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Karen Kenney is a certified Spiritual Mentor, Writer, Hypnotist, Change Worker and Life Coach. She’s known for her dynamic storytelling, her sense of humor, her Boston accent and her no-bullshit approach to Spirituality and transformational work. She’s been a yoga teacher for 24+ years, is a Certified Gateless Writing Instructor, and is also an author, speaker, retreat leader and the host of The Karen Kenney Show podcast. A curious human being, life-long learner and an entrepreneur for 20+ y ...
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One of the things that I’ve noticed about myself, and others like me, is a pattern of hyper-independence and self-reliance. These traits aren’t uncommon in people with some trauma in their history. And whether they truly couldn’t rely on others, or felt like they had to figure things out all on their own, this belief can set people up with a habit …
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I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation before where there was something that we wanted or needed to do, but our fear was so great that it kept us from taking action. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking all about courage. We’ll discuss the four components of courage, what we often get wrong about fear, and the importance of having a suppor…
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I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before, “Giving someone the benefit of the doubt.” The dictionary says, “the benefit of the doubt” is the state of accepting something or someone as honest or deserving of trust, even though there are doubts. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about how we often think that giving the benefit of the doubt …
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I bet most of us can agree that we don't like feeling like “we're the problem” or that we might be letting someone down. When we make plans to meet up, or attend something together with someone else, or as in my story today, plan an event and then... life unexpectedly happens, the situation changes, and we have to cancel on them. UGH! It can be suc…
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I often say, “Humans love to put other people up on a pedestal of praise and then move them over to the cross of crucifixion when they see their humanity.” Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about how people like to build others up onto a pedestal of praise and then when they eventually discover that other person’s humanness, weaknesses …
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It can be wicked easy to get attached to the idea that relationships are supposed to last forever – and that people and how we relate to one another are supposed to stay the same. This notion gets reinforced in our minds, because our brains really like familiarity and don’t particularly love change. When it comes to human beings and relationships -…
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From the childhood trauma of living through a cult-like experience, to now being married with 2 kids and running her own successful Podcast Management Company... This week’s guest is an inspiration for just how possible it is to get out, start out and eventually stand out in life and business! Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking to my gue…
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In the world today, you just can’t be on the internet and more specifically, on social media, and not see the way that people try to come for one another. There’s so many people with going around spewing their mean, hateful and ignorant comments all over everyone and everything. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about the cheap shots th…
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When we’re trying to create good, new, positive, or helpful things in the world - we sometimes find it hard to remain consistent and keep the momentum going. We might find ourselves in a pattern of starting and stopping again and again and again - which can lead to frustration and feelings of failure. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re flipping …
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Love isn't just reserved for romantic, sexual, or intimate relationships. Love is all around us and one of the most powerful things you can do is learn to love yourself. I'm not talking in some big grandiose, egocentric way, where you decide you are “special”. I’m talking about truly learning how to be in relationship with yourself - with both your…
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If we think, say, feel, believe or do something enough times - it creates a habitual well-worn groove within our subconscious mind. And if we get into a groove - that is no longer groovy, we can create a well-worn path that can easily become a rut that we feel stuck in. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about getting stuck in these ways…
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“There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents” is a famous line by beloved artist, painter, teacher and TV personality, Bob Ross. But when I was watching him the other day, he stopped me in my tracks with this other golden gem of wisdom - “Learn to work with what happens.” WOAH!!! These 6 powerful words are not only applicable for the painter…
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It’s normal and natural as kids to look for those external social cues that tell us which behaviors are good or bad - what is encouraged and what is discouraged . In fact, we were constantly being conditioned and molded as children growing up by how our parents, society, teachers, coaches, priests, siblings, and our friends were responding to us. I…
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Maybe you suffer from the same affliction that I have - which is I'm a hyper responsible person and have a nervous system that is still unlearning some old ways of being. And in this episode, what I’m highlighting is how this urgency pattern specifically shows up in my life by how much pressure I feel and put on myself to quickly respond to other p…
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When we become adults - if we’re not careful - we no longer create enough time for fun, play and joy in the things we choose to do. This way of living can become a slippery slide down slope - where everything in our life feels like an ‘I have to’ - instead of - an ‘I get to’. Why would we want to wake up each day only to have to jump into things th…
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Apologizing is an art form and a skill set that we have to take time to learn, practice and build. It’s not something that most of us do well or even automatically. In fact, plenty of people suck when it comes to making apologies and trying to heal a situation where they may have caused hurt. Sometimes, people take it a step further and unfortunate…
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As we start to do some spiritual work - we can become more aware, awake and sensitive to our previous words and behaviors - when we weren’t at our best. If we don't have any tools or resources in place when our past mistakes come up for our attention, they can become all-consuming. They’ll often play on repeat in our mind — leaving us overwhelmed w…
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Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re continuing our conversation from my previous episode on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), by talking with one of my brilliant mentors and teachers! If you listened to my show last week, you heard me say how hypnotherapy has been one of the most significant and effective healing steps that I took to help manage an…
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Did you know that between 15% to 20% of people in the world suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome – also known as IBS? It’s incredible to think about how those three little letters (IBS) - can wreak so much havoc, distress, despair, depression and anxiety in people’s daily lives. Medical data reports that “1 in 5 people” have Irritable Bowel Syndrom…
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When it comes to trying new things - the best way for me to learn what I think about it, what I feel about it, and whether I like or don’t like a particular person, place, program or product, etc. - is to do what I call: FAFO! That’s right, I’ve got to: “F*ck Around + Find Out”. Which is a fun way to say that I have to experience things for myself.…
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A quote I love from writer Jonathan Franzen is at the heartbeat of today’s episode. He says: “When you stay in your room in rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders as I did for many years. The world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there's a very…
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Like the Fall leaves that blow all over our yards, we can often get blown around by our thoughts. Have you ever been looking for the answer to something, and you say to yourself, “I'm just going to look this up real quick on the Google”... and before you know it, you've gone down some sort of rabbit hole that now has you scrolling on some social me…
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My friend and former elementary school teacher, Kirsten Tulsian, found herself sitting on the floor of her classroom one night with her head in her hands and breaking down in tears. Feeling overwhelmed, overworked and underappreciated, she realized that she just couldn’t keep going on this way. Although heartbroken about what that might mean for th…
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At the transformational retreats that I lead, I sometimes like to share something with the participants that I call: “Voted Most Likely To”. It’s a humorous exercise that looks at what we or the people in our life would definitely say we do on a regular basis. I find it to be a helpful tool to identify patterns and habits around the way we show up …
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For those of you that know me, you know that I just absolutely love Mr. Fred Rogers. So much so that I consider him one of the head honchos on my Spiritual Team. When Fred was little and big scary things were happening in the world, or if he saw something on TV that frightened him, his mom would always say to him, “Look for the helpers.” Yes, there…
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When it comes to communication, relationship building and dreaming big, it’s important and impactful to be specific in what you say, the decisions you make, and the actions you take. Specificity is at the top of the list because the intentional details matter and have the power to make a difference in both your personal and professional life. Today…
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Everywhere we look it seems we’re seeing suffering in one form or another. It's completely normal to want to turn away and avoid the feelings of fear, overwhelm, exhaustion, rage, despair, and hopelessness that may come with it. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about bearing witness to what others are going through, so that we may keep…
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There is so much going on in the world - violence, war, division, separation, lack of cooperation and simply not listening to one another and as a result we bump up against each other all over the place. This got me thinking… what could I offer to someone, wherever they may fall on the spectrum of spirituality, that might be helpful? Especially as …
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Not everyone will be our “cup of tea” and we won't always be theirs - and sometimes this can even extend to seasons in our life. Meaning that, what was once something we needed, we no longer need now or what we once liked or loved - may not instill those same feelings today. It’s these moments of realization that have us taking a step back, unfollo…
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I hope your curiosity brought you here because I know that my curiosity brought me here to record this episode. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about the British slang term “Coddiwomple” - which plainly means “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague or yet unknown destination.” We live in a culture that is obsessed with makin…
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Sometimes it’s not just the people in the immediate relationship that are affected by the decisions that we make or that get made. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about collateral damage and how the choices we make can affect those around us in sometimes not so great ways. Picture dropping a pebble into a lake, and watching those litt…
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I think knowing how we best learn is super important and helpful. It’s good to discover for yourself, if you’re a visual, audio or kinetic learner, or a combination of two or all three. It's also helpful as you're learning to know what you don't know! 😆 Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about the 4 stages of learning, and how they come …
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Mahatma Gandhi was known for having said; “My life is my message.” Recently, I was thinking about my own mortality and one of the things I considered is… when I die, what am I actually leaving behind? Like, if I were to drop dead tomorrow… What would the message of my life (so far) have been? What would they say about me and my life at my funeral? …
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Have you ever found yourself overthinking and softening your language in emails, meetings, conversations, or voice and text messages... So that other people wouldn’t perceive you as being a pain in the ass, or too needy, or too bossy, or too whatever the feck’? How about over-explaining yourself almost as a preemptive apology - instead of just answ…
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So many people, many of whom, because of experiences from their earlier and most formative years - have developed a low level or lack of self-esteem, self worth, and self confidence. Since we sometimes can't truly see our real selves, what we see instead and unfortunately also believe is the interpretations and judgments of other people's opinions,…
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Something I learned back in college from my Communications Professor, is that “the message sent is not always the message received.” Just because I think I've done a good job communicating who I am, what I do, and what I offer - doesn't mean that people are always picking up what I'm putting down. The reality is we all learn differently and many of…
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There’s a saying that gets tossed around a lot that says, “Hurt People, Hurt People.” While this can sometimes be true… There's also a ton of people out there with adverse childhood experiences - that include unbelievably difficult, horrifying, tragic, awful, brutal, violent things that have happened to them - and they’re not out there perpetuating…
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In life, we sometimes need to move things around. Whether the movement is about the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual — we’ve gotta’ get our ass up, in gear and “rearrange the furniture” of our lives. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about “rearranging furniture” and it’s not just our external physical stuff like beds, tables, …
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Today on The Karen Kenney Show, my guest, client and friend - Jordan Dranes and I are covering some heavy and sensitive topics like Mental Health, trauma, violence, drug addiction, overdose, death, suicide, change work and healing. This is a 2-hour conversation - that is powerful, emotional and impactful - and I believe in some ways is going to be …
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Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about creating change in our lives and how the way for real, lasting transformation to happen - first starts with us actually wanting it. The reality of it is - we will grow to the degree that we want to grow, we will change to the degree that we want to change, and even more so to the degree that we ar…
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I've noticed more and more that lots of people want to jump right into “being a noun” or “having a title” or “getting the results” and skip all the action pieces or as I like to call them - the verbs - required to get there. Saying things like: I want to be more, feel more, or have more like “fill in the blank” but the actions required to reach tha…
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Assumptions are similar to what I like to call “interpretations of or expectations from the past.” They also often live in the space of incomplete information… where we write stories that we believe to be the truth; even though we might not have any real clue about WTF is actually going on. Ha! Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re taking a look at…
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Our nervous system is always asking things like, “Am I safe?” Often this line of questioning begins when we’re wicked young - even pre-verbal. As children, we scan our environment and look around for someone to support, protect and provide nurturing and nourishment for us and for lots of kids in many instances, we didn’t find it. So it’s not so sur…
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Growing up, life happens and “people be people-ing” - so all of these different scenarios play out all around us and some of those suckers can leave a mark. It can affect the way that we start to think, feel, believe and how we come to view ourselves, each other and the world around us. As a result, we are sometimes left with a “film of fear” over …
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A famous film director once shared an interesting spiritual perspective about Superman that has always stayed with me and it inspired this episode! I like to believe that we are in some way extensions of the Divine. Spiritual beings who are made up of energy and Love. Yet at some point, on this crazy journey called life - we’ve forgotten that these…
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In our relationships, whether personal or business, we sometimes get lumped into or identify with either the “giver or taker” group. While we tend to have a natural tendency towards one group over the other, it's important to recognize that we all shift and navigate between the two depending on the specific circumstances and dynamics at play. Today…
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Have you ever had the urge to metaphorically strike a match and toss it at your business or some other part of your life? Do you ever find yourself kinda’ feeling like this thing you were once passionate about, you now find boring and you feel trapped, or done or just completely over it? Whatever the reason, there's all this chatter in your head an…
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It's amazing the things that we will normalize in life - both personally and professionally. Sometimes we do it because we feel helpless and hopeless and we think people or things won't change… we’ve maybe started to believe that no matter what we do, it's always going to stay the same. However, I am optimistic and see things a little differently f…
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In the journey of personal, spiritual and even business growth, we can often find ourselves in what I like to refer to as “the hallway.” It's that place of uncertainty, where we're not quite sure what to do, what’s coming next or which door we should open because of the unknowns beyond. How we perceive the hallway greatly influences our experience …
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While freedom of speech is essential, we must also take responsibility for our words. There are consequences for what we say, even if we're not always aware of them. Sometimes, the repercussions of our communication style or the words we choose to speak or write may not be immediately evident. It could be minutes, months or even years later when so…
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