Living Wholly is excited to present an exclusive interview with Urban Priestess, yoga/meditation teacher and soul sister Ashley Turner. Find out Ashley's tips on healthy living, her ideas on happiness and her inspirations.

Ashley is a celebrated yoga-meditation teacher, mind-body psychotherapy intern, writer and speaker. She is the founder of the Urban Priestess Year-long Mystery School, creator of several online courses, the MEDITATION 101 Virtual Conference (with over 25,000 participants in 2014!), 9 best-selling yoga dvd’s and co-author of Aroma Yoga. 
She has graced such lists as MindBodyGreen’s "100 Women to Watch in Wellness" and DETAILS magazine named Ashley “One of the top 6 personal trainers in 2014". Known for her innovative fusion of neurobiology, Western psychotherapy and yoga/meditation, Ashley works with clients worldwide via Skype and leads live events worldwide. For more inspiration, check out: www.AshleyTurner.org

What are your top 5 tips for healthy living?

  1. Nutrition
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Community
  5. Giving Back

 What is your favorite detox?

21 day detox. First week is going Vegan. Totally vegan. 2nd week Vegan & Raw. 3rd week is a liquid diet. Still eating and retrains your palette. I try to do it twice a year at the beginning of the year and fall. Sometimes Spring. Helps create clarity and manage addictions. Forces you to shift your behavior and really think about what is not serving you. Physical and emotions and psychological experience.

What does living wholly mean to you?

Living wholly knows what your priorities are. Creating a life around it. Everyday making an effort to have a great day and incorporating element’s that are important to you. Setting goals. Being creative and spending time with friends. Being balanced and not being too busy. Slowing down and targeting your priorities.

What are your top best “at home” health remedies?

Every morning I do yoga techniques to wake up the whole system. Skin brushing, Jala neti is pouring salt water in your nose flushing out the mucus membrane. Activates your brain. Eye washing, drinking a big glass of lemon water.

What super natural gift would you most like to possess?

Flying. I always dream of flying. It would be exhilarating.

In your next life, what would you choose to come back as?

A rock star. To have a phenomenal voice. A positive inspiring voice influencing a lot of people. How people are inspired by music. Such as Bono.

Who inspires you or your practice?

A lot of my colleagues ispire me:  Seane Corn, Sianna Sherman (practitioner), Ryan Seman (astrologer), Marianne Williamson, Furu Mook.

What is your present state of mind?

Right now I feel pretty good. Excited, happy and grateful. Embracing the challenges. I have such a great network of inspirational people.

What music are you listening to right now?

Banks, Kings of Leon, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Adele. East Forest.

What are you reading right now?

James Fonda autobiography. My life so far. Yoga psychology books.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Kioto, Sweden to discover my roots and Australia and Africa.

What has been your favorite discovery on a trip?

That I can be the happiest alone. Traveled to Thailand alone. Important to travel alone. Self discovery.

What is/are your, “must haves,” while traveling?

Clean water, probiotics, facial moisturizer, good book, yoga mat.

What is your favorite quote?

Tao Te Ching:

True perfection seems imperfect yet it is perfectly itself. True straightness seems crooked, true art seems artless.”

What is your personal motto?

Just do your best.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Understanding the nature of the game we call life. It's wild, it's crazy and none of us really know what’s going on. We have to stay human and laugh at ourselves and appreciate what we have and enjoy it. Santosha. Content.

Interviewed By Nicole Muyingo

 

 

 

 

Words cannot express how blessed I am for the connection with C.C. White.  She is truly a woman of the heart, radiant, humble and strong.  Since we met for the first time, I feel so loved by her and supported.  In our interview, she shares what she wants to contribute to the world, her commitment to this journey and encourages us to get out there and explore while sharing your gifts!  Read on and enjoy getting inspired!

photo by Dabling Howard

What does living wholly mean to you?

Making sure I understand and embrace that life is a blessing, a gift and it’s to be lived. I’ve learned to try and make every precious moment count. Also that discovery and evolution is a part of fully living and that sharing and connecting is like a breath of fresh air every time you meet a new soul. These experiences have taught me more about myself and about others too. It’s a big world out there, get out and discover it!

What are your top 3 tips for holistic living?

Share your gifts. Be kind to yourself and others. Meditate, eat healthy foods and tender your heart. Let yourself out of the box, see what’s out there and what you’re truly capable of.   Fear is something that can talk you out of living the way you deserve to.

What is your favorite detox?

Water, Green Tea, Ginger and Tumeric!

What is your self-care practice?

Singing, meditation, checking in with my soul, never forgetting to love, cry if necessary, laugh with abandon and discover as much as I can. Knowing that I’m human and when I fall, the only way to continue moving forward is to get right back up. Realizing I’m here for a reason and to be as true as I can to that as long as I live. Appreciating myself as an individual, being different and original and hoping I can inspire others to do the same and not be afraid of that.

What teachers have you worked with and/or currently work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness?

Too many to name, they’re all very important and special to me and I love them dearly. Some have passed on, others are still here on this Earth, and I learn from them every moment of every day. We keep in touch, and make sure to tell each other the truth at all times. We forgive each other, allow for sacred growing space, and elevate each other’s souls at all times.

What has been the most challenging experience in your life that turned out to be the most meaningful opportunity to your life's path?

One of the most challenging experiences has been understanding that losing a loved one is to learn to experience grief, let it pass through you, understand and embrace it, then let the memory of that loved one color and fill your spirit with the legacy, lessons and beauty he/she has left behind.

What gifts do you want to contribute to the world?

As many as I can while I’m here on this Earth in order to leave something behind when I’m gone. My music, voice, laughter, love, heart, warmth, experiences and wisdom respectfully learned from my ancestors and elders.  

Photo by David de Kadt

What is your super-natural gift?

Ha Ha…..Ohh that’s a fun question. We’re all super natural! For me, to touch souls with my voice through my heart, which is my gift from the divine. My ability is to feel souls and stir them too, to challenge people to stand on your tippy toes, then when you’ve reached as high as you think you can go…..spread your wings and fly honey child, FLY!!! LOL

Who inspires you?

The Divine, My Mother, Father (rest his soul) and family. Music inspires me, all kinds from all walks of life. I’ve worked with so many amazing and iconic artists and have learned from them all. Through this I was inspired to create my own CD entitled “This IS Soul Kirtan!”, a blend of Soul, Kirtan, R&B, Reggae, Gospel, Southern Blues, Folk and Country. Kirtan is a sacred, divine and beautiful form of call and response chanting dating back over 500 years from India. It has touched my heart to be able to share this CD with the entire world. Souls that have come before me, icons, spiritual leaders, musical legends, scholars, etc. All who have had something to say and contribute to this world, and weren’t afraid to stand up and do so. My good and long time precious friends, and the souls I have yet to meet that I know will add to my life experiences along the way!

What is your present state of mind?

Right now everyone counts and everyone matters. It’s one of my everyday mantras. At other times it can be so many things. I’m very cerebral, yet mindful of my heart and soul too. I don’t limit myself to feeling and thinking about as many things as humanly possible. It keeps me on my toes, and others around me as well.   I like to be excited and stimulated by life.

What music are you listening to right now?

Deva Premal & Miten, two of my favorite and most treasured, beautiful souls. Earlier today, I was listening to Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Shyamdas, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan and Ben Harper! More of my favorites. I also love classical music, Beethoven calms my heart.

Photo by Dabling Howard

What are you reading right now?

Nothing at the moment. Just finished a book. (smile) I read a lot, started when I was 2 years old. I love watching documentaries too. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Any and all the islands. They’re sacred places with years and years of history and so beautiful and untouched. I love places like that, it speaks to my heart. You can take your shoes off, run in the grass, taste the food of deep culture and love, dance with the happiest of local souls, and let yourself run free, forget about time and space and just be.

What has been your most memorable revelation while traveling?

That I LOVE to travel to new places and meeting new people. It’s always been such a treat for me, I’ll never stop being in love with this. The more I travel, the more my spirit grows and learns. 

What are your “must haves” while traveling?

Plenty of water, oils and scents, face and body moisturizers and creams, beautiful e-books to read, music and meditation tracks to listen to.   A stuffed animal my Mother gave me long ago, earplugs, my nutritional items that keep me going and give me such amazing energy, incense, candles, head wraps (smile), necessary clothing items, things like that.

What is your favorite quote?

When you have a gift you must share it. Stop wasting time always being the judge and jury, sometimes it’s harder to grow that way. Take your gifts to the world to the peoplel! Someone will love and appreciate what you have to offer but you can’t be afraid to find out. It’s the saddest thing to have something so beautiful inside of you, keeping it trapped in fear and doubt with nowhere to go. You have to set it free, connect other souls with it, let it fly and in turn you’ll learn just what you’re truly made of, and others too. The most precious gift of all is to discover why you’re truly here on this Earth for and what you can do to make it a better place. The living is now, it’s up to you to discover why you're really here.

Photo by Dabling Howard

“C.C.’s CD “This IS Soul Kirtan!” is on iTunes. Check her out at www.soulkirtan.com.

 

Interview by Jenny Emblom Castro 

 

 

Guru Jagat

April 20, 2016

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We are so honored and excited to connect with Guru Jagat!  She is a wise woman and leader in the kundalini world. Get to know her as she shares her gifts, detox tips and people that inspire her!  She is leading our April 26th meditation event in Venice.  It is going to be quite a divine experience!


What does living wholly mean to you?
  • Cutting through my own self-deception in order to use creative,  meditative, and yogic practices to be able to be of service to my family, community, Teacher and destiny. 
What are your top 3 tips for holistic living?
  • STRENGTHEN NERVOUS SYSTEM through Breath of Fire
  • LAUGH at yourself and the ridiculousness of your own self-importance at any given moment (often shows up like dissatisfaction or suffering)
  • "MEDITATE --it's between YOU AND NOW--you and your DESTINY."--Yogi Bhajan
What is your favorite detox?
  • Yogi Bhajan's The Green Diet 
What is your self-care practice? 
  • Hip hop dancing and women's practices 
What teachers have you worked with and/or currently work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness? 
  • Harijiwan Khalsa 
  • Yogi Bhajan
  • Women's work--Londin Angel Winters 

What gifts do you want to contribute to the world? 

Ultimately, my life and teaching be an example that there is no separation between creativity, meditative mind, healthy body, and EVERY OTHER activity you have to do each day.

Life is Art
Meditation is Life
Art is Meditation
Business is Art
Life is Meditation


What is your super-natural gift?

  • Yogic Couture Punk Rock Marie Antoinette Rebel Yell 

Who inspires you?

  • Amma
  • Steve Jobs
  • Richard Branson
  • Claire Wineland 

What is your present state of mind?

  • Mary Queen of Scots

What music are you listening to right now?

  • White Sun
  • Otis Redding
  • Souixsie and the Banshees

What are you reading right now?

  • The White Goddess--Robert Graves
  • The Mind--Yogi Bhajan
  • Invincible Living--Guru Jagat (I'm editing my book out on Harper's Feb 2017)

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

  • Tibet Tibet Tibet 

What has been your most memorable revelation while traveling?  

No matter how far you go, how much you travel externally--None of it matters without the consistent journeying of your own consciousness through meditation.

What are your “must haves” while traveling?

  • Liquid Chlorophyll 
  • Triphala
  • Leg weights for Tracy Anderson LIVESTREAM

Interviewed by Jenny Emblom Castro

Alisha Das Hayes

April 05, 2016

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It was an honor to connect more deeply with Alisha Das Hayes.  She shares more about awakening, her self - care practice, the Divine pause and becoming more present.

Alisha Das Hayes, DSS, has been working in the spiritual awareness industry for three decades. She has a thriving private practice as well as a busy facilitating/speaking schedule. She connects with deep empathy to individuals, couples, and groups from a wide range of faiths, professions and personalities.

Alisha also founded and facilitates Soul Dance, which has offered spiritual dance events to 1000s of folks in Los Angeles and Santa Monica monthly and on the east coast and South America for 15 years with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.

Alisha lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons and works throughout the world.

  • What does living wholly mean to you?

It’s really about living with a constant awareness of the Spirit living me. I come from a very high achieving family from both sides and was measured upon what I produced. Since I was tiny, I had this overarching knowing of who I am and why am I here. There has to be more than this. At 18, I started joining different spiritual groups. It is neat. Eyes cast upward and still engaging on this level. Living Wholly is not having the separation between church and state. Heaven is infused in my earthly trafficking. My earthly actions into the spirit. Integrated living. Lord, what would you have me do? Constant practice breath by breath.

  • What is your self-care practice?

Self care has been an area of challenge for me. It is so natural for me to serve others and leave me out of the equation. It is important because our basic self will rebel if we don't do self care.

  1. Meditation – spiritual exercises.
  2. Sleep – getting enough sleep
  3. Physical movement is so important for me. Soul dance would be great if I could do it everyday.  It is twice a month so I do other things in between. It shifts energy, psychic things off of me. Years ago, I realized I needed to cultivate more femininity. I started doing Pilates and dance and I feel better. It is more in alignment.
  4. Eating well and eating intuitively. I am the world’s worst dieter. If I leave myself alone and eat intuitively, I stay at an even keel.
  5. Creativity is such an important element to self care. Writing. I love to write poetry. Studies have shown that creativity is vital for relationships + productivity. If you do something creative for 20 minutes a week, you are more effective.
  • Who are the teachers you work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness?

I have been so grateful and blessed to have amazing mentors. If you don’t heed that higher voice, it shuts up. My first teachers were Archangels from a tiny child. I grew up with severe abuse. I always had a hand on my shoulder. I was communicating with Higher Beings. I didn’t realize who that was until I met John Roger. Jesus is a teacher for me.

John Roger was my primary teacher. I got to observe the work directly. Once I met him, he was the primary person I studied with. He was my main personal teacher. I’ve had a lot of direct mentoring from Ron and Mary Hulnick. David Allen was a mentor of mine. Because I am all about living holistically, I am all about being here on this level. I had teachers as I got my Doctarate. I want to see measurable and empirical change. Steve Chandler and Steven McGhee were incredible coaches for me. I've had teachers in the tens of thousands of people through doing the work.

I have also jumped off and surrendered in the position of service and learned the most by those people. A lot of those people have been teachers for me. Observing them and their changes AND observing Spirit is teaching me while I am assisting them.

Life is really the greatest teacher. Not always the kindest but the greatest.

Relationships are definitely graduate school. With two children, can be humbling.

  • What has been the most challenging experience in your life that turned out to be the most meaningful opportunity to your life's path?

Most of the Spiritual counselors are men. When I started doing the work and sat on the stage with my husband Michael, we received a lot of persecution. When you offer yourself in the light, you are going to get challenged. You look at a lot of those people that have done positive things in history and there is major persecution along the way. I've received it from close in, really close in. That has been a tremendous challenge. I am reminded that ‘God will never give you anything you cannot handle. I just wish he didn’t have so much faith in me”. The spiritual opportunity has been ‘who am I serving? Am I serving the addiction to belonging? The Lord that calls me forward to love unconditionally and beyond circumstance? It took me to my knees many a days. If they aren’t murdering me, hitting me or hurting my kids----what are they going to do? It has made me so much stronger. The giant opportunity is that I see this person coming at me with all of this negativity and I am going to return love. I went up and kept getting on the stage with Michael. With everyone, I had to prove myself. I did prove myself and people found value in my work. We would start a new class series and people would question why I was there. I surrendered the fear and righteousness. I would follow the loving. Thank God, something came through me and people softened and were open. It brought value. Some of my biggest neigh Sayers are now my biggest fans and clients.

When you say no, something shuts down. When I do the work, I am doing it to give but I am doing it selfishly. There is nothing like having Spirit working through you. Showing up in the Surrender is a big part of it. I never know what is going to happen.

The has been a huge advantage, it has really shredded my ego many of time. Apparently I needed some humbling. So be it.

  • What gifts do you want to contribute to the world?

To show up and to do whatever I can to the extent I can get out of the way to be a vessel to the deep Divine love within each of us. It is my intention and my presence, to awaken people to their own beauty, love and divine heritage. To assist them to remember to awaken.  It is not an imparting of anything. I am just reminding them. You are the one you’ve been looking for. I really want to cooperate how Spirit would like to use me. Whether it is through events, facilitating, books and simple ways. Just assisting people to get in touch with that higher voice and that presence within.

I am currently a Spiritual Counselor and Coaching with private clients, teaching classes and writing 2 books.

  • What is your super-natural gift?

Laughs and laughs. I hear the language of the angels, the Archangels. I see them and I am aware of them.

  • Who inspires you?

Jenny, you inspire me. You are taking light action into this area of glamour and superficiality and lifting it up. I am inspired by my clients, friends and the knowing that there is so much goodness in the world. 

Are you inspired by the person in front of you? Do you take that moment in line to be interested in the cashier? Seeing through soul – centered eyes and seeing the loving essence. That is usually the person that has the magic. There is a reason God individuated.

  • What is your present state of mind?

At the moment, it is beautiful.

In the present moment, the mind is always still. My mind is quiet, grateful and still.

In the moment, all is well.

It comes through me to whatever extent I am open. In this moment, I am fantastic. Just because my mind says it doesn’t mean it’s true. Inquiry. Take the Divine pause. That isn’t my nature. Usually I zip zip zip. I am cultivating and learning to take the pause. It is a practice. The Divine Pause can support a shift and support. 

When see a crisis happen…how do we navigate from a Spiritual perspective? What is God’s will in this? How do I get a higher perspective?

Step 1 – become present. In that present, more is revealed. Mind has to go quiet so a higher mind can enter in.

  • What is your favorite quote?

"Either a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius." Mozart

"Use everything to your spiritual advancement, upliftment and growth."

Mantra from John Roger

 

Interviewed by Jenny Emblom Castro 

Michael Hayes

April 01, 2016

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We are honored to connect more deeply with Michael Hayes as he shares his path of awakening, his teachers, super natural gift, who inspires him and more!  Be ready to let go and remember.

Michael Hayes is a Spiritual Counselor and seminar leader who works with groups and individuals to transform their lives and awaken them to their spiritual nature.

 

 

What does living wholly mean to you?

Living a life following a higher guidance. I think that the test of this life and the opportunity of the mastery of life is found in our ability to bring loving into the different experiences and expressions.

Do you have any teachers you work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness?

I look at a lot of people as teachers. That could be anybody and everybody. My primary teacher is John Roger and he passed over. I still believe I am supported by him and guided by him from the non-physical reality.  I can communicate with him in general knowing. Not in the physical.

I am supported by others that have lived in this world….Jesus Christ and Buddha.

Somewhere in my house is a picture a Jesus and a statue of Buddha. I relate to them as the consciousness that they are. They are real and they are here, just not physically here.

Jesus is a primary teacher for me which is a relationship that is active everyday.

Buddha is a secondary teacher which is a lot of understanding with life and humanity. I don’t reference it as often. I don’t feel as called into that communion as often. It is still very real and available.

What are your spiritual practices?

When I forget that I remember.  I have many significant life experiences that remind me.

Meditation supports me.  The one I practice is from John Roger which is a mantra tool that connects me back to what I’ve come awake to. When I was younger, I would spend many hours returning to my Self. Now it is rapid. Sometimes in moments depending on how much I’ve allowed the distracting nature to unsettle my consciousness. But it’s always worked and gets me back to where I am aware of what is. Sometimes I can get there faster by just reminding myself what I heard when I first communed with Jesus. That is ‘God is Love’ and when I say that and I hear that, I experience the connection and the knowing of what is really going on.

I will be awake to it and will come into remembrance. You will know this is who you’ve always been. You’ve never been outside of the love, the peace and the joy.

What keeps you grounded?

I got very sick and I had known since I was young that my karma would be finished at 39. There would be a time when I would physically die. I left my body and looking down with a fever of 106 realizing I was going to have a heart attack and die. I experienced a Spirit place with Jesus Christ and there was a discussion and I was asked to stay. I agreed I would stay. I made two commitments –

  • I would get married and have a family.
  • I would take care of my spiritual teacher – John Roger

Shortly after that, I got married and had 2 kids. Much of the next 16 years was involved in supporting and taking care of my teacher, John Roger.

The karma that I chose into keeps me attracted to the Earth and attached enough to participate. Since I am here, I’ve been asked to do more things. Of course, I say yes.

Do you ever get tired of being here?

For me now, “here” includes the Spirit. There is no difference between here and the Spiritual world. Sometimes I get tired of dealing with those things on Earth. I move into the Spiritual world. I indulge myself in the peace of the Spiritual world which renews me to come into this world we call Earth.

Do you go to church?

Sometimes I go to places where people worship. I do see the value of going to places that have a sacredness to them. When we go and commune together, it can enhance the experience. As quoted by God, “Two or more are gathered in my name, there I am also.”

Mostly, I go to the teaching. The Kingdom of heaven is within. Church is within.

I had agnostic parents who didn't believe in God. Four years before I came awake to Jesus and got involved with the particular outer path to work with, I went around to Zen masters, Indian gurus, Christian mystics and tried many different things. I explored many different things that can work for many different people. The greatest movement of awakening was through Jesus Christ and through John Roger as a physical person who was acting as a bridge for greater awakening into the awareness of my Self and God.

What is your super-natural gift?

He laughs and laughs.

I was given a blessing at one point of my life….spontaneity and brilliance of my inner knowing. My ability to consciously know the information that people don’t let themselves consciously know is highly unusual. I was told that there would be a consciousness of healing that would be with me. This would bring healing to people through me. I was told even when I just thought of a person it would happen. After many years of witnessing this happening over and over again, I accepted it was probably true. However, because I don’t do it, part of me always doubts it. Witnessing it so many times, I accepted it. Healing seems to be about the conduit for the Spirit to interface with people and people to interface with Spirit.

Who inspires you?

A lot of people inspire me. People going to work everyday doing something they don’t want to do. They go to serve a person while doing what they need to do to take care of their children and family. I am inspired by people that give and all the different ways that people do that. I am inspired by people that do ordinary things and remind me of the timelessness. I am inspired by acts of love and kindness and acts of enduring.

What is your present state of mind?

Quiet and still. My mind goes still and I share what I hear.

Living Wholly is honored to celebrate Avasa and Matthew and the celestial music they contribute to this world.  They played at our Love event on February 24th and rocked the house. It was such a blessing to have them play inspirational music while we discussed the subject of love with amazing key note speakers.  These two souls are the essence of love.
In the fall of 2008, Avasa and Matthew first connected in Northern California, It was an instantaneous recognition of love, and soon after discovered they shared a devotion to music.  They married October 2nd, 2010, and two weeks later released their first EP ‘Love is King, Love is Queen’, produced by Robin Livingston. Their music is an inspiring blend of world, singer-songwriter and devotion with unique anthemic coloring in each song. The listener is especially touched by the gifts of their voice, known to embrace the heart with soothing and celestial harmonies.  
Avasa and Matthew have shared the stage with numerous artists such as: Jason Mraz, Ben Lee, MC Yogi, Peia, David Newman, C.C White, Donna De Lory, among others.  Avasa and Matthew Love currently reside in Los Angeles, California, and have recently released their second album ‘The Road’, now available for purchase.
 
What does living wholly mean to you?
Living Wholly conjures a sense of fulfillment and service… to come to know the wellspring of love within the heart, and share from that place. As well, to be open to change and transformation within each new day. 
What are your top 3 tips for holistic living?
Top 3 tips are to use Essential Oils, Eat Organic, and Walk in nature
What is your favorite detox?
We love using a detoxification essential oil blend called Zendocrine, a drop in our water. It is an essential oil blend of Tangerine, Rosemary, Geranium, Juniper Berry, and Cilantro. It supports the organs of the body detox in a gentle and natural way.
What is your self-care practice?
Our self-care practice includes daily meditation and stretching, anointing and diffusing essential oils, as well as taking multi-vitamins.
Do you have any teachers you work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness?
Yes, Juan Ruiz Naupari, who is founder and director of the Pneuma System and Inkarri Cultural Association.
What has been the most challenging experience in your life that turned out to be the most meaningful opportunity to your life's path?
One of the great challenges in my life was letting go of my professional dance career in my early twenties in order to heal from that destructive environment. I left from NYC to live in India, and from that point it opened a door to music, meeting my husband, and eventually finding my spiritual teacher and sangha.
What gifts do you want to contribute to the world?
The gift of Change. I hope to leave within all my interactions an experience of love and hope; that we all have the ability to transform our current life circumstances for greater well-being.
What is your super-natural gift?
hmmmmm….I’m still working on these ones. : )
Who inspires you?
The Dalai Lama
What is your present state of mind?
Inspired
What music are you listening to right now?
Beethoven
What are you reading right now?
Swami Sivananda
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
India, to continue studying sacred dance and music.
What has been your most memorable revelation while traveling?
That time is of the essence, and life is short and sacred.
What are your “must haves” while traveling?
Oregano Oil, On Guard Essential Oil, Enzymes, Lavender Oil, Multi-Vitamins, Camera, Journal, Swim suit.
What is your favorite quote?
“What you seek is seeking you.” ? Rumi T

The Living Wholly experience provides individuals with empowering events that create an opportunity for the guests to connect socially while generating awareness in the areas of health, wellness + all things conscious. Living Wholly events are an amazing mix of thought provoking speakers, delicious food, drinks, learning and socializing. It’s more than just a sophisticated mixer for the consciously inclined, it's also a chance to meet and experience gratifying connections with best-selling authors, food revolutionaries, green entrepreneurs, and leaders in social change. Our events are always held at inspiring locations and thoughtfully curated. Living Wholly creates a divine experience that explores what it means to connect socially, attune inwardly and walk away feeling inspired.

The event shown here was on February 24th, 2016 in Venice, California. The topic was love and featured wise and deeply poignant, keynote speaker Marianne Williamson. Terces Engelhart opened for her offering practical tools to live more fully in our hearts. Jessie May Wolfe led the guests in a 'Heart Rise' meditation. Live music beautifully created by Avasa & Matthew Love. All organic food, delicious drinks and inspiring connection.

Living Wholly is excited to share with you an exclusive interview with Ryland Engelhart. Find out what Living Wholly means to him and his view on love, life and the power of soil.  

Ryland Engelhart is a Co-Owner and the CIO, Chief Inspiration Officer, of Cafe Gratitude. He is dedicated to the culture of love, community and sustainability in the work place. He also founded a non-profit called Kiss The Ground that’s mission is to inspire, educate and rebuild our soils to restore human and planetary health. His was a co-creator of an award winning transformational Documentary Film, called “May I Be Frank”. He is an educator, motivational speaker and coach. He leads workshops on sacred commerce, relationships and communication. Ryland resides in Venice, CA with his beloved wife where he loves devotional music, cooking from his garden, surfing and compost.

What does living wholly mean to you?

Living Wholly, means living a life guided by the heart. To be guided by virtue and mindfulness, with the awareness of the impact we have on each other and the world. To live Wholly is to express conduct and behavior that is beneficial to the whole.

What are your top 3 tips for holistic living?

1. To recognize and to live in accordance with love and to realize that fulfillment comes from within.

2. To know that life is a continuous practice. It’s not going to be perfect overnight but it does require participation and a diligent practice towards making thing’s better everyday.

3. Meditation. The practice of connecting with the indwelling presence that is love. Peace is found within. Love is found within. Fulfillment is found within.

What is your favorite detox?

My wife and I are doing a cleanse for the New Years of no flour and no refined sugar. My favorite detox would be an overall life of balance and health. Not doing a retox so that I don't need to do a detox. Living a balanced life of continuously healthy choices so that I do not need or feel the urge to detox.

What is your self-care practice?

Meditation. Self-observation. Becoming more awake in my dream life. Doing some sort of yoga or exercise practice. Drinking Shilajit, in Sanskrit Shilajit means "conquerer of weakness.  It is thought to be comprised of broken-down carbons from ancient rain forests, sandwiched between rock strata as the Himalayan mountains were formed 50-100 million years ago.

Do you have any teachers you work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness? If so, who and how did you meet them?

My dad has been one of my greatest teachers, I also receive great inspiration from Juan Ruiz Naupari who is the founder of Inkarri Cultural Association. Juan and his spiritual organization put on an event called "The Day Of Inner Peace" on October 27th of each year. I met him through his wife, who invited me into a meditation practice which has changed my life.

What gifts do you want to contribute to the world?

My mom sings a song called “Love is the answer no matter what the questions is” The gift that I want to contribute to the world, through the example of my life, is that Love is what we are doing here. Love is the only thing that’s real. We mostly are pretending that something else is important. Just wishing that we can be authentic and vulnerable enough to say that, all I want to do in my life is to be an expression of love and contribution. So, I hope to remember and remind people that love is an indwelling presence and the search for it can be over, when we remember this.

What super-natural gift would you choose?

My super natural gift is to have a sea of compassion in my heart. Super + Natural.

What is your present state of mind?

I am feeling content and peaceful.

What music are you listening to right now?

An artist from Hawaii named Hanna Leigh. Peia, Brenda McMorrow and Avasa & Matthew Love.

What are you reading right now?

I am reading a book called The Perfect Matrimony

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Maui, to visit my mom. She lives in a beautiful community called Kipahulu. On Sunday nights she hosts a supper club dinner called Café ATTITUDE. The Attitude is "Be Grateful or get out." :-)

What is your favorite quote?

“ Let the beauty we love be what we do, there are hundreds way to kneel and kiss the ground” ~ Rumi

I love soil; I spend a lot of my life dedicated to transforming our current agricultural system into a more regenerative one. This is what inspired me to create my non-profit, "Kiss the Ground". To me, supporting regenerative agriculture is the most hopeful and opportune contribution we can make to ensure life can continue on this planet. Soil is the bottom line of our ecological system, without it, we could not survive.

Interviewed By Nicole Muyingo

Living Wholly is thrilled to share with you our exclusive interview with Cafe Gratitude co-founder Terces Engelhart. Find out what gifts she would like to contribute to the world and her favorite, "must have's," while traveling. 
Terces Engelhart, co-founders of Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre; organic farm to table restaurants that offer a transformational environment for employees and customers, in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and Kansas City.  
Terces Engelhart and husband Matthew Engelhart have a unique approach to life and business. While many would say they are “busy,” the Engelharts, prefer to refer to their lives as “full.” This spirit of gratitude and appreciation for the abundance of life has afforded this dynamic couple a life beyond their expectations.  Matthew and Terces have created a work environment unlike any other.

 

 What does living wholly mean to you?

It means taking care of all you have said you would care for. It means keeping my heart open and expanding my capacity to be loving. 

What are your top 3 tips for holistic living?
(1) Slow down
(2) Check in with your heart
(3) Be your word

What is your favorite detox?
Spiritual fasting one day a week, one week a quarter, 21 days each year.

What is your self-care practice?
Be truthful, stay in the moment, face my fears, open up to love

Do you have any teachers you work with to inspire and support your evolution in consciousness?
Jesus
What has been the most challenging experience in your life that turned out to be the most meaningful opportunity to your life's path?
Learning to say, “No”.

What gifts do you want to contribute to the world?
Loving others in a way that they come to know how loved they are.

What is your super-natural gift?
Transparency and kindness.

Who inspires you?
People who overcome their challenges.

What is your present state of mind?
Peaceful

What music are you listening to right now?
Gospel

What are you reading right now?
He Jesus I never knew. By Philip Yancy

What has been your most memorable revelation while traveling?
There is no place “to get to.”

What are your “must haves” while traveling?
Essential oils, good book, favorite music

What is your favorite quote?
COR 13:4-8 “ Love is……”


                                                                                             ~Interviewed By Jenny Emblom
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