“You must be committed to put your self-care first and do that every day. From that space, everything gets clear, and you find yourself the protagonist in the adventure of your most beautiful life.” – Dr. Kelly Brogan in her book, Own Your Self

Wellness Force Radio Episode 333

Author of both A Mind of Your Own and Own Your Self as well as Founder of both the online healing program, Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project, Dr. Kelly Brogan, shares her own viewpoints on mental health, explores the concept of the spiral path to own and love yourself, and explains why there is nothing wrong with you.

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Listen To Episode 333 As Dr. Kelly Brogan Uncovers:

 

[1:30] The Spiral Path Of Life

[16:00] The Concept of Mirroring

  • The concept of mirroring and her own experience applying it during a recent silent retreat.
  • How to explore and accept ourselves by observing how we see or treat other people.
  • Why we feel like it ‘costs' us to hold our opinions lightly and give up being right. (19:30)
  • Unpacking the root of our “it's every man for himself” thoughts and actions.
  • The strengthening process that comes with being able to alchemize emotions.
  • Clarity she has received through the writing of her book, Own Your Self.
  • Why intently focusing on this ‘arrival point' someplace in the future is actually a distraction from true self-discovery.
  • The fact that we should be actively looking for love where we don't see it in order to help us let go of suffering.
  • How to start being in more of a state of accepting what is instead of getting an unhealthy charge out of your emotions.

[30:25] There Is Nothing Wrong About You

  • Exploring the idea of what true freedom and owning ourselves actually mean.
  • How to access a state of inner peace and stability that is not contingent upon on anything external.
  • Why relationships should not be based on an exchange but from a place of overflowing love. (34:40)
  • The old way of managing our fear through ever-increasing efforts towards control and dominance vs. this new movement of being aware that the system is broken. (38:30)
  • The concept of readiness as being this feeling of relief when you move in the direction of change. (40:00)
  • How she's helped change lives by simply giving people permission to believe that nothing is actually wrong with them. (40:40)
  • Ali's Story: Healing Bipolar Disorder and Suicidality

[43:50] What Does It Mean To Be Free?

  • What it would look like for society to be free from the shackles of mental health.
  • The necessary cultural capacity to be able to hold negative emotions and become more comfortable with emotional states that we would label as rage, grief, or shame.
  • Why we look for quick fixes for negative emotions and we so often give up freedom for the allusion of safety.
  • How she came to no longer see mental illness as something that exists or even a worthy construct.
  • Approaching our beliefs, thoughts, and actions with an open mind. (46:00)
  • Exploring the concept of creating a container and loving whatever is in it even if that is fear.
  • How fear drives our victim stories and how to use that to leverage our emotions into full expression. (51:30)
  • How she reacts to any criticism on her professional work including that she is just a projection screen for critics with some kernels of truth.
  • Challenges included in the Vital Life Project to help you explore yourself and test your ability for readiness.
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Power Quotes From The Show

'It's ultimately not about being either right or wrong in a relationship. It's about being strong enough to feel the feelings that come with potentially being wrong or at least not necessarily being right.' - @kellybroganmd Click To Tweet

Perceiving Love Where We Don't See It

“This concept of a life journey is lost because we don't have the intent at hand which might be to know ourselves through self-discovery. The point of life is not to have a happy relationship or to make lots of money. The point is to have deeply explored what it is that we are. There is an essential signature energy that each of us brings to this collective. It's not unlike the very important role that each cell has in an organ.” – Dr. Kelly Brogan

 

The Best Way Out Is Through

“It's fear that drives the victim story. So, can we use our fear to really leverage our emotions into full expression through our victim story? When we are ready, we can really begin to create our own container for ourselves so that nothing in the external world has to change. It invokes almost a self-parenting exercise where we've moved through enough of our fear-induced crisis to have discharged the feelings that frankly simply wanted to be felt.” – Dr. Kelly Brogan

 

Allowing Two Realities To Exist In A Relationship

“It's ultimately not about being either right or wrong in a relationship. It's about being strong enough to feel the feelings that come with potentially being wrong or at least not necessarily being right. Can there be two realities that co-exist? That's really what's served my husband and me in our current relationship. We allow our realities to be separate.” – Dr. Kelly Brogan

Links From Today's Show With Dr. Kelly Brogan 

About Dr. Kelly Brogan

Dr. Kelly Brogan

Dr. Kelly Brogan is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, Own Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two.

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