EPISODE 004: CULTIVATE A PEACEFUL STRENGTH IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS
Imagine moving through your day with a peaceful kind of strength, the kind of strength which motivates others to pay attention.
If you agree that the opposite of aggression is not weakness and would like to find the softness in your own strength then you’ll want to listen to this interview.
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I’ll be honest, I definitely struggle sometimes with trying to focus my energy and although I’m a peaceful person, learning how to cultivate a peaceful strength is something I’m still working on.
Maybe you’re like me and have to avoid eating too many chocolate- covered coffee beans so that you can begin to focus on cultivating a peaceful strength, or perhaps you’re on the other end of the scale and struggle with confidence or self belief — either way, I’m super excited for today’s episode and hope you’ll love it!
My guest today is Katie Cunningham. She’s the founder of Lead Up, a not for profit organisation based out of Antigua in Guatemala which strives to reduce violence in the community by creating peaceful leaders — men and women — by utilising equine assisted therapy and non verbal communication.
In 2012, Katie was awarded a certificate by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her efforts to reduce violence in the training of horses in Guatemala
#1 YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN
The 3 simple steps you’re going to learn today have made a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable teenagers and adults here in Guatemala.
Here's what you're going to learn in todays episode:
A simple 3 step framework that will help you cultivate a peaceful strength starting now
How to shift our focus away from feeling anxious about the present or the past
How to quieten the ego driven overactive mind
And much more!
#2 TOP TAKEAWAYS
The simple 4 step framework you can put into practice starting today to cultivate a peaceful strength:
Acknowledge that change comes from within and that you won’t find your true power and strength by looking outside of yourself.
Shift your focus from being anxious about the future or the past and shut down the chattering mind by accessing the present by slowing down your breathing and using a longer exhale than inhale.
Focus on touch and sound to discover the power of peace whilst remaining present and alert. When you begin to practice this you’ll start to notice tiny moments of presence between the thoughts, as these moments grow you’ll find that ego-driven issues start to fall away.
In the face of adversity, rather than react to your instinct of fighting or fleeing, practice composure, self control and aim to act in a way that’s more mindful.
#3 THE LIGHTNING ROUND
Q: My favourite book / tool resource is...
A: Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power Of Now and Pioneering The Possible by Scilla Elworthy
Q: The best advice I ever received was…
A: Be kind to yourself, unconditionally
Q: Best purchase for under $100…
A: Fermented cod liver oil (known as an anti inflammatory disease fighter, cod liver oil contains high levels of Omega3 fatty acids and is a good source of vitamin D).
Q: A personal habit that contributes to my success is…
A: Putting into action being kind to myself — if your intention is good, don’t worry about being perfect.
Q: My favourite quote is…
A: Come forward into the light of things, by William Wordsworth
#5 your turn
Thank you so much for listening.
I hope this conversation helps you not only to take action on moving towards you health, wellness & lifestyle goals but to see what’s possible for you.
I would love to know what the single biggest takeaway from this conversation was for you and most importantly, which one of the four steps you’re going to put into practice this week.
Leave a comment below and let us know and I’ll see you next week for another exciting episode of the someday to nailed it podcast.
Leave a comment below and let me know—I’ll see you next week for another inspiring episode of the Someday to Nailed It podcast.
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