Episode 9

How Can We Use Mindfulness to Pave the Way for Authenticity?

Our ninth episode discusses the topic of authenticity with an attempt to dive deeper into the ways authenticity translates in our daily lives.


Welcoming Our Guests

We were honored to welcome our panel of special guests eager to discuss how mindfulness encourages self-awareness of our natural “stages of being” and provides updated context to our past and future selves.

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Melissa Nadia Viviana is an existentialist author and Beat Philosopher who writes satire, memoir, philosophy of the mind, and existentialism. She spent the past 8 months traveling through the U.S. with her Dalmatian and hosts two brand new podcasts: “The Beat Philosopher” which discusses memoir, psychology, and philosophy of the mind, and “Calm AF Existentialist” which explores Eastern Philosophy and wisdom.


Jim Spivey, Partner, Mazzi Partners. Jim brings his experience as a former technology business executive and life coach to his work at a consulting firm focused on awakening change. He is inspired by prolific author, Peter Block, to change his own attitude toward aging and lead by example to change the world.


Misty W Gilbert is a transformational coach, blogger, writer, and speaker with a passion to encourage, support, and inspire others to create the life that they want by choosing to Intentionally Live. Misty is also a TEDx speaker on The Art of Authenticity, and vulnerably shares her horrific story of how she lived hiding in fear, hating her life, and ruled by the pain of her abusive past.


Ashok Zaman, currently living in Shanghai, Ashok Zaman is a post-traditional yogi, long-time meditator, philosopher, and casually alarmed observer.


Aaron Force is a researcher exploring ego and its impacts on humanity. Author of “What is Transpersonal Extropy,” Aaron usually describes his life as Before Awakening and After. In 2015, he experienced an awakening experience which led him to explore consciousness and help others discover their highest human potential.


Authenticity is the ability to maintain an individual “you” state of mind in the present moment despite pressures and obligations to conform to society, the past, the future, our families, our culture, and friends.


In a complex, globalized world that gives you access to information and stimulation around the clock, it feels more and more like authenticity isn’t something you can choose to have once.

It has to be something you choose to mindfully have on a daily basis and it starts with deeply understanding your core values.

What is it that matters to you? And are you living in alignment with it internally and externally?

These questions are the foundation to living your life authentically with your true self leading the way. The answers can give you the inspiration to face the consequences of being vulnerable and refusing to conform to self-imposed or external expectations.


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