Welcome to Never Broken. An emotional fitness destination that gives you the tools you need to create change in your life.
So many people have been asking me about the 20 principles in the back of my book, Never Broken, and if there were specific exercises I created to cultivate positive change. Indeed there have been many mindfulness exercises I developed that helped me heal and find resilience.
As I say in my book, I truly believe no person can keep us unhappy, abused, or poor if we are willing to take accountability, look in the mirror and say "the shape of my life is up to me.” It doesn't matter how many or how few resources we have. The tools on this site will help take you from a victim who merely reacts to life, to an architect who creates it. If your willing to work for it. Yes, learning new habits can be hard, but living in pain is harder. Life is work no matter what- so why not work toward a happier future?
There is one thing I know: each of us has a story. We each collect dings, bruises and even worse along the path. I also believe no matter what indignities, abuses, traumas or set backs we endure, we are NEVER broken. Happiness is for everyone.
My own life has brought me to my knees on more than one occasion. I saw that statistically my upbringing alone meant that I should end up repeating the cycles of abuse I was raised in. It was because of this that I was determined to discover ways of avoiding being a human full of holes, so I could become a whole human instead.
I see life as a living body. To be happy, we must have tone in each limb of our life- emotional, professional , relationships, fiscal, physical wellness, parenting... And so on. But most of us have built up tone in one area, and the others are atrophied. We might be great at working, but suffer in the relationship category, for instance. To have harmony and happiness, we need to have each aspect of life well toned. This has been my life's work. It's a journey I am still on. I have found experts in many fields and mentored under them - and my dream has been to create this web site, where I can support the needs of what it is to truly be alive: a unified, unedited person who can intuitively find health, inspiration and tools in every category. So you and like minded individuals can get off of 'survival mode' and on to thriving.
But I believe in starting one step at a time. So here we are at JewelNeverBroken.com - a web site created to inspire emotional fitness, as the perfect gateway to finding balance in all areas of life.
For you to begin only takes minutes of practice a day! Although as you build momentum and see change, you will find yourself wanting to practice more, until you realize it’s no longer practice, but a way of life.
And I have some amazing news, I’m teaming up with the esteemed Dr. Judson Brewer, MD PhD, who has been kind enough to help explain the science behind many of these exercises. Dr. Brewer is one of the leading experts in mindfulness and meditation research. Starting his career at Yale, he is now the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical School (which was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Join me as I begin to share what I have learned so far.Your feedback and participation is welcome, as this type of site is new for me, and so we will be learning together.
(We are not in the business of fighting darkness, we are farmers of light.)
When Jewel’s first album, Pieces of You, topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. Drawing comparisons to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades. Now, with more than thirty million albums sold worldwide, Jewel tells the story of her life, and the lessons learned from her experience and her music.
There is much more to Jewel’s story, though, one complicated by family legacies, by crippling fear and insecurity, and by the extraordinary circumstances in which she managed to flourish and find happiness despite these obstacles. Along her road of self-discovery, learning to redirect her fate, Jewel has become an iconic singer and songwriter. In Never Broken she reflects on how she survived, and how writing songs, poetry, and prose has saved her life many times over. She writes lyrically about the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and loss, about the healing power of motherhood, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.
"My focus for this CD was to forget everything I have learned about the music business the last 20 years and get back to what my bones have to say about songs and words and feeling and meaning... It took real effort to clear my thoughts and have no rules and just create - going back to my folk/American roots that I began with."
The album features new material as well as songs Jewel has been playing live since the mid-nineties but never recorded. One of the new tracks, "My Father's Daughter," is a collaboration with Dolly Parton