164. Pamela Seelig – Threads of Yoga: Themes, Reflections, and Meditations to Weave Into Your Practice

Pamela Seelig is the author of “Threads of Yoga: Themes, Reflections, and Meditations to Weave into Your Practice.” It’s a guide for students and teachers inspired by the yoga sutras. Pam is someone who began her yoga journey more than twenty-five years ago when an illness interrupted her Wall Street career. She began meditating as a complementary therapy with startling results. Along with speeding up her recovery, the impact of her meditation led to a lifelong pursuit of perceiving and sharing yoga wisdom. Pam eventually trained at Integral Yoga Institute in New York and began teaching to friends at a local convent in New Jersey until 2009 when she opened her own studio called Lotus Mind and Body. After a rewarding nine years, she sold the studio to focus on writing this book.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Pam joins Brilliant Miller to talk about a lot of things related to living well, yogic philosophy, and energy. We talk about the witness, cultivating a deeper relationship with the observer, quieting the mind, meditation, prana, kundalini, and the chakras. Pam also explains a bit about her writing, creative process, and how she got the book written and published. Pam explains how she has lived a better life by incorporating things both in her book and in this interview and how they can be keys to our own good living.

“That’s what yoga is really about… living a more full life.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Pam’s Journey from a successful career on Wall Street to yogic philosophy
  • How Pam and many others have used yoga as a key to good living
  • The “witness” and other yogic philosophies uncovered in the book
  • How we can regain the energy we spend on holding onto negative feelings
  • The power and purpose of breath
  • How and why Pam decided to publish with Shambhala
  • Cultivating a relationship with Prana
  • The Yamas and Niyamas: Guides for good living

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163. Dawson Church – Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy

163. Dawson Church – Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy

Dr. Dawson Church is the author of “Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy”. Dawson decided to shift from his successful publishing career because of the great impact that meditation had on his ability to be happy despite some of the catastrophic events he has lived through. Dawson’s many scientific clinical trials have also helped him find many astonishing results in the techniques he uses. Dawson’s work comes from a place of first healing trauma, and then beyond that, achieving elevated states of consciousness, which, of course, is why he’s named his book Bliss Brain. He’s founded the National Institute for Integrative Health Care to promote groundbreaking new treatments. And he’s also founded something called the Veterans Stress Project, which has offered free treatment to over twenty thousand veterans with PTSD over the last 10 years.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Dawson joins Brilliant Miller to talk about what’s going on inside our brains and our bodies when we meditate, helping to demystify, make it comprehensible and actionable, and explain some of the benefits of meditation, taking it out of the realm of mysticism and making it very relatable, understandable, and doable. In this interview, Dawson explains and shares many of the ways that he has been able to enhance his own meditation and ultimately how it has become one of his greatest keys to good living.

“By healing yourself, you heal the world.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Healing Trauma: The initial step to reaching elevated states
  • Creating oneness with the nonlocal mind
  • How Dawson was happy and prosperous despite losing his home, business, and life savings.
  • Understanding problems and remaining happy anyway
  • Diminishing our negative thinking

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162. Keys to Good Living

What does it mean to live a good life? Over the past few years, I have tried to answer that question by interviewing nearly 200 guests from all walks of life. Each week I invite an author with a unique perspective to share their thoughts on what it means to live a good life. Each guest shares a bit about themselves, the work they do and have done, and most importantly, their Keys to Good Living. These keys not only help us to live better lives, but also to understand ourselves better, to know what we really want, and to become the people we want to be. Despite the great differences in each guest, they are all highly intelligent people who have found what it means personally for them to live a good life and they openly share how we can do the same.

This week on the School For Good Living podcast, we get an inside look at Brilliant Miller, the work he does, why he does it, and the benefits that it could have on your life. If you want to be, do, have, and give more then this podcast is for you. Video podcast interviews are released weekly on YouTube and audio recordings can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Subscribe for weekly tips, tricks, and ideas that could help you to unlock your potential and give you some insight on how you can achieve it.

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is life about?
  • A Showcase of a few of my guests
  • Why do I do what I do?
  • How could it help you discover what you want and how to reach it?

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161. 2021 Podcast Highlights

What does it mean to live a good life? Over the past few years I have tried to answer that question by interviewing nearly 200 guests from all walks of life. Each week I invite an author with a unique perspective to talk about the subject of their book and share their thoughts on what it means to live a good life, as well as their tips for getting books written and published! I also run each guest through my Enlightening Lightning Round, a series of 9 quick questions regarding all aspects of life, from travel and finances, to health and relationships.

This video is designed to celebrate the diversity of my guests, as well as to showcase the new video format of my interviews. I hope that this short video will help to introduce you to my mission here at the School for Good Living, and get you excited for my upcoming episodes! Be sure to subscribe as well so you can be the first to know when my new episodes launch!

160. Dennis Rebelo – Story Like You Mean It: How to Build and Use Your Personal Narrative to Illustrate Who You Really Are

Dr. Dennis Rebelo is the author of a book called “Story Like You Mean It: How to Build and Use Your Personal Narrative to Illustrate Who You Really Are”. Dr. D is a professor, speaker, a career coach. He’s the creator of the peak storytelling model, a research-based method for crafting the narrative of who you are, what drives you, and why. His method has been used by not only former professional athletes, guidance professionals, and advisors, but also nonprofit leaders, as well as entrepreneurs and CEOs around the world. This book and this approach provide structure to really identifying what are those key moments of your life that you can share when you meet others, whether it’s for an interview, making a first impression, or simply running into somebody you haven’t seen in a long time.

We often have the chance to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself”, which can be one of the simplest yet most difficult questions to answer. In this interview, Dennis joins Brilliant to discuss why that’s so hard, how to do it well, and why it really matters. Dennis has made the connection between understanding our personal identity with our ability to tell our own story accurately and mindfully. Through this interview, we learn not only how to tell our own stories but also how it is essential to good living.

“Put the work in and your story works out.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How understanding your story is an essential Key to Good Living
  • Answering the age old question “Tell me about yourself”
  • Why is it so hard to tell our own life stories
  • Our hero side, our collaborating side, and our virtuous side
  • Identity and telling your story
  • How to make sure your writing is conveying your story
  • Deciding what message to give to the world

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159. Rachel Harris – Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety

I’ve traveled many places around this globe and talked to many people, some of whom have very interesting views. Today’s guest is one of those people. Rachel Harris has written a book called “Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction and Anxiety”. Over her thirty-five years of experience as a psychologist and 10 years of scientific research, she’s received multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and published more than 40 scientific studies in peer reviewed journals.

Rachel joins Brilliant to talk about her book and about ayahuasca, the benefits that it might have for humanity and what the potential risks are. As a disclaimer for this interview, this substance is currently illegal in the United States. While this subject may not appeal to everyone, there is a lot to be learned from Rachel and her perspective on how this substance has helped her and others on their quest to good living.

“You know, this is outside the Western world view and it’s very threatening.”

This week on the School For Good Living Podcast:

  • What Ayahuasca is, where it comes from, and how for some people it is a Key to Good Living
  • Rachel’s background in Psychology and Research
  • Rachel’s expansion from psychological work to both psychological and spiritual work
  • The potential benefits of Ayahuasca
  • Why Ayahuasca is currently illegal in the United States, what the potential associated risks of using it are, and whether it has addictive qualities
  • Rachel’s journey to becoming a writer and publishing her book

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158. Adii Pienaar – Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success

Adii Pienaar is someone who uses his strengths, gifts, and talents in a variety of ways to solve real problems for others. He has been able to implement self-expression into his career of building successful companies. He’s a family man, a seeker, and a learner. He’s also a founder of Cogsy, Conversio, and WooCommerce; which shows he knows a thing or two about building and growing a successful business from the ground up. One of the things that sets Adii apart is his ability to balance creating these successful businesses with the things he values most in life.

In addition to his success in the business and tech worlds, he is also a writer. His latest book is called “Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success”. He’s also written a book called “Rockstar Business”, another called “Branding”, and even a book of poetry. He’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Startups.com. He’s a native of South Africa, where he lives in Cape Town with his wife Jeanne and their two children. You can learn more about him and the work he does at Adii.me.

“Like the age-old question, what is the meaning of life? We should answer that question. And I don’t think you find those answers exclusively by building a business.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Being the best versions of ourselves
  • Using labels positively to define our focus
  • Finding the true meaning of the work we do
  • Privilege and how we should approach it
  • Being successful as an entrepreneur – both in business and in life
  • How to create a community for building a business or a following

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157. Sadhguru – Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Creating Your Destiny

Sadhguru is a yogi, a mystic, and an author of many books. His most recent book, as mentioned in this interview, is A Yogi’s Guide to Creating Your Destiny. He is no stranger to public speaking, having been an invited guest to the United Nations, Harvard, MIT, World Economic Forum, and so many more. In his work, Sadhguru has devoted himself to the betterment of mankind and this planet as both a humanitarian and environmentalist.

For today’s short interview, we focus in on Sadhguru’s new Green Earth Initiative; a group focused on informing the world of the facts regarding environmental decline, and it’s hopeful reversal. We discuss the importance of this planet, it’s fragile ecology, and the surprising cause of it’s decline. We also talk about the importance of soil, and how it is the root of all life. Lastly, we discuss his tips to writing a book and where to look for inspiration.

“Everything that’s happening to you…is entirely your making because human experience comes from within”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • The purpose of life here on this planet
  • The human experience
  • Action over inspiration
  • The degradation of our soil
  • The next steps

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156. Neal Allen – Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You

Neal Allen describes himself as pink, fluffy, love. He’s written a book called Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You, which is an interesting book to write for someone who declared himself an atheist at the age of 14. In this conversation and in the book, he lays out some interesting ideas about how we can really get in touch with what’s truly inside us and what’s not. Neal worked for many years as a journalist, and he entered the corporate world where he worked as an executive. Ultimately, he left that to explore a life of coaching and service. A lot of his work has involved looking at the identities we live, how we can dissolve those, and how we can create new and more empowering ones.

In this interview, Neal describes two of the most shaping periods in his life – the “stop believing my story” period and the “burning down the house” period. We get a taste of his transformation process as he takes Brilliant through one that he describes in his book, where we can go deep into an aspect inside ourselves. Neal also takes Brilliant through the enlightening lightning round with him. So not only will you hear his answers in this interview, but Brilliant’s as well. This captivating interview provides techniques to discover ourselves and make the best of who we are.

“When you give yourself the right to look at something like deficient emptiness… it feels like it has actually been seen through… it waves goodbye and disappears.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Bridging the gap from atheism
  • Bob and the work he did with Neal – The “Stop believing my story” period of life
  • Dissolving self identities – The “Burning down the house” period of life
  • Brilliant “discovering God” inside himself
  • The “I don’t know” approach
  • Brilliant joins Neal for the enlightening lightning round

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155. Steven C. Hayes – A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters

Steven C. Hayes is an amazing thinker. He has written nearly 50 books, and hundreds of articles. He is an originator of ACT therapy and RFT (Relational Frame Therapy). Google scholar data ranks him among the top fifteen hundred most cited scholars in all areas of study, living and dead. His career has focused on human nature, language, cognition, and the application of this to an understanding and alleviation of human suffering. His latest book, and topic of our interview, is called “A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters”.

In this episode, Steven C. Hayes talks about psychological flexibility, what it is, how we can cultivate it, why it matters, and how it can change our lives. We talk about something in this interview called “The Dictator within”; how to give distance to and how to get distance from it, to not let it run our lives or ruin our lives. We talk about awareness and attention. We talk about the idea of evolving on purpose, and so much more. Finally, we get into a little bit about writing and how Steven has written over a million words. We also talk about how Steven’s large volume of content has quite literally changed our world.

“Love isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • The dictator within
  • Evolution and being ‘average’
  • Diffusion from our own mind
  • Psychological flexibility, emotional openness, and mindfulness
  • Authoritarian Distancing

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