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Radically Loved® with Rosie Acosta

Hi I’m Rosie Acosta. I am a Meditation Teacher; Speaker and Author of You Are Radically Loved: A healing journey to self-love. I grew up in East Los Angeles during the 92 La Riots and it set me on a troubled path for many years. I didn’t grow up with mentors in my life, so I turned to reading as many books as I possibly could to learn about life’s purpose. In my journey as a First Gen-Mexican American, I found having these conversations gave me insight, support, and inspiration. So, I decided to create a place where I could share these conversations with my community. The Radically Loved Podcast was born! How do we create a radically loved life? Come have a sit with me so we can discover all things mindfulness, spirituality, self-love, and overall healthy living. Please be sure to share the episodes that you love and also leave us a review!
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Mar 16, 2021

Do you feel out of energy after the dreadful and exhausting 2020? Or maybe you've recently just gone through trauma—your personal 2020—and have no idea how to regain balance? After a series of traumatic events, getting back on your feet can be a real challenge. However, intentional living, regaining balance, replenishing your energy, and restoring yourself are all possible.

In this episode, Lopa van der Mersch joins us to share her tips on regaining balance and energy after facing adversity. She talks about her own traumatic experience and how she’s able to overcome life’s challenges. As founder of coffee alternative Rasa, Lopa also discusses how we can heal through alternative energy sources and intentional living.

If you feel lost in your journey to healing after your own 2020, this episode is for you.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Find out how to regain balance and replenish energy after a trauma.
  2. Discover technology fasting and how it can improve your well-being.
  3. Learn how to practice intentional living.

Resources

  • Learn more about mindfulness and meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s books.
  • Learn more about mindfulness and meditation from Jack Kornfield’s books.
  • Check out Rasa’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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Episode Highlights

The Inspiration Behind Rasa

  • After a series of traumatic events in 2015, Lopa needed a new way of energizing herself.
  • She realized that coupling coffee with Ayurveda practices was overwhelming for the nervous system.
  • Lopa then worked with an herbalist to create Rasa, a coffee alternative that utilizes energy from within yourself.
  • Rasa creates a stress buffer so people can get out of the stressed state and make better decisions.

Lopa’s Story

  • Lopa was spiritually hungry ever since she learned about enlightenment at 16 years old.
  • She received a lot of training and exposure to Ayurveda. However, it ended up being a traumatic situation: her teacher was power-abusive.
  • Lopa left, but it primed her to get into an even worse situation.

How to Regain Balance After a Traumatic Event

  • We have experienced a global 2020, but we may have also experienced a “personal 2020.”
  • Modern society’s technological and business-heavy environment isn’t conducive to sensitivity and intentional living.
  • Start small and start easy. Do the next easiest and most pleasurable thing that you are willing to do.
  • If you’re in a tough situation, taking one deep breath might be the next easiest and most pleasurable thing to do.
  • Celebrate all the small steps and immerse yourself in that celebration.

Technology Fasting

  • Too much exposure to technology can leave you feeling fragmented and overwhelmed with information.
  • You need to have extra space for metacognitive awareness. Place boundaries on technology usage.
  • Build rules which can eventually become rituals, so you can apply intentional living.

Balancing Multiple Responsibilities and Replenishing Energy

  • Constant discernment, recalibration, and assessment are needed.
  • Yoga helps cultivate discernment and an awareness of your cup.
  • Cultivating praise and gratitude can help you shift away from victim orientation.
  • Focus on the things where you have freedom.

How to Practice Intentional Living

  • You can make anything a ritual by aligning your body, energy, and mind. When these aspects are not aligned, you spill energy.
  • Notice the rituals that you already have before making new ones.
  • Connect with yourself and your bigger context to know what you want. Create your rituals from that connection.
  • Find nourishment from what’s already present in your circumstances.

5 Powerful Quotes from this Episode

[09:31] “If we do not unturn those stones in the process of excavating, you know, our egoic self or you know, our narratives of who we are, then we run the risk of expanding what is already there.”

[14:17] “You have to start small and you have to start easy. Like, you have to do the next easiest, pleasurable thing that you are willing to do.”

[19:04] “Sometimes it helps to put those guardrails on and to have those rules. And then eventually it becomes something that doesn't feel like an imposition on yourself, but feels like a way that you're respecting and nourishing yourself.”

[21:25] “I think that the most important thing that we can do is really find where that value is for yourself and know what those inputs are for you to recalibrate and to renourish and to add more energy into your cup as opposed to seeping it out.”

[37:24] “It can be really helpful to start making a list and just, like, keep a running list of the things that make you feel good, just like, you know, it doesn't have to be, like, where you sit down and just pour it all out in 20 minutes or an hour. But like, you just keep adding to it.”

About Lopa

Lopa van der Mersch is the founder and CEO of Rasa, a coffee alternative that is energizing, healthy, and sustainable. After going through a series of traumatic events in 2015, she noticed that coffee only worsened her stress levels. Lopa looked for the "perfect coffee alternative" but didn't find one. Her answer was to make her own coffee alternative and run a business, all while being a wife and a mother of two.

Lopa is passionate about the environment and has co-founded two climate solution companies, worked with Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and lobbied at the United Nations. She is also keen on spirituality and spent most of her 20s in deep study of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Kashmiri Shaivite Tantra.

If you want to know more about Lopa and her work, you can follow her on Linkedin or check out the Rasa website.

 

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