Stories of Astonishing Light with KJ Nasrul

Stories of Astonishing Light with KJ Nasrul

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.

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September 13, 2021 44 min

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...

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** BIRTHDAY & NEW SEASON CELEBRATIONS  ** Today’s opening episode for the third season of SOAL is the nourishing, concluding conversation with Yoga & Meditation teacher and Certified Sound Healer Deva Munay.  In the first part of this conversation [Episode 49], we learned that Deva’s home community had perished in a California wildfire earlier this year, and friends and neighbors came together in a mission to raise money fo...

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**BONUS** Here's a  SOAL Second Listen to hold you until the Season 3 premiere. In the Fall of 2020, KJ was featured on the incredible podcast Go To Gal as hosted by Jaclyn Mellone. Today, just as she did on Go To Gal, KJ shares observations after years of studying resilience: People exhibit common elements which indicate high resiliency levels. Do you possess these elements too? 

In the second part of this mini episode, KJ invi...

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“We are ourselves creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.” -Julia Cameron, The Artist's The Way  

It's Episode 50 and the Season Two Finale for this Listening Gallery of Stories and Healing Salves. KJ celebrates her 11 month journey since starting Stories Of Astonishing Light  by honoring her beginnings and returning to creativity. 

Takeaways:
 
1. Spotlight Listener Review  fr...

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July 14, 2021 34 min

Sound is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to our planet. Sound frequencies can restore one’s mind, body and spirit back to a state of balance. KJ welcomes Certified Sound Healer Deva Munay to explore what this means today in our Pandemic-riddled world. 

Deva has traveled and studied healing modalities across many landscapes, including Belize, Peru, Indonesia, and Egypt with the hope of incorporating the wisd...

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How do you dig deep and summon your resilience in a crisis?  Today's SOAL friend Sophia Noreen Syed returns to the show to share her experience as she witnessed the incredible success and then the halting of her product-based start up company Also Sophia  during the pandemic.

Sophia Noreen is a Toronto-based physiotherapist, podcaster, multi-business owner, mama and mentor for women entrepreneurs. 

KJ and Sophia Noreen became fas...

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How do you move forward as an adult after experiencing a childhood filled with abuse and trauma? We discuss this in today's SOAL.  Our guest is Terri Kozlowski, a Native American Warrior,  certified life coach, blogger, and author of the book "Raven Transcending Fear". She is also founder of the Soul Solutions Podcast and YouTube Channel. 

Terri specializes in empowering women by teaching them to set personal boundaries,...

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KJ Nasrul realized she was Asian when she was 11 years old. KJ has suffered bouts of depression throughout her life, most markedly at age 17. Today, KJ has turned in her notice and is leaving her corporate job to open the doors to her trauma-informed, expressive arts healing practice. 

In this personal solo episode, [Tiny Astonishment], KJ shares what happened when she returned to her rituals of morning writing and musical compositi...

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“If the ocean can calm itself so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air.”
 ~Nayyirah Waheed

Today's #SOAL guest Dani Richards has known KJ for many years, having  first met in an online community based on monikers and screen names built to protect identity and distance. Today's episode is their first face-to-face conversation in nearly a decade, exploring  ways we can overcome barriers and connect authentically.

Dani ...

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 KJ embraces her inner fangirl with today's guest, clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, international speaker and author, Dr. Arielle Schwartz.  Dr Schwartz is a leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma and she is the author of six books incorporating an integrative (somatic psychology, EMDR, mindfulness practices), strength-based approach to trauma treatment. 

In a compassionate conversation, KJ and Dr. Schwartz ...

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May 26, 2021 43 min

KJ returns from a brief hiatus with a Full Moon episode, featuring her friend, artist Dingding Hu. Dingding  is on a mission to spread joy and unite people through positivity. She is a Chinese illustrator based in New York City specializing in drawing bubbly characters and  serendipitous storytelling. Dingding’s  artwork is a combined reflection of self discovery, food cravings, people watching, and pop culture. You can find her at...

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When did you decide to become more than Just Friends? The second part of KJ's conversation with Our Friendly World's Fawn and Matt Anderson  is beguiling, flowing and whimsical.  It's infused with Aikido principles, possibly revealing the recipe for creating deep, congruent relationships. KJ is a softy for a good love story, which Fawn and Matt generously provide. A universal human theme that emerged is the desire to co...

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Question: When did we become friends? KJ spends an afternoon of laughter and connection with The Andersons. Fawn Anderson is a photographer and Matt Anderson  is a software developer and together they pursue social, racial, and economic justice through their thought provoking conversational podcast exploring the Art of Friendship.  The movement and the podcast is called Our Friendly World with Fawn and Matt

In the first of a two-par...

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Can we have honest and crucial conversations -charged, heavy, electric, passionate, uncomfortable, provocative as they are-- today?  If yes, what do they look like? How do we start them? It is these questions, and more that KJ contemplates  in today's Solo SOAL episode. Stick around for a few minutes as she accompanies us through a Compassion Invocation and music mandala. 

Questions Worth Considering: 

1. Would you Come Sit With ...

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"𝗜𝗳 𝘄𝗲'𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗱𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸, 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲&#...

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Today we’re doing something a little different, Healers. This episode is the recording of KJ as a guest on her friend Valerie Zaric's podcast, Future Proof Career. The ladies jam  for a little while on an apparently provocative topic... silence.

When KJ asked a question about silence to her Facebook and Instagram friends, she learned that silence can be polarizing, unsettling and also very wise, if  we allow it to be. This fun ...

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Hi, friends, it's me, KJ.  While I haven't  spoken much these days, I am here, though my grief is vast.  I am grateful to these three exquisite poetesses (Rupi Kaur, Morgan Harper Nichols and Katie Herzig) who do have the perfect words to express what I cannot at this time. 
Stay but a few moments if you would;  there are poems to be read, and a song to sing. 
With Love, KJ

Episode Notes: 

  • Poem   balance  by Rupi Kaur
  • Poem   ...
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    When you find your people, you find your way. Today's SOAL guest is Aaliyah Madadi,  a Dharma Life Coach, ganja yoga teacher, US Trademarks lawyer, and the host of the Soul Sesh Podcast.  She has a mission: empower women in fully embodying their purpose and living a life that truly feels good. 

    Today, KJ and Aaliyah explore ways to grant more grace to acknowledge our strengths as medicine for ourselves and others.  The ladies cr...

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    This week, KJ welcomes Dr. Yvonne Castillo, a Pain-free Movement Specialist and Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Yvonne has cracked the code to getting and staying pain-free naturally, without endless painkillers, procedures or trips to the doc. As the founder of Perseverance Wellness Solutions, she’s helped over a thousand active adults stop chasing their symptoms with ineffective pills and procedures, and finally fix the true source ...

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    Head up, hands up, be light-footed, be present:  a few life lessons from boxing.  KJ welcomes her friend Suzanne Dressler to the podcast to talk grieving a lost relationship, celebrating frontline essential workers and redefining self care. Suzanne Dressler is a professional singer/actress, runs her own tutoring business, Skyscraper Tutoring, LLC, and is a dedicated Podcaster and host of There's a Word for That!, a podcast that...

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