Spotlight: Lisa Nichols

Sometimes we’re blessed to come across individuals that make you say, “Thank God this person exists in the world.” They have a powerful presence, an infectious spirit, the ability to help you get into alignment. One of the those people is Lisa Nichols.

I had the honor of interviewing Lisa about 10 years ago, just as she started to blow up in the personal growth and spirituality space. What I love most about Lisa is her unshakeable belief in the power of the human spirit and real transformation. She wholeheartedly believes everyone is worthy, we can beat the odds, and endless possibilities.

Whenever I come across Lisa’s work, my mood changes; my perspective expands; I feel more aligned with the truth. She truly is an embodiment of love and a reliable source for inspiration. Below are a couple of gems that are bound to strike a chord, if not, move the needle.

[On purpose] The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you know why. 

Your human spirit simply says, What’s our command for tomorrow? What do you want to create? It’s not keeping score. Your mind is keeping score. Your mind is designed to keep you safe. Your soul, your intuition, your human spirit is designed to make you soar. Some days you have to be willing to play between your mind and your soul. 

[On ego and beyond ego] Your energy is consumed with protecting, proving, hiding and defending. But if you let go of that, then […]

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Reflections Lately

When we feel inherently powerless, we hold onto limited views of power and the systems derived from them.

Domination and power are not interchangeable.

There’s a difference between interdependence and codependence.

There’s a difference between being in control and being in charge.

There’s the event and there’s the experience; the event is the same for all, the experience varies.

There’s a difference between inspiration and motivation.

There’s a difference between ambition and actualization.

Insistence and creativity are key.

The fulfillment that comes from aligning beliefs with desires.

Focus on the “being” in “human being.”

The freedom that comes from living unconditionally.

Dreams/desires are not frivolous; they’re essential to actualization.

Selective compassion waters down compassion.

The power in living life from the inside out.

There’s a difference between judgment and discernment.

There’s a difference between fitting in and belonging.

The suffering that comes from separation.

It takes a lot of commitment to undo sociocultural programming.

Sesame Street should run the world.

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Words of Wisdom

When I run after what I think I want,
My days are a furnace of distress and anxiety;
If I sit in my own place of patience,
What I need flows to me,
And without any pain.

From this I understand that
What I want also wants me,
Is looking for me
And attracting me;
When it cannot attract me
Any more to go to it,
It has to come to me.

There is a great secret
In this for anyone
Who can grasp it.

– Rumi


After all, optimism takes courage. The main ingredients in trust are daring and audacity — not blindness. ~Mohammed Fairouz


No one really knows enough to be a pessimist. ~Norman Cousins


What makes this hope radical…it’s directed toward a future goodness that transcends current ability to understand what it is. ~Jonathan Lear


Awareness is a conduit, not a solution. ~Jonathan Fields


Potential is always bigger than the problem. ~Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith


Life is a collection of moments. The idea is to have as many good ones as you can. ~from the film 5 to 7


There is almost nothing outside of you that will help in any kind of lasting way, unless you are waiting for an organ. You can’t buy, achieve or date it. This is the most horrible truth. ~Anne Lamott


We are inherently lovable, we are inherently holy and we are inherently creative. ~Brené Brown


The universe is God made physical. ~Neale Donald Walsch


On any day of the year the denominator of kindness will be vastly greater than the numerator of cruelty. ~Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.


FLOW always undermines the illusion of the separate self. ~Tara Sophia Mohr


Vengeance is a […]

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A valuable exercise: treating people like individuals

In a powerful conversation about his National Book Award-winning book, Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi made a striking point about the importance of treating people like individuals. When we don’t, we lose sight of their humanity–imperfect, complex beings with potential–and lose touch with ours, a perfect concoction for the proliferation of racist ideas.

Dr. Kendi’s point hit home for me in various ways particularly with regard to a realization I had about two years ago.

I grew up with a Peruvian mother and Dominican father. My Peruvian side is predominately of Incan and Spanish heritage and my Dominican side is predominately of African and Spanish heritage. While there was a sense of connection being latino immigrants living in the Bronx in the 70s, my parents’ getting together was problematic for my mother’s side of the family and seemingly beneficial for my father’s side at the time. It may not have been solely driven by anti-blackness, but it certainly was an integral factor.

I picked up on that tension very early on while also absorbing the cultural messaging around me: there is a hierarchical order to life where humans on the lighter end of the spectrum are superior and on the darker end, inferior. Eurocentricity, white supremacy and anti-blackness prevailed in covert and overt ways from my personal family engagement (with both sides), 80s American media and entertainment to the novelas and various latino media and entertainment I would soak up as a […]

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From time to time, DEPTH will highlight some gems on the web that are very much aligned with its mission to feed minds, move souls and transform the world:

*An eloquent Quaker breakdown of hierarchy as it relates to culture and society.

*Louis C.K.’s hilarious explanation of the power of feeling emotions.

*Tara Mohr’s brilliant post on why we avoid what we most love and a new way of looking at “losing your edge.”

*An inspiring profile of the first indigenous woman to run for president in Mexico on The Guardian.

*A fascinating BBC piece on Portugal’s unique culture of melancholy.

Letting go of hierarchy: what I realized at my 20-year reunion

A couple of weeks ago I attended my 20-year high school reunion. I went to George School, a Quaker boarding/day school (I was a boarder) in Newtown, PA. For those that are not familiar with Quakerism, no, it does not have to do with the Amish. It is a Christian-based religion that operates on the core belief that we all have the light of God inside us, ALL OF US. As G.S. explains on its website, “This straightforward, elegant idea basically means that everyone has the capacity to do good and the facility to be great. You just have to listen to that of God within you and recognize it in others.”

This core belief manifested in several ways while I was at G.S. (and still holds true today):

Everyone and I mean EVERYONE from students, faculty and staff addressed each other by their first name. This subverted the idea that teachers/staff/adults had authority over students.

Instead of being preached to or following orders/rules, our religious service was meeting for worship where we sat still in silence for quiet reflection, and if we felt moved, we addressed the people in the Meetinghouse with the inspiration coming through us.

Everyone, no matter what your economic status, had to do co-op, an on-campus service program where all students performed various tasks to help in the daily operations of the school; money saved through the program supported the school scholarship fund.

G.S. did not promote, in fact, rejected superstar culture academically, athletically and socially; cooperation/community instead of competition/hyper-individualism was stressed, thus, there was […]