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Practice You with Elena Brower

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital meditation programs and classes for self-study: https://www.cynthiaredhead.com/programs

YouTube channel with free resources: https://www.youtube.com/@cynthia.redhead.meditation/

 

Jun 22, 2024

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

Jun 8, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Apr 27, 2024

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 13, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://yaelschonbrun.com/

 

Mar 2, 2024

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

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

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

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

https://miamaestro.com

Feb 17, 2024

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

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

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

https://ospreyoriellelake.earth/ 
https://www.wecaninternational.org/

Feb 3, 2024

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

Jan 20, 2024

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

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

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

 

Jan 6, 2024

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

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