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
Today's guest recently published her first book, Grief Unveiled, and I've been looking forward to having her on the show since the idea for this book was just a seedling. I remember being on the phone with her and saying she must message me as soon as it was ready to be alive in the world so we could talk about it on the show. Grief is a deeply personal, intimate, and tender topic, and Sarah comes from a place of wanting to rebel against grief "as we know it." Sarah is a veteran and military widow with four children, who found herself seeking a solution that didn't exist. Her perspective on grief is that it doesn't have to only be about survival or stress management, and that it's entirely possible to create a thriving life (and not dishonoring or disrespectful to anyone's memory). This is what she's done, and in today's episode she's sharing her story, her experience, and how she now helps other widows through the experience as well. It's a fascinating and delicate conversation - if you're currently grieving anything or anyone in your life right now, please be extra gentle with yourself as you listen and stay close to your own heart.
About Sarah Nannen:
Sarah Nannen is a grief coach and the author of Grief Unveiled. Based on her own experiences and those of her clients, she writes candidly about the intense shadowland of widowhood and grief’s many layers. She is the founder of an online grief coaching program dedicated to shifting the negative paradigm surrounding grief toward one of hope and possibility. While honoring the painful terrain that must be navigated in grief with intention, Sarah boldly challenges the limiting cultural mythology of widowhood in her work.
Sarah’s up and coming podcast Grief Unveiled: An Inside Look at Widowhood continues the exploration far beyond the scope of this book.
In addition to life coaching, Sarah is a yoga teacher and reiki practitioner who is fascinated by the human capacity for healing and wholeness. Sarah is a veteran and military widow who lives in central Illinois with her four children. In her “spare time” you’ll find her teaching yoga, traveling, or playing hard with her family.
In this episode, Sarah shares:
1. Making and claiming space for yourself as you grieve
2. Helpful and non-helpful things you can say and do for someone who is grieving
3. The importance of friendship, [sisterhood] and connection during hard times
In today's Sunday Sermon, I open up with one of my very favorite prayers, Judy Sion's Invocation to the Cosmic Mother. The rest of our time together is about developing and engaging with a non-human spiritual support system. Think of this as forming a cosmic support squad, or my favorite way, a personal pantheon. I briefly talk about what my pantheon is comprised of and how I interact with these Divine beings, messengers, energies, archetypes, and guides in waking life and in the dream world. Enjoy and tell me who's in your squad in the comments!
Today's guests are dear friends of mine and two of the most dynamic and creatively expressed people I know - Renee Airya and Akira Chan. I was especially excited to interview them together as they are both a couple, and co-founders of a production company. They live together, they work together, and they do an amazing job at maintaining their sovereignty. We talked a lot about creativity in this interview, from creative processes, to using creativity as a form of self-care, and how to communicate things to yourself through creativity. We covered rituals to be more creative, and explored the intersection between health, creativity AND productivity. We also got into identifying your "passion wheelhouse" and being a creative channel. This is definitely a "listen more than once" kind of episode. Enjoy!
About Renee Airya and Akira Chan:
Akira Chan & Renee Airya are the creative couple behind RARE Media & Creative Agency. RARE stands for Revolutionary, Artistic, Relevant & Enchanting. Tired of ugly media? RARE creates uncommonly captivating art, music videos, on-line program launches and documentaries. Bonus: They understand business and marketing! And enthusiastically captain a global production team that captures impactful stories and weaves them into visual productions that look good and amplify each client’s worthy message and mission. Their clients include Bulletproof, Chopra Center, Lifebook/Mindvalley and Artists for Addicts to name a few.
RARE’s beginnings are rooted in Renee and Akira’s own RARE Love story, an odyssey that stems from their complimentary skill sets and the dance of masculine and feminine energy of the duo. They enhance each other’s creative and productive energy. Together, their dedication has set a purposeful foundation for their relationship, their life’s work and their individual expression. They hope to inspire other creative’s (and couples) who run businesses together.
In this episode, Renee and Akira share:
1. Your life is not a deliverable
2. Creating from dis-ease or non-health
3. What mental health has to do with stability and creativity
4. Why focus, discipline, commitment and routine are MUCH sexier in practice than they sound in theory
This is the first of many Sunday Sermons to come. I am so so excited to share this new type of episode with you all today.
Since we launched in May 2015 I've experimented with some extra types of episodes, listener Q+A, Thirsty Thursday interviews (a bit off topic but stuff I know you're interested in...etc) and none of them have ever felt as ALIVE to me as the regular episodes...UNTIL the idea for Sunday Sermons dropped in.
These will be shorter solo episodes, 10-20 minutes, where I do oracle readings, share my favorite prayers, poems and excerpts from what I'm reading. I'll explore creative and inspiring ideas, thoughts and ruminations for you to be nourished and fed by going into your week.
They are going to be super juicy.
Think of it as wild and untamed gospel, heart ponderings, and delicious morsels of wisdom to spark your own truth, power, and love, from my Wild Soul to yours.
Today for our first Sunday Sermon, I'm opening up with the Wild Soul Woman Manifesto and sharing the Remembering, Reflection questions, Mantra and Ritual for Card #16 in the Wild Soul Oracle Deck - the Break the Lineage card (pictured below)
Enjoy and please share with anyone whom you know will resonate with the message.
If you've never heard of Anita Moorjani before, she is an extraordinary woman with an incredible story and treasure trove of wisdom to share. In 2006, she died of cancer. You read that right. She came back and now shares the story openly of what happened "on the other side" through speaking engagements and books. Back in 2014 I listened to her first book, "Dying To Be Me" and it had a deep impact on me. So much so that when I started reading her second book, "What if this is Heaven?" a few months ago, and had the thought, "I would LOVE to interview her!" I actually felt a bit intimidated.
It was a real honor to spend an hour with Anita and get to reflect more intimately on her experience of living since dying. We talked about the difference between human love and unconditional love. She shared how over-giving, over-functioning, guilt and fear contributed to her excruciating four-year cancer experience. We talked about what it was like returning to her body, how she works with her inner guidance now, and why this earth experience is necessary. And I especially appreciated her exploration of "health awareness," as often (not always), what is being called "healthcare" is more like "illness scare."
Enjoy this episode, and please share if it you find it inspiring, learn something new, or remember something valuable!
SIDE NOTE: A few weeks back when Keli Garza was on the show talking about Vaginal Steaming, we talked about doctors a bit and Keli shared some pretty strong opinions, all based on personal experience or her clients' experiences. We received some emails from people who were upset about this, and called it biased and unbalanced. Of course it's biased, it's my show, and I am only one person. So I want to remind you that the entire basis of our show is to expose ourselves to all kinds of life experiences, so that we can consider what things may or may not have value in relation to our own, expand our awareness, and be more inclusive. As a host, it's my choice to value and honor all of our guest's beliefs, experiences and opinions, whether or not I understand or agree. I always follow my curiosity, and we aim to create a space for authentic self-expression. I neither ask you to or expect you to enjoy every episode or agree with every guest, or me. All I ask is to keep an open mind, and if you would like to share feedback with us, be kind in your messages. Thank you!
About Anita Moorjani:
Anita Moorjani, an international speaker and the author of New York Times Best Seller Dying To Be Me and her latest book, What If This Is Heaven?, is a woman with a remarkable story.
After a 4-year battle with cancer, Anita fell into a coma and was given days to live. As her doctors gathered to revive her, she journeyed into a near death experience (NDE) where she was surrounded by unconditional love and deep wisdom. In this place, she was given a powerful truth: HEAVEN IS NOT A DESTINATION; IT IS A STATE OF BEING.
During her NDE, Anita was also given the choice to return to her physical form or to continue into this new realm. She chose the former. And when she regained consciousness, her cancer began to heal. To the amazement of her doctors, she was free of countless tumors and cancer indicators within weeks.
Anita’s NDE has captured the hearts and attention of millions across the globe. She has been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, The Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the National Geographic Channel, as well as The Pearl Report in Hong Kong, Headstart with Karen Davila in the Philippines, and many others.
In this episode, Anita shares:
1. What Anita means by "health awareness" instead of "illness scare"
2. How to stay connected to Source when "reality" sets in
4. Why she returned from her Near Death Experience (NDE)