Mastering the Meditation Habit with Emily Fletcher: PYP 254

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Emily Fletcher is one of the new faces of an ancient practice. Former Broadway star and founder of Ziva Meditation, she talks funny, dirty, relatable, and wise about one of the simplest, cheapest, and most profound of wellness practices: going within ourselves.

Emily draws upon her experiences in a stress-inducing profession, her immersion in the spiritual technologies of ancient India, and cutting-edge research into the neuroscience of consciousness to give meditation a modern angle: it's a brain gym for high performers.

If you'd like to experience Ziva for yourself, I managed to negotiate a nice discount for Plant Yourself listeners (and I don't get a penny if you sign up – I just really believe in what Emily's doing, and the benefits you'll get from it).

In our conversation (which you can also watch in the video below), we covered:

  • being “the most competitive meditation teacher”
  • from child to adult in one year
  • growing up training to be “professionally beautiful”
  • suffering from chronic inflammation and insomnia as a Broadway understudy
  • discovering the benefits of meditation
  • shifting from object-referral to self-referral for happiness
  • struggling to play Val in A Chorus Line
  • reframing meditation for high performers
  • the importance of deep rest and surrender
  • all indigenous traditions contain techniques of de-excitation
  • why India has preserved the purest meditation lineage
  • a verifiable fourth state of consciousness
  • the balance of mysticism and science
  • the challenge of charging money for teaching meditation
  • seeing the brain and the mind as hardware and software
  • dealing with our “300 million year old meat suit”
  • contextualizing and navigating the fight or flight response
  • the connection between meditation and sex
  • and much more…

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