An amazingly rich and wide-reaching talk with Henry Yampolsky. He is a conscious mediator, teacher, trainer and author firmly grounded in legal expertise and Yogic principles. We discuss:
:: Henry’s story of awakening from being a lawyer to mediator to Yoga teacher to conscious mediator.
:: How principles of mindfulness and Yoga can be incorporated into conflict scenarios to transform them into an arena of self-understanding and compassion equal to any spiritual practice.
:: How to separate impulse from intuition.
:: How to know if a spiritual teacher really cares about you (hint: they profoundly upset you).
:: How serving tables in a restaurant can potentially change the world.
Feeling discouraged because the challenges of life keep pulling you away from the better person you’re trying to be? You’re practicing meditation and promoting “higher values”, but often feel you’re living in total contradiction of them. Self-development coach David Tian and I meet in Orlando to discuss how getting discouraged by feelings of “hypocrisy” comes from a misunderstanding of the growth process. In fact, this place of contradiction and frustration is the most powerful place to be in to deepen our understanding of ourselves and this world we live in, and the true tragedy is in our dismissal of ourselves as “failures” with these condemning labels.
We also tend to discredit others when they don’t seem to be “practicing what they preach”. Or find fault in people simply when they trigger us, rather than taking accountability for how we feel and empowering ourselves to grow beyond these conditioned responses and, once again, learn something about ourselves.
This talk was inspired by a project we are currently working on to provide mindfulness tools, knowledge and practices to thrive in this place of inner tension and disappointment with ourselves (and others too).More
An amazing discussion with Greg Clowminzer about true self-knowledge and its key ingredient: understanding the nature of thought. He provided so much insight on principles of mindful communication, service, and leadership as a spiritual path.
Greg has been a transformational business and life coach for over 25 years, combining his expertise in business strategy with his deep and multi-faceted background in Eastern spirituality, helping people cultivate principles (business and otherwise) that lead to true self-knowledge – the ultimate ingredient of success.More
My talk with Jonni Pollard – founder of the meditation community and app 1GiantMind where he discusses his new book “The Golden Sequence: A Manual For Reclaiming Our Humanity”. This is not to be missed. He speaks in sentences you want to snatch out of the air and shove in your pocket.
This is spirituality brought down to the most human levels, not suspended in mysticism or lofty ideals. This is a place of strength and realness, not fluffy spiritual bypassing. It’s a process that takes work, but it will drive you straight to self-realization – no detours in unnecessary life drama and self-loathing.More
“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
An interview with Marc Champagne, co-founder of the KYO App. We discuss the power of journaling. That’s right, sometimes the most mindful, growth-inspiring practices are things we did in grade school. However…they need to be done properly and with the right intent. Technology helps with this by making it a more portable, interactive, fluid and therefore effective practice.
The KYO App accomplishes this by creating a tool that allows you to journaling on the go…with the addition of a very powerful feature: the ability to prompt questions to yourself at certain days and times. It’s also loaded with guides to conscious living, well-being and self-improvement that can provide you with the powerful and challenging questions you aren’t thinking to ask yourself.
And this episode comes with a special opportunity for us, the Serve Conscious audience: a free month to try the entire paid version of the app (though the free one is still pretty damned robust).
Try this out. All the smart guys say questions are everything. Just Google something like “all problems in life come from not asking the right questions” and you’ll see.More
:: Discover a mode of communication where everybody wins no matter how contradictory each party’s demands are.
:: How to cut through the bull and identify the true needs behind what people are saying…and how that puts you in a position of (benevolent) power.
:: The difference between needs and neediness. And how to defuse the grip needs have on us by seeing their hidden value.
:: Unexpected ways that we’ve been conditioned out of knowing ourselves and communicating honestly.
:: How to direct your attention to stay clear on what’s happening…especially when you’re getting triggered by people.
:: When it’s not okay to just throw everything on the table.