Inner Work with Steli Efti

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March 29, 2022 00:10:23
138: Who is Your Heart-Donkey?

138: Who is Your Heart-Donkey?

I’ve been spending my mornings lately reading “The Essential Rumi”. I find his writing to be so beautiful, touching, creative and poetic and I’ve really enjoyed starting my days with reading his words. One of the poems in this collection that has had a profound impact on me is “After the Meditation”. I’ve been stuck on it for the last week, re-reading it every morning and finding new meaning within it. In this episode, I discuss and dissect the poem and the concept of finding your “heart-donkey”.    Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep138 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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March 22, 2022 00:38:10
137: The Challenging State of Non-Doing

137: The Challenging State of Non-Doing

It’s been a very large part of my personality to define my self worth and the value I add to the world through what I’ve accomplished in a day. But I’ve learned that no matter how many to-do items I cross off my list, there’s never a sense of completion. I’m now embracing the art form of non-doing. Non-doing isn’t the physical act of literally doing nothing, but a state of mind to achieve - peacefulness, awareness, presence. It’s the embodiment of an empty vessel, letting things happen through you and within you, but not being or becoming those things.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep137 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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March 17, 2022 00:50:21
136: The Black Hole of Not Enough

136: The Black Hole of Not Enough

There’s a part of me that’s resurfaced recently that I haven’t had to face in months. It’s the part of me that is relentless in downplaying every single thing that I do - the inner voice that’s constantly whispering in my ear “you are not enough”.  This feeling is like quicksand; the faster I try to overcome it by filling my day with more actions and accomplishments, the quicker I drown. It took me a while to realize that "enough" is an attitude - not a physical or external state you can arrive at. It’s a conscious decision you have to make that requires a lot of courage. It begs the question: if life doesn’t owe us anything, why do we owe anything to life, or to the world?   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep136 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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March 15, 2022 00:40:12
135: The Empty Calories of Discussing Other People's Lives

135: The Empty Calories of Discussing Other People's Lives

Since moving back to Europe, I’ve noticed how much the conversations around me involve other people that aren’t in the room. Something about this is off to me—gossip isn’t something I consume or surround myself with. I don’t like it or find any value in it. But as I started reflecting and thinking about it more, it dawned on me that there are layers to gossip and different ways to experience it. In this episode, I discuss all of these layers—the dangers and negative effects of gossip, but also the necessity of being validated by others and the challenges that come with navigating this fine line.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep135 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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March 10, 2022 00:33:34
134: Do Your Inner Work At Home

134: Do Your Inner Work At Home

Where you do your inner work matters. Spiritual trips like retreats, yoga and meditation are vacations. The real inner work is done in the every day life - in your house, with your family and especially with those people in your life who are the most inconvenient. The ones that get under your skin and expose your inner wounds are your spiritual teachers, enlightening you to darker inner truths you carry inside of yourself. In this episode I talk about the importance of doing inner work at home around family and the challenges I still face with this process.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep134 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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March 08, 2022 00:26:12
133: What We Hate, We Embody

133: What We Hate, We Embody

This concept is something we’ve discussed in previous episodes, but there’s more to this idea that I want to dig deeper into. It’s the notion that there are two sides to the same coin - that what we hate about others, we embody within ourselves. In this episode, I share a few different stories and anecdotes about my mother and her life that helped me realize that everything in its extremes is always wrong. The truth never lies at the extremes, it’s usually oscillating somewhere in the middle of the entire spectrum of life.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep133 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/    ...

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