Meet Samantha: A Compassionate Guide for Inner Child and Shadow Work
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.
Introducing Samantha, a compassionate and insightful guide for inner child and shadow work. Samantha's work illuminates the path towards healing and growth for those seeking to connect with their inner child and unravel any negative programming that may have been instilled in them during their formative years. Through her work, individuals can identify the root cause of any unhealthy beliefs or patterns that may be impacting their lives, allowing them to move towards a more fulfilling and authentic existence.
As a mother herself, Samantha embodies the principles of mindfulness and conscious living. She generously shares her wisdom and insights with other mothers seeking to live more intentionally. During our conversation, we will explore how Samantha incorporates mindfulness into her practice of inner child and shadow work, and how she balances the demands and pressures of motherhood with a commitment to environmental stewardship.
We are thrilled to share Samantha’s valuable advice and insights with our readers. We hope this interview will inspire all who read it to embrace a more mindful and conscious way of living.
Can you share a little about yourself and your work?
I specialize in guiding individuals through inner child and shadow work. My main focus is to help people connect with their inner child and identify any limiting beliefs or behaviors that were developed during childhood. With my guidance, we work together to uncover the root causes of these issues and then work to reframe and change them. This allows my clients to make healthier and happier choices in their lives. I understand that dealing with difficult emotions can be overwhelming, so I create a safe and loving space for individuals to explore their feelings with compassion and acceptance. My gentle approach allows for gradual access to the root source of struggles, enabling individuals to transmute them with love and understanding.
How do you incorporate mindfulness into your practice of inner child and shadow work, and how it affects your role as a mother?
Incorporating mindfulness into my work means creating a non-judgmental, loving space within myself to become constantly aware of my thoughts, words, and behaviors. It's a challenging practice, especially when dealing with intense triggers, but the rewards of slowly eradicating harmful beliefs and behaviors make it all worthwhile. This intangible work takes time, but months and years down the road when I look back it will all be worth it.
As a mother, I strive to practice conscious and gentle parenting methods. Conscious parenting involves being mindful of my actions, decisions, and behavior and considering how they impact my child. Gentle parenting means that I avoid using force, fear, or intimidation as discipline but instead use positive reinforcement, kindness, and empathy. I utilize active listening, validation, and problem-solving to respect my child's autonomy and choices, allowing them to grow up with confidence, healthy boundaries, critical thinking, and responsibility.
Being mindful not only of myself but also of my child requires constant reflection on how my actions, words, and beliefs shape their view of themselves and the world. I strive to be a mindful parent because I know firsthand how challenging it is to erase unhealthy subconscious beliefs. While I am not a perfect mother, I do my best to remain conscious of my choices and actions, considering their root cause and potential consequences.
For example, if I unknowingly emphasize to my child that academic success is a must-have for a fulfilling life, and withdraw my love and affection when they fall short of high expectations, it may cause them to correlate success with external accomplishments. This correlation can negatively impact their sense of self-worth, leading them to believe that their value lies in their external achievements rather than their inherent worth as a person. Many of us can relate to this internal dialogue where we tie our self-worth to external factors like job titles, friend groups, and productivity.
I don't mean to say that having a successful career or being a brilliant student is a bad thing, but it's essential to consider how these external factors affect our sense of self-worth. What we say and how we encourage shapes our children's beliefs, and I strive to be mindful of this at all times. It's not always easy, but it's worth it to create a positive and empowering environment for my child to thrive in.
How do you balance the demands and pressures of motherhood with being mindful of the environment?
As a hands-on mother, I prioritize spending quality time with my child while also being conscious of our impact on the planet. I recognize the importance of teaching my child about the benefits of consuming legumes, fruits, and vegetables as a key component of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Rather than focusing solely on meat-based dishes, I encourage my child to appreciate the delicious and nourishing qualities of plant-based foods.
While I do not follow a strict vegetarian diet, I make a conscious effort to incorporate more vegan and vegetarian meals into our weekly routine. My aim is to provide my child with the freedom to choose what he eats without sacrificing his health or the well-being of the environment. I'm optimistic about the increasing availability of plant-based substitutes and the positive impact it can have on our collective health and the environment.
Through my actions, I hope to inspire my child to adopt a similar mindset, where he learns to appreciate and respect the environment, and make conscious choices that will benefit our planet. Though it can be challenging at times, I feel a sense of fulfillment knowing that we're taking small yet meaningful steps towards a brighter and healthier future.
What advice would you give to other mothers who want to become more mindful and/or environmentally conscious but don't know where to start?
As a fellow mother who strives to be more mindful and conscious, I understand the challenge of knowing where to start. My advice would be to start with education - reading, learning. There are countless resources available, from books to podcasts to social media accounts that provide credible information on these topics. Take advantage of the wealth of information available and make use of Google to find what you need. And don't be afraid to reach out to others who are already practicing mindfulness and conscious living - their experiences and advice can be invaluable.
If you resonate with my perspective on mindfulness, please feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram account @healing.with.sam. Remember that becoming more mindful and conscious is a journey, and every small step counts towards making a positive impact.
As a mom who practices shadow work, what are your hopes for the future of motherhood and/or how do you see environmentally conscious practices and mindfulness fitting into that vision?
My hope for the future of motherhood is that more and more mothers will become aware of the importance of shadow work, inner child healing, and conscious parenting. When mothers take the time to do this inner work, they are better equipped to raise confident, empathetic, and responsible children who have a strong sense of self-worth and healthy boundaries.
In terms of conscious practices and mindfulness, I see them as integral parts of this vision for the future of motherhood. By being mindful of our actions and decisions, we can make more conscious choices that are better for the environment and for future generations. We can teach our children to be more mindful of their actions as well, instilling in them a sense of responsibility for the world they live in.
My hope is that in the future, motherhood will be seen as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation, and that more and more mothers will embrace this journey with an open heart and a willingness to learn and grow. By doing so, we can create a world where motherhood is a force for positive change and where our children can thrive in a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
Samantha is a highly skilled mind and body coach who is passionate about guiding individuals towards achieving inner harmony and a profound sense of fulfillment. Through her expertise, she helps clients release emotional wounds and overcome limiting beliefs that may be hindering their personal growth and development. Samantha's coaching approach is designed to empower individuals with the tools and strategies necessary to achieve optimal physical and mental wellbeing. With her unwavering commitment to helping clients achieve their goals, Samantha is a trusted ally on the journey towards greater self-awareness and personal transformation. If you are interested in discovering the transformative benefits of Samantha's coaching services, do not hesitate to contact her today.
What is inner child and shadow work?
The concept of "inner child" and "shadow work" both come from the field of psychology and psychotherapy.
The inner child refers to the emotional and psychological aspects of a person's personality that developed during childhood. It is believed that early experiences, particularly traumatic or challenging ones, can create unresolved emotional wounds and patterns of behavior that carry into adulthood. Inner child work involves recognizing and healing these wounds and patterns through therapy or self-exploration.
Shadow work is a similar concept that focuses on the unconscious parts of a person's psyche. The shadow refers to the parts of the self that are often hidden, repressed, or denied because they are considered negative or unacceptable. This can include aspects of the self such as anger, envy, and selfishness. Shadow work involves bringing these hidden aspects of the self into conscious awareness and integrating them in a healthy way.
What Is Inner Child Work? A Guide To Healing Your Inner Child. Retrieved from https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/inner-child-work
Shadow Self: Owning Our Dark Sides Positive Psychology. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/health/personality-development#stages-of-development