Susan Piver – Leaning Into Fear and Falling Into Beauty

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Chantal Pierrat: You’re listening to Grace and Fire, brought to you by Emerging Women. Today my guest is Susan Piver. Susan is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Hard Questions and the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. Her latest book is entitled The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. She teaches workshops and speaks all over the world on meditation, spirituality, communication, relationships, and creativity. In 2011, Susan launched the Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with nearly 12,000 members who practice together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness, and fearlessness into everyday life.

In today’s episode, Susan and I spoke about: how fear has unfolded in her life and how you can be confident and fearful at the same time; how synchronizing the mind and the body is the key to confidence; tapping into the power and the beauty of fear; the careful balance of avoiding the “conceptual game plan” while still having action; and finally, Susan shared a story of her own emergence and how to see yourself through the relationships you keep. Here’s my conversation, “Leaning Into Fear and Falling Into Beauty,” with the wise and open-hearted Susan Piver.

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Christina Rasmussen – Second Firsts: A Path to Deep and Lasting Joy

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Today my guest is Christina Rasmussen.

Christina Rasmussen is a bestselling author, speaker and philanthropist on a crusade to change the way we live after loss. As the founder of Second Firsts and Life Starters both organizations to help people create a pathway back to life after loss, Christina has helped thousands of people rebuild, reclaim, and re-launch their lives using the power of the human mind. Her book of the same name — Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again— is helpful not just for loss, but for all periods of transition in our lives.

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

  • The loss that she has experienced in her life and the new duality she learned about the grieving process
  • The dangers of becoming comfortable in “The Waiting Room” after loss/transition and how to come out of it
  • The difference between Transformational Lessons Learned Vs. Unwanted Mapping of brain patterns, and how to avoid the latter
  • Can you experience transformation without grief or loss?
  • Advice she has for those who are emerging out of challenging transitions

Tune in and listen to “Second Firsts: A Path to Deep and Lasting Joy” with the joyful and strong: Christina Rasmussen.

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Shasta Nelson – The Power of Friendship: Cultivating a Healthy, Happy and Meaningful Life

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Today my guest is Shasta Nelson.

Shasta Nelson is a life coach and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com (the only online community that matches new friends offline by connecting women to other local women seeking friendship in 35 cities across the US). Shasta is the author of the book, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. As a former preacher, she still brings her spirited and soulful voice to every presentation and anyplace else where people are seeking healthier and more meaningful relationships.

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

  • How friendship can change the world
  • Friendships as another outlet for intimacy
  • The indicators of a strong friendship
  • The advantages and challenges with distance friendships
  • Friendships in business

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Chantal Pierrat: You’re listening to Grace and Fire, brought to you by Emerging Women. Today my guest is Shasta Nelson. Shasta is a life coach and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, the only online community that matches new friends offline by connecting women to other local women seeking friendship in 35 cities across the US. Shasta is the author of the book, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. As a former preacher, she still brings her spirited and soulful voice to every presentation and anyplace else where people are seeking healthier and more meaningful relationships.

In today’s episode, Shasta and I spoke about: how friendship can change the world; friendships as another outlet for intimacy; the indicators of a strong friendship; the advantages and challenges with distance friendships; and finally, friendships in business. Here’s my conversation, “The Power of Friendship: Cultivating a Healthy, Happy, and Meaningful Life,” with the soul sister and friend Shasta Nelson.

Hello, and welcome, Shasta!

Shasta Nelson: Thank you so much! Happy to be here.

CP: I’m happy to have you. I’m just remembering the last time we were on a call. I think it was a couple of weeks ago. I felt like within five minutes that I was talking to somebody who was very soon going to become my best friend. I don’t know how you do it, but we just kept going. And even now, before the podcast, with our few minutes, I felt like I wanted to continue that conversation.

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Rha Goddess – Move the Crowd

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Today my guest is Rha Goddess, founder of Move the Crowd.  

Rha is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational “crowd rockin’” in the name of social change. As a world renowned performing artist and activist, her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals. In her 30+ year tenure as a creative organizer Rha has shaped the face of racial justice and equality, electoral politics, offender aid and restoration, mental health and youth and young women’s empowerment. Rha Goddess was a featured presenter at the fantastic Emerging Women May 2014 Power Party in New York, NY.

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

  • Her work with Move The Crowd and how she is creating a league of extraordinary creative entrepreneurs
  • What she means by culture, and how our culture is shifting to a more collective, creative and diverse expression
  • Working with the ‘Global Diaspora’ 
  • Limiting beliefs common among entrepreneurs and her 6 steps for working with them
  • And finally, her sage advice for the Emerging Women everywhere

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Gabrielle Bernstein – Leading with Purpose and Presence

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Today my guest is Gabrielle Bernstein, the New York Times best-selling author of May Cause Miracles.

Gabrielle Bernstein appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today Show, has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next-generation thought leader, and was named “a new role model” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the books Add More ~ing to Your LifeSpirit Junkie and the new book Miracles Now (published in April 2014). Gabby is also the founder HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect – AND, she is a featured presenter at the 2014 Emerging Women Live Conference in New York City.

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

  • What she means by: “Everything happens for a reason”
  • Shining light on the darkness of fear with our sense of responsibility and purpose
  • Working with affirmations and always showing up with presence
  • Making forgiveness a practice
  • Surrendering and letting the universe take over

Tune in and listen to “Leading with Purpose and Presence” with the powerful and fierce: Gabrielle Bernstein.

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Transcript:

Hi, and welcome, Gabby!

Gabrielle Bernstein: Well, I’m happy to be here! It’s so wonderful.

CP: I’m so excited that we’re talking and that you’re part of the Emerging Women lineup this year.

GB: I cannot wait for that.

CP: It’s going to be great. You know, it’s funny, when I was looking at your stuff, I came across a video of yours. And I was like, “Who is this person?” I was just sort of getting to know you, virtually—stalking you—and I pulled up a video, and I don’t know if I shared this with you or not, but you were speaking into the video and you were kind of leaning in and you were talking about, “Everything happens for a reason.” And you were almost like—you were fierce. And I’m like, “Wow, this woman’s fierce,” and you were like, “A book falls off your library shelf, and it means something!” And I was like, “This girl has got to be part of Emerging Women.”

GB: [Laughs]

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