Jul
31

Owning Your Role During Divorce – Step 7

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Large Album CoverEveryone divorcing has a particular version or story of what happened to their marriage and why.  This story is usually from a singular personal perspective, yours.  Your spouse has another story, also singular and personal. Unless your spouse is truly delusional, both stories have a basis in truth yet neither encompasses a whole truth.  

Karen McMahon

Karen McMahon

In the 7th show of their 12 Step Divorce Recovery Series Karen and Lisa explore the concept of “story” as differentiated from “what actually happened”.  They provide practices and skills that allow you to become aware of  your story as only one of a number of versions so you can begin to own your part in the unfolding and unraveling of your marriage with compassion and understanding.  

As you begin to question your story and look at other ways of interpreting the personalities and events involved, there is a freedom to recognize your role in what happened.  By stepping out of your story and beginning to own your role you open up the possibility of learning and growing through understanding rather than being frozen in place by judgement.

You will be introduced to ways to detach from your story, free yourself from being a victim of circumstances, recognize and change behaviors that have not been working for you, find acceptance and forgiveness for both yourself and your imperfect companion, and enjoy a broader range of choices and options that lay hidden behind your story.  Simply, you will meet the perspectives and tools that will allow you to grow and heal through your pain.  

For more information on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce’s 12 Step Divorce Recovery Program visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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Jul
20

Stuck In What Was – Step 6 Journey Beyond Divorce

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(Listener Note: This is Episode #6 of this twelve-part series. To take full advantage of this please visit our show archive and listen to the episodes in their proper order).

Large Album CoverI keep getting stuck in what was. 2 tools to shift your gaze from the rear view mirror to the front windshield during divorce.  With Karen McMahon and Sheila Knopp (Step 6 of a 12 Step Series)

Winnie_the_Pooh_getting_stuck_in_Rabbit's_house_after_overeating_too_much_honeyIt is both normal and easy to label ourselves and / or our spouse as bad or wrong during divorce.  We can live in regret or with rose color glasses as we keep our eyes glued to the rear view mirror.  Our judgement of the past, which is often unconscious thought behavior, locks us into the hurt and pain that we so deeply want to escape.

Today’s show invites you into a new practice of Curiosity.  It considers what might happen if you didn’t firmly believe you knew everything… the why and how, and the motivation or thought behind every action.

While our judgement keeps us stuck in old thought patterns that add to our suffering, curiosity opens the possibility for new learning, growth and healing.  See how letting go of your judgement of the past enables you to embrace the possibility of the future.

For more information on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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Jul
01

Divorce IS a Death: The vital importance of Grieving Well

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Large Album CoverWhen we are faced with divorce, we go through a grief process. The death of our marriage brings the loss of the hopes and dreams we had as a couple, the loss of our normal family life, friends, community, etc. Grief is the normal reaction to loss. And, no two people will grieve their losses in the same way.

You’ll learn that there is no “one size fits all” approach to grief recovery, and yet there are experiences we all share when overcome by grief.

beauty girl cryThere are a range of emotions – often referred to as the stages of grief – that you might experience with the death of your marriage: Denial, Anger, Ambivalence, Depression, and Acceptance.

In this show, Karen and Carrie explore what it means to grieve well and some of the “Rules of Grief” we have learned growing up that need to be consciously examined and set aside in order for you to move into acceptance of your losses.

Karen and Carrie will share practices and tools for assisting you in taking care of yourself while grieving including how to appropriately express and release your emotional energy with a sense of safety and permission to do so. The healing can begin with these simple practices and tools.

For more on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com

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Jun
17

Divorce Isn’t Fair, It Sucks!

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Large Album Cover(Episode 4 of a 12-part series)

During divorce there is no shortage of opportunities to get upset.  Whether it is a disagreement with your soon-to-be-ex, dealing with the emotional reactions of loved ones, feeling frustrated with the legal system or being paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, it is common to feel raw, reactionary and disempowered!

Today’s show is about noticing how we unknowingly add to our own emotional upset.  We will look at where you do have control and encourage you to begin to take back your power.  When you follow the practices and engage in the tools that we share, you will begin to experience more calm and confidence regardless of whether or not your external circumstances change.

You will emerge from this show with a new understanding of the value of acceptance, a guide to stay Solution Oriented and a plan for engaging in a manner that brings your closer to what you desire.

For more information on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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Jun
01

Your Divorce Recovery Plan

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A Divorce Recovery Plan Custom Designed for You

Large Album CoverAre you tired of being controlled by the chaos of divorce.  Do you wish you could think clearly and make the big decisions before you with confidence.  Do you question what happened to your ‘old self’ and wonder how you have become so angry, fearful and reactionary?  What if you could find a resource custom designed for you that could guide you to navigate your divorce with less pain and conflict?

Karen McMahon

Karen McMahon

Journey Beyond Divorce has created exactly that resource.  Our signature Divorce Recovery Plan provides you with a customized roadmap for navigating your divorce based on how you think, feel and react, the challenges you face and your deepest desire for a positive outcome.  Today’s program explains how we get triggered and how our reactions increase our pain and suffering.  Learn all about your emotional energy and our unique three step process to change your experience of divorce.  Using this process, you will be able to tap into your greatest emotional strengths – your compassion, peace and joy – and how to use them when you are struggling the most.

Your Divorce Recovery Plan is designed by you and your coach and provides a process through which you move from chaos, confusion and uncertainty to calm, clarity and confidence.  Listen in today and learn how to get started.  For more info visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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May
01

Rolling Out of The Mental Ruts of Divorce

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Large Album CoverWe have all had the experience of obsessing over thoughts during divorce.  Whether trying to understand how this happened or worrying about what the future holds or re-running that argument in your mind over and over again.  I call it loop thinking when we feel like we are on a mental hamster-wheel or caught in a mental rut.

Today’s show will examine the four categories these mental obstacles fall into and how they keep us stuck and cause us to increase the emotional pain we are experiencing.  You will begin to see how our pain originates with our thoughts and how once we are aware of those that pull us down, we can begin to consciously change the way we think.  This powerful concept frees us to choose to respond rather than react and ultimately to communicate with more confidence.

Karen and Lisa Brick will share practices, tools and exercises to help you implement these concepts immediately and see the impact this new awareness will have on how your choose to engage in all your interactions.

For more information on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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Apr
09

Locked in the Pain, Fear, and Chaos of Divorce

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Large Album CoverDivorce is deeply painful.  We may experience different emotions ranging from hurt or anger, shame or disappointment, fear or bitterness.  In order to heal as we go through this transition, it is vital that we not judge or avoid our feelings but rather accept that they simply are.

In our quick fix society we see the devastation of avoiding our feelings with pharmaceutical drugs and personal addictions.  Emotional pain seems too hard to handle so we stuff it, numb it, work harder, play harder, shop more, binge on Netflix reruns, etc.  Yet no matter where we go, or how fast we try to get there, we can’t outrun our feelings. Wherever we go, there we are…with our pain.

The only way out is through.  In this show Karen and Carrie share gentle, practical, and doable strategies for feeling and processing painful emotions in a way that enables us to move through them and engage in essential conversations and decisions about the future with calm and clarity. Learn the practice of creating space through breath that provides a path back to your center – who you are and want to be in all your interactions.

For more information on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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Feb
29

Mistakes During Divorce

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Family Law Questions answered on Divorce Source RadioOn this episode of “Ask Henry” attorney Henry Gornbein discusses some common mistakes people make during divorce and how to avoid these pitfalls.

For more on Henry Gornbein, visit:www.FamilyLawForMichigan.com. To order a copy of Henry’s latest book Divorce Demystified visit: www.divorcedemystifiedbook.com.

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Feb
29

Drowning from Divorce

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Large Album CoverThis is the first episode in our twelve-part series from Journey Beyond Divorce with Karen McMahon and her partner Lisa Brick.

The emotional storm of divorce creates chaos and uncertainty and often leaves us struggling to keep our heads above water. Emotions from fear and anger, pain and devastation can sink us on a daily basis.

Today’s show Drowning from Divorce details two effective strategies that offer you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of and control over your emotional reactions. After listening to today’s discussion, you will see the suffering you create by the way you react. You will also receive tangible, immediate action steps that you can take to change your experience.

Karen and Lisa will discuss the power in shifting the focus off our spouse and looking at our part in the turmoil. They will challenge you to notice what triggers you, how your choose to perceive situations and what happens when you step back, slow down and embrace new perspectives and behaviors that are more aligned with what you desire…to move from chaos to calm, clear and confident.

For more information on Karen, Lisa and Journey Beyond Divorce, visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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Feb
02

Journey Beyond Divorce – New Show

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Large Album CoverJourney Beyond Divorce launches its premier show introducing the best way to move from pain and chaos to a clear, calm, confident approach to divorce.  During the show to you will be challenged to see your divorce transition as not only challenging and tumultuous but an opportunity.  Divorce Coach Karen McMahon invites you to consider the possibility for significant personal growth that can take place when you shift your focus off your spouse and keep it on yourself.

Karen McMahon

Karen McMahon

Karen shares Journey Beyond’s 12 Step Divorce Discovery program which has helped hundreds of men and women navigate divorce with grace and dignity and emerge excited about their new lives.  Beginning with raising your awareness to how you’re wired and what triggers you, to finding that you have more options than you think, clients begin to get their heads above emotional waters.  As you continue through the steps, Karen explains that you begin to detach from your anger and hurt, step ever so slowly into forgiveness and begin to let go of your judgement of your spouse and your circumstances. Further down the 12 step line, you will begin to accept rather than resist what is, become more capable of staying in the present and ultimately let go of limiting beliefs and embrace your life’s possibility.

In short, this introductory show outlines the steps that are guaranteed to change both your divorce experience and your life.  The tools and strategies that Journey Beyond teaches will support you now as well and with any future challenges you face.  For more information on Karen and Journey Beyond Divorce visit: www.JourneyBeyondDivorce.com.

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