The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

Each week we’ll bring you a new episode with an EXCEPTIONAL entrepreneur, author, thought leader, speaker or leader in their field. The goal of The Next Level Podcast is to inspire and educate by extracting key lessons from those who have already been there. Each week our special guest will gift you a download, secret, tip or strategy to help YOU get to The Next Level.
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Jun 18, 2018

If you've listened to The Next Level, you know we've done some shows on language and how our language affects our reality. Language has been an absolute game changer in my own life and continues to be a practice in awareness, choice, and presence.

Another area where I find great solace is through movement and exercise. It just so happens that a good friend and language ninja Mark England just teamed up with Mike Bledsoe to blend movement, language and more.

You may remember Mark England the co-founder of Procabulary who's come on the show twice now to talk about language. Today he's back with Mike Bledsoe to dive into their new joint project Flowstated, where they bring together language, breath, mindfulness, and training to help athletes increase their capacity and so much more.

Mike Bledsoe is the co-founder of #1 rated fitness show Barbell Shrugged, Barbell Business, and host of his current podcast The Bledsoe Show. Mark England is a TEDx speaker and the co-founder and lead presenter of Procabulary. He loves to travel, exchange empowering ideas and strategies and practice martial arts. Mark holds a Masters Degree in International Education and was an elementary sports teacher before developing Procabulary.

Today we'll dive into language, conditioning your awareness, what the Flowstated process looks like, and so much more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How Mike started to notice that language was changing who he was
  • Being congruent in all situations and getting real with who you are
  • Why we as a culture have overlooked the simplicity of words
  • Two specific ways to create space between what you think and what you say
  • How Flowstated increases your capacity and awareness as well has mental, emotional, and physical dexterity
  • Exploring your identity and sense of self
  • How language creates separation
  • Understanding your inner dialogue, how it shapes your identity, and how to shift it
  • How labels can limit how we show up in those roles and make us compromise our values
  • Creating what your identity means to you
  • And MORE…
Jun 11, 2018

Loss isn't an easy thing. Whether its a job, the loss of a loved one, or anything that's a major part of our lives, loss seems to leave an empty space. Anything that we invest time in, commit to, or love in many ways becomes a part of who we are, our identity, and when that thing is gone we inherently ask the question "Who am I now?"

After the unexpected loss of her husband at the young age of 45, Kristine Carlson began a journey that she wasn't expecting to take so soon. With two girls to raise, Kristine began navigating her grieving process and who she was now without her beloved in her life and her own journey back to joy.

Kristine Carlson has captivated readers worldwide with her books, including Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms, An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love, and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women. Kristine has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Empowered Living Radio, The View, and Oprah. Today, she is emerging as a profound leader in the areas that matter most to the human heart—how to heal and move forward, and how to love.

Kristine is the bestselling co-author of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series. Her newest book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero's Journey to Joy, is inspired by her own personal journey after the loss of her husband and offers a practical plan to recover joy in the face of grief and loss.

Today we'll dive into the healing process, grieving loss, mindfulness, and more From Heartbreak to Wholeness.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How we go through an identity crisis when we experience loss
  • Grief as a normal process of healing
  • Creating stillness and how being very gentle can help with the grieving process
  • Working through the self-talk and thinking patterns associated with grief
  • The healing power of journaling
  • Facing adversity through personal responsibility and acceptance
  • How Kristine's values shifted after her husband's death
  • Role modeling how you deal with adversity for your children
  • The role of forgiveness in the grieving process
  • And More…
Jun 4, 2018

Understanding what’s important, what you value, is the key to navigating life's many options. Whether you’re trying to decide on your next big project, long term goal, or just whether or not you should go out tonight, weighing your options against your values makes all the difference between making the right choice, or the one that leaves you feeling regret.

Values aren’t something I set out to define. In fact, what was important to me was dictated by others. My Parents, society, social media… the things I thought I needed in my life and what I thought was important… wasn’t really important. At all. Let’s call those False Values.

We adopt false values by blindly accepting other people’s definition of what life should look like… success, happiness, connection, romance, and even who we should be… as our own. Without examining further. Without ever refining or redefining them and truly understanding things like our identity, and how we want to feel once we achieve that thing we’re going for...

May 28, 2018

Face to face with another individual, we have the opportunity to see their body language, tone, eye movement, and many other non-verbal queues that clue us into how to best interact.

Translating your offline persona and style into the digital arena isn't always the easiest when these subtleties are left out. I know I've certainly experienced this, and maybe you have too.

When equipped with the proper strategy and etiquette, the digital space can seem a lot less intimidating and it's a heck of a lot easier to feel like you're being you.

My guest today, Erin Gargan, is an award-winning entrepreneur, Amazon best-selling author, and digital persuasion expert. She sold her first two companies, Jump Digital Media and before the age of 30. In  2010,  she founded Socialite Agency, a social media firm whose clients include The Oscars, ABC/Disney, VISA, Target, Siemens, Hitachi, and others. She is the author of Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace. Erin helps sales, marketing, and event professionals attract attention and increase influence by becoming more effective digital communicators.

We unpack Erin's story, what it takes to be successful in being heard in outbound marketing and the digital area, and the nitty-gritty of Digital Persuasion.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to translate your offline persona into the online space
  • What the online disinhibition effect tells us about why we behave the way we do online
  • How to make better decisions before we post
  • What persuasion is
  • The way other people perceive us online and being more of a server or a friend
  • The goal of ethical persuasion and moving people to action
  • How to widdle down your message and what skill to focus on
  • And MORE…
May 21, 2018

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We now have the opportunity to fill every waking moment with something… anything. Idle time doesn’t exist anymore. Powering down and turning off comes with this looming sense of guilt that “I should be doing something.” As if our sense of self is not just subtly, but wholly tied up in doing.

The philosopher Blaise Pascal said this:

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone

A deeper part of us knows that being perpetually distracted isn’t right, but also knows what happens in those moments of quiet. That we’ll actually have to face what we’ve been ignoring for so long. That we’ll come face to face with our insecurities, feelings not felt, and dreams we’ve set aside while we plug away being a model citizen and believer in the good ol’ American dream.

Comedian Louis CK says this beautifully in a conversation with Conan O’Brian about why he hates cell phones. He calls it the forever empty… the knowledge that it’s all for nothing and you’re all alone...

May 14, 2018

To show up fully as leaders, it's essential to know thyself. Knowing your triggers, what trips you up, along with your strengths and being emotionally intelligent is what will create strong and compassionate leaders.

Jenna Phillips Ballard began her career in 2006 as a certified personal trainer and life coach for celebrities and has been featured on Dr. Phil and The Doctors. Halfway through her career, she realized that she had a bigger calling. She’s on a mission to motivate and inspire as many people as possible to become leaders and make this world a better place.

Jenna wants everyone to truly fall in love with themselves, because Self Love will heal this planet. She discovered the power of Self Love when she made a full recovery from brain damage after waking up from a coma in 2000. Her commitment to making a full recovery depended solely on how she thought of herself, and she realized that her purpose is to empower others to break through their limiting beliefs and create an unforgettable life.

In 2016, she cofounded Ascension Leadership Academy with her husband and together they have coached hundreds of people into their greatness. She is also the founder of Unicorn University - an online membership community where women never spend another day being beige, broke, or behaved.

Today we'll dive into leadership, emotional intelligence, overcoming low self-worth, and knowing your triggers.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How Jenna recovered from a traumatic brain injury despite the doctors grim diagnosis
  • Why living in another country can give you a completely different perspective on how other people live
  • Jenna's definition of emotional intelligence
  • How to respond and not react to your emotions
  • Cultivating a strong and loving relationship with your ego
  • How Jenna overcame her low self-worth, and how she continues to keep it in check
  • Why seeking approval can control how you choose what you do
  • And MORE…
May 7, 2018

Blame… oh righteous indignant blame. Pointing the finger is easy, and you know what, the more you practice the more you tend to do it.

There are many subtleties to blame. Versions of blame that are quiet and others that are big and ugly.

There’s those passing moments where you can just toss it away, like it never happened. A driver cuts you off in traffic and you erupt for a moment. It’s the rain’s fault that you can’t do what you wanted to do today. Your partner left all the dirty dishes in the sink before leaving for work and you come home to a mountain of filth. The salt is not in it’s usual spot in the kitchen and you’re sure it was your kid.

Then there’s big ass ugly blame. This shows up and owns you. It finds the override switch and your intense anger, rage, sadness, despair… it’s all someone else’s fault, and in some cases, rightfully so. A physical assault or a legitimate injustice. Or at work, a team member dropped the ball on a project causing you time and money...

Apr 30, 2018

As entrepreneurs, artists, and transformational leaders, we often think we can do it all. But just because we can doesn't mean it's our best use of time or that it will lead us down the path of fulfillment and greater creativity and expression.

Before her son Kingston was born transformational leader, entrepreneur, and humanitarian Alexi Panos had her hand in every aspect of her business. With the arrival of a newborn, Alexi quickly realized that pioritizing was at the top of the list and with a few choices slashed her working hours from 80 to nearly 20 a week.

A leader in the Emergent Wisdom movement, Alexi Panos was named as one of INC's magazines TOP 10 ENTREPRENEUR'S CHANGING THE WORLD, one of Origin Magazines TOP 100 CREATIVES CHANGING THE WORLD, and is a featured expert in the films THE ABUNDANCE FACTOR, RISEUP and AGE OF THE ENTREPRENEUR. As a bestseller, Alexi has authored the books 50 WAYS TO YAY! and NOW OR NEVER, both by Simon & Schuster.

Today we'll dive into some of the strategies she's implemented to Work LESS and LIVE MORE and even some of the things that get in the way and how she works through them.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to see where your best use of time is in your business
  • How to craft your day that works for you especially if a morning routine is not your thing
  • How to be solution oriented when it comes to navigating conflict
  • Some ways to continually step out of victim mentality and into personal accountability
  • The difference between blame and responsibility
  • What 100% responsibility really means and how to make it useful
  • Why responsibility is empowering
  • And MORE…
Apr 23, 2018

In The Beauty Diet: Unlock the Five Secrets of Ageless Beauty form the Inside Out, internationally acclaimed nutrition and natural beauty expert David Wolfe distills the five factors that lead to exceptional, lasting beauty.

David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe is the rock star and Indiana Jones of the superfoods and longevity multiverse. The World’s top CEOs, ambassadors, celebrities, athletes, artists, and the real superheroes of this planet—Moms—all look to David for expert advice in health, energy, peak performance, beauty, herbalism, nutrition, and chocolate!

David is the author of many best-selling books, including: The Beauty Diet, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, Amazing Grace, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms and Longevity NOW. He has also appeared in numerous breakthrough documentaries and films including: Food Matters, Hungry for Change, GMOs Revealed and Discover the Gift.

His Facebook page ( and Facebook videos and posts reach millions of people each week around the world with succinct powerful inspirational quotes, news, health information and education. David’s Facebook fan-base is over 12 million strong, making his influence one of the most widely commented, clicked, and shared in the world. David is also the co-developer of one of the world’s leading kitchen appliances: the NutriBullet™.

If you're still feeling the slow sluggish nature of winter as we are shifting seasons, the cleanse and recipes outlined in The Beauty Diet are a great way to hit the reset button and bring back that healthy looking skin for the summer.

Today we'll unpack what David presents in his new book The Beauty Diet and how to begin eliminating toxins and focus more on detoxification instead of just nutrition.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How the organic standard has changed over the years and what to look for when it comes to food
  • What toxins are and why cleansing for beauty is the only way
  • How plastics and BPA's act as hormone mimickers
  • The difference between foreign toxins and metabolic toxins
  • How detoxification is more important than nutrition for longevity
  • When is the best time to cleanse
  • Where to start with cleansing
  • Some places to start with superherbs
  • How to add more superfoods into your diet
  • How to start restricting calories and add in more liquids
  • How to cleanse with charcoal
  • and MORE…
Apr 16, 2018

If you look at nature, every organism has it's role. In modern times, we've become the exception.

From early on, we are taught to conform, to blend in. After starting over at zero financially, after what many would consider a failed acting career, Adam Roa experienced a series of events that eventually led him to the moment of enough is enough. He started to carve his own unique path.

Since then he has gone on to become an artist, creator, and an inspiration in helping to assemble the new paradigm.

In this episode you'll learn

  • What it took for Adam to start calling himself a coach even though he was already actively coaching
  • The role of plant medicine in Adam's transformation
  • What coaching and mentorship can do to change your life
  • The big distinction between awareness and taking action
  • How money is only a small part of the goal and what to aim for
  • Understanding achievement and fulfillment
  • How we assign value and meaning to different goals
  • The lessons nature and its symbiotic relationships can tell us about our purpose
  • What it means to reconnect with our own unique code and insticts
  • Realizing the importance of all roles... leaders and supporters
Apr 9, 2018

In the spirit of switching things up, I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and unpack some of my coaching experience with Lauren Zander.

Lauren was on the show back on episode 069 to talk about her book Maybe It's You, and today she is back to help unpack a little bit about the coaching process and what doing the work really means.

Before this interview I had a coaching session with Lauren and let me tell you... it was no joke. It was rather enlightening actually and I learned A LOT about myself, my life up until now, and some things I had no idea were operating in the background.

It all started with the HW I did for the session. I was super intimidated at first when her assistant let me know that it would take about 8 hours to complete... 31 pages later, I not only realized a ton about my life, but I actually realized I really like writing.

Today we are going to unpack some of our session together, what I discovered working with Lauren, the power of integrity, unraveling what haunts us and so much more.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why we tend to pick coaches that are the opposite frequency of what we need
  • The real work that's required with an iron clad system of coaching
  • Some of the investigation that's required to uncover the truth about your personal history and contributing factors
  • What hauntings are and how to start unraveling them
  • How a swift kick in the ass was exactly what I needed but up until now was avoiding
  • The difference between what you get out of a book and what can happen when you work with a coach
  • The importance of metrics and measurements in defining a successful day
  • and MORE…
Apr 2, 2018

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why David calls himself a recovering academic
  • Why you need to understand the unifying principles of how networks work and not just master your elevator pitch
  • How most people find networking dirty and what to do instead
  • The biggest mindset shift to see your network as something you exist in, not something you do
  • What are Weak and dormant ties, and why they can be more valuable than your close ties
  • Why thinking of people in a work context through more of a friend context can be helpful
  • How there can be a great divide between personal and business and how to bridge that gap
  • How the shared activities principle can result in a foundation for a deeper connection with new people
  • Some useful conversation starters, and one David learned from Lewis Howes
  • and MORE...
Mar 26, 2018

With a fast rate of change and the pace at which we as individuals are evolving and society as a whole, turning the lens inward and cultivating inner strength is a venture worth pursuing if you want to be equipped to handle life's challenges and develop true self-reliance.

My guest today, Rick Hanson, was on the show back on episode 059 to talk about his book Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom, and the work he does around understanding the natural tendencies of the brain and how to leverage that knowledge combined with practical neuroscience to create change.

Today Rick is back on the show to dive into his book Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness. This book dives into the principles Rick teaches in his online course, Foundations of Well-Being, which has been practiced by around 15,000 students. It's a deep dive to building 12 inner strengths, which became the basis of this book.

Resilient hits the shelves tomorrow March 27th and is already #1 in New Releases on Amazon.

In this interview we will unpack some of the key distinction in Resilient and what it means to cultivate inner strengths while getting your needs met.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The true essence of self-reliance
  • Why positive psychology is missing a few key pieces and where resilience bridges that gap
  • The 3 Fundamental Needs - safety, satisfaction, and connection
  • Achieving well-being through recognizing, resourcing, regulating, and relating
  • Facing challenges while experiencing our needs being met vs. faces challenges while experiencing are needs not being met
  • Why stress, uneasiness, panic and suffering can become a way of life for people and how they use it to meet their needs
  • The fundamentals of what Rick calls the Red Zone and the Green Zone
  • The difference between reacting and responding to adversity and meeting the next moment already feeling full and balanced inside
  • and MORE...
Mar 5, 2018

It's pretty tough to deny the fact that we are influenced by unseen forces, energies and frequencies that we can't fully explain or describe from the rational mind. Frequencies, energy, and even emotion are an experience.

Giving more attention to how we feel and tending to our personal vibration and choosing to come from what Penney calls our home frequency is what I would consider a direct translation of what it means to be your authentic self, or that eternal aspect of you.

Penney Peirce was on the show at episode 120 to talk about her book Transparency and this particular stage in the Transformation process. Today we are going to come back around to understand another one of the stages of transformation through Penney's book Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration.

Penney unpacks and builds some powerful distinctions in here to help us understand what frequency is, different ways to regulate our personal vibration (especially in social situations where we may "assume" the frequency of others), and the importance of finding our home frequency and center.

Through mindfulness practices, meditation, and directing our attention, just to name a few, we can start to bring our awareness to more subtle levels of energy and tap into things like intuition, creativity, and even more peaceful states.

The desire for people seeking more meaning in their lives, have more fulfilling careers, and searching for a deeper purpose are just a few of the ways this desire to integrate the physical and the spiritual are starting to not only emerge, but be the norm.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How energy and consciousness works and what is happening on the planet
  • The difference between your personal vibration and your home frequency
  • How we tend to frequency match other people in social situations
  • What makes our moods and energy levels swing and how to get more centered
  • Some ways we can start to familiarize ourselves with our home frequency
  • What you can do to strengthen your sense of self
  • Where Frequency and Transparency come together
  • Understanding natural joy and your conditioned feeling habits
  • and MORE…
Feb 26, 2018

I invited Sarah Sherwood back on the show today to talk about adult attachment theory and adult attachment styles. I'm relatively new to attachment theory, but the little I have dug into it helped me start understanding my own patterns of relating and why they exist.

The basic understanding of this theory is that how you regulate and experience yourself is in some ways a product of how you learned to relate with your primary care givers. We develop patterns of engaging with other people and relating based on whether or not our needs were being met and whether or not the world felt safe.

As you'll hear Sarah talk about, we develop behaviors from that experience to relate with other people to ensure we get what we need.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How each of us have these biologically wired in patterns of relating
  • Our most driving need is connection with other humans and how that helps us understand our sense of safety
  • How these styles get patterned into our nervous system
  • The 4 Attachment styles
  • How our emotional needs getting met or not greatly impacts our attachment style and patterns of relating
  • The relationship between attachment style and healthy boundries
  • How anxiety and distraction could possibly stem from these attachment styles
  • A mantra for parents is perceptive over perfect
  • Having a balance between chaos and rigidity in parenting
  • Practicing affective communication and vulnerability in safe relationships are some of the biggest places to start
Feb 19, 2018

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy.

Karla also developed the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that makes all of the processes in empathy easily understandable and accessible -- so that people can develop and manage their empathy intentionally.

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012). She is also the coauthor (with cult expert Janja Lalich, PhD) of Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over (Routledge, 2018), which focuses on the stories of 70 people who grew up in and escaped from cults spanning a dozen countries.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Ways to slow down and examine your choices when different emotions arise.
  • Tips and practices to overcome the anxiety of our modern world.
  • The reasons you shouldn’t run from your emotions and how to work with the ones that make you uncomfortable
  • Why emotions are neither good or bad, and how you can use them to your benefit
  • How shame can be used in a healthy way to help you control your actions.
  • Learning to read other’s emotions so you increase your caring and empathy
  • How to increase your emotional vocabulary and better handle feelings when they arise.
Feb 12, 2018

Hall’s music, a blend of roots and folk music with hints of inspiration from India, has led him to a series of sold-out tours and collaborations with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the People.

Trevor Hall’s Chapter of the Forest (2014) and KALA (2015), debuted at #3 and #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart respectively. He is currently touring around the US and Australia. While on tour, Hall collects donations to support children’s education in India.

The Fruitful Darkness released in November of 2017, became the #1 Kickstarter Music campaign of 2017 (#30 of all time out of 53,000 Music projects) and is being released in three song installments on specific lunar dates, culminating in a 14-song deluxe edition release, June 1st 2018.

The Fruitful Darkness Part III just dropped this past Friday, so be sure to pick it up on Spotify or your favorite music platform.

Trevor kicks off his A Night in the Village Tour February 21st in Minneapolis, MN with events in IL, OH, MD, CT, NY and more. Tickets are selling out fast for this special event where Trevor will be sharing songs, the stories behind them, as well as rare images and footage from his journeys to India, Nepal and beyond. You’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions at the end of the evening during a Q&A. 'A Night in the Village' will give listeners a unique insight into the inspiration and stories behind the songs of Trevor Hall's life journey.

Trevor's mix of deep spiritual work and the stories behind how his songs came to be are food for any creatives soul and for me has deepened the practice of seeing a miracle in every day life.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How music can help you explore your inner being.
  • Why pushing down emotions can cause them to unconsciously affect your behaviors and relationships.
  • Ways to develop a deeper connection and love with others.
  • Learning to find mental and emotional freedom by exploring the depths of your consciousness.
  • How you can maintain positive energy while navigating a major change in identity.
  • Why separateness is actually an illusion and how you can embrace the collective oneness of the world.
Feb 8, 2018

In this week's episode I wanted to share a little story with you because I realized in the last few weeks as I've been navigating some personal challenges in my life as well as some things in business that I that I found myself over focusing on the details... let's call it the problem, the circumstances and trying to move around the known pieces in the box of my known reality trying to figure things out.

If you're in a place where maybe you feel hyper focused on the problem or you may even feel  a lot of stress or anxiety or overwhelm in your body, my hope is that sharing this perspective with you will give you some relief by taking the pressure off and being able to see things from a greater perspective.

Have The Vision, Patience, and Perspective Of An Eagle.

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Feb 5, 2018

My guest today Jessie May Wolfe describes HeartRise as plugging into the radiant, integral, soul energy (R.I.S.E)... the electricity of the heart.

Her presence empowers those around her. Spreading light and energy, her infectious spirit connects many beautiful souls around the world.

With a strong creative & corporate background in fashion, publishing & marketing,

Jessie May's experience coaching & empowering thousands of creatives, entrepreneurs, and change-makers worldwide, along with her training in various modalities with renowned teachers, led her to develop the unique impactful HeartRise Method.

As a speaker, mentor, and inspirational guide, Jessie May brings the HeartRise Method to organizations, communities and companies across the world.

Her corporate clients include Soho House, Gen Art, Wework, Wanderlust, Amazon, GOOP, Westside Collective, Parachute Home, Nick Fouquet, Juice Served Here, Health-Ade, Sakara.

Jessie May's heart holds a torch for everyone.

Today we'll dive into HeartRise Method and Jessie May's new book High On Heart: The HeartRise Method.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How you can win the battle between your head and your heart.
  • Identifying your negative go-to thoughts that take up precious time and energy.
  • Why the modern world is in desperate need for more heart centered intelligence.
  • Strategies to calm and quiet the incessant chatter in your mind.
  • Why it's easier to relate and connect with others when you come from the intelligence of the heart.
  • How to release negative energy and tap into good vibrations.
Feb 1, 2018

If you've ever felt flooded by strong thoughts and emotions, then this one is for you.

Starting to create a healthy distance from strong thoughts and emotions is the first step to creating a more resourceful state where you can lower the stress response and work yourself into better feeling thoughts.

Today I'll distill a practice I use to loosen the hold on these strong thoughts and feelings to be able to tackle the current situation from a more grounded, less emotionally charged position.

These two phrases come from the work of Susan David and Emotional Agility and they are really quite simple. Our tendency when we feel something strongly is to over identify with the feeling. For me and those I've worked with, being able to loosen the grip and see thoughts and feelings as an experience we are having and not something we are has proved extremely useful for creating a mindset that allows for more creativity and solutions to emerge.

The typical response to strong emotions such as anger would be "I am angry."

Susan David suggests using the two phrases:

"I am having the feeling that..."

"I am having the thought that..."

Putting these two tools to use would look like this...

"I am having the feeling that I am angry."

"I am having the thought that what she did made me angry"

Everyone's experience is unique so try these out and play with the variations. You know it's working when you feel the charge start to subside and you can see it more as an experience instead of a state of being.

I get deeper into this in the podcast, so be sure to tune in and leave a comment below letting me know how you're going to put this into practice.

Jan 29, 2018

Language is a powerful shaper of our experience. The depth of training and knowledge most of us have when it comes to words stops at basic grammar.  I remember when I had my first powerful experience with language and consciousness, and how from that moment forward, my view of language was forever changed. 

Back on episode 065 I chatted with Mark England about Upgrading Your Language to Resolve Conflicts at Home, at Work, and In Your Head where we got into the nuts and bolts of Procabulary and how to use language. Today we are diving deeper to go beyond surface language.

Mark England is a TEDx speaker and the co-founder and lead presenter of Procabulary. He loves to travel, exchange empowering ideas and strategies and practice martial arts. Mark holds a Masters Degree in International Education and was an elementary sports teacher before developing Procabulary.

Procabulary builds fun, simple and easy to use tools that help you discover direction, purpose and turbo-charge every goal – from the smallest daily task to life’s biggest dreams.

As we roll into today's show Mark and I both share our own short story of the first time we experienced the power of language and then pull back the curtain to go beyond the surface.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How phrases stated by ourselves and others can influence our choices.
  • The ways in which the questions we ask ourselves are dictating what we let ourselves see as a valid possible outcome.
  • How what we say and how we say it matters.
  • Working with your rate of speech.
  • How to use your breath to embody statements and states of being.
  • Skills for using your awareness when stress triggers or injuries arise.
Jan 25, 2018

Language was the equivalent of my gateway drug into the personal development space about 10 years ago. I was already into fitness and health, and was working as a personal live in chef for the years prior. When I got a glimpse of the "non-physical" modalities like thought, language, and consciousness, I was hooked.

In a soon to be released episode of my interview series, I sat down with Mark England who was on the show back on episode 65 talking about the core principles of Procabulary and upgrading our language. In there we dive deeper into language and go Beyond Surface Language.

This really got me thinking of what I did in the beginning to start conditioning new language patterns and modes of perception.

If you're just getting started in the language game or if you could use a little focus adjustment, then see if you can only state the affirmative for an entire day.

While it sounds quite simple, I think you might find this a little more challenging than meets the eye.

I give a few examples in today's show, so check it out and when after you put this into practice, shoot me a message over on Instagram @jeffagostinelli or on Facebook and let me know how it was.

Jan 22, 2018

Being able to bounce back from the inevitable hard times in life is an essential skill. The recovery period between something that happens and how we come through on the other side is known as resilience.

We often see resilience as a hard skill... something that we gain when we go through experience that toughens us up. I know I typically thought of it this way too, making "thick skinned" and resilient synonymous. My guest today has a different perspective on resilience.

Sarah talks about resilience as having a softer quality and the result of how we integrate the most horrific, embarrassing, shame filled, disappointing, experiences... integrating those into our story in a way that strengthens us but doesn't make us hard.

As a certified Life Coach, Spiritual Director and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, Sarah empowers people to rebound and recover from the damaging effects of stress, trauma and chronic illness/disease. Her clients stop the stress cycle, double their energy and break their limiting patterns and habits. Becoming resilient – emotionally, mentally and physically – they live free from anxiety, stop doubting themselves, and find courage to take action on their dreams, regardless the difficulty and challenge they’ve endured. Sarah believes that obstacles and failures are part of the path to reach our fullest potential. Therefore, we must master how to become resilient instead of shrinking back from pain or resistance.

Today we are going to unpack what resilience is and how it can actually have more of a soft, integrated quality to it. We also going to get into how shame and resilience are related.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Ways to reframe your thoughts so you avoid feeling unnecessary shame
  • Strategies to remove negative feelings by rewiring your patterned thoughts and beliefs
  • How to gain self control and change your outcomes by learning to tolerate uncomfortable emotions
  • Ways to find your North Star when life seems off-center
  • How to identify and stop negative emotions before they rise up and overtake you
  • Why it's important to hold emotional space for others without always trying to fix their problems
  • How to view your challenges and obstacles as forces working for your higher good
  • Strategies to develop more emotional resiliency in your children
Jan 18, 2018

If you guys are yet to gather this from the show so far, I’m completely obsessed with esoteric teachings, spiritual practices, and certain concepts like Penney Peirce and I talked about in the last episode… a holographic reality.

I also love science, research, and data driven findings that reveal the “scientific proof” of what these ancient esoteric teachings knew in a different way.

Where all this comes together, literally… is integration. Bringing together all these different aspects of utilizing the power of the mind, understanding the subconscious, spiritual practices, daily rituals, and the use of our will through direct action.

I see it as a buffet where we can look at our little bag of tricks and select the best tool for the job.

In the second half of 2017 I had a strong sense to move into story and to hit the pause button on the left brain linear data driven side of things and dive deeper into spirituality, story, and creativity.

In 2016 I decided to dive into A Course In Miracles and apply the teachings daily for the whole year. Contemplating, focusing on and acting from some of the concepts in there produced some amazing shift and what I can obviously refer to here as miracles.

Late last year (2017) I was in a similar place emotionally, mentally, and spiritually where I was yearning for answers… but not in the usual research and record way that I have became accustomed to. 

I ended up stumbling upon The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo and decided that this year I would go through the book each day and do the practice. 

Today I want to share with you a passage from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. In here he talks about an aging Hindu master who grew tired of his apprentice complaining.

Jan 15, 2018

Penney Peirce is a respected clairvoyant empath, visionary, author, and popular lecturer and trainer. She is one of the early pioneers in the intuition development movement, specializing in intuition development, inner energy dynamics, expanded perception, transformation, and dream work. She has worked throughout the US, Europe, Japan, South America, and South Africa since 1977, coaching business and government leaders, psychologists, scientists, celebrities, and those on a spiritual path about the hidden dynamics of what makes for true success.

She is the author of ten books, including Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity, Leap of Perception: The Transforming Power of Your Attention, Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration, and The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness.

There are these stages of understanding what transformation is doing and how our consciousness is changing and how its affecting the way our life works… and this process of transformation is what fascinates Penney and what she unpacks in the 4 books previously mentioned.

Transparency is what she describes as the last phase that she has noticed so far.

While this is a word you may relate to information, in her book, Penney outlines different levels or types of transparency, specifically horizontal and vertical transparency. She also speaks to the larger shift from the information age to the intuition age.

There is so much in this book and it’s definetley worth a read. For me Transparency was a great bridge between those hard to grasp “spiritual” concepts and reality. It has also exercises in each section to put the concepts and ideas to work right away.

Today we are going to unpack Transparency and dive into what transformation is.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How you can infuse the physical world with the light of your soul
  • Why time and space are malleable and don’t actually operate on a linear plane
  • Learning how to slow down, find stillness, and drop into a deeper state of conscious awareness
  • How to raise your vibrational frequency to avoid the negative emotions of others
  • Why the past and future are just an illusion and everything exists in the present moment
  • How a mindfulness practice can help to expand your sphere of consciousness
  • Why fear begins to subside when you learn to identify with the soul
  • How you can release internal pressure and tap into the ebb and flow of life
  • Strategies to remove the clutter from your subconscious mind
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