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A podcast for big-hearted leaders making a meaningful impact in the world. We dive deep into conversations about conscious leadership, spirituality, mental health, personal growth, coaching and the self help industry. Join host Laura Tucker and her guests on the journey to connect to your inner wisdom and become the leader you want to see in the world.

Free Your Inner Guru with Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0, 32 Ratings

A podcast for big-hearted leaders making a meaningful impact in the world. We dive deep into conversations about conscious leadership, spirituality, mental health, personal growth, coaching and the self help industry. Join host Laura Tucker and her guests on the journey to connect to your inner wisdom and become the leader you want to see in the world.

    Talking About Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

    Talking About Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

    We can all do better than uphold the status quo.

    Laura Tucker reflects on her involvement in the Wondery podcast Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment.



    In this episode I share what it was like to participate in this huge podcast and why I lend my voice to projects that tell the story about what happened at James Arthur Ray's Spiritual Warrior retreat in October 2009 when Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman died after a "sweat lodge" ceremony gone wrong.



    I am so grateful to everyone who has become emotionally invested in this story, and who want more and want better for the industry that has sprung up around being your best self.



    Mentioned in this episode:



    Wondery's Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment



    on Apple Podcasts



    on Spotify



    At lauratucker.com



    Laura's Daily Letters



    Articles and podcast episodes related to Spiritual Warrior and Guru



    For Members Only - Read weekly installments of my memoir in progress.





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    • 35 min
    Brad Warner: Letters to A Dead Friend About Zen

    Brad Warner: Letters to A Dead Friend About Zen

    Brad Warner and Free Your Inner Guru host Laura Tucker talk about Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen and the dangers of pushing for a spiritual breakthrough before you are ready.

    Brad Warner is a Soto Zen priest, bass guitarist for the punk band Zero Defex and the author of Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen.



    In his most recent book, Brad Warner introduces us to Zen Buddhism through the perspective of letters he writes to his friend Marky, who has died of cancer. But he’s not just talking to Marky, he’s talking to you in the frank tone and language of telling it like it is, to a close friend on borrowed time.



    First, I loved this book and highly recommend it.  Second, I've been saving this interview for just the right time. We recorded this interview three days after I sat for my interview for the just-released Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment podcast by Wondery.



    After speaking about Zen Buddhism and Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen, Brad and I get going about some of the issues in the spirituality and self help circles that have become important to me based on lived experience.   It was reassuring to speak to a spiritual leader about why all things don't work for all people, and the dangers of inducing altered states in the pursuit of spiritual growth.



    Enjoy this big conversation with someone who doesn't shy away from going counter to the status quo.



    Conversation highlights:



    Why Brad started writing letters to his dead friend Marky.

    How Brad became a Zen monk, without setting off to be a monk.

    Is Zen Buddhism a religion, or a lifestyle?

    Sitting Zazen without a goal to be mindful or a better person.

    Re-thinking detachment: The Sanskrit word that’s usually translated as attachment has a double meaning of fuel.

    Laura on how meditation is like running: Even my worst run was better than the run I didn’t take.

    Brad on how Zen practice is like playing music, especially in front of a group.

    The dark side of meditation and the pitfalls that can happen when you extract mindfulness from the ethics and culture surrounding it.

    The down side of using drugs and altered states to push for spiritual experiences.



     



    Mentioned in this episode:



    Book - Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen



    Brad's Blog - hardcorezen.info



    Hardcore Zen Youtube Channel

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Charles Wilson: Music is Medicine

    Charles Wilson: Music is Medicine

    Charles Wilson is a pianist and composer who believes music is medicine.

    Artist and composer Charles Wilson plays the piano and tours at the highest levels of the music industry.  He has worked with Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, John Mayer, Demi Lovato and Cirque de Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal.



    Charles shares his professional journey, including his recent return to his roots in classical music. At his publisher's request, began to compose a ten track classical piano album at the beginning of 2020.



    While the pandemic shut down everything around him, Charles got to work.  He made a promise that he would compose - for others to see - every day for 100 days in Seth Godin's The Creatives Workshop, where we met.



    After 107 consecutive days of composing, writing and sharing, Charles thought his album was complete.  But then he received a second request - to compose an eleventh track - a “George Floyd piece.”



    In this conversation, Charles Wilson shares what it was like to go back to the keyboard to compose a piece of music that encompasses his desire for equality, his many personal experiences of racism, and the global Black Lives Matter movement that George Floyd has come to represent.



    Special bonus:  During our interview, Charles and I discovered we were both at the infamous Toronto SARS concert on July 30, 2003.  I was in the audience, and he played keyboard for Justin Timberlake.  If you're familiar with the story, you'll know it wasn't Toronto's finest moment.  I'll leave it for you to listen to the full story, but Charles was generous to send over some photos from that day.



    Mentioned in this episode:



    Charles Wilson on Instagram - @wilsoncharlesofficial



    Seth Godin - Akimbo Workshops

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Nafissa Shireen: Believe and See Our Common Humanity

    Nafissa Shireen: Believe and See Our Common Humanity

    Nafissa Shireen is an Income Growth Mentor and Coach, the owner of Believe & See Ranch, and the host of Living Forward TV on YouTube.

    I invited Nafissa on to pick her brain about why British Columbia has had a less dramatic experience of the COVID 19 pandemic compared to Ontario, Quebec, and much of the United States. We had a big conversation that touches on every theme that's important to this podcast:  conscious leadership, coaching, spirituality, marketing in the self help industry.  And then there is the pandemic, and a deep dive into how horses help raise consciousness and the transformation Nafissa wants to bring to the equine industry.



    Everything is moving so quickly these days, it's relevant to share the context of when our conversation happened.  We recorded on May 7, 2020, back when all anyone had on our minds was the pandemic.



    On June 5, Nafissa shared a post on Facebook with her response to George Floyd's murder, and subsequent events. Since its contents are relevant to every part of our conversation, I received her permission to read it after we said "goodbye."  As a bi-racial person of colour, with a Muslim sounding name, I didn't want to squander the opportunity to amplify her voice on racism and anti-racism.



    It's my pleasure to introduce you to a big conversation with Nafissa Shireen.



    Conversation highlights:



    Challenges we each experienced as a woman in leadership in the male dominated corporate environment.

    What it was like for Nafissa to be called the "token brown girl" when she never saw herself as an ethnic or  religious minority.

    The very different journey we each made from corporate to coach.

    Our different takes on why so much of the marketing for coaching focuses on making "6 figures" and "7 figures." Is it really all about money?

    The power of meaning and purpose:  Nafissa illustrates how her passion and point of view on horses informs her business goals.  We also get a huge education on how horses are trained and the awareness she wants to bring to the equine industry.

    Nafissa explains the transformational power of horses from both a scientific and spiritual perspective.

    The distinction between coaching, consulting and mentoring.

    Why Nafissa is tired of hearing "in these uncertain times" and "crisis."

    Why Dr Bonnie Henry is an exemplary leader and what we can learn from her approach to the pandemic.



    Mentioned in this episode:



    Nafissa Shireen online



    website

    Instagram - @nafissashireen

    Living Forward TV on Youtube



    Believe and See Ranch



    website

    Instagram - @believeandseeranch



    Laura Tucker on social



    Instagram - @lauraatucker

    Facebook



    Free Your Inner Guru on social



    Instagram - @freeyourinnerguru

    Facebook



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    Register for the next Free Community, Connection & Coaching call at lauratucker.com/free-calls



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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Where Can We Use Our Power For Good?

    Where Can We Use Our Power For Good?

    Listen. Empathize. Amplify.

    In this episode, host Laura Tucker shares her point of view on racism, the role of shame in suppression, and how we can all use our power of influence for good.



    Mentioned in this episode:



    Written version of "Where Can We Use Our Power for Good?" with Map of Consciousness



    David R Hawkins, Power vs Force:  The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    • 28 min
    Jill Castle: Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

    Jill Castle: Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

    Jill Castle says every child, from toddler to teen, wants some level of autonomy and agency.

    She says it’s all very normal, but it can throw parents for a loop.  It’s difficult for parents to know in their heart that they are struggling, and not know where to get help.



    In this episode, Jill Castle and Free Your Inner Guru® host Laura Tucker talk about the dance between getting what you need as a parent, raising an independent, autonomous child, and how systemic change is needed to raise more physically and psychologically empowered humans.

    Meet Jill Castle:

    Jill is one of North America’s premier child nutrition experts. Known as a paradigm shifter who blends current research, practical application and common sense, Jill inspires audiences to think differently about child nutrition and feeding kids.



    A sought-after speaker, advisor, and media contributor, Jill has inspired TEDx, government, medical and parent audiences. She serves on the Board of Advisors of Parents Magazine, and a handful of privately held child nutrition companies.



    Jill is the author of Try New Food, The Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids, Eat Like a Champion, and co-author of Fearless Feeding. She pens The Nourished Child® blog, is the voice behind a popular podcast of the same name, and regularly contributes to US News & World Report’s For Parents.



    Conversation highlights:



    Jill shares how she became a pediatric nutritionist and her subsequent challenge of having a child who was not interested in eating.

    The powerful impact media and marketing has on children and their parents.

    The role of a parent's intuition in guiding your child's nutrition.

    Jill’s biggest frustration about nutrition.

    Avoiding overwhelm: why the breaking it down into what you CAN do works.

    Changes Jill would like to see in the North American nutrition culture.

    How Jill works with nutritionists and dietitians to have a broader impact as a leader.



    Memorable quotes from Jill Castle:



    “You have to know your child. I ate my humble pie and learned a lot. I had seven years of education and training in my field, and I struggled. What is it like for parents with no education, training and experience feeding children?”



    “I have great compassion and experience for parents who are struggling.”



    “I would like to see companies and corporations offering this kind of education to their employees. They are working parents. They don’t have the time to go see a nutritionist if they have a problem.”



    Mentioned in this episode:



    Jill Castle's website



    The Nourished Child® Podcast



    More information on the Free Your Inner Guru® Community



    Free Community, Connection & Coaching Zoom Calls



    Support the podcast or join the members only Patreon community

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Jenna Warriner ,

Life changing

I don’t know how she does it but Laura has a way of seeing into my soul. Listen to this podcast to be re acquainted with your own inner compass so you can lead from a place full of heart and truth.

Larodd ,

Every little bit helps

Laura is great for helping you to explore and find new ways to think about different issues. Her topics and guests are always relevant to current events, which I find very help.

DSno_ ,

Giving me perspective in practical ways

I love Free Your Inner Guru by Laura Tucker because she invites insightful guests who bring incredible new perspective - but provide suggestions on how to practically apply their concepts to YOUR life. So many speakers leave us with a thought, but no way to implement it. This podcast consistently provides practical tools - around mindfulness, self-awareness, mediation, etc- that I can employ to make my life and my business better. Keep up the amazing work.

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