2 Women, 2 Non-Profits, 2 Messages of Change & Hope with Sonya Passi and Christa Gallopoulos

Have you found your passion? Do you feel like you make a difference? Do you know what sets you on fire and lights you up inside? 

Each of us yearns to be useful, important, and relevant. We all have a unique spark—a gift to share with the world. Your gift can be shared in your circle of family and friends, or on a world stage. Bigger isn’t necessarily better. What matters is how YOU feel. My two guests for this episode have each found their spark, their gift, and their purpose—and I’m delighted to introduce them to you. I ask that you do more than listen with your ears; I ask that you listen with your heart. Listen for inspiration, for motivation, for those quiet inner whispers guiding you on your own personal journey.  

Sonya Passi is filling a gap in the world for survivors of domestic violence. She is the founder and CEO of Free From, a nonprofit whose mission is to make safety affordable for ALL survivors of domestic violence. Free From has been called “a groundbreaking and transformative approach to a nationwide epidemic.” 

Christa Gallopoulos is a writer, photographer, painter, mentor, coach, and founder of the Silethokuhle Foundation in South Africa. She followed her heart from the US to the KwaZulu-Natal region and the community of Ngwenya, located in NE South Africa. Listen as she shares the beautiful unfolding of her dream.

 Hold on to your seats and prepare for a BIG dose of inspiration as you listen to these two amazing women share what it means to be fully committed to your passion!

What you’ll hear from Sonya:

  • How her journey has unfolded, with a long involvement in the world of domestic violence
  • How she merged her law degree and financial experience to create a nonprofit
  • Three Foundational Strategies of Free From: legal services, policy reform, and entrepreneurship
  • Domestic violence costs in the US: $8.3 billion annually!
  • The abuser should pay!
  • It’s a crisis epidemic, with ONE in FOUR women affected!
  • The need: emergency relief to long-term stability
  • Get safe and stay safe—but how long does it take?
  • Statute of limitations: Why they differ in each state
  • Survival skills translate to business success
  • The 12-month plan for survivors to become entrepreneurs
  • 500Founders campaign to fund training programs—YOU can help!
  • The HUGE reward from magically aligning purpose, passion, and skills!

What you’ll hear from Christa:

  • Why Christa left “the dream life” in Washington, DC for South Africa
  • A lifelong obsession with Africa
  • The community she loves and serves
  • The Silindokuhle Preschool—opening NOW!
  • The need to learn English and computer skills
  • The Foundation’s goals: preserving Zulu culture and teaching necessary skills
  • Those who help share the dream with Christa: Sanele, Crystal, and Michele
  • Christa’s big dream? Building an eco-friendly lodge on Ghost Mountain to be a training facility with profits for the community (You can help and share the dream!)
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Plants and Herbs to Heal and Restore Your Skin with Adam Klaus and Phoebe Stewart

Have you given much thought to the skin care products you use and where they come from? How about the items in your medicine cabinet? Are they safe? Are they healthy and nourishing? Awareness is rising about the toxic chemicals in many products that we use regularly in and on our bodies. Herbal products are becoming more popular, but how can you know if they’re safe and effective?

My guests today are Adam Klaus and Phoebe Stewart, herbal alchemists and founders of Some Love Herbs. Though each of them came to understand the healing benefits of plants in different ways, they’ve combined their passion for organic gardening, herbal medicine, and eastern holistic health into creating products that are safe and effective for the whole family. They love teaching others about restoring balance using the healing properties of plants and herbs. Are you ready to learn more? Join us!

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Connect to our earth with HERBS!
  • Their individual journeys into the world of plant medicine
  • Natural skin care
  • Pharmaceutical based medicine: potent, concentrated, focused on treating symptoms
  • Plant based medicine: a holistic, symbiotic relationship between plants and people
  • Supporting health vs. crisis intervention
  • How herbal and western medicine are complementary
  • Aloe Vera: a good place to begin
  • Your stomach—the great destroyer, and your skin—the friendly, naïve, and welcoming neighbor
  • Safety tests for skin care products: Do you trust them?
  • Using herbs: tea vs. topical
  • Dangers of plant medicine
  • Culinary herbs are medicines, too!
  • Fresh is always best
  • How to get kids involved
  • Some Love products, including balms, salves, and sunscreen
  • Food and medicine: perfect holistic partners!
  • How what’s natural has become “alternative”.
  • Plant superpowers!
  • Getting to know common plants and their stories

Resources:

Healing With Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use by Jim Adams

Medicinal Herbs of the Pacific West by Michael Moore

Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech

www.ewg.org (The Environmental Working Group: The Skin Deep database, Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen)

www.someloveherbs.com

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Plants and Herbs to Heal and Restore Your Skin with Adam Klaus and Phoebe Stewart

Have you given much thought to the skin care products you use and where they come from? How about the items in your medicine cabinet? Are they safe? Are they healthy and nourishing? Awareness is rising about the toxic chemicals in many products that we use regularly in and on our bodies. Herbal products are becoming more popular, but how can you know if they’re safe and effective? 

My guests today are Adam Klaus and Phoebe Stewart, herbal alchemists and founders of Some Love Herbs. Though each of them came to understand the healing benefits of plants in different ways, they’ve combined their passion for organic gardening, herbal medicine, and eastern holistic health into creating products that are safe and effective for the whole family. They love teaching others about restoring balance using the healing properties of plants and herbs. Are you ready to learn more? Join us!

 

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at http://www.alanasheeren.com

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Become a Better You to be a Better Parent with Kate Anthony

As parents, we all have our own “stuff” to deal with – our wounds and habits and emotional triggers, many of which are due to our own upbringing. Of course, we all want to be great parents and not damage our kids. We are all doing the best we can in the moment. Sometimes we just need a little help, a little direction, and a little reassurance that our kids will turn out OK in spite of us. Honestly, most of us have some personal work to do to get to a better parenting place. That’s where today’s guest steps in.

Kate Anthony is a parenting and personal development coach who created the program, How NOT to F*** Up Your Kids. Her core philosophy is that you can be a better parent by becoming a better YOU. She teaches that you can solve many of your messy problems by increasing your EQ, or emotional intelligence. Our conversation today is full of helpful information. Even if you’re not a parent, or your kids are grown, what we discuss will help you better understand and support your loved ones who are parents (and maybe even yourself)!

Kate Anthony showWhat you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Our children=MIRRORS
  • Kate’s struggle to make a bad marriage “work”
  • The “What If’s”
  • From the really bad to the really beautiful
  • Handling life’s messy parts
  • Consciously designing your life
  • Looking through the lenses of your “perspectacles”
  • Bringing conscious awareness to your parenting
  • How to be a powerful parent, but not controlling
  • How to be assertive, NOT aggressive
  • Being aware of your parenting blueprint
  • Emotional intelligence—What is it?
  • Response vs. Reaction
  • Five levels of listening
  • Don’t forget to model!
  • Optimism: it’s NOT just being positive
  • Looking for the growth opportunity
  • Are you an Eeyore or a Tigger?
  • Self-care, oxygen masks, and motherhood
  • Hungry, angry, lonely, or tired?
  • The Zen Mom: Steps to Chillin’ Out!
  • Kate’s program: 8 steps in 8 weeks

Resources:

www.kateanthony.com  (Find her free resources and much more!)

 

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Become a Better You to be a Better Parent with Kate Anthony

As parents, we all have our own “stuff” to deal with – our wounds and habits and emotional triggers, many of which are due to our own upbringing. Of course we all want to be great parents and not damage our kids. We are all doing the best we can in the moment. Sometimes we just need a little help, a little direction, and a little reassurance that our kids will turn out OK in spite of us. Honestly, most of us have some personal work to do to get to a better parenting place. That’s where today’s guest steps in. 

Kate Anthony is a parenting and personal development coach who created the program, How NOT to F*** Up Your Kids. Her core philosophy is that you can be a better parent by becoming a better YOU. She teaches that you can solve many of your messy problems by increasing your EQ, or emotional intelligence. Our conversation today is full of helpful information. Even if you’re not a parent, or your kids are grown, what we discuss will help you better understand and support your loved ones who are parents (and maybe even yourself)!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Our children=MIRRORS
  • Kate’s struggle to make a bad marriage “work”
  • The “What If’s”
  • From the really bad to the really beautiful
  • Handling life’s messy parts
  • Consciously designing your life
  • Looking through the lenses of your “perspectacles”
  • Bringing conscious awareness to your parenting
  • How to be a powerful parent, but not controlling
  • How to be assertive, NOT aggressive
  • Being aware of your parenting blueprint
  • Emotional intelligence—What is it?
  • Response vs. Reaction
  • Five levels of listening
  • Don’t forget to model!
  • Optimism: it’s NOT just being positive
  • Looking for the growth opportunity
  • Are you an Eeyore or a Tigger?
  • Self-care, oxygen masks, and motherhood
  • Hungry, angry, lonely, or tired?
  • The Zen Mom: Steps to Chillin’ Out!
  • Kate’s program: 8 steps in 8 weeks

Resources:

http://www.kateanthony.com  (Find her free resources and much more!)

 

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Healing Energy Brings Deeper Consciousness with Deborah Stuart

Before diving into today’s interview, I share a few thoughts about summer and its potentially unrealistic expectations.  As summer gets into full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you find yourself focusing on what’s important to you.

Did you have a favorite shape as a kid? Is there a certain shape or design that you find yourself unexplainably drawn to? Many geometric shapes have sacred meaning and energy—and that is part of our topic for today, alongside energy medicine & transformation. Are you intrigued?

My guest is Deborah Stuart, a longtime student of the metaphysical arts and sciences and a passionate pioneer in the field of energy medicine. Deborah has spent 20 years researching and developing subtle energy technologies, helping people achieve deeper states of meditation and higher states of consciousness. She is the co-founder of The Oxygen Research Institute and the founder and designer of High Chi jewelry. She strives to make pure, protective, and healing energy available to all.

Deborah Stuart showWhat you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How sacred geometry creates “power spot energy”
  • Power spots—It all comes down to gridlines.
  • The Flower of Life design
  • Healing energy can be measured using pendulums.
  • How the US military and Swiss Telecom have used these technologies
  • Negative vs. positive energy
  • Clothing and jewelry—the energy is THERE!
  • Twelve higher harmonics—What are they?
  • Dark energy—Have you FELT it?
  • Energy transformation
  • Ask for help!
  • Emotional literacy—it’s important!
  • Deborah’s techniques: “Feel and Flick” and “33 seconds”
  • High frequency energy in jewelry
  • Are you grounded?
  • It sounds crazy and magical, but IT WORKS!
  • Can you handle the energy?
  • “Resonant Shakedown”—What is it?
  • Think of ONE THING you can do today that makes you light up inside and brings you happiness, joy, and delight!

Resources:

www.highchi.com

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Healing Energy Brings Deeper Consciousness with Deborah Stuart

Before diving into today’s interview, I share a few thoughts about summer and its potentially unrealistic expectations.  As summer gets into full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you find yourself focusing on what’s important to you.

Did you have a favorite shape as a kid? Is there a certain shape or design that you find yourself unexplainably drawn to? Many geometric shapes have sacred meaning and energy—and that is part of our topic for today, alongside energy medicine & transformation. Are you intrigued?

My guest is Deborah Stuart, a longtime student of the metaphysical arts and sciences and a passionate pioneer in the field of energy medicine. Deborah has spent 20 years researching and developing subtle energy technologies, helping people achieve deeper states of meditation and higher states of consciousness. She is the co-founder of The Oxygen Research Institute and the founder and designer of High Chi jewelry. She strives to make pure, protective, and healing energy available to all. 

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How sacred geometry creates “power spot energy”
  • Power spots—It all comes down to gridlines.
  • The Flower of Life design
  • Healing energy can be measured using pendulums.
  • How the US military and Swiss Telecom have used these technologies
  • Negative vs. positive energy
  • Clothing and jewelry—the energy is THERE!
  • Twelve higher harmonics—What are they?
  • Dark energy—Have you FELT it?
  • Energy transformation
  • Ask for help!
  • Emotional literacy—it’s important!
  • Deborah’s techniques: “Feel and Flick” and “33 seconds”
  • High frequency energy in jewelry
  • Are you grounded?
  • It sounds crazy and magical, but IT WORKS!
  • Can you handle the energy?
  • “Resonant Shakedown”—What is it?
  • Think of ONE THING you can do today that makes you light up inside and brings you happiness, joy, and delight!

You can read the full show notes at http://www.alanasheeren.com

 

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On Being a Light in the Darkness, Step 2

Based on the December 21st Create Your Magical Life podcast, I’m (slowly) writing a series of posts on how to strengthen, hold on to and shine your light when it seems like the world around you is falling into darkness.

Step 2: Be the Light

When you find the places where you feel the most pain, you’ve found the places you can make the most difference.

There are as many ways to be the light as there are people on this planet. You can love your friends and family as best you can. You can smile at strangers and hold doors open. You can write letters and sign petitions and make phone calls for the candidate or the issue you believe in most. You can sign up to give $10 a month to the charity or advocacy group of your choice. You can pick up litter when you see it on the street. You can make 3oo sandwiches or pack purses full of hotel toiletries and sanitary pads and hand them out to the homeless. You can mentor a child, foster an animal, start a sanctuary, teach someone a skill, sing in retirement homes or simply hold someone’s hand and listen.

My biggest pain points are around children and animals. Stories about abuse are like being pierced with white hot rods. I still cry when I think about a story I read about the mass killing of sled dogs after the Vancouver Olympics. I give money when and where I can. We sponsor a child through Save the Children.We regularly pick up trash on our beach and we do our best to live in environmentally healthy ways. I do my best to walk through the world as kindness and compassion embodied. Sometimes I do this beautifully and at others I’m tired and somebody pushes my buttons.

I’m also learning to be a better ally to people of color and to the LGBTQ community, in more concrete ways. I’m deepening my understanding of my own privilege and working to uncover my hidden biases. It’s uncomfortable and it feels so important. In these places I’m dependent on the light of others to guide my way.

I can’t do it all. Neither can you. But if each of us does what we’re most called to, it adds up and makes a difference. You might contribute in a really big way (like Natasha Wozniak rebuilding villages in Nepal or Sonya Passi at FreeFrom.org, who is working to change the legal system for survivors of domestic violence), or you might do something that seems small (like this vet or this hair stylist). Both are vital to our collective well being.

And of course we can all reflect the light of others, which is my goal with the podcast, with the stories I share on Facebook, with the links above. We can let people know when they’re glowing, when we love and appreciate them, when we see their light.

How do you want to be – or reflect – the light today? 

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The Magical, Soul-Elevating Benefits of Kundalini Yoga

Welcome! My guest today is Sat Nishan Kaur, a singer, musician, Reiki master, dear friend, and my Kundalini yoga teacher. In this show, I share some personal thoughts on legacy and how Nia, Reiki, and Kundalini yoga became a big part of my life and my spirituality. Then Sat Nishan and I discuss this unusual form of yoga and its magical, soul-elevating benefits.  Join us!

Closeup of gyan mudra. The hand of a woman sitting in lotus pose and meditating. Beautiful nature is on the background: the river, grass and the trees.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Kundalini energy: What is it?
  • How Kundalini yoga differs from other types of yoga
  • How and why Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini yoga from India to the west
  • Kundalini yoga has ties to the Sikh religion, but is practiced by people of all faiths
  • What Kundalini defines as the “god” within us
  • Kundalini’s origin and why it took so long to reach the western world
  • How it gained popularity as “a way to get high without drugs!”
  • Elements of the Kundalini class, including kriya, mantra, breathing, movements, relaxation, music, and meditations.
  • Kundalini yoga as a path to quick transformation
  • To sweat or not to sweat?
  • How the nervous and glandular systems are balanced in Kundalini yoga
  • Why we wear white clothes and head coverings
  • How music is integrated with chanting mantras

Resources:

www.satnishankaur.com

www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org

www.3ho.org

www.spiritvoyage.com

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The Magical, Soul-Elevating Benefits Kundalini Yoga

Welcome! My guest today is Sat Nishan Kaur, a singer, musician, Reiki master, dear friend, and my Kundalini yoga teacher. In this show, I share some personal thoughts on legacy and how Nia, Reiki, and Kundalini yoga became a big part of my life and my spirituality. Then Sat Nishan and I discuss this unusual form of yoga and its magical, soul-elevating benefits.  Join us!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Kundalini energy: What is it?
  • How Kundalini yoga differs from other types of yoga
  • How and why Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini yoga from India to the west 
  • Kundalini yoga has ties to the Sikh religion, but is practiced by people of all faiths
  • What Kundalini defines as the “god” within us
  • Kundalini’s origin and why it took so long to reach the western world
  • How it gained popularity as “a way to get high without drugs!”
  • Elements of the Kundalini class, including kriya, mantra, breathing, movements, relaxation, music, and meditations.
  • Kundalini yoga as a path to quick transformation
  • To sweat or not to sweat?
  • How the nervous and glandular systems are balanced in Kundalini yoga
  • Why we wear white clothes and head coverings
  • How music is integrated with chanting mantras

Resources:

http://www.satnishankaur.com

http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org

http://www.3ho.org

http://www.spiritvoyage.com

 

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