The Healing Power Of Silence
Silence is a powerful healing tool. However, many people take it for granted. To further expound on how silence dramatically contributes to our overall well-being, I'm ecstatic that health and life coach KJ Landis is once again on the show today!
Dark Past For those who missed listening to KJ Landis' past guesting, I'm re-introducing her before we dive into the topic for today's episode. You'll be so blown away as to how KJ Landis survived a dark past and transformed herself to become a fantastic coach today.
First of all, KJ Landis was an educator in the mid-80s. However, before that, she reveals that she was obese as a child. As a victim of sexual molestation by some adult and teenaged male relatives, KJ Landis used food and music as comfort.
Throughout that time, KJ Landis kept silent. Fast forward several years later, KJ Landis found herself again struggling with weight issues during her mid-40s. She eventually found ways to lose the weight and sought ways to maintain her weight.
New Forms Of Silence KJ Landis found that silence was the solution for her to keep the weight off. However, unlike the kind of silence she went through during her dark past, this was an entirely different kind of silence.
"The focus for me was doing new forms of silence like meditation, eating healthy, yoga, hiking or anything that compliments the scientific facts of what to eat to maintain a healthful life," said KJ Landis.
Empowering People KJ Landis' personal experience led her to become an expert in empowering people through her workshops on essential oils and knowing the benefits of good fats. She also offers workshops on helping people eat right by educating them on the kinds of organic foods.
"I want people to feel empowered, healthy, and enlightened. There are different modalities of silence that have helped me," said KJ Landis. "These are also what I recommend to my clients. It includes the negative thought pot, hiking, yoga, meditation, walking, bathing, candles, oils, prayers, reading, writing and sleep."
Negative Thought Pot This concept of throwing away negative thoughts originated from one situation KJ Landis had with her daughter. To help her daughter get rid of her negative feelings that time, they wrote down negative thoughts on pieces of paper and burned it in a pot.
The negative thought pot is a wonderful solution especially for those who need to visualize getting rid of feelings that hamper ourselves to be positive. KJ Landis says this exercise can either be done indoors or outdoors and the act of burning is essentially a form of healing.
"When you physically have that mind and body connection of writing it negative thoughts down, going through the head and heart on paper, you remember the memory that you physically destroyed it," KJ Landis said.
She adds, "It's like slamming the door with the negative thoughts. It's about opening your mind to new possibilities once you close the door on things that are holding you back."
Getting Enough Sleep According to KJ Landis, sleep is the easiest way to enjoy the silence. Many of us underestimate the power of sleep. We're usually so wrapped up doing so many things and end up taking sleep for granted.
To those who have a hard time sleeping, KJ Landis suggests establishing a time to wind down for the day and get rid of thoughts that prevent us from having a good night's rest.
Tools like scented candles, soothing music or eyemasks may help. Once we resolve to allow ourselves to wind down, we will eventually sleep deeper and better.
Bathing In Silence Now, this is one of KJ Landis' favorite methods of enjoying the silence. She shares that bathing in sile