Can we navigate the turbulent waters of personal loss and addiction using the compass of ‘Conscious Bravery’? Meet Pamela Brinker, a psychotherapist of 32 years, who has had a firsthand experience with these channeling circumstances. Pamela generously shares her deeply moving journey marked by the tragic loss of her second husband and her son’s struggle with substance misuse. A voyage that has taught her the significance of slowing down, showing tenderness, and steering through the maelstrom with bravery.

Pamela’s story doesn’t end there; it evolves into a powerful technique of ‘Conscious Bravery’. She shares her wisdom on collaborating in addiction and practicing self-care, even in the bleakest of times. Pamela’s personal and professional experiences have led her to discover the uplifting power of indirect sunlight and structured practices. Tune in as she inspires us to stay awake, alert, and embrace the power of our essence in every moment of life. 

As our conversation concludes, Pamela offers a unique perspective on ‘Bravery in Caring for Addiction’ and shares resources for anyone interested in exploring somatic practices. She introduces the idea of ‘assertive surrender’, the process of accepting our limitations while recognizing the power we hold to make changes. Even when things don’t go as planned, Pamela encourages us to keep moving forward, find something greater to believe in, and be the healthiest we can be. Join us, and let Pamela’s inspiring story of resilience, compassion, and conscious bravery guide you through life’s most challenging circumstances.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Conscious breathing and bravery in decision-making
  • How she used conscious bravery to help her family cope with her husband’s death and her sons’ substance misuse
  • How to use conscious bravery to embrace self-care, lift moods, and find inner wisdom
  • Pamela’s experience of assertive surrender, mistakes, and conscious bravery to partner with God and make changes
  • Resources on somatic practices, assertive surrender, and partnering with God

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