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Founded by coach and teacher Joshua Steinfeldt, The Courageous Life is a global conversation with thought leaders and everyday heroes about overcoming fear and growing courage to pursue what matters most in life, work, and love.

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Founded by coach and teacher Joshua Steinfeldt, The Courageous Life is a global conversation with thought leaders and everyday heroes about overcoming fear and growing courage to pursue what matters most in life, work, and love.

    71: Shelly Tygielski Pt. 1 - The Pandemic of Love

    71: Shelly Tygielski Pt. 1 - The Pandemic of Love

    At the time we recorded this conversation Shelly Tygielski was ten days into the creation of what has now become a global movement called the Pandemic of Love. During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic Shelly found a way using simple google forms to connect people in need of groceries, diapers, money to keep the heat on etc, to those who could help them directly. What started out as just an idea sitting around Shelly’s kitchen table boasts nearly 4000 volunteers worldwide and has directly exchanged nearly $100 million in donations and has connected over 3 million people. The Pandemic of Love and Shelly were also featured on CNN’s Heroes. An annual show that features profiles of modern day heroes making an extraordinary impact for the collective good.

    Next week, in part two we will take a deeper dive into some of the theme’s from this episode as well as dive into themes from Shelly’s new book Sit Down To Rise Up: Find Yourself, Build Community and Change the World.
    In this episode Shelly shares:
    Her inspiring story of how and why she got into the work she is doing today as a community organizer, activist, and meditation teacherHow meditation has helped her to rise up in the face of adversity and challenges in her lifeWhat her meditation practice involves todayCoping strategies for dealing with fear and uncertainty related to COVID-19The incredible story behind the Pandemic of Love, why she started it, and how to get involvedShelly has also offered a brief meditation for dealing with uncertainty that you will find included as a BONUS mini episode of the Courageous Life. 
    About Shelly:

    Shelly Tygielski has been hailed by individuals ranging from President Joe Biden to Arianna Huffington and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn to Maria Shriver. She is the founder of the global, grassroots mutual aid organization, Pandemic of Love. Her work has been featured in over 100 media outlets including on CNN Heroes, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, the New York Times and Washington Post. She is a trauma-informed mindfulness teacher and a Garrison Institute Fellow who has been called one of the “12 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement” by Mindful Magazine. Shelly has taught formalized self-care and resilience at organizations around the world and is widely considered to be a self-care activist. She is happily married to her husband, Jason, and is the mother of a son she adores, Liam. In her free time, Shelly enjoys skateboarding, playing guitar and making craft cocktails. She and her husband are currently living a nomadic existence, moving to a new location every few months.

    Did you find this episode inspiring? Here are some other conversations you may love:

    Ian Hockley: Empathy: An Antidote For Our Time

    Ali Smith - Transforming Communities With Mindfulness (and Love)

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    70: Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti Pt. 2 - Gentle Power: Shifting the Way We Define True Strength

    70: Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti Pt. 2 - Gentle Power: Shifting the Way We Define True Strength

    Often times gentleness and power can be seen as opposites, ideas or ways of being that may not go together. Today’s guest, Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti invites us to rethink this. Sharing a number of insights from her new book Gentle Power: A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed Using the Finnish Art of Sisu she argues that the intersection of these two qualities can be a catalyst for unlocking some of our greatest potential as people, and as leaders. 
    In this episode:
    We dive into more of Elisabet’s journey including reflections from Sisu Not Silence, a 2400km run across the country of New Zealand which she did to help end the silence around domestic and interpersonal violence. Check out part one with Dr. Lahti (episode 69) for more much more of the backstory on this.She will share key discoveries she gained during the run as well as her martial arts training over the years, and how these insights and revelations were a key part of her research on Gentle Power as an elevated expression of SISU. We will also take a deep dive into gentleness (what it is, what it’s not, and why it matters)Being nice vs. being kind and why being kind is a training ground for gentle powerHow gentleness can transform into strength when it meets difficultyElisabet’s in the moment practices for cultivating gentle power in difficult conversationsQuestions to help cultivate self-awareness that may be the first step toward unlocking true powerThe importance of humility and how it relates to true powerAnd more!Pick up your copy of Gentle Power now and learn more about Dr. Lahti at sisulab.com

    About Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti:

    Emilia Elisabet Lahti, who goes by her second name Elisabet, is an awarded educator, applied psychology researcher, published author, and international presenter on topics of inner strength in times of adversity and transformation through self-leadership. Elisabet studied applied positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Dr. Martin Seligman and completed a PhD at Aalto University in Finland in which she pioneered the research on the Finnish construct of sisu (a psychological strength potential referring to extraordinary determination, courage and resoluteness in the face of extreme adversity). She is passionate about the study of human flourishing and cultivation of virtues, and to determine how these can be leveraged on a systemic level to promote worldwide change. Founder of Sisu Lab which builds communities and organizational cultures based on everyday leadership as expression of courage and compassion. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Business Insider, BBC, and Forbes. Originally from Finland, she’s taught internationally and given talks at Fortune 500 companies. 
    You can find more more information and resources at www.sisulab.com.

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    69: Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti Pt. 1 - Transforming Barriers into Frontiers with Sisu

    69: Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti Pt. 1 - Transforming Barriers into Frontiers with Sisu

    As we continue our kickoff of season 3 we are re-releasing our first ever conversation on the Courageous Life, with Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti.  In celebration of her new book, Gentle Power, coming out next week we will launch an all NEW episode with her that takes a deep dive into themes from the book including why the intersection of gentleness and power may be the future of leadership. We hope you enjoy this before and after (or part one and part two) conversation with Emilia Elisabet!

    In this episode we explore:
    Sisu - what it is, what it's not, and Dr. Lahti's original research on this innate human capacitySisu Not Silence - a 1500-mile / 50-day running journey across the length of New Zealand for nonviolence and peaceHow Elisabet works with fearStrategies and approaches for accomplishing massive goalsSelf-compassion - how it can be an unexpected and powerful force for training How to effectively work with doubt and the inner criticHow to create safe spaces and why safety can help to unlock courageAnd more!About Emilia Elisabet Lahti:

    Emilia Elisabet Lahti is an awarded educator, applied psychology researcher, and founder of Sisu Lab and Gentle Power Academy, which build communities and organizational cultures based on everyday leadership as expression of courage and compassion. Her work has been featured by The New Yorker, Business Insider, BBC, and Forbes. Originally from Finland, she’s taught internationally and given talks at Fortune 500 companies, TEDx, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. For more, see sisulab.com.
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    68: Parker Palmer Pt. 2 - Reflections on the Power of Living With an Open Heart

    68: Parker Palmer Pt. 2 - Reflections on the Power of Living With an Open Heart

    Welcome to Season 3 of the Courageous Life! We are kicking things off with the return of one of our most popular guests of all time, Parker J. Palmer. 

    In today’s episode we explore Parker's reflections on: 
    Living with an open heart - the benefits, the drawbacks, and why this can be a lifelong practiceHow to have effective conversations across difference and why letting go ego is a big part of thisThe power of cultivating more humility and curiosity in one’s life and in relationships (particularly when that might not be the easiest thing to do)Why honesty can be a prerequisite for compassionStories and practices related to how he has strengthened his ability to be open hearted over timeThemes from his new book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting OldThe beneficial effects of awe and "big nature"Parker J. Palmer is a writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as thirteen honorary doctorates.
    Parker is the author of ten books— which have sold nearly two million copies and been translated into ten languages. Some of his most popular include Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness, The Courage to Teach, and Healing the Heart of Democracy. Parker’s work has touched the lives of millions of people around the world seeking to live more courageously and authentically while serving the human possibility. To learn more about Parker you can simply google his name, or you can check out couragerenewal.org or newcomerpalmer.com. 

    Did you find this episode inspiring? If so, you might love these past episodes:

    Jerry Colonna - Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

    Mark Nepo - Finding Inner Courage Where it Lives

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    67: Parker Palmer Pt. 1 - The Courageous Journey Toward Wholeness

    67: Parker Palmer Pt. 1 - The Courageous Journey Toward Wholeness

    Parker J. Palmer is a writer, teacher, and activist. Founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, he has written ten books, including the bestselling Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and thirteen honorary doctorates. In 1998, The Leadership Project, a national survey of ten thousand educators, named Palmer as one of the thirty “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and one of the ten key “agenda-setters” of the past decade. Since 2002, the Accrediting Commission for Graduate Medical Education has given annual Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” and “Courage to Lead” Awards to directors of exemplary medical residency programs around the U.S. In 2010, Palmer received the William Rainey Harper Award, whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel, and Paolo Freire. In 2011, the Utne Reader named him one of 25 Visionaries on its annual list of “People Who are Changing the World.” To learn more about Parker and his latest project, The Growing Edge, please visit newcomerpalmer.com

    In this part one episode we explore: 
    Some of Parker's personal story including challenges and adversities he has faced and how these have shaped his lifeWhat wholeness is and the courage it takes live an undivided lifeParker's insights about writing, speaking, and connecting with an audienceLessons Parker has learned about finding courage and working with fearThe power of reframing situations and circumstances one facesHow to listen deeplyFinding one's vocation in lifeHow to create conditions that foster courage in others And more!For Joshua's upcoming events and classes please visit joshuasteinfeldt.com

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    66: Kevin Cashman - The Six Word Novel: I Died and Now I'm Back

    66: Kevin Cashman - The Six Word Novel: I Died and Now I'm Back

    In today's episode Kevin Cashman shares his incredible story of dying, coming back, and what life and work for him are like on the other side of this experience. 

    Kevin and I have a deep and wide ranging conversation that covers:
    What Kevin experienced when he diedHis road back to health and what key factors helped him most on this journeyHow Kevin's experience has shifted his perspective and deepened a sense of meaning and purpose in his work with leadersHis view on the importance of expressing appreciation and gratitudeHis take on the central question we have been exploring in the Courageous Life: "how do I keep my heart open when it begins to close?"Exciting new research on the importance of openness in leadershipThe 3 B's: A framework for keeping the heart and mind open to learning, connection, and growthAnd much more!**Please note that due to the nature and topic of this conversation it is possible that some listeners may find parts of the conversation to be upsetting or triggering. Please listen at your own discretion. Thank you.**

    About Kevin Cashman:

    Kevin Cashman is a best-selling author, CEO Advisor, and pioneer of the ‘grow the whole person to grow the whole leader’ approach to transformative leadership. He is the founder of LeaderSource Ltd, and the Chief Executive Institute® recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource was acquired by Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Global Leader of CEO and Executive Development across 130 offices that touch the lives of 100,000+ leaders monthly.
    Kevin has advised thousands of CEOs, senior executives and senior teams in more than 80 countries worldwide. He has written six books including Awakening the Leader Within and Leadership from the Inside Out, named the #1 best-selling business book of 2000 by CEO-READ and is now used at over 150 universities globally.
    For more on Kevin please follow him on LinkedIn or visit cashmanleadership.com
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Heartwarming and beautiful

I love the Courageous Life. Joshua is a delightful host who brings powerful questions and an open heart. His interview with Sunita Puri is one I have come back to again and again and I know I will again. With every episode, I gain a few nuggets of life learning and expansion. Highly recommend!

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Like a Phoenix

Thank you and your guests for bringing so much insight and understanding to my life. My soul and I are deeply grateful for learning about the wisdom within mindfulness and equanimity. I love listening to The Courageous Life. Always time well spent. Joshua is a courageous and compassionate ninja of thoughtfulness. 🥰

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I just finished listening to Joshua’s conversation with Roshi Joan Halifax. I’m inspired again by the way Joshua asks deep, thoughtful questions which invite exploration and unique, personal responses. As a Psychologist and a parent, I find nuggets of inspiration both personally and professionally in each podcast I listen to.

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