Jyoti Shines A Light: Kristen Lindblad
Mother’s Day is upon us, and with it, an opportunity to celebrate — maybe even pamper! — the special women in our lives. Maybe your mom loves gathering the family together for a big homemade brunch. Maybe she prefers a fancier night out. Maybe she wants to go hiking! As a mom yourself, maybe you look forward to the handmade gifts or the breakfast in bed. And if Mother’s Day can feel like a struggle for you because of the absence of a mother figure, we hope that you’re taking some time to take care of and celebrate you on what we can understand might be an isolating occasion. It’s different for everyone!
Here at Jyoti, we’re pretty excited about what we have planned for Mother’s Day on May 12. We’re celebrating with yoga, Reiki sessions, and special refreshments (prosecco and chocolate strawberries, anyone?). Our friend Kristen Lindblad will be joining us to conduct those Reiki sessions, so we’re shining a very special light on her this week. Keep scrolling to learn more about Kristen, and don’t forget to treat the women in your life (or yourself!) to a special Mother’s Day with us right here.
What made you fall in love with taking care of your body?
I hated and fought against my body while I was growing up. A few years ago, though, I started honoring it as this temple that houses my spirit. That shifted my whole attitude about how I take care of myself. When I recognized that how I feel is directly related to how I treat my body, it cultivated a newfound appreciation and love for my body that I never experienced before.
What does self-care mean to you?
Self-care means making self-honoring choices. In the physical sense, it means taking care of your body, eating a nourishing meal, staying hydrated… ultimately doing something that makes you feel good, whether it’s getting that massage, getting your nails done, or taking a long, ritualized bath with all the special soaps. In the emotional and mental sense, it means setting and enforcing clear boundaries that protect your energy, walking away from situations or people that no longer serve you, and taking time to collect your thoughts and just breathe. In my opinion, society’s current emphasis on self-care is focused mostly on the physical aspect, but it really should be a balance as we tune in and just listen to what we truly need from a non-judgmental space of of compassion.
What inspires you most?
I’m inspired by the incredible journeys of those around me. When I see someone who overcomes every obstacle on their path, it allows me to see the innate potential within myself to overcome my own struggles and challenges. I am beyond grateful for my divine reflections, which help me recognize my strengths.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Forgive before the apology. Forgiveness is liberation from the past. Forgiveness is not for the offender — it’s for your own peace of mind. People’s actions are a reflection of their inner turmoil, so wish them peace and move on. You cannot control another human being, but what you can control is how you respond. Only love heals.
How do you ignite your inner light?
By saying “yes” when fear wants to creep in and say “no.” These moments are always where I feel my inner light grow brighter and radiate outward.