Legendary Living Arts invites you to walk with us through The Open Door to explore different perspectives on life, health, wellness, and everything in between. Join us each week for lively discussions and guest interviews with people from all professions and walks of life.
This week, Kellie sits down with two of her grown children to discuss ASMR, being present, understanding how you played as a child helps you create as an adult, and much more. Join us for this fun-filled episode that puts a wrap on Season 1! We will be back in a few weeks with Season 2, with more guests, new topics, and lots more fun! In the meantime, enjoy our previous episodes if you haven't caught them all.
At certain times in our lives, we may tell ourselves a story and that story becomes a belief. As we journey throughout out lives, we may not be aware of how this story builds a narrative of false beliefs about ourselves. When we begin to feel the origin of a story and what it is attached to, we can unravel false beliefs about ourselves. When we are willing to hear what we say to ourselves, we are able to challenge our own beliefs, and create a life we truly desire.
We had a blast interviewing Barbara together! We talk romance in fiction and real life, and share some of the struggles we've all been through and how we coped. We hope to have her back on the show some day! Enjoy!
Barbara Kellyn writes the kind of stories that she loves to read: romantic comedies fraught with amusing complications and taut sexual tension between a likeable heroine worth rooting for and an alluring hero worth the trouble of falling for.
A lifelong storyteller in one form or another, Barb juggles a day job in marketing with her fantasy career as an author.
She recently came back from an eight-year hiatus to publish three romance novels and is now working on a fourth, with several other ideas in the pipeline.
Barb lives in Winnipeg and is happily married to her leading man. She thanks her lucky stars that they have the kind of blissful existence that her fictional characters can only dream about reaching before the last page.
Understanding the context of information that is provided to you helps you see a bigger perspective. When it comes to movement and exercise, we often may not understand the history behind a set of movements which will provide us with a context as to the health benefits we may receive from training in a specific discipline. This in turn, allows us to be able to listen to our body, and "hear" the tension we may carry or where we may need to focus on to heal a particular part of ourselves, and make us stronger in general.
This also applies to life where we may make assumptions about people, situations, or circumstances when we do not understand the context from which someone may be operating from. Learning to listen to our body, and to observe where our mind goes - be it a space of judgment or a story we have told ourselves over and over - requires discipline and a willingness to understand that our minds try to sabotage us in relationships and situations, especially when we are building new connections to ourselves inside. When we become conscious of that, we can listen more open heartedly to others. We learn not to judge ourselves harshly which in turn ripples out into the world because we become less judgmental of others on their own path. Taking the time to understand the context of something is the key to good communication not only with others, but with ourselves.
This week we sat down with James Screeton from the UK and talk fermented teas and traditional Chinese medicine. James is an acupuncturist as well as aTai Chi and meditation instructor. After college, he worked as a fitness coach for men's and women's artistic gymnastics, and found an interest in the rehab of injuries for athletes. His holistic approach was born out of his rehabilitation from using acupuncture to heal from an injury which was recommended by his Kung Fu instructor at the time. He studied daoist medicine in Wudang, and afterward began his degree in acupuncture. He experiments with fermented teas in his spare time, and enjoys thinking outside the box to solve various life challenges. With his natural flare for understanding Chinese medicine, he takes each individual case and works with individuals to help them with their physical challenges.
Maureen Flynn is a mystery writer, columnist, and short story author. Pick Up Sticks is the third installment of her Manitoba mystery series, whose titles follow the popular nursery rhyme, One, Two Buckle My Shoe. The first in the series was Buckle My Shoe and the second, Shut the Door. Writing is her passion, yet she always finds new avenues to channel her creativity, including painting local landscapes. When not immersed in creative pursuits she is host to family and friends who know a cup of coffee and stories of her latest adventures are always on hand.
In this episode we talk about observation and self awareness.
Learning to step into a place where we can observe our thoughts and emotions rather than react from them can be a challenge but a discipline worth practicing every day.
A lot has been said about needing to be self aware. However, in general what is thought of as self awareness are our habits of mental analysis and story telling we use to define who we are and who we are based on other people and the stories we choose to believe in. Stories and storylines are how people operate before they understand that they can step back into observation and look at the entire narrative and identify the origins of the stories and why they happened in the first place.
The ego is a symptom of the habit of mental analysis. When a person discovers how to identify and detach from ego stories and look at the patterns of the ego, in observation and without attachment, they will have finally stepped into their own path of self discovery.
In this episode, Kelly discusses how being present is much less a thought process and much more about the physical reality of being able to feel how strong our bodies actually are and if we have the courage to look inward to emotional spaces we can feel with our physical bodies.
A lot of conversations these days revolve around the concept of being present. Most conversations and books share concepts and information about becoming aware of the ego. Being aware of the ego is essential, but it is only part of the process. Learning to be present involves learning to feel and understand how to feel the physical body and everything it feels, and why and how and what happens when you do feel. The mind and its mental awareness only plays a small part in this. The mind and our awareness of ourselves is only really possible when we allow ourselves to feel and physically process our emotions and the information we feel in our body.
This week Kelly talks about nature and how it mirrors our world inside.
There is a lot of wisdom in nature. Nature reflects back at us what is inside us and what we need to reconnect with. Nature is in balance and we always have it as a point of reference for feeling how to feel that same space of balance within us. It is always about what is inside of us and not what is going on around us in the outside world. Nature is always perfectly balanced - even if our egos cannot see it or feel it.
Wisdom is about feeling. This is why being in nature is important to understand. Through feeling the balance in nature we can relearn how to feel that same space inside of ourselves.
In this episode we talk about how to hear our wisdom and understand the difference between mental analysis and feeling our wisdom with our physical bodies.
Learning to hear your inner wisdom can be tricky. Differentiating between the voice of the heart and that of the ego is a skill to learn like any other.
Listening is a skill essential to understanding how to hear and feel our own inner voice. We often get caught in mental analysis of information until we learn to feel our minds and stop the pattern of mental analysis of what we are doing and why. Having a physical discipline to pull ourselves out or heads is important to be able to build our own personal language and context for feeling and connecting with our hearts and how we communicate with ourselves through our bodies.
This week, Kellie interviews author Layna Pimentel. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love of reading at an early age. She’s a multi-published author of romantic fiction, budding educator and entrepreneur. She lives in Northern Ontario with her husband and two daughters. For updates on her upcoming releases, or to leave her a comment, you can find her under her name at: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
In this episode, we discuss the concepts of Emptiness vs. Stillness.
A lot of spiritual concepts of awakening revolve around the idea that you have to empty the mind to experience a spiritual awakening. This is an illusion and not how it works. Spiritual awakening happens all the time, our egos trick us into believing we have to achieve perfect emptiness to be able to say we have achieved anything at all. This is the deeper illusion.
Stillness is the real key, and the one the ego does its best to hide from us so that we stay stuck in our patterns of false emotional joy and activity. Stillness is much different than emptiness and operates as a space of active participation and observation of the mind, the heart and the body all at the same time. Stillness is about true alignment with our heart and our capacity to observe and teach ourselves how to live in a constant space of awareness of self. Stillness is about transforming attachment to the process into a quiet space of letting go and allowing the process to be whatever it needs to be.
The mind, the heart, the soul are never empty and cannot ever be empty for the same reason that energy can never be destroyed, it just changes. When we learn to strop our minds is when we awaken to stillness. Stopping the mind does not mean ending the mind's activity, it means ending the attachment to the mental patterns that try and tell us who we are.
In this episode, Kellie goes solo to discuss an overview of her health journey as shared on her YouTube channel. For over a year, she sought answers to undiagnosed abdominal pain. Along the way, she uncovered emotional barriers that had prevented her from seeking help, and then learned to advocate for her health. When some professionals dismissed her, she sought ones who would listen. Kellie encourages everyone to learn to listen to themselves and be strong when trying to find answers in the medical profession.
In this episode, Kelly discusses the importance of contrasts in our lives. Mastery of our minds, our thoughts, feelings is essential for building our capacity to be mindful, compassionate and loving. Understanding contrasts within our mind and our ability to feel contrasts of stepping in and out of judgement, loving kindness and how we register those contrasts is a key to being able to be emotionally responsible and present. Communicating with our Selves is the foundation of being self aware. Being present is all about communication.
Today, Kellie welcomes author Anita Daher to the podcast. Anita is an author and actor based in Winnipeg, MB. She has been entrenched in the book publishing industry since 1995 and has 15 books published in print, audio and e-book format in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Anita is the current Chair of the Writers Union of Canada. When not word wrangling she enjoys inhabiting characters on stage and screen.
In this episode, Kelly interviews Kellie! She talks about her career as an author and the opportunities it has brought her in other areas of her life. Hear about her 35+ year career as a gymnastics coach/movement educator/coach developer. Many sides to this Rubix cube of a woman!
In our second episode, Kellie interviews Kelly! Tune in to hear about his extensive martial arts background that spans over 35 years, and his dedication to sharing his knowledge with others. Discover how he developed his love of Qigong and why he's so passionate about sharing it with the world, and hear a sneak peek about his future goals.
Kellie Kamryn (Winzinowich) & Kelly Whelan-Enns welcome you to their new podcast! After hosting interesting discussions during our classes, our participants with Legendary Living Arts encouraged us to start a podcast. Born out of a love of sharing, our introductory podcast tells you a little about us and our upcoming episodes. On occasion we will have lively discussions with guests from various disciplines and professions. We invite you to connect and walk with us through The Open Door!