TELL YOUR STORY with Alyonka Larionov
About This Show
Hosted by Alyonka Larionov, the TELL YOUR STORY Podcast is a series of intimate, unfiltered conversations on the human condition. After ten years working as a host, broadcaster, and producer in the male-dominated TV + Media Industry, Alyonka Larionov woke up to a shell of her former self. Steeped in her belief of not being good enough vis a vis her personal and public traumas, her workaholic tendencies acted as crutch to avoid her emotional growth, and left her unbalanced in all aspects of her life. She was stripped of her family + friends, her femininity, her authenticity and her voice. In April 2017, after nearly a decade battling Anorexia Nervosa, Alyonka stepped into Recovery and embarked on a journey of self-discovery, personal healing, and a yearning to better understand the human condition. She was determined to step into her Being and began building her foundation from within. She launched her website filled with her writings and her Story, and began facilitating guided workshops and moderated group conversations for Women and Men, titled WO/MEN, practicing authenticity, empathy, honesty, transparency in order to create connection, conversation and community. However, her passion for hosting and producing remained unfulfilled. With her voice back in tact, Alyonka created the TELL YOUR STORY Podcast. Through these intimate, unfiltered conversations, she uncovers her guests' version of the human condition through the lens of their personal stories, accessing the realm of emotional intelligence which is must needed in today's conversation.
Most Recent Episode
JESSE ISRAEL | Founder of The Big Quiet | Podcast No. 15
Our conversation begins a couple years back during an intimate dinner of friends (his, not mine) where we found ourselves sitting together, discussing his future and what it would look like.
Nearing his 30's, for a person watching from afar, it seemed to me that Jesse, like his group of friends, had it all. In his early 20's he started a record label. On the side, a tech venture studio named Cantora. Then a group called The Cyclones - nothing to do with music - it was a cool kids bike club. Then a burger club. Yes, a club for men to gather round great burgers and to engage in conversation. I suppose, from afar, one should have been easily able to label Jesse as a gatherer. A social animal. A leader of sort, who found pleasure and purpose in bringing people together for meaningful experiences. During that dinner - i'll blame the glass of wine - I was unable to envision his future and next steps. Jesse, however, didn't need to know. He trusted the Process. I wasn't yet ready to understand the meaning behind that powerful statement.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do next. All I knew is what I didn’t want to do anymore. I really just had two forms to my compass. One was, I know what I don’t want to do. And the other was, what feels right in my gut and my heart. I had a period in my life where my friends were really building dynamic careers for themselves. Buying second homes. Starting families. And in many ways I felt just like I was naked and jumping into the abyss.”
So he jumped. First creating Medi Club - a meditation workshop for all types and levels of meditators - which then evolved into The Big Quiet, a MAJOR production and event, consisting of a MASS meditation held in incredible spaces around NYC. Jesse, of course, credits this new chapter in his life to, you guessed it, his meditation practice.
“My meditation practice really allowed me to listen to and act on that thing that said: it’s time for the next. It wasn’t a person. It didn’t come from someone else. It was this thing right inside of me that I was able to hear and listen to and honor.”
There has been much written about Medi Club and The Big Quiet, so I focused instead on Jesse the Human. We spoke about the significance his Grandfather "Pa" had on his life, in particular, the words he said to him before he passed, "here I am in my final years and my regret is that I wish I had pursued my dreams more."
Jesse took it to heart:
"When I was thinking of leaving my comp
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