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Jul 18, 2019

Bonus guided meditation from our guest and author of Wake Up to the Joy of You, Agapi Stassinopoulos. Read by the author.

About Wake Up To The Joy of You: This is your year of self-discovery, a journey to create a life filled with grace, meaning, zest, peace, and joy. With warmth and wisdom from a lifetime of spiritual seeking, inspirational force Agapi Stassinopoulos guides you through fifty-two weeks of letting go of what doesn’t work for you and finding what does. You’ll cultivate the building blocks of self-care (meditation, health, making time for yourself) and confront the common roadblocks we all face, like pouring your energy into other people or living in denial. You’ll explore your “conflict” areas, such as relationships, money, self-esteem, anxiety, and your childhood. And you’ll learn to trust your creativity, keep your heart open, and connect to the bigger spirit that lives inside you.

Keep this book by your bedside. It is your loving companion. Be creative and have fun with it. Use it as a tool to unlock your goodness, and wake up to the joy of you!

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Jul 11, 2019

Agapi Stassinopoulos is a best-selling author and speaker who inspires audiences around the world.


In her book Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, which we talk about a lot in this episode, she takes readers on a journey to let go of what doesn’t work and instead create the lives they really want. I highly recommend this book! It's a beautiful manual of how you can incorporate spirituality and self growth into your daily life by taking small, manageable steps. It's laid out in 52 short chapters so you can read a chapter a week throughout the year. 


Agapi has spoken and conducted meditations all over the world and is currently conducting workshops for Thrive Global, a company founded by her sister, Arianna Huffington, to help change the way we work and live.


She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles and was born and raised in Athens, Greece.


We did the interview at Agapi’s home in Los Angeles so I had the good fortune of getting to meet her face to face. And what a joy it was. She was filled with so much light and love – it was such beautiful way to spend an evening.


I know you guys are going to love her! Enjoy the show!



In Today’s Episode We Explore:

  • Her journey in finding her purpose and path
  • How we develop our limiting beliefs or that feeling that "we’re not enough"
  • Why we shouldn’t side step our emotions
  • What to do when our expectations in life don’t match our reality
  • Her daily practice of self-love
  • And much much more!


Resources From The Episode:

For free meditations or to connect with Agapi email -

Agapi's BOOK: Wake Up To The Joy Of You 

Agapi's BOOK: Unbinding The Heart 

MEDITATIONS: Wake Up To the Joy Of You Meditations on Audible 



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May 15, 2019

Today we have a friend of mine on the show – the very talented and creative Matt Del Negro.


As an actor Matt has built an impressive career playing a wide range of roles in features, television and theater, including shows like "Scandal," "The Sopranos," "The West Wing," "Teen Wolf,” "Goliath" with Billy Bob Thornton and most recently “Huge in France” on Netflix which my husband and I binge-watched- and you must check out!


Despite his impressive resume, Matt describes his career as being told “No” for a living and in July of 2017, he launched his podcast, 10,000 "No"s, where he sits down with successful people from all walks of life and discusses the rejections and struggles they've had to overcome on their journey to where they are today. Also, something I recommend you check out -  It’s available on iTunes, Spotify and at 


In today’s episode we discuss:


  • How Matt became an actor  
  • What his experience working as an actor has taught him about rejection
  • How certain failures led him to his greatest successes
  • And much much more!


We actually recorded this episode while I was in Paris last spring! So this is a delayed release. But there wasn’t anything particularly time sensitive in our convo and I think it’s just as valuable as it was then. Hope you guys enjoy the show!

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Apr 24, 2019

Debra Poneman is the founder and President of Yes to Success, Inc, an international seminar company dedicated to giving people the tools they need to live lives of profound happiness, unlimited success and prosperity, and deep and lasting fulfillment. Sounds amazing, right?!

Debra’s story began in the 70’s when she spent years studying at the feet of the greatest spiritual masters of the east — often in deep meditation for 10 – 12 hours a day and complete silence for weeks at a time. She then went on to teach meditation to thousands.

Since founding her company in the early 80's, Debra has been the catalyst for hundreds of thousands of people to wake up and recognize who they really are, why they were put here on earth - and how to fearlessly turn their dreams and visions into exciting and lasting realities. 

In addition to delivering hundreds of keynotes and workshops for businesses, associations and professional organizations and appearing on media around the world, some of today's most renowned transformational leaders call Debra their mentor.

In 1988, with her Yes to Success book in the hands of a major New York publisher and about to launch her own daytime talk-show, Debra walked away from her career and disappeared from the public eye for over two decades when she realized she had a greater passion – to be a stay-at-home mom.


Now a best-selling author and award-winning keynote speaker, Debra is back to share how to create a life that is not only successful but is, in fact, miraculous.


In today’s show we discuss:


  • How to bring more prosperity into your life
  • How to create deep human connections
  • Why Debra decided to take a break at the peak of her career
  • What a near death experience revealed to her
  • And she even shares a couple great parenting tips at the end!
  • Plus much much more


You guys are going to love Debra. She has tons of wisdom to share. I highly recommend everyone goes to Debra’s website to get a copy of her FREE ebook entitled The 5 Secrets to Living a Life of True Success.

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Apr 11, 2019


 Brandy Gillmore, Ph.D., is a motivational speaker, author, and Mind/Body &Energy Expert.

Her expertise in self-healing originated from a devastating injury, where she found herself disabled, and in excruciating pain. She had to use a wheelchair, cane, or walker to get around and was on various forms of medications and morphine and yet still in extreme pain.

One doctor after another said there was nothing they could do for her and eventually Brandy became determined to find a solution on her own. After years of studying and looking for answers, her research eventually led to the power of the mind.

The answers she found were profound and life-changing and allowed Brandy to heal herself. Now she is out of her wheelchair, free of pain and physically stronger than ever!

Through this experience she came to the eye-opening awareness that we all have much more influence over our health than we realize. And she believes every single ailment has a link to the subconscious mind.

While going through her recovery, Brandy developed the ability to feel the emotions and energy that others are experiencing, which has allowed her to help others achieve their own healing results at record-breaking speeds.

Brandy says ”It’s been proven that the subconscious mind is the biggest factor in human behavior. Therefore, when we make changes to the mind for purposes of healing, the results are life-changing!”  She states: “When we rewire our thoughts, we transform our health and our lives.”

Brandy has developed quick and effective ways for changes to occur, including “G.E.T. Health” the “Gillmore Empowerment Technique” and “The 4 Mind-Body- Soul Keys For Transformation.”

She speaks all over the world and works with celebrities, politicians, professional athletes and others worldwide.


In today’s show we discuss:

  • Brandy’s personal journey of self-healing
  • How our emotions and our subconscious directly affect our health and body
  • Why Brandi believes there is more illness than ever before
  • How to program more happiness and positivity into your subconscious
  • And much much more…


I got to experience Brandy’s expertise first hand when was kind enough to do a session for me a few weeks after our interview and it was profound the information she could gather …Her insights were so specific and on point and this was all over the phone! I’m a believer in what she does and I’m so excited to share her with you guys today. Enjoy the show!

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Mar 26, 2019

Our guest today is Bruce Lipton! Guys, I’m such a big fan of his… and was super excited to get to talk to him… I actually did this interview the day after I found out I was pregnant back in November so I snuck some pregnancy and parenting related questions in here…


First off – I have a question for you - have you ever read a self-help book - had all sorts of Ah-ha moments, gotten a ton out of it - only to actually apply very little of it into your life? It’s happened to me a million times.


Well did you know that your Subconscious mind – which cannot be taught in the same way as your conscious mind - dictates 95% of your behavior!


And sometimes the reason it’s difficult to make changes in your life is because the thing you are trying to change contradicts the subconscious programming that you received very early on. We talk a lot about this today and it’s profound…


But first more on Bruce…


Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.


He’s best known for promoting the idea that gene expression can be influenced by environmental factors, in other words people have a greater impact on their health than genetic research has previously determined.


His discoveries have shown that a person’s perception, not genetic programming, is what spurs all action in the body: It’s actually our beliefs that select our genes, that then select our behavior.


Bruce says “Our consciousness is creating our life experiences. He says “That’s not a suggestion - this is the law of science. If you change your consciousness you change your life experiences.”


So the question becomes – how do we change our consciousness?? Well we cover that in today’s episode.


We also discuss:

  •  How all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts.
  • The difference between the conscious and subconscious mind
  • how most of your subconscious programming was created in the first 7 years of your life
  • what we can do to create better programming for our children
  • How we can reprogram our subconscious mind
  • How you can change a belief you’ve had your whole life in 10 minutes!


Nov 9, 2018

Today our guest is a really special and beloved friend of mine – Sandi Stuart.


I met Sandi while I was studying IBP – or Integrative Body Psychotherapy – which I’ve talked about a variety of times on the show. Sandi was one of the teaching assistants for my class. So over the 3 years going through this program she was an incredible teacher and support system to me and I got to know her in such an intimate way. (Sadly this particular class is no longer offered- but there are many other resources I will provide in the show notes if you want to learn more about IBP)


Sandi has been a trailblazer for women. She was one of the first female sales executives in the men’s clothing business. She started her career as an outsider and worked her way up the ladder becoming the executive vice president at Bugle Boy Industries. During her 25-year career at Bugle Boy, she helped the company grow from $0 to $500 million annually. Now she is the co-founder of Agency Licensing and also works as a life coach and leads workshops. In addition to consulting on issues important to women in business, Sandi focuses on providing and sharing practical consciousness for women entrepreneurs.


Sandi is such a wise soul and someone who I deeply respect. She has so much insight to share. She has a thriving marriage, a great relationship with her daughter, a fulfilling and successful career and most importantly – a deep connection with herself.


Today we talk about Sandi’s personal journey of self-discovery and healing.


She shares:


  • How her trauma as a child manifested in her body as an adult
  • The connection between the body and our emotions
  • How she reconnected with her authenticity
  • Why she wore a baby carrier w no baby in it!
  • Her experience working in a male dominant industry
  • And much much more!


We recorded this interview at Sandi’s beautiful home in Malibu, overlooking the mountains and the ocean. It was such an intimate chat. I hope you enjoy!


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Oct 24, 2018

Today we have the lovely Sonia Doubell on the show. Sonia is a master yogi and fellow seeker. She is the Founder of Moving Energy Yoga & Creator of TOTAL BODY YOGA AM/PM.


As a Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher, NLP practitioner, Hypnobirthing teacher and Life Coach Sonia is passionate about sharing the potential of self-realization through yoga.


Sonia began her working career as a model. She had what many would consider to be a glamorous lifestyle but even after checking all the boxes “to be happy” Sonia found herself dissatisfied and empty. Yoga became the key to unlocking a much richer, more fulfilling, inner life. 


Now, her yoga method has taken her all over the world, from teaching actors in Hollywood to Richard Branson on Necker Island.


Sonia is known for her unique style of Moving Energy Yoga. She believes yoga has the ability to transform difficult emotions, unlock deeply held tension in the body and open the heart.


I’ve always been active and into sports and exercise but nothing has transformed me, mentally, physically and spiritually like yoga has. We cover a lot of ground today and speak about many things besides yoga. However, I definitely wanted to touch on the power of yoga as it’s played such a huge role in my journey of self-discovery and I realized we haven’t spoken about it nearly enough on the show.



In this episode we discuss:

  • Sonia’s personal journey of self-discovery
  • How the breath effects our emotions
  • Why yoga is so transformational
  • The importance of practicing relaxation
  • How being a mother has healed her
  • How she brings mindfulness into parenting
  • And much much more!

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Resources from the Episode:

Sonia website -

Sonia’s hypnobirthing classes

Sonia’s pregnancy yoga series

Sonia’s Instagram - @sonia_doubell_yogi

Hoffman process

Byron Katie’s - “The Work”

BOOK: The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters

BOOK: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

BOOK: The Lost Teaching of Yoga by Georg Feuerstein

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Oct 17, 2018

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

With a medical degree from Harvard University and postgrad medical education at UCLA, Dan is an award-winning educator and a pioneer in a field called interpersonal neurobiology. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

As an internationally-renowned neuropsychiatrist and author, Dr. Siegel’s books have been translated into over forty languages.

His New York Times bestseller Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence , which we talk about today, provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness.

The Wheel of Awareness is a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life. Every must try this- it’s free and you can download it online at the link below. This practice can benefit anyone, Dans says even children as young as Kindergarten can benefit.


Dr. Siegel says - Integration IS the basis for health.

So in today’s show we discuss:

  • What is integration and how do we cultivate more of it in our lives?
  • The value and importance in mind training
  • The bridge between science and spirituality
  • Why we sometimes make the same wrong choices for ourselves even when we know they’re not good for us
  • How can we cultivate our minds to give ourselves more resilience?
  • and much much more!

Wheel of Awareness

For more info visit


Oct 10, 2018

Suzi Lula, M.A., A.L.S.P., is a much-sought-after Spiritual Counselor, Teacher and Inspirational Speaker who is an expert in the field of human transformation.

Combining her innovative teachings over her 18 years in private practice, along with her master’s degree in spiritual psychology, suzi has mentored some of the most successful ministers, coaches and evolutionary leaders influencing our culture today and has been described as a ‘”teachers teacher” by the nationally renowned, spiritual leader Michael Bernard Beckwith (who is one of Oprah’s top 100 Spiritual Teachers of our time). You know I always have to get an Oprah reference in here if possible.


Suzi serves on the faculty of the University at The Agape International Center of Truth in Los Angeles, one of the fastest growing spiritual centers in the country with over a 10,000 person membership.


SIDENOTE: You guys I love Agape. It’s SUCH a special place. There’s an amazing sense of community and kinship. It feels like a spiritual safe haven. The founder Michael Bernard Beckwith is one of the most powerful speakers and leaders I have ever encountered. There’s great diversity amongst the members and as an added bonus they have amazing musical guests that come in (Van Morrison just showed up one night I was there to perform, nbd)


Back to Suzi… Known as a visionary leader, Suzi is also redefining motherhood. She challenges conventional thinking that says mothers must sacrifice and martyr themselves to be good mothers and instead, guides them to the realization that when they thrive, their children will flourish as well. She has an amazing book on this called The Motherhood Evolution.

Suzi is also a composer and an award-winning pianist just to add to her many accolades.


Thank you to Barnet Bain for connecting us!!


Today's Show

On today’s show we talk about, amongst other things, self care.

  •  What is self care?
  • What it means to take care of ourselves
  • how we can take better care of ourselves - Spiritually, emotionally and physically.
  • how that has such a huge impact on those around us.

We also discuss..

  • How Suzi discovered her purpose
  • How we can learn to love the parts of ourselves that we deem the least attractive?
  • The importance of finding a balance between doing and being
  • And much much more.

 Suzi is such a special human. I felt instantly connected to her and I know you will too. ENJOY!


Resources from the Show

Suzi’s website

Suzi's Online Course: Learning the love of self compassion

Suzi's Online Course - Self care as a Spiritual Practice  

Suzi’s Book: Motherhood evolution

Suzi’s Piano Music 

Suzi Speaking at Agape

Michael Bernard Beckwith

Agape International Spiritual Center


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Oct 3, 2018

Harville Hendrix Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D. are internationally-respected couple's therapists, educators, speakers, and New York Times bestselling authors. Together, they have written over 10 books with more than 4 million copies sold, including the timeless classic, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. In addition Harville has appeared on Oprah 17 times! Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with Oprah so I’m extremely envious of this.

Harville and Helen co-created Imago Relationship Therapy which is a form of relationship and couples therapy that focuses on relational counseling to transform any conflict between couples into opportunities for healing and growth.

They are the co-founders of Imago Relationships International, which is a non-profit organization that has trained over 2,000 therapists and educators in 51 countries around the world.

So these guys know their stuff.

However, marriage—even for marriage experts—isn’t always easy. Just like any other couple, Harville and Helen experienced a power struggle where they attempted to change, coerce, and threaten each other to be “more like me.” Sound familiar to anybody?  

20 years ago, after a decade of marriage, they found themselves teetering on the brink of divorce. Ironically, it was their own teachings that made the biggest difference in turning their relationship around. And they now enjoy a true partnership that has lasted over 30 years and are happier than ever.

So in today’s episode they share not only their expertise through working with other couples but also from their own personal journey.

In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Why we choose our partners (this one is fascinating!)
  • How our childhood effects our relationship
  • The one thing they did that completely transformed their own relationship
  • Why we’re such bad listeners
  • How to re-romanticize your relationship
  • And much much more.

To learn more about the work Helen and Harville are doing visit

BOOK: Getting The Love You Want



Sep 28, 2018

Judson BrewerMD PhD, is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” combining over 20 years of personal experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research.

Dr. Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT. So this guy has no shortage of credentials.

His TED talk “A simple way to break a bad habit”has been viewed over 10 million times.

And his book, “The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits,”explores how habits form, why they’re so hard to overcome, and the research that gives us hope they can be changed.

In your life – what types of behaviors do you reinforce?

It’s likely that the majority of us do not reinforce habits that lead awayfrom stress. Once we learn how to use our stress compass – which we’ll talk about later in the show – we may realize that we are actually looking for happiness in all the wrong places. Dr. Brewer helps steer us back in the right direction.


In today’s episode we explore:

  • How we develop habits – including addictions to our phones, social media, thinking and even love!
  • How we can reprogram our habits
  • The importance of mindfulness in this process
  • And much much more..

Jud is the real deal. He was so present and kind during the interview and I’m so excited to share this episode with you!


BOOK: The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habitsby Judson Brewer

TED talk “A simple way to break a bad habit”

Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (Eat Right NowUnwinding Anxiety and Craving to Quit).


Dec 17, 2017

On today’s show our guest is Tony Schwartz. Tony is considered one of the world’s thought leaders around sustainable high performance and building more human workplaces. He is the founder of The Energy Project, a consulting firm committed to creating work cultures that are more human, more energized and higher performing.


He began his career as a journalist and has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek and a contributor to publications such as EsquireVanity Fair, and the Harvard Business Review.


At the height of his career as a journalist, Tony hit an unexpected wall. He started questioning.. Why did success suddenly feel so empty?  How could he add richer meaning to his everyday life?  

For five years he explored these questions and wrote What Really Matters: Searching For Wisdom in America I really enjoyed this book, you should check it out.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling author of several other books, including The Power of Full Engagement and The Way We're Working Isn't Working.


In today’s episode we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • His journey of self-discovery and how he’s become truer to his purpose over time
  • He explains how we have multiple selves and how we have the ability to choose which one we act from
  • And for a first on the podcast we talk POLITICS! .. but don’t worry, not for long and it’s not what you think (but it is fascinating).. Tony explains how Donald Trump inadvertently helped him move closer to his purpose in life


You guys are going to love Tony. Hope you enjoy the show.


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The Energy Project

BOOK: What Really Matters by Tony Schwartz

BOOK: The Way We're Working Isn't Working by Tony Schwartz

BOOK: The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz

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Aug 29, 2017

Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? Do you ever feel out of control of your life? Then this could be a good episode for you.


Today our guest is coming all the way from Sydney Australia! He is the founder of The Stillness Project and his name is Tom Cronin.


Tom believes the portal to reduce stress and access stillness and calm in our lives is meditation. As a meditation teacher for many years he has inspired thousands of people all over the world to unlock their brilliance and calm. But Tom’s journey to find Stillness has not always been easy.


At just 19, Tom started his career as a financial broker. If you guys have seen “The Wolf of Wallstreet” Tom says this is a pretty accurate portrayal of what his life was like back then.


He was living the work hard, play hard lifestyle… long, high stress hours at the office, followed by late, drug and alcohol induced nights entertaining clients. After a decade of this lifestyle Tom was suffering from various addictions, anxiety and depression, which eventually led to a nervous breakdown. (We talk all about this in the episode)


Doctors advised him to take medication but Tom didn’t believe that was the answer for him.

He found meditation and that is what finally helped him to bring balance and wellness back into his life.


Then in 2012, after 26 years in the finance industry and at the height of his career, Tom decided to walk away from his very lucrative job to fulfill what he believed to be his mission of spreading calm and stillness across the globe.


Determined to share the transformative power of meditation with others Tom started The Stillness Project.


The Stillness Project is a movement of change.

Using multiple streams - from films and online courses, to retreats, blogs, books, and personal mentoring,

his goal and the hope of The Stillness Project is to inspire 1 billion people to sit in Stillness daily to connect with their inner Being and transcend the barriers of separation. The hope is to encourage a movement of awakening on our planet.


And boy does our world need more humans who are connected to spread some love! So, thank you Tom!


In today’s episode we discuss:

-Tom’s personal transformation

-Why it took a nervous breakdown to finally change his life

-The dangers of stress

-How stress changes your physiology and biochemistry and effects our ability to LOVE

-Understanding the difference between the soul and the ego

-How stillness relieves anxiety and stress

-How we can replenish our mind, body and spirit

-The benefits of meditation

And much much more


One of my favorite parts about meditation is that it’s a way to help us remember who we really are, a way to reconnect with our truth- our authentic self - amidst the chaos and stress of the modern world. It gives our mind a moment to rest and it turns up the volume to the voice of our soul.


Often times we look outside for answers or validation only to be left feeling empty, confused and alone. What if all of the answers are within? What if all that you need is within? What if all that you are so desperately longing for the world to give you is within? When we look inward and find stillness we are reminded of our infinite power and connectivity with all that is.


To come from a place of authenticity is where we are our most powerful in life. What if our only mission in life was to be ourselves? To be our TRUE selves and to peel away all the false layers and barriers that prevent us from being ourselves. What would that look like? How would your priorities change? What would you do differently?


If meditation is a way to bring us closer to our authentic self, then I think it’s worth making time for! Don’t you?





The Stillness Project

Tom’s Website

Thom Knoles – Tom’s meditation teacher

BOOK: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

BOOK: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

BOOK: Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra

Aug 3, 2017
Today we have mindfulness teacher, trainer and writer Christopher Dines with us. He is the author of six books and blogs for The Huff Post UK
I was absolutely fascinated by the topic of his most recent book called “The Kindness Habit” where he and his coauthor talk about how to transform our relationship to addictive behaviors.
And we’re not just talking about substance addiction here. In fact, Christopher says we all have addictive behaviors in some way -maybe its with our phone, the internet, shopping, social media, food, emotional behaviors, love, sex, or addiction in our relationships. 
Christopher calls these things “false friends” or a false refuge - a place we go to get temporary relief from discomfort and to avoid what we’re feeling. So how do we transform our relationship with these self-abusive habits, connect to ourselves and find lasting inner strength?
In the book he says: 
“An important first step in this process is to recognize that your ‘thing’ has served a useful purpose. It has been part of how you protect yourself, what you do to soothe, and quieten some inner turmoil.  A place to go to find some peace, without which you would not function well on a day-to-day basis. Like a friend. Your ‘thing’ has become like a friend. A place of refuge.”
-The Kindness Habit
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Jul 17, 2017

Erwin Valencia is a friend whom I met through my husband, Rory. Erwin, or E, as some people call him, is a fascinating guy whose skill set and knowledge span across multiple industries. He’s the world-renowned physical therapist with the New York Knicks, an athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and healer of the body. He is also a life coach, speaker, social entrepreneur, and mindfulness coach----and this is the abridged version of the list! Erwin is passionate about living life with purpose, being of service to others, and has truly blazed his own path. 

Raised and educated in the Philippines, Erwin is the first Filipino to be on the medical staff for both the NBA and MLB. Prior to joining the Knicks, he was the rehab director for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 8 seasons. He runs a global educational social enterprise called Kinetiq, and is the founder of the Philippine-based charity, the Beyond Medyo Foundation, which promotes a mindful movement lifestyle. You’re probably wondering like I am--How in the world does he do it ALL? We are determined to find out! In light of the many roles I play, I’m very curious about how others balance multiple endeavors, and Erwin offers great insights on the matter of balance and prioritizing life. Erwin carries a zest for life and an eagerness that is contagious. I think you guys are going to LOVE him!

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Feb 18, 2017
Hey guys - Welcome to Episode 20 of The Daily Cordial!
Today we are talking to, the ultimate champion of the underdog, Reverend Greg Boyle.
Father Boyle is a pastor, activist & renowned speaker. He is also the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, which is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. 
His list of accolades goes on and on but to name a few…He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling book - Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly. He was the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s documentary, G-Dog.  He received the California Peace Prize and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change and in 2016 he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, and this is just to name a few! 
I was first exposed to Father Boyle through my friends Andrew & Lydia… who highly recommended his book “Tattoos on the Heart” which is a series of parables from his two decades working with gang members in LA. I read it and knew immediately I needed to find a way to talk to this guy… his message, his journey and his stories were SO inspirational and talking to him was no different.. 
But before we get to our talk… first a little background on how “Homeboy Industries” came to be…
In 1986 Father Boyle was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in LA, which at the time was the poorest Catholic parish in the city located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles. 
After having buried an ever growing number of young people killed in gang violence, Father Boyle wanted to address the unmet needs of gang-involved youth by developing positive opportunities for them.
In 1992 Father Boyle launched Homeboy Bakery, and ever since, former enemy gang members have worked side by side, learning both business and baking skills together. The success of Homeboy Bakery created the groundwork for a variety of other similar social enterprises under Homeboy Industries. 
Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change. Homeboy Industries offers education, therapy, tattoo removal, substance abuse treatment, legal assistance, and job placement services.
Father Boyle is a man who has dedicated his life to helping those in need and more than that he seeks to help people whom most of society has given up on. 
In a recent open letter he wrote - “Homeboy Industries seeks to be what the world is ultimately invited to become: a community of kinship, exquisite mutuality, and tenderness. We stand against forgetting that we belong to each other.”
And I think THIS is a message we all need to be reminded of right now. We belong to each other.
In today’s episode we talk about the power of unconditional love, compassion and kinship. And his belief that every human is inherently good. 
He tells us:
  • what he believes we are all longing for
  • what’s more powerful than death
  • advice for those grieving
  • what he believes to be the meaning of life
  • and much much more…
If you’re a parent or you’re in a service profession where you’re trying to help others I think this will be a really valuable episode for you. Actually I think if you’re a human being than this episode applies to you.  :) 
Enjoy the show!
Documentary on Father Boyle and Homeboy Industries: G-Dog
Dec 8, 2016
Throughout Alexia’s career she has gotten to conspire with some of the greatest minds of our time. She worked closely with Richard Branson for over a decade in her 13 year career at Virgin.Then in 2009 she branched out on her own and founded Alexia & Suns, which is a high-level events company that delivers unique, unimaginable experiences. For example she did the weddings for two of Richard Branson’s children. No big deal. And then, my favorite, she collaborated with a group called “The Elders.”
(So a side note here: The Elders are an Independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights, brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel. Members have included President Carter and Desmond Tutu amongst others. And I hadn’t heard about The Elders before and I think at this particular moment in history this type of collaboration is not only incredible but VITAL… so I just wanted to bring awareness to it.)
So anway… Back to Alexia …Then at the beginning of 2015 Alexia decided to take a break from work to just “be.”  I. love. this. 
She felt a change brewing and wanted to re-evaluate the direction she wanted her life to go. Alexia embarked on a regimen of healthy eating, meditating and exercising, she surrounded herself with people that inspired her and took more time to do the things she loves. 
From this space of stillness and clarity her latest venture -SPACE- was born. SPACE is an unbelievable retreat, designed to help you reconnect with the best version of yourself. So, basically my dream vacation. 
In today’s episode we discuss:
-The greatest lesson she learned working with Richard Branson
-Why she asked Virgin to let her go during a recession 
-How she deals with Fear 
-The importance of surrender
-How we can create more space in our life
-And much much more….
Alexia is an amazing example of someone who follows her heart and calling.. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this conversation and I know you guys will too! Namaste! 
Resources from Episode: 
Alexia & Suns
BOOK: The Power of Now 
BOOK: A New Earth 
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Follow Alexia on Instagram
Dec 2, 2016
Zhena is an award-winning, purpose-driven social entrepreneur, teacher, author, public speaker, and the publisher of Enliven Books, a new Mind-Body-Spirit imprint. 
In her critically acclaimed book, Life by the Cup, Zhena chronicles her journey from - being a single mom with $6 to her name - to building a multimillion-dollar fair trade tea company. It’s such an inspirational story. Mark Wahlberg’s production company has actually optioned her book to create a TV series out of it. 
Something I love about Zhena is not only that she built this amazing company out of nothing but that she believes that business is the most powerful force for good on the planet. And that all executives should adopt a stronger triple bottom line commitment of PEOPLE, PLANET, & PROFIT. Yessss. 
Zhena was a pioneer of the fair trade movement. Her company, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, which she is no longer the CEO of, was built from this holistic perspective - dedicated to building equitable trading partnerships that create opportunities to alleviate poverty. This includes providing fair wages and added benefits such as better housing, healthcare, education and a sustainable environment. 
Zhena’s mission is to inspire others to achieve their most audacious dreams and live in ways that heal themselves and our world. Join us!
Oct 29, 2016
Hey guys! Welcome to Episode 17 of The Daily Cordial
Today I’m talking to an inspirational friend of mine.. Matt Coulter. 
Matt is the co-founder and executive director of The Young and Brave Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping today’s youth beat cancer. What an incredible intention, right? It’s an incredible foundation designed to support those, 40 and under, who are battling cancer. I also love that if you donate to a specific warrior 100% of the money goes to the family… it’s amazing. 
One of the things that inspires me most about Matt is his journey to find meaning in his life. 
He started his career in a high paying job, completely driven by money and status.
I think most of us can relate to the idea of chasing the wrong things… 
whether it’s Money, Fame, status, (the list goes on and on) and thinking these things are going to bring us that deep fulfillment that we are longing for… “When I have this, or when this happens THEN I will be happy. “
But these things are usually ego driven and insatiable.. so no matter how much money, fame or status we get, it will never be enough. 
And if you peel back yet another layer, I think ultimately we are just trying to prove to ourselves and others 
1. that we’re enough 
2. that we matter 
3. that we’re special
All of which is actually an inside job and will never be satiated from the external world. So either way we’re set up for failure chasing these things that our society places so much value on..   
And this is not to say you can’t want these things but understand, that they will probably not fulfill you in the way that you think they will. 
Some people go a lifetime unknowingly chasing these things only to reach their goal mystified as to why they don’t feel fulfilled.…and quite the opposite are greeted with empty dissatisfaction. 
What’s cool about Matt is that he made this discovery about himself early on. In his early 30’s, feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled he quit his high paying job and shifted his purpose to giving back to others - starting “The Young and Brave Foundation” with his best friend, professional surfer Nathanial Curran. And his life has been different ever since. 
In today’s episode, Matt and I had a really fun and playful conversation and we cover a wide range of topics.. from …discovering your purpose and the value of living in service to others… to sensory deprivation tanks, journaling, sleep & creativity. 
We also discuss: 
  • The moment he realized he wasn’t happy and the changes he made to discover a life with meaning
  • His shift from serving SELF to serving OTHERS.. and how that’s changed his life
  • The link between doing what you love and authenticity 
  • How we can all make a difference
  • And much much more.. 
Matt is a super smart and creative guy and he’s using his skills to help the greater good, which is what it’s all about. 
Hope you guys enjoy the show. 
Connect with Matt:
Matt’s Most Transformational Books: 
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Open by Andre Agassi 
Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald 
Other resources mentioned in Episode:
Pharrell’s Podcast OTHERtone
Sensory Deprivation Tank Sarah went to- Float Lab
Book: Mindset by Carol Dweck 
Book: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Sep 8, 2016

My guest is Dr. Lori Leyden, a teacher, coach, healer, social entrepreneur, and change maker. She has worked with genocide survivors in Rwanda and with people in Newtown, CT. She operates under the premise that “Love can heal anything.”  You don’t want to miss this inspiring and transformative conversation. Join us!


Aug 30, 2016
Today we’re talking about the incredible influence that we have to shape our brains, and even our genes! Did you know that the lifestyle choices that we make can actually optimize how our genes and brains behave, allowing us to reach a state of health and fulfillment undreamed of even a decade ago. 
Our guest is Harvard Neuroscientist Dr. Rudy Tanzi.
Dr. Tanzi is a professor of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the genetics and aging research unit at Mass General Hospital. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. and was name to TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Dr Tanzi collaborated with physician and mind-body expert Deepak Chopra and co-authored two books - Super Brain and Super Genes, both of which absolutely blew open my mind!
Their first book, Super Brain, is a manual for relating to our brain in a new way. It shows us how to use our brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.
And then in their follow up Super Genes - they say that our experiences actually sculpt our genes! Crazy, right?!
They say, you will always have the genes you were born with, but genes are dynamic, responding to everything we think, say, and do. So, we are the user and controller of our genes, the author of our biological story. And our everyday lifestyle and habits, whether good or bad, are changing our gene activity.  
Chopra and Tanzi propose, that through a person’s increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain and genes can be taught to reach far beyond their present limitations. They say the brain and genes are capable of incredible healing and constant reshaping. And Through a new relationship with both you can achieve, what they call, radical well-being. 

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at

Aug 22, 2016

The wisest question when we are deeply sad is not, “How can I end or numb this pain immediately?” The wisest question is, “What is the meaning of this pain? or, “What does it reveal to me?" or "What is it calling me to understand?”  -Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph 

My guest today is one of my most important spiritual voices of our time, Marianne Williamson! This is a HUGE deal. Marianne has been one of my greatest teachers of all-time. She is an internationally-acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Seven of her twelve published books have been NY Times bestsellers, and four of them have been at #1 on the list!

Her mega-bestseller, A Return to Love, is a must-read. As is her newest book Tears to Triumph, which explores the spiritual journey from suffering to enlightenment. This book really changed my perspective on suffering. I HIGHLY recommend checking it out.

Today we talk about suffering, depression and the path to healing.


There’s so much value and wisdom packed into this episode, including:

  • Why suffering is an unavoidable part of our experience? And how can we survive and even transcend it?
  • Why it’s important to be fully available to our suffering, as opposed to suppressing it or numbing it?
  • What the role of forgiveness and love is in freeing us from our pain
  • How we can proactively cultivate happiness
  • The power of forgiveness
  • The wisest question you can ask yourself when you are deeply sad
  • and so much more.


In today’s show we explore:

  • Why suffering is a normal part of our human experience
  • The effects of the numbing of our pain
  • The medicalizing of human despair—the multi-million dollar business
  • Why we don’t need pills when we really need to “do the work”
  • The huge black wave of her depression that was unavoidable
  • Lessons learned in a failed political campaign
  • The power of surrendering to a higher power in suffering
  • How to pro-actively cultivate happiness
  • The importance of DOING for others
  • Grief: the psyche’s “immune system”
  • Forgiveness of self and others
  • Meditation to quiet the voice of ego
  • Relationships: where we come to heal
  • Taking responsibility for our speech
  • Buddhist principles -SAY the right thing; DO the right thing

Connect with Marianne and Resources from the Episode:

Book: Tears to Triumph

A Course in Miracles

Watch Marianne’s Free Livestream Lectures on Wednesdays

Eckhart Tolle  (When I asked Marianne who she would consider a living enlightened master – this is who she said. Definitely look into his teachings. They will change your life.)




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Jul 27, 2016
Our guest today is Integrative body psychotherapist Beth Bardovi.
First off, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, or IBP, is a type of psychotherapy that recognizes and treats the physical, psychological, and spiritual nature of a human being. It is based on the premise that the body, mind, and spirit are not separate, but rather integrated parts of a whole person. Unlike other modalities, IBP puts a strong emphasis on breath and body work to promote mindfulness and alleviate depression and anxiety. 
Beth is the Director of the IBP Central Institute, Los Angeles and the Executive Director of IBP Italy. And has been in private practice for over 30 years in Santa Monica. She is a wise soul.
So today, Beth helps us learn more about where our fears come from and how we can begin to heal these wounds so we can lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.

relationship with your authentic self. Let’s get started!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Your Core Self: the essence of who you are
  • Being disconnected from authenticity—Why does it happen?
  • Parents and young children: the energy connection
  • Children disconnect if parents aren’t available
  • The range of Abandonment to Inundation: too much or not enough?
  • The crucial time is the pre-verbal development
  • The difference between IBP and Talk Therapy
  • Become aware of holding patterns
  • Different breathing for different purposes
  • Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic nervous systems
  • For older kids, it’s attaching beliefs to feelings
  • Character-style defense mechanisms
  • Signs of fear of abandonment
  • Signs of fear of inundation
  • Find a balance in the middle
  • Agency toward others—it’s about the intention we bring
  • Crippling feelings
  • Active agency vs. loving
  • Triggers: How do we identify them?
  • Triggered and fragmented: the same, similar, or familiar feelings
  • Expecting perfection? Impossible!
  • Perceptions are everything
  • New triggered reactions to our oldest injuries
  • Steps to dismantling
  • Connecting body, understanding, and emotions
  • The repair process
  • Wired for survival: capable of change?
  • Living authentically is a GIFT
  • It all starts with breath
  • Beth’s daily spiritual practices
  • Beth’s advice and wisdom for herself 20 years ago? “Most things are not really a crisis. Take the time and not just get from A to B.”
  • What has Beth learned about what we’re all looking for? “We’re all looking to be understood and to feel understood.”
  • What is the meaning of life—why are we here on this planet? “It’s all about love. I learned this when my mom was dying. Find the love.”

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at



Jul 14, 2016

Today we’re talking to the superhuman couple - Claudine and Honza Lafond. 

This husband and wife duo, knows a thing or two about living the life of their dreams. 


They are the founders of YogaBeyond®, a brand built on the practice of yoga, trust and community. And the creators of Acrovinyasa  which is a combination of vinyasa, acroyoga and inversion training. Think - partner yoga with a twist!


These two lovebirds, who are based in Sydney, travel the world teaching yoga together. And they are passionate about encouraging others to follow their bliss as well. If check out their Instagram account @YogaBeyond you will be in awe of not only the crazy poses they do together but of the palpable love they share. 

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