Meet Hannah Braime, Guide to Authentic Living

Hannah BraimeFrom the UK and currently residing in Jalisco, Mexico, Hannah Braime describes her life as “a quest to teach people how to be kinder to themselves.” The author of The Ultimate Guide to Journaling, Hannah will be speaking at the 2014 Expo on the topic of Overcoming Resistance to Journaling and Embracing Our Stories.

In this post, Hannah shares a bit of her personal viewpoint on our pressing questions.

When and why did you start journaling for the very first time?
I can’t remember exactly when I started journaling, but I was young—perhaps somewhere between the ages of six and nine. I seem to remember that I was given a kid’s journal as a gift (complete with a pretty cover and flimsy lock!) and started to write in it each evening. The content was mostly about what had happened that particular day, and I quickly discovered how meaningful and fulfilling it felt to be able to look back and remember conversations, events, and details that I would have forgotten otherwise. I was quite determined at the time and would try to catch up on missed days so I could record as much as possible.

What are a few items on your bucket list?
I love travelling, so many of my life list items are places to visit or live for a while. I’d love to visit every continent in the world at least once (two down, four to go!) Other items include:
– Gain fluency in another language
– Write a fiction book
– Organise and lead a group retreat
– Give a TED talk
– Start an international “Self-Kindness Day” awareness movement

What’s the worst problem in the world today, and what’s the best way we can address it?
The worst problem in the world is society’s attitude towards children. Many of us aren’t taught how to regulate our emotions, be vulnerable, or communicate properly (in fact, we’re taught the opposite). Although I love a lot of things about the world we live in, I think many of us enter our adult lives emotionally adrift and act based on fear, insecurity, and scarcity, rather than security, self-acceptance, and a feeling of wholeness. This lack of emotional education affects everyone, from average Joe on the street to the people running our countries, and it impacts how behave and the decisions we make as adults.

I think this problem can be addressed by whether or not we take the opportunity as adults to re-educate ourselves in these areas (journaling is very useful for this!) It will also change when we focus on how we’re raising our children: are we passing our defences and insecurities onto them, or are we teaching them self-acceptance and healthy communication? Ultimately, that’s what’s really going to shape the future.

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