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Hi I’m Rosie Acosta. I am a Meditation Teacher; Speaker and Author of You Are Radically Loved: A healing journey to self-love. I grew up in East Los Angeles during the 92 La Riots and it set me on a troubled path for many years. I didn’t grow up with mentors in my life, so I turned to reading as many books as I possibly could to learn about life’s purpose. In my journey as a First Gen-Mexican American, I found having these conversations gave me insight, support, and inspiration. So, I decided to create a place where I could share these conversations with my community. The Radically Loved Podcast was born! How do we create a radically loved life? Come have a sit with me so we can discover all things mindfulness, spirituality, self-love, and overall healthy living. Please be sure to share the episodes that you love and also leave us a review!
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Jan 29, 2021

Natural Healing Through Eastern Medicine with

Dr. Josh Axe

For centuries, Eastern medicine  has explored various methods of helping the body heal itself through natural processes. Despite this rich history, modern medicine generally frowns upon alternative therapies. However, there is more to alternative medicine — many of its concepts can improve your health through ways that other methods might not even consider. Understanding Eastern medicine better can help you tap into powerful natural techniques for maximizing your well-being.

In this episode, Dr. Josh Axe talks about the working theories behind Eastern medicine. He lends his expertise to explain the root causes of many diseases. Josh also discusses how psychological and spiritual interventions play a role in healing.

Listen now if you want to employ natural techniques for healing!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Find out what conventional treatments misunderstand about the nature of diseases.
  1. What are the three main health issues linked to your lifestyle?
  1. Learn how holistic approaches to medicine can promote complete healing.

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Episode Highlights

Josh’s Book

  • He was passionate about the topic and spent significant time on his book.
  • The typical mindset is people receive medications that don't address the root cause of many diseases.
  • Josh thinks people need to come back to the concept of using food as medicine.

Western vs. Eastern Medicine

  • Western medicine focuses on fixing symptoms instead of targeting underlying disorders. Many people continue to experience additional adverse effects even with therapy.
  • In contrast, Eastern medicine takes a holistic approach by looking at root causes.
  • Many diseases involve various organ systems, and Western treatments might be too narrow to cover everything.
  • Eastern treatments incorporate psychological and spiritual approaches.

How Your Diet Can Cause Health Issues

  • The three most common issues arising from food involve the digestive, hormonal, or immune systems.
  • Food that is too complicated increases the effort your body has to exert during digestion.
  • Eating food rich in broken-down building blocks, such as amino acids, are great for maintaining health.

Food and Hormones

  • Consuming healthy fats is a powerful way to increase your hormones' effectiveness.
  • Cinnamon, fenugreek, and holy basil are useful herbs for managing insulin levels.
  • Milk thistle can remove synthetic estrogen-like compounds that might be causing your PMS.
  • If you fail today, remember that you can do the next right thing.

How Emotions Impact Your Health

  • Fear and worry can cause hormonal dysfunction and lead to health problems. For instance, worry can lead to indigestion.
  • Stress and self-hatred can also influence many immune diseases.
  • In contrast, positive emotions allow the body to heal itself better.

Strengthening the Immune System

  • Negative emotions relating to hatred tend to weaken the immune system. You need to embrace forgiveness if you don't want to have a dysfunctional immune system.
  • Increase your intake of yellow, orange, and green foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and some meat.
  • Lastly, stock up on nutrients such as zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C.

Building a Positive Mindset

  • Despite 2020 being a bad year, you can start working toward a better 2021 by developing a positive mindset.
  • Josh has a daily spiritual triathlon as part of maintaining his positive mindset.
  • He begins with praises and gratefulness toward God, reads the Bible, then spends 10 minutes in prayer and meditation.

Your Purpose

  • People who lose their purpose tend to live shorter lives.
  • Finding and living your purpose is essential for a long and fulfilling life.
  • Josh's purpose is based on love, and his mindset also leads to better health.
  • He feels radically loved by God.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[09:36] “The thing about digestion is you want to consume foods that are easy to digest, and that are reparative.”

[11:03] “So if you want to heal your digestive system, eating loads of cooked vegetables, organic meat, certain fruits, like pears and blueberries, pumpkin—those are the most easily digestible foods.”

[14:49] “Every single emotion we experience affects the different organ systems both positively or negatively.”

[23:01] “If somebody's saying they want to care for their immune system, the number one thing they can do, the first thing, is forgive.”

[31:23] “One of the most important things I do for my own health—I do think the spiritual triathlon is a big part of it.”

About Dr. Josh Axe

Dr. Josh Axe is a clinical nutritionist and a doctor of natural medicine. He seeks to help people live a healthy lifestyle through balanced eating.

Josh regularly works with professional athletes to improve their health and performance. He also regularly authors books on nutrition, including his most recent book, Ancient Remedies: Secrets to Healing with Herbs, Essential Oils, CBD, and the Most Powerful Natural Medicine in History.

Connect with Josh through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. You can also browse his website for more content on natural health.

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Jan 22, 2021

Dealing with Social Isolation and Our Inner Life with

Mark Nepo

The pandemic has wreaked havoc in our lives, robbing us of our comforts and routines. Despite everything that occurred in the past year, some are still in denial, claiming everything to be a hoax. Some are angry they have to wear masks and be stuck in quarantine. From health concerns to social isolation , what is the toll of all these on our minds and bodies?

In this episode, renowned poet and spiritual teacher Mark Nepo talks about social isolation and the feelings we experience in this new normal. He also discusses connecting with ourselves, being self-aware, and practicing our inner lives.

Tune in to discover how we can find the courage to reach out and move on from the fear within us!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Listen to Mark’s thoughts on the pandemic and how we can break free from isolation.
  2. Learn about spiritual practice and how it can transform your life.
  3. Understand the cost of not being authentic and how you can be more real.

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Episode Highlights

About Mark’s Book of Soul

  • In this book, Mark integrates things he’s been exploring for years in other books.
  • It opens by saying we’re all here physically because of the love and courage of our mothers who gave birth to us.
  • Once we’re in the world, we go through second labor, which is the experience of a lifetime that births the soul on earth.

Great Love and Great Suffering

  • Right now we are becoming exhausted of our differences.
  • The old world before the pandemic is gone. We need each other, and we need to see past our differences.
  • When something is gone, there is grief and loss.
  • Some people get stuck in some of the stages of grief, like denial or anger.
  • We all need to move through those stages and accept that the old world is gone. We also have to accept and love each other to make our way forward.

Anger During the Pandemic

  • Often, anger is one of many responses to being hurt.
  • We have to face our hurt and talk about it so that we can heal and don’t return to anger.
  • People, especially in the West, tend to run away from feelings.
  • The heart is our greatest teacher — we need to feel what we have to feel and face what we have to face.

Real or Not Real

  • Nobody can tell anybody how to be in their spirit and heart — it’s all very personal.
  • The real work of self-awareness is so that we can fully be who we are and be connected to everything larger than us.
  • If we don’t have a way to connect who we are to all of life, then we’re untethered.
  • Thus, it becomes hard to find what’s real and what’s not.

Social Isolation and Losing Love

  • In medieval times, monks said they practiced their faith by falling and getting up.
  • When we’re lonely, we take the risk to reach out.
  • With social isolation, there’s like a clear wall that starts to grow around us. It takes courage to break that wall.
  • One of the things keeping us isolated is our want to have preferences. It’s like reading reviews before choosing a restaurant to eat at or a movie to watch — we don’t want to experience anything we don’t like.
  • Our preferences only make the clear wall around us higher. To break that wall of social isolation, we have to take quiet courage to reach out past our preferences.

On Honesty and Authenticity

  • With social media and dating apps, we just simply put our information out in the world for everyone to know. Many of us also tend to only show the highlight reel of our lives.
  • One of the rewards of being authentic is experiencing oneness.
  • It’s difficult for us to be honest because we fear getting hurt, rejection, or that we won’t be seen or heard for who we are.
  • Mark has learned, however, that the cost of not being authentic is greater. When you’re not who you truly are, a part of you starts to die.
  • Practicing our inner life deepens our roots and widens our trunk, so we won’t be uprooted whatever storms may come our way.

Mark’s Radical Love

  • Radical doesn’t mean on the edge, politically; rather, it means rooting and affirming growth.
  • Mark felt radically loved when he was going through his cancer journey.
  • He felt the love from so many people of all traditions and faiths that years later, he’s still not wise enough to know what religion worked and what didn’t.
  • So, he was challenged to believe in everything, and that has been the center of his work over the last 30 years.
  • Radical love is the light that connects everything.

5 Powerful Quotes from this Episode

[07:33] “We need each other, and we need the humility and courage to see past our differences and accept where we are to make our way forward.”

[11:51] “Often, anger is one of many responses to being hurt. And if we never face and deal with our own hurt, we will return to the anger but we’ll never get to the hurt, and if you don’t get to the hurt, you can’t heal.”

[13:16] “Only by having that courage to be with what we feel, to face what we have to face, and feel what we have to feel, can we discover that we are the same at heart.”

[34:09] “The more that we focus our energy and life force into getting into that state of grounding, that state of connection, and to that state of authenticity, we can really then connect to our own security and sense of being.”

[35:53] “We all share the same root system, which is why we have to take care of each other, because it’s all connected.”

About Mark

Mark Nepo is a renowned poet and philosopher and has been teaching in the field of poetry and spirituality for over 30 years. He has published over 20 books and is best known for the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening.

After his darkest moment in life when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, being a cancer survivor helped him form his philosophy of experiencing life fully and reconnect to his deeper sense of spirit. Devoted to the journey of inner transformation and life of relationship, Mark continues to offer readings and webinars.

To learn more, you may visit his website or connect with him on Twitter.

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Jan 15, 2021

Rising Above Digital Tribalism Through Self-Transcendence

with Wade Lightheart

Social media was originally designed to connect people, but it has arguably created more divisions than ever before. The unintended consequences of the digital age have contributed to tribalism’s resurgence. As people become more afraid to acknowledge the common thread that binds us all together, the need for self-transcendence becomes stronger than ever.   

This week, Wade Lightheart shares how you can move beyond your tribe by looking deeper within yourself. Once you can accept your limitations and revitalize your spiritual connection, it becomes easier to practice empathy and be present for yourself and others. In the end, Wade stresses that we are all equal in the face of death.  

Tune in to the full episode to move along on your journey to self-transcendence. 

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover the effects of tribalism and how to challenge your beliefs.
  2. Learn what being present means.
  3. How does Wade experience self-transcendence and radical love? Find out in the full episode.

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Episode Highlights

The Resurgence of Tribalism

  • Everybody lives in their echo chamber that feeds their confirmation bias. The first step to rise above tribalism is to challenge your own beliefs.
  • The brain can only make decisions based on what it’s exposed to.
  • Tribalism has always been a collective heritage of humanity. Brought by technological innovations, social media has recreated the conditions of tribalism, which group people with similar associative biases.
  • Shackled in these self-reinforcing groups, people begin to fear showing their vulnerabilities.

Anger and Discernment

  • When people feel threatened, their fight-or-flight response is activated. The brain perceives a political argument in the same way it would assess a threat from a predator.
  • Computer programs manipulate your brain to hook you to the experience of pain and pleasure of strongly identifying with your tribe, resulting in deeper divides.
  • When pain becomes overwhelming, there’s a chance that people will surrender the need to identify with their tribe.
  • History shows us that unification can only be achieved with bloodshed and suffering.
  • It will likely get worse before it gets better.

On Spirituality and Humanity

  • According to Friedrich Nietzsche, the lack of connection to spirituality and an overarching principle of divinity increases the desperation for survival.
  • This makes a person incapable of acknowledging their non-existence. To accept death is to live truly.
  • Empathy is a crucial component of human interaction and separates us from animals.
  • Grace and humility are essential in your journey of acceptance.
  • You have to come to terms with your limitations before you can accept the shortcomings of others.

Wade’s Spiritual Journey

  • During his ongoing journey of self-discovery, Wade discovered an unpleasant aspect of his identity.
  • He brought it up with friends and colleagues, highlighting the importance of company in your spiritual journey.
  • Although he hasn’t resolved that issue yet, he’s willing to sit in its presence.

Being Present

  • For Wade, to be present means being simultaneously connected to the universe and going about his life on this material plane.
  • He experiences self-transcendence or achieves the highest state (nirvikalpa samadhi) in those rare moments during meditation, where he feels the edges of his mind crash.
  • Presence is activated by a deep desire to connect with no hidden agenda.
  • If you’re holding space for others because you’re waiting for a payoff, that’s not what ‘being present’ means.
  • Being present is to reach a point where forgiveness is unnecessary.

Fostering Kind Connections

  • To be kind to others, start with yourself. Examine your identity in the context of your concordant and aversive relationships.
  • When you challenge a person’s tribal beliefs, they may lash out and excommunicate you from the tribe.
  • However, recognize that you created that response in that person and the role you play in the chain of events.
  • We tend to excommunicate other people in our tribe that don’t want to connect with us.
  • It’s fine to come to an impasse and agree to disagree. Give up the need to be right and have an opinion about everything.

Sainthood vs. Self-Transcendence

  • Christian Western ideals push for sainthood or the perfection of the personality, while Eastern philosophy celebrates enlightenment or self-transcendence.
  • Wade feels that ‘transcendence’ is better than ‘sainthood’ in dealing with his own ‘garbage’.
  • He seeks to transcend himself to gain humility, thereby possibly transcending other people’s ‘garbage’ as well.
  • This process of transcending might lead to a point where he realizes that there was no ‘garbage’ at all.

The Mind–Body Connection

  • Practicing body discipline requires concentration and mental work.
  • Most people are focused on opening energetic systems but not on increasing the energy flow.
  • To engage in your opposite (Yin to your Yang) requires discipline and mental focus.
  • When you progressively strengthen the mind, it’s possible to reach the spiritual realm.
  • The spirit takes you beyond your physical and mental capabilities.

On Death

  • There’s a high aversion to death in the Western world.
  • Wade first experienced death when his sister was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He entered the health and bodybuilding industry to come to terms with this experience.
  • Death is the greatest equalizer.

Defining Freedom

  • Freedom is one of Wade’s greatest values, but it’s something he’s still working on.
  • After a breakup, he explored plant medicine, enlisted the service of Tony Robbins, and went through neurofeedback.
  • He realized that he wasn't working towards freedom but was only attached to the concept of it.
  • Wade discovered that he became the person he used to coach: a prisoner of his success.

 

How to Radically Love

  • The only way to experience radical love is to embody it.
  • You have to extend radical love to others first with no expectation of anything in return.
  • Wade experienced unconditional love during a past relationship with a partner who had a drug addiction.
  • He realized that to love a person radically means letting them live the course of their life without imposing your projections and expectations.
  • In his best moments, Wade would recognize radical love in his life, but he would cut himself off from it in his worst moments.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[03:09] “As opposed to broadcasting to everybody else how they need to fix themselves, we need to reverse the search engines. Stop seeking a confirmation of our beliefs and start challenging our own beliefs, starting first with yourself.”

[13:35] “So the first thing and the most important thing for people to get clear on themselves is that you're going to die and to accept that death. Now, once you accept that, only then can you really live.”

[25:51] “Presence for me is an idea and an ambition that you go and you get closer glimpses of it. And it's usually activated by empathy and it's usually activated by a deep desire to connect with someone in a way that's not self-serving.”

[48:07] “Death is the common element that we all share, we all cannot avoid, and what makes us all humans.”

[56:54] “The only way I can experience radical love is to become it myself, in myself... So if I want to be radically loved, the only way I can do that is to radically love so that I can actually experience the energy of it.”

About Wade

Wade Lightheart is the president of BiOptimizers, a company out on a mission to help others achieve a biologically optimized state of health. A three-time Canadian natural bodybuilding champion, Wade is one of the world’s premier authorities on natural nutrition and training methods.

To learn more about how he helps others achieve a richer experience of life, visit his website or enroll in his 12-week health course. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram.  

 

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Jan 8, 2021

Discover Your Purpose and Align with Your Dharma with Sahara Rose 

 

Finding your purpose is quite an intimidating concept, so much so that we often brush it aside. Rather than confronting it, we tend to focus on superficial, mundane things instead . You might already be feeling like you no longer love what you’re doing right now. Loving life then appears challenging, but doing so is not impossible.

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  2. Discover the processes and different stages in finding your Dharma.
  3. Find out how loving life can fully heal your soul as Sahara shares her life and relationship experiences.

 

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Episode Highlights

 

Rosie Congratulates Sahara

 

  • Sahara says that living the Dharma is about showing up fully to any experience before you, even if it means having to do the things you do not want at that time.
  • Sahara thanks Rosie for being a part of the process.
  • Rosie praises Sahara’s book and talks about Sahara’s journey on coming to and loving life through the book.

 

On Feeling Lost and Detracted

 

  • Life is not meaningless although the path of loving life and finding meaning can be so daunting that most of us tend to give up.
  • Sahara initially loved working with NGOs and human rights and going to law school to become an international human rights lawyer. However, as soon as she was in the NGO cubicle, she began hating it. She did not feel like helping people and sharing her gifts.
  • Instead of looking inwards, she would go around asking other people what they thought her purpose was.
  • Sahara started questioning her life purpose and even underwent hormone replacement therapy.

 

How Sahara’s Health Issues Brought Her to Ayurveda

 

  • Sahara’s body experienced several health conditions that came with perimenopause at a very young age.
  • Because of her condition, she became obsessed with finding other ways to heal.
  • Her obsession with getting her body back in balance brought her to discovering Ayurveda. This also prompted her to write her book.

 

On the Dharma Archetypes

 

  • Sahara talks about three elemental archetypes and how each type has a different path in terms of Dharma.
  • For example, air archetypes tend to have different manifestations of their Dharma throughout their lives. Dharma is your soul’s purpose. It is the energy that only you can carry.
  • Fire archetypes are more likely to have one idea and just really go for it. However, this does not mean that they have no other interests.
  • The third archetype, earth, tends to have a purpose in their relationships and connections with people. Motherhood is a part of their Dharma.

 

How Your Dharma is Non-Linear

 

  • Sahara shares that your Dharma is not a one-time process.
  • Your Dharma brings you to a purpose, which you can focus on for years and years before you eventually step away from it.
  • She related the Dharma process to a mountain range–you reach your first peak and see that there’s more.
  • To hear more about the non-linearity of Dharma, tune in to this episode.

 

Remembering Your Dharma

 

  • Your Dharma is not something you find but rather remember throughout your life. It is all about loving life.
  • Sahara relates your Dharma to being your naked body, stripped from all the superficial things and self-doubt.
  • Your Dharma is when you unravel and remember your truth.

 

The First Four Stages of Dharma Discovery

 

  • The first stage is the self-awareness stage that something needs to change.
  • The second stage is self-improvement once you become aware.
  • In the third stage of your Dharma discovery, you shift from self-care and self-improvement to getting to know yourself.
  • Once you find your practice, you have reached the fourth stage.
  • Tune in to this episode to learn more about the first four stages of Dharma!

 

Hitting the Fifth Stage of Your Dharma

 

  • The fifth stage is Dharma embodiment wherein your inside and outside match, and you no longer keep your intent and purpose a secret.
  • At this stage, everything in your life has to be in alignment, including your relationships with people. Otherwise, Sahara shares, those things not in alignment will hold you back.
  • In stage five, it is about Dharma as a way of serving humanity. Here, the focus is “we.”
  • This where the “sacred doing” works where the “being” and “doing” merge.
  • Listen to the podcast and discover the truth behind the fifth stage of Dharma!

 

When Your Family Doesn’t Support You

 

  • Sahara talks about how your views can be entirely different, especially if your parents are part of the baby boomer generation. The focus then was survival.
  • She discusses Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
  • Sahara says it takes a cultural and generational understanding and compassion to help us make sense of these differences.
  • Sometimes the worst thing that could happen, like becoming estranged from your family, can be the best thing for you.

 

On Partners Not In Alignment with You

 

  • Sahara talks about her previous relationship with her ex, who was not only unspiritual but also destructive. He actively prevented her from living her Dharma.
  • Eventually, she found a partner who supported her without her having to ask.
  • Sahara says when you’re surrounded by people who are in alignment with you, it gives you the surge to do more.

 

Letting Go and Allowing Your Dharma to Evolve

 

  • It’s important to allow our Dharma to evolve, rather than hold onto something we’ve been working on for so long.
  • Even if you’ve been working on something for quite a while, it can eventually burn you out because it’s no longer your purpose.
  • Letting go of what you currently have gives space for the next iteration of your Dharma to come through.

 

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

 

[2:41] “Living your Dharma is about showing up fully to any experience before you, even if that experience is working in a job that you don’t totally love at that time.”

 

[14:15] “But your Dharma is not a one-time process. It’s more like a mountain range.”

 

[15:25] “With living your Dharma, it’s not so much about even finding it, it’s more remembering it.”

 

[21:24] “However, if you’re working this career that’s in no alignment with your gifts, who you are, and your strengths–and you have this whole other world of interests, it starts to feel like you’re a Jaguar that’s stuck in a cage.”

 

[35:14] “Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to you is actually the best thing that can happen to you because that’s what makes you free.”

About Sahara

Sahara Rose is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, host of The Highest Self Podcast, and founder of Rose Gold Goddesses. 

She has written several books, including Eat Feel FreshAn Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, A Yogic Path, and her latest, Discover Your Dharma.

Her mission is to raise consciousness and help people become aware of themselves and their gifts, which they can share with the world. She has a knack for making spiritual wisdom, fun, and relatable for today’s audience.

If you want to connect with Sahara, you can visit her website. You can also reach out to her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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Jan 2, 2021

Wrapping Up 2020: The Most Important Life Lessons and Takeaways with Tessa Tovar

The year 2020 has brought to the surface invaluable truths that we would not have otherwise discovered. By turning our lives upside down, the pandemic taught us the value of what we take for granted and highlighted what is truly important.

Tess joins me in this special year-end episode to reflect on the year that has passed. We each share our top three lessons from 2020. We also discuss how to discern from a place of wisdom and become aware of our ego. 

If you want to learn useful insights to help you face the year ahead, tune in to the full episode.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover our top three lessons from 2020.
  2. Learn how to slip into a place of discernment.
  3. Recognize the importance of becoming aware of your ego and owning up to uncomfortable feelings. 

Resources:

Episode Highlights

Holiday Insights

  • Although Christmas might be different this year, it’s still possible to create that spirit of community and giving.
  • Don’t forget to give yourself a present this year, too.
  • Rosie’s gift to herself is disconnecting from technology.
  • Tess recalls fond childhood memories of Christmas and reflects how she can recreate that atmosphere this year.

Meditative Practices

  • For Rosie, painting by the numbers is a meditative practice.
  • On her part, Tess slips into meditation by writing poetry and knitting.
  • A passage from Mark Nepo’s book highlights the significance of remembering and forgetting, emphasizing the importance of stillness and surrender.

Tess’ Biggest Lessons

  • Tess realized that instead of running around and trying her hardest to tick her to-do-lists, sitting still was more productive.
  • Even though she doesn’t chase after opportunities, they come her way regardless.
  • Tess also discovered that she didn’t like sharing her food.
  • Tess continues to explore different eating modalities as she learns more about her body.

Rosie’s Biggest Lessons

  • On her part, Rosie discovered that she could work from home effectively by creating a schedule and sticking to it.
  • Second, she learned that you can still make mistakes even if you’re working on improving yourself.
  • Instead of ignoring her flaws, she is slowly learning to accept them.
  • Any sort of change and transformation is highly uncomfortable.
  • Even as Rosie tries her best to get pregnant, she is still probing the motivations behind her desire to be a mother. She’s learning to surrender her attachment to what she believes her life ought to be.

Catching Yourself

  • Your mental state affects your ability to practice mindfulness, and falling victim to that reactionary impulse.
  • There are three voices in your head. The first is impulsive, the second voice calls for restraint, and the third is the voice of wisdom.
  • For Rosie, it’s not a matter of right or wrong but learning to observe the situation from a place of discernment.
  • Since we are egocentric beings, it can be hard to find and listen to that third voice.
  • Rosie admits that she occasionally catches herself listening to the first and second voices. However, she knows what to do to pull herself out of a negative spiral.

Taming The Ego

  • Your ego is the primary source of your emotional upheaval.
  • Learn to discern when it’s the right time to speak up and use your voice.
  • Your emotional distress may not be evident to your partner. Find a healthy way to express that energy. Otherwise, those feelings will fester and affect your relationship.
  • Although becoming aware of your ego can be uncomfortable, it is also a humbling experience.

5 Powerful Quotes

[TESS] 16:46

“I realized that all the things that I was running around doing, kind of the frenetic to-do list wasn't as necessary as I thought it was. As I stopped driving back and forth in town like a ping pong ball and sat a little bit more still and just, you know, stayed home more, I realized that was enough.”

[TESS]17:33

“I do believe that the universe is on my side. And that if there's something that I need to come to me, it will. So that's one thing that 2020 has taught me.”

[ROSIE] 23:17

“By no way do I have things figured out. And I often see my defects of character. And I always strive to work on the things that aren't serving my highest good, but I learned to actually accept that this year as opposed to just bypassing it.”

[ROSIE] 29:24

“So it's not a choice of doing what's right or doing what's wrong. It's really a matter of how can you observe the situation from a wise place, from a place of wisdom and truly a place of discerning.”

[ROSIE] 33:35

“That energy needs to be expressed one way or another. Our emotions need to be fully realized in order for them to have a complete cycle, or they're going to live inside your body.”

About Tess

Tessa Tovar is a yoga instructor with over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training through 5-Star Yoga Alliance Rated YogaWorks Programs. Tess also has a certification in Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She is Level I & II Reiki Certified and is a Living Yoga Trauma-Informed Certified Teacher. Tess is also a lead trainer of Radically Loved workshops and training programs.

If you want to reach out to Tess, you can visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Dec 25, 2020

Wrapping Up 2020: The Most Important Life Lessons and Takeaways with Tessa Tovar

The year 2020 has brought to the surface invaluable truths that we would not have otherwise discovered. By turning our lives upside down, the pandemic taught us the value of what we take for granted and highlighted what is truly important.

Tess joins me in this special year-end episode to reflect on the year that has passed. We each share our top three lessons from 2020. We also discuss how to discern from a place of wisdom and become aware of our ego. 

If you want to learn useful insights to help you face the year ahead, tune in to the full episode.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover our top three lessons from 2020.
  2. Learn how to slip into a place of discernment.
  3. Recognize the importance of becoming aware of your ego and owning up to uncomfortable feelings. 

Resources:

Episode Highlights

Holiday Insights

  • Although Christmas might be different this year, it’s still possible to create that spirit of community and giving.
  • Don’t forget to give yourself a present this year, too.
  • Rosie’s gift to herself is disconnecting from technology.
  • Tess recalls fond childhood memories of Christmas and reflects how she can recreate that atmosphere this year.

Meditative Practices

  • For Rosie, painting by the numbers is a meditative practice.
  • On her part, Tess slips into meditation by writing poetry and knitting.
  • A passage from Mark Nepo’s book highlights the significance of remembering and forgetting, emphasizing the importance of stillness and surrender.

Tess’ Biggest Lessons

  • Tess realized that instead of running around and trying her hardest to tick her to-do-lists, sitting still was more productive.
  • Even though she doesn’t chase after opportunities, they come her way regardless.
  • Tess also discovered that she didn’t like sharing her food.
  • Tess continues to explore different eating modalities as she learns more about her body.

Rosie’s Biggest Lessons

  • On her part, Rosie discovered that she could work from home effectively by creating a schedule and sticking to it.
  • Second, she learned that you can still make mistakes even if you’re working on improving yourself.
  • Instead of ignoring her flaws, she is slowly learning to accept them.
  • Any sort of change and transformation is highly uncomfortable.
  • Even as Rosie tries her best to get pregnant, she is still probing the motivations behind her desire to be a mother. She’s learning to surrender her attachment to what she believes her life ought to be.

Catching Yourself

  • Your mental state affects your ability to practice mindfulness, and falling victim to that reactionary impulse.
  • There are three voices in your head. The first is impulsive, the second voice calls for restraint, and the third is the voice of wisdom.
  • For Rosie, it’s not a matter of right or wrong but learning to observe the situation from a place of discernment.
  • Since we are egocentric beings, it can be hard to find and listen to that third voice.
  • Rosie admits that she occasionally catches herself listening to the first and second voices. However, she knows what to do to pull herself out of a negative spiral.

Taming The Ego

  • Your ego is the primary source of your emotional upheaval.
  • Learn to discern when it’s the right time to speak up and use your voice.
  • Your emotional distress may not be evident to your partner. Find a healthy way to express that energy. Otherwise, those feelings will fester and affect your relationship.
  • Although becoming aware of your ego can be uncomfortable, it is also a humbling experience.

5 Powerful Quotes

[TESS] 16:46

“I realized that all the things that I was running around doing, kind of the frenetic to-do list wasn't as necessary as I thought it was. As I stopped driving back and forth in town like a ping pong ball and sat a little bit more still and just, you know, stayed home more, I realized that was enough.”

[TESS]17:33

“I do believe that the universe is on my side. And that if there's something that I need to come to me, it will. So that's one thing that 2020 has taught me.”

[ROSIE] 23:17

“By no way do I have things figured out. And I often see my defects of character. And I always strive to work on the things that aren't serving my highest good, but I learned to actually accept that this year as opposed to just bypassing it.”

[ROSIE] 29:24

“So it's not a choice of doing what's right or doing what's wrong. It's really a matter of how can you observe the situation from a wise place, from a place of wisdom and truly a place of discerning.”

[ROSIE] 33:35

“That energy needs to be expressed one way or another. Our emotions need to be fully realized in order for them to have a complete cycle, or they're going to live inside your body.”

About Tess

Tessa Tovar is a yoga instructor with over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training through 5-Star Yoga Alliance Rated YogaWorks Programs. Tess also has a certification in Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She is Level I & II Reiki Certified and is a Living Yoga Trauma-Informed Certified Teacher. Tess is also a lead trainer of Radically Loved workshops and training programs.

If you want to reach out to Tess, you can visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Dec 18, 2020

Noteworthy Predictions for 2021 with Maren Altman

The vastness of the universe tells us that there's so much left to be discovered. While some may look at society as a dog-eat-dog world, spiritual people see people's lives as sacred, meaningful, and interconnected. Even if you don't believe in miracles or horoscopes, you can't deny that they can be right and may even predict how a country will change over the next several years. What about you — do you have any predictions for 2021?

In today's episode, Maren Altman joins us to share her journey to becoming an astrologer and how her life changed when she predicted the results of the 2020 Elections. She also talks about Stoic philosophy, what we can look forward to in the next two years, and noteworthy predictions for 2021  — including the future status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're into chart readings or are just very curious about it, this episode is perfect for you.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn how Maren's 2020 Presidential Election predictions changed her life immensely.
  2. Gain valuable insights from Maren's spiritual journey.
  3. Maren will talk about the things we can look forward to and her predictions in the year 2021!

Resources

  • Learn astrology on Maren’s website.
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Episode Highlights

Maren's Spiritual Journey

  • At two years old, Maren already started reading. By six, she had started researching astrology online.
  • Although she grew up in a Judeo-Christian environment, she kept her interest in astrology and used it for her entrepreneurial ventures when she was young. She knew early on that her knowledge of astrology can be a business one day.
  • At the age of 15, she found recent translation projects of astrology. Her passion quickly turned from new-age psychological astrology to more world predictions and philosophy.
  • Maren experienced her spiritual awakening, or what she called “death of past self,” while studying a course on philosophy at NYU.

On TikTok and Dealing with the Aftermath of Her 2020 Elections Prediction

  • Social media wasn't picking up for her until TikTok blew up.
  • Maren wasn't surprised at being right about the elections because she already expected its outcome. She was most surprised by the attention it brought her.
  • For her, dealing with her career's rapid growth has been the most difficult mental health journey by far in her lifetime. Her predictions made her a target of conservative pundits during the election season — even receiving death threats from them.
  • Maren uses spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation to adjust to her new reality. Her yogi path keeps her going despite the struggles.
  • She opts to put her energy into her career when she has problems instead of talking about them.

Maren's Motivation to Continue

  • For Maren, astrology is like an endless game of Sims — you don't know what is coming, and you only have to look forward to it.
  • She is deeply passionate about identifying astrological patterns.
  • She feels fulfilled helping others. With her knowledge of astrology, Maren provides sharpness, intensity, and analytical aspects to serve people as they lead their spiritual paths.

Encountering Doubts and Living in Stoic Philosophy

  • Maren immediately notices when someone is timid or conscious in some regions of chart reading. But if someone is trying to speak with her, they probably wouldn't invest time and money if they were concerned.
  • It can be difficult to approach astrology if you cling too deeply to the concept of good and evil or "I die or live" kind of things. For Maren, she sees and accepts things as they are and doesn't necessarily ascribe inherent meaning to them.
  • Stoic philosophy is an ancient Greek philosophy that looks at life and what is to come as something to be accepted and meditated upon.
  • In Stoic philosophy, the true optimal state in life is not ecstatic happiness but peaceful meditation where you don't see things as good or bad — only preferable or not preferable.
  • Maren doesn't want to be happy. Instead, she wants to be peaceful, accepting, and present.

Life's Predictions and What She Looks Forward to in 2021

  • She already saw that at a very young age, within the age of 20 to 22, she would go through a complete death and rebirth in her identity.
  • In 2021, Maren looks forward to being more at peace with her life.
  • Maren wants to focus on her business and finance interests for the next few years.

Noteworthy Predictions for 2021

  • According to Maren, 2021 would be a mixed bag than 2020. Next year's alignment of Saturn and Uranus coincided throughout history with the liberation of oppressed peoples, which indicates struggles.
  • She sees 2021 as the year when inclusive, progressive legislation would be passed.
  • May to July of 2021 will be a preview of 2022.
  • June will hypothetically be when most people get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear Maren’s predictions for the next two years and her insights into the signs and elements for 2021.

5 Powerful Quotes from this Episode

[07:32] “I use the word bandwidth a lot myself as well because I always knew that I wanted to change the world and do it big.”

[10:12] “The way that I've been dealing with it is prioritizing my spiritual practices like yoga and meditation. And knowing that I don't have it figured out, I don't have this solved; I'm like in the middle still of this battle right now. And I feel like I'm adjusting in a way like you get used to the turbulence, and this is your new reality.”

[15:10] “I feel really fulfilled when I know that I can provide some of the sharpness, or the intensity, and like the analytical aspect into people that can use that to better serve them when they're going to lead their spiritual path in life.”

[18:00] “I don't want to be happy, I want to be peaceful. Not that I don't want to be happy, but I just want to ride things out.”

[34:13] “I feel radically loved when I take time to feel radically loved and don't run away from the present moment.”

About Maren

Maren Altman is an astrologer, author, and current philosophy graduate student. She makes informative content that centers around astrology, witchcraft, spirituality, and veganism.

If you want to connect with Maren and see more of her work, you can visit her Linktree for more information.

 

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Dec 11, 2020

Why Women’s Success Starts with Wellness with Fredi’s Chelsea and Mitch Glaser

In this fast-paced world, those who hustle often get rewarded. But does women's success have to put their health in jeopardy? Can we trade a fulfilling and healthy life for our jobs and financial security? As we’re going through a global pandemic, it may be the right time to ponder on this question.

This week, siblings Chelsea and Mitch Glaser introduce us to their company, Fredi, and how it aims to help women prioritize their wellness. They also discuss their journey toward self-care, the value of nootropics, and their advice for people having a hard time amid today’s global crisis.

If you want to know why wellness is central to women’s success, this episode is for you.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover how you can be your best self by taking care of your health first.
  2. Learn how nootropics help improve the chances of women's success.
  3. What is Chelsea and Mitch’s definition of true happiness? Find out in the full episode. 

Resources

Episode Highlights

Chelsea and Mitch’s Journey Before Fredi

  • Fredi started when Mitch had a health scare due to working rigorous hours in Wall Street.
  • He admits he neglected himself because he was scared of disappointing people. His wellness journey started once he became aware that he needed a drastic change to achieve true fulfillment.
  • On the other hand, Chelsea started working for herself right out of college, pursuing several passion projects. She has a branding agency called Launch It Girl, which allowed her to work with ambitious women and launch their businesses.
  • She experienced anxiety, panic attacks, and burnout due to her unrealistic expectations of career fulfillment.

How Fredi Came Together

  • Chelsea encouraged Mitch to leave the industry that was sucking his soul and join her on the path of entrepreneurship.
  • The brands that offer nootropics portray it as a masculine product. They want the calming effect and limitless feeling of nootropics to appeal to women, not just to men.
  • Fredi aims to make a brand for women going through different dynamics and competing priorities.

Chelsea and Mitch’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Mitch decided to become an entrepreneur when he felt that he limits his potential to be fully creative. He wants to take control of his career.
  • He also wants others to learn the wellness techniques he utilized to make his work manageable.
  • Chelsea has always been an entrepreneur. Thus, she felt she had nothing to lose in pushing his brother's idea.
  • Entrepreneurship allows Chelsea to avoid living in a rigid structure where she feels trapped and claustrophobic. She wants to live an authentic life that promotes her creative wave.
  • For Chelsea, work shouldn't meddle with the most important people in your life: yourself, relationships, and family.

What Is Nootropics?

  • Nootropic supplements are coffee and prescription medications that affect cognition, giving you more energy or focus.
  • They contain all-natural ingredients such as herbs, mushrooms, and amino acids.
  • They also have a calming effect and give a subtle boost to your day, helping you feel better and move forward more consistently toward your goals.

Managing Expectations Better

  • At first, Chelsea struggles with meeting the unrealistic expectations she set for herself. Now she’s learned how to balance the mundane tasks by seeking help from others.
  • Wellness taught Chelsea how to find fulfillment instead of expecting perfection. Moments of discomfort are normal, and a long-term scale of fulfillment is what's important.
  • People often do not appreciate day-to-day fulfillment. It's all about sustainable joy.
  • Your struggles will get worse for them to get your admission and attention. They will reach a tipping point, but they have always been there.

Why We’re Hard on Ourselves

  • We don’t give ourselves the same compassion we give to others because we tend to second-guess and get stuck in our cycles.
  • Taking care of yourself unleashes your best self, whether it's in your professional or personal life. You lose productivity when you let your health deteriorate.
  • Sustainable self-care is crucial because you get a better sense of your feelings and better trust in your intuition. You’ll know how to get yourself back when you get into good practice.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[08:53] “And what I ended up doing was just really spinning my wheels for so long that I brought myself to this point of burnout just because I wasn't finding that thing that was truly fulfilling.”

[15:25] “Okay, I'm feeling good, I'm happy on a day to day basis, but am I really fulfilling a bigger potential? And am I doing something where I feel like, I'm being creative and really like doing something that is me, not just sort of doing a defined job and doing it better than the next person?”

[16:59] “You prioritize certain things with work, but it really shouldn't be more important than your life, and your relationships, and family.”

[23:51] “It's really not about constant happiness and constant overwhelming joy every day. What it is is a longer-term scale of fulfillment.”

[33:00] “When you take that time for yourself, you come back and you do work at its best level. And you show up as your best self.”

About Chelsea & Mitch

Chelsea and Mitch Glaser are the sister and brother co-founders of Fredi. It is a wellness brand helping women achieve career success by putting their wellness first.

Chelsea is a brand strategist and serial entrepreneur. She's also a co-founder of Launch It Girl, a brand and web design firm for ambitious women.

Mitch is a former Wall Street investment banker. The extreme stress and long work hours led him to a serious health scare, encouraging him to practice holistic wellness.

They joined forces to build Fredi to make it simpler for goal-oriented women to prioritize their wellness and help them feel and perform their best at work.

If you want to know more about Fredi, you may visit their website and Instagram.

 

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Dec 4, 2020

Rewriting the Stories of People with Disability with Rebekah Taussig

Stories are how we make sense of the world. However, some stories fail to do justice to the complexity of the human experience. Nowhere is this perhaps more evident than in the stories of people with disability.

In this episode, Rebekah Taussig, author of Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body, explains how stories influence policy decisions and shape the experiences of people with disabilities. Discrimination may be less overt, but it remains in the assumptions we have about people we perceive to be different. She shares how to tell more inclusive stories that reflect the breadth of their experience and knowledge.

Tune in to find out how to change the prevailing narrative of ableism through counterstories.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Find out how stories shape cultural narratives and policy decisions around people with disability.
  2. Rebekah explains why she thinks ideal body standards are fictional.
  3. How does Rebekah feel radically loved? Find out toward the end of the episode.

Resources

Episode Highlights

Writing Sitting Pretty

  • In 1989, Rebekah was diagnosed with cancer, and the treatment left her paralyzed at an early age.
  • In her late 20s, she started challenging beliefs about her identity as a person with disability.
  • She read critical theories that explained the relationship between her body and the environment.
  • She started an Instagram account, where she documented her day-to-day life and experiences.
  • Her book builds on this work and prompts people to ask questions and examine their beliefs about their bodies.

Living in a World of Difference and Disconnection

  • Rebekah remains stubbornly hopeful about the current world situation.
  • She chooses to believe in the good side of humanity.
  • At the same time, she acknowledges that there are backward beliefs threatening all this progress.
  • Despite the polarizing environment and compelling evidence from both sides, Rebekah clings to hope and remains optimistic.

The Most Difficult Hurdle

  • For Rebekah, the hardest part is the assumptions people make about her as soon as she enters a room.
  • These assumptions become the basis of decisions and stories around people with disability.
  • But these stories are not representative. They are neither nuanced nor flexible, but they continue to shape our worldviews.
  • Inclusive storytelling is the answer, whether it’s through literature, film, or other media.
  • If we can change the narrative, it’s possible to achieve real, tangible change.

Why Your Body Is Not Broken

  • The conversations and beliefs we have around our bodies are too limiting.
  • Unrealistic body standards are fictional since they don’t acknowledge the complexities of women’s bodies.
  • It’s a system that punishes everyone. There are no winners in this “body competition.”

How to Create Awareness and Connection

  • The act of storytelling helps people move past their biases and prejudices.
  • Human-centered stories compel people to explore perspectives other than their own.
  • To rewrite prevailing narratives, we need counterstories that reflect the diversity of our perspectives.

Rebekah’s Top 3 Lessons

  • Rebekah emphasizes that trying to meet the “ideal” body is a punishing exercise.
  • When we bring the entire spectrum of the disability to the light, everyone is better off. There’s a space for everyone at the table.
  • Instead of being afraid of changes in your body, embrace that discomfort.
  • Accept your body for whatever it is in the moment and whatever it’s going to be next.

5 Powerful Quotes From This Episode

[08:32] “Even when it looks like everything's falling apart, there's something stronger underneath and deeper within humans that we do have a desire to connect, and we want connection and beauty and care and creativity. I have to believe that that's ultimately what we are striving for.”

[25:14] “There's something about stories, human stories, personal stories. They're like the sneak attack. They go underneath that. They're like, taking you off guard by you feeling something you didn't anticipate feeling. And I think that that is how you start to see things differently.”

[26:35] “I think this notion of a normal, ideal body is a fiction. I think it's a punishing fiction. And continuing to strive for or hold that up as somehow the ultimate goal is a punishing exercise.”

[28:26] “When we bring all the disabled bodies to the center, I think that benefits everyone. I think that is the move that creates a more sustainable, flexible, caring, connected world.”

[29:57] “Any sort of transition in a body is, like, a frightening thing for a lot of people, I think. And I would challenge and encourage and hopefully empower us to lean into that.” 

About Rebekah

Rebekah Taussig is a writer and author from Kansas City who believes stories can change the world. For Rebekah, the words we use and the stories we tell shape the narratives and opportunities available to people in the fringes. When we tell better stories, we can make room for the diversity of our experiences.

Rebekah earned her Ph.D. in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies from the University of Kansas. Visit her website or connect with her on Instagram.

 

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Nov 27, 2020

What It Takes to Be in a Healthy Relationship with Torry Pendergrass

We all want to be in a lasting, healthy relationship, but how can we achieve that? I’ve got a special person on board to talk about this topic — my long-time partner and fiancé, Torry. He’s here with me today to share stories about our relationship and how we keep it going.

In today’s episode, we open up about our relationship and exchange insights on how we built it over the years. We talk about building trust, having good communication, and setting healthy boundaries.

Tune in to the episode to gain new insights on establishing a healthy relationship anchored on trust and communication.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn how Torry and I open up about how we work to be in a healthy relationship.
  2. Get tips on how to develop good dynamics and stay connected with your partner.
  3. How does Torry feel radically loved? Find out toward the end of the episode.

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Episode Highlights

Being Together 24/7 During Quarantine

  • You and your partner can be together all day, but it doesn’t mean it’s all quality time together.
  • Finding ways to hang out at home is crucial in a relationship.

How Torry Has Been During the Pandemic

  • Torry talks about his daily routine. Getting dressed helps him stay productive at home.
  • Writing was his way to cope with the pandemic, especially with the career transition he had to go through.
  • He used this time to find inspiration and use his brain in other ways.
  • He talks about staying off social media. There’s a risk of getting uninspired because of social media.

Supporting Each Other in Our Relationship

  • For Torry, he is the type to look for ways to support others instead of him looking into how others can support him.
  • He has the “when you feel helpless, help someone” mentality.
  • On the other hand, I’m the type to ask for comfort and affection when I want to feel better.

Talking About Our Boundaries

  • Know and respect that it’s not always about you.
  • There’s always a kind way to communicate your boundaries.
  • What worked for us is learning how to become independent and giving each other time and space.
  • In the beginning, I struggled with becoming independent, but I eventually figured it out and worked my way towards trusting Torry.
  • It is crucial to find security and confidence in yourself to make a relationship work.

Pieces of Advice from Us

  • Give yourself the time and space to be with yourself.
  • Don’t let desperation make you make bad decisions.
  • Don’t be so attached to needing to find a relationship. It can create other issues within yourself.
  • Manage expectations from your partner.
  • Learn how to say what is bothering you. Give each other the trust and respect to say what they need to say.

3 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Partner

  •  
  • Create rituals with each other.
  • Set parameters and reconverge at night.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[07:41] “Rosie had to teach me, train me, to know that just because we’re in the same room doesn’t mean we’re hanging out.”

[22:45] “I think it’s more about just being present and listening and being aware of what the other person needs—and setting boundaries as well.”

[24:29] “I guess some simple tips would be to just know and respect and realize that it’s not always about you.”

[31:02] “Even in relationships now, you know, or marriages that have had hard times, it really comes down to how secure are you in the marriage, especially if there’s been issues, or if somebody stepped out, or if there’s been dishonesty in the relationship.”

[42:56] “Attachment is premeditated resentment. And what happens when we have resentment? We can create all kinds of other issues within ourselves.”

About Torry

Torry Pendergrass is my fiancé and future baby daddy.  He is the owner and creator of Red Monkey Designs, and he helps produce my podcast episodes.

To know more about Torry and his photography work, visit his website.

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Nov 20, 2020

Keeping Your Life Balanced with Ayurveda Yoga and Sleep Hygiene with James Bailey

Many of us have become accustomed to the rapid and instant nature of this day's tech-savvy world. When it comes to finding balance, we tend to seek quick fixes to alleviate our stress and anxiety. Whether due to impatience or shorter attention span, we've become less immersed and more disconnected from reality and each other.

Too much social media and fast technology have tipped our energies to an imbalanced state filled with stress and anxiety.

Listening to this episode will help you understand how imbalances form. James Bailey also teaches about Ayurveda yoga to improve our health and wellness. He also talks about the importance of healthy sleep and authenticity in healing.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn about how the three doshas and how they can help you achieve the power of authenticity.
  2. Discover how sleep hygiene can lead you to a more mindful and fuller life in this technology-heavy and soundbite-driven world.
  3. How does James feel radically loved?

Resources

Episode Highlights

Changing Times

  • James has had an increase in the number of students with lower attention spans.
  • Everybody wants to learn in soundbites.
  • People prefer rapid information.

 

Doshas of Ayurveda and Imbalance

  • According to Ayurveda, there are three fundamental energies of the body: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. They manage and control all the physiological functions of the body.
  • Each is sensitive to the external factors we expose ourselves to—stress, food, lifestyle, and even our emotions. They are dynamic energies that fluctuate and change, causing the imbalances we experience.
  • Vata is all about the flow and circulation of the body. It resembles the element of air.
  • Pitta is the principle of conversion and transformation. It exemplifies the changes in the body and represents the fire element.
  • Meanwhile, Kapha is the principles of water and earth. It’s the capacity to generate and rebuild tissues.

Yoga and Tradition

  • The idea of tradition is relative. The way James sees it is there are two kinds of people in the yoga world: traditionalists and innovators.
  • Traditionalists are people who are consistent with the classic texts.
  • On the other hand, innovators challenge tradition and want to make things more personalized.

How Tech Changed Yoga and Its Effect On Us

  • There is no longer a sense of community.
  • This online connectivity creates more disconnection.
  • It also takes away opportunities to collaborate or meet with people around you.
  • Stress and anxiety have become an epidemic, and online platforms reinforce them.

James' Practice for a Healthier Sleep

  • To counter this epidemic, James gave up screen time and worked on sadhana.
  • In their household, the day is over at 9 p.m., all the screens are down from laptops to cell phones, and sadhana space begins.
  • He practices yoga in front of an altar in his room for circulation before going to bed.
  • He does 20 minutes of sun salutations, then 10 minutes of floor postures, and the usual routine of Pranayama mantra. Finally, James practices Yoga Nidra for 10 minutes.
  • It is referred to as sleep hygiene in Western practices.

Benefits of Sleep Hygiene

  • It improves sleep.
  • Sleep hygiene lowers anxiety levels.
  • It also improves concentration.
  • You will feel more present and more mindful.

What's Your Dosha?

  • Everybody has three doshas.
  • The doshas keep fluctuating depending on your last meal, your mood, time of day, stress levels.
  • What does not change, though, is your constitution—your dominant doshas.
  • When your doshas get too high, we get imbalances.
  • We do not want to balance all our doshas but to keep them within our constitution.

Principle of Authenticity

  • Be true to yourself and accept who you are, your strengths and weaknesses.
  • James believes in the power of authenticity when it comes to healing physically and spiritually.
  • We cannot heal if we use remedies that work for someone else.
  • Authenticity is the highest expression of who we are, our self-love, and self-respect.

Ayurveda for You

  • The path toward growth and nourishment is unique for each individual.
  • There is no one-size-fits-all in Ayurveda.
  • There are no trends in Ayurveda that you need to ride.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“So they want it really quick, they want small points, and it's just really the way the online world has become. I think we've just accepted that we have shorter attention spans because there's so much more to take in.”

“So they're (the doshas) very dynamic in their nature; they fluctuate up and down frequently, which is what causes imbalances.”

“Everybody wants to be something else than what they really are.”

Authenticity is the path when it comes to healing both physically and spiritually because we can't really heal if we're going to use remedies that work for somebody else.”

“There is no Ayurveda for everybody. There's no nutrition for everybody. There's no trends in Ayurveda or in real healing. There's no trends. There's my diet, there's your diet, and all the listeners’ diets should be completely different.”

About James

James Bailey is the founder and an instructor of Sevanti Institute. He strives to help people achieve authenticity and cultivate faith in oneself through the gift of yoga. His online school has a three-tier yoga program leading to a certification for those who want to teach.

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Nov 13, 2020

Reclaiming Your Health Through Strength Training with Aly Orady 

Staying on top of our health has become more crucial than ever. The pandemic has brought about so much uncertainty, and navigating it puts a strain on all aspects of our health. When we can’t find the motivation to exercise, technologies like Tonal personal trainer provide a solution to reclaim your health and jump-start a healthier lifestyle.

Aly Orady joins us in this episode to share how his journey toward a healthy lifestyle led him to build Tonal. He gives his take on health and fitness and talks about how Tonal is helping more people take better care of themselves. We can all draw inspiration from Aly’s mindset and positive energy when it comes to owning his health.

Tune in to this episode for some meaningful insights about shifting to a healthier lifestyle to reclaim your health!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover what you can do to make exercising more convenient.
  2. Learn more about Tonal and how it helps people reach their fitness goals.
  3. How does Aly feel radically loved? Find out toward the end of the episode.

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Episode Highlights

How Aly Started with Tonal

  • Growing up, Aly has always been unhealthy, overweight, and unathletic.
  • He was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea.
  • Aly loved his career in engineering and technology. However, he realized he needed to do something to regain his health, so he quit his job to focus on his health.
  • He spent nine months losing weight, mainly through strength training.
  • He became a gym person, but at some point, he wished he could do everything at home instead. That’s what led to Tonal.

The Road to Transformation

  • It can be intimidating, anxiety-inducing, and challenging at the start, but it is possible to build your confidence and reclaim your health.
  • It entails focus and a mindset shift.
  • Aly’s work compromised his health, and the decision to quit his job had a whole thought process behind it.

All About Tonal

  • It is the most serious home fitness equipment. Even professional athletes use Tonal.
  • It makes exercising more convenient and accessible.
  • Tonal aims to create the experience of having a personal trainer guide you as you work toward your goals.
  • The exercises are personalized to your goals and needs.
  • Tonal is all about making you physically and mentally stronger through strength training and other exercises like yoga and Pilates.

The Importance of Self-Care

  • Aly’s self-care revolves around strength training and healthy eating.
  • He sees the importance of working out in the morning as his morning reset and mental break from his hectic work schedule.
  • Moving and breathing are beneficial for your emotional well-being, especially during this pandemic.
  • Invest in yourself and spend on things that can make you healthier.

Incorporating Mindfulness

  • For Aly, mindfulness practice is the first thing he does when he wakes up. He likes to start his day right by getting his head in the right place.
  • As a CEO, having a positive attitude helps him with day-to-day business.
  • Aly has a mindset of being ready to take a leap of faith.

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[04:38] “I kind of woke up one morning, and I was just like, ‘This is a disaster.’ I'll admit it felt really desperate. It felt like if I didn't do something about this, I was just never gonna get my health back.”

[10:23] “I basically decided that I was going to approach my life with one lens until I’m healthy. If it’s not good for my health, I’m not doing it. If it’s good for my health, I’m doing it. And then the very next thing that popped into my mind is work is not good for my health right now.”

[24:52] “The thing about the body for me and why I love movement so much is because I would say that our issues are in tissues.”

[31:00] “I started Tonal because I wanted to help the world become healthier at the end of the day.”

[32:25] “And that leap of faith, it’s like one of the most powerful things that we have, and we just got to keep doing it.”

About Aly

Aly Orady is the founder and CEO of Tonal. His health journey and transformation led him to build Tonal and share his passion for technology, health, and fitness. His ultimate goal is to help more people find access to a healthier lifestyle.

If you want to learn more about Aly’s work, you may visit Tonal’s website. You can also find Aly on Facebook and Instagram.

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Nov 6, 2020

The Magic of Cooking with Love with Dawn Aurora Hunt

In modern society, we often forget to slow down and spend time in the kitchen. We have forgone cooking with love because everything seems to be on the go nowadays. But there's beauty in buying fresh ingredients in a local market, seeing how food takes form, and eating it with the people you love.

In today’s episode, Dawn Aurora Hunt will share with us her life as a pagan, using spells as energy work and cooking up food with magic. She will also discuss her book, A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance, and how it teaches people to love themselves through cooking.

If you want to achieve your spiritual goals through cooking with love, this episode is for you.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover how to incorporate magic and energy work into food.
  2. Learn how cooking with love can bring positivity in your life amid the things happening in the world right now.
  3. How does Dawn feel radically loved? Find out toward the end of the episode. 

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Episode Highlights

How Dawn Became a Kitchen Witch

 

  • Dawn identifies as a pagan embodying nature-based spirituality.
  • She began practicing at a young age. Through kitchen witchery, she learned the idea of cooking with intention and mindfulness.
  • Being raised in a very traditional Italian Catholic family, she grew up with a strong relationship with food.
  • Food is the way Dawn expresses her spiritual path and connects with her spirit.

A Kitchen Witch’s Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance

  • Her book is a culmination of her life's work for over ten years.
  • Dawn started a company, Cucina Aurora, which focuses on mindfulness cooking. She also teaches and gives workshops.
  • The book is based on a class she used to teach called Recipes for Romance.
  • Dawn’s book consists of easy recipes that anyone can prepare.

Spells and Witchery

  • The term “spells” may sound intimidating, but they are the same as energy work to Dawn.
  • Everything that people do involves energy.
  • For Dawn, whatever energy you're putting out into the world is what you're going to receive.
  • Listen to the full episode to learn ways for you to receive positive energy!

Food and Self-Love

  • If you think negatively of yourself, you will continuously get confirmation of your insecurities.
  • For Dawn, her book is more than a cookbook. It's also a self-help manual because she believes people can't have one of those things without the other.
  • The book discusses foods with specific energies of loving the self in practical, easy recipes.

Dawn’s Journey Toward Self-Love

  • Listen to the full episode to hear how therapy and acceptance of the “gross parts” of life help Dawn find love in herself.
  • In her book, Dawn talks about the importance of being honest with who you are and what you want.
  • The energy you put into food affects your cooking.

Spiritual Nutrition

  • Listen to the full episode to hear Rosie and Dawn's stories on how emotions affect food.
  • In Kitchen Witchery, you put your energy into the food you serve. Dawn makes sure she grounds herself and washes her hands to cleanse negative energy before cooking.
  • Treat your kitchen as a sacred space. You're turning raw ingredients into nourishment for the body and soul.
  • Food has the power to make others feel better. Dawn calls this spiritual nutrition.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear some of Rosie's favorite recipes and spells in Dawn's book!

What the World Needs

  • The world needs love, understanding, and connection right now.
  • Food is the ultimate connector when it comes to human beings.
  • The pandemic has taught everyone to slow down and avoid rushing through important things.
  • People need to re-learn how to connect with Mother Earth.

Where to Get Positive Energy in Today’s Society

  • Things that are closer to the Earth are going to have better energy.
  • Look at your kitchen as alchemy, a place where you do sacred work.
  • A small altar in your kitchen can remind you to be mindful.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear Dawn's advice on how you can practice positivity amid today's hardships and protect yourself from negative energy!

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[17:08] “The truth is the moon goes light and the moon goes dark. We have days, we have nights, we have good and we have bad . And those things have to balance.”

[31:15] “And I think food is an ultimate connector as human beings. It doesn't matter what you believe, who you're voting for, what town you live in, what color of your skin, what your sexual orientation is — we all eat.”

[31:57] “I think if the pandemic has taught a lot of us one thing, it is that being home, and slowing down, and connecting with these simple processes of eating, and cooking together, and cooking for our loved ones, and cooking for ourselves. Maybe it's reminded us that these are important things and they aren't things to just rush through.”

[44:32] “I always know that I have been put exactly where I'm supposed to be at the exact right moment I'm supposed to be — good or bad.”

[46:23] “The universe makes me feel like it always has my back. I always feel like I'm in this hammock, sometimes it swings one way or the other, but I'm always supported by it.”

About Dawn

Dawn Aurora Hunt is the owner and CEO of Cucina Aurora. She's been teaching and writing about kitchen and spiritual nutrition since 2010. Her latest book, A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance: Loving You * Attracting Love * Rekindling the Flames, is out now.

If you want to learn more about Dawn's practices, you may visit Cucina Aurora's website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube page.

 

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Oct 30, 2020

Following the Harmony of Your Inner Voice with Ally Brooke

Reaching for your dreams requires courage and determination. In achieving success, going through adversities and moments of hopelessness is inevitable. There will be dark times, but if you follow your inner voice, you will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Your family, friends, and, most importantly, faith in yourself will get you to the place you’re destined to be.  

In today’s episode, Ally Brooke, famous singer and former vocalist of Fifth Harmony, talks about her book, Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith, and Achieve More Than You Can Imagine. She shares how her unwavering faith helped her overcome her struggles in life especially in moments of hopelessness and grief. Ally’s warrior spirit will inspire you to keep fighting for your dreams.

Tune in to this episode if you want to follow your inner voice until you reach your dreams.     

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover how having unwavering faith can help you overcome any obstacle.
  2. Hear Ally's advice for people who are currently struggling with their careers.
  3. Ally will share how she feels radically loved toward the end of the episode.

Resources

Episode Highlights

About Her Book

  • Ally's book, Finding Your Harmony, talks about her life growing up in a Mexican-American household and the adversities she had to face to achieve her dreams.
  • Selena is Ally's biggest inspiration in music. For Ally, Selena’s success as a woman and as an artist is amazing.

A Pivotal Moment

  • One of the most memorable moments was when she and her mom cried together in an apartment. That moment fueled her to reach for her dreams
  • When Ally was young, she felt like an outsider and inadequate to other people. She says that it was one of her mom’s hardest days as a parent.
  • The day after, she wrote her first ever song called, "To Be You" as a love letter for herself.

On Giving Young Kids Hope

  • Through her book, Ally wants to inspire the younger generation who feel like they're not good enough.
  • She wants them to know that there is hope, and they can overcome anything. She says that their emotions are valid, and they're not alone.
  • Ally thinks that you will always come out of your pain stronger than ever before.

Navigating Crossroads

  • Ally had many moments of rejection and hopelessness before she was able to succeed. In her book, she shares some things that “almost happened” in her career.
  • Ally still can't believe she was able to overcome so many struggles. She believes it changed her for the better and gave her more reasons to persevere in life.
  • She reminds us not to give up and that the best is yet to come.

Why Support Is Important

  • For Ally, Hispanic and Latin families can be best described in four words: family, faith, food, and love.
  • Ally's family had to make a lot of sacrifices to help her career. For her, she owes everything to her parents.
  • Everyone is trying to find a community that empowers and uplifts them.
  • Helping and encouraging someone else always lead to moments of beautiful bonds and friendships. You begin to build your community by being there for others.
  • Supporting others can help you find your path.

Turning This Year’s Challenges into Opportunities

  • Ally describes 2020 as a dynamic year.
  • Due to the coronavirus, she had to cancel her tour which saddens her.
  • Ally still believes that she would get back to the stage soon. She sees this pause as an opportunity to spend time with her family and friends and to take care of herself.
  • The break allowed Ally more time to work on her music and shoot her first ever film.

Listening to Your Inner Voice Amid the Pandemic

  • Ally encourages everyone to stay patient and have faith. God has a plan in everyone's lives.
  • Hardships come to strengthen the faith inside of you.
  • You're not alone.
  • It's okay to cry and question. Your pain is validated.
  • There is hope amid so much darkness.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[11:22] “As a young child, you should just be enjoying your life, enjoying being a kid, you know? And not feeling all this insecurity, and all these feelings of, ‘Oh my gosh, I'm not good enough for my clothes, don't look like their clothes, or my teeth are crooked, and I'm not pretty because they have perfect teeth.’”

[28:44] “When you finally get to a place where you see the light, and it's shining on you, you feel that warmth, that of being in dark and cold for so long is phenomenal. And I owe it all to them. I owe everything to my parents.”

[30:54] “When you're there for other people, beautiful things can happen. And that could lead to such a beautiful road of friendships and relationships.”

[38:25] “God has a plan for you in your life. And sometimes we have to endure the storm, we have to endure the desert, but many times, God will just take care of you and he will get you out of that place.”

[39:18] “But know that you have so much inside of yourself that can get through anything—that you're powerful, you're brave, it's okay to cry, it's okay to question. It's also okay to be strong, and to try to be positive, and to feel the way that you want to feel, but just know that there is a plan that you will see the rising sun again. That there is hope in the midst of so much darkness.”

About Ally

Ally Brooke is an American singer and a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She is now pursuing a solo career and has published her book, Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith, and Achiever More Than You Can Imagine.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllyBrooke

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allybrooke

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Oct 23, 2020

How to Find Inner Peace Through Yoga with Alan Finger

We are living in unprecedented times. The disasters going on all around us may overwhelm us if we continue to merely react to them instead of responding to them. Thus, returning to ourselves through meditation will be beneficial for our spiritual well-being, especially in this time of crisis.

In this episode, Alan Finger discusses why we are trapped in our own thoughts and misbelief. As a yoga and meditation expert, he believes we are excessively reactive to the world around us because we don't take the time to be still. Now more than ever, we need to practice mindfulness and yoga to be at peace in this anxiety-inducing world.

If you want to uplift your consciousness, reconnect with yourself, and decrease your anxiety, this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn how to apply meditation in your life to lessen anxiety and emotional reactiveness.
  1. Discover different aspects of yoga and the true essence of the discipline.
  1. Find out practical ways to become more self-aware, loving, and peaceful.

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Episode Highlights

Self-Awareness During the Crisis

  • We develop a picture of who we are through our five senses and call it “me.”
  • Our reality is different from our thoughts and dreams.
  • We are trapped in our misbelief because we have to survive.
  • We are too emotionally reactive to all the crazy things going on around us.
  • Meditate and get back to the self to learn how to respond, rather than react, to life.

Responding vs. Reacting

  • Our minds and senses can only react, and we get swayed by our emotions.
  • On the other hand, response is a flow and expression of love.
  • Sadhana is the daily tuning back to your unbound intelligence.
  • Saturate your brain with intelligence rather than synapses or the comfortable patterns in your mind.

How to Rewire Our Brain

  • Even if other people try to lead us the right way, we get angry at them because of our established patterns.
  • Meditation is all about cutting a new pattern.
  • The first pattern is to quiet your brain or Nirodha Parinama.
  • The second pattern is getting out of duality and reaching a state of Samadhi.
  • The final pattern is bringing greater intelligence to our senses and chakra, called Ekagrata Parinama.

Social Media & Meditation

  • Social media has become a way to communicate with the rest of the world.
  • It’s corruptible, but we can use it well if we put in the correct information.
  • We can uplift consciousness using technology.
  • Alan now teaches yoga online, and his classes are growing.
  • In social media, any post is bound to have an opinion opposite of what you believe in.

Discerning Between Peace & Ignorance

  • You can’t run away from the world forever; you'll be pulled in eventually.
  • Let your life unfold and live your role. This is karma.
  • You have the free will to either follow your purpose or go on and on with the same routines.
  • Look into the light and wait for it to come.
  • All we need is 18 minutes of silence or Sadhana. All your practice will lead you back into the now.

Why a Teacher Is Important

  • Your guru has already reached the light, and they'll lead you there.
  • Nowadays, being a guru has become a business.
  • If your guru leads you to the light, respect them for who they are.
  • A good guru knows the pitfalls of darkness and how to take you from there to the light.
  • When your consciousness is withdrawn from the senses, you become an observer.

Components of Yoga

  • Asanas are about poses and balance.
  • Pranayama is about controlling and synchronizing your breathing.
  • Kriya yoga is about moving up the consciousness and finding the pathway that will lead us to a state of oneness.
  • You need to know how to bring your energy back to you after meditating.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear Alan guiding me through meditation!

Why Alan Goes by His First Name

  • He believes that having a Sanskrit name could alienate people.
  • He prefers being called Alan and wearing simple clothes.
  • Being a guru isn't about how you look the part; it's how much Shakti (dynamic and cosmic energy) you can radiate.

Beginner’s Guide to Reconnecting

  • Learn just a few yoga poses.
  • Sit down and get your breaths full and deep. Feel your diaphragm.
  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, or alternate nostril breathing, is an excellent exercise.
  • The fuel for your mind is breath. Breath is life.
  • Humans daydream when we breathe through both nostrils. This is good for meditating.
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5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[6:27] “Anyone who can tap into genius comes back, and looks at life, and can respond to life rather than react. When we react, it's COVID, it's presidential elections, it's chaos, and we get pulled into it and the dramas begin. Whereas we come to it from spirit, we come to it from a pure vision, we express and do what our role necessarily is, we know we're going back to meditate and back to self.”

[16:34] “It's (social media) connecting us, and the more we can put out this kind of correct information into it, the more people will grow.”

[41:21] “Yoga was done to balance the body and the energetics that's in the body to bring us to a peak consciousness.”

[52:42] “It's not how many tattoos and nose rings and blah blahs you can have. It's how much Shakti you can radiate in life. Uplift everyone by uplifting your own consciousness. Uplift all beings with you.”

[59:33] “When your mind is still, the nature of consciousness that is not distracted by mind is unconditional love. That's the essence; that's the language of your soul.”

About Alan

Alan Finger is a prolific teacher in the world of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. He came from a family of yogis and was a student of his father. He was raised in South Africa and was initiated into yogiraj at the age of 21.

Alan is the founder of ISHTA Yoga and the co-founder of Yoga Works, Be Yoga, and Yoga Zone. He is also a seasoned author and travels all over the world to teach yoga.

If you want to connect with Alan, visit his website.

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Oct 16, 2020

Parenting & Evolving with Your Transgender Child with Paria Hassouri

For many parents, accepting a child with a different gender identity that stray from the heteronormative is challenging. You might feel scared and in denial at first, but your love will trump your doubts and fears. The most important thing to do is to be supportive of your child and keep your heart and mind open for them.

In this episode, listen to Dr. Paria Hassouri and her daughter’s story of transition. From denial, anger, and grief to reaching acceptance, Paria shares how to see your child’s authentic self. By sharing their journey, she hopes more families and communities will radically love their transgender members.

Tune in to learn how you can enrich the way you parent your transgender child.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Be inspired by Dr. Paria’s story of how she embraced being a mother to a daughter who discovered her true self.
  2. Learn ways to become a radically loving parent, family member, and community to transgender people, especially children.
  3. Find out how and what Pariah radically loves.

Resources:

Episode Highlights

Inspiration for the Book

  • Paria felt the need to write a book that would have been the story she needed when her daughter came out in 2017.
  • She felt utterly blindsided when her 13 ½-year-old child came out as transgender.
  • She admits to having made many mistakes but discovered numerous lessons she hopes to share with parents experiencing the same through the book.

Changing Beliefs & Letting Go

  • Parents of trans children should come to terms with the fact that they didn’t know something fundamental about their children.
  • They should let go of the power identity struggle within themselves because the bottom line is that it is about their child—not them.
  • Once they let go of the power struggle, their relationship with their child can be better and stronger.
  • Once they allow your children to live their authentic selves, their lives and relationship will be better than they ever were.

What Should Parents Do Differently

  • The first thing a parent should do is to pause and listen instead of automatically denying their child.
  • Parents should get into a support group for parents of trans children as soon as possible.
  • Hassouri recommends that a trans child's parent should not underestimate their capacity to evolve with their child.

On Parent’s Protective Instincts

  • Paria advises parents to be mindful not to treat their trans children differently.
  • Sometimes, parents project their fears onto their children and link that fear to their child's gender identity.
  • Parents should not assume that every one of their child’s problems is related to their child being transgender.

Spreading Transgender Awareness

  • According to Paria, 80% of Americans haven’t encountered a trans person or a family with a trans person.
  • People fear what they don’t know and don’t see, so the transgender community should spread awareness.
  • Families with trans children are no different from any other family.
  • Trans people tend to have negative portrayals in the media. That needs to change, and people need to see trans people as normal, too, not strange or unusual.

Is There a Right Age to Come Out?

  • For Paria, it is not the age but about listening to the child.
  • There is no harm in allowing a child to express themselves the way they want.
  • Exploring ways to express their gender is different from being transgender.
  • Parents should take their children’s lead, especially if their children are happy and not in distress.
  • Parents should use the words and expressions a child uses as a guide on how to move forward.

How to Support Your Trans Child

  • Listen and be optimistic about them.
  • Live in the present.
  • Parent out of love instead of fear.

Being Radically Loved

  • Paria Hassouri feels radically loved when she is genuinely seen and heard.
  • Radical love for her is when she can validate people, their feelings, and their identities.
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5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[16:27] “Once her child is allowed to be their authentic self and is living their authentic life, their relationship is going to be better than it ever was.”

[23:07] “[Do] not underestimate your capacity to evolve with your child.”

[28:53] “My family with a trans child is no different than any other family that doesn't have a trans child. I have the same hopes, dreams, aspirations for my kid than anybody else has for theirs.”

[32:28] “Instead of parenting with fear, parent out of love.”

[40:32] “Part of what creates a great parent is somebody who's constantly and continues to work on themselves and continues to be open.”

About Paria

Among her many roles, Paria Hassouri is proudest of being a mother of three.

Being a transgender rights activist is something very near and dear to her because of their transgender daughter.

She is also a pediatrician and writer. Her personal stories were published in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Huffington Post.

Follow and interact with her on her Instagram. You can also visit her website to read a compilation of her writings.

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Oct 9, 2020

Finding the Silver Lining in Challenging Times with JD Cargill

Crises can strike at any time, and they're usually unexpected. Some of us bounce back and pivot quickly, but others need to make 180-degree turns in their lives.

In today's episode, TV journalist and producer JD Cargill shares how the pandemic disrupted his career and how to find a silver lining amid adversity. He also explains how to work your way past the discouraging voice that pops in your head from time to time—your inner saboteur.

If you're going through a rough patch and you want to learn how to uplift yourself, tune in to this episode!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover how JD coped with the effects of the pandemic on his career and mental health.
  2. How you can fuel your purpose during tough times?
  3. Find out how JD feels radically loved by listening to the full episode!

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Episode Highlights

How JD Became a Television Journalist

  • JD developed his love for films growing up when his mom took him to the cinemas on Friday nights. He wanted to act on this passion and create a career around it.
  • After taking up journalism in college, JD moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. He took up acting classes when he wasn’t landing jobs for a while.
  • Training made JD realize he wasn’t good at the craft. However, he still wanted to stay in the entertainment industry.
  • Seeing Jules Asner on TV inspired him to become an entertainment reporter and producer.
  • He got into a business where he can build relationships, talk about the things he loves, and use the skills that, for him, flow naturally.

JD’s Career During a Health Crisis

  • COVID-19 took away JD's career, which freed him up to do anything.
  • JD initially had ideas of creating a mobile studio for podcasting, which didn't push through because of the current health crisis.
  • Instead, JD built a podcast studio in the basement of his home in Pasadena.
  • He and Ed, his engineer, already have three to four show ideas, including a podcast called Bachelor.

On Fueling Your Purpose Amid the Pandemic

  • If you’re going through a rough patch, what matters is how you pick yourself up.
  • Like Rosie, JD believes in meditation and also allowing yourself to be a wreck. But you have to eventually get out of it by focusing on whatever brings you joy.
  • Whenever JD’s “inner saboteur” pops up in his head, he convinces himself he can do it. He tells himself, ‘I know me. I trust myself. I will not let myself fail.’
  • The key is to find your primary motivator and use it to power through that voice in your head that tries to destroy you.
  • Tantra Yoga comes with the belief that we are born with limitations. To expand beyond them, we must understand what to do next from a state of stillness.

The Biggest Lesson Learned This Quarantine

  • It’s okay to lose jobs, money, and other things as long as you keep a hold of yourself.
  • JD learned to trust himself and believe everything will work out.
  • He also learned not to overreact when receiving bad news.

JD’s Anchor Point

  • JD struggled with opioid dependency.
  • Whatever your issues are, find a pathway out and try different things until you see what works for you.
  • Accept your reality. You don’t have to escape it. Be yourself.

On Freedom

  • JD has never felt freer in his life than he does now.
  • Modern Podcasting is the first project he has ever done entirely on his own. He considers this as his silver lining during the pandemic.
  • For JD, there are times when you need to let the universe or whatever higher power you believe in forge your path.
  • It takes work to get to know yourself and see where you’re going in life.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[09:52] “The thing that makes you an adult is the day that you realize that whatever you're going through, millions of other people are going through it too. So there is no reason to hold anything back.”

[14:36] “If you don't take real action towards a dream or if you do and either thing doesn't deliver that dream in a timely manner, there's a lot of dreams. Let's find something that will satiate you.”

[23:58] “I believe, like you, in meditation, and breathing, and getting as centered as possible, and giving myself permission to be just a wreck. I did that. And then I gave myself permission to get myself out of it.”

[32:55] “It's okay to lose stuff, and money, and things. It's not okay to lose who you are, yourself, in the process, especially if you know yourself and you like yourself.”

[39:16] “Once you accept that, ‘This is me; this is my life; this is my condition; this is the world. This is me. And it's okay. It is okay.’ you don't have to escape it. And if you don't have to escape something, you don't need the substances. You can just be yourself.”

About JD

JD Cargill is a producer, film expert, and most notably, a broadcast journalist with multiple awards under his belt. JD’s career in broadcast news started at KTLA in 2000 as a production assistant, eventually serving as a senior entertainment producer for News@Ten. In 2002, he became a Hollywood-based reporter for Rise TV on UK’s Channel 4 in London. Then, in 2004, he worked at CNN as an overseer of the film, television, and entertainment news beat.

JD started Mid-Century Media (MCM) in March 2014, a full-service Hollywood production company. He partnered with ArcLight Cinemas, MCM produced ArcLight Stories, digital presentations that showcase the makings of select films and interviews with actors, directors, and other talents.

JD is a podcast host of the Friendsome and Then Some!!, a show which talks about all things midlife. He also recently created Modern Podcasting, a home-based AV studio for podcasts, web videos, and live streams.

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Crises can strike at any time, and they're usually unexpected. Some of us bounce back and pivot quickly, but others need to make 180-degree turns in their lives.

 

In today's episode, TV journalist and producer JD Cargill shares how the pandemic disrupted his career and how to find a silver lining amid adversity. He also explains how to work your way past the discouraging voice that pops in your head from time to time—your inner saboteur.

 

 

 

 

Oct 2, 2020

Supercharge Your Health Through Sprouting with Doug Evans

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people around the world have been suffering from chronic and lifestyle diseases. Because we are bombarded with unhealthy food choices, we often forget that food can be medicine as well. And one way of making optimum nutrition available for everyone is sprouting.

In this episode, health food entrepreneur Doug Evans introduces us to sprouting. He walks us through his journey to changing his diet. He also shares the benefits of eating sprouts and how you can start sprouting. Finally, he shares three tips on how you can take control of your health.

Tune in if you want to learn how you can grow nutritious food through sprouting.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn what sprouting is and the tools you need for it.
  2. Discover delicious recipes you can create with sprouts.
  3. How does Doug feel radically loved? Find out toward the end of the episode.

Resources

Episode Highlights

Doug’s Philosophy on Food

  • We have control over what we eat.
  • Everything you put into your mouth is a life-or-death decision.
  • Some of Doug’s family members suffer from chronic diseases. He also lost his mother to stomach cancer.
  • Food is like a drug, and it affects every aspect of our lives.

How Doug Discovered Plant-Based Diet

  • He met a vegan in 1999, and he had stuck to whole foods, plant-based, vegan diet for 17 years.
  • Now he mostly eats raw sprouts and fruit.
  • He still eats steamed or cooked vegetables and whole grains. However, he no longer eats food with added fats, oils, and sugars.

Doug’s Sprouting Journey

  • Doug became a sprouter when he lived in the Mojave desert.
  • Within 30 days, 50% of his calories came from sprouts.
  • The following month, he didn’t spend any more money for food
  • Doug’s sugar cravings went down, his energy went up, and his intuition sharpened.
  • Because he had the peace of mind to think about what he wanted to do, he discovered his passion for sprouting. He then decided to write a book about it.

Sprouting for Beginners

  • Seeds are the source of all plant life on the planet.
  • The germination or sprouting stage is overlooked because it happens under the ground and takes time to bear fruit.
  • Many do not consider sprouts as a food source, only as garnish.
  • Doug is a big eater, but his body can tell him to stop when he’s overeating sprouts.

Benefits of Sprouts

  • Cruciferous vegetables have nutrients that can kill cancer cells.
  • Broccoli sprouts’ defensive compounds are also effective treatments for autism spectrum disorder.
  • Chia sprouts increase your fiber, antioxidant, and potassium.

Growing Sprouts

  • Sprouts can grow without sunlight and soil.
  • You can grow them in a jar. Just get a cheesecloth, add the seeds, and water them.
  • You only need to tend to them two or three times a day.
  • Sprouting makes healthy superfoods and juices more economically accessible.

Tips on Starting Your Organic Sprout Garden

  • Avoid seeds that have been sprayed with fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides.
  • Get organic seeds designed for sprouting because they have a high germination rate.
  • Buy seeds that have been tested for foodborne pathogens.
  • Listen to the full episode to learn how to sprout lentils, as well as their nutritional benefits.

Creating Recipes from Sprouts

  • Doug invites everyone to add sprouts in their meals.
  • The Sprout Book includes 40 raw, plant-based recipes that are 50% sprouts.

Sprouts for Sugar Lovers

  • Combine sprouts with berries, the lowest glycemic fruit.
  • If you like watermelon, eat it raw from the green to the red part.
  • You can also try dates and figs.
  • Doug sees no problem with sugar from fruits. But the more sprouts you eat, the less you'll crave sugar.

Cooking with Oil

  • Doug’s wife cooks with very little coconut or avocado oil.
  • When she cooks with oil and seasoning, Doug tends to overeat, which doesn’t make him feel good.

Watering Your Sprouts

  • Untreated and ozone- or UV-treated waters are good.
  • If your water is chlorine-treated, boil it first.
  • Tap, filtered, spring, and distilled waters are also good.
  • If you don't have access to filtered water, just use what you have. Eventually, you'll get alignment and start making better choices.

Why More People Should Start Sprouting

  • Sprouting minimizes packaging waste.
  • It saves land use, water use, and food waste.
  • It also doesn't involve animal slaughter.

How to Take Control of Your Health

  • Research the health benefits of sprouts.
  • Order organic sprouting seeds and experiment.
  • Slow down when you’re eating and think about where your food comes from.

Final Words

  • We can choose to be a victim or a victor.
  • It’s not about motivation. It’s about taking action that’s aligned with your purpose and mission.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[06:44] “My philosophy on food is that everything that you put in your mouth is a life or death decision.”

[33:08] “Sprouting can help equalize the food system whereas anyone can afford to buy seeds, add water, and then have their organic vegetable garden on their kitchen countertop in the size of a toaster oven.”

[56:39] “Seeds are these diamonds. Like we're sitting on them; they're right in front of our face. They're one phone call, one trip to the store, one Amazon sprout man, True Leaf Market order away. And you can get the seeds; you can get empowered. And who would believe that eating sprouts could change your life?”

[1:00:06] “Are you eating this because it is in your destiny and your divinity that you are choosing this with the full intention of your being? Or are you eating this because it's convenient or someone else is selling it to you?”

[1:10:16] “We can choose to be a victim, or we can choose to be a victor. And it's not about motivation; it's about action.”

About Doug

Doug Evans is a simple man who joined the army when he was 17 years old. Because of his adventurous spirit, he discovered sprouting.  He turned this passion into a book entitled The Sprout Book. Doug is an advocate of mindful eating for a healthier and happier life.

Know more about Doug and his work through his Instagram account.

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Sep 25, 2020

Coming Home to Your True Self with Christine Gutierrez

Have the words, “Look on the bright side!” ever helped you? Advice like this can be more damaging than helpful. The journey towards healing has never been straightforward. Although it's useful to maintain an optimistic outlook, you also have to allow yourself to feel negativity, seek acceptance, and find the strength to come home to your true self with kindness.

In today's episode, Christine Gutierrez will share the importance of understanding the two facets of healing and why feeling your negative emotions is much better than ignoring it altogether. She will also discuss her spiritual journey, the value of kindness and healthy love, working with women of color, and using tools to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Christine will also talk to us about her new book, I Am Diosa, and how it can help people from different walks of life.

If you're on your journey back to your true self, especially in these crucial times, this episode is for you.

 

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  2. Learn how to find healing without invalidating your true self or disregarding your negative emotions.
  3. Christine will share why she chose I Am Diosa as the title of her book and how it can resonate with people from different walks of life.

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Episode Highlights

Christine's Spiritual Journey

  • Ever since Christine was young, she has always had a deep desire to connect to human suffering, help others who are struggling and make a difference in people's lives.
  • This passion led her to study psychology, philosophy, and mental health counseling.
  • Christine merges her modern therapeutic training with her spiritual path.

On I Am Diosa

  • Working with Diosa, the goddess's energy enabled Christine to realize that God has a feminine face.
  • The concept of Diosa empowered and helped Christine reclaim her true self.
  • For Christine, sharing is the calling of all healers.
  • She was worried that many people might not know what I Am Diosa But choosing and standing up for it as the title of her book, no matter what others might say, gives her a sense of cultural confidence.

What’s Wrong with Overemphasizing Positivity

  • The overemphasis towards keeping a positive attitude all the time is dismissive of the emotions and experiences of those who suffered intense trauma and abuse.
  • It creates a shallow healing process, unrealistic goals, and often discredits and minimizes the feelings and ownership of people's struggles.
  • It's vital to validate different spectrums of emotions and provide spaces to feel it.
  • Overemphasis on positivity can affect your daily life by preventing you from experiencing your full range of emotions.

Advice for Struggling Women

  • Owning your experiences and that you are a victim of someone else's dysfunction can be liberating.
  • "Just don't be a victim" advice is a very condescending way to approach people who experienced intense hardships and trauma.
  • Christine offers a different energetic tone by stating that you don't have to remain stuck in your past.
  • It is your duty to yourself to create a life of happiness despite your past because you're deserving and worthy of it.

The Importance of Kindness to Yourself

  • Christine is not a happy person all the time - she is often reflective and emotional.
  • It's essential to accept who you are, the life you're given, love, and be kind to yourself and your experiences.
  • Combine therapy with outside support and deep soul work to manage your emotions better. Expecting perfection will be harmful in the long run.
  • Healing requires continuous nurturing of enjoying life. It is not a simple before and after scenario.
  • Healing will involve mistakes and relapses – this is normal.

Working with Women of Color

  • Christine's I Am Diosa retreats give women space to share their feelings and situations freely. Also, to try, fail, and get back up again in their healing journey without judgment.
  • The 'medicine' for happiness is within all people.
  • Most of her clients are strong and wise women that were too busy to process their emotions and traumas.
  • Christine's role is to hold and remind them that they're all in this together.

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Being a newly-married couple, Christine and her husband find it hard at first to pivot their routine amid the ongoing pandemic.
  • Allow yourself to accept that these are crazy times and that you're not alone in this journey.
  • Mental health support has to be accessible to all people during and after the pandemic. Find available resources to help you cope with overwhelming emotions.
  • Christine aims to create a global space for people to connect spiritually through the digital medium.

Ways to Cultivate Healthy Love

  • Love, warmth, and touch are essential tools in reminding clients of their worthiness and power.
  • Become aware of the unhealthy places in your life.
  • Look for the things you can do if you're in a healthy space.
  • Set your non-negotiables.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear specific examples of how to cultivate healthy love in your life.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[04:13] “Working with the goddess, working with Diosa, for me was a moment of realizing that there was a divine face of God. That there was a feminine divine face.”

[06:06] “It was a coming to of my own cultural confidence of being like, it doesn't matter what anyone says, this is my work. And this is going to resonate with who it's meant to resonate with.”

[08:53] “There is no bad or good emotion. There are more difficult emotions to process, of course, and it's about giving ourselves the space to say, ‘Hey, I'm feeling bad. I'm having a shitty day.’”

[17:52] “This is not a simple before and after, right? I'm a living, breathing woman with a sea of emotions, right? I rise and fall like the tide. So therefore that means that I'm allowing myself to constantly look at the places where I can deepen both my healing and my joy.”

[26:02] “I think one of the biggest pieces that we can give ourselves is allowing ourselves to accept and acknowledge that these are some crazy times and that you're not alone.”

About Christine

Christine Gutierrez is a licensed therapist, self-esteem coach, and inspirational speaker. She has recently written a book called I Am Diosa: A Journey to Healing Deep, Loving Yourself, and Coming Back Home to Soul.

If you want to connect with Christina, you may visit her website and Instagram page.

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Sep 22, 2020

Traveling is a joyful exercise when you need inspiration and a break from your routine. Your ability or inability to move impacts your creativity. With the current travel restrictions and civil unrest around the world, no one is immune from getting feelings of uncertainty and anxiety during these trying times.

In today’s episode, Meera Lee Patel gives us a glimpse into her creative process when writing her book, My Friend Fear. She tells us how the pandemic and her pregnancy affected her creative flow. She also shares her stories of overcoming fear by feeling at home with herself, no matter where she is.

If you feel stuck physically, emotionally, and mentally, this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover the magic that could happen when you face your fears.
  2. Learn how you can let go and let life shape itself.
  3. Find out how Meera creates her own calm.

Resources

Episode Highlights

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

  • A New York native, Meera left Brooklyn to work on her second book, My Friend Fear.
  • She realized that she needed to face all her fears to honestly write her book. So she left her job, traveled alone, and worked on being an artist and a writer.
  • Her decision to move to the countryside wasn’t intentional. But in the course of writing her book, she worked at an illustration studio based in Nashville, where she connected with the artist community.
  • Meera never dreamed of living in the countryside. But some things shape themselves when you decide to be open to them.

Feeling at Home Within Yourself

  • Even if you’re afraid, Meera says you should do things that excite you.
  • Your fear of rejection may feel like the worst thing that could happen, but you can overcome this by being yourself and letting people know you.
  • The biggest gift of mindfulness and discernment is finding peace within yourself.

From the City to the Countryside

  • Countryside living offers peace and quiet that is nearly impossible in the city.
  • Under pandemic circumstances, the countryside also offers a lot of space where you can feel free to walk around without encountering others who may be sick.
  • However, living in the countryside makes you feel isolated and lonely.
  • As a city girl, Meera isn’t used to driving, but that’s how you get around in the countryside.

Creativity Requires Calm

  • Living in Nashville got Meera back into her creative flow because she has fewer distractions and a larger space in her home studio.
  • Connecting with your highest self is a challenge when there’s so much frenetic energy, especially when you live in the city.
  • Nature helps shift your perspective, especially when you are feeling anxious.

On Her Pregnancy

  • Being pregnant during the pandemic has negatively affected Meera’s body and emotions, hampering her creative work.
  • The pandemic exposed all possible emotions, including guilt.
  • Meera thinks she still hasn’t processed her feelings of disappointment and anxiety related to the pregnancy.

Nothing Is Permanent

  • Anxiety can be paralyzing because it eliminates the idea that life could be different.
  • When you accept that nothing is permanent, it gives you back some sense of control.
  • Meera also worked hard on accepting the things she can’t control.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[04:55] “When I open myself up to the world, when I'd let somebody see me for who I was, not for who I thought they wanted me to be, I was welcomed.”

[16:55] “In order to be creative and make the work, you need time alone. So much of being a creative is solitude.”

[19:13] “Whatever was cycling in your head and giving you such anxiety, maybe that is a very small part of life and your life and a very small part of what is affecting you in this grander scheme.”

[26:51] “Something that helps me always with my anxiety is remembering that the way I feel right now is temporary. Just like everything else in life, this moment is temporary, and it’s going to pass, and it won’t be like this forever.”

[29:14] “Losing control, and letting go of control, and learning to be okay with that has been really freeing. Instead of making me more anxious that anything can go wrong, instead it makes me feel like, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. And that means that there is a lot of possibility.’”

About Meera

Meera Lee Patel is an illustrator and writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Coming from Brooklyn, she began working as an editor at a publishing company after graduating with degrees in English and Journalism & Media Studies. A self-taught artist, her stationery and gift line are inspired by nature and her home country, India.

She published three journals, namely, Start Where You Are, Made Out of Stars, and Create Your Own Calm. Her works encourage self-exploration and help build a practice of introspection through art. Her book My Friend Fear features Meera’s reflections about her fears, thoughtful questions on creativity, and beautiful watercolor paintings.

If you want to connect with Meera, follow her on Instagram and Twitter or visit her website.

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Sep 18, 2020

Bringing Ancient Wisdom to Your Mindfulness Practice with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

Ancient teachings still exist today because the wisdom they carry is timeless. Modern interpretations are made by philosophers and teachers so that we can understand the books better using familiar language and context. In this unprecedented time of COVID-19, life goes on, and these lessons are more relevant than ever to apply to our daily practices.

In today's episode, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor will provide insights on the Bhagavad Gita—a text widely considered to have influenced yoga, especially in Eastern philosophy. Richard and Mary are eminent yogic teachers who will discuss what it means to wake up to your intelligence to live a balanced life. They will also share their travel experiences as a manifestation of how it feels to be radically loved.

If you feel stuck in your mindfulness practice and want to bring wisdom into it, this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover the message of the Bhagavad Gita and how it can help you in your practice.
  2. Learn how to bring consciousness to your actions and inactions.
  3. Find out how Richard and Mary feel radically loved by listening to the full episode!

Resources

  • When Love Comes to Light by Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor
  • Freeman + Taylor website
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Episode Highlights

Studying the Bhagavad Gita

  • Richard and Mary published a book called When Love Comes to Light as a practical interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • When you read the Bhagavad Gita as a guidebook, it provides a lot of teachings you can apply to your life.
  • The world is one organism, and all of us are interconnected.
  • Richard and Mary approach the teachings to learn to look at the context of the situations we encounter.

The Relationship Between Mind & Ego

  • Problems arise when the mind and ego start to work together.
  • The ego wants to be the hero solving problems.
  • The mind makes decisions and guides you in taking action.
  • Mary says that you should determine your motivations to know and decide the appropriate steps to maintain a healthy relationship between your mind and ego.

Waking Up to Your Intelligence

  • We wake up to moments of intelligence every day in different situations.
  • A moment of intelligence would be akin to your gut feelings or what you feel when speaking the truth.
  • It's also a feeling of vulnerability rooted in strength and knowledge of your connection to others.
  • Yoga practices wake up the body so that you start to become more attentive.
  • When you get that feeling, you don’t care whether you’re any more enlightened or not.

On Practicing with Your Ego

  • The ego is the identification with the self as separate.
  • To practice discernment is to bring consciousness to every action or inaction.
  • Richard described that ego is a divine function, but attachment to your ego is not.
  • You can use your ego to learn how to act and do things to get feedback, but don’t identify with it.

Teaching Mindfulness Through a Book

  • The Gita teachings are supposed to be difficult because it asks you to look again and again to learn mindfulness.
  • Mary says that keeping a sense of humor, laughing at your mistakes, and learning to let go are acceptable mindfulness practices.

Dealing with Exhaustion at a Global Scale

  • Finding it difficult to sit with your practice is normal under current circumstances, but you should still show up and do it.
  • Those who have learned yoga and meditation practice in less turbulent times will feel prepared to face the difficulties even though it is sometimes inappropriate.
  • People who haven’t developed their practices before the pandemic will feel exhaustion, fatigue, and fear more strongly than others.

The Gita as a Love Story

  • Mary sees the Bhagavad Gita not as a war story but as a love story about connecting to the divinity within ourselves.
  • Richard says that the book names the enemies like lust, anger, and greed.
  • A war inside the mind is one interpretation of the teachings in the Bhagavad Gita.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[14:07] “It’s a way of learning to look at context. You see things and to look at all the different religious manifestations and to see through them, to what they’re actually trying to accomplish rather than let your ego buy into some formula that makes you superior to others.”

[28:01] “Life is a wave pattern. If you can ride those waves with the ability at any instant to engage, that would be amazing.”

[34:55] “It's an important time to be kind to yourself and to be really careful. And not to be so dogmatic that you become more tight or tuned out from the Other.”

[35:48] “When there’s this genuine sense of connectedness and a genuine concern for the world, the environment, etc, then that’s when it starts to stabilize enough that we take the context of what’s going on and we help see each other see what we can do.”

[38:07] “If you feel like you've been injured by someone else or by a situation and you respond, take the moment, even in just a flash, to really see if your motivation for your action is in line with bigger intentions in life, say, the intention to relieve suffering. Are your motivations self-serving more than they are truly in line with your intention?”

About Richard & Mary

Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor are yoga teachers based in Boulder, Colorado. They teach public classes and frequently travel as guest instructors at studios worldwide.

Richard has produced many instructional videos on yoga asana, philosophy, breathing, and chanting. Mary has written three cookbooks. She also teaches within the caregiver and hospital setting as a member of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program at the Upaya Zen Center.

Richard and Mary have written two books together, namely The Art of Vinyasa and, most recently, When Love Comes to Light, both under Shambala Publications. They also appear in online communities that teach yoga, meditation, and wellness practice to help students navigate challenging life experiences.

If you want to connect with Richard and Mary, visit their website.

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Sep 11, 2020

Transform Your Grief into Emotional Healing with Alicia “Ace” Easter

For some people, grief can be paralyzing. Pain can affect our outlook in life and our ability to accomplish day-to-day tasks. In some instances, it takes months or years before people move on from it. However, for some, grief is an effective stepping stone to productivity and healing.

In today’s episode, Alicia “Ace” Easter talks about how she channeled her grief into yoga, a form of healing that worked for her. Ace shares how being a yoga instructor changed her life and is now something she has incorporated in her daily routine. Ace also talks about what she has learned during quarantine, things you can start doing while you are stuck at home, and how you can use your voice as a form of activism.

If you are in grief and finding it hard to be productive in these trying times, this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn how to channel your grief into something powerful and productive.
  2. Discover ways to make the most of the time you have during this pandemic.
  3. Find out how Ace feels radically loved by listening to the full episode!

Resources

Episode Highlights

Resonating with Another Person’s Energy

  • Lately, Ace has been exuding confidence that allows her to feel protected and safe when interacting with others.
  • When you honor your softness and own who you are, you will naturally be attracted to other people.
  • Spirit-led connections make people feel safe, especially in a world where there’s not enough of that.

How Grief Made Ace Turn to Yoga

  • Ace experienced traumatic things early in her life. Her mother passed away when she was 19, so Ace had to figure things out on her own.
  • She took her life too seriously because she had to survive.
  • Ace had a job where she had to travel a lot. She did not stay long anywhere, so she thought she did not have to feel for too long.
  • Yoga gave Ace a sense of connection and belonging. It saved her from darkness.

Taking Ownership of Ace’s Name

  • For most of her life, Ace had always been called Alicia. Her aunt called her Lisa.
  • Ace believes when you discover who you are, you start to own the power in your name.

How Yoga Saved Ace’s Life

  • Ace acknowledged the death of her mother only six years after her death.
  • Yoga helped Ace get in her body and understand her grief.
  • There is so much more to yoga than its physical aspect.
  • Yoga helped Ace find what works for her and be consistent with it.

What Ace Learned About Herself This Quarantine

  • Ace found that she was working way too much and spreading herself thin because she did not want to feel alone.
  • She learned she can be alone in her space and still feel secure. She can be vulnerable yet brave when she asks for help.
  • Ace needs to be consistent in her meditation, yoga practice, and therapy.
  • She can start a business without knowing a thing about it and still succeed.
  • With all the civil uprisings and movements, Ace learned that her voice is a powerful gift. She is here to be a teacher and stop shying away from her gift.

Ace’s Form of Activism

  • Ace realized she did not have to go out and march in protest. She has a different approach to activism.
  • For Ace, activism is empowering people to remember who they are and supporting people of color.
  • Ace also does workshops on grief. She does the things she is good at and improves on them for the greater good of her people.

People’s Perception of Yoga Instructors

  • Some people think yoga instructors are enlightened and have everything figured out.
  • However, yoga instructors are also human beings. Like everyone else, they have things to navigate.
  • Ace does not want to get to the point where she is so enlightened that she cannot learn from anyone anymore.

Ace’s Idea of Freedom

  • When Ace did her first workshop, she did not know what “I am free” meant. She just thought it was something that feels good to say.
  • However, she learned that freedom is being free to change, grow, learn, and love. It also meant having grace in falling and reaching for someone to ask for help.

How the Pandemic Forced Us to Reset

  • Ace likes that she is home more and making her space her own.
  • Since we are all stuck at home, Ace believes we should feel good and improve our surroundings to make them more comfortable.
  • We should acknowledge our emotional and mental situation and talk about them with other people.
  • Ace loves that she can just sit and read a book or watch hours of television shows.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[10:23] “Each and every day, plant the seed of faith. And then just keep going. Plant the seed; trust the seed; don't worry about how it's going to happen, how it's all going to work out.”

[19:24] “Go with what you know right now. Go with what feels like breathing to you right now, and that is your form of activism.”

[24:23] “I can still be strong, and I can still be vulnerable, and I can still be brave at the same time when asking for help.”

[27:12] “I learned that my voice is powerful. My voice is beyond this realm, and my light and my gift is beyond. And I'm here to be a teacher and stop shying away from that, stop hiding from my gifts.”

[34:11] “I don't have it all figured out, and neither do you. And that's okay. There's beauty in not having it all figured out because, if you have it all figured out, then what else is there for you to do?”

About Ace

Alicia “Ace” Easter was raised in Atlanta, traveled around the United States, and landed in Los Angeles as a yoga instructor. Ace teaches yoga and meditation classes and is also a Reiki healer. She also hosts the I AM FREE workshops throughout California.

If you want to connect with Ace, visit her website. You can also reach out to her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Sep 4, 2020

Embracing Your Highest Vision Through Spiritual Healing with Sah D’Simone

The road to spiritual healing can be difficult. There will be moments where giving up will seem like a more attractive option. But no matter the challenge, you must find things that would make you feel free. Finding and knowing your source of joy is the first step on the road to happiness. Through joy and healing, you can let go of things which destroy you.

Sah D’Simone joins us in this episode to help us understand the importance of choosing the right path for you. Every person's path to inner peace and finding themselves will be different. Some might find solace in science. Others discover joy through prayer, religion, or meditation.

Tune in and learn why you should commit to an outlet that makes you shine rather than suppresses your true self.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Be inspired by Sah D’Simone’s life experiences and learn how he stayed committed to his spiritual healing through meditation.
  2. Discover how you can take the lead to improve yourself spiritually and mentally.
  3. Know yourself and understand the importance of choosing the path that is best for you.

Resources

Episode Highlights

On Being Authentic

 

  • Being authentic now means being grounded and present.
  • Authenticity means committing to staying consistent with your healing.
  • Let your heart exercise your best qualities and get rid of your negativity to experience radical authenticity.

 

 

Sah’s Background

 

  • Sah’s family is originally from Brazil. They eventually moved to Florida. 
  • He tried substances like drugs and alcohol while living in LA.
  • Sah started a fashion magazine with his friends.
  • He struggled with depression and anxiety.
  • Listen to the entire episode for Sah’s journey and experiences as he discovered meditation.

 

 

A Trip to India

 

  • Going to India was Sah’s radical move. He mapped his trip and planned to learn from South Indian gurus.

 

  • But the moment he saw the Dalai Lama, Sah knew he will learn something from him.

 

  • Sah bought a ticket to India and went on a 10-day silent retreat. The people in the retreat reflected something simple but deep to him—he is innately good. His goodness is not circumstantial; it’s unconditional.
  • They also meditated on death, which gave him a psychosomatic response as he reflected on the life he’s been living.
  • Sah listened to the Dalai Lama talk, whose words landed so deeply for him. It’s what put him on his current path.

 

 

Sah’s 30-Day Meditation Retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

  • This experience was a moment of reflection and self-evaluation.
  • Sah found himself crying and broken several moments during the day. He slowly made peace with the feeling that he is a mistake.
  • On their last day, Sah took a vow to commit to healing. 
  • His desire to heal was selfish; he only wanted to feel better. But led him to the right choice and path.

 

 

Life Lessons from Sah

  • Learn to approach everything with joy. 
  • Suicidal thoughts are a narrative that you regularly visit; pause when you have them.
  • Joy is innate to all people.
  • Look for things that you can regularly do that awaken unconditional joy.

Graduating From Family Trauma

 

  • Sah had a TEDx talk about transgenerational trauma, where he shared his grandmother’s suicide story.
  • Science tells us that our genetics embody who we are. 
  • Karma tells us that everything we are today is the handiwork of ourselves.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear Sah explain more about epigenetics!

 

 

Karma

  • Find what sets you free. 
  • Between karma and science, choose what works for you.
  • Every state of mind matters; your words and actions matter. The life you are living right now is a consequence of all of your past actions. 
  • The aspects of how karma blossoms in your life: how clean your space is, the way you see the world, the way the world sees you, and the overall tendencies of the mind.

Navigating Mental Health & Transformation During the Pandemic

 

  • Do not be focused on labels.
  • Seek professional help and look for ancient practices.
  • Find people who will be your spiritual support.
  • It is essential to stay committed to your healing.

 

 

Reclaiming Words

 

  • We’re creatures of meaning. It’s important to reclaim words in a way that impacts your internal world.
  • “Crack baby” is a metaphor for being a wild, loving, and free person, but it can also mean living without accountability.
  • High vision is living a life of purpose and being in control of your mind. With high vision, you can learn altruism.
  • Surrender is patience: surrender means to understand that not everything can happen immediately.

 

Your Spiritual Path

  • For Sah, being on a spiritual path is means constant unlearning and remembering.
  • It is when you don’t feel your teachers or books are subduing your best qualities.

 

 

  • Spiritually Sassy welcomes and celebrates your extraness as the pathway to your freedom.

 

  • Some practices may not work for you.
  • Whatever you want to do, remember to choose a path that develops your best qualities and removes your worst.

 

 

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[15:53] “As we start to feel better, the natural impulse of the heart is to serve.”

[37:11] “Be consistent to what's unfamiliar.

[37:39] “To do something different, to go out of your way to choose to drink more water, to choose to sit down, to concentrate your mind, to breathe in a way that's healing, to eat in a way that supports your awakening— all the things that we talked about. It takes a little bit of devotional discipline. But I got to tell you guys, I'm sitting here today because of that devotional discipline.”

[46:37] “The problem is the sense of urgency that we want things to happen right in this moment. And if it doesn't, then I am miserable.”

[50:38] “Whatever you're wanting to do, just go to a path where your best qualities are developed, and your worst qualities are removed.”

About Sah

Sah D’Simone is a spiritual guide, meditation teacher, and a transformational speaker. He is also known as an international best-selling author and the pioneer of the Spiritually Sassy healing movement. Sah continues to infect his audience with enthusiasm by incorporating ancient Tantric Buddhism, modern psychology, meditation, and nutrition to help people heal.

To learn more about Sah’s work, visit his website. You may also connect with him on Instagram and TikTok 

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Aug 30, 2020

Jasmin Jenkins is a grief guide and the founder of Fall Up, a community platform created to support people navigating the spectrum of grief. Here, she answers questions from the fullest about navigating loss.

What are the different stages of grieving?

The stages of grief were first identified by the late Swiss-American psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her book On Death and Dying (1969). The five stages were identified as: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. 

Even with this, I want to remind you that grief is not a linear process.

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Aug 28, 2020

How Befriending Your Fear Fuels Your Creative Process with Meera Lee Patel

We’re all familiar with the struggle of pursuing something uncertain. It could be a simple task or a job that can completely change your life. Fear can make us feel small and stuck, holding us back from our full potential. 

In this episode, Meera Lee Patel shares how she makes art and writing a means to help herself and her audience process anxiety. Find out how she harnesses creative energy from unfulfilling times. She also provides tips on how to soothe your negative thoughts during the pandemic.

Whether your career revolves around art or not, Meera’s experiences can inspire you to sit with your fear to tap the creative soul in you.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover how you can spark and sustain creativity every day.
  2. Find out how to cope with the negativity surrounding the pandemic.
  3. How does Meera Lee Patel feel radically loved? Find out toward the end of the episode.

Resources

 

 

Episode Highlights

Meera’s Creative Inspiration

  • Meera's work is a direct reflection of her thoughts and experiences. When she shares herself, she can manage her anxiety and heal.
  • She strives to release art and writing that people can resonate and connect with.

Meera’s Journey

 

  • Meera was raised by immigrant parents who instilled the importance of a stable career.
  • After graduating from college with a degree in journalism, she took a job at a technical publishing company. She felt very unfulfilled over the routine of sitting in the office and doing the same thing every day.
  • Her dissatisfaction sparked her journey in painting and writing. She spent several years doing these on the side.
  • While writing My Friend Fear, she realized she cannot make a genuine piece of writing about dealing with fear if she is hiding behind hers.
  • She was taught to keep her head down and avoid attention. But living like that made her feel small and invisible. When she couldn’t stand it anymore, she went off-course.

 

For the Struggling Person

 

  • Now is the greatest opportunity to start what you’ve been waiting to do. However, do not put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Before becoming a full-time artist, Meera stayed in her job for seven years to build something self-supporting. She wanted to remain independent and responsible for herself.
  • Creativity will be suffocated if you have anxiety over economic fears. Feel safe first, but accept that you may not be as comfortable as you felt before.
  • Find a way to earn income, even if it is only half of what you earn before. Do it as long as it helps you pay the bills and makes you feel safer.
  • Channel as much energy as you can in turning your dreams into reality. Take online classes to sharpen your skills and learn more about the industry you want to move toward.

 

On Minimizing Distractions

  • Set boundaries. Allot time to find quiet and solitude but acknowledge that this could be difficult during the pandemic.
  • Meera needs a transition period where she goes from being a person of the world into an artist who harnesses creativity from within herself.
  • Leave your phone and other gadgets in another room. Distance yourself first from the people and pets you live with.

Coping Mechanisms During the Pandemic

  • Nobody is going through the pandemic at peak productivity every day. It’s hard for all of us in different ways.
  • If you find yourself in a circle of self-criticism, give yourself a break. Be content with whatever you’ve achieved.
  • Take care of yourself and be a little softer.

How to Live a Creative Life

  • Creativity is everywhere. Apply it to every aspect of your life, including conversations and cooking. It's all about changing the dynamic of the usual activities you do.
  • Try a different creative channel to clear up your energy. When you do another activity, it can spark inspiration for the task you were feeling stuck about.
  • You have to move and create something to change your emotions accordingly. Action affects attitude.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[06:20] “We make the work that we need to see.”

[12:40] “When I decided to stop living a small life governed by my fear and open myself up to the possibility of more, I got a lot more.”

[14:32] “I think a lot of the values that we are taught are so important—and I'm so grateful for most of them—but a lot of them will also ask us to become invisible.”

[17:53] “Creativity—it will be suffocated if you have anxiety over economical fears.”

[33:13] “Action changes attitude—I try to remember that. If I want to change the way I feel, I have to move; I have to do something. And then my emotions will change accordingly.”

About Meera

Meera Lee Patel is a self-taught artist and writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown, a beautiful meditation on fear and how it can help us become who we are if we let it.

Meera is also the author of two journals: Made Out of Stars, a journal encouraging the belief that you are already whole, and Start Where You Are, a journal helping you understand that the answers you are seeking are contained within yourself.

She is currently a columnist at Spirituality & Health, where she writes and draws about mental health. 

Connect with Meera through her website or Instagram.

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