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Shira Gura is on a mission to get people Emotionally Equipped. She is the international award-winning author of two books, "Getting unSTUCK: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being" and "The CLEAR Way: Five Simple Steps to be Mentally Prepared for Anything." Shira is the creator of two powerful tools that are a totally new approach to mindfulness, effective even for those for whom 'be in the moment' advice has never worked. Her simple and practical tools teach you how to feel calm, in cont ...
 
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I had the privilege to interview Krista Luzio on this week's podcast. Krista Luzio lives in Chicago and has been practicing law as a medical malpractice defense lawyer for the past 13 years. She is a mother of two younger children, is a writer, artist, and musician. Krista found me via this podcast and contacted me soon after she learned about her …
 
A few days ago I visited two young men who were brutally attacked during a senseless and heinous hate crime. There were family, friends, and community members at this gathering to show support for these young men. At one point, there was a request for everyone present to introduce themselves, share where they were from and anything else they would …
 
This week, I continue on with the story I began last week. Now only will you hear how I got CLEAR so I was able to move forward, you will hear a sincere apology to my husband. Getting unSTUCK and Getting CLEAR is never about putting someone else down in order to make you look good. But in last week's episode, I am afraid I missed my intention and s…
 
This week I'd like to share with you a story about my garden. Or, shall I say, a garden project that I wanted to create. But, the truth of the matter is, the story has little to do with the garden and has almost everything to do with my relationship with my husband. The situation didn't go as I would have liked it and in this week's episode I share…
 
Tune in to this week's episode where I interview Ayelet Kagan. Ayelet is a 28-year-old woman originally from Israel and has been living in Germany for the past few years studying and performing opera. She recently enrolled in The 6-week Emotionally Equipped Journey. In this interview, she shares her experiences about the Journey specifically relate…
 
Setting boundaries is an essential tool for living the life you want to live. Setting boundaries is something you do for yourself as a way of protecting yourself. Boundaries are not about controlling another person and they are not meant to be created as a way to manipulate other people. They are about setting clear limits so others know where you …
 
For whatever reason, it is often easier to commit to other people than it is to commit to ourselves. We get stuck in lots of thoughts and emotions (it's not important, missing it for one day is no big deal, no one will notice, etc.) which not only leads us to inaction, it leads us to not fully respecting ourselves. Tune in to this week's episode to…
 
After the recent war, the Muslim woman from the village down the road from the community where I live requested a gathering. Women only. To meet one another. To emote. To share from our hearts. To find commonalities. And to simply start a dialogue of peace. Those of us present believed there is no other way. At that meeting I got stuck on shame and…
 
Do you know what you need to be to go from "non-runner" to "runner" to "national champion"? You need to be emotionally equipped! Tune in to this week's Emotionally Equipped podcast to hear from Israeli national marathon champion (mother of five young children), Beatie Deutsch, and how she gets herself unstuck during challenging runs and emotionally…
 
We are given opportunities to appreciate every day. We often think the only things we should appreciate are the things we are grateful for. And yet, we can also learn to appreciate the things we may not necessarily grateful for at first glance. Because even in those places (and sometimes especially in those places) exist the most opportunities for …
 
This month, I invite you to practice being appreciative. At the latest gathering of the Emotionally Equipped Circle, one of the participants asked me if there is a difference between practicing gratitude and practicing appreciation. Tune in to this week's podcast episode to hear my response and to explore where you may want to challenge yourself to…
 
I have been podcasting for nearly four years. My show has more or less been a solo show. Yet a couple of days ago there was something tugging at me to interview my 19-year-old daughter before she enlists into the army. Tune in to hear how learning and practicing my self-help tools supported my daughter to be emotionally equipped and empowered durin…
 
Last week's episode was dedicated to understanding the concept of quasi-pleasures. This week, tune in to learn more about how decreasing (or eliminating) the number of quasi-pleasures in your life can lead to creating pure joy in your life and in your relationships. The doors to the 6-week "Emotionally Equipped Journey" are now open! Be sure you ar…
 
There are two ways to experience joy in your life. One way is with what I call "quasi-pleasures." In this week's episode, I share what "quasi-pleasures" are, how they are incredibly abundant in our lives today, and in which ways they can (and do) affect us. If you're looking to experience more joy in your life, tune in to this week's episode! www.s…
 
My father-in-law passed away this week. The death was actually a tragic one. And still, I found pockets of joy during this time. Tune in to learn more and get inspired as to where you may be able to find joy during tumultuous events in your life. Sign up for the unSTUCK Challenge!By Shira Gura, Emotional Well-Being coach
 
Far too often we get into the habit of living our lives in certain ways without giving it too much thought. In a way, we walk around half a sleep, even if knowing that "waking up" would actually improve our lives in countless ways. One way to get out of the habit of being yourself is to question everything. While it can be scary to do so, I do beli…
 
You are in for a treat today. While I had plans to share my weekly episode with you, a good friend of mine reached out to me with an epic situation she experienced yesterday and she told me how she used The unSTUCK Method and The CLEAR Way to help her through it. She said it would be a great story for the podcast and I welcomed her to share her sto…
 
According to Google, tradition is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. I am sure you have lots of traditions in your life. Many of them have probably been passed down to you generation to generation, and others may have been traditions you created on your own. The question is, at which point do you keep a tradition,…
 
When you learn about the mind, you realize something curious: that the mind often innocently works against you. You would think that your mind should be working for you, and in a way it does - when it keeps you safe and out of harm's way. But often when the mind is doing that, what it's also doing is keeping you back from evolving and living to you…
 
Being emotionally equipped means possessing simple and practical self-help tools that have the power to efficiently and effectively support a person in coping with emotionally challenging life situations. Are you emotionally equipped? Tune in to hear more and join me over on Instagram to continue the conversation. https://www.instagram.com/shiragur…
 
Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. We're always in the process between unknowing and knowing. And even when the puzzle is complete, the truth is, we simply start all over again with a new puzzle. The question is: Who are you being in the process? Tune in to learn more and get emotionally equipped and inspired with the jigsaw puzzle you are currently wor…
 
In celebration of my 200th episode, I decided to go a little vulnerable on this episode. Instead of teaching about self-love, I decided to share a story of where and how I recently had to get myself unSTUCK from self-loathing and instead deliberately choose to love myself. So many people fall into the trap of self-resentment. It's far too easy to b…
 
In this week's podcast episode, I share with you a new tool I've been working on behind the scenes with my husband for about a year. This is a tool that has powerfully supported our marriage and therefore, I wanted to share it with my podcast listeners. This tool is different from my other self-help tools (The unSTUCK Method and The CLEAR Way) in t…
 
Do you ever feel held back by things you want to do or goals you want to achieve? There's a name for this. It's called "self-sabotage" and there's a simple reason why this may be happening to you. It has to do with your feelings. The good thing is, it is possible to live a life without self-sabotage, if you know how to avoid it. In this episode I t…
 
In any and every relationship, you have the choice to be loving. No matter what the circumstances are around you, no matter how other people are acting, and no matter how other people are being, you can choose to be loving. You don't have to let other people determine the way you want to show up in the world. How you show up in the world is always …
 
So many people have a fear of being self-expressed. Which makes a lot of sense. It's only natural to want to be liked - and when you are self-expressed it exposes you to the possibilities of people creating negative opinions of you. The problem is, when you don't allow yourself to be self-expressed, your emotions get bottled up inside of you - unti…
 
When you are feeling stuck, you are probably "being" someone you don't want to be. You get hijacked by your emotions and your emotions take control of the real you. But when you go through the process of getting unSTUCK, there's an opportunity for you to shift. To shift out of who you were being and into the person you truly want to be. It's simple…
 
Do you ever get stuck on caring what other people think of you? It's a very common human behavior to do this. We come from a tribal background where fitting in literally often meant a matter of life or death. But there are lots of problems with this: *You may not ever be able to change to their desires. *If you are able to change, you'll become som…
 
2021 has just begun. And with it comes lots of feelings of excitement and hope. Many people around this time make New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, statistics show that New Year's resolutions don't work. And that's because New Year's resolutions are devoid of the secret to creating change. The secret is not so much about the actions you take, …
 
There are two ways to look at life: That it's happening to you, or that it's happening for you. When you look at life from the latter, you realize what a gift it is. Each of us is on our own healing journey. It's very easy to feel fearful, uncertain, or hopeless when you aren't getting the results you want or hope to see. But staying in difficult e…
 
This month, the Living Deliberately community focused on practicing generosity in their lives. But have you ever stopped to consider what really is generosity? Is generosity just a willingness to give support and help, or is something more? Do you need to feel generous in order for something to be considered an act of generosity or are your feeling…
 
Most people erroneously believe that it's the things outside of them (like, the people and circumstances in their lives) that cause them to feel the things they feel. But, the truth is, feelings come from within. Feelings are generated by the thoughts you choose to believe. No one and nothing can make you feel anything you don't want to. What you f…
 
By looking at the title of this episode, you may be quite surprised by the topic. But, I encourage you to tune in as I have two powerful stories for you regarding getting CLEAR in order to avoid getting STUCK that you don't want to miss! Shira Gura is an award-winning author and authority on emotional health and well-being with over two decades of …
 
Do you experience anxiety sometimes? A lot of people do, whether they realize it or not (or whether they want to admit it or not). And the truth is, people are feeling anxious now more than ever. Anxiety is a difficult emotion to experience and most people aren't equipped to cope with it. And so, they resist feeling the anxiety, so they don't have …
 
I was speaking with my parents the other day who told me that because of Corona restrictions, they are most likely going to have to spend Thanksgiving without family and friends this year. I'm sure they are not alone in feeling stuck with the reality of the situation due to Corona/COVID. If you are feeling stuck as well, tune into this episode to s…
 
Maintaining your emotional health and well-being is just as important as the other things you work to maintain in your life, such as your car, your physical health, or your job. Good emotional health and well-being isn't a birthright. It's something that needs to be cultivated on a daily basis. Tune in to hear about some of the things that I do to …
 
It's certainly not pleasant to live with someone you believe has a disgusting habit. What should you do? Try to change their habit? What if they don't have the power to change it? How is it possible to go on living with someone you feel so ashamed about? Tune in to learn how you can get unSTUCK from feeling disgust about your partner's disgusting h…
 
Last week (episode 183), I shared about creating "crazy" goals. This week, I share with you why it's not about the goals. No, my intention is not to confuse you, but rather it's to challenge you to look at your own life and realize where does your sense of purpose really lie - in achieving the goal or in becoming the person you want to become while…
 
Living Deliberately is about playing it big. It's about giving yourself permission to dream. It's about taking leaps of faith. It's about creating crazy goals to stretch and evolve you into the next best version of yourself. Tune in to this week's episode to learn why you may want to consider creating crazy goals in your life.…
 
In my private community on Facebook, I lead monthly group Challenges. Tune in to this week's podcast episode to learn more about what these Challenges are about, why you may want to consider participating, and the next steps you need to take in order to join my community. www.shiragura.comBy Shira Gura, Emotional well-being coach
 
I recently posted a question on Facebook in three different places and was fascinated by the responses I received. "If you could name one thing, what would you say is the most important thing in your life?" How would you respond? Tune in to this week's podcast episode to hear my response. It may catch you by surprise.…
 
Optical illusions occur when the brain perceives something that in reality, may or may not exist. The way we perceive things in the world is not only what we take in with our eyes, but how our mind interprets that information. Many people are familiar with optical illusions in the form of artwork, but have you ever considered the optical illusions …
 
Yesterday, I sat in solitude in the forest near my home for the purpose of reading through the journals I wrote in over the past year. The purpose of this exercise was to remind me of where I "missed the mark" (and also a reminder of where I "hit the mark.") Tune in to hear why you may want to pick up a journaling practice (if you don't have one al…
 
When you get triggered, there are only two options of responding: 1) With a childhood reaction, or 2) With an adult response. Adult responses are defined by how you consciously choose to show up, not necessarily how others behave. They're about how you choose to respond, despite how others act. They are powerful because you are not dependent on oth…
 
When you get triggered, there are only two options of responding: 1) With a childhood reaction, or 2) With an adult response. Many of us respond with childhood reactions because that is what we are most familiar with and have more experience responding in this way. Yet, childhood reactions typically do not help us, they do not help the other people…
 
Living Deliberately is a framework for living. It includes understanding the big picture of what it is you want to create - (Episode 175) And the moments in time that comprise the time as you go from "here" to "there." Identifying and visualizing what it is you want to create or change can be very exciting. But, if you don't keep in mind the moment…
 
Living Deliberately is a framework for living that incorporates two main parts: The big picture (what it is you want to create and who you need to be to manifest that), and the moments in time that comprise the big picture. While the moments in time are crucial for achieving our goals, often we get stuck in them and forget to see the big picture. W…
 
Today is the birthday of my new book, The CLEAR Way: Five Simple Steps to Be Mentally Prepared for Anything. You can grab your copy on Amazon. (On launch day, Tuesday August 25th, the book is available for FREE on Kindle!) In today's podcast, I share with you some excerpts from the book and a few testimonials from those who graciously participated …
 
What would you say is the greatest legacy you can leave your children? If you could leave just one thing to your children, what would that one thing be? Today, I invite you to consider that the greatest legacy you can leave for others is your ways of being. Who you are and how you show up in the world on a regular basis - when things are easy and e…
 
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