Welcome to today’s episode with Yoga teacher, artist, writer and all-round creative Bryonie Wise. We discuss the power of self-care as a belief system.
How can we understand self-care as not only something that we occasionally do, but that forms the very basis of our human experience so we can heal, forgive and feel gratitude at every moment?
Bryonie sadly lost her mother to lung cancer; she shares her story of working through (and with) the grief to heal and gain wisdom to move forward her life.
We discuss the power of breath and Bryonie gives several exercises we can try. We also go into the power of gratitude and choice, and why the ripple effect of our self-care is bigger than we can imagine.
This episode is perfect for you if:
– You are feeling confused, sad, or frustrated for reasons you feel are outside your control.
– You find it difficult to make time for self-care, or don’t believe it’s of that much importance to you. You’ll be surprised.
– Want to feel deep empathy and more connected on this journey of the human experience. Bryonie has a way with words and shares great wisdom in a way that soothes, softens, and gives heart for those tough times.
Time-Stamped Show Notes
[4:51] Grief and destructive patterns are Bryonie’s catalyst for change: she starts to look after her health and body.
[08:14] Step beyond ancestral patterns and how we can heal because facing the fear is easier than living with the the discomfort.
[10:43] How to heal the battle with the voices in our head, and making choices with what we listen to.
[15:53] The power of journalling for self-care, and how self-care may be different to what we think it is [unique value point].
[18:12] The ripple effect: our self-care is not all about us.
[20:56] Acknowledging our imperfection as human beings, gratitude, and taking space to deal with our difficult emotions.
[26:31] Be with our breath easily within our day, and “unplugging” in today’s modern world.
[30:13] How we never know what’s happening in the background with anyone, so can’t compare ourselves to anybody else. Empathy is the way.
[31:43] We are forever healing, at every moment.
[34:26] Gratitude, in the joy and the pain is the true practice.
[36:61] Choosing to practice presence and why the answer often comes in our time of need [unique value point].
[39:18] The one thing you can take comfort in when we struggle.
[37:15] How we spend our lives abandoning ourselves by numbing out, collecting the pieces of ourselves, and what to do about it.
[46:31] We don’t need to hold on, we are allowed to forgive and create freedom for ourselves.
[47:48] Breathing exercises that Bryonie recommends [unique value point].
Key Take Homes
Our Self-Care is important for us. It is also important for our family, friends, community, society at large, and the planet. It is not an indulgence, it is a necessity.
Gratitude is feeling joy for the difficult times as well as the epic, because we are always healing and learning in every moment that we draw breath.
We are not alone in our struggle there are people behind us, next to us, and ahead of us that understand the same challenges and difficulties that we face, so take heart.
Purchase a copy of Bryonie’s book “Stories My Mama Told Me After She Was Gone”
Bryonie’s favourite books
Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting The Power Of The Wild Woman by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp
“I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.”
Think of something, or someone that you needs your forgiveness and say this out loud with the sincere intention to forgive and heal.
How does it feel?
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Thanks so much for listening curious friends and until the next episode, take care of yourself.