Practice You with Elena Brower

Practice You with Elena Brower

By Elena Brower

Content and conversations for times of transition and change. Join me in discussion with renowned luminaries and dear friends to explore life's myriad transitions, our understandings and our responses. What does it mean to be present, to shift our perceptions, to engage with the world meaningfully, with dignity and care? With respect for the ancient practices and the modern wisdom that continue to inform and elevate our exchanges, each episode is an invitation to Practice You.

Episodes

Episode 191: Sara Szal Gottfried, MD

On the causes of, and possible solutions for, autoimmune struggles. On resolving the trauma signature so many of us carry.
25/05/2442m 58s

Episode 190: Mark Matousek

On resilience, via the wisdom of our ancestor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Seeing our character reflected in our opinions of the world. Shifting our lens to acknowledge our uniqueness, practicing surmounting our subjectivity in order to steep ourselves in reality as it is with empathy, equanimity and insight. (1:00) – Stoicism and Self-Reliance with Mark Tuzik. (4:56) – Emerson’s philosophy and its impact on Thoreau’s work. (13:12) – Emerson’s philosophy of self-awareness and perception. (19:07) – Solitude, loneliness, and self-discovery. (25:02) – Writing, self-doubt, and emotional reactivity. (31:14) – Emerson’s philosophy and its application to relationships. Mark Matousek is a bestselling author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. His books include Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, The Boy He Left Behind, When You’re Falling, Dive, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, Ethical Wisdom for Friends, Mother of the Unseen World, and Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Details, Tricycle, Good Housekeeping, and Harper’s Bazaar.  He has blogged for Psychology Today and offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth around the world. In 2013, Mark founded The Seekers Forum, a global online community for non-sectarian spiritual dialogue. He is on the faculty of The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, 1440, Esalen, The Rowe Center, Hollyhock, and Blue Spirit, Costa Rica.  He lives with his partner in Springs, New York. His new book is Lessons From An American Stoic.  
11/05/2438m 48s

Episode 189: Seraphina Capranos

From the wild edge of intuition, women's health, inner presence and full embodiment, a peek inside the hearts of wise, engaged women.   (2:48) – Women’s health and intuition with a holistic approach. (8:50) – Rituals and inner terrain mastery for personal growth. (16:43) – Women’s cycle, herbal medicine, and personal growth. (23:53) – Women’s empowerment and healing. (32:02) – Women’s leadership and herbal medicine course. (36:32) – Meditation and inner wisdom for personal growth. Seraphina Capranos is a clinical herbalist, homeopath, and initiated priestess with a practice spanning over two decades. As well as being a deeply engaging teacher and speaker, she has a clinical practice on Salt Spring Island. Her unique blend of gifts straddle the vast worlds of plant medicine, homeopathy, and ritual and ceremonial magic. She is a sought after international teacher who has taught thousands of students since 2008. She is the CEO and founder of The Center for Sacred Arts. From The Wild Edge is a ground-breaking virtual program that weaves a rich tapestry of Myth, Herbal Medicine, Modern Science and Ritual, taught by Seraphina and Dr. Karley Denoon. Blending expert health and hormonal guidance, herbal medicine, enriching community learning, elevating your understanding of what it means to heal as a woman in our times, From The Wild Edge might be a relevant course for you. ELENA means 5% off the course at this link. Enrollment closes Sunday May 12, 2024.
27/04/2446m 14s

Episode 188: Kemi Nekvapil

On redefining power, living and leading without apology, spacious parenting and the perceptions holding us back. (2:24) – Self-awareness, identity, and heritage. (7:32) – Identity, belonging, and cultural heritage. (11:38) – Heritage, identity, and systemic racism. (16:35) – Privilege and allyship in a 20-year marriage. (20:50) – Parenting, values, and personal growth. (27:01) – Parenting teenagers and respecting their identity choices. (31:40) – Privilege and its various forms. (36:23) – Privilege and leadership with a focus on neurodiversity and accessibility. One of Australia's leading credentialed coaches for female executives and entrepreneurs, Kemi Nekvapil is an author and a highly sought-after international speaker, a flower farmer, a wife and mother, and a solid friend. She's studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan and trained with Dr Brené Brown to become a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, working with teams and organisations to create daring leaders and courageous cultures. Kemi is a facilitator for The Hunger Project Australia and a regular interviewer of industry icons including Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck and Marie Forleo, and she hosts the number one ranking podcast The Shift Series. With a level of compassion and wisdom only gained through extraordinary life experience, Kemi is a powerful advocate for connected, value-based living.
13/04/2442m 55s

Episode 187: Koshin Paley Ellison

On the unexpected places of practice in our lives, the freedom of rigor, and the wisdom of closing the chasm between our values and our actions.  (2:06)- Zen Buddhism’s Eightfold Path and personal growth. (6:47) – Buddhism, compassion, and social justice. (14:43) – Buddhist ceremony and personal growth. (20:43) – Meditation, mindfulness, and personal growth. (27:06) – Zen Buddhism and practice in Japan. (36:21) – Meditation, routines, and finding peace. (40:38) – Finding freedom through rigor and discipline. Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. After many years as a chaplain and psychotherapist, Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, which offers contemplative approaches to care through education, personal caregiving, and Zen practice. Today, New York Zen Center’s methodologies are internationally recognized—and have touched the lives of tens of thousands of individuals. Koshin is a world renowned thought leader in contemplative care. He is the author of Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion (Balance/Hachette, 2022); Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up (Wisdom Publications, 2019) and the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, Tricycle among other publications. Koshin's new book, Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion, is a welcoming guidebook for finding expansive ease and deep compassion within oneself and through relationships with others based on the Eightfold Path, one of Buddhism’s foundational teachings. In his book, Koshin weaves together anecdotes from his own life dealing with abuse and discrimination, insights from many wise teachers, and invitations to constantly practice showing up to our lives in every moment.
30/03/2444m 23s

Episode 186: Yael Schonbrun PhD

 On shifting the way we perceive our capacities as humans and as parents, focusing on relational connection and possibility. (4:14) – Mindset shift for work-parent conflict. (13:28) – Work-parenting challenges and unhelpful labels. (18:50) – Embracing challenges and finding opportunities in life. (26:50) – Managing stress and finding resilience through self-compassion. (33:18) – Nonviolent communication and parenting. In Work, Parent, Thrive, Yael shares practical strategies from clinical psychology and social science to better manage the conflict and enhance enrichment in work, parenting, and the balance of these meaningful roles. While these strategies won’t create more hours in the day, they can shift how we label our experiences, revise the stories we tell ourselves about working and parenting, and recognize the value we get from each role on its own, and in combination with one another. Yael Schonbrun, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, assistant professor at Brown University, co-host of Psychologists Off the Clock: A podcast about the science and practice of living well, and mother of three. Yael’s academic research explores the interaction between relationship problems and mental health conditions. She has authored chapters in several books and has written dozens of scientific articles. In her private practice, writing, and podcasting, Yael uses evidence-based science to help individuals and couples learn to manage work, parenting, and marriage in more effective and fulfilling ways. She draws upon treatments that integrate ancient Eastern philosophy with scientifically backed practices. Yael’s writing on work, parenting, and relationships has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Greater Good Science Center, Behavioral Scientist, Kveller, Lilith Magazine, The Wise Brain Bulletin, Psychology Today, and Motherly. Her new book is Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connection (When Everything Feels Like too Much). Yael lives outside of Boston with her husband and their three small comedians. https://yaelschonbrun.com/  
16/03/2436m 35s

Episode 185: Mia Maestro

On the Way of Tea, the practice of service, the meaning of presence and the medicine of silence. (1:46) – Tea, presence, and mindfulness. (5:48) – Tea, meditation, and prison reform. (11:52) – Buddhist chaplaincy training and tea practices. (16:26) – Acting, producing, and healing. (22:37) – Meditation, mindfulness, and Zen Buddhism. (32:14) – Music, prison reform, and personal growth. Mia Maestro most recently wrapped Oscar-nominee Jose Rivera’s Castro’s Daughter, directed by Miguel Bardem. She appears in the Apple+ Scott Z. Burns’ climate change anthology Extrapolations starring opposite Ed Norton. Mia is a citizen of the world, traveling, surfing, scuba diving, and warming her spirit through the practice of Cha Dao, The Way of Tea. She’s passionate about prison reform and serves tea to the incarcerated through Healing Dialogue and Action in the state of California. https://miamaestro.com
02/03/2436m 58s

Episode 184: Osprey Orielle Lake

On the ecological, mythical and cultural understandings that shape our history of extraction and exploitation, and how one conversation can truly make a difference in our future. (1:42) – Reconnecting with nature and protecting forests. (11:41) – Feminism, patriarchy, and earth-centered traditions. (17:11) – Regenerative farming and indigenous knowledge. (22:40) – Indigenous worldviews and language revitalization. Founder and executive director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Osprey Orielle Lake works internationally with grassroots, BIPOC and Indigenous leaders, policymakers, and diverse coalitions to build climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized clean-energy future. She sits on the executive committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and on the steering committee for the Fossil Free Non-Proliferation Treaty. Osprey’s writing about climate justice, relationships with nature, women in leadership, and other topics has been featured in The Guardian, Earth Island Journal, The Ecologist, Ms. Magazine and many other publications. She is the author of the award-winning book Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature. Osprey holds an MA in Culture and Environmental Studies from Holy Names University in Oakland and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area on Coast Miwok lands.  https://ospreyoriellelake.earth/  https://www.wecaninternational.org/
17/02/2430m 2s

Episode 183: Stephen Jenkinson and Kimberly A. Johnson

On death, grieving, service, and releasing our fixation on redemption.
03/02/2458m 54s

Episode 182: Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde

On fostering spiritual kinship and community, a plea to stay in the fold of love and civility, and recipes to fortify the truth of our interbeing. <!-- /wp:create-block/libsyn-podcasting-block --> (3:40) - Facing grief and loss as a chaplain. (10:21) -Buddhist retreats for intergenerational healing. (18:55) -Narcissism and the Buddhist Path to Authenticity. (25:11) - Intergenerational wisdom and mindfulness. (31:25) - Buddhist teachings and meditation practice. (37:03) -Ethics, gratitude, and relationships. Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde is a pastoral counselor, writer, instructor and speaker. She did her post-doctoral work at Harvard Divinity School, earned a Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, earned her M.A. in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, and her law degree from Indiana University of Law. She is a Community Dharma Leader certified by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. Her articles appear in Buddhadharma, Lion's Roar, Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Religions and Feminist Theology. She is an interfaith pan-Buddhist practitioner. Ayo is the author of three books: Casting Indra’s Net: Fostering Spiritual Kinship and Community (2023, Shambhala Publications). Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race Resilience, Transformation and Freedom co-edited with Cheryl A. Giles (2020, Shambhala Publications). Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (2020, Palgrave Macmillan).  
20/01/2448m 39s

Episode 181: Dani Shapiro

On the signals transmitted across generations, the evolution of secrets, and the resonances felt through timelines and dimensions.
06/01/2443m 26s

Episode 180: Lisa Odenweller

On the power of food as medicine to transform your body, your mind and your health. (2:49) – Food as medicine and a new product launch. (8:14) – Healthy habits and self-care. (14:35) – A nutrition company’s products and future innovations. (18:49) – Healthy eating and body transformation. (24:10) – Intermittent fasting and plant-based meal plan. (30:58) – Menopause reset program and its benefits. (36:08) – Healthy food products and their ingredients. Lisa Odenweller believes in the power of food as medicine, that mother nature is our greatest resource, and that what we put in our body is as much about fueling our bodies as it is our minds and souls. A San Diego native, Lisa is a visionary serial entrepreneur, wellness expert with over 15-years of experience. Her impressive resume includes titles as Founder of organic superfood cafe, BEAMING Wellness, and most recently, CEO and Founder of Kroma Wellness, the functional nutrition brand that’s revolutionizing the way we think about nourishing our bodies. After falling in love with “superfoods” nearly two-decades ago, long before the word became commonplace within the health industry, Lisa began harnessing their power 
23/12/2341m 39s

Episode 179: Emilio Diez Barroso

On ceasing the pursuit of our hierarchical notions of success; turning the light inward for true connection and care. Emilio Diez Barroso is a light, a teacher and a collaborator on this planet. In his bio, he says he's perfected the art of appearing very successful: managing two family offices, a venture investment firm, sitting on the board of over a dozen companies... but as he saw that none of that was actually nourishing him, he turned his attention inward. With a mission of transforming our shared sense of unworthiness, he now mentors individuals and groups, considering everyone with whom he works to be his teacher. Dedicated to alleviating suffering in the world, he's the author of The Mystery of You, a dive into his process and findings.
09/12/2338m 35s

Episode 178: Juraj Kocar

On enhancing the coherence in your home, your body and your cells.
25/11/2327m 49s

Episode 177: Pixie Lighthorse

On the elemental forces carrying across times, heartaches, understandings and losses. The questions and gifts in the liminal spaces, and the importance of honoring grief in all its forms.
11/11/2341m 8s

Episode 176: Tracee Stanley

On the deeper questions and practices of unearthing the luminous self.
28/10/2335m 24s

Episode 175: Omisade Burney-Scott

On holding space for the realities of menopause, normalizing the multiple truths of aging, prioritizing the power of shared intergenerational story to end the negative ways in which we relate to our bodies. Omisade Burney-Scott (Oh-me-SHAH-day, she/her) is a seventh generation Black Southern feminist, storyteller and social justice advocate.  She is also the creator/curator of The Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause (BGG2SM), a multimedia project focused on normalizing menopause and aging through the centering of the stories of Black women, women-identified and gender expansive people.    BGG2SM curates opportunities for people experiencing menopause or will experience menopause in the future to think about and, often, reimagine their own story and menopause journey as something unique, dynamic, natural, and deserving of respect and support. BGG2SM has collaborated with Society for Women's Health and Research, Prevention Magazine, Elektra Health and partnered with Kindra to create the Say More Conversation & Journaling Cards.  BGG2SM's core programs are their Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause podcast,which is a guide to the different stages of menopause, intergenerational storytelling gatherings and annual zine called "Messages from the Menopausal Multiverse”.  She has been featured in numerous outlets including Oprah Daily, Forbes, VOGUE, Prevention, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Omisade and BGG2SM partnered with The Honey Pot Company for World Menopause Month in October and the Embodied Podcast at WUNC-North Carolina Public Radio for a series of weekly videos using the Say More deck. Omisade is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Durham.   With over 5K listens in 10+ countries, non-binary, Black women and femmes are craving this information and this community. Your support allows us to curate, produce and edit new content for Black women over 50 that will be shared via a quality podcast product as well as curate and co-host intergenerational salon-style community engagements to engage intergenerational WOC, indigenous folx, Black women and femmes.  
14/10/2340m 58s

Episode 174: Steve Revelli

On the efficiency and efficacy of nano-particle colloidal silver for external and internal support. Meet Steve Revelli, a dynamic individual with a multifaceted background. As Chief Scientific Officer at American Biotech Labs, Steve's expertise spans a wide range of roles, including Research and Development, Quality Control, and Formulation. A retired educator and former Adjunct Professor, he brings a wealth of knowledge from his 30 years in science and health education. Beyond the lab, Steve's enthusiasm shines as he officiates track and field meets as a USATF master’s level official, or globe-trots to oversee World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton races for the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.  He's here to talk with us today about Silver Biotics, where he's played a pivotal role in crafting antimicrobial cosmetics and wound care products, showcasing his commitment to merging science and wellness. If you choose to explore, code Elena means 30% off your first purchase, and 10% off thereafter. Thank you Silver Biotics. Steve has a passion for education, science, and sports which intertwines seamlessly, driving his commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and fostering learning where ever he goes. At https://silverbiotics.com/, code 'Elena' means 30% off for you as a listener of Practice You. Silver Biotics has taken the old technology of colloidal silver and improved it to create the next generation of silver products. SilverSol® was created to improve on current formulas to make them safer and more effective.  Through a new manufacturing technology, patented under multiple patents, and patents pending, Silver Biotics advanced nano-silver solution has become the new standard by which all other silver products are measured. We call this new generation of colloidal silver the Miracle Particle, SilverSol®.  
07/10/2328m 56s

Episode 173: Mario Brainovic

On the chaos and coherence of water, the dire state of our soil both in Nature and our bodies, and how coherent water improves our markers of brainwave health, biological age, microbiome, energy levels, and our connection to the circadian rhythms of life. 3:00 – What does the coherent state of water mean and look like? H2O molecules exist in a chaotic state. This chaos has an influence on our health and wellness despite being unaware of it. 5:30 – 99% of our molecules are water. Water is the most fundamental level of our physical existence. Our biology on this planet depends on water. 8:00 – Early research measuring the effect of water on plants. Measuring biophotons and the vitality of biological systems. Double blind, placebo controlled study on ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). 10:40 – ATP levels of Ańalemma group were 20% over the placebo. 26% rise in overall mitochondrial energy of your body within 2 months of drinking the water. Brain health is enhanced, and longevity is affected. 25% of all of our energy in the body goes to the brain alone. 13:45 – Double blind test with identical twins and brainwaves. Better connection between left and right hemisphere and cooling of brainwaves. There was a state of coherence observed in the brain. 15:45 – Microbiome Study – We like to think of ourselves as a single species, but we are an entire ecosystem living in symbiosis with trillions of microorganisms. The state of our microbiome is related to any and all areas of human health. 18:01 – The are more microbes in our body than human cells. There are over 150x more microbial genes in our body than human genes. 20:30 – Most diseases are connected to having, or not having certain bacteria in your gut. Many the foods we are eating that are saturated with glyphosate, which is an antibiotic, which kills our microbiome. We need a rich and diverse gut microbiome. 23:10 – So much glyphosate is being used all over the planet that some scientists are saying we have only 60 more harvests before we kill the microbiome of the soil completely. Ańalemma water changes the micro biome and fertility of the soil. Mother earth is the hidden voice of this project. 26:20 – Water is a communication system. It is like an antenna that enables you to be connected to a larger environment. When we are connected deeply with ourselves and with our larger environment, we are flowing with it and not separated from it. 28:45 – Coherent water, Ańalemma water, improves our connection to the circadian rhythms of life. New double blind, placebo controlled study on individual microbiomes planned for deeper examination. 31:05 – Looking at pathogenic bacteria – reduction in pathogenic bacteria when people drink this water – Positive bacteria go up, and negative bacteria go down. 32:30 – https://analemma-water.com/; Whole house Ańalemma – 100 person study on bathing in Ańalemma water 35:35 – We have barely scratched the surface of the wonder of coherent water – new studies and new results are emerging. Mario is an entrepreneur, researcher, and CEO New Earth Technologies, a company that offers the miracle of Analemma Water by transforming water into a coherent liquid crystalline state, enhancing the properties and benefits of the water we drink.  In this conversation, we discuss the science of structured water and its impact on our overall health and longevity.  As a listener of the Practice You Podcast, code elena10 means 10% off sitewide for you.
30/09/2337m 24s

Episode 172: Matthew Quick

On our interconnectedness, releasing paradigms, and receiving the work that needs to pass through us. 0:42 – Introducing Matthew Quick; Bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and We Are The Light; https://matthewquickwriter.com/ 3:00 – We Are The Light – A series of letters written by a mass shooting survivor from protagonist to analyst over the course of a couple years. These letters are about interacting with the little brother of the shooter. 5:30 – Inspiration for the story – Movie theater shooting in Aurora, Co – writing a novel about a tragedy in a movie house and the people in the community come together to resanctify this space. 8:04 – Getting sober in 2018; experiencing writers block for 3 years; entering Jungian analysis; having paranoid thoughts and taking that into the creative writing wrestling ring. After 7 years of trying to sit down to write this novel, it was written in 6 weeks. 11:00 – This Jungian Life Podcast; The protagonist, Lucas, talking about Eli, the brother of the shooter. Tiny injections of reality from your analyst. 14:00 – Lucas is tapping into these sacred places of radical love. He accesses a divine wisdom, possessed by the archetype of love in finding this reconciliation and healing of the community. 17:05 – Conversations about power – as we elevate these conversations of power, are we relegating conversations of love? Lucas take the stance of radical love. Owning the potential of darkness within all of us through shadow work and learning to love the totality of our humanity. 19:05 – How can we treat the shadow in others with more respect and bring dignity. Having the conversations as a community for acknowledging the personal responsibility for those unseen. Slowing down and taking the time to have human interactions. 21:42 – The work is to see the people that make us the most angry are the people most like us. These things that make us uncomfortable are manifestations of things that are going on inside of us. Bringing it back to within and doing the work. 24:11 – Seeing the humanity within all. Every single human is a part of this interconnected whole. Dropping opinions and assumptions and allowing vulnerability. 26:45 – Teach the kids to think, not what to think. Give them the tools to make up their own minds about things. We don’t have much dialogue and nuanced conversation in public spaces based on our affiliations. 29:15 – Our extroverted society demands quick answers and voicing of opinion, but complicated problems require a lot of pondering and meditation, especially in the wake of a tragedy. 31:50 – Ego is always going to want to take responsibility for everything. How little control we actually have can be terrifying at first, but also creates a pathway to access better ways. The analyst says to get out of the way, let what comes through you come through you. 34:15 – Having the humility to serve and let go afterwards is the trick. Life circumstances shift, but it comes back to service, humility and getting out of the way. 36:45 – A message to those struggling to get sober; finding people who can support you and you can talk to. 39:00 – Getting the benefit of talking about your sobriety. Admitting the need for allies. Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of  The Silver Linings Playbook—which was made into an Oscar-winning film—and eight other novels, including We Are the Light, a #1 Indie Next Pick and a Book of the Month selection. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Matthew lives with his wife, the novelist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. https://matthewquickwriter.com/  
16/09/2342m 6s

Episode 171: Andrea Gibson

On growing our love, meeting ourselves with care, and receiving the intelligent tenderness of every moment. 2:05 - You Better Be Lightning – winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, Feathered Quill Book Award, American Library Association Over the Rainbow, Colorado Book Award & Goodreads Choice Finalist. 4:30 - Things That Don’t Suck (Substack); Softening since high school, and over the last 10 years. Everything changing with the first buzz cut. 6:30 - Anis Mojhani – “My heart was too big for my body, so I had to let it go.”; Discovering spoken word in 1999. Dreaming of having poetry readings in packed rock clubs. 8:45 - People coming to the shows because they too were having panic attacks. Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and almost immediately feeling safer than ever before. 10:50 - Remission nutrition and chemotherapy. 13:00 - We don’t realize how much we are living in the future until we are confronted with our mortality. Trusting the universe and having a loving relationship with our mortality. 15:15 - Favorite medium of art – Music. It transports to an expansive place, so many feelings at once, nostalgic and enlivening. We are every age we have ever been. We are all of the ages. 17:20 - In order to offer forgiveness, I don’t have to love myself less, I can love myself more. Self love being the same thing as loving the entire world. 20:10 - Choosing compassion over anger when finding out about getting cancer. Gaining this sudden clarity. Continuing to learn. 23:35 - Learning tenderness from the places where there was a lack of tenderness. Becoming witness and having compassion for the edges. Seeing that kindness comes from offering kindness to the parts of me that haven’t been kind. 25:50 - How much to share publicly vs keeping things quiet. Feeling safety in expression. 27:35 - Drawing inspiration from everywhere. All of writing and creating is plagiarizing the beauty that is already here. What made the aspen trees is the same thing that made me. 29:40 - Short readings from Andrea – “Instead of Depression”; “Wellness Check”; Andrea Gibson is one of the most celebrated and influential spoken word poets of our time. Best known for their live performances, Gibson has changed the landscape of what it means to attend a “poetry show” altogether. To hear Gibson is like hearing songwriters play their music, their trademark honesty and vulnerability are on full display. Gibson’s poems center around LGBTQ issues, gender, feminism, mental health and the dismantling of oppressive social systems. The winner of the first Women’s World Poetry Slam, Gibson has gone on to be awarded the LGBTQ Out100 and has been featured on BBC, NPR and CSpan. Gibson is the author of seven award winning books and seven full length albums. Their live shows have become loving and supportive ecosystems for audiences to feel seen, heard, and held through Gibson’s art. You Better Be Lightning (2021) by Andrea Gibson is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection.The poems range from close examination of the deeply personal to the vastness of the world, exploring the expansiveness of the human experience from love to illness, from space to climate change, and so much more in between. You Better Be Lightning is winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, Feathered Quill Book Award, American Library Association Over the Rainbow, Colorado Book Award & Goodreads Choice Finalist. https://buttonpoetry.com/product/you-better-be-lightning/ Things That Don't Suck (Substack) - It's common to look around and take inventory of what sucks. This is one poet's quest to uncover what doesn't, and what shifts when we shift our attention. https://andreagibson.substack.com  
02/09/2333m 48s

Episode 170: Ana Flores

On creating strong communities, pivoting out of productivity and shifting toward ease. 3:00 – Las Founders, founded in 2022, is a Los Angeles held event for entrepreneurs focused on hearing from Latina Entrepreneurs. Meeting the expectations for attendees while sustaining event and production costs. 6:10 – Women with an entrepreneurial spirit. Disentangling the growth and rebalancing of growth through the pandemic through focused objectives and offerings. 8:10 – 2-Day event in October 2023; serving the different identities within the community. 3 Pillars – Heal, Commune, Grow. Addressing ancestral and systematic wounds through healing in community, and growing from that space. 10:25 – ‘Heal’ Track and Wellness Day; Keynote this year from Yung Pueblo. Day 1 – Thrive With Ease; Day 2 – “Connect With Your Innermost Self.” 12:55 – Transitioning from massive elaborate summits to something smaller, and more true. Prioritizing ease, and creating time and space rather than being controlled by the time and space. What comes in naturally? 14:55 – We find validation when we can ‘do it all,’ but find a tipping point when our priorities begin to need filling and we have to manage what cups get filled. How can I position myself in creation and attraction mode? 17:10 – Exploring ways to edit and make things half as long, and simpler. What does prayer mean to you? Connection. Humility to ask for help. 19:55 – Break The Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma by Dr Mariel Buqué; Breaking the cycle of abandonment – The ultimate support is the support we get from within ourselves. 21:55 – It is ok to take it slow, say no, create loving boundaries, find soft spaces. How do we slow things down? Proactively incorporating a meditation practice. 24:00 – Making weekends/time off sacred for the team collectively. Respecting your rest, space and time. Ana Flores is Houston-born, El Salvador-raised. She's worked in television production for Univision, MTV Latin America and other Spanish-language networks for 15 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. When her husband was out of work and the cost of childcare became too expensive in 2009, she and a friend launched SpanglishBaby, a blog for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. Within a year, Flores was able to monetize blog posts for about $40 and found herself building “a small community” with fellow ambitious Latina bloggers. Soon she was actively pitching ideas to brands, connecting them with the 25-30 Latina bloggers and influencers from her online community. “And that’s what became Latina Bloggers Connect in 2010, with no money, with no resources,” Flores told TODAY. “I saw a path — a support system of people that were willing to open doors for each other.” Six years later, Flores rebranded Latina Blogger Connect as #WeAllGrow Latina, a Latina-owned, self-funded website that elevates the voices of Latinas and provides them with the resources — and inspiration — they need to succeed. “We really make it a point to hire within our community, because that is how we build socio and economic power,” Vanessa Santos — who joined #WeAllGrow as a partner and co-CEO in December 2021 — told TODAY. Flores and Santos believe that to see one woman grow doesn’t mean that it’s going to take away an opportunity for another. Championing “amigahood,” or sisterhood, their website has exceeded 20,000 subscribers, or “amiga members." The free online community is available for English or Spanish-speaking Latinas and offers original content, mentorship, wellness sessions, resources, connections, access to virtual and in-person events like the annual #WeAllGrow Summit, plus exclusive perks created to support entrepreneurs, creatives and professionals. Through their digital platform and in-person events, #WeAllGrow is helping Latinas turn their ideas into realities. Las Founders was founded in 2022 is the Los Angeles-held event for entrepreneurs sold out and had over 400 attendees taking in panels and conversations with Latina entrepreneurs about how they got their start. In September 2022, the organization hosted the sixth annual #WeAllGrow Summit. The first summit was held in 2015 and focused on content creation and networking. As the years went by, it's become bigger and more interactive, with Forbes including it as one of 19 Conferences Every Creative Should Attend in 2018 and 2019. This year's sold-out event, held in Palm Desert, California, welcomed over 600 attendees ready to “heal, commune and grow” — which also happen to be the organization’s three pillars. In 2023, Las Founders will be a two-day event in October. 
19/08/2326m 28s

Episode 169: Micah Salaberrios

Micah Salaberrios, an expert in the field of Nonviolent Communication, has been teaching the practice since 2016. With his passion for improving the lives of others, he hosts "The Art of NVC" Podcast, and wrote one of the top-selling books in relationship conflict resolution entitled "The Art of Nonviolent Communication." His website is https://artofnvc.com. Micah’s belief in the transformative power of NVC has been the driving force behind his work, helping people to resolve conflicts peacefully and fostering deeper understanding in their relationships. Micah is dedicated to spreading the teachings of Nonviolent Communication to as many people as possible, empowering them to live more fulfilling and harmonious lives. 3:00 – Finding NVC and doing this work as a profession. NVC style appreciation – acknowledging someone’s need for appreciation, encouragement, recognition and acknowledgement. “Would you like to be recognized for the unique talents you bring to this project?” 5:40 – Using NVC to get to a place of understanding that both parties in a conflict probably have the same need – to feel safe, protected, future for the children, etc. 7:20 – We mistake strategies and needs. The four steps of Non violent communication – 1) Identify the issue using observable facts, unbiased. Do not imply that someone is bad or wrong. 2) Express how you are feeling in this moment. 10:05 – 3) Explain why you feel this way – your values. 4) Make specific requests. Do not be vague. 12:55 – The observation moment (step 1) is not about the judgment of what is happening. Explore the feelings and needs inventory. 15:00 – You must have empathy for yourself. Take a moment to give yourself empathy and acknowledge the feeling to yourself when it is happening. 17:15 – When NVC is not available, do emergency self empathy – guess how you feel and why. Empathy releases the obligatory tension around parenting. 19:20 – When you notice you, or someone else, is upset, guess how they feel and why. You don’t have to be correct, but that person will feel the full force of your attention without feeling judged. 21:50 – NVC is not a thing you do, it is a shift in consciousness, a way of being. Opinions and judgments have a frequency that stimulates our ego and is not beneficial. Instead of opinions, have preferences. 24:00 – Opinions and judgments are draining. They keep us busy and steal our life force. Empathy as a first instinct is like carrying a love gun. 27:00 – https://www.artofnvc.com/; The Art of Nonviolent Communication: Turning Conflict into Connection; https://www.patreon.com/artofnvc 29:30 – Practicing the principles of NVC is an important part of learning. NVC is a technology of intimacy, compassion and closeness. 31:40 – Transforming triggers using emergency empathy. 33:40 – We are water. If we can be shaped by our environments, then we can be reshaped. Transformation happens in the moment, not the future. Visit Micah's Patreon Page for the NVC Practice group, as well as access to his masterful Art of NVC Online Course.  https://patreon.com/artofnvc
05/08/2336m 17s

Episode 168: Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn

On the golden moments of quiet and the depths of healing available in silence. 2:35 – The origins of Golden; How can we be helpful and effective in making things better? The answers lie in the silence. Writing about silence for Harvard Business Review. 5:10 – What’s the deepest silence you have ever known? Not just the absence of noise, but a presence. Notice noise, tune in to silence. 1) Pay attention to the diverse forms of auditory, informational and internal interference. Study how to navigate them. 2) Perceive the small pockets of peace that live amidst all the sounds and stimuli. Seek these spaces. 3) Cultivate spaces of profound silence. 7:55- How we can find the most pristine attention possible when is only available for a very short time. Finding presence in silence. Exploring booming and rapturous silence. 9:30 – The attention economy and its impact on presence in silence. Is life really louder? Yes, across Europe, an estimated 450 million people (65% of the population) live with noise levels deemed hazardous to our health. Every two days we produce as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization to 2003. 12:15 Our pristine attention is measured at 0 according to GDP. It doesn’t have a value unless it’s chopped up and turned to revenue. We often mistake feelings of stress for aliveness. Attention taken to its highest degree is the same thing as prayer. 15:35 – Silence is renewal. Silence can reset the nervous system. Silence is Humility. Silence is accepting that it’s ok to not fill the space. Silence is clarity. Silence is expansion. Silence is the essence of life itself when there is nothing making claims on our consciousness. 17:35 – The Creative ACT: A Way of Being; Jarvis Jay Masters, writer and Buddhist on death row for 32 years for a crime he did not commit. 20:05 – Compassion is a doorway to silence. Experiencing Covid in San Quentin. “It’s not about you right now.” 22:10 – The way to quiet the noise in these impossible situations is to quiet the responses to the noise. Silence might interrupt the sadness of never understanding ourselves. 24:10 – What helps you stop? A yoga practice, meditation practice, chanting, tea rituals, creating circumstances to be doing what you love all the time. 27:25 – Enjoy deeply what you’re doing vs being lost in unwanted distraction. Keeping connection with what animates life. Appreciation that leads to love. Holding the heart. Reconnecting to the heart and body. 30:05 – Coming back to the place where nothing is making claims on the consciousness, even in the midst of intense noise, fear and uncertainty. 32:50 – Silence and quiet can come just in a moment, and in infinite ways. Facing ourselves in silence means having the courage to become more aware of what’s been hidden. 34:50 – Getting a little closer to our intuition. Cyrus Habib – serving from a place of intuition. Turning down the noise of life in order to hear the signals of the heart. 37:00 – Getting beyond the noise of other people’s expectations. Becoming a connoisseur of creation. Attention stability and balance. 39:20 – Baelyn Neff – @allmattersofspirit – Stay with the Tea. Idea #7 – Presence is having all your energy and attention at your disposal, and not inaccessible because of worry, distraction, anxiety or chronic tension. 43:15 – Cynthia Bourgeault – Never do something in a state of internal brace. In the midst of noise, quiet down and keep going. Silence isn't just the absence of noise. It's a presence that brings us energy, clarity, and deeper connection. Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey--from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin's death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival--to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation. Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It's a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world--not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community. With vital lessons for individuals, families, workplaces, and whole societies, Golden is an engaging and unexpected rethinking of the meaning of quiet. Marz and Zorn make the bold and convincing argument that we can repair our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives. Justin Talbot Zorn has served as both a policymaker and a meditation teacher in the U.S. Congress. A Harvard- and Oxford-trained specialist in the economics and psychology of well-being, Justin has written for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is cofounder of Astrea Strategies, a consultancy that bridges contemplation and action, helping leaders and teams envision and communicate solutions to complex challenges. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and three children. Leigh Marz is a collaboration consultant and leadership coach for major universities, corporations, and federal agencies as well as a longtime student of pioneering researchers and practitioners of the ritualized use of psychedelic medicines in the West. In her professional work, she has led diverse initiatives, including a training program to promote an experimental mindset among teams at NASA and a decade-long cross-sector collaboration to reduce toxic chemicals in products, in partnership with Green Science Policy Institute, Harvard University, IKEA, Google, and Kaiser Permanente. She is the cofounder of Astrea Strategies. Leigh lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and daughter.
22/07/2345m 46s

Episode 167: Daniel Shankin

 On the intentional integration of psychedelic experiences; supporting and educating for responsible engagement in our healing and creative expansion. 0:42 – Introducing Daniel Shankin; Psychedelic Integration Coach; Director and Founder of Tam Integration; https://tamintegration.com 2:45 – Microdosing psychedelics as a way of treating addiction and engrained behavioral patterns. “Be Here Now” by Ram Das was the first ‘Integration Manual.’ 4:40 – Yoga practice as a tool for liberation and grounding in this body/lifetime. Naturally approaching psychedelics with coaching clients. 6:00 – https://2023.integrationjam.com; Finding community spirit and gathering online. Talking about cool and interesting topics with cool and interesting people. 8:10 – Keystone species, biodiversity and ecosystems. Wrapping our head around everything being connected. The tree shades the water protecting the fish. 10:30 – Where to begin with psychedelics — microdosing and macrodosing. Integrating in specific ways. *This is not medical/legal advice. This is not legal in many places, and there is an element of risk. https://www.youtube.com/@TamIntegration 12:55 – Take time to educate ourselves, making good decisions with the information we have, and responding to feedback from body and mind, maybe journaling around it and tracking it. Psychedelics are a nonspecific amplifier. They bring up what is already underneath our layer of awareness. The psychedelic is not making you anything, but revealing what is there. It’s an orange juice squeezer. 15:00 – We all have these very specific needs, and when the needs are met, there is a happy day. Understanding of a need becomes a transformation. 17:25 – Understanding psychedelics from the perspective of its more practical benefits. True psychedelics don’t stand for addictive patterns. They become irritating. 19:00 – Macrodosing experiences; Tam Integration – Pre and Post Integration; Long term Integration. 21:05 – Training Integration Coaches; creating an experience that is respectful of our consciousness, respectful of the molecules. There’s no reason not to approach an intense experience with a certain amount of reverence. 23:20 – Compounds in psilocybin associated with the self and persona. Compounds that scientifically decrease circulation to certain parts of the brain, increase circulation to certain parts of the brain, and it’s in promise for personal growth. Going in with a meditation practice. 25:20 – Meditators have more of the positive effects and fewer of the negative effects. Meditators are often used to putting the persona aside. 27:25 – https://2023.integrationjam.com; Save 10% with Coupon code: Elena. 30:15 – Moral Trauma; https://www.moralinjuriesofwar.org; connoisseurship of certain mushrooms. As the founder and director of Tam Integration, Daniel is committed to offering radically accessible and inclusive support and education for people who are wanting to transform, heal, and grow. Tam’s integration circles and online conferences enjoy a world wide audience and much critical acclaim. Daniel also leads the yearlong Mt. Tam Psychedelic Integration Coaching Program, training emerging leaders in the facilitation of transformational engagement. As a psychedelic integration coach, Daniel serves people in weaving their new-found truths into their lives and practices sustainably, harmoniously, compassionately and wisely. His methods are fiercely practical while maintaining space for mystery and magic to emerge. He offers time tested and scientifically backed tools so clients can create a life for themselves that is aligned with their deeper values and manifests measurable results that matter. He and his wife live in a tiny town in New England where they forage for mushrooms and throw rocks into creeks with their two young boys.  
08/07/2331m 54s

Episode 166: Lisa Mattam

 On working for ourselves, creating what we love and the science behind clean skincare. 0:42 Introducing Lisa Mattam; a thought leader in entrepreneurship and resilience, and the advancement of women and diversity. 2:20 The Mattam Group; Traveling with family and connecting with Kerala as a place of home. 4:20 “Mom’s the Word: How Organizations can Change the Impact of Motherhood on Career Success”; equipping Fortune 500 companies with tools to keep women in the C-Suite and advance diversity in the workplace. 7:10 Reva Seth – “The Mom Shift”; Organizations supporting mothers once they are mothers. Beginning transparent conversations about being a mother in the workplace. 9:20 Mixed messages from organizations toward mothers between being flexible and being available. Find relatable role models. Granular reliability. 11:20 “If they can do it, I can do it.” Rewriting the narrative of being old. Getting wiser, smarter, better at managing everything in your life, and more beautiful. 13:35 Your 40s are when you finally get to know yourself and see what you’re capable of. Braver and softer. Launching Sahajan in 2015. 15:30 Sahajan; Cleansing Oil, Balance Toner, Face Serum, Beauty Oil. 18:05 Contributing valuable ingredients and providing the opportunity to transform our skin. Using our work for advancing and growing our platforms for service. 20:05 sahajan.com/elenabrower; 20% off code: ELENA; Using Moringa in the Cleansing Oil for high vitamin, nutrient and antioxidant, as well as pulling pollution in the skin. 22:30 90% of people in the world live in places considered over-polluted. Oils and balms breakdown makeup and SPF. Moringa is considered a Universal oil for its cleansing and nourishing benefit. 24:40 Fruit extracts in the Balance Toner – Orange, Lemon and Bilberry; In Ayurveda, fruit extracts have been used to exfoliate. Pulling out dead skin cells so that the skin can be a great canvas to absorb serums and creams. 27:35 Using the toner for age spots. Brightening Mask – Turmeric, Holy Basil, Hemp Seed and Fruit Extracts. Face Serum – Triphala, Gotu Kola, and Hyaluronic acid. 30:00 Triphala on the skin has adaptogenic and tridoshic characteristics with high levels of vitamin C. 32:30 Gotu Kola is considered ‘age defying’ in Vedic texts. Absorbed by the skin it stimulates the production of collagen. Promotes wound healing. Hyaluronic acid is nature’s moisture magnet. Brings water back into the skin. 35:10 Why am I not using clean skincare? We buy skincare because we want results. The transition of being a victim of advertising to being an educated consumer is the shift to knowing what you really need. 38:10 Ayurveda is the science of life. Beauty Oil – Moringa, Hemp Seed oil, Frankincense. Reverse engineering based on the desired results. 40:25 Hemp seed offers a balance to redness. In North America, ~80% of people have sensitive skin and experience a lot of redness. Frankincense is the oil of royalty. Oils lock in and protect with a barrier on the skin. 42:45 Cleansing Oil, Toner, Serum, Beauty Oil – Cruelty free. In Ayurveda, honey and beeswax are revered for their ability to strengthen and heal the skin. 44:20 Lip Karma working in partnership with Plan International’s Because I Am Girl Initiative. Every Lip Karma purchased provides one day of school for a girl Lisa Mattam is a proven and passionate entrepreneur. Named by Profit Magazine as one of the Top Ten Emerging Women Entrepreneurs in Canada and recognized by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce as Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Lisa has become a thought leader in entrepreneurship and resilience, and the advancement of women and diversity. She is a frequent commentator on these topics and has been quoted in a variety of media including Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, CBC, and The Toronto Star. With her first venture The Mattam Group, she grew a consulting firm with clients in Canada, the US, Latin America, and the UAE. More specifically, she equipped Fortune 500 companies like Walmart with the tools to keep women in the C-Suite and advance diversity in the workplace. Notably, she co-authored the report, “Mom’s the Word: How Organizations can Change the Impact of Motherhood on Career Success” and was a contributor to the book, “Five Good Ideas”, published by Coach House Books. Building on that success, Lisa launched Sahajan, an evidence-based natural skincare line based on the Ancient Science of Ayurveda. With Sahajan, Lisa brings together her entrepreneurial background and her knowledge from over 15 years working in and consulting to the pharmaceutical industry to create a skincare collection that since its launch has been featured in Vogue Paris, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Forbes, and is distributed in Canada and the US in retailers such as Indigo, The Detox Market & The Bay. Lisa was the only Canadian to be selected for Sephora’s Inaugural Beauty Accelerator. In 2021, The Atelier named her Entrepreneur of the Year and BMO offered a grant to Sahajan for her leadership in Beauty x Sustainability. As a listener of the Practice You Podcast, you have a 20% off code at https://sahajan.com/elenabrower   Use code ELENA at checkout for 20% off your purchase.
24/06/2348m 17s

Episode 165: Jessica Bell

On Energetic Healing, tools for self healing and a framework for energy centers in the body. 2:05 Shifting from doctor to healer; Biodynamics and synchronizing with the health of the patient. 4:15 Moving into energy healing; transitioning into this new soul assignment. Synchronizing with people over Zoom; seeing the benefit of self treatment and sharing it with others. 7:15 Becoming sensitive enough to work on ourselves. Learning the skill set of tuning in. 9:40 4 Tools: 1) Attention/Intention – Directing the flow of Biophotons with focus. Connecting with the intention of those you are working with. 11:45 Framework for Energy Centers: Central Channel, Earth Star, Sun Star, Electromagnetic Biofield, Physical Body. Learning to clear the system to restore the resonance/harmony of love and coherence. 14:02 The flow of the river becomes more robust and active. The role of the healer is to irrigate the withering fields. Biofield tuning. Gathering leaking light back to the central channel of the body to integrate energy back to circulation. 17:00 Feeling into the body for self healing. As humans, we underestimate what we are capable of healing within the body. Reclaiming power as energetic sensitives. 19:15 The reason we have come here is to evolve and to expand consciousness. This time on the planet is the time for us to leap forward as vibrational beings. 20:30 Restoring the Health Within Series – Energetic Osteopathy ; Evolve and Heal The Body Series; https://www.centersforenergetichealing.com/ 23:00 Using Magnetic Hands to direct the flow of energy through the tissues in the body. Doctor Jess is a 2005 graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine who recognized her path to become a doctor early in her life. She is an avid athlete and health enthusiast who has always been passionate about the human body, and especially the intricacies of the musculoskeletal system. This interest led her to receive board certifications in both Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After nearly two decades of working in the fields of regenerative medicine, cranial and biodynamic osteopathy, she began bridging her services with energy medicine and healing in early 2020. She has since transitioned from an in-person private practice to an energetic teaching and healing platform where she works mostly with individuals and groups non-locally. She is entirely committed to empowering others to heal themselves by teaching them about their bodies and how to work within them energetically. She offers group healing sessions so others can experience what it feels like to have energy move within their bodies, and then hands them the energetic healing tools and practices to self heal. Doctor Jess integrates and bridges the worlds of modern medicine with the energetic fields, and offers you a collaborative healing experience, empowering you to take ownership of your life and body and learn how to heal from the inside out.
10/06/2324m 48s

Episode 164: Katie Rose

On the creation of what's alive for you, and the gifts you give when you follow your truth. 3:20 Ayurvedic teaching for women; Maya Tiware (formerly Mother Maya) 6:00 Living in world of masculine energy, and finding balance through working with Divine Feminine; Not getting stuck in the seat of the teacher 8:40 Hierarchies within online communities; maintaining equal respect for every member of the community. 11:00 https://www.bhaktirose.com.au/; Ayurveda Goddess; Yoga of Birth 13:00 The evolution of parenting 5 children; showing up as you are in the world extending into the online space 15:50 Dropping into gratitude for present moment experiences; Am I giving my children enough quality attention? 18:10 Not saying yes to many things we don’t want to do; modeling behaviors for becoming autonomous humans instead of being stuck in situations that aren’t serving. 20:40 Creating a summit – the joy of bringing together wonderful teachers for students. Replicating the joy of in person gatherings with online summits. 24:10 Acknowledging the good fortune of learning in community pre-pandemic. Katie Rose is a yoga teacher, ayurveda guide and author with over 25 years of experience in the world of wellness. She holds accreditation with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia as a registered experienced yoga teacher and teacher trainer with many thousands of teaching hours under her belt. She is a doula and teacher for the Australian Doula College. Katie was the manager of the prestigious TriYoga centre in London before moving to Sydney and opening Samadhi Yoga in 2004 followed by Jivamukti Yoga Sydney which at its peak was a four-studio business and is still a thriving community today. Her popular online courses have helped hundreds of women from all over the world in empower themselves. Much of Katie’s work focuses on the Australian seasons, landscape and Indigenous culture and she has a keen passion for respecting First Nation’s wisdom as well as animal rights and the environment. Katie has spent many years studying in India, the UK, America and Australia. She has had the honour and blessing of learning with some of the best yoga and ayurveda teachers in the world from some of the strongest, most authentic lineages. She is the founder and host of the annual Bhakti Women’s Online Yoga Summit and the author of several internationally available books published by Rockpool Publishing including Mindful Living and The Yoga of Birth. Katie helps women go from feeling stuck and overwhelmed to living a life that is vibrant, creative and abundant. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and her five children in a loud and busy household where her meditation practice keeps her sane.
03/06/2327m 19s

Episode 163: Alex Elle

On how we heal; trusting that you know what you need to heal, to thrive, to rest and to rewrite your story. 4:00 Journaling journey; Writing to heal, writing to get clear, writing to get kind and writing to get to know myself. 7:00 Giving young people the tools to to grow in emotional awareness. Healing by example. 9:00 Starting from scratch; Peach cobbler story – The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw 12:10 Some people just are who they are and can’t necessarily show up as we expect them to; Allow the adversity in your life to show you just how much you are learning. 15:00 Beginning to journal about trauma and baby steps to get started; It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it. 18:55 Writing about people in a potentially negative way with grace; Holding grudges keeping us from being free; Blaming our younger selves for the actions of our parents. 23:10 Pain Can Feel Like…, Healing Can Feel Like…, Both Can Feel Like…; Reclaiming your power 26:00 Finding therapy sessions, prayers, meditations, etc. not enough to sustain the healing work, and needing more support; Learning to trust I know what I need; Faith without works is dead. 29:00 Our healing is an act of community service. It is not just for us, but for everyone we come in contact with. The healed version of me recognizes the unhealed version of you. 31:15 Rewriting your narrative: Taking ownership over who you are and what you want to be; Making space for joy. 34:00 Nurturing your inner child. Pain that relates to pain from the past. Beginning to think new thoughts of joy and thriving. I am releasing to receive and I am open to what is for me. 37:00 Compassion and connection are essential to this work. Practicing and exercising our compassion, grace, joy, etc. 39:20 Healing is an active process; Choosing to walk away from titles as a reclamation of self. Writing the book I want to write, not the book people want to see from me. 43:05 Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism by Vanessa Machada de Oliveira 45:10 Things that bring me joy help me heal. We know that physically in our bodies there are endorphins and other things signaled when we laugh and smile. Writing came into her life by way of therapy and the exploration of healing through journaling and mindfulness. The intention behind Alex’s work is to build community & healing practices through literature & language. Alex teaches workshops, courses, and retreats to assist others in finding their voices and create clarity in their lives & relationships.  alexelle.com
27/05/2347m 45s

Episode 162: Deborah Eden Tull

On the necessary redefinition and reconnection to darkness as the medicine of compassion, and how our embrace of the unknown can change the world. 0:42 Introducing Deborah Eden Tull, Luminous Darkness, @mindfullivingrevolution 4:00 Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown; Redefining Darkness 6:30 Journey into ‘Endarkenment’; 5 Aspects of Embodied Meditation and Spirituality 9:00 Through what perception lens am I perceiving right now? Original consciousness – consciousness free of the perception lens of overlay. Fixation with light -> fixation with rational mind. 11:45 Recognizing darkness as a great teacher of deep listening. The biases we carry. 14:15 Deeply questioning and examining our biases. Biases valuing light over dark. Understanding ‘fertile’ darkness. 16:15 Going through grief in a culture of sun shining. Learning to look within and reckoning with traumas. 18:15 Welcoming the full spectrum of light and dark in meditation. Waking up to the vitality and sacred teachings of darkness, as well as light. 20:20 The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom; “It is by staying present to what is that we find a freedom far greater than the utopia we are seeking.” 22:20 Fierce compassion is a needed ally throughout our entire human journey. Presence is a transmission, an invitation into shared presence. Finding fierce compassion through mysterious illness. Finding a balance with gentle compassion. 26:48 Endarkenment invites us to open our heart to the dharma gate that exists just behind inconvenience and comfort. Obstacles do not block our path, they are the path. 30:50 Complications are auspicious, do not resist them. Cultivating a soft gaze. Attention follows the gaze of the eyes. 33:50 Living life is our meditation, sitting is just the formal part of practice. Learning to see with inner vision, or more clearly with the heart. 35:55 Seeing from wholeness and interconnection rather than the habit of fragmenting life and seeing through the lens of separation. Leading in the dark is a path of freedom from small self. 40:20 Liberation from the idea of success as binary. Success and failure can exist simultaneously. Liberation from the idea of success as a byproduct of our efforts. Co-creating with life while resting in emergence. Deborah Eden Tull, the founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is an engaged dharma teacher, public speaker and activist. She spent seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent monastery, now offering retreats, workshops and consultations internationally. Eden teaches dharma intertwined with post-patriarchal thought and practices, resting upon a lived knowledge of our unity with the more-than-human world. Her books include Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other and the Planet and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for a Sustainable Food Revolution. Eden also teaches the Work That Reconnects, created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, for transforming out pain and love for our world into compassionate action.
13/05/2349m 32s

Episode 161: Michell Clark

On social media as a teaching space; vulnerability as a bridge, and the possibility that virtual connections can bring about deepening relationships in real life. 0:42 Introducing Michell Clark; Empowering entrepreneurs and leaders; The Creative Summer Company – @thecreative.summer 3:05 Speaking from the heart, wrestling with complex feelings and giving grace to ourselves leading to connecting more deeply. 6:00 Writing at the intersection of all of our passions and experiences. Finding the commonalities between all different types of people. 8:40 Hip Hop – Tapping into emotions. Curiosity and eagerness to find commonality despite social standing. 10:40 Uncovering and understanding the stories in hip hop lyrics. Jeff Burroughs https://elenabrower.com/episode-63-jeff-burroughs/ 12:45 The Creative Summer Company – Building a strong foundation, understanding values, learning while being playful. Webby Nomination 16:09 Social Media Specialist for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian) https://nmaahc.si.edu/ 19:20 Taking a step back; Inspiring black artists – Kendrick Lamar – Stepping back from the pursuit of perfection. 22:00 Alex Elle – How We Heal – https://www.alexelle.com/ – The process of going back and seeing different versions of yourself as a means to understanding yourself in the present. 23:40 Understanding our own emotions. As parents, things we do not heal, we pass on to our kids. 25:58 Intentionally slowing down, deepening an awareness of self. Seeing new breakthroughs, opportunities, and new aligned relationships. 27:40 Give yourself half a day to do nothing. Shifting the narrative away from stay busy toward listening, learning and reveling in the self. 30:05 Expanding reach; having confidence in speaking, hopeful writing and choosing optimism. Offering depth in social media. 33:00 Tik Tok – An opportunity to be what you make it. The most aggressive ‘choose your own adventure’ social media platform of all time. Establishing guardrails for our social media/app usage. Writer, mentor, creative leader, Michell empowers entrepreneurs and leaders to release self-limiting beliefs and actualize their full potential. Clark has built a community of over 600,000 human beings across Instagram and Twitter. He is deeply invested in leveraging his platforms, access, and skillset to build community. In summer 2020, he and his wife, Duanecia Clark, founded their agency, The Creative Summer Co., which leverages strategy, content, design, and research to empower mission-consistent, Black-owned and Black-facing brands and businesses. He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Duanecia, and their daughter, Ada. Michell's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellcclark/?hl=en The Creative Summer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreative.summer/?hl=en
29/04/2338m 13s

Episode 160: Rachelle McCloud

On the vital day-to-day process of moving pain through the body, clearing the way for ease and efficiency in every realm of your life. 0:42 Introducing Rachelle McCloud; Mental Health Therapist & Emotional Wellness Coach; Finding this work through needing it. 2:25 Diagnosed with OCD; Energetic treatment and EFT; Our systems need a guide for processing fear. 4:25 Fear that is unprocessed shows up as compensating behaviors. When we are able to process the fear that compels this fright, we can actually process issues more quickly. 7:30 Fear centers in the brain process through the body, through movement and physical interactions. https://rachellemccloud.com/ 9:10 Thought Field Therapy - Predecessor of Emotional Freedom Technique. Escorting shame through the brain’s healing pathways. 11:15 Collarbone breathing. Key points for processing environmental toxins, jet lag, panic and anxiety. 13:00 Complex childhood trauma. To create health, we need to be able to process both the negative and the positive, integrated by the brain into accurate ways of being. 15:50 First generation Haitian and white American, raised with the white side of the family. Processing racism and lineage. 18:25 There was so much pain the last 5/10/20 generations, unprocessed and unspoken, that we are still unraveling these betrayals. Transformation happens when the pain processes through our bodies. 20:30 The brain registers rejection, betrayal and other painful social interactions from the same part of the brain that registers physical pain. From your pain neurons’ perspective, a cutting comment registers the same to the brain as cutting or hitting. 22:40 Tapping desensitizes the pain so that the brain can resolve what’s being held. The brain untangles the cognitive knots that cause disorder and dissatisfaction. https://rachellemccloud.com/blog/f/letting-comments-from-others-get-to-you 25:00 Inner World Transformation - https://rachellemccloud.com/online-course; Collarbone Breathing Exercise 28:40 The shift from the survival state to rest and digest can feel exhaustive, but that’s the state of the body without the adrenaline and cortisol. 31:15 Problem solving is a front brain activity that lets us know that emotion and the information in there got the front of the brain. Rachelle McCloud, LCSW is a Mental Health Therapist and Emotional Wellness. Through years of successfully helping clients move their anxiety, depression and trauma disorders into remission, she has developed a program that empowers people to skillfully get rid of symptoms and heal. She is also the facilitator of the Facebook group called Releasing the Baggage of Anxiety, Depression and Traumatic Stress where she delivers free trainings on leading interventions that work well for getting rid of symptoms, not just coping or managing them. Her mission is to empower people to do their own healing work effectively, safely and skillfully. http://www.rachellemccloud.com
22/04/2333m 3s

Episode 159: The Red School: Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

On the sacred metamorphosis of menopause, redefining this time of life from health crisis to empowerment, tenderness and leadership. On discovering the liberating power of menopause to awaken authority, purpose and belonging. 0:42 Introducing Red School; Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer; Wise Power: Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority, Purpose and Belonging 3:00 – Wild Power: Discover the Magic of the Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power; https://www.redschool.net/; The Seasons of Menstruation 6:00 – Restoring the power of menopause – our inner ecology. An integrated process of growing down into ourselves. An initiatory journey of awakening. Evolving into menopause. 9:30 – Seamless entry into the menstruality journey. Weaving a thread of yes through the beginning of menstruation to menopause. 12:25 – Our experience of cultural dislocation from this initiatory path. Menarche, menstruation, motherhood and menopause are evolutionary tipping points in our life’s journey. 15:20 – Seeing our 50s, 60s and 70s as one of the most fertile grounds of being – alive, creative and productive. 17:55 – 5 phases of menopause – Betrayal, Repair, Revelation, Visioning and Emergence. Cycle awareness applies across many areas of our psychological and spiritual development. 20:50 – Betrayal – Transformation involves dying to the old self and emerging new. Betrayal is the first moment of menopause where the deep initiatory process kicks in. It is the death of an identity. 25:40 – Repair – Emphasizing Rest and Healing. Rest is the medicine that allows the organic process of healing to move through us. Giving yourself kindness. 29:55 – Revelation – A subtle dawning of a new recognition of yourself. An acceptance and reception of yourself. 32:25 – Visioning – Full flourishing and receptivity of your capacity. Breakthrough with coherence. 37:10 – Emergence – Freshly minted clarity and innocence. Reborn, vulnerability and innocence as a buffer against bitterness and cynicism. “Second Spring”. 40:50 – Ritual to anoint and celebrate yourself – 1) Name all the qualities you have discovered or recovered during menopause – all of your strengths and brilliances. 2) Forgive anything in yourself that you feel still needs forgiving. 3) State some clear intentions for your future. 4) Allow plenty of time for this ritual. 44:20 – Menopause can deliver us to a place of deep belonging within ourselves. Union is the heart of the menopause transition. Understanding and removing our barricades to intimacy. 47: 20 – Attunement tools for Leadership – Keep Council with Emptiness https://www.redschool.net/ Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, authors of Wild Power: Discover the Magic of the Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power and the creators of the Menstruality Medicine Circle™, a brand new healing modality.  
15/04/2352m 8s

Episode 158: Amina AlTai

On redirecting and serving purpose driven professionals. A conversation looking at the connection of our purpose and our daily work. 0:42 – Introducing Amina AlTai – career realignment coach, proud immigrant, chronic illness advocate 2:55 – Doing work that we love in a way that honors our bodies, and who we are in the world, is our birthright. Developing 2 autoimmune diseases. 5:40 – What does it look like to stop and redirect? Leaving unhealthy spaces. 7:00 – Serving purpose driven people. Working with Amina for radical change. Signature 3 month program. New 5 month group program. 8:55 – Working with groups and individuals. 5-part framework – 1) Where our gifts are, 2) What we value in this world, 3) What we want to impact, 4) What brings us joy, 5) Our needs. 11:30 – Pricing for coaching and mentors, charging for time, charging what you’re worth. Letting the higher self inform the pricing. 14:10 – Free options, freemium, low priced, mid priced and high end. Creating multiple entry points for people. 16:15 – Redefining ourselves many times throughout our adult lives. Consistently evolving and developing our studentship. Amina AITai is a career realignment coach, proud immigrant and chronic illness advocate. A leading coach to notable female leaders and impact-driven celebrities. Amina’s mastery is in connecting us to our brilliance and teaching us to live and lead from it each day. As a woman of color of Iraqi descent, she often works with marginalized communities to help them realize possibilities in a way that honors their particular lived experiences. She’s a Success Magazine 125 Leaders to Watch Finalist, A Forbes Contributor, an Entrepreneur Magazine expert-in-residence and has been featured In The New York Times, goop, NBC, Entrepreneur and more. She is working on her first book, entitled The Ambition Trap, in collaboration with Penguin and The Open Field. Amina impresses me with her clarity, care and consideration. Her work spans from free teachings all the way to her signature program, Pivot to Purpose, for those leaving corporate work to step into your soul’s calling, as well as for newer entrepreneurs who’ve started your business but don’t feel fully in alignment yet.
01/04/2320m 43s

Episode 157: Zivar Amrami

Zivar Amrami is a healer and interdisciplinary artist. Born in the Midwest to an Iranian father and a mother of Norwegian descent, steeped from youth in Jewish mysticism, Zivar has a particular curiosity to that which unites and differentiates us from each other. As a photographer, therapist or circle maker, she peers beyond the layers of protection and unearths vulnerabilities and universal truths with grace. Zivar is a nurturer of women, creator of the Wisdom of Birth deck, a mother healing her own ancestral wounds. For strangers and friends, she bestows the innate gift of empathic witness. Zivar currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two children. 0:42 – Introducing Zivar Amrami; Wisdom of Birth – 78 Card Oracle Deck of Guidance and Inspiration for the experience of Birth. 2:30 – Engaging with birth in a more powerful way. Healthcare systems looking down on you and treating you inferior. 6:00 – Reasserting boundaries in the hospital setting. Navigating spaces that are not in your best interest. Bringing awareness to the lack of advocacy for underprivileged people. 10:00 – February 13 Kickstarter for Wisdom of Birth Deck; Using cards during and after birth as a tool for connecting to our story of birth. 12:00 – Giving others the opportunity to feel witnessed and seen. When we are seen we are able to move through the world differently. Growing up on the edges. 15:40 – Buying a camera, street photography in Peru. Portrait photography. Working 1-on-1 with people. Painting and using different mediums. 17:30 – How do I honor this yearning to create and nurture my world while being a good mom to my children? 19:55 – The story of meeting Zach 24:40 – Zach Fredmen, The Epichorus, https://temenosnyc.com/ 27:30 – The energy of words that have been spoken for many centuries. Mantras, prayers, etc. 29:55 – We often project onto our faith what we truly value internally. A study of children with stronger immunity with those with traditions vs those without. Belonging. 32:00 – Making spiritual exploration an open and safe space for our children’s curiosities. 34:55 – Ways open. The companionship of an art form. 36:45 – @zivaramrami on instagram, Women’s circles & 1-on-1 offerings Zivar is an artist, devoted to spirit and story. She offers private sessions online and in person and hosts womens circles in support of healing and embodiment. Zivar lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two daughters. Resources https://temenosnyc.com https://theepichorus.bandcamp.com
18/03/2338m 28s

Episode 156: Sue Hunt (Part 2)

Part 2 exploring binaries from ‘Transitory Nature’ and active meditative inquiry. A conversation on channeling intensity, sharing power and understanding our layers of awareness. 0:42 – Part 2 of Sue Hunt; Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries For Integrated Being 1:30 – Hustle & Flow; How do we break this cycle? Healthy Hustle 3:58 – Work and service; Examining the exchange of pranic reciprocity. Qualifying success. 6:20 – Channeling intensity into the right activities. Using meditation to guard the misuse of intensity. 9:40 – Examining the hustle narrative from childhood. Expanding our elevated capacity asks us to develop 3 qualities – attention, intuitive efficiency, and proper energy use. 14:45 – 6th Binary – Root/Crown – Integrated Being; 17:10 – The Root/Crown binary arises anytime our earthly issues demand action and clarity, but we instead employ debilitating avoidance. 18:00 – Root connects us to bottom three chakras, earthly needs, basic needs, emotional needs; crown energy is the realized end of things. 21:05 – The shift from the protection of power to the sharing of it is key to integrated success. The grounding down myth. 25:00 – Groundlessness is when we’re eroding the walls that have kept us imprisoned. What interpersonal and intergenerational causes this feeling of groundlessness? Groundlessness as a catalyst for growth. 27:30 – Understanding the escapist archetypes of our crown energy. The Intellectual; The Seeker; The Commercial Mystic; The Skeptic 30:40 – Karma/Dharma; Self-will and Destiny; To create and sustain. 33:30 – Developing awareness around the many layers of our understandings unlock what else is possible. The myth of self improvement. 36:30 – The just surrender myth. Uncovering karma through your natal chart. 38:30 – 9th Binary – Past and Future – Clairsentience; Presence and beyond presence. Are we present or are we fully open to so many different streams of information that aren’t just coming through our sense portals? 41:15 – Meditation is where the binary gets resolved. The be present myth. 44:40 – Avoidance isn’t always evil. Sometimes it’s necessary and safe. The time heals myth. Active meditative inquiry. 48:40 – Through active meditative inquiry we can alter the expression of our structural inheritance with every thought, perception and action we take. 52:30 – Christians love God, Buddhists love lists. Honoring the good and bad parts of our lineage. 55:05 – Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries For Integrated Being
11/03/2358m 20s

Episode 155: Sue Hunt (Part 1)

Part I of a two-part conversation: on breaking binaries, freeing ourselves from reductive thinking and uncovering our own true nature. On ‘Transitory Nature’ and exploring universal attributes of human consciousness. A conversation around pranic economy, and the expenditures of upholding binary worldviews. 0:42 – Introducing Sue Hunt; Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries for Integrated Being 3:30 – 9 Binaries – Rooted in Reality – > 1) Private/Public; 2) Sick/Well; 3) Masculine/Feminine. Living Heart Action – > 4) Lack/Abundance; 5) Hustle/Flow; 6) Root/Crown. Higher Octaves of Consciousness – > 7) Attachment/Aversion; 8) Self-Will/Destiny; 9) Past/Future. 6:00 – Solving the divide between Private and Public. Using energy to prop up conflicting identities. 9:00 – Social engagement for younger generations; Roshi Joan Halifax; The Fruitful Darkness 11:00 – Using witness ability to watch ourselves from the ceiling of all kinds of scenarios. Noticing these expenditures. 14:00 – What voices in your head do you keep private? How do those voices encourage codependent behavior in the private realm? What private behaviors help me maintain equilibrium? 17:00 – Defining Codependency – Losing the sovereignty in our central nervous system, seeking validation in private or public spaces. 20:30 – Stop all gossip – an attempt to protect our own egoic projections. Stop pinning judgment, dislike, hatred or blame onto others. Stay very curious. 22:30 – Redefining the collective as a blank screen. In finding agreement in a certain sentiment, we are seeking recognition in the reflection. Seeking sameness. 26:00 – Take everything personally and take nothing personally. 28:10 – Sick vs. Well – Pretending we are sick to get attention. Understanding commercial wellness. 30:05 – ‘Healing as Wholeness’ myth – YOU ARE NEVER BROKEN. Subconsciously rooted in the sick/well binary of Broken and Fixed. 34:00 – Modern rites of passage – Mark transitions with a goodbye, then with a hello. 36:40 – Develop universal attributes of human consciousness. Continuously doing the inner work to excavate where manipulative femininity and toxic masculinity live within our own lives. 1) Creativity; 2) Discernment; 3) Intimacy; 4) Passion/Compassion; 5) Empathy; 6) Determination; 7) Sensitivity; 8) Intuition; 9) Equanimity; 10) Openness. 41:25 – Lack/Abundance – Pranic Economy 43:25 – Identifying anxious, lack-based abundant meta-dialog. Learning to grow our tolerance for ambiguity. Cultivating awareness and dismantling the binary between states of depletion and numbed out consumerism. 45:20 – What is the dominant feeling attached to an urge to spend or acquire? What inner truth am I avoiding by ‘spending’ energy in this way? What are the qualities of the source from which I am about to consume? Is this a sustainable energetic exchange? 48:20 – Consumerism as abundance; Why does the newness of an item make me feel better about myself? 51:05 – Who said alignment isn’t scrappy? You have to get your hands dirty, you have to do the hard work, you have to fight for what you know is true. 53:50 – Ask yourself, is my vision of alignment and personal success respectful to the growth and success of others? Am i putting the work in day in and day out when no one is watching? 54:55 – On the deepest energetic level, do I steal from others or hoard resources? Consider coworkers, mentors, bosses, family, etc. Schedule unscheduled time for yourself. 56:40 – Genuine abundance – a more fluid understanding of equality and symbiotic exchange. 58:10 – Cultivating reaction-less neutrality. Curiosity for how we’ve reacted in the past.  
04/03/231h

Episode 154: Rahshaana Green

On the teachings and vitality in discomfort, and the smallest moments of recognition and awareness that can quietly change us all. A conversation surrounding the individual and group work of developing compassionate and diversely represented spaces. 0:41 – Introducing Rahshaana Green; https://www.rahshaanagreen.com/ 3:20 – Inviting people to occupy and be in discomfort with me. Avoiding discomfort becomes a barrier in creating and maintaining community. 7:10 – Working with organizations on confronting and being with various aspects of tension and discomfort on behalf of diversity, equity and inclusion. 10:15 – The brain is naturally wired for bias and habit patterns. Even well intentioned, it may not be optimized for inclusion or equity. 12:45 – Facilitating belonging through the work we do. Less ‘othering’, more connection. 16:55 – Build a bridge; incrementally change the world. 18:15 – Yoga/Mindfulness/Compassion – based organizations risk bypassing this work because simply knowing concepts is not the same as daily application. 20:15 – Small things speak to the foundational shifts of introspection. Belonging in a space means the ability to show up in an authentic way. 24:55 – Go put yourself into a position that isn’t comfortable. Listen and learn. Find opportunities to learn about ourselves in community. 27:30 – This is not just beneficial for people of color, or marginalized groups. We all learn and grow with diverse representation. 29:40 – The core of cultivating belonging – As our hearts grow, others feel seen, understood and heard. 32:30 – Create opportunities for you to get deeply uncomfortable with the status quo in order to change it. Create safe spaces around curiosity.  
18/02/2336m 46s

Episode 153: Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

On the life-giving, natural practice of listening well, the core of poetry and the inextricable ties between Buddhism and true shamanism. On The Shamanic Bones of Zen and the practice of zazen as a portal for wisdom. A conversation addressing the importance of ritual and ceremony in connection with our self and ancestors. 6:15 – The Naked Nothing – Joy in just sitting. Being awake to life. 8:10 – Discovering poetry. Being a conduit, writing the essence of something, and finding a voice in writing poetry. 12:05 – Letting go and finding new words. “Explaining magic strips the ocean of its waves.” 14:45 – Who will show up in an inner monastery for poetic solitude? Rituals and Ceremonies are to be lived. 17:00 – Recognizing the parallels and merging of the shamanism and zen. The power of ritual and ceremony. 19:25 – The daily devotion to things unseen. ‘Zazen is good for nothing.’ Not looking to gain anything, but seeing deep into life. 24:45 – Becoming completely intimate with yourself. Through this intimacy, the possibility of intimacy with another arises. 27:00 – Chanting spells – In transporting the breath the inhalation must be full… 29:20 – The practice and purpose of zazen. Zazen is a portal for wisdom. Chanting gives you the rhythm that goes along with the stillness and silence. The indigenous bone is the voice of the drum. 32:15 – Celebration and initiation rituals; speaking to the ancestors is part of many earth based traditions. The ancestors are inside of us, we are them. 36:20 – Taking the vows; standing at the gateway of freedom; making the vow to live a particular way; receiving a new dharma name. 40:40 – The Gate of Sweet Dew; To engage the body and mind in ritual and ceremony will reveal the soul and spirit of your own life. 51:10 – You cannot achieve Buddhist teachings. There’s nothing to show that you have become accomplished, but there is a way of seeing how life is experienced through each other.  
11/02/2355m 26s

Episode 152: Jillian Pransky

On the impact of rest in our mind and body. The science behind supporting the nervous system. Virtual restorative yoga teacher training.  Jillian Pransky, author of Deep Listening, is an international presenter and a certified yoga therapist. Jillian is creator of Mindful Of Rest: An Online Retreat, The Art of Conscious Rest: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, as well as Yoga Journal’s Restorative 101. She teaches regularly at prominent wellness centers throughout the country such as Kripalu, Omega, Esalen, 1440, Blue Spirit. A student of Pema Chödrön’s work since 1998, Jillian infuses her yoga classes with mindfulness practices, compassion, and ease. For over 25 years, she's been teaching people all over the world the principles of deep listening through restorative and slow flow yoga and mindfulness practices. Her message is simple but potent: slowing down, turning inward, and deeply listening to our body and heart is perhaps the most meaningful form of self-care work we can do. When we are more compassionate and connected with ourselves, we are able to be more compassionate and connected with others and the world around us. Jillian's seamless style of working simultaneously with the body, mind, and spirit, while attuning with nature and the environment, creates inspiring classes, community connections, and an integrative healing experience. 
28/01/2333m 19s

Episode 151: Diane Osgood

On the prospect of slowing climate change with our smallest actions, to shift the temperature of our planet in real time. A conversation around ‘The Carbon Almanac’ exploring the power of shopping our values, the impact of economic demand on climate change, and hope for the future through accountability in rectifying the global temperature. 0:41 – Introducing Diane Osgood; The Carbon Almanac; https://dianeosgood.com/ 3:00 – Diane’s passion for people shopping their values; understanding economic behaviors based on demand. 6:10 – Getting involved with The Carbon Almanac 9:00 – As an individual, how can I engage in with a systemic issue that is a result of how our economy is built, how our energy systems are built, politics, etc?; ‘The Tyranny of Convenience’ 14:05 – What is climate change?; The Greenhouse Effect 18:00 – The impact of 1 degree Celsius; understanding the changes we are currently facing. 20:40 – Whose job is it? The roles of government, business and individuals in creating change. The Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda – > Power, Road Transport, Steel, Hydrogen, Agriculture. 25:51 – UNFCC – > United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Kyoto Protocol; The Paris Agreement 29:00 – The Indigenous Youth of Panama; All We Can Save by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson 33:25 – Youth led climate litigation 37:00 – Influential artists and climate change Diane Osgood; Ph.D. is a pioneer in corporate sustainability. For over 30 years she has helped companies to innovate, manufacture and sell sustainable products that are better for the planet, and for the people. She believes that everyone has a shopping superpower, to purposely use your wallet to build a better world. Diane is passionate about sharing tips and strategies that anyone can use in day to day life to help address climate change. She is a contributing author and chapter editor of bestseller, ‘The Carbon Almanac.’
21/01/2341m 24s

Episode 150: Steven and Matthew Fisher

On life’s myriad transitions and how we refine our responses in our relationships, our wellness, our households, our work, and in our practices.
14/01/2333m 16s

Episode 149: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, Co, the creator and host of The Confessional Podcast and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (Re-released 2021), Accidental Saints; Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation (2019). She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else she wants to. Read more from Nadia in The Corners.
07/01/2332m 52s

Episode 148: Erica Mather

On the history of happiness and the importance of full self-acceptance.
17/12/2229m 50s

Episode 147: Erin McKenna

On founding and scaling a business that's never existed before, the role of meditation in sustaining steadiness as a founder and owner.
10/12/2245m 31s

Episode 146: Rebecca Woolf

On being real with your kids, emergence after the death of a spouse and a handful of difficult truths we’re all afraid to face.
26/11/2246m 9s

Episode 145: Rabbi David Wolpe

On the ultimate mystery, the balm of faith and the touching humanity we all share.
19/11/2237m 45s

Episode 144: Abigail Wald

On the transformations, challenges and potential healings of parenthood.
12/11/2247m 42s

Episode 143: Tasha Rose

On the efficacy of herbalism and plant understanding to fortify, tonify and nourish our bodies.
29/10/2232m 56s

Episode 142: Venika Morrissette

On finding your voice, prioritizing your own choices and leading with your truth.
22/10/2239m 26s

Episode 141: Jillian Wintersteen

On bringing the conversation of astrology down to earth and the practices keep us connected.
15/10/2232m 26s

Episode 140: Day Schildkret

On the thresholds of our lives and all the human, tender moments we might otherwise miss.
01/10/2240m 58s

Episode 139: Yung Pueblo

On letting go, practicing acceptance of the inevitable turbulence and becoming lighter. 
24/09/2253m 55s

Episode 138: Marc Holzman

On the tiniest microhabits that create a life of longevity, vibrancy and service.
17/09/2245m 12s

Episode 137: Katie Belfi

On preparedness, resilience and listening for what's needed next.
03/09/2235m 12s

Episode 136: Jennifer Pastiloff

On the insidious nature of shame, and the stupefyingly beautiful experience of being human. Receive 40% off Magic Mind at https://www.magicmind.co/practice and be sure to use code PRACTICE20 at checkout.
27/08/2247m 1s

Episode 135: Nikki Costello

On the yoga of this daily life, emerging instances of intimacy with oneself and the translucency that arises from consistent practice.
20/08/2254m 47s

Episode 134: Beth Lambert

On the truth of childhood chronic conditions, cumulative environmental stressors, hopeful approaches and inspiring reversals.
06/08/2233m 47s

Episode 133: Yogi Cameron

On the relevance of ancient science to our modern bodies; daily practices to help us align with vibrant health.
30/07/2250m 37s

Episode 132: Angelika Alana

On the true definition of intimacy, the openings that come from tragedy, and the tenderness that brings us together.
23/07/2234m 28s

Episode 131: Joyce Tenneson

On the intelligence and teachings of the flowers; on observing, living and aging elegantly.
09/07/2229m 55s

Episode 130: Jillian Turecki

On healthy relations, hard conversations and treating ourselves with more compassion.
01/07/2228m 18s

Episode 129: Alyssa Snow

On the surprising nature of unconditionality, the meaning and practice of service and taking action in your own neighborhood.
25/06/2244m 39s

Episode 128: Nancy Aronie

On writing as medicine, tragedy as a pathway to ecstasy, and a few stops in between.
11/06/2235m 31s

Episode 127: Lopa van der Mersch

On growing your work earnestly and with vision; surviving a cult and remembering that you are more than good enough.
04/06/2237m 4s

Episode 126: Ruby Jones

On the vitality of simplicity, the practice of making art, and the drawings that have become beacons of kindness for our time.
28/05/2221m 50s

Episode 125: Jodi Cohen

On the practical science of essential oils to boost your brain and support your body.
14/05/2252m 4s

Episode 124: Gabby Bernstein

On reparenting yourself, transforming the pain of your past and living with a true sense of safety and Self.
07/05/2228m 1s

Episode 123: Joshua Onysko and Katey Denno

On clean beauty, super-sustainable packaging and the glory of organic plant ingredients; a real education awaits you.
30/04/2233m 39s

Episode 122: Leena Lemos

On creating safe space online for spirituality to flourish in all its forms.
16/04/2230m 30s

Episode 121: Alessandra Olanow

On creating through grief, taking your time in times of change, and respecting where you are.
09/04/2232m 18s

Episode 120: Leslie Kenny

On the key longevity molecule that's been validated by science, revered by ancients and now shown to inhibit hallmarks of ageing.
03/04/2235m 41s

Episode 119: Terri Cole

On boundaries; the ones we respect, the ones we disrespect - and the ones we didn't know we needed.
19/03/2235m 44s

Episode 118: Alicia Mathlin

On the ways in which we shift from inner neglect to deep honouring of ourselves and our path.
12/03/2252m 31s

Episode 117: Kimberly Ann Johnson

On the evolution of trauma, the wisdom of somatic therapy and practical tools to engage with deep repair.
05/03/221h

Episode 116: Susanna Barkataki

On embracing yoga's roots, honouring rather than appropriation, and the slow, smallest steps to becoming a true accomplice.
19/02/2251m 12s

Episode 115: Dawn Rivers

On surrender and fearless creation, in business and in our relations.
06/02/2240m 15s

Episode 114: Dr. Dan Siegel

On the profound ways in which the brain protects, explores, creates and evolves us; the pillars of mindfulness and potent cues for us all.
29/01/2254m 20s

Episode 113: Agapi Stassinopoulos

On blessing the smallest moments; prayer as a bridge to your truest self.
23/01/2246m 1s

Episode 112: Octavia Raheem

On the true nature of rest as medicine, healing lineage and the energies that carry us.
08/01/2248m 23s

Episode 111: Dani Pascarella

On practices of financial wellness, having healthy money conversations and creating habits that truly align with your goals.
18/12/2129m 7s

Episode 110: Carla Duren

On the confluence of creativity and empowerment, influential women in music, and consistent transformation.
12/12/2133m 37s

Episode 109: Christy Turlington Burns

On the evolution of global maternal care, birth justice and how our simplest advocacy can change the world. Every Mother Counts (EMC) founder Christy Turlington Burns’ work in maternal health began after experiencing a childbirth related complication in 2003—an experience that would later inspire her to direct and produce the documentary feature film, No Woman, No Cry, about the challenges women face throughout pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Under Christy’s leadership, Every Mother Counts has invested nearly $21 million in programs in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Before founding Every Mother Counts, Christy received international acclaim as a model representing the world’s biggest fashion and beauty brands. She was the Founder of Nuala, a yoga lifestyle brand in partnership with Puma, co-founder of Sundari, a skincare based on the principals of Ayurveda, and author of the bestselling book, Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice. Christy has been featured on thousands of magazine covers, was one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and Glamour Magazine’s 2013 Woman of the Year. In March 2016, EMC was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit Companies. Christy graduated Cum Laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Independent Studies and studied Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She currently serves on the Yale Nursing School Dean’s Leadership Council and the Smithsonian Institute’s American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI) Advisory Committee. Previously, she has served on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors and the advisory Board of New York University's Nursing School. Christy lives in New York City with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.
05/12/2142m 6s

Episode 108: Latisha Springer

On the reality of food insecurity, the stellar efforts of the folks in our midst who are making an actual difference, and how you can help.
20/11/2136m 15s

Episode 107: Sam Lamott

On the real, daily work of falling in love with reality as it is.
13/11/2151m 6s

Episode 106: LaRayia Gaston

On the kindness that changes everything, artful apologies, forgiveness, and the micro-gestures that heal it all.
06/11/2137m 33s

Episode 105: Owen Headley

On the smallest kindnesses, the biggest teachings, and the life that happens in between.
30/10/2146m 22s

Episode 104: Roshi Joan Halifax

On the edge states of altruism, empathy, integrity, respect and engagement; the key elements of compassion, and the confluence of activism and stillness.
16/10/2134m 21s

Episode 103: Dr. Gabor Maté

On the wisdom of trauma, the difference between healthy and unhealthy anger, our issues as our finest teachers, and the coping child within each of us. 
01/10/2143m 55s

Episode 102: Brian Francis (White Bear)

On generations of chronic injustice; the conversation that needs to be had regarding the First Nations people of Canada, and the healing needed in our time.
25/09/2158m 56s

Episode 101: Amanda de Cadenet

On creating connections of tangible service, giving voice to marginalized humans, loss and legacies of healing.
11/09/2139m 25s

Episode 100: Ask Elena

Answering your questions on topics from scheduling to sobriety, parenting to prioritizing steadiness, Elena and her collaborator Michelle Martello of Minima Designs celebrate the 100th episode of Practice You. 
04/09/2146m 13s

Episode 99: Melissa Wood

28/08/2127m 8s

Episode 98: Emily Fletcher

On saturating your brain and body with bliss through your practice of meditation; meditation for kids; practice for extraordinary performance.
14/08/2150m 1s

Episode 97: David Romanelli

07/08/2141m 19s

Episode 96: Gunny Sodhi

On the efficacy and legacy of Ayurveda in calibrating body, mind and mood; how tragedy can lead to true service.
31/07/2138m 19s

Episode 95: Kallie Schut

On building relationships across points of difference, acknowledging the patterns of trauma we've inherited to reshape those relations, and remembering the practice as a way to honour those who've come before.
17/07/2147m 41s

Episode 94: Amisha Ghadiali

On locating and refining your intuition, with practices, prompts and new ways of seeing.
10/07/2157m 36s

Episode 93: SuChin Pak

On vocalizing the pain of generations, standing up to ensure safe spaces, and crafting the conversations that need to be heard.
03/07/2144m 0s

Episode 92: Yung Pueblo

On managing reactions, creating structural compassion and walking the middle path.
19/06/2146m 30s

Episode 91: Hiro Boga

On the ecology of your business; creating a world of your work that feels like a sanctuary for yourself and others.
12/06/2156m 24s

Episode 90: Shannon Algeo

On releasing rage, growing up, and the steady vibration of truth.
05/06/2143m 26s

Episode 89: Miki Agrawal

On being an architect of community, social entrepreneurship and creating businesses straight from your heart. Permission to be creative [3:12] Confidence. Creating products that are taboo [6:28] Miki’s experience of being sexually assaulted [9:41] Lessons learned from professional hurdles [18:30] Launching Tushy. Three questions Miki asks herself before starting any business [31:21] Conceiving and letting go [44:33] RESOURCES Miki Agrawal Thinx Tushy Do Cool Sh*t, Miki Agrawal Disrupt-Her, Miki Agrawal Lauren Zander, Handel Group Tribute.co Wild
22/05/2149m 54s

Episode 88: Dr. Edith Eger

On resolving victimhood, transforming fear, freedom from resentment, curiosity as hope, and delivering deep love to yourself, no matter what. The listening that is required to help others heal [4:21] Empowerment in the face of life’s deepest hardships [8.31] Creating family constitutions [15:35] Forgiving yourself [17:09] Nobody heals in a straight line [20:39] Practicing your low frustration tolerance level [27:36] The calamity theory of growth [30:52] Living to enrich the present. How we speak to ourselves [35:17] On never giving up [44:40] Forgiveness [50:57] A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just 16 years old in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp. Her parents lost their lives there. She and her sister survived even though they were subjected to horrible treatment by Dr. Josef Mengele and survived the Death March in Austria. In 1949 she and her young family moved to the United States. In 1969 she received her degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, El Paso. She then pursued her doctoral internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. She has spent much of her professional time working with members of the military helping them to recover from, and cope with, the ongoing effects of PTSD. Dr. Eger has always found ways to use her personal experiences to inspire, educate and help others. Dr. Eger has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California where she uses her past as a powerful analogy to inspire people to reach their potential and shape their destinies. In the fall of 2017 at the age of 90, her memoir The Choice, Embrace the Possible was published. In her book, she details how the synergy of working with, and learning from, her patient’s perspectives has enriched her life experiences and outlook. The book focuses on moving forward in-light-of hardship, has received excellent reviews, was a New York Times Bestseller, is Internationally acclaimed, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. The New York Times Book Review wrote: “Eger’s book is a triumph and should be read by all who care about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity.” Oprah said of the book “I will be forever changed by Edith Eger’s story.” As of March 2018, the book has received two book awards, one being from the national organization of the Jewish Book Council; the other The Christopher Award. Her second book, The Gift, Twelve Lessons to Save your Life was released in September 2020 and immediately became a best seller in the UK and Ireland. In this book she gives actionable advice to assist every person facing life’s difficulties in a positive and healthy manner. The Gift is being translated into more than thirty languages. Resources https://dreditheger.com/ The Choice, Dr. Edith Eger The Gift, Dr. Edith Eger On Death & Dying, Dr. Kübler-Ross Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl Love in the Void, Simone Weil Management of the Absurd, Richard Farson, Roshi Joan Halifax Albert Ellis
15/05/2154m 34s

Episode 87: Sah D'Simone

On recalibrating your nervous system, dancing with fear, and the smallest acts of forgiveness. Sah D’Simone is a spiritual guide, meditation teacher, international transformational speaker, and best-selling author who has dedicated his life to helping others to live in alignment and achieve their highest potential. He is pioneering a Spiritually Sassy, heart-based healing movement rooted in science-backed, tried-and-true techniques, in which joy and authenticity illuminate the path to enlightenment. His infectious enthusiasm for healing is grounded in a masterful and revolutionary synthesis of ancient Tantric Buddhism, modern contemplative psychotherapy, meditation, breathwork, and integrative nutrition... all delivered in his own radiant, approachable, and playful style. Resources myhealingally.com
01/05/2142m 13s

Episode 86: Tracee Stanley

On prioritizing our inner world through the practice of Yoga Nidra; the clear benefits of Radiant Rest. Brain waves and Yoga Nidra [2:30] Om, Maya and Turiya [6:56] Yoga Nidra explained simply [16:40] The mind merging in its source [18:05] Awareness and honoring of trauma [21:51] Octavia’s story. Remembering our ancestors. The birthright to rest [26:14] Pratyahara [33:03] Pratyahara practice led by Tracee [36:53] Weaving in your practice when you can [46:43] The value of a self-guided practice [47:57] Known for her emergent and responsive teaching style Tracee Stanley shares teachings sourced from more than 20 years of practice and study as a lineaged teacher of Sri Vidya Tantra. She shares the rituals of devotion through the practices of yoga nidra, self-inquiry, nature as the teacher, and ancestor reverence. She is the creator of the Empowered Life Self-Inquiry Oracle Deck and the author of Radiant Rest - Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity published by Shambhala Publishing. RESOURCES https://traceeyoga.com/ Radiant Rest, Tracee Stanley Empowered life self-inquiry deck Gather, Octavia Raheem Ancestral Medicine, Daniel Fore Commune 5 Day Deep Relaxation Course
24/04/2153m 20s

Episode 85: Kathleen St. Ours

On resilience through harrowing childhood assault, sharing pain as a service to others and the medicine of the story.
17/04/2154m 29s

Episode 84: Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor

RICHARD FREEMAN began studying yoga in 1968, focusing on hatha, contemplative Buddhism, and the Ashtanga and Iyengar methods. He teaches throughout the world, and his video series, Yoga with Richard Freeman, set the gold standard for modern Ashtanga Yoga. MARY TAYLOR has studied and practiced yoga since 1972 and teaches throughout the world. She co-founded the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in 1988 with Richard. The importance of not casting people out of our hearts [3:12] Letting go of habitual patterns [08:08] Reconciling political divisiveness [8:42] Resistance to change [21:55] Trusting the unknown [22:50] Asking good questions. What will best serve? [27:11] The theory of the three Gunas; Tamas, Rajas and Sattva [31:11] Letting go of theories and placing them on the altar of pure awareness [41:50] Embodiment practices [48:57] Resources When Love Comes to Light, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor The Mirror of Yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor The Yoga Workshop, Boulder, Colorado Richard Freeman on Glo.com
03/04/2152m 52s

Episode 83: Erin Clabough

On using neuroscience to raise caring, compassionate, creative humans. Creativity [3:04] Empathy and self-control [7:40] Stages of brain development [20:14] Using brain plasticity to parent better. Experiences as a toolkit [24:03] Offering choices to children [30:42] Parental scaffolding. Offering a framework to kids for any given scenario [33:45] Conflict resolution. Teaching your kids to communicate clearly [41:40] Role playing. Learning to set boundaries [44:23] Fostering compassion for the bully [46:43] Neuroscience of self-control and self-regulation. Drug use [47:11] Resources Erin Clabough Second Nature, Erin Clabough Neuro for Parents video series Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg Back Talk, Audrey Ricker The Soul of Discipline, Kim John Payne What We Say Matters, Judith Hanson Lasater
27/03/211h 3m

Episode 82: Marnie Nir

On evolving and resolving generational patterns and misunderstandings. On loving ourselves enough to be a safe space for others; on great communication. Inner.U LOVE. Writing dreams for love, relationship to self and body [6:07] Looking to yourself rather than blaming others [7:53] Noticing when we’re trying to make our partners more like us [10:32] Identifying the relationship sports you’ve been playing [12:42] How outing our issues can help others [15:16] Sex and relationships. Making a game out of liking our partner [24:11] Evolving our lineage and finding humour in the process [29:04] Recognising when we want something but don’t want to admit it [34:04] Parenting [38:32] Humor, compassion, and candor are the driving forces in Marnie Nir's work. Co-author with Lauren Zander of Maybe It’s You, Marnie is SVP of Content & Development with Handel Group, and an Expert Coach in The Handel Method. She has also continued her creative work, namely as co-creator of the animated series Mother Up!, which aired 13 episodes on Hulu and starred Eva Longoria. She serves as an expert at Campowerment, blogs for the Huffington Post, and writes her own blog, "The Sour MILF." Characterized by joyful honesty, Marnie's aim is to build the muscle of Personal Integrity, where what comes out of your mouth is what shall be. “In this way, you can really go from ‘I will go to the gym,’ to ‘I will win an Emmy. And not just say it, but believe it, and cause it.” Married for more than 25 years, Marnie enjoys working with wives, mothers, and singles, because she is well-acquainted with the challenges they face and speaks b*#ch, martyr, and chicken fluently. She lives in Pound Ridge, NY with her husband and Facetimes often with her two children. She even likes them. Resouces W(h)ine Down with Marnie Brene Brown interviewing Drs. John and Julie Gottman What We Say Matters, Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike K Lasater Practice You episode 44 with Lauren Zander How’s your love life? Find out with the Love, Sex & Dating Quiz from Marnie Nir at Handel Group. Answer the questions honestly, and the “LSD Quiz” will give you a good idea of exactly what kind of trip (fun, colorful, or long strange) you’ve actually been on when it comes to relationships. This quiz is the first step in truly designing the love life of your dreams. Get started at: https://my.inneru.coach/crq/love Handel Group
13/03/2147m 24s

Episode 81: Claire Ragozzino

On Ayurveda as a practice of deep listening, strengthening our ability to be resilient, present, and respectful of the rhythms of Nature. Claire Ragozzino is a certified yoga instructor and Ayurvedic counselor with a background in holistic nutrition and natural cooking. Her work is dedicated to bringing yoga, Ayurveda, and nutrition to a modern lifestyle. She is the author of the popular site, Vidya Living, and also writes and photographs for online and print publications surrounding topics of food, culture, and our relationship to nature. Her first book, Living Ayurveda, offers a comprehensive Ayurvedic cookbook and lifestyle guide. Claire works with clients around the globe and leads immersive workshops and retreats. How Claire came to Ayurveda [5:10] Paying attention to subtle shifts in your environment [12:41] Late Winter moving into Spring [15:14] Like increases like. Your unique body type [16:24] Spring. Summer. Fall [18:21] The cumulative positive effects of applying this wisdom [21:20] Using Ayurvedic principles and being playful [22:15] Rebuilding vitality after you cleanse. Kitchari for boosting digestive fire [26:12] Chai hot chocolate [30:04] Rehydration lemonade [31:39] Resources Vidya Living Living Ayurveda, Claire Ragozzino Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford Ayurveda: the Science of Self Healing Vasant Lad Chyawanprash, Lotus Blooming Herbs
06/03/2136m 23s

Episode 80: Quddus

On true allyship, the names we need to keep repeating, the necessary healings and breaking through Quddus (Q) is a veteran TV host, acclaimed celebrity interviewer and breakthrough media coach. Q is a former host of MTV’s iconic show Total Request Live (TRL), has produced projects with the likes of AOL, Yahoo, and YouTube, and worked in artist development for Interscope Records. Q has spoken for audiences at the United Nations and Global Citizen Festival but a trip to his father’s homeland, Haiti, inspired him to focus on directly helping others. As the founder of Media Mastery Academy, Q supports entrepreneurs and creatives to own their voice, share their story and master their brand. Q is currently based in Boulder, CO, working on his new podcast and writing his first book.
20/02/211h 9m

Episode 79: Katie Hess

On the subtlety and majesty of the flowers, and their capacity to bring our human bodies back to Nature. Katie Hess is an expert of flower alchemy - using the healing power of flowers to awaken our true potential. She is the author of Flowerevolution and founder of LOTUSWEI, the world’s leading flower elixir apothecary. She travels in search of rare flowers with the healing qualities most needed by today’s world, from the forests of British Columbia, to sacred sites in India, rainforests in Costa Rica, hot springs in Iceland and the jungles of Taiwan. Using the subtle energies of the flowers to bring ourselves back to harmony [03:00] What brought Katie to this work [8:14] Building community [9:35] There is a flower for everyone. Formulating the elixirs [13:10] Developing self-awareness of what we need [17:51] Acupuncture and flower essences [20:32] Elena’s favorite flower essences [24:05] Reconnecting with your own wisdom [29:33] Allowing yourself the luxury of following what brings you joy [31:14] Activating our potential [32:52] Resources https://www.lotuswei.com/ Flowerevolution collective Flowerevolution book and deck Infinite Love Quiet Mind Wild Abundance Full Bloom Inner Peace Meditations Erin Borbet https://www.lotuswei.com/blogs/blog/erinborbetRobin Sandomirsky
13/02/2136m 42s

Episode 78: Dr. Anthony Lyon

On the harrowing reality from the hospital floor, two actions we can take to stop the spread, and the stories we craft to help us cope. Being open to learning. Basing recommendations on scientific data [06:08] Considering what it feels like to be unable to breathe easily [07:40] There are still no consistently effective treatments for Covid-19 [8:42] Why earlier hospitalization can make a difference [9:36] Dr. Lyon’s experience of treating Covid-19 patients [11:21] Doing what we can to protect others [13:54] Difference between N95 and surgical masks [16:59] Schools. Protecting teachers and elders in three generation homes [17:55] Why people want to believe false stories [20:10] Finding ways to help [25:20] Dr. Anthony Lyon is a Family Medicine physician, working as a dedicated in-patient physician or Hospitalist in New York for the last decade. He's also the former Director of The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine, where he specialized in uncovering root causes of patients' health concerns to resolve fatigue, chronic pain and overall imbalance.
30/01/2127m 39s

Episode 77: Kerri Kelly

On a new definition of politics, and caring for ourselves through this. Sustainability vs growth [3:26] Bridging personal transformation and politics [5:22] The origins of CTZNWELL [9:31] White supremacy and the wellness community [12:20] Reckoning. Staying curious. Expanding your practice to include staying informed [14:15] Questions to ask about the governance of wellness [20:45] Considering wellbeing on a national level [22:48] Holding uncertainty [25:05] Building communities that include political literacy, action and care [26:17] Why healing is political [29:30] Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her step-dad, a fireman, in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of yoga and mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing, but as a catalyst for collective change. Since then, Kerri has worked passionately to organize communities around the fight for justice and wellbeing. A yoga teacher, public speaker and change-agent - Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. Her leadership has inspired a movement to democratize wellbeing that is actively organizing around issues of economic and racial justice, universal healthcare, civic engagement and more. You can find Kerri on CTZN Podcast, a courageous conversation that is reimagining a citizenship where everyone belongs. And check out her TED talks for more about her story. Resources ctznwell.org CTZN podcast Kerri Kelly interviewing Robin DiAngelo Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth WELLREAD: FREE weekly toolkit with everything you need to get in the know, take action and stay well along the way.
23/01/2135m 2s

Episode 76: Judith Hanson Lasater

On the core of communication, and some myths we can release. Approaching yoga poses with questions rather than rules [1:50] Non-violent communication. Connecting with ourselves. Recognizing mutuality [8:33] Communicating as a parent [17:36] Trust. Telling the truth with empathy. Saying no while staying in connection [22:37] Self-empathy practice [27:24] A common yoga myth about the pelvis in seated twists [32:44] Body leading, mind following [40:36] Sweet Body poem reading [43:22] Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, YACEP®, has taught yoga around the world since 1971. She is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as the Yoga Journal magazine which is published in a number of countries. Ms. Lasater frequently trains teachers in virtually every state of the union and is often an invited guest at international yoga conventions. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers' Association as well as the author of numerous articles on yoga and health for nationally recognized magazines. She was featured in Self Magazine in1998 as one of the outstanding yoga teachers in the U.S. In 2000, she was selected by Yoga Journal Magazine as one of the outstanding yoga teachers shaping yoga practice in America today. She was selected by Natural Health magazine, on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, as one of the five people in the USA who has had the most influence on natural health in America during those 40 years. In 2015, Yoga Journal Magazine selected her as "Editor's Choice for the most influential yoga teacher in the USA in the last 40 years. She is the author of ten books, including: Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn to Stay Safe and Happy on Your Yoga Mat (2020) Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation (2017, What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication (2009),YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana (2009), A Year of Living Your Yoga (2006), Yoga Abs (2005), Yoga for Pregnancy: What Every Mom-to-Be Needs to Know (2004), 30 Essential Yoga Poses: for beginning students and their teachers (2003), Living Your Yoga: finding the spiritual in everyday life (2000), and Relax and Renew: restful yoga for stressful times (1995), and Living Your Yoga: finding the spiritual in everyday life (2000). RESOURCES https://www.judithhansonlasater.com/ Poems by Judith Yoga Myths, Judith Hanson Lasater What We Say Matters, Judith Hanson Lasater and Ike K Lasater Restore and Rebalance, Judith Hanson Lasater Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg Lying, Sam Harris
16/01/2148m 39s

Episode 75: Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams works at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. Ending Racism Manifesto [1:40] The five assumptions we make about why racism persists [8:33] Justin’s process of writing the Manifesto [15:40] Racism is learned [18:30] Questioning the idea that racism can not end [21:29] Race is not real, although the effects of racism are [22:51] Looking to real stories as evidence that people can change [28:50] Widespread change has happened in short periods of time [35:10] Solutions exist, but we all need to be ready and willing for them to work [38:35] What you can do [48:02] Resources justinmichaelwilliams.com Read the Manifesto and Sign the Pledge Donate to The Dream Bigger Foundation Listen The Turning, by Justin Michael Williams
02/01/2153m 29s

Episode 74: Julie Wald

On the vital ways in which we approach practice for mental health. Julie Wald is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, Inner Wealth: How Wellness Heals, Nurtures, and Optimizes Ultra-Successful People, and the founder of Namaste Wellness. Julie has over twenty-five years of experience as a clinical social worker, yoga and meditation teacher. She’s committed to serving not only Namaste’s elite clientele of high performing companies and families, but also to delivering complimentary wellness services to under served schools, hospitals, and community organizations. Resources https://www.namasteny.com/live-online-corporate-wellness
27/12/2044m 40s

Episode 73: Jodie Patterson

On womanhood, excellence, Blackness, and our crucial collaborations in parenting, partnership, and creativity. Rebirthing many times throughout life [3:57] Women, Southern culture and power [5:15] Demonstrating Black Excellence [12:10] Seeking out Black culture [18:14] Not letting the dominant culture confuse you [21:52] A different kind of leadership [24:55] Detaching from things that define us. Coming back different [29:51] Finding the upside of the split [38:11] Representation matters. How we treat people is cultural [42:05] Penelope’s poem. Listening fully when people tell us who they are [52:38] Author, activist, beauty explorer and mother of 5, Jodie holds the position of Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, our nation’s largest LGBT organization. As a globally recognized activist, she speaks on topics of radical parenting, identity, and gender. When her son announced at the age of 3 “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy”, Jodie set out to inform herself, shift her own bias and change the way her community understands gender. Chronicling that journey in her memoir, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous." Cosmopolitan Magazine filmed a mini-documentary on her family in 2016, garnering over 11 million views. Jodie's second book, Born Ready: The True Story Of A Boy Named Penelope allows her childrens' voices to be heard. They show us how an entire community can be flexible and change for those they love. She's also a long-standing entrepreneur, co-founding two beauty companies, receiving Beauty Skin Expert of the Year award by Cosmopolitan Magazine. Jodie co-owns Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the iconic live performance venue in NYC. Along with the work she does with the Human Rights Campaign, Jodie is on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, and Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board. The United Nations has recognized me as a Champion of Change. Jodie lives in Brooklyn where she co-raises her children with love, education and family solidarity. RESOURCES Jodie Patterson The Bold World, Jodie Patterson Born Ready, Jodie Patterson The Human Rights Campaign Points of Pride Ackerman Institute for the Family Jazz Jennings
19/12/201h 3m

Episode 72: Johanna Nichols and Martha McAlpine

On homeschooling as reclaiming learning, prioritizing in a busy household and the gifts of boredom. Making the decision to homeschool [2:03] Keeping rhythms with non-attachment [8:57] Being driven by children’s interest. Choosing. Focusing [12:31] Reclaiming our learning. Giving ownership to the children [21:48] Interoception. Subtracting and letting kids get bored [23:14] Surviving as a family. Choosing values and saying them out loud [27:15] Being generous with yourself so that you can be more generous [32:10] Recognizing developmental stages [38:42] Working while homeschooling. Knowing your priorities. Love languages [39:56] Johanna Nichols is a mama to 4, an artist and Waldorf inspired homeschooler. Professionally trained as a chef, everything she thought she knew about food changed when her first son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Her life's work is creating ceremony and rituals that re-connect us to the earth, health and home. She is deeply focused on the empowerment of women and creates circles and courses that honor how we can lead and live in a way closer to the earth, her seasons and the lunar cycle. Children come to her house from blocks away for bandaids and know she is never too busy to apply lavender to a sting. Martha McAlpine is a student, a listener, a leader. A homeschool mama, a Love, a professional yoga teacher. She has been a workshop facilitator, a multimedia producer, and an information architect for Fortune 500 companies during the .com boom. Her studies include a degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a master's degree in Experiential Curriculum Design from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She has practiced and taught yoga publicly and privately for over 25 years and leads the philosophy portion of the YogaWorks advanced teacher training in Baltimore. Her passion and purpose is to teach how to connect our self to our Self. Having traveled and lived around the world, she now lives with her kids outside of Baltimore, MD overlooking the Patapsco river. RESOURCES Martha McAlpine Johanna Nichols Guided Within Collective You are your child’s first teacher, Rahima Baldwin Dancy Waldorf Schools Love Languages Parenting Passageway
28/11/2049m 45s

Episode 71: Latham Thomas

On the history of black maternal health, how we can change the story, and parenting our kids as actualized beings. The Black Maternal Health crisis [1:58] Gynecology and its origins in slavery [6:09] The need for a reckoning. Reenvisioning a holistic view and a service model [10:17] Ways to be involved [14:51] Mama Glow Doula professional training program scholarship fund [30:19] Learning and unlearning [34:07] Parenting teenagers. Leaning into resilience and using our tools [36:13] Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert Latham Thomas supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is leading a revolution in radical self-care, guiding women everywhere to “mother themselves first.” Latham is the founder of Mama Glow a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports women and families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen (Hay House) released on paperback on June 16, 2020. Resources http://www.mamaglow.com Own Your Glow, Latham Thomas The 1619 Project podcast Black Maternal Momnibus Irth App Anti-racism daily
21/11/2052m 55s

Episode 70: Reggie Hubbard

On compassion in the context of activism, building a culture of care, and cultivating enthusiasm to save our democracy. Being radically human [2:42] Sharing peace in a way that incites action [4:24] Our responsibility to each other. Information and discernment [6:21] Planting seeds of love and compassion [12:52] Changing our opinions over time [18:00] Immigration detainment camps. Focusing on human values [22:28] Leading with what inspires us [27:13] Operating from our humanity when we disagree [31:09] What needs healing [40:37] Favourite view [43:00] Prayer [43:40] Reggie is a leading activist, strategist, and teacher with experience in fields ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a senior political strategist for a leading progressive organization, a hybrid of communications, public speaking, strategy, relationship building, issue advocacy, mass mobilizations and electoral campaign work. Reggie is also a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and author of a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love." He has studied extensively with leading teachers such as Faith Hunter, Amy Ippolitti, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Sri Dharma Mittra as well as many amazing teachers along the way. He teaches Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, leading progressive organizations and individuals, sharing techniques for growing peace and ease as a foundation, not an afterthought in his teaching practice, Active Peace Yoga. In July 2020, Reggie helped launch a grassroots campaign along with David Lipsius, Amy Ippoliti, Jack Kornfeld and Tara Brach called Buddhists and Yogis United. This is an effort to share information and inspire teachers and their respective communities to encourage active civic participation in the upcoming election and beyond. The times require our active engagement in social change - we must move beyond talk toward courageous and inspired action. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale, and an international MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium. Resources Reggie Hubbard Buddhist and Yogins United MoveOn https://front.moveon.org/Rabbit Hole podcast Ctznwell http://www.activepeaceyoga.com Op-Ed in The Hill about social justice after George Floyd: Buddhist and Yogis United Initiative spiritual activism with Ethan Nichtern and Dharma Vote
07/11/2047m 1s

Episode 69: Albert Flynn DeSilver

On showing up for your writing with devotion. On reading as writing; writing as reading. On humility as wisdom. Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, memoirist, speaker, master mindfulness meditation teacher and workshop leader teaching nationally at the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, 1440 MUltiversity, Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute, and at writing conferences nationally. Albert has read and shared the stage with International bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many others. His recent book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” based on his popular meditation and writing retreats by the same name—was released from Sounds True in September of 2017. He is also the author of several books of poems and the memoir “Beamish Boy,” (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational.” He lives in Northern California. For Practice You listeners Albert is giving away FREE copies of his popular book from Sounds True "Writing as a Path to Awakening" + a 7-Track guided meditation program "Creativity Meditations for Writers, Artists, and Other Humans" (all we ask is $7.95 for shipping and handling) You can grab your copy at: brilliantwriter.com/free-book
31/10/2054m 35s

Episode 68: Jody Levy

On clearing biotoxicity and creating work that heals. Biotoxicity [2:17] The Milk Cleanse [7:07] The genesis of NeuroPraxis [11:21] The importance of knowing your own body [19:46] Ayurveda and balance [23:10] Slowing down and appreciating time [23:43] Prayer [28:04] Jody Levy is an artist, designer, director, educator, entrepreneur, executive and investor from the Detroit area who lives between Denver and New York City. Jody is the founder, creative director and Chief Executive Officer of a handful of companies dedicated to empowering people to be as healthy and happy as possible. These companies include: World Waters | WTRMLN WTR is a company and brand committed to redefining how and what we drink to nourish our bodies and sustain our ecosystem. The mission of World Waters and WTRMLN WTR is to educate people about why clean healthy eating is so important for the health and sustainability of our communities. NeuroPraxis is a digital app featuring NeuroScultping modules specific for overcoming pain, PTSD, stress, and symptoms associated with Biotoxic exposure including Lyme Disease, Mold disease, viruses, parasites, and more. This company and product has been co-created with author and NeuroSculpting founder Lisa Wimberger. The Milk Cleanse, a detox cleanse product also for alleviating symptoms associated with biotoxic exposure. The Milk Cleanse is launching spring 2020. A percentage of sales goes towards the awareness and prevention of Lyme Disease, parasites, and other tick-borne illnesses. This company and product has been co-created with author and integrative medicine doctor Dr. Linda Lancaster. Jody Levy is a partner, advisor, and investor in many category disrupting brands and companies connected to the clean living, wellness lifestyle space that empower people to take care of themselves and optimize their happiness and purpose. This includes companies that focus on biohacking, clean energy, personalized medicine, alternative wellness, sustainable fitness, clean food and more. Some featured brands include GEM&BOLT Mezcal, Bulletproof, Thrive Market, Parsley Health, The WELL, Inscape, Pinata and more. Resources wtrmlnwtr.com jodydlevy.com NeuroPraxis Neurosculpting, Lisa Wimberger The Milk Cleanse, Use code "elenabrower" for 10% off
17/10/2031m 17s

Episode 67: Jacy Cunningham

On the life-changing conversations of race, the majestic presence of lineage, and the vital, daily work of loving yourself. The birth of The Jacy Method [2:15] On feeling alone in a community [7:01] The importance of expressing joy and showing up as yourself [9:39] Jacy’s morning marriage practice [16:42] On living multiple lives as a Black person [24:52] The opportunity to have conversations about racism [32:57] Eye gazing [39:01] Whiteness in the wellness space [41:50] Knowing what came before. Restoring your relationship with your ancestors [46:33] Jacy Cunningham, Creator of The Jacy Method, is a dynamic Movement Therapist, Group Fitness Instructor, and Motivational Speaker. As a former Collegiate football player and performance athlete, Jacy has trained with some of best performance coaches in the world. When his own football journey ended in 2012, Jacy moved to Eden, Utah and became the In-House fitness instructor for the famed entrepreneurial conference & start-up Summit Series. After serving their community for 4 years, Jacy left Summit to travel and create a new movement focused on harnessing self-love through dynamic and therapeutic movements. From the fall of 2016 to the summer of 2018 Jacy traveled with numerous touring musicians (Mike Posner, GRiZ, DJ Jazzy Jeff), launched his personal brand and class The Jacy Method and signed to Wanderlust Festival as a featured Instructor. Now as a Nomad, Jacy continues to travel, teach, and host at a variety of music and wellness festivals across the world. RESOURCES http://www.thejacymethod.com Metu Neter, Ra Un Nefer The End of White World Supremacy, Malcolm X Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon
26/09/201h 11m

Episode 66: Chloé Valdary

On transcending our instincts, practicing what scares us, seeing where we coincide, and choosing our state. After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth that uses pop culture as an educational tool in the classroom and beyond. Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. Her clients have included high school and college students, government agencies, business teams, + many more. She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall St Journal. Chloé’s earliest teachers [3:05] Theory of Enchantment’s guiding principles [5:12] Timshel, Thou Mayest. East of Eden. Stoicism [13:03] Non-violent protest. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Agape Love [22:00] Meditating on your mortality. Practicing what you fear [28:44] Criticism and care. Maya Angelou and Tupac story [31:18] The Lion King and stoicism [37:40] Contemplating the villain. Ways to practice [40:22] What needs healing [49:47] Favourite view [50:49] Prayer [52:39] RESOURCES Theory of Enchantment Courses Theory of Enchantment website Chloé Valdary on Twitter: Why I Refuse to Avoid White People article Harriet Tubman, Eloise Greenfield Still I Rise, Maya Angelou East of Eden, John Steinbeck https://amzn.to/35WwpB1 Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday Timshel, Mumford & Sons
19/09/2054m 54s

Episode 65: Erin Douglas

Erin is a travel, culture and lifestyle documentary photographer, creative culture consultant, writer and founder of Black Burner Project. After discovering her love for photography on a solo trip the Philippines, she has placed travel photography at the center of her personal work. Erin's first experience of Burning Man [3:17] What moved Erin to create the Black Burner Project [10:01] The feeling of being one of few [14:08] Inspiring potential burners by making people feel seen [20:04] Erin's story about the Afro Pick installation [23:23] Favourite view [29:00] Prayer [31:52] Creating the Group Photo and what it meant to people [32:59] Reevaluating hierarchy [37:10] The Cultural collective of Burning Man [40:04] Erin creates visually moving imagery to help brands and individuals, usually in the lifestyle and travel space, convey a more organic brand story to aid in marketing their product or service and connect with their audience. As a creative consultant Erin specializes in inclusive storytelling and thoughtfully curated experiences for companies with diversity and inclusion goals both internally and externally. She created Black Burner project in 2018, returning to Burning Man a second year to document people of color through photography and sharing their personal stories; with a mission to create a space where Burners of color can be seen, to encourage the apprehensive yet curious, create awareness around the event, show the importance of representation and drive diversity. Erin has curated a word of mouth surprise Burners of color group photo at Burning Man increasing the gathering from 35 people in 2018 to 250 people in 2019, becoming the largest gathering of people of color in Burning Man history. Some of her goals include a yearly artist of color grant through the project, tickets to be able to gift to virgin burners of color, and curating immersive art events both on and off playa. Erin is also a regular speaker on the importance and transformative power of traveling. As a travel advocate, she has spoken in schools, workshops and travel conferences. Her written and photography work has been featured in publications such as Essence, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, “Shut Up and Run”, Travel Noire, and Conde Nast and photo Exhibitions from Miami to NYC. Erin's Mission: To tell stories- both visual and written that help inform and inspire others to action Resources blackburnerproject.com Dear White burners piece https://www.instagram.com/blackburnerproject/ Meet Moses Cultural Course Correcting by Marian Goodell
05/09/2047m 50s

Episode 64: Pixie Lighthorse

On connecting to Nature, our wisest innermost council, and our deepest compassion. Managing chaos [2:44] Understanding the need to project chaos outwards [6:23] Tools that Pixie is using and sharing right now [10:13] Asking for help and managing resources [17:07] Disassociation and discernment [19:04] Shamanic arts. Returning to the core of peace within [21:30] Building your council. Releasing control [27:59] What needs healing [36:54] Favourite view [38:09] Prayer [39:29] Death and grieving [41:49] Meditative prayer from Pixie [50:19] RESOURCES Pixie’s Worksheets Prayers of Honoring, Pixie Lighthorse Alberto Villoldo The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo Reimagining Death, Lucinda Herring Sierra Campbell
29/08/2055m 28s

Episode 63: Jeff Burroughs

On the past as fuel for the future, the realities of race, and the magic of making records. Jeff's earliest musical influences [3:37] His first experience of racism [6:40] Creating his own blueprint for life [11:10] Speaking to his children about what it means to be Black in America [15:16] Favorite moments with Bad Boy [22:16] The night that Biggie was murdered [26:22] Artists Jeff is most excited about now [31:39] Favorite view [38:06] Prayer [40:01] Delivering art to shift culture [42:00] Resources Kanye West Kaash Paige YG Bino Rideaux QUIN 1619 Project Color of Change When We All Vote Jeff Burroughs' leverages pop culture, bridging the gap to cultural relevance for brand initiatives and to build artist brands. He's had the pleasure of working with some of today's most innovative brands and been fortunate enough to have developed successful brand strategies for award winning-world class artists like YG, P Diddy and 2 Chains, top rated television programs like the XFactor and a host of cpg companies. As Executive Vice President of Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy became one of the highest grossing conglomerates in the entertainment industry and shifted culture.
22/08/2047m 18s

Episode 62: April Dawn Harter

On racism recovery as psychological, individual and collective healing. How April came to her work [2:35] Racism from a psychological perspective [11:12] Narcissism and codependency [18:43] White privilege. Complicity [23:00] Treating perpetrators. Defense mechanisms [26:08] Co-dependent racist savorism and anti-racist education on Instagram [33:19] Racist rejection of whiteness and cultural appropriation [57:51] Building trust and being trustworthy [59:50] Psychoanalysing racism and evidence-based practices [1:10:55] Stages of change [1:33:25] April is a former medical social worker, where she provided counseling to her patients and their family members to help them cope with the trauma of medical emergencies in the state of Texas. She later moved to Colorado and started her private practice to serve QTPOC patients with a history of racial trauma. After having worked with QTPOC, she decided to help prevent racism in society by working with white clients as a coach using the Racist Signature Theory. Finally, she opened up the Racism Recovery Center to provide psychotherapy for the treatment of racism. RESOURCES https://www.racismrecoverycenter.com/ Racism Recovery Center Developing Self Trust Disparity in History textbooks All About Love, Bell Hooks The Courage to Trust, Cynthia Lynn Wall My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem Chloe Valdary, Theory of Enchantment Dr. Gabor Mate
08/08/201h 47m

Episode 61: Jesse Johnson

On scarcity in schools, committing to our edification, wealth as activism, and standing back to back as we heal. Jesse Johnson is a master sales and success coach, specializing in helping spiritual entrepreneurs build 7-figure businesses. An artist, activist, and educator, Jesse's career began with 12 years teaching math in NYC public schools. Frustrated by the limits of both bureaucracy and poverty, she founded her own personal development company and blew her own mind taking it to 7 figures in just 2 years. Jesse now teaches coaches, spiritual leaders, and healers to experience sales as a spiritual practice and match their income with their personal mastery - no compromise, no self-sacrifice, no mediocrity. Jesse’s experience of teaching in NYC public schools [0:45] How Jesse came to start her own business [10:19] Wealth as activism [14:03] Lifting others up from a place of alignment [19:07] What needs healing [21:48] Favourite view [23:32] Prayer [26:03] Money and liberation [28:02] Integrating physical identity with spiritual truth. Conversations about race [29:55] RESOURCES http://jessejohnsoncoaching.com/ Jesse's YouTube channel Mastering Sales eBook Kate LaBrosse This is Me, Bipolar-Free, Kate LaBrosse Erika Matos SriKala
25/07/2039m 6s

Episode 60: Nadine McNeil

On the voyage of service, what still needs our attention, connecting to Mother Earth, and majestic remembrance. Nadine McNeil, is a yoga teacher, speaker, transformational coach and humanitarian whose mission is to ignite infinite possibility in people around the world and share yoga with diverse underserved communities. Over the last few decades, Nadine has travelled the world in service of the UN, UNICEF, Global Volunteer Network and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These and other experiences rooted Nadine’s continued devotion to activism. Inspired by her firsthand encounters with both the resilience of the human spirit and also its suffering, Nadine’s talks, workshops, yoga sessions and retreats are continually described as powerful, moving and insightful. Trust, Truth and Dare. Choosing a word as a compass [0:45] Releasing trauma from the body. Connecting to the earth [8:51] Nadine’s humanitarian work with the UN [15:25] Nadine’s transition into yoga [24:14] How Nadine merged all of her passions and gifts [29:23] What needs to be healed [33:24] Favorite view [35:17] Prayer [35:56] What the body knows [36:50] RESOURCES https://www.universalempress.com/ Nadine's 21-Day Reset Program Transformational Women's Circles Race Corona, On World Yoga Day My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem On Being podcast with Resmaa Menakem Michael Moore podcast Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
18/07/2044m 55s

Episode 59: Jeff Krasno

On whiteness in wellness, our responsibility, our clumsiness and our commitments. Creating Wanderlust [4:41] Spirituality and Civic engagement [16:30] Acknowledging complicity. The role of the wellness teacher [20:39] Black Lives Matter protests. Witnessing glimpses of Oneness [29:21] Grace for clumsiness. Taking moral inventory [36:33] Reframing the notion of separation [43:39] Shaping the world in small moments [47:59] Jeff attended The Hotchkiss School and received his BA in 1993 from Columbia University. In 2008, Jeff created the concept for Wanderlust, a series of large-scale events combining yoga & wellness with the arts. In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being. As CEO, Jeff focuses on talent relationships, business development and building a stellar team. He also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of guests from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand. Jeff serves on the board of Pure Edge, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating yoga and mindfulness curriculum into the public school system. Jeff is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Fast Company. Jeff has written two books, Wanderlust & Find Your True Fork and pens a weekly newsletter called Commusings. In 2016, he was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the SuperSoul100 as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs. In 1995, Jeff married Schuyler Grant, his college sweetheart. Schuyler, a yoga teacher and director of Kula Yoga Project, served as the inspiration for Wanderlust. Jeff & Schuyler have three beautiful daughters, Phoebe, Lolli and Micah. They currently live in Los Angeles, California. RESOURCES http://www.onecommune.com/ http://www.jeffkrasno.com/ Wanderlust Commune Pure Edge Kula Yoga Heavy - Kiese Laymon White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
11/07/2052m 46s

Episode 58: Kiese Laymon

On studentship, using your art to heal, and becoming heavy enough to hold it all. Kiese Laymon is the author of three books, most recently the NY Times bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir. He is a Professor of English born and raised in Jackson Mississippi. The places we stay [3:26] What inspired Kiese to write Heavy to his mother [5:05] The consequences of masking pain [7:18] How learning requires failure [11:31] Parenting and secrets [14:25] The importance of tender touch [18:25] What does it mean to repair damage done? [21:43] The overlapping problems with police [25:19] Gambling addiction and recovery [29:50] Kiese's Grandmother. Embodying love. Heavy enough [36:03] Resources Heavy by Kiese Laymon Kiese Laymon on Dani Shapiro's podcast Family Secrets
27/06/2044m 42s

Episode 57: Biet Simkin

On choosing conscious shocks, conscious suffering and crystallizing your commitment to daily bliss. The Fourth Way [1:30] The law of divided attention [8:28] The law of aim [12:20] The law of identification [15:12] The law of shocks [20:54] The law of three [27:05] The law of self-remembering [30:55] Unnecessary vs necessary suffering [33:06] Buffers. How much joy can you stand? [36:45] The law of death [41:39] The law of crystallization [46:50] Biet is the world-renowned meditation leader dubbed the "Lady Gaga of Meditation." As a musician, Biet weaves the world of pop culture and spirituality, teaching practical applications of ancient spiritual wisdom. The teachings are featured in Biet’s best selling book, ‘Don’t Just Sit There!’ published by Simon & Schuster. RESOURCES Biet Simkin website Guided by Biet on Instagram Don't just sit there, Biet Simkin Biet Simkin music https://open.spotify.com/track/5WUQMoFM0zGfTmFfs3AoIL?si=4GaEP7muT_64_D7wUbAnLQ Views from the Real World - Gurdjieff Self Remembering - Red Hawk h The Overstory - Richard Powers Self-Remembering - Robert Earl Burton Hildegard non Bingen music The Lunar
20/06/2056m 59s

Episode 56: Toko-pa Turner

On belonging, dreamwork, and welcoming aging as a privilege. Toko-pa Turner is an award-winning Canadian writer, teacher, and dreamworker who blends the mystical tradition of Sufism with a Jungian approach to dreams. In 2001 she founded the Dream School, from which hundreds of students have graduated, and she speaks internationally on the subject of dreams and belonging. Sometimes called a "midwife of the psyche," Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reciprocity with nature, honouring grief, ritual, and beauty-making. Her book, "Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home" is the winner of multiple awards including the 2017 Gold Nautilus Award, the 2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Award, named Finalist in the 2018 Whistler Independent Book Awards, and Finalist for the 2019 Montaigne Medal in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. She lives on a small island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia. Our longing to belong [2:09] Toko-pa's early years [6:06] Honoring grief [10:12] Witnessing others in difficult times [12:11] Toko-pa's healing journey [19:25] Finding a place where our grief is welcomed [23:30] Dreams and the language of metaphors [26:35] Aging and our relationship to Elders [31:55] Prayer [35:34] Relocating Magic [37:07] RESOURCES https://toko-pa.com/ Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home Belonging - Toko-pa Turner Toko-pa Turner on Instagram Rushing the redemption - Toko-pa Turner Birdwings - Rumi The Smell of Rain on Dust- Martin Prechtel A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
13/06/2041m 22s

Episode 55: Seane Corn

On the perpetual revolution of the soul, with the one and only Seane Corn. Becoming an elder [3:06] What Seane’s friend Billy taught her [8:12] The role of therapy in processing trauma, speaking out against injustice [15:33] Grief [29:50] Dismantling the systems within, creating social change [40:29] Seane's main mentors and guides [50:48] What Seane would say to a young yoga teacher [53:52] Resources https://www.seanecorn.com/ Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action
16/05/2057m 34s

Episode 54: Paavo Siljamäki

On music as medicine, listening carefully, and the relevance of surrendering. Paavo's early connection to music [2:37] Things that help Paavo in uncertain times [6:39] What inspired the making of the Flow State album [9:33] Questions about work life balance as an artist [14:34] Improvising [19:00] Not knowing and surrendering [21:07] What needs healing [30:08] Favourite view [31:03] Prayer [31:42] Preview of new Flow State meditations album [34:22] Paavo Siljamäki, one third of Above & Beyond, has been at the forefront of electronic dance music for two decades. Co-founder of the iconic Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep record labels, hosts of Group Therapy, a weekly radio show reaching millions of dance lovers every Friday, the trio have earned two GRAMMY™️nominations for anthems 'Northern Soul' feat. Richard Bedford and 'We're All We Need' feat. Zoë Johnston. In 2018, the band’s fourth electronic album, Common Ground, debuted at number three on the Official Billboard Album Chart. Described by UK music bible Q Magazine as “the world’s biggest cult band," Above & Beyond's list of sold-out shows includes headline performances at historic venues such as NYC's Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall London, Red Rocks Amphitheater and record-breaking turnouts for their own festival events on LA's Huntington Beach and at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State. Songwriters first, producers second, Above & Beyond’s unwavering commitment to their craft has fueled a career spanning four acclaimed studio albums, 14 compilation albums, two acoustic albums and an album for yoga and meditation. Flow State Meditations - a new series of spoken word pieces by Elena Brower and three other inspiring women from around the world - will be released on the 11th of May on Above & Beyond's record label, Anjunabeats. RESOURCES Flow State Meditations Above and Beyond Daybreaker Daybreaker Twitch
09/05/2045m 26s

Episode 53: Laura McKowen

On the road to sobriety, the questions we need to ask, and the ways we need to listen. Laura McKowen inspires people to say yes to a bigger life after addiction. She’s the author of the forthcoming memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life (January 2020), and has been featured on WebMD, The Guardian, The New York Post, Bravo, and the TODAY show. She writes an internationally recognized, award-winning blog, is the host of two Top 100 iTunes podcasts, and leads sold-out retreats and courses focused on sobriety and personal development. How Laura's Mom felt about the book [2:58] Laura's "last hurrah" before becoming sober [6:57] Finding a home inside oneself [12:27] Growing up [14:54] A different way of looking at anxiety [17:15] On not rushing our learning [23:32] When there is no "rock bottom" [26:12] Boundaries and The Pregnancy Principle [33:36] How Laura talks to her child about sobriety [37:13] Following the breadcrumbs [43:15] Prayer [47:34] Resources We Are the Luckiest - Laura McKowen Drinking: A Love Story - Caroline Knapp The Great Work of your Life - Stephen Cope
02/05/2049m 3s

Episode 52: Sierra Campbell

On intentional death and dying, elder and hospice care, and the conversations we need to have to help our elders die beautifully. Over the past 20 years, Sierra Campbell has worked with the elderly suffering loss of independence through health crises such as illness, a fall, operations, and facing the great unknown, death. After a decade of owning and operating a successful home care agency, Sierra burnt out and took time to reflect on her time helping more than 100 (mostly elders) people through death and dying. She realized the urgent need for families to understand the path ahead, make plans, and prepare for the inevitable in ways that bring them closer and affirm fully living this life. Sierra created Nurture.Co, a resource site to support and prepare individuals and families through all experiences end of life. On the site, you find many free resources, including Five Conversations, a free guide to plan with a parent or loved one for care at the end. Individuals, Family therapists, Geriatric Care planners, and Death Doulas utilize this resource to help clients organize relevant information and plan for care at the end. Sierra is a certified End of Life Doula, a Yoga and Meditation Instructor since 1999, and a Health Coach certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a Bachelors of Science from Indiana University, Bloomington in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Science. Sierra began working in a skilled nursing facility at age 16 and considers herself a lifelong caregiver. How Sierra became committed to elder care [2:35] Sierra’s definition of Hospice care [6:51] Letting our loved ones know it’s ok to let go [10:54] The importance of looking ahead for your loved ones [16:55] Graduated care [21:31] Health care and long term health insurance [24:47] Volunteering for Hospice care [32:03] Hospice course, Education of Angels [34.10] Yoga and the dying process [38:49] Breath practices [44:24] Mary Oliver [51:44] Prayer [56:49] Resources Five Conversations free course Education of Angels hospice course Stephen and Ondrea Levine Jamyang Lama Rod Stryker Mary Oliver, The Leaf and the Cloud Mary Oliver, Devotions https://www.nurture.co/conversations
18/04/2058m 47s

Episode 51: IN-Q

On poetry that transforms our ways of seeing, listening and being. IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of the world's most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He's inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined. Writing [1:56] IN-Q's history [9:00] Hip hop [15:40] IN-Q’s most memorable performance [17:36] The power of artistic community [19:18] Finding your voice [20:40] Reading of poem Change [26:32] What needs healing [30:17] Favourite view [36:10] Prayer [37:35] Reading [38:47] RESOURCES Inquire Within book Inquire Within audiobook
11/04/2046m 46s

Episode 50: Elena Brower and James Benard

On communication in quarantine, with courageous openness. Prioritizing the team [1:47] Assuming that your partner's freak out is a coping mechanism [3:50] The importance of knowing yourself first [5:30] Moving together [7:01] Family meetings, being present [7:40] Checking in every day [12:14] Practicing courageous openness and mutual respect [19:07] RESOURCES Esther Perel podcast Hiro Boga The Mirror dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky The African Queen dir. By John Huston Angela Chambers Handel group Nurture Charles Eisenstein Benard Creative
02/04/2030m 47s

Episode 49: Nick Ortner

On the efficacy and daily magic of EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, to recognize, release and heal ourselves. Tapping as a way of letting go of the physical grip of old emotions [2:24] Nick’s early encounters with tapping [8:03] Making The Tapping Solution documentary [11:16] Tapping as a bridge to meditation [16:00] The power of acknowledging how we actually feel [17:48] The Tapping Solution App [23:49] Tapping session with Nick for anxiety [26:57] The practical insights that can be gained from tapping [34:52] Recognizing that it's ok to not feel anxious [36:15] Tapping Solution Foundation [37:24] Therapists who use tapping in their practice [41:24] Nicolas Ortner is CEO of The Tapping Solution, LLC, a company with a mission to bring into the mainstream a simple, effective, natural healing method known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “Tapping.” Tapping is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Nick's goal is to empower people to create healthy, abundant and stress-free lives through his books, films, CDs, online events and speaking engagements attended by participants from all over the world. Most recently Nick has developed the Tapping Solution App, which allows you to access free Tapping Meditations that help with a variety of stress-related challenges. He is the New York Times Bestselling Author of “The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living,” and is also the author of “The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain,” “The Tapping Solution for Manifesting Your Greatest Self,” and “The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children and Teenagers.” Nick has also written two children’s books entitled “The Big Book of Hugs: A Barkley the Bear Story” and “My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing.” Prior to that, Nick created and produced the breakthrough documentary film “The Tapping Solution,” which follows ten people who used tapping to overcome significant challenges, including chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, devastating grief and more. Nick’s books and film document real and extraordinary results that have inspired tens of thousands to follow suit by successfully applying tapping to their lives. Along with his siblings, Alex and Jessica, Nick has helped to create The Tapping Solution, a company on a mission to bring EFT Tapping into the mainstream. Resources The Tapping Solution Documentary The Tapping Solution App Tapping Solution Foundation Girls on Fire Leaders
21/03/2043m 30s

Episode 48: Scott Schwenk

A hybrid of laser-like practicality and cutting-edge visionary insight, Scott Schwenk has been catalyzing the inner evolution and leadership development of individuals, relationships, and larger groups and organizations for over 25 years. His work and teaching is a blend of stillness, unexpected expansion, laughter, discovery and potent actionable insights revealing dynamic inner freedom and a thriving outer life. Resources http://scottschwenk.com
14/03/2047m 49s

Episode 46: Desiree Delunae

On boundaries, magnetizing prosperity, and practices for releasing blocks and renewing your relationship to abundance of all kinds. Desiree Delunae is a Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist, author and Blue Diamond Wellness Advocate. She provides a unique perspective of essential oil usage by infusing ancient principles of Chinese Medicine. Her work holds a core philosophy that emotions are a significant factor in creating health or dis-ease. Boundaries for healers [2:18] Tools for accepting change [7:41] The importance of feeling in manifestation [13:15] Learning how to receive [15:05] Self-worth [21:09] Releasing emotional stagnation [22:53] Money Beliefs: Morality [26:35] Money Beliefs: Scarcity [31:28] Money Beliefs: Competency [33:54] Money Beliefs: Environment [37:26] What needs healing? [46:05] Favourite view [46:41] Prayer [47:10] Resources: http://www.desireemangandog.com I Am Magnetic, by Desiree Delunae I Am Worthy, by Desiree Delunae I Am Fabulous, by Desiree Delunae  
29/02/2048m 52s

Episode 45: Justin Michael Williams

On the true history of "woke" culture, dismantling toxicity and meditation as a recipe for freedom. Justin Michael Williams is an author, speaker, and top 20 recording artist who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. By working at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. He has been featured by Billboard.com and Yoga Journal, shared the stage with Deepak Chopra, and presented at events such as Wanderlust and SXSW®. His new book, Stay Woke, gives people of all genders, identities, colors, religions, ages, and economic backgrounds the tools to stop wasting time, overcome self-doubt, and wake up to the lives we were really born to live. For more information, visit justinmichaelwilliams.com. Choosing your focus vs. operating from default mode [2:25] The meaning of the word “Woke” [8:58] Creating a vision from the center of your heart [12:19] Justin’s journey out of self-sabotage [16:11] Why Justin wanted to create a workshop feel in his book [24:11] Allowing space for the trauma and the joy [26:42] The practice of creating your own mantra [31:04] Creating habits with compassion [34:04] Social activism [39:40] What needs healing [44:41] Justin’s favourite view [48:01] Prayer [49:09] Stay Woke, Give Back [50:44] Resources Stay Woke by Justin Michael Williams Justin Michael Williams Stay Woke, Give Back A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
15/02/2053m 32s

Episode 43: Gabby Bernstein

On relating to your intuition and your own innermost guidance. In Super Attractor, Gabby lays out the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. This book will show you how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that elevates everyone around you. Gabby can speak on but is not limited to the following: How to do less and attract more When you align with joy, every door will open The Daily Design method for starting your day off right How to relax and trust that what you desire is on the way The #1 reason you don’t attract what you want, and how to fix it The 4-step spiritually aligned action method for creating the life you want Accepting that you are a Super Attractor will change everything. You’ll know intuitively how to show up for life and bring more light to the world around you. Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional best sellers. She was featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabrielle to be part of the “Super Soul 100” a dynamic group of 100 trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” YouTube named Gabrielle one of 16 YouTube Next Video Bloggers, she was named one of Mashable’s 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration and she’s featured on the Forbes List of 20 Best Branded Women. She appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Additionally, Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as ELLE, OWN, Kathie Lee & Hoda, The Today Show, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, the covers of Success Magazine, Experience Life Magazine and more. In September 2019 Gabby launches her seventh book entitled, Super Attractor. RESOURCES https://gabbybernstein.com/
04/02/2037m 29s

Episode 42: Ask Elena Anything

On all the questions you're asking of Elena, from personal to professional; from skincare to reading, teaching to healing, clearing your space, creating your home sanctuary.  
25/01/2042m 49s

Episode 41: Practice You 2020 Vision Session

Ask questions, invite clarity, create meaningful practices, and author your prayerful reality for the coming year. Your downloadable guide for our session is linked below; honoured to serve you as you welcome yourself to 2020. DOWNLOAD GUIDE
12/01/2050m 2s

Episode 40: Natalie and Andy Goddard & James and Roxane Bybee

On the transition from lack and doubt to worthiness and trust--along with the recognition that there is indeed a better way, with Natalie and Andy Goddard + James and Roxane Bybee.
04/01/2033m 18s

Episode 39: Satya Scainetti

On the beauty and merit of hard work, and the gift and responsibility of creativity. On using your commerce to touch the lives of those in need, and the healing that comes with giving and receiving help. Satya Scainetti is the founder and designer of Satya Jewelry. A philanthropist, yoga teacher and Reiki healer, Satya lives a lifestyle dedicated to giving back to the world community. The name Satya, meaning “truth” in Sanskrit, inspires each person to find and live their individual truth. Satya has built a devoted global following as she creates beautiful, inspiring and meaningful jewelry that resonates with each customer’s own personal journey. Satya’s background in social work and passion for early childhood education sparked the creation of the Satya Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides children all over the world with hope, change and the opportunity to fulfill their destinies. Satya lives in New York with her twin sons and her dog Vishnu. Satya Jewelry is created with simplicity, style and global consciousness. Semi-precious gemstones renowned for their ancient healing properties are combined with 18kt gold plate, sterling silver and sacred symbols to create jewelry that brings peace and hope. Rooted in its mission to inspire each person’s own individual truth. Satya Jewelry is designed for your own individual journey. Resources https://www.satyajewelry.com/
21/12/1927m 29s

Episode 38: Andi Keh

On unraveling blocks in the body, the healing that wants to come through you, and the merits of staying curious. Andi Keh is an artist and natural fabric dyer in Brooklyn, NY. She is the illustrator of The Moon Deck. Born and raised in Southern Indiana, her love for creating began as early as she can remember. Painting murals on her bedroom walls and drawing after school was her favorite pastime. At 20, she traveled and worked in fashion abroad in Italy and France, then followed her heart to NYC, where she received a degree in Textile/Surface Design in 2005. She married her love, William Keh, and became a full time mama of Ruby and West. She worked from home while also pursuing spiritual practices and yoga studies. She was certified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher through Yogamaya NYC, and taught family and private yoga classes. Divine timing led her to co-create The Moon Deck in 2014 — a world renowned oracle set of 44 illustrated cards + guidebook. Graphite drawing, watercolor painting and natural fabric dyeing with flowers and plant extracts are her mediums and techniques of choice. With the ebbs and flows of life and recently healing beyond breast cancer, her greatest intention is to use art as a means to share love, awakening and healing. Length: 44:16 Andi's healing from Breast Cancer [2:15] The stress we have held since childhood. The wisdom of seeking help [6:33] The healers that Andi worked with [9:14] Andi's family [16:15] Words for those who are healing [19:03] Illustrating The Moondeck [20:24] Working with silks [26:38] What needs healing [32:09] Favourite view [33:07] Prayer [34:35] Reading from Pixie Lighthorse [35:22] Reading from Tanya Markul [37:24] RESOURCES https://www.andikeh.com/shop https://themoondeck.com/ https://instagram.com/the_moondeck Glo.com Ben Brown Louise Amar https://cloudcateringny.com/ Benard Creative Ramit's Money Rules Pixie Lighthorse, Prayers of Honoring Tanya Markul, The She Book
14/12/1940m 23s

Episode 37: Lisa Wimberger

On daily neuroliteracy, teaching your nervous system to listen expansively, and five profound yet simple steps to shift unintentional programs to intentional responses. Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership, and Certificates in Medical Neuroscience, Visual Perception, and the Brain, and Neurobiology. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear, and NEUROSCULPTING: A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Rewrite Limiting Beliefs, and Find Wholeness. As the Founder of the Neurosculpting® modality, Lisa runs a private meditation practice in Colorado teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders, and she is a faculty member of Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center, the Law Enforcement Survival Institute, Omega Institute, and 1440 Multiversity. Lisa’s experience with seizures [2:14] The impetuous behind NeuroSculpting. Learning the language of the body [6:02] Physical practices. Neurogenic Tremor release [10:45] The method of NeuroSculpting [12:20] Step one. Priming the nervous system to be listening in a parasympathetic, rest and digest way [13:45] The two different ways into the nervous system [17:14] The physical practice of shaking or Neurogenic Tremoring to regulate the nervous system [18:33] Step two. Enhance focused attention. Prefrontal cortex. The value of benign novelty [20:29] Step Three. Increase activity between the analytical and the intuitive self [23:08] Step Four. The body has portals into our psyche. How the brain values synchronicity [28.19] Step Five. Bookmarking an experience with a word [33:19] Lisa’s vision for the future [36:44] What to do after a fight with someone you love [40:11] Hand gestures [44:33] Children’s book. The Monster Under Your Bed [46:10] Lisa’s work with refugees [48:36] Resources NeuroSculpting by Lisa Wimberger NeuroSculpting Institute The Monster Under Your Bed by Lisa Wimberger The Polyvagal Theory by Stephen W. Porges Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine Neurogenic Tremor Release by Doctor David Berceli The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. The Warrior One Neurosculpting course for Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers Girls on Fire leaders
07/12/1951m 32s

Episode 36: Melissa Ambrosini

On Staying Present for Yourself and Your Business Relationships. Crystal Clear Communication. Using “I feel…” [4:30] Healthy is liberating. Melissa’s healing crisis. Being unapologetic about self-love and self care [19:22] Wealthy is not a dirty word. Melissa’s experience with doTERRA. Being able to give back [29:02] Investment in yourself, mindset, business and virtual presence. Conscious consumerism [35:41] What needs healing [40:42] Favorite view [43:57] Prayer [44:45] Daily meditation practice [46:02] Network Marketing and residual income [47:30]
23/11/1952m 14s

Episode 35: Louie Schwartzberg

On Nature as healing modality and connecting force. On the magical mycelium all around us, and the greatest natural solution for climate change. An award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places. Louie’s theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; the documentary, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios. His latest feature film, Fantastic Fungi, which explores the world of mushrooms and mycelium and illustrates how this fascinating organism can provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, from curing diseases, to saving the bees, and cleaning the atmosphere will be released in theaters fall, 2019. Louie has also directed the Soarin’ Around the World; a motion simulator ride film, one of the most popular attractions at Disney Theme Parks worldwide. His Netflix series, Moving Art, was renewed for a third season and will be premiering in September, 2019. Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, each episode immerses viewers in the natural world, taking them on a journey through time and scale. Louie’s TED talks have gone viral with over 54 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Oprah.com. Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude. Louie is the only filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program. For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. That is the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.” Louie is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Directors Guild of America and on the board of Earth Day Network. Time-lapse photography of decomposition [2:58] The role of mushrooms. Recycling [3:58] Mycelium network [7:38] Greatest natural solution for Climate Change [10:25] How everything is connected [14:19] Magic Mushrooms [16:58] Mushrooms as immune boosters for bees [25:55] Penicillin [29:19] The beauty of nature as a healing modality. Mahameru flower [31:01] What needs healing [37:34] Favorite view [39:40] Prayer [40:40] Resources Fantastic Fungi https://movingart.com Wings of Life Paul Stamets' Ted Talk oil 6 Ways Mushrooms can save the world. The Master Game by Robert S. De Ropp
16/11/1944m 17s

Episode 34: Meggan Watterson

On the experience of being yourself, the ancient illusion of hierarchy, and true humanity--being both fully human and fully divine. MEGGAN WATTERSON is the author of REVEAL, The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, The Divine Feminine Oracle, and Mary Magdalene Revealed. She is a feminist theologian with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. MEGGAN facilitates the REDLADIES — a community of radical love—that lets her preach about female saints, mystics, gurus, and poets who inspire and teach us to live in service of love. She leads retreats and workshops on Mary’s gospel and the soul-voice meditation. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Marie Claire. She lives with her beloved son and his exuberant goldfish, Bob. Feminist Theologian. [3:20] The misperceptions of Mary Magdalene. Early Christianity. Intrinsic goodness of all regardless of rank.[5:35] The acts of Paul and Thecla.[11:30] How stories of Christ became more divine and Mary became more human. [14:30] Thecla and Paul. Courage meeting courage. Initiating herself. [17:01] Mary Magdalene’s Gospel. An understanding of a love that renders us all equal.[23:25] Attempted destruction of Mary’s gospels. Egyptian christians refusing to destroy the gospels. [24:20] Christ called for us to become true human beings. Fully human and fully divine. We are meant to be both. Nous. The eye of the heart. The Seven egoic powers. [25:10] Meggan’s first calling as a feminist theologian. The body never lies. The erasure of women’s voices.[29:40] Judgement towards women. Ignorance. Unconsciousness. We must stop oppressing ourselves. [31:45] The Red Spring at Glastonbury. Mary 9:14. Learning to discern between the soul and the ego.[35:12] Bring love where it has never been before. Feeling rage and acting from love. [38:16] The Crypt in Saint-Maximim. Illusion of seeing others as more worthy. Love renders us all equal.[41:47] What needs healing. Worthiness. Resting in trust that you are worthy. [46:35] Favorite View.[49:32] Prayer. Gnosis. [50:18] RESOURCES Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson Reveal by Meggan Watterson Divine Feminine Oracle by Meggan Watterson
09/11/1953m 0s

Episode 33: Ritual of Recovery

The Ritual of Recovery: Elena's first spoken word piece to honour her five years of sobriety.
21/10/1914m 13s

Episode 32: Gabrielle Lyon

On healing in all its forms; muscle-centric medicine, gut healing, evidence-based healing modalities and the importance of soul family. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University fellowship trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. Dr. Lyon works closely with the Special Operations Military as a part of the Task Force Dagger Foundation. In addition, her practice services, innovators, mavericks, executives, and anyone looking to level up their health. Dr. Lyon brings unparalleled results to her patients with personalized advanced nutritional interventions, metabolic and genetic testing, and behavioral action implementation. She leverages evidence-based medicine with emerging cutting-edge science to restore metabolism, balance hormones and optimizes body composition with the goal of a lifetime of vitality. Resources Free Lyon protocol - https://drgabriellelyon.com/subscribe/ Weekly Newsletter - https://drgabriellelyon.com/weekly-email/
19/10/1947m 0s

Episode 31: Ruth King

On racism as a curable heart disease, the ever-expanding gift of mindfulness, and what it means to stay awake and responsive in these times with care and wisdom. Ruth offers us an invaluable meditation to close. Ruth King is an Insight Meditation Teacher and Emotional Wisdom author and consultant. She is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches insight meditation retreats nationwide. Recognized as a trainer of trainers and consultant to consultants, King teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to teams and organizations, supporting an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential through a mindfulness lens. King has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is the author of several publications including The Emotional Wisdom Cards, Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible, and more recently Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. For more information, visit ruthking.net Mindfulness as a way to reprogramme our nervous system, as we deconstruct our minds. [3:00] How Ruth came to this work. [6:38] The gap between our good intentions and what we do. [8:45] Cultivating presence so that we can bear witness. [9:40] Waking up to white privilege. Helping white people shift from the idea of being a good individual. Making this issue a collective priority. [10:45] What it would be like if white people were talking to their children about race. [14:13] Connecting the dots between what we read and the subtle shifts we make in our lives. [17:58] The six hindrances. [20:35] Internalised oppression. Representation and scarcity. [22:01] Stars and constellations. Looking through the lenses of individual and collective. [30:00] How white people can teach other people about whiteness. Racial affinity group work. Understanding our racial conditioning. [32:14] Cumulative impact. Generational fatigue. [36:50] Prison industrial complex. [39:08] Can we mobilize a collective consciousness around our racial conditioning so that we can see what’s happening? [44:46] Prioritizing kindness no matter what. [45:33] Ruth King leads us in a ten minute guided meditation. [45:55] The 5-5-5 rule and Mindfulness practice. 5 mins a day, 5 days a week, 5 weeks.[56:00] This work is messy and it's the work of a lifetime. Deep inner work.[56:36] Prayers from Mindful of Race. [1:01:36] Resources Mindful of Race by Ruth King Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis Mindful of Race Training - The Mindful of Race Training Program supports an engaged exploration of our racial conditioning through a mindful lens. https://ruthking.net/mindful-of-race-training/ The Emotional Wisdom Cards - This 50 card deck is ideal for individuals, couples, communities, work teams, support groups and other relationships seeking understanding, connection and ease. https://ruthking.net/product/emotional-wisdom-cards/
12/10/191h 4m

Episode 30: Julian Brass

On owning our anxiety as a sacred cue to wake up and remember ourselves. On becoming our own eternal support system. Practical tools to soothe and serve--yourself and others. Length: 56.10 Timecodes: Breathing. [2:38] Teachers and singing. [4:00] Using discernment to reduce anxiety.[4:45] Power of playing.[6:45] Planning your meals. [9:00] Surface level anxiety. Simple choices that can help. [9:45] Body as a gateway to the mind. Anxiety as a helpful sign to let you know something is out of alignment. [10:44] Watching for the after effects of toxicity in your life. [14:28] Being mindful of the music you choose. Jai-Jagdeesh.[17:49] Tiny choices that contribute to anxiety.[19:17] Choosing your self-talk.[20:18] Becoming your biggest fan. [21:00] Visualization. [22:49] Creating Art as therapy. [28:10] Ending negative relationships. Developing a more positive relationship with yourself. [31:06] Wanting to live a better life. [35:00] Volunteering. Donating resources.[37:40] What needs healing. [0:25] Favorite view. [47:31] Prayer. [49:03] Julian Brass is an international keynote speaker, yoga teacher, anxiety coach, and author of the book Own Your Anxiety - 99 simple ways to channel your secret edge. His personal journey of learning to shift his relationship with anxiety while being the former CEO of the number one media company for millennials in Canada. Prior to the launch of the book, Julian has been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, Global, and Chedder.com. Now it can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Costco, Amazon, and over 100 Hudson’s Airport Booksellers. Resources http://julianbrass.com Own Your Anxiety includes 99 easily digestible tips for shifting your relationship with anxiety. Split mindfully into three sections; own your body, own your mind, own your soul - this book has valuable tips to assist anyone through their healing journey. For a small investment, you can have the tools that can change your life. The book is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Costco, Indigo, and over 100 Hudson's airport sellers. Follow Julian's journey @julianbrass on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
05/10/1956m 11s

Episode 29: Amy Ippoliti

On the changing ecology of the yoga world, the importance of mentorship, and how we mature as teachers. Amy is a yoga teacher, author, and earth activist. Her caring approach brings ancient wisdom to modern seekers, both on and off the mat. She shares her passion for yoga, health, and earth conservation, through her writings for Yoga Journal, Organic Life, Prevention Magazine and others. She is a featured teacher on Glo.com and a pioneer for advanced yoga education, serving both students as well as fellow yoga teachers. In 2012 she co-founded 90 Monkeys, a professional development school that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers in 65+ countries internationally. In 2016 she co-authored the book, The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga, which has become a staple in yoga teacher trainings around the globe. Yoga in New York in the 1990s. Amy’s desire to help new yoga teachers thrive. [3:14] Yoga Teacher Mentorship. Asana and personal coaching off the mat. [6:53] Anusura yoga. [10:42] The future of yoga. Bringing meaning to each class. [13:30] What needs healing right now. [18:16] Favorite view. [19:50] Prayer. [22:05] Amy's future in teaching. Environmental activism.[24:05] RESOURCES The Art of Studentship and Yoga Mentorship Come of Age by Stephen Jenkinson Stasher Bags Wild Aid NRDC Blue Sphere Foundation SeaLegacy http://www.amyippoliti.com 90 Monkeys Teacher Training programs - The mission of 90 Monkeys teacher training programs is simple: To change the world through providing yoga instructors and studios the tools to be the gold standard for yoga in your community. "The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga" book - This indispensable and inspiring book guides both new and established professionals toward maximizing their impact as teachers and achieving their career goals.
21/09/1930m 16s

Episode 28: Vanessa Cornell

On the real breaking points, perils and virtues of honest parenting, creating more time for adventure and more space to be ourselves. Vanessa Cornell founded NUSHU Society through a personal need for a soulful community of women interested in exploring the self through powerful ideas and practices. Through events based in New York, NUSHU Society creates a space where women can feel safe to connect deeply, try new things, have fun and learn. Our collective goal is to lead a passionate, authentic and joyful life. Other passions include surfing, rock climbing, wine and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Vanessa lives in New York with her husband and five children. Length: 46:54 [1:46] - Bringing people together. [2:32] - Maternal health. Christy Turlington. Every Mother Counts. [5:30] - On maintaining her identity and honoring her voice, as a mother of five. [12:02] - Paying attention to your needs as a small act of rebellion. [15:09] - Founding Nushu. Gathering women together. Allowing space for vulnerability. On going first. [21:33] - On noticing what underlying values are at play: achievement vs. resting. [23:14] - Energy Medicine and kids. [26:48] - Bedtime with family. [29:33] - Spending time apart from kids. [30:38] - What needs healing. On loving our whole selves. [34:30] - Favorite view. Finding flow. [36:13] - Prayer as a connection to source. Meditation. [40:06] - Surfing as a way to feel alive. Fear vs physical sensation. Resources Nushu Society Every Mother Counts Energy Medicine by Dr. Jill Blakeway Calm app Daybreaker
14/09/1946m 55s

Episode 27: Rebekah Borucki

On mothering as hosting a human, lessons learned from repeating history, and remembering that what we’re healing was never broken. Length: 43:02 Timecodes: Experience on Veria with Got Zen TV show. [1:44] Rebekah’s family. Understanding what it’s like to be an other. [3:53] Motherhood. Experience of race. Belonging. Finding our way. [7:30] Healing estrangement from our parents/children. Lauren Zander. Providing a soft place to land. Seeing your child as a child of the Universe passing through. [10:12] Foster parenting. How we are all brothers and sisters. Giving your children autonomy. [19:10] Communicating directly and concisely with your partner. Lauren Zander. Radical truth. Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower’s ICBD: Intentions, Concerns, Boundaries, Dreams. [20:55] On writing Managing the Motherload.< Celebrating all the small things that go well in parenting. [25:25] What needs healing right now. [31:44] Favorite view. [32:54] Prayer. [34:00] Relationship between action and prayer. Activism. Time. Talent. Treasure. [35:36] Handel Group. Truth as liberation. [39:34] Bio Rebekah “Bex” Borucki is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, birth doula, and author of You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life: Simple 4-Minute Meditations for Inspiration, Transformation, and True Bliss (Hay House 2017) and her brand new book, Managing the Motherload: A Guide to Creating More Ease, Space, and Grace in Motherhood (Hay House 2019). Her mission is to make mental health support and stress management tools accessible to all. For more information, visit MotherloadBook.com. Resources https://bexlife.com Managing the Motherload: MotherloadBook.com Private Facebook community: BlissedInCommunity.com You Have 4 Minutes to Change your Life by Rebekah Borucki Voice Lessons for Parents by Wendy Mogel Ph.D. Getting to Hell Yes by Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson Handel Group and Lauren Zander
07/09/1943m 3s

Episode 26: Eileen Flannigan

On the education and empowerment of adolescent girls as one of the keys to the future of the world. Length:43:16 Timecodes: 2:05 How Girls on Fire Leaders was born. 6:24 Girls on Fire Leadership Camps. Samburu. The power of using your voice. 9:36 What drew Eileen to this work. Women and poverty. India. Kiva Fellowship (https://www.kiva.org). Manipur. Microfinance. Leadership potential. 15:40 Work with Shofco https://www.shofco.org/. Access to nature. Karura forest. Mind expansive experiences. 19:09 Partnering with other organisations. Community involvement. 20:56 High numbers of HIV among adolescent girls. How leadership programs decrease these numbers. 21:35 Collaboration. 22:30 doTERRA Healing Hands foundation is matching donations to Girls on Fire Leaders before September 15th 2019. 24:14 Workshops with boys. How do we lead with empathy and love? 26:52 Makesh teaching classes using Practice You book. 27:52 Leadership in community. Girls on Fire Leaders asking important questions. 31:21 Outcomes of Girls on Fire Leaders since 2014. Vision. Design thinking. 36:00 What needs healing. Voice. Assignment: Consider how the trauma you endured as a child could become your greatest teaching in your work. 38:44 Favorite view. 39:42 Prayer. 40:28 Ways to be involved. Resources: http://www.girlsonfireleaders.com/ The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp.
24/08/1943m 17s

Episode 25: Jade Shutes

On aromatherapy as a path to activating our innate balance, understanding tissue states, and the study of Aromatic Medicine. Jade's first experience with essential oils.[2:21] Aromatherapy and massage in the UK. Marguerite Maury’s holistic approach. The oils’ potential to reduce the impact of stress on the body. [6:07] The Framework: Shifting the Paradigm, beginning with the heart: https://aromaticstudies.com/aromatic-studies-method/ [7:23] Acute intervention with the oils. Fennel and Digestion. [12:00] The body's innate ability to heal. Helping the body through the use of essential oils, to help the body do what it wants to do. [15:08] Essential oils and pharmaceuticals. [18:41] Reawakening our relationship with aromatic plants. Altering perception. Reconnecting to nature. [20:15] [How herbs and oils can co-exist. [26:15] Respect for the potency of the essential oils. [29:13] Our intuition as a valuable resource. [32:07] Western Herbal Energetics. Six tissue states: dry/moist, tension/laxity, heat/cold. Using essential oils to support the body in returning to homeostasis. New language beyond treating pathology. [34:18] What needs healing right now. 40:45] Favorite view. [42:42] Prayer. [44:30] Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course [45:24] Resources Foundations of Aromatherapy Course Aromatic Medicine Certificate Course. Marguerite Maury's guide to Aromatherapy. Shifting the Paradigm: Thomas Easley of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie SPECIAL PODCAST OFFER Save 25% off of Aromatic Medicine with code ebrower
17/08/1951m 6s

Episode 24: Julie Smerdon

On the confluence of effort and grace, the benevolent forces at play, and the electric walkway of this life.
10/08/1923m 49s

Episode 23: Abbie Galvin

On ritualizing your practice, developing your interior world, and measuring up for joy, with Abbie Galvin, author of 'Home Practice' and founder of The Studio. Abbie Galvin is the owner of The Studio, a NYC based yoga studio, teaching Katonah Yoga. She has been honing this practice for the past 25 years and has a strong student-base from all around the world. Abbie's instruction is informed by her own creative process as a filmmaker and from her exploration of the therapeutic process as a psychoanalyst. She has learned over and over that truly participating in any formal process of self-exploration leads to transformation whether it be physical, psychological or intellectual. Her goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves because it is through that effort that we potentiate ourselves. It is her intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to participate in the creation of their best self. Length: 45:44 Timecodes: 0:45 Home Practice Book. Ritualizing your home practice, gaining insight. 4:40 Abbie’s home practice and time management. 6:05 Longevity practice. As you get older, your interior life expands. 8:38 The interior shift of mind to the body’s intelligence. 9:08 Cocooning yourself in your own breath. Being kind to yourself and using ritual to elevate your experience. 10:02 Grounded being practice as an antidote to the doing culture. 11:20 Ties between the interior organs and the peripheral. 13:07 Kidneys as battery. 14:24 Practical details for setting up a home practice. 16:52 Creating a community of shared public space, with mats facing each other. 18:35 Why there is no Shavasana at the end of a Katonah class. 20:40 Middle of the practice. 23:15 Readings from the Home Practice book. 24:43 Time knows everything. It is through time that you become yourself. 27:45 What you’re doing in the silence of the postures to heal yourself. 30:31 Fluency practice. 31:45 Longevity practice. 33:27 Staying with yourself. 34:05 Magic Square on the palm of the hand. 37:10 Nature’s intelligence is seen through its’ patterns. There is a technique for joy. 38:34 What needs healing right now. 39:45 Favorite view. 42:50 Prayer as a capacity to be with yourself. Resources The Studio Come of age by Stephen Jenkinson Katonah Yoga Home Practice Book A home practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, wellbeing and long life. A home practice is a commitment to self-care, a ritualized modus operandi for one’s participation in a technical integration of mind, body and breath. Engaging in a home practice is a way of addressing the manner in which one personally organizes one’s self; developing a determined life, setting goals and following through. Our home practice book will guide you through developing your own home practice.
27/07/1945m 45s

Episode 22: Gabrielle Hartley

Practical wisdom for separation and divorce; shifting internal narratives, prioritizing positives, taking the high road, and the importance of the long view. Length: 43:20 Timecodes: 0:43 Holding a state of being Better Apart by separating with the five pillars: Patience, Clarity, Respect, Peace and Forgiveness. 2:35 How divorce attorneys responded to the book. 5:35 Gabrielle’s work as a divorce attorney, and her experience of her own parents’ divorce. 7:40 Creating a safe environment within yourself. 9:10 Seeking help if someone is unable or afraid to leave. 10:58 Shifting your internal narrative. 12:45 Finding a counsellor or meditator to set up interim living situations. 13:44 Patience. Slowest is fastest. 17:32 Clarity. Asking for precisely what you need. Acknowledging what you brought to the table. 24:36 Peace. Reconstructing your separation/divorce as a sanctuary of possibility. Peace as a practice. Creating a mantra for yourself. 30:52 Respect for yourself and others. Creating stronger boundaries. Spending more time with things that you happy. 36:46 Forgiveness as a gift to yourself. Recognizing your own humaneness. From contraction to expansion. Acknowledging the reason you came to this person in the first place. 41:25 Masterclass based on the five pillars. Resources https://gabriellehartley.com/
20/07/1943m 21s

Episode 21: Kate Northrup

On the life-changing art of doing less, appreciating more, and savoring the cyclical nature of your life. As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. They are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress. Kate has a membership of over 1,000 entrepreneurs called Origin® Collective that’s about infusing more feminine energy into your business and reclaiming your time, and she has also helped over 5,000 students heal their relationship with money with her signature Money Love Course. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages, and her second book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, is now available wherever books are sold. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Wanderlust, The Huffington Post, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughters in a cozy town in Maine. Length: 45:56 Timecodes: 0:44 Money a Love Story 2:33 Do Less Self-worth and how we interact with commodities such as time and money. 8:32 The only way to create a new system is to be it. 9.25 Knowing which actions are the 20% that will yield 80% of your results. 10:43 How motherhood can help us care less about what others think. 11:30 Identifying and prioritizing actions that lead to your biggest wins. 15:24 On the cyclical nature of things. Using the four predictable energy phrases, to honor how you feel and organize your time. 23:07 On trusting that your body is your home. Assignment: Think about someone with whom you have felt deeply at home. Describe in detail. Consider that you could potentially feel that way within your own body. 27:12 Menopause, Adolescence in reverse. The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup. 28:46 Reverse engineer your schedule to reflect your core values. Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu. 33:13 Receiving help. Making it a practice. Asking in advance. 35:20 Simplifying. 37:25 Identifying energy leaks. 40:46 Magic of sleep. 42:14 What needs healing. Prioritizing pleasure. 43:11 Favorite View. 44:20 Prayer as trust. Resources https://katenorthrup.com/
06/07/1946m 57s

Episode 20: Gemma Gambee Lewis

Artist and meditation teacher Gemma Gambee Lewis on the work that helps us share the most primary inner state, and taking meditation into our actions in the world. Gemma Lewis is a meditation and spiritual teacher nurturing the integration between the spirit and the mind. After a 20-year career in international fashion modeling, trend forecasting, and brand building, Gemma is most at home when sitting in meditation and teaching what this practice has generously given. She classically trained for more than two decades in the traditions of Yoga, Bhakti, the Vedas, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism. When she is not meditating, she's wrapped up in other creative pursuits like drawing, painting and deep-diving brand strategy work in the fashion, art, design, and film industries. Resources https://www.gemmagambee.com/
29/06/1944m 48s

Episode 19: Sascha Lewis

Co-Founder of Flavorpill and EVRYMAN Sascha Lewis on creating community, leadership, the experiential evolution of what it means to be a man, and becoming full-spectrum humans. Length: 59:30 Timecodes: 1:25 Yoga on the Great Lawn. Flavorpill. Reggie Watts. Buddy Wakefield. 5:00 Yoga at MoMA. Pipilotti Rist exhibit. Michael Rothman. Art of Yoga at the Guggenheim. 8:48 How can culture be more accessible? Quiet Mornings at MoMA. 10:58 Evryman organisation. Dan Doty. Men from all walks of life. Permission to be raw and emotional. 21:17 Men’s work at highschool, prisons, military. Aaron Blaine. 24:53 Me Too movement. How are we going to evolve? Men learn by doing and experiencing. 30:55 Committing more time to family. We yearn for presence. Full spectrum human. 32:57 Difficult moments. Slowing down. The power of knowing that we’re heard. 33:50 Creating the container for this work. It’s a practice. 35:25 Co-ed groups. Wanderlust Wellspring. Beautiful displays of humanity. 37.00 Collective healing journey. Evolution. 37:49 World War II. Trauma. Fathers. 40:33 Critical work. Meaningful connections. Change is in our hands. 42:58 Unravelling micro-traumas. How are you really feeling? 45:20 Men are leaning in. All denominations. Support and accountability. 47:54 Self-worth. Work statements. What is your edge? 51:53 Favorite view. 53:56 Prayer as a sense of reverence. 57:27 Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT). Esther Perel. Resources: Evryman organisation Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT) Wanderlust Wellspring Yoga at MoMA
22/06/1958m 41s

Episode 18: Eddie Stern

On prioritizing the behaviors that lead to awakening. On the kindnesses, and the softening. On breathing as physiological healing. Length: 58:29 Timecodes: 0:45 One simple thing. Overcoming the divided self. Our untapped potential. 2:54 Hierarchies in yoga. The unknown. Yoga is a practice of knowing who you are. Listening so we know what to do. 6:52 Reading Siddhartha at 15. Who am I? What am I doing here? What do I do next? Self-referral. 9:35 Being established in your awareness. 10:28 Listening and prioritizing. 12:42 Eight limbs of yoga as responsibilities. Spontaneous behavior of an awakened person. 17:20 Distracted mind is not a bad thing. 18:00 The energy that is watching. 20:25 Reorganization of the brain and yoga poses. 24:24 Eddie’s daily practice. 24:52 Breath as the easiest way to move inwards. Resonance Breathing. Nostril Breathing. The Breathing App 35:06 Strengthening and balancing the nervous system. 40:21 It is actually hard to be kind and peaceful. Why we need these practices. 41:55 The Vagus Nerve and heart health/ inflammation/ emotion. Vagal Tone, the smooth flow of current to/from the brain and gut. Dr Stephen Porges Physiological basis for transcendence. Posture, Breathing, Vocalization and Behaviour. 52:44 Inflammation. 53:13 Favorite view. 53:44 What Prayer means to Eddie. Invitation. Resources Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Dr Stephen Porges The Breathing App https://eddiestern.com One Simple Thing Episode 14, referencing some of our discussion The Breathing App (it's free and brilliant)
09/06/1958m 30s

Episode 17: Gabby Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional bestsellers. She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabby to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a group of 100 people whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world. The New York Times identified her as “a new role model.” Gabby appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Her seventh book, Super Attractor, comes out in September 2019. For more on her work, visit gabbybernstein.com. Length: 34:15 Timecodes: 1:34 How Gabby inspired Elena during her recovery. May Cause Miracles book 4:00 Reframing. Re-aligning. Allowing rock bottom to be the place where the light enters. 5:50 If it isn’t real, it can’t be shared. 7:03 Being authentic and vulnerable, but also knowing when not to be. 9:28 The Universe Has Your Back. To teach is to learn. 10:29 Addiction Recovery. Spirit Junkie How this book helped Elena to feel comfortable talking about Spirit. 12:37 Judgment Detox 14:01 Small steps can get you to where you need to be. 14:40 What inspired Gabrielle to create Spirit Junkie Masterclass. Yogi Bhajan: "I am not here to create disciples, i’m here to create teachers." 18:30 When you earn abundantly for the work that you do, you can make an even bigger impact on the world. 19:45 Remembering that your healing is your message and your teaching. 20:17 Marketing as a way to provide help where there is a need. 21:45 How to be abundant doing the work you feel called to do. 23:43 How Gabby holds space as a teacher. Knowing how to open to the light, while also having boundaries. 28:16 Postpartum anxiety. Importance of seeking help. Postpartum Support International . The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook 32:00 Gabby's favorite view. 32:50 Prayer as conscious contact with a higher power of your own understanding. Resources May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein Postpartum Support International The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook Learn about Spirit Junkie Masterclass
01/06/1934m 16s

Episode 15: East Forest

On Nature as musical instrument, pauses as assets, honouring the elders, everyday ceremony. Includes a bonus track of Ram Dass x East Forest. Derived from the German translation of his last name, East Forest (aka Trevor Oswalt) creates a hypnotizing brand of music for old souls that blends achingly emotional wordlessness, ambience and contemporary classical touches with a touch of pop sensibilities and electronic flavors. Based in Boulder Utah, Oswalt performs internationally and is armed with a live show that is continually evolving; sometimes performing solo, sometimes with a string section, and often with theatrical elements and cinematic projections. With experiences offering music in a hospice, as well as backpacking explorations throughout the wilderness of the world including the Amazonian jungle searching for spiritual answers, his music is a connected journey that's been dubbed "a revelatory excursion in sound" (Under The Gun) that invites listeners to "go on a journey of self discovery" (Earmilk). He's been featured on NPR's Second Stage and Tiny Desk Contest, and shared the stage with artists ranging from Trevor Hall to Crystal Bowersox (Amer. Idol), Bluetech to Moby. His 2016 collaboration with MC YOGI, Ritual Mystical, went #1 iTunes Electronic, #8 Billboard Dance and #2 Billboard New Age. EAST FOREST's newest release, "RAM DASS" is a full length album releasing in collaboration with the acclaimed spiritual teacher. In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to record brand new teachings from Ram Dass. After capturing these words of wisdom East Forest returned to his studio to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. Covering topics such as dark thoughts, nature, the soul and so much more, these songs are full of inspiration. The album will release in four “chapters” throughout 2019, culminating in a full length release on August 9, 2019. Trevor Hall and grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das are among the featured artists who make guest appearances on the 14-track album. 1:45 How Trevor began making music to recreate the feeling of infiniteness from experiences with Psilocybin. 10:35 Recognising plants and fungi as tools that are there for us. 12:19 Work with Ram Dass on album 13:52 Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba. Ram Dass. Krishna Dass. 15:25 Chapter 2, Your Guru. Ram Dass. Relevant teachings. Love everyone. Tell the truth. 17:38 What it was like recording with Ram Dass. The Spiritual Whitehouse. No one is on the outside. 22:28 The importance of witnessing and honoring the elders. 25:59 Ram Dass’ Trust and Devotion. Loving awareness. 28:16 Live concert as an opportunity for ceremony. Planting seeds in people’s consciousness. 31:10 Building bridges. Making things attainable for anyone. 33:55 Forgiving himself. Being ok with it all. Ease. Maybe there’s really nothing to do. Being conscious is enough. 35:55 It’s all sacred. It’s all prayer. 38:15 Meditation courses scored by East Forest. 38:47 I am loving Awareness track closes out the podcast. SHOW NOTES eastforest.org Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence Audio Meditation Course Art of Attention Audio Meditation Course
11/05/1948m 49s

Episode 14: Elena Brower

On the subtlest interior shifts we can make to conduct currents of sweetness within and around us. 
04/05/1916m 32s

Episode 13: Barri Leiner Grant

Stylist, author, self-proclaimed vintage junkie and proud mom, Barri Leiner Grant has an artful eye and clever hand for the unexpected. For nearly three decades, Grant has established herself in the editorial and commercial markets—prepping, propping and conceptualizing everything from well-curated trend stories and books to memorable interior design shoots, and shows, ideation and product branding. She is tapped by leading architects, photographers and designers including brands like Crate&Barrel, Cynthia Rowley, SC Johnson, Huggies and Ulta among others, who call on her “trend-spotting” expertise. Grant translates her forward thinking vision into well-curated collaborations. Her background in yoga and meditation ignite a spirited vision to her work and the world around her. I love to call attention and admiration to the smallest and most unexpected details – it's my secret stamp. – Barri Leiner Grant Leiner Grant and her partner Marie Moss have created a jewelry company based on their love of vintage. The duo have amassed 1,000s of vintage charms where they customize bracelets that tell the sterling story of a life - one charm at a time. Clients include Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts and have been featured in The New York Times and Elle among others. Leiner Grant (@blg) has crafted Memory Circles, where those who have experienced grief can gather and share stories of loved ones lost. She lost her mom Ellen in 1993, and has been doing work in this space, including Unmothered Mother's Day classes. 2:30 Barri’s path. Making fun out of what you love. Helping people tell their stories. 3:49 Cell phones and kids. Not being the mum that always says no. Trusting. Untangled book by Lisa Damour 8:33 The death of Barri’s mother Ellen. 11:35 Do we somehow know when we’re dying? 12:38 Ellen’s photo albums and her love of travelling. 14:12 Being grateful to know that Ellen treated herself well in her last days. 15:15 Ellen being a single mum, getting it all done and yet also making it an adventure. 16.30 How Ellen and her friend created a jobshare. 17:52 Seeing the inside of people’s houses. Who lives in a house like this? 20:27 Assignment: Look around your house and make sure it tells your story. Anything that doesn’t, set it aside with a big thank you. If you feel you need more things to tell your story, write down a list of things that would mean something to you. 21:30 How Barri created the jobs of her dreams. Be curious. Get excited. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s room. Wouldn’t it be great if.../What’s missing? See if you can make a job out of that. 26:35 Sankulpa. 28:30 On being where you need to be, with all the help you need. Wanting to make her Mother proud. 31:20 Writing down intentions. Keeping a list of dream jobs. The Memory Circle A place to tell grief stories. 34:39 How talking about the hard things together is the only antidote. 35:24 Knowing you’re exactly in the right place. Getting to the other side of heartache and sharing your truth with others to help. 37:00 Divorce. On not speaking negatively about your ex-husband to your children. 39:15 Writing Books. Flea Market Baby . Flea Market Fidos. Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous. 45:30 Being open to the making, even if it doesn’t make sense yet. Make it an adventure. Keep your eyes open. 46:37 Loneliness. Connecting in person. People just want to be seen and heard. 48:20 Favorite view. Connecting with her sister. 49:55 Meditation practice. Sitting and clearing for what’s next. 51:30 Don't be afraid to say what you want and go after it. RESOURCES http://barrileinergrant.com http://thememorycircle.com/ Amy Owen - Yoga Teacher The Smell of Rain and Dust by Martin Prechtel Belonging by Toko-pa Turner Flea Market Baby Flea Market Fidos Jersey Girls: The Fierce and The Fabulous
27/04/1952m 47s

Episode 12: Liz Corwin

Former Navy Pilot and co-founder of Walkabout Yoga Liz Corwin on the victories that emerge from perceived failure, the choice to prioritize practice, and the ultimate walkabout. Liz Corwin is world traveling yoga teacher, storyteller, and creator of Walkabout Yoga Retreats & Teacher Trainings. She is also a 15-year US Navy Officer and former F-18 Navy jet pilot. Today, she still serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves supporting the Naval War College. She began teaching yoga to the military community while on deployment in 2008 aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sharing her practice and experience with other pilots and friends. Since then she has continued traveling the world teaching yoga to both our military community and civilian population as a way to bridge the divide of understanding. Liz's teachings and storytelling focus on deep inner shadow work, redefining strength and the warrior ethos, and embracing vulnerability as we uncover true self-acceptance, self-love, and healing. She has recently been featured in the New York Times & Yoga Journal Magazine, is the creator of “Walkabout Yoga” Yoga Retreats and the free online video series “Yoga for Military Warriors” in partnership with Gaiam and The Give Back Yoga Foundation, cover model for Beryl Bender Birch’s book “Yoga for Warriors” and ambassador for the woman-owned yoga brand KiraGrace. Length: 45:09 Timecodes: 0:43 Introducing Liz Corwin. The complicated nature of being thanked for serving. 3:57 What motivated Liz to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at aged 21. 6:30 What brought about Walkabout Yoga. Finding Yoga. 7:50 The intense criticism during Aviation training. Flying under the radar. 10.00 Being a woman in flight school. 10:39 Being broken down to be stronger. How much it requires of you to turn down pieces of yourself. 12:18 Moment of reckoning during a mid-air collision. 18:30 Appreciating moments for what they are, because they might be the last. 19:08 Self-forgiveness. On discovering what self-love really is. 21:02 The aftermath of delayed anger and shame. 23:30 Finding Bamboo Yoga with Ann Richardson Stevens 24:38 Walkabout Yoga. Returning home. Teaching on Military bases. Travel. How it evolved. 28:09 Yoga Teacher Trainings. Nargiza Farrell. Combining Ashtanga and Anusura yoga. 31:07 Discipline was actually: how do I let myself off the hook and stay open? 33:45 Rob Schware Warrior Yoga Series, free videos for military 36.07 The Salute. Gunnery Sergeant Smith. 40:18 Assignment part 1: Find someone you emulate and find yourself in them. What part of you looks like them? Write down the qualities you know you embody or you know that you can embody. 41:28 Favorite view. Future Self meditation. Peter Opperman 43.00 Assignment part 2: Find that one thing that makes you see and feel your vision for a moment. How can you quickly get back to that feeling again and again? 43:42 Prayer as surrender. RESOURCES Upcoming Walkabout Yoga Retreats www.walkaboutyoga.com New York Times Article "Yoga & Veterans - A Different Kind of Warrior" https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/us/yoga-veterans.html Ann Richardson Stevens Give Back Yoga Warrior Yoga Series free videos for military Peter Opperman
13/04/1945m 10s

Episode 11: Dani Shapiro

On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins. On welcoming compassion for the string of selves you've ever been, quotes from Hourglass and Inheritance. On the corrosive power of family secrets, and the healing of the secret that Dani uncovered about her origins. About Dani Shapiro Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best selling memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf. Dani's essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life. Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast “Family Secrets” in collaboration with iHeart Media. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Length: 48:46 Timecodes: 0:44 Devotion. On questioning identity and forming a new relationship to Judaism. 2:07 Hourglass. What is it to walk with another human being over time? Virginia Woolf quote: “[...] to feel the present sliding over the depths of the past, peace is necessary.” Meditation practice. 7:44 Finding compassion for our younger selves. Assignment: Go back to an old journal, read and locate some compassion for your younger self. Then write a poem detailing that compassion. 11:36 Inheritance.The story of how this book came about. Discovering that Dani’s father was not her biological father. 18:35 The unknown known. The longing she felt growing up that she didn’t understand. 20:54 How quickly the story unfolded, following the genealogy test. 25:25 Recognizing her gestures in her biological father. 26:16 On shying away from certain terminology in donor-conceived world. 27:43 Modern smoke signals. 29:30 How everyone has tried to do the kind thing. What do we owe each other in these situations? 31:43 What it’s like to experience people’s vulnerability and courage at Inheritance book tour events. The end of secrecy of this kind. 35:35 Difference between sharing a story and crafting a story. 36:20 Returning to yoga. 38:01 Dani’s favorite view in Italy. 39:25 What prayer means to Dani. Sylvia Boorstein: an expression of a wish. 43:10 Reading from Inheritance. Dani’s Aunt Shirley’s words to her as a pure manifestation of love. No one is an accident of history. 46:10 To be born into a human body is the rarest thing. Show Notes danishapiro.com Hourglass Inheritance Devotion Family Secrets Podcast
06/04/1948m 47s

Episode 10: Diego Perez / Yung Pueblo

Inward On meditation and the merits we carry as a result of our practice, engaging inward connections,  and cultivating heart community, with Diego Perez, the writer known as Yung Pueblo. Diego perez is the writer behind the pen name yung pueblo. The name yung pueblo means "young people." It serves to remind him of his ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. His favorite word, liberation, took on a deeper meaning once he started meditating vipassana, as taught by s.n. goenka. Through writing and speaking, he aims to support the healing of the individual, realizing that when we release our personal burdens, we contribute to a global peace. Length: 49:17 Timecodes: 2:00 How Diego sees his work as being a part of helping the collective to grow up. 2:51 Influence of meditation and Vipassana retreats on Diego’s writing. 6:30 Diego's morning routine. 7:20 Letting go. It’s about unhinging and making peace with the past. 8:47 Remaining connected to Source. Focusing on impermanence, rather than the soul. 10:30 Hafiz's poetry . I have learned so much. 11:30 On expressing impermanence. 13:20 How to get loved ones to begin their journey inwards. All you can do is be a role model. 15:05 The finest results of a good practice: showing more kindness, more respect and less judgment. 16:35 On just wanting to be a gentle person. 17:20 Reading from Inward: Self-love. Social Media as a medium for humanity to talk to itself. 19:35 Luke Storey and 5G. On humans creating the atomic bomb. Instagram timers. Airplane mode. 24:00 The privilege of serving someone who is working on their liberation. 26:05 Time away from phone. 26:33 Diego's favorite view from within. 28:32 Diego and his wife on hanging out with their eyes closed. 29:13 What it's like to go on a Vipassana meditation retreat. 33:38 What prayer means to Diego. Metta. 34:40 The merits of the practice. On wanting to give up, right before the next layer dissolves. 37:20 Reading of Repeat Daily from Inward. 38:05 Making movies in your head vs: letting the tensions go. 39:25 Parenting and the bravery of letting children have their own experience. 42:58 Reading from Inward. "Happiness and gratitude are attractive forces." 45: 03 Working towards a goal vs. the tension of cravings. 47:10 Finding a practice that helps you reach your subconscious so you can release deeply rooted patterns. Resources The Gift by Hafiz Luke Storey’s The Life Stylist Podcast episode 191 with Dr Jack Kruse https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/business/cell-phone-addiction.html
30/03/1949m 18s

Episode 9: Ally Bogard, Nadia Narain and Elena Brower

On Rituals, Practices, and Good Listening On the occasion of the release of 'Rituals for Every Day' by Nadia Narain and and Katia Narain Phillips, we gathered to chat about our own practices of listening, praying and meaning-making. Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s best loved and most respected yoga teachers. For more than 20 years, she has taught everyone from professional athletes to, pregnant women to total beginners and yoga sceptics, how to take care of their outer bodies as well as their inner spirit, she has inspired thousands to slow down, be kind and love themselves where they are. Nadia is also co-author with her sister of the international bestselling book “Self Care for the Real World,” and more recently, “Rituals for Every Day,” explaining not just why we have to look after ourselves, but how i simple achievable ways. Resources nadianarain.com - Nadia has a range for chemical free candles and perfumes and yoga retreats Notes and Methods by Hilma Af Klint Marie Kondo, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up Belonging by Toko-pa Turner Luke Storey’s The Life Stylist Podcast episode 191 with Dr Jack Kruse: ABC carpet and home. Rituals for Every Day Length: 40:16 Timecodes: 1:57 Reading from p29 Notes and Methods by Hilma Af Klint https://amzn.to/2LZQZIp 4:31 On trusting the messages that we hear from the other side. 7:24 Remembering that the other benevolent realms are also a part of you. Those forces want our help too. Building friendship. Marie Kondo. On helping being natural. 12:52 Assignment:   Ask for Help Be a good friend. Listen and trust. Carry a pair of warm socks in the winter time. Remember that you’re not a burden, if you ask for help.   17:27 Nadia and Katia’s experience of rituals growing up. 19:06 Rituals for breaking up. 20:50 Making the mundane special. Pujas. Physicalized prayer for a project, or another person. 25:48 Reading from Toko-pa Turner’s book Belonging https://amzn.to/2YFjRqY 28:00 The lost language of prayer. There are really beautiful, magical things happening despite what gets noisy and loud. 29:20 Spending time on things that are joyful, not necessarily productive. Assignment: do something, creative or otherwise, where you’re not dealing with the outcome, just doing. 31:30 Hilma af Klint passage, on not being discouraged when you don’t see results. On growing, and being guided. 35:10 Don’t do anything alone. Take a friend by the hand, invisible or otherwise. 36:10 Dr Jack Kruse on The 5G Apocalypse. Stay close to the trees.
23/03/1940m 17s

Episode 8: Derik Mills

Glo founder Derik Mills joined me for a sweet, edifying conversation on my last trip to film at Glo. We touched upon the last ten years of digital evolution, the future of virtual practice and the heart of what we do together at Glo.com. Derik is the CEO/founder of Glo, formerly YogaGlo, a health and wellness brand that challenges people to live a fulfilling life. Glo believes in a world in which we all live our true potential. In 2008, Derik teamed up with his younger brother to found and self-fund Glo. They started by converting a Santa Monica workspace into a recording studio to film yoga and meditation classes that were free for the public to attend. The online service grew to empower subscribers to experience yoga, meditation, lecture, and online continuing education courses taught by world-class instructors from anywhere in the world. Today, in 2019, the company remains self-funded and has expanded to a team of more than 100 people, including faculty, and produced more than 10,000 classes. The company is currently expanding into additional wellness modalities--all in service of providing a personalized experience that makes it easy for members to integrate self-care into their everyday lives. Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Goop, Oprah, and more, Glo has become a cultural phenomenon driven by Derik’s devotion to contributing to something larger than himself. Timecodes 2:22 The early days of Glo. How Elena came to work with Derik. 4:32 On the origin of Glo and Derik’s vision. While in university, Derik wrote “I want to maintain and cultivate my faculty of wonder.” Stuck in traffic on way to yoga one day, he wished he could beam the class into his living room. 12:42 On putting everything he had into Glo. The meaning of glo.com to individuals all over the world, especially during difficult times. The teacher selection process. 20:33 Evolution from more class-based practices to more one-on-one camera set up. Listening to customer feedback. 26:16 How Derik sees the future. On providing intelligent, personalized tools that challenge people to live their own true potential. 30:39 The Human Shadow. Douglas Brooks recommended poet Robert Bly. Willingness to be vulnerable. The practice of extending the space between a trigger and acting, especially in high-stakes moments. Assignment: Where and with whom could you be a little more vulnerable today? What would that benefit look like, in the ideal? 37:30 Derik’s favorite view. 39:45 Prayer as a listening to your inner voice. Beginning of Glo Manifesto: “To you the seeker, you listened to your inner calling to nurture wonder and curiosity to illumine your mind, inspire your heart, with courage to kindle the fire on a journey of self-discovery.” Resources glo.com Elena's Practice You Course on Glo Douglas Brooks A Little Book on the Human Shadow, by Robert Bly
09/03/1941m 54s

Episode 7: Claudia Chan

Claudia Chan is a recognized leadership expert and social entrepreneur dedicated to activating individuals and organizations to lead culture change and accelerate equality. Claudia founded the award-winning global leadership conference, S.H.E. Summit, making the advancement of women’s leadership and inclusive culture change accessible and actionable. Year after year, the event connects, educates and activates change agents and champions of equality; speakers have included Deepak Chopra, Kelly Clarkson, Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley, Sallie Krawcheck, Gabrielle Bernstein, Soledad O’Brien, and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, among others. Claudia also leads S.H.E. Globl Media, a corporate platform helping Fortune 1000 companies by providing strategic and operational tools to empower and activate ALL employees in creating permanent culture change. A sought-after speaker on how empowered talent can and should create a world of true equity, Claudia was called the “Richard Branson of Women’s Empowerment” by Fast Company and named one of 2017’s “20 Most Influential Moms” by Family Circle. In 2015, Claudia became an official U.S. State Department Speaker and has visited countries like South Korea for countrywide speaking tours to educate women on how to empower themselves and others in their communities. She was the 2015 global spokesperson for Gillette Venus #UseYourAnd empowerment campaign, a movement encouraging women to celebrate their multi-dimensionality. Prior to launching S.H.E. Globl Media, Claudia was President & Co-Owner of the popular women’s entertainment company Shecky’s for 10 years. Claudia is a lifelong New Yorker, proud alumnae of Smith College, Mom of two and an equal partner with her husband, John. 1:11 How Claudia began. Watching her powerful, entrepreneurial Chinese Mother do it all. 2:16 Sex and the City. 2000s. Power of the media to influence Women’s values. 3.26 Half the Sky: https://amzn.to/2BuJqSk learning about the state of women and girls in the Third world, developing countries, maternal mortality and sex trafficking. In the US: the pay gap and gender inequality. 4:25 First SHE Summit. Showing women that they can become leaders and change agents. 5:35 Innovation means seeing the invisible. When you see the invisible, you can do the impossible. 6.24 Living in the discomfort. It’s where you make the most change. 7.02 Spiritual growth has to precede personal growth. Personal Growth has to precede Leadership development. Leadership Development leads to Social Change. 7.50 Leadership Development means being really clear on your purpose. Being a Visionary, leading teams. 8:46 We’re always going to bump into new challenges that will trigger things from our childhood. For Claudia, this often shows up as money issues. 9:43 You need spiritual growth in order to be rooted in something bigger than you, because it takes so much to move our destiny forward. 12.01 Claudia’s mission to inspire leaders to take action, to create a more equal world. Identity of boys and men is also in transition. 13.54 How traditional institutions were built on masculine traits. Feminine traits are now starting to permeate the culture. 15.43- 17:41 For several years, women have created movements around particular topics e.g: Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts: https://everymothercounts.org/, but we also need more Men creating groups that mobilise around particular causes and topics. EVRYMAN is a great example: https://evryman.com/ 15:57-18:43 More gender diverse workplaces are more successful. 18:43 The Thirteen Pillars: Purpose, Vision, Faith, Resilience, Energy, Productivity, Humility Gratitude, Grace, Community, Self-love, Courage and Mindfulness. 19:34 On identifying purpose. What are you meant to do and what are you leaving behind? Start where you struggle. 26:15 On Resilience. A gem can not be polished without friction. 32.48 On Energy. To be intentional about it. Neville Goddard The Power of imagination https://amzn.to/2Vm8VwW 35: 58 How the 13 pillars intertwine. Use as a check-list for growth. Humility. We stop learning when we think we know it all. 38:20 Treat your whole life as the organization you are leading. Whole-life leadership. 41:42 See yourself as a leader. Start to develop and create your vision. 42:46 Outside-in thinking. Your destiny is greatness. Pastor: Your schedule is less about what you need to get done and more about who you need to become. 45.38 Elena reads Honoring Community poem from Pixie Lighthorse’s book Prayers of Honoring https://amzn.to/2FVFOge. 48:13-54: 53 Claudia's Relationship with Money. Be aware, and forgive yourself for thinking a certain way. RESOURCES The Abundance Price by John Randolph Price https://evryman.com/ This is How We Rise Prayers of Honoring Money, A Love Story
02/03/1954m 51s

Episode 6: On Parenting through Divorce, with Jonah Lyon

In this short episode, Jonah and I touch upon: - his experience of what we did well in our separation (we minimized fighting, always apologized, and shared stories of the trajectory in a loving way) - advice to parents for how to handle separation and divorce (no fighting, always apologize, and be kind) - not requiring eye contact with your kid - allowing the kid to open up more freely - our shared appreciation of Sex Education on Netflix - on sources of stress in his life - a friendly meditation challenge - Better Apart
23/02/1911m 18s

Episode 5: Remembering Mary Oliver

In this episode, on the occasion of Mary Oliver's passing, I took time to read my favourite passages and poems. Her work has informed mine since 1998, and reading her words brings me back to the earliest days in my teaching and learning to lead. Readings from: Thirst A Thousand Mornings Felicity Devotions A Poetry Handbook
16/02/1930m 40s

Episode 4: Collecting Difficult Moments in Relationship, with James Benard

On the intelligence of risk, radical independence, and decoding the real conversation that happens in relationship. 
05/02/1918m 39s

Episode 3: It’s All a Teaching, with Elena

Seeing difficult moments as evidence that it was always coming together. Length: 5:00 Timecodes: 2:00 Seeing that every difficult moment is a teaching. A Call For Revolution by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Seek evidence that it was always coming together Hold a state of peace within our hearts “...respond to terror with increased democracy, openness and tolerance” 4:15 May we be more gentle with our fear May we apply the tolerance, non-violence within our own homes May we look upon those closest to us (with whom we might be challenged) and continue to believe that there is a teaching in this challenge.
05/02/196m 19s

Episode 2: Collecting Difficult Moments, with Ally Bogard

On the energetic and practical wisdom of gathering difficult moments; seeing them as food for your journey. 0:00 Eternal Two Step by Mark Nepo, p.33, Things That Join the Sea and Sky 02:40 Collecting difficult moments like little gems. Don't try to avoid them; gather them up like fuel, food, treasures. 04:18 When you're a child, the imagination still reigns; there isn’t the impression of meaning just yet… the meaning of what's occurring is entirely open to our interpretation. Meanings begin to be collected and change us. Collecting difficult moments puts us back into the world of imagination, allowing us to reclaim creativity. 06:13 That moment you started to feel like the adult with your parents. Collecting moments of trusting that everyone has their path. AB the pleaser; letting go of the need to control other people's experience. Collecting the difficult moments makes them sacred. Reclaiming lost bits of ourselves, our imagination. 07:45 Self Compassion practice; Rod Stryker- Sanctuary app What hasn’t been healed? Acknowledging what hasn’t been healed. Giving love and compassion to those aspects. What is it that hasn't been healed? 09:00 EB the fixer; growing the heart v. boundaries. Committing to self in the midst of relationship. 10:15 AB: Loving yourself is never somewhere we get, it's a never-ending journey. Knowing that you, yourself are your person and committing to that. “Her” film: the computer loving her 800 humans. What if my self-love can be so big, it doesn't get rid of my self-hate, it can simply expand to hold and encompass it? 12:45 Practicalities. Scheduling. What is on your calendar that map that self-love? AB: I tend to schedule things for someone else; having spare time means meeting myself in the blank spaces. Schedule the void diligently. The busyness is just my way of avoiding myself. I don't want to keep accumulating difficult moments without processing the wisdom / extracting the gold from them. I have to make mandatory space in the early morning. So I determine the energy I run in the day. And at least once during the day touching down with someone that nourishes me. 17:45 On distractions EB: Business is my favourite distraction; traveling is a good way for me to just stare into space and get great insights about how I want to show up. 19:15 EB: collecting difficult moments with kids; realizing that she doesn’t need to have Jonah be anything or anyone other than who he is. 21:00 EB: Taking space to take space in order to respond to a difficult moment as it’s happening. Moving from baseline overt volatility to softening. AB: Moving from silent treatment / avoidance / repression to learning how to fight. 24:00 EB: Learning from James’ experience with mens’ work how to listen, communicate. On truly listening. Accepting what the other person is telling you, and then also offering your side. AB: Can I suspend my first judgement of thinking this is “good” or “bad” - the wisdom of hindsight teaches me that all the tough moments were other than what I thought was being asked of me. I'm grateful that life or God always knew what was needed. Who do i want to become with what's happening, so that we aren’t passive bystanders? What current of energy are you running in your system? 27:00 In all difficult moments you were met by grace. Seth Godin - difficult moments will not be helped by brute force. How can we get creative with what’s happening or happened. We're not passive bystanders. Choosing what kind of energy you’re running in your system. 30:00 With what are you identifying in this particular moment? Flexible identities v. fixed identities. When we look at collecting difficult moments; it's not the identity about what happened, but what we chose to do with it. eg. I was abandoned, so I chose not to abandon. AB chooses her charity: Navajo Water Project fundraiser. 33:00 Help provide solar power and water where need is greatest in our land. EB realizing early on the lie being told in American history books. 35:15 AB: When you stop working, do you feel that your existence doesn't matter? If i stop, it's almost as if everything is about to fall apart. EB: Trying to stop being perfect or productive in every moment; just practicing sitting still. 36:45 3 QUESTIONS 1. What needs healing? AB: Developing an unshakeable faith in God and trust in the Creator/ Divine Mother. Remembrance that we’re being walked. I'm doing my very best to live with an unburdened heart. EB: To heal my judgement, learning to contextualize the person i’m judging. Becoming more deeply familiar with what the other side is doing / saying so it’s not surprising anymore. Van Jones on Tami Simons, Insights at the Edge. 2. What's your favourite view? AB: Eye to eye, voice to voice, heart to heart. (We never get to sit together and just be eye to eye with no device, no distraction.) EB: The back of my son’s neck. Formerly my Papa’s. James’ too. 45:30 3. What does prayer mean to you? AB: Prayer means recovering a lost language - the true mother tongue. Prayer got taken out of our hands and put into the hands of others. Prayer is a place where I have to humble myself. Ask for help. Say thank you. Silent prayer makes me wonder who could listen to my quiet, inner place. That must be inside of me, inseparable from me; it’s a redirect to something inside that’s listening, that wants to hear. EB: Provides confirmation that it’s all inside of each of us. Prayer used to be more asking and collapsing. Now it’s more the relaxing rather than the asking. Affirming my humility. The fact that I don’t know, i don’t have an answer, and i don’t know what to do. But i'm listening. AB: Praying for God's will - the woman AB met in MX stopped praying for her perceived needs and started praying for God's will, soon realising that her needs were met, under God's will, and her mission was just to get right with what is. Being grateful for exactly this moment. How do I get right with this. ASSIGNMENT. Hear and map what your inner voice has been telling you about difficult moments. Make it artful, beautiful, scary, real. From the map, write a list of what scares you and/or a list of your dreams. Bless things more. Find aspects of your life to bless. Ask a couple of people for feedback. How am i handling difficult moments? What could I have done better today? Don't "identify" with what feedback they give you; identify with what you can do to heal it. “Eternal Two Step” by Mark Nepo. From Things That Join the Sea and Sky Difficult moments are like little deaths. Get good with them. RESOURCES MENTIONED: Roshi Joan Halifax Van Jones on Tami Simons, Insights at the Edge
05/02/1955m 30s

Episode 1: Collecting Difficult Moments, Intro with Elena

Seeing difficult moments as our treasures. Strategies and perspectives for releasing stories and tensions. 0:00-1:40 Vanda Scaravelli quote: Tension is a theft. To be in adherence with the present moment. On the stories we’ve repeated in our minds to create tension “Notice the stories you hold in your mind. Let go of the ones that cause tension.” -Yung Pueblo 1:45 On our being accustomed to - and recreating a baseline neutral of tension… On the contradictions we’ve adhered to - and seeing them as the treasures and the lessons On stopping the fight 2:30 Welcoming the child in us that we’ve shunned And collecting the presence, creating a sacred space for that part of us 3:30 How to be with those parts of ourselves that we’ve denied Making time for compassion Seeing your child bring forth all the parts of you that you’ve denied 4:10 On being with the sting of childhood, seeing how it’s still likely driving our choices Not dramatizing, nor glorifying, just giving it compassion and love 4:45 Rod Stryker SANCTUARY APP Rod Stryker on Glo Seeing what hasn’t received my full compassion and love 5:30 Feeling the lesson now; observing and choosing with more clarity 6:15 Our PRACTICE for this episode: Noting and writing what still hurts. What part of you needs your compassion How old were you when that happened / was happening Write it out 7:00 My example from 5th grade 8:15 If we wish to help and serve, to land in the source of lingering childhood pain is a viable endeavour - write it out… Then note: What’s a good response, from the perspective of the person that you are now? 10:00 Complaining less Serving more More transparency Recent conversation with my son There's no map for parenting; we don’t really know how we’re doing 11:15 Jonah's honest response to my burgeoning self-compassion 12:00 Your writing out the difficult moments will serve as your map. 13:00 - 16:45 As you observe the choices you’ve made as a result of the tension you’ve cultivated unconsciously, here are some possible practices. 17:00 Looking ahead to Episode Two with Ally Bogard. RESOURCES MENTIONED: Sanctuary App Glo with Rod Stryker Ally Bogard
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