There’s a lot for women to feel worried and anxious about, if you’re paying attention to the world today.
I’ve learned that when we explore our worries and stress with curiosity and compassion, we get to know ourselves in new ways and can tap into our most genuine self.
What if you could allow yourself to be a woman worrier and a woman warrior?
Someone who is strong, capable and resilient, come what may.
You worry. I worry. We all do….
We all find ways of avoiding, pushing away or ignoring the anxiety—busyness, exercise, shopping, bingeing shows or videos, scrolling social media, eating, alcohol, drugs… Unfortunately, avoiding the anxious, worried feelings usually leaves us feeling more anxious and stressed.
Battling with your worries can make sleep difficult, can make it hard to feel fully present, grounded and really hard to focus on tasks. The struggle keeps you from trusting your inner wisdom and intuition and leaves you feeling like you’re not fully living your life. I know, I’ve been there.
I’m Elizabeth Cush and I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor in Annapolis, MD, and I’m the creator and host of the Woman Worriers podcast. I’ve struggled with anxiety and worry most of my life. I didn’t always know what it was, but I often felt as if I was missing something inside that others had. There was a void. I worked hard to meet other’s needs and feel connected, but I never felt truly seen and heard. Over the last 15 years I’ve learned to work with the anxiety when it shows up, to trust my inner wisdom, and to speak up and be heard.
I want to help you build a caring, compassionate relationship with your anxiety and unleash the warrior within.
It’s time to stop battling against yourself and start using your power to meet the challenges of everyday with energy, purpose, and bravery.
Tami Simon and the “Sounds True” Journey
Sounds True is a multimedia publisher that partners with the leading teachers from the world’s major spiritual traditions. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and welcomes Sounds True founder Tami Simon for a conversation about fitting in and finding your way.
“I belong with other humans.”
— Tami Simon
“Right here, where you are, is Home.”
— Tami Simon
“There’s a journey, yes, from feeling like an alien to feeling like an expression of the universe that is perfectly right and perfectly on time.” — Tami Simon
“I wanted to share as many different ways to that experience—what I’ll just call Presence.” — Tami Simon
“For me, having this connection with the earth that I discovered gave me a way to feel grounded in a deeper way.” — Tami Simon
“My anxiety was a form of intelligence.” — Tami Simon
“In whatever way you feel different, or like an outsider, it’s intelligent. It’s giving you information about where your true wisdom and true fulfillment lie.” — Tami Simon
“I’m always listening for that takeaway.” — Tami Simon
A religious studies major who dropped out of college, Tami Simon kept searching for the right fit. In 1985, at age 22, she started Sounds True with a dream and a tape recorder—and an intention to share spiritual wisdom. Today, the multimedia publisher based in Louisville, Colorado, offers more than 3,000 titles by teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Eckhart Tolle and others, as well as events, certification programs and transformational online learning experiences. The company is North America’s leading publisher of spoken-word spiritual teachings. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Simon about her journey of lifelong learning; some of the “aha” moments she has had with guests of her podcast, Insights at the Edge; and how serving others has been the guiding force behind Sounds True. Simon talks about her experience creating a business that aligns with her passions and also shares some unique and surprising insights into her anxiety and sense of feeling different.
Listen and learn:
What sparked Tami Simon’s journey and planted the seeds of Sounds True What Sounds True offers today How the new Inner MBA program can help you align your work to your inner goals How spirituality can help heal the feeling of being disconnected or not fitting in The lesson that Simon learned from reading authors like Herman Hesse, Alan Watts and Ranier Maria Rilke The value of an embodiment practice How connecting with the earth’s energy can help you feel more connected and more grounded How the “experiment” of Sounds True grew to a successful multimedia publishing company—and the thought process behind the leap of faith How gratitude created a company with a commitment to giving back—and what Sounds True Foundation scholarships are all about What an “aha” moment is and when you can hear them in podcasts How anxiety, ego and groundlessness are related Why groundlessness isn’t a bad thing How anxiety and feeling disconnected can be forms of intelligence and what that intelligence can tell you Learn More
> Sounds True website
> Woman Worriers Sounds True affiliate link (use this link to shop Sounds True and Support the Woman Worriers podcast)
> Tami Simon’s Insights at the Edge podcast on Apple podcasts
> Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path to Liberation by Bruce Tift, MA LMFT
> Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person by Judith Blackstone
> Radical Alignment: How to Have Game-Changing Conversations That Will Transform Your Business and Your Life by Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower
> Reggie Ray’s Dharma Ocea
Diving Deeper Into Self-Care
How are you doing with self-care? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush explores what self-care is and why it matters.
“Maybe we’re not even recognizing that things aren’t OK.” — Elizabeth Cush
“I also learned how not to take up a lot of space; I learned to be quiet.” — Elizabeth Cush
“As a child, you knew what you needed. ” — Elizabeth Cush
“We have to re-parent ourselves to learn who we are and how to take care of ourselves.” — Elizabeth Cush
“One of the small things I like to recommend for clients is to find moments throughout your day to check in with yourself. ” — Elizabeth Cush
“Ask yourself, ‘What do I need right now?’” — Elizabeth Cush
Recent episodes of the Woman Worriers podcast featuring B. Nilaja Green, PhD, and Sharon Martin, LCSW, have explored issues around speaking up, asking for help and getting your needs met. These skills are not always easy, but they are critical to our well-being. In this week’s episode, host Elizabeth Cush, LGPC, a licensed professional therapist and founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., takes a deeper dive into self-care and why it is so very important. She talks about some of the many reasons why we might not take care of ourselves and shares some of her own challenges on her personal journey toward finding her voice and learning to ask for what she needs. Finally she shares some simple tips and techniques that you can use to tune into yourself, identify your needs, set clear boundaries and take better care of yourself.
Listen and learn:
Why we often say we’re “fine” even when we’re not How we can get off from our feelings and why that makes it harder to know what we need How disconnecting from our feelings can get lead to anxiety and even poor coping mechanisms like abusing drugs or alcohol Two ways that we can “learn” that it’s more important to take care of others’ needs than our own How we lose touch with who we are and how that affects us What it takes to build back trust in yourself and your intuition How to look at boundaries in a positive light—and how to build healthy ones How life can get in the way of getting what we need How family patterns fit in to all this What we can learn from our younger selves Who we might reach out to as we re-parent ourselves A simple habit you can develop that can build a foundation for self-care What you need to do after you ask yourself what you need What to do when you can’t get what you need right now How self care change our relationships with others Learn More
> Episode 121 with Sharon Martin
> Guided meditations from Progression Counseling
> Download Elizabeth’s free Mediation Guide for Worried Women
> Sign up for Elizabeth’s newsletter
> Progression Counseling
Listening Meditation: Getting Grounded Through Sound
Looking for some grounding or a moment of peace? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush guides you through a listening meditation.
How to Ease Your Anxiety by Asking for What You Need
If you have trouble asking for what you need, this episode of Woman Worriers is for you. Host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, therapist and author Sharon Martin, talk about how to find your voice and why you might be silencing it.
Dr. Nilaja Green on the Strong Black Woman and Mental Health
How does cultural experience affect mental health? In this episode of Woman Worriers host Elizabeth Cush interviews Dr. Nilaja Green about how the Strong Black Woman identity can be both protective and problematic.
Try These Alternative Healing Practices for Anxiety
If you’ve thought of exploring alternative ways to deal with anxiety, listen in as Woman Worriers host Elizabeth Cush shares her personal insights into meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion for healing.
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Love this podcast! It is soooo helpful. The interviews are great. Biz’s personal stories are awesome. Each episode offers a lot to chew on. As someone who deals with anxiety, this is a great resource.
Wonderful and SO Helpful!
This is SUCH a wonderful podcast - I love Elizabeth’s warm, sensitive way of sharing herself and her wisdom here. Listening to her journey is very powerful as a therapist. She brings herself to each episode and I can so relate to that plus there are so many great topics! I’m definitely recommending her to my clients!
If you find yourself struggling with worry, this podcast is a great resource! I have only listened to a few episodes so far, but each one resonated and illuminating. I am looking forward to continued listening.