Episode 21: The Power of “The Pause” When the Unexpected Happens

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Today Gia shares her current personal situation in which life is “on pause” due to her roommate’s hospitalization after a bike accident. This unexpected event is the stimulus for a great conversation about the opportunities available when life’s tragic occurrences force us to take time out from our day-to-day busy schedules. The discussion includes:

  • why times of crisis are opportunities for transformation
  • reminders that we are not really in control over most of life – we are passengers, not the drivers of our “life vehicles”
  • how hospitals are sacred spaces
  • the process of healing from a conscious perspective: mind vs soul
  • the importance of being still and waiting to see what’s next
  • Take-home messages:
    • respond to every crisis with love, not fear
    • see the blessing in “the pause”
    • embrace whatever happens in your life

As always, we are here to share with you our own personal journeys through life’s ups and downs so that you will know that you are not alone and YOU ARE LOVED!

Take good care of yourself, spread love wherever you go, and remember that It’s Just Life!

Check out Karen’s books: What Really Matters and The Tao of Death on Amazon.

Gia’s website: www.divinelygia.com

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Love,

Gia and Karen

xoxo

Episode 20: How to Manage Obstacles When They Arise

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Today Gia and Karen start off with Something Positive: the story of a dog who “adopted” an ultra-marathoner by running alongside him during an event in China.

Then they talk about the experience of having unexpected obstacles show up when following clear guidance. They offer their own best tips for coping with these sudden “stop signs” on the path of progress:

  • reframe the situation – see it as a need for better timing or an opportunity to learn more
  • let go of attachments to the outcome of your guidance
  • learn to trust the wisdom of the Universe
  • be curious about life’s mysteries
  • have patience and let life unfold with its own timing
  •  journal about obstacles and the feelings that are arising
  • choose a totem as a daily reminder of your Divine guidance
  • don’t take the obstacles personally

Karen shares this quote by Rumi:

A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. What nine months of attention does for an embryo forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness.

Link for this episode: Stray Dog Finds Her Human

We love, love, love you and are so glad you are joining us on this journey. Sending you positive energy to help you get through all your obstacles! Be sure to send us your comments and leave reviews on iTunes at this link.

Tune in every Friday for more It’s Just Life!

Gia and Karen

xoxo

Episode 5: “Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason” – or Does It? How We Live With Grief

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In this episode Gia and Karen discuss an article about grief we recently read that was titled “Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason” by Tim Lawrence. We dissect the article and find plenty of statements to disagree with, to validate, and to further explain. The conversation covers these interesting points:

  • What “everything happens for a reason” means and doesn’t mean
  • Suffering is not a requirement for growth but can be a catalyst
  • Grief is a process and may look different to us at different stages in the process
  • We have to hold both perspectives: (1) Suffering is terrible AND (2) it is possible to grow and transform as a result of our suffering
  • Deep love makes us vulnerable to suffering and loss and can break our hearts open
  • How finding meaning in our suffering helps us carry the pain
  • Self-compassion is necessary to get through time of suffering
  • Why saying nothing can be the best thing to do during times of grief
  • What to do for a grieving friend

Here is a link to Karen’s blog for more suggestions: Grief: How to Help in Difficult Times

We know that grief is an individual process, unique to each person who experiences it. But it is also a universal experience–something we all share as part of life here on Planet Earth. We hope you find comfort and peace in knowing that we feel the pain of life, too, right along with you. Send us your comments! We are sending you our love!!

Gia and Karen

xxoo

 

Episode 2: How to Bounce Back From a Downturn

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Gia and Karen discuss the inevitable downturns of life and how they get through them. They reveal some of their own struggles with disappointment and emotional letdowns and their recognition that these events are a normal and necessary part of life. You will learn:

  • How to prepare for downturns so that you can experience more equanimity
  • What you can learn from times of darkness
  • Why  you need your own “toolkit” to help you raise your energy again after experiencing a downturn
  • Cool tips and tools for getting out of a slump and back to higher consciousness
  • Why life provides us with more questions than answers

Remember, you are not alone if your are currently struggling in a downturn of life–we are right there with you! Check out these resources mentioned in this podcast:

Karen’s book: What Really Matters

Gia’s Meditation Videos:   Two Steps to Hear Your Soul       Eyes Above the Storm

Jessica’s Daily Affirmation Video

Buddha on the Train Video

Click here to get a copy of the Rilke poem we read to you!

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