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Join KJ Nasrul--licensed psychotherapist and musician nursing a lifelong obsession with stories and melting cheese--in conversation about mental health, resilience, creativity and compassion. As creator of Bliss Begins Within and the wellness program Healing Our Healers, KJ is on a mission of guidance--with an open invitation for women, people of color, and adoptees-- towards embracing a creative, artful, storied life. Weekly Wednesday-ish episodes will feature recorded interviews and experiential jam sessions in collaboration with musicians, visionaries and healers. KJ also flies solo to support you in recovering and expressing your unique voice, your story of astonishing light.

Stories of Astonishing Light with KJ Nasrul KJ Hoard Nasrul

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Join KJ Nasrul--licensed psychotherapist and musician nursing a lifelong obsession with stories and melting cheese--in conversation about mental health, resilience, creativity and compassion. As creator of Bliss Begins Within and the wellness program Healing Our Healers, KJ is on a mission of guidance--with an open invitation for women, people of color, and adoptees-- towards embracing a creative, artful, storied life. Weekly Wednesday-ish episodes will feature recorded interviews and experiential jam sessions in collaboration with musicians, visionaries and healers. KJ also flies solo to support you in recovering and expressing your unique voice, your story of astonishing light.

    We Shine On: Revealing and Repatterning Our Beliefs | Shanna Windle

    We Shine On: Revealing and Repatterning Our Beliefs | Shanna Windle

    Today KJ opens the  SOAL listening gallery for a story from Shanna Windle, an attorney turned holistic-subconscious mind-hacker with a mission of helping  us utilize the natural resources within ourselves to make changes and regain control in certain arenas of our lives. Using the award- winning  approach of Rapid Transformational Therapy Hypnosis, Shanna guides her clients towards finally, completely breaking negative patterns in emotions and behaviors that have kept them from living their full potential.

    In the aftermath of grief and loss, including a divorce and the death of her mother, Shanna experienced the deterioration of her own emotional and physical well being. She sought answers to rising questions about mental wellness, maladaptive behavior patterns, and sustainable health which led Shanna to the decision to leave a 15-year career in law. She created a holistic health and Rapid Transformational Therapy practice based in Florida, Shine Wellness.

    Takeaways 
     Hypnotherapy defined differently: Guided visualizations with a specific goal in mind. Carry the intention of uncovering the  beliefs that may be obstacles to wholly healing.  Habits are dictated by the subconscious mind. 95% of everything we do- our thinking, our actions and our feelings- derive from our subconscious.  We have the capacity to rewire our thinking patterns to create new habits! Our brains possess the ability for plasticity and flexibility.Recalibration through prayer, time spent with kids and family, visualization and connecting with nature are all ways to practice self compassion and restore balance.Please rate and review this podcast if our stories have astonished you as well. Your review may be featured on the show, AND  you're eligible for a FREE, private 1:1 call with KJ! https://ratethispodcast.com/astonishingstories

    Episode Mentions: 
    Website: www.Shinewellness.orgIG:  @shine_wellnessTT: shine_wellness_shannaFB: @shinewellness.orgResource: Marisa Peer, Founder and Creator of RTT Resource: Psychology Today/Hypnotherapy Ep 58 background music, Original Compositions written & performed by KJIntro Music: Canada Lo Res by Pictures Of The Floating World Connect With KJ & Bliss Begins Within 
    Work With KJ https://blissbeginswithin.as.me/HelloCallIG:  @MusingsOnOther @BlissBeginsWithin @AdopteeSociety Website: https://blissbeginswithin.com  Receive Love Letters from KJ https://bit.ly/BlissBeginsList Facebook & TwitterSupport the show (https://paypal.me/KJNasrulMFT )

    • 35 min
    Redefining Our Feminine Armory | Nina Flores

    Redefining Our Feminine Armory | Nina Flores

    Childhood friends KJ and Dr. Nina Flores jam about empowered presence as biracial Women Of Color.  Dr. Flores is an Assistant Professor with the Social & Cultural Analysis of Education master’s program in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach. There she engages students in deep analyses of issues concerning justice, power, and resistance.

    Nina's writing and research on topics such as gender-based violence, and harassment experienced at academic conferences has been featured in several esteemed Academic journals including Gender & Education and Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis as well as  national outlets: Washington Post, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine Blog, Progressive Planning Magazine, and the OC Weekly.
    Today KJ and Nina discuss messaging around harassment and safety and the multitude of layers comprising true Self Care, including boundary setting and designing our "Dressed Up" Outsides in both feminine expression and armor. 
    Takeaways:
    We can be impactful when we release our material attachments, even if only for minutesSelf Compassion is multilayered, whole, and an active intentionality What is your armor as you walk out your door today, Ladies? Please rate and review this podcast if our stories have astonished you as well. Your review may be featured on the show, AND  you're eligible for a FREE, private 1:1 call with KJ! https://ratethispodcast.com/astonishingstories  
    Episode Mentions: 
    IG  https://instagram.com/BellHookedMe Email Nina at Nina.Flores@csulb.edu Book Rec: Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown Book Rec: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit Ep 57 background music, Original Composition performed by KJIntro Music: Canada Lo Res by Pictures Of The Floating World Connect With KJ & Bliss Begins Within 
    IG:  @MusingsOnOther @BlissBeginsWithin @AdopteeSociety Work With KJ https://blissbeginswithin.as.me/HelloCallWebsite: https://blissbeginswithin.com  Receive Love Letters from KJ https://bit.ly/BlissBeginsList Facebook & TwitterSupport the show (https://paypal.me/KJNasrulMFT )

    • 37 min
    Tiny Astonishments: Qualities of Gratitude | KJ Nasrul

    Tiny Astonishments: Qualities of Gratitude | KJ Nasrul

    Tis the Season!  KJ assesses and honors qualities of gratitude for all the challenges and blessings bestowed in the months of August and September. KJ  has returned with the first Tiny Astonishment (solo show) of Season Three after unexpectedly taking a month off from podcasting to experience a number of fairly significant events. 
    KJ's husband NN became a US Citizen! She and said American Citizen Husband subsequently got dropped by COVID. KJ quit her 9-5 corporate healthcare job to pursue creative endeavors and to expand her expressive arts and trauma informed counseling practice Bliss Begins Within Psychotherapy.  .... and she returned to school. September was something special... Nevertheless, KJ welcomes Fall with open arms and a grateful heart.

    Please Rate and Review This Podcast if our stories have astonished you as well. Your review could be read on the show, AND you're qualified for a FREE private 1:1 call with KJ! https://ratethispodcast.com/astonishingstories  
    Episode Mentions: 
    Book Rec - Crying In H Mart by Michelle Zauner SOAL's Astonishing WOC Healers Series - Meet Yasmin Afrazeh & Judy Tsuei What is EMDR Therapy? Gratitude Meditation  written by Nate Klemp of Mindful.Org Ep 56 meditation music, "Seashell", Composed & Performed by KJIntro & Outro Music: Canada Lo Res by Pictures Of The Floating World Connect With KJ & Bliss Begins Within 
    Instagram:  @MusingsOnOther @BlissBeginsWithin @AdopteeSociety Work With KJ https://blissbeginswithin.as.me/HelloCallWebsite: https://blissbeginswithin.com  Receive Love Letters and Announcements from KJ https://bit.ly/BlissBeginsList Facebook & TwitterWant to create and send beautiful emails? Try Flodesk for free your first 30 days! Use this link here to get startedSupport the show (https://paypal.me/KJNasrulMFT )

    • 16 min
    A Rebellious Beauty | Judy Tsuei

    A Rebellious Beauty | Judy Tsuei

    Hey Rebels and Misfits! Welcome to the newest episode of the SOAL Season 3 Mini-Series: Astonishing women of color healers. Today's #WOCHealer  is Judy Tsuei. She's a yoga teacher, Reiki, healer. Writer and speaker on all things, mental health for Asian-Americans. She is the hostess of F*ck Saving Face, a podcast that is both assuring and provocative while empowering Asian Americans to rebel against upholding the model minority standard. Judy aims to redefine what it means to be strong, courageous, and to break taboos placed on us by the generations that came before. 
    Judy & KJ explore charged topics today:  
    *Storytelling can bridge generational gaps  and destigmatize discussions around Mental Health. *We can create and be new models for Asian beauty. Here's to redefining beauty and wellness for the new line of advocates!
     
    Takeaways: 
    Names,  pronunciation-all  language--is significant in shaping our relationships and our cultural identity. There are struggles with loneliness and isolation for Asian Americans including those of us who are Biracial Asian Americans.Is there a place for you where you truly felt like you were home? Where you belong?Who creates the definition of “Beauty” in Asian-American Culture?  Your experience is real, even if no one is talking about it.  ACKNOWLEDGE. It happened.Help Destigmatize Mental Health Issues such as depression and suicidality by talking about it and also addressing it through a lens that is racially considerate.Start with healing ourselves, for when we do, we disrupt, maybe stop  intergenerational trauma.Self Compassion Practices include accepting and receiving love. Please Rate and Review This Podcast if our stories have astonished you as well. https://ratethispodcast.com/astonishingstories  Leave a review for your chance at winning a Free 1:1 Consult with KJ! 
    Episode Mentions:
    Featuring Judy Tsuei 
    Podcast: F*ck Saving Face Website: Fck Saving Face Instagram: @FckSavingFaceF*ck Saving Face Patreon Ad/show background music: Original piano composition by  KJ Nasrul Intro  & Outro music: Canada Lo Res by Pictures Of The Floating World Connect With KJ and Bliss Begins Within 
    Website: https://blissbeginswithin.com  Instagram:  @MusingsOnOther @BlissBeginsWithin @AdopteeSociety Clubhouse: @kjnasrul  Facebook & TwitterSupport the show (https://paypal.me/KJNasrulMFT )

    • 46 min
    Well-Rounded Creativepreneurs | Jen Morris

    Well-Rounded Creativepreneurs | Jen Morris

    KJ jams with her friend Jen Morris on today's new SOAL. Jen is an actor, Certified Health Coach and the host of the Well-Rounded Actor, a show that helps actors become Today’s Triple Threat - mentally, physically and financially WELL. She ardently believes that actors are built for business - and not just show business. She started her first business as a struggling 26-year-old NYC actor and grew it to a multiple 6-figure earning vehicle while continuing to go after her acting goals and do motherhood on her own terms. 
    Jen is on a mission to help more actors put their talents to work in high impact, income producing businesses that can give them the leverage they need and fulfillment they deserve.  
    Takeaways:
    1.  Who are we waiting for to grant us permission to take action? 
    2.  Awareness can arrive as an external source offering feedback
    3.  Grant grace and the time to others and ourselves to make decisions 
    4.  Notice when fear prevents us from stepping in to our alignment.
    5.  Imposter Syndrome impacts everyone, even artists and performers.
    6.  We have innate talents and skills, but we struggle accepting this. 
    7.  Self Care Practices :
             a.  Ask for what  you need 
             b. Realize that not everything is going to be your thing, that's ok.

    Please Rate and Review This Podcast if our stories have astonished you as well. https://ratethispodcast.com/astonishingstories  
    Episode Mentions:
    Featuring Jen Morris-
    29 Entrepreneurial Ways Actors Can Make More Income & Impact
    QUIZ: Discover Your Actorpreneur Archetype
    Website: MeetJenMorris.comInstagram: @meetjenmorrisFB Group: The Well-Rounded Actor Podcast: The Well-Rounded ActorAycee Brown: Is My Aura On Straight? Podcast Vasthy Mompoint  https://vasthyandfriends.com/Ad/show background music: Original piano composition by  KJ Nasrul Intro  & Outro music: Canada Lo Res by Pictures Of The Floating World Connect With KJ and Bliss Begins Within 
    Website: https://blissbeginswithin.com  Instagram:  @MusingsOnOther @BlissBeginsWithin @AdopteeSociety Clubhouse: @kjnasrul  Facebook & TwitterSupport the show (https://paypal.me/KJNasrulMFT )

    • 44 min
    Surrender With Wonder | Yasmin Afrazeh

    Surrender With Wonder | Yasmin Afrazeh

    When was the last time you experienced divine play? "Lila" is a Sanskrit word used in Hinduism and yogic philosophy, loosely translated as "play", and "delight in the moment." Today's new episode explores these concepts and is the first interview of a new mini-series: Astonishing WOC Healers. KJ will share conversations held with healers, social activists and educators who are Women of Color. 
    Meet Yasmin Afrazeh, a Certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, Radiant Child-trained Children’s Yoga teacher and Therapeutic Art Life Coach. She is the founder of House of Lila, a space for children to learn mindfulness through Kundalini Yoga and expressive arts including movement and storytelling.

    House of Lila grew from Yasmin's vision to help children preserve their natural wisdom and radiance, and regain their inherent state of being--of joy, awareness, creativity.  Spanning across Persia and Australia and solo road trips within the badlands of Montana, KJ and Yasmin recall the lessons on how to wholly surrender with wonder. 

    Takeaways:
     We already know what to do. We have innate wisdom within .  House of Lila could be a  mantra and lifestyle. "Lila" means "to divinely play".  Hold the space for delight and embrace the outcome of fluid, creative energy.  Are we missing opportunities for living in the present? We’re always planning the next step,  doing instead of being. Our natural state is joy, lightness, innocence and possibility. Observe and admire children, as they are the most wonderful teachers.  Admire their freedom, and their wild imagination. They remind us, Everything's possible. Bow into service, of something greater than us.  “I am a small part. I am held. I am fine.” Please Rate and Review This Podcast if our stories have astonished you as well. https://ratethispodcast.com/astonishingstories  
    Episode Mentions: 
    Website: www.houseoflila.netInstagram: @house.of.lilaPoem:  Inquire Within by In-QAd and show background music: Original piano compositions by  KJ Nasrul Intro  & Outro music: Canada Lo Res by Pictures Of The Floating World Connect With KJ and Bliss Begins Within 
    Website: https://blissbeginswithin.com  Instagram:  @MusingsOnOther @BlissBeginsWithin @AdopteeSociety Clubhouse: @kjnasrul  Facebook & TwitterWant to create and send beautiful emails? Try Flodesk for free your first 30 days! Use this link here to get startedSupport the show (https://paypal.me/KJNasrulMFT )

    • 44 min

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30 Ratings

Healthyjenny ,

Such a bright light

Without fail, I always take something valuable away from every episode I catch. KJ has such profound insight and asks the tough questions in the most gentle ways. She has a gift and you are lucky to experience it through this show. The beautiful music is an added wonderful layer. Highly recommend!

bloomyogi ,

Genuine & Heartfelt Conversations

KJ puts her exceptional talent to good use hosting this podcast. She has always been — in each iteration I’ve known her — a most loving + giving soul. The name of the podcast is a dead giveaway: Stories of Astonishing Light... but it’s KJ herself who’s inner light shines so brilliantly. Her care, thoughtfulness, sincerity, and genuine nature illuminate her conversations, creating the space for even the most reserved personalities to feel safe + held in her presence. She is an astounding human being, and I can’t recommend taking the time to listen in on her conversations highly enough. Brilliant work, compelling topics, genuine conversation.

Bexhall ,

KJ uses her gifts to make the world a more positive place

Every interview she makes deep connections with her guests. I love her balance between speaking and listening. She asks the questions I would ask and want answers to! I always feel inspired and informed after each podcast. I’m fortunate to have met her through The 100 Day Project. Tune in, you’ll be glad you did.

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