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GVK talks forgiveness with Julie Genovese

Talking with Julie Genovese, author of Nothing Short of Joy, is always a wonderful experience! I asked her to chat with GVK because she has an inspirational story of healing a personal relationship that I felt everyone could benefit from.

 To learn more about Julie Genovese follow the embedded links below ~

 www.nothingshortofjoy.com

http://www.nothingshortofjoy.com/cpr-for-the-creative-soul/

So often we hear these wonderful stories of people living amazing lives and moving past their pain, but, we never really hear How they do it.  And here, Julie gives us a “how to” which I found extraordinary!

When I was struggling with the pain of my teen experiences, I wondered if I would ever heal. I kept asking why things had happened the way that they did.  Why, and then poor me. Sigh. And then one day, I got angry. And boy, let me tell you, when that came out, it was like a monster.

Anger was the first way that I moved myself out of victimhood. But, I had to move on from that because underneath the anger was an immense sorrow.  And frankly, the sadness was more profound than the anger.  I once told a therapist that I was afraid to feel all the sadness in my heart because it might actually kill me. She assured me that it would not (thankfully she was right!).  Slowly, step by step I moved through a series of feelings that lead me to the f word ~ FEAR.  Transmuting fear was not something I did alone. I had Divine guidance and help all along the way because by this time, I was deep in my spiritual practice.

One of the things that I learned on my path of healing was to see my life from a different perspective.  What had I gained from all of this? How could I use what I felt to help others? I learned to lean on a Power greater than myself to help me reveal the Truth of my life. And I learned to not only share my truth, but to listen to others who also had Truth to share. Julie Genovese is one of those people. So listen with joy and relish a method of healing that she is sharing with us today…

GVK rides up the chakra river with Janet Conner

I was so blown away by the information that Janet Conner shared regarding chakras that I was speechless for most of this podcast! I was most moved by her experience with Swan and the 6th chakra.

Janet is the author of The Lotus and the Lily and Writing Down Your Soul.

In Native American lore, Swan, as a duckling, enters the Void and surrenders to Great Spirit’s vision. She trusts what she is shown and is thus transformed into a graceful elegant white bird.

When I entered my teen years I couldn’t have felt more like an ugly duckling if had tried. It wasn’t about what I looked like on the outside however, it was about how I felt on the inside. My parents thought I was weird and couldn’t find a common ground to communicate with me. Teachers found me frustrating. And there were factions of the student population that simply wanted me dead. I believe that was the first time that I entered the Void. I had to Know who I was at a time when knowing who you are is the biggest struggle of your life.

I did not experience the Void as gracefully as Swan did my first time in. I didn’t want to be different. I didn’t want to have strange dreams with spirits talking to me. I didn’t want to know what people were feeling before they did. I didn’t want to grieve the Earths torture. I didn’t want to have Big emotions and Big feelings. I just wanted to be normal. Sigh. Normal, I am not ~ and today I celebrate that. But, the remembering of who I Am took time, healing and love.

I have been shown many things during my excursions in the Void. But the thing that I take to my heart and have instituted into my life is to Trust that I matter. Trust that I am an integral part of this wonderful, heartbreaking, exciting, maddening and empowering adventure called Life. And that all the crazy, painful, strange, exciting experiences I have will be transmuted into healing through my storytelling. when I share my experiences through storytelling, I lead people to a healing. I am here to bridge the gap between human and spirit ~to lead people to remembering their Divinity…

to learn more about Janet Conner and her fabulous books follow the link below

www.janetconner.com

follow the links below to learn more about what we talked about ~

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss,  Chakras by Hirsh Johari, Miester Eckhart, Cynthia Bourgeault

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GVK puts our mind where our muscle is with Greg Crawford, author of The Brain Detox Diet

Everybody talks about a healthy, strong, toned body, but, what about our brains? In Greg Crawford’s book, The Brain Detox Diet, he addresses the very thing most people neglect when shifting into better physical health ~ your brain. He tackles the aspects of our thought process that keep us in stuck bad habits and negative thinking, which can lead to poor physical fitness. Greg is the owner of My Training Gym in Morristown, NJ and he knows fitness!

Fitness as a total soul concept is often overlooked. Our bodies are the houses for our souls. Therefore, our body is, indeed, a sacred temple. For so long, I did not understand this. I treated my body like a thing to do what I told it to do.  And I was always pretty lucky in that regard. I was a ballet dancer and gymnast until my mid twenties. Then I became a runner with weight training thrown in. I have exercised, in some form or another at least five days a week for most of my life. I thought I was doing all the right things to keep my body strong and healthy.

And then the day came that my body did not respond the way it always had, and frankly, I was a bit lost about it all. My body had changed with the birth of my two children and while I was still in good shape, I couldn’t sustain the same exercise regime. Not being able to do what I was accustomed to left me feeling very blue and I discovered a host of unhealthy thoughts had been living inside my brain just bursting to get out and take hold of me.  That was when I realized that my brain had as much power as my body and it was time to trim it down and tone it up!

I’ve had to reprogram my thinking. It was crazy what was whirling around in my head! One minute I heard that I was a loser because I couldn’t do as many sit ups as I used to and the next minute a voice would snidely talk to me about being too sexy for a mother. Geesh! All those negative messages that I received as a girl and into my adulthood needed to go! I had to learn to love my body and it’s new changes and stop judging myself. I realized that I had grown up with mixed messages about body image and I couldn’t run from the damage it had quietly caused me my whole life. I had already shifted so much of the negativity surrounding me, but, now it was time to detox my brain and shift what was hiding inside of me…

Follow the embedded links to learn more about ~

Greg Crawford 

My Training Gym

The Brain Detox Diet

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