Must-Knows Before You Die

Must-Knows Before You Die

Stories and Lessons from this life. (and maybe some from the previous one.)


October 18, 2022 15 mins

In this episode, Niya reflects on a recent difficulty she experienced and what she learned from it. 

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Hello my dears,

Do you find relationships to be easy and peaceful experiences? Do you often end up resentful that your love was not reciprocated? or is your frustration more that people want more of you than you feel comfortable offering them?

It turns out most of our impulses, needs and expectations are ingrained in our attachment system that we gained in our early life experiences.  That is what attachment theo...

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June 26, 2022 21 mins

Hello my dears,

In this episode, we're going to spiral beyond time and space to figure out how we can be truly free, why that matters, if it does, and why we need it and we end at two painfully honest truths. 

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May 28, 2022 21 mins

Life is full of losses and heartbreak. How can we thrive because of what happened to us instead of letting it break us?

In this highly vulnerable episode we'll discuss the complexity of loss and the people it turns us into. Then we end with a beautiful story you definitely should not miss. 

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Vincent Van Gogh once wrote "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and lost my mind in the process."  

He is not the only one who struggled with anxiety and depression in his short life. There is not enough space to name all the impressive artists who suffered unimaginably if not committed suicide.  

Being a good artist requires an incredible amount "feeling" and focusing on expressing. But ...

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March 27, 2022 14 mins

Today, we’re exploring the emotion we call guilt. And how it is leading us to doing worse not becoming a better person.

All examples are fictional.

Is corporal punishment an effective means of discipline
Reduced Prefrontal Cortical Gray Matter Volume in Young Adults Exposed to Harsh Corporal Punishment
Parental Conditional Regard: Psychological Costs and Antecedents

Books on parenting with un...

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March 15, 2022 12 mins

What does it even mean to be a good person in this messy and complicated world we're living in? 

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March 6, 2022 12 mins

We all want to be happy.   

But for people who value happiness a lot, we do tend to do a lot of things that make us unhappy. Especially when it comes to work. Only about half of the people in the US enjoy their jobs. Is there anything we can do about this? or is selling our soul for some coin our only option? 
In this episode, we'll talk about how we can find work that we love and are engaged with and other...

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February 27, 2022 18 mins

Have you ever been in situations where you can't comprehend how a person can believe things that seem so insane?
Why are people that try to be good and moral divided by their beliefs?

In this episode, Niya answers a call from her 50 years future self that is struggling to get a grasp of moral beliefs.

*Some ideas in this episode are inspired by the book "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt. A...

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February 20, 2022 13 mins

It would be insane to think that any of us can always be perfectly rational. In fact most of the time we're influenced not by reason but by our environments and emotions.

Other times, it's the world that has gone completely bonkers. And we, even if we know the truth, OUR truth, it can be incredibly hard to go against the wave because the definition of insane is someone who doesn't see reality like it's ...

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February 13, 2022 14 mins

What is Love really?  
And how can we get more love in our lives?  
In this episode, we'll explore how the ancients Greeks thought about love and what we can learn about this illusive but highly desired emotion.

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February 6, 2022 16 mins

Why do some of us find it so hard to say no? Or to ask for help? or Say what we really mean?

Why do we keep on sabotaging our relationships and other good things in our lives?

 Psychologist Carl Jung first coined the term The Shadow Self. The parts of our personalities we deny and keep deep in our subconscious. In this Episode we talk about how we can identify our shadow selves, and what it really means to integra...

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January 29, 2022 13 mins

We've all at one point or another had to introduce ourselves. We usually say our names, origins, Jobs. But who are we really more than the labels we are given from the external world? What does it really mean to know yourself? 

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December 11, 2021 3 mins

Life is short. The remedy to this is not fearing death or wishing to live forever. Instead using this short time deliciously and purposefully. Through this podcast, we'll explore all the ideas on how to live fully and what's important to each of us so that we can pursue the version of ourselves that's more authentic. 

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