[Interview] with Abigail Steidley

by Amy on August 13, 2014

I’ve always been interested in the mind-body connection. In the heyday of my approval addiction, I struggled with “undiagnosed infertility.” Took me six years, with the help of modern technology. Then I became a coach and embarked on a healing journey that allowed me to stop needing approval and fearing rejection. I don’t think it’s an accident that baby number 3 came all on her own shortly after.

Abigail Steidley is a Master Mind-Body Coach who sees a lot of approval addicts in her work. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. We had a fascinating conversation about the connection between approval addiction and how it shows up in the body.

 

Today’s giveaway question: What is your body telling you today? What do you need?

Post a comment below and be entered to win a copy of Abigail’s “Let Your Soul Sing Ebook and Audio Package ($55 Value).

Click here to learn more about Abigail and get a copy of  her free ebook, “The Key to Your Healing Journey.”

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Sharena August 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

ahhhh. I have been experiencing bloat and nausea out of nowhere and have been wondering this very thing. What is it telling me? What do I need to do? I have tried meditating on it but nothing yet. I will just have to keep on digging around to see what’s up.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:42 am

Have you tried asking it directly? Sit or lie quietly, envision it, notice what shape or color it is, and then imagine it can speak to you. Ask it how it’s here to help you, and then just wait. See what it says!!

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annabell August 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

My body is telling me I need to relax. I need to let go of my approval seeking

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:43 am

Looks like you’ve found the perfect place to get help with that! Amy will hook you up! 🙂

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Lu Scannell August 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

My body is telling me that I need to spend more time on me and less on pleasing others and fitting into their lives. To live MY life each day and go with the flow. I feel uptight and stressed by a new relationship and need to feel the Peace I once felt before this all started.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

Lu,

What great work you’ve done noticing what your body is saying! Maybe do a little free-writing around the new relationship to see what’s in your mind around it. Then, you’ll be clearer on what your mind is saying that might be causing you to not take so much time on you right now.

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Jamie August 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

My body is acknowledging that I am on the right track- since I accepted that taking care of myself is NOT being selfish I have started sleeping better and have had noticeably more energy.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:39 am

FABULOUS! That is SO AWESOME!

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Anne DeMarsay August 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm

My body is experiencing an old pain pattern (shortened, tense muscles in the gluteal area) that I associate with being angry, overburdened, and unable to speak my truth. It feels like old stuff is coming up for review and resolution. Since I started “Be Brazen” about two weeks ago, that’s probably true! I need to see my myofascial pain specialist to get the trigger points treated and spend time exploring in my journal what underlying thoughts/feelings are currently creating the tension.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:39 am

Hey Anne!

I think you’d LOVE my complimentary ebook about emotions, because it’s targeted DIRECTLY at what you’re going through, to help you release stuff from your body. And definitely to help you be able to speak your truth! The link is up above under the blog post.

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Autumn August 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Today my throat is tight which tells me that my throat chakra is blocked. I know I have something important that I need to share at work and it scares the sh!t out of me. I emailed my supervisors, asking for a meeting to discuss these concerns. Hopefully they are open to this.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:37 am

NICE work! A great trick is to verbalize it out loud to yourself in the privacy of your own home and really let yourself say EVERYTHING you wish you could say out loud to them. 🙂 Then, ask your inner wisdom to give you some insight around the issue. You’ll go in feeling super clear and confident.

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Virginia August 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

My body is telling me that it needs more sleep, that I can’t keep on expecting the energy to flow without more shut-eye. Haven’t figured out why I’m slow to get to sleep as my stress is essentially non-existent. But I don’t fret – I watch old movies on T.V. and fall asleep in the chair. Eventually I awaken and go to bed.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:36 am

Hey Virginia!

You might try calming the nervous system throughout the day a couple of times. Doing a nice basic deep breathing or simple yoga practice even just for 10 minutes. Even if you’re not stressed, consciously activating the rest and digest response in the body will prep you for great sleep at night.

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Holland August 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

My body is feeling lighter on the inside and heavier towards the surface. The “lighter” feeling internally, like in the center of my chest, is occurring as I begin to communicate with others about different ways of doing things together which may be more harmonious for everyone. The heaviness on the outside, particularly my shoulders and the exterior surfaces of muscles on arms and chest, feels like I’ve been carrying a burden and have not known what to do about it.

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:44 am

Hey Holland!

Sometimes imagining the burden sitting there, in some form (whatever comes to mind when you close your eyes and imagine) can shed some light. You can ask it questions or simply journal a bit around what you notice when you play with this.

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duffy August 15, 2014 at 2:42 am

my dear friend Catherine is going through the exact same journey [baby number two won’t make an appearance till she is at peace]

i will be sharing this with her….
I am so thrilled to see women supporting each other
feminine strength and healing

I am whizzing inside today… so much i want to achieve…the internal chatter… tiring me out… the top of my back aches…behind my lungs.
interesting stuff in the video …..

But catherine id teaching mer to meditate to silence the talk and see warmth all over me…

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Abigail August 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

Yay to feminine strength and healing! 🙂

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Kayla August 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I have a 3 year old and a 7 week old. My body is telling me to REST when I can and to stop pushing myself to do so many outings and activities – things can wait until life calms down a bit.
Now for my Over-Achieving and Restless personality/mind to listen and just take it easy when both kids allow for it…. 🙂

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Colleen August 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

All of my ailments are on the right side of my body. I believe that my body is telling me that I need more feminine energy to balance myself but I’m not sure how to get that balance. I’m hoping your ebook will shed some light on it for me. Loved the video chat today 🙂

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anne August 22, 2014 at 6:08 am

I having a lot of stress externally with all sorts of big problems in my life at the moment, but I have realised that these problems are all things I can deal with and that the biggest problem is that I am constantly telling myself that I am not good enough in all areas, from my work, to money, to deserving a relationship, to finding the right kind of creativity, to friendships, to my kids problems……the list goes on. The internal lack of self acceptance is much much worse than anything life is throwing at me. I know this stuff but I am not really acting on it and sorting it out. And guess what – my symptoms are back!! This video has come on the right day at exactly the right time. Thankyou! You give people like me so much hope back. xxxxxxx

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Yvonne August 26, 2014 at 5:42 am

I functioned for years and years in a high powered executive job and life and literally became an adrenalin junkie. I lived for at least 10+ years on 3 or 4 hours of sleep with no apparent side effects. It would catch up with me and literally knock me down. (barely an exaggeration), every so often. Now that I am aware of the connection between all these experience I see the need to be “KIND” and experience lots more balance of rest and digest — and see all the fight and flight I am living with. Peace has become very important to me too. I am loving my increasing awareness and sharing it with my clients, family and friends.

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