Inner Work with Steli Efti

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March 05, 2022 00:22:22
132: The Tyranny of Practicality

132: The Tyranny of Practicality

“Shut the fuck up and do it anyways” used to be my mantra. I lived my life in such a disciplined, pragmatic way, which was great for producing results but I was so out of touch with my own thoughts and feelings that it was creating a negative impact in my life. I realized there is tyranny in practicality.  I’m not saying there’s no use in being pragmatic, but life is not always about being practical. How effective is it to think in such a disciplined way when it offers zero flexibility? In this episode, I discuss the spectrum between practicality and flexibility and the challenges each side of the coin demands of us.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep132 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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March 02, 2022 00:31:19
131: The Hidden Mirror of Truth

131: The Hidden Mirror of Truth

You can’t be upset with others and at peace with yourself at the same time. Whatever negative thoughts you observe about someone else or the world around you is a direct projection and reflection of something you’re dealing with within yourself. I've been practicing this for years, and yet, it's still challenging to live this truth daily. We’ve talked about this on the podcast before, but in this episode I’m diving in a little deeper. Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep131/  Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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February 26, 2022 00:35:35
130: I Want to Be a Mystic When I Grow Up

130: I Want to Be a Mystic When I Grow Up

For the last 2 to 3 months I’ve been pondering the concept of mystics and the idea of mysticism. To me, a mystic is someone that is placing the mystery of life at the center of their being. As someone who has lived so pragmatically for many years of my life, I found this concept to be wildly exciting, adventurous, and beautiful. I previously lived my life in a way that had so many steps and routines, it was working against me - hindering me from moving forward in the ways I wanted to. So now, I'm embracing a more mystical approach to experience a more expensive reality. In this episode, I talk about the dangers of living too practically, why flexibility and living in the here and now is so important, and striking a balance between these two concepts.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep130 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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February 24, 2022 00:27:57
129: Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find It

129: Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find It

I had an interesting experience recently at 4AM one morning where my hands turned into a tree. Not literally, of course, but they felt heavier, thicker, and larger than they really are. To me this was a symbolic display of how I was feeling recently with my two young sons. I had been constantly on the go and trying to be super dad 100% of the time - it was wearing me down.  This experience reminded me of an old truth - there’s as much magic in the world as your heart and mind is open to receiving. And there’s none if you choose to close yourself off from it all. If we remember to just do less, to relax and enjoy a bit more and go at a slower pace, there’s a chance to perceive some of the magic in the world in between every day moments.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep129 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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February 22, 2022 00:37:00
128: The Danger of Puffing Away Clouds of Worry

128: The Danger of Puffing Away Clouds of Worry

I recently had such a stressful dream that when I woke up, the feelings of worry, anxiety and guilt within my dream continued to linger long after I was awake. Typically when I have these little negative thought clouds, I’m able to effortlessly puff them away and return to a sunny state of mind. But I knew this dream was trying to tell me something, so I did an IFS meditation to decode this dream and what it was telling me about myself.  In this episode I walk through my distressful dream and discuss the consequences of puffing away negative thought clouds instead of confronting them head on.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep128 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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February 19, 2022 00:13:00
127: What Is Your True Intention?

127: What Is Your True Intention?

For the past month I’ve been doing a daily practice of asking myself one specific question multiple times a day. It’s a very simple question and it isn’t some magical, life-changing technique, but it has been extremely illuminating in helping me identify certain patterns in my life. The question is “what is your true intention in this very moment?” And the answer I get most often is a hard truth to face: to avoid doing something else.  In this episode I discuss how this daily practice has helped me add more purpose and clarity in my day to day life by being more intentional with my actions, no matter how big or small they may be.   Shownotes: https://steliefti.com/ep127 Connect with me: https://steliefti.com  https://twitter.com/steli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/steliefti/  ...

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