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)
This is a different type of episode - I am the one being interviewed today!
I get a lot of messages from listeners who are trying to find their purpose and do meaningful, satisfying work in the world that has an impact in a way they're passionate about and can be proud of.
You tell me you're reaching out to me because you see me doing those things and want to know how, what were the steps, how did I get started, how did I get here.
So today I invited a dear friend, fellow Wild Dreamer, entrepreneur, super soulful mama and former guest, Jadah Sellner to interview me for this episode so I can answer those questions for you - along with any other juicy questions Jadah could come up with. She did not disappoint. Enjoy, and be sure to share with anyone you know who is also looking to birth their dreams or their sacred work in the world and have it grow.
About Jadah Sellner:
Jadah Sellner is an author, international keynote speaker, poet, and the creator of the Mentorship Lab™ & Build Your Challenge™ at jadahsellner.com.
Since 2009, Jadah has started 3 businesses (including one brick and mortar) and now helps creative CEO’s, visionary entrepreneurs, and social change companies build communities with love, so that you can connect to your bigger vision, reach more people, support your family, and grow your income while NOT adding more work for you.
(You may also know her from her work as co-founder and co-author of Simple Green Smoothies, which has been featured on The Doctors TV show, Oprah's O Magazine, Target and the Wall Street Journal.)
When Jadah’s not helping world changers build their tribes with the Love Over Metrics™ movement, you can catch her reading Shel Silverstein poems at the dinner table. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, daughter, and their little “chiweenie” dog, Clementine.
In this episode, Elizabeth shares:
1. How you need faith the most when the rubber hits the road
2. Lessons on giving yourself permission
3. Surrendering as a practice while building a business
4. The nitty gritty details in taking an idea from seed to full blown launch into the world
I know I say this a lot, but I LOVED doing this interview. Keli Garza, founder of Steamy Chick is brilliant, hilarious and passionate. This conversation centers around vaginal health, specifically the health benefits, practice and history of vaginal steaming. I was so SO impressed with Keli's deep knowledge, research, and experience on a topic I knew very little about going into the discussion. I'd love to tell you hearing the origin story of how she got into this work was my favorite part, but I had like seven favorite parts - you're just going to have to listen and decide for yourself what's most illuminating in this episode. Enjoy!
About Keli Garza:
Keli Garza holds a Masters degree in International Development graduating cum laude. A social science researcher by academic training, Keli has spent the past several years doing women's health research and has founded a new field of discipline called peristeam hydrotherapy. Having recorded over six hundred peri-steam case studies, Keli holds the only known research database of its kind. Keli has worked to develop treatment protocols which are now becoming the industry standard. Her approach is unique in that she tailors treatment based on different menstrual patterns and that she works with an Oriental Medicine Doctor who prescribes specific herbs in the formulas. At Steamy Chick Keli oversees all operations and instructs online e-courses.
In this episode, Keli shares:
1. How the moon is ours
2. What cramping is - contracting, which means something is stuck
3. What a "perfect period" is
It was SO MUCH fun to jam on Flow with my friends Jackie and Justin in this episode, y'all. We geeked out on synchronicity, living in flow, and the relationship between work and play. We talked about travel, money and receptivity, which of course opened a conversation around trust. Since Jackie and Justin have done a ton of traveling teaching about Flow, we also discussed how it resonates across cultures. I hope you can take a lot of inspiration and insight from this one and apply it to your own life. Let me know if you do!!
About Jackie Knechtel:
Jackie Knechtel, M.A. is a transformational coach, adventurer, visionary leader, super connector, master manifestor, and pioneer in the area of flow. She is the founder of the Conscious Collective which holds retreats, leads workshops and delivers transformational experiences worldwide. Jackie is also the co-author of the forthcoming book Flow: The Art of Effortless Living and is actively shifting consciousness on a global scale through her speaking, coaching practice and by blending science and spirituality into practical tools for living an enlightened life. In her previous career Jackie was an autism specialist with clients in NYC, Beverly Hills, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. She is currently working to revolutionize the therapy delivery model for special needs children and their caregivers with her vision, Spectra.
About Justin Faerman:
Justin Faerman is a visionary change-agent, international speaker, serial entrepreneur and consciousness researcher dedicated to evolving global consciousness, bridging science and spirituality and spreading enlightened ideas on both an individual and societal level. He is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and the Flow Consciousness Institute and a sought after teacher, known for his pioneering work in the area of flow and the mechanics of consciousness. He has a diverse entrepreneurial background that includes pioneering exponential growth at green tech companies and building some of the world’s top conscious media publishing platforms. His current work is largely focused on creating disruptive, paradigm shifting technologies and teaching platforms that integrate the best of both scientific and spiritual insights into the nature of reality and human consciousness with the end goal being of helping people to create socially impactful, deeply fulfilling and prosperous lives and businesses. Justin currently travels the world holding talks, trainings and workshops on the art of living in flow consciousness, merging intuition and business and conducting deep research into the practical applications of consciousness enhancing, psychospiritual technologies.
In this episode, Jackie and Justin share:
1. Engaging with creative visions
2. The power of intuition - following signals and clues
3. The process of subtraction
I've been anticipating this interview for a while and it did not disappoint! My sassy friend Lisa Lister is back on the podcast today talking about loving your lady landscape, harnessing the power of being a woman with a cyclic nature, and why we need to reclaim the word "Witch." Lisa has written three books, Code Red, Love Your Lady Landscape and Witch, all three of which have had a massive impact on my life, so not only is she a friend, I consider her a mentor as well. She is my go-to maven for embracing the full experience and wisdom of the menstrual cycle. AND this woman speaks the bone deep truth (which means not skirting the darker, more taboo aspects of anything). We talked about patriarchy, sisterhood, self-care and debated whether or not consistency is all it's cracked up to be. Enjoy!
About Lisa Lister:
Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is an advocate of the FULL female experience. She's a writer, a menstrual maven and creatrix of the SHE Flow system - movement, women's wisdom and menstrual health + 'down-there' care practices - dedicated to helping women crack their lady code, reconnect with their body wisdom + love their lady landscape.
In this episode, Lisa shares:
1. A definition of witch and how the word was taken from us
2. Navigating the fear of visibility that comes with doing the work you're called to do in life
3. Fierce reverence and why it's important to find your own roots
4. Spiritual exploration and understanding the roots of sacred lineages and traditions before incorporating them into your own life and practices
I loved having this conversation so much and I think you're all really going to dig it, too. Today's guest Srini Rao, author and host of the Unmistakable Creative podcast is someone who not only has personal chops and experience when it comes to developing creative processes and creating habits for effectiveness and productivity - but he's a real student of the two as well. Between his own studies and interviewing over 700 people himself (#podcastgoals), he provides a TON of interesting and useful perspective in this episode.
From cultural expectations and differences, to relating his passion and dedication to surfing to creativity, and finding creative flow in spite of having ADD and bouts with depression, we went deep in this conversation. Enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think!
About Srini Rao:
Srini Rao is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast where he's conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life. This has given him an incredibly distinctive view into branding, storytelling, and marketing. He's also written multiple books including the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Art of Being Unmistakable; created, planned, and executed a 60-person conference called the Instigator Experience; and is publishing the forthcoming Unmistakable book with Penguin Portfolio. Somewhere along the way his compass led him in the direction of an economics degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Extracting unmistakable stories out of people is his superpower. And in his spare time he's usually chasing waves.
In this episode, Srini shares:
1. Finding flow between boredom and anxiety
2. How to work with a medium that's constantly changing
3. Habits: how to increase activation energy towards the habits you want to cultivate and decrease it from the habits you want to avoid
Y'all, I love today's guest. Talking to Julie Parker feels like being hugged by a fun and wise aunt. You feel safe, seen, heard, and you know that she's got experience and so much care to back up everything she's sharing. We started the conversation around femininity, sensuality, and flow, then ventured into life transitions. Julie runs a coaching certification school and has been in the industry for 17 years. She had a lot to say about the evolution of life coaching, we discussed some of our pet peeves in the current industry, and I got her opinion on when people are ready to either become a life coach, or hire a life coach. As a former therapist, it was also illuminating to hear Julie's perspective on when it's appropriate to hire a coach or hire a therapist. This is a very rich conversation, with tons of useful insight, I can't wait to hear what you think!
About Julie Parker:
Hailed by ELLE Magazine as a ‘self-help guru,’ Julie Parker is the CEO & Founder of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy where she passionately trains and supports heart centered people to bring their talents into the world as life coaches. The Editor in Chief of inspired COACH Magazine, a published author, and in demand speaker, Julie has inspired thousands of people on stages all over the world for clients including Apple, Telstra and Earth Events.
Julie is the recipient of numerous leadership and women’s business awards and she appears regularly in the media including Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as publications such as Cosmopolitan, Peppermint Magazine and Sunday Life. Julie is also a modern day Priestess and is committed to contributing to a world where feminine qualities of intuition, presence, nurturing and love, sit comfortably within the realms of global for profit entrepreneurship.
Julie lives in Melbourne with her husband, stepdaughter and two much loved adopted cats.
In this episode, Julie shares:
1. What it means to "hold space"
2. The difference between, coaches, therapists, shamans, and priestesses
3. What makes a great life coach
4. Navigating the transition from 30s to 40s and into pre-menopause and menopause
Today's interview might be one of the most important (and challenging) topics we've ever covered on the show. It's something every woman deals with in one way or another - healing the mother wound. Our guest Bethany Webster indulged all of my deepest questions and curiosities around what it means to become the mother you've always wanted and how to do that. We discussed how this kind of healing isn't about bashing our own mothers or the maternal figures in our lives, but the personal, collective and spiritual healing every woman faces in her lifetime. We also got into guilt, grief, anger and family systems. We talked about the mother wound as an initiation and pain as a doorway to birthing oneself. Listen closely to this one, maybe more than once and definitely join us in the Facebook group to continue the conversation if it's relevant to you. Big love!
About Bethany Webster:
Bethany Webster is a writer, transformational coach, international speaker and what you could call a midwife of the heart. Her work is focused on helping women heal the "mother wound" so that they can step into their full feminine power and potential. She offers an online course, teaches workshops and a coaching program for women leaders who want to accelerate their impact and leadership. Bethany is the author of the forthcoming book "Healing the Mother Wound: Move Beyond What Your Mother Never Gave You and Become the Woman You're Meant to be." Her website is womboflight.com
In this episode, Bethany shares:
1. Guilt as a side effect of control
2. Healthy outrage and treating the grief that accompanies it as a holy emotion
3. What exactly the mother wound is and the three aspects of it, personal, collective, and spiritual
4. How women have harmed each other
I lloovvveeed this conversation and have a feeling you will too. Today's guest Abiola Abrams, is absolutely magnetic and generous. We ran the gamut in this one on all kinds of sensitive topics from "color blindness" and political correctness to spirituality, rage, activism, and staying informed during these interesting times we live in. We talked about keeping an open mind, abundance, African goddesses, culture, and more. Her breadth of knowledge and experiences was super valuable and she offered both perspectives we've explored before on the show and some that we haven't. This is a GREAT one to share with friends to help open up conversations that are not easy to have, but unavoidable anyway. Enjoy!
About Abiola Abrams:
Self-Worth Revolutionary Abiola Abrams is an award-winning author, transformational speaker and coach, ESSENCE advice columnist, spiritual teacher and TV lifestyle expert seen on networks from MTV to the BBC. With soulcare and strategy, her work empowers spirit-centered women leaders to stop playing small, answer their callings and become the women they were born to be. Abiola’s mindset reset empowerment tools range from purpose-filled books, meditation albums and goddess affirmation cards to her Spiritpreneur School podcast, womanifesting courses and the Abundance Pray Love Retreat in Bali. Join Abiola’s Spiritpreneur Warrior Sisterhood at ManifestYourPower.com for guidance in self-love, self-launch, and self-creation.
In this episode, Abiola shares:
1. How to use the internet as a spiritual tool
2. "The resistance" and how to handle having different politics and opinions than close friends
3. How to have sensitive conversations with people of different cultures without tokenizing them
Today on the show my dear friend Kate Northrup returns to have a super deep and interesting conversation about doing less, the BEST WAY for women to create some predictability in their lives in a fairly hectic world, allowing the Universe to help you with your to do list (this is more practical than it sounds!), and something we can't seem to get away from lately on the show - navigating transitions! Kate described that in between space as "the fertile void." How much better does that feel than, "I don't know what the hell I'm supposed to do yet!"? One of my favorite things about Kate that we really have in common is the way she blends the woo woo with real mother-freaking life. This is one is packed with super useful insights, enjoy!
About Kate Northrup:
As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, mother, and activist, Kate Northrup supports ambitious, motivated and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Committed to empowering women entrepreneurs to create their most successful businesses while navigating motherhood, Kate is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a monthly membership site where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Huffington Post, and she’s spoken to audiences of thousands with Hay House, Wanderlust, USANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Find out more and receive your free copy of the 5 Simple and effective ways to get the results you want in your business at katenorthrup.com.
In this episode, Kate shares:
1.Connecting with the menstrual and moon cycles and syncing them with real life
2. The body is divinely designed
3. The power of predictability (even for those with high tolerance for uncertainty)
4. How doing less helps increase productivity
5. What is for you cannot pass by you
I get SO MANY requests from people to pick my brain about business that I decided to start answering them on the podcast sporadically. In this episode I talked about dealing with the fear and anxiety of putting yourself out there, how to take action and not get paralyzed so you can start building momentum, and what to do about earning income until your business takes off. I see a lot of people shooting themselves in the foot financially as they try to make businesses work and that's one of the primary reasons businesses don't work. Money stress is a pervasive energy. If either of these topics apply to you, enjoy!
Here's the specific questions answered in this episode as they were presented to me:
#1. As I write this I feel anxiety running through my body as I have been playing with the idea of putting myself out there. My question is, did you feel fear as you started putting yourself out there and creating different opportunities? If so, how did you work through those fears? I feel like I have so much to share and create but I am paralyzed by doing so. It feels way too vulnerable for me sometimes.
#1a. Excellent question! And clearly so many of us can relate. I launched my first program last month (beta test). The day I started printing I was exhilarated. Scared. But excited. The next day the vulnerability hangover was so intense I fought with people I love, I abandoned all self care, and I doubted myself huge. I caught myself and turned it around quickly, thankfully. But damn it was so intense!
#2. The start up phase: how do you make sure the need to earn an income doesn't kill your creative freedom? I'm trying to move out of debts and into business for ages already, but all those bridge jobs tend to earn me just enough to live and take up all my time.. what's the way out and up?
#2a. This is my dilemma too, it's like I'm stuck in a loop of bridge jobs that take up all of my time, deplete me and leave me with no energy to do my business ?
Today's guest, Rebekah Borucki is someone I feel like I've "grown up with" over the last few years as we both used to primarily do "fitness stuff" and have branched into deeper and different things now. We took this conversation to places we don't usually go on the podcast, activism, privilege, miscarriages, death, and birth. We also covered some God ground, talked about prayer as a meditation practice and parenting (she's a mom of five and a doula!). I loved this chat and hope you do too. Enjoy!
About Rebekah Borucki:
Renowned Meditation and Yoga instructor Rebekah Borucki is on a mission. Affectionately called a ‘real-life superhero’ by her peers, “Bex” is known as the practitioner for peace of mind, and in her new book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life: Simple 4-Minute Meditations for Inspiration, Transformation, and True Bliss, she explores highly effective methods to soothe life’s daily stressors with meditation. As a mom-of-five from New Jersey, who’s never lived in an ashram or been to a meditation retreat in India, Rebekah found her path to peace as a teenager with meditation and overcame her childhood trauma to build a life filled with purpose and success. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals. For more information on Bex’s book, visit www.BexLife.com/book.
In this episode, Rebekah shares:
1. Deconstructing various types of privilege: pretty, white, male, and more
2. How children show parents who they are
3. Discipline as a form of love
4. Different ways to "do activism"
This is a fierce conversation if I've ever had one. I was recently on our guest, Emelia Symington Fedy's radio show and we essentially started our conversation there, then got into all the things we couldn't cover on her show in this chat because lucky for me, I don't have to answer to a producer! We talked about integrity in art, creation and self help, spiritual capitalism and commodification, "money stuff", and I'll tell you right now, you're going to love her answer to our signature, "What do you love about being a woman?" question! Enjoy and let me know what you think!
About Emelia Symington Fedy:
Emelia hosts and produces her own 2x daily radio show called Trying to be Good where her and her guest go deep into what matters most to them. 1 interview. 1 hour. All heart and guts.
She’s comfortable live and on the spot, gives great interview and loves being on podcasts. Just ask.
She freelances for online magazines, print and radio. Big resume. Again, ask.
Emelia loves to perform her personal stories live.
She offers personal workshops on “how to be yourself onstage” and “how to be yourself online.” online.
She also does slammin’ reviews if you want a good and honest critique of your product/yoga studio/boyfriend.
Emelia’s is excellent at hosting facilitated conversations at events about contemporary spirituality, neo-feminism and the use of social acupuncture.
Emelia is a speaking gigger. She loves this maybe the most.
And if you need coaching on how to be your brightest, best self at a speaking gig, she can make that happen too; from initial writing to story arc to performance stylings. Give a call.
Check out www.thechoptheatre.com for more of Emelia’s art making.
She also teaches AcroYoga and private yoga sessions, with focus on grief and slow healing.
In this episode, Emelia shares:
1. Contrived vs authentic content
2. How it feels when something is canned and planned versus spontaneous
3. The challenges of being a creative entrepreneur (whether you like it, choose it or not!)
I love talking to people who are navigating big transitions because it's time when trust and identity are really called into question. How someone navigates that space says a lot about them and of course, it's a ripe time for life lessons. At the time of our interview today's guest Emily Greener, co-founder and former executive director of I AM THAT GIRL was still pretty fresh into a big transition and she was awesome enough to share some of the experience with us along with her valuable perspectives. In this interview we talk about not depriving yourself of the full range of human emotions, creating openings for yourself in life, the relationship between anger, the ego and blame, what happens when your identity is wrapped up in a job title and more. And we also went on a cool tangent about Christianity, Judaism and "the real" Jesus Christ. Enjoy!
About Emily Greener:
Emily Greener has an unparalleled ability to give companies the heart beat and soul that allows them to authentically connect with consumers, make an impact, and enrich the human experience from the inside out. She builds and executes strategies that help create systemic improvement for company culture and diversity, internal and external communications, cause integration and marketing, content and campaigns, and business development and partnerships. Her willingness to lead with vulnerability and her genuine passion for people makes her a trusted influence in the business of changing the world and shifting culture. She specializes in generation Y and Z, empowerment, and girls and women.
In 2008, Emily Greener and her Co-Founder launched I AM THAT GIRL, a movement inspiring girls to LOVE, EXPRESS, and BE who they are. As CEO, Greener built a meaningful brand and developed the strategy, content, programming, and support that inspires a community of over 1 million girls daily online and over 250 local chapters across the globe.
Greener’s work has been acknowledged at the prestigious DVF Awards where she won The People’s Voice Award and Oprah named Emily on her very first SuperSoul 100 list.
In this episode, Emily shares:
1. How to translate and interpret wisdom
2. Permission to feel all your emotions and what happens when you don't
3. Navigating big transitions
I met today's guests at a conference in January and practically tackled them during the next break to get them on the podcast to talk about a topic that is fascinating, necessary, and not something we've discussed in depth on the show before - disrupting the education system. Gordy Bal and Philip Moore (who was mentored by Buckminster Fuller!!!), are collaborating to create Xploration Centre, a "wild school" that promotes loved based education. Now before you go rolling your eyes, listen to the show. They share how the current education is setting up children to be ill equipped to exist and thrive in a world where technology is developing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Phil schools us on "neoteny" and what that has to do with quality education and development for humans, to be unique, to help them learn and live in questions rather than trying to adhere to curriculums, exactness, and systems that are very exclusive to learning and personality styles. We talk about synergy, what it means to be a global citizen, and more. I don't know that I've ever been more excited about an interview. Enjoy!
About Gordy Bal and Phillip Moore:
Gordy Bal - Alchemist and Visionary
The Xploration Centre is what Gordy has been dreaming of for his own three sons. An education model that connects our children back to nature and prepares them for Xponential times. An education model that embraces entrepreneurial learning and sustainability in a natural environment. A space where young minds can discover their purpose and passion through Xploration and share their superpowers with the world to make it a better place.
Phillip Moore - Synergistic Guide and Educational Innovator
Mentored by Buckminster Fuller, Phillip began teaching at Upland Hills Farm School in 1971. He was asked to become the director of the school in February of 1972 and served until June of 2013. During this 40-year period, Phil developed teams on the staff and board level to grow a learning community.
In this episode, Gordy and Phil share:
1. What it means to be a global citizen
2. What is "eros" and what does it have to do with modern education?
3. Culturing our youth through synergy and consciousness
4. Getting away from trying to "control" children through behavior modification and recognizing all we can stand to learn from them as adults
Today's conversation is a deep one about sex with Layla Martin (pun intended...I couldn't help myself!). Called "The Headmistress of Pleasure" by Women's Health Magazine, Layla spent years studying sexuality at both Stanford University & in the jungles of Asia with Tantric masters. We explored all the things in this chat. From sensuality, play and energetic fullness, to different types of orgasms, better understanding female anatomy, and sexual shame. Related to shame and all the emotions and triggers surrounding sex, we also discussed how our bodies are designed to heal and how sex is not just a pleasure path but a healing one as well. Listen to this one a few times, especially if any of these threads strike a cord for you and of course, let me know what you think!
About Layla Martin:
Layla Martin is the golden standard of holistic sexuality of the millennial generation -- teaching highly intelligent, successful and conscious audiences how to have epic sex and totally incredible relationships through a new approach to the body and intimacy. Her mission is healing and evolving people's conceptions of what sex and relationships truly are. Layla studied human sexuality at Stanford University and then moved to Asia where she worked extensively with Tantric masters for over seven years, mostly in the jungle. All in all, she’s done over ten thousand hours of training in Tantra and sacred sexuality. Her approach is to take this deep wisdom, which is often overlooked because it is cloaked in overly hippy or new-agey language and design and make it highly accessible to young, modern, amazing people by making it entertaining and super fun. Layla brings her knowledge of ancient teachings, and seven years of extensive work with Tantric masters in Asia combined with her foundational education studying human sexuality at Stanford University to hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering from an approach to sex and relationships that has been shaped by hundreds and even thousands of years of old religious and social taboos around these topics that are no longer fully relevant to modern society and yet still play a large role in influencing how we approach love, sex and relationships.
In this episode, Layla shares:
1. Sex education for adults
2. Why cervical orgasms are Layla's favorite
3. How to navigate crying during sex from both partners' perspectives
4. Sexual shame for men and women
Plot twist! For the first time in show history we had a scheduling mishap and had to call an audible. For today's episode I'm flying solo and diving into the topic of break ups. Since my most recent one, a handful of my friends have been seriously encouraging me to write a book called, "How to Break Up Like A Boss," which I'm not going to do, but the reason why is the reason for this podcast episode today. They watched how I took the energy that was going into the relationship and put it into things that were not only important to me for my own healing afterwards, but have helped propel my life, my work and my mission forward tremendously over the last few months. In this episode I cover how to grieve the loss regardless of whose choice it was, how to reclaim the energy that's not longer going into the relationship for yourself, how and when to extract the lessons from the relationship, taking your time, not beating yourself up, and what boundaries are important to have in place to protect and honor your healing. Please share this with anyone you know could use it right now. Break ups are tender times, but they're also ripe with opportunity for growth. I hope my own lessons, learnings, and practices can help.
Big Love, E
Put simply, this episode is about high quality showing up. Satyen Raja is a relationship expert, leader of leaders, and adoring husband and father. We touch on each of these roles in this interview and I invited him to take us the deepest around relationships and personal integrity. We talk about earning things from the school of life, true leadership, the relationship between action and wisdom, short term thrills vs long term aliveness, sexuality as a divine aspect and the deepest terrain of devotion, and shifting from a remedy mindset to an evolutionary mindset. And for those who are just as interested in feminine and masculine energetics as I am, you will LOVE his description of the feminine and masculine triads. This will be one you want to listen to more than once and invite your loved ones to join you for. I can't wait to hear what you think!
About Satyen Raja:
Satyen Raja is the founder of the WarriorSage Group of Companies – umbrella of Ignite Passion Now, Harmony Integration Academy, The Find YourSelf Journey, The Unforgettable Challenge. Through Ignite Passion Now, Satyen, his Wife Suzanne Raja have made it their mission to put a dent in the divorce rate by helping couples ignite their passion, for real, through live interactive entertaining experiences. Harmony Integration Academy is the premiere Coaching training utilizing the latest breakthrough innovative processes ,for those who want to make the deepest and fastest positive life transformations with their clients and themselves,while building a 6 figure plus income. The Find Your Self Journey are Elite Epic Adventure Tours of a lifetime,to exotic lands for persons of influence, desiring their next level of fulfillment, accomplishment and self discovery…. in Indiana Jones style! The Unforgettable Challenge is a one day mental, emotional, physical and spiritual challenge that eliminates the grip of fear and unleashes one`s true invincible power. A challenge shrouded in mystery and world famous in reputation with over 10,000 successful grads ,whom many claim has saved their lives for real.
In this episode, Satyen Raja shares:
1. Silent Power - what it is and why it's a great alternative to the loud and forceful power we're used to as a culture
2. Learning to lead from the "wobble"
3. Different flavors of love
4. When ferociousness is holy and sacred
5. Feminine and Masculine Triads
There is something about being able to relax into a powerful conversation with a woman who is fiery, confident, devoted, embodied, and deeply practiced and experienced that gets me so so excited! In this episode Guru Jugat and I talk about her spiritual path through kundalini yoga, keeping it "real" while doing deep spiritual work, some of the awesome topics from her new book Invincible Living, and for those who love the creative side of things, some of the process of bringing the book to life. I was totally in love with this woman by the time the interview was over, have a feeling many of you will be too. Enjoy!
About Guru Jagat:
Guru Jagat is the youngest senior Kundalini Yoga teacher in the world and the face of the new Kundalini movement. She is the founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, a premiere Yogic institute with locations in Venice, California and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Guru Jagat’s other entrepreneurial pursuits include RA MA TV, the “Netflix” of Kundalini Yoga, and her record label RA MA Records. Her first book, Invincible Living, will be published in January 2017 by HarperElixir, an imprint of HarperCollins. She lives in Los Angeles.
In this episode, Guru Jagat shares:
1. Spiritual materialism
2. The importance of having a personal practice
3. The power of lineage
Patricia Moreno has been training, mentoring and educating people all over the world for over 30 years. In an effort to end her own struggle with her weight, eating disorders and body image issues, she created The intenSati Method, a life transforming workout which combines her expertise in fitness, dance, martial arts, yoga, nutrition, meditation and spiritual practices.
I remember a few years ago today's guest spoke at a friends' event and hearing some of the people I trust most to be discerning about spiritual mentors absolutely rave about her. Like they couldn't get over how deep and powerful what she shared was for them. I'm happy to report I felt it to by the end of this interview with Patricia Moreno as well. This is one of those kitchen sink conversations where we covered so many things and somehow it all gelled together beautifully. We covered parenting as a spiritual practice, and what to do when the parents don't necessarily agree on everything (and we even got a special visit from her daughters at the end as they got home from school!!). We talked about the problem with a dieting mindset and how to make positive sustainable change, living in the life's questions, transforming your concept of self, and my favorite part - she shared the origin story of her life transforming workout the intenSati Method. Enjoy the interview, I can't wait to hear which part you love most!
About Patricia Moreno:
Patricia Moreno has been training, mentoring and educating people all over the world for over 30 years. In an effort to end her own struggle with her weight, eating disorders and body image issues, she created The intenSati Method, a life transforming workout which combines her expertise in fitness, dance, martial arts, yoga, nutrition, meditation and spiritual practices. Encouraged by her own transformation, and the life changing stories of her students, Patricia has gone on to create several other workouts, courses, and workshops including yogaSati, warriorSati, coreSati, danceSati and the intenSati Leadership Training. She is committed to being a powerful force for positive change in the world, and continues to find revolutionary ways to uplift her students and help them to change, inside and out. Patricia believes that through conscious, intentional living, a commitment to excellence and the power of love, every person is able to live a life filled with peace, happiness and joy.
In this episode, Patricia shares:
1. How to have a mind that follows your will (not the other way around!)
2. How to change your state before you change your behavior
3. Harnessing the power of your brain as an answer seeking machine