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At The End of The Tunnel
88 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Kute Blackson Was Supposed To Be A Preacher, Then He Discovered The Magic Of Surrender - Ep 075
Today’s guest, Kute Blackson, is a transformational teacher, sought-after inspirational speaker, and bestselling author who is widely considered the next generation’s leader in the field of personal development. Born in Ghana, Kute’s multicultural upbringing as the child of a Japanese mother and a Ghanaian father has spanned four different continents. With his background and experience laying the blueprint for his unique approach to liberating others.Kute’s mission is simple: to awaken and inspire people across the planet to access inner freedom, live authentically, and fulfill their true life’s purpose. In today’s episode, you’ll find out how he does this, how his upbringing informs the work he does today, and how meditation made it impossible for Kute to deny it when he realized that he wasn’t following his destiny.You’ll also hear his incredible insights into success, service, and what he refers to as real greatness, as well as his belief in the power of daily commitment, reframing failure, and the infinite wisdom life offers us when we are willing to surrender. Kute believes that our path requires less control and more surrender than we're usually comfortable with and, to allow it to unfold and align us with our deepest intentions, we have to become practiced at the art of letting go. To learn more, make sure not to miss this inspiring conversation with transformational leader and exceptional storyteller, Kute Blackson!
91 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Michael James Wong on Senbazuru and The Art of Folding a Thousand Paper Cranes - Ep 074
Michael James Wong is today’s guest, the founder of Just Breathe, and a leading voice in the global movement for modern mindfulness. He is an author, speaker, community leader, and meditation teacher who is dedicated to expanding the conversation around mental health. As well as being internationally recognized for his work in the wellness community. Michael writes books about hope which is his unique way of being the change he wants to see in the world.The paper crane is an iconic symbol of hope, healing, and happiness. According to Japanese tradition, if a person were to fold 1,000 paper cranes in one year, they would be granted a single wish and a long and joyful life. In his beautiful and inspiring book about the art of folding paper cranes, Senbazuru: Small Steps to Hope, Healing and Happiness, Michael shares a personal collection of short stories and teachings, accompanied by traditional hand-painted proverbs and prayers.In today’s episode, we discuss the similarities between Michael’s book, Senbazuru, and Light’s book, Knowing Where to Look, which are both filled with gentle wisdom and axioms. Tuning in, you’ll learn about Michael’s backstory, growing up in a Chinese household in California with Kiwi roots, and his journey toward finding his calling as a wellness advocate and entrepreneur. We touch on the role Michael’s asthma played in making him more risk-averse, where the simple mantra that formed the essence of his business and philosophy originated, and how Michael translated the personal narrative that paper cranes represent to him into the book, as well as how his definition of success has evolved. Tune in today!
80 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Jonathan Fields Created “Sparketypes” to Help You Find Your Purpose—Which One Are You? - Ep 073
In today’s episode, author, speaker, podcaster, and wellness entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, shares the life experiences that led him to develop the concept for Sparketypes, from his time as a DJ to his time as an attorney, and how it took hitting rock bottom physically, emotionally, and mentally for him to start pursuing his true passions. Jonathan coined the word Sparketype to describe the unique imprint for the work that makes you come alive and fills you with meaning, joy, purpose, and possibility. You’ll learn about the genesis of the online assessment that Jonathan created and how it led to his recently released book, Sparked, which is a comprehensive guide filled with case studies, stories, and real-world applications to help you discover what you are meant to do and how to get started. We also touch on his experience of opening a yoga studio the day before 9/11, what Jonathan has realized about work and meaning, and the creative moments that he feels have ‘sparked’ feeling within himself, as well as why he describes himself as spiritually curious and optimistically skeptical. Tune in today to hear all this and more from Sparketypes creator, Jonathan Fields!
62 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Mariana Blanco on Taking a Huge Leap of Faith and Changing Minds Through Food - Ep 072
Today we get to have a conversation with the owner of the first plant-based restaurant in Latin America! Mariana Blanco started her business, Los Loosers in Mexico City about ten years ago, with the mission of convincing more people about how delicious vegan food can be. In our chat, we get to hear what made Mariana go vegan as a young child, how feeling like the odd one out shaped her, and why she feels it is so important to change minds through her work. Mariana also shares anecdotes from many of the important points in her journey, which has been challenging, surprising, and full of serendipity too! She unpacks the different elements of inspiration for Los Loosers, going into the meaning behind the name, how the business grew out of a small delivery service, and what has kept her going through some difficulties and hurdles. So, to hear this amazing story of spreading love and good food, be sure to listen in today!
77 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Ruben Rojas Went For The Money At First—Then He Decided To Use His Art To Say “Yes” To Love - Ep 071
By using the urban landscape as his canvas, Ruben Rojas encourages communities to change for the better through optimism and collaboration. Once vacant walls become vibrant reminders that inspire those who see them to dream big, live in possibility, and to live life through the lens of love. But Ruben wasn’t always so in touch with this message. In today’s episode, you’ll learn more about his journey, from real estate to financial planning, and how he ultimately became disillusioned with material success. Ruben shares the story of how he came to paint his first-ever mural while completing a Mastery in Transformational Training (MITT) course and how it changed his world forever by inspiring him to start asking the ‘right’ questions about self-love and purpose.Tuning in, you’ll hear about Ruben’s transition from financial planner to full-time artist, the evolution of his now-iconic ‘love’ artwork and his Live Through Love message, and his current definition of success, which has everything to do with impact and very little to do with material wealth. We also touch on the process of reinvention, forgiveness, and self-awareness and Ruben reflects on how becoming a husband and a father has only reinforced his mission to help others live life through the lens of love, plus so much more! We hope you’ll join us for this candid and inspiring conversation with Los Angeles-based artist, activist, speaker, and entrepreneur, Ruben Rojas.
83 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Jessamyn Stanley on Breaking Yoga Stereotypes, Self-Acceptance and Body Positivity - Ep 070
Today’s guest, Jessamyn Stanley, is an award-winning yoga instructor, intersectional activist, and author who empowers her audience of over half a million to break down barriers: both those that society has set and the ones that they have created for themselves. Jessamyn would not have been able to achieve any of this if she didn’t break down those barriers for herself and, as is always the case on At The End of The Tunnel, her story involves numerous leaps of faith and moments when she had to put her trust in herself and her capabilities in order to make it happen.As a fat, Black, queer yogi, Jessamyn’s work in the wellness space centers around creating a spiritual home for wellness misfits who may feel displaced, discouraged, or overlooked due to a lack of diversity in the health and fitness community, and she is a leading voice on intersectional identity. In today’s episode, she shares an articulate message of representation and visibility whilst also speaking candidly about the personal battles she has fought with imposter syndrome, mental health issues, and taking up space in an industry where she was critically underrepresented.You’ll learn about Jessamyn’s books, Every Body Yoga and Yoke, and why she says that writing them was a process of awakening for her. We also touch on her Baháʼí Faith, what inspired her to start posting pictures of herself on Instagram, and how she believes we can make the shift to operating from a place of compassion, not fear, plus a whole lot more! We hope you’ll join us for this deeply validating conversation with Jessamyn Stanley, who has found that so much strength and power comes from not being accepted by other people because she had to find that power inside herself. Tune in today!
92 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Paul Hawken on His Fascinating Journey from Civil Rights Protester to Erewhon Founder to Environmentalist - Ep 069
Today’s guest is an author, speaker, activist, and environmental journalist Paul Hawken. Paul has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. Due to a health condition and some family drama early on in his story, Paul came to understand that it wasn’t safe for him to be inside, which led him to develop a love for the outdoors. He spent countless hours exploring and learning about the interconnectedness of nature, which ultimately played a pivotal role decades later in what would become his life’s work: amplifying the importance of regenerative agriculture.After leaving home at the age of 14, Paul ultimately found himself at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the Deep South, where he volunteered with Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and other icons of the movement. Stay tuned, because he shares some incredible stories from that period in his life, including the time he was kidnapped after he was seen taking photos of the Klu Klux Klan! Later, Paul found himself in Boston, where he took over the now famous health food store, Erewhon. Here, he developed an even deeper understanding of the importance of protecting the environment, which led him to become the celebrated journalist, author, and activist that he is today.In today’s episode, we discuss the interconnected nature of Paul’s backstory, his involvement in the civil rights movement and the profound effect it had on him, and the importance of regenerative agriculture, as well as his views on hope, success, unreasonable goals, and how every single one of us can be part of the solution, plus a whole lot more! Make sure not to miss this personal and enlightening discussion with one of the world’s foremost environmental advocates.
90 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Christine Platt on Ending Her Marriage, Following Her Purpose, and Re-envisioning Minimalism - Ep 068
I’m honored to have Christine Platt, a modern-day Renaissance woman also known as The Afrominimalist. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, she is focused on doing the work that reflects her practice of living with intention.Her most recent book, The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less, is a radical re-envisioning of minimalism that focuses on authenticity over aesthetics. A resource for anyone seeking to discover the truth behind their overconsumption as well as how to let go of what no longer serves them, this book encourages mindful consumption, and will hopefully inspire you to fill your life with only the things that you need, use, and love. In today’s episode, we dive into Christine’s backstory, from her love for her local library as a child to becoming a single mother in law school and everything in between, and we connect the dots between her former life of excess and the intentional life of less that she lives now. Tuning in, you’ll learn how Christine’s retail therapy problem coincided with her dissatisfaction with her job, how her decluttering journey began when she rediscovered her love for storytelling, and where her nickname, The Afrominimalist, came from. We also touch on some of her mindful philosophies when it comes to consumption and she shares her advice for listeners struggling with excess or clutter: just pause and take the time you need to do the inner work, because that is actually the most difficult part! Make sure not to miss this story of reinvention, reimagining, and living a life of less, with intention with advocate, storyteller, and minimalism guru, Christine Platt!
68 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Jordyn Taylor on Finding Her Purpose By Becoming the Change With Twelve Months of Giving - Ep 067
Real Estate agent and former singer, Jordyn Taylor, like many people who were stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, began to reflect on her purpose in life. She’d had a career in music, she had worked in real estate, and she was very good at both of those things, but she realized that she didn’t feel fulfilled. She started volunteering with a man named Joseph Bradford, who you may remember from Episode 47. Joseph was the one-man food bank who started a nonprofit called the B.A.R.E Truth, which provides supplies, food, and transitional housing to people living without homes. Jordyn volunteered with Joseph in Los Angeles before taking a leap of faith and starting her own nonprofit, Twelve Months of Giving, which spotlights 12 noteworthy nonprofits every year, shining a light on the incredible organizations that are using their time and energy to create lasting change.In today’s episode, Jordyn starts by sharing her favorite activity as a child, swimming, and how that created a sense of freedom for her. We dive into her career journey, which started at the age of 14 when she started singing which took her all the way to Japan, and Jordyn shares her common interest in speaking to and connecting with people, which she believes has driven her throughout her life. You’ll learn how a campaign for the Be The Match bone marrow registry sparked the idea for 12 Months of Giving, what it felt like for Jordyn to finally connect with her purpose, and some of the unexpected benefits she has seen from the project, and Jordyn shares her advice for anyone wanting to start their non-profit. If you can relate to feeling unfulfilled, we hope that hearing Jordyn’s story will inspire you to seek out opportunities to give back or to leave the world a better place than you found it, in whichever way resonates with you. Tune in today!
80 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Ryland Engelhart on His Mission to Spread Awareness About How We Can Reverse Climate Change with Soil Health - Ep 066
I'm joined by Ryland Engelhart, co-Founder of Kiss the Ground, a non-profit focused on regenerative agriculture, and the producer of the groundbreaking film, Kiss The Ground on Netflix. He has spent the past 15 years as an entrepreneur and love activist, working in hospitality and building a "triple bottom line" business of organic plant-based restaurants, like Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre in Southern California. Ryland has an infectious passion for life and is a cultural catalyst creating transformation through his own organizations and in the world at large. He publicly speaks on the topics of sacred commerce, gratitude, veganism, building community, soil regeneration, and the connection between soil health, human health, and planetary health.Ryland also shares a bit about his journey and the leaps of faith he had to take along the way to find his true calling; being of service to Mother Earth and nature. Tuning in, you’ll learn about the role that plant medicine played in opening Ryland’s eyes to this calling, the detours he took along the way, and how he is now moving the needle on the national and global adoption of regenerative agriculture. Ryland believes that everyone who eats can participate in the revolution of regenerating our soils and healing our planet. Tune in today to learn how!
114 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Serena Poon on Taking a Secret Leap of Faith and How She Become a Culinary Alchemist - Ep 065
Today's guest, celebrity chef, Serena Poon started a movement called Culinary Alchemy, where she advocates for functional nutrition through the mindful combination of food and healing intuition. She is a trained chef, a Reiki master, and owns a thriving media platform where she highlights changemakers who make the world a better place. Her mission to learn everything she could about the healing power of diet started from an early age when both her mother and her father were diagnosed with cancer only two years apart from one another. While her family was set on Serena becoming a lawyer, she secretly took out loans to go to culinary school instead, feeling like she was guided by something within. Now a leading chef to the Hollywood elite, Serena has set herself apart in a saturated industry through her genuine passion for curating intentional healing and wellness programs designed to help people achieve optimal, sustainable health. In today’s episode, she shares some of the philosophies that were echoed in her household growing up, including the value of hard work and self-sacrifice, which sometimes came at the expense of optimal health.You’ll find out how her parents’ diagnoses shifted Serena’s perspective on success and purpose and what inspired her to take a leap of faith and pursue her dreams of becoming a chef, even when she encountered strong resistance along the way. She also speaks candidly about her own health issues and the divine coincidences that ended up saving her life, as well as how she discovered the importance of allowing others the grace of serving you in the way you serve them. Serena has a powerful message to share about trusting your intuition, being intentional about your energy, and practicing gratitude, so make sure not to miss this inspiring conversation!
82 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Tami Simon on Starting Her Publishing Company With a Tape Recorder and a Mission to Spread Spiritual Wisdom - Ep 64
Today’s guest, Tami Simon, founded Sounds True at the age of 22 with a dream and a tape recorder. Though she had no experience running a business and only a vague idea of what she wanted the company to be, Tami had her guiding principle strongly in place: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Over its 36-year history, Sounds True has grown into a multimedia publisher that has produced over 6,000 titles, including Light Watkins’ Knowing Where to Look, has been included twice in the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies, and is North America’s leading publisher of spoken-word spiritual teachings.Partnering with the leading spiritual teachers of our time, including Eckhart Tolle, Michael, Beckwith and Wim Hof, Sounds True now has a successful book publishing program and has scaled to produce events, certification programs, and transformational online learning experiences. Tami hosts the popular Sounds True podcast, Insights at the Edge, which has now been downloaded more than 20 million times. She is also the founder of the Sounds True Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing spiritual education to people who would otherwise not have access.In today’s episode, Tami shares how she discovered her love for audio journalism, the prayer that came to her during a rebirthing session that set the course for her work with Sounds True, and how "disseminate spiritual wisdom” became her code words and guiding principle. We also touch on the existential concepts Tami engaged with as a child, the sequence of events following the death of her father that led to her starting Sounds True, and how she became attuned to the “sound of truth,” as well as why she is so passionate about conscious capitalism and changing the landscape of the work environment. Tune in today for all this and more!
81 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Dr. Jim Tucker, a Reincarnation Expert, on Following His Calling and Finding Deeper Purpose Through the Study of Past Lives - Ep 063
Joining us on the podcast today is none other than Dr. Jim Tucker, a top expert on past life memories and reincarnation. Dr. Tucker is based in North Carolina and we get to have an amazing conversation with our guest about the subject at large, his journey through the field, as well as his reflections on what the study might bring us in the future. We get to explore some real examples from Dr. Tucker's work, stories that he has published in his books, and these examples really lend credence to this kind of endeavor. No matter what your beliefs on the subject, these anecdotes are sure to make you think twice about your assumptions, and possibly even reconsider what you thought you knew. Dr. Tucker maintains a strict, scientific approach to his work, with no past life memories of his own, and merely a fascination with the investigation of others' experiences. We get to talk about the commonalities between the cases, the results of disparate families connecting, and also the reality of public perception of these phenomena. So for all this, and a whole lot more, join us for this fantastic conversation!
86 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Nikki Walton on Regaining Peace After Starting CurlyNikki, Then Burning Out, Then Finding Her Spiritual Path - Ep 062
Like many Black women in America, today’s guest went through a period when she believed that she had to look a certain way in order to be perceived as beautiful, mainly related to her curly, natural hair. After deciding to wear her hair naturally in college and encountering pushback from her own family, Nikki Walton realized the importance of creating a community for Black women who also felt the desire to embrace their natural hair. She started her industry-disrupting and now wildly popular blog, Curly Nikki, to document her natural hair journey, which went on to become the number one natural haircare and beauty blog in the world, reaching millions of women in over 30 countries and influencing the marketing and formulation of products for major beauty brands.From the outside, with all the television appearances, book deals, and sponsorships that come with being unafraid to take a leap of faith and put yourself out there, Nikki was the picture of success and empowerment. On the inside, however, she was struggling with burnout and disillusionment, working 24/7 on building her brand while also juggling being a wife and mother. It all came to a head when she realized that she didn't have a strong enough spiritual foundation to sustain it all. This led her on a spiritual quest, which ultimately culminated in a podcast collaboration with the Be Here Now Network. Go(o)d Mornings with CurlyNikki is currently one of the top 10 spiritual podcasts in the world.In today’s episode, Nikki shares how her relationship with her hair impacted her confidence and her perception of beauty, why she had to learn to acknowledge fear rather than trying to eliminate it, and the key to her success, which was infusing everything she did with her personal story. We touch on the power of finding inner peace, stillness, and light and the value of sharing how you get through your darkest moments in order to help others find their way through theirs. Listening in, you’ll learn the saying that Nikki echoes with her children and how her perception of success has changed as her career and spirituality have evolved. Make sure not to miss this inspiring and uplifting conversation with natural hair guru and spiritual teacher, Nikki Walton!Key Points From This Episode:Learn about Nikki’s upbringing in Missouri and her favorite activity as a child: reading.The mantra she remembers from her childhood: “Don’t let anyone disturb your inner peace.”How she perceived success in those early years and why she decided to study psychology.Nikki’s relationship with her hair and her perception of beauty as a young Black woman.The very real dangers of permanent chemical burns from chemical hair relaxers.How Nikki’s relationship with her hair impacted her confidence and her everyday life.Why she chose Truman State University and started wearing her hair naturally by necessity.How she came to learn about the science of Black hair and the pushback she received from strangers, friends, and even her own family.The pivotal point at which Nikki saw a career opportunity in her personal hair journey.Hear about her decision to take a leap of faith and her intuitive sense for marketing.Nikki reflects on her relationship with fear and ego; how she has learned to acknowledge fear rather than trying to eliminate it.The secret sauce behind the success of her articles: infusing them with her personal story.The rate at which Nikki was producing content for her blog and how it became all-consuming.When she transitioned from her job as a psychotherapist to pursue Curly Nikki full time.Advice for entrepreneurs in the early stages of following their passion: let it work through you.
91 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Manoj Dias on Giving Up the Traditional Dream in Order to Follow His Purpose of Creating Community Around Meditation - Ep 061
At the End of the Tunnel is a podcast about hope, inspiration, and people who have found their calling. This is likely something we all fantasize about; finding our life’s purpose or our ‘why’, and this week’s guest has a backstory that many listeners will find extremely relatable. It's the story of being seduced by what Light refers to as the acquisitive approach to happiness. In other words, it's the thinking that as soon as you make a certain amount of money, or get promoted, or find your soulmate, then you will be truly happy. From the outside looking in, Manoj Dias had it all. A decorated corporate marketing career, an enviable paycheck, his good looks, but something still felt off. That persistent ‘offness' ultimately culminated in a panic attack at his high-paying job, which then spiraled into 18-months of depression, insomnia, and disordered eating, with the occasional suicidal ideation thrown in for good measure. Then, he discovered the magic of meditation and found what he'd been looking for all along: a connection to something real.Since first being introduced to meditation and embarking on his own journey to become a teacher, Manoj has helped thousands of people to embrace the stillness of mind and body, enabling them to live fearlessly on the path to a happier and more meaningful life. In this episode, we dive into his early childhood in Sri Lanka and his fascination with becoming a Buddhist monk, his deep desire to belong as an immigrant child in Australia, and what he modeled success on as an 18-year-old father. Manoj shares his belief that he wasn’t afforded the power of choice in his career and what meditation taught him about compassion, suffering, ego, and generosity, and we discuss the value of spiritual nourishment, community, and honing in on your purpose. Ultimately, this is an episode about the importance of deeply connecting with what matters to you most, a topic about which Manoj has a wealth of wisdom and lived experience to share, so make sure to tune in today for a truly enlightening conversation!
80 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Suleika Jaouad on What Her Cancer Diagnosis Taught Her and How She Healed From a Life Interrupted - Ep 060
In today’s episode, we hear from Suleika Jaouad, author of the memoir Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted, about her journey through being diagnosed with leukemia at age 22 and how the experience of illness and recovery intertwines with her writing career. Suleika reflects on some of the frustration she experienced at the time with existing cancer narratives and how that informed the blog she chose to write during her difficult years of cancer treatment. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work on prison reform earned her an Emmy. Her TED talk What almost dying taught me about living has been viewed over four million times.Tuning in you’ll hear about Suleika’s memories growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents, her early experiences with journaling, and why she views it as a sacred activity that can have endless possibilities when you liberate yourself from expectations. We hear from Suleika about when she first received her diagnosis and how it affected her life. Suleika shares the inspiration she found in people like Frida Kahlo who undertook rich creative pursuits while being confined to their beds and how that informed her writing. We delve into what it was like for Suleika to spend years in a hospital during her early twenties and how being cured does not necessarily equate to being healed. Later Suleika unpacks what drove her writing and shares how the letters she received in response to her blog helped her feel a sense of connectedness during her most intense periods of medical isolation. Join us today for a reflective and open conversation on illness, trauma, creativity, and what it means to truly heal.Key Points From This Episode:Introducing today’s guest Suleika Jaouad.Suleika’s early experiences with journaling and how to make journaling engaging and fun.Methods for dealing with the need to keep your journals private from other people.Suleika’s experiences moving between different countries as the child of immigrant parents.How the lesson of Middle Eastern hospitality was present in Suleika’s life growing up.Suleika describes a turning point in her life as a young adolescent after watching Mona Lisa Smile.Some of the symptoms Suleika started experiencing after graduating from college.The months Suleika spent being misdiagnosed before a doctor diagnosed her with leukemia.Suleika describes some of the emotions she felt when she was correctly diagnosed, including a sense of protectiveness over her parents.The sense of liberation and vulnerability that Suleika experienced after chemotherapy altered her appearance.The inspiration that Suleika found in the life and work of Frida Kahlo.An outline of the 100-day project and how it facilitated Suleika writing her memoir.The story of how Suleika started her blog before her bone marrow transplant.How having a life-threatening illness reshuffled Suleika’s priorities.Some of the frustrations that Suleika had felt with other books, films, and stories by cancer survivors who wrote about their experiences long after they had recovered.How the letters that Suleika received during her time in hospital gave her a feeling of connection despite being so isolated.The difficulties Suleika faced after being cured of her illness, like survivors' guilt and trauma.Suleika's choice to connect with the people who had written her letters while she was sick.Why it was important to Suleika that she portrays the ripple effect that a life-altering diagnosis has on a family and community in her memoir.Suleika’s experience visiting Lil GQ in prison and some of the ways it resembles hospitals.Suleika’s definition of success and how that has changed over the years.
75 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Dr. Emily Morse on Creating Sex With Emily and Her Unlikely Journey to Becoming One of Our Culture’s Leading Sexperts - Ep 059
In today's episode, we hear from one of this generation’s foremost authorities on everyone's favorite topic: sex! Author, podcaster, and sexologist, Dr. Emily Morse has the longest-running sex-themed podcast on iTunes, starting Sex With Emily back in 2005 when the only people starting podcasts were tech geeks. Since then, Emily has covered literally every sexual topic you can think of, from Afro sexology to bondage, to whatever you're imagining right now; she's got an episode on that too! More recently, Emily Morse Teaches Sex and Communication has become one of the most popular courses on the Masterclass platform.In this episode, you’ll get a glimpse into Emily’s backstory, from politics to documentary filmmaking, and find out how she became a sexologist when she realized that she could help a lot of people by spreading more real-world information about sex. Listening in, you’ll learn how the path to following her curiosity was fraught with financial struggles and family interventions, how Emily overcame those obstacles, and how she came out the other side of her dark tunnel as the world-renowned ‘sexpert' that she is today.We also discuss some of the common myths surrounding sexuality, and how Emily defines a healthy sex life, particularly if one partner wants more sex than the other, which she says is actually more the norm than it is the exception. Tune in for a fascinating conversation about the power of following your curiosity!Key Points From This Episode:Emily shares her favorite activity as a child; playing with her Barbie dolls.Hear about her upbringing and her experience with “the birds and the bees.”Find out why Emily says she didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up.How her concept of success shifted after her dad died at the age of 49.What she learned about communication, making an impact, and how to get things done from her time in politics that later informed her path.Learn about Emily’s next chapter as a documentary filmmaker and her drive to create.The story of how she created See How They Run, her first documentary film.How Sex With Emily started in 2005, following her own curiosity about her friends’ sex lives.Hear the story of how Emily met Captain Erotica, thanks to her interest in Burning Man.Some of the early success and validation Emily received from her podcast.The financial challenges she encountered in 2009 when the global recession hit.How she worked her way through those struggles by remaining committed to her vision.Find out how she became involved in writing the book, Hot Sex.Emily shares her perspective on competition and why she doesn’t worry too much about it.How being known as a sexologist in her 30s affected her personal life.Why Emily believes we bury our heads in the sand as a society when it comes to talking about sex; and how she is trying to change that.The importance of including sex under the umbrella of health and wellness.What Emily hopes the conversation about sex and relationships will look like years from now.How she hopes to equip people with the adequate knowledge and language necessary to talk about sex openly.The three main causes of divorce, sex, children, and money, and the value of communication.Her advice for managing mismatched libidos or what Emily calls desire discrepancy.The value in expanding our definition of sex to include other acts of intimacy.What the experience of shooting a Masterclass was like for Emily: the responsibility to deliver.How Emily defines success these days; spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wellness.Her thoughts on success in relationships and the importance of being authentic.
93 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Kelly Noonan Gores on Creating a Documentary About Healing Your Body With Your Mind - Ep 058
Our mental health and our physical health are inextricably connected, and our guest on today’s show has a passion for helping people tap into the power that exists within all of us to heal ourselves. After many, many years of exploration into the field, and through experiencing the incredible effects of natural remedies and a positive mindset first hand, Kelly Noonan Gores created a documentary, aptly titled Heal. Heal topped the charts on iTunes, and even made it onto Netflix (after their announcement that they wouldn’t be releasing any more independent films). In today’s episode, you’ll hear about Kelly’s personal healing journey, and gain a few insights into the stories that you can expect to hear in the film. She also shares the rollercoaster of emotions that she experienced while making Heal, books and practices which have been a key part of her process, and some very valuable advice for anyone who has a dream!Key Points From This Episode:A glimpse into what Kelly’s life was like growing up. How Kelly’s upbringing has impacted her life.Health issues that Kelly suffered with in high school, and the alternative remedy which finally resolved them.Mixed emotions that Kelly felt towards the acting she did as a child.Psychological barriers that were getting in the way of Kelly’s dreams, which led her down a path of discovery.The book which gave Kelly her spirit back.Kelly’s methods for keeping herself happy and fulfilled.Why Kelly decided to create her documentary, Heal. Feelings that helped Kelly realize that her true path was not acting.The final straw which motivated Kelly to produce Heal, after 10 years of developing it.Gratitude journaling, and the positive impact that Kelly feels it has had on her.How Kelly recruited the people who would feature in her documentary.Elements that Kelly felt confident about when it came to making Heal, and elements which she was nervous about.Kelly runs us through the experience of the first interview she did for Heal. How Heal differs from other documentaries about healing. The two healing stories which are documented in Heal, and the short film that Kelly created alongside it. Not imposing her beliefs onto others is a key part of Kelly’s philosophy.A diagnosis that Kelly received when she wasn’t even aware that anything was wrong.Kelly’s thoughts on knowing what is the right healing method to make use of. The impacts of emotions such as fear and stress on your physical health. Findings that Kelly was surprised by through the process of making Heal.Positive changes that often occur in people’s lives when they are diagnosed with a disease.Fears that Kelly felt around releasing Heal, and words of encouragement for anyone who is on a learning journey. The public response to Heal.Book recommendations for anyone who is interested in natural healing and the power of the mind.Finding balance; the key to success.Work that Kelly is currently doing that is keeping her fire burning.
77 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Gary Zukav on Creating Authentic Power and Living a Life of Love Instead of Fear - Ep 057
Today’s guest is one of the most prolific spiritual teachers of our time. His name is Gary Zukav, and he is the author of The Seat of the Soul, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, and most recently, Universal Human. We usually devote the first part of this show to the backstories of our guests but today we will be deviating slightly from that format. This is because Gary is such a masterful spiritual teacher that I decided to use the space of the full interview to hear him speak more about what it means to be a universal human, and where he sees us going as a human race, which is in the direction of becoming what he calls multi-sensory humans. For Gary, all humans can undergo multi-sensory experiences, but not everyone is aware of them when they happen. It is during these experiences that we perceive our connection to the greater universe and they point the way to a new consciousness. We spend a large chunk of our conversation talking about the meaning of authentic power and how to live in such away so that we can access it. This process is grounded in the intention to live in love rather than fear and Gary speaks about the knock-on effects that an internal change like this will affect in our greater surroundings. Tune in and learn what spiritual growth is all about with Gary today.
76 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Chris Classic on Leaving the World Smelling Better Than He Found It - Ep 056
Today’s guest is not someone who started traditional non-profit or initiated a movement for social good, but they live their life in such a way that they have inspired many of their followers to follow their hearts, to do what they love, and to take leaps of faith; and you know by now that your host, Light Watkins, is all about a good leap of faith! Please join in in welcoming Chris Classic, father, founder, perfumer, artist, creative director, and personal inspiration. In today’s episode, Chris shares how he took a stand on what he wanted for himself and literally leapt out a window to pursue his vision, which turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life.Key Points From This Episode:Chris talks about his childhood, growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness in Long Island, New York.Why Chris says he learned to separate himself from rejection at a young age.He shares his first idea of a dream job; to write commercials for an advertising agency.How rap music sparked his decision to run away from home and live with his aunt.Hear about the relevance of 310 Riverside Drive, which was the address of Zoe Ministries.How witnessing Rev Run become a minister confirmed for Chris that rap wasn’t unholy.What the beginning of Chris’ career as a rapper looked like and where his name originated.Chris shares how he viewed success as attainable and inevitable at that point in his life.What he learned from Run DMC about keeping the crowd engaged.How he learned that he could be professional and still have a self-identity.The experience of collaborating with Run on the Let’s Get Married remix and how it launched Chris’ career as a songwriter.Why Chris says his life would’ve taken a different trajectory if Jam Master Jay weren’t killed.Find out how Millésime Impérial by Creed got Chris into exploring niche fragrances.Where his following on social media came from: his life as a dad and a creative and a sociable person in New York City.How Chris came to create his own perfume thanks to an encounter with one of his followers.Chris’ belief that his perfume brand has been successful because it is a service to others that comes from a place of love.Someone connecting with his fragrances versus someone licensing one of his songs.How the name, Savoir Faire, reflects the plight of Black creatives.Discover what the significance of the crown is on Savoir Faire’s bottles.The trick to selling something as experiential and subjective as a fragrance online.The legacy Chris hopes to build for Black men and women to aspire to create for themselves.Find out what he has learned after 10,000 orders: that he is still knocking on doors.Chris reflects on his core audience, which isn’t one that he targets.Hear his advice for other aspiring perfumers (and creatives in general): make something you absolutely love!How Chris views success these days: the ability to control his time and spend it with family.
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