100 Meditation for the Skeptics with Dan Harris

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

We’re here! It’s episode 100! Welcome, my Clan of the Crave Bears! I’m so excited to be announcing episode 100! Who would have thought a year and a half ago when I launched this little show that we would now have this vibrant, growing, engaged community of you, my Crave Bears. We are growing in numbers every week. Thank you so much for your support! And thank you to all the authors, experts and dear friends of mine who have come onto the show to share their wisdom and give you inspiration.

Our topic today is something that I have struggled with over the years but I have seen the positive effect it has had on my own life. When done correctly this technique can work on the body and mind. So today, my dears, we are going to talk about meditation with none other than Dan Harris! He is an award-winning journalist from Good Morning America. We are going to talk about the benefits of meditation and Dan’s story.

But at the end of the show, I want you to stick around because we have a special announcement on how you can get in on our two-week meditation challenge with me and Dan. I was very lucky to meet Dan a couple of times last year when his book 10 Percent Happier came out. This book is a skeptic’s guide to meditation. At 7 am in 2004 Dan Harris freaked out in front of 5 million people. He had an all-out panic attack on Good Morning America. Half way through what he was supposed to read on a live show, he just bailed. To redeem himself he had to go on a healing journey. The psychologist he saw found the probable cause of his well-hidden drug use, depression after recovering for several years reporting on the war in Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Iraq. He was self-medicating and dabbling in some serious drugs and it led to this on-air panic attack.

I want to tell you about our special August swag bag! For our 100th episode to celebrate, it’s actually not going to be a $1000 swag bag, but a $1700 swag bag! To win this swag bag all you have to do is go to iTunes and leave a meaningful review on The Crave Cast and subscribe to the show. Send me a screenshot of the review via email, Twitter, Facebook or in a comment here to be entered to win.

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Show Notes:

  • How did Dan get into meditation?
  • How does he feel about spirituality?
  • What is “the voice in our head”?
  • What kind of people should you be weary of when learning about meditation?
  • What is the science behind meditation?
  • Why keep meditating?
  • How many kinds of meditation are there?
  • How was his first retreat?
  • How does meditating make you less of an asshole?
  • What is emotional intelligence?
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Resources:

10 Percent Happier

10 Percent Happier App

www.headspace.com  

www.instagram.com/deliciousalex

 
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99 Life + Spirituality for Healing

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back my Clan of the Crave Bears! We have two great and interesting interviews for you today ,but first I want to make sure you know that we are having a picnic. That’s right! We are having our very first Crave Bear Picnic: August 14th in my hometown Portland, Oregon. So let’s have a picnic! On August 14th at Arbor Lodge Park in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Come out 5 to 7pm pacific time. I would love to see you and meet you. Bring something to share, bring yourself, your family. I’m going to bring my family and it’s going to be super fun.

This week we are starting something new on the Crave Cast. A lot of you, including me, have a spiritual bent. Many of us are curious about spirit, we pray, we meditate, we connect to the earth, we have our own version of connection with something bigger.

So I decided to have my dear friend Monica Kenton on the show. I call Monica when I need a little spiritual re-tuning. I asked Monica if she would be part of an experiment and be our spiritual guide. Help us bring more spiritual energy into our lives whether its God, the Universe, Spirit or whatever you call it. Monica agreed to come on the show once a month to tell us her perspective and help guide us a little bit. She is a wonderful spiritual mentor and trained in several different modalities from ancient wisdom, modern day spiritual practices, trained as a shaman and she is very socially conscience. She really wants to help people make a life they love while making a difference to the planet. Monica is going to tell us what’s happening right now and what are the energies of August and what actions can we take from this spiritual guidance to really awesome results. Be sure to listen all the way through!

After Monica, I am going to be interviewing Jamie Martin, the head editor at Experience Life Magazine. I was so honored to be on the cover of Experience Life Magazine a couple of months ago. I’m having her on the show to talk about as an experienced publisher what inspires her and what is she looking for next in terms of trends in this healthy living world.

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Show Notes:

  • How did Monica become a spiritual mentor?
  • What exactly does she do?
  • What is the energy like coming up?
  • How can we get over the “I’m not good enough”?
  • What advice does she have for people going into august?
  • How did Jamie get into Experience Life Magazine?
  • Why this magazine?
  • What kind of feedback does she get from readers?
  • What inspires her?
  • The 80/20 rule
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Resources:

www.monicakenton.com

www.facebook.com/monicakentonfans

www.experiencelife.com

 
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98 What Boundaries?? with Christine Hassler

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Welcome back! We are almost at episode 100! So amazing. It has been a big week for the female body. Jennifer Aniston, the popular actress put out an incredibly popular post in Huffington Post last week and spoke out against the appearance based celebrity gossip culture. She was fed up! I agree with her 100 percent.

We get to determine our happily ever after for ourselves. I don’t know why it’s still controversial that women get to choose what the deal with my body is, whether I want to get married, have children or whether or not I say I’m beautiful. Maybe put an end to the obsessed diet and shame body culture that we live in. We have to talk about this! We should talk about the celebrity obsession and the impact that social media has on our body image and our ability to connect with ourselves and other people.

I will be interviewing my good friend Christine Hassler. She is a wonderful coach. She uses life coaching techniques and spirituality but she started out as a Hollywood agent at the age of 25. She went through her own healing journeys and ended up writing a couple of books. I have to say that we have only hung out only a few times in person but kept up with each other virtually. She is just a really supportive person. When I went through my concussion she called me and offered help and suggestions.

Today she supports individuals all over the world discover life’s big questions. We are going to talk about imposter syndrome, how our bodies change, how we age, how it’s so unfair we feel like we need to look our best all the time, dealing with perfection and what are boundaries. I really want to hear from you and what you think about this body shaming culture we live in, how does it affect our relationship with food and ourselves. You can connect with me on twitter, Instagram, snapchat or with me and over 1600 other women on Facebook. I have a free Facebook group: bit.ly/wfdgroup.

Enjoy!

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  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to bit.ly/cravecast and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at bit.ly/cravecast!

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Show Notes:

  • How long has she been a coach?
  • What are boundaries?
  • What is the difference between a barrier and a boundary?
  • Why do women experience imposter syndrome?
  • How to deal with aging?
  • What is Tantra?
  • How can Tantra help with healing?
  • What is she most passionate about?
  • What is her blog?
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Resources:

20 Something 20 Everything

20 Something Manifesto

Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life

www.twitter.com @deliciousalex

www.instagram.com @deliciousalex

www.snapchat.com

www.facebook.com

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Dawn Cartwright- Tantra Instructor

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97 The Girlfriend Manifesto with Ayesha Meriweather

The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

In the last week or two, it feels like the world is on fire. Videos of people being shot and killed, snipers killing policeman and women in the line of duty. Rage and hope filling the streets, tears, anger, and sadness. It feels like a lot! I was in Arizona to see a doctor and because I was in a car I was listening to the news a lot. I was feeling sad and angry and feeling really lost. It was Sunday night after I got back to the city that I was able to talk to people I was close to, people that I love. I think that was the only thing I knew how to do. I am so pleased and heartened and hopeful to have Ayesha Meriweather on the show this week and to talk about how we are really feeling and honoring the anger and really listening to each other.

Sometimes I think that’s all that we can really do to heal is really listen. That’s listening to our bodies, listening to ourselves, honoring what we see, not judging it or making it bad. Just listen! We just need to listen to each other. Sometimes that’s hard to do because we want to have the answers. Ayesha and I talk about that in this interview. We want to have it figured out and have the answers but we don’t always have that. We are not always perfect in how we say things but your intention matters!

I hope you enjoy this interview with Ayesha Meriweather. She is one the co-founders and creators of The Girlfriend Manifesto. She has been creating safe, empowering spaces for women online and in person at retreats with Girlfriend Weekends. Ayesha is very passionate about helping women heal in their own lives and with each other. Enjoy!

Don’t forget about our Swag Bag Giveaway! Here is how you can enter in to win this $1000 swag bag:

  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to bit.ly/cravecast and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at bit.ly/cravecast!

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Show Notes:

  • What is The Girlfriend Manifesto?
  • What are women desiring?
  • How does she support women?
  • What is imposter syndrome?
  • What is an apothecary?
  • “The highlight reel” compared to “behind the scenes”
  • What social issues she is passionate about
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Resources:

www.thegirlfriendmanifesto.com

www.instagram.com/thegirlfriendmanifesto

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96 Orange Is The New Black Star, Alysia Reiner on Women in Hollywood

Welcome back to the Crave Cast! We are talking about women in Hollywood and the roles of women on the big screen. The way that women are represented in Hollywood in our hyper-social media culture shapes how women are represented in society. Quite frankly, right now women are not represented well in these areas. There is gender pay inequality which came out as a result of a hack of Sony. It was leaked that Jennifer Lawrence made much less than her male co-stars in the same film. She made public statements about this and has learned to be a tougher negotiator on her own behalf.

Reports show that in 2014, 85% of films had no female directors, 80% of films had no female writers, 78% had no female editors and 92% had no female cinematographer. How can this be? What this means that virtually all of our movie consumption is from the male perspective, from the male point of view, and women are not adequately represented in viewpoint, or in content in the majority the films we watch today.

We want to create a world that is more equal, and we need more women’s voices telling those stories. Women make up only 13% of screenwriters in UK films and only 8% of directors in the UK. So the situation isn’t unique to American culture. It took Pixar 15 years to create a female lead in one of their films. There is only 1 female role for every 3 roles in family films. So yo can see how prevalent the issue is and we need women to be represented in a more balanced way in our popular culture. Women only make up 5% of characters in political power. What does this tell little girls about their future?

Geena Davis is a powerful Hollywood activist on a quest to improve the representation of women on our screens. Today’s interview is with Alysia Reiner. She’s an actress and has the role of Fig in OITNB. She’s also filming Better Things right now, and she plays DA Parks in How to Get Away with Murder. She’s everywhere right now! She’s a producer for Equity, a film that is the first female Wall Street film starring Alysia Reiner. She loves the role of a change maker and she’s committed to helping women have equal representation in film, politics, business and the home. You are going to love this interview with Alysia Reiner.

Don’t forget about our Swag Bag Giveaway! Here is how you can enter in to win this $1000 swag bag:

  1. Go to iTunes put up a meaningful review about your thoughts about The Crave Cast, what you’ve learned, what you’ve loved, why people should tune in. or you can go to bit.ly/cravecast and leave a review.
  2. Once a month I will be picking one meaningful review, I’ll get in touch with you, will announce it here on the podcast and I will be sending you all of these incredible goodies. So be sure to enter the $1000 swag bag giveaway at bit.ly/cravecast!

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Show Notes:

  • Alysia shares her path to acting and where she is now
  • How she became aware of women’s roles in films and how she knew she had to change it
  • How every woman who watches media sees herself as a minority & that effect on us
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  • The impact on our health and well-being when we don’t see women represented in media
  • Why she wants her child to feel free to be absolutely comfortable with herself
  • How Meryl Streep was a role model for her as she grew up
  • What it’s like to be on a hit show that is female-dominated
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  • The new film that is due out any day now and where you can see it
  • Why you shouldn’t be surprised if you get a gift of The 4 Agreements from Alysia
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Resources:

Watch the trailer for Equity:

Check out Equity the Film on Facebook

 

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