Your Practical Magic
Knowing Your No

Knowing Your No

June 4, 2020

In this episode, E.J. reveals a recent fragile realization that she has to make a difficult but necessary change in her life in the name of self-care. With great honesty, she shares her experience of accepting how much she can take on and moves from our co-host to a guest and contributor. 

We go through the many ways women, in particular, have a more challenging time putting ourselves first and saying no to people, projects and things that are draining, damaging or no longer serving us even when it doesn't feel right.

We also share ways to recognize and respect your own internal voice and the tools you need to identify and clear your blocks gently so you can forge a new path forward with guilt-free confidence, clarity and lots of compassion.

 

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

Toxic Positivity: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Toxic Positivity: Too Much of a Good Thing?

June 4, 2020

Is too much positivity a bad thing? We learned that it sure can be. In this episode, we discover the term Toxic Positivity as well as how, when and why we hosts have perpetrated it, ya know, a few times in our lives. Gennifer has an aha moment — she might be enlisting her sunnyside personality to repel anything that triggers negative emotions. Wait, doesn’t that sound pretty good?

Not so fast. We set out on a quest to find acceptance and embrace the beautiful truth behind “Yeah, that sucks!"

 

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

Toxic Positivity Plus: Byron Katie’s The Work meets Graduation 2020

Toxic Positivity Plus: Byron Katie’s The Work meets Graduation 2020

June 4, 2020

The Dose featured in our Toxic Positivity episode is a session between Noreen & Gennifer using Byron Katie’s The Work. We found it so cool and insightful that we created a bonus episode featuring the full session. Give it a listen, we think you’ll love it — but we’re not pushing our positivity on to you, we promise! 

 

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

Lemons into Lemonade

Lemons into Lemonade

May 7, 2020

We’ve all weathered weeks of quarantine, and we're focusing on resilience! We turned to our friend Jill, who runs a small company — 6 staffers plus 4 freelancers — because when the country’s shutdown took most of her business with it, she was faced with the choice to panic or persevere.

As Jill shares, all her personal pursuits and her commitment to self-care kept her out of panic and guided her pivot. Her state of being kept her open to inspiration and creativity, which led to new solutions that have her staff super-busy instead of worried. She talks about how moving out of her normal fear/anxiety mindset freed her up to think clearer and see the possibilities. 

We hope listening will help inspire new ways to make lemonade when you’ve got a surplus of lemons.

 

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

The Currency of Money

The Currency of Money

April 23, 2020

As the world continues to shift and realign, we’re all working on finding our new footings. Yet, at Your Practical Magic, we’re still focused on how to reduce reactivity to life’s challenges.

In this episode, we’re talking about money and how to begin the transformation from seeing money as a scary green monster wielding overwhelm and panic to just another energetic vibration to interact with — and integrate — to add to life’s abundance.

We each found that the deepest wealth and success came from trusting that our experiences prepared us deep within to stand strong when old patterns and financial hardships challenged us to grow. That’s the reallocation we’re invested in!

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

Quieting the Storm with Stillness

Quieting the Storm with Stillness

April 9, 2020

What's your go-to when you don't know what to do? Noreen, Gennifer and EJ talk about how when confronting danger, sometimes the best survival tactic is to just be still. 


The fight, flight or freeze reactions running through so many people’s bodies right now can result in a prolonged state of alarm, creating an overload of hormones. In turn, those can deplete one's energy, lower the immune system and ultimately can do more damage than good. Join us as we discuss how being still can quietly bring us to safety and reveal the way to what's next.

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.

Serenity Now! Tips from an NYC First Responder’s Spiritual Toolbox

Serenity Now! Tips from an NYC First Responder’s Spiritual Toolbox

March 29, 2020
 
We asked an FDNY lieutenant how he deals with unrelenting stress, and we’re sharing what he revealed. Have you noticed a spike in undeniable real-life stress over the past weeks? We thought so.
 
Our interview with our mindful, meditating first responder was already scheduled when the world flipped and froze, so we all Zoom’ed in from our quarantined corners for a powerful conversation recorded from our couches and closets.
 
We're honored to bring you our Serenity Now Special Episode, featuring an FDNY lieutenant and OEM first responder in the YPM family. He’s literally part of Noreen’s family; it's her brother Gene O’Donnell — aka g.o.d. Gene completely inspires us from our Corona-daze with his take on showing up consciously and compassionately to ourselves and others when the Unpredictable confronts us.

In YPM style, we tilt the philosophical scales towards fun when Gene shares some seriously hilarious stories and the sibling smartasses can’t hold back.

Because, hey, we’re here to remind you that life still shines bright beyond the clouds!

Reiki 101 with YPM’s Reiki Master Gennifer

Reiki 101 with YPM’s Reiki Master Gennifer

March 19, 2020

If Reiki was a song, it would be “Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry About a Thing)” by Bob Marley. That’s because this universal, healing energy has the ability to make everyone feel alright. Join YPM as interview Reiki Master, Gennifer Birnbach about how Reiki is accessible to anyone, anytime, can reduce stress, speed up recovery and even help repair past events. 

Disclaimer: Everything we share here is for educational purposes. We are not providing medical, psychiatric, or psychological advice or treatment. Please seek out professional help immediately if you're experiencing any serious psychological or psychiatric conditions.