Amanda Tempist Jade — Stocking the Furry Edges and Caverns of Possibility, Saying YES to Personal Transformation, Dragon at Heart, Grief-Remembrance, Equine Informed Experiential Inquiry, and More (#190)

Amanda, known by some as Tempist, is a polyphyletic creature, an embodied convergence of ancestral lines that stretch from the Dawnlands of Turtle Island (Passamaquoddy – eastern US) to the mountains of Macedonia; from the ocean-hugging lands of Greece & Sicily to the seafaring lands of the Celts. Mother to a shapeshifter, *she/they dwells in the mountains of Southern Ute territories with her partner, child, horses, chickens, felines, and canine.

As a lover of crossroads, she tends to the intersections of ancestry, mythos, gender, trauma, chthonic & cosmic spiritualities, inter-species relating, and place-based re-membering as pathways for the reimagining of emergent and unknown futures. Futures that humanity might come to inhabit from places of radical transformation. With a particular focus in (eco)mystical experiences and their capacity to in-form deep mycelial change, Amanda believes such experiences connect us to wider narratives of possibility and break down petro-patterns that feed the soil of life’s entangled becoming.

She feels that in these times of eco- and paradigmatic- collapse, our somatic intelligence is ancestrally equipped to channel a feral kind of consciousness. An awareness that we are so much more than what we’ve been coerced, forced, or seduced into believing. Amanda allies herself to the dawning of hybridity – a way of moving with the world that invokes our trans-specied and mythopoetic brilliance. A hybridity that is capable of inhabiting and learning to inhabit landscapes of uncertainty.

Work with Amanda: https://www.feralmysticism.com/mentorship

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The Top 30 Episodes of The Nishant Garg Show from 2021

Thank you to all of you to make The Nishant Garg Show successful and take it to the next level. It would not have been possible without your support. I hope this mission will help you live mindfully and learn new habits and routines to live with abundance and manage the struggles and challenges of life.

The Nishant Garg Show has listened in to 32 countries based on Spotify statistics.

Here is a list of the Top 30 episodes downloaded/listened to in the decreasing order of the downloads in 4-5 weeks of publishing an episode. Each episode is unique and dear to me. I owe a huge thank you to all the listeners and guests on the show.

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#1: Denise Shull — The Role of Emotions in Decision Making, Resolving Mental Blocks, Performance Coach to Professional Athletes, Understanding the Feelings, Experiencing Peak Performance, and More ( Episode #169)

#2: Sarah Sarkis on Mastery, Psychological flexibility, Emotional Skills and Self-Regulation Practices,   Relationship with Risk, Sense of Wellness, and More (Episode #153)

#3: Loch Kelly on Awakening, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Creating Spaciousness, Meeting with Anthony de Mello, and More (Episode #146)

#4: Jeremy Hunter on The Quality of Life and Attention, Meaningful and Engaged Life, Why Moments Matter, Japan Bathing Culture, and More (Episode #152)

#5: Ruchika Sikri — Head of Well-being Learning Strategy at Google (Episode #133) 

#6: Debbie Millman on Deep Relationships, Creativity and Growth, Importance of Therapy, Hope and Resilience, and More (Episode #154)

#7: Ariel Garten — Co-founder of Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband, Meditation Practice, Kill Your Inner Critic, and Much More (Episode #136)  

#8: Ora Nadrich — Transformational Thinking, Dream Work, Questioning your Thoughts, Cultivating Calm State, Life Gazing Practice, and More (Episode #158) 

#9: Dr. Dan Tomasulo — Learned Hopefulness, Science of Happiness and Hope, Cherishing Relationships, The Craft of Storytelling Writing, and Much More (Episode #131)

#10: Dr. Maria Sirois  — Overcoming Victim Mentality, Happiness in the Darkest Times, Finding Meaning in the Suffering, Lessons Learned from the Hospice Facility, and More (Episode #129)

#11: Dr. Ronald Siegel — Full Catastrophe Living, Escape vs Engagement, Restoring Moments of Sanity, Healthy Romantic Relationships (Episode #132)

#12: Marisa Porges, Head of The Baldwin School — The Power of Connection, Military Veteran, Building Adaptability and Courage, The Habit of Obsessive Note-Taking, and More (Episode #151)

#13: Kelly Boys — The Blind Spot Effect, From Autopilot to a Life of Insights, Developing Intelligence, Stepping out of Lifelong Patterns, and More (Episode #126)

#14: Raj Sisodia on Wholeness, Healing and Spiritual Journey, Mind Maps for Writing, Ayahuasca Experience, Feminine and Masculine Energy, Conscious Capitalism, and More (Episode #159)

#15: Della Duncan on Right Livelihood, Relationship with Money, Reducing Suffering, Sexual Violence Prevention, Buddhist Economics, 5Rhythms Dance, Finding Moments of Happiness, and More (Episode #160)

#16: Terri Lonowski — The Maven of Soulful (Episode #156)

#17: Jordan Harbinger — The Maker of The Jordan Harbinger Show and The Larry King of Podcasting (Episode #145)

#18: Dr. Susan LaCombe — Coping with Trauma, Emotionally Available Therapist, Somatic Models, Connection of Trauma with Nervous System, and Much More (Episode #135)

#19: Hunter Clarke-Fields on Raising Good Humans, Healing Childhood Trauma, Mindful Parenting, Doing the Inner Work, Expect Humanity and More (Episode #161)

#20: Cindy Vuu — Meeting with Dalai Lama, Foundation of Happiness, Living a Good Life, Interdependence and Impermanence, and More (Episode #155)

#21: Bryan Robinson on Work Addiction Recovery, Internal Family Systems(IFS) Therapy, Helping Recover Alanis Morissette, Why Relationships Fail, Doing Nothing, and More (Episode #165)

#22: Maureen Healy — How to Build Resilience in Children, Emotionally Healthy Child, Emotional Self-Regulation, and More (Episode #157)

#23: Dr. Romie Mushtaq — Optimizing Brain Health, Cure for Busy Brain, Restore Sanity, Sleep, & Sense of Connection, Wellness Paradigms, Connection with Divine, Root causes of Depression, and More (Episode #165)

#24: Nina Paul — Calming Anxiety and Distress,, Emotional Resilience Work, Emotional Freedom Tapping(EFT) technique, Therapy and Healing Modalities, and More (Episode #166)

#25: Michael Ostrolenk – The Emergent Human, Exploring Optimized Mind, Body, Health, Embodied Spirituality, Transcend Limits (Episode #141) 

#26: Wendy Quan on The Calm Monkey, Beating Cancer, Taking a Leap of Faith, and Much More (Episode #137) 

#27: Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez — ‘The Burnout Fix: Overcome Overwhelm, Beat Busy, and Sustain Success’, Science-backed steps to address Burnout and increase Resilience, and More (Episode #168)

#28: Judi Miller  — Healing Inherited Trauma from Ancestors, Forgiveness Recipe, Past Life Connections, 90 seconds rule, Reflections to Open Your Heart, and Much More (Episode #128)

#29: Daphne Rose Kingma — Finding True Love, Coming Apart, Why Relationships End, Living Through Crisis, and More (Episode #150)

#30: This place has ties between the two below episodes as they’ve got the exact same # of downloads.

Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs at LinkedIn on Full Body Yes, Changing Work from the Inside Out, Creativity, and More (Episode #147)

Kristi Roe — Lessons learned from 9/11, Creating Shared Meaning, Building Organizational Resilience, Handling Difficult Conversations, and Cultivating a Greater Sense of Purpose (Episode #130)

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William Richards (Bill) — The Promise of Psychedelic Substances, Studying with Abraham Maslow, Psychedelics and Mystical Experiences, Administering Psychedelics Psychotherapy, Origin and The Future of Psychedelics, End-of-Life psychedelic Psychotherapy, and More (#174)

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William A. Richards (Bill) is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, a consultant/trainer at sites of psychedelic research internationally, a teacher in the Program of Psychedelic Therapy and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and also a clinician in private practice in Baltimore. His graduate degrees include M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, S.T.M. from Andover-Newton Theological School, and Ph.D. from Catholic University, as well as studies with Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University and with Hanscarl Leuner at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, where his involvement with psilocybin research originated in 1963.

From 1967 to 1977, he pursued psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA, and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, including protocols designed to investigate the promise of psychedelic substances in the treatment of alcoholism, depression, narcotic addiction, and psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals. From 1977-1981, he was a member of the psychology faculty of Antioch University in Maryland. In 1999 at Johns Hopkins, he and Roland Griffiths launched the rebirth of psilocybin research after a 22 year period of dormancy in the United States. His publications began in 1966 with “Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism,” coauthored with Walter Pahnke. His book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences was released in English by Columbia University Press in 2015 and has since been translated into 6 additional languages—hopefully, more coming.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These 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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Connect with Bill: Website | Bill Richards Center for Healing

Book: Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences 

Spotify playlist: Psilocybin Research: John Hopkins, Sacred Knowledge, William A. Richards

Blog post: End-of-life Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Psychedelics Awareness

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Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray — Movement–Based Therapies, Restoration and Healing, Ceremonies for Healing, Somatic Psychology, Journaling for Processing Trauma, and More (#173)

“THE MOST POTENT SKILL FOR A THERAPIST IS THE ABILITY TO STEP WILLINGLY INTO THE FULL HUMANITY OF OUR PERSONHOOD” You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray is a licensed human rights psychotherapist, innovative movement artist, board-certified dance/movement therapist, master trainer and educator, Continuum teacher, and public health professional. She is a frequent invited and keynote speaker known for her engaging, participatory style and bold, speak truth to power voice and spirit. 

In her father’s words, Amber was born “dancing, fighting, and has never stopped”. Her life-long commitment to social justice and planetary, animal, and human rights; her passion for the natural world and everything wild; and her commitment to service have all inspired and shaped her work. An innovator in the use of somatic psychology, eco-somatics, and movement-based therapies (Dance/Movement Therapy, Yoga, Continuum) with survivors of trauma, torture, war, and human rights abuses, Amber has spent the last 23 years in service of her belief that “Every human being has the right to inhabit their body in the way they choose”. In support of TRI’s mission, Amber believes that every sentient being has the right to freedom, safety, and well-being.

Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles and chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations, and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with the creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies. Her work has traveled to more than 30 programs for survivors worldwide since the late 1990s. She has held a leadership role on staff support programs in numerous disaster and complex humanitarian emergencies (Haiti, Indonesia, Darfur, Jordan/Syria/Lebanon, amongst many others), and trained thousands of local health care & mental health professionals and paraprofessionals to support their communities with embodied, creative approaches to Psychological First Aid, Mental Health and Psychosocial Services, and crisis counseling. She brings every ounce of her passion and commitment to social justice; social change and planetary rights to the projects TRI and partner organizations co-create.

TRI is a pathway to action. It offers partner organizations and partner colleagues opportunities to collaborate on meaningful, local & Indigenous-inspired projects that directly benefit those local communities. TRI expresses its founder’s heart and spirit.

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Wayne Dyer — Don’t Die With Your Music Still in You

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

Thick Nhat Hanh

I found this audio Control Your Thought And Mind from Wayne Dyer in 2017 when I was struggling in life in many ways. Fast forward, I’ve listened to this audio a hundred times/ This teaching from him came to me at the right time when the needed it the most. I was able to forgive my father and realized how he’s been a teacher in my life. I was able to forgive everyone in the past who wasn’t good to me.

Since I had listened to this audio many times, I had written an excerpt to read and remind myself in the tough times about my intention, why I am here on this planet, and what matters to me at present.

I had written this draft post about 2 years ago, and while I was going through the drafts list, I thought it’s the perfect time to put it out in the universe and may be this post helps someone in need of some soothing. Wayne Dyer has been an instrument in my life for opening my mind and heart to the new possibilities and I dedicate this post to him.

Now, we begin with Wayne Dyer:

There is a spiritual solution to every problem.

“Don’t die with your music still in you”. These words are coming out of my mouth right now, come out of the silence. Some of us hear a different drummer and we must march to the music we hear. But, all of you have some music playing and all of you have a heroic mission.

There are no accidents in this universe. We all show up here with a purpose. There is an intelligence that is part of everything and everyone and all of us are connected to it. And, many of us are afraid to listen to that music and march to it. I know you have a book you want to write, I know there is a song you want to sing at someplace. Who knows what it maybe, maybe you just want to travel and see the world. Maybe you want to get into a relationship with someone, but you’ve been afraid to, but your heart says it’s the right thing to do.

I know what my music is and it’s playing right now. Who you are, whatever that music is, however distant it may sound, however strange, however weird others may interpret it to be — don’t get to the end of your life and know that you are going to leave and not have it played yet.

Don’t die with your music still in you.

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Contemplating Surrendering, Allowing and Letting Go

“Letting go doesn’t mean erasing a memory or ignoring the past; it is when you are no longer reacting to the things that used to make you feel tense and you are releasing the energy attached to certain thoughts. It takes self-awareness, intentional action, practice, and time. Letting go is the act of getting to know yourself so deeply that all delusions fall away.” — Excerpt from the book Clarity and Connection by Young Pueblo.

What does letting go mean?(in my own words)

  • Living from a place of surrender.
  • Creating emptiness.
  • Flowing with life and not following the mind’s noise and all other external noise.

The question I ask myself — “What would be unlived in my life if it ended today?

There is a power in not knowing, in the unknown, in the unfamiliar territory. I am practicing the art of surrendering. I trust in myself that I can achieve what I am intended to achieve. I can be what I want to be. I can have what universe has kept for me.

Surrendering is an art, it’s a practice, a knowing within me that, I don’t have to hold everything too tight close to my chest. See if you could release it and observe its magical nature.

Surrendering and allowing? What does it even mean to surrender?

Having a knowing within that right people will show up at the right time, knowing my true nature. Having a knowing that the right job and career will show up the right time when I am open and ready to receive the universe’s gifts.

Having internal peace that I don’t have to be the one always in front.

I am not advocating to do anything. It’s a practice to do something and then let it go, toss it away — having a knowing that I am doing the best I can.

Surrender is a space between the effort and the result or outcome. It’s a knowing that when life knocks you down, nothing seems to be working — you can always get up.

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Lessons from Abraham Hicks — Synchronicity, Letting Go, Surrender, and More

I’ve been in a state of surrender and letting go of expectations, outcomes, and attachments. I had heard of Abraham Hicks from Wayne Dyer’s teachings, but I never studied Abraham Hicks’s work. I was on vacation in September 2021 in the mountains of Idaho, and something shifted in me to give a try learning from her work. Now, it’s my desire to share the resources on Surrendering process I’ve learned from her in this post.

Below you will find a list of YouTube links. You may not have to go through all at once. To start with, click on the link that resonates with you the most at present moment, and then keep revisiting the post when you’d like to learn more.

Esther Hicks is an inspirational speaker and author. She co-authored eight books with her husband, Jerry Hicks. Together, they have presented Law of Attraction workshops for Abraham-Hicks Publications in up to 60 cities per year since 1987. Hay House, Inc. published the Hicks’ best-selling book, Ask and It is Given, in 2004. Since then, they have also published four more New York Times Best-sellers:

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I hope this post helps you to go deep within you one little extra mile and you give yourself permission to surrender and raise your vibration to connect to the universe’s vibrational energy.

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Terri Lonowski — The Maven of Soulful Listening (#156)

When we truly take care of ourselves and become fully present, we bring a quality of grace into every interaction.”

“Recognize that life itself is an incredible gift.  It is a miracle that any of us are here.  Sit with that for a moment.  All of life is at any one moment on the fragile brink of non-existence.  Behold the wonderment in the moment”

-Terri Lonowski

Terri Lonowski earned a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska and has made significant professional contributions throughout her career. These include serving as Chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation (philanthropic branch of the American Counseling Association with membership of over 40,000) and holding a gubernatorial appointment to the Nebraska State Workforce Investment Board.

As an expert consultant on US Department of Labor special projects, Terri has been at the leading edge of innovation, evolving nationwide workforce initiatives. She had the distinct privilege and honor of participating in two events held at The White House, showcasing innovative projects which embraced empathy and Design Thinking (a change management methodology).

She created Soulful Listening™ by incorporating Active Listening and Empathy elements, then added missing pieces, to address communication disconnect in the workplace and in personal relationships. Terri is a practitioner of Soulful Listening™, a Master Facilitator, and highly sought-after national and international speaker.

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  • Who is Jacob Lonowsky and why do you consider him wise?
  • How did Jacob learn to cultivate this wisdom, emotional intelligence, and listening to the inner voice? Was it something you cultivated into him or did he just learn from other places?
  • While growing up, did you suggest Jacob some of the books or resources to learn from? Could you explain on that please?
  • What are the ways to practice and cultivate the relationship of emotional intelligence between a parent and a child?
  • What do you mean by moving body? Do you go to the gym?
  • Could you elaborate on your meditation practice? What does it look like on an everyday basis?
  • How do you process gratitude when it may not flow naturally? And how do you reflect back?
  • In soulful listening, you mentioned that first element is self care, second element is being in the present moment. And what are the other elements?
  • Could you give us a concrete example of practicing empathy? If we are having a conversation dialogue with another person, how can we reflect back to another person that they have been heard? And what they’re telling us is being understood by us? So what is that conversation look like in terms of templates or anything that you might want to share with us?
  • What is the difference between sympathy and empathy?
  • Where do you think people struggle the most in out of these five elements of soulful listening?
  • You participated in two events at the white house under the Obama administration. Could you share more on that project and what was it like to be in the white house?
  • Can you tell us some of the resources about empathy, how we can learn more about empathy and cultivate more of it in our daily lives?
  • Meditation is one of the practices to self-regulate our emotions. So, Terry, do you recommend any other practice to work on our emotions?
  • How do you adjust your life when you move from one place to another place?
  • When you take a particular place to live – do you have certain rules and parameters to feel a sense of belonging? What does it look like to pick a place?
  • What do you mean by behold the wonderment in the moment?
  • How do you personally deal with loneliness if ever you get lonely?
  • Why do you recommend the book The prophet by Kahlil Gibran?
  • What does it mean to have an heart opening essence?
  • and much more

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