Turning Adversity Into Opportunity: Interview With Kathy Eldon

Today I want to bring a woman who to you who has had a major influence on my life since I came out to the U.S.

Her name is Kathy Eldon, and in this 15-minute interview we go into adversity, meaning, and how to develop self acceptance.

To find out more about Kathy’s book “In The Heart of Life” click here.

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  1. Matt: Thank you so much for sharing this,especially today of all days. I started the day thinking I would have to put down my beloved cat with lots of tears, went on to learn that he is blind & has another condition but they are treatable so I have that very strong emotional feelings running high all day. I understand a lot about the energy that surrounds us & yrs ago became a Reiki practioner to use energy to heal. Your friend is so right about so many things & I found myself seeing something as she spoke about refocusing grief, my mom died 6 months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 & I see how I refocused my own energy as I now have a much closer relationship with one of my brothers were we now talk all the time & really share what is going on in our lives since we dont live close by. One of the things I found out today was by using energy I had stabilized a a hyperthyroid condition for my cat, stabilized his weight and now guided to help him further & was overjoyed to bring him back home. By refocusing my energy, I was able to relieve my own stress. Your friend is so right when she talks of accepting & loving ourselves.I look forward to getting her book & thank you for sharing this.

  2. Dear matt
    Im really greatfull for all the messages you send me
    To change my life. You make me find light at the darkes places.
    Cheers. Solana

  3. Cheers for this one mate! My mum recently passed away… This cheered me up! I will turn it around.

    Thank you! You are doing a great job and I am thankful for that.

  4. Today was a difficult day. I realized I have some work to do on myself before I am ready to be in a relationship, but I have already started falling in love w/ the man I’m seeing. However, I know that I want to bring my best to the table and really be able to over deliver to whatever man I’m with the way that you over deliver for us. I had somehow already come to the conclusion that I can redirect my energy from seeing him into myself to get to where I’d like to be faster, but thank you for the reminder to keep the promises that we make to ourselves! That is so important and it is true that when you break promises to yourself you start to stop taking your own word seriously.So I will keep that in mind as well as I move forward, & as always thank you for being such a positive and inspiring energy!

    All the best ~ Alexandra

  5. Thank you, Matt! As always, great advice and a stellar interview. I’ve moved through many of the steps Kathy spoke of, these are what we need to do in order to move through the healing process. I find that, in doing this, I’ve become happier and mor fulfilled in my life being alone, than I ever have being in a relationship. There in lies the challenge, finding someone who can fulfill my life as much as I can theirs. A partnership of complete connection. Is it out there? Not sure, but I’m finally having fun trying to find out.
    Again, thanks and I look forward to the book :)

  6. Thank you Matt… for introducing me to Kathy.
    I’m sure that in person her positive and beautiful aura is even more tangible in person.Through your video she made a big impression.
    Last year my partner of 17 years died, very suddenly. I just turned 50..we did not have children.
    I’m sat here in bed awake at 4am on a Sunday morning, just listening to the birds starting to sing, and another day is ahead. Searching on my iPhone to find an inspirational support…. and found this.
    Powerful..positive and humbling.
    Thank you
    Donna x

  7. Amazing material in this one Matt. Two people who are passionate about living full lives, it’s impossible to not be engaged. Thank you both for your love and energy, it takes a lot to try and change the world :)

  8. Thank you Matt for this video, Kathy just from the video seems like an inspirational woman.
    What you guys said about building self trust is so true, I tend to say that I will do this and that but end up not really doing anything, or if I did it, Ijust start and don’t really finish it. So it made sence to me how by staying like this it’s harming my self confidence! I’m only 23 so I really want to change that habit from now so it doesn’t stick with me when I get older, it is really destructing my self confidence to the point where it’s a joke we throw in the family now, when I say I’m gonna do this tomorrow, everyone is like yeaah right even my brain says it.
    I started last week working on changing this habit or way of thinking and this video just inspired me to work harder for that change, thank you again Matt.

  9. Dear Matt (and Kathy),

    thank you so much for sharing this interview! This went unexpectedly deep, much deeper than stuff I read and watched from you before.

    I can’t buy the book here in Germany yet, it won’t be published before mid-October. But it goes right onto my shopping list for when I’m in Florida next month. I feel like it could really give me some impulses for thoughts, actions…

    Just yesterday, for the first time EVER in my life, I felt an incredibly strong urge to write my feelings down. And it just had to be there and then. I grabbed a pen and paper and I started and it felt completely natural. I want to buy my first diary!

    So, thanks again for sharing this. For sharing everything you share, for doing what you do, for inspiring, for interviewing amazing people.

    xx – Stefanie.

  10. Dear Matt,

    Thank you so much for sharing with me (and the rest of the world of course ;) this lovely lady. Mainly because I love that to me she is a natural sincere down to earth but above all very SEXY lady!! She is such a good rolemodel for how grace can flourish with age. Personally I find that ladies who gain life experience also gain this wonderful aura of (self)love and (self)acceptance. That’s why I love growing older…because it means development. Unfortunately all to often around me I see girl friends focusing on “loosing” their youthful beauty. Maybe I have a few (very :) thin lines on my forehead. But hell yeah, I deserve and love them! :)

    I do have a question!
    By choosing Kathy Eldon I get reconfirmed that you have a sincere approach about how you want to help woman by giving them rolemodels they can relate to. It seems to me you actually get woman on a profound level. You have to have had the most WONDERFUL sweet mum who made you feel like the world. :) She must have played an important part in building your selfesteem and confidence. I myself am 37 years young and see/ feel more and more that who you become is half nature half nature. Some of us may not have had the most loving safe environment when growing up. I deeply believe in creating your own vision and meaning in this world. Still, I would LOVE to know your thought on the influence of your family on the development of your character and of course (love) relations. After all this is the first example you see for the first 18 or so years of your life!!! And of course I’m a tiny bit curious what kind of family you’ve grown up in.

    Would love to find a clip on the influence of your mum/dad in the way you look at relationships!!

    warm regards
    Janine

  11. Matt,
    I was very emotional watching the piece as it really speaks to my life at the moment. I live with my son who is a wonderfully cute bright boy who is very ill and is gradually deteriorating until he will die. We have just been taken off the list for surgery so nothing can be done. I cope very well day to day but sometimes the enormity of it all overwhelms me. I have a life now I feel enormous pressure to make the very best I can for us. I have been seeing a man but feel he doesn’t ‘get’ me or the situation. I feel pressure already for the life I will lead when he’s gone to be positive and mean something. And that I will never meet anyone to understand or think I’m a grieving basket case.
    Kathy has given me hope for a future, she radiates beauty and love, after what she’s been through is incredible. People always say to me, how can you look so lovely and smiling. I hope I can emulate half her strength of character and loveliness. Thank you for making the video with her. I will buy her book.
    (I hope you don’t think I’m a basket case for writing all this to you!)
    Many Regards, Kathryn x

    1. Kathryn,
      Thank you for sharing a bit of your life. You have touched my heart. Living your life with what for most of us would be our greatest fear, loving a child with a grave illness. Sending you love, caring energy and hugs today and in the days ahead. Julia

    2. The grieving process is long (perhaps life-long) and chaotic and overwhelming and you are already in the process. I’m coming up on the 4 year anniversary of my husbands death after a 13-month fight with cancer. Sometimes the “pre-grieving” is the hardest. You want to stay strong for the person you’re caring for. You want them to know they can count on you. Sometimes this makes it hard to sit with your own emotions and allow yourself to recognize just how awful you really feel. It’s much easier to ignore it and ride the bubble of “all that must be done.”

      You are entitled to be a “basket case.” And there are people out there who will get it because they’ve been there, too. There will probably be days when you will feel so inspired to DO something…to honor the love you have for your son and use it. Then there will be the days when the only proper thing to do is lay in a fetal position on the floor and stare at the wall. This is part of it, too.
      This is my very long-winded way of saying, please don’t feel pressured to make life amazing all the time. It isn’t amazing all the time. Sometimes it sucks and if you don’t let that feeling in and process it, you just kick the grieving process down the road where it will bite you later. (Trust me, I did it.)

      I wish you all the best in making your son’s life full of comfort and love.

  12. Thank you so much for this ray of light, Matt and Kathy. Very powerful and inspiring words by both of you! Thank you for your generosity!

  13. This video that you shared with us all is really mind opening..It gives me hope to find my the other half even though I am in my early 40’s…

    Thank you Matt for sharing this..

  14. Thank you thank you thank you Matt for ALWAYS finding new ways to inspire me and bring the smile back to my face. Your guidance is such a pleasure as much as it is a gift

  15. I love how you both acknowledge how we get soo discouraged with not having a crisis free life. Crisis WILL come, I know I need to change how I handle it.

  16. Thank you for this lovely conversation shared between two inspiring people! I really enjoyed listening to you both and definitely picked up some helpful and motivating ideas on being more positive during the rough patches and accepting of things. You have shared one book before this one, which I have and enjoyed reading: Your book! ;)

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