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Nourish + Flourish

Nourish + Flourish is a podcast about navigating the often difficult terrain of finding what nourishes you — mind, body, and soul — so that you can flourish. Co-hosts Emily Levenson and Betsy Brockett may have different upbringings and diagnoses, but they do have is a shared interest in health and healing. Emily + Betsy wanted a space to explore all of the nuances surrounding health and wellness and to have deeper conversations about those topics.
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Aug 28, 2017

Because yoga is more than a physical practice.

One of our most popular episodes to date has been about our individual journeys with the physical practice of yoga. And while we are firm believers that rolling out your mat and doing the work is important, it's nothing compared to the non-physical aspects of yoga. Betsy, our resident yogi, walks us through the first two limbs of yoga — the moral, ethical, and personal codes that create the foundation of yoga that are supposed to be in place before you even hit the mat. So join us for a conversation about the yamas (limb one) and how they translate to our internal world or niyamas (limb two).

We’d love to know!

Are you a student of yoga? Does your study include the non-physical aspects of yoga? If so, how has that opened up your practice as a result?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Why the non-physical aspects of yoga are important to know about
  • Laying the groundwork for the first two limbs of yoga
  • The power of love
  • An overview of the five yamas of yoga
  • How the yamas apply to us on a personal level (AKA, the niyamas)
  • Connecting it back to the physical practice
  • The goal of enlightenment
  • Finding contentment within your practice
  • Intention setting and the impact that has on self-discipline
  • Compassion and empathy and how it relates to your journey
  • Realizing your place in the grand scheme of things
  • The other six limbs of yoga (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, focused concentration, meditation, and enlightenment)
 

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Aug 21, 2017

The moon and all her magic.

Have you ever wondered who you at your core or questioned what your purpose is in this lifetime? Today's discussion with Jennifer Blumenthal — the human guide behind Seduction of Soul — gets to the heart of those questions through an unlikely doorway: the moon. Jen shares her own journey into authentic living and how the moon played a role in her transformation. She also talks about the impact the moon has on the natural world, as well as the archetype that it represents. As if that wasn't enough, we also dive deep about the different moon phases, what each represents, and how that relates to the female experience of the world. Jen even touches on the impact of today's new moon and solar eclipse. Suffice it to say, this episode is a juicy one. So settle in, take a listen, and then come back to it again and again. Don't forget to head over to the N+F Facebook group for a special something Jen has planned around the new moon and solar eclipse. Spoiler alert: it has everything to do with tarot.

We’d love to know!

What is your connection with the moon? Do you notice any shifts in your energy or mood based on her cycles?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to Jen Blumenthal of Seduction of Soul
  • What is soul art?
  • Jen's journey into alignment and connecting with her soul's purpose
  • The moon archetype and what that really means
  • How the moon impacts women differently and why
  • The connection between moon cycles and menstruation, creativity, and mood
  • The different cycles of the moon and what they represent
  • Nourishing the "soul-self" and what happens when we don't
  • A moon-specific ritual to enhance self-care and being true to your own desires
  • Mercury retrograde and what it really means (no, it's not all bad)
  • The real reason why we are so disconnected from the moon and her magic
  • What nourishment means to Jen

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Aug 14, 2017

Putting it out there for everyone to see.

Have you ever wondered why some people feel compelled to share every single detail of their lives with strangers on the internet? We totally do. Which is why decided to spend an entire episode talking about it. We also wanted to explore the landscape of vulnerability and openness that comes as a direct result of blogging and sharing online through platforms like Twitter and Instagram. And, of course, we selfishly wanted to understand our own reasons for being so open and public about the ups and downs of our lives. So fire up your podcast queue and join us for a deeply personal conversation around being vulnerable and sharing our journeys — from the early days of blogging all the way through to the current landscape of social media and podcasting.

We'd love to know!

What is your relationship to sharing personal stories and struggles — your own or reading about others — through a blog or via other social media platforms?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • How Emily got started with blogging and social media
  • How things have changed in the online landscape over the years
  • Betsy's journey with blogging and sharing the details of her life
  • Why we feel compelled to share deeply personal things with complete strangers online
  • Purging old content and shutting old blogs down
  • How blogging brings personal accountability
  • What happens when the urge to run and hide crops up
  • Knowing where we don't want to go and pushing the boundaries of our online worlds
  • Writing that isn't driven by the need to "grow" a blog or make it big
  • Shame, fraudy feelings, and showing compassion for ourselves
  • The power of authenticity while also setting limits around what gets shared
  • Taking a break and going radio silent from time to time
  • Our love/hate relationship with social media

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Aug 7, 2017

Feeling better doesn't have to be difficult.

We've all had days (or weeks, let's be honest) when we've felt grumpy, sad, irritable, overwhelmed or just plain down in the dumps. Which is why we wanted to focus our conversation in today's episode on things you can do in 5 minutes or less to turn your mood around. Tune in for 15 things you can do right now to go from down in the dumps to feeling F-I-N-E fine. We cover everything from a drink of water and a snack to deep breathing, yoga, doodling, acts of kindness, seeking comfort from those we love (furry friends included).

We'd love to hear from you!

What's in your self-care toolbox — or Rolodex of Happiness as Betsy calls it — that gets you feeling better in minutes flat? Feel free to hit us up on Twitter. Or, better yet, join in on the conversation over in our N+F Facebook group.  

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Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to the topic and what it really means to turn things around
  • The importance of going through it to get through it
  • Focusing on the breath
  • Do the opposite of what's ailing you
  • Putting the phone down and getting your body outside
  • The power of creativity and creative expression
  • The Rolodex of Happiness, what it is and how to use it
  • Tarot and Oracle Cards as a gateway to creating change
  • How to release tension in the body as a way to let go
  • Seeking comfort from someone close to you
  • The magic of yoga to shift our mood quickly
  • Cleaning up your environment and getting rid of the clutter
  • The surprising impact of drinking more water or a warm cup of tea
  • Fight the hanger and have a snack
  • Acts of kindness — random or otherwise — are a powerful way to shift your mood
  • To-do lists and brain dumps to curb the overwhelm — i.e., decluttering your mental space

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