Growing Through Grief
Surrender to Growth
Everything 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)
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78. Freedom Is Possible | Start Your Journey Here27:13Are you seeking a deeper, more profound experience of inner freedom and liberation? This enlightening episode will take you deeper into realms of unspeakable freedom and liberation that extend beyond the norm.In this episode, I explore how to trust and embrace freedom no matter your current reality of equality. You'll hear about my personal journey towards inner freedom and the significance of living consciously and intentionally. Together, we’ll explore the effects of attachment and the importance of detaching from past experiences and relationships. And the importance of healing so that your life-long experience is true inner freedom.In this episode you will learn: Two principles to guide you on the journey of reconnecting with yourself and attaining inner freedom (17.50 - 20.44)The importance of self-connection and having a healthy relationship with yourself (17.40 - 19.56)The role of curiosity as a way to navigate through pain and challenges on the path towards inner freedom (19.55 - 20.44)How to embrace pain and difficult experiences for personal growth, fostering strength and empowerment (20.49 - 20.57)A process for a transformative freedom from limiting beliefs, attachments, and relationships (20.59 - 21.29)Four key aspects to consider when seeking inner freedom (12.55 - 17.56)And, receive a reflective life assignment by answering two crucial questions about your life (21.25 - 24.59)Resources:Compassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowLet's Connect! FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
77. Silence of Loneliness27:02In this week’s episode of the "Growing Through Grief" podcast, I continue the conversation on loneliness. My focus shifts to the phenomenon of individuals actively choosing solitude over staying connected to the world and others, despite their inherent yearning for love and intimacy.I draw upon engaging conversations with both men and women, centering around this fundamental question. Their insightful answers have provided me with a wealth of understanding and great many insights.I delve into a couple of important truths, such as how loneliness isn't silent but rather filled with a noise of mental chatter and unwanted emotions. We delve into topics of trust, the desire to be seen and understood, and the potential for personal growth and vulnerability during periods of isolation.In addition, I discuss the various narratives we often construct that hinder our path to happiness. I explore the fear of rejection, the longing to be truly understood by our loved ones, and the detrimental impact of self-doubt that can stifle our voices.Consequently, I share how being a part of a community has aided me in self-discovery. I openly share how these collective experiences have allowed me to uncover significant aspects of myself.As my conversation concludes, I emphasize the profound significance of overcoming these challenges. By doing so, we can attain a sense of liberation—freedom from the constraints of our own selves and from the burdens of our past.In this episode you will learn: How to discover the extraordinary power of curiosity as it unlocks the doors to our hearts. (8.40 -13.50)Crucial significance of choosing self-healing to break the cycle for future generations. (15.15 - 17.00)How to embark on a journey of self-healing through compassionate self-inquiry, as an exploration of identity and belonging. (17.03-19.00)About the multifaceted nature of loneliness as we explore its different types. (20.05 - 21.14)The profound repercussions of numbing specific emotions such as loneliness and allowing ourselves to fully experience our emotions but not identify with them. (19.02 - 22.16)The importance of community to experience yourself through others. (11.30 -23.04)How to manifest and attract people that share similar goals as you. (23.20 - 25.20)Resources:Compassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowLet's Connect! FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
76. What to Do When Loneliness is Sucking the Life Out of You?24:51This episode of the Growing Through Grief Podcast delves into the impact of loneliness on individuals, communities, and the world at large.Loneliness knows no boundaries and affects us all. The moment has come for us to pay attention to its impact and confront it directly.In this episode, I will:Discuss the four types of loneliness: emotional, social or relational loneliness, collective loneliness, and existence loneliness. Take you on a journey of uncovering the impact of isolation, individually and within communities. Provide tools and skills that are easy to apply in your life.Offer an encouragement of truth and knowing that you are never alone.I warmly invite each and every one of you to join me on an extraordinary expedition. Tune in to the captivating "Growing Through Grief" podcast and embark on a transformative voyage towards genuine connection and a deep sense of belonging within a vibrant community. Together, let us take that crucial first step towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.In This Episode, you will learn:The four types of loneliness: emotional, social/relational, collective, and existence loneliness (00:51 - 19:11)How to squash the stigma around loneliness (00:15 - 02:0)The negative consequences of long-term loneliness and ways to ease back into society and life (15:19 - 16:30)Importance of a healthy support system for addressing emotional loneliness (00:13:59 - 13:21)About creating a community to transition from isolation to connection and community (22:20 - 23:29)Resources:Compassionate Hearts Community - Contact Me NowLet's Connect! FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Growing Through Grief Together
75. Diana Curtis and Sharon Rolph | Rethink Your Relationship with Loneliness - Part 236:07Feeling the weight of loneliness? Let the 'Growing Through Grief' podcast be your guiding light.In this episode, my guest Sharon Rolph and I continue the conversation on how detrimental loneliness can affect mental and physical well-being. We emphasize the importance of choosing to reconnect with the world after experiencing a loss or harm.We discuss how to address loneliness through community as a tool for growth and healing. We explore different facets of lifestyles that can be improved through healthy habits. We wrap up by delving into purposeful initiatives intended to offer a place of belonging to women. The initiatives are designed to provide practical tips that will surely ignite the inner spark within. As well as empower, nurture and infuse individuals with greater purpose, fulfillment, and personal empowerment.In This Episode, you will learn:The importance of being outdoors, eating healthy, and engaging with others to combat loneliness (12:44 - 14:40)About the negative effects of loneliness on mental and physical health (03:27 - 07:39)The importance of choosing to reconnect with the world after experiencing loss or harm, even if it can be difficult (09:17 - 12:01)Information from the Surgeon General's book on loneliness and its health impacts (06:25 - 07:39)How a sense of community can help combat loneliness (03:46 - 06:13)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
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