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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.

 

With over 5K listens in 10+ countries, non-binary, Black women and femmes are craving this information and this community. Your support allows us to curate, produce and edit new content for Black women over 50 that will be shared via a quality podcast product as well as curate and co-host intergenerational salon-style community engagements to engage intergenerational WOC, indigenous folx, Black women and femmes.

 

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 – https://analemma-water.com/; 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; https://matthewquickwriter.com/
  • 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.

https://matthewquickwriter.com/

 

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. https://buttonpoetry.com/product/you-better-be-lightning/

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. https://andreagibson.substack.com

 

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. 

Aug 5, 2023

Micah Salaberrios, an expert in the field of Nonviolent Communication, has been teaching the practice since 2016. With his passion for improving the lives of others, he hosts "The Art of NVC" Podcast, and wrote one of the top-selling books in relationship conflict resolution entitled "The Art of Nonviolent Communication." His website is https://artofnvc.com.

Micah’s belief in the transformative power of NVC has been the driving force behind his work, helping people to resolve conflicts peacefully and fostering deeper understanding in their relationships. Micah is dedicated to spreading the teachings of Nonviolent Communication to as many people as possible, empowering them to live more fulfilling and harmonious lives.

  • 3:00 – Finding NVC and doing this work as a profession. NVC style appreciation – acknowledging someone’s need for appreciation, encouragement, recognition and acknowledgement. “Would you like to be recognized for the unique talents you bring to this project?”
  • 5:40 – Using NVC to get to a place of understanding that both parties in a conflict probably have the same need – to feel safe, protected, future for the children, etc.
  • 7:20 – We mistake strategies and needs. The four steps of Non violent communication – 1) Identify the issue using observable facts, unbiased. Do not imply that someone is bad or wrong. 2) Express how you are feeling in this moment.
  • 10:05 – 3) Explain why you feel this way – your values. 4) Make specific requests. Do not be vague.
  • 12:55 – The observation moment (step 1) is not about the judgment of what is happening. Explore the feelings and needs inventory.
  • 15:00 – You must have empathy for yourself. Take a moment to give yourself empathy and acknowledge the feeling to yourself when it is happening.
  • 17:15 – When NVC is not available, do emergency self empathy – guess how you feel and why. Empathy releases the obligatory tension around parenting.
  • 19:20 – When you notice you, or someone else, is upset, guess how they feel and why. You don’t have to be correct, but that person will feel the full force of your attention without feeling judged.
  • 21:50 – NVC is not a thing you do, it is a shift in consciousness, a way of being. Opinions and judgments have a frequency that stimulates our ego and is not beneficial. Instead of opinions, have preferences.
  • 24:00 – Opinions and judgments are draining. They keep us busy and steal our life force. Empathy as a first instinct is like carrying a love gun.
  • 27:00 – https://www.artofnvc.com/; The Art of Nonviolent Communication: Turning Conflict into Connection; https://www.patreon.com/artofnvc
  • 29:30 – Practicing the principles of NVC is an important part of learning. NVC is a technology of intimacy, compassion and closeness.
  • 31:40 – Transforming triggers using emergency empathy.
  • 33:40 – We are water. If we can be shaped by our environments, then we can be reshaped. Transformation happens in the moment, not the future.


Visit Micah's Patreon Page for the NVC Practice group, as well as access to his masterful Art of NVC Online Course.  https://patreon.com/artofnvc

Jul 22, 2023

On the golden moments of quiet and the depths of healing available in silence.

  • 2:35 – The origins of Golden; How can we be helpful and effective in making things better? The answers lie in the silence. Writing about silence for Harvard Business Review.
  • 5:10 – What’s the deepest silence you have ever known? Not just the absence of noise, but a presence. Notice noise, tune in to silence. 1) Pay attention to the diverse forms of auditory, informational and internal interference. Study how to navigate them. 2) Perceive the small pockets of peace that live amidst all the sounds and stimuli. Seek these spaces. 3) Cultivate spaces of profound silence.
  • 7:55- How we can find the most pristine attention possible when is only available for a very short time. Finding presence in silence. Exploring booming and rapturous silence.
  • 9:30 – The attention economy and its impact on presence in silence. Is life really louder? Yes, across Europe, an estimated 450 million people (65% of the population) live with noise levels deemed hazardous to our health. Every two days we produce as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization to 2003.
  • 12:15 Our pristine attention is measured at 0 according to GDP. It doesn’t have a value unless it’s chopped up and turned to revenue. We often mistake feelings of stress for aliveness. Attention taken to its highest degree is the same thing as prayer.
  • 15:35 – Silence is renewal. Silence can reset the nervous system. Silence is Humility. Silence is accepting that it’s ok to not fill the space. Silence is clarity. Silence is expansion. Silence is the essence of life itself when there is nothing making claims on our consciousness.
  • 17:35 – The Creative ACT: A Way of Being; Jarvis Jay Masters, writer and Buddhist on death row for 32 years for a crime he did not commit.
  • 20:05 – Compassion is a doorway to silence. Experiencing Covid in San Quentin. “It’s not about you right now.”
  • 22:10 – The way to quiet the noise in these impossible situations is to quiet the responses to the noise. Silence might interrupt the sadness of never understanding ourselves.
  • 24:10 – What helps you stop? A yoga practice, meditation practice, chanting, tea rituals, creating circumstances to be doing what you love all the time.
  • 27:25 – Enjoy deeply what you’re doing vs being lost in unwanted distraction. Keeping connection with what animates life. Appreciation that leads to love. Holding the heart. Reconnecting to the heart and body.
  • 30:05 – Coming back to the place where nothing is making claims on the consciousness, even in the midst of intense noise, fear and uncertainty.
  • 32:50 – Silence and quiet can come just in a moment, and in infinite ways. Facing ourselves in silence means having the courage to become more aware of what’s been hidden.
  • 34:50 – Getting a little closer to our intuition. Cyrus Habib – serving from a place of intuition. Turning down the noise of life in order to hear the signals of the heart.
  • 37:00 – Getting beyond the noise of other people’s expectations. Becoming a connoisseur of creation. Attention stability and balance.
  • 39:20 – Baelyn Neff – @allmattersofspirit – Stay with the Tea. Idea #7 – Presence is having all your energy and attention at your disposal, and not inaccessible because of worry, distraction, anxiety or chronic tension.
  • 43:15 – Cynthia Bourgeault – Never do something in a state of internal brace. In the midst of noise, quiet down and keep going.




Silence isn't just the absence of noise. It's a presence that brings us energy, clarity, and deeper connection.

Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey--from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin's death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival--to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation.

Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It's a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world--not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community.

With vital lessons for individuals, families, workplaces, and whole societies, Golden is an engaging and unexpected rethinking of the meaning of quiet. Marz and Zorn make the bold and convincing argument that we can repair our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives.

Justin Talbot Zorn has served as both a policymaker and a meditation teacher in the U.S. Congress. A Harvard- and Oxford-trained specialist in the economics and psychology of well-being, Justin has written for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is cofounder of Astrea Strategies, a consultancy that bridges contemplation and action, helping leaders and teams envision and communicate solutions to complex challenges. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and three children.

Leigh Marz is a collaboration consultant and leadership coach for major universities, corporations, and federal agencies as well as a longtime student of pioneering researchers and practitioners of the ritualized use of psychedelic medicines in the West. In her professional work, she has led diverse initiatives, including a training program to promote an experimental mindset among teams at NASA and a decade-long cross-sector collaboration to reduce toxic chemicals in products, in partnership with Green Science Policy Institute, Harvard University, IKEA, Google, and Kaiser Permanente. She is the cofounder of Astrea Strategies. Leigh lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and daughter.

Jul 8, 2023

 On the intentional integration of psychedelic experiences; supporting and educating for responsible engagement in our healing and creative expansion.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Daniel Shankin; Psychedelic Integration Coach; Director and Founder of Tam Integration; https://tamintegration.com
  • 2:45 – Microdosing psychedelics as a way of treating addiction and engrained behavioral patterns. “Be Here Now” by Ram Das was the first ‘Integration Manual.’
  • 4:40 – Yoga practice as a tool for liberation and grounding in this body/lifetime. Naturally approaching psychedelics with coaching clients.
  • 6:00 – https://2023.integrationjam.com; Finding community spirit and gathering online. Talking about cool and interesting topics with cool and interesting people.
  • 8:10 – Keystone species, biodiversity and ecosystems. Wrapping our head around everything being connected. The tree shades the water protecting the fish.
  • 10:30 – Where to begin with psychedelics — microdosing and macrodosing. Integrating in specific ways. *This is not medical/legal advice. This is not legal in many places, and there is an element of risk. https://www.youtube.com/@TamIntegration
  • 12:55 – Take time to educate ourselves, making good decisions with the information we have, and responding to feedback from body and mind, maybe journaling around it and tracking it. Psychedelics are a nonspecific amplifier. They bring up what is already underneath our layer of awareness. The psychedelic is not making you anything, but revealing what is there. It’s an orange juice squeezer.
  • 15:00 – We all have these very specific needs, and when the needs are met, there is a happy day. Understanding of a need becomes a transformation.
  • 17:25 – Understanding psychedelics from the perspective of its more practical benefits. True psychedelics don’t stand for addictive patterns. They become irritating.
  • 19:00 – Macrodosing experiences; Tam Integration – Pre and Post Integration; Long term Integration.
  • 21:05 – Training Integration Coaches; creating an experience that is respectful of our consciousness, respectful of the molecules. There’s no reason not to approach an intense experience with a certain amount of reverence.
  • 23:20 – Compounds in psilocybin associated with the self and persona. Compounds that scientifically decrease circulation to certain parts of the brain, increase circulation to certain parts of the brain, and it’s in promise for personal growth. Going in with a meditation practice.
  • 25:20 – Meditators have more of the positive effects and fewer of the negative effects. Meditators are often used to putting the persona aside.
  • 27:25 – https://2023.integrationjam.com; Save 10% with Coupon code: Elena.
  • 30:15 – Moral Trauma; https://www.moralinjuriesofwar.org; connoisseurship of certain mushrooms.


As the founder and director of Tam Integration, Daniel is committed to offering radically accessible and inclusive support and education for people who are wanting to transform, heal, and grow. Tam’s integration circles and online conferences enjoy a world wide audience and much critical acclaim. Daniel also leads the yearlong Mt. Tam Psychedelic Integration Coaching Program, training emerging leaders in the facilitation of transformational engagement.

As a psychedelic integration coach, Daniel serves people in weaving their new-found truths into their lives and practices sustainably, harmoniously, compassionately and wisely. His methods are fiercely practical while maintaining space for mystery and magic to emerge. He offers time tested and scientifically backed tools so clients can create a life for themselves that is aligned with their deeper values and manifests measurable results that matter.

He and his wife live in a tiny town in New England where they forage for mushrooms and throw rocks into creeks with their two young boys.

 

Jun 24, 2023

 On working for ourselves, creating what we love and the science behind clean skincare.

  • 0:42 Introducing Lisa Mattam; a thought leader in entrepreneurship and resilience, and the advancement of women and diversity.
  • 2:20 The Mattam Group; Traveling with family and connecting with Kerala as a place of home.
  • 4:20 “Mom’s the Word: How Organizations can Change the Impact of Motherhood on Career Success”; equipping Fortune 500 companies with tools to keep women in the C-Suite and advance diversity in the workplace.
  • 7:10 Reva Seth – “The Mom Shift”; Organizations supporting mothers once they are mothers. Beginning transparent conversations about being a mother in the workplace.
  • 9:20 Mixed messages from organizations toward mothers between being flexible and being available. Find relatable role models. Granular reliability.
  • 11:20 “If they can do it, I can do it.” Rewriting the narrative of being old. Getting wiser, smarter, better at managing everything in your life, and more beautiful.
  • 13:35 Your 40s are when you finally get to know yourself and see what you’re capable of. Braver and softer. Launching Sahajan in 2015.
  • 15:30 Sahajan; Cleansing Oil, Balance Toner, Face Serum, Beauty Oil.
  • 18:05 Contributing valuable ingredients and providing the opportunity to transform our skin. Using our work for advancing and growing our platforms for service.
  • 20:05 sahajan.com/elenabrower; 20% off code: ELENA; Using Moringa in the Cleansing Oil for high vitamin, nutrient and antioxidant, as well as pulling pollution in the skin.
  • 22:30 90% of people in the world live in places considered over-polluted. Oils and balms breakdown makeup and SPF. Moringa is considered a Universal oil for its cleansing and nourishing benefit.
  • 24:40 Fruit extracts in the Balance Toner – Orange, Lemon and Bilberry; In Ayurveda, fruit extracts have been used to exfoliate. Pulling out dead skin cells so that the skin can be a great canvas to absorb serums and creams.
  • 27:35 Using the toner for age spots. Brightening Mask – Turmeric, Holy Basil, Hemp Seed and Fruit Extracts. Face Serum – Triphala, Gotu Kola, and Hyaluronic acid.
  • 30:00 Triphala on the skin has adaptogenic and tridoshic characteristics with high levels of vitamin C.
  • 32:30 Gotu Kola is considered ‘age defying’ in Vedic texts. Absorbed by the skin it stimulates the production of collagen. Promotes wound healing. Hyaluronic acid is nature’s moisture magnet. Brings water back into the skin.
  • 35:10 Why am I not using clean skincare? We buy skincare because we want results. The transition of being a victim of advertising to being an educated consumer is the shift to knowing what you really need.
  • 38:10 Ayurveda is the science of life. Beauty Oil – Moringa, Hemp Seed oil, Frankincense. Reverse engineering based on the desired results.
  • 40:25 Hemp seed offers a balance to redness. In North America, ~80% of people have sensitive skin and experience a lot of redness. Frankincense is the oil of royalty. Oils lock in and protect with a barrier on the skin.
  • 42:45 Cleansing Oil, Toner, Serum, Beauty Oil – Cruelty free. In Ayurveda, honey and beeswax are revered for their ability to strengthen and heal the skin.
  • 44:20 Lip Karma working in partnership with Plan International’s Because I Am Girl Initiative. Every Lip Karma purchased provides one day of school for a girl

Lisa Mattam is a proven and passionate entrepreneur. Named by Profit Magazine as one of the Top Ten Emerging Women Entrepreneurs in Canada and recognized by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce as Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Lisa has become a thought leader in entrepreneurship and resilience, and the advancement of women and diversity. She is a frequent commentator on these topics and has been quoted in a variety of media including Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, CBC, and The Toronto Star.

With her first venture The Mattam Group, she grew a consulting firm with clients in Canada, the US, Latin America, and the UAE. More specifically, she equipped Fortune 500 companies like Walmart with the tools to keep women in the C-Suite and advance diversity in the workplace. Notably, she co-authored the report, “Mom’s the Word: How Organizations can Change the Impact of Motherhood on Career Success” and was a contributor to the book, “Five Good Ideas”, published by Coach House Books. Building on that success, Lisa launched Sahajan, an evidence-based natural skincare line based on the Ancient Science of Ayurveda.

With Sahajan, Lisa brings together her entrepreneurial background and her knowledge from over 15 years working in and consulting to the pharmaceutical industry to create a skincare collection that since its launch has been featured in Vogue Paris, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Forbes, and is distributed in Canada and the US in retailers such as Indigo, The Detox Market & The Bay. Lisa was the only Canadian to be selected for Sephora’s Inaugural Beauty Accelerator. In 2021, The Atelier named her Entrepreneur of the Year and BMO offered a grant to Sahajan for her leadership in Beauty x Sustainability.

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Jun 10, 2023

On Energetic Healing, tools for self healing and a framework for energy centers in the body.

  • 2:05 Shifting from doctor to healer; Biodynamics and synchronizing with the health of the patient.
  • 4:15 Moving into energy healing; transitioning into this new soul assignment. Synchronizing with people over Zoom; seeing the benefit of self treatment and sharing it with others.
  • 7:15 Becoming sensitive enough to work on ourselves. Learning the skill set of tuning in.
  • 9:40 4 Tools: 1) Attention/Intention – Directing the flow of Biophotons with focus. Connecting with the intention of those you are working with.
  • 11:45 Framework for Energy Centers: Central Channel, Earth Star, Sun Star, Electromagnetic Biofield, Physical Body. Learning to clear the system to restore the resonance/harmony of love and coherence.
  • 14:02 The flow of the river becomes more robust and active. The role of the healer is to irrigate the withering fields. Biofield tuning. Gathering leaking light back to the central channel of the body to integrate energy back to circulation.
  • 17:00 Feeling into the body for self healing. As humans, we underestimate what we are capable of healing within the body. Reclaiming power as energetic sensitives.
  • 19:15 The reason we have come here is to evolve and to expand consciousness. This time on the planet is the time for us to leap forward as vibrational beings.
  • 20:30 Restoring the Health Within Series – Energetic Osteopathy ; Evolve and Heal The Body Series; https://www.centersforenergetichealing.com/
  • 23:00 Using Magnetic Hands to direct the flow of energy through the tissues in the body.

Doctor Jess is a 2005 graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine who recognized her path to become a doctor early in her life. She is an avid athlete and health enthusiast who has always been passionate about the human body, and especially the intricacies of the musculoskeletal system. This interest led her to receive board certifications in both Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

After nearly two decades of working in the fields of regenerative medicine, cranial and biodynamic osteopathy, she began bridging her services with energy medicine and healing in early 2020. She has since transitioned from an in-person private practice to an energetic teaching and healing platform where she works mostly with individuals and groups non-locally.

She is entirely committed to empowering others to heal themselves by teaching them about their bodies and how to work within them energetically. She offers group healing sessions so others can experience what it feels like to have energy move within their bodies, and then hands them the energetic healing tools and practices to self heal.

Doctor Jess integrates and bridges the worlds of modern medicine with the energetic fields, and offers you a collaborative healing experience, empowering you to take ownership of your life and body and learn how to heal from the inside out.

Jun 3, 2023

On the creation of what's alive for you, and the gifts you give when you follow your truth.

  • 3:20 Ayurvedic teaching for women; Maya Tiware (formerly Mother Maya)
  • 6:00 Living in world of masculine energy, and finding balance through working with Divine Feminine; Not getting stuck in the seat of the teacher
  • 8:40 Hierarchies within online communities; maintaining equal respect for every member of the community.
  • 11:00 https://www.bhaktirose.com.au/; Ayurveda Goddess; Yoga of Birth
  • 13:00 The evolution of parenting 5 children; showing up as you are in the world extending into the online space
  • 15:50 Dropping into gratitude for present moment experiences; Am I giving my children enough quality attention?
  • 18:10 Not saying yes to many things we don’t want to do; modeling behaviors for becoming autonomous humans instead of being stuck in situations that aren’t serving.
  • 20:40 Creating a summit – the joy of bringing together wonderful teachers for students. Replicating the joy of in person gatherings with online summits.
  • 24:10 Acknowledging the good fortune of learning in community pre-pandemic.

Katie Rose is a yoga teacher, ayurveda guide and author with over 25 years of experience in the world of wellness. She holds accreditation with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia as a registered experienced yoga teacher and teacher trainer with many thousands of teaching hours under her belt. She is a doula and teacher for the Australian Doula College.

Katie was the manager of the prestigious TriYoga centre in London before moving to Sydney and opening Samadhi Yoga in 2004 followed by Jivamukti Yoga Sydney which at its peak was a four-studio business and is still a thriving community today.

Her popular online courses have helped hundreds of women from all over the world in empower themselves. Much of Katie’s work focuses on the Australian seasons, landscape and Indigenous culture and she has a keen passion for respecting First Nation’s wisdom as well as animal rights and the environment. Katie has spent many years studying in India, the UK, America and Australia. She has had the honour and blessing of learning with some of the best yoga and ayurveda teachers in the world from some of the strongest, most authentic lineages.

She is the founder and host of the annual Bhakti Women’s Online Yoga Summit and the author of several internationally available books published by Rockpool Publishing including Mindful Living and The Yoga of Birth.

Katie helps women go from feeling stuck and overwhelmed to living a life that is vibrant, creative and abundant. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and her five children in a loud and busy household where her meditation practice keeps her sane.

May 27, 2023

On how we heal; trusting that you know what you need to heal, to thrive, to rest and to rewrite your story.

  • 4:00 Journaling journey; Writing to heal, writing to get clear, writing to get kind and writing to get to know myself.
  • 7:00 Giving young people the tools to to grow in emotional awareness. Healing by example.
  • 9:00 Starting from scratch; Peach cobbler story – The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
  • 12:10 Some people just are who they are and can’t necessarily show up as we expect them to; Allow the adversity in your life to show you just how much you are learning.
  • 15:00 Beginning to journal about trauma and baby steps to get started; It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it.
  • 18:55 Writing about people in a potentially negative way with grace; Holding grudges keeping us from being free; Blaming our younger selves for the actions of our parents.
  • 23:10 Pain Can Feel Like…, Healing Can Feel Like…, Both Can Feel Like…; Reclaiming your power
  • 26:00 Finding therapy sessions, prayers, meditations, etc. not enough to sustain the healing work, and needing more support; Learning to trust I know what I need; Faith without works is dead.
  • 29:00 Our healing is an act of community service. It is not just for us, but for everyone we come in contact with. The healed version of me recognizes the unhealed version of you.
  • 31:15 Rewriting your narrative: Taking ownership over who you are and what you want to be; Making space for joy.
  • 34:00 Nurturing your inner child. Pain that relates to pain from the past. Beginning to think new thoughts of joy and thriving. I am releasing to receive and I am open to what is for me.
  • 37:00 Compassion and connection are essential to this work. Practicing and exercising our compassion, grace, joy, etc.
  • 39:20 Healing is an active process; Choosing to walk away from titles as a reclamation of self. Writing the book I want to write, not the book people want to see from me.
  • 43:05 Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism by Vanessa Machada de Oliveira
  • 45:10 Things that bring me joy help me heal. We know that physically in our bodies there are endorphins and other things signaled when we laugh and smile.

Writing came into her life by way of therapy and the exploration of healing through journaling and mindfulness. The intention behind Alex’s work is to build community & healing practices through literature & language.

Alex teaches workshops, courses, and retreats to assist others in finding their voices and create clarity in their lives & relationships. 

alexelle.com

May 13, 2023

On the necessary redefinition and reconnection to darkness as the medicine of compassion, and how our embrace of the unknown can change the world.

  • 0:42 Introducing Deborah Eden Tull, Luminous Darkness, @mindfullivingrevolution
  • 4:00 Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown; Redefining Darkness
  • 6:30 Journey into ‘Endarkenment’; 5 Aspects of Embodied Meditation and Spirituality
  • 9:00 Through what perception lens am I perceiving right now? Original consciousness – consciousness free of the perception lens of overlay. Fixation with light -> fixation with rational mind.
  • 11:45 Recognizing darkness as a great teacher of deep listening. The biases we carry.
  • 14:15 Deeply questioning and examining our biases. Biases valuing light over dark. Understanding ‘fertile’ darkness.
  • 16:15 Going through grief in a culture of sun shining. Learning to look within and reckoning with traumas.
  • 18:15 Welcoming the full spectrum of light and dark in meditation. Waking up to the vitality and sacred teachings of darkness, as well as light.
  • 20:20 The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom; “It is by staying present to what is that we find a freedom far greater than the utopia we are seeking.”
  • 22:20 Fierce compassion is a needed ally throughout our entire human journey. Presence is a transmission, an invitation into shared presence. Finding fierce compassion through mysterious illness. Finding a balance with gentle compassion.
  • 26:48 Endarkenment invites us to open our heart to the dharma gate that exists just behind inconvenience and comfort. Obstacles do not block our path, they are the path.
  • 30:50 Complications are auspicious, do not resist them. Cultivating a soft gaze. Attention follows the gaze of the eyes.
  • 33:50 Living life is our meditation, sitting is just the formal part of practice. Learning to see with inner vision, or more clearly with the heart.
  • 35:55 Seeing from wholeness and interconnection rather than the habit of fragmenting life and seeing through the lens of separation. Leading in the dark is a path of freedom from small self.
  • 40:20 Liberation from the idea of success as binary. Success and failure can exist simultaneously. Liberation from the idea of success as a byproduct of our efforts. Co-creating with life while resting in emergence.

Deborah Eden Tull, the founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is an engaged dharma teacher, public speaker and activist. She spent seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent monastery, now offering retreats, workshops and consultations internationally.

Eden teaches dharma intertwined with post-patriarchal thought and practices, resting upon a lived knowledge of our unity with the more-than-human world. Her books include Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other and the Planet and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for a Sustainable Food Revolution.

Eden also teaches the Work That Reconnects, created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, for transforming out pain and love for our world into compassionate action.

Apr 29, 2023

On social media as a teaching space; vulnerability as a bridge, and the possibility that virtual connections can bring about deepening relationships in real life.

  • 0:42 Introducing Michell Clark; Empowering entrepreneurs and leaders; The Creative Summer Company – @thecreative.summer
  • 3:05 Speaking from the heart, wrestling with complex feelings and giving grace to ourselves leading to connecting more deeply.
  • 6:00 Writing at the intersection of all of our passions and experiences. Finding the commonalities between all different types of people.
  • 8:40 Hip Hop – Tapping into emotions. Curiosity and eagerness to find commonality despite social standing.
  • 10:40 Uncovering and understanding the stories in hip hop lyrics. Jeff Burroughs https://elenabrower.com/episode-63-jeff-burroughs/
  • 12:45 The Creative Summer Company – Building a strong foundation, understanding values, learning while being playful. Webby Nomination
  • 16:09 Social Media Specialist for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian) https://nmaahc.si.edu/
  • 19:20 Taking a step back; Inspiring black artists – Kendrick Lamar – Stepping back from the pursuit of perfection.
  • 22:00 Alex Elle – How We Heal – https://www.alexelle.com/ – The process of going back and seeing different versions of yourself as a means to understanding yourself in the present.
  • 23:40 Understanding our own emotions. As parents, things we do not heal, we pass on to our kids.
  • 25:58 Intentionally slowing down, deepening an awareness of self. Seeing new breakthroughs, opportunities, and new aligned relationships.
  • 27:40 Give yourself half a day to do nothing. Shifting the narrative away from stay busy toward listening, learning and reveling in the self.
  • 30:05 Expanding reach; having confidence in speaking, hopeful writing and choosing optimism. Offering depth in social media.
  • 33:00 Tik Tok – An opportunity to be what you make it. The most aggressive ‘choose your own adventure’ social media platform of all time. Establishing guardrails for our social media/app usage.

Writer, mentor, creative leader, Michell empowers entrepreneurs and leaders to release self-limiting beliefs and actualize their full potential. Clark has built a community of over 600,000 human beings across Instagram and Twitter. He is deeply invested in leveraging his platforms, access, and skillset to build community.

In summer 2020, he and his wife, Duanecia Clark, founded their agency, The Creative Summer Co., which leverages strategy, content, design, and research to empower mission-consistent, Black-owned and Black-facing brands and businesses.

He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Duanecia, and their daughter, Ada.

Michell's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellcclark/?hl=en

The Creative Summer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreative.summer/?hl=en

Apr 22, 2023

On the vital day-to-day process of moving pain through the body, clearing the way for ease and efficiency in every realm of your life.

  • 0:42 Introducing Rachelle McCloud; Mental Health Therapist & Emotional Wellness Coach; Finding this work through needing it.
  • 2:25 Diagnosed with OCD; Energetic treatment and EFT; Our systems need a guide for processing fear.
  • 4:25 Fear that is unprocessed shows up as compensating behaviors. When we are able to process the fear that compels this fright, we can actually process issues more quickly.
  • 7:30 Fear centers in the brain process through the body, through movement and physical interactions. https://rachellemccloud.com/
  • 9:10 Thought Field Therapy - Predecessor of Emotional Freedom Technique. Escorting shame through the brain’s healing pathways.
  • 11:15 Collarbone breathing. Key points for processing environmental toxins, jet lag, panic and anxiety.
  • 13:00 Complex childhood trauma. To create health, we need to be able to process both the negative and the positive, integrated by the brain into accurate ways of being.
  • 15:50 First generation Haitian and white American, raised with the white side of the family. Processing racism and lineage.
  • 18:25 There was so much pain the last 5/10/20 generations, unprocessed and unspoken, that we are still unraveling these betrayals. Transformation happens when the pain processes through our bodies.
  • 20:30 The brain registers rejection, betrayal and other painful social interactions from the same part of the brain that registers physical pain. From your pain neurons’ perspective, a cutting comment registers the same to the brain as cutting or hitting.
  • 22:40 Tapping desensitizes the pain so that the brain can resolve what’s being held. The brain untangles the cognitive knots that cause disorder and dissatisfaction. https://rachellemccloud.com/blog/f/letting-comments-from-others-get-to-you
  • 25:00 Inner World Transformation - https://rachellemccloud.com/online-course; Collarbone Breathing Exercise
  • 28:40 The shift from the survival state to rest and digest can feel exhaustive, but that’s the state of the body without the adrenaline and cortisol.
  • 31:15 Problem solving is a front brain activity that lets us know that emotion and the information in there got the front of the brain.

Rachelle McCloud, LCSW is a Mental Health Therapist and Emotional Wellness. Through years of successfully helping clients move their anxiety, depression and trauma disorders into remission, she has developed a program that empowers people to skillfully get rid of symptoms and heal. She is also the facilitator of the Facebook group called Releasing the Baggage of Anxiety, Depression and Traumatic Stress where she delivers free trainings on leading interventions that work well for getting rid of symptoms, not just coping or managing them. Her mission is to empower people to do their own healing work effectively, safely and skillfully.

http://www.rachellemccloud.com

Apr 15, 2023

On the sacred metamorphosis of menopause, redefining this time of life from health crisis to empowerment, tenderness and leadership.

On discovering the liberating power of menopause to awaken authority, purpose and belonging.

  • 0:42 Introducing Red School; Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer; Wise Power: Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority, Purpose and Belonging
  • 3:00 – Wild Power: Discover the Magic of the Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power; https://www.redschool.net/; The Seasons of Menstruation
  • 6:00 – Restoring the power of menopause – our inner ecology. An integrated process of growing down into ourselves. An initiatory journey of awakening. Evolving into menopause.
  • 9:30 – Seamless entry into the menstruality journey. Weaving a thread of yes through the beginning of menstruation to menopause.
  • 12:25 – Our experience of cultural dislocation from this initiatory path. Menarche, menstruation, motherhood and menopause are evolutionary tipping points in our life’s journey.
  • 15:20 – Seeing our 50s, 60s and 70s as one of the most fertile grounds of being – alive, creative and productive.
  • 17:55 – 5 phases of menopause – Betrayal, Repair, Revelation, Visioning and Emergence. Cycle awareness applies across many areas of our psychological and spiritual development.
  • 20:50 – Betrayal – Transformation involves dying to the old self and emerging new. Betrayal is the first moment of menopause where the deep initiatory process kicks in. It is the death of an identity.
  • 25:40 – Repair – Emphasizing Rest and Healing. Rest is the medicine that allows the organic process of healing to move through us. Giving yourself kindness.
  • 29:55 – Revelation – A subtle dawning of a new recognition of yourself. An acceptance and reception of yourself.
  • 32:25 – Visioning – Full flourishing and receptivity of your capacity. Breakthrough with coherence.
  • 37:10 – Emergence – Freshly minted clarity and innocence. Reborn, vulnerability and innocence as a buffer against bitterness and cynicism. “Second Spring”.
  • 40:50 – Ritual to anoint and celebrate yourself – 1) Name all the qualities you have discovered or recovered during menopause – all of your strengths and brilliances. 2) Forgive anything in yourself that you feel still needs forgiving. 3) State some clear intentions for your future. 4) Allow plenty of time for this ritual.
  • 44:20 – Menopause can deliver us to a place of deep belonging within ourselves. Union is the heart of the menopause transition. Understanding and removing our barricades to intimacy.
  • 47: 20 – Attunement tools for Leadership – Keep Council with Emptiness

    https://www.redschool.net/

    Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, authors of Wild Power: Discover the Magic of the Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power and the creators of the Menstruality Medicine Circle™, a brand new healing modality.

 

Apr 1, 2023

On redirecting and serving purpose driven professionals. A conversation looking at the connection of our purpose and our daily work.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Amina AlTai – career realignment coach, proud immigrant, chronic illness advocate
  • 2:55 – Doing work that we love in a way that honors our bodies, and who we are in the world, is our birthright. Developing 2 autoimmune diseases.
  • 5:40 – What does it look like to stop and redirect? Leaving unhealthy spaces.
  • 7:00 – Serving purpose driven people. Working with Amina for radical change. Signature 3 month program. New 5 month group program.
  • 8:55 – Working with groups and individuals. 5-part framework – 1) Where our gifts are, 2) What we value in this world, 3) What we want to impact, 4) What brings us joy, 5) Our needs.
  • 11:30 – Pricing for coaching and mentors, charging for time, charging what you’re worth. Letting the higher self inform the pricing.
  • 14:10 – Free options, freemium, low priced, mid priced and high end. Creating multiple entry points for people.
  • 16:15 – Redefining ourselves many times throughout our adult lives. Consistently evolving and developing our studentship.

Amina AITai is a career realignment coach, proud immigrant and chronic illness advocate. A leading coach to notable female leaders and impact-driven celebrities. Amina’s mastery is in connecting us to our brilliance and teaching us to live and lead from it each day. As a woman of color of Iraqi descent, she often works with marginalized communities to help them realize possibilities in a way that honors their particular lived experiences. She’s a Success Magazine 125 Leaders to Watch Finalist, A Forbes Contributor, an Entrepreneur Magazine expert-in-residence and has been featured In The New York Times, goop, NBC, Entrepreneur and more. She is working on her first book, entitled The Ambition Trap, in collaboration with Penguin and The Open Field. Amina impresses me with her clarity, care and consideration. Her work spans from free teachings all the way to her signature program, Pivot to Purpose, for those leaving corporate work to step into your soul’s calling, as well as for newer entrepreneurs who’ve started your business but don’t feel fully in alignment yet.

Mar 18, 2023

Zivar Amrami is a healer and interdisciplinary artist. Born in the Midwest to an Iranian father and a mother of Norwegian descent, steeped from youth in Jewish mysticism, Zivar has a particular curiosity to that which unites and differentiates us from each other. As a photographer, therapist or circle maker, she peers beyond the layers of protection and unearths vulnerabilities and universal truths with grace. Zivar is a nurturer of women, creator of the Wisdom of Birth deck, a mother healing her own ancestral wounds. For strangers and friends, she bestows the innate gift of empathic witness. Zivar currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two children.

  • 0:42 – Introducing Zivar Amrami; Wisdom of Birth – 78 Card Oracle Deck of Guidance and Inspiration for the experience of Birth.
  • 2:30 – Engaging with birth in a more powerful way. Healthcare systems looking down on you and treating you inferior.
  • 6:00 – Reasserting boundaries in the hospital setting. Navigating spaces that are not in your best interest. Bringing awareness to the lack of advocacy for underprivileged people.
  • 10:00 – February 13 Kickstarter for Wisdom of Birth Deck; Using cards during and after birth as a tool for connecting to our story of birth.
  • 12:00 – Giving others the opportunity to feel witnessed and seen. When we are seen we are able to move through the world differently. Growing up on the edges.
  • 15:40 – Buying a camera, street photography in Peru. Portrait photography. Working 1-on-1 with people. Painting and using different mediums.
  • 17:30 – How do I honor this yearning to create and nurture my world while being a good mom to my children?
  • 19:55 – The story of meeting Zach
  • 24:40 – Zach Fredmen, The Epichorus, https://temenosnyc.com/
  • 27:30 – The energy of words that have been spoken for many centuries. Mantras, prayers, etc.
  • 29:55 – We often project onto our faith what we truly value internally. A study of children with stronger immunity with those with traditions vs those without. Belonging.
  • 32:00 – Making spiritual exploration an open and safe space for our children’s curiosities.
  • 34:55 – Ways open. The companionship of an art form.
  • 36:45 – @zivaramrami on instagram, Women’s circles & 1-on-1 offerings

Zivar is an artist, devoted to spirit and story. She offers private sessions online and in person and hosts womens circles in support of healing and embodiment. Zivar lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two daughters.

Resources

https://temenosnyc.com
https://theepichorus.bandcamp.com

Mar 11, 2023

Part 2 exploring binaries from ‘Transitory Nature’ and active meditative inquiry. A conversation on channeling intensity, sharing power and understanding our layers of awareness.

  • 0:42 – Part 2 of Sue Hunt; Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries For Integrated Being
  • 1:30 – Hustle & Flow; How do we break this cycle? Healthy Hustle
  • 3:58 – Work and service; Examining the exchange of pranic reciprocity. Qualifying success.
  • 6:20 – Channeling intensity into the right activities. Using meditation to guard the misuse of intensity.
  • 9:40 – Examining the hustle narrative from childhood. Expanding our elevated capacity asks us to develop 3 qualities – attention, intuitive efficiency, and proper energy use.
  • 14:45 – 6th Binary – Root/Crown – Integrated Being;
  • 17:10 – The Root/Crown binary arises anytime our earthly issues demand action and clarity, but we instead employ debilitating avoidance.
  • 18:00 – Root connects us to bottom three chakras, earthly needs, basic needs, emotional needs; crown energy is the realized end of things.
  • 21:05 – The shift from the protection of power to the sharing of it is key to integrated success. The grounding down myth.
  • 25:00 – Groundlessness is when we’re eroding the walls that have kept us imprisoned. What interpersonal and intergenerational causes this feeling of groundlessness? Groundlessness as a catalyst for growth.
  • 27:30 – Understanding the escapist archetypes of our crown energy. The Intellectual; The Seeker; The Commercial Mystic; The Skeptic
  • 30:40 – Karma/Dharma; Self-will and Destiny; To create and sustain.
  • 33:30 – Developing awareness around the many layers of our understandings unlock what else is possible. The myth of self improvement.
  • 36:30 – The just surrender myth. Uncovering karma through your natal chart.
  • 38:30 – 9th Binary – Past and Future – Clairsentience; Presence and beyond presence. Are we present or are we fully open to so many different streams of information that aren’t just coming through our sense portals?
  • 41:15 – Meditation is where the binary gets resolved. The be present myth.
  • 44:40 – Avoidance isn’t always evil. Sometimes it’s necessary and safe. The time heals myth. Active meditative inquiry.
  • 48:40 – Through active meditative inquiry we can alter the expression of our structural inheritance with every thought, perception and action we take.
  • 52:30 – Christians love God, Buddhists love lists. Honoring the good and bad parts of our lineage.
  • 55:05 – Transitory Nature: Breaking Binaries For Integrated Being
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