Practice You with Elena Brower

Content and conversations for times of transition and change. Join me in discussion with renowned luminaries and dear friends to explore life's myriad transitions, our understandings and our responses. What does it mean to be present, to shift our perceptions, to engage with the world meaningfully, with dignity and care? With respect for the ancient practices and the modern wisdom that continue to inform and elevate our exchanges, each episode is an invitation to Practice You.
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Jul 6, 2024

On presence, living on a prayer, devotion and what it means to pause.

  • (1:00) – Meditation, mindfulness, and personal growth with a meditation teacher.
  • (10:01) – Mindfulness, meditation, and prayer with a focus on personal growth and self-care.
  • (20:34) – Simplifying life, death, and spirituality.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Cynthia is a first-generation Latina immigrant to the States, currently living in Texas. As a meditation and mindfulness teacher, mentor, and lifetime student, her two greatest passions are creating and teaching. Cynthia’s deepest joy is to see her students and clients befriend all aspects of themselves to live a more present and compassionate life, one breath at a time.

Cynthia has been teaching in-person and online since 2018. For her, teaching is not only sharing the practices and wisdom she’s learned from her teachers, but also being of service to her students and clients to teach/mentor for her own experience. Cynthia’s meditation classes may include Sound Healing, Kirtan, Mantra meditation, aromatherapy, minerals, journaling, and many other holistic healing modalities.

She loves to travel around the world for work and play. Cynthia’s other passions are painting, watching the waves of the ocean, drinking coffee or matcha, and chasing sunrises. She dreams about going to Bali, Indonesia and leading meditation retreats around the world.

Digital meditation programs and classes for self-study:

YouTube channel with free resources:


Jun 22, 2024

On prioritizing our connections with our ancestors as a way to elevate our work and the quality of our present relations.

Jun 8, 2024

On empowering women in business, prioritizing integrity and creating a global movement.

As Founding Executive and Chair of the Board of doTERRA, Emily Wright has been fully immersed in the global essential oils market since the mid-90s. Empowering people on both sides of the bottle, she loves creating intentional connections and unifying teams for a common cause. She is a champion of doTERRA’s business model, focusing on providing tools to help nurture physical and emotional wellbeing while helping people reach their personal goals. Emily's relentless desire to source the world’s most pure and potent essential oils continues to lift communities in sourcing regions as she places her whole heart into doTERRA’s purpose: helping the world heal. 

Emily and her husband Korey are the parents of four beautiful children and three adorable grandchildren, her pride and joy.

  • (4:06) - Using essential oils for health and wellness. 
  • (9:10) - Gender inequality in the workplace, personal growth, and leadership development. 
  • (14:21) - Using essential oils for health and wellness, fear of success holds back potential. 
  • (18:48)- Empowering families globally through essential oils. 
  • (25:07) - Growth and service in the essential oil industry. 
  • (34:15) - Essential oil quality and sourcing. 
  • (39:13) - Sustainable business practices and essential oil sourcing in Bulgaria and Madagascar.
  • (43:05) - Essential oils, quality standards, and impact on healthcare. 
  • (53:31) - Longevity, wellness, and passion with a female entrepreneur. 
May 25, 2024

On the causes of, and possible solutions for, autoimmune struggles. On resolving the trauma signature so many of us carry.

May 11, 2024

On resilience, via the wisdom of our ancestor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Seeing our character reflected in our opinions of the world. Shifting our lens to acknowledge our uniqueness, practicing surmounting our subjectivity in order to steep ourselves in reality as it is with empathy, equanimity and insight.

  • (1:00) – Stoicism and Self-Reliance with Mark Tuzik.
  • (4:56) – Emerson’s philosophy and its impact on Thoreau’s work.
  • (13:12) – Emerson’s philosophy of self-awareness and perception.
  • (19:07) – Solitude, loneliness, and self-discovery.
  • (25:02) – Writing, self-doubt, and emotional reactivity.
  • (31:14) – Emerson’s philosophy and its application to relationships.

Mark Matousek is a bestselling author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry.

His books include Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, The Boy He Left Behind, When You’re Falling, Dive, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, Ethical Wisdom for Friends, Mother of the Unseen World, and Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Details, Tricycle, Good Housekeeping, and Harper’s Bazaar

He has blogged for Psychology Today and offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth around the world. In 2013, Mark founded The Seekers Forum, a global online community for non-sectarian spiritual dialogue. He is on the faculty of The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, 1440, Esalen, The Rowe Center, Hollyhock, and Blue Spirit, Costa Rica. 

He lives with his partner in Springs, New York. His new book is Lessons From An American Stoic.


Apr 27, 2024

From the wild edge of intuition, women's health, inner presence and full embodiment, a peek inside the hearts of wise, engaged women.


  • (2:48) – Women’s health and intuition with a holistic approach.
  • (8:50) – Rituals and inner terrain mastery for personal growth.
  • (16:43) – Women’s cycle, herbal medicine, and personal growth.
  • (23:53) – Women’s empowerment and healing.
  • (32:02) – Women’s leadership and herbal medicine course.
  • (36:32) – Meditation and inner wisdom for personal growth.

Seraphina Capranos is a clinical herbalist, homeopath, and initiated priestess with a practice spanning over two decades.

As well as being a deeply engaging teacher and speaker, she has a clinical practice on Salt Spring Island. Her unique blend of gifts straddle the vast worlds of plant medicine, homeopathy, and ritual and ceremonial magic. She is a sought after international teacher who has taught thousands of students since 2008. She is the CEO and founder of The Center for Sacred Arts.

From The Wild Edge is a ground-breaking virtual program that weaves a rich tapestry of Myth, Herbal Medicine, Modern Science and Ritual, taught by Seraphina and Dr. Karley Denoon. Blending expert health and hormonal guidance, herbal medicine, enriching community learning, elevating your understanding of what it means to heal as a woman in our times, From The Wild Edge might be a relevant course for you.

ELENA means 5% off the course at this link. Enrollment closes Sunday May 12, 2024.

Apr 13, 2024

On redefining power, living and leading without apology, spacious parenting and the perceptions holding us back.

  • (2:24) – Self-awareness, identity, and heritage.
  • (7:32) – Identity, belonging, and cultural heritage.
  • (11:38) – Heritage, identity, and systemic racism.
  • (16:35) – Privilege and allyship in a 20-year marriage.
  • (20:50) – Parenting, values, and personal growth.
  • (27:01) – Parenting teenagers and respecting their identity choices.
  • (31:40) – Privilege and its various forms.
  • (36:23) – Privilege and leadership with a focus on neurodiversity and accessibility.

One of Australia's leading credentialed coaches for female executives and entrepreneurs, Kemi Nekvapil is an author and a highly sought-after international speaker, a flower farmer, a wife and mother, and a solid friend. She's studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan and trained with Dr Brené Brown to become a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, working with teams and organisations to create daring leaders and courageous cultures. Kemi is a facilitator for The Hunger Project Australia and a regular interviewer of industry icons including Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck and Marie Forleo, and she hosts the number one ranking podcast The Shift Series. With a level of compassion and wisdom only gained through extraordinary life experience, Kemi is a powerful advocate for connected, value-based living.

Mar 30, 2024
On the unexpected places of practice in our lives, the freedom of rigor, and the wisdom of closing the chasm between our values and our actions. 
  • (2:06)- Zen Buddhism’s Eightfold Path and personal growth.
  • (6:47) – Buddhism, compassion, and social justice.
  • (14:43) – Buddhist ceremony and personal growth.
  • (20:43) – Meditation, mindfulness, and personal growth.
  • (27:06) – Zen Buddhism and practice in Japan.
  • (36:21) – Meditation, routines, and finding peace.
  • (40:38) – Finding freedom through rigor and discipline.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. After many years as a chaplain and psychotherapist, Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, which offers contemplative approaches to care through education, personal caregiving, and Zen practice. Today, New York Zen Center’s methodologies are internationally recognized—and have touched the lives of tens of thousands of individuals. Koshin is a world renowned thought leader in contemplative care. He is the author of Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion (Balance/Hachette, 2022); Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up (Wisdom Publications, 2019) and the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). His work has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, Tricycle among other publications.

Koshin's new book, Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion, 
is a welcoming guidebook for finding expansive ease and deep compassion within oneself and through relationships with others based on the Eightfold Path, one of Buddhism’s foundational teachings. In his book, Koshin weaves together anecdotes from his own life dealing with abuse and discrimination, insights from many wise teachers, and invitations to constantly practice showing up to our lives in every moment.
Mar 16, 2024

 On shifting the way we perceive our capacities as humans and as parents, focusing on relational connection and possibility.

  • (4:14) – Mindset shift for work-parent conflict.
  • (13:28) – Work-parenting challenges and unhelpful labels.
  • (18:50) – Embracing challenges and finding opportunities in life.
  • (26:50) – Managing stress and finding resilience through self-compassion.
  • (33:18) – Nonviolent communication and parenting.

In Work, Parent, Thrive, Yael shares practical strategies from clinical psychology and social science to better manage the conflict and enhance enrichment in work, parenting, and the balance of these meaningful roles. While these strategies won’t create more hours in the day, they can shift how we label our experiences, revise the stories we tell ourselves about working and parenting, and recognize the value we get from each role on its own, and in combination with one another.

Yael Schonbrun, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, assistant professor at Brown University, co-host of Psychologists Off the Clock: A podcast about the science and practice of living well, and mother of three. Yael’s academic research explores the interaction between relationship problems and mental health conditions. She has authored chapters in several books and has written dozens of scientific articles. In her private practice, writing, and podcasting, Yael uses evidence-based science to help individuals and couples learn to manage work, parenting, and marriage in more effective and fulfilling ways. She draws upon treatments that integrate ancient Eastern philosophy with scientifically backed practices. Yael’s writing on work, parenting, and relationships has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Greater Good Science Center, Behavioral Scientist, Kveller, Lilith Magazine, The Wise Brain Bulletin, Psychology Today, and Motherly. Her new book is Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connection (When Everything Feels Like too Much).

Yael lives outside of Boston with her husband and their three small comedians.


Mar 2, 2024

On the Way of Tea, the practice of service, the meaning of presence and the medicine of silence.

  • (1:46) – Tea, presence, and mindfulness.
  • (5:48) – Tea, meditation, and prison reform.
  • (11:52) – Buddhist chaplaincy training and tea practices.
  • (16:26) – Acting, producing, and healing.
  • (22:37) – Meditation, mindfulness, and Zen Buddhism.
  • (32:14) – Music, prison reform, and personal growth.

Mia Maestro most recently wrapped Oscar-nominee Jose Rivera’s Castro’s Daughter, directed by Miguel Bardem. She appears in the Apple+ Scott Z. Burns’ climate change anthology Extrapolations starring opposite Ed Norton.

Mia is a citizen of the worldtraveling, surfing, scuba diving, and warming her spirit through the practice of Cha Dao, The Way of Tea. She’s passionate about prison reform and serves tea to the incarcerated through Healing Dialogue and Action in the state of California.

Feb 17, 2024

On the ecological, mythical and cultural understandings that shape our history of extraction and exploitation, and how one conversation can truly make a difference in our future.

  • (1:42) – Reconnecting with nature and protecting forests.
  • (11:41) – Feminism, patriarchy, and earth-centered traditions.
  • (17:11) – Regenerative farming and indigenous knowledge.
  • (22:40) – Indigenous worldviews and language revitalization.

Founder and executive director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Osprey Orielle Lake works internationally with grassroots, BIPOC and Indigenous leaders, policymakers, and diverse coalitions to build climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized clean-energy future. She sits on the executive committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and on the steering committee for the Fossil Free Non-Proliferation Treaty. Osprey’s writing about climate justice, relationships with nature, women in leadership, and other topics has been featured in The Guardian, Earth Island Journal, The Ecologist, Ms. Magazine and many other publications. She is the author of the award-winning book Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature. Osprey holds an MA in Culture and Environmental Studies from Holy Names University in Oakland and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area on Coast Miwok lands.

Feb 3, 2024

On death, grieving, service, and releasing our fixation on redemption.

Jan 20, 2024

On fostering spiritual kinship and community, a plea to stay in the fold of love and civility, and recipes to fortify the truth of our interbeing.

  • (3:40) - Facing grief and loss as a chaplain.
  • (10:21) -Buddhist retreats for intergenerational healing.
  • (18:55) -Narcissism and the Buddhist Path to Authenticity.
  • (25:11) - Intergenerational wisdom and mindfulness.
  • (31:25) - Buddhist teachings and meditation practice.
  • (37:03) -Ethics, gratitude, and relationships.

Dr. Pamela Ayo Yetunde is a pastoral counselor, writer, instructor and speaker. She did her post-doctoral work at Harvard Divinity School, earned a Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, earned her M.A. in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, and her law degree from Indiana University of Law. She is a Community Dharma Leader certified by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. Her articles appear in Buddhadharma, Lion's Roar, Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Religions and Feminist Theology. She is an interfaith pan-Buddhist practitioner. Ayo is the author of three books: Casting Indra’s Net: Fostering Spiritual Kinship and Community (2023, Shambhala Publications). Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race Resilience, Transformation and Freedom co-edited with Cheryl A. Giles (2020, Shambhala Publications). Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care (2020, Palgrave Macmillan).


Jan 6, 2024

On the signals transmitted across generations, the evolution of secrets, and the resonances felt through timelines and dimensions.

Dec 23, 2023

On the power of food as medicine to transform your body, your mind and your health.

  • (2:49) – Food as medicine and a new product launch.
  • (8:14) – Healthy habits and self-care.
  • (14:35) – A nutrition company’s products and future innovations.
  • (18:49) – Healthy eating and body transformation.
  • (24:10) – Intermittent fasting and plant-based meal plan.
  • (30:58) – Menopause reset program and its benefits.
  • (36:08) – Healthy food products and their ingredients.

Lisa Odenweller believes in the power of food as medicine, that mother nature is our greatest resource, and that what we put in our body is as much about fueling our bodies as it is our minds and souls. A San Diego native, Lisa is a visionary serial entrepreneur, wellness expert with over 15-years of experience. Her impressive resume includes titles as Founder of organic superfood cafe, BEAMING Wellness, and most recently, CEO and Founder of Kroma Wellness, the functional nutrition brand that’s revolutionizing the way we think about nourishing our bodies. After falling in love with “superfoods” nearly two-decades ago, long before the word became commonplace within the health industry, Lisa began harnessing their power 

Dec 9, 2023

On ceasing the pursuit of our hierarchical notions of success; turning the light inward for true connection and care.

Emilio Diez Barroso is a light, a teacher and a collaborator on this planet.

In his bio, he says he's perfected the art of appearing very successful: managing two family offices, a venture investment firm, sitting on the board of over a dozen companies... but as he saw that none of that was actually nourishing him, he turned his attention inward.

With a mission of transforming our shared sense of unworthiness, he now mentors individuals and groups, considering everyone with whom he works to be his teacher. Dedicated to alleviating suffering in the world, he's the author of
The Mystery of You, a dive into his process and findings.

Nov 25, 2023

On enhancing the coherence in your home, your body and your cells.

Nov 11, 2023

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

Oct 28, 2023

On the deeper questions and practices of unearthing the luminous self.

Oct 14, 2023

On holding space for the realities of menopause, normalizing the multiple truths of aging, prioritizing the power of shared intergenerational story to end the negative ways in which we relate to our bodies.

Omisade Burney-Scott (Oh-me-SHAH-day, she/her) is a seventh generation Black Southern feminist, storyteller and social justice advocate. 

She is also the creator/curator of The Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause (BGG2SM), a multimedia project focused on normalizing menopause and aging through the centering of the stories of Black women, women-identified and gender expansive people. 


BGG2SM curates opportunities for people experiencing menopause or will experience menopause in the future to think about and, often, reimagine their own story and menopause journey as something unique, dynamic, natural, and deserving of respect and support.

BGG2SM has collaborated with Society for Women's Health and Research, Prevention Magazine, Elektra Health and partnered with Kindra to create the Say More Conversation & Journaling Cards. 

BGG2SM's core programs are their Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause podcast,which is a guide to the different stages of menopause, intergenerational storytelling gatherings and annual zine called "Messages from the Menopausal Multiverse”. 

She has been featured in numerous outlets including Oprah Daily, Forbes, VOGUE, Prevention, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Omisade and BGG2SM partnered with The Honey Pot Company for World Menopause Month in October and the Embodied Podcast at WUNC-North Carolina Public Radio for a series of weekly videos using the Say More deck.

Omisade is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Durham.


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Oct 7, 2023

On the efficiency and efficacy of nano-particle colloidal silver for external and internal support.

Meet Steve Revelli, a dynamic individual with a multifaceted background. As Chief Scientific Officer at American Biotech Labs, Steve's expertise spans a wide range of roles, including Research and Development, Quality Control, and Formulation. A retired educator and former Adjunct Professor, he brings a wealth of knowledge from his 30 years in science and health education.

Beyond the lab, Steve's enthusiasm shines as he officiates track and field meets as a USATF master’s level official, or globe-trots to oversee World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton races for the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. 

He's here to talk with us today about Silver Biotics, where he's played a pivotal role in crafting antimicrobial cosmetics and wound care products, showcasing his commitment to merging science and wellness. If you choose to explore, code Elena means 30% off your first purchase, and 10% off thereafter. Thank you Silver Biotics.

Steve has a passion for education, science, and sports which intertwines seamlessly, driving his commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and fostering learning where ever he goes.

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Silver Biotics has taken the old technology of colloidal silver and improved it to create the next generation of silver products. SilverSol® was created to improve on current formulas to make them safer and more effective. 

Through a new manufacturing technology, patented under multiple patents, and patents pending, Silver Biotics advanced nano-silver solution has become the new standard by which all other silver products are measured. We call this new generation of colloidal silver the Miracle Particle, SilverSol®.


Sep 30, 2023

On the chaos and coherence of water, the dire state of our soil both in Nature and our bodies, and how coherent water improves our markers of brainwave health, biological age, microbiome, energy levels, and our connection to the circadian rhythms of life.

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

Mario is an entrepreneur, researcher, and CEO New Earth Technologies, a company that offers the miracle of Analemma Water by transforming water into a coherent liquid crystalline state, enhancing the properties and benefits of the water we drink. 

In this conversation, we discuss the science of structured water and its impact on our overall health and longevity. 

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Sep 16, 2023

On our interconnectedness, releasing paradigms, and receiving the work that needs to pass through us.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Matthew Quick; Bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and We Are The Light;
  • 3:00 – We Are The Light – A series of letters written by a mass shooting survivor from protagonist to analyst over the course of a couple years. These letters are about interacting with the little brother of the shooter.
  • 5:30 – Inspiration for the story – Movie theater shooting in Aurora, Co – writing a novel about a tragedy in a movie house and the people in the community come together to resanctify this space.
  • 8:04 – Getting sober in 2018; experiencing writers block for 3 years; entering Jungian analysis; having paranoid thoughts and taking that into the creative writing wrestling ring. After 7 years of trying to sit down to write this novel, it was written in 6 weeks.
  • 11:00 – This Jungian Life Podcast; The protagonist, Lucas, talking about Eli, the brother of the shooter. Tiny injections of reality from your analyst.
  • 14:00 – Lucas is tapping into these sacred places of radical love. He accesses a divine wisdom, possessed by the archetype of love in finding this reconciliation and healing of the community.
  • 17:05 – Conversations about power – as we elevate these conversations of power, are we relegating conversations of love? Lucas take the stance of radical love. Owning the potential of darkness within all of us through shadow work and learning to love the totality of our humanity.
  • 19:05 – How can we treat the shadow in others with more respect and bring dignity. Having the conversations as a community for acknowledging the personal responsibility for those unseen. Slowing down and taking the time to have human interactions.
  • 21:42 – The work is to see the people that make us the most angry are the people most like us. These things that make us uncomfortable are manifestations of things that are going on inside of us. Bringing it back to within and doing the work.
  • 24:11 – Seeing the humanity within all. Every single human is a part of this interconnected whole. Dropping opinions and assumptions and allowing vulnerability.
  • 26:45 – Teach the kids to think, not what to think. Give them the tools to make up their own minds about things. We don’t have much dialogue and nuanced conversation in public spaces based on our affiliations.
  • 29:15 – Our extroverted society demands quick answers and voicing of opinion, but complicated problems require a lot of pondering and meditation, especially in the wake of a tragedy.
  • 31:50 – Ego is always going to want to take responsibility for everything. How little control we actually have can be terrifying at first, but also creates a pathway to access better ways. The analyst says to get out of the way, let what comes through you come through you.
  • 34:15 – Having the humility to serve and let go afterwards is the trick. Life circumstances shift, but it comes back to service, humility and getting out of the way.
  • 36:45 – A message to those struggling to get sober; finding people who can support you and you can talk to.
  • 39:00 – Getting the benefit of talking about your sobriety. Admitting the need for allies.

Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of  The Silver Linings Playbook—which was made into an Oscar-winning film—and eight other novels, including We Are the Light, a #1 Indie Next Pick and a Book of the Month selection. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Matthew lives with his wife, the novelist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.


Sep 2, 2023

On growing our love, meeting ourselves with care, and receiving the intelligent tenderness of every moment.

  • 2:05 - You Better Be Lightning – winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, Feathered Quill Book Award, American Library Association Over the Rainbow, Colorado Book Award & Goodreads Choice Finalist.
  • 4:30 - Things That Don’t Suck (Substack); Softening since high school, and over the last 10 years. Everything changing with the first buzz cut.
  • 6:30 - Anis Mojhani – “My heart was too big for my body, so I had to let it go.”; Discovering spoken word in 1999. Dreaming of having poetry readings in packed rock clubs.
  • 8:45 - People coming to the shows because they too were having panic attacks. Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and almost immediately feeling safer than ever before.
  • 10:50 - Remission nutrition and chemotherapy.
  • 13:00 - We don’t realize how much we are living in the future until we are confronted with our mortality. Trusting the universe and having a loving relationship with our mortality.
  • 15:15 - Favorite medium of art – Music. It transports to an expansive place, so many feelings at once, nostalgic and enlivening. We are every age we have ever been. We are all of the ages.
  • 17:20 - In order to offer forgiveness, I don’t have to love myself less, I can love myself more. Self love being the same thing as loving the entire world.
  • 20:10 - Choosing compassion over anger when finding out about getting cancer. Gaining this sudden clarity. Continuing to learn.
  • 23:35 - Learning tenderness from the places where there was a lack of tenderness. Becoming witness and having compassion for the edges. Seeing that kindness comes from offering kindness to the parts of me that haven’t been kind.
  • 25:50 - How much to share publicly vs keeping things quiet. Feeling safety in expression.
  • 27:35 - Drawing inspiration from everywhere. All of writing and creating is plagiarizing the beauty that is already here. What made the aspen trees is the same thing that made me.
  • 29:40 - Short readings from Andrea – “Instead of Depression”; “Wellness Check”;

Andrea Gibson is one of the most celebrated and influential spoken word poets of our time. Best known for their live performances, Gibson has changed the landscape of what it means to attend a “poetry show” altogether. To hear Gibson is like hearing songwriters play their music, their trademark honesty and vulnerability are on full display. Gibson’s poems center around LGBTQ issues, gender, feminism, mental health and the dismantling of oppressive social systems. The winner of the first Women’s World Poetry Slam, Gibson has gone on to be awarded the LGBTQ Out100 and has been featured on BBC, NPR and CSpan. Gibson is the author of seven award winning books and seven full length albums. Their live shows have become loving and supportive ecosystems for audiences to feel seen, heard, and held through Gibson’s art.

You Better Be Lightning (2021) by Andrea Gibson is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection.The poems range from close examination of the deeply personal to the vastness of the world, exploring the expansiveness of the human experience from love to illness, from space to climate change, and so much more in between. You Better Be Lightning is winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, Feathered Quill Book Award, American Library Association Over the Rainbow, Colorado Book Award & Goodreads Choice Finalist.

Things That Don't Suck (Substack) - It's common to look around and take inventory of what sucks. This is one poet's quest to uncover what doesn't, and what shifts when we shift our attention.


Aug 19, 2023

On creating strong communities, pivoting out of productivity and shifting toward ease.

  • 3:00 – Las Founders, founded in 2022, is a Los Angeles held event for entrepreneurs focused on hearing from Latina Entrepreneurs. Meeting the expectations for attendees while sustaining event and production costs.
  • 6:10 – Women with an entrepreneurial spirit. Disentangling the growth and rebalancing of growth through the pandemic through focused objectives and offerings.
  • 8:10 – 2-Day event in October 2023; serving the different identities within the community. 3 Pillars – Heal, Commune, Grow. Addressing ancestral and systematic wounds through healing in community, and growing from that space.
  • 10:25 – ‘Heal’ Track and Wellness Day; Keynote this year from Yung Pueblo. Day 1 – Thrive With Ease; Day 2 – “Connect With Your Innermost Self.”
  • 12:55 – Transitioning from massive elaborate summits to something smaller, and more true. Prioritizing ease, and creating time and space rather than being controlled by the time and space. What comes in naturally?
  • 14:55 – We find validation when we can ‘do it all,’ but find a tipping point when our priorities begin to need filling and we have to manage what cups get filled. How can I position myself in creation and attraction mode?
  • 17:10 – Exploring ways to edit and make things half as long, and simpler. What does prayer mean to you? Connection. Humility to ask for help.
  • 19:55 – Break The Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma by Dr Mariel Buqué; Breaking the cycle of abandonment – The ultimate support is the support we get from within ourselves.
  • 21:55 – It is ok to take it slow, say no, create loving boundaries, find soft spaces. How do we slow things down? Proactively incorporating a meditation practice.
  • 24:00 – Making weekends/time off sacred for the team collectively. Respecting your rest, space and time.

Ana Flores is Houston-born, El Salvador-raised. She's worked in television production for Univision, MTV Latin America and other Spanish-language networks for 15 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

When her husband was out of work and the cost of childcare became too expensive in 2009, she and a friend launched SpanglishBaby, a blog for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. Within a year, Flores was able to monetize blog posts for about $40 and found herself building “a small community” with fellow ambitious Latina bloggers. Soon she was actively pitching ideas to brands, connecting them with the 25-30 Latina bloggers and influencers from her online community.

“And that’s what became Latina Bloggers Connect in 2010, with no money, with no resources,” Flores told TODAY. “I saw a path — a support system of people that were willing to open doors for each other.”

Six years later, Flores rebranded Latina Blogger Connect as #WeAllGrow Latina, a Latina-owned, self-funded website that elevates the voices of Latinas and provides them with the resources — and inspiration — they need to succeed.

“We really make it a point to hire within our community, because that is how we build socio and economic power,” Vanessa Santos — who joined #WeAllGrow as a partner and co-CEO in December 2021 — told TODAY. Flores and Santos believe that to see one woman grow doesn’t mean that it’s going to take away an opportunity for another. Championing “amigahood,” or sisterhood, their website has exceeded 20,000 subscribers, or “amiga members." The free online community is available for English or Spanish-speaking Latinas and offers original content, mentorship, wellness sessions, resources, connections, access to virtual and in-person events like the annual #WeAllGrow Summit, plus exclusive perks created to support entrepreneurs, creatives and professionals. Through their digital platform and in-person events, #WeAllGrow is helping Latinas turn their ideas into realities.

Las Founders was founded in 2022 is the Los Angeles-held event for entrepreneurs sold out and had over 400 attendees taking in panels and conversations with Latina entrepreneurs about how they got their start.

In September 2022, the organization hosted the sixth annual #WeAllGrow Summit. The first summit was held in 2015 and focused on content creation and networking. As the years went by, it's become bigger and more interactive, with Forbes including it as one of 19 Conferences Every Creative Should Attend in 2018 and 2019. This year's sold-out event, held in Palm Desert, California, welcomed over 600 attendees ready to “heal, commune and grow” — which also happen to be the organization’s three pillars.

In 2023, Las Founders will be a two-day event in October. 

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