For the record, can you tell me the name of your business and a bit about what it is that you, personally, do?
NikiDriscoll.com is a space to teach women how to tap in and listen to their bodies—the human body is a powerful conduit for communicating—telling us what to eat and providing guidance for life decisions. My approach to nutrition and lifestyle merges science, psychology and spirituality. Right now I’m fascinated with the psychology of using discipline and willpower to create life affirmative habits.
Caring for the body doesn’t have to be a daily struggle. The body is a gift from God, not a curse. Yet so often the body gets treated like a curse—with large portions of energy devoted to an internal battle over what to eat, how to exercise or what we look like. I teach my clients how to redirect their energy towards creative expressions, creating meaning and purpose in life and using the body for it’s intended purpose—a communication tool and a vehicle of experience and expression.
When and how did you know that this particular route was in fact your path?
The universe has been nudging me onto this path since I was a small girl. I was acutely aware of the discordant relationship between women and their bodies. It always disturbed me when I would hear a woman say things like, “Just wait till you get older” or “I used to be able to wear things like that.” The insinuation, from my 6 year old perspective, was that my body was destined to fall apart and my mind would resent my body. The rebellious side of me was determined to prove them wrong. That’s when my lifelong pursuit of gaining understanding the human mind and body began. As I grew older, strangers often stopped me to share their struggles, divulged very vulnerable information and would ask me for help. It was very eerie to me that people were drawn to me in this way—as if they knew that I had answers. When that happened on repeat, I knew it wasn’t coincidence—it was my purpose.
What did you do to get here? And where do you still aim to go?
I was blessed with many personal struggles both in my health and body image which forced me to seek my own answers. It gave me an experiential knowledge that could not be replicated in a textbook learning environment (although I have formal education as well).
I follow the wisdom of my body. When I am meant to take action, I feel an energy inside of me that is extremely restless—a non-negotiable urge.
It is like a wild animal trapped inside of my body cage—banging on the walls to get out. I have yet to identify the genus and species of this animal but I think it is directing me to teach, write a second book, have more speaking engagement and social media posts. I’ll know more as I spend more time with the energy.
Even when living out our wildest dreams, bad days still come. How do you handle them?
The greatest challenge for me is surrendering my need to know. In a sense, I’m like a tantruming child fighting with God, “Pretty please, tell me what’s next and why?!”
I’m as stubborn as they come so I like to replay the same lesson—many times over—which creates a number of self-induced bad days. My best tactic is using the power of my mind to redirect my focus towards all of the goodness present in my life—I visualize quite often. Discipline of mind and body is my best tactic.
Do you have a current daily/weekly meditation or yoga practice? If so, which styles do you prefer?
Honestly, I have far too much fire energy for the softer practices. My body requires a lot of expression. I invented my own meditation about a decade ago—I call it Exercise Meditation. I feel the strongest presence of God/Universe/Energy when I’m lifting weights—usually heavy and I push my body to it’s limits. During my ‘Exercise Meditations,’ my mind naturally quiets and I receive a lot of communications via intuition and clairsentience.
Which spiritual tools (earthing, crystals, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, sound therapy, astrology, tarot, healing modalities, etc.) do you rely on?
I’ve dabbled in a lot of modalities and I find value in all of them—it’s really about choosing the tool that resonates with the situation. I guess my go-to spiritual tools are my daily journal entries and I set dream intentions every night before falling asleep.