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Emily Fletcher on How to Stress Less and Accomplish More

Our guest this week is Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation, creator of The Ziva Technique, and the leading expert in meditation for high performance.About EmilyEmily is the author of the bestselling book Stress Less, Accomplish More which debuted at #7 out of all books on Amazon. Her recent accomplishments provide a stark contrast to the stressed out Broadway performer she was ten years ago. During her decade-long career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers & A Chorus Line, she began going gray at 27, suffering from insomnia, underperforming at work, getting sick 4 to 5 times a year, and believing this was all “normal.”Click here to get your copy of her bestselling book Stress Less, Accomplish More:, she found a powerful practice that cured her insomnia and improved her health on the very first day. Her physical and professional transformation was so dramatic that she felt inspired to share it with others.One year later, Emily left Broadway for Rishikesh, India to begin what would become 3 years of teacher training. She later founded Ziva in 2011, opened the NYC studio, and created the world’s first online meditation training.After years of teaching thousands of people, Emily realized that meditation was not enough to help her students perform at the top of their game. So in 2017, she developed The Ziva Technique, a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential.The New York Times, The Today Show, Vogue and ABC News have all featured her work, and she’s been named one of the top 100 women in wellness, has taught 20,000 students and has spoken on meditation for performance at Google, Apple, Harvard Business School and Barclays Bank. Ziva graduates include Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winners, as well as NBA players, CEOs, busy parents, and entrepreneurs.Join the Inspired Evolution Tribe:Facebook: this Episode We Canvas:Meditating to be Better at LifeEmily believes that we don’t meditate to be better at meditating but to be better at life, because so many people start meditating and end up quitting somewhere along the way because they feel like they can’t clear their mind enough to do it properly. She encourages people to focus more on the real benefits of meditation (like being kind, present, compassionate, creative, intuitive, and much more) which is what people really look at.“None of us are meditating because we want to be excellent meditators” - Emily FletcherEmily’s Meditation BackstoryShe started meditating 11 years ago and teaching 9 years ago, but before that she had no idea what meditation was. She had been performing on Broadway for 10 years and her work there gave her a lot of stress, anxiety, insomnia, and other health complications so she signed up for a 4-day course where the first thing she had to do was meditate. That meditation enabled her to sleep through the night for the first time in 18 months, and every night since. From the curiosity of wondering why everyone was not doing meditation, she decided to leave Broadway to go to India where she started a 3-year training process to teach. She’s excited to see that the world is waking up to the benefits of meditation.“I don’t have grey hair now, I was legitimately going grey at 27, I didn’t get sick for eight and a half years, and most importantly, I started enjoying my job again” - Emily FletcherThe Challenges People Have with StressShe explains how the human stress reaction is borne out of predatory attacks by describing the series of chemical reactions that take place when we are stressed, and how that keeps us from performing at the top of our game. Practicing meditation and other mindfulness techniques helps people in dealing with stress and Emily talks about how the meditation portion of Ziva helps a person in creating a trait change that is based more on getting rid of stress from the past because the accumulation of stresses is what makes us stupid, sick, and slows as a species.“If all your doing is dealing with your stress in the now, that’s a very western, like treat-the-symptom type of thinking” - Emily FletcherGetting to the Fourth State of ConsciousnessThe three states of consciousness that we’re all familiar with are waking, sleeping, and dreaming. Emily highlights the reason for insomnia as the fact that many of us use sleep as a time for stress release because sleep is the most effective form of rest that we have if we don’t have a meditation practice. Emily’s Ziva meditation enables one to access and cultivate a verifiable fourth state of consciousness which is different from waking, sleeping, or dreaming. It enables someone to give their body rest that is about five times deeper than sleep which then facilitates the body's healing even from stress.“When you insert those two restful periods into your day, your body uses that as a time for stress release, which allows your body to use sleep as a time for sleep” - Emily FletcherThe Legit Fountain of YouthEmily believes that society should focus less on chasing youth and more on chasing health. She explains how people equating health with youth is what leads them in the wrong direction, but with meditation (as studies have proven), one can reverse their body age by somewhere between 8 to 15 years.“We gotta chase the right thing, and in this case I think it should be health not youth” - Emily FletcherManifestationThis is all about consciously creating a life we love or getting intentional about what we want our lives to look like, which a lot of us aren’t doing. It all starts with asking ourselves the simple question, “What would I love right now?” Emily has found that the combination of meditation and manifesting is so much more powerful that either one alone. One can meditate all day, but if they're not clear about what it is they want, it’s very hard for nature to give them the thing, and vice versa.“The trick, if there is one, is imagining the dream as if it’s happening now” - Emily FletcherHow to Save the World in Two Simple StepsEmily advocates for two meditations per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The one in the morning deals with all our stress in the now and the afternoon one gets rid of the stress from the past, which is where we can get a return on our time investment. Emily did a Mindvalley talk about the importance of alleviating our stresses so we can usher ourselves into higher states of consciousness. She outlined the three biggest challenges to the human species, namely climate change, terrorism, and racism/separateness, and highlighted how they are all symptoms of deeper underlying imbalances that are created from a lack of consciousness. She talked about upleveling our state of consciousness (through meditation) as a solution to those intense problems.“We cannot consume our way to happiness” - Emily Fletcher

Marisa Peer on The Rules of Healing Your Mind & Body

Our guest this week is Marisa Peer, a best-selling author, motivational speaker, a leading celebrity therapist and a pioneering hypnotherapist trainer.About MarissaMarisa began her journey studying to become a child psychologist but has later built on her career by earning further qualifications at the institute from the Hypnosis Training Institute of Los Angeles and the Pritikin Longevity Centre. She possesses a deep insight into the world of nutrition as well and was introduced to it through her own personal struggles. Marisa herself had been battling with an eating disorder throughout the first 20 years of her life.Her title of a best-selling author came to be as a result of 4 remarkably successful books, on various subjects. From teaching you improve your life by reprogramming your brain, Marisa will help you establish healthier relationships with the food you eat, build and fortify your self-esteem and self-confidence, and even increase your fertility! The subject of her last book titled You Can Be Younger was a revolutionary approach to the age-old question of how to stay young. She elaborates on how positive thinking can lead to the arrest of the aging process, all made possible by the power of your subconscious mind.Marissa is also the UK’s leading motivational speaker, and over the years, her lectures and talks have become available all over the internet. She has held two Ted Talks, one on the topic of the gaining connection and avoiding rejection, and the other focusing on how training your mind can help you go beyond your perceived and constructed limits. Her YouTube channel also has a ton of free useful mini-courses you can explore and try out.Marissa’s renowned for her therapy work, with an astonishing list of clients that include many of the world’s finest international superstars, CEOs, Olympic athletes and even royalty! Aside from sharing her wonderful anecdotes, spot on analogies and profound wisdom, she will be giving us precious insight into her innovative process called Rapid Transformational Therapy, or RTT.Connect with Marisa:Twitter: this Episode We Canvas:Finding Out She was a HealerShe didn’t actually know she was a healer and found out she was by mistake. She went to see a therapist and loved the idea of being one. When she did become one, she realized that all her clients were impressed by what she could do. Her ability to detect exactly what plagues her clients’ health has always enabled her to help them heal. She highlights the great power of the mind in healing and teaches people to dialogue with their mind to tap into that power.“It’s a wonderful thing that the mind can create miracles in the body” - Marisa Peer Healing = Self-HealingThrough her Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), she helps her clients heal by first of all finding out the root of their health issue and demonstrating it to them so they can understand what the source of their issue is, and then working on fixing it. That way, her clients become part and parcel of their healing process. When she has a client who’s in a lot of pain for example, she gets rid of the pain first, and then gets to know her client better so she can understand why they have it.“Understanding is power and it’s very hard to fix what you don’t understand” - Marisa PeerNavigating Through RelationshipsTypically, when we form beliefs about ourselves, we tend to go out into the world to find people who match our beliefs, and it’s critical for all of us to look into ourselves and find out what we believe and feel about ourselves so we can start changing our lives and relationships for the better. It’s when we don’t feel so good about ourselves that we form the opinion that we need to earn love, run after it, chase it, or even buy it, and that’s a classic mistake because love is not to be run after or earned.“We make the belief, the belief makes us” - Marisa PeerWriting a New ScriptWhen it comes to starting a family and having kids, it’s important for a person to first change their relationship with themselves. It’s also important to understand that children are dependent and they idolize their parents no matter what. A child can do anything to feel that their parents love them, and so parents must be focused on always making sure that they tell their children how much they love them as they are.“”To survive on the planet, a baby must find connection while avoiding rejection” - Marisa PeerImpacting the PlanetMarisa does believe that if we all collectively work on bettering ourselves, we could significantly impact the planet positively. She has worked with many schools on the issue of bullying, and both parents and teachers have committed to working on it. A lot of the schools have implemented the “I am Enough” policy where children are required to among other things make an “I am Enough” placard for their desks. Parents are also making sure that the same is done around the breakfast table. That has significantly led to a reduction in bullying incidents. The same approach would make a huge difference in the world if people applied it in every aspect of life in general.“We should all be able to feel good about ourselves” - Marisa Peer Rules of Our MindThe mind learns by repetition and so it’s fundamental for anyone trying to adopt a certain habit that’s important to them to do it repetitively. Every word we say and every thought we have is a blueprint that our minds and bodies work to make real, and so we must be very careful what we say about ourselves. We can change our reality by changing our language.“People say the strangest strangest expressions and decide it’s real” - Marisa PeerBeliefs And HealingResearch on sleep shows that if one actually tells themselves that they’ve had enough sleep, they actually operate as if they’ve had enough sleep. If one thinks that the food they’re eating is full of nourishment, they function better. Those two instances demonstrate how powerful our beliefs are and how they interact with healing. Another great example is when a parent offers to kiss their child’s pain away. The child believes that the pain will be physically kissed away and it actually does go away.“If you think you’ve had enough sleep, you’ll function better” - Marisa Peer Marisa’s Message of Inspired EvolutionMarisa’s insights on the mind, relationships and life in the world that we live are just so super amazing, and she shares easily digestible and understandable stories to help us learn how we can implement her teachings to positively change our lives and the lives of the people around us. Healing is simple and we can all take action towards that by believing we are enough which then simplifies the therapy that is necessary for that healing. I hope we can all go out and share this awesome mantra of “I am enough” and together we can make the world a better place to live in.“Therapy shouldn’t be complicated. Healing should be simple” - Marisa Peer

Larry Benet on The Most Powerful Connection Strategies

Our guest for this week is Larry Benet, a thought-provoking and highly entertaining seminar speaker often referred to as “One of the Most Connected People on the Planet”.About LarryLarry is a world-renowned Connector and the Founder and CEO of the Larry Benet Agency, the Thought Leaders Mastermind Series, SANG Events (Speakers and Authors Networking Group), and the creator/author of the Connection Mastery training system. SANG is a group of some of the most successful speakers and authors in the world. On the list of SANG Members and Participants, you can find esteemed professionals such as Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Peter Guber, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanse, Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Paula Abdul.Larry’s goal is to raise a billion dollars over his lifetime through his connections, business ventures, and social influence. He is a strong advocate for many charity organizations and believes that we CAN and WILL change the world, and solve the problems that plague so many people in America. He is the past Chairman of the Tsunami Disaster Relief Project, where he brought top business leaders together to raise money for the victims of the Indonesian Tsunami.He has also supported the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, served on the advisory board of the Wyland Foundation and the Soul of Africa, and has helped raise money for Richard Branson’s charity, Virgin Unite. When Larry isn’t working, he likes to attend live concerts, sporting events, and award shows like the Grammy’s. On the top of that list, however, is spending time with his 4 little nieces.Connect with Larry:LinkedIn: This Episode We Canvas:The Big Turn-off of NetworkingLarry has never been excited about networking and doesn’t encourage it at all. He is more focused on connecting with influential people and other people in general and believes more in helping people, adding value to their lives, serving them, and making a difference in their lives in an authentic manner.“One of the last things that I personally would like to do is go to an event where I don’t know anyone and try to walk up to random strangers.” - Larry BenetThe 5-Step Recipe for ConnectingHis recipe for connecting with people starts with creating an authentic meaningful personal connection with someone, followed by finding out what is most important to them, helping them get what they want, being a good VC (Value Creator), and setting up a good strong follow up system that will ensure you stay in touch with them.“You don’t have to be a venture capitalist, but if you can just master the skill of value creation, in my opinion, that’s one of the most valuable things you can learn.” - Larry BenetHow to Figure Out What’s Important to PeopleFinding out what’s important to people both personally and professionally is a game-changer and the best method is still - just to ask them, point-blank. And if you can help them to get closer to achieving it - your relationship will be off to a great start!“After I have a rapport with someone, I’ll just come flat out and ask them what’s the important project or goal they’re working on in case I or my influential network might be able to help them.” - Larry BenetWhat Is Relationship Currency?In life and business, people prefer to do business with people they know, like, and trust. But Larry believes that when we help others, we make it easier to connect with those people, and this the fundamental meaning of relationship currency or relationship capital. There is so much power in realizing that there is always someone who has what another person wants.“The reality is, what you want in life, someone else already has.” - Larry BenetThe Value of TrustA great example of just how deterring lack of trust can be are the relationships between the republicans and democrats in the United States. They don’t trust each other. The resulting effect of that is that it takes them a very long time to pass legislation. Trust is critical and the fact of the matter is that whenever trust is involved and we go out of our way to help someone, a lot of value is being exchanged. It’s a lot easier to get the end result done and to do it way more efficiently.“When there is no trust, things take a very long time.” - Larry BenetInvesting Time into Connecting with PeopleConnecting with people is a way of life for Larry, and he encourages people to incorporate reaching out to three people a day into their daily structure. This should include showing appreciation by, for example, pulling out your phone and texting someone you haven’t talked to in a while and tell them how you value them. It’s really all about being thoughtful!“It’s just being thoughtful more than anything else. It doesn’t have to take a whole lot of time or money.” - Larry BenetHow to Be a Value CreatorWhen we come into contact with others, we should think about how we can contribute to them. There are so many ways to do that and it can be as simple as just sharing a book, a podcast, or an article. Larry believes in being a “professional inviter” and advises people to always invite others to events. He encourages giving to givers because when we give to takers all the time, our world doesn’t change very much.“It all comes down to creating value, being a resource for others.” - Larry BenetMastering How to Stay In TouchWe need to learn how to utilize the advantage our smartphones provide us with. We can write notes about the people we meet and keep track of information that goes above and beyond just their phone number and email. We can write down when we met them, how we met them, what’s important to them, when their birthday is, and so much more. Those details enable us to stay in touch on a more regular basis.“One plus one equals eleven and the art of staying in touch makes a difference.” - Larry BenetLarry’s Message of Inspired EvolutionThe fact that connections are one of my highest values made having Larry on such a blessing. I just love how simple Larry’s recipe for connecting with people is and truly hope this episode inspires you to go out there and connect more. The world is full of friends we haven’t met yet!“If possible, put yourself in an environment where you can connect with others” - Larry Benet

Paolo Arlotta on The Spice of Life

Our guest this week is Paolo Arlotta, a vegetarian chef, entrepreneur, yoga teacher and founder of Chefs of Yoga.About PaoloPaolo is a qualified Yoga teacher and his 'Chefs Of Yoga' (C.O.Y) project aims to improve the work-life balance of hospitality industry workers. He aims to bring Yoga and Meditation to employees of restaurants and cafes on a weekly basis but also offers monthly Yoga community building classes at various facilities.Classically trained in Italy at Michelin starred restaurants such as All’Enoteca (Davide Palluda) and Joya (Pietro Leemann), he originally started his career as a kitchen porter working in the U.K. back in 2006. He worked in numerous high-valued restaurants including the likes of the three Michelin starred restaurants, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali's Osteria Mozza in Singapore.After relocating to Australia, Paolo gained experience at the coveted hat restaurants Vue de Monde, Tipo 00, Amaru and Nora and in addition to that he received training experiences at Quay in Sydney and the awarded best restaurant in the world, Noma.At the beginning of 2013, he helmed the Head Chef position for Melbourne's first Not for Profit cafe, Kinfolk. During that time they donated more than $80,000 dollars toward charity projects in and outside Australia in only a few years. In late 2014, Paolo created a unique series of fine dining dinners called 'Speak as You Eat' which lasted over two years and donated all of its profits (more than $10,000) to charity projects. The Speak as You Eat dining experience was a 5-course vegetarian fine dining meal with wine pairings prepared in collaboration with top-notch chefs in Melbourne.Paolo’s food focuses strongly on sustainability (minimal waste as well as using local produce wherever possible) and encompassing the seasons by bringing vegetarian tasty alternatives to the next level with a strong emphasis on flavors, balance, and simplicity wrapped with deep and intense mouth sensations. His switch to a vegetarian diet in 2009 influenced a lot of his cooking, leading him more towards an active and healthy lifestyle. Conscious food, nutrition, Yoga, body movement, and fitness play a large role in Paolo’s life, but his greatest inspiration comes from his lessons in deep spirituality and self-development and sharing that with the world.Connect with Paolo:Instagram: this Episode We Canvas:The Incredible Journey of Food and YogaPaolo shares his journey towards being an impactful chef and yoga teacher. From leaving his home in Italy to go to London in search of something more, to being inspired by Lenny Kravitz to teach himself how to play the guitar. He ended up becoming a very accomplished fine-dining chef, but that took its toll on him spiritually and physically due to working 70 to 90-hour weeks. This situation gave birth to his interest in spirituality. He will dive into the widespread mental health issues among workers in the hospitality industry and the toxic environment in fine dining.“Yoga and a little bit of meditation were more like a physical practice and a way for me to escape from the stress, hours, and the tension in the body and mind.” - Paolo ArlottaThe Inspiration Behind Chefs of YogaHe was very insecure in his youth but over time his confidence and self-love have grown exponentially especially with regard to being able to share his life experiences. Yoga was a big game-changer in his life and cheffing work in that it helped him improve his efficiency, productivity, concentration, and focus. It played a positive role in changing the way he responded to the daily stressful situations that came with working in hospitality. Chefs of Yoga was his first step into sharing the magic of yoga with the world.“Every day goes by and I feel I’m not working, I’m just doing what I like to do.” - Paolo ArlottaDoubling Down on His Strengths and Yoga to Thrive in His SpaceWe learn and make our way through lives and work through listening and seeing, but Paolo is all about taste and touch, which is part of the reason he fell in love with the food space. He also incorporates yoga into his daily practice to keep every aspect of his life running smoothly.“When it comes to yoga and body movement in general for me, it’s something that I really need to do in order to keep grounded.” - Paolo ArlottaHow to Navigate Yourself Through JudgementLiving by example and believing in what he does is crucial for Paolo. It keeps him from being affected by people’s judgments on what he does because he recognizes that his message can only be appreciated by people who are at the point in their lives where his message would resonate with them.“People are at different points in life so there are different times in each person’s life when they’re ready to receive certain information.” - Paolo ArlottaSharing Our Love With the WorldHow we treat ourselves determines how we do everything, and this rings true even in the food space. When a chef is not feeling healthy, it comes out in the food they make. Kinda like how mother’s food is always the best because a mother makes food for her loved ones with so much joy and love. Go to Paolo’s fridge and you’ll see nothing because it’s empty. He eats super clean 6 days a week, but has a day or so every week when he decides to treat himself.“It doesn’t need to be yoga but we need to take care of the body through any sort of physical activity and through what we put inside the body.” - Paolo ArlottaBeing Careful About the Stuff You Put In Your BodyWith the growing trend of biohacking and nutrition in general, he shifted from his misconception that being a vegetarian automatically means being healthy and now focuses more on a refined form of nutrition. He’s so in tune with his body that he feels sickness creeping in before it can even display any symptoms.“It’s important to have those cheat meals in there so the metabolism doesn’t get too lazy”. - Paolo ArlottaDharma and the Journey of HealthPaolo’s purpose has been evolving over the years and he recently concluded that health is a huge part of his biggest purpose because his health enables him to work on solving all kinds of problems. He highlights his relationships as one of the greatest teachers in his life and encourages people to show up in their relationships with integrity and authenticity in their relationships before they can go into personal development practices.“If you fuck it up in your family and your friendships then what is the point?” - Paolo ArlottaThe Importance of CreativityHe emphasizes the need for us all to keep rewiring our brains especially as we age. He learns a new skill every year to stay true to his word and has learned pottery, painting, music, and even recently, magic. He sees creativity as a tool for learning something deeper.“The beauty of living in awareness is that even through simple stuff you can learn an immeasurable lesson.” - Paolo ArlottaPaolo’s Message of Inspired EvolutionIt was such an honor having such a dear friend and brother on here talking about the amazing chef work he does and the dharma that comes out of the incredibly nourishing food and meals he creates. There’s so much to learn from Paolo about seeking out our dream lives and going out there and sharing our gifts with the world despite whatever roadblocks we may have in our way, and yoga is definitely one tool that can help us with that.“The journey is so fun and important when you let go of the final goal and the attachment to it”. - Paolo Arlotta

Jon Yeo on Finding Your Voice to Live Impact-Fully

Our guest for this week is Jon Yeo, Speaker, Executive Coach and the Co-Founder of TEDx Melbourne.About JonJon is an executive coach who helps leaders share strategic messages in meaningful ways. He’s well-known for his ability to articulate the complex simply and he works with CEOs and senior leadership teams to build trust, empathy, and engagement in an increasingly distracted world.He works with many famous national and international brands such as SAP, Princess Cruises, Auspost, MYOB, Deakin University, DHHS and DET. Jon is currently developing his training into the core curriculum for University MBA programs.Jon is the past President of Professional Speakers Australia and is the current Licensee of TEDxMelbourne. He selects and preps all speakers personally for each conference in order to create a true spectacle of sharing and inspiration.If Jon has any "spare" time, he works with Youth, Youth at Risk and Diversity and Inclusion programs of major international organizations.Connect with Jon:LinkedIn: This Episode We Canvas:Top Benefits from Attending a TEDx ConferenceTEDx is a place for people who are doing some remarkable things in their area of expertise and are looking to share their ideas and visions with the rest of the world. Jon shares some insights regarding the vibes and the addictive quality of the support and the energy you get from exchanging ideas in a setting that’s proven to be highly stimulating.“There is a genuine interest in helping each other! And so this is really… a strong sense of community - how do we support each other through these grand visions that we all hold” - Jon YeoCreating a Ripple Effect by Doing Small ThingsJon is a huge believer in the fact that you can make a big difference in the world by doing accumulating small gestures you volunteer every day over an extended period of time. It is a belief that he acquired through his upbringing and there’s an entire TEDx talk that he made a while back centered around this idea.“Small things can make a big difference.” - Jon YeoBuilding Momentum Using First PrinciplesIn our introduction, we’ve mentioned that Jon is well-known for being able to articulate complex things simply. But he’s often encountered a mindset that people feel there needs to be something more to the story. Like we somehow expect that complexity itself adds value. He reflects on the universal and effective nature of first principles and how we can use them to build momentum.“If you think about first principles, none of those are complex. Yet they’re all universally and infinitely effective. I think people don’t want to think about first principles. Mostly because it takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of effort and sometimes it’s confronting… And it’s that… resistance... that causes that momentum to be lost because we spend all our effort trying to break our inertia, rather than all our effort optimizing around that momentum.” - Jon YeoHow To Prepare a Good TEDx TalkThis was a unique experience for us to get valuable insight into what makes a strong TEDx Talk and Jon was very generous and honest in his response.“Is that talk, first of all, something that everyone’s talking about, no one’s talking about, or someone is talking about it but in a unique way… It’s that third one I’m looking for.” - Jon YeoCreating a Disproportionate Amount of AttentionIn order to get your story out there, you obviously need to have a strong position. But Jon also recognizes the necessity of creating attention and how you also need to invest your time and resources in an effort to develop a disproportionate amount of it.“If you have a great idea it’s not of any help to anyone if it doesn’t create attention. And a disproportionate amount of attention. If you think of great brands that always do that sort of thing, you’ve got… Elon Musk and his tweets, Richard Branson and his PR stunts… Once you know that you need to do that,... the other two factors are momentum and timing.” - Jon YeoThe Relationship Between Potential, Opportunities, and MomentumJon believes that each and every one of us needs to draw strength from and own a tendency to be the best person they can be. The consequences for not doing so can be dire for our growth and progress which he wonderfully explores in the relationship between three very important factors - Potential, Opportunities, and Momentum.“We’re undermining our potential. And if we’re undermining our potential, we’re undermining opportunities. And if we’re undermining our opportunities we’re undermining our momentum.” - Jon YeoStaying Invested In the Bigger PictureDuring the talk, Jon mentioned that we have a moral obligation to do our best, but he also recognizes that doing our best needs to encompass a notion of giving and sharing with others. We must not allow ourselves to be consumed by self-serving values.“I don’t think that our value to the community and the way that we will get rewarded is by self-serving attitudes and values. The only way humanity and community and culture and business and everything else we believe is important to us can really grow and amplify is if we’re constantly investing in that bigger picture.” - Jon YeoJon’s Message of Inspired EvolutionOh, how I loved talking to Jon and what a blessing this conversation has been! His analytical mind combined with a tendency to strive towards the simple provided me with a ton of inspiration and I hope they will inspire you as well. This has been a wonderful conversation about momentum and finding a unique voice that will help you tell your story in a way that affects the world for the better.“Stay the path. Believe that when you see something and that it lights you up - that is the right way. Be willing to that in order to have something new you have to give something up as well.” - Jon Yeo

Tania De Jong on The Medicine of Creativity

Our guest for this week is Tania de Jong, Acclaimed Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, global speaker, spiritual journeywoman and creative innovation authority.About TaniaTania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators. She has developed 5 businesses to this day and continues to be a marvelous agent of change. In 2009, she founded the ‘Creative Universe’, an organization with a goal to help develop creative leaders and build a culture of innovation.Around that same time, she created ‘Creative Innovation Global’ which offers conferences, master classes, deep conversations, performances, and other special events in an effort to promote new strategies and techniques for creative leadership and innovation.Aside from being a successful entrepreneur, Tania is renowned for her charity work and has founded 3 charity organizations so far. She co-founded her most recent organization with her husband back in 2018. It’s called ‘Mind Medicine Australia’ and it aims to create a new paradigm for mental health through the development of regulatory-approved and research-backed psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in Australia.Her singing career is also sensational. She has released 7 albums with her acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri and released 3 solo albums. Throughout her career, she has sung in many different languages including Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Yiddish, and Hebrew. For this episode, Tania prepared a sweet surprise for the Inspired Evolution Tribe - 10% off of all her music albums! Visit her website here and use the promo code 'INSPIRED' to get your discount!On her impressive list of public recognitions, you can find awards such as Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture’, Churchill Fellowship, and The Melbourne Award. She was also inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement.Today’s episode is a two-parter and it has a segment of the third and final interview from the ‘Get Hacked Get Hi’ conference held in November 2019! Enjoy!Connect with Tania:LinkedIn: This Episode We Canvas:Creativity and Problem-SolvingTania is an expert on creativity and she demonstrates that a lot of us have certain illusions when it comes to the question of being creative. She makes a really cute demonstration by bringing up a person from the audience and in doing so, raises the vibration of the entire room. What a way to get started!“One of the mistakes that I think people make is that creativity is about the arts. That it’s about painting or drawing or doing ballet… Creativity is also about solving problems. All of us are creative, solving problems.” - Tania de JongInnovation and Why We Desperately Need ItShe continues to explain what we can use our creativity for. Applied creativity is innovation and we can use it to make real contributions to our society. And we could definitely use a wave of those contributions right now.“Innovation is the next part of that stage. So creativity, coming up with a lot of different ideas, solving problems, and then innovation is turning those ideas into something of value. Which doesn’t have to be of commercial value it could be of social value. And social value is exactly what we need right now in a world of increasing social and economic problems.” - Tania de JongWhy It’s OK to F.A.I.L.Tania tells a story about her grandmother invented the first foldable umbrella, which is an incredible tale. You should definitely tune in to hear more about it. We touch on the notion of failing in this section and Tania offers a wonderful acronym that will help us maintain the right perspective.“I like to think of ‘F.A.I.L.’ as ‘First Attempt In Learning…’ That really is the secret of entrepreneurship and creativity. Is going through that fear of failure. ” - Tania de JongCreative Abrasion and Positive Human CollisionsThe true potential for learning from our social interactions is in our diversity. In this section, Tania talks about ‘positive human collisions’ and explains why they’re a necessity for efficient personal growth and transformation.“Our greatest gains as human beings are when we connect to people who are really different from us...You get that set of life experiences through connecting with people… who challenge you, who disagree with you… But it’s in that moment when you experience what’s called ‘creative abrasion’ and you feel that discomfort that really true creativity and innovation can spark. And I like to call that ‘positive human collision.’” - Tania de JongHow Does Singing Together Help Us Grow?At the end of our conversation at the ‘Get Hacked Get Hi’ conference, Tania shares some insights around the benefits of group singing and how it affects our brains. This section ends on a really high note and I can’t urge you enough to go and check it out!“The research shows that when we sing with other people we literally become smarter, healthier, happier, more creative. Our memory, language and concentration improve, our brains become neuroplastic, our neural pathways start to connect in new and different ways and it literally gets us high.” - Tania de JongThe Disconnection EpidemicThis is one of our frequent topics but it’s always lovely to hear different perspectives on it. We talk about the disconnection epidemic at length and Tania offers some really cool suggestions for what might be able to help us bridge that gap.“People are feeling more and more disconnected. They don’t feel part of anything anymore, they don’t feel a sense of meaning and purpose. And they’re playing out their lives on social media but it’s unreal, it’s not actually something that’s truly meaningful… We need to work out what bringing back community and family and a sense of connection is really about. And we can probably use ancient wisdom and ancient modalities to bring us back to ourselves and to really connect with others and the planet so that we can feel a sense of purpose and service.” - Tania de JongCreativity as a Form of Survival and ThrivingI don’t think that there’s a better way to top off this amazing conversation centered around creativity. Tania reflects on her grandmother’s journey once again and explains how creativity can lead us from the most difficult of times into a life of service.“Once you use creativity to survive the hard times, you can then use it to thrive, then you can use it to become generous and of service.”- Tania de JongTania’s Message of Inspired EvolutionIf you’re looking to learn more about creativity, look no further! Definitely check out this episode because Tania’s diverse experience that comes from entrepreneurship, social change projects, and art allows for some incredible insights into the power of the creative process. She is truly an inspiration and I’m so grateful we were able to create this episode together. The conversation is also themed around servitude and how we can achieve that stage. Creativity is absolutely one of the most amazing ways of stepping into a life of service. I hope Tania’s story encourages you to explore your creative self.“Once you’ve got through your hard obstacle… and you come out the other end, you feel a greater sense of light and purpose. And it’s from that place that you can give to others. - Tania de Jong

Rajesh Setty on The Art of Living

Our guest for this week is Rajesh Setty, entrepreneur, author, and teacher, based in Silicon Valley.About RajeshRajesh loves to bring ideas to life, whether it’s building startups, writing books or sharing his ideas on stage. He is the co-founder of multiple startups in both the United States and in India. For years, he’s been doing amazing work as a business coach and mentor while also being an award-winning teacher at The Founder Institute.One of his latest projects is called ThinkBook, a series of books created to help people cultivate the habit of possibility thinking. The company was founded in 2019 and its unique design contains thinking, networking and gratitude lists. You can learn more about the product here!Rajesh is also a renowned and incredibly productive author. He has written and published fifteen books so far with his first book being published when he was only 13 years old. Another testament to his love of writing is his blog which has nearly 2000 blog posts! His articles have been published in places such as Huffington Post and VentureBeat, to name a few.One of Rajesh’s passion projects is called Napkinsights and we’ve also discussed in our conversation. It’s a collection of wonderful insights that can fit on the back of a paper napkin. He’s published over 2000 Napkinsights and you can check some of them out here!Connect with Rajesh:Facebook: This Episode We CanvasWhen Is Failure Useful for Personal Growth?There is a lot of talk about how failure is good for us. Numerous quotes and stories from celebrities and top-level athletes are a testament to the fact that in order to succeed we have to fail first so that we would learn how not to. But Rajesh adds to the conversation by making a key distinction between the type of failure that is useful to us and the other one which is only hurting us. In order for failure to truly be beneficial for personal growth, it needs to come with the dedication and not from lack of concentration or diminished motivation. We really have to be willing to give it a go.“As long as you’re growing… failure is good. But if your failure is because you don’t want to try hard enough… it won’t help. The failure has to be on the edges of your comfort zone. Only then, it is growth.” - Rajesh SettyThe Greatest Competitive Advantage a Person Can HaveThis section is one of the most profound dissections of how to build a successful life. With this next quote, all the while explaining each and every component meticulously, Rajesh provides us with a perspective that will guide our professional development and give exponential boosts to our growth.“It is your ability to give meaningful gifts, at scale, at a very low incremental cost to you.” - Rajesh SettyHow Helping Others Can Increase Your Art of SucceedingBuilding on his previous statement, Rajesh continues to explain why his suggestion of the essential competitive advantage actually works. Once again the power of collaboration and teamwork comes to our attention, this time in the context of career development.“When you truly give a meaningful gift, the giver feels like reciprocating back. Now, if you’re doing this at scale… that means they all want to reciprocate back to you. What does that mean? You will have an oversupply of good help. That is how you increase the Art of Succeeding.” - Rajesh SettyBuilding Contextual Expertise for Conceptual KnowledgeRajesh shares his thoughts on why it’s important to practice your skills in different situations. His viewpoint is that this is the best way to take your expertise to the next level, by learning to apply conceptual knowledge in all kinds of contexts quickly and effectively.“As you build your contextual expertise for conceptual knowledge that you have, you become extremely powerful. Why? Because you become a ninja on patterns.” - Rajesh SettyWhat Are ‘Napkinsights’ and How They Came to Be?We briefly touch on one of Rajesh’s personal projects and he was kind enough to share a little bit about the behind-the-scenes stuff. He talks about how it all started, his goals and the feedback he got.“Any insight that can fit in a paper napkin is called a Napkin Insight... I try to put an ‘A-ha’ moment or something that will give an ‘A-ha’ moment in a random place.” - Rajesh Setty How to Persevere When Developing a SkillWhen learning a new skill whichever it may be, perseverance is essential because it is a process that requires periodical involvement, effort, and sacrifice. Giving up is always an option, one that we struggle with on our journey to train and improve ourselves. We usually give up because we lose motivation or we can’t deal with frustration but Rajesh proposes that there’s a mindset that can be attributed to lots of these scenarios. A mindset created from the fact we forgot how to be beginners.“Before you become a pro, you have to go through your phase as an amateur. If you don’t remember that - you’ll give up.” - Rajesh SettyAttaining the Optionality MindsetUsing examples from the ancient game of Go, Rajesh encourages us to attain the optionality mindset. It is an approach to life that tends to reduce opportunities for anger, disappointment, and anxiety we feel when something doesn’t go the way it was planned. This next quote about the optionality of water is yet another gem from Rajesh’s teachings.“Water is a good example of optionality… Once you create a mindset of optionality like water, you are never perturbed. Because when one door closes… If you keep focusing on the closed door, there’s no path forward. But if you say, ‘Ah, that door is closed, let me see what else is there… No doors are open, what about the window? What about the roof? What about the chimney?’” - Rajesh SettyThe Value of Being Vulnerable Towards the OutcomeFrom optionality, we dive deeper into the psychological aspect of the method. This is the emotional part of the equation that we need to learn in order to be able to understand there is always a path we can take.“Only when you can be vulnerable and say, ‘I don’t know if it will work, but I will try it!’, you’ll be comfortable with success and failure. And automatically things happen and you learn by experience, rather than the hunt.” - Rajesh SettyRajesh’s Message of Inspired EvolutionWhat an amazing experience. I’m in awe of Rajesh’s wisdom and this has been such a blessing -I could’ve talked to him for days! I hope this conversation inspires you as much as it inspired me. Rajesh shared some amazing stuff regarding personal and business growth, but it can all be best described by insightful snippets on the art of living. It would be impossible to sum up almost two hours of his wisdom in one sentence which is why we’ll leave you with this gem that came from the final sections of our episode:“Be conscious of who is renting your mental space.” - Rajesh Setty

Tom Cronin on Stillness, Meditation & Meaningful Living

Our guest for this week is Tom Cronin, leadership and transformational coach, meditation teacher, author, speaker, film producer, and founder of ‘The Stillness Project’.About TomTom spent 26 years in finance markets as one of Sydney’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation in the early stages of his career, when the anxiety and chaos he was experiencing had hit a crisis point, and it completely transformed his world, both personally and professionally.In 2013, he founded ‘The Stillness Project’, a global movement to inspire one billion people to sit in stillness daily. Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives. His ongoing work in transformational leadership and cultivating inner peace through meditation takes him around the world hosting retreats, mentoring, presenting keynote talks, and teaching.Tom also produced and co-wrote ‘The Portal’, a film/book experience about the ability for inner change to bring about a powerful planetary shift. This experiential documentary brings to life the stories of six people who have used stillness and mindfulness to move beyond trauma. The movie was released in September 2019 as yet another testament to his commitment to the current planetary shift.Connect with Tom:Facebook: #1: #2: Website: This Episode We Canvas:The Distinction Between the Ego and PresenceTom is renowned for his work with meditation and right from the start, we get into the question of presence, which is one of the fundamental components of his teachings. He explores the differences between the Ego and the Presence and already we can see the dynamics of how meditation helps us improve the quality of our life.“In each moment there’s just Consciousness or Presence or Awareness, that is here, and then there’s also, depending on how engaged, involved or developed it is, is the Egoic Identity that’s in this experience as well… The Ego is consistently identified by the world around it…The Presence itself is completely unmoved. It’s just watchfulness. Complete, unjudged, unbiased… uninfluenced watchfulness of this experience.” - Tom CroninWhat Is Enlightenment?Tom breaks down the beautiful game that we play when we try to “achieve” enlightenment and he does it in such a beautiful, almost poetic fashion. The fact is “reaching”, “achieving” or “attaining” is actually the aspect that leaving us misguided.“It’s the nature of the universe to be everything and know everything at all times but to be able to forget that as well. And be curious about trying to find and remember that. It’s just a fascinating game that we play in the rediscovering of what we already are. The enlightenment isn’t something that we find, the enlightenment is the rediscovering of what we already, innately, are. - Tom CroninSeeking Fulfillment Vs. What We’re Actually GettingTom invites us to reflect on whether our actions are leading us to what we’re trying to achieve. He also makes an observation regarding the current state of the world that we’re living in and concludes that even though, materially, we’re better off than ever before, it still hasn’t done much to help us get what is really important, which is fulfillment.“What we have to ask ourselves is, is our action giving us what we’re seeking, giving us fulfillment? Is it giving us the ultimate destination, what we’re actually trying to find?... There’s a distinct separation between what we’re seeking and what we’re getting.” - Tom CroninHow Vibrations Tend to Sync and AlignWe’ve mentioned vibrations a few times over the course of our conversation, but here Tom explains how a certain tendency towards synchronization between these vibrations can help people change their life for the better.“There is a synchronization that happens on a vibrationary level… If your vibration starts to shift from fear, anger, rage, guilt, shame, all that sort of stuff, very low frequencies… And through meditation, you’re clearing out all of these low energies you’re moving your energy up into, sort of, more lovingness, more calmness, more joyfulness, a totally different frequency scale… Then you’re going to naturally, start to want to align your actions to something of similar vibration.” - Tom CroninThe ‘Seeker, Finder, Sharer’ SequenceTom describes a sequence that depicts a journey of personal growth and transformation that most people go through.“The first thing that you do when you walk into a dark room is you climb around looking for the light… Eventually, after seeking for a while, you find the light switch… You find some way of making your life lighter and more illuminated… And then the next stage in the sequence is once you find that it’s like, ‘Oh my goodness, other people might want this as well!’” - Tom CroninWhy Meditation Should Be Interpreted as a DeviceThere are numerous practices that can help us improve our mental health and well-being. Still, Tom insists we should consider them to be devices that allow us to access the truly powerful stuff that’s already there, within us. He also warns about the potential negative effects that can appear if we create a dependent relationship with our practices.“There’s so much spiritual superiority on certain practices, thinking that they’re the best and this is the only way… The practice is really just a device. It’s like a cast that is giving you the ability to experience you. It just stabilizes things. It stills things. It calms the mind so that you can experience what, inherently, is already there behind the noise of the mind.” - Tom CroninTom’s Message of Inspired EvolutionThis conversation with Tom has been such a deep and insightful experience about a bunch of things fundamental to the human experience with frequent expeditions into the meta. I love how Tom is so open-minded, how he welcomes other points of view and how he underlines the fact that the true power is not in the practice but in ourselves.“One of the simplest things I think we can do is to start meditating...I don’t want to go out and try to have all the answers to solving the world’s problems, but if I could just inspire more people to meditate then I think we’ll probably start to find that a lot of those problems will start resolving themselves.” - Tom Cronin

Mira Kelley on How to Live Your Purpose

Our guest for this week is Mira Kelley, a consciousness architect, master healer, author, international speaker, and a past life regressionist.About MiraMira discovered her passion for past life regressions when she was only 13 years old. The peak experience that she felt that day really stuck with her. Years later, she found herself dealing with a chronic TMJ condition and a pain that she desperately needed to get rid of. The traditional medical approach to resolving this issue was incredibly invasive, so she decided to give past regression therapy a chance and in only two sessions - her pain was completely gone!Her personal experience of regression therapy led her to a path of becoming a master healer herself. She has worked with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, individually and through her many programs, products, and workshops, to help them clear their emotional and physical problems, to let go of the past and to create their best lives now.Her work has been prominently featured in the New York Times best-selling books of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Brian Weiss, Anita Moorjani and Cathy Byrd.Mira also has a prominent international speaking career that took her to stages all over the world and she also taught workshops that empower people to reach their goals and to live lives they are in love with.She is the author of the internationally best-selling and best-loved book ‘Beyond Past Lives’.In the book, Mira shares the life-changing lessons she learned from her clients in order to help you discover support and understanding while also empowering you in your own growth. ‘Beyond Past Lives’ has been translated into 18 languages!For this week’s episode, Mira prepared a special treat for the Inspired Evolution tribe - a free 20-minute meditation on self-love and trust. Click here to get your free gift!Connect with Mira:Facebook: This Episode We Canvas:Redesigning Your ConsciousnessMira started off her career as a healer solely doing regression therapy. But she quickly realized there was potential for taking things a step further and introduced her own expertise into the equation which allows her to “redesign people’s consciousness”. She shares her experiences and explains why this approach has a lot more to offer to her clients.“That’s really what liberates us. That’s really what allows the path to unfold and to move their life in a way they want it to be.” - Mira KelleyThe Human Tendency Towards Creating NarrativesIn this section, we discuss the origin and the benefits of our tendency to think about life in stories.“Stories are really a very beautiful way for us to connect with the understanding, with the lessons, release, emotions… We are truly story-based with everything. We explain our life away that way, we dream of the future in stories…” - Mira KelleyThe Question of PurposeWe’ve approached the question of purpose on our podcast so many times, but it seems like we’ll never run out of interesting and unique perspectives. Such is the case with Mira’s approach where she offers a two-layered answer to the conundrum.“When people say to me, ‘What is my purpose?’, I give thin this two-layered answer… The first layer of this answer is really - the purpose is to be you… With all your glory, with all your talents,... Truly - you! When it gets a little more specific that’s the second level of the answer. Our purpose is to be here for us to be ourselves so that we can, in the being of ourselves and the use of our gifts and talents, in the fulfillment of our value… to learn how to handle your thoughts and emotions. In other words, to learn how to handle this creative power within us.” - Mira KelleyHow to Discover Your PurposeFrom the question of “What is my purpose?” we continue to go deeper in order to provide an answer for “How can I discover my purpose?” and Mira reveals an insightful approach.“My suggestion is, very simply, go right where it’s easy. Because your purpose is you… The expression of you. So this is not about something that is hard, this is not something that you have to deserve. This is already in you! You already know what people appreciate you for. You already know what comes easy for you.” - Mira KelleyThe 3 Steps to Living Your PurposeWe’ve already set the stage in the previous section and now Mira drives the discussion home with her 3-step approach to living your purpose!1 - Discover What Excites You“It starts by saying what speaks to me, right here, in this moment… What feeds my soul, what do I have the opportunity to engage in that really is the highest excitement in this moment.” - Mira Kelley2 - Do It to the Best Of Your Ability“It’s very important to do what excites you without holding back. Without any expectations… Truly do it to the best of your ability.” - Mira Kelley3 - Do It Without Expectation“Don’t worry how - it’s going to get to it, wherever you want to go.” - Mira KelleyThe Purpose of SufferingWe also touch on the subject of suffering quite a bit and here you can see the positivity in Mira’s philosophy - in the notion that we do not need bad in order to create something good. Without denying the value of suffering, Mira believes that it is not the only way for us to become better souls.“We don’t really need to have a breakdown to have a breakthrough. Obviously, our biggest challenge becomes our greatest lesson but I don’t really subscribe to the theory that we are here to learn from suffering… I honestly believe that the purpose of suffering is to teach us how not to suffer.” - Mira KelleyMira’s Message of Inspired EvolutionThis has truly been a lovely masterclass on purpose! I love Mira’s positive energy and how she manages to bring us back always to the things that are the most simple and natural to us. It’s just one of those episodes you can listen to several times over. I’m grateful that she shared her wisdom so selflessly with us tonight and for this message of Inspired evolution, I’d like to once again underline her guiding principles for how to live your purpose. YEW!“Do what excites you, do it to the best of your abilities and do it without expectation.” - Mira Kelley