Welcome to Episode 1 Curious Friends!
This episode is for those of us out there who find we spend our lives in seeking and escaping mode, believing that the grass is always greener.
Using Laura’s story of the ever-seeking endless traveller we uncover how she clarified her purpose through following the small signs that popped up through her journey, and also doing more of what she loved and made her feel calm and centred: yoga. It wasn’t all that clear cut to begin with, there were many false starts, and lost moments where she didn’t know what she was doing, all the while slowly running out of money.
In this episode we dig into the way that Laura transitioned into her new identity and career, and how she managed to strike the perfect balance of all the things that light her up: travel, yoga and teaching in the face of her fears. We discuss why it is great to spend time on the activity that makes you feel focused, safe and stress-free, because when we connect with our deep inner needs in this way – and what feels “right” – we are finding the clues to our purpose, even though when looked at separately none of the pieces of the puzzle made a lot of sense.
We cover Forgiveness, of both loved ones and those we resent. The energetic body and how we can cut ourselves off energetically from those who deplete us. We speak and give examples of affirmations and mantras, how we can gain energy from our work, and how having appropriate focus and faith that the universe is conspiring to help us brings about positive occurrences in our lives.
If you are thinking about solo travel, feeling uncomfortable in your career but not sure how to make a change (or the thought scares you), and if you find it hard to escape negative self-talk then you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode.
Time Stamped Show Notes
[5:16] How Laura’s mindset of seeking and escaping has changed from 5 years ago when I first met her.
[6:24] Laura’s teaching then travelling on repeat, being on the escape from life and the moment she realised her lifestyle was not working anymore: “The Grass is Always Greener” syndrome.
[8:12] How Laura uses travel to build personal power and freedom.
[9:26] How Laura recommends you finds confidence to overcome the fear and go out and do the thing you’ve always wanted to do.
[12:00] Laura’s transition from teaching school children to becoming a Yoga teacher, and how the path was not so clear or obvious.
[15:00] How Laura’s followed little signs to transition into her new identity and career, even while she felt very out of balance and didn’t realise it at the time.
18.39 What is was about her transition into yoga that brought about a radical change in Laura’s outlook and self-image, and techniques you can use to do the same [unique value point].
[22:22] A new way to think about the source-energy meditation if you feel uncomfortable about giving your negative energy back into the world.
[25:00] How Yoga became a way of life rather than just something to do to get more fit, and managing getting through the “inbetween” stage of knowing you can’t do what you were doing before, but not knowing how to be the next person either.
[28:00] How Laura turned her passion for Yoga, and combined her past experiences and the lifestyle she loves into a business.
[29:45] Hitting the sweet spot of interests, past experiences/education, and desired lifestyle when you’re not sure how, and nothing makes much sense as you look at the overall picture of your life.
[35:30] Laura’s business in Children’s Yoga Teacher Training, and how being in that mindset enables her to connect to her inner child, play and overcome her fears.
Three Key Take Homes
When you think about all the small things in your life that when seen separately do not make much sense, how can you find a common thread throughout them that might hint toward your purpose?
Laura’s website: http://www.divine-light-yoga.com
Yoga Veda, one of Laura’s highly recommended Yoga training schools, http://www.yogavedainstitute.com/
Full Cup Play Therapy: http://www.fullcupplaytherapy.com/
Laura’s Favourite Books:
The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zuvak
Awakening Shakti, Sally Kempton
Fierce Medicine, Ana Forrest
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream, Paulo Coelho
Thanks so much for listening and, until the next episode, take care of yourself.