7 episodes

Teachings, storytelling and interviews shared by co-hosts Laura García and Courtney Sanborn. As long-term students and teachers they’ve spent the last decade traveling the world studying Eastern and Western practices on wellness, spirituality and healing. Tune in for new insights and resources to support you on your healing journey. Welcome to a space for personal growth and transformation!

Points of Illumination Podcast Courtney Sanborn and Laura García

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Teachings, storytelling and interviews shared by co-hosts Laura García and Courtney Sanborn. As long-term students and teachers they’ve spent the last decade traveling the world studying Eastern and Western practices on wellness, spirituality and healing. Tune in for new insights and resources to support you on your healing journey. Welcome to a space for personal growth and transformation!

    Ep7 | Self-Trust- How to Build it, How we Lose it, and Why it’s so Important for All Our Relationships

    Ep7 | Self-Trust- How to Build it, How we Lose it, and Why it’s so Important for All Our Relationships

     We explore how self-trust, self-esteem, and intuition are linked and share stories about times we have trusted ourselves fully and times that we lacked self-confidence and trust. We also give insights on how to recognize and become aware of where we are at. 
     
    Boundaries are hugely tied to self-trust. We talk about how setting boundaries can be difficult but is absolutely necessary, and how to mitigate and work with the feelings of self-doubt. 
     
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    ∙ For more information, courses, and in-person retreats visit us at www.pointsofillumination.com and sign-up for our FREE teaching: 5 minutes to calm using nothing but our own breath.
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    • 37 min
    Ep6 | Healthy Habits and Routines- Morning Routines, Eating Habits, and Anxiety Management

    Ep6 | Healthy Habits and Routines- Morning Routines, Eating Habits, and Anxiety Management

     Since it’s a new year and a lot of new habits are implemented around this time, this episode talks about different healthy habits & routines we’ve tried. We discuss everything from our daily routines, to how we manage anxiety, different tools such as blue light blockers, and our habits around food. 
     
    Courtney mentions that her favorite afternoon recharge is a 20-minute Yoga Nidra in place of a nap. We added a free guided Yoga Nidra meditation to the website. Check it out here: https://www.pointsofillumination.com/courses.
     
    Join our Free Facebook community for conversations, questions, and comments on the podcast.  Access it through our website: https://www.pointsofillumination.com/support-circle.
     
    ∙ For more information, courses, and in-person retreats visit us at www.pointsofillumination.com and sign-up for our FREE teaching: 5 minutes to calm using nothing but our own breath.
    ∙ Follow us on Instagram @pointsofillumination and Facebook: Points of Illumination for the latest news!
    ∙ Join our free inclusive community for our podcast listeners and curious individuals interested in wellness and purposeful living. Meet and connect with people from all over the world! Support Circle link: https://www.pointsofillumination.com/support-circle. 
     
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    • 40 min
    Ep5 | Navigating Difficult Times- Resources, Tools and Reflections on a Hard Year

    Ep5 | Navigating Difficult Times- Resources, Tools and Reflections on a Hard Year

     Laura and Courtney reflect on the difficult times in their lives and how they’ve navigated them. Since difficult times will always come and go, they figured it is better to be prepared for the hardships in advance and give some tools they have found effective in their lives. 
     
    In this episode we discuss: 
    -How a motivation for doing regular self-care is to help navigate difficult times.
    -Reflections on staying aware and present during difficulties & how slowing down is hard but it often helps! 
    -The racing mind & anxiety during difficult times.
    -Sometimes difficulties can be a breaking down of the old to move us into the new.
    -Suggestions on changing perspective and looking at situations from different angles.
    -How taking care of our own mental health is one of the kindest things we can do for our friends and family.
     
    ∙ For more information, courses, and in-person retreats visit us at www.pointsofillumination.com and sign-up for our FREE teaching: 5 minutes to calm using nothing but our own breath.
    ∙ Follow us on Instagram @pointsofillumination and Facebook: Points of Illumination for the latest news!
     
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    • 30 min
    Ep4 | Shadow Work- Discover the Freedom that comes from Working through our Shadow

    Ep4 | Shadow Work- Discover the Freedom that comes from Working through our Shadow

     We dive deep into shadow work, we discuss what shadow is, how to discover what is lurking in our shadow, and how to work with it and integrate it. We explain why the more shadow work we do, the lighter, freer, and more authentic we feel. 
     
    We also talk about triggers and projections, what they are, and how they play into shadow work. 
     
    Steps to work with shadow:
    1- Think of a rejected aspect of self. 
    2- Bring it to mind for a moment and then write it down in a journal.  
    3- In your mind imagine the worst possible scenario happening- the person who you never want to find out about this finds out. Watch this play out in your mind, watch the emotions and how your body feels as you think about this. 
    4- Then tell someone you trust about this shadow aspect, like a confession.
    5- Start to notice little ways you can air it throughout the week. 
    6- Stay with discomfort as it comes up. 
     
    ∙ For more information, courses, and in-person retreats visit us at www.pointsofillumination.com and sign-up for our FREE teaching: 5 minutes to calm using nothing but our own breath.
    ∙ Follow us on Instagram @pointsofillumination and Facebook: Points of Illumination for the latest news!
     
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    • 41 min
    Ep3 | Breathwork, The Breath, Breathing- Why it’s VERY Important to our Health and Wellbeing

    Ep3 | Breathwork, The Breath, Breathing- Why it’s VERY Important to our Health and Wellbeing

     For the ancients of India, the way we breathe was not something that just automatically happened. They paid attention to their breathing patterns and worked to strengthen and train their breath, just like we train our mind and bodies. 
     
    When strong thoughts or emotions get control over us, it’s difficult to calm ourselves down with our thoughts, however, a beautiful tool we can use is learning to regulate or become aware of our breath. Since our mental state and the breath are linked (think of how you breathe when you’re scared or anxious and think of how you breathe when you’re relaxed) we can control the breath, and when the breath changes, the mind state changes with it. 
     
    We go over the history of controlled breathing, also known as pranayama. We talk about how it has shaped our own lives, why if you have kids you should start working on this when they’re young and we go over some actual breathwork practices. 
     
    ∙ For more information, courses and in-person retreats visit us at www.pointsofillumination.com and sign-up for our FREE teaching: 5 minutes to calm using nothing but our own breath.
    ∙ Follow us on Instagram @pointsofillumination and Facebook: Points of Illumination for the latest news!
    ∙ Join our free inclusive community for our podcast listeners and curious individuals interested in wellness and purposeful living. Meet and connect with people from all over the world!
     
    Make sure to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on any of our weekly episodes. If you enjoyed this one, please leave us a 5-star review, and share it with someone you think could benefit from it. We would be forever grateful! 

    • 17 min
    Ep2 | Masculine and Feminine Energies- Finding and Balancing the Energies Within Yourself

    Ep2 | Masculine and Feminine Energies- Finding and Balancing the Energies Within Yourself

     Masculine and feminine energies - What are they? How do we work with them? Viewing life from the lens of masculine and feminine will change the way you see yourself and the world. 
     
    We all have a combination of both energies. They are sometimes referred to as yin and yang, the yin being feminine and the yang being masculine. The feminine is the soft receiving side and the masculine is the outward giving end. We explain how emotions can be masculine or feminine, exercise and even the organs of the body. Looking at our own masculine and feminine approach to life is a beneficial way to help keep balance and harmony in our day to day. 
     
    For more information, courses and in-person retreats visit us at www.pointsofillumination.com and sign-up for our FREE teaching: 5 minutes to calm using nothing but our own breath. Follow us on Instagram @pointsofillumination and Facebook: Points of Illumination for the latest news!
     
    Make sure to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on any of our weekly episodes. If you enjoyed this one, please leave us a 5 star review, and share it with someone you think could benefit from it. We would be forever grateful! 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

zenr8r ,

Concise and easy to understand

Educational with good pacing. Plus both of the podcasters are well spoken and have beautiful voices. Looking forward to more episodes!

AK Equipment ,

Inspiring

I appreciate the detail in which the terms are explained and the way in which they speak down to a level I can understand.

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Enjoy this very much!

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