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The Portal (Documentary) When meditation and mindfulness change your life

October 21, 2019

 

For our 39th episode, I sat down with Tom Cronin. Tom is the founder of The Stillness Project, which is a global movement to inspire 1 billion people to meditate daily. He’s been teaching meditation for top-level companies in Australia, from Nova Fm, CBA, Rivkin Finance, Criteo and Fairfax Media. He is the author of 5 books and has written for The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and Finermind. He’s also been featured on national TV, and in prints, including Vogue magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Business Review, Conde Naste Traveller, and Sydney Morning Herald. Tom has also spoken on stage presenting keynote talks in Mexico, Malaysia, USA, Bali and Australia. We sat down to talk about his latest project : The Portal, a documentary on mindfulness and meditation.

 

Listen to the full episode here :

 

5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY FROM THIS EPISODE

 

 

1- You don't have to wait for your life to be in crisis to start to make a change. If you're already in crisis, just start by listening in, so you can come back home to that connection with your inner state. Use meditation and mindfulness to become aware of your programming and eventually to update that program.

 

2- Meditation is a tool to enable us to experience more consciousness and open our hearts. Technology can be the same if investors and inventors are also working from a conscious and open-hearted state.

 

3- We need to cultivate more respect and deeper appreciation for the human experience. We have to stop devaluing some of the highest priorities of what it means to be human : living with an open heart and a quiet mind, exploring the gifts and wonder of why we are here. 

 

4- The only way to change the world is to change yourself. The shift has to be collective at the grass-roots, one person at the time. It's about radical responsibility.

 

5- Transformation and growth can seem like turbulence, chaos and turmoil at times, but as the progress start to unravel and change you, you start to see the positive shifts.

QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE :

 

  • Can you tell us about yourself and your journey toward finding meditation and mindfulness?

  • Why did you decide to make a documentary?

  • How do you define mindfulness and meditation?

  • How have these practices changed your life?

  • What’s the premise of the documentary?

  • How did you choose the stories shared in the documentary?

  • In the beginning, Daniel Schmachtenberger asks : “What would life on an enlightened planet would look like?” What's you answer to that? 

  • If as Micheal Siegel says : Every single crisis on the planet is a human-generated problem" can also all the solutions be human-generated?

  • How can technology help us level up as humans beings?

  • How do we reprogram society to move towards a more enlighten culture?

  • In your opinion, what’s more important than money, status or power?

  • Do you think that a shift in our vision of what it means to be human, can shift how we take care of ourselves, our society and our planet?

  • Is the movie out yet? Where can people find it?

  • Can you tell us about the stillness project?

  • How do you know how many people have been touch with the stillness project?

  • How do you measure your impact on the world?

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As always, I really appreciate your support. So as you leave a review on iTunes or on your iPhone podcast app, you automatically enter a giveaway. Athleta is generously continuing to support this podcast in their effort to ignite a community of strong women who lift each other up, and is giving out a 75$ shop card! If you're not sure how to leave a review, check this articleThe winner of this episode's giveaway is iTunes user Kaytee Fink. Congrats! Email me at erika.belanger@gmail.com or DM me on instagram @erika.belanger and I’ll send you your shop card!

 

On and Off Your Mat is also now part of Patreon. Patreon is a web platform where you can donate to financially support this podcast or you can become a monthly member. Donators get shoutouts on the episode and as monthly members you receive exclusive content : mini-shows, guided meditation, guided flows and so much more.  Visit my patreon page at here to become a member and get access to the August and September and now October exclusive content!  You can make a one time donation or become a member at 5$ Tier to listen to what you have missed so far. On October 1st, as a exclusive episode, you got a tutorial on Uddiyana Bhanda or abdominal lock, in audio and video format! And you also got this episode in our video chat format, adds free, uncensored and unedited before it was launched on iTunes!!! So a lot of extra stuff this month!  

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST

 

Tom Cronin is the founder of The Stillness Project, which is a global movement to inspire 1 billion people to meditate daily. Tom discovered meditation in the early stages of his successful 26 yr career in finance as a tool for stress management. Tom’s experiences through the meditation were not only immediate but very profound. He explored deeper and deeper into the realms of his meditation practice and after studying advanced courses in Bali, India and Australia, he qualified as a Meditation Teacher. Tom has been teaching meditation for top level companies in Australia, from Nova Fm, CBA, Rivkin Finance, Criteo and Fairfax Media. He has been on national TV (Morning Show Channel 9), he has been featured in Vogue magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Business Review, Conde Naste Traveller, and Sydney Morning Herald. He has written for The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and Finerminds and currently has 5 books published. Tom has also spoken on stage presenting keynote talks in Mexico, Malaysia, USA, Bali and Australia.

 

Find out more about him and the movie : 

 

The movie : entertheportal.com

Him : Tomcronin.com

The Stillness Project 

 

** Edited and mastered by Alexandre Saba

 

 

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