16 Episode results for "Verge Yoga"
#30: MORNING MESSAGES | On The Verge
"Good morning to you, my friend Care Bradley coming to Hugh for my morning Walk One more time here valley forge park spectacular morning. I feel so blessed to be able to get out early and. And pull in this era and allow these. Trees to center me and ground me and stabilized me for the work day ahead. So. Wonderful to Kinda beat the day in get out and up. I hope that these walks don't interfere with my, messages? If you feel like it's just too much for me to be walking and talking then let me know Hey Keira sit still will you? I'm happy to do. Today. I WanNa talk to you about the word verge. You may know this already have maybe if you've been following me or read my book on the verge or maybe come to my yoga, Studio Verge Yoga, you may know the story but. I think it's an important one to. To remind you of. And remind me of and that is that the verge averge is a boundary. It's an edge. And it's on the edge. That we change and grow. Being out there on the verge now unfortunately. The expression on the vert. has is used so often in the negative on the verge of a nervous breakdown if you remember that movie. Women on the verge our. Country is on the verge of collapse right but I see it as different. I see it as being. On the edge of change where growth. And flourishing happens. So years ago many many years. My husband went down to the Ecuador to the Amazon and he spent a few weeks with an indigenous tribe. And he? When it came back he told me the story how they would be. Going down these tributaries in. in a canoe CA dugout tree bark right tree trunk. And they would stop. At certain places along the way and they've been pause there. And maybe have a snack or water, but it was at these places where the indigenous. People that he was with would pause to almost pray. And these places these edges of land where to trip tributaries came together is called a verge. and. It's they are on the verge. Research shows animal life and wildlife? Thrive. There on the edge on the boundary where ecosystems come together. There is flourishing. There is thriving. And when I heard that term many many years ago. I thought Oh, my Gosh, I wanNA live on verge. I WANNA live there. I want to know what it feels like to be on the edge of change. To. Be Right there at the precipice of growth in challenge. And so I. named. My Yoga Center in two thousand and four Verge Yoga. For that reason to create a space where people can flourish and thrive. Just. Like that place there on the Amazon. So so much of what I do. And why do it is to? Live right there on the edge. These morning messages for me or Averge 'cause I just go for it. Right. I don't know what's coming out of my mouth I have an idea direction and then then I just write it. Because I trust that right there on the edge. is where I'm going. I may fumble, but it's where growth is happening. So where are the verges in your life? Where do you live on the verge? How do you live on the verge? We can do it mentally. A mental practice, we can do it emotionally immolation ship. Right. Our relationships can be verges where we are called to step up to open up to accept to allow. Or to challenge and physically, of course, we can challenge ourselves physically right there on the verge. Not, blasting ourselves out of the water but just enough so that we start to feel the tremble we start to feel that aliveness and it's they're on the verge my friend where we feel most alive. And this is what I based my whole book on its honestly what I've based my whole professional life on and it's where I live personally I wanna live on the verge and I wanna live on the verge with others. It's it's really part of the makeup of my my new mental wellness business. Where we partners? Are Living Together. In In the space where we are growing tremendously. Where we are thriving and listen if you WANNA work with me. Just reach out that's all you have to do. DM or email and Let's talk about how we live on the verge together. If you have your own verges, let me know I wanNA hear. Where you live on the Verge And let's do that because this is where we come alive when I come alive, you come alive. When you come alive, you help others come alive. and. My Gosh we all need that right now. Okay. My Time's. Take care.
#125: Wake Up Call: How Do You Hide?
"Welcome to on the verge. I am your host Care Bradley bringing you weekly bless of no hype advice and essential practices to wake up show up and shine. Hey everyone thanks for joining me once again if you haven't noticed I've been gone for uh while two months almost since I have recorded my last episode. I am so happy to be back. I actually wasn't sure that I would be back and here's why I lost it. I just felt like I lost my Mojo. I lost my why why am I doing this podcast. Is Anybody listening. Am I making any sense. Am I just repeating myself and what I have of finally recognized is that I've been hiding. I've been hiding for a few years and I want to talk to you about that. I want you to ask yourself the question. Where am I hiding. How do I hide. Why am I hiding so I have no script. I have no bullet points. I think the best way for me to do this is just to do. It is just to get real. What I've noticed. I am I self and I've always kind of felt it is that I've been hiding. There's been something holding me back from showing up fully. There's been and something holding me back from being fully authentic as much as I wanted to be fully genuine I couldn't. I don't don't know if you feel that way like you know when you're just standing behind a veil in a conversation and it's not that you want to so how do we hide. How have I been hiding. How are you hiding. It's bringing forth those shadows and I've always heard about about allowing your shadows to come forward so that you can really make friends with them and then shoot them away or allow them to dissolve but you know I always knew it mentally but I never really was able to get there until now so what has brought this forward for me and how does this affect you i. I think that we're all in some respects hiding I'm like the last person that maybe you think would have all these shadows right out in front of the public all the time doing podcast writing books. You know all this stuff. Oh she's got it all together Keira. She's always so positive and motivating but yet I was hiding. I was hiding. I was holding back and playing smaller than I knew I I was inside and so what's come forward for me only in the last actually the last few days which is why. I'm just sitting sitting down to record this now is that I've been really lonely. I have been really lonely and sad as a leader as a teacher as a coach. Mostly as leader leadership is really lonely and for those of you who either run a business or manage a team. You know what I'm talking about now when you put yourself out there to lead and it is not met in a way that you are. We're hoping it's going to be met. There's a sense of being disconnected and alone. The comes forth now. This is all very new you to me right now. So I feel kind of like a a fawn just Kinda waddling on its legs. It's not fully formed yet but the loneliness of leadership the loneliness just being human. I think is something that that I've always known was something that really tug at my heart but what I realized now is that it's my own. I'm lonely NECE. That's been tugging at my own heart. Wow so so today I simply want to talk about what it feels like to hide from ourselves and from the world and I I really do want to step up to this Mike every week again. I really do want to come to you with those weekly blasts of no hype advice and practices and strategies insights from the edge right that can help us to wake up to these lives these precious lives that can help us to show up in our fullness in our genuineness in her whole heartedness and that can help us to shine fine to shine our lights frigging brightly that others get lit up in our presence. How about that but I know what it feels like to hold back. I know what it feels like to shut down. I've been doing it. Have you so I'm hoping I'm hoping that my story may help you. I understand your story. I'm hoping that me disclosing in a not so graceful way what has been in opening up in my own heart can help you find that path to your heart to maybe maybe revealing something inside of you that you've been shutting down that you've been putting off in a corner to deal with another day a now what to say that. We don't do this on purpose. We don't hide on purpose. Yes it's not like any of us are trying to be authentic. It's not like we're trying to be genuine. It's our nature our natural inclination to evolve and expand the universe is always evolving elving and expanding and we are the universe what's within us is is in everyone is in everything so as the universe expands. We are called to get bigger. We are called to get boulder. We are called to look at New Horizons to step up to the edge. We are called to dare and risk. It's our natural tendency Z. It's our natural state so we're not trying to play small. We're not trying to hide away but we we get caught in patterns and conditions. I've gotten caught in patterns and condition so hopefully hearing some of my story in. It's not fully formed. It's really just emerging guys so please bear with me here. 'cause I'm going out on a limb what I've recognized and I'll tell you tell you a little bit of back story of why and how has come to be I've recently partnered partnered with a mental wellness company called Amari. Amari is a mental wellness company a mental wellness disruptor. You're actually that is on a mission to disrupt the way we look at mental health and how we care for ourselves. I deeply care for ourselves by healing our gut brain connection. There's a lot of science coming out that what's happening in our gut. What is also happening in our brain is also happening in our emotional state and so a Mari is on a mission to love to help people love themselves first and to then go out and share how we can heal ourselves and heal each other so I was out in California this past weekend again at a Maurice National Conference watching hearing listening meeting people that are also on this mission to disrupt in a big way and my heart started to swell just like the grinch remember in the grinch up there in his little cave up up on the mountain top. His heart starts to swell or maybe he was down with the WHO's in Whoville. I don't remember anyway I started to feel my heart heart swelling as I heard story after story as I started to really dig deep into myself as to why I was getting involved in in this company. Why am I partnering with another business. I don't need another business. I am so busy but there's something that's calling me and I got to it. I got with this weekend and it's why I'm sitting here right now. Talking to you the why behind into a why I am partnering with Amari is not only to serve others and help people feel better and perform better which has always been my mission. It's not only to take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to prosper in play which I'm always looking at as an entrepreneur. The real reason is that I don't WanNa lead by myself anymore. I don't want to lead need alone. I've been leading a team of yoga teachers and Stewart's at Verge Yoga for fifteen years we will be fifteen in tomorrow ends or to a Friday is our fifteen fifteenth birthday leading people in a traditional business structure where you have an owner and employees reese is extraordinarily lonely the leader no matter if they're the owner or the CEO stands at the top of of this of this manufactured organization organizational structure and leads no one no one will ever meet their responsibility. No one will ever meet the owner or the CEO's of the leaders eaters enthusiasm and passion. It's not possible the business structure takes us out of that possibility to stand to truly stand side by side and collaborate a a president and owner a manager will always be at the top of this pyramid and so that leader will always have a sense of loneliness a sense of disconnection of not being in really on on the team but leading the team and so what's happened for me over the past fifteen years is I have gone deeper and deeper into a shell as the leader no minute some of you listening may have worked for verge or currently work for verge and if you do or you did I just WanNa say this is what's been happening meaning. I haven't been disconnecting myself for my business because I don't care my God. I care so much. I haven't been disconnecting myself from my emails or these podcasts because I didn't want the two I wanted to and I want to. It's just that feeling lonely makes access shutdown. It makes us hide away in a small corner of our heart. I don't have the answers yet. I don't know what's GonNa Happen next. This is all so no new looking now at sadness loneliness us of a leader the loneliness and sadness of feeling disconnected from a group of people. I think that most of us feel this in some way and what's coming to me and and why I chose to partner with Amari is that when we serve others side by decide when we truly collaborate with each other in a shared mission with shared responsibilities with shared shared ownership shared leadership shared humanity we feel more connected we feel brighter and happier and more loved. How aw I hope in some small way. This can my revealing. This can perhaps crack open something or at least make you think am. I hiding my hiding some. I'm deep seated emotion my hiding myself away from really experiencing who I am and if you just have that inkling that you are then you are because I felt that in myself l. for many many years. I knew that I was holding back. I've talked about it. It just didn't have the answers with a personal really the personal connection to this all. Where are you hiding. What's making you hide read. What are those core emotions those once that you're afraid to admit what are you afraid to admit. I was afraid to admit to others that I was really lonely being a leader at verge as afraid to admit it to myself health so what is come forward for me is that I've spent a lot of energy a lot of energy wanting to be knowledged by others. I've spent a lot of energy waiting for acknowledgment acknowledgment from UM employees. Why aren't they answering my email. Why don't they feel the same way I do about this you. Why isn't anybody stepping up up to take this project on waiting for acknowledgement from you. Why isn't anybody answering. My emails. Males my my weekly dose of flow when I say please reply. Yes I get a few but it's only a few why doesn't any why UAE is my book not being reviewed. Why are my podcasts not being reviewed. Why why am I not getting acknowledged being completely honest with you. It's taken up a lot of my energy. It's it's made me doubt myself tremendously. Does anyone even listen is anybody. Does anybody even care. Am I off a message. Which should I be saying? Oh my God the energy I have wasted and what I know. Joan now is that waiting for acknowledgement was my unwillingness unwillingness to just admit to myself that being here behind a mic being at the head of a company being at the head of a team is is lonely and has made me feel disconnected and unsure of myself so I'm sorry if you felt that for me and I don't really feel feel like I need to apologize but I want to if I've been off message if I've come off as having all the answers 'cause I don't and I didn't and I'd like to start from this day forward being as true as I can possibly be an allowing myself to be exposed and bringing my loneliness loneliness in the sense of loneliness that I felt and I feel less of just expressing it bringing that forward and hearing your stories and bringing that sadness feeling disconnected forward and hearing your stories and so I feel completely poli refreshed not not over it but just beyond beyond the sense of being disconnected with you. I'm coming out of hiding bringing it right up front. Being a leader is lonely. Let's say it let's express those deep shadows that were hiding in hiding behind in the corners of our heart and so. I am moving forward guys. I am going to step up weekly again because I feel like I have something to share here something that I have a feeling others field too and together. We can step forward together other. Let's lead together. Let serve each other together. Let's play and prosper. I can't wait. I am so excited in the most tender way I've felt in my career so here we are once again on the verge on the verge of who knows knows what on the verge of exposing and expressing ourselves in the most genuine authentic way possible on the verge of of making mistakes of putting our foot in mouth our feet and our votes d love it putting putting our feet and our mouth on the verge is really what. I'm about no no more masking no more pretending no more hiding behind some big insight but being real all right here so if you've made it this far in this episode I bow to you I think you I thank you for for hanging with me. As I bear witness in you bear witness to the emergence of of my genuine ness my deepest deepest place of deepest sense of being human so here we go here we go. Let's write this lots. What's away is we can do this together and as always I would love to hear from you because being connected to you means the world to me truly. I don't expect it but when it happens I light up so thank you thank you for finding your way to me at care hair. Bradley Dot Net. Thank you for finding your way to me on this podcast and on my weekly emails and on my youtube which which I'm GonNa step up and show up much more so as well so here's to US guys here's to being human here's to letting everything that's hiding away in the corners of our heart to letting that show up in shine and share have a fantastic day. Do not not hold back go dig deep and go share with others. Take Care
ENTREPRENEUR | #4 This Will Not Fail
"As I signed the lease. I remember saying to myself having been through all that I'd been through. This will not fail. Welcome to on the verge. I'm your host Care Bradley bringing you our final episode of the Entrepreneur Series. Today I bring you my greatest accomplishment Verge Yoga, the business I founded over fifteen years ago and recently sold just before the pandemic I bring you the stories of the highs, and the lows of being a lonely leader in a business of the excitement and the real down to Earth moments when I find myself on my knees. This journey of being an entrepreneur has been. Colored with the full spectrum of emotions and I hope that this series has given you some insight, some back stage insight as to what an entrepreneur goes through what it takes to really dig in and get your ideas into action. And really what is the reality of the many many failures and the few successes that we can enjoy as we lean in to our passion and our purpose. Thanks so much for joining me So we left? Hampshire and I ended up in Wayne Pennsylvania, and for about a year and a half I didn't work. Like the first time ever and since. Started Practicing Yoga and I knew I wanted to teach and I start teaching without training within a year or two, I had a slew of yoga jobs all over the main line. I was teaching at schools. I was teaching gyms I was teaching at a Yoga Studio. I had private clients had small groups so within a few years of starting to teach yoga I started a Yoga Business I rented studio space from a ballet studio in Wayne Wayne Ballet and I just started teaching a couple classes on my own and. One day I was standing in the parking lot with my friend, Johnny Gillespie, and as we're talking to him, I look up and across the street across Lancaster Avenue. There was a big for rent sign in the window of a retail space, and as soon as I walked into the space. I know I knew I had to do it so we opened in September of two thousand and four. Verge Yoga. How did you come up with name? Verge I I came to know the Word Verge when Your Dad came back from the Amazon so he had spent three weeks with several indigenous communities they are, and he told me when he came back about sacred spots of land, where life thrives where species are at their most diverse, and these places are called the verge, and so when I learned about that I, immediately said, wait a second. You mean there's a place where life thrives and like no, no, no, no, you don't understand if there's a place where life thrives I. WanNa know about it because I have. have spent my entire life as a human potential junkie for lack of a better word I mean I have been so consumed with. How do we flourishes humans? This has been something that has been a question of mine, my entire life, and so hearing about a place where life thrives I, was immediately intrigued, so I realized that that in there I would do my best to make verge yoga a place where people come to thrive and flourish so through practices through the community through the space through the music through the silence with whatever we offer. It's going to be part of the recipe for helping people to thrive. So. When we started, it was also new and exciting, and we were definitely the buzz you know because we were on Lancaster Avenue people would drive by, and they poke their head in, and they say well. What is this yoga thing all about you know two thousand four. There are a lot of people that had an even tried. So. We wanted to create programming for everyday people. I mean I could still think about some of our students like like Graham, the lawyer who is in his sixties, maybe even early seventies that would walk to verge every day on his lunch hour with his Yoga Mat on his back and friends that would come into practice together and then go have wind together. It was like the we always you would say that verge. Is the cheers of Yoga that literally we know, everyone year names when you come in. So a couple of highlights for me. During my time as the owner of verge was working with the Villanova, football team and basketball team, every Sunday night I would drive out. Villanova and I would work with ninety football players. Sometimes, we had up to two hundred athletes in the room and to me it was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. They just you know these young athletes student athletes just fed me so much of their energy and I was able. Able to offer them such a unique training, it was really one of the highlights of my career. I think working with football, and they became national champions, and then working with the basketball team with Jay. Wright and his team was another huge light for me I went to the final four with them for me. That was really fun that made being an entrepreneur that made the whole process. The whole community really fun for me I enjoyed that. Another highlight for me happened on Thanksgiving I. Don't remember the year, but we were pack. The House on Thanksgiving people would get a little flustered when you'd ask them to move there. And so I was just managing as I needed to do. I need to manage the room. And the teacher Eileen came up to me, just walked up to me in the middle of the chaos. I've told the story I think on a podcast. And she grabbed me by the arms, and she looked at me in the eyes. And she said. You are so rave. Just like that. In the. Middle of chaos. She. Acknowledged something in me. That? No one had ever acknowledged. or Not that I remember and something, I hadn't really acknowledged him myself. When you run something when you are. The leader of something. You're putting yourself on the line constantly you know there's something about being right at the edge of how things are evolving in emerging. It shakes you in a way. It keeps you. Perched a keeps you on your toes. I never realized it until. Eileen. Had the courage. To tell me to acknowledge my bravery and I learned in that moment to acknowledge people that put themselves out there in a way that's vulnerable and they do it for the good of others. It is not easy to take risks all the time. It takes an unbelievable amount of grit. and. It's tiring being recognized that day. On thanksgiving? It was a turning point for me. Not Six months. After, we opened and I got a call from me today, which is a magazine? And this woman was so excited to talk to me. She said I'm. So excited to tell you that you have been chosen. To be interviewed as having one of the top five dream jobs on the main line. And I burst out laughing as soon as she said that I said. Are you kidding me like this is not my dream job? You know I was up to my neck in. A new business in trying to make things work in trying to get things out and here you know people from the outside looking at me like it was a dream job I laugh, because I don't think any entrepreneur ever feels like it's their dream job. It's just so much down work, but it's in your veins. It's in your blood so I think I will always be an entrepreneur i. don't think I will ever have A. Lease again for business, but but I don't think I can separate myself from. Building stuff. So, tell me about a moment where you wish you didn't start. Oh, boy, well, there were a few moments when I wished I could run away from it all because the business is twenty, four seven, almost six am to nine pm. Every single day of the year except Christmas. So it was just always on. Here's the thing you know unless you own a business unless you are. Paying rent every month in paying payroll. And and carrying the burden of a business you don't really. Understand. What it takes. Does that feel lonely. Completely, one hundred percent lonely. was there ever a point that you felt like? You wanted to shift or change, but Because of what verge men to other people. That's a great question. It's hard to talk about a business. At Sixteen Years Old Myth, a third of my life there so much intertwined between who I am and who verges. I don't know I mean I. Just it's such a blur. I mean that's the thing. It's a blur. It's it's sixteen years. How do you really line sixteen years? Longtime to do one thing. But I started to grow weary for sure I started to feel like. I can't sustain this forever. And so once that split started to happen. I knew. That I had to. Start to look for somebody else to take over verge because if the community was going to. Continue it was going to continue without me. I think one of the bravest things is knowing when to step away, yeah. Thank you. So I started to veer off on my own, and the first step that I took was writing my book. That was my first step. Of. Being the. Owner of verge in there was a lot of struggle in that because I was running a local bricks and mortar business, while also trying to expand out nationally as a speaker, an an author and I that I started to feel that division inside of me and whenever there's division, there's going to be struggle so I started to feel the internal struggle and I could also feel it at verge I could feel the struggle with the teachers that they didn't have my full attention and I could feel the struggle in the community as a whole that Cara wasn't one hundred percent invested in verge like she used to be It's been hard. It's been really really hard took. So we went through a couple of potential sales over the last four years and finally. We found the right one. The right fit Emily Forte. She's been with us for nine years and up at verge, and it was beautiful. It was seamless. It was exciting we. Sign the papers on December thirty, first, two, thousand, nineteen. It was such a fantastic way to start two thousand and twenty and then. The pandemic hits. And we are faced with the decision to close March and oh my gosh for the first time ever. So, for the last five years, I have been tinkering in ways to put my message out for so long. My message was housed between the four walls of her ch-. In Yoga, classes and I started to feel like I needed more space more time, different people to hear what I had to say, and so I began with the book and podcast that I recorded in my. Closet until you came on as my producer, the audio quality has gone up quite a bit. I also began speaking, and at first it was for free, and it was local, and then the gigs got. Baker and I started getting paid, and then I realized wow, there is a legitimate business to be had here as speaker and I dove into the speaking business and learned I learned from the best. I took courses I had coaches. I did conferences on how to be a professional speaker, and spent a good two three years building a speaking business, and it it's. It's interesting. Because last summer I landed one of my biggest speaking gigs, and that was to present to Goldman Sachs set their women's leadership event I was like that's it man, that is the Super Bowl for me and I realized in that same moment that I didn't WanNa do it anymore. I realized as much as I thought. Speaking was next for me. It wasn't. It just didn't feel aligned with where I was headed as an evolving human to be honest with you i. just didn't feel like jumping on stages. Corporate conferences was really where I could put my best foot forward, and so I decided last summer that I wasn't going to actively pursue speaking anymore. So what's next? What's next? Wow? Big Question. It's a good question. It's an open ended question for me. But I have some really good. Thank you for joining me for this journey? Through my entrepreneurial experience, I hope that it's brought you insight. I hope that it's inspired you and I hope that it hasn't made you too afraid of leaning in and getting your ideas into action. I love empowering entrepreneurs I love working with newbies and experienced people who get really high from getting creative and innovative and collaborating. In fact, my new business is all about that. I'm partnering with new and experienced entrepreneurs to help people improve their mental wellness. If you're interested in what I'm doing if you WANNA tap into my my fun and creativity that I'm sharing with other entrepreneurs. All you need to do is to email me Hulo at Cara Bradley Dot Net, and let's start a conversation also I'd love to hear from you if you have an idea that you're ready to get going on or if there's something that I've done, that's inspired you again. Let's get the conversation going. This is how entrepreneurs can continue to support each other to route each other on and to work together. So stay tuned in the future for more on the verge podcasts and series, and I hope to engage with you soon. Take care.
#145: The Verge Where Life Thrives
"Welcome to on the verge. Im Kara Bradley bringing you weekly blasts of no hype advice. Essential practices strategies things to help you show up and shine. This is a Biggie for me. Welcome everybody thank you so much for joining me. I have big news and if you would please just just give me let me indulge. I should say. Allow me to indulge my news and my story this week and that is I have recently announced the sale of my business verge yoga we sold our business. As on on December thirty first to a wonderful young woman emily forte who has been with us as a teacher for many years. Yes and we are in transition out of a fifteen almost sixteen year old business so there is a lot happening and within me and around me and I'd like to share some of that with you because change is inevitable and when we can embrace change range boy it can be so fruitful. I am literally on the edge of my seat with excitement. Anticipation a little. A bit of of Oh Gosh a lot of uncertainty but a little bit of that trepidation around uncertainty and wow what an incredible feeling so if you have left job recently or four left a partner or had a big life change. You know what I'm talking about where you wake up in the morning and it's a you don't even know what your life life is anymore and it could be super scary for a lot of people but we can turn the fear into excitement as well because because life is going to change for us if there's anything that is certain it is that change will happen to us all so I'd love love to use this time together to give you a little background about my business the The motivation for opening the business and also the motivation for selling the business. And also. What's next so there's a lot here and like I said thank you for allowing me to indulge in in my personal story about it? I think we can always find little nuggets in someone else's story worry that relates to our own stories so I hope that that is true for you this week. Fifteen years ago sixteen years ago I founded Verge Yoga by the word. Verge is really important to me. And it's something that I've been playing with a massaging for many years decades and now as I wrote about in my book on the verge the verge is abound DRI. It's an edge to me. It feels like the edge of change. It's that that threshold between here and later it's the the threshold between who I think I am and who I am ready to become so the verge is a place place of change. It's a place where we can embrace change where we can ride change where we can tap into to who we are about to become or who we are yearning to become so in my own life this word. The verge has meant place to thrive a place where life thrives and if you read the book in the beginning beginning I talk about the verge in the Amazon the place where need Scher thrives. And it's true it's the place these edges Che's these boundaries where where tributaries come together the edge of land where animal life and wildlife thrive and and so in opening my business verge yoga I wanted to create a place where life thrives where people come to embrace change change to sit with themselves to sit in the uncertainty to face their fears to really work with the entanglements that we all get ourselves caught in in in human life but a place to do the work the virgin urges the place to really show up and do it to really show up in shine like the tagline of the book says so Verge Urge Yoga. was that place. And for fifteen years I end both myself and and as our our team grew and changed right. 'cause there's always in and out people coming in and out of your life in out of your work but over the years me and this team of teachers and staff cultivated practices to help people experience themselves. This is big this is this is it for me. I don't want to tell you what to do. And I never have simply want and yearn and strive to create a framework for you to sit within an experience yourself in a way where you hear your own incite where you hear the wisdom arising from within your your body mind where you come to your own conclusions and have your own us. This isn't about any person. Listen telling another person wants to do but to rather create the environment to thrive and that's what verge yoga has become over the years and boy. Oh boy I have dissect it what it means to have a direct experience of oneself dissect it down to to hell words affect our nervous system to hell lighting or music or silence or stillness help to stimulate or regulate or allow for the the settling of so that we can once again drop in to our own direct experience of this life this precious life that we've been given so verge. Yoga has become that. Oh my Gosh Am I. So proud of who we've become. We have created a set of very strong consistent assistant practices in order for you to come in and like go into an experience yourself fully so a few years ago I started to sense the edge. The H. Two continued. Continue to expand how I taught how I was teaching. Because here's the deal. We have this lifeforce so force that moves through us and it's expressing itself through us always in different ways. This is life force expresses through us to our children to a in our work or creative work in our play in our hobbies with our partners with our colleagues were always expressing ourselves and when we can become aware aware of that creative expression and how it's always shifting its dancing we can start to also recognize when when it's not dancing when we're feeling stuck or we're feeling like we need to pivot and so a few years ago. I felt like I felt the need to pivot and I wrote wrote my book as a way to use that creative expression that I'd been using as a teacher to use that creative expression in a book book form and then in the last few years in as a speaker and allowing that creative expression to move through me as a onstage with different audiences different ways of teaching different cadence different environment. How do I help? People directly experience themselves goes through written word through this podcast has been a huge medium for me and it ends so it is for you as well. You may be expressing seeing yourself in in a way at work. That's maybe feeling stuck. Maybe you do need to pivot. Maybe you could pivot within your current role. Maybe maybe it needs to pivot within the current organization. Or maybe you need a complete change until lesson and this is where our practices MRS help us to discern how to pivot how to continue to read what's coming through us and how it needs needs to be expressed so a few years ago. I knew that simply teaching Yoga and Yoga and meditation was not held. My creative expression needed to go and I thought it was through speaking and it's been wonderful but it's not just speaking. There's more I don't know I don't have the answers but this is my my daily practice is just to listen. How does my soul force WANNA express today this week this month this year so few years ago I did feel the need to start to transition out of the role of director of Teachers Director of students owner of verge and we my husband and I started to look for opportunities to sell and we had several opportunities and this opportunity with emily was seamless was was just effortless when things are that effortless? You know you're in right alignment and so it. What happened within a few months and we signed on December thirty first and we will be mentoring emily over the next few years to understand Stan how to carry on the the foundation of from which verge was built to continue to help people to find that sense of steadiness instability the sense of clarity on com so that they could experience themselves Foley in their practice? And so I- carry this on forward into this next chapter of my life and I am so e an will be eternally grateful for the time and space and support that I've had had in in massaging my message in in creating this laboratory called Verge Yoga so that I could fine tune my my creative expression and now it's time to move on my work at verge. Yoga is complete. It doesn't mean I'm gone. It just means means it it. I've done what I needed to do. And now I will support in the continuing on of this beautiful space but it but it's time for me to move on and I don't know what that means and you may have sat in the same place on. You may be sitting there right now or you may be a step behind ready to take that leap. So we're always kind of playing on this verge playing in the stance of change so may is my hope that my experience in my process here can can be of inspiration to you to really lean and listen. I M I in the stage am I right before just Kinda hearing the call to pivot. Am I in the pivot itself. Am I just beyond the pivot having just made a change in kind of at the edge of my seat in this sense of uncertainty Indian maybe terror. Honestly what's next so for me. I am now beyond the arch. This is my life if beyond the verge at least this verge for job and what is next for me and so I'd like to share a couple of things that are coming through through a couple of ways that I feel. I am ready to shift. And the Biggie for me. It is is to listen deeply to listen deeply to create the space to not jump to the next thing thing necessarily but to listen what is being called. What is emerging and without forcing or trying to make anything happen? How can I continue to live in this effortless flow one thing? I know for sure that this transition out of urge the sale averge to emily was effortless and and I truly believe that life when were in flow can feel effortless. That doesn't mean there's not going to be struggle. It doesn't mean there's not going to be times of tension or times when you really gotta sit with the discomfort but when you're continually moving forward and and feeling into you will we'll have that releasing into flow as we did with emily. There were times when when you know we really had a set with stuff but but we leaned in and in the water moved through those rocks. So I want to continue to live in this way where I'm feeling into this effortless effort feeling into this natural flow of things not forcing life to happen on my behalf but rather listening into what is emerging so that. That's really my personal quest here. If it's request but commitment to myself is not forcing stuff more concretely. I've got a couple of of projects so this podcast is one and a couple of ideas that I have for. This podcast is to continue doing this weekly long form and bringing in some guests. I'm ready to bring in some friends to talk about what it means to be on the edge of change what it means to live here on the verge in In the murkiness sometimes the murkiness of change and how they are finding their way. So the podcast will include dude long-form Guests and also the practices the mini practices in many messages. I've been offering just these quick hits I. I know I've heard from a bunch of you that they they're really some kind of like little injections of you know just. This is what I needed to hear today online. Teaching I am going to lean into some online courses. I have one that Ten strategies for living in flow that's available on the website and also some Deep Berg Group coaching courses. That I know a bunch of you have been asking for four and finally super exciting news. We are going to be doing another retreat. In Italy in a brute saw this retreat we have done twice before it is magnificent an unbelievable way to experience life fully through indescribable beauty. Eighty natural beauty of mountains seeing farmland UN deniable food and quality of food and wine and being involved in the harvesting of olives in grapes movement through walking taking in nature and movement. Three Yoga and mind through meditation and deep I'm dropping into source. It is just a Oh my gosh. It's five days of pure essence. And so that's going to be happening and into September early October. We're just getting the dates together this week. And we'll have some more information on the website and on the email so if you're not joining me the email on my emails don't send out a lot. They are stock. Full of information So please join me at. If you just go to the website I or have you just email hello care Bradley Dot Net and just say put me on the email list. It's easiest that all right so I know this is a lot of information but I feel like this is a big transition the big threshold and so I want to give it all to you and what I want to end with is really what is is deeply deeply personal for me. But also what is catapulting had a pulsing me forward professionally. And that is the core tenants of how to live fully an age backwards had a show up as my best and live fully but also to take care of myself off this high impact self care and to age backwards because of fifty five. I'm feeling some stuff as been a big wake up. Call for me this year and I have taken really a big big Gulp to say girlfriend. You gotTa should get off the pot. Do not take this lightly. Do not take your health lightly. So there's a bunch onto core tenets that I'm going to continue to talk about as they move forward through the weeks and the core tenants are around these Six aspects of self care high impact self-care body brain baion. Tom Sleep nature in connection. That's it for me and there are subsets body. How I move? How moving as is a ballistic is it nurturing am I challenged myself or am I always kind kind of on my heels brain? How am I training my nervous system to be more stress? Resilient how am I a training myself to be steadier. Calmer clearer stronger through meditation practice breath practice silence and stillness by on understanding my inner environment. The microbiome the bacterial environment of my body gut health gut brain access and this is really the the focus of of my new business my The the partnership. I have with the mental wellness business that I would love to talk to you about if you're interested and how to heal the gut brain access and improve my mental wellness so just began email me Hulo at carrow Bradley Dot net my said the bio body brain by on sleep sleep hygiene is huge onto a whole show on it but sleeping getting to know your sleep. How many hours the quality quality of your sleep and you know what can you do to increase your your the quality of your sleep because it will increase your overall health nature nature nature nature nature? How much time you spending? What would the research shows about being in nature had a fine an all in nature had heal yourself in nature and finally connection human connection deep human connection in connection with yourself connection would source so though that's it for me going forward beyond the verge it is about those six core tenets body brain buy ohm sleep nature connection so I am complete for now? This was a big big. Ask of you to to to listen to my story to listen to this really this this threshold that I'm on how exciting in both terrifying an exciting. It is for me and I thank you for staying with this in for staying with me as I work this out myself as I encourage both myself in new to live on the edge of change to really listen to how you need to pivot and to take those baby steps every single day to move forward into this next phase every day every moment next phase next moment of your precious life. Thank you as always. I look forward to connecting with you. Please reach out. Hello Oh at Karaoke. Bradley Dot Net. Find me on social media gunning very active there as well and reach out if you want to hear more about the mental wellness business that I am so stoked about from the other side of the verge. This is care Bradley. Heavy Fantastic Day
#43: MORNING MESSAGES | Strong. Calm. Clear.
"Good morning my friend I hope you are having a fantastic so far. I want to talk to you about strong calm clear. Strong, calm. Clear. Three little words that have. Informed my teaching for the last few years I want to tell you where they originated from and what they mean for me and how you too can carry them in your pocket every day and maybe inform how you move through the world. Few. Years ago we did a survey advert Yoga Verge Yoga is was the business. I found it sixteen years ago just sold it in December and we did a survey of hundreds and hundreds of students we wanted to know how do you feel when you leave class? What are some of the? Or the top thing that you feel when you leave our yoga classes are yoga studio and we had about fifteen top adjectives that came across after the survey it was fantastic the top three. Were strong calm clear. After, Practicing Yoga at verge people felt strong calm clear. and. I have been sitting with those words for ever since because to me they really. Describe. Our sense of feeling mentally well or mentally fit And as a mental strength coach, this is what I train. I train people to build mental fitness. So I WANNA break them down for you both in body, but also in mind mind and body. What is strong mean Obviously. It is feeling strong strength having strength having. Physical Strength. But also having mental strength. And in my experience, what mental strength is, is the capacity to know where you are. The capacity to be able to pinpoint where you are mentally. So so often we get so caught in our busy mind we get caught in the cacophony of thinking tasks doing information. That we can't even find ourselves in space. So being mentally strong is to be able to ground yourself in the moment here. I am. And so to start to develop that I asked the question where am I right now? Where am I? And here's the thing. You don't have to find yourself asking yourself the question where am I brings you back into the present moment It's mindfulness practice and you can do it all day long. You can do it in the middle of a meeting where am I? Where am I? This is how we build mental strength the capacity to pay attention on purpose moment to moment, which is the definition of being mindful. Mental strength. All right. So when we feel strong, we feel mentally present. We are physically capable strong grounded. And emotionally strong as well being able to not get pulled away by the emotional roller coasters of life. Okay clear now, come on going to calm I strong calm. Come. Now, many of us think of the Yogi. With their in the mood drive with Yoga Mudra. The forefinger thumb together in Lotus position. Right but calm is such an elegant word. Feeling calm is that sense of being fluid of being inflow of being flexible enough to be able to adapt to life as life comes at you? As John Cabot sin says he is the founder of modern day meditation or mindfulness. He said you can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. And in order to surf, you need to become your body and mind need to be. Flexible adaptable and Agile and. That's what feeling calm is. It's not being chill. It is being. It is being that steady ebb and flow of life being in that that just that water like feeling. Of how life emerges and moves through us. Strong. Calm. Clear. Clear. Is the sparkling. Bright Light. High definition way of living in life. It's seeing things as they are. It is it's it's being able to. Discern. What needs to be done in any moment? It sensing into your your body and listening to the language of your body. Emerging. Your body's speaks to you constantly through language of sensation. And when we are clear, we hear that we feel it. We sense into it we sense the impulse. The intuition of what to do next. So crystal clarity mental clarity. And physical clarity. Or sensory clarity. Okay. There's a lot there. I'd like you to just hold these words with you today. Strong. Calm clear. And then just ask yourself throughout the day where am I where am I? Where am I? This is how he began my friend. This is how we begin to build that mental fitness that emotional stability. And the physical vitality. That encompasses including the gut health. We need that gut health in there I go all get to but we need that gut health as well to to fill out. The entire holistic, well being that we also desire. That's aw- I'm over time. Hey, check out the details because I'm always Stephan links in there and Yes. Reach out to me reach out to me reach out to me I love engaging with you be well.
#3: FRISKY FRIDAY | Changing My Game
"Welcome to on the verge. I am care bradley bringing you this first of hopefully many frisky. Fridays frisky fridays. What are these about. These warning messages are all going to have somewhat of a theme these days today on frisky friday. I really feel called to bring you in when you into my life. I have to tell you my friend that today and every day going forward from here. I am committed to changing my game to changing how i live. It doesn't mean that. What i've been doing has been bad or you know not not doing things. Well but the way. I'm stepping forward into this day. Especially with you especially on this. Podcast is to really shed the roles that i've carried in my life and to offer you me as raw and as real as i'm able to communicate why. Why am i doing this. why today. well my husband. Brian and i are officially house. Louis we decided about a year ago that we while it was actually happening more than a year ago but we have been moving toward this moment where we have no mortgage. We have no rent. We are truly without house and without location so we are what is known out there as location independent uae. The heck would we be doing this. Well we are on a quest a personal quest to understand what is most essential in life in our lives to really tune into what our hearts are longing for to. Really make sense of why we're here and so being location. Independent is just one part of this project. But it's big. It's a big project when you let go of stuff and you start to let go of your tether to places. It is so uncomfortable but it's also in that discomfort in the shakiness that we find ourselves. You don't have to do this. You don't but you can join me and learn what i am learning and experiencing so being location independent. It started A few years ago. When i was really interested in selling my business. Verge yoga verge. Yoga has been around for sixteen years now and it's the type of business that is very local it never sleeps and it's open all year except for one day and so it really third me to the philadelphia area. I needed to be there. We needed to be there. So selling the business at the end of two thousand and nineteen allowed me to release that role of business owner and of yoga teacher and over the over. The course of twenty twenty. I mean we've all changed so much. But i continued to shed roles. I continued to let go of my identity and my Kind of my my fixed around being thought of as something like speaker or flow expert. Or whatever even podcast. I mean i've let go of that as well and there's a huge plane. That's coming over me i. I'm coming to you from burlington vermont. We are on a like a ten day tour here of northern new england Today we're headed out to a ferry to cross lake champlain and to visit like placid a place. I've never been we've never been so we're just you know discovering discovering our country in the same time discovering ourselves. So why does this matter to you. Well i have to be honest that i am in process as best to my ability of putting down my teacher hat of putting down that role of teaching and coaching. And it's not easy because it's been a role that i have you know been wearing for most of my life and it's not to say i'm never gonna teach or coach or speak again but i'm really wanting to discover my authentic voice not my teacher voice not my coaching voice or my speaking voice. Because they're different. But my true voice. Because i feel like when i can offer the world my real deal cara voice. Well then i'll learn a lot more about myself and and hopefully it will resonate. It's not going to resonate with everybody. I know that so. What i'm doing is letting go practicing letting go in. This is how. I'm changing my game. And how i've moved in the world fifty six years fifty six years. So i'm offering this to you and asking you to call me out when i get on my soapbox when i start teaching again because i'm sure i will because it's a bitch will pattern. We all have patterns. We all have patterns and belief systems. And it's just what we do over and over again and sometimes most often these patterns become are blind spots. I have many blind spots and so my practice is in shedding as much as i can so that those blind spots become apparent to me and the ones that are unhelpful. I can work to change direction to leap to let go so changing the game for me. One is being location independent. Which kind of puts you into the state of emergence. You know not really having solid plans. We've got a couple of plans but most of it is really just space to kind of hang out in and listen to so i is location independent and then second is letting go of my role as teacher as coach a speaker as you know whatever whatever you know into really offer you in these morning messages if it's helpful where i am right now. What i'm discovering right now. What's emerging for me right now. It's not comfortable. And i'm sure that i will end up in habitual pattern but i am going to to the best of my ability. Keep this real not only understand only express what is emerging for me in this precious precious moment of my life and if it helps you to do the same in your own life in some small way you don't have to get rid of all your stuff but if it helps you then Yeah i'll feel in my heart. You could always reach out to me. Tell me that's wonderful as well so it's scary but on the flip side of the same coin. It is exciting as hell. And i can't think of a better thing to do right now then to just be in the fire with myself with brian with my family who think where you know. Some of them think we're absolutely nuts. But that's okay that's okay. I'm not seeking to be understood. I'm just seeking to live fully to really live early so going forward. Here's how to stay with me if if you're if you feel called and if you don't that's fine not looking for approval anymore. I really am not. I'm just looking to live to be authentically genuinely it matt. My last me. Whoever that is in the moment. But here's how you can stay with me. Couple aways one. Is you can engage with me on the free content that i put out the podcasts videos that i am going to be doing more of blogging that we're going to be blogging our experience here as we travel and discover. So you can do that all you can find all that stuff on my website. Engage with me on social media. The second way is you can train. You can train in the courses. I've put out. I have a bunch of different courses out. Some are on flow somewhere on mindful movement. Again you could find it all on my website. That stuff i've already done. And then the third way is you can transform with me and the way that i am really spending. My time is needed me with people like you. Knee to knee as we discover ourselves in action and that is through my work with amari global mental wellness company and the network marketing company. The mental wellness company. That i am committed to. This is how i am transforming and we are transforming together. So i'm not gonna get into it here but this is where i think probably eighty percent of my focuses right now and People like you are joining him with me and it's where we're coaching each other. It's where we're growing together and it's really where we are building some financial real financial results together. So you can see. Take a look at that as well on my team flow page on my website. There it is who i am right now. I'm not holding back. I'm not hiding the ball. I will not hedge anymore. Careful keira has gone away. I left her. I left her with all my stuff and And i'm so excited to blossom in this on this platform with you and i look forward to To meeting you on in some aspect in the future have a wonderful day and thank you. Thank you for listening be well.
#106: MORNING MESSAGES | Stay Awake
"Good morning oh. I hope that you are having a spectacular morning out on a walk or sitting with a cup of tea or coffee. I am looking out over this beautiful lake. This granite lake that. I am living on temporarily for the winter and watching the sky. Put on a show. It is glorious and it is such a reminder for me to stay awake. Stay awake right now. Cara is what. I keep telling myself at this time in history my friend we are being called to show up in ways that we've never imagined we'd have to show up. We are being dealt with news and inconvenience and shifting patterns. New ways of living like could never have imagined you know it's An extraordinary time to be alive. And so today. The simple message for you for me. 'cause you know these messages are for me. I just happened to put on a mike. Or turn on a mike and then publish. It is to stay awake to keep ourselves alert unclear. And that's what. I'm going to be talking to you about this week. You know how to do this. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know i'm just here to remind you and to remind me that we are alive during the most extraordinary time in human history truly and we don't want to miss this. We don't wanna miss the xiao. We don't want to miss the opportunity to shift to awaken to serve others. We don't wanna dull ourselves in the news cycle. We don't want to dull ourselves with bad habits anymore. We don't wanna dull ourselves by not taking care of ourselves. We are being called right now to stay awake super awake. Wow i mean i am just amazed you know if you can pull yourself back at least a couple of times a day. Pull yourself back away from the details of of life. You know your daily life your routine your work your this your that. Just pull your south back and take a few breaths and just review. What's gone on since march. What's happening right now. I come to you here. December twenty twenty. Where While i'm in new hampshire in the woods we've received the news of Pennsylvania shutting down again so the business verge yoga that i sold but still involved in supporting Is going to shut down again. You know at least in studio and so many businesses again again. It's like another smack against the side of the head you know. It's extraordinary what we are asked to be. You know we are being asked to go through right now you know in in our personal lives in in our country in our world so simple reminder today stay awake. Don't get caught up in trauma. Don't get caught up in new cycles. Yes you wanna stay aware of what's happening but be careful to not give your power over this week and next week and the week after we head into twenty twenty one. We want to be as alert as clear and calm as tuned into ourselves and to our immediate family as ever before. So you know i can't. I can't pretend. I can't. I can't be off topic anymore. This is what the east warning messages are about. Because we are all being called to show up wake up. Show up in. Shine the tagline of my book on the verge to wake up to show up and to shine and we wanna do everything possible to lean forward in lean into an awaken the potential of who we are because we all have a unique offering to give the world at this time. What's yours what is yours. Go find out because the world needs you now more than ever and that's the reminder for today that's all i have stay awake. My friend stay awake. Grab hold of my mental fitness protocol. It's in the show notes. this is what i'm doing. This is how. I'm being called to serve to help you understand how to train your body and i'm talking about you know six pack abs. My friends i'm talking about deep levels of nervous system coherence and balance train. Your body train your brain and make sure that your bio your gut microbiome because this is the root of it all is healthy and balanced. And i can help you out with that. So grab hold of the mental fitness protocol. Share this podcast. Share this episode with a friend and A c- tomorrow have a fantastic day.
#322: Lets Go Behind The Scenes
"Good morning carol. Badly here with another morning message. I have a A personal story to tell you today and hopefully it it shed some light on how we view others out there because there are things going on behind the scenes in every single person's life that we don't consider when we see them on social media when they when we see them in their happy peppy life apple picking right. I posted a instagram story about apple. Picking recently You know it's not all about apple picking and we can't all disclose are full lives on social media while some can. I certainly don't want to. But i think it's important to remember. There's a human behind every post and behind every post. There are stories. they're suffering there's struggle there's Quiet moments of grief and disappointment every single one of us. Good morning. I'm sitting outside. It's glorious morning so this morning. I just want to shed a little bit of light without getting into too many details about what's been going on in my life We sold our business verge. Yoga two thousand nineteen december thirty first two thousand nineteen right before covert three and a half months before our new owner had to shut down for five months because a quarantine and december thirty first two thousand nineteen or january first. Two thousand twenty was one of the happiest days of my life. I had built this business. Verge. yoga and incredible community. i had sold it successfully. It was going to be carried on. I free to to venture off into new territory that i was really excited about mental fitness. And with the work. That i'm doing with the mari global and free freedom and then covert hit and we were. Brian and i were quickly pulled right back into the business helping this new owner deal with the unprecedented the unprecedented and so we behind the scenes were very very involved for you know a year year and a half. Well the business really suffered. I mean as fitness studios. Were extraordinarily hard. Hit think people don't even realize the small privately owned small business owners have been you know cova casualties and so without getting into too many details the new owner was really starting to fade. She was starting to Grow tired and over the summer decided she no longer wanted to do this and wanted to closed doors and here i'm looking at you. Know what was the happiest moment of one of the happiest moments. Not the certainly not All of a sudden it was becoming quite a nightmare. Here was a three year runway. Where i was getting my new business up and running it. All of a sudden you know was going to become a tremendous financial loss for me for us and so The last couple of months my husband mostly has been dealing with. What do we do. What do we do or on a lease. We've got back rent and And you know we've been owed money. That was going to carry us forward. And so it's been very very stressful. And so the good news is that we have transferred ownership to a new owner A wonderful woman who is going to carry on and listen. I don't hold blame. I don't It these times you you know. You just can't predict them. So i will just say that I'm not holding anger or frustration. Although my runway is gone so The runway meaning. You know we. We transferred the business in a way that got us off the liability but certainly doesn't give us a whole lot of financial runway for the next few years but listen. We are on our way building an incredibly exciting new business with amari global in mental wellness and mental fitness. And that is all really good. It's just not there yet. We're getting there so the reason why i'm disclosing this without getting into too much detail is because this has been going on behind the scenes for me for us for the last year and a half the struggle to keep this this business that i founded seventeen years ago and i built with every frigging drop of sweat blood in tears. That i had you know was was on the verge of just being completely Completely burned to the ground. And it's happening for so many there's so many of us that are dealing with the aftermath. We're not out of it yet. But the aftermath of a really challenging extraordinarily challenging time whether it'd be the loss of some only love the aftermath of being sick or or a business job loss being Completely destroyed for us so behind the scenes. They are stories behind those facebook posts in social media. Posts there are stories and Perhaps it is helpful to for you to hear my story that this has not been all just you know freedom and on the road travel and apple pecking there's been a lot of Growth transformation letting go of You know sadness. A lot of sadness behind the scenes so When a little bit over on my six minutes today. But i want to share that with you because what i come to you with every day you know has a head has been impacted by this really hard hard Situation with the really dismantling in the burning down to the ground of something that i built for a lot of my adult life. but i'm learning i'm growing. I'm learning moving on. And i'm closing the door. Last week. i talked about closing the door. I really am closing the door on that chapter of my life in moving forward into a very exciting new chapter but one that also you know I includes work and and and guts and grit in all of that. So thank you for listening in. We all have our stories every single one of us in sometimes it helps to just know what's going on behind someone's behind behind their morning messages that it's not you know it's not all apple picking so thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for reaching out. I love hearing from you all. Don't be shy. I am just a human on the other side of an email or dm You can just check the show notes on how to find me be well.
#327: No Longer Playing Small
"Hey everybody care badly here coming to you with a morning message. That is very very personal. And i decided to just read this post that i posted last week on instagram. As the morning message it may connect. It may not but i feel very called to share it here because this is the platform that is been unlocking a lot of tension inside of me and allowing me the space the platform the time to let my genuine authentic self. Come through so if it has helped me. Maybe it will help you here. Goes stop playing small. This post may make you uncomfortable. But i need to write it. I must post this. And i must do it today because the only way for me to move past this stage of my transformation is to go public the only way for me to realize my potential is to share myself with you. My hope is that reading. This post unlocks something in you that it sparks a dormant energy that it moves you in a way that makes you take some action. Small or big to awaken your potential. The big truth is that i have played small for most of my life and today is the day that i stop it. Today is the day. I stand taller than ever. Today is the day. I share my accomplishments. My dreams and my purpose today. I stop hiding behind some meek fear of appearing to bold or even arrogant today is the day i stopped playing small. You see. i've done a lot in my fifty seven years. I'm proud of my grit. I love hard work. I love building shut. Businesses networks platforms. I love acknowledging an empowering others to see their own brilliance. And i love myself in my lifetime. I have tried and failed and try it again. I never give up. I tinker i play and i make shit up. I've been on the bottom. And i've been on the top and i don't mind either because i'm addicted to growing and playing and exploring what it means to be in a human experience so today i announce that i will no longer make myself small so that others feel comfortable around me. Thank you mary. Marianne williamson for that quote. I will no longer hide my accomplishments. My dreams my purpose. I will no longer play the little girl who needs approval from others. I will no longer give a shit if you unfair. Follow me unsubscribe or unfriendly. I will no longer try to appease the critics or the experts. I will no longer hold back my unbridled enthusiasm for life. If you don't know me. I invite you to get to know me. I'm really a lot of fun but be prepared to be challenged. Because i love to break patterns bust through conditioned ways of thinking and blow holes in mediocrity. Finally i would like to tell you a bit about myself. I am fifty seven years young. I am a hundred percent sicilian. An italian citizen. I am married for thirty years to brian. bradley. I am mom to too bad ass daughters. In their twenties. I became a professional figure. Skater at fifteen. And i dropped out of my mba. At twenty three. I have worked for myself since twenty five and have dissolved more businesses than i've started. I founded verge yoga in two thousand four sold it in twenty twenty and sold it again last week. I wrote a book in two thousand sixteen and started this podcast in two thousand sixteen. My husband and i are doing some very cool things. We have no house. We travel quite a bit and then we plant ourselves for a few months. Currently were living on an island in maine. Mental fitness is my jam. I'm producing a mental fitness. Boot camp going live this november with twenty five other experts. And i'm committed to teaching body first practices to feel so good so mentally fit that you kick ass in whatever you're here to do. I'm the founding member of the mental fitness collective. A group of conscious and purpose field filled coaches and trainers that want to grow their businesses differently. And we do this by teaming and lifting each other up so you should check us out in the show notes. My main income producing work right now is partnering with amari global a fast growing company targeting the gut brain access to improve mental wellness together with other wellness pros. I am building a network to educate and share targeted gut brain protocols that are changing people's lives. I love this work. I love what we're doing. We're growing fast. We're learning and we're having a ton of fun. You should check us out in the show notes. Finally finally i intend to make every action. I take every word i speak and relationship i built to be in a game be direction where all humans flourish and the planet thrives thank you for participating in my breakthrough moment. I hope that you have your own sometime soon. I am here to help if i can. Please don't be afraid to reach out. Here's to us. Here's to us living big playing big together. Thank you for listening. Thank you for being here. Thank you for encouraging me to turn on this mike. Every day you may notice a different energy in my voice going forward. I have made a solid commitment to you to bring everything forward to give it everything. I have every last drop of courage i can muster up to put into this world my unique expression and i hope that by doing so it will encourage you to do so as well have a beautiful day.
#142 Slow Down. 15. [MINI-MESSAGE]
"Welcome to on the verge. This is Karen Bradley. Bringing you another many message a short quick nick hit Schultz of hopefully some inspiration motivation contemplation. A little bit of inquiry. The as to how you're living and how to up your game break down barriers interrupt patterns. Let's let's just do this right. We are here for a blip in this life experience. And why would we live anything. Less than our best. Most honest authentic most loving service oriented self. So so. That's what I'm doing. That's what I'm bringing you. I'm bringing you what I'm working on. I'm thinking about what I'm writing in my journal every day and I hope it's helping you you so when you're looking down on your podcast APP you'll see these many messages coming to you about every other week and and you have a listen while you're washing the dishes while you're driving home from work. Whatever it is wherever you listen to your podcast and one on request is to review the podcast? If you review it other people find it more easily. And that's that's the hope. Nope the hope that what I contemplate every day in my own life in my journal can help other people. And that's why I sit in my closet visit couple times a week bringing to you. Whatever is bubbling up for me without being said? I've got a sort of fun topic for you today in this many message. And that is this phrase that I heard almost every day when I brought my kids to middle the school. My kids are way past middle school. They're in their mid twenties now. They went to valley forge middle school in Wayne Pennsylvania. Sweet little school in a great school district and when I drove them and I didn't drive them every day that I I put my foot down on that one but if I had to drive the early there was crossing guard that off stood in the middle of the road right out in front of the Middle School. She was a woman probably in her fifties or sixties and she would stand there with her hand up screaming screaming. Slow down fifteen fifty miles per hour in the school pulls own at that time of the day. Slow down fifteen you know you have people flying lying especially people without kids that are going to work not recognizing how many people are trying to get in and out of the school or kids kids crossing if they were lucky enough to be able to walk to school and she was there reminding us all slowdown fifteen and now. I don't know what is this. At least I guess about ten years later. I still remind myself of that phrase all the time when I find myself rushing racing not only in the car but just in how I walk how I talk how I move about my day. Slowdown fifteen what a great reminder. Now here's the sad news about about. This story is that she was fired. I think people complained about her. which really sucks you know? Because here's this this woman. She wasn't militias. She was being honest. Slow Down Fifteen folks around the school and you got people kids crossing using it sucks when somebody can be that direct in that honest from a loving place to be fired but anyway just had added added that in but I remember her so her legacy lives on. She's taught me this simple reminder to slow down my chiropractor slash everything acupuncturist Dr By killing Brian. He's a master. Stir of many many different therapies. And I see him once at least once a week if I can and he tells me all the time because he sees me walking through the halls of verge yoga he psych slowdown. You Walk Really Fast. You're always perched forward. And he's right. My speed is part of the this chronic underlying stress. The fact that I was last year diagnosed ignored with adrenal fatigue to yikes right. Not Good for business folks if your Yoga Teacher Meditation Teacher Performance Coach to to have these issues. But I'm being honest with you so he recommends slowdown everything. You do. Just pull well it back a notch girl so my friend the crossing guard slow down fifteen gene is like this little angel on my shoulder these days and I've been reminding myself over and over again to slow. Oh it down. So where do you need to slow down. What are you doing to quickly? What are you consistently forgetting or dropping topping or bumping into physically and emotionally or in your relationships slowdown fifteen coke give it a try and let me know how you do with it? I'd like to know I could use some pointers. This is a together effort here. Not just me Alone in my mic. I really rely on you all to support me as well so with that. I bid you a fantastic day. Please check check out some of the stuff that I'm doing on facebook instagram linked in and like I said before. Give this podcast review. Because I'm I'm really offering up a lot of my Lot of my energy into this podcast hoping to connect with more of you. I'm going to be throwing out some more or webinars. Free Webinars and the last thing is a some online coaching. I'd like to record some online coaching. So if you're interested interested in being part of this email me Cara at care. Bradley Dot Net. Let's get you on the list. It's going to be coaching. That will be part of this. podcast West so you gotta be a brave soul but I think that it Like me when I bear my own soul it can help others go out there and shine everybody take care.
#76: MORNING MESSAGES | Unblock
"Hey, hey, hey, good morning to you. I have a an exciting week in store for us. Well, at least for me, I hope it is for you and that is regarding the tag line for virtual data that has been in the center of my heart for Seventeen years now unblock and fold unleash am going to get to that in a moment. But first i'm just telling you that I am not moved in to my six month rental yet. My husband and I are still sort of unbounded untethered we move in tomorrow actually and have been floating around northern Maine for the last week with us being that we are still in the middle of this covid-19 as people like to call it now. We wanted to stay away from the crowd and safe and Ed. As we moved around stay away from human beings as much as we could so we are landing tomorrow in our 6-month rental and I look forward to be having at least some of my stuff in one place. It has been it has been quite a ride, but the ride continues. So without further Ado, let me get to them what we are going to be talking about this week the tag line for Verge. Yoga came about in 2004 before I even opened good friend of mine. Johnny. Gillespie asked me well what your tagline Cara and I'm like, what do you mean tagline? I need a tagline. You said? Yeah, you need a tagline like oh crap. So I allowed the question as I often encourage you to do play with questions drop questions into your Consciousness because guess what you're extraordinarily intelligent and you will come up with them. Answer somehow someway you can just trust it. So I remember laying down and taking a short nap one day and after I had been mulling around what time the tag line forever giaga, and I opened my eyes from the nap and I set out loud unblock unfold and Leash what the heck and I started playing with it and I thought okay, you know what we'll start with this and we'll see how it evolves over time. Well, it has stuck at least for me and I'm going to explain to you off the course of this week what the meaning of Unblock unfold unleash means to me and has meant to thousands of students at virgi Olga. Unblock will just start with that today. It really is the basis of mental Fitness. And you know, I've been talking about mental Fitness and I am all mental Fitness. Now my fridge and mental Fitness is is really the three domains of body brain and biome and how to get to the root causes the root of our imbalances the root of our struggles the root of our aliveness and intelligence and I don't want to play up at the surface. There's enough surface-level self-help out there. What I hope to bring you everyday in 6 minutes or less is route route remedies route practices route protocol protocols. So unblock is this outer level of breaking patterns, which we spent a whole week on a few weeks ago go back and listen. And I and and those patterns are physical mental and emotional. We can unblock patterns through practice through inquiry through looking at through being curious about and I think that the easiest patterns to unblock are generally the physical ones if you think about a yoga practice, we are unblocking tension. We are unblocking tightness. We are discovering where we are where we are stuck physically my hips my hip flexor my back my neck. I'm talking personally here. So unblock is really about identifying and then starting to chip away at obstacles that hold our energy back. In in the in the root definition of yoga. It is about on releasing obstacles that impede Richie or Pro NE Chi energy from flowing through our lives. And so this unblocking is this first level and I gotta tell you we're never really finished with unblocking. I mean, we will always Circle back cuz we will always buy new levels of mental physical emotional tightness and tension that's ready to be released. So my question for you today is is what can you start unblocking? What is ready to start releasing or dissolving? What patterns would start with the physical? Look at your yoga practice. Look at your your your workouts. Where am I stuck? Where am I weak? And then we move into mental and emotional through our brain practices through the meditation practices the inquiry the Stillness the silence the Solitude off for today. We're going to just play with those those layers peeling away the layers where we are stuck where we are tight and tense home and that is how we start to unblock the energy that brilliant Prana G life force energy. Just so waiting to run through you and me through me. So that's unblock. We will head into unfold tomorrow for today. I leave you with this. I've put out my mental Fitness protocol. It is a shoving if you'd like to be a part. If you'd like to tap into it go to the links go to the details and tap on the link. That's all you need to do. And let's start with you on your path of training to be mentally fit in this this very fast-moving disruptive and uncertain world. Have a fantastic day. I'll check in with you tomorrow. Take care.
#94: MORNING MESSAGES | Pissed Off
"All right the rampage continues. Good morning this has been one heck of a week for me anyway and hopefully not. Hopefully i don't know something is is quivering in you. It's time my friend. It's time to step out step out and just name what's been agitating us. What what we're disappointed about why we're holding back at today. What's pissing us off. It's okay to name what's pissing you off. Name it to yourself name a to your partner. Name it to your best friend. Name it to the to out into the night sky. I am pissed off because this year has created so much fill in the blank for every single one of us so much so today i just want to offer you the call to action name. What you're pissed off about. I'm pissed off about so many things first of all. I'm pissed off about myself. Which is why. I'm having this week. Where i've been up very very early pressing record. I'm having this week. I'm pissed off. Because i've been holding back and playing small for way too long. I'm pissing are. I'm pissed off because i mute my voice. I hold it back. I hold it down. I i called craft it. I'm pissed off because the business. That i have built that i built for. Sixteen years verge. Yoga is holding on by a thread. We're gonna make it right. I sold the business last december. But i'm still very much involved in very much invested financially in the business and we're holding on we're going to make it by god we're gonna make it but it has been such a tough road and my heart breaks for small business out there for all of us. Small business owners and entrepreneurs have put our blood sweat and tears into war into our masterpieces only to see them crushed in a matter of months pissed off her. Why is this energy helpful. Because this energy propels us forward. The energy propels us into the next phase into the next year into twenty twenty one. This energy propels us into a new normal because we are not going back to the way things used to be and if you want to live out the rest of your life in service of others and in service of yourself and your family then we got a name it all and we got to get on with it we just gotta get over it and get on with it so my energy. It may agitate you. You may be like cara. Shut up enough already. That's okay but if my energy pisses you off that's a very good then i've done something right. Listen we don't need to walk around life pissed off all the time but when we do feel the agitation when we do feel the disappointment when we do feel so tense and tight because we know we're not living are potential. We need to sit right in the center of the fire as amount and dreamer says sit in the center of the fire in not shrink back. She actually asked the question. Are you willing to sit in the center of the fire with me and not back my favorite one of my favourite poems. And so i want to ask you. Are you willing to sit with me. Be agitated with me. Be disappointed with me name with me how we're playing small. How we're playing quiet hauer hedging. Because we're worried about what others may say how are holding back our dreams however holding back our desires. How we're holding back what we're meant to do in this life. I know i am meant to be of service to others to help others feel their best so that they can tap into an awaken their full potential. Because when you are in your full potential my friend the world is a better place you are offering your unique expression out there in only the only way that you can so if i can help you in some small way feel better by words by the programs that i offer by the products. The mental wellness protocol. That i am out there selling in partnering with others to sell through amari global than you know what i will have done my work so today. The only thing i ask of you. If you're willing if you're ready is to write down what you're pissed off about. You don't have to write it down. You could scream it out into the night sky. Have a cry. Because i have this week. Boy i don't know what happened after this week. I don't know. But i do know that i feel better. Just getting it out and breaking through these obstacles and breaking free of what's been holding me back and making me play small so my call to action. Only call to action to you for me is if you are feeling the call to connect with me. Let's have a discussion. Let's find out how we can collaborate. Let's find out what we can do together where let's just have a good old cried together. I dare you to just me. hello care. Bradley dot net. And let's start a conversation thank you. Hey if you feel like there's someone in your life that needs to be to name what they're pissed off about. Share this take care.
ENTREPRENEUR | #3 Central Park, Halfpipes and Ice Cream
"Credit Iraq ready to raw ready to rock with another story. That actually isn't a total failure as I've been writing out all the stories of my businesses. I'm like Oh failure. Failure kind of little success. Failure failure failure stupid idiot. What should you that lower? Welcome to on the verge with me. Karen Bradley this Special Series called Entrepreneur was produced by my daughter. Julianna during our months together in quarantine the intention of the short series is to share the full picture of my career starting enclosing businesses including those often left out stories of crash and burn failures in this episode. I move past the burning emperors of Blade Skate well into my next few ventures. I'll share my fun. Adventures partnering with Rollerblade the Pioneer of inline skating. Oh and did I mention that there's ice cream? And sprinkles involved stay tuned? Thanks for listening. So after the crumble of Blade Skate wear. I immediately started teaching rollerblading in Central Park. How did you learned in Lionsgate? Was it just pretty natural after ice skating? Yeah I mean totally so for for skaters have players figure skaters. It is like heaven because you're not confined to Arinc. I mean I had New York City was my rank and I skated every inch in New York City. So rollerblade was just getting started. I started teaching in Central Park and started to meet other inline skaters and I heard that rollerblade. The company was coming to New York to do auditions for their performance. Team team rollerblade. They had a small group in La and they wanted to create a group at a New York and we would represent rollerblade in Really promoting inline skating around the world. I got it I got it. I was one of four female skaters in New York City on team rollerblade. It was pretty cool and you got it because of the cart wheel. Oh my gosh. You remember the cart wheel so we were on Broadway in auditions and we had to do a cartwheel on rollerblades. There were a couple of women that could do a cartwheel and there were a bunch of women cooking myself. Couldn't to everybody went to lunch and I must've done. I don't know two hundred or more cartwheel's until I could nail it and I nailed it so I got the part. I got the part as part of team rollerblade and we started to do hip hop shows on rollerblades. It was kick ass back that I mean we were hot shit. Let me tell you because we were all over New York City on skates doing these shows and then we start to travel and so he traveled around the globe. I went to Japan for a bunch of weeks and we did. Tv shows and trade shows. And then I did a six week tour in Europe all over the place. We skated under the Eiffel. Tower skated everywhere. And we were like these Martians on skates because a lot of people didn't know about inline skating so they would see us fly by and they were like. Oh my God what are they doing? So that's how we created the buzz just by being out in the town on skates. It was really fun. I mean inline. Skating was huge. It was huge for about ten years and at one point in Central Park. I mean there were more people on inline skates and they were on bikes. It was so much fun to be part of that trend so happen to be at the right place at the right time. And that's really important because I learned the smell of Trent and I think that has served me since so fast forward. We moved up to New Hampshire because Brian had grown up in keene New Hampshire and his parents were still there and I started to teach skating so I was thrust out of New York City and into a small mountain town in New Hampshire and I started Bradley Skate. School and started teaching skating locally. In the meantime I licensed the name Camp Rollerblade from rollerblade and started to offer skate camps weekend skate camps for adults and kids under the name of Camp Rollerblade. The first one I did was in Stratton Vermont and we built half pipes and had two hundred or more people come to spend the weekend at Stratton Mountain to learn how to skate pretty cool. We had people coming from all over the country for the weekend to learn how to inline skate. 'cause it was really really hot back then. We advertised in inline skating. Magazines and I think in the magazine was a form to fill out an send your check in. I remember everyday checking the mailbox for registrations for camp rollerblade crazy one big project. I was approached by a video production company to create a inline skating instructional video. It's called Skate fit and we produced this really great skating video and QVC was up and coming and they were going across the country and they wanted to highlight products from each state and they wanted to use skate. Fit as one of their showcased News Hampshire Products Tho- Skate fit by Caroline Bradley at Maple Syrup and Maple Syrup right and probably like knitted socks or something. I don't know so they wanted to buy. I don't know two thousand or more videos to sell on. Qvc for their New Hampshire Day. But they're caveat was that they wanted to return whatever didn't sell kind of sounds like nordstroms right but it wasn't my choice because I didn't own the video my video producers did and they declined. They declined I had nothing I could do. I couldn't believe it. Qvc was going to sell the videos. Now I had learned from blades gateway all right with Nordstrom's but I had no power so we had to let it go and they continued to push the video in other ways And then I also wrote a book called Inline Skat- New England so that is my. That was my first book. I don't know I think it might have sold five hundred copies honestly. Well I bought a copy for two dollars on Amazon a couple of years ago. Get Out. No I'm not kidding. You was from Germany on in Germany was selling in. Lionsgate ringling too. It's funny because I think if you search now for skate fit the video I think you can find it in German somewhere so weird so there it is so scathing started to fate for me and then we opened the cone. Klopp talk about a right turn and the cone club. I just have to say it was not my idea that the cone club your idea yes. Why wasn't sure if you would claim otherwise? Yeah no I had the idea of a country club for a country cover ice cream. Guess Oh yeah. He had the brilliant idea of buying this property with two partners and building out a an ice cream shop in a miniature golf course. D Say Brilliant sarcastically totally. Yeah but I went along with it because we were entrepreneurs so we see opportunities and we go down that path that rabbit hole. We see if it's viable and we take it and so we did and we opened up a ice cream shop and ninety thousand dollar Miniature Golf Course in Kenya Hampshire. The town was in love with us. People lining up to play miniature golf in have their soft serve ice cream. And you in your sister would walk into the cone club. Every day you would pull a cone from the sleeve and you'd stick it up. You were too short to do it yourself. And you'd stick it up under the soft. Serve your soft serve ice cream every day and so there. We were in business again. Bricks and mortar business. We expanded to open an arcade like a little Dave and buster's or chucky cheese in our big warehouse. And what the Hell were we doing? In many ways. The cone club drove out of Keane. The club is still there just called sprinkles now but it's still in Keane. It's still isn't ice cream shop. That is our legacy in keene. New Hampshire is sprinkles. Well I remember Your Dad in. I one Sunday afternoon cleaning out the ice cream vats and there we were like with our hands in these huge machines and he looked up at me and he said you know you can make a buck in so many different ways and this isn't one of the ways that I wanna make a buck anymore. And that's when we we basically just fled. We laughed. We left town. During the time I started to find solace in Yoga. I went to a video store and I special ordered a yoga. Vhs With Kathy. Smith and Rod Stryker and I took that vhs and did it every day while you and your sister napped the same video. And I would go down to the basement and I would do this yoga practice. And that was the beginning of my journey into Yoga So this is the amazing thing. Is that people look at verge. Yoga sixteen year old business steady growth steady expansion impeccable reputation incredible success and they. It's so easy for them to just think. Oh good timing on that business or lucky you know and they have no idea the skeletons in my closet. I mean literally. I have so many failures behind me. Well why you're doing this right. It's why I'm doing this. I really want people to recognize that. Most entrepreneurs do not strike gold the first time out. I mean there's no way.
Entrepreneur | #1: Ideas Into Action
"Accent again water. Put it slips out some types. Hello and welcome to on the verge with Me Care Bradley. My friends we are in unprecedented times. These days of shelter in place and social distancing have changed everything for all of us in fact. It's a whole new game. The world is we knew it will never be the same and although we face big mountains in front of us and there is much to do. I see that there are incredible possibilities. At this time we have an extraordinary opportunity to change our lives our communities our world. I'm feeling the call to pivot. I cannot see going back to normal in fact. I don't think we can even do it if we tried. Normal has changed for all of us all at once. Small businesses in every town in every state including verge yoga. The business I started fifteen years ago are facing the very real possibility that the dreams they made into reality could be coming to an end and all the people who are now out of a job or looking at the very real possibility that they may have no choice but to take control of their own steering wheel to find a way to make their own money to maybe even start their own venture. My Life is an entrepreneur. Has Been to do just that to put ideas into action to start my own GIG. It feels like the right time to pivot and turn my energies fully towards the things I value most and the ways I can best serve in the days in years to come. I can only share what I have to give. This series was born from conversations with my daughter who I've spent more time with during this quarantine then I haven't years. And who has recently pivoted into her own entrepreneurial journey and so what? I have to share in this special series. Are My stories the stories? I shared with her of digging deep to find my purpose of turning my ideas into action of finding the grit and motivation. Even when I wanted to quit and attracting others with shared vision to build business together and sew sit back and enjoy my stories with my daughter about being an entrepreneur. Here we go so. Tell me about your first business. My first business okay. Well I was a junior in high school. I was in the choir for the kids. Who really couldn't saying I'M NOT GONNA call the loser cars but it was kind of the Lusa course but we were going to London so I was thinking about how to pay for some of it and I was photographer. I spent hours in the dark room. I loved developing pictures so I asked my course teacher if I could if anybody needed passport photos because back then I mean. It's not like we went out of the country all the time. Most people had not been out of the country in the junior high school to. They didn't have passports so they were going to need to get a passport. Go to England so I ended up setting up shop and I took people's pictures and then I developed him and I cut him into the right size and I charged like six dollars each and I'm more than paid for my trip. That was kind of cool. It was cool to do something and get paid for it and for it to really like a good product you know it was like really good service for pupil and that was my first business and never happened again. I never did any passport photos again. But obviously it's different now. You couldn't have people you. Yeah just cash baby. You didn't need much cash in the hand done so for your sixteen year old self that first business taking those passport photos like knowing what you know today. What would you say to her? Awesome job like way to see an opportunity and go for it really. I mean that was like a no risk. Just go for it have fun. Make some money. Get to London that entrepreneurship. Yeah but it is. It's it's having fun with it. You GotTa have fun with it. I think that the one the the businesses that probably don't work are the ones that don't have heart even though the product may not be the sexiest product in passport photos. Really aren't that sexy but I had fun doing it. And I was able to showcase my skills you know in my My enthusiasm So so then what? I used to do a lot was read biographies of women and I remember reading estee. Lauder 's Long Island Estee Lauder. Can you sit on a long island accent again? Water it's slips out some types. Estee Lauder her biography and I thought wow that's cool. I want to run a business like that. Then when I was nineteen I started my second company and that was called Duet. Skincare and cosmetics and I bought a line of private label. Skincare and cosmetics. Don't ask me how I don't even remember there was no Internet. I don't know how I did it. And I had a label made up like stickers with my label on it again how did I do this? I don't remember and I had home parties and I sold all the skincare and cosmetics. And that was my second company and that again like taught me how to. I have an idea apt on the idea. Actually tested out there as kind cool just. I was totally learning on the job at this point. Had Grandma and GRANDPA started their business. Yes yes so. My Dad started his company bright. Yeah it was right when I was in college but but he had always done some things on the side. I'd always seen him start like little projects like my dad didn't just have a job. He always did many things. Yeah so we've always been that kind of family where we were always trying things out so we had this huge just workshop in our basement with all these major tools. You know if you needed something you figured out. Could we built this ourselves? I so I think that was the mentality of the House. We were up and it was You know where talion American immigrants and so there was a lot of DIY. I remember my dad always working and that's really important to know. He was always working but he wasn't working because he had a smile on his face. My Dad thoroughly enjoyed pouring through catalogs of hydraulic pumps and figuring stuff out. I'd never saw him complain about work. Never heard him complain about work. So for me. Growing up like work and life was very intertwined. I didn't really see a lot of difference. I saw work in life and creativity and joy and an interest people's interesting curiosity. My family I always knew that I wasn't just going to fall in line with job. It just wasn't me you did at first at first did yeah but even then it wasn't a very typical job. It was a small department of a an English Merchant Bank which is an investment bank and there were only two executives and me when I started so it was all hands on at a self starter. I had to learn a lot of my own and it was interesting because I remember seeing the job posted on a bulletin board. Like that's how it was back. Then I pulled it off and I called on a payphone. I remember calling on a payphone. How is that possible? I don't even know like I don't even remember how I got the interview but what I do know is that they had hundreds of applicants and I walked into this office in Madison Avenue in Red Tahari suit and the guy that was interviewing me was just a couple years older and he was very Snarky is the word and said why would we hire you and so I told him a story and asked him to remember my red suit and the story as it was my last final at Nyu and I parked on the side of the street? Right in the village went into take my final and I came out to my car is gone and I knew about something called the pound in New York City. It's where they tow cars. But I had no cash and I had one token and I knew that the pound was a hub away on eleventh avenue in an impossible place to get to. I decided that I was going to take the subway up to midtown and then figure it out so I got up to midtown thinking. I got to walk over to Eleventh Avenue. It's not cool to be doing this at night. My parents would not be happy so I passed a firehouse and I remembered like as a kid you know firemen. They're friendly and they help people so I went in. And of course you know twenty one year old young lady and I walked in and told the firemen my story and they looked at each other and one of them said to me. Okay come on. And I didn't know what they were talking about. And I see these guys starting to put on all their gear and they opened up the fire truck and they put the sirens on and said get in and I was like what I was on a firetruck going through New York City with like seven firemen and me and they said to me. Don't tell anyone we are doing this. And they dropped me off at the pound and got my car back and so when I told the guy this at the company and the fact that I had a red suit on I got the job because of the grit capacity to think quickly on my feet to take a risk to go for it to not be afraid I gotta believe by got it a little bit of luck and a little bit of luck and maybe being twenty one in having nice hair. That story will go down in the books. I really liked the process of putting an idea into action. I think the important thing is that we just try stuff we just try to give it a shot in even if it never makes it past the paper. That's okay you haven't failed. You know. I think if if people really realize how much people that are quote unquote successful have failed. How much more they failed then succeeded. We would maybe be more inclined to try stuff. Just try it. You know be creative. I think our creative expression is stunted in this society that so fixated on being perfect Thanks for tuning in my stories. Got You thinking about the ideas. You want to act on in the dreams. You're ready to launch. Remember my friend. The world is changing fast. It can be. It's scary no doubt so scary at times but it's also so ripe with incredible opportunity. Your time to pivot is right. Now go out there and make some noise create a stir. Have some fun while doing it. And if anything I shared resonated with you reach out to me tell me your dreams. Don't be shy. I WanNa know who you are. I WanNa know your ideas. I WanNa know the possibilities that you're seeing in this new world so message me on facebook or instagram or email me at Hello Akara Bradley Dot Net. Also if you got value from this episode please give it a review on itunes or your podcast player until next time. Stay safe be well entering. Beg Hey this is Juliana Chara's daughter the one producing this podcast with her just wanted to jump in and say thanks for listening and stay tuned for next week's episode. This one will be a fun. One about one of her first biggest lessons as an entrepreneur. The first real failure. I guess you can call. It was my business blade gate. Where what got you to start escape? Where company insanity honestly I mean thinking about it now. I had no business being in that business. Entrepreneur is a series of on the verge. Podcast with care. Bradley produced and edited by me. Juliana Bradley us from this episode was from plutot sessions. Thanks listening.
#150: Be Mentally Fit in a Fast-Moving World 2
"The best part about it is that I'm having more fun. And a Mike connections with people are deeper than ever. Welcome to on the verge. I Am Carrot. Bradley bringing you another episode of strategies and practices to help you feel better perform better and live your life fully this week. I'm bringing you a recording from a Webinar series. I've been running called how to be mentally fit in a fast moving world. We're GONNA TALK ABOUT CHRONIC STRESS. Mine and Yours. Burn out what it feels like to be in the opposite of burn out or psychological vigor. It's chock full of information a lot of Vulnerable moments for me and hopefully a lot of great stuff for you to take out into your own life so that you can feel better and perform better enjoy everyone. Thanks for joining me. Welcome Everyone Care Bradley here. I am very excited a little bit nervous. I have to tell you because I have a lot to share today and I have a lot that I wanNA. I WanNa ask you as well and I'm going to tell you that I am here today. To not hesitate. That's really a challenge for me to say I don't WanNa hesitate anymore in what I say how. I am what I share in the world and I could feel my my voice getting a little shaky as I say that because my mission my mission my purpose actually for putting on this three part free series which I've never done my mission is for us all to stop holding back what's really going on for us to be able to share completely what we're feeling and not worry about what other people may think so. I'm going to tell you my gosh. I can't believe I'm getting emotional. And it's one o two maybe along our guys but would I want to tell you is that I have held back in my life. I've been a mental professional a wellness professional for a long time. I've dedicated my life to helping people feel better and in doing that. I have not always shared what was going on for me because when I think when you're out there helping others as I'm sure many of you are right. You're in service of others constantly. You hope back the the fear that you have the anxiety that you have the worry the the hesitation that you have because you care so much other people think and how your words may land for them so for many many years I have been holding back the inner stress I've been carrying an I spoke about this last week. The worry the fear the hesitation that I've had in just saying it right so I had a couple of friends. Ask Me after last week and after the Post that I've been putting out a out my own stress. I had some friends some very good friends and I thank them for it. Say Hey Kara truthfully is this just a way. Is your sharing your stress. The adrenal fatigue the exhaustion the brain fog. All the stuff you've been talking about. Is this just a way to get people on your podcast or to get people on this Webinar or to sell the mental wellness company? That they're working with now and I said absolutely not. It's come to a surprise to a lot of people that I've been suffering in silence in with the stress and that's a good indication that I have not been sharing and so I'm here to say to you all to ask you all. Where do you holding back? What are you shoving down? Where are you suffering in silence? So for me the big the the Pandora's box that's opened and I wrote about this in my email yesterday when I when I saw my business verge yoga which happened just weeks ago publicly. I felt this huge exhale like oh I don't have to pretend anymore because for fifteen years I've been feeling like I have this yoga center right. I am the leader of a Yoga Center Meditation Center. How can I come out and say I have adrenal fatigue? I'm burnt out. I am suffering in silence with this incredible Self what's the word it's just It's not self esteem but lack of confidence or this inability to just say what I mean and me what I say because of the business that I have right so think about it if you are a Let's say you're a dentist. You can't really say that your teeth or rotting right or that you you know your teeth falling out because you haven't taken care of your teeth right so think about it here. I am this yoga meditation teacher. I teach flow state optimal state. How am I gonNA possibly say that? I'm dealing with Deeply rooted stress or suffering in silence or feeling separated so selling the business gave me this opportunity to finally be able to just say it that as a leader. I've been stressed and I think that there are a lot of people like me and you may be one of them that you are leading a family. You're leading an organization nonprofit your teacher. Whatever it doesn't matter we're all leaders in some way or another and we have to put on face. Might we have to. We have to act the part and it wasn't acting in a way where I was feeling like an impostor I just was choosing not to share that aspect of my life. So I'm here this this series and going forward to just share to walk next to you to share with you to hear your story so that we can all just stop it. We could all just stop it because the way that we are going to start to turn the wheel of suffering in our world is for us to all just step up and not worry about having the perfect picture on social media and not worrying about always having the The right thing to say. Or or knowing the research or having the The perfect balanced diet picture to take a picture of and show your friends. You can we. Just get real. And that's what I'm hoping to do. So this series how to be mentally fit in a fast moving world right. That's a lot really what I should have just called it is. Let's just all talk about our burnout. Let's talk about the stress that we've been under and then talk about how the strategies the psychological the physiological strategies that help us to navigate this world so i WanNa talk about with you all today so I'm going to ask some brave souls to step up as we get into this last week. I asked a couple of good friends this week. I didn't ask anybody so So it's up to you. There's no planted. I'm going to be honest right. This is all about being honest last year. I last week I planted some people. Didn't tell them what to say or ask them what to ask. I said will you be willing to go live and they did and I love them for that but I don't have anybody this week so it may just be you. That's GonNa on Mute and if you want to step up and say anything then just put that in the chapter and and Brian Somewhere on the other end. Will Un mute you so before we get to all the unwitting? I have to say that this week. I wanted to talk about psychological vigor and the gut brain access and we are GonNa talk about definitely psychological vigor but the gut brain access. I was going to go in depth with with Dr Shawn. Talbot who is a a brilliant Neutra or neutra psychologists right he does NEUTRA PHARMACEUTICALS. He is a brilliant mind in formulating products. That help us heal our body to then improve our mental cognitive functioning. Well I just found out about three minutes before we went live. That Sean is not available today. My God like okay here. We go just one of those stress resiliency tests and you know what it's okay. He's going to join US next week. He's going to be on fire next week with us. So it's all it's all GonNa work out as it should be but again here. I am not fooling anybody not fooling myself. So what I WANNA talk to you about to start is idea of psychological vigor. Last week we talked a lot about chronic stress. And I want to hear your questions so if you put your your questions in there as I go along I might have to put on my little reading glasses. 'cause I am fifty five and I cannot see very close anymore so there it is but what I wanna talk about psychological vigor. Is this term that I've heard Sean talk about and psychological? Vigor is psychology term that is really it embodies or encapsulates wellbeing from our physical mental and emotional standpoint. And I've really. I've really grasped onto this to this term because I love what it what it states and psychological vigor is a combination of physical energy emotional stability and mental acuity. I had to sit with the mental acuity. I'm like what does that really mean and the way I would define mental acuity is mental flexibility right so growth mindset and mental clarity the ability to see and know what's happening right here and now so not being behind that veil of brain fog to be right in the moment right here right now in what you are What you are consciously experiencing mental acuity emotional stability and physical energy what Sean. Dr Shawn Talbot defines as Psychological Vigour. He says it is the opposite of burn out. What is burnout? Burnout is the adrenal fatigue number. Two that I was diagnosed with last January. The kind of started this whole thing. Adrenal fatigue to we can also talk about burn out as being just. The effects of stress chronic everyday stress. That's an as opposed to acute stress. Right Acute stresses when something immediate happens to us that that that stimulates our body or or activate our stress response to respond in the moment like when the car when the car cut you off on the Highway. That acute stress psychological chronic stress. Is that Kinda slow? Burn stress so the Just a couple of another adjectives that I'm going to talk about my personal chronic stress and then I'd like to hear from you all my burn out. What it felt like for me was exhaustion. A feeling of being separate or lonely weight gain cravings like asleep or interrupted sleep and My say mild depression and anxiety over how I was putting myself out there in the world. So let's let's get some polls from you guys. What is what is burn out. Feel for you feel like for you. How is it emerged for you? And then how And then we're GonNa talk about some of the psychological and physiological strategies that are getting us into psychological vigor or the opposite of burnt out so go ahead and throw some of the stuff in the chat bar and let's see what we have If you want to on mute and and give us a one minute synopsis of burnout and Psychological Vigor. How you've experienced that go ahead and just let us now so if you want to jump on go ahead and yourself colleen said that It is she feels more reactive and more responsive or edgy. God that word at she like. Who doesn't feel edgy when you feel burnt out like the edges of your nerves are frayed. And there's just you're just Kinda live on. Fumes is how I felt in the past. Psychological stress feeling disconnected or training madness part of burnout a jewel asked. I think madness to depends on how you define madness. I think I think madness is just kind of over everything where you're not even sure how people are reacting to you a lack of confidence. That's something I've absolutely experienced as well. Lauren said a heaviness and not wanting to get out of bed Turning to food and alcohol to stress. Yes to distress so So that's a really great point. Lauren and I want to talk about stress for a moment here in the two capacities of stress. Because I think that when we talk about stress often we we think. Of all stresses bad. There's a fantastic book out called the upside of stress by Kelly mcgonagall. She's a researcher at Stanford. I read it a few years ago. I highly recommend it and what Kelly mcgonigal's says and reminds us. Is that not all stress bad stress? In fact we want to be challenged in life in relationship physically mentally emotionally. We WanNA press up against boundaries. And that's how we adapt and grow but the problem for me is. I have understood that. So I'm a push push pusher. Let's grow let's grow every day a little more little more little more and then I didn't realize that in the over pushing I was actually exhausting myself. I wasn't allowing for recovery. So the two aspects of stress. Are you stress e you stress and distress like Lauren just mentioned or distress you stress and distress or distress. You can say you. Stress are use stress. Are things that we do that. Offer us a really good challenge. So you go to your workout class and your teacher is pressing you and prodding you to push just a little bit more to go just into that state of burn right and your mind and your body's like I don't know if I can do it but I'm going to stick with it or you're working on a proposal or a presentation just like this right on Mike. Can I really just not hesitate today? Well it feels a little uncomfortable but know it's a challenge and I know it's going to help me to grow. That's that's you stress. That's good and in fact the flow research shows that when we push ourselves for percent more four to six percent is like a good use stress range if we push ourselves too much we we we lose. We get frustrated. We can't do it but and if we don't do enough then we may get bored. So you stress start to think about your life in these two ways you stress and distress the disc distress is when we are burning the candle at both ends. I've been doing that for a long time. Overworking overtraining over nurturing over. Whatever it is you're doing. What some of the ways that you have been over stressing over worrying over. I don't know you tell me anybody. What are some of the ways that you've been overdoing so today in talking about psychological vigor and the opposite burn out? I'd love to hear from you. What some of your strategies have been as well last week. We talked about two major areas. And I'm going to review them today and I'm also going to expand on them. They were the body and the brain. And how do we use strategies of body and brain to reverse the effects of this burnout or stress and then we're going to get into the bio a little bit? Because that's what I promise this week and Dr Shawn will join us next week once again and I'm going to move also into using nature as a way to reverse that psychological the burn out and move into psychological vigor as well so back to this whole idea of sharing. Okay I wanNA share completely with you. I do not wanNA hesitate for the last fifteen years of my career. I've been very concerned with not with with promoting my business with having a a public role as a leader as a wellness professional. If you will and Starting today I just want to let those walls crumble. I don't WanNa have to carry anything any baggage and I wanted. Just really tell you what's working for me and what I know to be true and You know I'm GonNa tell you don't have to practice yoga every day. You don't have to meditate every day you don't have to do anything every day The best thing to do is to trust yourself to trust yourself and trust that your body will tell you what you need today and so that's where I really WanNa start from with you all. Can we just listen? Listen I tour bodies to what it's asking for to eat to sleep? How much rust. How much pause to what? Our bodies are saying as far as movement you know. Maybe you just don't need to work out today. Maybe what you need is a walk in the woods by yourself with your dog. How about that with no music? Nobody to talk to. I really really believe and what I've what I've been healing myself now. That in the last seven months. I've Kinda come clean with myself. I've been I have pulled back guys. I have pulled back the overtraining the over practicing and have have really slowed it down so I can hear and I believe that I'm finally able to really hear what my body is asking for. Which is a whole lot less than I thought which is a whole lot less than I've been selling for years. It's a whole lot less so my mission my mission and I. I've said this publicly before what breaks my heart is is seeing us not living. Our best lives is seeing a suffering in silence and as I was saying that years ago I was suffering myself so my mission is to help us. Bring this all forward and for us to talk about it. So let's talk about the body and brain and I WANNA see again. If you WANNA come live right this. Be Your challenge for the day. Just to on mute yourself in to share with US. Maybe something that's been triggered in the last fifteen twenty minutes that I've been talking about. So Lauren is saying some of her strategies is social connection. Breath work hikes. I love it learning. Podcasts right colleen is is saying a Hallelujah to not overdoing and overworking and overtraining. So let's start with the breath when we talk about the body so what I'd like us all to do right now if you can crusher legs if you're driving just keep driving keep your eyes open. I feel like I've been on speed a little bit so I'm going to slow myself down. Just place your feet on the floor in your hands on your knees you can close your eyes. That's always nice. We taken so much stimulus visually. In fact our our is our processing. Some say ten million bits of information per second which is the most of all our senses are is so just closing. Our eyes can start to move into recovery. It can start to turn that wheel of suffering just even closing your eyes for a few minutes can change everything and just bring your attention to your breath so we turn our attention inward in a very loving way. We turn our attention to ourselves in this act of loving kindness to say I hear you. I see you and I am making my state of being the most important aspect of my life right now and while your attention is turning to your breath start to deepen your breath allow that. Exhale your exhale to deepen so doing this. Simple act of kindness to yourself. You're starting to shift your state from the activated stress. State to a more balanced state of clarity and calm the most the biggest lever lever that we have the most powerful lever that we have in our own wellness is the breadth at any. Given time we have access to shifting our state from frazzled to flow from for more chaotic state to a state of calm clear the magical thing about our breath when we come into this rhythmic coherent breath is that we can do it anywhere while we're driving while we're walking in the meeting while we're cooking anywhere and I feel like it's something I wanna scream from the top of buildings right just tune into your breath just find the coherent deep rhythmic breath now. I've known this and I've practiced it for a long long time but I've also not trusted myself. I've trusted that. This could be one of the key tools in my day to day life to help me not suffer in silence so you can open your eyes and hopefully you feel somewhat shifted if you do cleese note. Give us a little thumbs up or tell us on the on the chat bar. You could do this on your phone as well everyone. I love the engagement so in fact. I'm asking you engage with me so that I don't feel like I'm sitting here alone by the way I'm in a hotel room in Dayton Beach Florida right. Isn't that where I am? I think that's where I am. Psychological vigor is that increasing physical energy. It's the feeling of being more emotionally stable. And it's the sense of having that mental clarity or flexibility. Oh I'm in Daytona beach. Thank you Brian. I knew Dayton beach wasn't the right town. I am on this southern tour by the way for the next four weeks coming to you from different places in Florida. So Julie such couldn't drop down. She is. I know you're in the middle of your work day. Julie and I know that that's hard and I've have felt that what happens when we're in our work day and it can be work at. Home Day right. This doesn't mean you have to be in an office. It's hard for us to get unchecked right. I'm a little bit jacked as well Julie so I feel you but we can slow it down even a little bit. The burnout happens everyone when we don't allow ourselves to recover the burnout happens. And it's this invisible gas that we breathe all day and it becomes our normal way of being. It happens when our nervous system revs up and stays revved in a heightened state of of that sympathetic stress or that distress. When that happens our body becomes a custom to being jacked and we forget what it feels like to be in our natural state of clear and calm and this is what I write about in my book on the verge. I know this but I still was unable to live it fully. So I'm saying that honestly and I felt at times but again the invisible gas was getting stronger so much so that I forgot my own words. Wisdom the stuff. I put in print in a book and so I stopped believing in the breath and I stopped believing in the yoga practice. I stopped believing in my meditation practice and I started to really suffer in silence becoming exhausted. Retracting from the world feeling disconnected and lonely. And so now I'm here to walk by your side as I get. Well I wanted to heal side by side so this is as much for me folks as hopefully it is for you so let me see some of the other things that you're saying some of you at work. You need to learn to not feel guilty. Thank you an- about taking the time. Can we get over this Together right this guilt thing. It's gotTa stop. 'cause we're we're killing ourselves. I am killing myself by running myself into the ground as a workaholic body and breath. The key things that we can do is to move our body every day and I'm going to say this and I hope that you hear it and this is something I do. Trust Movement is movement is movement. This isn't about Calorie Burn. This isn't about the yoga but right. This isn't about having the six pack apps. This is about getting blood flow through your body to all aspects of your body to every cell when we move our body every day and I last week. I shared the resources. That spinal six. Let me know if any of you tried it moving our spine throwing your arms around dancing putting on a song and just dancing while your cleaning while you're making your bed move your body. Enjoy every aspect of movement walking and stretching and dancing and lifting. What ever you can do. This is how we have that psychological vigor or that mental fitness. Get over the fitness industry. I've been involved in the fitness industry for forty years. And we have been duped to believe that we have to train an hour a day. It's just not true. Research shows the Mayo Clinic. Harvard Medical School fifteen minutes of vigorous exercise and vigorous exercise can include vacuuming F Y. Fifteen minutes of vigorous exercise is enough now. Is that enough every day? No we want to challenge ourselves right. We gotta push the four percent and do a harder exercise routine but to not feel guilty anymore about not being at Yoga every day or in the spin class every day at the gym everyday or whatever it is fifteen minutes to get the blood flow going my friend Chris Conway of your health solutions. Brilliant Guy who knows so much about the natural solutions for Health. He says the most important thing for our full health is blood flow. Getting the blood flowing. Okay so next. I'm going to say move. Your body breath find time every day to dedicate to balanced breathing. Because what you're doing is training and teaching your diaphragm which is a muscle to breathe deeply. So right here as I'm talking everybody start to balance your breath once again. Most of our chest breeders. What happens when we're chess? Breeders is we don't exhale fully when we don't exhale fully the muscle that is responsible mostly responsible for our breathing mechanism the diaphragm atrophies. When I learned this I was like Holy Shit. Oh my God I never thought of that when your diaphragm atrophies guess what happens. It's not as strong when your muscle isn't as strong. It's not going to time and time again do what it needs to do. In the most optimal way it's like when your abs your core gets week right. Your posture goes off when your diaphragm goes week. You're breathing becomes less strong. And last less Habituated to deep breathing so movement and breath. You know this. You're intelligent people. I know this. I'm an intelligent woman but I lose the trust in simple techniques body breath okay next to silence and stillness taking own even as few as two minutes of stillness will help to shift you from a stress response to a more optimal coherent state. And when I talk about coherence it's the balanced state of clear and calm. It is psychological vigor. It is mental fitness so Finland did a study Finland Finland the country right because they're so much more mentally well than we are in the US and they did a study that showed just taking two minutes of stillness and silence has a profound effect on our nervous system. It shifts our state. So what can you do after the meeting? What can you do before you walk into your house coming home from work? How about before you eat your lunch or before your next meeting or whenever before the kids get off the bus five minutes two minutes ten minutes in silence and better yet in stillness as well you can call it meditation. You can call it. Mindfulness you can call a deep breathing. You can call it just a frigging break right like. An said I feel guilty just even taking a break. It's called active recovery and it helps us to turn that wheel of suffering so that we start to live in the opposite burn out in psychological vigor. I'm learning to my friends. I'm doing this with you again. If you WanNa annute tell me just Just tell us or just say. Hey Kara how about it? Let me talk because I wanNA hear from you. We want to hear from you otherwise. It's just me talking yapping. We have movement we have breath. We Have Stillness Silence Aka Meditation. If you actively start noticing your mental patterns in your physical patterns you can call that meditation next up. Is your body. You're by on your internal environment now. We were going to go in heavy into the gut brain connection today. Like I said two minutes before we went live Dr Shawn Talbot. Who was going to be on an I cross paths. Our calendars crossed right. It happens and he's GonNa Join US next week for sure but I want to tell you a little bit about the my gut brain access my relationship and how it has been one of the gateways for me to recognize my burnout so eight months ago. Seven months ago I was driving cross country with my husband. Brian we were outside of Zion National Park and I got a call from a friend who asked me to that company that is focused on mental wellness and the gut brain access and I vetted I vetted it so much that I ended up at headquarters with the with the CEO and Dr Shawn and the Senior Management Team. And I quickly got very very curious because they were talking about the direct correlation between our microbial or our gut health and the the bacterial environment that we are. I don't want to say that that lives in us. Because we are the micro we are a microbiome and our mental wellness and how by adjusting or balancing or improving our gut health. It can help us to feel better mentally and so I got intrigued and I started taking their products their mental wellness products and within a month. I started to feel much better. I started in fact I. It really became the beginning of this part of my journey because I realized holy crap. I've been living in brain fog. You don't know that you're in brain fog until you're out of brain fog. Does that make sense? I didn't realize the stress I was living in until I was out of it so I needed to jump. I needed something to kind of jump. Start me out of this trajectory of chronic stress. So I was starting to balance or with what's called modulate Mike Gut microbiome Gut microbiome and this was starting to improve the accessed. The connection between my gut and my brain and so the transmitters. The Neuro Chemistry of my body was changing. It lifted my brain fog. My focus got better and again. I thought my focus was pretty good. I've been meditating for years decades all of a sudden I'm thinking Holy Crap I've been pretty distracted and then after about five weeks I started to notice. An this is the honest truth this is. This is absolutely my experience one hundred percent. I started singing like for no reason. I started to notice that I was happier. And the way I can destroy describe. It is that it felt as if somebody went into my dining room and turned up. The dimmer sweats switch like just brighten to me. And then after that I started to feel less anxious. I felt more resilient and why a while I've been learning about stress resiliency for years. I don't think I ever knew what it meant. I in fact to now I know it. I didn't know what it meant stress. Resiliency doesn't mean that you're never going to have Inconveniences it. It doesn't mean that the Shit's not gonna hit the fan because it's does it does and it will but what I realized is that I wasn't being thrown off quite as far. You know when I had an email from an employee that triggered me or Something happened with my kids or just a an inconvenience in the world or in the traffic or something like that so all these things started to happen and that is when I was able to see the stress that I'd been living in so I talk about the cycle. The the frog in the boiling water. Right the parable of when you throw a frog in a pot of boiling water it will jump out when you boil when you put the frog in the water and you let it simmer slowly. It just dies so I was noticing now being out of the pot that I had been slowly simmering in chronic stress. So what I want to end with today is and what we will pick up with Next Wednesday is that we have the opportunity to modulate our gut microbiome what we're learning now in science in new science so this is new stuff. You haven't missed the boat. This is what I thought. Oh my God I missed the boat. No we are just learning this now in the last five years it through science people have known this for a while. Is that through food? Proper food nutrition and Mike Diet has changed a lot in the last six months to include a lot of whole food to include fermented food to include food that is anti inflammatory food that helps the to flourish to help the good bacteria flourish in my body. Food can only take us most of the way I'm going to say and then what I of experienced is through that through supplements through this company called Amari. I'm just going to say it because I am passionate about it. And if you're interested just put it in the chat and I will send you more info that we can bring us all the way. We go all the way to feel the psychological vigor the opposite of burnout we can feel more have more mental energy and we can feel more emotional stability and we can have more mental acuity and clarity. So what Amari has done. Is it's formulated. Align very simple line of products that includes bacteria right the good probiotics to help us improve our mental functioning. So for me guys. This has been the gateway and I'm not shy to talk about it. Is it the reason why I've done this? Webinar series absolutely not would I like you try as well absolutely. Yes because I am passionate about it and I know what it's done for me so I'm just ending this this today's episode right. Today's series to say you know what if if anything I've said today has has connected with you. If anything has made you nod your head like yeah sister I feel I hear it. I feel IT I. I've been there right there with you in the stress in the hesitation in the suffering in silence than I would say. Just say yes in the chapter and let's have a conversation because what I'm learning now is blowing my mind and changing my life and what I know now. Is that my decades of teaching. Yoga has not been for nothing because I believe in the practice of Yoga and in fact I am back on my Matt. Meditation absolutely beneficial thousand percent nature being in nature having good sleep hygiene which will talk about next week and this idea of modulating or balancing our gut microbiome because it has a profound effect on our psychological vigor in mental fitness. I believe in all of it and no amount of yoga as I've learned is GonNa get you all the way and no amount of spinning or no amount of meditation is going to get you all the way. Food Number One. The best high quality food is going to be the most impactful as I'm learning now finally and then supplementation is going to give you the boost. It's like a rocket fuel to kind of catapult you out of the brain fog and out of the distress or exhaustion or feeling of just you know with not having the enough energy to do what you want to do. So there it is for this week. I thought this was going to go completely different. I thought we're going to have Dr Shawn. He is going to be on absolutely next week. So if you're intrigued. He's the expert and he is leading the way in the world when it comes to understanding how are nutrients and our micronutrients can help us be mentally. Well can help us experiences psychological vigor. So please stay on if you have questions. I see that we're putting on some links on the In the chat bar so check it out and Kathy Greeley says I received my Amari products and she is starting soon following her cleanse excellent. Well I can't wait to hear your your experience on these products as well We are here to do this together. I'm not holding back anymore. Guys behind some veil of business owner. I'm not holding back behind. Some trying to appease experts definitely not holding back worried that the critics are going to judge me. Because I don't care you like it you don't like it you judge it. You don't judge it. It doesn't matter to me anymore. I am on my way and I hope that you will join me Because you know what as my friend Melissa said and these are her words and she is a delightful woman who has experienced the same thing that I've experienced as we are on this path of gut health. She said you know Keira. How do you explain amazing when you're not in it and I had to think about that? How does one explain? What amazing feels like? When you're not experiencing it yourself you got it just do it and so I want you to feel it as well and you've been here for a reason you jumped on this this this Webinar for a reason. So let's do this together. Send me your questions semi or comments. Send me what you WanNa hear about next week and I am just delighted delighted and honestly I feel set free to thank you for giving me the platform to just set myself free. I can't wait to see you next week. Come with questions. Same time same channel. Let's do this. Let's even bring it even harder next week. Take care guys going to stay on for a few minutes. If you want to shot and let's let's let's play one more time. Take care so I am on this southern tour and I'm going to close with this Brian. I are on four to five week tour. We actually don't know driving down the coast where we've made it to Florida. We're still in somewhat northern Florida and we have met people along the way friends old friends new friends friends that were working with partnering in this Amari Business Friends that I know from different parts of my life and we are having a blast and I am learning so much so I look forward to continuing to share with you. You'll can continue to reach out to me Cara badly. Kara at care. Bradley Dot Net. You can throw stuff in the shot all even on for a while and I'll also send you some more resources In the next twenty. Four hours I love you for joining me. I really do and I hope that. We stay connected. 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151: (3) Be Mentally Fit In A Fast-Moving World
"In another way to think about it you somebody's trying to do that. You know that yoga meditation or be mindful and they keep failing they keep failing it might be because if their microbiome is often sending the wrong signals or sending the wrong signals to your stress. Response System Your adrenal axis. That's basically throwing a monkey wrench into all the goodness that you're doing so you do that practice and you get a certain level of benefit but then you break it because you haven't controlled the sort of underlying biochemistry and then you have to try again and breaks and try again in a break so if you could get all that imbalance you could get a benefit and then build on that benefit and then build on that benefits that you're not always starting from square one. Welcome to on the eye care. Bradley bringing you glass of no hype advice. Essential Practices and strategies to help you wake up show up and shine this week. I bring you part three of a three part Webinar. Iran called how to be mentally fit in fast-moving world. Today we are joined by Dr Shawn. Talbot Dr Shawn is a stress expert. He's also a psycho nutritionist. And he's going to talk to us about the gut brain connection stress and the microbiome. Definitely WanNa tune into this one. Thanks for joining us. Righty almost there. We are almost ready. People are jumping on good to see you all at least your names that his feel free to jump on video. If you're daring today and WanNa WanNa look straight at me. I can see you through the screen as well but you don't have to. I totally get it and we are going to get started here. It is one o'clock and I like to be on time one of the things that we always do at verge. Yoga for is start our classes on time. Because here's the deal. You all showed up on time thank you. I am coming you today from Sunny Florida Pompano beach on vacation with my family and my mom and we are here hanging on the beach today. Spin Really Windy. And we're super excited to be able to just sit in the sun for the rest of the day so here we are part three of how to be mentally fit in a fast moving world. I came up with this title for this Webinar because I felt like first of all fitness. We all know what fitnesses right. We all can relate to being physically fit but when it comes to our mental wellbeing most of the time people are talking about mental health mental illness. And I like to put the positive spin on life and so I like to think of it as mental fitness or mental wellness so how to be mentally fit in a fast moving world. Here's the thing we all know. The world is not going to slow down for us. The world is not going to get less busy. So how do we navigate in the world feeling mentally fit or what we've been talking about in the last couple of weeks as having this idea or this notion of being having the psychological vigor and we're gonna be joined later on by with Dr Shawn Talbot? I'll tell you a little bit more about him in a bit but let me tell you. WanNa hang on for this call. Dr Shawn is just a first of all. He is a ball of energy and he has so much experience in all the things that we've been talking about for the past two weeks when it comes to stress and Cortisol and adrenal fatigue and burn out and psychological vigor. And how do we apply some best practices and strategies? Not just the stuff that you read about on the news feed right. That's that's really what I want to get under here. We don't want to just talk about the fluff. We want to talk about. Actually what can we do on a day to day basis? Most of? It's free to help us to really find our ground in this fast moving world so for the last couple of weeks. I've been sharing a lot. It's been kind of a little hard to be so fond rable to tell you the truth but I had to do. I had to tell you all that I had been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and I could say it now. One of the reasons why I put this Webinar series on now is because I sold my business. I couldn't really come out of the closet so to speak and talk about my stress in this adrenal fatigue. And this these chronic symptoms I had been experiencing as a yoga studio owner right now. It wasn't just owning the yoga business. That made me stress because honestly it was not a super stressful business but it was everything else it was life it was being a mother and being a wife and being speaker and being an author and just living in the world. That was just accumulating so now that I can speak clearly and freely about it now I feel like I can not just come at people as a teacher but I can actually use myself as an example and. That's what I really am willing to do here. So what I want to start with today. Is this idea of being aware? It's the understanding that when we can name something and see it. It is the first step to changing it when we can actually admit to ourselves. What's going on in our lives what we're feeling what we're thinking then. It is the first big step to making change so i WanNa talk a little bit about awareness because I think that it will be a lot of ways. Pull this all together that we've been talking about for the last couple of weeks so awareness we talk about. And you've probably tried mindfulness or meditation. Mindfulness or meditation is the capacity to be aware moment to moment on purpose. So can we be aware of what's happening right now? So wherever you are just notice for a moment what's happening in my surroundings. What's happening in my body when my hearing? What am I seeing my tasting or smelling right so when we can become away are. This is very obvious. Way Can become more intelligent or more informed as to what's happening now aware news has many different layers and many different levels. Most people talk about mental awareness when we talk about stress. And we bring in mindfulness. And you hear get on up you. Try Mindfulness every day. We talked about this in the last couple of episodes here said finding stillness having some silent helps us to be more aware so the first level of awareness that I want to talk about is just mental awareness. Being aware of the thoughts that you're thinking all day long and when we start to become aware of our thoughts like that was a judgment. Oh I'm wondering what they're thinking about me little kind of being a little self I don't know self absorbed or conscious self conscious. I hope maybe I'm saying the wrong thing. Little doubt in my mind when we can start to notice our thoughts we become more mentally aware of our habitual patterns right. This is really important. Because we have patterns upon patterns upon patterns in our lives you can call them conditions. You can call them habits. But we accumulate them like we accumulate stuff. We accumulate these patterns based on life. Experience on what happened. Didn't happen how we were raised or weren't raised. What we had our didn't have and so when we become more aware we can become more intelligent about our patterns and as I said before once we become aware it's the first step to making change in our lives the second level of awareness if we think about starting up the mind kind of just dropping down a bit is emotional awareness or emotional intelligence and I know some of you on the call have are versed in emotional intelligence. My daughter's is study. She's a researcher of emotional intelligence. And that's really about just becoming aware of what we're feeling in this moment and when we become more subtly aware of emotions we can become much more intelligent about how we react in the world or in a relationship for example instead of just saying I'm angry and I'm pissed off and I can't believe this is happening to me again. When you become more emotionally intelligent or aware you can become more subtle in your description of your feeling so instead of being pissed off you may actually be able to say you know what. I'm just really disappointed or this. This is bringing up some sadness for me. It reminds me of when this happened when I was a child. So that's our emotional awareness dropping down even more. We can become aware of your senses sensory awareness. I often call this living in high definition. When what you see is clear what you hear is more. Crisp. What you're tasting is feels more vivid. What you're smelling is more pronounced or what your feeling on your skin in your body is is more vibrant like the goosebumps or the warmth of the heat or the coolness so our sensory awareness is also part of this equation. Now going to take US outside our body for a moment and we've got a couple of other types of awareness. We have Proprio susceptive awareness and that is our understanding or awareness of our body in space so for example when I was younger I was a Klutz right they call these Kami Caroline because I was my birth name. Carolyn the KLUTZ. I always had scabs on my knees and my elbows always bumping into stuff. I was always spilling stuff at the dinner table. I wasn't really aware of my body in space as yoga teacher. For many years I have helped people increase their pro pope. Proprio susceptive awareness their ability to feel their body in space. Okay stay with me here. We're moving out now. There's Inter Inter personal awareness and that is our capacity to understand and be aware of what's happening when you're talking to somebody when you're engaging with them maybe it's also with an animal or with a plant we can increase our interpersonal awareness. Alright so we've got a bunch of levels of awareness here. I'm GONNA drop down now. Now we're GONNA get into kind of the point of this. All we can drop down into something called in a receptive awareness in our septic. Awareness is our capacity to feel what we're feeling deep inside our body for instance when you are getting ready to do a presentation just like I was just getting ready to come on life with you and I feel a little bit of jittery in my belly right. A little bit of those butterflies. That's in our sensitive awareness. I'm noticing ships in my body based on what's happening in the moment or you may feel your heart starts to race when you're going on a blind date perhaps or are you feel your breath getting shallow when your boss calls you into her office right so all of these intercepted awareness notifications if you will allow us to be able to read our body right so this has been the area that I have been really interested in for my entire career. How can we get and become more aware moment to moment? Not just of thoughts or emotions or sense sensations or my body and space or how. I am feeling in a relationship. But how can we become more aware of this intelligence? That is always speaking to us through our deep deep bodily sensations so this has been my real inquiry and my area of Not only study but but how. I like to teach people from the level of the nervous. How can we become more intelligent about what's happening at the level of our nervous system? Are we stressed at this moment? Are we relaxed at this moment? And then all of the degrees in between that what. I recently learned after all these years of studying meditation. Yoga deep deep mental practices and breath practices. And all this stuff that was going to help me and others become more aware at the intercept of awareness at a level. What I have recently learned is that there isn't a whole nother area of of discussion if you will that our body in a way that our body is communicating to us and it's below the level of the nervous system and actually there's a whole nother nervous system that I'm going to ask Sean to talk about in a moment. Called are enteric nervous system so a few months ago actually. It was about six or seven months ago. My husband and I Brian and I were driving cross country and we were inflow and Sean. I'll talk about flow as well but we were inflow. We were traveling through UTAH. We didn't have much of a plan. I think. In the seven weeks of our travel. We had three dates on the calendar. So we knew we had to be in certain places on three dates the rest we were just kind of going with it. Well a friend of mine called. She asked me to look at. She wanted me to take a look at a website about a mental wellness. Company called Amari and being a mental performance coach in a mental strength coach for athletes and executives for a long time. She thought I'd have some insight into this company and as soon as I took a look at it and learned about the air real their focus on mental wellness and gut brain health. I was intrigued. Well a few days later we ended up in California with absolutely no plan to do that before this phone call. We ended up in California Brian. I drove out and we listened to this book called the mind. Gut The gut mind connection by Dr Amarin Mayor. We listened to what we wanted to become a little more of versed in the people that we were about to meet. We weren't going out to me all of the senior executives and the CEO of Amari. We're driving out there saying we have no idea what we are doing. Well we show up at this dinner and I take a seat. They're twelve of of the table. And I sit right next to Dr Shawn Talbot. And I didn't know Sean I didn't know really what he did. And we started talking and honestly we haven't stopped it was immediate love affair. I'm saying that Sean as you come along because we have so many common interests in optimal performance in how to perform at our highest level in our from our from our physical perspective and our mind perspective. So I wanted to give you that little drum roll because Dr Shawn is on with us right now and. I'm just so grateful that you're here. Sean. I just want to say I'M GONNA say a couple of things about Sean and we're GONNA put Shawn's full bio in the chat bar because it take half of this Webinar to go through it. All but sean is a psycho nutritionist. Which is a relatively new term which is so exciting. I think of Sean as a just a an incredible wealth of knowledge when it comes to stress and optimal performance which has really been my focus for the last few years. He's also the chief science officer for Amari global so Sean. Thank you so much for joining us. We're super excited to have you my pleasure car. Thanks for having me on. We have been talking for the last couple of weeks. Sean about stress. And I'm GonNa tell you that I have recently come out of the closet to reveal that last year. I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue too and that was January. It was about six months before I really dove into gut brain health and really it was my shift in starting to modulate microbiome in starting to take care of my own gut that was the gateway that helped me to realize what all of the symptoms that. I had been feeling so. I'd love for you if you could because I've listened to a bunch of your stuff just recently if you tell us a little bit about some of the different levels of stress. Such as chronic stress adrenal fatigue autoimmune. And you're you're Kinda run of the mill stress that that most people experience. Yeah yeah sure so D- The the field has changed a lot in the last twenty years. I've been doing this kind of work for about twenty years. That's where my first book about stress and Cortisol came out sort of came out in two thousand two so you know I wrote it in kind of two thousand two thousand one and back then you know we. We knew there was a lot of stress in the world. We knew there was a difference between acute stress which humans actually do pretty okay with a stress that comes and stays there for a little while he goes away and then comes again and then goes away but we don't do very well with chronic stress. And so we knew the difference between you know sort of you. Stress good stress and bad stress. Chronic stress cause chronic stress Gets gets you into the state of chronic sort of medium cortisol exposure and that can be really really detrimental it. It's bad for your brain. It's bad for your belly fat. It's bad for your immune system. It's bad for your muscles. It's bad it's bad for. It's bad for everything right. It destroys your mood etcetera etcetera and so back in those days you know we could show a very clear link between okay. Here's stress and that stress can lead to anxiety and that anxiety can lead to depression and depression lead to burn out which burnout is kind of analogous to adrenal fatigue and adrenal insufficiency. And things like that but then twenty years ago we would. We would say okay. You know we can see these. We can see changes happening. Let's focus on the adrenals And then that was. That was the most logical approach. You know a lot of people got better. We could get the adrenal sort of come back to life and produce cortisol when they needed to and not produce it chronically over time so you can reduce your overall cortisol exposure and people better fatigue levels went away. Brain fog went away. Muscle mass came back belly. Fat went down like all the things you would expect but I would say like back then looking back at it now we were only getting may be fifty percent. Know of the of the efficacy that we can get today. Maybe maybe sixty maybe seventy percent of the of the effectiveness we can get today. And that's because today we can look at a completely different level of what actually modulate the stress response in the body. And it's the gut you know. So the God I think a Lotta people would not have any idea that it has any bearing whatsoever on your stress levels or your your ability to be resilient or your mood or your energy levels or your how your brain in your head functions or any of that kind of stuff but back then we couldn't we couldn't measure a lot of things we can measure now. So that's the one thing I love about. Science is that it's always always progressing and we always have to sort of be a student of you know what the what the next big thing is. The the big thing now is you. You mentioned just a few minutes ago whether we call it this mind gut connection or the way I refer to it as the gut brain axis. It's it's it's absolutely huge. It's the it's I don't think it's an overstatement to say what's happening in the gut and specific what's happening in the gut bacteria microbiome. It's it's fundamentally changing how we think about human health human performance. You know achieving your best self all that. Kinda stuff is really stemming from what we're learning about the GUT so so I'm curious if I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue to twenty years ago. What would the protocol? Well twenty years ago. It would be things like getting better. Sleep are reducing your stress load. You know the things that are sort of coming in Trying to increase your level of stress resilience right so if you can't reduce the input can you can you? Can you amplify your ability to deal with that? And you know those are still those are still viable techniques. Now right we still recommend those kinds of things now but now we can also go to the level of the gut and say you know what there are bacteria in your gut that will send signals to your brain to tell you how stressed out you are or not that will send signals to your adrenal glands to change their sensitivity that will that will send signals to your pancreas to change how we control blood sugar levels and all of that is related back to your ability to be stressed resilient or not stretch stress resilience. So it's sort of like having another tool in the toolbox. Were still trying to manage this whole stress response system. But now it's like we discovered this whole new organ. That has a lot of input. On how resilient or not we're going to be in the first place. Yeah and that was the big light bulb for me so I kind of wear two hats right. This is my personal story but also professionally. I've spent the last couple of decades teaching practices physical mental practices to help people become more stress. Resilient manage stress become more aware and then so it was like the first two weeks that I learned about the gut brain connection it was it was like Oh my God. Pandora's box opened up and I realize I've been trying to help. People become more mindful or more physically aware and there could be literally could be just obstacles in the way of them ever actually feeling that kind of psychological vigor that you talk about because of the despite osas or imbalanced in the Gut. Right right exactly. And that's that's a great way to describe it. What you just what you know what you just said. Because you know it's not like you know people hear me talk about the biochemistry of stress or the or the the biochemistry of what's happening the microbiome. I think people are are are expecting me to say like. Hey forget about that. Mindfulness stuff forget about the stress management. Forget about all the things that we've been doing with with Yoga and with gratitude and all that kind of stuff I say no no. No those are still important. What I'm talking about. Is that if you can get this biochemistry right those techniques. Those practices are actually going to become more effective. They're gonNA gain more traction. And so that's why I think that what we're learning scientifically about this microbiome about the gut. Brain axis is is is really just going to help some of those like proven techniques become more proven and more effective and more more sort of doable for the average person. You know they'll yield more benefits. Let's put it that way that and that's what's so exciting for me as a teacher of all this is that. I can actually help. People become more proficient at using these practices instead of feeling like a failure all the time because most people feel like a failure. I can't meditate. I can't do this. I can't do that right right exactly exactly and if you can if you can you know another way to think about it. Is that you. Somebody's trying to do that. That that yoga meditation or be mindful and they keep failure and they keep failing it might be because if their microbiome is often sending the wrong signals or sending the wrong signals to your stress. Response System Your Adrenal. Your you know your whole hp access that's basically throwing a monkey wrench into all the goodness that you're doing so you you know you do that practice and you get a certain level of benefit but then you break it because you haven't controlled the sort of underlying biochemistry and then you have to try again and breaks and try again in a break so if you could get all that in balance you could get a benefit and then build on that benefit and then build on that benefit so you're not always starting from square one now that that's a great way of putting it so I'd like to bring in my story back in because I've been using myself as an example in these last couple of weeks so I had been as. I said diagnosed with adrenal fatigue to took some supplements in January February march. Maybe I felt a little better. I wasn't really that committed to be honest with you then in July. Start on these Amari amaury products which are focused on mental wellness. And within the first week I felt this brain fog lift now. I didn't even know that I had brain fog right. That's a very common very common a way for people to say. I didn't even know I had these problems until they went away right. So so the brain fog lifts my mood ing. Get so much better. I find myself humming and singing and I'm like what is going on right. I have more energy. I'm sleeping better. And this is all within a few weeks of starting on the fundamentals and so now. I'm able to be more aware which is what I was talking about in the beginning of of our call today now. My awareness is heightened. Now I'm like. Oh Oh my gosh. I had adrenal fatigue. Oh my gosh. I've been so stressed but I couldn't tell because the stress is like an invisible gas or actually just A. It's like a shield. It wasn't allowing me to actually get to it because I was just so confused mentally. Right right exact- you just use the word. I don't know if you did it on purpose or just came out of your mouth. You said mental awareness. That's precisely what we're doing here. You know so you know whenever we talk about mental wellness right at all the things that we're talking about here your energy and focus and resilience and all that kind of stuff. They all fall under the under the umbrella. What I refer to mental wellness a lot of times though when I say mental wellness people kind of here in their heads mental illness. They think that all we're talking about his depression and anxiety and that kind of stuff and the kinds of principles were talking about can absolutely help those kinds of people but a Lotta Times. It's people who are these higher performers higher achievers that have been going going going and they leave that awareness. They lose that ability to sense. What's going on in their body? So they get a little bit of brain fog and they push through fatigue they push through. They're not getting good sleep and they pushed through the gets. What what's that that was me. Yeah Yeah and you get to a point where he just like well. Yeah I'm just I'M A. I'm a hard charger. And I'm just GONNA keep driving through and you just you get used to you. Get accustomed to that feeling of just being. Kinda you know not at Your Best. What you're gonNA push through and you're going to rise above and if you can if you can. You can get that you know mental fitness back that mental awareness back. The brain fog lifts your fatigue comes back. You're more zillions. You're more calm when you need to be and you I mean you literally people say it all the time exactly what you just said they go. Oh my gosh. I didn't even know I had a thing in. So that thing was alleviated and now you know now. I'm back to one hundred percent where you know you're doing pretty darn good at eighty percents. Because you know you're you're that high achiever you're eighty percent is better than a lot of people's one hundred percent but now that you're back to one hundred percent you know you're off to the races ago so right and what was really amazing for me. And what I'd like you to talk about as well is how do we modulate or boundary balance microbiome? But was what was so amazing for me. It's like a layer. That's been this unlaod ring. Where as I continue to become clearer and calmer and sharper and more energized. I start. I've been making these major shifts in my life that I haven't done in decades just as just as far as food choice and the way. I'm moving my body my sleep hygiene the way. I spent time in nature. It's like this cascading effect as I think I talked about in our first episode here was like it's like a domino effect. Yes yeah yeah. That's exactly what it is like. That's that's one thing that we see all the time. We even see it in our research trials. You don't want we're actually measuring psychological mood. Stephen People will see their whole their whole future of goals change because they're they're getting better and better and better and better like things that things that they start to want to achieve at you know. Twelve weeks out are things that at week zero. They wouldn't even have contemplated because it wasn't it wasn't even in their universe of possibilities but when you see them getting a little bit better better week by week by week that's I mean it that that cascading effect or domino effect or ripple effect. Whatever you WANNA call it it just I mean it's it's it's it's really really cool to see but we see it all the time and it comes from. It's not like not like this microbiome. Is the new secret sauce. It's just the latest layer. That science is uncovered. You know so like you know a lot of times. I'm trying to explain to people that. Yeah you know. If you're not sort of firing on all cylinders it very well might be your neurotransmitters in your head. And there's things we can do for that but you know what there's things underlying that that can once we balance that we need to look at your inflammation then we need to look at your immune system. Then we need to look at your got integrity. Then we need to look at your microbiome and somewhere in there is the core dissolves and the endocrine balance of your hormones. And things like that. But it's this idea of this sort of step wise progression and if you get all of that balanced simultaneously through natural means which is eating ride in supplementing ride in sleeping and once you get that whole cascade balance I mean it's it's it's almost a magical effect for people to experience but it's very very science based because we're doing it in a very sort of like almost therapeutic fashion these days. Yeah that's that's great and so what we've been talking about on this on this. Webinar called how to be mentally fit in a fast moving world. We talked about movement. Obviously blood flow. We've talked about brain training and silence and stillness and taking time to pause. We've also talked about sleeper. We're GONNA talk a little bit more about sleep later. Play making sure there's enough play in your life and then being out in nature and then there's that other piece which is why you're here is is the microbiome. Is that other tool like you were saying on the tool belt. So so how does one go about balancing their microbiome? Yeah well you know. First of all people have to realize that you know that most of us have a dysfunctional or despite unbalanced microbiome. You know it's soon as I start talking about gut issues. I'll get people who will say. Oh I don't have any got issues and everybody has got issues. That's what I want people to understand. You don't have to have a stomach ache. You don't have to have digestive issues like gas and bloating and things like that in order to have a problem in your stomach or when I say stomach I mean your entire gastrointestinal tract so you know. Most people need some level of re-balancing in their microbiome. And there's some really easy ways to do it. You know we we. We talked to people. Eating fermented foods yogurts and add Kiefer's and and Kimchi Kombucha is and things like that. We tell people to eat more fiber. That's in fact that's probably the number one number. One thing that people can do for for a healthy microbiomes eat more whole non-processed high fiber brightly colored fruits and vegetables right. And that's that's going to do a lot of things. It's going to give you fiber it's GonNa give you fighter nutrients if you're eating that you're not eating chips and cupcakes and things like that so you're not eating a lot of sugar and a lot of processed foods So those are things that we can do. Sort of generally to give you a healthy microbiome. That's telling people you know. Get eight hours asleep or you know. Be More physically accurate rare very general recommendations but then with actually learned in the in the last probably five years we've learned what specific bacteria that we can supplement with. We've discovered specific probiotic bacteria that can have a mood boosting effect or or a calming effect or an anti-stress effect. So we can actually very precisely say. Look we're going to give you these to help with your stress resilience or whatever. The case may be then we can. Then we can once we give those we can give you specific fibers that feed each one of those strains of bacteria so you know these are kinds of things. We couldn't do five years ago. All we could do is say. Eat Your Yogurt and get more fiber in your diet. Things like that but now you can get a little bit more precise so an in those Those bacteria we can't get that I mean. Can we get that in our food now? Not near not these specific strains and and that's the that's that's the that's the thing that makes it challenging as we could. We could add them. I guess to a yogurt we could add them to you. Know of a functional food But it's but a lot of times it's better to just supplement with their right because we can put a cap so we can put them in a powder you can put that powder into a smoothie and you can get that very very targeted sort of an effect and that's it you know. I don't WanNa get too much into the weeds here but The idea of of the idea that we refer to as called strain specificity that certain strains of bacteria will do certain benefits You know back back. As as little as ten years ago we would. Just tell people get more lactobacillus. Get more bifida bacterium. It was still just very very general like me saying that is like me saying. Make sure you get your vitamins. You know it's the it's the same sort of thing but you know what does that mean that doesn't give anybody the you know the precision the detailed go out there and say all. I need this particular one for that particular benefit. Where at that point now where we can say this? This bacteria is for your immune system that bacteria is for your depression. Ri- were able to go to the you know the to that level now and the and and they have to be supplemented. And if you get the micro let me let me. Just say this if you get the right. Microbiomes structure the right level of good bacteria and the right level of bacteria. It's like having an internal pharmacy you know. So it's not like we're taking these bacteria as natural pharmaceuticals. It's not really that. It's taking them so that we can change the structure in the metabolism of your onboard software. So to speak so that it can start producing the compounds that you need when you need them. So most of our Serotonin the neurotransmitter that helps us be happy. That comes from our microbiomes somewhere. Around Ninety. Ninety five percent of our Serotonin is made by our microbiome. Most of our dopamine around seventy percent the neurotransmitter that helps us with with motivation. Comes FROM OUR MICROBIOMES? So if we want to have the best natural production of those performance neurotransmitters we need to have the right microbiome. We can we can. We can very precisely modulated so that it's producing what we want when we want it. Thank you I. It's it's it continues to blow my mind every time I hear it and for me the big paradigm shift was when I really started to experience this myself. I realized Oh my gosh. There is no amount of yoga that I can do. That's going to have this effect on my overall wellbeing. There's no amount of meditation and both again professionally. And personally I'm thinking you know I can hone my skills as a teacher and performance coach but it is not going to ever get somebody over the hump like it over the Hump if they are experiencing you know the the the despite hostess or the imbalances in the system and that for me was enough of a motivator to to really get me just you know it was like rocket. Fuel Sean. It was just like I have to know everything about this personally and professionally because as a as teacher of practices. Sometimes I feel like I'm spinning my wheels like as anybody listening am I. I can't get through. What is going on and I was experiencing this myself at the same time. So it's so exciting so just if you can before before close. Can you tell us a little bit about what you're doing with? Amari and how Amari is really just leading the way of this mental wellness revolution. Yes Oh so-so Amar is the first company that's ever decided to just focus on these mental wellness issues right so whether it's depression anxiety or it's just people feeling sorta Blah and kind of fatigue in the day and kind of tencent irritable at night and just not great or it's people like what you like what you describe what we would call the high end of the mental wellness continuum that are high achievers. Hard chargers and then become burned out. Develop that adrenal fatigue. Whatever level of mental wellness? She wanted to achieve. We Wanna be able to focus on that and so our whole company. Amara is focused one hundred percent on mental wellness. So sometimes we're doing things in the brain the brain in your head sometimes. We're doing things in the brain in your gut. Your Second Brent. Sometimes we're we're modulating signals. That are coming out of your third brain which is what we call the heart. Sometimes we're modulating your immune system activity would because that's one of the major ways that you're three brains talk to each other and communicate so everything that we do every single one of these supplements that we've developed at every single one of these functional foods comes back to improving how we feel and how we perform by improving mental fitness or mental wellness or mental awareness. Or whatever slice of that puzzle. We want people to feel their best because they can feel their best. They're gonNA make better choices in their lifestyle. They're gonNA choose better diets. They're going to have more energy to be physically active. They're going to have lower stress levels so they can get good quality sleep like that. That's the ripple effect that I talked about earlier and it all starts with people feeling better. So you know. We're improving all aspects of health and performance by helping people feel better. I well thank you and thank you for all the work that you've done on stress and on the opposite of burnouts this psychological vigour which we talked about last week by the way so everybody listening has heard about the psychological vigor and yeah I mean I am so excited you know it. It's it's obsolete changed. My life is really having an understanding that even the food that I put in my body is feeding the bacteria in my body as opposed to just looking at food very differently these days thinking about the bacteria that it's feeding or not feeding. Yeah a lot of the foods that were considered to be healthy for us is actually healthy for us because it's healthy for the bacteria and if we grow the right bacteria they'll produce the right signaling compounds that help us feel and perform the way that we wanna feel. So it's sort of an indirect effect. It's good for us because it's good for them. Awesome awesome well. Do you have just a couple of minutes for questions. I think a couple of people would like to to jump onto Brian. You can commute them or if maybe they're just in the chat for. Let's see what we have anybody. Anybody there Well let's let's just give them a there we go. Okay Julie's on your tablet how are you? Hey I'm great. How are you doing great question for you and you might be to a specific a question for this group setting but I've been taking Amari but the kids version Danieli Perry and I wondered if you find that an effective approach or do you think kids should do. Kids and adults do adults. No I think they can actually use pretty interchangeably in fact for the first year that we had the adult fundamentals out we had we had thousands and thousands of parents around the country. That were giving you know that to their kids at just a half dose. So that's one of the reasons that we came out with the with the kids product to try to make it easier and flavored and you know sort of an all in one instead of three products and things like that so I think that you know kids can use the adults. Especially if they're bigger kids you know and know they're over one hundred pounds and stuff like that but also a lot of adults that just take the kids fundamentals and the kids by the Gbi acts and the kids mood because they're they taste good. They're convenient. They're they're easy they you know. Some people don't like pills and all the kids products are either powders or chewables. So yeah I think they can be used interchangeably. I use the kids mood product. Almost every afternoon I take the adult mood product in the morning with my fundamentals and then if I need something else in the afternoon to keep me on task and you know help me get through. Whatever stresses are going on that day I'll just I'll just re opened up into my mouth and you know it works through a different mechanism so I think it's very complimentary so is do you have to double up the powder for kid n- not necessarily and that's that's something you'll have to play with. So let's say you're an adult and you you're interested in using the kid's products for whatever reason just start with using it once once a day once in the morning like as directed and then if you feel like you need more of benefit you could either double dose in the morning or you can take a second dose in the afternoon and that'd be that's going to be a very individualized difference and that's just the powder right. Yep Okay Yeah and maybe I'll reach out to your staff to see what you know. 'cause I'm just doing the pattern and I wonder maybe you know. Maybe like you talked about that specificity. And I'm assuming you guys choose which products to US based on Individual sentiment Symptomology kind of So you know in our in our clinical trials that will do will measure microbiome. And we'll be able to track microbiome changes over time What we're trying to do whether it's kids fundamentals or adult fundamentals. We know what a healthy microbiome pattern looks like a Mike Reid a pattern that's associated with better mental wellness. Right bet lower stress levels better resilience. Better mood better. Focus all that kind of stuff. We know what that pattern of microbiomes structure looks like. So what we're trying to do is push everybody kind of towards that pattern and it's the same for kids. It's the same for adults and so the same strains of bacteria are used in the kids in the adults products the same prebiotics fibers. They're they're they're virtually the same structure of product because we're trying to get everybody to that same structure of microbial that makes sense. Yeah less specific but more you know it's like the Setting hold gun kind of setting is generalized described. You know that you're trying to push the whole thing that away and then maybe from there. Are you fool around with individual needs? That's that's exactly what it is. Once we establish that new healthier pattern for everybody then that then somebody can say okay. I'm at this better pattern and I do feel better but you know maybe I'm only an eighty percent of where I wanna be. Maybe I can use an energy product. Maybe I can use a sleep product. Maybe I can use of a Multivitamin to get me the rest of that way. And that's where the customization and personalization comes in by figuring out what that regimen looks like each person. Okay thank you great. Thank you truly. We have one more question from Lauren. what type of testing are you doing? Blood urine stool. What are the most important biomarkers that you look for? Yeah that's that's a good question because we measure all of that in in our in our studies people people sometimes hear me. You know I'll show data and you know we can show microbiome changes and you know how the lactobacillus goes up. The BIFIDA BACTERIUM GOES UP AND E. Coli go down and all that kind of stuff. And then we'll show our mood state parameters which are when we're measuring like psychology. They're typically validated surveys and questionnaires. And things like that. That people are filling out and then we're measuring in the blood we're measuring inflammatory markers in the urine we might be measuring antioxidant markers in saliva. We might be measuring certain hormones. So excuse me. We're doing all that stuff and people had. Wow your work is really fascinating. And then they'll ask a question like Lauren asks like well. How do you actually measure that? Right wow we take a poop. Sample the measure microbiome. We take a spit sample to measure your cortisol. We take a blood sample in a urine sample. And then they go well. Your work is not as glamorous as I thought it was. You know that doesn't sound like very much fun. But there isn't really a most important marker They're all really important for for their particular parameter that we're looking at but what we're really trying to do with our with our latest work is trying to correlate all those markers together so if we could measure your microbiome we might be able to predict what your mood is going to do and if we know what your mood is we might be able to predict what your stress hormones are so the correlations between all of those. I think are are what are are becoming particularly exciting. Because you know some day we might be able to. Just send in a microbiome sample and from that. We'll be able to tell what everything else is going to do. You know sort of chain of events kind of a thing. We're not quite there yet. That's where we're doing all the work that we're doing but they're all important in their own in their own special way. Well well thank YOU DR. Sean. This is. It's an exciting time to be in the mental wellness space. Because it's all so new and I think about ten years from now we're GONNA look back and it's going to be amazing the roadmap that's been laid out just based on the science the research and and also our own testimonials and what. We're all feeling right right exactly. Yeah Yeah it's it's. It's an exciting time like mental wellness. Used only be about depression anxiety. And now you can see. It's just exploding into all these other areas where people wanNA talk about it and people want to make it better and once you get better you want to help somebody else get better. It's IT'S A. It's a really really cool space. Awesome well fantastical. Thanks for joining us. Dr Shawn we're going to let you go and go on your merry way and everybody else. Just stay on for a few more minutes my pleasure. Thanks you guys actually let me join. You have a nice day. Bye Bye all right. Well a wealth of information. We could have gone on for a lot more time but I do want to close this up for you. All what is really exciting. And honestly what I what I said before about. It was my my finally getting to the point where I had become more balanced In My microbiome. That was the gateway for me to really look back at the stress that I was that I was living in. I was able to look back and realize. Oh my gosh I haven't been sleeping. I've got weight gain around my belly my muscles. I feel weak or than ever like what is going on. I thought it was just turning fifty. Five or fifty four. That did it all did me end. But now I realized that know. I just wasn't aware of everything that was happening. Because there was this static in the gut brain connection. So it's why I'm so passionate and I hope that you you know you can hear that in my voice. I don't WanNa just help people meditate or train their mind or or practice yoga anymore. I actually want to bring them all the way they are. And that includes you know better sleep and being in nature and more play moving your body. Yes definitely you know finding those mental practices but also including this tool that we're stumbling upon now. That will be absolutely what we're talking about for the next ten to twenty years is how do we balance at the microbiome level right? We talked about all those levels of awareness. How do we at the microbiome level so that we can have that domino effect in our mental wellness and our mental fitness? So going I am excited to continue this conversation and I think what's going to happen in about a month so probably in early April by the way April is national stress awareness month. So what will happen in April is? I'm GONNA do a probably a six week course that you can join me on and together. We're going to look at all of these aspects of daily practice and daily balancing from the inside out all these different levels wariness. We're GONNA be talking about him. We're going to be practicing together and so I will have information coming out shortly on that but I don't have it for you now. What I would say is let me know. Couple things right in the chat Iran. If not just me on social media or email me Cara Cara Bradley Dot Net. Just say yes. Put me on the list. Put me on the weightless or I want to learn more about Amari. I WANNA learn more about what you've experienced. Let's do this together. It's so much more fun to to play together in this space then to sit in silence and suffering silence as we've said for for a while. Let's do this together and find a way to become mentally well. And what happens? Then is that you're gonNA WANNA share it with others. You're going to want to tell others about it. Your family your friends. Your kids your parents your coworkers. You're going to want to share what you what you're experiencing just like I've just had. The courage. Were found the courage to finally say listen. I was underwater guys for a while. I didn't realize it but I was pulling myself away from friends and family. I was spending more time alone. I was not sleeping. I was cranky. I was not feeling motivated in my workout. I felt like I this depression. I don't know and it wasn't until I started to balance my nerve my chemistry biochemistry that lifted the brain fog and it allowed me to assess all these different areas and make changes and I feel so much better. I feel so much better that I wanNA share it with you all so a couple of last things to close this up. Dr Shawn has a New Book. Coming out called Whole vicar right like psychological vigor whole vigor discover how to maximize mood motivation and mental wellness. You can find out a lot more about what? Shawn's doing by reaching out to me to sing more information. I'll tell you what I'm doing with Amari. I'll tell you exactly what I'm doing and how it's helping me and then also if you'd like to be on the wait list for this upcoming course at the beginning of April that I'm excited about because I'm going to be doing this one hundred percent of the way with you all. Just let me know that as well I'll send all his stuff out in an email if you've joined in thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life for your encouragement for your just your support in in giving me the confidence to do this because you know anytime you you step behind a mic like this. There's always that little voice in your head but your energy and your enthusiasm has fueled me and for that I say thank you. Thank you and stay. We'll see you soon take care. Hey thanks for tuning in to this Webinar series. I look forward to hearing from you. Find me on facebook. Instagram link. Dinh Diem Me. Let's get a conversation going. You can always reach out care at carrier Bradley Dot Net. I appreciate your engagement. I hope you learned something. I hope you learned something about yourself. And your microbiome during this part series and I look forward to chatting with you say take care.