“We meditate to get good at life, not to get good at meditation." – Emily Fletcher
This week, join us in a neuroscience-packed conversation with founder of Ziva Meditation and leading expert on meditation for high performance, Emily Fletcher. Emily was a successful Broadway actor until she realized after reaching her “I’ll be happy when…” moment, she wasn’t all that happy. Soon after that, Emily dropped her life in NYC to study in India and has since: founded an online meditation empire, taught more than 15,000 students, been featured in the New York Times, TODAY Show and Vogue, and has most recently finished her incredible first book, “Stress Less, Accomplish More.” In this episode we talk about the difference between the pursuit of happiness and finding happiness in the pursuit, the neuroscience behind why meditation works (for the skeptics out there), and how raising our consciousness can ultimately change the world. Stick around for Emily’s guided empowering breathwork meditation at the end of the episode!
“I got to my ‘I’ll be happy when’ thing, and I wasn’t happy.” – Emily Fletcher
- Empowering Breathwork
- Ziva Meditation
- “Stress Less, Accomplish More” Book
- “Stress Less, Accomplish More” on Amazon
- “How to Save the World in Two Simple Steps”
- Right vs. Left Brain
- Corpus callosum
- Cellular Memory
- Stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol)
- Dorsomedial prefrontal cortex
- Fight or Flight
- Growth vs. Fixed Mindset
- Meditation you rely on the most: Nishkam Karma Yoga
- Current Obsession: Jasper (my son)
- First thing you do when you wake up: Tongue-scrape, brush my teeth and meditate
- Favorite Self-Care Hack: Drinking hot water before meals
Life Advice: Even on the days you’re not enjoying your meditation practice, do it anyway.
- Type of Meditation you rely on most?
Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
- Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
- Self-Care Hack?
I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
- If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.