Franco and LisaIn this episode, Franco and Lisa share with us:

– How to get out of our mind and live more consciously.

– What does the science of happiness mean and why it may not be what we think.

– The beliefs that keep us stuck and insecure.

– What is a thought and how to recognize when we are in it.

– How to quiet your mind.

– How to survive the Holidays with a light heart.


Meet Franco and Lisa

Lisa and Franco co-wrote and illustrated the book, Whose Mind Is It Anyway? When they met 5 years ago they quickly realized their life experiences had led them to a similar understanding of the nature of the mind and thought. Whose Mind Is It Anyway? began as an EBook Lisa wrote and gave away on her website. The ebook struck a chord with many people dealing with anxiety and depression as well as those just trying to get through a hard time. Within a short time it was downloaded over 10,000 times so they decided to work together to create a more complete, print version in order to have a greater impact.
BJ MillerIn this week’s episode, Dr. BJ Miller shares with us:
– How the little experiences in life are usually the more important and impactful ones.
– Why thinking about our death can increase the quality of our life.
– What we can learn from death.
– The differences between hospice care and palliative care.
– How life is a creative pursuit.
– What really matters at the end of life and so much more!
You do not want to miss this episode!

Meet BJ Miller

BJ Miller is a hospice & palliative medicine physician.  He sees patients and families at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also teaches and serves on faculty.  In addition to this, he serves as advisor for Zen Hospice Project, a residential hospice facility and education centre in San Francisco. Dr. Miller also consults at the intersection of palliative care and design & frequently speaks publicly on this topic. He has largely redesigned his sense of physical presence after an accident in college left him without both his legs and part of one arm. Dr Miller offers a transformative reframing on how we move trough the world and experience our bodies and life.

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Anita Moorjani

In this Episode, Anita Moorjani shares:
  • How she was living pre-cancer diagnosis and how she believes that was a major cause of her cancer.
  • How she chooses to live now after experience a complete healing.
  • Why its important to accept our ego and how to do it.
  • Why loving ourselves is the most important thing we can do and why it is NOT selfish.
  • Why its important to take an “Information Fast” in this day of information.
  • What she wants the world to know about living and death and everything in between.

Meet Anita Moorjani

An international speaker and New York Times best-selling author, Anita Moorjani had been given mere hours to live by her doctors on the morning of February 2, 2006. Unable to move and in a deep coma caused by cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another realm where she experienced great clarity and understanding about her life and purpose.
Now completely cancer-free, Anita travels the globe giving talks and workshops and has been on various television shows around the world, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, The Dr. Oz Show, and the National Geographic Channel to name a few.

In this episode, you will learn:Jen Bricker

Jen Bricker has an approach to life which is living without hesitation and just going for it.

Being conscious of the language we use as directly impacting the behaviours we live out.

Being aware of the impact words such as “coincidence” and “can’t” have on our psyche.

The many challenges Jen has faced in her life and how she overcame them.

What Jen believes holds people back from living their dreams.

How faith can impact our everyday life and how having a daily spiritual practices can shape and influence our minds.


Meet Jen Bricker

Jen Bricker is an author, aerialist, and motivational speaker. A state champion in power tumbling, she has traveled internationally with Britney Spears’s Circus Tour and has been featured on numerous news shows, including HBO’s Real Sports and Good Morning America to name a few. Jen currently lives in Los Angeles and has added a successful speaking career to her list of accomplishments, including a TEDx talk. Through her faith, drive, and determination, she continues to prove to herself and others that everything is possible.


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Bea Johnson

In this episode Bea Johnson and I discuss how to go from wanting to be a zero waste home to actually making it a reality. We chat about how we can turn one black dress into twenty-two different looks. Though we all may not decide to go “full” zero waste, Bea shares many big and small steps we can begin to take to reduce the amount of waste we generate everyday.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear an inspiring story of a modern, urban family who switched from “having all the things” to “having all the experiences.” It’s also great for anyone looking to learn about the big and small steps they can take to reduce their waste – in all its forms! In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste.


Meet Bea Johnson

Since 2008, Bea Johnson and her family are dedicated to living a zero waste lifestyle; they produce a mere litre of waste per year. With her blog and bestseller Zero Waste Home (translated in 12 languages), Bea launched a global movement and continues to inspire a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of her 5R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. She shatters misconceptions, proving that zero waste can not only be “stylish”, but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings.

She speaks at universities, corporate events and conferences all over the globe (100+ speeches in 16 countries, 5 continents), and has completed three international tours. She has appeared on TV shows and in publications everywhere, from The Today Show to BBC Breakfast. Passionate and optimist, she has become a guru for many and is a spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle or, as the New York Times stated, “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living”. She is a Grand Prize winner of The Green Awards, and a French native who currently lives in Mill Valley, California.


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Kristin NeffThe pioneering researcher and author of Self-Compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff, is joining us this week and explains why its OK (and very important) to accept our faults and to be kind to ourselves.

While doing her post-doctoral work, Dr. Kristin Neff decided to conduct research on self-compassion, a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. She shows how self-compassion is important because research is showing over and over that it’s very strongly associated with less depression, less anxiety, more happiness, more optimism, more motivation to learn and try out new things, and it’s a very powerful way of relating to ourselves and the world around us.


Meet Dr. Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book “Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself,” released by William Morrow, and the 6 CD audio set called “Self-Compassion Step by Step,” released by Sounds True.  In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide.  Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family’s journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.


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Kevin GianniWhat do you do when you realize that you may have a hereditary cancer risk and your intent is to find out the keys to perfect wellness? Well, you spend the next two and a half years going across North America in a 36-foot, bio-fuelled RV, named ‘the Kale Whale’, with your wife talking with experts about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to healthy living.

Kevin Gianni is joining us this week to talk about his adventures, learnings and rock bottoms that he had to hit before recognizing what works for him and his body despite what all the professionals say.


Meet Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni seriously started researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living, he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and self-published six books on natural health, diet, and fitness, produced over 900 YouTube videos with over 10 million views and has published hundreds of articles.

He’s experimented with many diets and medical protocols to differentiate myth from reality. Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best foods, medicines and clinics to introduce them to the readers of the blog he co-founded — RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world. (He’s now a contributor there.)

During that time, he and Annmarie co-founded Annmarie Skin Care, a natural, organic skin care and beauty company. He spends his time now keeping the wheels on this award-winning line as acting CEO.

Sometimes the media is interested in what he’s done. Either he or the Annmarie Skin Care products have been featured or interviewed by many media outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, the Style Channel, FOX News, Treehugger and Organic Spa Magazine.

He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Annmarie, two kids, two cats and a chicken.


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Benjamin ShalvaWhat is the line between Religion and Spiritually? What does it mean to be Spiritual but not Religious? Deepak Chopra says that “all Religion was based on a Spiritual experience,” and if that is part of our evolution, it would explain the work of this week’s guest, Benjamin Shalva.

Ben is Jewish; he’s also a Rabbi; a Yogi; and a singer/songwriter.  It’s what he calls “Spiritual Cross-Training.” This is available to each one of us, but only when we pause long enough to look for it. On a quest for enlightenment, Benjamin Shalva journeyed through the wilds of Tibet. Now, using the lessons and techniques gained through years of religious exploration and inward reflection, he offers simple and powerful ways to connect with your spiritual self, whether it be in a place of worship or the yoga studio.


Meet Benjamin Shalva

As a rabbi, writer, meditation teacher, and yoga instructor, Benjamin Shalva leads spiritual cross-training seminars and workshops around the world. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and his yoga teacher certification from the Yogic Physical Culture Academy in Los Cabos, Mexico. Shalva serves on the faculty of the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington and the 6th & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC, leads musical prayer services for Bet Mishpachah in Washington, DC, and spends his summers as the camp rabbi of Tamarack Camps in Michigan. His writings have been published in the Washington Post, Elephant Journal, and Spirituality & Health magazine. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife and their children.


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Dr. Bruce LiptonWhat would your life be like if you knew that you are more powerful than you have ever been taught? What thoughts would you change if you knew that they have the power to change your biology?

Dr. Bruce Lipton is a renowned biologist with a revolutionary view on genetics and consciousness. In this interview he shares what the latest research is showing us about our cells and identity; he offers vast insight into the conscious mind, unconscious mind and subconscious programming and shares his perspective on how we can indeed create Heaven on Earth.

In our discussion, we bring up topics around the biology of belief and the fact that 95% of our day is run by subconscious programming of our past. Dr. Lipton also shows us how we can change this programming and not fall victims to our genetics; he shows us how we can change our beliefs and perceptions and as a result change our health.


Meet Dr. Bruce Lipton

Bruce H. Lipton, scientist and lecturer, received his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (1971). He served as an Associate Professor of Anatomy at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine. Lipton’s research on mechanisms controlling cell behaviour employed cloned human stem cells. In addition, he lectured in Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology. 

Bruce resigned his tenured position to pursue independent research integrating quantum physics with cell biology. His breakthrough studies on the cell membrane, the “skin” of the cell, revealed that the behaviour and health of the cell was controlled by the environment, findings that were in direct contrast with prevailing dogma that life is controlled by genes. 

Lipton returned to academia as a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s School of Medicine to test his hypotheses (1987-1992).  His ideas concerning environmental control were substantiated in two major scientific publications. The new research revealed the biochemical pathways connecting the mind and body and provided insight into the molecular basis of consciousness and the future of human evolution.

Bruce has taken his award-winning medical school lectures to the public and is currently a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter on topics of conscious parenting and the science of complementary medicine.


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Maria Sirois 1Ever wonder how someone can be given everything in life yet still be miserable? What about those who are given nothing, yet live as though they have everything? Dr. Maria Sirois explains how resilience and how perceptions of a given situation plays a critical role in our over fulfillment of life. She shows us how we can develop resilience so we too can see the world through the lens of having everything even if we don’t.

We also talk about what Positive Psychology is and how it isn’t about seeing just unicorns and rainbows. But rather, how to cultivate resilience in the face of the storms of life. Living authentically and leading with our strengths is all conversation pieces in this week’s episode!

Meet Dr. Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois is a psychologist and seminar leader who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humour, she brings invigorating practices and perspectives to corporate and non-profit audiences alike. Sirois is the author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts.  A master teacher, Sirois has been called an orator of great power and beauty. With Tal Ben-Shahar, she co-leads a year-long certificate program in positive psychology for executives, educators, entrepreneurs, counsellors and the general public.


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