want to acknowledge how amazing your journey has been. How many people you’re helping.

GT: 00:51:25 Thank you. Well, it is really the driving force behind what I do, is it really is the mission, the purpose. And to be honest, it does help navigate the storm. As you know, back in 2010, the entire kombucha category was put on pause for three months, and it made a lot of brands go out of business and it almost made my company go out of business. But what really kept me kind of convinced and certain that I was going to weather the storm is the love that my fans shared with me on how they were saying, “listen, I drink this product not because you told me it was healthy. I drink this product because I discovered that it’s healthy for me. And it really has changed my life.” And so it’s that relationship that we always seek to build with our fans, which again, becomes my North star. And in many ways becomes the guardrails, because I can never do anything that would jeopardize that relationship with our fans and jeopardize the relationship that they have with the products we make.

Kimberly : 00:52:22 Wait, sorry, GT backup for a second. What was the three months? Was it the, was it…

GT: 00:52:26 So in 2010, so this happens-

Kimberly : 00:52:29 Was it the alcohol?

GT: 00:52:31 Yeah.

Kimberly : 00:52:31 I remember that.

GT: 00:52:33 Exactly. So for almost every new industry, when you’re the first, you’re the first to not only get all the successes, but also to get all the challenges. And so the entire category, not just me, it was challenged back in 2010 because of this concern, fermentation is something that’s relatively new to the U S and this whole concept of, “oh my God, does kombucha have alcohol in it?” If it does, is this going to upset people? So there was this knee jerk reaction to just temporarily take it off the shelf and to cease temporarily selling it. That was really hard for me because I’ve been in business for 15 years and I was by no means an overnight success, and kombucha in my mind was a legitimate product within these natural food stores that people were religiously consuming it.

GT: 00:53:22 And in my mind, I thought, guys, let’s talk about this, let’s work this out. But because, as you know when business gets big, the stakes get big, there were certain people that didn’t want to have that conversation. They just wanted to stop. And so my business essentially was shut off for three months and I must say, it was one of the hardest things that I went through. But similar to the story that I shared about my brother passing away, there was lessons that I learned from it. And I realized that, first of all, I started making my kombucha because I wanted to make one great bottle that would help one person. And because that was my mission, I was able to be successful at that. And if this is the ending of my career, that’s fine. It’s gone bigger and farther than I’ve ever imagined.

GT: 00:54:07 So it was really having that centering and that grounding there. And then of course, because I weave and excuse me, because I live and lead with the heart with respect to my products and what we make, my fans resonate with that. And so they were very patient and they were very supportive throughout this very challenging time. And it was really their support that helped me stay sane throughout all of that. And that’s rare.

Kimberly : 00:54:30 That must’ve been so hard. I actually do remember seeing the empty shelves like flashback. It was 10 years ago when I was like, “where did it go? I want to buy it.” And it was weird. It was like, what’s going on? And then it came back with those labels, some had alcohol some didn’t or whatever.

GT: 00:54:46 Exactly. So, that’s case in point that when you do things for a reason outside of business decisions and profit and financial success, when these very challenging times come to you, which two chances are it’s almost a definite that they’re going to happen. You’re more solidified in your path and your foundation that you can weather the storm. If you’re just caught up in the money and the profit, as soon as that gets turned off, you feel like your world is over. So I’m very grateful that looking back, I was able to survive that situation and it again, solidified my path even till today. Every time I have a challenge, I remind myself, I said, “remember that day back in 2010 where weren’t even making one bottle. You remember how that felt. So this little problem that you’re going through is nowhere near as big as that problem.” So it gives me perspective.

We discuss our self-care practices and how we turn our brains off and relax

Kimberly : 00:55:38 GT, amazing. You speak so much wisdom. You’re this yogi entrepreneur. I love hearing your advice and your wisdom, but to close up, I want to just get a little picture in there of GT the man[inaudible 00:55:51] at home in LA with hubby. So what are your self care practices, GT? How do you turn your brain off? How do you relax? Do you meditate? Do you guys like to cook dinner together? Are you a TV person? Are you a pet person? Tell me something personal because I want to get in there a little bit.

GT: 00:56:12 Absolutely. So I essentially have two, maybe three non-negotiables. So one is eight hours of sleep, no matter what. I’ll clear my calendar, I’ll cancel the most important meeting to get eight hours. Because I believe, and this is a difference of opinion some people can function off of less sleep, but I can’t. So to me, sleep is, can be a form of meditation, number one. And it really is a reset for your body to detox and cleanse and do all this stuff. And it’s also an opportunity to turn your brain on and turn your brain back off, kind of resetting or turning your computer back on and off. So eight hours of sleep is number one. Number two, is I have to work out every day. So whether that’s running, swimming, working out at the gym, lifting weights, going on a hike, something that I have to break a sweat because it’s very cleansing and it’s a huge stress reliever for me.

GT: 00:57:01 The third thing is my diet. I will never, ever, ever compromise what I eat. So, I’ve learned from others that if you don’t have this like meal plan, that you’ll work, you’ll work, you’ll work, and then you’ll get so starving that you’re going to just grab whatever’s in front of you and eat it, and then you’ll regret it. And then that will become potentially a bad habit. So those are the three things that keep me on my game physically and mentally from a health standpoint. And then the things that in addition to that, that are more of a daily routine is I meditate twice a day. I start my day with the meditation by setting my intentions for what I want out of this day. I prioritize, I have a conversation with myself, again, I kind of prepare myself for what the day can bring expected or unexpected. And then I end the day with a form of meditation. And that meditation is more of a recap of what transpired this day.

GT: 00:57:52 And similar to what we were talking about earlier is, what was that outcome? Did I like that outcome? Why didn’t I like it? Would I had done something different? What was the role that I played in that outcome? And so it’s really this ongoing conversation with myself, that really is grounded in thoughtfulness and being retrospective. So that’s kind of how I stay healthy because to be honest, Monday through Friday, I am like a marathon runner. From the moment my eyes open to the moment my eyes close, I’m running, I’m sprinting to the next job, the next project, the next meeting, the next idea. And so I need to treat my body a lot like an athlete.

GT: 00:58:32 And so what I’m also starting to incorporate into my life for some of these like anti-aging protocols, whether I’m making sure I drain my lymph nodes, whether I make sure that I have red light therapy that helps your mood or promotes fights against inflammation or things of that nature. Because I’m realizing that again, in this day and age, we are being attacked on so many different levels from technology that you almost need to use technology to undo it. And that kind of keeps me healthy mentally, as well as physically.

Kimberly : 00:59:04 GT you’ve thought through so much of this stuff. And you’re running from place to place, but you’re about to become a father. You have a husband. Are you able to be present and say, “okay, work, this is done,” or is it kind of always in your head when you’re so passionate about your business?

GT: 00:59:23 I can answer that question better when the kids are on their way and physically here, but I’m going to tell you what I’m hoping is going to happen. I’m hoping that I will see my children, in many ways is how I’ve seen my company. Is if I want it to go well, and if I want to be proud of the outcome, I’m going to have to completely commit, and that may involve some sacrifice. So right now I can’t tell you where the sacrifice is going to come from. I do know that there’s, last time I checked there is still only 24 hours in the day. So hopefully it’s not going to come from my sleep. I think it will encourage me to master the art of delegation, which I must say is an ongoing process for me.

GT: 01:00:01 So as I continue to delegate in my professional world, hopefully I’ll free up some time in my personal world to be the father that I want to be. Because I’m not having kids just to say that I’ve had kids or having kids. I’m doing it because I genuinely want to raise incredible human beings, that not only will make me proud, but in many ways will be contributors to this world because I do believe, and I think the pandemic is a case in point that this world is feeling very dark. There’s a lot of us that are very fearful of the future, and there’s a lot of division in the world. And I think we all need to start focusing on being world leaders, ourselves, and, or raising world leaders. Where they understand the role that they need to play and the mission that they need to subscribe to, to change this world for the better. So that’s actually why I’m having kids. I’m doing it because I really want to make sure that I contribute to a positive change in the world.

Kimberly : 01:00:53 Well, it’s so beautiful GT. And I can say, as a working mom, even though you look at the hours, you’re like, how am I going to fit this in? Besides Moses being here with us for the podcast, I feel like I hold in my focus. I delegate more, hire more people. You figure it out, but everything has grown since becoming a mom and I’m writing my sixth book right now, which I think is my most important book. So I am excited to see you be a dad. I think you’re going to take over the world even more.

GT: 01:01:22 Thank you from your lips to God’s ears.

Kimberly : 01:01:26 Thank you so much GT for being with us, you are such an inspiring person. You’ve helped so many people. I can’t wait to see how you keep growing and bringing your amazing kombucha and now other products into the world.

GT: 01:01:38 Yeah. Thank you.

Kimberly: 02:25 All right, Beauties. Well, I hope you really enjoyed our interview today with GT Dave. He is amazing. I hope that you learned, and… Sorry, let’s just do this outro again. Focused, and I’ll get it done quicker. Okay, here’s the outro again.

Kimberly: 02:41 All right, Beauties, well I hope you enjoyed our interview today with GT Dave. Such an inspiring, amazing person. A combination for me that’s really powerful of being so full of love, being a yogi, and also being a really smart entrepreneur. Such an incredible combination. And of course, if you’re interested in checking out his products, they’re pretty much sold everywhere these days, GT Living Foods. You can go to GTSlivingfoods.com to check out more. We will be back here Thursday as well for our next Q&A podcast. Remember to go to mysolluna.com, our website, for the show notes for today’s show. You can see my recommendations for other podcasts, you can link to some of the things I talked about today in our podcast. And also I will see you on Instagram @_KimberlySnyder. So thank you again so much. We will be back here in just a few days. Until then take care, and so much love.

Leaning into Discomfort [Episode #518]

Leaning into Discomfort [Episode #518]

[Podcast #518] Blog Graphic for Leaning into Discomfort with Kimberly Snyder.

This week’s topic is: Leaning into Discomfort

This is a wonderful topic especially in the West, because I think that we are taught to run away from pain, to shift, to numb, to distract, to find a way around it. And in Eastern philosophy there’s a lot of emphasis on being okay with sitting in suffering and discomfort and not always having our likes catered to.

We can actually see that in much more extreme spiritual practices where monks may meditate in freezing cold rivers overnight and be in the hot desert with all the flies around them. You see and read about certain things like that, where we’re able to transcend discomfort. It becomes another experience and we don’t label it as good, bad, and all the different parts of our lives which we often put labels on.

Versus letting everything be as it is and letting ourselves experience the full range of feelings and emotions. And when we do that, we step into our power because our power is wholeness and completeness. It includes the shadow sides, which are in discomfort comes growth afterwards, and pain often brings some sort of evolvement.

It’s not that we seek it out or we’re trying to hurt ourselves. It’s that we flow with life, and when things show up, we meet them. We meet them where they are and where we are, and we go through, we don’t try to distract.

Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!

Remember you can submit your questions at https://mysolluna.com/askkimberly/

[Questions Answered]

Steph – WA

I had an argument with a lifelong friend and don’t know how to make amends. It’s over something so small and I’m worried it’s going to wreck our friendship. I really feel wronged. Should I be the first one to approach her? I feel so uncomfortable with the whole thing.

Mary – FL

I’ve been working from home through the whole covid virus and sometimes wonder if I’ve really felt or connected to what’s happening in the world? Not sure if I’m trying to avoid reality.

Debra – NH

I’ve done cleanses which have caused so much cramping and discomfort, so I try to avoid them. Is there some truth with our emotions having an impact on how we feel physically, and how can I overcome not wanting to do another cleanse?

Michelle – Michigan

Kimberly, how do you face difficult topics with your husband? I end up keeping my mouth shut instead of speaking my mind in order to keep peace in our marriage. I know there has to be a better way but I hate the arguments that come with opening up.

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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey Beauties and welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast, which is our community show, and all these questions have come from beauties just like you. So I love this show, I love to hear what you’re thinking. I love to hear how else we can support each other on this journey. And just by writing into the show, I feel that you are doing an amazing part in helping to support the community, because we all have a lot of the same questions and we all go through so much of the same stuff. So thank you thank you for being part of the community. I send you lots of love.

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Kimberly: 00:39 And before we get going, I will just give a quick reminder to, speaking of love, to please leave us a review on iTunes. We all know that reviews are a great way for other beauties to find the show. It’s a great way to give back and it’s free. It’s easy. So thank you so much in advance, and while you’re over there, you can also please remember to subscribe to the show, which is just a really nice practical self-care item. We all get caught up in daily life. We all get busy. So it’s just a nice little way to take the thinking out of staying connected to the community.

Kimberly: 01:27 All right, all that being said, I’m really excited for our topic today, which I haven’t even announced yet. It is actually Leaning into Discomfort. And this is a wonderful, wonderful topic because especially in the West, I think that we are taught to run away from pain, to shift, to numb, to distract, to find a way around it. And in Eastern philosophy, where actually there’s a lot of emphasis on being okay with sitting in suffering and discomfort and not always having our likes catered to. And we can actually see that in a much more extreme and not necessary for us to practice, but you see that in the more extreme spiritual practices where monks may meditate in freezing cold rivers overnight and be in the hot desert with all the flies around them. You see and read about certain things like that, where we’re able to transcend discomfort, and it just becomes another experience and we don’t label it as good, bad, and all the different parts of our lives which we often put labels on. Good, bad, avoid this, black, white, go for this.

Kimberly: 03:03 Versus just letting everything be as it is and letting ourselves experience the full range of feelings and emotions. And when we do that, we step into our power because our power is wholeness and completeness, and it includes the shadow sides, which are in discomfort comes growth afterwards, and pain often brings some sort of evolvement. And it’s not that we seek it out. It’s not that we’re trying to hurt ourselves. But it’s that we flow with life, and when things show up, we meet them. We meet them where they are and where we are, and we go through, we don’t try to distract. And often I find that it just keeps us being lighter beings. We don’t want to bioaccumulate waste and toxins in our body, so we eat less and less dairy and fried foods, let’s say. We try to eat more organic food. We try to eat more alive food, things like sprouts and raw almond milk and fruit.

Kimberly: 04:16 And we also try to avoid heaviness. And then overall the vibration of our digestive systems becomes lighter and there’s more flow and energy and cleaner blood and prana and oxygen and our cells get more rejuvenation. So we can think about that from an energetic standpoint. When we feel feelings, we let them digest through. And in contrast, if we avoid or turn away from, we’ve touched on the feeling. So it’s somewhere in our consciousness, but we haven’t seen it through, we haven’t digested it. So it often ends up staying suppressed or repressed somewhere in our system. And this is what leads to trauma and stories and triggers and wounds and ways, behaviors that we continue to act out all of us in ways that we may or may not know. I know I certainly have triggers that I’ve worked on and I’ve become more aware of as I’ve looked at myself.

Kimberly: 05:21 So this is a bit of an intro, but I do feel a lot. I have a lot of passion about this topic of leaning into discomfort and also just how much I’ve grown as I’ve done that and been able to look at qualities of myself and things like being really quite impatient in the past and where that comes from and being a perfectionist, things like that. So that being said, that’s my intro on this fantastic topic, and thank you lovelies ahead of time now, as I read question. Thank you for submitting your questions.

Question 1: I had an argument with a lifelong friend and don’t know how to make amends. it’s over something so small and I’m worried it’s going to wreck our friendship. I really feel wronged. Should I be the first one to approach her? I feel so uncomfortable with the whole thing.

Kimberly: The first one comes from Stef in Washington state. She writes, “I had an argument with a lifelong friend and don’t know how to make amends. it’s over something so small and I’m worried it’s going to wreck our friendship. I really feel wronged. Should I be the first one to approach her? I feel so uncomfortable with the whole thing.”

Kimberly: 06:22 Stef, big hug, big girly hug. I think that all of us, all of us period, and especially us girls can relate to having a little tiff with one of our besties and just feeling really hurt and misunderstood or just feeling out a place with someone that’s really important to us. And at first, the anger can take over, but then it starts to melt into… Or often if it really is an authentic friendship, it starts to melt into a bit of sadness and regret, and, “Oh, I want to fix this. I don’t like this feeling. I want it to go back to being good.” So we want to listen to that. That is the voice of love and harmony and peace, and that is our true nature. Our true nature is not divisive. It’s not holding onto resentment. Our true nature gets hurt by that because it’s falsehood, it’s darkness. It’s not darkness in the transformative sense, but darkness like we’re just holding energy, to feel stuck.

Kimberly: 07:35 So to answer your question, Stef, absolutely be the first one to approach her. This is not a time… No one gets anything out of being prideful or waiting and seeing who comes to them. Just come with an open heart. Be the bigger woman, just the person with a bigger heart that doesn’t care if they’re the first one to break the silence, doesn’t care if they’re the one that’s wronged, but really cares more about love and friendship and harmony, and that’s where we act from. So sometimes we do get caught up in right, wrong, but believe me, I really feel, and I think, Stef, if you close your eyes and put your hand on your heart and feel with me, I feel I would rather be happy with a deep friendship than hold on to being right. Feel into that.

Kimberly: 08:32 I want to be back with my friend and having a giggly girl time and hanging out and talking and not have a separation. So again, when you think about it that way, just open your heart and call her up or send a text or whatever, how you guys best communicate, reach out. Yeah, give the love. Don’t hold back on the love. The more the love, the better and brighter and more amazing our lives become for sure. So that’s a clear, yes. Be the one, Stef, for this answer. And thank you so much for your question and wishing you all the best. I feel like if you come from love it will work out the best that it can. Amazing. All right. Off to an amazing start.

Question 2: I’ve been working from home through the whole COVID virus and sometimes wonder if I’m really felt or connected to what’s happening in the world. I’m not sure if I’m trying to avoid reality.

Kimberly: 09:23 And our second question comes from Mary, from Florida. And she writes, “I’ve been working from home through the whole COVID virus and sometimes wonder if I’m really felt or connected to what’s happening in the world. I’m not sure if I’m trying to avoid reality.”

Kimberly: Mary, thank you so much for your question. I think that this is a really natural question. I send you a hug all the way down there in Florida, a state that I love. I think our normal frame of reference is idle chatter and seeing people around and hearing conversation and just being around people. We’re tribal, we’re meant to see other humans. It’s a very different frame of reference when we don’t have that everyday contact and natural organic communication to start wondering if we are, like you said, just not living in reality or something’s off with us, or there’s something that we should think about shifting.

Kimberly: 10:28 And my answer to that is that I feel that this is a really special and unique time. And of course we say with compassion, there’s suffering with people that are very sick and people that are have suffered financially and my heart goes out to them. But that aside, if we look to the positive, if we could look for a positive, it’s that this time has given us a pause to even wonder what is reality? Not to get too philosophical, but when you think about it, what’s reality? This is our current reality and the reality before was different. And it’s also a reality when we’re home and we’re living our lives and we’re in a more inward space. So I think that one of the beauties of this period is being able to question and think about reality and think about our everyday experience and how do we want to shift it? We see how radically it can shift. So what we thought was so permanent and something that couldn’t be shifted, we now are starting to see, “Oh, it actually can be. I would say that we can start to work on how we really want to shape our own reality and our day-to-day experience and use this time to be really conscious about that. And I would do it in terms of our four cornerstones, food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth. From a food perspective what do we want our reality to be? How do we want to feel? What kind of food do we want to shop for? What kind of meals do we want to make? How do we want to eat? How do we want to digest?

Kimberly: 00:45 From a body standpoint, how do we want to move our body? How do we want to feel in our body? Do we want to feel strong, flexible, connected, making sure we’re taking our SBO Probiotics, Detoxy, proper supplements taking care of our skin? And I can’t help but say we have an amazing high-performance non-toxic Solluna Skincare System. If you don’t know about it yet go check it out on the website I’ll leave it there, it’s pretty awesome though.

Kimberly: 01:15 And emotionally, how do we want to feel? What are the emotions we want to embody and what are our practices that we commit to to help dissipate stress? Journaling, bath time for me, a nightly shower, meditation, just having time in the evening for me is pretty critical otherwise I start to feel like I’m burning both ends of the candle and that doesn’t feel good. Just having our time carved out to heal and regenerate and spiritually same thing, having enough time to meditate and to have a real place, a consistent place ideally that we do our practice.

Kimberly: 01:54 For me is really just in my bed to be honest, because I meditate there in the morning with the kids in the bed, so I’d meditate there in the evening as well. And I think whatever works I think it’s going to look different in our busy lives and I think that’s okay. Thinking through the cornerstones for you, Mary, for all you guys, how best to create what you want to create going forward in this period of COVID and beyond. And that’s a really great way I think of feeling connected to yourself and creating your own reality.

Kimberly: 02:29 All right, I love this topic Leaning into Discomfort. I will be right back after this short break.

Break

Kimberly: All right Beauties, we have two more questions for you guys on this topic of Leaning into Discomfort.

Question 3: I’ve done cleanses which have caused so much cramping and discomfort so I try to avoid them. Is there some truth with our emotions having an impact on how we feel physically and how I can overcome not wanting to do another cleanse?

Kimberly: And our first question comes from Deborah, who is from New Hampshire, Deborah from New Hampshire. And she writes, “I’ve done cleanses which have caused so much cramping and discomfort so I try to avoid them. Is there some truth with our emotions having an impact on how we feel physically and how I can overcome not wanting to do another cleanse?”

Kimberly: 03:21 Wow, this is a really interesting question Deborah with a couple of different aspects within it. So first of all I’ll say that not every cleanse should cause cramping and a lot of discomfort. I’m not sure what sort of cleanse you’ve done in the past but you can do something a lot more simple for your body. You can just have more soup and smoothies and take a lot of digestive enzymes to help you digest everything. That’s the first thing I would say is definitely… I’ll just assure you that not every cleanse has to be like that and I would certainly avoid the cleanses that have resulted in that in your body.

Kimberly: 04:11 Secondly, our emotions do have an impact on how we feel physically. Our mind and our body are one interconnected system, they are not connected. Connected implies two different things which join at different points, rather our mind and our body operate as a continuous feedback loop system. If we have blocked emotions we hold on to shame and guilt, we hold onto anger and resentment, we create a blocked energy and that I think definitely results in aches and pains in our body perhaps or indigestion, different ways that energy starts to feel blocked in our body because that’s the energy that we are manifesting with our mind. So I definitely believe that one affects the other.

Kimberly: 05:05 We want to feel open and limber in our bodies, we want to stretch, we want to eat a mostly or all plant-based diet to just keep our bodies really open and so that we bioaccumulate as least acid as possible and we just keep a really oxygen-rich environment which is wonderful for our energy and our beauty and our skin and our vitality overall. And we just continue on this journey of living a holistic life of also being sure to journal and to think about our stress and our mental wellbeing and to take time to meditate and to be in nature and to ground ourselves.

Kimberly: 05:51 I would say, Deborah, all of this is true. I don’t think you have to do another cleanse right now, I think you should focus on integrating this idea that emotions affect our physicality. I would encourage you to dive into this Four Cornerstone philosophy which can be so life-changing especially if you start to make small, very simple steps but in each of the cornerstones. So maybe you start shifting how you eat or you drink hot water with lemon and you take your probiotics and then you start to journal and meditate for some time in the morning and sometime in the evening, and you work on your lifestyle.

Kimberly: 06:39 And then when you feel ready, when you feel called to do a cleanse at some point, it should feel organic and it should feel that your body is craving it and you should think through and definitely educate yourself as to the type of cleanse. And if what you did in the past was for instance an all juice fast and that made your system react so strongly, then maybe do something with some food. Like I said, simple food like soups or just puddings and smoothies and foods like that, fairly low-fat, low-oil. But there’s many different types of cleanses but like I said you don’t have to feel like you’re doing that right away. I love the question. All right, Deborah, thank you.

Question 4: Kimberly, how do you face difficult topics with your husband? I end up keeping my mouth shut instead of speaking my mind in order to keep peace in our marriage. I know there has to be a better way but I hate the arguments that come with opening up.

Kimberly: 07:28 And our next and final question comes from, Michelle, who is from Michigan. And she writes, “Kimberly, how do you face difficult topics with your husband? I end up keeping my mouth shut instead of speaking my mind in order to keep peace in our marriage. I know there has to be a better way but I hate the arguments that come with opening up.” Wow, this is a really candid question, Michelle, thank you so much for this. I can feel the energy behind it, I can feel a real charge, a real passion. I can feel there’s a lot of love there that you have in your relationship.

Kimberly: 08:05 But I can also feel that there’s love and hopefully this love continues to grow for yourself. And with self-love comes power and it comes respect and opportunity and healthy boundaries and a joyful life. And it’s really important that we are in a respectful environment. We don’t want to do in a relationship just push down if something needs to be addressed and it ends up being stuck in our bodies, like we were speaking about in the last question about energy flow. We may hold on to some resentment, we may just not feel fully understood and it eats away at us to an extent.

Kimberly: 09:00 I will say that you want to have an honest relationship but you also want to go about it in a really mindful, conscious way. When you bring up a topic, it’s really important, I would say, you want to make sure you’re in a relaxed environment and you’re both feeling relaxed going into it, there isn’t some sort of argument that you’re tacking this onto. But I think if you come with a very open heart and you come with honesty and you make it about you and you say, “Hey, I’ve been feeling blah, blah, blah, and so I wanted to talk to you about this blah, blah, blah. And I really want to keep this peaceful, I really love you so much and I want to get closer and it’s really important to our marriage and so that’s why I want to talk about this.

Kimberly: 09:49 That’s the way I do talk to my husband about certain topics that come up. And so I preface it with my intention and how much I value him and our love, and sometimes it goes down well and sometimes he still to be honest reacts and doesn’t necessarily initially accept. Or what I have to say sometimes he needs some space and time and that’s okay, I definitely feel that’s healthy. And that we often come back together and we talk about it and we talk it through. Sometimes that’s our process, I think every couple has to find their process.

Kimberly: 10:29 But I think again it has to come from a space of respect where no one’s screaming or talking over anybody else but you come calm. And sometimes if you start to feel charged, if your heart starts to race, start to really tune into your body, and before you keep speaking, really speak to your body and tell your body that it’s okay to calm down. Tell your body that there’s nothing to be nervous about, there’s nothing to react to. You can just breathe and let your whole system start to calm down. And so the more you cue and pay attention to your body as well, then you start to retrain your whole nervous system. And again, these are just some of the ways that we can continue to evolve and go deeper in our bodies and our practice. And it is really important again though, healthy, clear, honest, open communication.

Kimberly: 11:28 I hope that helps, Michelle. I would definitely face it and figure out a way to communicate from your heart to your hubby in a way that isn’t triggering to him. And hopefully just straight, clear communication is all that it takes. And he may hear it in a different way, a little bit of discussion may be needed but it comes from your heart. It is from your heart, it’s really beautiful. So thank you so much for your question, thank you so much for being in our community.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly: 11:56 And Beauties, thank you all so much for tuning in. I’m willing to leave you with my last thought of the week, which I also wrote this right before the show today. I did not read the questions prior. I don’t actually like to read the questions prior because I think part of the magic of the show is our genuine connection. Can you feel it? If you’re listening to this we’re connected and I feel like when I hear the question it’s really fresh and I base it off of what comes through me and the spanda, the inspiration.

Kimberly: 12:39 I don’t want to read the questions before, I don’t want to plan, I don’t even want to get anything into my head. I really value that spontaneity, that’s part of this show. Just so you guys know I don’t read the questions but I do read the topic and based off the topic I come up with… A spanda inspiration arises or I wait for it to rise about the quote of the week.

Kimberly: 13:04 And the one that I came up with for today is, the only way fully out is through. We’re talking about discomfort and this idea of breathing through a situation instead of reacting and screaming and staying charged actually, but letting it pass through us and then acting from a calm place. It doesn’t always happen, it’s not easy always but that’s the goal, right? That’s what we work towards, that’s what gets easier over time.

Kimberly: 13:35 And also going through a digestive issue as I did as lot of us do and have continuing to take the probiotics, continuing to do the work, to cut out the gluten and the dairy, so on and so forth and starting to repair the system more and more day-by-day. To go through feeling pain to feeling anger, to feeling resentment, to feeling whatever we feel and then to letting it pass through is so powerful and really that’s what makes us free, and that’s what opens up our energy and our health and our vitality. The more we let go, the more we forgive, the more we go through and feel something and then let it go, the more open and more powerful we become. And that becomes part of our daily practice, just working to let go of things as they arise in faster and faster time.

Kimberly: 14:32 Something I’m working on, I think we all continue to work on being more in full consciousness and that we keep… It’s like layers of an onion, we peel back more and then we say, “Oh, there’s another little trigger, another little thing to work on.” So we all continue to work and that the beauty of the journey. I will be back here beauties Monday for our next podcast interview or solo cast. Till then have an amazing weekend, take great care of yourself. I’ll see you over on Instagram @_kimberlysnyder or on the website cyberspace somewhere. Until then a big virtual hug, sending you lots of love and see you back here very soon.

Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette

Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette

Do you want to enjoy some new refreshing flavor? Try out my light, colorful, flavor-filled Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe! I absolutely LOVE making this quick and easy salad. Combining fresh leafy greens, tasty tomatoes, radiant radishes, flavor-filled fennel, and a delicious tangy creamy dressing, you’re going to love it too! It’s gratifying and oh so good for you! 

My new Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe is a yummy way to fuel your body with some of the top nutritious ingredients. It supplies you with vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, cleansing fiber, and countless other micronutrients. After eating this salad, you will gain such an incredible amount of sustained energy. You’ll also be detoxifying your entire system and boosting your glowing skin! What’s even better, by eating healthy plant-based foods, you are giving your immunity a huge boost. And we know that we always want to strive to be our healthiest selves. 

Living a healthy lifestyle sure has been top of mind for many of us these days. Living in these interesting times, I understand that normal things can feel more stressful. It can also be no fun to try and come up with new recipes when our minds are racing a million miles a minute. Rather than worry about cooking new foods, or coming up with new recipes, let me help you. 

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Heirloom Tomatoes 

Okay now, let’s dive into my favorite part about writing up these recipes for you. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have so much fun sharing with you some of my favorite facts about the ingredients I use. With literally hundreds of wonderful items out there, it is such a joy to tell you why I use the foods I do to create these recipes for you.  

For starters, I’m excited to talk about tomatoes. Sadly, this humble fruit too often is robbed of its rich flavor. If you aren’t a fan of tomatoes, then Beauty, I challenge you to try something new. Instead of picking up a plain Jane tomato that looks so perfectly red and round in shape at the store – try out an organic heirloom tomato. Heirloom tomatoes are bursting with flavor. In my opinion, they are absolutely remarkable and look so much more vibrant than your standard non-organic tomato. They are so sweet, and packed with juicy goodness!

Tomatoes are a summer superstar crop. If you are lucky to have a farmers market in your area, you might be able to score some right now. Buy a few organic heirloom tomatoes for yourself. After you try this salad once, I can guarantee you that you’ll be wanting to make it again next week too. And for all the right reasons! 

These mighty powerhouses are linked to boosting the immune system, fighting cancer and preventing heart disease. With high mineral and water content, they are top cleansers for your entire system. Plus, they come loaded with various vitamins, iron, and potassium. So if you’ve been that person who tends to forgo tomatoes in your salads, give them another chance. They are so good for you!  

Radical Radishes 

Do you know what veggie is totally radical??? (I just love that word.) Radishes are just totally radical. They are so exciting in my eyes. With a zesty, almost peppery taste, they truly make this Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe pop in all the right places. 

What’s more, radishes help make your skin and hair glow in all the right ways. That’s right, Beauties. Radishes are a top beauty food. Not only do they look gorgeous in your salad bowl, but also they offer more than just that. Coming in hot with tons of sulfur, silica and vitamin C, they have the perfect combination of nutrients to boost your beauty in all the right ways. 

In fact, radishes are the only common food high in BOTH of the beauty minerals – sulfur and silica. When sulfur, silica and Vitamin C are together, a little magic happens. Working synergistically, they make your skin glow and help to build healthy connective tissue formation. Radishes also contain raphanin, a substance to help balance thyroid hormones, to help keep you at your perfect, beautiful weight. Can we all say, “I’ll have more radishes, please?” :) 

Are you interested in another way to get your glow on this summer? Then you’ve got to try out my Feel Good Vitamin C Serum. This potent vitamin C serum boasts up to 10x more active vitamin c with Asc2P, with more stable and powerful antioxidant boosting benefits. It deeply penetrates the skin’s surface and effectively aids in the repair and rejuvenation of skin cells damaged by harmful free radicals found in our everyday environment. This super vitamin-rich formula also packs a punch with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Licorice Root and anti-inflammatory natural hydrosols, offering anti-aging and curative benefits. Vegan skincare never felt so good!

Flavor-Filled Fennel

Now, this Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe also calls for a quarter bulb of fennel. And if you have yet to jump on the flavor-filled fennel train, it’s definitely time you do so! With such an aromatic smell, you are guaranteed to reach the “wow” factor when you are testing it out for the first time. Often compared to the hint of a licorice taste, this veggie is one that fills my senses with pure delight. Plus, it is relatively easy to source at your local market. Just look for a white or green bulb, with large feather green stalks growing out of the top. The entire veggie is edible and can be enjoyed raw in salads or cooked in soups.  

With immune-boosting thoughts top of mind these days, let me share with you that fennel has got you covered in that department. Just one cup of fennel bulb contains almost 20% of the daily requirement of vitamin C. As you know, vitamin C improves our general immune system health. It also helps to form collagen by producing and repairing skin tissue. And let me be sure to share that it is also antioxidant-rich, helping to fight off the effects of free radicals damaging the body. 

To all my lady Beauties out there, fennel is also linked to soothing menstrual issues. For years, Ayurvedic medicine has used fennel to help with menstrual pain. Since it helps to properly regulate hormones in the body called emmenagogue, fennel can help reduce the effects of PMS. It may even help to create a more relaxed state of mind as it is used in a number of different products on the market. With such a long list of benefits, it is totally worth jumping on the fennel train. For more fennel recipe inspiration, check out my Summer Fennel Beet Salad recipe

Tahini + Sesame

When it comes to making a healthy and still delicious salad dressing, there are a few things to consider. For starters, if you are going to use a fatty component, it’s so important to seek out only healthy versions. For this recipe, you’ll notice that it calls for tahini, which is made up of ground up sesame seeds. Sesame seeds provide a small number of healthy fats, and protein. Plus they offer a good deal of calcium, zinc, B-vitamins and other minerals. Both tahini and sesame seeds bring a wonderful nutty taste to this salad recipe that compliments all the other ingredients so well.  

Ready for an insider tip? Sesame seeds are actually a beautiful hair-strengthening food. If you have ever colored your hair or blasted it with a blow-drier, then these little seeds should become your best friend! Seeds are such amazing and fortifying food. They protect our vitality and keep us strong in so many ways. 

You may notice that you can find both black sesame seeds and white ones in your local market. Black seeds are more traditionally used in Asian dishes, and you’ll commonly find that tahini uses white sesame seeds. To keep this Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe cohesive, I suggest sprinkling on a tablespoon of the white sesame seeds. It will give your salad a nice little crunch and give you an extra boost of wellness!

There you have it, Beauties! Just a few takeaways for you to think about and inspire you as you make my Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe.

I hope these recipes help you stay happy and healthy and well. Take a moment today or in the next week to make this salad. Your entire being will be so grateful that you did! And when you do, be sure to snap a photo and tag me in your Instagram post. I love to see your creations! If you are feeling up for it, you can even pin the picture above and share it to your Pinterest board. 

Sending you so much love today and always!


Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Salad Ingredients
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 small head of red or green lead lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • ¼ bulb of fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. sesame seeds
  • Dressing Ingredients
  • 1 large Navel orange, juiced
  • 2 Tbs. tahini
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2. tsp. coconut nectar
Instructions
  1. In a large salad bowl, toss together your spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes and fennel.
  2. Next prepare your salad dressing in a mixing jar. Add your orange juice, tahini, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, mint leaves and coconut nectar together. Shake until dressing is combined.
  3. Lightly pour dressing over your greens and then toss it together until your salad is evenly coated.
  4. Sprinkle on your sesame seeds.
  5. Place your salad onto your 2 favorite plates and enjoy!
 

Positive Energy Crystals – What to Wear for Optimal Positivity [Episode #517]

Positive Energy Crystals – What to Wear for Optimal Positivity [Episode #517]

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Today’s solocast topic is: Positive Energy Crystals – What to Wear for Optimal Positivity

I personally got into crystals a couple years ago. I just think they’re beautiful, and I love their presence in my home, and I love wearing them. And along the way, I started to wonder more and more about if they really do anything, if they really work, besides actually being quite beautiful. 

I’m going to get into that today and talk about some background material, even some research, before we dive into some specific crystals that I think you’ll find really interesting.

Topics Covered In Positive Energy Crystals – What to Wear for Optimal Positivity

#1. When and why I started using crystals in my life

#2. Where crystals fit in with our Four Cornerstones

#3. Specific crystals for specific purposes

#4. The energy and frequency of crystals

#5. Clearing your crystals and what that looks like

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Kimberly: 00:00 Hey, Beauties. Welcome back to our Monday solocast podcast, where our topic today is Positive Energy Crystals – What to Wear for Optimal Positivity. So I personally got into crystals a couple years ago. I just think they’re beautiful, and I love their presence in my home, and I love wearing them. And along the way, I started to wonder more and more about if they really do anything, if they really work, besides actually being quite beautiful. So I’m going to get into that today in our solocast. I’m going to talk about some background material, even some research, before we dive into some specific crystals that I think you’ll find really interesting.

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Kimberly: 00:45 But before we go all the way in, I want to give a quick shoutout to our fan of the week, which comes from iamjenniferhill, and she writes, “I have been following Kimberly since her first book. I’ve listened to almost every podcast episode she has done. She’s so knowledgeable and passes along so much information in the most loving, non-judgmental way. Listening to this podcast is so motivating to me. Thank you so much, Kay, for all that you do.” I am Jennifer Hill, thank you so much for being our fan of the week. I send you a huge, huge hug through cyberspace, and I am so grateful for you, honey. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and also just be part of our community. So thank you, thank you, and I hope we get to meet one day in person.

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When and why I started using crystals in my life

Kimberly: 02:24 Okay, so all that being said, let’s get into our little crystal talk today. So I remember when I first started getting into crystals was actually pretty recently. Before that, I remember just seeing different, when I was traveling, especially like different communities, different people being really into crystals, and I used to think it was kind of like an abstract, like a hippie thing, until I guess I became a hippie myself, to an extent. But I really think that they’re beautiful. I love, as I mentioned earlier, having them in my space. My wedding present from my hubby was a 500 pound rose quartz, which just lights up our home. It’s a centerpiece in our living room. And then last Christmas, he got me huge amethyst wings, which is basically amethyst, like a geode or a big rock cut in half and then displayed as wings. So we have a couple of big crystals, and we have tons and tons of mid-range and smaller crystals around.

Crystal vibration study

Kimberly: 03:32 And I think crystals can be many things to many different people. So from a pure visual standpoint, they’re very, very beautiful and very striking. And the fact that they were created in the earth over millions and millions of years, I think makes them actually really special. Now, there is some research actually around crystals, including a 2018 study published by the Institute of Physics. The physicists and the researchers involved found that crystals actually do have vibrations or natural energetic frequencies that travel through the crystal. Scientists have found that they’re able to change the speed and frequency of the vibrations by swapping out a small amount of atoms in the crystal with atoms of another element. So this sort of reminds me of when you put your ear up to a shell and you hear that sound, that tone of the ocean, and it’s inherent, it’s held within the shell itself. It’s held within this beautiful aspect form of nature.

Kimberly: 04:39 And so same thing with crystals. You think about the fact that they are different colors, means that they’re like the rainbow. They’re different aspects of vibration, color held in physical form. And there’s something very powerful about that. Now, mystics have often spoke about crystals and their ability to help recalibrate and to rebalance our systems, because they hold a specific frequency. They hold a shape. And some people say that quartz crystal is very similar to our fascia system. So our bodies constantly are interrupted and disrupted by things like chemicals, and stress, and sugar, and poor sleep, and lots of other lifestyle factors and mental factors and so on and so forth, whereas crystals maintain their shape. Their structure is stable. And it’s believed that that actual stability, when you keep crystals around, and especially when you wear them and have them close to you and in your aura and your space and have them on your skin, crystals have that ability to help maintain that correct structure and composition.

Where crystals fit in with our Four Cornerstones

Kimberly: 06:05 So I would put crystals in the, I would put them in the body category, actually, and the spiritual category. As we’ll get into in a moment, crystals are really a beautiful thing to focus on, what we call a drishti gaze, our focus point. They’re beautiful on an altar. They can help create ceremony and ritual around our practices, including meditation. So I would put them in the spiritual space, but also, again, if we look at crystals as far as being able to maintain structure and to help to create order, when we put them on our body, there’s an aspect there of our body cornerstone, as well.

Kimberly: 06:49 So remember our four cornerstones. I got a little ahead of myself, our food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth. So they’re definitely not food. They’re on our bodies, and they can influence the way our bodies function. And it’s believed that crystals have a mental, emotional component, as well as a physical component, that helps different aspects of your body, like digestion, inflammation, so on and so forth. So I guess they also do fall into the emotional category. We’re talking about positivity, and there’s certain crystals, just visually can also brighten your mood. So things like a citrine, a bright yellow, beautiful crystal. That was part of our Solluna jewelry collection collaboration that we did with Satya. And also again, spiritually, like I said, to use them in a ritual, an altar space.

Spiritual healing study

Kimberly: 07:39 Scientific research published in the Permanente Journal found that the mind has healing powers when supported with spiritual practices like mindfulness, meditation, reflection, and other spiritual practices and rituals that can include crystals. So when we say the mind has healing powers, and we know the mind is incredibly powerful, a lot more powerful than most of us give it credit for. And the mind, when it’s able to heal in the space of, I believe use its intelligence, its perpetual infinite intelligence, to recalibrate, to rejuvenate, to create healing within the body on a cellular level. And in that way, crystals used with intention can be part of that. So we can say that crystals are a form of self care. I use them, I think of them as self-care, because they feel calming to me and grounding. And they’re also, again, very visually beautiful, and it just helps me to clarify my intention when I hold a specific crystal for a specific purpose, which we will get into in just a moment here.

Kimberly: 08:53 There’s also been different mystics and seers and sages over the ages that have talked about crystals. One of them is the famous Edgar Cayce. If you’re familiar with him, he was one such clairvoyant mystic from some decades ago, and he wrote a whole book about crystal energy, and the different crystals and how to work with crystals. And this is something he was pulling from, as he calls it, channeled wisdom and downloads and things he was pulling. And so in different cultures and different times, in different periods, crystals have been around. And like I mentioned, I just started getting into them a few years ago, and I really love, I love them. I love to use them and I love them in my space.

Kimberly: 09:45 And I also think that if you love something and it helps to bring intention into your life, you look at them and you think about your intention, whether or not having that crystal on your body is going to profoundly change, just the crystal alone is going to profoundly change your life, I am not sure, but I know that seeing the crystal and having it there is a wonderful practice. And at the best, if it does have healing properties that are of the more mystical realm, the speciality of different stones, it’s only another great thing to add to your life. It’s only another great self care practice. It’s another way to individualize our self care, where we are drawn to certain crystals and bring them into our life.

Specific crystals for specific purposes

Kimberly: 10:34 So let’s talk about some specific crystals now, with all this background. Take from this what you will. Just so you know, there is research out there, some studies about, well, first of all, everything is vibration. Everything is energy, and crystals do hold a certain energy, a very high frequency. That’s why they are, especially the really clear crystals without many cuts or inclusions or imperfections, these crystals really do hold a certain vibration and are elevated, I think. So take what you will, but I do believe that having crystals around really does feel like good vibes and good energy. And again, if we’re choosing the stones, if we’re choosing the different frequencies with intention, I think it can add a lot.

Kimberly: 11:26 So now let’s talk about some of the specific crystals that bring in positivity, that bring in just optimism and abundance and prosperity and love into our lives. And this is based on a lot of intuition from different seers over the years, there’s sort of a collective, what’s the word, resolution or agreed upon set of characteristics, we’ll say, for each crystal, based on many, many different people I think intuiting similar things about crystals. So that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Rose quartz crystal

Kimberly: 12:11 So let’s see, I’m going to just get into some of the ones that I love to share about, and I think are really helpful, and especially the ones that I use personally in my own life. So the first one, and I mentioned it already, is rose quartz. And I think rose quartz is a really beautiful stone to keep around, especially for women. So pink is one of the colors of the heart chakra. Different energies, different chakras in our bodies have different colors. So the heart is associated with pink and also with green. So pink, this pink rose quartz, which is so beautiful and soothing and feels like there’s a softness around it, is the stone for love and compassion. We know that the heart is believed to be one of the hardest knots, to unhook the knot behind our heart. So we can get closed. We can close off with fear or judgment or agitation, or a million different ways that we unknowingly may close up.

Kimberly: 13:11 And so having this crystal around just encourages openness and flow of love and flow of the heart. And it’s a really beautiful stone. It’s also a really great stone that’s associated with fertility. So if you’re looking to expand your family and you want to keep that intention around, you can even get a rose quartz shaped egg, or like a circular, kind of symbolizing a little embryo in there that will come into your life, and you can keep it in your altar, your meditation space, or anywhere you are around it, just to help hold the frequency of that intention.

Turquoise crystal

Kimberly: 13:57 Now, the next stone I’ll bring up is a common one, which is turquoise. And it’s something that I remember wearing even in high school, back when I used to wear silver, and now I pretty much only wear gold. But it’s pretty common, and there was a time where it was super trendy to wear. It’s still around a lot, but I think in the nineties, it was a big stone in particular. And I love that. It reminds me of Native American culture, to an extent. And the reason I love turquoise is two reasons. Number one, my husband gave me this beautiful turquoise bracelet that I love very much. And number two, the color and the energy of turquoise is associated with communication. So it’s associated with really helping to open up our Vishuddha chakra, which is our fifth chakra, our throat, our ability to express ourselves and communicate in a really authentic way.

Kimberly: 14:57 And I think this is so needed right now on the planet. I think that it’s an important part of self love and confidence and beauty, to be able to stand in our power and to express our truth. And so if you’re someone that has a little bit of an issue with speaking your truth, or standing up for yourself, or confrontation, which is something that I avoid, too, then turquoise could be a really wonderful stone to add in, as even a necklace or bracelet or something around to help you really keep your communication at its peak and functioning really, really well.

Citrine crystal

Kimberly: 15:36 Citrine is another stone that I mentioned earlier. It’s beautiful, and yellow, and brilliant. And as I mentioned, we did it as part of, it represented the sun in our sun, moon Solluna collaboration that we did with Satya last year. And citrine is associated with positivity and abundance and optimism and warmth. And I really love citrine. So, I mean, obviously because I put it in the collection, but I have citrine earrings from the collection, which are probably the ones, the piece of jewelry that I wear the most, but I love citrine necklaces. And I think just having citrine around your face, so especially earrings or a necklace, is a great way to just bring that warmth. And it’s like a beautiful light. It’s very attractive. It’s very magnetic. So especially if you’re trying to perhaps call in a soulmate or some soul friends, citrine is another great one to have around.

Clear quartz crystal

Kimberly: 16:40 Now, wonderful, wonderful stone to bring into your space, that you can actually program, is clear quartz. And this has been used since ancient times, and I have a beautiful clear quartz that stays in our kitchen, actually. It’s next to a framed picture of [inaudible 00:17:02], who is my yoga guru, and he is amazing. And I just, I programmed this crystal with the intentions of just helping to keep yoga qualities within me, within the house, calmness and openness and love, unconditional love. So you can take clear quartz and you can clear it with sage or put it in the moonlight and just clear the energy, and then you can hold it in your hands and you can think of your intention or your goal.

Kimberly: 17:29 It could be a personal goal. It could be a professional goal. It could be a health goal. It could be whatever you want, and you can really actually put your deepest energy, your deepest truth and intentions and wisdom into the crystal, thereby programming it, thereby when that crystal is perched on your altar or somewhere in your space, because it has that structure, because it’s keeping that frequency intact, you can actually have this as an aid. And so when you look at that clear quartz crystal, and you know that you’ve programmed it, it just becomes a living reminder. It becomes a physical entity in your space that’s helping to preserve your highest intention.

Kimberly: 18:10 So I actually just gave a clear quartz necklace to my friend, [inaudible 00:18:14], who is going through a potential shift in her life. And I told her to program her necklace. So as she’s wearing it and figuring things out, she is constantly called back to that intention. And again, in that regard, it can be very, very helpful.

Carnelian crystal

Kimberly: 18:36 Now, one of my favorite stones is carnelian, which is blood red, ruby red, super dark, deep red. And we know that red is the color of the root chakra. It’s a very grounding, grounding color. And I used a carnelian mala from Satya. I wore it almost every day when I was grounding, when I was getting back to myself after going through a big breakup and when my mom passed away. So to me, carnelian is about just helping to restore joy, but in a grounded way. It’s also helping to restore deep feelings of safety and security. It’s about passion, inspiration. It goes into creativity. So especially if you’re drawn to red, I highly recommend getting some carnelian, which is really, really beautiful.

Amethyst crystal

Kimberly: 19:33 Now let’s see, another really popular stone that, if you’re drawn to purple, now, purple also happens to be my favorite color, a lot of favorites here. I absolutely love amethyst. And I think that amethyst is just one of the most powerful stones. It is the stone for the crown chakra. So it’s believed to just help open up our energy to higher wisdom, to listening, to intuition, to the divine, to our spiritual side. So amethyst just also happens to be my birthstone, because my birthday is in February. So I really love the clarity and the expansiveness and the oneness that amethyst represents. So you could get yourself a cute little amethyst necklace, or you could keep an amethyst geode around your home or on your table. We have an amethyst cave, it’s called. So it’s probably like 10 inches high or so. It looks like a cave, and the outside is black and the inside is just this wonderful little mini cave of amethyst, and we keep it pointing towards the door. So it’s sort of like a welcome as you come into the room. And I sage it quite often, and I feel like it holds the energy of our entranceway.

Kimberly: 21:07 So you can also use crystals, place them in your home with intention. So for instance, if you did program your clear quartz to be something about maintaining a really healthy family life or keeping happiness around, you could program it and keep it right in the middle of your living room, or you could put it in the middle of your kitchen table, do something like that, and place it with real intention.

Black tourmaline crystal

Kimberly: 21:41 So on another aspect of crystals, another one that’s interesting to know about is called black tourmaline, and it’s jet black. It doesn’t reflect. It’s not necessarily like a pretty, sparkly rock, but there’s a real strength to it, a real power. And it’s believed to be a protection stone, and it’s believed to help repel negative energy and stress, and also being thrown off from electromagnetic devices. So it has this protection element that’s really wonderful to keep around. On my key chain, I had a citrine little polished rock to represent the sun and I had a tourmaline to represent the moon and the darkness and the black that we go into to create transformation and growth. So black is not something to be scared of. I think black is actually really wonderful, because it’s where we go into full true potentiality and our unlimited nature. And again, black tourmaline helps to protect our limited nature by keeping us protected energetically, psychically, mentally. And it’s a great thing to keep in the entrance or around the home, to just keep the energy really positive around.

Kimberly: 23:00 If you’re someone that works in a negative space or is in a negative home environment that you’re looking to move out of, or you go into somewhere negative, you may want to try wearing a tourmaline necklace. I also have a tourmaline necklace, because I do think wearing black can be really beautiful, as well. Or if you’re going to a party, and there’s certain people that may be gossipy or just feel like the energy could be a little funny, black tourmaline is definitely a great one to wear, because it is so protective.

Fool’s gold crystal (or pirates’ gold)

Kimberly: 23:36 Now, there’s a shiny crystal that I love very much. I’m actually holding it in my hand right now. And it’s known as fool’s gold or pirate’s gold. You can call it whatever you like. I don’t think it looks like gold, because it definitely, I don’t know, it has a totally different energy to it, but these are some of the common names for it. It’s also known as pyrite, if you’re looking to purchase a piece. And the reason I love it so much is it does have a real brilliance to it, and it’s believed to be a stone of success, which is why I keep it on my desk, and also abundance in different ways, many different ways. So if you’re looking to grow, to manifest, it’s a really wonderful stone to keep around. And like I said, maybe where you work or you do calls or you’re working out projects, sew, or you write. So you can get yourself a nice piece of pyrite and use it as a paperweight, or what I’m doing. You just kind of hold it in your hand sometimes.

Kimberly: 24:43 We also have a larger pyrite, I have all the crystals, that’s upstairs, that I like very much, and it sits on one of our tables. It just throws off a beautiful light. And I think it’s really, really amazing.

The energy and frequency of crystals

Kimberly: 25:00 So with all these crystals, what you can think about doing is go to a crystal shop sometime, if it’s safe, you can get in and be socially distanced, of course, and be wearing a mask. I like to see the crystals in person before I get them, or you can do this online, as well. But I first, I like to scan and I like to see which ones I’m naturally drawn to. So if everything is energy and frequency, which we know to be the truth, it means that crystals have energies and frequencies that can also speak to you, sort of the way food can speak to you. So if you stand in front of the fridge or you stand in front of the pantry, something I’ve talked about before, and you ask your body, what do I want to eat? How can I best nourish myself? What is the best thing to put into my body right now? And you really listen and you really start to tune in, you will start to get answers, and you will start to hear things coming up from within. And as you tune in, it will start to become more and more easy to discern what your body is saying to you.

Kimberly: 25:59 And it’s the same thing with crystals. You may stand before in the crystal shop and you may just say, you know, which one can support my energy, where I’m going, and where I may be depleted, and where I’m trying to revitalize myself, and you can stand there and you can hold that intention. And it’s amazing how you may find yourself naturally drawn, not just to an actual type of crystal, but to the crystal within that little box or bowl that may have 500 of them. And you pick out the one that really speaks to you. They’re like people. They all have different energy, different frequencies. So that’s the way that I have always worked with the crystals in my space. I’ve just been called to them. There’s something that I can’t quite put my finger on, but something that attracts me to the crystal and pulls me in and draws me in. And I start to work with the crystal that way.

Kimberly: 26:52 I also think about the intention of a circle that I’m holding, or a space, or some sort of gathering. And I bring in the crystals that feel that they’re supportive of that space. I have them in every room in my home. So in the morning, I really love to see my malas when I’m in the bathroom, brushing my teeth. I already feel like I’m getting some kind of charge from the crystals in the morning. I have rose quartz in our bedroom, of course. That’s a sacred space for hubby and I. We have the rose quartz in the living room. Here in my office, I have a big crystal geode and citrine. And then in our kitchen, we have a whole shelving area of crystals, including labradorite, which is another one of my favorite stones. It’s a stone of transformation. It’s said to be a shaman stone. I also have a lot of labradorite jewelry.

Kimberly: 27:47 So you can just put them all around your space. You can wear them, as we’ve been talking about. If you’re someone that works with your hands a lot, you type, you write, it may be nice to have a ring, as well. If you’re looking to get pregnant right now, like I said, rose quartz that you can visibly see and touch, like a rose quartz ring, or also a moonstone ring, is particularly good for fertility, is something that you may want to keep around. And let’s see, just all the different rooms, all the different ways that these crystals can come into your space, and I would just say to really respect them and to honor them, and to remember that crystals are ancient. They come from the earth. They’re part of nature. So just like all parts of nature, they should definitely be respected, treated with love.

Clearing your crystals and what that looks like

Kimberly: 28:33 And you definitely want to clear your crystals from time to time. You want to clean them. So the way that you clean crystals isn’t soap and water. It’s different. It’s about cleansing energy. Because crystals are high frequency, they can absorb energy and pull energy out of a space and hold it in. So you definitely want to take the time to clear that energy periodically. So I would say that the best ways to clear crystals are to either put them out in the moonlight or to sage them. Now, some people use lemon juice. Some people bury them in the earth. There’s many different ways. For me, the easiest is to just light some sage and to let the smoke go all over and around the crystal and to imagine you’re really cleaning it. And then every month at full moon time, if I remember, I put my crystals on the window sill, or sometimes I even put them outside. And that way, you keep your crystals charged to the highest frequency and the ability to really honor your intentions and to be there for you in your life.

Kimberly: 29:37 So I hope this was an interesting discussion, shedding some light on crystals. They are definitely a phenomenon right now. You’ve definitely probably seen them all around. And if you wonder, what’s the deal, why are they so popular, I hope this has given you a little bit of some background on them and hopefully some inspiration in bringing them into your own life. As always, thank you so much for being here with me, being in the community, listening to our podcast. I will see you this Thursday for our Q&A community show. I’m also on Instagram every day at @_kimberlysnyder, and over on our website, mysolluna.com, where you can get meditations, recipes, and our free downloadable ebook on our four cornerstones. So I will see you soon. Till then, take great care of yourself, beauty, and I send you so much love.

Wellness and Your Work Environment [Episode #516]

Wellness and Your Work Environment [Episode #516]

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This week’s topic is: Wellness and Your Work Environment

We all spend so much time in our work, with our career, whether we are working at home or we’re going to an office. Our work environment, the company culture, is something that very much affects us and it’s a big part of our lives. It’s something that we want to address and make sure that we are doing our part to maintain the healthiest, best possible workspace.

That being said, of course we can’t control everything in the environment and we know that, but what we can do is control our inner world, our reactions, our responses, and also apply some practical tools about how to create the best possible work environment.

As always, we will address this from our cornerstone perspective, being, food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth.

Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!

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Jodi –  CA

I’m having a hard time separating working from home while keeping up with my healthy routines. I know you speak of rituals. Is there a difference between routines vs rituals in helping me to stick with a healthy lifestyle?

Maria – Idaho

My boss is so hard to work for. I try to let things go but his issues always become mine. How do I prevent myself from taking on his anger and negativity and know it’s not me, and that it’s just him?

Sarah – WY

My coworkers are always gossiping about other people at work and it just doesn’t feel good to me. How can I set better boundaries at work without feeling isolated from the group.

Amanda – Texas

I literally cannot stand working for the company I’m currently at. I’m nervous to make any changes, especially with covid and the insecurities of employment. How can I turn this around so I can have a better attitude and feel better about this company and working for them?

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Within my outer work environment, I create and align to my inner environment always.

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Kimberly: 00:00 Hey, Beauties. Welcome back to our Thursday, Q&A Community Show where our topic today is Wellness and Your Work Environment. This is a really important topic because as you know well, we all spend so much time in our work, with our career, whether we are working at home, which a lot of us are now, including myself, or we’re going to an office, our work environment, the company culture, is something that very much affects us and it’s a big part of our lives. So, it’s something that we want to address and just to make sure that we are doing our part to maintain the healthiest, best possible workspace. Now, that being said, of course we can’t control everything in the environment and we know that, but what we can do is control our inner world, our reactions, our responses, and also apply some practical tools that, which we’ll get into today with your questions about how to create the best possible work environment. And as always, we will address this from our cornerstone perspective. So, food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth.

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Kimberly: 01:05 Before we get into your questions today, I just want to give a quick reminder to please leave us a review on iTunes. If you’ve heard me before saying this, and you’ve tu