A conversation with meditation teacher, Mary Meckley.

This conversation features Mary Meckley from Sip and Om. I was really happy and honoured to get Mary onto a call with me as she has been my meditation teacher for the last couple of years. I first started following Mary after we met at a productivity conference in New York City and learned about her Daily Meditation Podcast. Everyday she would record a brand new meditation to share with her listeners and her calm and soothing style of meditation really helped take my meditation habit to another level.

In this hour-long conversation, Mary and I talk about a variety of topics including how she got started with meditation, the benefits of meditation, recommendations for beginners, breakdown of various techniques, tips for consistency, and so much more. We even do an impromptu meditation from 41:00 to 44:45 into the conversation.

If you’re interested, Mary runs a membership community at Sip and Om with full guided meditations, monthly support calls, and a private Facebook for her meditation community. If you’re interested in meditating or are looking for support/help in improving your meditations, this might be a great resource. You can try a 2-week trial here. You can also access some of her free, unguided meditations on her Daily Meditation Podcast.

Connect with Mary:

Twitter: @SipandOm

Resources from the interview:

Daily Meditation Podcast
Sip and Om
Tulsi tea
Mate tea
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

A Conversation with Travis Hellstrom of Advance Humanity

In this post, I get to share with you a conversation I had with Travis Hellstrom. Travis leads Advanced Humanity, a consultancy that works with everyday humanitarians, nonprofits, and businesses. After college, he decided to forgo medical school to travel to Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer. He spent a total of four years in Mongolia where he also met his wife. Travis is an author of multiple books including the Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook and Questions for the Dalai Lama, and just an all-round good guy.

I wanted to interview Travis because of a course he created called Crafting Your Purpose. It’s a simple four-week program designed to help you understand your values, your major life roles, and ultimately helping you craft your purpose. We breakdown some of the exercises in the interview and I ask him what inspired him to create the course. If you’re interested in learning more, you can access the first exercise for free.

Travis and I have a wide-ranging conversation in which we also talk about his daily habits, favourite books, and so much more. He’s a fascinating guy with a lot of depth and soul. Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I enjoyed it myself!


Connect with Travis:

Twitter: @TravisHellstrom

Resources from the interview:

Crafting Your Purpose Course
Peace Corps
Peace Corps Response – Short Term Placements
Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook by Travis Hellstrom
Advance Humanity
B Corp 101
Freedom App
Productivity Planner

Book recommendations:

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John D. Mann
Pivot by Jenny Blake (pre-order now)