Glennon Doyle Melton – Love Warrior

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I am feeling my full Warrior energy after speaking with Glennon Doyle Melton. She is the bestselling author of Carry On, Warrior and founder of Momastery.com, and her new book Love Warrior launches in just a few weeks and without a doubt will be yet another best-seller.

Her writing is simultaneously hilarious and vulnerable – full of raw, unabashed realness on everything from addiction to motherhood to marital infidelity. And though “she writes simply as a way to survive,” she says, her words are powerful and resonate with readers who have found themselves “on the bathroom floor” in their own ways.

I love that she’s also a fierce movement-maker, full of outward action to help people in need. Glennon is the creator of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over four million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving.

I can’t wait to hear what she has to share on the stage at Emerging Women Live 2016 this October – it’s going to be juicy if this podcast is any indication. Glennon and I talk about:

  • “Being Underneath” and the dangers of treating pain like a hot potato
  • The benefits of a tender, feminine faith that isn’t rule-bound
  • The feeling of being evicted from your whole life, and what comes next
  • How society colors the way we are able to give and receive love
  • How to view women as warriors rather than helpers

Let’s dive in to this week’s Grace & Fire conversation “Love Warrior” with the self-proclaimed Recovering Everything: Glennon Doyle Melton.

 

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The Moonshot Effect – Kate Purmal & Lisa Goldman

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I recently learned a new word that I LOVE: moonshot. It sounds so feminine, but with this deep undercurrent of disruption of the status quo.

Inspired by President Kennedy’s massive efforts to put a man on the moon, a “moonshot” is a barely achievable initiative that demands extraordinary effort and teamwork to achieve. It’s an initiative that’s definitely not possible with “business as usual” – you have to completely transform ways of working and collaboration and performance in order to make it happen. And the most exciting part? The widespread effects of a moonshot are often world-changing in a way no one could have imagined.

Kate Purmal and Lisa Goldman are wildly accomplished leaders who have many decades of moonshot experience between them. They’ve led, guided and inspired companies from Apple to Match.com through successful moonshot launches, and have brought that expertise to bear in their new book The Moonshot Effect: Disrupting Business as Usual, a step-by-step “How To” for moonshot projects, and also just an indispensable guide to leadership in general.

I had the pleasure of talking to Kate and Lisa to help us wrap our heads around the catalyzing topic of . We covered:

  • The Moonshot Effect and its radical ability to galvanize people into action around a world-changing idea
  • The stages, timeline and ripple effect of a moonshot
  • Two crucial practices of bold, outrageous visionaries
  • Tips for sourcing power from your body and language
  • The difference between being humble and being a courageous Hero-Maker

So let’s dive in to this week’s Grace & Fire conversation “Moonshot” with chronic game-changers Kate Purmal and Lisa Goldman.

Marianne Williamson – Tears to Triumph

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Today my guest is Marianne Williamson, the internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her eleven published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1. The mega best-seller A Return to Love contains the famous paragraph, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” The depth of this sentiment is staggering, especially for women.

Marianne founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on- wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. She also co-founded the Peace Alliance, and serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, working to end the worst ravages of hunger and poverty throughout the world.

Her weekly lectures in New York City are available via Livestream on her website Marianne.com, where you will also find loads of other amazing content to radically transform your life.

And the great news: Marianne will be a featured presenter at the 2016 Emerging Women Live Event in San Francisco, October 13th -16th!

In Marianne’s recent book: Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing.

In this episode, Marianne and I spoke about:

  • The age we are living in: “Age of the Choir”
  • How Depression is addressed in our culture and the transformative power of the Dark Night of the Soul
  • The barrage of meaninglessness that literally “bruises the Spirit” occurring in our world today, and how it is essential to heal the spirit on our journey toward wholeness
  • How miracles are actually thoughts and how to navigate our emotions
  • Forgiveness, and how it can be a bridge between our inner work and what we create in the world.

After we recorded this podcast, Marianne wanted me to pass along the important message to anybody taking medication for depression, mental illness or other pain:  Marianne strongly recommends that should you desire to alter your medication, or get off them altogether, that you do so under the strict supervision and consultation of your doctor. 

Here is my conversation “Tears to Triumph” with the fabulous torch-bearer of Spirituality: Marianne Williamson.

Tosha Silver – Outrageous Openness

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Today my guest is Tosha Silver. For the past 30 years she has taught people around the world ways to align with Inner Love.

Tosha Silver runs an online school called, “Living Outrageous Openness: Think Like a Goddess.” This school offers an ongoing way to support those who truly want to live these beautiful, ancient practices. She’s the author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead and the recently released Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender and the Audio Program, Embrace the Divine: Meditations on Spiritual Surrender.

Tosha will be a featured presenter at Emerging Women Live 2016 in San Francisco, October 13-16th.

In today’s episode, Tosha and I spoke about:

  • Her journey and how she has become immersed in the work of the Divine
  • How the ‘everyday/mundane’ coupled with the Divine are actually the same thing
  • The distinction between mindfulness and being led by the Divine
  • The idea of ‘Surrender’ versus will, and how they can mean the same thing
  • Being receptive and identifying the signs of what the Divine is trying to tell us
  • Finally, we talked about how the Divine can shape your vision for the future

Here is my conversation “Outrageous Openness” with the wonderfully divine: Tosha Silver.

Sara Avant Stover – Living the Heroine’s Journey

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Today my guest is Sara Avant Stover, a teacher of feminine spirituality and empowerment, and bestselling author & founder of The Way of the Happy Woman. Sara graduated from Columbia University’s all-women’s school, Barnard College. After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, where she lived for ten years and embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia. She has since gone on to uplift tens of thousands of women worldwide. A pioneer in contemporary women’s work, she’s the creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga Teacher Training, Reversing Our “Curse,” and The SHE School. Her new book: The Book of SHE: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power celebrates all that it means to be a woman, from mythological underpinnings to the cycles of our day-to-day lives.

In today’s episode, Sara and I spoke about:

  • Rhythm – it’s significance and power for women
  • The Heroine’s Journey vs. The Hero’s Journey
  • Her 5 steps of the Heroine’s Journey
  • Archetypes and the importance of the Crone
  • Learning how to navigate through “darkness” and how to “Turn on Your Brights”
  • The Homecoming

Here is my  conversation “Living the Heroine’s Journey” with the wise and powerful Sara Avant Stover.