Anxiety & Mental Health

Through Rosie Colored Glasses

Rosie Acosta gets real about her struggles: from growing up in a one-bedroom apartment with 8 people in East LA, to hearing gunshots in the middle of the night, to experiencing panic attacks by the time she was just 13, it’s been a tough road. But what makes her story truly inspiring is how Rosie changed her life by shifting her perspective – a power we can all tap into (and which she shares in her 5-10 minute Personal Practice). Rosie reminds us that overcoming hardship is the key to understanding and fulfilling your life potential.

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Surpassing My Spiritual ‘Quota’

Actress Sarah Shahi, mom of 3, has more references and a perfect quote for every situation. As a regular client of the DEN we knew we had to get deep with her on DENtalks. You would never guess by how well read she is (and all the quotes) that it was only 3 years ago, with the death of her father, that she really started honing in on her studies of spirituality. However, when looking back, she shares some crazy stories that illuminate that she really has had a connection with the beyond from a very young age.

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Sounds of Silence

Heather Prete is a UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Self Compassion teacher, and Mindful Recovery Coach. She started her formal training in Tibetan compassion practices in 1998 and has studied under masters all over the world. We cover it all in this episode from Buddhism to Mindfulness to Nero Science to Dharma and she shares so many tidbits of wisdom that you can take and apply to your life. This episode dives deep into the parallels of science and buddhism.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Founder and CEO of Shape House, an Urban Sweat Lodge, Sophie Chiche opened her first location 6 years ago, and since then has opened 10 locations in Los Angeles and New York catching the attention of celebrities, wellness influencers, press and all those in search of a more spiritual approach to wellness. Sophie opens up about her own personal journey that lead her to sweating, just 10 years ago she was 350 pounds! She shares with us her struggles, and how she began to listen to her own voice inside.

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Find Your Circle, Find Yourself

Andréa Bendewald, a phenomenal mom, friend, actress, and also incredible spiritual leader here at The DEN Meditation, is with us today for a conversation rooted in The Art of Circling. Andrea runs our circles at The DEN, which we will talk about more in depth in today’s episode. We chat about her journey from being a successful actress to a spiritual mentor, the art of listening, falling off the spiritual wagon (and how you can get back on it), the law of attraction, how to stay centered, and how to dig deep in a world that sometimes rewards what’s on the surface.

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I Started to Live After I Died

We are honored to have Shaman Durek, 3rd generation shaman, spiritual teacher, and inspirational leader with us on DENtalks to discuss how ego drives us, resolving conflicts through love, how we all deserve and can attain happiness and how he DOES NOT believe in forgiveness. This episode is not for the closed minded – we discuss other dimensions, the dark energies that inhabit our planet, how forgiveness puts you in a purgatory like state, female vs. victim empowerment, and magnetic duality. Look, this episode is deep, but in the best kind of way.

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Homeless NOT Hopeless

LaRayia Gaston’s organization “Lunch on Me” pioneers new grassroots methods to empower the most vulnerable among us, LA’s homeless community. She refuses to give them something that she wouldn’t eat, and explains how one of the biggest problems is how we dehumanize this community, and by ignoring someone’s existence causes incredible damage. LaRayia teaches us how daily microgestures change the world, how we can all check our ego at the door.

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The Hardest Role: Motherhood

DENtalks Podcast welcomes actress Jordana Brewster for a candid conversation about motherhood, the pressures of Hollywood, and how meditation has helped her move through her anxiety. The mother of two, and star of Lethal Weapon and The Fast and Furious movie series, digs deep into how finding a spiritual practice helped her quiet her thoughts and helped her navigate her career. She speaks honestly about how parenting threw her off her practice and yet became the biggest reminder of how essential it is to hers and her kids daily balance.

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Who Am I Without MS?

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her role of Meadow on the Sopranos, joins Tal for a brave conversation about her struggle for positivity in her battle with MS, her refreshing take on death, and how finding a practice has shifted the energy in her life. Jamie is more than a “sick girl,” she is a courageous mother of two with great practical advice we could all use to check-in with ourselves when life gets rough.

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Obsessions Aside

We’re joined by actress, Amanda Seyfried, who has starred in Mean Girls, Mamma Mia, Big Love and so much more. Amanda opens up about her experience as a kid struggling with undiagnosed OCD, and shares her journey to accepting this and anxiety over time. The honest conversation reminds you to stay grounded and lose the fear of looking inwards to start making sense of life.

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