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Practice You with Elena Brower

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Now displaying: April, 2023
Apr 29, 2023

On social media as a teaching space; vulnerability as a bridge, and the possibility that virtual connections can bring about deepening relationships in real life.

  • 0:42 Introducing Michell Clark; Empowering entrepreneurs and leaders; The Creative Summer Company – @thecreative.summer
  • 3:05 Speaking from the heart, wrestling with complex feelings and giving grace to ourselves leading to connecting more deeply.
  • 6:00 Writing at the intersection of all of our passions and experiences. Finding the commonalities between all different types of people.
  • 8:40 Hip Hop – Tapping into emotions. Curiosity and eagerness to find commonality despite social standing.
  • 10:40 Uncovering and understanding the stories in hip hop lyrics. Jeff Burroughs https://elenabrower.com/episode-63-jeff-burroughs/
  • 12:45 The Creative Summer Company – Building a strong foundation, understanding values, learning while being playful. Webby Nomination
  • 16:09 Social Media Specialist for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian) https://nmaahc.si.edu/
  • 19:20 Taking a step back; Inspiring black artists – Kendrick Lamar – Stepping back from the pursuit of perfection.
  • 22:00 Alex Elle – How We Heal – https://www.alexelle.com/ – The process of going back and seeing different versions of yourself as a means to understanding yourself in the present.
  • 23:40 Understanding our own emotions. As parents, things we do not heal, we pass on to our kids.
  • 25:58 Intentionally slowing down, deepening an awareness of self. Seeing new breakthroughs, opportunities, and new aligned relationships.
  • 27:40 Give yourself half a day to do nothing. Shifting the narrative away from stay busy toward listening, learning and reveling in the self.
  • 30:05 Expanding reach; having confidence in speaking, hopeful writing and choosing optimism. Offering depth in social media.
  • 33:00 Tik Tok – An opportunity to be what you make it. The most aggressive ‘choose your own adventure’ social media platform of all time. Establishing guardrails for our social media/app usage.

Writer, mentor, creative leader, Michell empowers entrepreneurs and leaders to release self-limiting beliefs and actualize their full potential. Clark has built a community of over 600,000 human beings across Instagram and Twitter. He is deeply invested in leveraging his platforms, access, and skillset to build community.

In summer 2020, he and his wife, Duanecia Clark, founded their agency, The Creative Summer Co., which leverages strategy, content, design, and research to empower mission-consistent, Black-owned and Black-facing brands and businesses.

He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Duanecia, and their daughter, Ada.

Michell's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellcclark/?hl=en

The Creative Summer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreative.summer/?hl=en

Apr 22, 2023

On the vital day-to-day process of moving pain through the body, clearing the way for ease and efficiency in every realm of your life.

  • 0:42 Introducing Rachelle McCloud; Mental Health Therapist & Emotional Wellness Coach; Finding this work through needing it.
  • 2:25 Diagnosed with OCD; Energetic treatment and EFT; Our systems need a guide for processing fear.
  • 4:25 Fear that is unprocessed shows up as compensating behaviors. When we are able to process the fear that compels this fright, we can actually process issues more quickly.
  • 7:30 Fear centers in the brain process through the body, through movement and physical interactions. https://rachellemccloud.com/
  • 9:10 Thought Field Therapy - Predecessor of Emotional Freedom Technique. Escorting shame through the brain’s healing pathways.
  • 11:15 Collarbone breathing. Key points for processing environmental toxins, jet lag, panic and anxiety.
  • 13:00 Complex childhood trauma. To create health, we need to be able to process both the negative and the positive, integrated by the brain into accurate ways of being.
  • 15:50 First generation Haitian and white American, raised with the white side of the family. Processing racism and lineage.
  • 18:25 There was so much pain the last 5/10/20 generations, unprocessed and unspoken, that we are still unraveling these betrayals. Transformation happens when the pain processes through our bodies.
  • 20:30 The brain registers rejection, betrayal and other painful social interactions from the same part of the brain that registers physical pain. From your pain neurons’ perspective, a cutting comment registers the same to the brain as cutting or hitting.
  • 22:40 Tapping desensitizes the pain so that the brain can resolve what’s being held. The brain untangles the cognitive knots that cause disorder and dissatisfaction. https://rachellemccloud.com/blog/f/letting-comments-from-others-get-to-you
  • 25:00 Inner World Transformation - https://rachellemccloud.com/online-course; Collarbone Breathing Exercise
  • 28:40 The shift from the survival state to rest and digest can feel exhaustive, but that’s the state of the body without the adrenaline and cortisol.
  • 31:15 Problem solving is a front brain activity that lets us know that emotion and the information in there got the front of the brain.

Rachelle McCloud, LCSW is a Mental Health Therapist and Emotional Wellness. Through years of successfully helping clients move their anxiety, depression and trauma disorders into remission, she has developed a program that empowers people to skillfully get rid of symptoms and heal. She is also the facilitator of the Facebook group called Releasing the Baggage of Anxiety, Depression and Traumatic Stress where she delivers free trainings on leading interventions that work well for getting rid of symptoms, not just coping or managing them. Her mission is to empower people to do their own healing work effectively, safely and skillfully.

http://www.rachellemccloud.com

Apr 15, 2023

On the sacred metamorphosis of menopause, redefining this time of life from health crisis to empowerment, tenderness and leadership.

On discovering the liberating power of menopause to awaken authority, purpose and belonging.

  • 0:42 Introducing Red School; Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer; Wise Power: Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority, Purpose and Belonging
  • 3:00 – Wild Power: Discover the Magic of the Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power; https://www.redschool.net/; The Seasons of Menstruation
  • 6:00 – Restoring the power of menopause – our inner ecology. An integrated process of growing down into ourselves. An initiatory journey of awakening. Evolving into menopause.
  • 9:30 – Seamless entry into the menstruality journey. Weaving a thread of yes through the beginning of menstruation to menopause.
  • 12:25 – Our experience of cultural dislocation from this initiatory path. Menarche, menstruation, motherhood and menopause are evolutionary tipping points in our life’s journey.
  • 15:20 – Seeing our 50s, 60s and 70s as one of the most fertile grounds of being – alive, creative and productive.
  • 17:55 – 5 phases of menopause – Betrayal, Repair, Revelation, Visioning and Emergence. Cycle awareness applies across many areas of our psychological and spiritual development.
  • 20:50 – Betrayal – Transformation involves dying to the old self and emerging new. Betrayal is the first moment of menopause where the deep initiatory process kicks in. It is the death of an identity.
  • 25:40 – Repair – Emphasizing Rest and Healing. Rest is the medicine that allows the organic process of healing to move through us. Giving yourself kindness.
  • 29:55 – Revelation – A subtle dawning of a new recognition of yourself. An acceptance and reception of yourself.
  • 32:25 – Visioning – Full flourishing and receptivity of your capacity. Breakthrough with coherence.
  • 37:10 – Emergence – Freshly minted clarity and innocence. Reborn, vulnerability and innocence as a buffer against bitterness and cynicism. “Second Spring”.
  • 40:50 – Ritual to anoint and celebrate yourself – 1) Name all the qualities you have discovered or recovered during menopause – all of your strengths and brilliances. 2) Forgive anything in yourself that you feel still needs forgiving. 3) State some clear intentions for your future. 4) Allow plenty of time for this ritual.
  • 44:20 – Menopause can deliver us to a place of deep belonging within ourselves. Union is the heart of the menopause transition. Understanding and removing our barricades to intimacy.
  • 47: 20 – Attunement tools for Leadership – Keep Council with Emptiness

    https://www.redschool.net/

    Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, authors of Wild Power: Discover the Magic of the Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power and the creators of the Menstruality Medicine Circle™, a brand new healing modality.

 

Apr 1, 2023

On redirecting and serving purpose driven professionals. A conversation looking at the connection of our purpose and our daily work.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Amina AlTai – career realignment coach, proud immigrant, chronic illness advocate
  • 2:55 – Doing work that we love in a way that honors our bodies, and who we are in the world, is our birthright. Developing 2 autoimmune diseases.
  • 5:40 – What does it look like to stop and redirect? Leaving unhealthy spaces.
  • 7:00 – Serving purpose driven people. Working with Amina for radical change. Signature 3 month program. New 5 month group program.
  • 8:55 – Working with groups and individuals. 5-part framework – 1) Where our gifts are, 2) What we value in this world, 3) What we want to impact, 4) What brings us joy, 5) Our needs.
  • 11:30 – Pricing for coaching and mentors, charging for time, charging what you’re worth. Letting the higher self inform the pricing.
  • 14:10 – Free options, freemium, low priced, mid priced and high end. Creating multiple entry points for people.
  • 16:15 – Redefining ourselves many times throughout our adult lives. Consistently evolving and developing our studentship.

Amina AITai is a career realignment coach, proud immigrant and chronic illness advocate. A leading coach to notable female leaders and impact-driven celebrities. Amina’s mastery is in connecting us to our brilliance and teaching us to live and lead from it each day. As a woman of color of Iraqi descent, she often works with marginalized communities to help them realize possibilities in a way that honors their particular lived experiences. She’s a Success Magazine 125 Leaders to Watch Finalist, A Forbes Contributor, an Entrepreneur Magazine expert-in-residence and has been featured In The New York Times, goop, NBC, Entrepreneur and more. She is working on her first book, entitled The Ambition Trap, in collaboration with Penguin and The Open Field. Amina impresses me with her clarity, care and consideration. Her work spans from free teachings all the way to her signature program, Pivot to Purpose, for those leaving corporate work to step into your soul’s calling, as well as for newer entrepreneurs who’ve started your business but don’t feel fully in alignment yet.

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