Today's interview is probably one of the most gentle conversations I've ever had about some seriously charged topics - race, social justice, boundaries, capacity, positions of power, and more. The nature of the conversation totally speaks to how our guest, Andréa Ranae Johnson shows up in the world - with tons of compassion, curiosity, and commitment to contributing to solutions and better systems. In the interview we talked about the larger system we're all part of, and all of the identities we hold. We talked about the sense of care we need to have for ourselves as women (and humans) during these intense times. And we explored how to have our needs and wants met, to not only be OK, but to thrive. Enjoy!
About Andréa Ranae Johnson:
Andréa Ranae is a vision-led facilitator and coach who believes that together, we rise. She is deeply committed to doing her part in cultivating a world that works for everyone and does so by placing her work at the intersections of personal growth, social justice and conscious business.
As the creator of Coaching as Activism, she supports people doing transformative work to deepen their impact by taking a critical look at how their work and lives are connected to social change. As the co-founder of Whole / Self Liberation, she offers and uplifts practical tools, resources and wisdom for those who want to make change happen in their lives and communities. As a coach and consultant, she works with entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that want to be more inclusive and impactful do so through their approach to leadership, their marketing and their company culture. She's a huge fan of #blackgirlmagic, sunsets and veggie burritos.
In this episode, Andréa shares:
1. Becoming aware of when and how we cause harm
2. Expanding your capacity while staying in your lane
3. How fast things move online
A study back in 2011 revealed that we are bombarded with the equivalent of 174 newspapers a day. That’s 5x as much information since 1986. And that was 6 years ago.
Our responsibilities and stressors are off the charts. A lot of what doesn’t work in our cultural, social, environmental and political systems is breaking down before our very eyes, without viable new solutions in sight, let alone in place yet. AND all of that feels extra scary because of the amount of images, articles and videos we see about it online every single day.
The bottom line is in spite of all our advances in the 21st century, it’s easier than ever to be overstressed, over worked, over tired, overwhelmed, and overconsumed. The good news is, even with life’s challenges and complexities - it’s possible to unconsume yourself, and to tend to your mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and energetic health in a way that makes 21st century living way more manageable - even fun. That's what today's Sunday Sermon is all about.
Today's guest was my roommate at an event earlier this year and I instantly fell in love with her. She's the type of person you feel instantly comfortable and welcomed with. Jill Wesley is a professional speaker coach, an expert on messaging, and truly a brilliant and incredible woman. In this interview we talked about messaging and communication in the context of corporate environments, the TEDx stage, and everyday life, no matter what it is that you do. Jill shares how speaking is a soul bearing exercise, and how to connect big ideas and hone in on your values. We also explored refinement in a few different areas of life from the difference between constructive feedback and personal attacks, how resiliency is not a constant thing, and focusing on essential relationships. We ran the gamut on a ton of interesting topics in this conversation - enjoy and share it up!
About Jill Wesley:
Jill Wesley is the Pro Speaker Coach and she's taught the Science + Soul of Speaking ™ for 25 years. She works with business leaders, entrepreneurs, experts, authors, speakers and trainers who are the real deal. She helps speakers in the fields of leadership, health and wellness, technology, environmental protection, media, education, relationships, sports, entertainment and social justice.
Jill is the speaker coach for TEDxSanFrancisco and she's trained speakers for multiple TEDx events. Jill has trained and coached over 80,000 executives and high-performing employees in some of the world's top companies and institutions (LinkedIn, Twitter, Square, Adobe, NetApp, Cisco, Stanford Law School, NFL Players Association, Johns Hopkins University and Panasonic, to name a few). As a speaker, she's delivered more than 300 keynotes in all 50 states and in 25 countries. She's been the "secret weapon" for leaders who give major keynotes on massive stages (TEDx, Wisdom 2.0, Women@Google, NPR, and global corporate and industry conferences). Jill received her M.A. in Speech Communication from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at NYU and she taught Communication and Management for California State University, Long Beach. She helps leaders ignite a movement and change the world through TEDx talks and signature keynotes.
In this episode, Jill shares:
1. Identifying the messages you got growing up and checking in on how well you lived them or not
2. If a message is for everyone it's not for anyone
3. Turning point moments
In today's sermon, I'm sharing an experience I had recently that has two parts and a story from a book I’m reading. The two parts of my personal story have to do with facing my own shadow, and finding deeper forgiveness for a situation I thought I had forgiven thoroughly because I had be working on forgiving the situation for more than an entire year already, yet I discovered, there was still more to forgive. The story from the book is about unconditional forgiveness. This episode is about depth, possibility, and liberation through one of the most timeless and loving practices there is. Enjoy.
Ever have a visceral response to seeing someone do what they do best? That's how my first encounter with today's guest, Elana Meta went. Watching her dance at an event literally made me cry. We talked a lot about dancing in this interview - both in her career (she's toured the world with various artists), and in her life, dancing between the masculine and the feminine. We also talked about mastery, the important of practice, and commitment. She shared the creative process and evolution for her upcoming Wild Vessel event, and she even introduced me to a term I'd never heard before, 'biomimicry" - have a listen to find out what it means and to hear the rest of our juicy chat.
About Elana Meta:
Elana Meta is a dance catalyst, teacher and creative. She is the founder of the META Method, a form of movement that connects dance with the four natural elements. She is one of the largest international influencers in the festival dance community. She brings the Meta Method to events, corporations and conferences. She performed for artists such as Beyonce, Michael Franti, Nahko and Thievery Corporation. Elana is lucky to call LA her home where she launches her online courses, and leads events and retreats for women globally.
Teacher at : Wanderlust International Tour, Esalen, Summit Series, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Hive, and Burning Man.
Model: Elana is represented by Abrams Artist Agency in LA & NYC and has been featured in commercials such as Dannon Yogurt, Gillette, Boost Mobile, Target and more. She’s been featured in music videos with Hoodie Allen, New Politics, and does flash mobs globally for social change.
Performer: Elana has performed at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and Lincoln center alongside artists such as Beyonce, Skrillex, The Glitch Mob, Michael Franti, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Thievery Corporation and more.
Current: Elana is currently working at the intersection of dance, mindfulness and Virtual Reality as head of Global Outreach for an LA based VR company, Empact Labs. She is also leading multiple online courses alongside LA based women’s groups and private clients.
In this episode, Elana shares:
1. Polarity in all of life
2. What a "protector" actually is, does, and why we crave it
3. There is no blame in responsibility
Surrender is something I've been exploring, practicing, and teaching for years. Back in 2013 when I was at a crossroads in my life where not even the next step was clear, the only thing that kept me moving forwards was surrender. And just a few weeks after I really committed to letting life live through me, rather than trying to hustle so hard to make things happen, things started falling into place in beautiful and miraculous fashion. This doesn't mean I don't work or effort anymore, but it does mean there is space for grace, prosperity, ease, and much greater outcomes than I could imagine on my own.
This is what today's Sunday Sermon is about - enjoy and know that no matter who you are, where you are, or what's going on for you right now, there are possibilities within close reach for you if you know what to look for and are willing to be receptive. Big LOVE, E
There are a few things I reference on the show a lot that I’ve been wanting to get guests on to take us a bit deeper with for those who are interested and Astrology is one of those topics. Today’s guest, Jenn Racciopi is one of my favorite astrologers to follow for daily doses of what’s going on in the cosmos, how it may be affecting us personally, and how we can work with these energies. We took the “skeptic question” head on, and I love the way Jenn addresses this for those who aren’t sure whether or not they resonate with Astrology. She shared the personal health challenges that originally led her into the study and practice when she was 19 years old, and she defined the significance of three basic aspects - the Sun, Moon, and Rising signs. Aside from signs and planets, she talked about following the moon cycle and how to use it as a manifestation tool through understanding the different qualities and potentials of each phase. This is a fun and informative interview - and she also loaded us up with resources if you want to take your study deeper. Enjoy!
About Jenn Racioppi:
Jennifer Racioppi is an Astrologer, a Holistic Health Counselor (AADP), a Behavior Change Specialist, a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach and a Registered Yoga Teacher who blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology and women's health to coach high achieving women in reaching their next level of success. Her Lunar Logic philosophy integrates the deep wisdom of both science and astrology, helping women build a foundation of resilience, step into their authentic selves, and stay faithful to their dreams. Her motto: Success isn’t a race, it’s a rhythm. You can find Jenn on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
In this episode, Jenn shares:
1. What is the Sun Sign?
2. What is the Moon Sign?
3. What is the Rising Sign?
4. How to use astrology in a practical way to inform your everyday life without being obsessive or giving your power away to it
In light of some recent events in the online coaching, spirituality, and self-help worlds, as well as some deep and important conversations I’ve been observing and participating in both online and offline, I am dedicating today’s Sermon to being crystal clear about the values I hold, and therefore that are also held by my team and my company across the board.
This is not about proving anything, it is about setting clear and proper expectations. Because even though we may not know each other personally, if you listen to my podcast, follow me on social media, or participate in any of my programs, events, or workshops, we are in a relationship, and I value you as an individual human being.
In this episode I’m letting you know how specifically I "do sacred activism," and also what I do on an ongoing basis to continue improving how I show up in this realm, so if or when I mess up, and I might, you can hold me accountable in a way that is kind and loving, and therefore useful and productive. This way we can grow closer as a community and create healing, transformation and change, rather than drama, turmoil, further injustice, or separation and disconnection. And I want you to know you are always welcome to come directly to me and the team by emailing email@example.com. We will listen, you will not be dismissed, and if appropriate, I will respond personally, if not, please treat my team as extensions of me.
It's rare that I feel intimidated by anyone, but I remember coming across today's guest for the first time a few years back and feeling that unfamiliar feeling. I now know the reason why is because she was embodying something I had only just begun to take a look at - shadow work, and willingness to embrace our darkness and love others, and ourselves, anyway. This is a deep and powerful interview where we talk about diving through the shadows to the center of your soul. We discuss what L'Erin calls "shatter points," and the strength available there. We also got into trusting your intuition over your intellect, real-deal healing, the five bodies, and taking responsibility for your projections. This is another "listen more than once" type of episode. I hope you enjoy it thoroughly.
About L'Erin Alta:
L'Erin Alta is a soul guide, shadow diver and spiritual teacher known for burning down the stale, fluffy, boring "self-help" formulas and helping women ignite true personal liberation. Her workshops, retreats and 1-on-1 intensives have been called, "transformation temples for unruly, soulful women".
She believes loss, grief and pain are healing initiations and if honored, they will fortify you, bringing you through the shadows into the light of your soul. Using movement, meditation, ritual, art and ancient practices, L’Erin guides women on a spiritual journey, helping them surrender their facades, shed their fears and finally come home to themselves.
If you were to read her resume, it would include Microsoft, non-profits large and small, as well as a 5-year stint as a MAC makeup artist. But what should really be there are the 23 countries where she's studied healing in backwater ashrams, jungle temples and mountain monasteries, working with spiritual teachers, medicine women and shamans from many faiths and spiritual paths to learn about trauma, healing and transformation.
The essence of her work is distilled to freedom - supporting you in finding it, cultivating it, living it.
Because your power is in this moment. In this breath. In this one courageous, against-all-odds, bravely true...Yes.
In this episode, L'Erin shares:
1. Returning to wholeness
3. Work as a devotional practice
For many years I denied anger I'd been holding on to practically my whole life, which allowed it to silently and not so silently impede my progress in a few different life areas. It caused me and others a lot of pain and suffering. Once I learned how to connect with my anger I realized it's a holy emotion - so today I'm reflecting on how that can be. I'm sharing a personal story, a related blog post from Danielle LaPorte and a poem. My prayer is that this one can help us all connect with, and use our anger for healing, connection and discernment, rather than destruction, disconnection and to perpetuate pain. Enjoy and share with those you know could use it. Big Love, E
You know I love every interview, but sometimes, a favorite emerges and this week was an ALL TIME FAVORITE. Sonya Renee Taylor, founder of The Body Is Not An Apology is about radical self-love for everybody and every body. This woman honors all of the humans at all of the intersections better than anyone I’ve ever seen. She is wildly inspiring, compassionate, intelligent, focused, diligent, and strong. This is an interview to share with friends, gather around, listen together and discuss what you learned afterwards. We talk about what she calls, “Body Terrorism” - a structural, systemic apparatus that informs how we think about our bodies, and how the information of the world around us forms our language. She shares the origin story of her movement and the RUCHUS Project with us (you’re going to LOVE this!), AND her definition and practice of radical self-love. We explore a lot of relevant things throughout this conversation that many of us are impacted by and likely don’t even realize. It’s so juicy and illuminating down to her description of womanhood in the 21st century as a container whose walls are threatening to burst. Listen to this one more than once and share it up, wild ones!
This is episode #200!! Such an exciting milestone, I want to take a moment to thank all of our listeners. We very literally could not do this without you! At the end of the episode, I share with you how we’re going to celebrate that this week - some of you will be super jazzed about it. And part of it is a surprise to one of our guests which is why I'm not writing it in the description here ;)
Today I'm talking about being "on the way" as a better way to view your journey than, "I'm not there yet." Not there yet opens the gateway for judgement, self-comparison and criticism, beating yourself up and being disappointed. Reframing that to acknowledging that you're on the way and reaching your destination (or goal, dream, etc), is inevitable, opens the gateway for possibility, opportunity, collaboration, plot twists, growth, and more. Enjoy the episode, and many many blessings for whatever you're on the way to!
I enjoyed this conversation with today's guest, Laura Coe so much. We talked about some really practical things and laughed a lot at ourselves and how humans behave in today's interesting world. We explored how in every moment there's an infinite number of ways to interpret what happens and reclaiming the word "authenticity" which is both overused and misused in our content-heavy society. And we dove into some "big" topics like existentialism, self-regulation, and how suffering happens when we try to hold onto pleasure and push pain away. It's a very illuminating discussion, can't wait to hear what you get out of it! xo, E
About Laura Coe:
Laura co-founded Litholink Corporation, a healthcare company serving over 350,000 patients per month nationally. When Litholink sold to a Fortune 500 company, she left corporate America to pursue lifelong passions.
Even while working in corporate healthcare, Laura always specialized in breaking down complex concepts for to make them easy to digest, understand, and apply. Now she channels that unique skill into “translating” philosophy and ancient wisdom – breaking down monumental, life-changing wisdom in a way that everyone can apply to their own lives.
Laura currently devotes her energy toward writing, coaching, helping others implement spiritual teachings in their everyday lives. Her first book, Emotional Obesity, is available for purchase. And now she is the host of the popular podcast, The Art of Authenticity.
In this episode, Laura shares:
1. Navigating the difference between resistance and dissonance
2. Reclaiming the word “authenticity” and living in your truth
3. Letting go of keeping up with the Joneses
Today's topic addresses something I get asked about a lot and it was top of mind for me as I just spent a week visiting my family on the East Coast. For me it was the most fun and enjoyable visit I've had with them since I moved out of my parents' home after college and more significantly, decided to leave the religion I was raised in, and decided to pursue a very different and non-traditional path both personally and professionally. All of this has required some real healing, adjusting and re-orienting of things. That's what I'm focusing on in today's Sermon.
I also want to add that we recently surveyed our audience and one question I asked was if people listen to the sermons, and then why or why not. Many people who said no mentioned being triggered by the word Sermon - which makes sense. So I want to remind you all that everything I do and create is centered around the belief that everything you’ve ever needed has always been inside of YOU - and even these sermons are for that purpose. To spark your own truth, power, wisdom, and right action. Sometimes they’ll land for you, other times they won’t. Always trust your own discernment.
That said, I hope today's topic is useful for you - and if you know anyone else who would benefit from it, please share. xo, E
We've got another throwback guest on the show today - my dear friend Christine Hassler. What's cool is the last time I interviewed Christine, we'd only met in passing. Over the last year we've gotten to know each other really well, which always makes for deeper conversation! In this episode we explore inner and outer chaos, consciousness in action - not just theory, empathy vs. sympathy, giving people the dignity of their process and more. What I love about Christine is that she's been in the coaching industry since well before it morphed into what it is now. Her perspectives and methods are solid, grounded and time tested in her own life and with clients. This is good stuff people. Enjoy!
About Christine Hassler:
Christine Hassler is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, master coach, podcast and TV host who is committed to guiding people and organizations into their highest potential. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.
In 2005, she wrote her first book 20-Something, 20-Everything and then 20 Something Manifesto in 2008. Her latest best-selling book Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present and Get What You Really Want is the guidebook for how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual levels.
Today, she supports individuals in answering the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” Christine is a master coach who combines life coaching with the principles of spiritual psychology. She is passionate about supporting people out of suffering and limitation and into fulfillment. Bottom line: she helps people get “over it and on with it!”
Christine’s passion for coaching was born at the age of 23 when she met her first life coach, Mona. She thought she was just going to get some advice about the challenges she was having with her boyfriend and questions she had about her career, but she ended up seeing and studying with Mona for over a decade. The work they did together was life-changing. Most notably, Christine was able to get through her massive quarter-life crisis when she lost everything (job, engagement, money and health) and off anti-depressants and other medications after being on them for 20 years.
Christine Hassler Author, Speaker, Coach
Her thirst for personal development continued as she dived into self-help books, attended seminars and retreats, got trained in NLP and eventually pursued her master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing from the University of Santa Monica. As a student and eventually faculty member, the principles of USM are foundational to Christine’s life and work.
Christine knows we are always consistently growing and evolving. There is no “there” and we are never “done”. However, with the right tools and teachers, the journey is a lot easier! This is why Christine has her own coach and always will.
In 2006 Christine began speaking professionally to colleges. After writing books and spending so much time with 20-Something’s, she became a millennial expert and was mentored to begin speaking about generational diversity in the corporate market. Today Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 100,000 people at colleges, personal growth events, conferences, and corporations. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about generation diversity, millennials, resilience, leadership, life balance and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo.
Currently she hosts a top-rated podcast on the Podcast One Network “Over it and On with it” where she coaches callers live on the air. She is also the co-host and relationship expert on TLC’s The Spouse House. Christine leads four retreats per year, runs a yearly Personal Mastery online course, hosts a membership community, and works privately with clients.
For more information on any of these things, please go here.
Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine loves living a healthy lifestyle and is obsessed with human optimization. She currently resides in San Diego and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas.
In this episode, Christine shares:
1. How to deal with feelings we don't want to feel in a way that releases it rather than recycles it
2. Identifying the "pay off" to uncomfortable experiences
3. Willpower and awareness aren't enough to change
Today the Sunday Sermon is about The Courage to Transform Doubt. Moving to Malibu has had me thinking a lot about the energetic intersections between social and cultural impact and prosperity mindset. Some of the conversations I am engaging in these days aren’t the “highest vibration” - which is not a judgement, it simply means the energy is heavy, the topics are super charged, there are negative elements. This is no reason to be afraid of them or avoid them though, because they are also valid and important topics. So today I've got a really beautiful and demonstrative story from Edwene Gaines' Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity to address utmost courage, and how to alleviate doubt in your life. Whether your doubts arise from your own life experience, paying attention to the experiences of others' or somewhere else. Have a listen and let me know what you think! xo
One of my favorite humans is back on the show today! There are a lot of teachings out there about mindset and prosperity. One of the reasons I’m so excited to have Kisma back talking about this specifically, is I know her personally, I know how her business works, I see how great her relationships are, she’s one of the most consistently low-drama humans I know, she’s super fun, rarely stressed, AND I don’t think I’ve ever seen her overwhelmed. Basically, she LIVES and BREATHES what she teaches! And I respect this so much because tons of people can teach you how to make more money, but a lot of them are human disaster areas behind the scenes. During the interview Kisma helps us focus on the highest form of service, seeking our highest form, using specificity and intuition to move towards a higher state of being, doing, having, sharing, and creating. We also get into what prosperity actually is, and the flow between energy, thoughts and action.
About Kisma Orbovich:
Kisma Orbovich is often referred to as a leading transformational expert incorporating ancient wisdom for modern day success. She’s co-host of the award winning podcast Illumination with Nick and Kisma (click here) and is an active mentor for high performing artists, celebrities, CEO’s and entrepreneurs.
Kisma speaks and trains all over the world as well as from her online platform where she reaches thousands of students. She’s passionate about helping people clear their blockages so they can Manifest from their Higher Self, step into their Full Potential and lead their life and business in line with their Soul’s Purpose. She teaches humans how to command their reality and live from Infinite Awareness.
Founder of Illumination Academy™ Kisma is certified in Auric Clearing, DNA Activation, Karmic Imprint Clearing, Divine Soul Reading, and Yoga (500 RYT). Her foundation is Vedanta and Holodynamics and she leads retreats to Maui, India, San Diego and other locations worldwide.
Kisma lives in Carlsbad with her partner, Nick Hansinger, CEO of Source Movement and travels the globe to stay in touch with her daughter, Zoe Hu and teach workshops.
In this episode, Kisma shares:
1. Ideals vs goals
2. Directionality of desire
3. The difference between needs, wants, and desires
4. How to use your intuition for prosperity
Today I'm talking about ONENESS. We hear this, and it’s one of those things that if we try to understand it intellectually, the brain might freeze and reject the notion, but by looking at how it actually functions, how it works and shows up in our lives, we can cultivate a way of living, a way of being that honors and respects that yes, in fact, we are all ONE. One mind, one heart, and one energy body - specifically.
In this episode, I'm reading you a passage from my journal the day before my birthday as I explored and felt into the application of oneness in my own life. Enjoy! Oneness is such a beautiful topic. Please share your opinion, curiosities and experiences of oneness in the comments if you'd like.
This week's Sunday Sermon is about progress, resistance, and holy consistency. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately on progress. My own progress, and the progress I get to witness and also facilitate in my various programs and offerings for clients. And when I think about progress I have to think about alchemy because much energy is required to create progress. Progress results from transformation and transmutation, and there can be no progress without an object to PRO-GRESS. Sometimes it’s a singular object, others it’s a collective object.
For example, you and I. We are individuals and we can make progress. Our “culture” is an enormous object…and requires the individual pieces to be progressing in order for the whole to progress. This is why we do our work. This is why we keep showing up and don’t zone out, because we know we are part of the fabric, and for the fabric to progress, every thread has to do it's part. My focus in today's episode is about the antidote to all of this being what I am calling HOLY CONSISTENCY. Enjoy!
This is Part II of 33 Lessons From My 33rd Year. Part of my intention with doing this two-part series was really personal and also alchemical. I had been thinking about writing a blog post, 33 Lessons From My 33rd year, but it felt daunting. Then when I realized I deleted the episode that was supposed to go live on Sept 4, it felt like an opening. We even ended up moving the episode we had planned for today.
This is how life works when you listen to your Wild Soul. It’s a dance of peaceful action and surrender to life’s mysterious way of unfolding and letting us know what wants to happen. In my experience I find this is what free will is for. To say yes and roll with it when it’s obvious, or say no and do whatever you want.
This episode goes live on Monday 9/11 and my birthday is this coming Thursday 9/14. Many will listen to this long after those dates, so I’m invoking some divine support, and the wisdom of my higher soul to declare that energetically, by telling these stories and sharing these lessons and reflections now, I am putting all the energy and attachments of these things that do not serve my highest and best behind me under grace in perfect ways.
These episodes are an honoring and completion of what was, what has fertilized, and what is new, next, and unfolding. To be able to share these stories, from a more healed and neutral place, with mega compassion for everyone involved, while also not holding back my truth, feels important. It’s something I need to practice more, while also balancing what feels right to keep private or sacred.
Life involves other people and navigating that can be sticky sometimes, but it’s not an excuse to hide.
So that’s some behind the scenes stuff. And reflections on sharing reflections, haha. Enjoy!
After a heavy and intense week all over the world, the medicine of Inner Strength, Protection, and Fierceness that the Goddess Durga brings felt like the perfect medicine for this week's Sunday Sermon.
In this episode I read you some writings about Durga from Sally Kempton and Aurobino Ghose, share my own experience of embodying this archetype and calling on her powerful energy, and guide you through the Fierce Feminine ritual from the Wild Soul Oracle deck. I also share the story of why I saved that card for last when I was writing the guidebook and my own fear around revealing a deeper part of my true nature through writing the ritual itself. Enjoy and please share with friends who could use the energy during these times! xo
Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
In Praise of the Goddess: The Devimahatmya and Its Meaning
Shakti Meditations by Sally Kempton
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When I pressed record on this episode I wasn't sure how long it would take. I also had no idea how cathartic it would be, or how much I needed to do this to powerfully and intentionally close out my wildest year yet. It's split into two parts - this is part one, Lessons 1-18. Part II will go up next week. May it be useful.
The last year has been one of the most significant, intense, healing, revealing, challenging, and miraculous of my life. Much of that was painted by ending a long term relationship with an emotionally abusive and highly narcissistic person, facing my own codependency, and working through everything that came with that. A lot of it also arose out of recalibrating my identity and reclaiming my power and truth. Many of these lessons also revolved around gaining a deeper understanding of compassion and applying it to every area of my life.
Compassion doesn't mean tolerating bad behavior or not telling the whole truth about things when the timing is right and it's healthy. Compassion doesn't mean protecting people who don't protect you. Compassion is about acceptance in it's highest form. It's about deeply questioning things AND accepting things. Compassion invites us to listen to our souls and take action that aligns with our values. At least that's how compassion has wanted to weave itself into the fabric of my life over the last year.
In the last year I also identified some shifts that were needing to happen in my business and marketing practices. And in a clearer way than ever, I saw where I hadn't been acknowledging and integrating deeper collective issues into my life, message and work. I have learned a lot and continue to learn how to can engage with these issues in a more useful way for the WHOLE, rather than just myself, or the people in, "my bubble." Life is so freaking full and everything touches everything else.
This sermon is inspired by three powerhouse women I got to interview for the show this week: Kelly Diels, Sonya Renee Taylor, and L'Erin Alta. They are all doing their own form of activism in the world and they are all rocking it out with fierceness AND compassion, which is why their work is effective. A big lesson I learned in this last year, is the difference between compassion and tolerance. I’ll riff on that more during my 33 lessons in my 33rd year episode, but the crux is this, we can be compassionate, while demonstrating intolerance for things that do not align with our values.
The core of today's sermon is a reading from Alana Fairchild's Mother Mary Oracle deck. It's my very favorite deck. The question I asked before I pulled the card was, "What is something we all need to know about compassion right now?" And the card I got is called, "Our Lady of Peaceful Change" #youcantmakethisshitup Enjoy and share wild loves, thank you so much!
Light Watkins is a former fashion model turned meditation teacher. He was raised in the South, has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, and has traveled extensively. He brings a ton of perspective from a wealth of experience, in a super calm, direct, and grounded way. Relax and enjoy this interview, wild ones. We talked about different forms of meditation and which ones work best for which people. Light walked me through some really interesting scientific facts about meditation (don't worry - we didn't get too technical!), and what the four catalysts for distress are. We got into boredom, connection, and happiness. AND!! He shared a really awesome story of a trip he took to Paris many years ago that was filled with synchronicity (our favorite!).
About Light Watkins:
Light has been operating in the meditation space since 1998, first as a practitioner, then as an apprentice to his Vedic Meditation teacher, and finally as a teacher himself. He's currently based in Santa Monica, CA, but travels the world giving talks on happiness, mindfulness, inspiration, and meditation, as well as leading popular meditation trainings and retreats.
His passion is to teach people simple tools for increasing happiness. To date, Light has taught meditation to thousands through his live courses, books, and online trainings. He's taught at Apple, Soho House, Summit, and several tech start-ups around the U.S. His first book, The Inner Gym (L&G), is a 30-day "inner workout" for strengthening happiness, and his upcoming book, Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying (Penguin), is a straight-talk how-to book that teaches busy professionals how to enjoy meditation.
Light contributes to multiple wellness blogs and writes a popular daily email called Light's Daily Dose of Inspiration. Light's TEDx talk has garnered hundreds of thousands of views, and he is the founder of The Shine Movement, a global pop-up inspirational variety show on a mission to share the stories of regular people who are making a difference in the world.
In this episode, Light shares:
1. Why reverence for a practice enhances the practice
2. Why flossing your teeth is like meditation
3. The difference between actual meditation and meditative activities
This week's Sunday Sermon opens up with a prayer and ends with a poem. Between the two I explore the concept and symbolism of spirals and how they show up and impact our lives and our thoughts. When we increase our awareness of the spiral nature of life, it's much easier to have faith, build trust, and surrender in the day to day. We better understand that life, progress, and existence simply aren't linear. From there I explored the relationship between faith, trust, and surrender by revisiting, deconstructing and refining views I've previously held. Enjoy - and here's the poem:
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE GUEST
The hand sat in the classroom
Of the eye
And soon learned to love
The sky sat in the classroom
And now look what it gives us at night:
All that is learned.
There was a time when man
Was so burdened with survival
That he rarely bathed in dancing sounds.
But dear ones,
Now drop your pointed shields that wound.
What happens to the guest who visits the house
Of a great musician?
Of course his tastes become refined.
There are some who can visit
That Luminous Sphere that reveals
This life never
The truth of that experience
Is reserved for so
God draws back like a kite
Some of those who get lost in the Sun
And after their recovery
From being sublimely independent,
Having known the Unspeakable Union--
They might try again with all their courage
To sing a simple tune like this:
"What happens to the guests who keep visiting
The verse of a Perfect One?
Their voices and cells become refined
And like the soft night candle (the moon)
They begin to give this world
All the light they have
Your hand sits in the classroom
An apprentice as Hafiz was,
Mastering the crave of
As this earth spins on