The Purpose Filter

The Purpose Filter

What does it mean to lead a life well-lived? As a palliative care physician, I’m fortunate to witness some of life’s most intimate moments at the bedside of seriously ill—often terminal—patients. There’s an incredible clarity, purpose and meaning that comes with confronting one’s mortality and my mission is to share that with the world so everyone can live their best, most meaningful and fulfilling life. Join me for the stories, insights and inspiring interviews that will transform our lives, ourselves and the world. We’ll tackle topics like health, relationships, productivity, mindset, business, and uncover what it takes to lead the full-spectrum life of our dreams. Experience life with gratitude and wonder as we explore the universal truths of what makes us human: connection, meaning, acceptance and love. You have a purpose. Let’s discover it together.

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January 26, 2022 21 min

You're tired. You're overwhelmed. You have so much to do and never enough time to do it. You feel trapped in a cycle of wanting to be productive and yet paralyzed by the anxiety of everything you have to do.

Sounds like you? Well then add this episode to your queue and listen up as we talk about overwhelm and more importantly, how to manage it.

In this episode we discuss:

  • debunking the biggest myth about what causes overwhelm ...
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    You've heard the phrase before: "Mindset is everything". 

    And it's true—a great mindset is one of the best tools we have to make positive changes in our lives.

    But despite having a great mindset, why do we still fall short of our goals? How do we explain that? The problem is that we often forget mindset alone isn't enough and that's what we'll be talking about on this episode, the final part of the New Yea...

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    Oh boy, if you've ever pushed something off to the last minute or thought "hmm, I can finish that tomorrow", then you've landed on the right episode!

    Part 2 of the "New Year, Purposeful You" series gets down and dirty with a topic we've all dealt with—Procrastination.

    (BTW, click here to listen to part 1 of the series where we talk all about how to set an intention for 2022 and play full out in the one an...

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    Are you feeling an odd sense of deja vu this January 1st?

    Maybe it's because you realize you keep writing down the same few resolutions at the beginning of each year and you're ready for a REAL change.

    So why not try a different tactic for 2022? 

    Enter our "New Year, Purposeful YOU" series. These 3 episodes will help set the tone for a year of intention and the pursuit of a life that makes you so EXCITED to be alive.

    In...

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    Have you ever gotten to December 31st and immediately thought, "How is this year already over? What have I even done all year?"

    If this sounds like you, then grab a pen & paper and pay attention as this episode walks you through an exercise that will completely change how you evaluate the past year and set you up for the best 2022 ever. 

    In this episode we discuss:

  • how the language you use to describe the events of your ye...
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    This episode is an interview from a recent livestream recording for "Gratefully Living the Chronic Life" with Lauren Blanchard Zalewski.

    She runs the Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain Facebook group which focuses on using GRATITUDE in order to enhance our healing from the emotional pain associated with chronic pain/illness/depression.

    Watch the video on YouTube here:

    In this episode we discuss:

  • how naming what we're ...
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    Have you ever had carefully laid plans that life decided to (not so) conveniently flip upside down? 

    Well, that's exactly what Dr. Sari Green experienced when she uncovered the hidden reality behind her happy marriage just 4 months into her first pregnancy. What followed was a 6 year journey of self-exploration,  resilience and healing.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • how a complete life dismantling helped reawaken and realign what wa...
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    You’re a responsible adult. You plan for retirement, set aside money for a rainy day, and even save for your children’s college tuition. 

    But when it comes to planning for the future, chances are one of the most important decisions you could make is one you’ve never even considered. Until now!

    In this episode, we cover a fundamental topic in palliative care and discuss the importance of choosing a health care proxy. We cover what it ...

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    We all have scars. There are visible ones that we can show others at cocktail parties as we trade stories of how we injured ourselves. And there's also the invisible ones that are too hurtful, traumatic or shameful to think of, let alone speak aloud.

    But whether we can see them or not, our scars, our wounds—they all carry a story.

    This episode explores the wounds and scars we carry with us—the ones that have deeply transformed u...

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    Ready to hear an embarrassing story? 

    It's a tale of obsession and fixation on an object of desire—specifically the Hermes Kelly leather luxury handbag—that ultimately helped me realize an uncomfortable truth about who I was and where I wanted to take my life. It's a story of how I fell victim to external noise and expectations, how it clouded my judgment and kept me from finding my true self.

    This episode is about so much mo...

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    In palliative care, we are taught to embrace silence and even how to use it strategically when having difficult conversations. In this episode, we delve further into how we can use quiet reflection and silent space to have profound breakthroughs in our own lives and how to use it to cultivate a deeper connection with our world and ultimately, ourselves. 

    Follow @purposefilter on Instagram for more inspiration and life lessons

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    Let's face it: we all know someone who's so incredibly confident that we're secretly jealous and wish we could be more like them. 

    My friend recently asked me "How are you so confident??"

    The thing is, I wasn't always this way. I grew up as a shy immigrant who was constantly bullied, which eventually led me to being taken advantage of in all aspects of my adult life—in school, at work, and in my relationships....

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    September 24, 2021 28 min

    In this episode we explore grief and how to begin the process of healing after experiencing loss.  Whether you have lost a job, a relationship, your health or the life of a loved one, this episode shares the strategies that will set you on the path towards feeling better.

    "...there is not a typical response to loss, as there is no typical loss. Our grieving is as individual as our lives." - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

    Resources men...

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    Part 2 of our special anniversary episode chronicles the experiences of 9 Americans, as told in their own words. Hear their powerful stories as they share their whereabouts that day, how 9/11 has shaped their thoughts about life, the pandemic, and the world. 

    Two decades have passed since the crisp September morning that would alter the course of history. 

    I was only 14 at the time, going to school just a few blocks away from the twi...

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    Two decades have passed since the crisp September morning that would alter the course of history. A singular event that upended our lives, our world views and our country.

    I was only 14 at the time, going to school just a few blocks away from the twin towers, so 9/11 is a day that carries a special place in my heart. Join me for a special 2 part episode where we reflect on our experiences on the actual day but more importantly, how ...

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    August 31, 2021 19 min

    We all know what a "bucket list" is—we all probably have one of our own. It's a list of items we'd like to accomplish before the proverbial bucket kicking aka the end of our lives. 

    We think we'll be able to start crossing items off our bucket list at a later date. We wait until the time is "right", when we've achieved a big goal or turned a certain age. We believe that the opportunity to go on our dr...

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    August 24, 2021 32 min

    What's the right path, the right way to do something? Society, culture and the people around us often dictate we perceive as the "correct" path forward. But what happens when what we feel in our hearts differs from the typical, the normal, the socially accepted? 

    This episode discusses how finding the "right" way requires one to look inward, and how  things often work out even better than we could have imagined, ...

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    August 13, 2021 16 min

    You've seen the side by side comparisons: expectations versus reality.  Perhaps an online purchase was not as advertised or your cake doesn't turn out like the beautiful recipe you followed. 

    But how much of what's causing us stress, anxiety, anger and disappointment in life is because of the mismatch between what we thought was going to happen versus what our reality actually is? How does the lens of expectation affect ...

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    August 13, 2021 28 min

    Join me in this episode to learn about my journey to pursuing palliative care, how it's made me a better person and transformed how I practice medicine and view the world.

    Per the World Health Organization: "Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of earl...

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    July 31, 2021 1 min

    What does it mean to lead a life well-lived? As a palliative care physician, I’m fortunate to witness some of life’s most intimate moments at the bedside of seriously ill--often terminal--patients. There’s an incredible clarity, purpose and meaning that comes with confronting one’s mortality and my mission is to share that with the world so everyone can live their best, most meaningful and fulfilling life. Will there be lots of emo...

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