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.
Yeah, knowledge isn’t really power (as we were taught in school). Using it properly is power. However, knowledge can make other people put you in a position of power over them. And true wisdom means not taking advantage of that position (even when it is in a very small, everyday moment in life – and the stakes aren’t as high as say a medical, therapeutic or spiritual guidance situation). I discuss how to treat the constantly emerging teacher-student relationship humbly, ethically, and with a service mindset.More
I talk about how to master skills, which then shape us into people that are even more awesome. I talk about the value of sticking with something even (especially, actually) when it gets boring and repetitive. Modern life has conditioned us to hate this “plateau” phases and instead seek peak experiences and instant gratification. This distracts us from the power of continuing to show up and practice at skills we feel aren’t giving us the growth they used to. Any ideas of growth slowing or stopping are total misperceptions: these mundane realms of life are where the magic is! This applies to service jobs or anything in life we are pursuing. For those in the service industry, special emphasis is given to the very real way that service industry skills prepare us for any challenge or aspiration we may have during our after our service career.
“There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again.”
This episode is about how we have limited opportunities to really make conversation count, so why not speak to the highest place in people and watch them light up. I discuss the skillful ways of doing this without seeming fawning, manipulative or churning with agenda. Then I give you conversational tools that make people love talking to you…only to then show you how it’s better to forget all that and be spontaneous (but, this time, with intent). You can learn how letting the other person shine is an empowered position. Or just be entertained with stories of me bartending with social anxiety, how I avoided dealing with my deficiencies by keeping my head buried in snobbery, and the hilariously simple truths that woke me from my fever dream of neurosis.More