Life Pruning and Identifying Your Core Values Through Your Heroes and Villains with Jen Wilking (Episode #94)

Jen WilkingDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Jen Wilking, physical therapist turned yoga and meditation teacher who’s on a mission to help people feel at home in their lives, to talk about life pruning and identifying your core values through your heroes and villains. Jen discussed using your list of heroes and villains to establish what’s meaningful to you in order to take action and make a difference. She also talked about physical and digital decluttering, decluttering the mind and getting rid of our time-wasters, and how to minimize distractions and establish good habits to find the time for what matters to you.

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  • Finding overlapping values in the people you admire
  • Everyday persons as personal heroes
  • How your heroes inspire you and realizing you may already be doing what they do
  • Writing down your values vs. finding your core values through your heroes
  • Your villains that contradict what you care about
  • Identifying where it would be most meaningful to you to take action and make a difference
  • Sharing your commitment to a friend to take accountability
  • Life Pruning and letting go of what isn’t for more of what should be
  • Physical and digital decluttering
  • Decluttering the mind and finding out our time-wasters
  • Tips to establish good habits and priorities

About Jen Wilking:

Jen Wilking grew up in a small town in Ohio with a large extended family and a neighborhood full of kids. She has lived in Colorado for nearly twenty years. For the past decade, she’s been blending physical therapy and yoga, teaching beginners and advanced students alike, leading anatomy workshops and teacher trainings, and developing a yoga program for a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their partners.

During the pandemic, she took all her teaching online and began to teach a yoga nidra series in the spring of 2020 that’s grown into a 9-week program called Into the Deep.

Jen dreams of and works for a world where people feel safe to be themselves. Where dignity is honored even when we disagree. And where we work together to create thriving communities.

She writes, teaches, and facilitates with this as her inspiration.

Connect with Jen Wilking:

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The Life Pruning Physical Decluttering Checklist

This checklist helps you clear out things you don't want or need, little by little. Choose the suggestions that call to you, and add your own ideas to the list. It's amazing how good it can feel to create space. Have fun with it! Check it out here:

Life Pruning: More of This. Less of That.

This workshop is about making room for what matters most in your life. You’ll start by getting clear on what’s important to you so that you can stop spending time on things that aren’t. Check it out here:

The heroes and villains are part of the larger group of questions. The first group of questions usually is really foundational: family, friends, relationships, health, things like that. The second set with the heroes and villains I think helps us to identify where it would be most meaningful for us to take action. It can be overwhelming. There’s so much in the world. If you watch the news, it could be completely overwhelming and demoralizing and it can lead to despair. When you get clear on what you really care about and you can put your one life to work for something that matters to you - making a difference, that’s how it shows up.– Jen Wilking

Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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About Dr. Lynn

A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.