Brandon Bennett — Guided Mindful Oasis Meditation

This blog post is about Guided Mindful Meditation sent to me by Brandon. I met him a few years ago at a Toastmasters club and since then we kept in touch. He was kind enough to offer me two coaching sessions which were very helpful. If you’re looking to have peace, and balance in life, and want to be more mindful of how you live life — I do recommend working with him as he will help you open new portals of awareness and understanding of self.

Download Meditation: Guided Mindful Oasis of Inner Peace Meditation

Brief intro about Brandon:

Brandon Bennett is a former NFL Executive turned Certified Mindful Leadership Coach. His mission is to empower leaders to live more balanced, peacefully productive, and emotionally authentic lives. He helps highly-driven executives, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders create deeper levels of peace, mental clarity, and inner freedom in their lives.

A Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Holistic Health Coach, and Highly Sensitive INFJ personality type, Brandon fuses both eastern and western modalities to assist leaders in slowing down, in order to sustainably reduce stress, create peacefully balanced lives, and tap into their highest human potential.

To learn more – Connect with Brandon: Website | Coaching Offerings


Want to hear an episode that explores finding Peace in the body? Have a listen to my conversation with Mark Coleman, in which we discuss “From Suffering to Peace, Freedom from the Inner Critic, Recognizing Pre-Verbal Traumas, Finding Peace in the Body, Mind, Heart, and World, and much more.


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Henna Inam on Adaptability, Midlife Crises, Growth, Self-Reflection Questions, and Self-Compassion

This post is an excerpt from my interview with Henna Inam. This excerpt sheds light on overcoming mid-life crises, self-reflections daily questions practice, self-limiting loops, practicing self-compassion during tough times and bringing soul to work.

You can check out my full interview with Henna here Henna Inam — Wired for Disruption, Lessons from Ashram, 5 Shifts in Agility, 10 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself, and More (#120)

Let’s begin..

Mid-life crisis:

One of the things that I realized while growing up and this goes back to my midlife crisis is that I was so adaptive. The reason I wrote my book wired for authenticity is that I really had struggled, even in my corporate career. I worked in corporate America for Proctor and Gamble, then for Novartis. I was an Asian woman, mostly in meetings with white men. As I grew up through the organization, I was in various C-level roles. I was always adapting and it was sort of the same thing as in my childhood growing up I was always adapting and until I had my midlife crisis and I thought about this has been a really great adventure – but who am I? what do I want? What’s really important?

I think that the advice I would have is for people to dig deep inside, to find their deepest inspirations, to find their most brilliant strengths, and to find a need, that calls to them, there are so many needs right now, whether it’s a need To help people become the best versions of themselves, the people that you lead, or whether it’s a need to find innovative solutions because you are a brilliant thinker and scientist or, whether it’s a need to, create something new, in terms of experiences for people. Our job is to find that fire that’s inside of us that ignites us so that we can step into the most powerful and inspired.

Daily questions practice

This is something that has been written about and talked about by Marshall Goldsmith, who is a leading CEO coach. So I have an Excel spreadsheet and it has my list of 10 questions and I have an accountability partner. We call each other at 7:00 AM every day and she’s got her list and we basically say, how do I rate myself? I rate myself from 0 to 10 – did I do it or did I not do it? 10 is – yes I did it.

  1. Did I exercise today – either walk 10,000 steps or work out for at least a half-hour?
  2. Self-care is sort of the key component to maintaining our own energy and is such an important part of any impact that we’re going to have externally. The question is – did I drink 64 ounces of water?
  3. Did I make healthy food choices? And for me, it’s protein and veggies and anti-inflammatory foods.
  4. Did I eat mindfully with appreciative attention?
  5. Did I meditate and connect with my wisest self for 15 minutes today?
  6. Did I journal the three things that I’m grateful for?
  7. Did I write my top three priorities and progress them for the day?
  8. Did I do my best to practice courage today in situations that called for it?
  9. Did I appreciate the good in others?
  10. Did I take my daily vitamin supplements and Apple cider vinegar?

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Heart-Opening Meditations

Living a Heart-Centered life has become very important to me in the last few years. There are many modalities to open your heart or heal it from past wounds. In this post, I share some safe meditations I’ve come across recently. I’ve been practicing heart-opening meditations every morning for the last few weeks and as a result, I feel a drastic change in my inner being. Based on my mood, I pick one every day. I’ll continue to explore more meditations and resources on heart-opening. This post serves as a buffet and I invite you to pick the ingredient that works for you at present.

a) ‘Raise the Vibe’ – Guided Meditation Self-Pranic Healing Meditation: I learned about Pranic healing from my friend Menaka Harjani. Further in this exploration, I found this meditation which offers pranic healing as a way to return to wholeness, oneness, and ease. We often think of healing simply as recovery from illness or trauma. From a higher perspective, however, healing happens when we see ourselves as whole and complete despite any condition or illness. The subtle practice of pranic healing utilizes life force energy, or prana (also known as chi or qi) to accelerate the body’s innate ability to heal itself. In this video, we use it as a powerful accompaniment to meditation.

b) Balance Your Heart Chakra Energy: Guided Meditation: In the words of John Lennon, “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”. This meditation focuses on the heart chakra. This chakra is the expression of our love and compassion. When the heart center is open and the energy is balanced here, you feel connected to and love for all the people in your life. We function best when the chakras are open and in balance. The ability to heal and balance the chakras takes time and with repeated practice has the potential for transformation.

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Keren Tsuk on Wisdom to Lead, Caging The Monkey Mind, Mindfully Wise Leadership, and More (#202)

The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.

Thích Nhat Hanh

Keren Tsuk, Ph.D., is a keynote speaker, consultant, and thought leader in 21st-century leadership sought-after speaker, As the founder and CEO of consulting firm Wisdom To Lead, she specializes in the development of senior management teams and corporate leadership. Tsuk guides companies and senior management teams to reach their full potential using various techniques in the field of mindfulness. She is also the author of Mindfully Wise Leadership: The Secret of Today’s Leaders.

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The Recap of January 2022 Episodes — In Case You Missed It (#198)

Usually, my job on this show is to interview world-class experts in different domains. But this episode is an experiment and a quick recap of 3 episodes Mark Coleman, Sergey Young, Katherine Woodward Thomas, published in January 2022. I took the first 15 mins of each episode and combine them into this single episode. If you enjoy the short version of each guest’s interview, you can listen to the guest’s full interview.

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Dr. Tony Nader — A Globally Recognized Expert in Consciousness and Transcendental Meditation (#196)

“You just let yourself grow within yourself, remove your stresses and strain, and your nature is to be perfect, your nature is to be happy, your nature is to be healthy.”

Dr. Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., MARR, is a medical doctor trained at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in neuroscience), and a globally recognized Vedic scholar. As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s successor, Dr. Nader is head of the international Transcendental Meditation® organizations in over 100 countries. From the Americas to Asia, from Europe to Africa, Dr. Nader guides the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced practices, and the practical applications of this technology in all areas of national life – education, health, business, defense, agriculture, and more.

Dr. Nader’s vision is to bring happiness, health, and peace to the minds and hearts of the whole world family. His experiences as a teacher, father, leader, scientist, and doctor have inspired his dedication to all global citizens – and his commitment to opening their awareness to the important things in life, from a truly profound perspective. To help remove conflicts in society, so that higher values and beautiful goals become the guiding light of everyone, is his total focus.

Latest book: ONE UNBOUNDED OCEAN OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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Aliya Grig — Exploring Esoteric Practices, Human Design and Human Cosmos, Human Evolution, Future of Humanity in Space, and More (#195)

Aliya Grig was born in 1986 in the USSR into a family of astrophysicists who had collaborated with some of the greatest scientists and space thinkers of our time (e.g. Stephen Hawking, the Strugatsky brothers).

She’s currently developing Evolwe – AI virtual companion with a focus on well-being.

Aliya has worked in both the public and private sectors and is the founder of two high-tech companies in the area of fuel cells and new materials. She also headed a Foundation dedicated to urban and social awareness, and successfully launched a project aimed at the sustainable redevelopment of several regional cities, and the Moscow River catchment area.

Aliya is a frequent speaker and panelist at the world’s leading tech and innovation events. She is the author of a number of space-themed books, a contributor to Forbes, and is the founder and CEO of the Human Cosmos online platform launched in Autumn 2020.

Aliya was listed as one of the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in Europe by Forbes magazine and Top 100 women entrepreneurs in AI and Big data by Leta Capital. Aliya is engaged in the development and support of scientific projects in the field of new materials, deep space exploration, and initiates and leads projects in the field of education and art (in particular, a project within the Venice Biennale in 2015, support for gifted children in the field of music).

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Jon Macaskill on Positive Effects of Mindfulness, Cultivating Calm and Peace, Confined Masculinity, Healing through Therapy and Psychedelics, and More(#194)

Jon Macaskill is a retired Navy SEAL Commander turned leadership and mindfulness coach. During his 24-year Navy career, he served in multiple highly dynamic leadership positions from the battlefield to the operations center and the board room. His style of teaching leadership is unconventional yet highly effective. He is passionate about helping people and organizations become the best versions of themselves through mindfulness coaching, keynote speaking, and grit and resilience training.

After graduating high school, he served briefly as an enlisted sailor in the US Navy before receiving an appointment to the US Naval Academy and graduating from there with a BS in mathematics 4 years later. Jon served in Iraq, Afghanistan, off the coast of Somalia, and in Panama.

After retiring, he served briefly as the Deputy Executive Director for the veteran nonprofit, Veteran’s PATH. He now runs a podcast called Men Talking Mindfulness; does keynote speaking engagements on developing leadership, grit, and resilience; and owns his own consulting company, Macaskill Consulting, LLC. In all three roles, his desire is to improve cultures and individuals through mindfulness, meditation, vulnerability, and compassion.

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Psychedelic plants and compounds are illegal in many countries, and even possession can carry severe criminal penalties. None of this post constitutes medical advice or should be construed as a recommendation to use psychedelics. There are serious legal, psychological, and physical risks. Psychedelics are not for everyone—they can exacerbate certain emotional problems, and there have been, in very rare cases, fatalities.

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