Welcome to a modern day advice column created by psychiatrist, Dr. Monisha Vasa, and senior meditation teacher, Cayce Howe. Podcasting to you from Orange County, California. Here, no question is too big or too small, no topic is off topic, and the answers all begin and end within you.
Join us as we share our spontaneous, off the cuff conversations exploring how to live, as we bring together our collective knowledge and experience from the worlds of mental health, mindfulness and meditation, of course always mixed with a healthy dose of creativity and beginner’s mind. While we may find ourselves at the end with more questions than answers, we hope you join us in our quest to deepen how we live, laugh, love, and learn. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, take a seat on the cushion or the couch, and let’s chat about your burning questions. We’re so glad to be here with you.
Kacie Hill ~ Wellness Today
Kacie is the founder of Flora Fauna Wellness. She graduated with honors from Emperor's College in Santa Monica, CA. She has a Master's in Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.
In addition to acupuncture and herbs, Kacie uses eastern modalities like cupping, gua sha, Chinese nutrition, and meditation to help you feel amazing. She also uses supplements and nutraceuticals to help you get better faster.
Trudy Goodman ~ Live It Up!
Trudy Goodman, Ph.D., is a vipassana teacher in the Theravada lineage and the Founding Teacher of InsightLA. Since 1974, Trudy devoted much of her life to practicing Buddhist meditation with revered Asian and Western teachers in the Zen and Theravada traditions, including Zen Master Seung Sahn, Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi, Maurine Stuart Roshi, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and other Vipassana teachers. From 1991 to 1998, Trudy was a resident Zen teacher at the Cambridge Buddhist Association. She teaches with Jack Kornfield, Kate Lila Wheeler, InsightLA teachers she has mentored (Beth Sternlieb, Christiane Wolf) Anam Thubten, and other beloved teachers.
Amanda Gilbert- Kindness Now
Amanda is a modern day meditation teacher, writer and speaker. She has been a meditator for over 15 years and teaches from coast to coast in the US, including in Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Miami and San Francisco, as well as online. She is a professor of mindfulness at the University of Southern California and the author of Kindness Now: A 28-Day Guide to Living with Authenticity, Intention and Compassion.
Jena Schwartz - The Writer Within
Jena Schwartz is an amazing author, coach, and advocate for social change. She also happens to be the "go to" editor here at the More Happiness Less Suffering Podcast, as she edited both of the poetry books created by our founders. Listen in as Jena helps us discover the writer in all of us!
"I work with so many people who struggle to value their writing if/when it's not "productive" or clearly "going somewhere." Our society is so outcome-oriented and product-driven, norms that are nearly impossible not to internalize yet are so detrimental to our creative selves". ~ Jena Schwartz
Dr. Saumya Dave - The Power of Perseverance
Dr. Saumya Dave is a psychiatrist, writer, and mental health advocate. She recently published her first book, "Well Behaved Indian Women," and is soon to release her next book, "What a Happy Family." Her writing has been featured in The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Bustle, Buzzfeed and more. In this episode Dr. Dave tells her story of writing her first book and persevering through a decade of rejections before hitting gold.
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