This podcast is an invitation to embody beautiful leadership. Sharing intimate conversations that explore the more soulful aspects of being alive including our sorrows, our creativity and our connection with the sacred world.
Jono draws on 20+ years of training more than a million people alongside visionaries such as Brené Brown, Eckhart Tolle, Dr Dan Siegel, Tara Brach and the founders of Google’s most successful leadership program.
This podcast has appeared 5 times in the top 10 podcasts with a regular 100,000 listeners. Apple named it the Best of 2015 with guests including Michael Cheika (Australian Wallabies coach), Marianne Williamson (#1 NYT Bestselling Author), and Rob Bell (TIME magazine's 100 most influential people).
Michelle C. Johnson: Finding Refuge in Grief
Michelle C. Johnson is a clinical social worker, activist, yoga teacher and author of 'Finding Refuge: Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief' and 'We Heal Together: Rituals and Practices for Building Community and Connection'.
Michelle has a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - and has offered training for the likes of Duke University, Google, This American Life, Auburn Seminary, Lululemon, and many others.
In this conversation, Michelle shares:
. Stories and lessons from her honeybees
. The role of the heart in healing and finding integrity
. The powerful link between grief and aliveness
. How grief can stagnate in our bodies and cause illness in our bodies and culture
. The role of healthy grieving in addressing our collective wounds
. How spiritual practices can help us hold our brokenheartedness and wholeness at the same time.
Michelle brings a beautiful perspective on the role of grieving - grounded in community, embodiment and ritual. All dedicated to our personal and collective wellbeing.
With all my heart, thank you for being here.
Josh Schrei: Enter the Meadows of Joy
Today’s conversation is with Josh Schrei. Josh is a renowned student of mythology - and host of The Emerald Podcast (a podcast mind you that i’d highly recommend you check out).
In this episode Josh shares personal and mythical stories to remind us of the hidden treasures to be found in times of sorrow - Articulating grief as part of the cycle of shedding, releasing, and returning to what he calls the “meadows of joy”.
As you will soon experience in this conversation, Josh brings a profound understanding of mythology - and his ability to articulate its significance, makes him a rare voice in our world.
During this episode Josh shares:
• Personal stories of wildfires, grief and his young sons
• The pervasiveness of grief underneath the surface of all our lives
• Why grief is a vital part of the life cycle - and intimately connected with joy
• How mythology has always served as a timeless reservoir of wisdom, capturing the essence of our collective experiences.
With all my heart, thank you for being here.
Shauna Janz: Larger Currents of Resiliency
Today’s conversation is with Shauna Janz. Shauna offers a beautiful invitation into what she calls the “larger currents of resiliency” - which includes the wisdom of our bodies, our hearts, our ancestors, the natural world, ritual healing, imagination and altered states of consciousness.
As you will experience, Shauna brings a very tender, embodied and respectful approach to working with grief.
In this episode, Shauna explores:
• The importance of building strong personal “river banks” to allow the rivers of unmetabolized grief to flow into the larger oceans of life, and not flood or overwhelm our lives
• How the skills of grieving has brought her closer to her “birthright of joy” and her signature as a “lover of life”
• What to do when we feel like we are going to get lost if we allow our grief to come forward
• The impact of our severance from the “deeper wells of knowing” - including how we relate to our bodies, ancestors, ritual etc.
George Kohlrieser: Leading Through Grief
I’m honored to be in conversation with the distinguished business professor George Kohlrieser - who is one of the world leaders incorporating grief into Executive Education.
In this enlightening conversation, we explore:
• How unresolved grief can make leaders cold hearted, emotionally detached and unable to bond with people
• Why so many leaders fail to recognise they carry grief
• The obstacles and opportunities for leaders to work through grief
• The “creative force” that is unleashed when grief is metabolized
Rosemary Wanganeen: Healing the Soul of Australia
For me, this is one of the most important conversations I’ve ever published.
In today’s episode, Rosemary Wanganeen shares her personal story of being part of the Stolen Generation, reconnecting with her ancestry, going through a deep grieving process - and ultimately forgiving the atrocities committed on her people.
Rosemary Wanganeen is a proud South Australian Aboriginal woman, Kaurna Elder, and founder of the Healing Centre for Griefology.
Rosemary believes that grieving and wellbeing are intimately related - and that the health of Australia’s future rests in our ability to integrate the losses we have in our nation's history. In this episode, Rosemary explores:
• Why indigenous Australians maintained regular grieving ceremonies
• The importance of not having the body accumulate “grief energy”
• The impact of Plato calling grief "illogical" and a "weakness"
• The invitation grief offers for forgiveness and re-kindling spirituality
• Whether Australia will ever have a dedicated “Day of Grieving”
I believe that nothing will heal the soul of Australia more than allowing the pain of our history to enter into our hearts. By finding ways to integrate this grief, we will free up the energy and creativity for a more compassionate future.
I urge you to listen to Rosemary and the messages she has received from her ancestors.
It means so much to have you here today.
Francis Weller: The Wild Edge of Sorrow
Like many of you, sorrow has entered my life in a myriad of ways - and it wasn't until I read Francis Weller's book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow, that I began a soulful relationship with grief.
Francis Weller is a psychotherapist, author and wise elder who extends an invitation for us to remember what it means to be a Human Being. During this rich conversation, Francis offers beautiful perspectives on sorrow, shame, vitality, beauty making, depression and the “Five gates of grief”.
May we all undertake an “apprenticeship with sorrow” and come closer to living and loving more fully.
Lovely calm and thought provoking
I have been listening to Jono's podcasts for a few months now. I always find them throught provoking and inspiring in a very gentle and calm way! I love the tone and pace of Jono's voice, it's like someone is holding my hand and I feel uplifted by them and the conversations he has with various people. Thank you
I've only listened to the first episode and this podcast has already changed how I see the world. A slight nudge, a little awakening which has inspired direction. Thank you Jono and Seane. My heartfelt gratitude goes to both of you and your work.