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Practice You with Elena Brower

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Dec 27, 2020

On the vital ways in which we approach practice for mental health.

Julie Wald is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, Inner Wealth: How Wellness Heals, Nurtures, and Optimizes Ultra-Successful People, and the founder of Namaste Wellness. Julie has over twenty-five years of experience as a clinical social worker, yoga and meditation teacher. She’s committed to serving not only Namaste’s elite clientele of high performing companies and families, but also to delivering complimentary wellness services to under served schools, hospitals, and community organizations.

Resources

https://www.namasteny.com/live-online-corporate-wellness

Dec 19, 2020

On womanhood, excellence, Blackness, and our crucial collaborations in parenting, partnership, and creativity.

  • Rebirthing many times throughout life [3:57]
  • Women, Southern culture and power [5:15]
  • Demonstrating Black Excellence [12:10]
  • Seeking out Black culture [18:14]
  • Not letting the dominant culture confuse you [21:52]
  • A different kind of leadership [24:55]
  • Detaching from things that define us. Coming back different [29:51]
  • Finding the upside of the split [38:11]
  • Representation matters. How we treat people is cultural [42:05]
  • Penelope’s poem. Listening fully when people tell us who they are [52:38]

Author, activist, beauty explorer and mother of 5, Jodie holds the position of Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, our nation’s largest LGBT organization. As a globally recognized activist, she speaks on topics of radical parenting, identity, and gender.

When her son announced at the age of 3 “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy”, Jodie set out to inform herself, shift her own bias and change the way her community understands gender. Chronicling that journey in her memoir, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous." Cosmopolitan Magazine filmed a mini-documentary on her family in 2016, garnering over 11 million views.

Jodie's second book, Born Ready: The True Story Of A Boy Named Penelope allows her childrens' voices to be heard. They show us how an entire community can be flexible and change for those they love.

She's also a long-standing entrepreneur, co-founding two beauty companies, receiving Beauty Skin Expert of the Year award by Cosmopolitan Magazine. Jodie co-owns Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the iconic live performance venue in NYC.

Along with the work she does with the Human Rights Campaign, Jodie is on Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research Task Force, the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, and Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Advisory Board. The United Nations has recognized me as a Champion of Change.

Jodie lives in Brooklyn where she co-raises her children with love, education and family solidarity.

RESOURCES

Jodie Patterson
The Bold World, Jodie Patterson
Born Ready, Jodie Patterson
The Human Rights Campaign
Points of Pride
Ackerman Institute for the Family
Jazz Jennings

Nov 28, 2020

On homeschooling as reclaiming learning, prioritizing in a busy household and the gifts of boredom.

  • Making the decision to homeschool [2:03]
  • Keeping rhythms with non-attachment [8:57]
  • Being driven by children’s interest. Choosing. Focusing [12:31]
  • Reclaiming our learning. Giving ownership to the children [21:48]
  • Interoception. Subtracting and letting kids get bored [23:14]
  • Surviving as a family. Choosing values and saying them out loud [27:15]
  • Being generous with yourself so that you can be more generous [32:10]
  • Recognizing developmental stages [38:42]
  • Working while homeschooling. Knowing your priorities. Love languages [39:56]

Johanna Nichols is a mama to 4, an artist and Waldorf inspired homeschooler. Professionally trained as a chef, everything she thought she knew about food changed when her first son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Her life's work is creating ceremony and rituals that re-connect us to the earth, health and home. She is deeply focused on the empowerment of women and creates circles and courses that honor how we can lead and live in a way closer to the earth, her seasons and the lunar cycle. Children come to her house from blocks away for bandaids and know she is never too busy to apply lavender to a sting.

Martha McAlpine is a student, a listener, a leader. A homeschool mama, a Love, a professional yoga teacher. She has been a workshop facilitator, a multimedia producer, and an information architect for Fortune 500 companies during the .com boom. Her studies include a degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a master's degree in Experiential Curriculum Design from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She has practiced and taught yoga publicly and privately for over 25 years and leads the philosophy portion of the YogaWorks advanced teacher training in Baltimore. Her passion and purpose is to teach how to connect our self to our Self. Having traveled and lived around the world, she now lives with her kids outside of Baltimore, MD overlooking the Patapsco river.

RESOURCES

Martha McAlpine
Johanna Nichols
Guided Within Collective
You are your child’s first teacher, Rahima Baldwin Dancy
Waldorf Schools
Love Languages
Parenting Passageway

Nov 21, 2020

On the history of black maternal health, how we can change the story, and parenting our kids as actualized beings.

  • The Black Maternal Health crisis [1:58]
  • Gynecology and its origins in slavery [6:09]
  • The need for a reckoning. Reenvisioning a holistic view and a service model [10:17]
  • Ways to be involved [14:51]
  • Mama Glow Doula professional training program scholarship fund [30:19]
  • Learning and unlearning [34:07]
  • Parenting teenagers. Leaning into resilience and using our tools [36:13]

Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert Latham Thomas supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is leading a revolution in radical self-care, guiding women everywhere to “mother themselves first.” Latham is the founder of Mama Glow a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports women and families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen (Hay House) released on paperback on June 16, 2020.

Resources

http://www.mamaglow.com
Own Your Glow, Latham Thomas
The 1619 Project podcast
Black Maternal Momnibus
Irth App
Anti-racism daily

Nov 7, 2020

On compassion in the context of activism, building a culture of care, and cultivating enthusiasm to save our democracy.

  • Being radically human [2:42]
  • Sharing peace in a way that incites action [4:24]
  • Our responsibility to each other. Information and discernment [6:21]
  • Planting seeds of love and compassion [12:52]
  • Changing our opinions over time [18:00]
  • Immigration detainment camps. Focusing on human values [22:28]
  • Leading with what inspires us [27:13]
  • Operating from our humanity when we disagree [31:09]
  • What needs healing [40:37]
  • Favourite view [43:00]
  • Prayer [43:40]

Reggie is a leading activist, strategist, and teacher with experience in fields ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a senior political strategist for a leading progressive organization, a hybrid of communications, public speaking, strategy, relationship building, issue advocacy, mass mobilizations and electoral campaign work.

Reggie is also a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and author of a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love." He has studied extensively with leading teachers such as Faith Hunter, Amy Ippolitti, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Sri Dharma Mittra as well as many amazing teachers along the way. He teaches Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, leading progressive organizations and individuals, sharing techniques for growing peace and ease as a foundation, not an afterthought in his teaching practice, Active Peace Yoga.

In July 2020, Reggie helped launch a grassroots campaign along with David Lipsius, Amy Ippoliti, Jack Kornfeld and Tara Brach called Buddhists and Yogis United. This is an effort to share information and inspire teachers and their respective communities to encourage active civic participation in the upcoming election and beyond. The times require our active engagement in social change - we must move beyond talk toward courageous and inspired action.

He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale, and an international MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Resources

Reggie Hubbard
Buddhist and Yogins United
MoveOn https://front.moveon.org/Rabbit Hole podcast
Ctznwell
http://www.activepeaceyoga.com
Op-Ed in The Hill about social justice after George Floyd:
Buddhist and Yogis United Initiative
spiritual activism with Ethan Nichtern and Dharma Vote

Oct 31, 2020

On showing up for your writing with devotion. On reading as writing; writing as reading. On humility as wisdom.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, memoirist, speaker, master mindfulness meditation teacher and workshop leader teaching nationally at the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, 1440 MUltiversity, Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute, and at writing conferences nationally. Albert has read and shared the stage with International bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many others. His recent book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” based on his popular meditation and writing retreats by the same name—was released from Sounds True in September of 2017. He is also the author of several books of poems and the memoir “Beamish Boy,” (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational.” He lives in Northern California.

For Practice You listeners Albert is giving away FREE copies of his popular book from Sounds True "Writing as a Path to Awakening" + a 7-Track guided meditation program "Creativity Meditations for Writers, Artists, and Other Humans" (all we ask is $7.95 for shipping and handling) You can grab your copy at: brilliantwriter.com/free-book

Oct 17, 2020

On clearing biotoxicity and creating work that heals.

  • Biotoxicity [2:17]
  • The Milk Cleanse [7:07]
  • The genesis of NeuroPraxis [11:21]
  • The importance of knowing your own body [19:46]
  • Ayurveda and balance [23:10]
  • Slowing down and appreciating time [23:43]
  • Prayer [28:04]
  • Jody Levy is an artist, designer, director, educator, entrepreneur, executive and investor from the Detroit area who lives between Denver and New York City.

    Jody is the founder, creative director and Chief Executive Officer of a handful of companies dedicated to empowering people to be as healthy and happy as possible. These companies include:

    World Waters | WTRMLN WTR is a company and brand committed to redefining how and what we drink to nourish our bodies and sustain our ecosystem. The mission of World Waters and WTRMLN WTR is to educate people about why clean healthy eating is so important for the health and sustainability of our communities.

    NeuroPraxis is a digital app featuring NeuroScultping modules specific for overcoming pain, PTSD, stress, and symptoms associated with Biotoxic exposure including Lyme Disease, Mold disease, viruses, parasites, and more. This company and product has been co-created with author and NeuroSculpting founder Lisa Wimberger.

    The Milk Cleanse, a detox cleanse product also for alleviating symptoms associated with biotoxic exposure. The Milk Cleanse is launching spring 2020. A percentage of sales goes towards the awareness and prevention of Lyme Disease, parasites, and other tick-borne illnesses. This company and product has been co-created with author and integrative medicine doctor Dr. Linda Lancaster.

    Jody Levy is a partner, advisor, and investor in many category disrupting brands and companies connected to the clean living, wellness lifestyle space that empower people to take care of themselves and optimize their happiness and purpose. This includes companies that focus on biohacking, clean energy, personalized medicine, alternative wellness, sustainable fitness, clean food and more. Some featured brands include GEM&BOLT Mezcal, Bulletproof, Thrive Market, Parsley Health, The WELL, Inscape, Pinata and more.

    Resources

    wtrmlnwtr.com
    jodydlevy.com
    NeuroPraxis
    Neurosculpting, Lisa Wimberger
    The Milk Cleanse, Use code "elenabrower" for 10% off

    jody levy on the practice you podcast with elena brower

Sep 26, 2020

On the life-changing conversations of race, the majestic presence of lineage, and the vital, daily work of loving yourself.

  • The birth of The Jacy Method [2:15]
  • On feeling alone in a community [7:01]
  • The importance of expressing joy and showing up as yourself [9:39]
  • Jacy’s morning marriage practice [16:42]
  • On living multiple lives as a Black person [24:52]
  • The opportunity to have conversations about racism [32:57]
  • Eye gazing [39:01]
  • Whiteness in the wellness space [41:50]
  • Knowing what came before. Restoring your relationship with your ancestors [46:33]

Jacy Cunningham, Creator of The Jacy Method, is a dynamic Movement Therapist, Group Fitness Instructor, and Motivational Speaker. As a former Collegiate football player and performance athlete, Jacy has trained with some of best performance coaches in the world. When his own football journey ended in 2012, Jacy moved to Eden, Utah and became the In-House fitness instructor for the famed entrepreneurial conference & start-up Summit Series. After serving their community for 4 years, Jacy left Summit to travel and create a new movement focused on harnessing self-love through dynamic and therapeutic movements. From the fall of 2016 to the summer of 2018 Jacy traveled with numerous touring musicians (Mike Posner, GRiZ, DJ Jazzy Jeff), launched his personal brand and class The Jacy Method and signed to Wanderlust Festival as a featured Instructor. Now as a Nomad, Jacy continues to travel, teach, and host at a variety of music and wellness festivals across the world.

RESOURCES

http://www.thejacymethod.com
Metu Neter, Ra Un Nefer
The End of White World Supremacy, Malcolm X
Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon

Sep 19, 2020

On transcending our instincts, practicing what scares us, seeing where we coincide, and choosing our state.

After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth that uses pop culture as an educational tool in the classroom and beyond.

Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. Her clients have included high school and college students, government agencies, business teams, + many more.

She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall St Journal.

  • Chloé’s earliest teachers [3:05]
  • Theory of Enchantment’s guiding principles [5:12]
  • Timshel, Thou Mayest. East of Eden. Stoicism [13:03]
  • Non-violent protest. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Agape Love [22:00]
  • Meditating on your mortality. Practicing what you fear [28:44]
  • Criticism and care. Maya Angelou and Tupac story [31:18]
  • The Lion King and stoicism [37:40]
  • Contemplating the villain. Ways to practice [40:22]
  • What needs healing [49:47]
  • Favourite view [50:49]
  • Prayer [52:39]

RESOURCES

Theory of Enchantment Courses
Theory of Enchantment website
Chloé Valdary on Twitter:
Why I Refuse to Avoid White People article
Harriet Tubman, Eloise Greenfield
Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
East of Eden, John Steinbeck https://amzn.to/35WwpB1
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday
Timshel, Mumford & Sons

Practice You Podcast #66: Chloé Valdary

Sep 5, 2020

Erin is a travel, culture and lifestyle documentary photographer, creative culture consultant, writer and founder of Black Burner Project. After discovering her love for photography on a solo trip the Philippines, she has placed travel photography at the center of her personal work.

  • Erin's first experience of Burning Man [3:17]
  • What moved Erin to create the Black Burner Project [10:01]
  • The feeling of being one of few [14:08]
  • Inspiring potential burners by making people feel seen [20:04]
  • Erin's story about the Afro Pick installation [23:23]
  • Favourite view [29:00]
  • Prayer [31:52]
  • Creating the Group Photo and what it meant to people [32:59]
  • Reevaluating hierarchy [37:10]
  • The Cultural collective of Burning Man [40:04]

Erin creates visually moving imagery to help brands and individuals, usually in the lifestyle and travel space, convey a more organic brand story to aid in marketing their product or service and connect with their audience. As a creative consultant Erin specializes in inclusive storytelling and thoughtfully curated experiences for companies with diversity and inclusion goals both internally and externally.

She created Black Burner project in 2018, returning to Burning Man a second year to document people of color through photography and sharing their personal stories; with a mission to create a space where Burners of color can be seen, to encourage the apprehensive yet curious, create awareness around the event, show the importance of representation and drive diversity. Erin has curated a word of mouth surprise Burners of color group photo at Burning Man increasing the gathering from 35 people in 2018 to 250 people in 2019, becoming the largest gathering of people of color in Burning Man history. Some of her goals include a yearly artist of color grant through the project, tickets to be able to gift to virgin burners of color, and curating immersive art events both on and off playa.

Erin is also a regular speaker on the importance and transformative power of traveling. As a travel advocate, she has spoken in schools, workshops and travel conferences. Her written and photography work has been featured in publications such as Essence, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, “Shut Up and Run”, Travel Noire, and Conde Nast and photo Exhibitions from Miami to NYC.

Erin's Mission: To tell stories- both visual and written that help inform and inspire others to action

Resources

blackburnerproject.com
Dear White burners piece
https://www.instagram.com/blackburnerproject/

Meet Moses
Cultural Course Correcting by Marian Goodell

Aug 29, 2020

On connecting to Nature, our wisest innermost council, and our deepest compassion.

  • Managing chaos [2:44]
  • Understanding the need to project chaos outwards [6:23]
  • Tools that Pixie is using and sharing right now [10:13]
  • Asking for help and managing resources [17:07]
  • Disassociation and discernment [19:04]
  • Shamanic arts. Returning to the core of peace within [21:30]
  • Building your council. Releasing control [27:59]
  • What needs healing [36:54]
  • Favourite view [38:09]
  • Prayer [39:29]
  • Death and grieving [41:49]
  • Meditative prayer from Pixie [50:19]

RESOURCES

Pixie’s Worksheets
Prayers of Honoring, Pixie Lighthorse
Alberto Villoldo
The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo
Reimagining Death, Lucinda Herring
Sierra Campbell

Aug 22, 2020

On the past as fuel for the future, the realities of race, and the magic of making records.

  • Jeff's earliest musical influences [3:37]
  • His first experience of racism [6:40]
  • Creating his own blueprint for life [11:10]
  • Speaking to his children about what it means to be Black in America [15:16]
  • Favorite moments with Bad Boy [22:16]
  • The night that Biggie was murdered [26:22]
  • Artists Jeff is most excited about now [31:39]
  • Favorite view [38:06]
  • Prayer [40:01]
  • Delivering art to shift culture [42:00]

Resources

Kanye West

Kaash Paige
YG
Bino Rideaux
QUIN
1619 Project
Color of Change
When We All Vote

Jeff Burroughs' leverages pop culture, bridging the gap to cultural relevance for brand initiatives and to build artist brands.

He's had the pleasure of working with some of today's most innovative brands and been fortunate enough to have developed successful brand strategies for award winning-world class artists like YG, P Diddy and 2 Chains, top rated television programs like the XFactor and a host of cpg companies. As Executive Vice President of Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy became one of the highest grossing conglomerates in the entertainment industry and shifted culture.

Aug 8, 2020

On racism recovery as psychological, individual and collective healing.

  • How April came to her work [2:35]
  • Racism from a psychological perspective [11:12]
  • Narcissism and codependency [18:43]
  • White privilege. Complicity [23:00]
  • Treating perpetrators. Defense mechanisms [26:08]
  • Co-dependent racist savorism and anti-racist education on Instagram [33:19]
  • Racist rejection of whiteness and cultural appropriation [57:51]
  • Building trust and being trustworthy [59:50]
  • Psychoanalysing racism and evidence-based practices [1:10:55]
  • Stages of change [1:33:25]

April is a former medical social worker, where she provided counseling to her patients and their family members to help them cope with the trauma of medical emergencies in the state of Texas. She later moved to Colorado and started her private practice to serve QTPOC patients with a history of racial trauma. After having worked with QTPOC, she decided to help prevent racism in society by working with white clients as a coach using the Racist Signature Theory. Finally, she opened up the Racism Recovery Center to provide psychotherapy for the treatment of racism.

RESOURCES

https://www.racismrecoverycenter.com/
Racism Recovery Center
Developing Self Trust
Disparity in History textbooks
All About Love, Bell Hooks
The Courage to Trust, Cynthia Lynn Wall
My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem
Chloe Valdary, Theory of Enchantment
Dr. Gabor Mate

Jul 25, 2020

On scarcity in schools, committing to our edification, wealth as activism, and standing back to back as we heal.

Jesse Johnson is a master sales and success coach, specializing in helping spiritual entrepreneurs build 7-figure businesses. An artist, activist, and educator, Jesse's career began with 12 years teaching math in NYC public schools. Frustrated by the limits of both bureaucracy and poverty, she founded her own personal development company and blew her own mind taking it to 7 figures in just 2 years. Jesse now teaches coaches, spiritual leaders, and healers to experience sales as a spiritual practice and match their income with their personal mastery - no compromise, no self-sacrifice, no mediocrity.

  • Jesse’s experience of teaching in NYC public schools [0:45]
  • How Jesse came to start her own business [10:19]
  • Wealth as activism [14:03]
  • Lifting others up from a place of alignment [19:07]
  • What needs healing [21:48]
  • Favourite view [23:32]
  • Prayer [26:03]
  • Money and liberation [28:02]
  • Integrating physical identity with spiritual truth. Conversations about race [29:55]

RESOURCES

http://jessejohnsoncoaching.com/
Jesse's YouTube channel
Mastering Sales eBook
Kate LaBrosse
This is Me, Bipolar-Free, Kate LaBrosse
Erika Matos
SriKala

Jul 18, 2020

On the voyage of service, what still needs our attention, connecting to Mother Earth, and majestic remembrance.

Nadine McNeil, is a yoga teacher, speaker, transformational coach and humanitarian whose mission is to ignite infinite possibility in people around the world and share yoga with diverse underserved communities.

Over the last few decades, Nadine has travelled the world in service of the UN, UNICEF, Global Volunteer Network and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These and other experiences rooted Nadine’s continued devotion to activism.

Inspired by her firsthand encounters with both the resilience of the human spirit and also its suffering, Nadine’s talks, workshops, yoga sessions and retreats are continually described as powerful, moving and insightful.

  • Trust, Truth and Dare. Choosing a word as a compass [0:45]
  • Releasing trauma from the body. Connecting to the earth [8:51]
  • Nadine’s humanitarian work with the UN [15:25]
  • Nadine’s transition into yoga [24:14]
  • How Nadine merged all of her passions and gifts [29:23]
  • What needs to be healed [33:24]
  • Favorite view [35:17]
  • Prayer [35:56]
  • What the body knows [36:50]

RESOURCES

https://www.universalempress.com/
Nadine's 21-Day Reset Program
Transformational Women's Circles
Race Corona, On World Yoga Day
My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem
On Being podcast with Resmaa Menakem
Michael Moore podcast
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Jul 11, 2020

On whiteness in wellness, our responsibility, our clumsiness and our commitments.

  • Creating Wanderlust [4:41]
  • Spirituality and Civic engagement [16:30]
  • Acknowledging complicity. The role of the wellness teacher [20:39]
  • Black Lives Matter protests. Witnessing glimpses of Oneness [29:21]
  • Grace for clumsiness. Taking moral inventory [36:33]
  • Reframing the notion of separation [43:39]
  • Shaping the world in small moments [47:59]

Jeff attended The Hotchkiss School and received his BA in 1993 from Columbia University. In 2008, Jeff created the concept for Wanderlust, a series of large-scale events combining yoga & wellness with the arts.

In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being. As CEO, Jeff focuses on talent relationships, business development and building a stellar team. He also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of guests from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand.

Jeff serves on the board of Pure Edge, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating yoga and mindfulness curriculum into the public school system. Jeff is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Fast Company. Jeff has written two books, Wanderlust & Find Your True Fork and pens a weekly newsletter called Commusings.

In 2016, he was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the SuperSoul100 as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs.

In 1995, Jeff married Schuyler Grant, his college sweetheart. Schuyler, a yoga teacher and director of Kula Yoga Project, served as the inspiration for Wanderlust. Jeff & Schuyler have three beautiful daughters, Phoebe, Lolli and Micah. They currently live in Los Angeles, California.

RESOURCES

http://www.onecommune.com/
http://www.jeffkrasno.com/

Wanderlust
Commune
Pure Edge
Kula Yoga
Heavy - Kiese Laymon
White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

Jun 27, 2020

On studentship, using your art to heal, and becoming heavy enough to hold it all.

Kiese Laymon is the author of three books, most recently the NY Times bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir. He is a Professor of English born and raised in Jackson Mississippi.

  • The places we stay [3:26]
  • What inspired Kiese to write Heavy to his mother [5:05]
  • The consequences of masking pain [7:18]
  • How learning requires failure [11:31]
  • Parenting and secrets [14:25]
  • The importance of tender touch [18:25]
  • What does it mean to repair damage done? [21:43]
  • The overlapping problems with police [25:19]
  • Gambling addiction and recovery [29:50]
  • Kiese's Grandmother. Embodying love. Heavy enough [36:03]

Resources

Heavy by Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon on Dani Shapiro's podcast Family Secrets

Jun 20, 2020

On choosing conscious shocks, conscious suffering and crystallizing your commitment to daily bliss.

  • The Fourth Way [1:30]
  • The law of divided attention [8:28]
  • The law of aim [12:20]
  • The law of identification [15:12]
  • The law of shocks [20:54]
  • The law of three [27:05]
  • The law of self-remembering [30:55]
  • Unnecessary vs necessary suffering [33:06]
  • Buffers. How much joy can you stand? [36:45]
  • The law of death [41:39]
  • The law of crystallization [46:50]

Biet is the world-renowned meditation leader dubbed the "Lady Gaga of Meditation." As a musician, Biet weaves the world of pop culture and spirituality, teaching practical applications of ancient spiritual wisdom. The teachings are featured in Biet’s best selling book, ‘Don’t Just Sit There!’ published by Simon & Schuster.

RESOURCES

Biet Simkin website
Guided by Biet on Instagram
Don't just sit there, Biet Simkin
Biet Simkin music https://open.spotify.com/track/5WUQMoFM0zGfTmFfs3AoIL?si=4GaEP7muT_64_D7wUbAnLQ
Views from the Real World - Gurdjieff
Self Remembering - Red Hawk h
The Overstory - Richard Powers
Self-Remembering - Robert Earl Burton
Hildegard non Bingen music
The Lunar

Jun 13, 2020

On belonging, dreamwork, and welcoming aging as a privilege.

Toko-pa Turner is an award-winning Canadian writer, teacher, and dreamworker who blends the mystical tradition of Sufism with a Jungian approach to dreams. In 2001 she founded the Dream School, from which hundreds of students have graduated, and she speaks internationally on the subject of dreams and belonging. Sometimes called a "midwife of the psyche," Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reciprocity with nature, honouring grief, ritual, and beauty-making. Her book, "Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home" is the winner of multiple awards including the 2017 Gold Nautilus Award, the 2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Award, named Finalist in the 2018 Whistler Independent Book Awards, and Finalist for the 2019 Montaigne Medal in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. She lives on a small island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia.

  • Our longing to belong [2:09]
  • Toko-pa's early years [6:06]
  • Honoring grief [10:12]
  • Witnessing others in difficult times [12:11]
  • Toko-pa's healing journey [19:25]
  • Finding a place where our grief is welcomed [23:30]
  • Dreams and the language of metaphors [26:35]
  • Aging and our relationship to Elders [31:55]
  • Prayer [35:34]
  • Relocating Magic [37:07]

RESOURCES

https://toko-pa.com/
Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home
Belonging - Toko-pa Turner
Toko-pa Turner on Instagram
Rushing the redemption - Toko-pa Turner
Birdwings - Rumi
The Smell of Rain on Dust- Martin Prechtel
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf

May 16, 2020

On the perpetual revolution of the soul, with the one and only Seane Corn.

  • Becoming an elder [3:06]
  • What Seane’s friend Billy taught her [8:12]
  • The role of therapy in processing trauma, speaking out against injustice [15:33]
  • Grief [29:50]
  • Dismantling the systems within, creating social change [40:29]
  • Seane's main mentors and guides [50:48]
  • What Seane would say to a young yoga teacher [53:52]

Resources

https://www.seanecorn.com/
Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action

May 9, 2020

On music as medicine, listening carefully, and the relevance of surrendering.

  • Paavo's early connection to music [2:37]
  • Things that help Paavo in uncertain times [6:39]
  • What inspired the making of the Flow State album [9:33]
  • Questions about work life balance as an artist [14:34]
  • Improvising [19:00]
  • Not knowing and surrendering [21:07]
  • What needs healing [30:08]
  • Favourite view [31:03]
  • Prayer [31:42]
  • Preview of new Flow State meditations album [34:22]

Paavo Siljamäki, one third of Above & Beyond, has been at the forefront of electronic dance music for two decades.

Co-founder of the iconic Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep record labels,
hosts of Group Therapy, a weekly radio show reaching millions of dance lovers every Friday, the trio have earned two GRAMMY™️nominations for anthems 'Northern Soul' feat. Richard Bedford and 'We're All We Need' feat. Zoë Johnston. In 2018, the band’s fourth electronic album, Common Ground, debuted at number three on the Official Billboard Album Chart.

Described by UK music bible Q Magazine as “the world’s biggest cult band," Above & Beyond's list of sold-out shows includes headline performances at historic venues such as NYC's Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall London, Red Rocks Amphitheater and record-breaking turnouts for their own festival events on LA's Huntington Beach and at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State.

Songwriters first, producers second, Above & Beyond’s unwavering commitment to their craft has fueled a career spanning four acclaimed studio albums, 14 compilation albums, two acoustic albums and an album for yoga and meditation.

Flow State Meditations - a new series of spoken word pieces by Elena Brower and three other inspiring women from around the world - will be released on the 11th of May on Above & Beyond's record label, Anjunabeats.

RESOURCES

Flow State Meditations
Above and Beyond
Daybreaker Daybreaker
Twitch

May 2, 2020

On the road to sobriety, the questions we need to ask, and the ways we need to listen.

Laura McKowen inspires people to say yes to a bigger life after addiction. She’s the author of the forthcoming memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life (January 2020), and has been featured on WebMD, The Guardian, The New York Post, Bravo, and the TODAY show. She writes an internationally recognized, award-winning blog, is the host of two Top 100 iTunes podcasts, and leads sold-out retreats and courses focused on sobriety and personal development.

  • How Laura's Mom felt about the book [2:58]
  • Laura's "last hurrah" before becoming sober [6:57]
  • Finding a home inside oneself [12:27]
  • Growing up [14:54]
  • A different way of looking at anxiety [17:15]
  • On not rushing our learning [23:32]
  • When there is no "rock bottom" [26:12]
  • Boundaries and The Pregnancy Principle [33:36]
  • How Laura talks to her child about sobriety [37:13]
  • Following the breadcrumbs [43:15]
  • Prayer [47:34]

Resources

We Are the Luckiest - Laura McKowen
Drinking: A Love Story - Caroline Knapp
The Great Work of your Life - Stephen Cope

Apr 18, 2020

On intentional death and dying, elder and hospice care, and the conversations we need to have to help our elders die beautifully.

Over the past 20 years, Sierra Campbell has worked with the elderly suffering loss of independence through health crises such as illness, a fall, operations, and facing the great unknown, death. After a decade of owning and operating a successful home care agency, Sierra burnt out and took time to reflect on her time helping more than 100 (mostly elders) people through death and dying. She realized the urgent need for families to understand the path ahead, make plans, and prepare for the inevitable in ways that bring them closer and affirm fully living this life.

Sierra created Nurture.Co, a resource site to support and prepare individuals and families through all experiences end of life. On the site, you find many free resources, including Five Conversations, a free guide to plan with a parent or loved one for care at the end. Individuals, Family therapists, Geriatric Care planners, and Death Doulas utilize this resource to help clients organize relevant information and plan for care at the end.

Sierra is a certified End of Life Doula, a Yoga and Meditation Instructor since 1999, and a Health Coach certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a Bachelors of Science from Indiana University, Bloomington in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Science. Sierra began working in a skilled nursing facility at age 16 and considers herself a lifelong caregiver.

  • How Sierra became committed to elder care [2:35]
  • Sierra’s definition of Hospice care [6:51]
  • Letting our loved ones know it’s ok to let go [10:54]
  • The importance of looking ahead for your loved ones [16:55]
  • Graduated care [21:31]
  • Health care and long term health insurance [24:47]
  • Volunteering for Hospice care [32:03]
  • Hospice course, Education of Angels [34.10]
  • Yoga and the dying process [38:49]
  • Breath practices [44:24]
  • Mary Oliver [51:44]
  • Prayer [56:49]

Resources

Five Conversations free course
Education of Angels hospice course
Stephen and Ondrea Levine
Jamyang Lama
Rod Stryker
Mary Oliver, The Leaf and the Cloud
Mary Oliver, Devotions
https://www.nurture.co/conversations

Apr 11, 2020

On poetry that transforms our ways of seeing, listening and being.

IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of the world's most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He's inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined.

  • Writing [1:56]
  • IN-Q's history [9:00]
  • Hip hop [15:40]
  • IN-Q’s most memorable performance [17:36]
  • The power of artistic community [19:18]
  • Finding your voice [20:40]
  • Reading of poem Change [26:32]
  • What needs healing [30:17]
  • Favourite view [36:10]
  • Prayer [37:35]
  • Reading [38:47]

RESOURCES

Inquire Within book
Inquire Within audiobook

Apr 2, 2020

On communication in quarantine, with courageous openness.

  • Prioritizing the team [1:47]
  • Assuming that your partner's freak out is a coping mechanism [3:50]
  • The importance of knowing yourself first [5:30]
  • Moving together [7:01]
  • Family meetings, being present [7:40]
  • Checking in every day [12:14]
  • Practicing courageous openness and mutual respect [19:07]

RESOURCES

Esther Perel podcast
Hiro Boga
The Mirror dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky
The African Queen dir. By John Huston
Angela Chambers
Handel group
Nurture
Charles Eisenstein
Benard Creative

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