Free Your Inner Guru with Laura Tucker

Free Your Inner Guru with Laura Tucker

A podcast for big-hearted leaders making a meaningful impact in the world. We dive deep into conversations about conscious leadership, spirituality, mental health, personal growth, coaching and the self help industry. Join host Laura Tucker and her guests on the journey to connect to your inner wisdom and become the leader you want to see in the world.... Show More

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August 25, 2020 37 min
This is a continuation of the conversation with Brandy Amstel in Episode 70.  Listen to find out whether or not we saw James Arthur Ray as a guru, the dynamic between leader and learner on the personal growth journey, agency and self governance, and looking for the light side of self help. If you haven't listened to Part 1,  I suggest you back to Episode 70 for context.  Listening online?  You can find it here.. Mentioned in ...
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Brandy Amstel is an award-winning sculptor, painter and filmmaker.  “Being expressed is my art.” Brandy Amstel has a passion for using her gifts, skills and talents to generate a deeper spiritual conversation about the human experience and what it means to live from love, freedom, and full self expression. Brandy is featured in episodes 1 and 2 of the Wondery podcast Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment.  I invited Brandy to be a...
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We can all do better than uphold the status quo. Laura Tucker reflects on her involvement in the Wondery podcast Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment. In this episode I share what it was like to participate in this huge podcast and why I lend my voice to projects that tell the story about what happened at James Arthur Ray's Spiritual Warrior retreat in October 2009 when Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman died after a ...
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Brad Warner and Free Your Inner Guru host Laura Tucker talk about Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen and the dangers of pushing for a spiritual breakthrough before you are ready. Brad Warner is a Soto Zen priest, bass guitarist for the punk band Zero Defex and the author of Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen. In his most recent book, Brad Warner introduces us to Zen Buddhism through the perspective of letters he writes to his frie...
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June 19, 2020 69 min
Charles Wilson is a pianist and composer who believes music is medicine. Artist and composer Charles Wilson plays the piano and tours at the highest levels of the music industry.  He has worked with Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, John Mayer, Demi Lovato and Cirque de Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal. Charles shares his professional journey, including his recent return to his roots in classical music. At his publisher's request,...
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Nafissa Shireen is an Income Growth Mentor and Coach, the owner of Believe & See Ranch, and the host of Living Forward TV on YouTube. I invited Nafissa on to pick her brain about why British Columbia has had a less dramatic experience of the COVID 19 pandemic compared to Ontario, Quebec, and much of the United States. We had a big conversation that touches on every theme that's important to this podcast:  conscious leadersh...
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Listen. Empathize. Amplify. In this episode, host Laura Tucker shares her point of view on racism, the role of shame in suppression, and how we can all use our power of influence for good. Mentioned in this episode: Written version of "Where Can We Use Our Power for Good?" with Map of Consciousness David R Hawkins, Power vs Force:  The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
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Jill Castle says every child, from toddler to teen, wants some level of autonomy and agency. She says it’s all very normal, but it can throw parents for a loop.  It’s difficult for parents to know in their heart that they are struggling, and not know where to get help. In this episode, Jill Castle and Free Your Inner Guru® host Laura Tucker talk about the dance between getting what you need as a parent, raising an independent, aut...
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The expression "pandemic pivot" is making me nauseous. Especially when it's used in marketing. Apparently I'm not alone on this one. How we use our words says a lot about us, literally, figuratively, and spiritually.  And some things are just cringe-worthy. Whether the cause is the words themselves, how they're being used, or the person using them, we should pay attention. Would you want to know if you are tr...
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James Victore is a MoMA artist, designer, and author of Feck Perfuction - Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life. James Victore joins Laura to explore his book Feck Perfection and creativity as an essential leadership skill in our suddenly changed world. Highlights from this conversation, recorded on March 26, 2020: How social isolation and physical distancing have affected James Victore's day to day life and business. ...
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March 31, 2020 17 min
Have you been feeling disconnected in this time of physical isolation? We can be physically isolated and still use one of our superpowers - creativity - to connect with others in new ways.  In this unprecedented time of physical isolation, Free Your Inner Guru host Laura Tucker explores the importance of community and connection. Mentioned in this episode: Want something to make you smile?  Here's Laura's family singing ...
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Dr Stuart Eisendrath is the author of When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression and the founding director of the University of California San Francisco Depression Center. "One of the most important ingredients in self compassion is realizing that you are part of a large community. So if you’re suffering from depression, you’re not alone. It’s not a strange or unique illness....
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Feeling bored is an opportunity to look within and make a shift. "I'm bored!" It's tempting blame outside factors like the season or the weather when we're feeling stuck or restless.   In this week's episode, you'll hear what Laura's mother said to her as a teenager that still rings true today. Boredom and stagnation can be an opportunity to look within for solutions on the personal growth journey...
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Lee Harris is an intuitive guide, speaker, musician and author of Energy Speaks: Messages from Spirit on Living, Loving and Awakening. Lee Harris’s journey as a channeler began in 1998 when he first heard the voice of his spirit guides, known as The Zs, while on his way to work on the London Underground train. I first became aware of Lee’s work in 2016 when I was looking for resources for a quickly changing world and navigating so...
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January 10, 2020 11 min
"I want you to think of listening to Free Your Inner Guru as an act of self care in increasingly intense times." Listen to this first episode of 2020 for a preview of what you can expect in the coming weeks and months on Free Your Inner Guru. Mentioned in this episode: Want daily inspiration delivered to your inbox? Sign up for Laura's Daily Letters Episode 32:  Jessica Tracy - The Impact of Pride on Success and Auth...
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Robyn Spizman wants you to share the love in your heart out loud. In these times where there’s so much divisiveness and division, New York Times bestselling author and media personality Robyn Spizman is on a mission to inspire us to share the love in our heart out loud. In her book Loving Out Loud: The Power of a Kind Word, Robyn shares specific ways you can strengthen the bonds with the people you care about, guide you to connect ...
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Dr Adit Margaliot's journey as a medical doctor has been about questioning dogma, breaking away from stale patterns of thinking, and listening to one's inner wisdom. Dr Adit Margaliot is an MD who specialized in neurology and neuromuscular disorders. After years of listening to her patients struggle with their neurological conditions, and their sleep, she wanted to better understand this problem and how to help them manage ...
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CEO Marc Lesser is on a mission to make mindfulness an essential practice of leadership. Marc Lesser is a speaker, workshop leader, and executive coach. Marc is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Assoc...
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Martha Henderson is an Olympian, keynote speaker, and host of the Rising Tides Speaker Series. Martha Henderson represented Canada with her sailing team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. As an Olympian, the pursuit of excellence is in her blood. She is known for inspiring beliefs that you can achieve outcomes beyond your expectations. In this conversation with Free Your Inner Guru host Laura Tucker, Martha shares her roller coaster ...
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Lisa Mattam is the CEO of Sahajan, an evidence-based natural skin care line based on the 5000 year old science of Ayurveda. In this interview, Lisa shares the milestones and the challenges of her journey from strategic consulting in the pharmaceutical industry to founding her own skin care line that reaches back to her family’s roots in southern India. Moments before this interview, Lisa Mattam and Laura Tucker discovered they went...
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