Karyn Shanks MD

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Then, commit to a daily practice of shifting, of paying attention. Use the presence practices we just learned, embodied ...
06/20/2024

Then, commit to a daily practice of shifting, of paying attention. Use the presence practices we just learned, embodied self-awareness with compassion and curiosity and agency, and your core strengthening practices.

Love,
Karyn

How do we follow through on our commitments to our own healing?We shift. Small, easy steps made softly, with tenderness....
06/18/2024

How do we follow through on our commitments to our own healing?

We shift. Small, easy steps made softly, with tenderness.

Love,
Karyn

Falling out of balance is the only way to know what balance is. To know it where it counts. In your body. In your real l...
06/13/2024

Falling out of balance is the only way to know what balance is. To know it where it counts. In your body. In your real lived experience.

It hurts, but it’s true.

If you know a shortcut, will you please let me know?

Love,
Karyn

What are your favorite presence practices?Love,Karyn
06/11/2024

What are your favorite presence practices?

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Karyn

What is presence to you?Love,Karyn
06/06/2024

What is presence to you?

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Karyn

Our walk.
06/05/2024

Our walk.

Love,Karyn
06/04/2024

Love,
Karyn

Purpose = Authenticity + Divinity + Being + Bell’s on.Love,Karyn
05/30/2024

Purpose = Authenticity + Divinity + Being + Bell’s on.

Love,
Karyn

Prairie.
05/30/2024

Prairie.

Spring prairie walk.
05/30/2024

Spring prairie walk.

Purpose = AuthenticityLove,Karyn
05/28/2024

Purpose = Authenticity

Love,
Karyn

What must be shed to reveal who we authentically are, to live our purpose more fully? • Accomplishments that don’t feel ...
05/23/2024

What must be shed to reveal who we authentically are, to live our purpose more fully?

• Accomplishments that don’t feel like they fit but make us “successful.”
• Attributes we hone to belong though they’re not who we are: we’re “nice,” we’re “good,” we’re quiet, we’re loud, we’re aggressive, we’re meek, and so on.
• The ways we say “yes” to fit in or “no” to avoid risks.
• Habits that numb or distract us from our true feelings.
• Hypervigilance, perfectionism, over-work.
• Avoiding stillness, quiet, listening.
• Holding back saying what we truly think and feel to “fit in” and avoid rejection.

What would you add to that list? What ways do you hide who you authentically are?

Love,
Karyn

We don’t leave our bodies to show up in transcendent love, do we? We maintain our own safety, keeping our boundaries str...
05/16/2024

We don’t leave our bodies to show up in transcendent love, do we? We maintain our own safety, keeping our boundaries strong to protect our energy. We remain fully conscious of our own needs, so our acts of transcendent love are not done out of obligation or expectation. We don’t abandon ourselves to do it.

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Karyn

Love,Karyn
05/14/2024

Love,
Karyn

You are pure genius.Love,Karyn
05/09/2024

You are pure genius.

Love,
Karyn

Woodland spring beauty.
05/07/2024

Woodland spring beauty.

We’ve used food as medicine our entire lives, haven’t we?As we dial in the healing chemistry of our food, we’re shifting...
04/30/2024

We’ve used food as medicine our entire lives, haven’t we?

As we dial in the healing chemistry of our food, we’re shifting our prescription. We’re holding our feelings and experiences in an entirely new way, while healing our biology.

Love,
Karyn

Make space for healing by getting the roadblocks out of the way.Love,Karyn
04/25/2024

Make space for healing by getting the roadblocks out of the way.

Love,
Karyn

Morning meditation.
04/23/2024

Morning meditation.

Soaking time. Someone’s looking particularly flamboyant!
04/21/2024

Soaking time. Someone’s looking particularly flamboyant!

Your mind, gorgeous and sophisticated and smart as it is, keeps you stuck.Your mind keeps you sick and suffering.Your mi...
04/18/2024

Your mind, gorgeous and sophisticated and smart as it is, keeps you stuck.

Your mind keeps you sick and suffering.

Your mind distorts all the beautiful things about you that you keep hidden away.

Your mind makes deals. Like, I’ll contain my anger in exchange for being fed. Or I’ll pretend to be happy in exchange for hugs. Or I’ll tone down my joy, my exuberance, my light in exchange for a connection to you, so you’ll take care of me. And in all that? I’ll come to believe something so fiercely but not at all true just to stay alive.

Savvy, that mind. Freaking brilliant. What would we do without our minds? Most of us wouldn’t have survived our childhoods without their intelligence. I love my mind. And I love yours as well.

But healing calls us to reclaim the wisdom of our feelings.

Love,
Karyn

Bluebells!
04/16/2024

Bluebells!

Spring lovelies.❤️
04/15/2024

Spring lovelies.❤️

Thank you for taking this courageous journey with me.Love,Karyn
04/11/2024

Thank you for taking this courageous journey with me.
Love,
Karyn

Love,Karyn
04/09/2024

Love,
Karyn

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