From episode: Author JJ DiGeronimo- Seeking: 74 Key Findings to Raise Your Energy
Some things that you like to talk about. You talk about mindfulness and using mindfulness as a superpower. And what do you mean, like, mindfulness? Because I know a lot of people hear the word, it's a buzzword, but they might not really know exactly what it is that you mean by that. Yes. And I think it's important to talk a little bit about like, I had to do a lot of things to work through the stories that were holding me back, the self -doubt that popped up all the time that really kind of drove a lot of my decisions. And really just how I moved through life. And I realized I was obviously, you know, in my work profession, things were going well, but I really beat myself up a lot. And I kind of beat other people up a lot, whether I said it or not. And I even was so hard on myself that I really stifled myself in a lot of ways. And the energy work that I did, the self -discovery, the solo trip, the experience with different energy allowed practitioners me to move a lot of that heavier energy out of my body and create room for light and love.
And one of the most instrumental things that I learned is mindfulness. And mindfulness was not something I was running towards if I was totally honest. Like, mindfulness seemed to me like, oh, that's such a ridiculous thing to do, you know? Yeah, true woo woo, right? Like, oh, there goes those woo woo people, right? Yes, absolutely. I wanted to be productive. I wanted to, you know, really kind of get things done all the time. And my mindfulness teacher was just not having it. She was like, JJ, you have to put the notebook away. I'm like, no, I might have a good thought or I got to plan my grocery list. And it took me weeks to realize that I was basically living in the future or reflecting on the past. I was not in the present moment. And mindfulness really taught me how to be in that present moment.
Oh, my God, no, I think most of us are there. We're there like thinking about everything we have to do or going over everything that we've already experienced. We're not present very often. So what does your mindfulness practice look like? Do you have a daily practice? Oh, I've thought about myself in the last eight years. You know, I really had a lot of work to do because I was so leaning in the masculine energy. I was so driven. And it took me a long time to unwind that. You know, I'm 50 now. So I've been working in that energy and that like productivity rat race for so long. And all of us have masculine and feminine energy. But when you're in high tech, which I was or many demanding careers, you lean so far in the masculine that you completely detach yourself from your knowing your connection and your inner wisdom. Yeah, totally.
What like, do you do a meditation? Do you do like a grounding, a breathing exercise? Like, like, what's see, because mindfulness can be very difficult for some people who mind, you know, goes in a million directions. So I like to give people who practice it like what it is that they do that helps them get into that present moment. I love that. So one of my biggest, one of the easiest things I do just to remind myself how easy it really is, is I either look out my window or I go outside and I find 20 things, recognize 20 things and not just things I see, but things I hear, smell, feel, and I really put myself in the present moment outside. Or even if I have to just look outside, right, I just really just put myself in the present moment. And it's amazing because when you are in the present moment and you're just recognizing everything that's happening around you, it's hard to be worried. It's hard to be fearful. It's hard to have anxiety because you're in the present moment. There's, you're not thinking about what you already did or what you're leaning into next.
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