This week’s special guest, Valerie Sheppard, the author of the award-winning, #1 international best-seller ‘Living Happy to Be ME!’ book shares with us fantastic insights, including those she gained during her on-going recovery from a catastrophic-hemorrhagic stroke. They include:
- How the story you are building around your current experience can keep you stuck
- The difference between stagnation and gestation, and what it means to you
- How paying attention to the little things creates significant changes
- Why slow downing speeds up your progress, plus much more…
Valerie Sheppard is also an inspirational keynote speaker, university lecturer, and a certified Laughter Yoga instructor! In this compelling interview, she shares her passion for life-mastery featuring her 4-Step Happy to Be ME!© process.
It’s the centerpiece of her partnership with the University of California, Irvine for a much-loved and successful class called Living 101: Being Happy and Whole. Learn more about Valerie and her amazing work at http://HappytoBeME.net.
After congratulating her guest, Valerie Sheppard on the awards that her book has garnered, Living Happy to Be Me! Dancing Your Soul Lightstyle, Sharon asks her what could have resonated with the people and Valerie whose passion is life mastery says that people are stimulated by the energy of the book and that the wisdom it shares is accessible.
Then, she shares the story of her catastrophic stroke and how she came out of it with a can-do attitude. She also says that it’s a blessing and Sharon adds that it is also a demonstration of the power of intention and commitment.
0:10:42.9 Valerie goes on to say something about the difference between stagnation and gestation that has also her in her healing journey.
0:12:06.5 Now, they go into this concept of conscious-raising idea that puts one in the space of awareness and the space of “It’s alright even though ─”
They talk about the name of the first step in her four-step process which is to “wake up” if we want some changes in our lives.
0:25:31.1 At this point, they talk about “healthy and responsible selfishness” which is a relationship with the self that is the foundation of every other relationships.
0:30:55.6 Valerie says that judging is a part of the discerning mind which we need but it’s this criticalness, this finding fault, that we have to give up.
0:33:28.1 Now, she shares some tips for moving forward and she says the relationship you have with yourself is one of the foundations of what she teaches in her class, “Living 101: Being Happy and Whole.” It’s self-mastery.
And it’s also being comfortable with silence and the third one is play.
0:40:33.0 As far as those crappy moments, Valerie encourages us to sit in those moments and honor those feelings.
0:46:04.1 Her final tip is that everything is unfolding. In these moments, it is to sit in those moments, to honor yourself, to say, “Okay, I’m feeling really crappy right now.”
My final tip would be that everything that I’m talking about is an unfolding.