Today’s guest is an integrative rehabilitation therapist, OMPowered athlete, and consciousness entrepreneur who’s on a mission to bring mindfulness to the urban experience. Her drive to synthesize the intersection points of so many different healing and movement modalities for her community sprung from the ashes of a devastating head-on car collision of which she was a passenger in the summer before her sophomore year in college.
While her doctors were convinced that she might never walk again, let alone compete as an athlete anywhere close to the way she had been accustomed to, a small voice within told her that she would walk again, and despite refusing all medication and painkillers, she began the process of rehabbing herself through swimming, biking, nutrition and ultimately running. She would eventually go on to become a triathlete and author her masters thesis on optimal states of being through sport, spirituality, and science laying the foundation for the healing work she’s done over the last 25 years. It is my pleasure to introduce to Omni Athlete, the Founder of OM Power, Jennifer Kartiganer.
Today We’ll be Talking About:
The wisdom of the body (2:25).
How Jennifer’s traumatic experience, especially the first few moments afterwards, helped frame the lens through which she views the world (5:18).
“I knew when I was laying in that hospital bed, because I was the worst one injured, that I didn’t have to take care of anybody else. It was like, ‘Oh! I got this! If this is the worst everybody is, we’re cool… this is not life-ending.”
The value of setting goals both in our lives and in athletics (10:11).
“What do you want in your life? How do you want your life to look? It’s yours’ to design. No one else is going to put the picture up for you.”
Defining Integrative Rehabilitation Specialist (13:37).
The patterns an Integrative Rehabilitation Specialist can recognize that can help an athlete break through mental and physical barriers (17:00).
How too help an athlete achieve alignment of body, mind, and spirit (21:00).
“The mind has these graces, and also these challenges of forgetting, denial, repression, doubt. Our bodies don’t have any of that. Our bodies remember everything. It knows it’s limitations.”
When Jennifer felt the power of asking hard emotional questions of herself and what it felt like when she did (24:00).
The role of safety in being able to attain a peak performance state (28:07).
“And so safety is the matter of trusting yourself and the opportunity to sit quietly with all of your emotions and know that you are strong enough and capable of holding them all.”
The things that Jennifer coaches her clients on when she can tell that creating safety in an internal sense would allow them to take a step forward (20:54).
“What’s beautiful about the body is it brings something very tangible to an ambiguous conversation. Emotions are so different for everyone.”
Why mindfulness matters to an athlete or coach (33:17).
What we can do to bring a mindful presence into our lives more readily and consistently (35:12).
How athletes can translate the wisdom they develop in the moment of competition to everyday life (38:10).
“Instead of tuning into what’s happening around you, tune into what’s happening inside you because it will change it. It will change your workout.”
The difference between ritual and routine (42:47).
Finding the ‘why’ in training and competing as a vehicle toward peak performance (45:18).
The OMPowered athlete (46:45).
What it means to Jennifer to be an Omni Athlete (48:20)
Where to find Jennifer Kartiganer:
Watch for OMPower coming later this year.