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The Empowered Curiosity Podcast is a space to explore the ideas, stories + experiences that dig deep into connecting with your True Self. Together, we’ll discuss using emotional alchemy + embodiment medicine to cultivate a conscious relationship with yourself and others. Your host Kat Lee and her guests are committed to sharing tools, techniques and wisdom about coming back Home to the most aligned version of yourself.>>>> <<<< Come as you are.Share in conversation.Leave a little curioser and curioser.
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Intuition is a strangely illusive concept. We can all look back on our lives and see where we may have been pulled away from intuition, but we’re not always in tune with it at the moment. In today’s episode, Kendra Adachi and I will do a deep dive exploration into where Intuition lives, why it gets pulled off track and how to listen to that inner knowing. My dear friend Kendra is the perfect person to have this conversation with because she lives in service of honouring the body’s wisdom & guidance, remembering the TRUTH of the intuitive compass within to create aligned expression & expansion. Listen to this episode if…You want an in-depth understanding of intuition - where it lives, why it gets pulled off track and how to listen to it. What You'll Learn in this Episode: What it feels like when intuition is not aligned Using experimentation as a practice to help you notice the subtle messages your intuition is trying to communicate with you Allowing your body to be the conduit of your intuitive voice The necessary contrast of “negative” experiences that pull us away from our intuitionUsing intuition as a compass for how you choose your support system Why we need safe spaces to allow our intuition to flow References:The Wisdom of Trauma - Documentary featuring Gabor MatéEmpowered Curiosity Podcast Ep. 27  -  Reclaiming Body Wisdom w/ Kendra AdachiYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramKendra Adachi  is in service to honouring the body’s wisdom & guidance, remembering the TRUTH of the the intuitive compass within co-creating aligned expression & expansion.Kendra's is offering  PERMISSION - 9-week embodiment experience. Kendra's Website // Instagram//The Honoured BodyThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
The one word I am going to spend my entire life trying to know and integrate is “Dao”.  I am obsessed with understanding Dao even though I know that the closer I get to it, the less I will know. This word is nearly un-nameable because it takes on a unique meaning for each unique person. And I swear, I’m not trying to be obtuse on purpose here. The words we have to translate “Dao” in English is a good try, but it’s hard to capture such an elusive word. We call it Road. Path. Middle Way. Purpose. And when I roll these words along my tongue, examining them to see if it matches what it feels like in my Heart, I feel a bit like Goldilocks with the too small bed, the too hot porridge and the too big chair. In this episode, I’ve asked Mara Branscombe to join me in conversation to help capture what it means to live in harmony with intention, intuition and alignment with the Dao. Listen to this podcast if..You worship at the Church of Nature and want to find flow rather than prescriptions in your spiritual practice What You'll Learn in this Episode: How to approach ritual and ceremony in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming Why trauma blocks you from your True Self/DaoHow structure cultivates creativityHow to infuse your rituals with the energetics of the seasons so you can find flow rather than prescriptions with your spiritual practiceThe 4 pillars that Mara uses to frame ritual - intention, intuition, compassion, actionResources: Ep.14  Spiritual Rituals to Anchor into IntuitionEp.35  The Medicine of Embodiment Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramMara Branscombe is a mother, writer, yogi, dancer, mindfulness leader, ceremonialist and spirit coach. Her ability to guide others along the path of self-transformation is her greatest gift. She is passionate about weaving the art of mindfulness, self-care, creativity, mind-body practices and earth-based rituals into her offerings.Mara's Website // Instagram  All photos of Mara by Eva BrownsteinThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
If you are on a journey to untangle from people-pleasing or perfectionist tendencies, you’re going to want to tune into this conversation with Courney Koester. This might be stating the obvious to define what “people pleasing” is but I think it’s important to dive into nuanced topics with the same vocabulary. I define “people-pleasing” as a pattern of putting the needs of others before your ownWhen this happens, who you are and what you want is replaced by the needs and happiness of others. This comes at the cost of your own thoughts, desires, emotions, likes/dislikes, preferences, goals, dreams and beliefs. We embody this pattern when we: Take on responsibility for the feelings of other people by trying to fix their emotions, make them more comfortable or taking on blame Crave external validation as a determinant of your self-worthDon’t communicate when your feelings are hurt or boundaries have been crossedStruggle with setting boundaries leading you to be overcommitted and resentful for what you agreed to doAllow a lack of reciprocity in relationships which leaves us feeling burnt out on peopleThis comes from a variety of reasons, many of which come from our communities/families of origin. Courtney and I do a deep dive into where people-pleasing patterns come from and how they have served us and what we can do to integrate them so we are no longer ruled by them.Untangling people-pleasing patterns is so important because when you override your needs and desires, you silence your voice. When you silence your voice, your Dao has no possible way to manifest. In our community, we celebrate and normalize sharing truth, purpose and authenticity.Listen to this episode if..You are on a journey to untangle your people-pleasing or perfectionist tendencies What You'll Learn in this Episode: The one question that is impossible for humans with people-pleasing tendencies to answerThe medicine of story Why we are drawn to do healing work in groups Why “Me Too” was such a potent movement Resources: Discover your Inner Rhythm: A daily guide and pattern tracker by Courtney KoesterYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramCourtney Koester is an empowerment coach + wild-hearted adventurer. With firsthand experience in untangling from patterns of people pleasing + self-abandonment, her work focuses on the importance of self-reconnection + rehumanization -- inviting you to explore, untangle, be seen + ultimately come alive in your most aligned self-expression.Courtney's  Website // InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
I often get asked “How do I get over my stress/overwhelm/anxiety/depression?”Folks are looking for me to tell them exactly which protocol or modality to help them get out of their funk. “Is cognitive behavioural therapy the answer?” “Should I try reiki?” “How about a therapist who is trained in internal family system?”“What about acupuncture?”My answer is this: As a healing community, we put too much emphasis on modalities and less on what will actually help relieve suffering. The bad news is that there is no magical cure or modality that will save us all (and be very cautious of practitioners who tell you that they’ve got the answer). The good news is that the key to healing from stress/anxiety/depression is actually quite simple. Are you ready for it? It’s safety. Let’s break that down a bit… Safety happens when you have pattern-breaking experiences that allow your nervous system to feel that what was previously scary is no longer scary. This happens in safe environments and safe relationships. And your nervous system is the part of you that leads this entire experience. When your nervous system feels safe, choices open up where things were previously binary, you’re able to feel curious instead of threatened and you have the capacity to feel expansive instead of stifled. Listen to this episode if..You know you’re stressed/overwhelmed/anxious/depressed and want to understand how your nervous system is the key to unraveling these patternsWhat You'll Learn in this Episode: A breakdown of the nervous system and how it is the regulator of stress and trauma The necessary integration of  the body and emotions in trauma work Why modalities are not as important as the relationship to safety when it comes to treating the nervous system The physiology and spiritual needs of sleepingThe importance of building strength and resilience through challenge - why we need to go through “Act 2” Resources: The Victorious Mind: How to master memory, meditation and mental well-being by Anthony Metivier Empowered Curiosity Podcast Episode 44: Healing Your Emotions by Listening to your GutYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramBrian  Donahoe is a multifaceted practitioner and business owner. He built his practice around finding the sources of disease and restoring alignment within the body through multiple modalities - both ancient healing techniques and modern scientific research. Brian's  Website // InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
The inevitability of our human experience is that we will, at some point, lose sight of our purpose. When we are misaligned with purpose, we get pulled into the vortex of addictions, avoidant/anxious attachment strategies and generally feeling disempowered in our own lives. On the flip side, when we can identify and make explicit what our purpose is, have a sense of what drives us, understand what lights us up with bliss, we are able to settle into what our Dao is. In today’s conversation, Chinese Medicine Practitioner Christina Cecconi (who also happens to be one of my besties) and I explore the Fire Element and Summer Season. As humans, we are naturally drawn to the fire element. It is the metaphorical element for what connects us and what destroys us. And because of this, it is also the element that represents our Dao. What You'll Learn in this Episode: What does “Dao” mean and why the Fire Element is the Element of the DaoThe balance of Divine Masculine and Feminine The need for a container to express emotionsThe unhealthy chasing of bliss leading to addictionsHow the Fire Organs protect the HeartResources: “Harmony Enemy” Poem by Buddy WakefieldEp.16  What is YOUR Attachment Wound?Ep.21  Surrendering into the Metal Element and Autumn Season with Christina CecconiEp.29  Flow into the Water Element and Winter Season with Christina CecconiEp.38  Creating Purposeful Movement with the Wood Element and Spring Season with Christina CecconiYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramChristina Cecconi  brings over a decade of experience in the world of Classical Chinese Medicine into her life and work as an acupuncturist, a practitioner, and a being that's having a human experience. Christina's  Website This podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
What does it mean to be empowered and curious? What does it mean to abandon ourselves in relationships? What’s the difference between a boundary and an ultimatum?I had the opportunity to be a guest on The Learn to Love Podcast with Zach Beach and we explore the nuances of these themes. This is a trailer to pique your curiosity. Listen to the full episode HERE on The Learn to Love Podcast with Zach BeachSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
Did you know that 90-95% of our actions are driven from our subconscious programming? This is exaaaaactly why we tend to find ourselves in the same cycles over and over and over again - choosing the same archetype of a partner, finding yourself in the same rut of feeling devalued at work or having the same arguments over and over again with your loved ones. Part of the journey to unraveling our patterns of suffering is to become conscious, cultivate presence and reclaim your power by taking responsibility for your life.That sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? That’s why I invited Christian de la Huerta to help me break these concepts down into digestible, implementable practices. Christian is a spiritual teacher, personal transformation coach and leading voice in the breathwork community with 30 years of experience. He has traveled the world offering transformational retreats combining psychological and spiritual teachings with lasting and life-changing effects. He is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author, spoken at numerous universities and conferences and even on the TEDx stage. His new book  “Awakening the Soul of Power” was described by multiple Grammy Award–winner Gloria Estefan as “a balm for the soul of anyone searching for truth and answers to life’s difficult questions.” What You'll Learn in this Episode: Reclaiming power by taking responsibilityAnchoring practices if you are at the beginning of your consciousness journeyUnconventional ways to create an access point to presenceThe difference between evolutionary fear and Ego-based fearTurning the lens within to examine your own cyclical patterns instead of blaming othersResources: "The Power of Breath"  Christian de la Huerta’s TEDx Talk"Awakening the Soul of Power" by Christian de la HuertaYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramChristian de la Huerta is a personal transformation coach, TEDx speaker, and author of Awakening the Soul of Power, described by music icon Gloria Estefan as “a balm for the soul.”Christian's Website // Instagram // FacebookThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
One of the most profound shifts I’ve made in my spiritual practice is understanding that it is a subtractive process, rather than an additive one. The simplest way to explain this is that you can approach spirituality thinking that you are not whole, needing to be fixed and grasping for the next modality, teacher, guru or tool to hold you together OR you can approach spirituality with the intention of remembering who your True Self is. When you do this, you can clearly see the  stories, narratives and conditions that you used to create a sense of safety and belonging in your life. And when you approach spirituality from this perspective, it’s pretty simple. It’s about shedding those layers of survival strategies to get to who you always were underneath it all. In today’s episode, I discuss one of the most common archetypal identities that our Egos create to help us feel useful, validated and worthy of love: The Good Girl.  I asked my good friend Holly Toronto to help me explore this idea because as you’ll hear in her story, she’s had quite the heroine’s journey along this path of soothing her Good Girl and reclaiming her True Self. From her evangelical Christian upbringing, she was conditioned to give others the moral authority to judge what would deem her good and worthy of acceptance. Her work of shedding layers upon layers manifested in her needing to explore this shadow side of herself even as she released her identity as a Christian.  What You'll Learn in this Episode: The Archetype of the “Good Girl” and how she serves in early childhood     The danger of allowing other people to decide our goodness    How to stand in our own integrity when we are “called out” and told we are a “bad girl”What it feels like somatically to stand in integrity The invitational nature of triggers for deeper healing and explorationSlowing down the pace of personal development work to actually be nourished by itResources: This Might Get Me Canceled: A Manifesto on the Return to Wholeness Podcast with Holly Toronto Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramHolly Toronto is a Certified Master Level Coach who has 5 years of experience helping women stop prioritizing other people’s expectations of beauty, belief or behavior so that they can live their life from a place of Wholeness, fully aligned with the truth of who they are.Holly's Website // InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
I am so excited to introduce my new friend Brian Donahoe to you. He and I will be doing an entire series diving into the different organ systems, how stress affects the different organ systems and what they are physiologically and emotionally holding onto so you can transform your Story. These conversations will go to the root of what I mean when I say “the Body is the storyteller of your life”. Because once we accept this concept, the next logical question is: “What the hell is my Body trying to tell me?” We start this week with the Digestive System. What You’ll Learn: Dispelling the myth that the brain is the most intelligent organ in the body The relationship between stress and the digestive system The physiological and emotional energetics of each of the organs of the digestive system Why there is a power dynamic in doctor-patient relationships and who benefits from that system (Spoiler: it’s not you or your body) The unintended consequences of believing our Bodies are machinery with infinite energyResources: The Map of Consciousness Explained by David Hawkins The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk  Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramBrian Donahoe is a multifaceted practitioner and business owner. He built his practice around finding the sources of disease and restoring alignment within the body through multiple modalities - both ancient healing techniques and modern scientific research. Brian's Website // InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
I am someone who lives in the world of both/and. Meaning, I find deep value for the scientific research being done to explain the structure, functionality and physiology of our Bodies, BUT I believe we cannot take our finger off the pulse of the Spirit and Dao that courses through these temporary vessels we call our Bodies. Our bodies are the storytellers of our lives. But are we really listening? More and more of us are turning towards traditional cultural lineages of healing for guideposts of how to feel more at home in our bodies. Because we need both the microscope and the telescope to connect the dots on how to be safe, whole and embodied. I’ve invited Tracey Stevens to share her wisdom about these intangible narratives that run through our physical cells. Tracey is also someone who lives in the world of both/and.She has worked in the health industry for over 30 years. She started out in western medicine as an Occupational Therapist later trained in Five Element Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression Therapy and Compassionate Inquiry.  Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole she has been on a deep metaphysical journey resulting in her practice today which specializes in helping people understand the emotional root cause of their physical problems. What You'll Learn in this Episode: Stoking curiosity about our Body to reclaim the medicine of alignmentThe history of colonialism and the fracturing of mind-body-spirit medicineHow the Body speaks through metaphorsThe potency of healing through stories Resources: Polyvagal Theory by Steven W. Porges Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramTracey Stevens is an acupuncturist specializing in the mind body connection  She helps people find the emotional root cause of their physical issues.Tracey's Website // InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
Amar Atma is a Board-Certified Chaplain who has specialized training to create peace and joy amidst the most challenging situations. Amar Atma is also a grief coach helping those who seek relief and peace. Because of his background in the hospital setting, he has a special connection to working with nurses and physicians, leading mind-body resilience presentations and events using his training in TCM & life coaching to create peace of mind amidst the challenges they faced together.Chaplains are trained in the art of presence and the power of transformation that can come from deep listening and spiritual reflection, but I truly believe that he was born with these gifts.  Amar Atma shifted my own trajectory back in our grad school days  and I am so thrilled to share this conversation with you. This conversation is important for people who play a supportive role to other humans and for anyone who has experienced a loss and is feeling an incomplete loop in the cycle. What You'll Learn in this Episode: The importance of advocacy and safety in trauma-informed containers of careThe necessary work of co-regulation for hospital staff and other humans who work in service of others What trauma is and why we need to integrate experiences from the Body levelGrief as a process of honour and love and how it can mutate if left unattendedThe distortion of  “good vibes only”References: “Kitchen Table Wisdom”  Rachel Naomi Remen, MD “Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory”  Stephen W. Porges “The Body Keeps the Score”  Bessel Van der Kolk “On Death and Dying“  Elisabeth Kubler Ross, MD  “Daring Greatly”  Brene Brown Ph.D LMSW “Healing through the Dark Emotions”  Miriam Greenspan Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramAmarAtma is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Spiritual Care Association (2018), with 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (2015), Ordination with Sikh Dharma International (2012), and a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (2011). AmarAtma has extensive training in end of life care with speciality certifications in Advanced Palliative Care Chaplaincy, Crisis and Prevention Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Communication and Optimal Resolution.AmarAtma's Website //Instagram //LinkedinThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
Brittany Sharpe is a Vinyasa & Yin yoga teacher, Mama, DJ & Astrology practitioner. She currently resides on Salt Spring Island, BC with her family.  I got to see first hand how much care she takes in stewarding the land where she resides and caring for her farm animals. She has been teaching yoga for over seven years and has taught many Yoga & Sound offerings throughout Vancouver. Brittany's latest passion has been leading new & full moon circles for people and sharing the wisdom of astrology. In Brittany's Astro Moon Yoga classes she works with the power of the moon to help people manifest their deepest heartfelt desires. While I was on a solo retreat on Salt Spring, I had a chance to attend one of her classes and  left feeling uplifted, inspired and excited for what the future holds which is why I felt compelled to ask her to share her wisdom with our community. What You'll Learn in this Episode: Journaling/intention prompts to flow with the energetics of the full and new moonLand stewardship as a teacher for grounding and rooting into cyclesThe importance of integrating lessons in the Body The Medicine of sisterhood and community, or as Brittany says “Sharing to shift”Resources: Kim Kranz "The Wild Unknown" Archetype Cards  Mara Branscombe on the Empowered Curiosity Podcast:The Medicine of EmbodimentSpiritual Tools to Anchor into IntuitionYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramBrittany Sharpe is an inspirational yoga teacher, mother, nutritionist and DJ. Her passions in life are teaching yoga and inspiring others to nourish themselves through what they put into their bodies both energetically and physically. She welcomes others to navigate life through the eyes of astrology and honour the cycles of the moon to manifest their deepest heartfelt desires.Brittany's Instagram //Facebook //SoundcloudThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
A trauma-informed practitioner isn’t a magical unicorn. They’re someone who is deeply committed to integration and have put the work in so they can model and lead other people into their shadows. This is why when I met Patty, I knew I needed to share her voice on this podcast.  It's so clear that Patty loves helping people. She loves  to empower people to move towards their goals + dreams by showing them how to leverage their unique interests and abilities to foster more connection + compassion in their lives. She has an impressive pedigree of advanced degrees in education but she walked away from the classroom to follow her own path.  She is now a Trauma-Informed Teacher Consultant who works with teachers and students to bring a healing perspective into the classroom. Patty’s well-rounded approach draws on her experience as an ordained holistic minister, student of energy healing, and education in Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Teaching. Patty is an author, consultant, speaker and trainer as well as a volunteer, employee and advisor for stellar local and global non-profits and I am so excited to share her voice and her story as inspiration for your own journey. What You'll Learn in this Episode: What it means to be “trauma-informed" in a school setting and why it is vital to educationWhy incorporating trauma-informed education to teachers helps create better learning outcomes for studentsWhy vulnerability is needed in the classroom to create a safe environment to model self-regulationRevealing your Personal Legend by being a “transitional” character who breaks patternsThe medicine of Story Resources: Patty's Books The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoOne Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey The Things They Carry by Tim O’BrienThe Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie MackesyYou are a Badass by Jen SinceroYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramPatty McLain is a former high school teacher turned consultant who is passionate about empowering teachers with tools that will help them and their students better navigate stress and overwhelm.  She is also an author and coach committed to sharing hope, teaching wholeheartedness, and showing up fully and authentically for herself and others.Patty's Website // Instagram //Facebook This podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
This month marks the 1 year anniversary of the collective shift of the global pandemic. For many of us, it has been an invitation to examine our relationship to the natural cycles of existence and how it feels to be confronted with literal death in the form of the coronavirus or with the idealogical death of systems that no longer work for us. For both SJ and I, this year has been deeply clarifying for how we approach our businesses, the language that we use, how she parents and how we show up to serve our communities. What You’ll Learn: The energetics of the words and intentions that we choose to useThe importance of healing our own subconscious beliefs in order to heal the next generationHow aligned vocabulary is spellwork for your intentionsYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramSJ  is a mother, creative and offers conscious lifestyle, meditation tools, creative brand strategy and spiritual guidance for women. Her platform is Radiance and Ritual, a spirit-led virtual events space and container for connection, that works with monthly themes + new content weekly inviting women to share in experiences of embodiment, tea and conversation. SJ's Website // Instagram This podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
As we transition into a new season, regular podcast guest Christina Cecconi joins me once again for a chat about the energetics of Spring and the Wood Element. We are inching closer to Spring Equinox and you’ve likely been feeling the stirrings within your own body and spirit. To move, to be creative, to bring things to life, to plant seeds. But this also comes with the challenges of Spring. When we prioritize progress and movement over alignment, we fall into the trap of creating action for action’s sake. When things don’t turn out as we plan, this brings up frustration and anger. Sound familiar? Yeah, me too.Let’s dive into the energetics of Spring/Wood to find purposeful movement. What You'll Learn in this Episode: The energetics of Spring/Wood in relation to yin/yang theoryHow the Spring Season represents the transition from potential energy to kinetic energyThe balanced and unbalanced representations of AngerThe gifts and downfalls of the Wood elementThe energetics of Wood energy in a Metal Ox yearYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramChristina Cecconi uses the timeless wisdom of Classical Chinese Medicine to help cultivate genuine wellbeing in our present day lives. Trained as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christina runs her clinical practice, Hinoki Wellness, in Vancouver, BC where she offers gentle esoteric acupuncture and lifestyle medicine. Christina's Website // InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
You are catching me at the start of a transition. For the past 4 years I’ve been nesting with my romantic BFF Andre Lagace, but this week I’ll be packing up the Subaru and moving from Vancouver, BC down to Henderson, NV. Even before this move was on the horizon, Andre and I had been planning on releasing an episode about attachments and how we’ve worked to co-create a secure relationship from a highly unstable one. But having a conversation about attachments in the midst of my packed boxes felt particularly poignant. I struggle to identify exactly who Andre is to me. He is my ex-boyfriend, ex-partner but our relationship has evolved beyond what those labels mean to most people. For the past year, he has been my quaran-teammate. We’ve cooked together, laughed together, cried together, gardened together. Pretty much spent every waking moment together in our 800 square foot apartment. He is also my co-collaborator on almost all the things that you see manifested here on Empowered Curiosity. He is the producer of this podcast. He creates all my graphics. And he’s also who I muse with daily for inspiration. Romantic BFF felt like the easiest way to describe him, but even that doesn’t quite encapsulate who he is and what he means to me. What You'll Learn in this Episode: How to co-create a secure relationship even when both partners are on opposite ends of the attachment spectrum Communication tools for both the anxious and avoidant partner to create security in a challenging conversation The importance of correcting the stories we tell ourselvesYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramAndre Lagace makes music, cooks food, snuggles dogs and cats, is a Dad, produces podcasts, digs in the dirt and voraciously researches topics of fancy. Can be found daydreaming, puttering, and singing songs to Ruby. Andre Lagace's InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
This episode is going to be valuable for you if you were not exposed to healthy modeling of how to work through challenges in relationships. The thing is that our parents were trying their best with the tools that they had. Many of us had parents that didn’t have very good tools. Today, I’ve invited Jeremy Goldberg, coach, author, and podcast host. I wanted to have a conversation with him because as he put it, he’s someone who has “met rock bottom, planted a seed, grew a tree and climbed out of the hole his mind made.” What you’ll learn this episode: The importance of self-regulation in relationshipsHow to approach relationships as a scientific experiment Radical honesty as initiation into relationshipsThe choices we have when we are in discomfort The value of our shadowy aspects and emotions Using the 5 love languages to self-regulate and co-regulate Resources:5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman The Prophet by Khalil Gibrand Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // Instagram Dr. Jeremy Goldberg  is the founder of Long Distance Love Bombs, and his mission is to make kindness cool, empathy popular, and compassion commonplace.  He wants to make the world better than it was yesterday.  As part of that purpose, he write articles, sends emails, hosts retreats and workshops, coaches clients, has a podcast, writes books, and makes spoken word poetry videos.  He is also active on Facebook and Instagram, leading an online tribe of more than 60,000 badass humans.   This podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
One of the pillars of our conversations in this community is Embodiment Medicine.  I wanted to have an entire episode about what this actually means. When I thought about who I wanted to have on as a guest for this topic, there was only one name that came to mind: Mara Branscombe. Mara is a mother, writer, yogi, dancer, mindfulness leader, ceremonialist and spirit coach. She has an amazing ability to guide others along the path of self-transformation. She is grounded. She is in tune with the cycles. She is the walking embodiment of doing this work of alchemizing emotions from the emotional plane into the physical to extract the lessons we are all here to learn.I have also invited Mara to co-facilitate as a guest presenter for the upcoming Heart Lab Circle. The Heart Lab  is my 3-month group coaching program to help guide you within so you can rewrite your relationship to love, trust and belonging. I have poured my entire Being into this offering. It condenses everything I have learned in the last 13 years about empowering folks in relationships into a safe container so you can do your work alongside a community who is bravely doing the same depth of work as you. Because it can honestly feel so lonely to be doing this healing work of taking sovereign responsibility for yourself. It can feel like you’re the only one who even wants to do this. Mara and I will hold you accountable as you find your way back Home. What You'll Learn in this Episode: What embodiment means to both Mara and KatSpirituality as a subtractive and unlearning process Listening to our Body’s signs and symptoms as communication Using the Body as a channel to work through challenges Releasing outcome as an embodiment practice Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramMara Branscombe is a mother, writer, yogi, dancer, mindfulness leader, ceremonialist and spirit coach. Her ability to guide others along the path of self-transformation is her greatest gift. She is passionate about weaving the art of mindfulness, self-care, creativity, mind-body practices and earth-based rituals into her offerings.Mara's Website // Instagram  All photos of Mara by Eva BrownsteinThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
This week, I’m showing you my tender bits. I tried to interview my boyfriend Shawn but in reality what ended up happening is that we just had a conversation. A conversation that feels deeply personal to me because in it, we reflected on a lot of what we’ve been challenged by in our relationship and what we’ve intentionally done to right the ship. I wanted to share this with you because I want to acknowledge that these tools we talk about in this community are often easier said than done. We all say we want a conscious relationship but then we point to a solution outside of ourselves. We think “He just needs to change…” or “If only she wouldn’t do this….” or “I just need to find someone who’s better for me.” Meanwhile, we fall back into our old thought patterns, self-sabotaging behaviours and comfort zones and forget that we are 50% of the relationship. In this episode, Shawn and I talk about taking sovereign responsibility for ourselves to BE a better partner. What You'll Learn in this Episode: The importance of listening to understand in challenging conversationsHow to correct Ego stories as a way to prevent harmful projections How to ask for space to self-regulate your own nervous system Cultivating navigation skills to move through troubled waters What it takes to be a good containerWhy martyrdom does not equal love Your Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. Kat Lee's Website // InstagramShawn Frazier has always been intrigued by how people behave and communicate. Growing up, he observed arguments between his parents and wondered how two people whose best interests were so closely intertwined could have such volatile arguments. He identified that having clear and compelling points was only half of the battle and inadequate if not accompanied by careful attention and close listening. Now in his relationships, he strives to be clear in communication, setting boundaries or expectations, but also seeks to fully witness his counterparts to fully understand them. Shawn's InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
I’ve said over and over again that there’s something magical that happens when a community of aligned women come together. Gathering in Circles is something that our feminine ancestors knew how to do, but in our modern world, these opportunities to gather and truly open up and reveal ourselves is rare. When we gather in a container rooted in the power of our femininity, it is not to create a hierarchy or competition, it is simply to witness, to hold and to nurture one another so we can each uncover our own sovereign strength.I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’ve invited some guests who feel incredibly near and dear to my heart. Jackie Chuang and Lauren Sessa are graduates of the 2020 Circle of The Heart Lab and they are here to share what they learned from the program, but most importantly,  they are here to share what they learned as they witnessed each other in our weekly group sessions. I believe Rumi said it best: “We’re all just walking each other home.”What You'll Learn in this Episode: Why highly driven, independent women need community to heal traumaThe burnout cycle of over-giving and validation-seekingHow the culture of accountability in a community leads to safetyHow safe community allows you to witness your own humanity and stop minimizing your own experience Why we need different medicines for different emotionsResources:"The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown Ph.D LMSW “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” by Amelia Nagoski Ph.D and Emily Nagoski DMAYour Speakers:Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship  Coach, Podcast Host and Creator of The Heart Lab, who guides folks to alchemize their emotions, cultivate conscious relationships and embody their healing journey.Kat Lee's Website // InstagramJackie Chuang  lives in Campbell, CA with her dog Kora and is a constant work in progress believing growth is an ongoing journey. She’s an avid foodie and adventure seeker.Jackie's InstagramLauren Sessa  has spent the last 20 years in the corporate world as a Customer Success Leader.  In 2018, feeling wildly unfulfilled despite her career success, she experienced a shift that would impact the trajectory of her life. While she moves through her own journey of healing and rediscovery, she is intent to dedicate her creative efforts to helping others experience this illuminating shift for themselves.Lauren's InstagramThis podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.Original music by Mayan KitesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=34245616)
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