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May 18, 2022

Life Lessons On How To Consciously Unleash Your Greatness

Life Lessons On How To Consciously Unleash Your Greatness

Life Lessons On How To Consciously Unleash Your Greatness with Special Guest: Chris Plourde who is Los Angeles based Conscious Performance Coach, Consultant, Speaker, and Mind Body Instructor with over 20 years of experience. Chris has travelled both nationally and internationally speaking, educating on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of wellness & life. He has also worked with and coached well-known companies such as Walt Disney, Xerox, Lululemon, Twitter and many more! Chris has mentored and consulted with celebrities, business executives, top fitness professionals and military special ops personal. By disrupting old patterns and identifying limiting beliefs, Chris guides his clients to achieving their goals and through the process of falling in love with the Journey of becoming the greatest version of themselves!
In Chris’s words, ‘It is my goal to help individuals and organizations gain clarity, and work towards what they want in life, create new habits, and get into massive action by unleashing the greatness that is already there and owning their unique stories. I believe freedom is an inside job, and it’s our relationship with circumstances and people in our lives that sometimes need a perspective shift.

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Unknown Speaker  0:00  
Hello, I'm your host the gentle yoga warrior. And we have now reached season nine, which I feel delighted to share with you under the theme of life lessons. We are going to learn valuable life lessons from some of the greatest guests to inspire you to become the best possible version of yourself while loving and accepting yourself at the same time. Please welcome today, Chris Plourde. Chris is a Los Angeles bass conscious performance coach, consultant, speaker and Mind Body instructor. With over 20 years of experience, Chris has travelled both nationally and internationally speaking, educating on the physical, mental and emotional aspects of wellness and life he has worked with and coach well known companies such as Walt Disney, Xerox, Lululemon, Twitter, and many more. Chris has mentored and consulted with celebrities, business executives, top fitness professionals, and military Special Ops personnel. by disrupting all patterns and identifying limiting beliefs. Chris guides his clients to achieve their goals, and through the process of falling in love with their journey of becoming the greatest version of themselves. In Chris's words, it is my goal to help individuals and organisations gain clarity and work towards what they want in life, create new habits, and get into massive action by unleashing the greatness that is already there, and owning their own unique story. I believe freedom is an inside job. And it is our relationship with circumstance and people in our lives that sometimes needs perspective shift. So without further ado, joining us from Los Angeles, USA, please welcome Chris Plourde. So Chris, welcome to the show. And thank you so much for joining us today from Los Angeles. So this is a brand new season, and we are talking about life's lessons and I thought who better to talk about life lessons on how to consciously enlist one's greatness than you, Chris. So to me, it feels like unleashing our greatness is a sword again, first of all, I feel we need to know what greatness means to me. Greatness is living as your authentic self from a place of truth. A brave and bold person has to meet at least their greatness. I'm very interested to hear Chris what you have to say on this matter. So Chris, what is unleashing your greatness mean to you? And what inspired you to talk about today?

Unknown Speaker  3:04  
Excellent. Well, first of all, thanks for thanks for having me on. You know, I think greatness is something that each of us were born with, you know, we came in here as these perfect little souls and, you know, we went through our own individual lives in certain circumstances and and people have influenced us and programmed us to a certain degree, you know, in some of those programmes have been these beautiful things that we take these lessons and move with. And then some of those things that we have encountered, you know, we wouldn't wish upon anybody, because they were very hurtful, painful, traumatic, big trauma, little trauma, whatever the case may be. But if you really get a chance to look at those things that happened, and they happen, I believe, for us, not to us, we get to own those things, we get to look at those things and say, Why did those happen? And am I making the decisions in my life? Based upon trying to avoid those things? Now? Do I not want to go back into that same situation ever again, right. And so we create these habits of avoidance. The part that I love to see the Insight go off with people or the perspective shift is, now we have an opportunity to reprogram ourselves, right to look at those things and say, Why did this happen for me? Right? What did the gifts that I was able to extract from these situations, no matter how painful they were, right? And say, what was it that I developed because of this? And these things, were here for a reason to show me to teach me to to unleash that soul that I was born with, right. And I think that perspective shift is what we all are in search of. Because other than that, it's avoidance. Other than that, It's like running away from what we don't want. And when we get to choose and see that we have this power within us to say, I want to run towards what I want in life, and I am going to start to own these things that happened, and use them as superpowers as opposed to these things that are holding me back. Because we can't change what has happened in the past. But we can change our perspective and our relationship with them.

Unknown Speaker  5:25  
Certainly fantastic. And so inspiring Chris, perfect to think about that. I'm sure that I avoid things as well, like from my past, and I guess we avoid it because of the pain. And we don't want to kind of go back into that kind of feeling.

Unknown Speaker  5:38  
And I think that that that the pain is, you know, yes, we want to avoid it. It's human condition. We want to feel good, we want to be comfortable. But in having the courage to kind of go okay, what is this? It's an emotion. What is this emotion? I don't want to feel? And can I own this as a part of me? And can I have the courage to feel the feelings? Right? Knowing that every time I do, it'll get a little bit less and less and less as we come back around? Right? And it's like, and I think most people think, well, I felt I had the courage to feel it once. And then it happens again, a couple months or so later. And it's like, well, I thought I already dealt with that. And it's like, no, you, it doesn't ever go away. But it gets less, it gets a little less every time but having that emotional tolerance to kind of say, Okay, I'm going to feel this, again, it's a roller coaster, and it's part of me, and there's something here for me, and I'm gonna, I'm gonna feel the fields.

Unknown Speaker  6:34  
Wow, it's a gift of being able to feel to feel that rather than kind of avoid it. And for what I'm understanding is that if you allow, if we allow ourselves to feel those difficult feelings, and they kind of lose their music, or power, I guess also we've become more observant of them as well, you know, sometimes we forget mela Connick about something because something's triggered us. And then there's nothing anything really to be melancholic about, I guess the more that we become in touch with our feelings will notice that and then kind of be able to switch out of it.

Unknown Speaker  7:06  
So being able to, I think being able to switch out of your feelings is, you know, I think you got to give yourself permission. First and foremost, you know, it's not like an answer, and then being able to talk about it. So for example, if, for example, shame and guilt, right? If we are feeling shame, which is I'm broken or guilt, which is I did something wrong, right? That's the those are important things to understand. If we don't have guilt, then we're going to be these sociopaths that go through life and don't feel anything, right. So and we're not going to course correct it. So it's important to have a certain degree of guilt. But if you hold shame and guilt, and just for an example, there's a lot of other emotions, but if you hold those things in, in the darkness within yourself, they grow in power, right? They grow in power. So it's being able to kind of recognising, do I want this to keep throwing in power and create a dis ease within myself every single day, or, I'm going to choose to let this out, I'm going to choose to talk about it with the right people, the people that can handle it, I'm going to choose to write it down, I'm going to choose to do a practice that allows us to come out, when we give that light to those types of emotions, it diminishes the power. So naming those things, putting a name to whatever has happened to us, allows us to process and allows those things to to have less control of us, and brings us into a state of of more acceptance of what these are and why they have happened. Does that answer your question?

Unknown Speaker  8:46  
Perfectly? Yes, it's all about acceptance and kind of knowing why I'm so I'm so pleased I got you on the show. Because I knew you'd have such wisdom for our, for our listeners, I was looking at your website and all the stuff that you do, Chris and I know that you're a conscious performance coach, and and how does that differ from other styles of coaching?

Unknown Speaker  9:06  
You know, being a performance coach, right is first I'll kind of break that down is how do we perform at the best in all areas of our life? I like to kind of look at it when I start working with clients is ask them first and foremost, how fulfilled Are you in your life? Not how successful you are, but how fulfilled Do you like say on a scale of one to 10? Right? And then a lot of people will be like, Okay, well, I might have a tonne of money, but I'm only at a five or four or three or six, whatever. And I and then I'll ask the following question. Well, if you're only at that level of your full potential, which is a 10. How much do you think you're able to give your loved ones how much you're able to give your job how much you're able to give to yourself, right? And that's like it's less than that number, because you're only operating half full for most of the time. So the goal of perform forming at your best is first of all looking at all areas of your life, looking at the purse, personal relationships with yourselves and others, looking at your relationship with spirituality, looking at your financial relationship with money, your professional relationship, and then your health and wellness, right? So how is that? How are you treating your body. So if we look at all five areas of our life, and we start to work in all of those areas, and make sure that they're all balanced in this nice way, we start to go, Okay, now we can start to put some energy in to my personal relationships at home, okay, I might be killing it in the office in my career, but my relationships, I just want to keep avoiding at home, and there's something off there. Well, we want that support, or I might be 30 pounds overweight, not feeling that my energy is up there. So how can we now implement a better diet and exercise routine yoga, whatever the case may be, I don't know what spirituality is and what that means. So let's research and look at some books and see if we can find a spiritual practice that will be best for us. If we're operating from a place of scarcity with money, and that makes runs our decisions, is that the healthiest way? And how can we reframe that aspect of our lives. So looking at all of those areas, and being in performing at a better level, and eventually getting that number to attend. And then knowing that if abundance is here, everything overflows, and we're able to give more and be the best version of ourselves that's performing at your best conscious is just simply being aware in the moment, being conscious of why we're doing things, right, not just doing them to do them based on old programming, but consciously making the steps on a day to day basis, knowing that this is going to better all these areas of our life. So that's that's essentially what conscious Performance Coaching is, it sounds

Unknown Speaker  11:55  
very impactful. And it's almost sounds to me, like, like a bird like flying over a scene, you're seeing the whole of every aspect of one's life. And then by seeing it from that broader lens, one can kind of have a better chance of of changing things. And I know you also do a lot of work with men, that modern masculine man, and I think men get a hard time these days.

Unknown Speaker  12:21  
So for the past 14 years, I've been in men's teams and organisations, you know, really helping men discover, rediscover their power, you know, I think men we get a bad rap or how we grew up, you know, for example, I grew up in the east coast of the United States and south of Boston, and Massachusetts. And you know, we had a very kind of blue collar ish masculine type of way of being like if, you know, things got hard, put your head down, don't feel the feelings get to work. And you know, just put this mat this, these layers in this this armour on to get through life. Being a really sensitive younger kid. I did that, you know, I developed this persona that kind of got me to a certain place, I got a business degree, I worked in these great companies that really didn't fulfil me. And so when I realised that this wasn't what was going to be my life's calling, I kind of followed the the signs of what I loved. And at the time, it was like health and wellness and fitness. And I started coaching and started working with different companies presenting I've trained 1000s of, or certified 1000s of instructors working for different companies develop content. And then it eventually became more about less about the physical and more about the emotional. And that's when I discovered men's organisations as well, like 14 years ago was, Wow, we have an opportunity not only just to kind of find our own path, but to really be authentic in our ways of being is to be vulnerable and give ourselves permission to say, Hey, I'm scared, right is to go this this this relationship I'm in this hurts every single day I don't like being in it or this job doesn't fulfil me, or, you know, this person intimidates me or whatever the case may be. But it's not about being in men's work isn't about being in this support group. It's about supporting each other, to win in our lives, right and having other men that understand you and can hold that space for you to grow, to go through a proper leadership type of training programme to go through a weekend, a men's weekend that puts you through an initiation of what it is to be in your power and to pull out some arrows and to really just feel connect back to to our essence of that right to to know that you need to hold space for the feminine and how to integrate that into your life and be in that space, I think is essential to us to this not only this, this, you know, the the men in our organisation, but the world right now, you know, I think men are, if you really look at it, they're just calling out and craving something more. And unfortunately, if you can look at it, and you watch people on TV and these heads of these organisations, you don't feel this authentic truth coming through, you feel this kind of falseness. And I think that's all we want is to really connect to something real. And I think what we're going to find is if we can do the work on ourselves and become the best leader that we can, then everyone else will kind of line up because because you can't see what you you can't unsee what you've seen already, right. So once you see it in yourself, and once you see it in the men around you, or the people around you, then you get to put it into play in your life and in the world. And I think, you know, having those those, those soldiers and those people side by side is essential to to society today. So

Unknown Speaker  16:03  
very positive, like a domino effect work on ourselves, and it passes on to the next person because I think, ultimately, truth is what everyone wants, isn't it offend people to be authentic, and to show their truth and, and it's okay to be vulnerable? And it's okay to share and fat is essential to kind of share how, how we're feeling with each other and not kind of as the to say, suck it up?

Unknown Speaker  16:29  
Yeah, but you know, it's, yeah, you're, you know, it's funny, it's like it is, you know, there are times when we gotta we gotta get to work, right? There's definitely and so I don't want to make this like this new age sensitive type of thing. There's definitely times where we got to step up, right. But there's other times when you can only step up so many times before we're going to break. And unfortunately, we're either going to break emotionally or we're going to break in a we're gonna get injured, we're gonna get a sickness or disease, because like I said, earlier, you hold this in, and you're like, I'm going to do this because my uncle was the epitome of a man. And he did for so long. Well, if you if you really talk to the that uncle, for example, on on his deathbed, and you said, Did you really live that life of truth? Did you really allow yourself to feel your fields? Did you? Did you? Did you connect yourself on a deep level, you know, then you get the truth that comes through, right, but we choose to see what we see. And we have this idea of what what it is. And we're following other people's programming and ideas, as opposed to really getting quiet and listening and say, What do I want? What is my joy? What's gonna make me the best version of me that I can. And you know, being in this work has really has been a big part of what has helped me see that for myself,

Unknown Speaker  17:53  
I guess we've it's about us feeling okay with standing out or rather, not feeling that we have to fit in with things just for the sake of fitting in with society. But more like, we fit in with our own truth. And obviously, we work with society as well. I'm not saying everyone should be a rebel without a cause. But it's kind of finding that nice balance between kind of keeping ourselves but also kind of not squashing ourselves just to fit into other people's ideas of what we should be. I know that you grew up grew up in a rough part of Boston, and that had an impact upon

Unknown Speaker  18:28  
you. Yeah, you know, like I kind of did, it was a, you know, it was a town that was we're very proud of it was a town called Brockton, Mass. You know, I wouldn't want to have grown up or been a part of anything else. It was very good, traditional athletic town, we had some great boxers come through there. You know, so but it was, it was a very, it was a very rough, blue collar type of town, a lot of fighting a lot of, you know, projects and things around the area, that, you know, we we had to adapt to, you had to learn a certain way of survival. What it showed me is how to really kind of survive, but at the same time, how to mask up and be something that I wasn't because that sensitivity was kind of frowned upon, you know, that I really thought as a, you know, in elementary school, because I was so sensitive, that I thought there was something wrong with me, I really truly did. I convinced my parents to get me therapy because I would cry so easily, you know, and as a boy in that city, it was like, Well, no one else is doing this, how come I am? And so going through that, and that city, it was like kind of a rite of passage. It was like, Yeah, this is where I came from. And this is what I did. And again, proud of it and proud to be a part of it. And that's where my roots are. But there was definitely times when you had to kind of watch your back that you kind of had to watch your friends back that you had to kind of move in a way of you know, not making eye contact with certain people because you didn't know how that anger or how that would come off, or, you know, in junior high getting bullied, and not really knowing what to do about that, because you afraid, oh, if I stand up to this person, I'm gonna have, you know, 15 people jumped me the next day or whatever the case may be. But you know that I think what that taught me was, it's not about the external, it's about always the internal, right, and my context and the way I come across is, is vital, right? Because if I'm always in that fear of, don't hurt me, I'm going to get hurt, then people are going to prey on that. But if it's coming from a place of, I know what my power is, I know what my worth is, then people are going to be intrigued, more intrigued to learn what that is. So it's all I think, how we hold ourselves, right? And yes, do you want to stand up for yourself? Absolutely. But I know, my big turning point was when I kind of learned how to wrestle in early high school. And, you know, it wasn't about just learning how the fight in be in the mat with that other person, you know, that other person that was across from me, was actually myself, you know, it was looking in the mirror, it was going, I'm not here to beat you, I'm here to, to work with you, I'm here to, to Yes, I want to win this match, but at the same time, you're not the one that's going to defeat me I'm the one that's going to defeat myself. And so having that realisation really just brought out some power started to bring out some more power within me and and that is something I was able to kind of take with me through through my life and really helped me kind of be the man the father, you know, the husband that that that I am today

Unknown Speaker  21:48  
Wow, it sounds like a really big turning point in your life the wrestling. Wow. And it can completely change your life. I can see after this Chris, how did you then become this conscious performance? Coach because as I said in the intro, you've worked with big organisations like Walt Disney, Xerox, Lululemon, Twitter, etc. How did you get to that point and from from high school? Well,

Unknown Speaker  22:15  
you know, like I said, working with people that I would helping lose weight at first or cross the finish line, whether it was a triathlon or marathon or whatever the case may be, that was very rewarding to see them reach that, but I knew as I evolved, there was something deeper there was more of a why behind it, and I really wanted to get to the meaning of that why and we've covered a lot of that today the essence of who we are. And so when I started working with people, it was more than just yeah, let's let's get you into that marathon run those 26.2 Miles live but let's really focus on the journey of this right, so I started developing a lot of of workshops and, and different retreats that I was able to deliver the depth of how people could could connect to themselves and so eventually one of my clients and I was working with primarily like fitness instructors and other clients and so on. And one of my clients said, Well, I think you be great if you could work with my sales team I think a lot of the concepts and things you talked about would really help them and so the the point of being able to go in and work with the sales team and then work with them as a present to them and work with upper management and then work with them individually on you know performance on putting boundaries up on serving versus pleasing and just really fine tuning their direction their connection their why really helped not only increase their happiness, but it brought the sales up about 30% Within three months. And so finding that was like whoa, okay, this is this translates into a bigger picture. So then I found sorts of different modalities such as meditation and breathwork and really started working with different companies and coming in as a you know, Speaker facilitator, you know, I don't like to get up there and do a full hour talk but I want to I want to participate I want to get into some movement I want to get into some action with people so that they can really not only have the experience have the the understanding mentally but also have the experience physically, you know, and really get into that visceral aspect of it so you know, the the mental and the physical aspects. So, we work the mental fitness and the physical fitness as well.

Unknown Speaker  24:45  
It's a good combination to work for sure. Both of them. What would you say Chris? If one and if our listeners are listening and they're thinking I really want at least my greatness, how can they work with you? What's the best way because I'm guessing with we've locked down hole of the world's opened up, isn't it? So we can do things nowadays? Oh, for sure. Yeah.

Unknown Speaker  25:07  
Yeah, no, you know, I different retreats and workshops, you know that I'll post and have occasionally but you can always fly to Los Angeles and we can have a conversation here, which would be the best face to face. But if not, you know, I do discovery calls where we can kind of talk and see if I'm the right fit for you, you know, in, in, you're the right fit for me because I think it's a it's a collaborative effort. It's not just getting inspiration, it's being like, Oh, do you speak my language? And do I speak your language? You know, and having that, that bat exchange is really important. And that's what brings value. So there's a lot of coaches out there, but it's like, does this coach really speak to me? So there's that you can, you can get a free breathwork session, if you want to try out what breathwork is on my website, you can also connect with me on Instagram. So brilliant

Unknown Speaker  25:57  
accent and I'll make sure I put links in the show notes as well, to get you to this point. I was anyone that inspired you teachers or writers or anything like that, that kind of? Oh,

Unknown Speaker  26:07  
yeah, I think there's is it's a combination of just little trinkets of people, I don't think there was any, like one particular person, you know, there were, there was like these little jump off places, like in high school, you know, my, my, one of my teachers, Mr. Peck got me into, it was able to get me into a college. And then being in college and being able to go into Disney and work an internship at Walt Disney World. And, you know, there's different people in there that kind of moulded and shaped you. So I think it's, it's more branding, you know, I got a chance to work with Lululemon and be an ambassador for them. And, you know, there's people that you surround yourself with on a daily basis, you get to take little nuggets from, you know, it's again, I think, I think in the early age, you have this one or two people that you're like, I want to emulate in my life be exactly like that. And what I've learned throughout the years is, it's never going to be exactly like that. Right? It's you're gonna you're writing your own book, you're on your own path. And when we can accept that the life is going to unfold for you in the just right ways and the just right times, and, and, and know that, that it doesn't become about one particular mentor, or one particular book. It's the nuggets that you get from all these different facets of life that really shaped you. But again, going back to yourself is knowing that you're on your own trajectory, and believing that it's, it's, it's defined just for you.

Unknown Speaker  27:39  
Perfect, thank you, Chris. That's brilliant. What can any of our listeners do today, like just something simple that they can do from today where they can kind of make life a bit better for themselves?

Unknown Speaker  27:53  
You know, the first thing is, if you're doing it alone, I would say reach out to people, you know, whether that's a therapist, a coach, have friends that can hold space for you that you trust, I think it's just kind of lounging those things to come out, you know, there's journaling that you can start, you know, I like to free write in the morning that you just allowed to get all your spaces out on paper, so that nothing's inhibiting you or holding you back there is looking at your life's I love doing this with my clients I do with all my clients, but it's looking at your life's things that defined you. Those Those four or five major moments in your life that made you who you are, right, those things that maybe you wouldn't wish upon anybody. Some of them were really painful. But some of them were extremely amazing at the same time. So looking at those things and saying, Hey, what are some of the lessons I got from here? What are some of the gifts that I can pull out, it's looking at yourself in the mirror and going alright, there's something here my life has designed me to be a certain way in this moment, right now, let's look back and see the things that I don't want to see. Let's really do a deep dive into them. And by the way, if it's really traumatic and painful, I definitely recommend getting you know, some some traumatic help, you know, a therapist or something like that, because it could be a lot of unpacking but but for the most part maybe keeping it just okay what were those things looking at them if it's too much reach out to somebody but and then looking at the gifts looking at the lessons that came out of that and then again, looking at the superpowers that you can use today to kind of put yourself in onto that road or into that river that you need to be that you shouldn't be in. Right because I think we are a lot of us are have this calling of this is where I want to be this is where I'm going this is the mountain I want to call it a climb and and having that backpack of life's tools and recognising what those are is essential to getting there.

Unknown Speaker  29:58  
Yeah, if we go down the wrong River like as well, you know, we can only swim so much down the wrong direction and yeah, work out right, you've got to kind of go down the one that's kind of in line with with who we are, how do you think we can move better guests on this planet?

Unknown Speaker  30:14  
It's really like taking what, what I mentioned earlier, and just a minute ago about finding your gifts, but going, how can I be in in service and maybe not just the planet, but going what happened in my life that I can kind of use that story. Right, and put it into play? Right, tell that story of our of our lives. I think just owning and telling the story of what we went through what we got us here today is the first step, when you can do that, that is going to give people permission to heal themselves, because you're doing it. So you are taking whatever has happened for you and you're putting that story into play, you're able to tell that story you're able to earn to be in service. And what that's going to do is be in service to the planet to be in service to humanity. Right. So you went through something it's really taking it and launching it right it's having the courage to share it is what

Unknown Speaker  31:21  
it is what a gift to the planet as well to kind of all humans everything to kind of work on ourselves and just clear out I always think it's like a you know, like an army rucksack. It's kind of it's like, we carry this route. And we've got like, all this stuff. And then we're trying to make all the decisions whilst carrying this big heavy rucksack on a back. But yeah, it's so interesting what you've taught us today and how we can kind of learn to let go of that and find the gifts in there. Like you said, there's gifts hidden within our life's journey and things happen. And things happen for a reason. Or sometimes it feels that things don't happen for reasons but either way, it's kind of made us who we are today and we can make a choice can't wait to either kind of learn from that or kind of Hellenic restrict us. On that note, is there anything else you'd like to share with our listeners today,

Unknown Speaker  32:09  
it's just about falling in love with the journey of becoming your greatest self. You know, it's not about reaching the top of the mountain where it is we want to reach the top of the mountain but it's looking around and going. Slowing down and, and looking at the moments and really accepting where you are right now. Because you've mentioned that early acceptance is hard acceptance is the hardest step. But once we can do that, and start moving and getting into momentum, the world is going to open up and show you the gifts and the signs that you didn't think we're there. They've always been there, it's just a matter of opening your eyes a little bit wider and slowing down a little bit more to see them.

Unknown Speaker  32:49  
Fantastic listeners. That was Chris Plourde joining us from Los Angeles do stay tuned and as always have been meditation inspired by today's show. Thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time. And thank you dear listeners,

Unknown Speaker  33:03  
thank you so much.

Unknown Speaker  33:04  
Thank you, as promised, here is your meditation. Inspired by today's show. Top Tips for the meditation is either sit nice and cross legged on the floor of a nice straight back. Always know sit on a block or a cushion. Or that's not available for you. You sit in a chair with a back nice and straight. The important thing is you're not slouching and if you're doing something that requires you concentration are you to do is just pause this and you can reconvene the meditation at a time that is good for you if you're doing the meditation that's begun. So here is a meditation. Inspired by today's show to help you unleash your greatness. Close your eyes do one close your eyes and allow your imagination to soar. Allow yourself to be free. Allow yourself to be as you now settle in to stillness. Settle into the moment settle into the now. Here you go dear one here you go. And as you sit in your meditation imagine you have got in front of you a vintage army rucksack. You kinda see an old movies and you've been carrying this rucksack for ages and it's full of your life, all your past experiences. It could be something as simple as a shoe. You've got all the shoes that you've carried in this rucksack from when you're a child to the present. And these shoes represent journeys that you have taken And of course, every journey is a value. But yeah, one can you let go of some of these shoes? Can you pull them up the rucksack Can you let them go? Let them go with love back to where they came from Back to the universe or whatever higher force resonates with your spiritual practice. But you unravel this rucksack and you'd start to take the shoes out. Perhaps a memory comes up a memory from one of the walks that you made with the particular pairs of shoes that you've pulled out today.

Unknown Speaker  35:49  
Can you bless that walk and bless that shoe and just give it back to the earth. And as you sit here meditating, and you feel the breath, slow, calm and deep, you can begin the process a bit more, so maybe you pull out another shoe. And of course, that journey was necessary as well but you need to carry it around with you and your rucksack, possibly not so you can let it go. Think of it as like a kind of tidying of your subconscious. So you just let go of all these shoes that you no longer need to have. And of course do one this meditation you may need a bit of time to release and let go release and let go. But think of it this way. The more you can let go and release. The more space you can create for new journeys, new ways of being new, new, new, whilst loving and enjoying the present moment. Yes, indeed, my dears, yes indeed. Start to take some slow deep breaths as you come back into the moment come back into the room come back into the present

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Chris Plourde is a Los Angeles based Conscious Performance Coach, Consultant, Speaker, and Mind Body Instructor with over 20 years of experience. Chris has travelled both nationally and internationally speaking, educating on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of wellness & life. He has also worked with and coached well-known companies such as Walt Disney, Xerox, Lululemon, Twitter and many more! Chris has mentored and consulted with celebrities, business executives, top fitness professionals and military special ops personal. By disrupting old patterns and identifying limiting beliefs, Chris guides his clients to achieving their goals and through the process of falling in love with the Journey of becoming the greatest version of themselves!
In Chris’s words, ‘It is my goal to help individuals and organizations gain clarity, and work towards what they want in life, create new habits, and get into massive action by unleashing the greatness that is already there and owning their unique stories. I believe freedom is an inside job, and it’s our relationship with circumstances and people in our lives that sometimes need a perspective shift.