Growing Through Grief
Bringing Attention to Inherited Family Trauma
Whether or not we are aware of it, trauma is a massive transformative force. It molds the way we think and also how we see, react to, and accept reality. In other words, we are a byproduct of our traumatic experiences and the mechanisms we developed to deal with them.
However, that doesn't mean there is nothing we can do about it.
In this episode, I invite you to bring conscious attention to your inherited family trauma. We learn how to look at it with compassion and curiosity, recognize our responses, and modify our reactions to it. We think of inherited family trauma as a group responsibility and not an individual experience.
Plus, we learn mechanisms to accept and embrace painful memories, to allow them to go through us, and, more importantly, how to let them go. We also learn to accept our truth, and I share three points to consider when bringing attention to inherited trauma.
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- What does it mean to bring attention to inherited trauma? (3:58)
- Addictions are evidence of family dynamics (8:31)
- You can let go of most of the things you are carrying (12:15)
- What if you accept that traumatic experience you endured as a child? (20:29)
- Three points to remember when thinking of your inherited family trauma (22:06)
- Your job is to remember the best is yet to come (26:35)
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74. Diana Curtis and Sharon Rolph | Rethink Your Relationship with Loneliness - Part I43:34In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Rolph, an accomplished author, influential figure, and behavioral scientist. Our conversation centers around the pressing issues of loneliness, isolation, and feeling invisible, which have been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General as a new public health epidemic in the United States.Sharon openly shares her personal journey of grappling with the feeling of invisibility throughout her life. She attributes this struggle to childhood experiences of being ridiculed and bullied, which deeply affected her ability to trust others and form meaningful relationships. However, she also reveals how these experiences have granted her a sense of authenticity.Moreover, Sharon delves into the intricate relationship between her religious faith and her pursuit to overcome feelings of invisibility. Despite enduring life's hardships, she managed to excel in academics and work. Sharon credits her mental strength and unwavering faith as the driving forces behind her ability to lead a purposeful life and assist others in discovering their own inner spark.During our conversation, we explore the significance of mental fortitude, resilience, and a powerful technique for evoking warm memories as a means of overcoming challenging situations.Ultimately, the objective of this podcast episode is to provide hope and encouragement to you if you are grappling with the profound feelings of loneliness, isolation, and grief and to inspire you to uncover your inner potential, discover meaning in your life, and forge connections with others.Some Questions Diana asks Sharon:How did your experiences of grief shape your inclination to remain unseen? (10.24)How did your personal family struggles influence your ability to trust others and impact your relationships? (14.30)What enabled you to find the bravery to courageously disclose your own narrative and ignite a sense of connection among individuals facing similar hardships? (18.30)To what extent did mental resilience contribute to your journey of healing? (21.55)What advice would you offer to someone who harbors fear about reconnecting with others due to past experiences? (30.30)How has keeping secrets affected your life, particularly if they remain undisclosed? (35.05)Resources:Compassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowConnect with Sharon:Connect with Sharon - Sharon Rolph | Coach (@sharon_queenofcourage) • Instagram photos and videosLet's Connect! (me)FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
73. The Five(5) Most Powerful SELFIES | Create a Life of Freedom34:36Join me on a transformative journey of personal growth in this episode of the "Growing Through Grief" podcast. I will guide you on a discovery path to freedom, fulfillment, and joy with “The Five-Selfies” Model.Through mindfulness practices, you will learn how to replace self-criticism with self-compassion, prioritize self-care, forgive yourself, and embrace self-love.My hope is that by sharing my journey and these empowering tools, you will feel inspired to take action towards your own personal growth. Together, you can create a brighter future for yourself and those around you. In This Episode, You Will Learn:How to cultivate mindfulness and enhance self-awareness regarding your thoughts and emotions. (13:09-16:22)How to practice self-compassion and cultivate a nurturing attitude towards yourself. (19:58-32:52)5 powerful SELFIES that will nurture profound freedom in your life. (13:06-29:45)How to release and process your thoughts in a healthy and constructive manner. (21:36-22:35)About my Community Initiative aimed at addressing loneliness and grief. (30:00-31:54)Resources:Compassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowLet's Connect! FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
72. Diana Curtis and Rosie Fuentes | How to Blossom Like a Rose While Grieving Pt.342:03During the third segment of my conversation with Rosio, we delve into the topics of personal liberation and transformative growth in the context of grief and trauma, focusing on the experiences of Black and Brown people.Throughout our conversation, we recognize that healing begins when you fully embrace the concept of assuming complete responsibility for your healing journey, regardless of your race or ethnicity.I share five(5) key principles that supported me while on my personal journey of discovering inner liberation through an exploration of my family heritage and genetic makeup. Additionally, I emphasize the significance of cultivating empathy towards children burdened with unresolved traumas, particularly those from BIPOC communities.Consequently, we delve into the crucial aspect of acknowledging the notion of biological freedom, wherein ancestral trauma and emotional burdens are imprinted within our DNA. The conversation highlights the profound truth that attaining personal liberation from trauma and grief is an internal journey, where individuals possess the power to heal and mold a brighter tomorrow for future generations.Some Questions Rosie Asks Diana:How would you describe the essence of freedom? What does it signify to you in terms of breaking free from certain constraints? (4.00)What played the most pivotal role in your spiritual journey towards healing and personal transformation? (10.00)Are the principles you have established to overcome racialized trauma and grief exclusively intended for individuals of black and brown communities? (20.00)In a world affected by racism, particularly for black and brown individuals, what does freedom truly represent in the face of systemic discrimination and prejudice? (23.00)What message would you like to convey to white individuals who are seeking personal liberation and freedom? (28.20)Is there any additional information or insights you would like to contribute? (34.20)Resources:Contact Rosie - excited.curiosity | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok | LinktreeCompassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowConnect with Rosio:Rosio’s IG - Excited Curiosity (@excited.curiosity) | InstagramLet's Connect! (me)FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
71. Rosio Fuentes | How to Blossom Like a Rose While Grieving Pt. 230:29In this episode, I delve into the second phase of my personal transformational journey. I am once again, joined by my guest host, Rosio Fuentes.Throughout our conversation, Rosie and I discuss various topics centered around conquering one of my core beliefs of inadequacy and the inclination towards people-pleasing. Through this journey, I discovered the significance of embracing my genuine self and safeguarding my mental and emotional well-being. Furthermore, I recount the profound impact of the 100 free therapy sessions I decided to gift, including how my clients recognized similar struggles within themselves. I strongly underscore the significance of recognizing one's inner voice and fully engaging in the transformative process.In this episode, you will learn the importance of knowing your history and your ancestor’s history. Knowing where you started is critical to understanding who you are and why you think, feel, and take certain actions in your life.Some Questions Rosie Asks Diana:In order to transform your significant loss, what was the core belief you had to let go of? (3:04)What does it mean to be authentic and your true self? (7:00)How did giving 100 free therapy sessions free of charge change your life? (15:30)What are some common misconceptions clients have about therapy sessions (19:30)What are some new principles you learned and integrated into your life after offering the 100 free sessions? (21:58)Resources:Contact Rosie - excited.curiosity | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok | LinktreeCompassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowConnect with Rosio:Rosio’s IG - Excited Curiosity (@excited.curiosity) | InstagramLet's Connect! (me)FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
70. Rosio Fuentes | How to Blossom Like a Rose While Grieving Pt. 138:04In this episode, Rosio Fuentes, interviews me with the intention of sharing my journey through the healing, growth, and transformation process.Rosio is an Excited Curiosity coach and a Compassionate Inquiry trainee who has been with me through my spiritual journey, growing, learning, and evolving as part of my BIPOC women’s community.Rosio and I discuss trauma, its effects, and the importance of compassion. She asks about my community work in mental health and my personal journey.I elaborate on my decision to shift my career path after retiring, driven by my aspiration to aid others in their journey towards healing from trauma. Throughout the discussion, we delve into my life’s history, including my experiences with grief after the loss of my mother. We discuss the effects of trauma and the importance of realizing and healing from it. We impart personal anecdotes and insights to aid listeners in their learning and personal development.Some Questions Rosie Asks Diana:09:31Rosie asks Diana who she is today in terms of her spiritual journey.14:47Rosie asks about the evolution of Diana’s spiritual journey over the past ten years.15:47Rosie asks Diana about the truth and realizations that she gained during her decade-long spiritual journey.28:38Rosie asks which truth took Diana the longest to uncover........In This Episode, You Will Learn:10:23-13:45A way to determine your spiritual growth with the 5C’s formula.17:18-18:40The connection between purpose and clarity.19:28-20:38The importance of spiritual growth as opposed to material growth.22:55-25:17One of the underlying reasons for the pursuit of perfection.29:09-30:41The importance of uncovering and healing your trauma.Resources:Contact Rosie - excited.curiosity | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok | LinktreeCompassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowConnect with Rosio:Rosio’s IG - Excited Curiosity (@excited.curiosity) | InstagramLet's Connect! (me)FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
69. Learn the #1 Secret to Feeling Good All the Time33:18I wanted to share a moment of pure joy and trust in life and God, with the purpose of encouraging all my listeners to cultivate more trust in their lives, embrace gratitude, and let go of worry and blame.In this episode I’m taking you through a guided meditation exercise that encourages listeners to acknowledge their feelings, ask themselves how they would like to feel, and expand their hearts.Throughout the episode, we discuss the importance of living life with purpose and fulfilling your purpose. I share personal anecdotes about my own journey towards self-discovery and invite you to embrace your own unique journey.Join me, and together let us dive deep in cultivating joy, trust, and purpose in our lives.In This Episode, You Will Learn:01:34-08:54 How to have a perfect day.13:35-15:40How to transform anything with your mind.15:40-25:58Ways to come up with one-word qualities to embody, throughout the day.27:31-29:51 Ways to turn your intentions into reality.Resources:Compassionate Inquiry Session - Book NowLet’s Connect!:FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
68. 3 Powerful Steps That Will Lead to Transformation22:22Let’s explore the transformative power of meditation and mindfulness in our lives and discuss the importance of being present, observing our emotions without judgment, and not allowing them to hinder our future. And, the importance of being a part of communities that can help you heal spiritually and encourage you to reach your goals and desires?In this episode we will delve into the importance of not fighting emotions but rather observing them, and how this change can lead to personal growth and transformation. As a certified meditation teacher, I offer a unique formula for addressing challenges and transforming lives through mindfulness. You will learn how to use the breath as a way to center yourself and the benefits of practicing gratitude. Here, I use an experience I had with a client who was anxious about a job opportunity. The client had applied for a position that they really wanted, but they were feeling overwhelmed and doubtful about their chances of getting the job. The story highlights the power of visualization and manifestation in achieving desire goals. By focusing on your thoughts and intentions, you can transform your life and manifest your desires. It also emphasizes the importance of having a supportive community and seeking help when you need it.Join us for this insightful conversation about the power of mindfulness, community, and visualization that will transform your life for the better.In This Episode, You Will Learn:The Definition of Faith (2:00 - 2:52)How to transform your mind to stop self-sabotage (04:52- 06:39)One of the ways I transformed into who I am today (06:46 - 09:38)How to transform and manifest using your breath as a guide to center yourself( 10:05 - 11:29)The 3 “R’s Formula for rejuvenation of your state of being (11:30 - 15:15) How one of my clients let go of fear and anxiety to achieve a goal (15:16 -20:25)Resources:Compassionate Inquiry Session - Book NowLet’s Connect!:FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
67. Something Happens Before the Grief07:51Something Happens Before the GriefEven those of us who work within this body of work called grief, often find it necessary to take a break. Taking a break doesn’t mean that the curiosity and exploration stops. It’s quite the opposite. Taking a break at least for me is an opportunity to step back from the world and dive into a deeper understanding of all of the dynamics of grief, including the other emotional companions that show up after a significant loss.That’s exactly what I did. I took a break and now I’m stepping back in with a more profound insight on this mystery gift called grief. In this episode, I will share with you what happens before the grief occurs.Throughout our conversation, I share what unfolded during my personal period of exploration and curiosity around healing and growing through grief. Plus, you will learn my unique formula for addressing grief in a more holistic manner. In This Episode, You Will Learn:How to experience grief with compassion and curiosity when it shows up (3:35-3:40)The missing parts that go unnoticed within your mind and body before the grief (4:40-4:45)How to know when it’s grief (4:58 - 5:15)The importance of experiencing the wisdom that grief has to offer (5:50 - 5:55)The relationship between grief and growth (6:00 - 6:20)Resources: Compassionate Inquiry Session - Book NowLet's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
66. Surrender to Growth18:59Everything is about growth. Just like roses stop growing when they are not watered or given sunlight, so does life. In this episode, we are closing out another season of the Growing Through Grief Podcast and moving into a new season. But before we do, let’s travel down memory lane with a few excerpts of the most listened to episodes of the season. We discuss spiritual practices, growth, relationships, mistrust, truth, asking for support, triggers, living in the past and the beauty of life! Take a listen to how you can start growing on purpose and not get stuck in the past. In This Episode, You Will Learn to::Take responsibility for the role you play in relationships (4:44)Create space for empathy and forgiveness for others (5:14) Take action when you no longer want to grow with another person (5:27)That the ego can’t handle the future so it brings up the past (6:53)Turn your deepest pain into your greatest growth (7:36)Surrender to the truth and not allow mistrust to take control of your mind (11:00) Release old beliefs that no longer work for you and replace with new beliefs (13:45)Practice gratitude which opens the door for more in life to celebrate (14:44)Allow your soul to flow more freely (17:39)Compassionate Heart Community - Contact Me NowLet's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together