Anna Brown joins me this week to talk about our theme in the Living Joyfully Network this month, Stories. Diving into this theme has been fascinating because there are so many ways in which we tell stories as humans, with really far-reaching impacts. We talk about the stories we tell ourselves and our families in our daily lives, the stories we share about our family with others, and the stories we create in our minds about what other people are thinking and feeling. It is so empowering to realize that we can choose the stories we tell. Being intentional about the way we think and talk about our lives is a form of self care, and it can help our children grow up without the weight of past stories, like those that have been handed to us. Discussion areas I love this quote from The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall: “Story is for a human as water is for a fish—all-encompassing and not quite palpable.” Humans are storytelling animals, it’s how we make sense of our world, and realizing that everything is a story can be a life-changing paradigm shift.Looking at the stories we tell ourselves, they become our self-talk, our inner voice.Looking at the stories we tell others, it can get complicated because as we get further along on our unschooling journey, familiar words have a new richness to them.Looking at the stories we assign to other people, often we tend to assume the worst.Looking at the stories we tell ourselves about our family, take care with expectations and roles.We get to choose the stories we tell, so let’s choose those that make sense and feel better to us. Links to things mentioned in the episode Check out the Living Joyfully Network here The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide by Pam Laricchia Transcript Read the transcript Video Watch the YouTube video Consider becoming a patron I deeply appreciate all my patrons! Your generous support helps pay for the hosting and transcription, as well as my time spent creating new episodes each week. It’s instrumental in keeping the growing podcast archive freely available to anyone who’s curious and wants to explore the fascinating world of unschooling. If you’d like to join my community of patrons and scoop up some great rewards along the way, check out the Exploring Unschooling page on Patreon.
A friend of mine on the non-dual path introduced me to Anna's videos last year and I was immediately struck. She is young, wide awake and lovingly sharing non-duality without pulling any punches. Anna does not consider herself to be a teacher, but a mirror reflecting the innate perfection of all that is. As she says, there are no recommended practices or teachings that could bring us closer to what we already are. We are already wholeness itself. I highly recommend checking out Anna's posts if you are on the nondual path or interested in spiritual awakening. You can learn more about her on her website - https://www.wonderfullynothing.com as well as her YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLsAMJ3K8EEvDCPLTGdc4eg.
This week Anna Brown and I talk about our theme in the Living Joyfully Network this month, Supporting Our Partners. We chose the word “partners” to represent any important adults in our family’s lives who have active relationships with our children—spouses, co-parents, significant others, grandparents, and so on. Our partners are an important part of our unschooling lives and taking the time to focus on and nurture those relationships benefits the whole family. It was fun to see that so many of the tools and ideas we talk about are the same ones we have used to strengthen our relationships with our children. We can connect with our partner through their interests, intentionally seeing who they are as a person outside of their family “role.” We talk about developing trust in them and nurturing their trust in us, which in turn helps them build strong relationships with the kids and feel like a valuable part of the family. The ripples that emerge from supporting our partners bring even more joy to our family’s days! Discussion areas The first step in supporting our partner is strengthening our connection with them. We want them to feel truly seen and heard by us. Let’s talk about some tools for doing that.Ways we approach challenging moments or conversations that keep our connection at the forefront.As our connection with our partner strengthens, we can take the next step: extending trust.Ways we can support our partner as they develop their own relationships with the kids.Ways we can support our partner as they learn more about unschooling. Links to things mentioned in the episode Check out the Living Joyfully Network The 5 Love Languages The Not Back to School episode of the podcast Transcript Read the transcript Video Watch the YouTube video Consider becoming a patron I deeply appreciate all my patrons! Your generous support helps pay for the hosting and transcription, as well as my time spent creating new episodes each week. It’s instrumental in keeping the growing podcast archive freely available to anyone who’s curious and wants to explore the fascinating world of unschooling. If you’d like to join my community of patrons and scoop up some great rewards along the way, check out the Exploring Unschooling page on Patreon.
Anna Brown joins me again this week! This month in the Living Joyfully Network, our theme is ‘Finding Our Guides.’ As I wrote about in The Unschooling Journey, our children can serve as our most valuable guides, helping us move through our fears towards joy and connection. Anna and I talk about how handing our children the weight of our worries and fears impacts them and erodes trust, how connecting with our children helps us navigate our fears, and how being part of a community of like-minded parents inspires us and enriches our unschooling lives. It was such a fun conversation and a great reminder of the value of being truly present in the moment with our families. Discussion areas What makes children such good guides?Connecting with our children helps us move through our unschooling-related worries and fears.Connecting with our children as guides also helps us build trust: our trust in our kids, their trust in us, and our trust in unschooling as a lifestyle.The opposite of trust is worry. The value of finding community. Links to things mentioned in the episode Check out the Living Joyfully Network my book, The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide John Holt’s book, Escape from Childhood Transcript Read the transcript Consider becoming a patron I deeply appreciate all my patrons! Your generous support helps pay for the hosting and transcription, as well as my time spent creating new episodes each week. It’s instrumental in keeping the growing podcast archive freely available to anyone who’s curious and wants to explore the fascinating world of unschooling. If you’d like to join my community of patrons and scoop up some great rewards along the way, check out the Exploring Unschooling page on Patreon.
Welcome one and all! Thank God For the GroupChat is back! Keith, Alayna and Tobias tackle a few topics this week. NBA Player, Jonathan Isaacs and his faith based reasoning for not kneeling, of course leads to having to explain why Black Lives Matter...again. Word on the street is they tryna get Moesha pulled from Netflix because teenagers were mean, even on TV. Virtual classroom dress code. Should there be one? Should there not? They get into this new Brandy Album. Last and certainly least, this new Cardi B & Megan The Stallion song 'WAP' and the uproar, outrage and overreaction to it. This week we remember Anna Brown. A 29 year old black woman who died in 2012 because of police and medical neglect. This is Thank God For the Group Chat! Don't forget to like, share, subscribe! Check us out on Youtube(freshheirlife)
Woke & Wired - Expanded Consciousness and Entrepreneurship
Anna Brown is a repeat guest on Woke & Wired – the first episode is one of the most downloaded and loved ones. May 2021 update: Anna Brown no longer stands by the message shared in this podcast episode. Please note that when connecting with Anna or booking a session with her. To connect with Anna Brown's latest work, visit her website wonderfullynothing.com. She is no longer active on Instagram. See all show notes on wokeandwired.com In this episode, we discuss: Surrender to your unique code Go deeper with yourself and get still What to do about a tendency to dim your light to match the frequency of the collective Energy hygiene on social media The energetics of changing your social media handles How to transfer inspiration into action A simple meditation to tune into your heart’s truth Anna’s experience growing up with an eating disorder: affirmations that helped her What is New Earth presence? Mentioned: Woke & Wired #84 with Anna Brown: New Earth Consciousness & The Energetics of Social Media Growth. Conscious Social Media Program 5D Mastermind 5-Day Aligned Social Media Challenge Akashic Records reading with Hilary Pearlson Woke & Wired #61: Social Media Energy Hygiene Connect with Anna Brown: Wonderfullynothing.com Anna Brown on Patreon Anna Brown on YouTube Connect with Woke & Wired: If you enjoyed the podcast, share it with a friend or on Instagram stories (tag @wokeandwired). Subscribe, rate and review the show on iTunes. Experience alignment with the 5-Day Social Media Challenge.
The Hospital Deaths of Anna Brown and Edith Rodriguez
They Will Kill
Anna Brown and Edith Rodriguez lived thousands of miles apart but had one horrible thing in common: they both went to the emergency room to seek treatment for life-threatening but treatable conditions and both ended up dead after being arrested for insisting they be seen. For show notes go to www.theywillkill.com.
83 - Anna Brown joins the podcast to bring us the message of non-duality. While piercing the veil of illusion of space and time, Anna is a mirror to reflect What Simply Is - Heaven, Paradise, All That Is. Her simple message here is there is no personal self with free will and volition; there is only THIS. And this is wholeness, oneness, non-duality. Separation does not exist, nor does a path to enlightenment. There is only enlightenment or freedom appearing as all of these myriads of expressions we call "you" and "me." All is what we already seek - unconditional love.If you resonate with Anna's message, find her atWonderfullynothing.comInstagramIf you like the show, leave us a Review :)Interact with The Fifth Dimension!InstagramYoutubeLet’s Meditate!The Fifth Dimension ShopEvan McDermodLearn about The 30 Day Transformation & Consultations!Become a Patreon Subscriber!On Patreon, you will have access to exclusive guided meditations with Evan, Q&A's, an opportunity to interact with other subscribers, and early access to the featured guests coming on the podcast. Donate what you can, any amount is appreciated.Or a one time donation to help keep the show running! :)PayPal | VenmoSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/evanmcdermod)
Anna Brown joins me this week to dive into the topic, Kids Are Capable. It’s a foundational principle of unschooling, and seems simple enough, but it’s about so much more than meets the eye!Questions for AnnaChoice is a great lens through which to start looking at the idea that ‘kids are capable.’ Paying attention to the choices our children are making helps us become more aware of who our children are—the things they like and dislike, their strengths and challenges, their personality style, their learning style, and so on. And from there, we better see the many things they are capable of doing, don’t we?We also want to be careful not to fall into the “independence agenda” trap. I know that’s something near and dear to your heart, so can you explain what you mean by that?So often we see things as black and white: yes or no, they do ‘the thing’ or we do ‘the thing.’ But there’s a whole world to explore between those two ends of the spectrum, isn’t there? You called it the “meaty middle” and I love that!We soon discover that the idea of ‘kids are capable’ is not only about “doing” things, is it? It’s also so much about their self-awareness, that they are capable of knowing what they want and what doesn’t feel good.Peeling back another layer, holding space for our children to make choices on their timetable and in the directions they are drawn to, while also being involved and engaged so we can help and support them, is the fertile soil in which trust grows, isn’t it?And now we’re getting to the REAL magic of unschooling. When our children feel seen and heard for who they are, when they see that we trust them to make choices and follow their joy, their trust in themselves grows—they feel empowered and capable. How great is that?Things mentioned in the episodeCheck out the Living Joyfully NetworkTranscriptRead the transcriptConsider becoming a patronI deeply appreciate all my patrons! Your generous support allows me to spend time creating episodes each week, and to keep the podcast archive freely available to anyone who’s curious and wants to explore the fascinating world of unschooling. If you’d like to join my community of patrons and scoop up some great rewards along the way, check out the Exploring Unschooling page on Patreon.
11. 2 HBACs After a Devastating Home Birth Transfer with Anna Brown
Birthing Outside the Box
Anna was newly married and preparing for a beautiful home birth only to find out that her midwife would abandon her when she was "overdue" at 42 weeks pregnant. She was pressured into going into the hospital which eventually led to a c-section. While this was absolutely devastating, she knew her body was still capable of having a vaginal birth at home. When she became pregnant with her second and third babies, she found a new midwife and went on to have the home births she knew she could have.