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Daily Inspiration: Meet Deanna Jackson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deanna Jackson. 

Deanna, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Like most people, I have had some ups and downs in life… My story is its own unique one, just like each of yours is, too. What we each go through in life is what makes us- the ideas and behaviors shown to us during our formative years before we grow to an age where we can implement our own ways of being, plus the parts of us that come forward to help us through hard times. 

I left my small-town life at the age of 20; having only a few small family trips under my belt, I didn’t really know what I was doing or where I would end up; I just wanted to explore what else was out there. I ended up living a pretty fun life- I had a great corporate gig, doing work that I enjoyed that allowed me to live in several new, cool cities, travel the country (and the world!)…however, I still never felt like what I was doing resonated with me to my core. 

Like many others, COVID put a lot of things into perspective for me, and about what I really wanted out of my life. Not only that, but I found my biological father via an Ancestry DNA test; it turned out he didn’t know I had been born and was living in the same small town I had left 15 years before. So, again like many others, I moved back home in the midst of the pandemic and began what has now become a soul-led purpose in learning self-love, acceptance, and helping others discover that for themselves too. 

Harmonic Healing is the official name of my business, though I still struggle to fully describe all that it entails. There are so many “rabbit holes” you can go down during a spiritual growth process, but once you understand and accept that EVERYTHING is energy, it starts to get a bit easier. I’ve always been fascinated by science — atoms, molecules, the elements that make the building blocks of what we call reality — add to that a spiritual aspect, something that has only really started to resonate with me in the recent years despite having a “ghost hunting grandma” a good chunk of my life, and you find yourself at Harmonic Healing. 

I am a Reiki practitioner and a certified mindfulness & meditation coach. I also have a certification in positive psychology. My goal is to meet with my clients in a safe space, where compassion and empathy are key. I also strive to bring practical and approachable methods to those with whom I work; we are all so busy each day, and I don’t want help to be “just another to-do list item to check off.” 

“You can only love others as much as you love yourself”; that’s part of one of my favorite quotes from Brene Brown. For a long time, I took it as meaning liking myself- which yes, it is that too. And man did I (and sometimes still do!) struggle with liking myself. But since diving into my own battles with worth and “enoughness”, I’ve also come to learn that it means about how we show up for ourselves, take care of ourselves on a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual level. And I don’t mean any one religion, I just mean- are you doing things that nourish your soul? 

Mindfulness is a way of being in the present; so often, we find ourselves ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, and we miss out on the life happening right now as we live it. Meditation, of which mindfulness is a form, is about being with yourself, observing your inner dialogue, and well at least for me, reprogramming it. There is no need for us to be so mean to ourselves! 

Reiki is one of the many modalities I use to raise my vibration; again, everything is energy. If you’re feeling sluggish, anxious, overwhelmed… it’s likely that your energy is in need of a tune-up. The same way you get an oil change for your car, reiki can help to both remove lower-vibrating energy (i.e., from that meeting you were dreading with your boss all week), and replace it with higher vibration energy. 

Reiki sessions are non-invasive, can be done in person or virtually, and the only thing you need is an openness to receiving good vibes. Your soul, or what I sometimes call your higher self, and energy body do the rest. Most people feel a sense of calm, peacefulness and receive clarity or insights during and after a session. Some people may feel an emotional release, which can be therapeutic in and of itself! 

If you’re like me and have hope for a world with more love and less hate, then reiki and mindfulness are two ways you can raise and keep your vibration high… which, in turn, allows you to help those in your life have a higher vibration as well. That’s what I call paying it forward! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Navigating the challenges of opening a business, in general, can be annoying and confusing at times. I’m thankful to have had some great help from people & organizations along the way; plus, the power of a Google search is awesome! I’m also grateful to have a go-getter personality that, despite some tough times, too, was instilled in me by those around me along my journey. 

Not only that, but leaving my corporate career behind was tough at first; I’m still reprogramming my sense of being “worth it”… even if I don’t put in an 8–10-hour workday like I sometimes used to do. In addition to Harmonic Healing, I have a home-based social media, marketing & advertising business. Sometimes working from home is great! Other times, I find myself talking to my dog a lot and missing the social aspects of going to an office. 

I also battle my inner critic a lot; like most of us, I find that my inner dialogue can be so mean sometimes! “Your website could be better,” “What? It’s only 7 pm; you should still be working instead of doing MORE yoga!”… but to me, reprogramming that inner critic IS work. Yoga IS work- it is an investment in myself, in my soul, in my business as a whole. I can’t show up for others if I can’t show up for myself. I can’t advise others on how to live a mindful, balanced, and more positive life if I’m not taking the steps to do that myself. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
The positive psychology aspect of my practice is very special to me; it’s not about toxic positivity, coating everything in sugar, and pretending everything is hunky dory all the time. It IS, however, about finding the silver lining, finding gratitude, and finding the beauty in everyday things. It is about sharing the light inside of us with others; you may have heard the saying, “smile at a stranger; you never know how it may change their life,” and that is what I try to incorporate into my life and my business. 

I also bring a refreshing sense of approachability to what I do. For example, I know I’m now alone in struggling with “how to meditate”… or, more so, how to get that chatter in my mind to stop. But, once I switched from “you must have silence in your mind” to understanding how to go into “observer mode,” it made meditation a lot easier. I’m still learning and practicing, but it makes it a lot easier to do now that I enjoy the process, rather than berate myself for not being “good enough at it”. 

Same with yoga, after years of beating myself up and comparing myself to others, the practice of being mindful and observing rather than engaging with that critical voice has been a life changer. 

And these things didn’t happen overnight, nor are they by any means perfected. But by finding approachable ways to incorporate small changes in my everyday life, I can look back over the last couple years and see just how far I have come… and that’s so powerful. I hope to help others find this same sense of growth and empowerment, too! 

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
A lot of things make me happy! My dog, my family, and friends. Sunshine, being outside in nature; I love the beach, the mountains, camping, you name it! Cooking, and especially eating delicious food. Exploring new places and new cuisines. I also have more recently started to really enjoy moving my body- not just for a crash diet or vacation, but for that soul-led purpose that goes hand-in-hand with cultivating Harmonic Healing. Loving myself more leads to more happiness, and helping others smile, heal or love themselves more too. 

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