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Cultivating Presence and Kindness—a podcast interview with Janet of her healing journey by Joan Advent


Joan comments on the interview

Almost five years ago, I was a devoted wife and mother, working as a therapist. I had left my spiritual community four years prior feeling constrained by a form that no longer resonated. I yearned to birth my own form, to create an expression of my own emerging wisdom. Little did I know as I walked away what my journey would hold.

Soon after I set aside my personal goals and desires to support my daughter through a healing crisis that consumed me, and all of my resources for a few years. For that time my world shrunk and my commitment to supporting her affected all areas of my life including my own health and marriage. I knew going in I would pay a price but I also knew I couldn’t walk away. I had to give it my all. I did. And it paid off.

My dreams and calling didn’t go away but were gestating deep below the surface. I was feeding them by collaborating with a soul sister on local women’s circles where we supported other women in clarifying and living their dreams. After a few years my husband hit a big milestone birthday and began to have health issues. A part of me began to panic—is this what the rest of my life will look like—sitting in doctors offices with the other old couples.

I was burnt out and going through the motions. I yearned for more but wasn’t sure how to get off the hamster wheel of care-giving I was on.

Life intervened on my behalf. I went to a weekend training in Charlottesville with a Wise woman and Healer I had met years before. She has helped my daughter then 6 months old, heal a birth trauma that was impeding her ability to roll over.

A master healer and wisdom teacher, Janet Evergreen introduced our group to the power of healing trauma through the body and specifically our Vagus Nerve, the longest nerve in our nervous system. It was a revolutionary training as it included dim lights, supportive contact and time for rest.

I entered the training feeling like a dry parched neglected houseplant. Almost immediately my Being responded to the deep nourishment and support. Something vital and alive came back online that weekend. Through Janet’s guidance and the portal of my body I began to remember myself and the nourishing power of the Feminine.

It’s my great pleasure to share a recent conversation with Janet on my latest episode of the podcast. Our time together was like a relaxing warm bath. A perfect antidote to any stress or anxiety you might be facing at this busy time of year.

I invite you to cozy up, dim the lights and give a listen. I guarantee you will come away feeling more relaxed and renewed. It’s one of the best gifts I can imagine giving you.

With Love,

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