We live in an age of an endless and overwhelming amount of information. Whether or not we realize it, it can start to take a toll on us. It can begin to affect our personal well-being and create depletion, exhaustion, impatience, and it can bring out versions of ourselves that we are not very proud of. When this happens, it means that our heart needs a reset. But how do we find the reset button?
My friend and guest for this episode, Rachel Macy Stafford, says that we need to start by tapping into what delights our hearts and brings peace to our souls. She is a New York Times Best Selling author of five books including her newest book, Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy. Rachel invites us to embrace life and cultivate connection despite the distractions around us.
In this conversation, you’ll hear:
- How “doing it all” doesn’t equate to having everything together
- Why we tend to neglect the things that matter to us
- Practices we can cultivate to make a soul shift
- And much more!
My hope is that this conversation with Rachel will guide you to create a soul shift that will help you reclaim joy!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- [BOOK] Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy
- Rachel’s Soul Shift Course
- Connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, or Instagram
- As a thank you for listening, get your 3 free eBooks.
My Key Takeaways:
1) Invest in things that you can’t physically measure. We can tend to prioritize the things that we can tangibly see and get gratification from doing. This might be things like running errands, cleaning around the house, or completing that big project at work. These aren’t bad things, but we can tend to become task-driven achievers. When we do this we miss out on investing in things that we can’t see like connection with our family, joy, laughter, memory-making, and even rest. These aren’t things we can touch, but they are just as important, if not more so, than checking the final box on our to-do list.
2) Slow down and notice the opportunities for connection. While it may not be practical to swear off social media and eliminate every distraction in your life (we still need to pay the bills no matter how boring of a task it is), we can take some small steps to notice the opportunities we have to connect with our loved ones. This could be stepping away from your computer and phone during certain times of the day. Or it could be paying special attention first thing in the morning and right before bed for moments to connect with one another. As we repeat and make a habit of slowing down and taking note, you’ll be surprised at the number of moments waiting for you.
3) Cultivate self-compassion. In order to have a soul shift, it’s important to cultivate an inner voice of self-compassion. How we speak to ourselves and respond when we make mistakes has an effect on our ability to make a positive change in our everyday lives. Perfection is an obstacle to reclaiming your path to joy. Letting go of the expectation that you can never make mistakes will allow you to find joy and compassion for yourself.
About Rachel Macy Stafford:
Rachel Macy Stafford is a New York Times bestselling author, certified special education teacher, and speaker. In her latest book, Soul Shift, she invites us to embrace life and cultivate connection despite the distractions around us. Rachel loves taking long walks, baking, volunteering at a local cat shelter, and volunteering at the local nursing home. Rachel lives in Georgia with her husband and two daughters who inspire her daily.
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