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Episode 002: Society

Transcript from Stirred By Words Episode 002: Society

Chrissy Holm (00:05): Do you love words? Are you passionate about diving into meaningful conversations?

Chrissy Holm (00:16):

Hi, welcome to Stirred By Words, a podcast that focuses on words and questions that impact our daily lives. I'm your host, Chrissy Holm, health educator, writer, curious creature, and now podcaster.

Chrissy Holm (00:27):

Before we get started with today's topic, we'll begin with a health tip. Today we're focusing on journaling. Journaling can help you clear your head, make important connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and it can reduce the effects of mental illness. Author Natalie Goldberg said, "Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it is the same thing. What's important is that you're having a relationship with your mind."

Chrissy Holm (01:08):

Here are a few prompts that you can use to get started.

Chrissy Holm (01:11):

Number one, what three things would you share with your teenage self?

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Number two, what three questions would you want to ask an older version of yourself?

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And number three, which emotions do you find the hardest to accept guilt, anger, disappointment, et cetera, and how do you handle those emotions?

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Feel free to pause and journal now or come back to this at a later time.

Chrissy Holm (01:45):

Now it's time for today's word, society. Dictionary.com has a lot of definitions, but we're going to focus on one for today. Society is a highly structured system of human organization for large scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members. For example, American society.

Chrissy Holm (02:09):

One of the questions that I was pondering when creating this episode was how can we make a change in society? It's such a large concept and it seems impossible to make a change that's really ingrained in who we are and how we live. I know that during my time being a health coach, I've worked with so many clients that have struggled to make changes. And I often ponder, how do we even make a change that's bigger than us when we struggle making changes within ourself? And my answer to that is we can't.

Chrissy Holm (02:44):

But what we can do is focus on our inner circle and hope for a ripple effect. In the first episode, we heard the word community. And if I think about making a ripple effect in at least in one part of my community, that means I can make a ripple effect in other communities. Making change in society, or even in your life, starts with you.

Chrissy Holm (03:10):

This is how a couple of our listeners answered this question. How can we make a change in society? We'll start with Evita, who's a doula, childbirth educator, transformation companion, and neuroscientist.

Evita (03:25):

"To change the world we start with ourselves. Our own healing sets the tone for every relationship we nurture and every interaction we have. To change the world we embody change, growth, flexibility, and the will to always review our opinions in the light of new more reliable information. To change the world, we accompany our kids as their guides. We have realized that we don't own them, that they have their unique personality and gifts, which when expressed led to joy and fulfillment. We don't exert power over them. We don't silence them and we don't impose them to fit in and conform at a personal cost. To change the world we guard our dream against naysayers and fear. We advance with a daring spirit and we never stop. One small step each day has the power to reshape the world. And when all those are done in community, the ripple effect is strong and powerful.

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