Inner Work with Steli Efti

The (strictly no-business) podcast that shall never become yet another to-do item in a busy CEOs life. A storytelling playground and save space for irresponsible experimentation. We willll talk martial arts, ponder the nature of ...more

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May 10, 2022 00:57:47
146: The Numbing Speed of Life (What Coming Out of Darkness Has Taught Me)

146: The Numbing Speed of Life (What Coming Out of Darkness Has Taught Me)

Spending a week in complete darkness would be an intense experience. That I knew. What I didn’t anticipate was how intense it would be to come out of the darkness. In fact, re-entering normal life was an even wilder adventure than the dark retreat itself, and it profoundly changed the way I view the world.  In this episode, I share how coming back into the world of light has altered my understanding of myself and others, how we relate to our environment, and how we deal with the incessant ferocity of daily life.  Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep146 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 08, 2022 00:57:28
145: The Light of Inner Darkness (My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 2)

145: The Light of Inner Darkness (My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 2)

Darkness has illuminated my inner world. With nothing to see outside of me, I began to see things clear within: fears I didn’t know I grappled with. My complicated relationship with love. Mysterious light visions. While I shared the physical aspects of my dark retreat experience in episode 144, in this episode I focus on the emotional and psychological aspects.  Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep145 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 05, 2022 01:16:04
144: Into the Darkness - My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 1

144: Into the Darkness - My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 1

I recently attended a dark retreat. I was in complete and utter darkness, alone, for an entire week. It was one of the most intense things I've ever done and I haven't really shared much about it with anyone until now. In this episode, I will share the physical experiences of living in true darkness for five days, how my experience evolved as the week went on, and some of the initial learnings I’ve had about myself in darkness. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep144 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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May 03, 2022 00:13:45
143: Turn Anxious Thoughts Into Peaceful Presence

143: Turn Anxious Thoughts Into Peaceful Presence

Recently I spent a week in complete darkness at a dark retreat. And very soon, I was faced with something I didn't expect: Anxiety. I wasn't even halfway through my first day of darkness, and out-of-control anxious thoughts kept appearing, and I had no idea how I'd make it through a week of darkness. Until eventually I realized what the cause of all these anxious thoughts was, and how I could transform all that nervous energy into peaceful presence. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep143 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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April 26, 2022 00:08:36
142: The Young Monk, the Old Monk, the Tiger and the Barking Dog

142: The Young Monk, the Old Monk, the Tiger and the Barking Dog

I’ve been pondering a story for the last couple of days that I want to share with you. It’s a story I first heard at an ashram a few months ago about a young monk, a tiger and a barking dog. While it didn’t really move me at first, it’s been recently popping up in my mind, so in this episode I’m dissecting the metaphors and exploring it’s many meanings. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep142 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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April 19, 2022 00:11:27
141: Listen to the Echoes Inside of You

141: Listen to the Echoes Inside of You

I just spent a week at a darkness retreat - all day and night for an entire week, I was alone in a room in complete darkness. It was a very intense experience - it felt like climbing Mount Everest with your mind. I knew returning to “normal” life after would be an adjustment, particularly since the work week ahead was going to be a very challenging one. I decided to start the week with a small experiment to ease myself into work, and I discovered some surprising learnings as a result. In this episode, I share what I did and the importance of taking mindful breaks to do some inner listening. There's a lot that can be learned from the inner echoes of our own minds. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep141 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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