What If Every Challenge Is a Blessing In Disguise?
In this episode, Rachel shares the lessons her daughter teaches her on a daily basis. From Luna throwing her bowls of food to resting her head on Rachel’s lap during story time, Rachel realizes all of Luna’s behaviors are opportunities for her to self-reflect. If she isn’t present with her daughter she may miss those moments. Connecting this to her spiritual practice, Rachel notices the importance of being able to drop in and explore ourselves and our inner state. Moving through life unconsciously or reluctant to take moments for self inquiry can make us feel victimized and out of control. Do you have any teachers in your life like Rachel has Lea Luna? Often these teachers show up through immensely challenging moments, but they just might hold the key to the door of an immensely important lessons in self realization. Tune in for a beautiful episode that will show you the meaning behind the hard times and that by opening your heart, anyone can be your teacher.
Nurturing Your Friendships with Olivia Rothschild
In this episode, Rachel is recording from NYC with her best friend Olivia Rothschild. Rachel and Olivia “met half way” in NYC for the only reason that they wanted to spend some time together and have a little break from the husbands and the babies. They chat about life, sex, having more babies, shaving, veganism and all the usual things best friends talk about. Who do you call when you just need to talk to someone? How do you stay close with your best friends that live far away? Tune in for an episode on the meaning of friendship and the connections that we would fly across the world for.
Calm and Confident in 2019
Welcome to the first From the Heart episode of 2019 where Rachel shares her intentions for the new year. First, reflecting on 2018 and the challenges that it brought into her life, Rachel notices that she was shook by a loss of confidence. From working too hard and too much, chasing around a crazy toddler and having social media telling her all the things she was doing wrong, Rachel felt self-doubt creep in and latch onto her in the spot that was most vulnerable. This had her questioning every decision she made in her businesses and with her family and friends the entire year. Sometimes, when you have many voices telling you what to do, your inner voice becomes cloudy and overshadowed. Listen in as Rachel discovers the answer to this - sitting in silence and bringing calm and peace into her life to allow her inner wisdom to shine through. In 2019, Rachel intends to embody the calm, confident, inner wild woman that doesn’t give a f*ck what other people think. What are you planning to embrace in 2019?
Rituals to Set Your New Years Intentions
In this episode, Christmas has just ended and Rachel is feeling the relief. She realizes why people spend the holidays with their extended family - because leaving all the cooking to one person is too big of a job! Rachel discusses the pressure she put on herself to create the perfect Christmas for her family and how it left her missing her mom and wondering exactly what she was trying to recreate. With Christmas over for the year, Rachel’s focus shifts to New Years. Intention setting as the year turns is one of her most sacred rituals. She shares her best practices and tips to arrive at her intentions and affirmations and invites you to join in as well. Tune into this episode for a beautifully guided meditation and specific instructions from Rachel’s personal ritual to help you settle into the feeling you want to manifest in your life as 2019 approaches. Beginning the new year with your mind clear and your heart focused is a powerful tool we can all use to manifest what our soul is craving.
Holidays, Trauma and the Santa Claus Problem
In this episode, Rachel touches on an unexpected parenting issue her and Dennis have come across - Dennis doesn’t want to be Santa for Christmas. Christmas is an especially important time for Rachel and she reflects on her past to figure out why that is. Prior to having her baby girl, Rachel placed so much emphasis on her birthday. Not too long ago, she realized that a happy birthday meant separating from loss and trauma that plagued this celebration before. Since leaving Sweden, Christmas has been the time of year Rachel loves the most. Coming from complex family dynamics (learn more about these in the episode, “From Suicide to Sobriety” with Rachel’s mom, Shama), Rachel realizes that having a Christmas where everyone is together and happy means so much to her. Spending the holidays with her little family is a time to create happy memories with Dennis and fill Luna’s childhood with Christmas joy and magic. But now, with Dennis and Rachel not seeing eye-to-eye on the importance of Santa Claus, Rachel tries to decide the best course of action moving forward. There is beauty in this time of year, even if it is sometimes messy. What are your Christmas stories and traditions? Share and let’s see what this time of year brings us all.