Finding The Guru Within with Erin Doppelt
Think about this for a minute with me. If you had to pick one person to follow and learn from every day, who would that person be? The answer will be vastly different for each and every one of you I’m sure, but I’d be interested to know how many of you simply thought to trust and rely on yourself among all others.
We talk in our society about the importance of mentors, surrounding yourself with positive people, studying or finding spiritual awakening from spiritual leaders or gurus. Then on a base level -listening to your parents, your grand-parents, your teachers. The list of people in your life right now that you could learn from if you really sat down and thought about it, is huge. And yet, how many opinions do you actually need? How many thoughts or feelings do you need to take into consideration? How many teachings do you need to shape your own personal development journey.
This is one of many very interesting topics we dive into today on the Soul Compass Podcast with my guest, Erin Doppelt. Erin is a highly fascinating individual with a self-discovery journey unlike many that I’ve encountered. Her travels, studies and life experiences have brought her to a place where her mind is completely open to the unique opportunities that come her way, and her ability to verbalise how these experiences have shaped her is inspiring.
Erin is an international wellness consultant, spiritual teacher, host of Wise Woman Podcast and retreat leader. She facilitates innovative mindfulness workshops and trainings in the areas of meditation, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, conflict competency, nutrition, yoga, and spiritual, personal and professional development.
She is the creator behind the "Certificate in Mindfulness and Wellbeing Strategy" and "Soul Immersion" coaching and training programs. Erin developed her programming based on her experience living and learning in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Erin earned an MA in Clinical Psychology and Education from Columbia University, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. Check out her Instagram and her website.
SOME TOPICS WE COVER:
What is was like spending time living in an Osho Ashram in the desert of Israel
The value of exploring other cultures, other spiritualities and other ways of life
Listening to your own divine inner voice and being your own guru
The chakra system and reading your body
Learning to work with your resistance and ask yourself questions, check in
The phases of your menstrual cycle, and how to work to benefit each phase
Getting to know your inner rhythm, the cycle of the moon and how this affects you
BOOKS WE MENTION:
Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
WomenCode by Alisa Vitti
Erin: I'm not here to be quiet and take your teachings and not ask questions. That's how atrocities happen. I'm going to eat all, absorb as much as I can. I'm going to take what fits for me and fits for my clients and is of highest good for right now.
Vitina: Namaste and welcome, I'm Vitina Blumenthal and you're listening to the Soul Compass podcast. I'm here to help you find your inner calm and deepen your self-discovery journey. Take this moment and focus on yourself. For your mental health, your ability to find ease in your everyday life and your emotional well-being. It is so important that you nourish yourself not only physically but also emotionally and mentally. Here at Soul Compass, you'll learn practical tips from experts who will leave you with a sharper focus and a renewed commitment to yourself.
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Soul Compass podcast. Super excited to dive into today’s episode, but before doing so I wanted to share a little bit about my journey.
Before I really started diving deep into my journey, I found myself a little more judgemental, I’ll be honest. And I often thought if people didn’t believe what I believed, or didn’t see things the way I saw things, that maybe we weren’t in alignment, maybe we weren’t meant to be friends, or we weren’t meant to be partners. But the more I have dove in and began to be a little more curious with myself and with other people’s thoughts and journeys, and beliefs, the more it’s expanded my mind. And the more it’s actually helped me understand what works for me on this journey, and hey, what works best for other people and their journey.
Before we get into the episode, let’s take a moment to connect to ourselves. It’s time for you. Time to connect to you. So if it’s comfortable for you, uncrossing your legs, planting both feet on the ground. If you’re driving please do not close your eyes, but if it’s safe to do so closing your eyes, just stacking your shoulders directly over your hips. Placing your palms on your knees. And taking this opportunity to tune in. Are there any feelings, sensations that are coming up. Maybe noticing if there’s any tingling in the hands. Can you allow your shoulders to soften a little more. Allowing them to relax down and away from your ears. Allowing the jaw to soften. The muscles in your face, your forehead.
We’ll begin with three rounds of breath altogether. Inhaling for the count of 4, 3, 2, 1 pause. Exhale for 4, 3, 2,1.
Inhale for 4, 3, 2, 1. Pause.
Exhale for 4, 3, 2, 1. Last round.
Inhale for 4…Pause.
Exhale for 4…
Coming back to your natural rhythm. Gently fluttering your eyes open.
Now that I have you here with me fully present, fully grounded, let’s dive in.
I’d like you to think about this with me for a minute. If you had to pick one person to follow and learn from every day, who would that person be? The answer will be vastly different for each and every one of us I’m sure. But I’d be interested to know how many of you simply thought to trust and rely on you. Yourself among all others.
We talk in our society about the importance of mentors, surrounding yourself with positive people, studying or finding spiritual awakening from spiritual leaders or gurus. Then on a base level, you’re listening to your parents, your grand-parents, your teachers. The list of people in your life right now that you could learn from, if you really sat down and thought about it, is huge. And yet, how many opinions do you actually need? How many thoughts or feelings do you need to take into consideration? How many teachings do you need to shape your own personal self-development journey.
This is one of many very interesting topics we dive into today on the Soul Compass Podcast with my guest, Erin Doppelt. Erin is a highly fascinating individual with a self-discovery journey unlike many that I’ve encountered. Her travels, studies and life experiences have brought her to a place where her mind is completely open to the unique opportunities that come her way, and her ability to verbalize how these experiences have shaped her is really inspiring.
Erin is an international wellness consultant, spiritual teacher, host of Wise Woman Podcast and retreat leader. She facilitates innovative mindfulness workshops and trainings in the areas of meditation, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, conflict competency, nutrition, yoga, and spiritual, personal and professional development.
She is the creator behind the "Certificate in Mindfulness and Wellbeing Strategy" and "Soul Immersion" coaching and training programs. Erin developed her programming based on her experience living and learning in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Erin earned an Masters in Clinical Psychology and Education from Columbia University, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach.
Today we dive into so many great topics.
What is was like spending time living in an Osho Ashram in the desert of Israel.
The value of exploring other cultures, other spiritualities and other ways of life.
Listening to your own divine inner voice and being your own guru.
The chakra system, a personal favourite as some of you might know, and reading your body.
Learning to work with your resistance and ask yourself questions. That ability to check in.
One really fascinating topic for the ladies specifically, but hey gentlemen you might find this fascinating as well. Understanding the phases of your menstrual cycle, and how to work to benefit each phase. So syncing up your work with your cycle.
Getting to know your inner rhythm, the cycle of the moon and how this affects you.
Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s episode.
Vitina: Moment of truth. Erin and I just finished recording for her podcast, the Wise Woman Podcast. If you haven't heard of it, go check it out. We're kind of in a state of flow, we've already reached the sense of vulnerability with each other. I'm really excited to see where this conversation goes for us today. One of the things that I regularly ask the guest on the show is there's this sense of getting into the wellness and mindfulness world, and there often tends to be a catalyst. What I'm really curious about is what was your catalyst? Two, I know you went to India, but I want to know why? What happened? What made you go to India?
Erin: I recently even wrote about this on my Instagram but I call it a soulgasm. A soulgasm is when you're deeply inspired and you're so unapologetically connected to yourself and the world around you. For me, I was 17. I was young. I regularly connected to nature and myself. I was so interested in other people, how other people looked at each other other and how they dressed. I was a hyper observer. When I was 17 years old, there's a very, very specific moment. I was lying in the desert in Israel in the Negev. I was looking up at the stars. I was on a teen tour. As I was looking at the stars, I understood energy in a different way, or God in a different way, or my understanding of the universe in a different way.
I made a commitment that I was going to share that feeling with the world. Bottom line, that's what I wanted to do. Help people wake up, help people be happy, help people explore and then you forget. I forgot for a very long time, went to school, I joined a sorority, bullshit lifestyle, drink a lot, eating low-quality food, having very low-quality relationships, moved back to Chicago. From Chicago, I started working in corporate marketing and every now and then I would remember.
Sometimes it would be when I was hungover in the morning, and sometimes it would be after a really good cup of coffee, and sometimes it would be stalking a traveler on Instagram.
Every now and then I would remember who I really was at my core which was a seeker, an explorer, a spiritual being living in a kind of human experience. At about the same time, an organization asked me if I wanted to lead a trip to Israel. I said yes. Stayed for the next six months, studied Islam, studied Judaism, learned to live off the lands, spent a lot of time in the Ashram in the desert. It's an Osho Ashram in the desert of Israel called Shanti Bamidbar. It's super wild, really radical. I met shamen who knew everything about me, walked in the desert for a very long time and ultimately that led me to India.
India was already when I was deep on the path, really radically showing up. I was serving in the slums of Mumbai for the first two months I was there, lived in silence for a while, visited many Ashrams and spiritual centers, dated a decently well-known actor and broadcaster. I accidentally joined a cult. All the crazy things that happened when you're in India. Vitina and I just found out we did study in the same yoga teacher training which is absolutely insane, we do not recommend it. I think on a soul level, I adore you in a different way because this yoga teacher training we did in Carlo was-
Vitina: Pretty brutal.
Erin: -brutal. Yes, but a big thing for me is I received my acceptance letter to Columbia when I was living in that insane Ashram. That changed everything for me. Then I came home, spent time in New York on my masters in clinical psychology and education. Ever since then, I work one-on-one with people and I teach meditation and more spiritual-based counseling. I lead retreats around the world. I bring the science of happiness and positive psychology in EQ to corporations. Then I have my signature programing which is my group coaching, Soul Immersion and I just launched a certificate in partnership with UPEACE United Nations University. They are partnering with me to launch a certificate in mindfulness and well-being strategy to certify people to really show up, become experts in meditation and mindfulness, and immerse themselves in really modern-day wellness.
Vitina: That's amazing. I want to reel back a little bit. Two things, I don't know if you've seen Wild Wild Country on Netflix.
Vitina: For those of you who are not familiar with Osho, he is the love, sex, money guru. I'm curious to know how was that experience in the Ashram in Israel.
Erin: Osho's absolutely everywhere. He's referred to as the Bhagwan in the documentary, and it's an act of meditation which is what I teach. It's a really good meditation for people with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, compulsive negative thought patterns which is millennials, which is us. The Ashram in the desert in Israel it's peace in the Middle East. It's Israelis, it's Palestinians, it's Europeans, it's everyone from around the world coming together and meditating, chilling and smoking something. It's really a special place. The documentary is amazing. It doesn't really portray Osho or the Bhagwan in a good light, but I think that's a healthy perspective to have on anyone you call a guru.
Vitina: We could dive into the whole idea of having shadow sides which we all do have and I love that you just said that it's a healthy perspective to have because even gurus are human. I'm indifferent. I think it was a fabulous documentary. I was hooked. I've never been to any of his Ashrams. When I was in India, you see all the books out Osho, Osho, Osho, all the books. I have one Osho book and I've never actually opened it. I still think it has a plastic wrap on it. I was just curious to know maybe what gravitated you towards that particular style of meditation and practice?
Erin: I am not at all loyal to Osho. I'm not at all loyal to one brand at all. I was so hungry for everything. I ate, absorbed and studied everything. I like Osho, I like shaking. It's a great way to move energy and deep breath work. I think he brought a lot of great things into the world. His Ashrams, the one in Israel it's more of just like a spiritual Mecca. That's why I showed up and even I found out when I got there that it was more Osho-based.
Vitina: We both went to the unsuitable yoga teacher training but we stuck through it. It's almost like these experiences have probably been one of the biggest lessons for you. Do you know what that lesson was?
Erin: Find your brand and stick to it. My brand right now, what I speak about is the integration of the East and the West, Eastern ritual with Western psychology, blending both. That was so not for me. That's so important to know.
Vitina: Yes. Do you have a guru?
Erin: I recognize my higher voice or my wisest voice as my personal guru. In that same breath, I am Jewish and I really resonate with that lineage and that narrative. In Judaism, there's an energy called the Shekhinah, which is the divine feminine, and that's something that I go to for guidance. I also like my mother is brilliant. I left India really not interested and even still today, I call bullshit on every guru. That's just not for me, but I encourage anyone to be devoted in any which way.
Vitina: I love that you said that you listen to your divine inner voice. I'm a big believer that we are our own gurus, we do know what's best for us and we have teachers and guides that can help lead us closer to that connection. That is a beautiful suggestion. I think you need to explore, discover what feels right for you. Maybe fall on your face a few times. There are so many different lineages out there. That's not to say one is better than the other. It's being open to what speaks to your soul. You might grow up in a certain tradition, and then find something else that actually speaks to your soul that helps you evolve and raise your consciousness and awaken yourself. A lot of this journey is being open, being open to exploring and also being open to other people's journey of exploring.
Erin: Absolutely, and I think at the end of the day just remembering that every person goes to the bathroom, every person gets constipated, every person is attracted to something that might not be good for them, every person has sleepless nights. Humanize the pope. I met Omar. I've met a lot of the great gurus. You got to do what's best for you.
Vitina: Yes, you do. It's so beautiful to see that you've been open and each time that maybe something didn't work out for you, you got a little bit closer to yourself. Sometimes we need to know what we don't gravitate towards or what we don't like or really resist to find a deeper connection in some other capacity [laughs].
Erin: Absolutely, even your journey as well. Do you partake a specific guru?
Vitina: I have many teachers. I'm really, really conscious of who I gather advice from. That's not to say I don't respect other people's opinions, but often I sit with it and I'm like, "Okay, well does this feel right for my soul?" I've been a big nerd in studying a lot of different religions, philosophies, and practices. I'm such a curious mind, and I grew up going to a Catholic school and in high school you traditionally you have to take religion, and the first year I could take world religion. I'm like, "Okay, bye." I couldn't wait to explore. That was just even like a naive unconscious version of myself that was still so interested.
I listened to that and I gravitated towards actually Judaism and Buddhism. Those were the two lineages;one a philosophy, one a religion. I dove in and explored. Through all of my studies and through all of my curiosity, I've just created a mishmash of what works for me at the end of the day. I like to teach from that place being open. My favorite tool is the Chakra System is your energetic system. I teach a lot from that as my base, but I studied with Anodea Judith who's a psychotherapist from the US, and she brings this connection of East meets West.
Because when you look at the West, you might see that, for the most part, we're in this financial abundance and you might look at the East thinking, "Okay, they're a little bit in a deficit for abundance," and that's not for everything but like just generalizations here. Spiritually in the East, they have so much abundance, spiritual abundance. In the West, that is something that we're lacking; this sense of community, this sense of connection.
For me it's like, "Okay, how can we bridge these two worlds?" Which, Erin, you're doing so beautifully and I know that's where we share our passion as well, but how can we bridge these two worlds to create holistic abundance and also reconnect? We have so many mental health problems within North America, and a lot of that stems from not having guidance. I like to call it self-discovery, self-development, whatever feels most comfortable for you. Spirituality sometimes doesn't sit well with people, but the whole idea around that is to connect deeper to yourself, to remember why you're here, what your purpose is. The more you're connected to you, the more you're going to connect with the people in your life. That's a long winded answer to say no, I do not have a guru [laughs].
Erin: No, that's amazing. I agree. I think in every require-- Every course that I share, it's required to read Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith. The Chakra System, which is the basis of my group coaching, the basis of my certificate program, our body is so wise. Clinically speaking, we have somatic emotions and feelings in our body and the body is so much wiser that if you want to heal, you must tap in. If you want to heal, you got to tap in to what's lying beneath the surface. If you're somebody who feels like a lot of shame, then there's no wonder that you always have pain in your hips, or if you feel like your actions are not aligned with your ethics, then, of course, your stomach is always going to be clenched.
Really diving a bit deeper, this is the basis of my business as a whole. How are you showing up for the integration of both? Definitely, with my background in clinical psych and definitely living in India and like challenging, Vitina and I were talking a little bit earlier about how Vitina resonates with like the rebel of certain movements and I agree. I'm not here to be quiet and take your teachings and not ask questions. That's how atrocities happen. I'm going to eat all, absorb as much as I can. I'm going to take what fits for me and fits for my clients and is of highest good for right now. It's a plethora of options.
Vitina: It is. I always kind of visualize it as taking new tools for my mindfulness toolbox. If I'm feeling a sense of resistance, I ask myself, "Okay, why am I being resistant? Am I being resistant because I'm being avoidant?" Because that is-- We talked about this in Erin's episode that I'm an anxious avoidant and if you know attachment styles or if you're interested in attachment styles, go get the book Attached. I'll ask myself, "Am I being resistant because I'm being avoidant or is this my body telling me that this is not for me?" I get curious and I ask myself because there's no right or wrong way to dive into this work. Even new yoga teachers that will come to me and they'll ask me, "Vitina, where should I start? What should I continue learning?"
That is it, continue learning, but what is speaking to your soul? The Chakra System was what spoke to my soul and I keep, to this day, finding more and more about myself through this one system. It is a map. It is a guide, but with maps and guides to get from point A to point B, there are many different routes and there's no right or wrong route. It just is what does that route and that journey for your soul. Like any particular practice, it's finding what speaks to you. How can you continue to evolve and listening to your inner guide, that inner genius, that inner guru that lives inside you?
Erin: That's why we meditate and that's why we use the Chakra System. If you're somebody who has a hard time making decisions, this is like a really good time to drop in and meditate, this is a really good time to learn about the Chakra System. Statistically speaking, it's predicted that we make 38,000 decisions in a day. For women, we make most of those decisions first thing in the morning. Even right before you and I have done this podcast, somebody reached out, she wants to work together one-on-one, she is very stressed.
She's very stressed she wants to get pregnant one day, stress really hurts fertility. I was sharing with her how we make so many decisions and I said, for example, it's 8:00 AM Central Time and you and I are on a phone right now and I guarantee you're already stressed about and decided what you're going to pack for lunch, how you're going to do your hair this morning, what outfit you're going to wear, should you look at your emails now. Then I kept listing all these off and she was like, "Oh my God, you read my mind and these silly things just stress me out." By the time you get to your desk at 9:00 AM, or you're sitting down to write or do your soul centered work, you're depleted and it's nine o'clock in the morning.
Vitina: It's so true. We have to make so many decisions every day. This is why half the time when working with a coach or working with someone, I'm like, "Just tell me what to do." When I hire someone to help me with digital marketing, I'm like, "Just tell me what to do. I'll just do it. I don't even want to decide. I just need you to tell me what to do." [laughs]
Erin: Yes, we both work with entrepreneurs and that happened naturally for my business, where more entrepreneurial men and women would come and say, "How do I do what you do?" Or, "How can I grow my business from a place of deep soul alignment?" It feels like sharing instead of maybe something that doesn't feel so aligned in the body. One of the first things is like, what are you doing in your schedule that you don't like to do? Is there somebody who can do it for you at a highly reduced rate? Delegate, stop doing things you don't want to do. It's like your fuck it list, be done.
Vitina: Yes, you could be concentrating putting your energy into something that you really thrive and enjoy. It's like what is the energy that's being used on something that you don't even really enjoy doing? Because that might be at higher risk than just hiring someone and paying them to do it at the end of the day. Speaking of entrepreneurship, Erin and I are going to finally meet each other in a month. This is like prerecorded a little bit in advance, but we will be meeting each other at Dovetail Basecamp. I'm so, so, so excited and Erin will be speaking about how to sync your cycle with your work and life. This was an interesting topic that really stood out to me and as a woman who goes through different cycles and I really try and keep track of my cycle, especially over the last two years. My ears perked up when I saw this was going to be a workshop at the conference. Erin, how do you sync your cycle with your work and life?
Erin: If you ever feel like you don't have enough hours in your day, then cycle syncing is for you. If you're somebody who's super stressed out and you're trying to work at full capacity all the time, then cycle syncing is mandatory. If you're working on your fertility, this is a huge conversation piece. Women, we are blessed with something called our period. It is an amazing, amazing, amazing thing. Do not be sad or stressed or upset about it. If you have extreme cramps, give up alcohol, give up sugar, see what happens to your body, email me, let me know.
We follow a natural rhythm of a man. Our society was built by testosterone. Typically, the 9:00 to 5:00 schedule is the rise and fall of testosterone. Testosterone, it's very interesting and it works something like-- Testosterone is the main hormone in men, at night testosterone is at its lowest and then it grows, grows, grows, and grows, and by the time it's morning testosterone is at its highest. Which is why if you are a man and you have a male partner, men will wake up with morning wood, or an erection, this is testosterone at its finest.
Women, we have estrogen and progesterone. This is radically different than the rise and fall of testosterone, and this is cycles syncing. Cycles syncing is a method, it was brought to the world by Alisa Vitti, she wrote the book WomanCode, highly, highly, highly, recommend. We start with the follicular phase. Follicular is after you bleed. The follicular phase is about 10 to 12 days, estrogen rises and this is a time when you have more energy, you finish bleeding, you have more energy. This is the best time to really look at the month ahead and plan your tasks. When are you going to do what? With this increased energy, this is a really good time to do maybe a yoga class or go for a jog, or anything that feels good and juicy in the body at that time.
Then we move into ovulation and ovulation has peak estrogen, a spike of testosterone, and it's about 24 to 48 hours. This is when you’re most fertile. This is when your vaginal mucus is extra sticky. This is when I plan my speaking engagement. I speak at South by Southwest, it's a pretty big stage that I'm very honoured to speak on, and I always try to align it when I'm ovulating. Ovulation is when your hair is extra shiny, your skin is extra oily, you smell really good so your romantic partner will comment on how you smell, your pheromones are super potent in that moment. This is a great time to go on first dates if you are single and dating. This is a great time to pitch a new idea to an employer or some coworkers. This is a great time for date night as you want to get it on, you are more inclined to orgasm and climax easily, more quickly, and repeatedly. This is a really good time to just have a lot of sex.
Ovulation is when you do your high-intensity workout. It's when you can run those extra miles and it doesn't really affect your body. It's a really good time to show up for all the activities that you're truly interested in. These are the days you can work for 12 or 16 hours. 24 to 48 hour period, show up for the ovulation phase. Then we move into luteal, estrogen decreases progesterone rises, Luteal is the time when you want to nurture all the tasks that you really started during the follicular phase, so a couple of weeks prior. It's a good time to spend time in nature. It's a good time to spend time with family and friends. It's a good time to send the projects to the people who need to edit it.
It's also a good time to do your grocery shopping to prepare for menstruation. It's a good time to do your laundry. It's a good time to just get things done that you need to. It's just small tasks the dry cleaning, the landscaping. It's a really good time for editing if you do any writing. It's a good time to tie up the endings of meetings or send recaps.
Then we move into menstruation. Menstruation is a very sacred time, this is any organized religion. If you've read the book The Red Tent, if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, women would come together in a red tent and bleed into the earth, this is how we nurtured our crops with our menses. During menstruation, this is a time to rest. The question is, what does the world look if women rest on the first two days of their period? It's world peace. It's life-altering if women can just really rest and relax during this time.
If you have an iPhone, I think you can also have this on the Android, but if you have a phone and you can add an alternate calendar, add the Hebrew calendar and it will show you whenever it's the first it means it's lunar, the new moon is always when you're bleeding. If you are not on hormones, you're hormone-free, this means no hormonal IUD, no hormonal birth control, you are an alpha female if you bleed on the first of every new moon, the first of any lunar calendar. Which is right now it's the 28th of oct, so the 28th day of the calendar, the new moon is coming up in a couple of days.
If you are listening to this, look at the calendar for when this podcast comes out but any new moon, it is likely that you're bleeding. When you are on your period, you want to be alone or you want to be with other women, this is why there's goddess circles or new moon circles. This is when you're most creative. If you say to your kids, if you say to your romantic partner, if you say to your family and friends, "Listen, I'm going to be on my period for the next couple days, don't call me, let me be alone, let me sit down Netflix and chill, let me go to a restorative yoga class, let me lay in Shavasana." What does that look like? I guarantee you it is earth-shattering, it will change everything in your life.
I teach meditation, that's how I started all of this, and there are specific meditations for different phases, menstruation, silent, seated, gentle, Shavasana. Follicular, active meditation, maybe Kundalini. Ovulation, breath work, heavy, heavy breath work, you can show up, you can do the higher intensity. Then luteal is, again, seeking back maybe into active or more gentle meditation, more gentle kriyas. What does life look when you practice in this manner?
Vitina: Wow, I need to say this because I started smiling halfway through, my father is probably one of my number one fans and listens to all my episodes, I wonder when he stopped listening.
Vitina: I had one other episode where it was how much sex is enough sex and other relationship questions, and he's like, "I couldn't listen to it, Vitina. I couldn't listen, I had to turn it off I was scared what I would hear." [laughs]
Erin: Dad, that's so sweet.
Vitina: I know, dad. Okay, reeling back, that is fascinating. Do you have any good resources on the meditations that people could find online for where they are in their cycle?
Erin: There is a lot of resources, I highly recommend anything by Alisa Vitti by WomenCode. I have another podcast on Wise Women Podcast with Steph Adler guru. She knows a lot about cycles syncing. Definitely check out that episode because we talk about meditation there. That's definitely something that I need to create also, if you're listening to this and you're interested in cycles syncing but you are on hormonal birth control or anything in that trajectory, you can still support your system by practicing cycle syncing. It's really important that you do take time to detox synthetic estrogen and progesterone.
If you are on a hormone, just know what it does to your body. If you want to stay on it that's amazing. If you don't, that's also really good. Choose whatever is best for you. Birth control mimics your body being pregnant, it is oftentimes a synthetic menses. Just know how you feel on a hormonal pill because you might feel-- for me, I went down when I was 14. I was on the pill for 10 years and then going off I feel amazing. I feel maybe when my mood swings have been there if I wasn't on this pill. Question everything, recognize why you're doing something.
In that same breath, highly recommend Dr. Jolene Brighten, she wrote the book Beyond the Pill. Definitely follow Dr. Jolene Brighten on Instagram, definitely follow Alisa Vitti of WomenCode, they have so many incredible free resources. There is a free app by Alisa Vitti called My Flow, it's incredible, you can track your period, and it gives you journal prompts on what to really connect to during different phases.
Vitina: It’s wild when you step out of that bubble and you can actually fully start living in alignment with yourself. Whether that's through your cycles and really just tuning into you. Whether you're a man or a woman, bringing yourself back home is a huge part of this process. Erin, this was so enlightening. I never thought of my cycle this way, but thank you.
Erin: It is a superpower and once you start hijacking your own system, your life changes. For example, you'll be able to work with ease in the follicular and ovulation phase. You're working with little effort, you're showing up for your workouts, you're not begging yourself to show up, you're not dragging yourself to do anything. For two, two and a half weeks out of the month, you show up with grace, you show up with ease. It's very simple. Then maybe when you move into the luteal phase, you're really only working 6 hours a day as opposed to the 10 you are putting two, two and a half weeks, that just happened, but that's also okay because you really showed up greatly and then you bleed.
I even encourage if your company lets you work from home, work from home for the first two days of your period. Take the day off, call it a mental health day. See how radically it changes your life. Sit with yourself as you bleed. Write down your dreams, your dreams change, your hormones are shifting. You got to check into it. If you're somebody who has PCOS, endometriosis, any autoimmune disease, you're struggling with fertility, you have deep, tremendous mood swings, anxiety, depression, fertility, fertility, fertility, fertility like you cannot get pregnant, you've been trying and you have either been doing IVF fertility treatment or you're deciding to, or you're looking at surrogates, look into cycle syncing. It is drastically life altering.
There's one practice that is super easy and it's called seed cycling and it's when, in the follicular and ovulation, you eat pumpkin and flaxseed. Pumpkin and flaxseed when it's follicular and ovulation, and then luteal and menstrual eat sunflower and sesame seeds. These are just seeds. You throw a handful in your mouth and you chew them like two teaspoons a day. Take it like a supplement, just chew and swallow. That will help you with healthy balances of progesterone and estrogen.
Vitina: Wow, mind blown, mind blown. I can't wait to dive in deeper at Dovetail. We have tons of female listeners and I think that this content is really valuable and such an important movement because we've lost that connection with our cycle. We've lost that connection with our divine feminine energy. I think this is really valuable information for myself. This is very new to me. I've heard about it maybe once before. Thank you for bringing this to us and what a gift today.
Erin: Thank you. My greatest honour, I love sharing. If this resonates with you, definitely email me. Reach out, DM on Instagram @Erinrdoppelt. It's just the beginning, especially if you feel like you don't have enough time in your day, or you're constantly like begging yourself to show up for the gym, or to even like make love with your partner, or to even make love with yourself, or to even feel good for your work. This is the key to everything.
Vitina: What exciting things do you have happening in the near future that our listeners can connect with you on?
Erin: If you are interested in launching or growing your business, definitely check out the Certificate in Mindfulness and Wellbeing Strategy. It's Eastern ritual, Western psychology, deep practices in mindfulness and mindful entrepreneurship like modern-day entrepreneurship and how to launch a business, attract clients from a place of deep soul alignment. It's a three months virtual program where we meet on Mondays and Thursdays, and then we meet for one week in Nosara, Costa Rica.
It's an incredible program certified through UPEACE, United Nations accredited, and established university, and you get me as your personal coach. Once you're on the program, we're technically married and I'm here to be your cheerleader and a megaphone for your brand. The first cohort filled in a second, and now we have the second cohort which is starting end of January.
I also have a retreat from January 11 to the 19th in Goa, India. If you want to go to India, you want to go on a deep spiritual retreat, but also pair with sustainable tourism, join me in Goa, India. It's a Chakra retreat where we connect to the Chakras, science of happiness, positive psychology while eating beautiful plant-0based food and supporting the local community like super sustainable travel.
Vitina: Beautiful. Erin, thank you so much for showing up, being so raw, real, authentic. It's such a gift for us and the world. You're spreading so much light. Thank you so much for just being you.
Erin: My greatest honour, Vitina. I can't wait until we spend time together in Toronto.
Vitina: Same here.