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Sep 28, 2017

This episode originally aired on The Meaningful Way Podcast | Episode 26

When life's filled with changes and sudden turns, how do you respond? There's always that person you know or read/hear about that indisputably reassures you that it'll all work out; but how are they SO sure? Author and Senior Minister, Edward Viljoen, shares ways that you can find "awe-moments," in ordinary days, develop an inner knowing, and build a survival kit to navigate through the tragedies and chaos of life.

Edward believes that the completely fulfilled life is comprised of garden-variety acts of kindness, faith, and compassion. His latest book, Ordinary Goodness: The Surprisingly Effortless Path To Create A Life Of Meaning And Beauty serves as a guide to those seeking simple ways to create a life well-lived grounded in deep compassion for ourselves and the world around us. Edward is the Senior Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California. But, he's traveled to our "meaningful" part of the universe to offer up some practical tips.

Learn how to live fulfilled and inspired-- even through the ordinary-- and starting at your next hello!

Key takeaways:

The trail of self-identity.  At first glance, what do people see in you? Is there a trail of evidence you've left behind that shows others what you're all about? The ONE question you need to ask yourself that'll shape your world... [3:50].

The "good days" prescription. Political turmoil, economic climates, internal struggles -- so much daily negativity can seep into you, making you feel disconnected and lost. The ANTIDOTE that'll help you build the confidence you need to move forward and get you back on the right track is... [9:21].

The guru method. All too often we live our lives making choices and taking risks on things that have proven results. So what do you do when the future looks skeptical? The wise and experienced call it an "inner knowing" trait and THIS is how you can develop yours... [13:52].

The pause button. The world can be chaotic, telling you that extraordinary things need to be SPECTACULAR to be worthwhile, that things need to be done quickly and need to be the BEST. But, how can you find your purpose in such madness? The one GHASTLY exercise you can do that'll help you re-evaluate your values and self-worth at this very moment... [17:59]. (Hint: it's not standing on a ledge.)

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You're never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.