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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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Feb 15, 2021

Recovering and Rediscovering Yourself through Mindful Movement with Darcy Stubbings

Nowadays, we have easier access to many vices or the so-called “metaphorical band-aids.” Alcohol, drugs, entertainment, and social media prevent us from feeling our emotions and practicing mindful movement . They give us temporary relief from our needs and pain. Whenever we feel lost, seeking these things is often one of our first solutions. However, allowing ourselves to drown in vices can have a detrimental effect on our lives, health, and relationships.

In today’s episode, Darcy Stubbings joins us to discuss his triumph over addiction and finding self-love after years of struggle. He shares his journey to mental wellness and practicing mindful movement. Darcy explains why our society needs to ask more of the “whys” instead of the “whats” of addiction. He delves deeper into self-sabotaging behaviors and narrates why, for him, this year is all about rediscovering himself.

If you’re afraid of confronting your problems and are using different ways to numb your emotions, this episode is for you. 

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

  1. Gain valuable insights from Darcy’s long journey toward healing after his weed and alcohol addiction.
  2. Learn more about self-sabotaging behaviors and why people fall from them.
  3. Find out how mindful movement, yoga, and meditation helped Darcy connect with himself and others.

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Episode Highlights

Darcy’s Mental Health Challenges Over the Years

  • Darcy struggled with anxiety, depression, and addiction to marijuana and alcohol.
  • For him, sobriety means a deep loving connection with ourselves and the world. Yoga and meditation taught him the importance of connecting with his innate sacredness.
  • His mental health struggles are the biggest challenges of his life. Darcy numbed and pushed down his feelings for a long time through vices.
  • The surge of “metaphorical band-aids” is a hurdle in our society. They give temporary relief but never solve anything.
  • Forgiving, communicating, and loving ourselves and those around us are essential in healing.

Addictions as Band-Aids

  • Society often asks questions about the “whats” of addiction instead of the “whys.” To experience life in its fullness, you have to open yourself to its fullness.
  • Darcy described addiction as a beautiful warm hug and a cry for help. It fills a void that people are not willing to meditate in.
  • Challenging childhoods can lead to heavy addictions. Darcy describes that privileged people also feel the need to numb themselves.
  • For a long time, Darcy defined himself through his athletic abilities. He called this “band-aid” when he was young. However, injuries took them away from him. He was suddenly left to unearth deep-seated insecurities in his life.
  • Addiction is challenging. It makes people think that they have solved the problem, which is never the case.

On Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

  • Look at the concept of mindful witness, which can help you avoid falling into destructive behavior.
  • He feels grateful for those who showered him with help and unconditional love when he was struggling.
  • Meditation creates an impartial, forgiving, and compassionate perspective on our behaviors.
  • Darcy lists critical questions that society has to ask about addiction, trauma, and pain.
  • Discover remarkable psychological techniques and meditations to help you avoid falling into self-sabotaging behaviors. Listen to the full episode to learn more!

Mindful Movement

  • Practicing mindful movement allows Darcy to connect with his body and enable him to make wise decisions.
  • Don’t focus on how you look. It’s more important to know how you feel when you move.
  • Feeling our bodies is a vital step to healing.
  • Learning Koshas through yoga helped Darcy realize we are all connected, which is contrary to Western teachings. Everything within and around us is one.

Overcoming Trauma and Darcy’s Focus for This Year

  • Darcy used to speak to himself negatively. This brought him pain for a long time. Tune in and hear his recommendations on books about trauma and overcoming it.
  • We can impose our insecurities on the next generation. To avoid this, we should compassionately embark on our conscious journey.
  • Trauma is more than an event. It is also the effect on our nervous system and behavioral patterns.
  • It’s vital to give unconditional love and compassion to anyone who is struggling. We should avoid judging and casting them to the edge of society.
  • This year, Darcy will focus on rediscovering himself. He aims to explore and compassionately inquire into why he felt the need to numb.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[13:31] “The challenge with addiction is that it initially feels like you have solved the problem. And as I'm sure you know, that's not the case.”

[22:55] “The difference between running away from something that was numbing and creating these shackles in your life compared to being super stoked about stepping into a new life without those things. I feel it's that ability to develop that compassionate inquiry within.”

[30:40] “And I really enjoyed learning about the Koshas through yoga because it just made sense to me that we aren't separated like we're taught in our Western biomedical model. Everything within me and everything around me is one.”

[33:20] “We impose our own insecurities and our own deficiencies on the next generation unless we compassionately and lovingly embark on our own conscious journey.”

[35:19] “It must start with the simplicity of unconditional love for anyone who is going through a tough time. Not judging, not like casting them to the edge of society, or putting them in jails--- which is quite often the end result of someone who's going through heavy addiction. It's extending a loving hand and just saying as a society: how can we include all people in this prosperity, not just the ones that have the easiest path?

About Darcy

Darcy Stubbings is a physiotherapist and a meditation coach. After a long battle with weed and alcohol addiction, Darcy is now committed to sobriety and lending his voice, which he gained from mindful movement and meditation, to help people overcome their vices.

If you want to learn more about Darcy’s work and join Wheels in MOcean, you may visit his website and Instagram for more information.

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