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Karen Kenney is a certified Spiritual Mentor, writer, author, speaker, and the host of The Karen Kenney Show Podcast. She’s also the founder of THE NEST - an online spiritual membership & community. She’s been a student & guide of A Course in Miracles for close to three decades, a certified yoga teacher for 20+ years and is a longtime practitioner of Passage Meditation. She’s also a Gateless Writing Instructor, workshop facilitator and transformational retreat leader. KK grew up in Lawrence ...
 
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Did you know that from the third trimester, when we're still in our mom's belly until the time that we're about seven years old, we are deeply programmable, open to suggestions and often operating in the brain wave states most associated with being hypnotized? Like little sponges, we soak up everything we hear, see and experience in our environment…
 
It can feel challenging sometimes, especially if you were raised as a “blue collar kid” to take time to rest even when it’s needed. But the push back against resting is really just an old pattern of societal pressure and subconscious programming, that we can not only let go of, but we can replace with a more helpful way of thinking. Today on The Ka…
 
In today’s episode of The Karen Kenney Show, we revisit a wicked honest episode that got a lot of feedback when I first released it! I heard from so many people who said they loved the show, that it really resonated and that it got them thinking and talking with their friends and family about their own personal drinking and our greater culture of d…
 
Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about the power of “Word of Mouth” (WOM). WOM can be defined in a few different ways, but how it’s traditionally known is the passing of information from person to person using oral communication. This is simply where a person tells a story about either a real (or made-up) event to someone else. Word of…
 
One of the things that we often do (and something I used to do all the time) - is we mistake our identity, who we think we are, how we see ourselves, and how we relate to the world with what's happened to us; with our origin stories. We confuse our identity with “our biography” - all those things that have happened to us, especially when we were yo…
 
Back in the day, before there were refrigerators, people had to store their crop harvest together over periods of time in big batches. Something that they learned, sometimes the hard way, is that just one bad apple that’s really bruised, rotting or starting to go bad gives off a gas known as ethylene. This gas affects the other fruit close to it by…
 
There’s so much pain, fear and worry in the world right now, but not everybody who’s suffering will outwardly show it. Many people give the appearance that they’re holding it together so well, that we wouldn’t ever know there was something big going on just below the surface. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about checking in on the pe…
 
When people hear the word Hypnosis, they often think about someone being made to run around on a stage clucking like a chicken, barking like a dog or doing something extremely embarrassing for the sake of entertainment. The truth about hypnosis and hypnotherapy when used in service for transformation and healing, is not even anything close to that.…
 
I don't come from the school of thought that if you dress better; you do your job better. Not just in the sense of business but life in general. The clothes someone has on their back does not make or break the person they are inside or dictate whether or not we can rely on them. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, I’m talking about placing our focus be…
 
When we become aware of a tender spot in another being, we need to keep in mind that if something is a tender spot, the appropriate response is to be tender. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about tenderness and how growing up I sometimes found it hard to extend a lot of compassion, softness and mercy towards others, because I didn’t k…
 
I sometimes wish that I could pull my eyeballs out of my head and pop them into another person, just so they can see themselves how I see them. So they could witness the Divine shine that I see when I look at them. It's like we walk around with blinders on to who we really are and miss our own brilliance. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talki…
 
Have you been feeling a little extra “squeezed”, stressed or overwhelmed lately? We all have those moments when human challenges can seem all-consuming and we lose the clear picture of where we actually are, how far we’ve come and who it is that helped us get there. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about remembering and connecting to t…
 
Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about the concept of “telling it like it is”. I got to thinking about this because people often say that one of the reasons they like to work with me is that they view me as someone who “Tells It Like It Is”. While I understand what they mean, I think the more accurate description is that, “I tell it li…
 
One of the things I’ve seen time and time and time again, and you can “Double Amen Hands” me if you have witnessed this yourself or have done this yourself, too - is that when somebody starts to cry in public or in front of others, almost always, there's a moment where they say, “I'm sorry.” When this happens (or when I’ve done it in the past) I of…
 
If we're a person who walks around with a lot of internal anger, rage, shame, guilt, blame impatience, frustration, negativity or anything that we've come to believe about ourselves, when we get “squeezed” - what's going to come out of us, is any combination of those things. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re taking a look at what happens when w…
 
It’s been said that in our lives, we are the captain of our own ships. This of course doesn’t mean that we always get to decide what happens in the world around us. Thing is, we’re often not in control of a bunch of what goes on “out there”. What we are in control of, is how we choose to respond to whatever the heck is happening. I call this being …
 
In our day-to-day life, we have both internal and external tools for figuring and feeling stuff out. If you need to know how much of a tip to leave when eating out, you can do some math in your head or you can do it on a calculator. The same is true when it comes to navigating and negotiating the affairs of the heart - the relationships we have wit…
 
I’m so jazzed to share this episode because I’m talking with a wicked old friend of mine; Walter Norton Jr - owner of the Institute of Performance & Fitness (IPF) which is a 10,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility in North Reading, MA. I’ve known Walt for over 30 years having met back in college at Boston University. He's someone who I admire and…
 
Recently I was watching a mini-series with actor, musician and now author, Will Smith and he was talking about the process of filming this documentary and writing his memoir. So as a creative person, I was doubly curious and fascinated. Something that Will’s father said on the show (you’ll have to listen to this episode to find out what it was) got…
 
Have you ever had a conversation with certain people, whether it's over Zoom, or in real life where you walked away feeling lit up? I describe it as walking away feeling warmed by the fire of their love, their heart and their Spirit. Simply put, their energetic spark is contagious. This concept got me thinking; where does that spark in people come …
 
I was recently invited to lead a workshop for an Online Summit talking about anxiety, along with five other women, who are all anxiety coaches. Anxiety is not necessarily my area of expertise, meaning I wouldn't hang a shingle saying I'm an anxiety expert or coach, but I do know quite a bit about it. During this summit, I was thinking about what ac…
 
In a world full of social media and online platforms, where the opportunity to tell your “story” is not only everywhere, but it’s also encouraged, sometimes it ends up being told before the time is quite right. As a storyteller, I love to take experiences from my life that I can write and talk about. But I don't like to talk about things publicly u…
 
Talk about a Spiritual Team On The Job (STOTJ)! My guests this week, Betsy and Laura Milne are two amazing women, business coaches and podcast hosts, who met online on Instagram about six years ago through what seemed like total chance. And, before you ask, they’re not sisters and they’re not even related! HA! They’re two women who just happened to…
 
In a world that sometimes tries to place us in its tiny predetermined boxes, I’ve learned that it’s okay to dream bigger than your circumstances. To dream as if it's already happening for you. Dream as if it's going to come true. Even more importantly, dream with thankfulness for what you already have. Be grateful for your resources, your bank acco…
 
Our identity is created through several different things but most often it all starts with our first experiences, and the environment we grow up in. Who we believe we are or the concept of ourselves, our ego; gets shaped between the ages of zero and eight. In our early years before the world gets its hands on us, we start out naturally knowing our …
 
As uncomfy as it can feel for us to think about, sometimes it’s not only necessary, but it is appropriate to let certain relationships or friendships go. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re asking ourselves the question, “Where in my life are there personal or professional connections that are no longer working?” I believe if we look close enough…
 
As humans, we’re natural born storytellers who are always trying to make sense of what we think is happening around us. The reality is that sometimes our “perception” has more to do with our ego mind projection, than what is actually playing out on the screen and in the scenes of our life. Stephen Covey said it in an impactful way; “We think we see…
 
I often joke that as a teacher and mentor, if I had a $1 for everytime someone said to me, “I know,” then I’d be filthy rich. Now, sometimes this happens because the brain likes to conserve energy, so you’ll be listening to a podcast or reading a book and you’ll hear yourself think, “I already know that” or “I already read that”. So, if the analyti…
 
In today’s world, some people think that having a platform (like on social media) automatically means you must speak up about every situation that arises in the world. Now sometimes, I do say something or share some sort of commentary because I feel called to speak, to take action, to show up and write something; or send money. At other times I don…
 
When you’re on a plane, there's a reason why they say to put on your own oxygen mask first. Because we can’t help ourselves, never mind assisting anyone else, if we can’t breathe. This analogy also translates perfectly into our everyday lives. If we’re constantly giving so much to others first, our life can get and feel way out of balance. This can…
 
If you grew up with siblings, cousins or other kids around, then you’re probably no stranger to the term, “Shotgun!!” Which was a way for someone to try and call “dibs” on the front seat, passenger side of a vehicle. As adults, I think it behooves us to ride what I call “Spiritual Shotgun” - because putting something smarter than our petty, little,…
 
There are going to be times in our life when people - out of their own suffering or out of their own lack of emotional intelligence or spiritual maturity - are not going to be able to handle whatever pressure that they're feeling inside. So they're going to judge, they're going to attack, they're going to say and do things before thinking, things m…
 
We all have access to spiritual and specific gifts; or what I call our ability to align to something beyond our physical body. However, I do believe that some people are far more finely attuned to their gifts. Just like the ones that my guest, Intuitive Therapist and Soul Whisperer, Georgina Durcan unknowingly became aware of at a very early age, b…
 
We live in a world of “Go, Go, Go” where busyness seems to set the pace and as a result inner and outer stillness is almost nonexistent. For many, the thought of slowing down is wicked scary and it’s an idea and practice that people will avoid at all cost. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re hanging out with my friend, spiritual teacher, healer, …
 
As a mentor and teacher who works with people that are spiritually curious, spiritually seeking or are doing deep personal & spiritual transformation work, I hear all kinds of comments like: “I’m a recovering Catholic” or “I haven’t prayed in 10 years” or “the word ‘God’ makes me cringe”, or “I don’t know what I even believe anymore”. When we dive …
 
In my work as a Spiritual Mentor and teacher, I talk with a lot of people who are wanting and hoping to have more happiness, inner peace, healing, and transformation. One of the things I’ve discovered over the years is that sometimes the very same people who want something to change, are also unwilling to do what it takes to get the job done. Today…
 
Let’s just admit it, sometimes as silly humans we do try to force things and we try to fight reality; especially when we don't want “it” to be how it is. As a coach, parent or an entrepreneur, really anybody who leads or guides people, whether it's a team of employees, a membership & community, or a mentor that has clients, the one thing we all kno…
 
As long as you are a human being who’s alive in a body - then you’re in an ongoing process of evolution. I would go so far as to say that you’re really just releasing who you are not and remembering and becoming more and more of your true Self. But this personal and Spiritual work isn’t a concept of, “Oh, well I did that yesterday or last week” so …
 
Historically humans have, so many times, put their “entertainment value” needs over the well being of both animals and humans. Sometimes, sadly to their detriment. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about slowing down and doing some critical thinking, research and discernment before we post or comment on something online, before we share…
 
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where someone has come to you with something that you think they’re needing input or advice on, only to find out the opposite? Sometimes as friends/partners (but especially as coaches or mentors), we find ourselves sharing what we see as helpful thoughts, tips or solutions, when in reality not everyone wa…
 
Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of people talking about tips, tricks, and hacks for all kinds of things. Tricks have their place in the world of magic, but when it comes to people - whether it be personal or business - I choose transparency. What you see, is what you get. I don’t have any desire to trick my way to the top at the expense …
 
There are times in our lives when we have to make both big and little decisions. Sometimes when faced with these choices, we find ourselves feeling unsure of our direction because of a communication misunderstanding or a lack of detailed information. Other times though, we find ourselves choosing to remain in a state of confusion, allowing our mind…
 
As humans, we have a multitude of parts contained all within one being. Think about it, “How many times have you said something like, "Well, one part of me wants to do this, but another part of me doesn’t”. And not all of our “parts” are on the super sunny side. But because we fear getting judged, abandoned or rejected by others, we don’t want peop…
 
There's an old proverb that says “familiarity breeds contempt”. Meaning that if we’re too close to or have extensive knowledge of someone, it can sometimes lead to a loss of respect for them, or we become careless around them or we lose the ability to see their brilliance. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re taking a look at how often the people …
 
People will sometimes say that they know what someone’s been talking about without really having any true understanding. They might have copied down the words or memorized the information, but they have no real intimacy with or true knowledge of things yet. It’s not enough to just be able to parrot back what’s been said - but as the spelling bee ki…
 
When we share something that we’ve created (or are in the act of still creating), whether it be a book, a poem, a project or a program, etc., where we share this inspired idea, can make all the difference in whether or not it succeeds. Today on The Karen Kenney Show, we’re talking about using a little bit of caution when it comes to who we share ou…
 
Throughout our life (if we’re lucky) there will be so many different situations and scenarios when the people who care about us will be there for us. Sometimes in providing opportunities for our growth, offering their advice or support, loving us through painful moments and offering a helping hand when we really need it. Whatever those moments look…
 
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