EP 13 Happy Valentine’s Day - Heart Meditation For YOU!

February 14, 2019
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A love note to YOU! 

You are loved. There is nothing you have to do, say, or be to receive love in this moment. You are already receiving love. Open to it. And drop in for this Divine Love meditation for YOU! 

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Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 12: Spirituality and Education, Let’s Get Woo Woo AF with Kipa Cetán

February 9, 2019
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This week's episode is so much fun! Kipa Cetán, a healer, medicine woman, spiritual guide and consultant, and educator joins me to talk about energy and opening up to messages from your spirit guides. Our conversation meanders quite a bit, and is all connected. Listen in as we discuss living in a vibrational world, and as we both provide insights into ego, the illusion of separateness and as Kipa shares some historical background on educational and spiritual teachings. Kipa is a major powerhouse when it comes to channeling and healing and she drops some serious wisdom on contacting your spirit guides, and wraps up with sharing her vision for the future of education. If you are into energy and all things woo-woo this episode is for you. If you aren't sure if you are into energy and all things woo-woo this episode is also for you! And if you don't go to the woo-woo then I invite you to give it a listen anyway and step out of your comfort zone! 

Get in touch with Kipa Cetán via email at kipacetan111@gmail.com, visit her website https://www.kipacetan.com/, and follow her on instagram @kipacetan. 

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions, interested in one-on-one coaching, energy healing, or want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E.? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

   

EP 11: Cultivating Your Super Powers As A Highly Sensitive Person

February 2, 2019
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This week’s episode I teach on how to cultivate your super powers as a Highly Sensitive Person or Empath. Listen in to the beginning for frameworks of what it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person and an Empath.

Steps to harnessing your super powers as an HSP/Empath involve healing your past, cultivating your intuition, engaging in a spiritual practice, practice energetic or spiritual hygiene, and celebrating who you are! Listen in for more details on how to do each of these. Check out the resources below for all kinds of tools and programs I mention in this episode!

Resources

The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron: https://hsperson.com/

 

Empowerment Partnership - NLP training:

http://www.empowermentpartnership.com/

 

Self-Compassion from Dr. Kristen Neff: https://self-compassion.org/

 

Ho’oponopono Meditation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qoq75-DQm4

Ho’oponopono Book:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9GUqytopQ0

 

Christine Hassler’s Work

Expectation Hangover for adult temper tantrum technique:

https://christinehassler.com/books-and-courses/

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Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 10: Culturally Responsive Teaching With Salandra Grice

January 19, 2019
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This week on the show we have Salandra Grice, the founder of Conscious Education Consulting. She is a wife, mother, and former Kindergarten teacher turned Equity Consultant. It was during her nine-year teaching career that she discovered a need to help teachers and schools integrate culturally responsive teaching practices to help create more positive and equitable learning experiences for all students. This desire to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to increase their effectiveness with diverse learners sparked the founding of her company, Conscious Education Consulting. With a focus on engaging teachers and schools in reflective and engaging professional development around culturally responsive practices, she hopes to help transform teachers' mindsets about what it takes to educate our diverse students and to create more positive, relevant and meaningful learning experiences for every student.

As we begin the episode, Salandra shares more on her personal journey into being a education consultant and doing culturally responsive professional development. The we dive right in, I ask her why it’s vital that all educators need culturally responsive teaching and what to do if you are an educator that is interested in the work, but are dealing with fear around doing culturally responsive training. Salandra discusses if fear comes up, it’s imperative that you recognize it, move through it, and do a training because our students need us to. Culturally responsive training is not here to point out that you are racist or that you did specific things wrong or right, but rather to provide a safe and brave environment for educators to examine their own personal bias and how this can show up when we teach our students.

Then we jump into understanding intersectionality, what happens when we don’t examine our biases as educators, how capacity for racism exists within me, how racism and prejudice play out in our classrooms, and intent versus impact. There is so much insight here, be sure to listen in! I ask Salandra what an educator’s steps would be when they make a mistake - saying or doing something that causes harm to a person outside of your own culture group. She responds with practical tool of stepping into being honest and humble, remembering this would be a time to listen.

Next we dive into understanding microagressions, historical trauma that people of color face in the United States, and power dynamics in schools. Again this part of the show is FULL of vital information and we are just scratching the surface! We wrap up the show with Salandra sharing her vision of education in the future.

Weekly Questions

This week the question is simple, have you participated in a culturally responsive teaching workshop or an anti-racist workshop? If the answer is no, then reach out to Salandra. This is important work that we all need to step into together to heal as a collective. If your answer is yes, have you shared what you learned at your school or organization? Encouraged colleagues? Implemented best practices? If not, step in - Be BRAVE. 

Resources

Lisa Delpit’s books can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-D-Delpit/e/B001JP0VH2

I also HIGHLY recommend the work of Layla F. Saad (http://laylafsaad.com/) and her free workbook White Supremacy and Me for educators out there with white privilege. This will guide you in examining your bias and complicity with white supremacy. Get it here: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/

Contact Information

You can find Salandra’s website at http://consciousednow.com/, contact her via email at conscioused18@gmail.com to book a consulting phone call now, and follow her on social media at (Facebook) @ConsciousEd.

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions, want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E., or interested in one-on-one coaching with me? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love.

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 9: Deepening Our Intuition Meditation

January 10, 2019
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Tune in for a meditation to tap into your intuition, listening to yourself on a deep level will help you nourish yourself from the inside out! 

I invite you to engage in a 21, 30, or 40 day challenge of pausing each day for at least 5 minutes to get quiet - getting quiet strengthens our ability to listen to ourselves at a deep level aka our intuition. 

Ready to uplevel yourself personally and professionally? Email me if you are interested in one-on-one coaching. 

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions or want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E.? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 8: Connection, Mutuality, and Disrupting the System with Alex Gandy

January 4, 2019
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Alex Gandy is a teacher at Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. She teaches leadership program she created called Starting Off Strong, works with Avid college prep students, student council, and is a yoga teacher at the Mat Studio and an Embody Love Movement Facilitator.

We start off with Alex sharing her story of finding her passion for teaching, the bumps of failing at self-care, moving through complete burnout, and her own healing journey. As Alex talks her fiery passion, critical thinking, and heart based leadership is extremely present. Alex speaks to the pain and challenges and push back with creating new programs in a very structured system. As Alex shares her story she reflects on specific moments that led to her realize she was burnout leading her to the yoga studio for self-introspection and healing. In her healing journey she has been able to cultivate more self-compassion as well as empathy for other teachers leading her to deeper connection to everyone and a more whole way of teaching. She emphasizes that connecting to the people around her in her school guides her to be a more wholehearted educator with the courage to face the brokenness of the system. Alex also shares how she has learned to care for herself including establishing non-negotiables and community outside of her work as an educator. This led us to a discussion of mutuality and how in service industry, those of us that serve need to cultivate things that fills up, things that give back to us - that are mutual. We discuss how in public school and in summer camp industry that there is a need for finding ways to teach both young people and educators how to connect and fill up from the inside out, as opposed to offering more time off or more physical things as a way to provide support. Alex makes a point that there needs to be more self-introspection and heart work for educators to connect to themselves and share their purpose with each other, and that one of the blocks to this work and self-care is a false belief that taking time for yourself means you are taking away time from a student. She moves into connecting how this belief and other things can lead to educators being pit against each other, which serves the system so that change does not occur. Through metaphor Alex teaches us how and why change is so difficult in the education system.

Our discussion of mutuality and change moved us into a discussion of learning how and when to disrupt the system can be a form of self-care. Alex shares that creating disruptions in the education system - aka pushing back to create change - can be fun. Doing this you will need a team to support you - that you are pushing back together. On this team she discusses how it’s important to know your strength and have people that will call you on your stuff. Alex tells a moving from her semester abroad in Poland, particularly her visit to Auschwitz - she connects this to the need to practice disrupting the system with things that are not that scary because there are times when it is scary. Practice using your courage to stand up for things you believe in your heart and for things that give kids space to explore and grow, so that when you come up to racism and other topics that can invoke fear and discomfort. She concludes this part of the discussion by reminding us that we have to be discerning about when to disrupt, picking moments that will be a catalyst for the most change, and know that we may be painted as a villain by some people.

Alex wraps up by sharing that her vision for a transformation in education is to let more of the world and current happenings in life through the doors of school, to allow students to experience real time discussion of current events and the discomfort, failure, and non-conclusion that occurs with dialogue on difficult topics.

Two of my favorite quotes from this episode:

“How we care for our kids is how we care for each other.” - Alex Gandy

“The now doesn’t come into play enough in education.” - Alex Gandy

Questions to Ask Yourself

How are you caring for yourself as you start your spring semester?

What are your non-negotiables?

What is something you need to fill you up?

Where do you go for mutual care?

How do you go about self-introspection?

Resources

CTZN Well - http://www.ctznwell.org/  is a great resource for more information on disrupting the system

Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown

Want to reach out to Alex, you can email her at alex.h.gandy@gmail.com.

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions or want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E.? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 7: Embracing the Holiday Season

December 20, 2018
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I share 4 things to help you move through the holidays with intention, presence, and gratitude.

1. Embrace the chaos!

2. Slow Down!

3. Reflect on 2018!

Get cozy - engage your senses helps your mind slow down

Choose a way to express yourself, I do this with journaling, feel free to use another method if it speaks to you. If you are journaling, use a free write method, nothing has to be logical or full sentences, you are engaging your right brain here, enjoy the creativity!

Go throw each month and write (or express) what comes up, asking yourself what did I learn from _____________?

Circle themes as you re-read your notes, then do some more free writing around these themes. What did you learn? Is there anything left that needs addressed this year?

Engage in a gratitude meditation

Take your gratitude a step further and express your gratitude for those in your life that brought you lessons. This will help you deepen your connections with people.

4. Intentional Self-Care Planning

List 2-3 of your top core values and define them

Brainstorm 2-3 actions that will allow you to live into these values

Set intention for big events that are guided by your values. This will help you be present at the event and engage in ways that will grow your being.

Write down when you will pause each day to do NOTHING

Find an accountability buddy! Share your self-care intention setting, especially when you intend to pause - this will help you stay committed, will guide you to connect with others, and you may inspire your buddy too!

You will have plenty of time to set intentions, goals, and manifest for 2019, for now - spend time reflecting, nourishing, and going inward to close out 2018.

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions, want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E., or interested in one-on-one coaching with me? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 6: Five Minute Holiday Meditation

December 14, 2018
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Take five minutes today and each day this week (I challenge you!) to meditate - just sitting and breathing. You need this and so do your students. All of us have five minutes. We spend more time on our phones and worrying in our heads each day, so take some of those minutes and give yourself this gift. 

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions or want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E.? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

 

Credits:

Meditation background music: Skyward by Scott Buckley http://www.scottbuckley.com.au/ Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/0VL_aMEfHic 

Outro music credits: www.soundcloud.com/ikson

 

EP 5: I Have a Confession

December 12, 2018
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Here I go baring my heart and introducing the soul of B.R.A.V.E.

B.R.A.V.E. raises the consciousness of education through facilitating heart and soul transformation with educators - encouraging embodiment of bold, resilient, authentic, and vulnerable leadership. This is a call for the conscious revolution of education and a call to all of us educators to level up. Listen to my heart on this short episode! 

Weekly Questions

  • What is transforming in you?
  • What in your life needs to die off so the most of you can emerge?
  • What are you becoming? Take a look at who you spend time with, what words you speak and with what energy, and how do you speak to yourself.

Resources

Marianne Williamson quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” https://marianne.com/

Seane Corn quote: “Change the people, Change the System” from CTZNWell Podcast EP 3: http://www.ctznwell.org/ctznpodcast/003-seane-corn

Find more info on Seane at https://www.seanecorn.com/ and

http://www.offthematintotheworld.org/seane-corn/ 

 

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions or want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E.? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson

EP 4: Burnout with Ruby Compton

December 6, 2018
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This week Ruby Compton joins me for a discussion on burnout in the education industry. Ruby runs her own company, Ruby Outdoors, which works to help busy professionals be more present and confident outdoors through trainings and vacation concierge services. 

Ruby and I have known each other for a few years through the summer camp industry and recently caught up at the first ever Women in Camp Summit (follow on Instagram @womenincamping) outside of Chicago at the beginning of November. In the episode, Ruby shares her journey of becoming a summer camp professional, growing into a year-round role,  the different ways she made changes during her career, and what led to her own personal burnout.

We discuss the sacrifices that come with the lifestyle of a program or camp director, and the shame that can come up around stating you need more self-care as an educator. The messaging in the education industry is we must always put campers/students first, which easily leads educators to struggle to say they need self-care time. Ruby shared the way the stress showed up in her body as illness, and the way her health dramatically improved when she made choices more in alignment with her desires and needs.

We discuss the missing link of taking care of middle management in the summer camp industry. From the evolution of summer camp, to the growing demands of educators, and higher stakes all educators feel the stress. Systematic issues in camping industry and public school system lead to a robotic treatment of the humans doing very difficult jobs. We discuss the hypocrisy that this creates - summer camp is an industry that values and promotes human connection and relationship, but we are missing this as a whole when it comes to the treatment of our people in camp administrative roles.

In our discussion around the sacrifice of summer camp/educator lifestyle, I asked when do you make the choice? Ruby brings up self-reflection is key to understanding your sacrifices and needs. She shares two tools:

  • Mind Maps - she explains the way she mind maps how she spends her time
  • Re-interview yourself for your job

This moved us into a discussion of ‘sacred no’ and intentional language around how you spend your time and the choices you make. Then we dive into up leveling the conversations on both sides of management - this is vital to creating shift in the industry around taking better care of camp directors. One of my favorite points of the episode is ‘how you finish your job shows more about you than how you start your job’. It is difficult when someone wants to leave a heart-based job for the employer to not take it personally. Courageous and vulnerable leadership is needed from everyone when camp administration want to transition to a new position or leave for a new organization.

We rap on some creative ideas for creating more sustainable practices for summer camp pros and teachers. It is vital that we work as an industry as a whole and within our individual organizations to find creative ways to retain our year round staff. This includes changing the way we think about time off, pay, benefits, the amount of time we work, as well as saying no to industry norms such as being in a frenzy every May going into your summer. Additionally we discussed camp pros affinity for entrepreneurship.

We dig into the epidemic happening in the summer camp industry of strong camp directors leaving the industry because they are saying no to the sacrifice that is asked of each of us as summer camp professionals, and that self-care is knowing what your needs are.

Ruby shares what she loves about the outdoors because getting into nature is a wonderful way to self-care. I asked her  to share ideal vision for the education system as we wrap up.

You can visit Ruby’s website, https://rubyoutdoors.com/ and get in touch with Ruby via email ruby@rubyoutdoors.com or follow her on Instagram @rubyoutdoors - I highly recommend her for camp and staff training consulting, trainings, speaking, and booking a vacation with her in the mountains of western North Carolina. You can also catch her sharing her staff training expertise as a co-host of the podcast of Camp Code, http://camphacker.tv/camp-code/.

 

Questions to ask yourself this week:

 

What reality are you creating with your mindset and your energy?

What are your needs?

How are you meeting them?

Where have you abandoned yourself?

What needs will you take to your supervisor this week to have a creative discussion about making some changes?

 

Resources

Mind Mapping - https://www.mindmapping.com/

Creative problem solving - http://www.creativeeducationfoundation.org/creative-problem-solving/

Growth Mindset - https://hbr.org/2016/01/what-having-a-growth-mindset-actually-means

 

Follow B.R.A.V.E. on Instagram and Twitter @brave_educators and on Facebook @brave.educators Have questions or want to share your story on B.R.A.V.E.? Email me brave.educators@gmail.com. You can follow me personally on Instagram @embodied.soul.love

Until next week, go out Be BRAVE, Hearts Forward.

 

Credits:

Music by https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson