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Be part of an important discussion with our host Terry Robson and special guest speaker Matthew Johnstone, as they talk about what it means to start living your life in flow. Break away from feeling like you are only just “doing life” and start embracing every moment.

If you listen in on Johnstone’s story, you will experience an inspiring life journey full of flow. He has had an amazing and insightful life to say the least. From art school in New Zealand to working with some of the best agencies in creative advertising throughout Sydney, New York and San Francisco, Johnstone’s career has taken him on many different pathways following life’s flow. It was when he experienced depression, however, that he set out on a different path.

In this podcast, Johnstone discusses how he combined his skills in communications, business and illustration to produce some of his greatest works in both public speaking and book writing. His 2005 bestseller, I had a Black Dog, has been published in more than 20 different countries, which was followed up in 2008 with Living with a Black Dog.

In a corporate world of always being on, performing your best and impressing your clients, talking about your mental state at work when it isn’t at its peak can be a daunting experience. In this podcast, Johnstone discusses how he experienced the richness of life after opening up about his depression. Despite the fears he faced around judgement, Johnstone, who was told by some not to publish his first book, explains how his vulnerability led to his own authenticity.

How can you tune into your own truth and live life as your most authentic self? Listen to Johnstone’s views on being mentally healthy and why we should start seeing mental health as a shared human experience. Opening up about our vulnerabilities can empower us as a community.

And, finally, listen to Matthew Johnstone’s take on mindfulness and present awareness, the physical and mental benefits of the breath and how resilience is linked to self-compassion.

In this week’s podcast, listen to:

  • Starting out in art (0:10)
  • The transition into advertising (03:10)
  • “I have been doing life but not living it” (05:23)
  • Covering up depression (06:54)
  • Releasing the book (07:59)
  • Living authentically (11:16)
  • Matthew Johnstone’s books (14:25)
  • Trusting your journey (18:40)
  • The power of commonality (19:50)
  • Mindfulness (25:00)
  • Resilience (33:29)
  • Self-compassion (35:00)

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