You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup – Niajae Wallace On Staying Sane

Niajae Wallace and I met in Nicole Lewis-Keeber’s program Do No Harm, and she and I have connected in ongoing conversation since then in the DMs. I’ve also appeared on her podcast, Abundance Hack.

I appreciate that Niajae shares the lessons she is learning about resilience and staying well through challenges, and practices what she preaches. What she shares are real learnings from her life. She also values both therapy and a variety of holistic approaches to supporting wellbeing, a balance that is not well-reflected online.

 

 

Life has been quite challenging. In the past 12 months, I went through a conscious uncoupling, lost my fur baby, and parted ways with the yoga studio I operated my Sound Therapy business.

 

However, I have more clarity now than ever on what I want in a relationship. I took the leap to open a small meditation studio for my Sound Therapy business. And I started therapy to deal with the grief of losing my fur baby, which helped me unlock some frozen parts of me.

 

So overall, that dark night of the soul phase led me to exactly where I’m meant to be.

 

I would love to contribute because I think my sound healing practice is what actually kept me sane through all of that.

 

My name is Niajae. I am a Sound Therapist, founder of Bliss Bar Meditation studio, and the host of the Abundance Hack podcast. I am passionate about helping people release trapped emotions and outdated programming, get back into their bodies, and operate from a place of alignment.

 

Bliss Bar Meditation Studio is Tampa Bay’s first modern meditation studio bridging science and spirituality. We offer an energy analysis so our clients can actually see their biofield, the alignment of their chakras, and how energy is being dispersed in their bodies. With this revolutionary tool, we are able to scientifically show the benefits of sound healing.

 

The focus of my podcast is helping people remove the blocks that stand in the way of the joy, love, and success they desire because Abundance is our birthright. I am located in Tampa, FL.

 

My mental health story

 

I personally feel mental, emotional, and physical health are at an all-time low. We live in a world where we are inundated with information and around so many electronics and wifi, our cells are not repairing and regenerating like they’re designed to.

 

 

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves, however, in such a fast-paced technological world, they’re not healing like they’re supposed to. This is causing more auto-immune diseases, cancers, and gut issues.

 

We have more access than ever, so a lot of people want more instant gratification and social media has distorted reality.

 

I understand the pressures and demands of living in today’s society. I’ve battled with burnout as an entrepreneur, and the challenges of dating in a society with apps, distortions of feminine and masculine energy, and releasing outdated programming that is no longer serving me.

 

I’ve leaned into every challenge, chose courage over comfort, and learned everything I could to continue to grow.

 

I share my own healing journey on my podcast, so others experiencing similar situations know they are not alone. We can overcome any challenge placed in our path.

 

My business is dedicated to helping people heal, grow, and expand. Sound Therapy is a gentle way to release trauma, repair your nervous system, and connect to your intuition.

 

I recently partnered with a Sound Healer certification company to offer certifications at Bliss Bar because I believe we need more of this healing modality around the world. It’s a holistic way to help people reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. I believe it will help people stay away from prescription drugs, or numbing with street drugs, alcohol, or other mind-numbing activities that allow them to disconnect and disassociate from reality.

 

Helping and supporting other sound healers will create a positive ripple effect around the world, helping bring people back into harmony so we can see more people truly healthy and thriving in life.

 

Mental health means you have self-awareness and emotional stability to be able to handle life’s highs and lows in a healthy way.

 

How I care for myself daily

 

I believe in intuitive self-care. Each morning I check-in and ask myself how am I feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally? What do I need to feel my best? I honor whatever comes up with no judgment and do that. Some days I need movement. Some days I need stillness. Some days I need reflection through journaling.

 

 

We live in a society that programs us to believe we have to hustle and grind to be successful. It tells us to go, go, go and push past the discomfort, even if our body is screaming the opposite.

 

I gave into this programming with my last brick-and-mortar business and became extremely unhappy and burnt out.

 

We also live in a FOMO (fear of missing out) society that programs us to feel like we have to do all of the things, and be in all of the places. If we’re not on all of the social media platforms, and showing off our luxurious lifestyles then we don’t feel ‘worthy’ or ‘enough’. This is hard and if I’m being honest, I’ve struggled a lot with this.

 

Through a lot of inner work, I realized if I stopped working today and decided to raise a child, or write a book, or simply take a break, I am still incredibly worthy. Our success, status, and lifestyle shouldn’t be how we measure our self-worth. If we do, we will battle mental and emotional challenges often.

 

This is something I have to frequently remind myself of, which is why checking in every morning to see how I’m feeling, and what I need has helped me navigate these challenges.

 

Also, learning to go within for the answers and not look for external validation. Social media likes and follows have amplified the need for external validation causing more need for people to be grounded in who they are and what they value.

 

The main mental wellness tip that has been useful to me

 

I believe deeply in Sound Therapy. The sound creates a frequency measured in hertz that activates brainwaves. We have 5 brainwaves. Sound Therapy quickly activates the theta brainwave, taking you into a deep meditative state that allows you to access your subconscious mind. You are able to release subconscious blocks and limiting beliefs. The Sound Bowls also give off a vibration that is getting your cells moving and repairing, allowing you to heal on a cellular level.

 

Additionally, there are private vibrational sound therapy sessions where therapeutic bowls are placed on the body. This is the maximum level of sound healing because the vibration from the bowls activates the lymphatic system and helps release any trapped emotions stored in different parts of your body. We store trauma in our bodies. Sound Therapy is able to help release that and repair your nervous system.

 

 

The one thing I would share with women entrepreneurs

 

You can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself first. When you feel your best, you show up your best in all areas of life. It’s important you pay attention to how you feel, even in a society that programs us to dismiss, deny, and discount how we feel and what we need.

 

Our bodies are always communicating with us. Listening to your body and honoring what comes up, is the first step to living a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

 

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About the author 

Shulamit Berlevtov  -  Shulamit (she/her) is the Entrepreneurs' Therapist. She is working passionately to mitigate the entrepreneurial mental health crisis through keynote speaking and educational workshops and by supporting women entrepreneurs 1:1 to care for their mental and emotional wellbeing and their money psychology in an era of relentless stressors that can make you want to lose your crap on the daily.

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