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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 29, 2018

Do you ever get so busy you lose connection with yourself? In this digital day and age it is so easy to get caught up in information overload and business. This week, Aurora talks about the importance of stopping to pause when we get so caught up in our heads, so we can reconnect with our bodies and our intuition. 

In this episode:

  • Aurora shares her story about how she did not officially get diagnosed with ADHD - again.
  • The importance of pausing when we start to get caught up in all we have to do. 
  • How you can access her first collaborative Winter Retreat Module for free.
Jan 22, 2018

So often, we see creativity, spirituality, and social justice as three separate spaces with only a little overlap. Today, I am challenging you to think of the three as inherently connected. That is the amazing perspective my guest, Sharon Burton, uses to harness her inner fire using her creativity, spirituality, and desire for social justice. I first connected with Sharon through a podcasting group, and I was immediately taken with her story. Sharon’s head, heart, and spirit are all connected in a special way that I know you need to hear about today.                              

Sharon is most comfortable with the title of “Artist.” While collage and mixed media are her tools of choice, Sharon delights in helping others find their own unique path to self-expression. Sharon has been curating a number of exhibitions since ’06, as well as doing some consulting work with novice art collectors. She is most definitely intensely passionate about helping artists through creative recovery. Her podcast, Mindfully Creative, is one of the many ways she is looking to jumpstart creativity. Whether someone is just starting out or looking for a fresh take on their art, Sharon is right there, guiding and cheering you on.

Sharon’s creative mission doesn’t stop with coaching and podcasting. She is also a huge advocate for art education, and she loves working with young people on developing a creative spirit. Her artistic activism also fueled her desire to help others find spiritual healing as well as justice. She is also a Reiki healer, which allowed Sharon to fully express every facet of her loving and warm inner being. Today, Sharon is going to share the cultural influences of her creativity and activism, as well as all the unique situations where spirituality and the arts combine. If you are looking for a warmth and inspiration, look no further than Sharon Burton.

More in this episode:

  • Growing up with a vivid imagination nurtured Sharon’s intense passion for creativity.
  • Intensity is about creating art, giving a voice to kids, and growing the arts across DC.
  • Sharon shares all the ways she is using her intensity to make a positive change in the world.
  • Practice the things that bring you joy.
  • Sharon shares her thoughts on growing up in one of the only black families in a mostly white neighborhood.
  • Why it’s important to get out of your own bubble and experience the world from someone else’s perspective.
  • Sharon’s motivation for coaching in the fine arts.
  • Why Sharon became a Reiki practitioner.
  • Despite being intense, Sharon gives off a calm presence. She shares how her demeanor ebbs and flows.
  • A story of stepping down, stepping away, and exercising control in life’s out-of-control moments.
  • Art and creativity can be used as a change for good, and Sharon uses her intensity to encourage that in so many people!
  • Using meditation and yoga are two habits Sharon uses to fuel her creativity.
  • Never apologize for your intensity.

 

Sharon Recommends:

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Resources:

Connect with Sharon Online

Instagram and Twitter @SJBCreativeArt

Mindfully Creative Podcast

Instagram @SparkYourCreative

Twitter @Spark_Create

Jan 15, 2018

Do you use the new year as an opportunity to reset? The last year has been one of much introspection for Aurora as she connected more with her intuition to guide her in her next steps to best meet the diverse needs of her audience. 

This week on Embracing Intensity, she is exited to share what she has in store for 2018!

In this episode, Aurora shares:

  • About her business journey so far. 
  • How she started to move away from what she thought she "should do" to listening to what felt intuitively aligned.
  • Why it's important to occasionally step away and unplug for a while. 
Jan 8, 2018

The Gifted community is filled with a diverse collection of beautiful individuals making their mark on the world as no one else can. In an effort to showcase the cultural diversity as well as the neurodiversity within Gifted and Intense individuals, I came across Silver Huang, a self-proclaimed “Neuromaverick” who is working tirelessly to make the Gifted community aware and inclusive. Silver has been hard at work to embrace the very core of who she is, and is just now emerging from within her own personal revolution. For anyone who has ever felt atypical, out of place, or even out of touch with who they really are, Silver has a message for you!

Raised in Singapore, and educated in Australia, Silver has never really felt like she belonged. Her culture told her she was too much. Her inability to perform in school told her she was dumb. With all of these mixed messages, it’s no wonder her body and mind shut down on her! To complicate the narrative even further, Silver had no idea she was on the Autism spectrum until just a few years ago. Her Gifted assessment is even newer, occurring within just these past months. These two acknowledgments of her own neurodiversity seemed to open up the floodgates of self-realization. Silver doggedly pursued ways that she could embrace who she was inside. She took her identity as Gifted very seriously, and now she is building a community around her ideals of integrity and authenticity. Her mission is to support any individual who has felt out of step

Listen this week as Silver shares her amazing journey towards self-love. Whether you are loving yourself right now, or simply coming to terms with your own intensity, Silver’s insights will speak right to your core. No one can stop you from being you except you. Your healing can begin right now.

More in this episode:

  • Silver’s life is incredibly different now that she knows about her Autism and Giftedness.
  • Struggling with new diagnoses, trauma recovery, and a new sense of self all within the past year.
  • Silver started an experiment that changed everything in three months.
  • The amazing reconnection Silver experienced with her parents.
  • Self-love and self-compassion allow us to see on the outside what we need on the inside.
  • Silver’s views on integrity and authenticity.
  • It is possible to be who you are as a Gifted person.
  • The work it takes to heal our inner children.
  • The cultural factors that limited Silver’s expression.
  • Silver tried to “pass for normal,” and it destroyed her immune system.
  • How we can grapple with and find community with other Gifted individuals.
  • Intensity expresses itself in Silver through self-mastery.
  • Digital apps and systems allow Silver to manage and support her brain.
  • Silver describes her unique and sensational thoughts.
  • We send love to the people who save our lives.
  • We are not here to be liked. We are here to celebrate the expression of ourselves.

Silver Recommends

Awareness by Anthony de Mello

The Complex PTSD Workbook by Arielle Schwartz 

Links

Connect with your Neuromaverick

http://silverhuang.com/

Join in the Intrepid Integrity Community

http://intrepidintegrity.com/

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