You Only Have One Life; Prioritise What’s Important – DANDAPANI, New York’s Hindu Monk

Dandapani shares with his audience some basic skills of life. Growing up we were always told to focus on this, concentrate on that, but we were never taught how to focus.

Some game changing, simple tools that have been around for millennia. Hindu monks have been using them for thousands of years. With these tools and the process laid out by the monk, enabling you to better define your goals with clarity, you can then start to apply them in life to help solve your own problems and struggles, in order to begin to make progress and initiate personal growth.

Dandapani has gained his enlightenment and wisdom after spending ten years living on a Hindu monastery in Hawaii. His guru was one of Hinduism’s foremost spiritual leaders; an American initiated as a Hindu monk in the late 1940’s in the jungles of southern Sri Lanka, and sent back to the United States to bring Hinduism to the west. So Dandapani is worth his salt.

In this London Real podcast they go deep into How we are able to bring some of that eastern wisdom into our daily lives;

• Conservation of energy

• Never pursue happiness. That’s a sure way to be miserable and unfulfilled. Instead, pursue a lifestyle where the byproduct of that lifestyle is happiness. Family, friends, loved ones, connections. Those who fill your heart with joy and worthiness. Those who make you a better version of yourself.

• How to understand the power of your mind. How to understand the mechanics of it and how it works so you can create what you want in life. That’s his bread and butter of his teachings. Simplifying your life as much as possible, focussing on openly one thing at a time, practicing being present. Practice is key on all these teachings, like any sport, or skill, if you just know the info but don’t practice, how can you expect to get good.

• Getting clear on your purpose in life is only developed through looking inwards and prioritising time for ourselves. Getting to know yourself. Takes courage to face the whole of you, the good and the bad. It will be difficult, painful but necessary. That’s how we grow: to get to that next best version of you. You need to break those patterns in your brain and adjust them to enable growth.

• The Power of Affirmations in your morning routine. And their ability to influence the subconscious mind, aka the subconscious is running the show; the part of the iceberg under the waves.

Simplicity is key. people create complicated messy lives, by choice. But they don’t need to. Be concise and positive when saying them. There’s 3 simple ingredients:

1] positive language

2] clear visualisation

3] and a concise feeling to match the visualisation.

Feeing is emotion, and emotion is energy. You must bring this to the recipe. Words alone are not enough. Where awareness goes, energy flows.

In layman’s; Everything is made up of energy that is vibrating at a particular frequency.

This statement by the famous, forgotten, AC Current scientist of the 20th century encapsulates the Hindu philosophy to a tea;

“To find the secrets of the universe; think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nicola Tesla

Rode to Woke urge readers to watch/listen to this epic podcast. To help straighten out the wagon. And steer you in the right direction. Thanks for stopping by.

Please take a look at some previous Woke content and drop some comments too, with any public figures/authors who are sharing and spreading fresh insights and knowledge in your world. Thank you.

Embrace Courage – Tell The Story Of Who You Are With Your Whole Heart.

What makes you vulnerable, is also what makes you beautiful.

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she studies human connection – our ability to love, our sense of belonging and our ability to empathise.

“I suppose I am a storyteller. I’m a qualitative researcher. I collect stories; that’s what I do. And maybe stories are just data with a soul.”

Her thought provoking, perception expanding TED Talk is based on her research into human connection; “It’s why we’re here. It gives us purpose and meaning to our lives. This is what it’s all about. It’s how we’re neuro-biologically wired.”

She finds out that in order to understand connection, you have to reverse engineer connection; in order for there to be a connection we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen. Which brings us to vulnerability, which many people struggle with and therefore struggle with connection.

Since receiving 1000’s of stories, journal entries, basically 1000’s of pieces of data, it boiled down to a sense of self worthiness and a strong sense of love and belonging vs. those who struggle, aka a lot of us.

The reality is that we live in a vulnerable world and we’ve unconsciously created dangerous coping mechanisms, resulting in debt, obesity, addictions and self medicating with pharmaceuticals, in an attempt to numb ourselves.

By numbing the hard feelings and emotions we’re in turn numbing joy, gratitude and happiness. It’s an alarming cycle.

Brené showcases that we’ve got it all wrong, we need to embrace vulnerability in order to create a better world.

Teaser over, I will not say anymore on this talk, I just urge you to watch it and see how you can hack your perceptions, and embrace your vulnerabilities to live a full life.

A Cold Shower a Day Keeps the Doctor Away – The Wim Hof Method

‘Tackling the real terrorist’s; depression, bi-polar, anxiety, fear, trauma and PTSD” – Wim Hof

A Dutch-born world record holder, adventurer, daredevil and human guinea pig, The Iceman is best known for his preternatural ability to withstand extreme cold. Perhaps more significant and compelling is his experimentation and experience with specific and teachable breathing techniques. Rooted in the ancient yogic tradition of pranayama and canonised for a modern audience as The Wim Hof Method, Wim asserts that he can “turn his own thermostat up” and consciously activate his sympathetic nervous system by using his mind through yoga. With over 40,000 people endorsing his method in recent years, reporting that his method has greatly impacted their lives; boosting the immune system, improving mental health (anxiety and depression), relieve stress, more energy, better sleep, improve concentration and workout recovery.

The Wim Hof Method is built on three unbelievably simple pillars; Cold Exposure, Breathing & Commitment. He has been a practitioner of his method for over 15 years and it is gradually starting to gain traction in the scientific community, although it still receives strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry.

In this captivating episode Wim Hof talks with Rich Roll, exploring his method where he describes the need for us to develop a deeper spiritual connection with our brain. His method is built on the premise that each of us has an innate capacity to create neurological control over our hormonal system, by incorporating regular cold exposure and breathing exercises, enabling us to manifest happiness, strength and health.

Scientific research into his method has found that exposure to the cold (cold showers/ice baths) triggers some major health benefits, including reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— those feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

The second pillar is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a array of benefits: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.

The third pillar is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.

The number one reported route killer in the world today are cardiovascular related diseases. Regular exposure to cold water enables the veins in the body, of which there are 3 times the circumference of the earth inside each of us, to contract and dilate and increase their flexibility and therefore increase blood flow throughout the body. By stepping just a little bit outside of our comfort zone and turning the tap to cold at the end of our hot shower, willingly shocking the system and activating that reptilian part of our brain, the fight or flight response helps us to regain control of the reactive part of the brain and better cope under stress. Speaking from personal experience I can appreciate the unwillingness to turn that tap, but facing that fear will cause a ripple effect in your daily life.

An absolutely fascinating guy with charm and charisma for miles, Rich Roll’s conversation with Wim is less about human biology than it is about belief systems. It’s an exploration of dormant biological and mental potential. It’s about yoga, grief, depression, change and the nature of consciousness. And it’s about the ever expanding event horizon of human potential that should push and challenge and nudge you out of your comfort zone to call into question the unnecessary limits we self-impose upon ourselves daily.

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WHY is the WAY – Simon Sinek

People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” – Simon Sinek

In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a TED called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” It became the second most watched talk of all time on

His first book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action calls on people and especially business leaders to Start With Why. Why isn’t just a word, it’s a powerful concept. In this fascinating book, Simon Sinek demonstrates why organizations guided by this concept will succeed more often than those which don’t, citing many companies and public figures of the 20th Century; The Wright Bothers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Apple whom lived and fostered this message.

The “Golden Circle” model which he deconstructs for the audience, resinates deeply within each of us and explains the reasons behind the power of “why”, from a biological standpoint. The similarities between his model and the human brain and how they both operate are a little jaw dropping.

Following Simon’s work for the past seven years since his ground breaking TED Talk, he’s released a number of books which examine fulfilment, leadership, neuroscience and psychology to uncover what drives human behaviour.

His ideas highlight the importance of human connections to foster finding your why. A very poignant message in today’s world, pulling back the vale as to why corporations are failing the people they serve.

If you find the talk above inspiring please check out the links below for more long form conversation with the man.

Enjoy the episode and let me know your why in the comments below!

The brain is your chemist. If you change the picture, you can change the chemistry.

“If you believe your genes control your life you’re a victim of your hereditary.”

Bruce H. Lipton PhD

Bruce H. Lipton PhD is a Stem Cell Biologist, Stanford University Professor and also a best selling author, gaining the most notoriety for “The Biology of Belief”, as seen above, in which he flips the script on what we’ve been led to believe by conventional medicine and the longstanding scientific dogma that genes control our life. He puts forward the idea that genes and D.N.A. can be manipulated by a persons beliefs.

This discussion on London Real examines why many people are leading limited lives, not because they have to but because they think they have to. Where as in reality it’s our environment and very specifically the perception of our environment that changes our genetic activity. Meaning that we are not victims because using our conscious mind we can change our environment and our perception, and ultimately change our genes. We’ve gone from victim, to mastery.

Dr. Lipton’s research is hard ignore and not be taken seriously, it’s finally gaining some traction in mainstream medicine due to the huge advancements we’re seeing in the neurosciences and our understanding of the brain.

“Your life is a printout of your subconscious behaviour.”

Bruce H. Lipton PhD – London Real, Biology of Belief

His research and the curve ball that is epigenetics, is causing major ripples in the medical community and has almost started a war with the pharmaceutical industry. As the ability to heal ourselves through thought alone, a type consciousness healing doesn’t fit their model because you can’t sell it. This podcast discussion goes deep into how big pharma through their money, which seems almost infinite, actually determines the curriculum in medical schools neglecting to teach students epigenetics and also how they direct their money to fund research they approve/supports their model, serving their interests and silencing the facts and research that could burst their bubble.

A thought provoking, compelling conversation with London Real makes you want to re-examine the power of your brain, positive thinking, effects of negative self-talk, and the unquestionable benefits from becoming more mindful of your thought habits to hack your biology.

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Gratitude Is The Way

“What we’re finding it that It’s not necessarily reality which shapes us, it’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality, and if we can change the lens not only can we change your happiness we can change ever single educational and business outcome at the same time.”

Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work
After studying the effect of gratitude at Harvard University, Shawn Achor offers a refreshing insight into how we can instil happiness at a deeper human level using gratitude as a catalyst.

Shawn Achor Gratitude TED Talk

The best selling book “The Happiness Advantage” shares Shawn’s Harvard research about Happiness. This entertaining May 2011 TED talk titled “The happy secret to better work” is a great insight into the main flags he raises in his book. His talk has been viewed a staggering 19,806,914 times.

The simple guidelines laid out in Shawn’s TED talk are astounding, and surprisingly super easy to implement into your daily life and can take just a 21 days. A must watch for those interested in the effects of psychology in our lives and also for those who just need a little direction.