10 Questions with Kimberly Braun

Kimberly is passionate. About what? About every single person living a life that is creative, happy and inspired! She has engaged tens of thousands in audiences all around the world, and gone deep with groups in retreats for 17 years. Kimberly is not only a teacher but is truly a friend to all she serves. Her background is incredibly unique having lived in a monastery for more than ten years as a nun and her playful stories make the process of personal transformation accessible to all. In addition, she is an author, CSP, meditation coach, TEDx speaker and life-long adventurer.

Why are you passionate about the topic you speak about?

I am passionate about my topic because it has been my constant source of transformation since the age of 5. Over the years, my store of insight and practical tools continues to grow, aimed at one goal - that each person will REALIZE their true greatness, and live it every moment of every day. This is not just pie in the sky idealism, and it is not just possible, it IS THE ONE GREAT GIFT each person can give to themselves and the world. I believe in people, I believe in YOU.

What is the best advice you have ever received as an expert, speaker and coach, and why?

Allow me to play with this question if you will? I find so many moments when the best advice came to me for THAT instance, in the form of an answer to the pulsing question or desire that I was also ready to receive. So with that caveat, I could say that one bit of advice that sticks with me is that “ALL that happens is potentially or actually a gift happening specifically for my highest good.'” This is fantastic, as it gives me the opportunity to frame everything that way. It sets me up for magic and new possibility! And when I butt against or resist the insight, it gives me a chance to personally CHANGE for the better. Even moments that seem dark or discouraging, and we all have them, become moments of NEW adventure revealing wisdom that I might otherwise be deprived of enjoying.

Who do you admire and why?

I admire the many unassuming women and men I meet living authentic, kind lives. They might be standing behind me in a bathroom line, or driving on a busy street, or running a cash register, or riding a bike. I am in a sea of people worthy of admiration because of the hidden and not so hidden ways they live with integrity and love. They teach me to aspire to grow in awareness of what each moment contains. They inspire me to care about all the little things that make up life...for life is only little things. A life can change in just an instant with this quality of awareness.

What is one piece of advice you could share with our readers to uplift them in life/career?

Let everything, absolutely everything be your teacher. Change any ways you might position yourself otherwise, and learn how to ask the questions that will really set you free.

What is your favorite book and how did it inspire you? 

Tantra Illuminated. The worldview of this school of non-dual shaiva tantra sees life as truly a celebration. The language excites my soul and the perspective gives wind beneath my wings. Part of this worldview holds that all is moving into goodness/fullness/consciousness which wholly aligns with my personal experience. Life is meant to be juicy! 

What do you do to relax?

Since my teaching is all about balance so that life can be lived fully, I walk my talk...at least most of the time. So, life for me is a daily experience of high energy from a relaxed place. An indispensable part of that balance for me is hiking where only nature can be seen, smelt and enjoyed. Living in Boulder, Colorado makes that very very easy. Another indispensable part of that relaxation is dancing, dancing, dancing! And the sweet sensuality of cooking for others.

What are some of the challenges you face as a speaker, expert or coach and how do you overcome those?

One of the challenges I find as a speaker is penetrating into new arenas. My message and teaching are incredibly universal and there isn't a venue or audience that hasn't found value in what I present. With the ever-growing options we speakers have for are branding, packaging and marketing I still work with how to move into the new arena, and how best to have my marketing represent the consistency of my message in diverse ways.

How do you see the world of coaching and speaking evolve over the next 5 years?

There are thousands and thousands that have stepped up to claim these skills. I see the medium changing to much more online, and see many re-envisioning themselves away from the traditional paradigms of being booked for keynotes. I even think some speakers and coaches will transition into other forms of occupation; and not yet envisioned ways to bring their expertise to the world.

What technology can't you live without? 

Video in all its forms.

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Essence Meditation Made Easy...For YOUR Health, Sanity, and Creativity

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