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Best Nick Zolfo podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best Nick Zolfo podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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“Contemplate This!” features interviews with leaders and teachers of contemplative practices (mindfulness, meditation, contemplative prayer, etc.) in order to learn about their history, how they became involved in contemplation, what their daily practice looks like, how they teach and share the fruits of contemplation with others – and most importantly – how their practice has transformed them and inspired their work to transform others and the world around them.
 
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Janelle Christa is a Hollywood coach, actress, producer, and screenwriter, and creator of “conscious entertainment”. Having come from a history of affairs, divorce, and family dysfunction as well as a bi-polar diagnosis, she strongly believes that happiness is a choice. Janelle’s level of expertise sees her coaching celebrity clients and people fro…
 
Alex and I met through a couple of friends just over 2 months ago now. I immediately felt his understanding of the world and the way that he articulated it was something special, so I had to have him on the podcast. I know that you'll feel the same way after listening to our conversation. We talk about: His introduction to meditation How he got int…
 
Guest Ben Gioia Ben Gioia (“joya”) is a two-time best-selling author, speaker, and creator of the Influence With A Heart® Method. If you have a BIG IDEA, Ben will teach you how to write your #1 best selling book — in 5 weeks — and position yourself for a media explosion (and more) in 3 months. Ben helped a Fortune 100 company shift culture, trained…
 
Devon and Craig Hase are such genuine people and speak about the deep topics of Buddhist Dharma in a very accessible way. They spread joy through their words and lighthearted nature and have recently published a book, "How Not To Be a Hot Mess" that captures so much of what makes them great to talk to, and offers a practical guide to living in toda…
 
Stefanie was a joy to talk to. She started meditating about 5 years ago and didn't maintain that consistently. Recent events within her life have caused her to reconnect with her meditation practice and that just so happened to be in the middle of the current global pandemic. We talked about: Burnout in her first job caused her to turn to Meditatio…
 
Guest Robert Waldinger Author of one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, Dr. Waldinger is the founder and Executive Director of the Lifespan Research Foundation. A psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest, Dr. Waldinger is an expert on the tenets of human thriving, developed by leading the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the lon…
 
Miles has been on a couple of year long retreats and has found each of his experiences only further fuels his curiosity and wonder about his mind and the minds of others. He speaks very deeply about the precious inner workings of life backed by close to 10 years of devotion to these practices. We talk about: Doing a 10 day vipassana reatreat prior …
 
Guest Nick Zolfo Nick Zolfo is a podcast host, meditation teacher, and community builder. He brings experience with 4.5 years of his own meditation practice, coursework in mindfulness, including SIYLI 2 day training, and 3 years of hosting the Catching Z’s podcast. He seeks to help others explore their minds and develop their own practice. Catching…
 
Sierre is a very interesting person to chat with. She combines a depth of knowledge with a thoughtful approach to looking at life. She's only been meditating for a little over a year and already speaks about life in delicate and amazing ways! We chatted about: How reading Andy Puddicombe’s book got her into meditation Mom’s present of Transcendenta…
 
Guest Keith Kristich Hi, I’m Keith Kristich and I live in Buffalo, NY with my (amazing) partner and wife, Colleen. I’m a lover of nature, good conversation, and am often found with a book, banjo, or guitar in hand. During times of quiet in 2009, I found myself meditating by accident! Not understanding what was happening, I immediately began to look…
 
I left this interview feeling more connected to the world and felt like I had traveled around the world as well. Mag is a magnificent storyteller and has made traveling a center piece to her life and marrying those two things is wonderful to experience. We chat about: How she got the travel bug at 11 years old when she lived in Italy for 3 years Wh…
 
Ven. Kusala Bikshu is an American-born monk ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam and head monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in the Korea town section of Los Angeles. Kusala is a member of the Buddhist-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Los Angeles and MID – Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue, a national organization of Buddhists and C…
 
Aaron is so in tune with the tiny details of life and how they play out in our realities. He was so fascinating to chat with that I threw out just some random questions I'd been pondering in my head and he answered them with poise and an amazing amount of thoughtfulness with each word. He is dedicating the foreseeable future to the monastic life an…
 
Guest Mag Dimond Mag Dimond is the award-winning author of Bowing to Elephants: Tales of a Travel Junkie (which hit #1 in 5 countries on the day it launched and just won Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to Eat, Pray, Love in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the min…
 
Cheryl has a contagious energy and speaks from her heart while she talks intensely about her struggles with anxiety. She's had a long career as a musician and she has a competitive drive that helped when she added meditation to her self-care routine. She's now over 600 days in to her practice and isn't looking back. We covered a lot of topics inclu…
 
Alex achieved a good amount of success in high school in both sports and academics. Little did he know the real world would give him a rude awakening that would eventually manifest in a panic attack. He turned to meditation after sifting through many self help guides and has seen great benefits since then. We talk about: Achieving a lot at an early…
 
Jeff has a breadth of knowledge that makes chatting with him a marvel. He has degrees in neuroscience and behavioral psychology as well as a masters of Buddhist studies from Hong Kong University. I was so eager to chat with him and get his thoughts that I threw a bunch of different topics at him and he did not disappoint with any of his answers. We…
 
Guest Fr. Bill Sheehan, Omi Fr. Bill is a priest and a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.), and has a Masters Degree in Formative Spirituality from Duquesne University. He has ministered to clergy as Director of Ministry to Priests, and he has broad experience in pastoral ministry as a pastor and in marriage counseling. Mis…
 
Beauty is not only her name but also classifies the amazing energy she radiates when I talked to her. She has gone through some pretty traumatic experiences in her life and has chosen a path of healing rather than a path of self destruction. The strength and confidence by which she talks about each subject we cover is outstanding and you can feel h…
 
Tasshin is currently the Assistant Director at the Monastic Academy. Saying those words to 23 year old Tasshin would have made him laugh and he would have wrote them off. His journey and his transformation is truly fascinating. He talks from a place of experience about the foundational elements of what it means to be a human and speaks about them f…
 
Guest Fr. Columba Stewart, Osb Since becoming the executive director of the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s Abbey in 2003, Columba has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and India, cultivating relationships with communities possessing manuscript collections from the early med…
 
Dr Danny Penman is a meditation teacher and award-winning writer and journalist. He currently writes features for the UK Daily Mail, having previously worked for the BBC, New Scientist and the Independent newspaper. He is co-author of the international bestseller Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. I talk to Danny ab…
 
Heidi has been around the wholistic wellness world for a while, she holds a Doctorate in Psychology, is a Yoga Teacher, and teaches mindfulness based therapy to create a practice that looks at the whole person instead of just a couple of pieces. She has a ton of knowledge about what it takes to be a full human and she was a joy to chat with. We tal…
 
Xenia was experiencing bouts of depression and even suicidal thoughts and she knew that she either had to make a change or that the path she was on wouldn't end well. She decided that she needed to leave her unfulfilling job and leave her home country of Germany. She decided to make a significant change by moving to Canada as well as taking up a se…
 
Guest Michael Poffenberger Michael joined the CAC as Executive Director in 2014 after first serving on the Board of Directors. He is responsible for overseeing a multi-year strategy to develop CAC as the 21st-century platform for transformative spiritual teaching that builds upon Fr. Richard’s lifetime of work. He has led the organization through s…
 
Toby Sola dove into meditation in his teens when he was introduced to some contemplative practices through a neighbor who was willing to share them with him. Lyme Disease then caused him to dive even deeper into a meditation practice in a time in need. I loved this conversation because you can tell how long he's been practicing and how deeply he's …
 
Jakob Brewer has an amazing awareness about himself. He just recently started getting serious about meditation and achieved a milestone of 1,000 minutes of meditation time and I had to have him on to talk about his experience. We chat about: How a wild epiphany during meditation caused him to want to dive deeper Getting to 1,000 minutes of meditati…
 
Guest Jim Mcelroy Jim McElroy is a member of the national coordinating committee for Centering Prayer 12-Step Outreach. He travels regularly to present the introductory Centering Prayer workshop, and he hosts days of reflection and leads retreats to help others deepen their daily practice of Centering Prayer. I first met Jim McElroy when he facilit…
 
Jay has a lot of experience in the design field and you can feel the mindfulness influence that he brings to his work. The way that he approaches thinking about design concepts is refreshing and forward thinking. We chat about: Getting exposed to meditation growing up in India and being taught the gayatri mantra How a jam session turned into gettin…
 
On this month's Catching up with Catching Z's, I talk about some recent conversations that I've been having with individuals about starting a meditation practice and the benefits it can have on your life. It's important to keep in mind why this practice is worth putting forth the effort and I dive into that on this episode!…
 
Karen Salmansohn is hilarious and is wonderful to talk to. She embraces her journey in life and talks about concepts in very digestible ways. She talks about how she has applied this to her most recent book, Instant Calm, which has 2 minute sensory meditations in it and is available everywhere August 27th. Pre-order it at the link below! We also ta…
 
Brian Aikens is doing amazing work in Pennsylvania teaching kids SEL and changing their lives from the inside out. He has an amazing dedication to his craft and has a true passion for helping kids. We talk about: How stressing out in graduate school got him introduced to meditation What effects he feels today from meditation Bringin SEL techniques …
 
Guest Jill Wener After 10+ years practicing Internal Medicine in a busy urban hospital, Dr. Jill Wener knows firsthand what severe stress and burnout feel like. In the midst of her own burnout, she was introduced to Conscious Health Meditation, and it had a profound effect on her resilience and reactivity. Like many healthcare professionals, Jill w…
 
Stephan is a licensed psychotherapist as well as a spiritual teacher, and he has been a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology and in the embodiment of awakened awareness in everyday life. We had a wonderful, life-changing chat about many things but the direct approach to mindfulness he teaches is truly a life-changing …
 
Donald Altman was a fascinating person to chat with. His background is in psychotherapy, he's a former Buddhist monk, and grounded in a lot of research and science that comes through on almost every topic that we discuss together. We talked about: Being a buddhist monk at the age of 40 and how this formalized his meditation practice How a Cadbury c…
 
Lyonzo Vargas is a special soul and you get that vibe the minute you hear him talk. I had a great time talking to him about how he got to where he is and how visualization meditations have helped influenced that path. We chat about: How anxiety as an artist got him to find meditation The pressures that he had as an artist Using visualization medita…
 
This was a very special conversation for me to have with my role model, my inspiration, my father, Mike Zolfo. It gives you some good insight into why I am the way that I am. We talk about the ups and downs of being a father, how he has viewed being a father, what being a father means to him and the joy that this has brought him in his life. He giv…
 
Loch Kelly plain and simple changed the way that I look at mindfulness. He shares many wonderful tips about the technique that he has adopted he refers to as "effortless mindfulness". We tackle many other topics along the way. How a broadcaster talking about a quarterback with eyes in the back of his head got him into trying to do an early form of …
 
Guest Sarah Bachelard Sarah Bachelard is a theologian, retreat leader and priest in Anglican Orders, based in Canberra, Australia. She is the founding director of Benedictus Contemplative Church and an honorary research fellow at the Australian Catholic University. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where she studied theology with former…
 
Sounds like a crazy headline but truly the only thing that I can use to describe my recent experience. Hard to interpret right now, and even saying that sounds crazy but know that y'all will be along for my exploration into this new found way of meditating! Richard Miller Episode Loch Kelly's website Stephan Bodian's website…
 
Amanda is a dedicated Yogini with over 20 years of practice and fifteen years of teaching. She teaches weekly classes at the studio which she co-founded in 2001 with MC YOGI, in Point Reyes, California. Ten Thousand Buddhas by Amanda Giacomini is a worldwide, highly sought after art project, including large scale murals & fine art paintings. Featur…
 
Samuel Johns is an entrepreneur and Ironman triathlete. While working with other ambitious individuals at fast-growing companies, he realized his mission was to coach individuals to identify and connect with their core values, and from there go on to build skills and habits to live with greater clarity, connection, and wellbeing. His background in …
 
Guest Barry White, M.D. Dr. Barry White, M.D. is hematologist and an executive board member of VHI Health and Wellbeing, a part of VHI - the largest health insurance provider in Ireland. A longtime practitioner of Christian Meditation, he recently worked with Fr. Laurence Freeman of the World Community for Christian Meditation, to develop a contemp…
 
This was a wonderful and unique experience for me to get to interview my mom for a special mothers day episode. We get into all of the wonderful things about being a mother of 3 from her perspective as well as her role as a teacher for 23 years and how that has influenced being a mother, and vice versa. Love you, Mom! Thirty Million Words Book…
 
Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected yoga teacher and back specialist. The L.A. Times named Larry “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers”. He co-authored Yoga Therapy Rx, Yoga for Dummies and The Business of Teaching Yoga. Larry is founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founder of the Corporate…
 
Hava Rose was truly delightful to talk with. She talks about her introduction to meditation through the delightful voice of Eckhart Tolle on the audiobook version of The Power of Now. This led her to seek a deeper calling from within and begin to address what the universe was telling her. She speaks from a place of extreme awareness and does so in …
 
Guest Phileena Heuertz Home Page - gravity Phileena is my first repeat guest - she appeared on Episode 4. Along with her husband, Chris Heuertz (guest on Episode 5), she founded Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, in Omaha, Nebraska. She discovered the need to meld contemplation into an active life, after twenty years serving the poorest …
 
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