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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