Catching Z's: The Millennials Guide To Mindfulness



Catching Z's Mission Statement: Our podcast is a platform for people of all backgrounds and mindsets to come and freely share their journeys and stories. Stories about how they have impacted the world and also their communities. We're not claiming to be experts, we're all on different paths, but during the duration of this podcast, we will combine all of our energy and love and we will all become the same journey.


  • Fathers Day Episode with my dad Mike Zolfo

    Fathers Day Episode with my dad Mike Zolfo

    18/06/2019 Duración: 48min

    This was a very special conversation for me to have with my role model, my inspiration, my father, Mike Zolfo. It gives you some good insight into why I am the way that I am.  We talk about the ups and downs of being a father, how he has viewed being a father, what being a father means to him and the joy that this has brought him in his life.  He gives some advice to present and future dads and talks about how he and my mom instilled resilience in us.  We share an emotional moment at the end where it all comes to a head and I realize the impact that my dad has had on me and on the journey of where I am today and how I am now passing this down to my son, Wylie. Love you, Dad!    Previous episode with my dad

  • CZ 074: Loch Kelly, Author, Founder of Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, Meditation Teacher

    CZ 074: Loch Kelly, Author, Founder of Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, Meditation Teacher

    10/06/2019 Duración: 01h11min

    Loch Kelly plain and simple changed the way that I look at mindfulness.  He shares many wonderful tips about the technique that he has adopted he refers to as "effortless mindfulness".  We tackle many other topics along the way.  How a broadcaster talking about a quarterback with eyes in the back of his head got him into trying to do an early form of meditation Deliberate mindfulness vs. effortless mindfulness Traveling to Asia landed him in Nepal studying effortless mindfulness Why some of these ancient practices were kept secret Research backing this practice His “new normal” after practicing effortless mindfulness What his definition of awakening is How to practice effortless mindfulness His new book (in bookstores June 5, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness

  • CUWCZ: Recent Shift (?) In Consciousness

    CUWCZ: Recent Shift (?) In Consciousness

    04/06/2019 Duración: 09min

    Sounds like a crazy headline but truly the only thing that I can use to describe my recent experience.  Hard to interpret right now, and even saying that sounds crazy but know that y'all will be along for my exploration into this new found way of meditating!    Richard Miller Episode Loch Kelly's website Stephan Bodian's website

  • CZ 073: Amanda Giacomini, creator of 10,000 Buddhas

    CZ 073: Amanda Giacomini, creator of 10,000 Buddhas

    30/05/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Amanda is a dedicated Yogini with over 20 years of practice and fifteen years of teaching. She teaches weekly classes at the studio which she co-founded in 2001 with MC YOGI,  in Point Reyes, California. Ten Thousand Buddhas by Amanda Giacomini is a worldwide, highly sought after art project, including large scale murals & fine art paintings. Featured on National Geographic Channel, New York Magazine, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Mantra Magazine, Origin Magazine, Marin Magazine, LA Yoga Mag, and Tricycle Magazine.  Had an amazing, life-changing chat with Amanda about a lot of things like:  experiencing formal meditation when she was 14 going to asia when she was 19 how art has played an important role in her life how the art in the ajanta caves made a lasting impact on her and was a catalyst for the 10k buddhas adventure. feelings when creating art vs. meditating

  • Meditators Among Us: Samuel Johns

    Meditators Among Us: Samuel Johns

    21/05/2019 Duración: 48min

    Samuel Johns is an entrepreneur and Ironman triathlete. While working with other ambitious individuals at fast-growing companies, he realized his mission was to coach individuals to identify and connect with their core values, and from there go on to build skills and habits to live with greater clarity, connection, and wellbeing. His background in business, athletics and mindfulness serve as pillars to his work as a coach.  Samuel and I had an amazing conversation talking about how he got into Mindfulness and how that has allowed him to excel as an Ironman triathlete.  He shares the benefits that he is able to receive through his practice as well as how he got started being a producer for 10% happier.  He is so well spoken and relatable and I know you will find value in what he has to say!  

  • Special Mothers Day Interview with my Mom, Mickey Zolfo!

    Special Mother's Day Interview with my Mom, Mickey Zolfo!

    13/05/2019 Duración: 49min

    This was a wonderful and unique experience for me to get to interview my mom for a special mothers day episode.  We get into all of the wonderful things about being a mother of 3 from her perspective as well as her role as a teacher for 23 years and how that has influenced being a mother, and vice versa.  Love you, Mom!    Thirty Million Words Book

  • CUWCZ: Lessons from a 5 week Mindset Course

    CUWCZ: Lessons from a 5 week Mindset Course

    07/05/2019 Duración: 19min

    I had the privilege of taking a 5 week Mindset Course through Potential Project and I share my biggest takeaways on this episode!    Potential Project 10% Happier interview with Potential Project Founder and Director  

  • CZ 072: Larry Payne, Internationally Respected Yoga Teacher

    CZ 072: Larry Payne, Internationally Respected Yoga Teacher

    30/04/2019 Duración: 47min

    Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected yoga teacher and back specialist. The L.A. Times named Larry “One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers”. He co-authored Yoga Therapy Rx, Yoga for Dummies and The Business of Teaching Yoga. Larry is founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founder of the Corporate Yoga program at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the first Yoga teacher to offer Yoga classes at the World Economic Forum, co-founder of the yoga curriculum at UCLA’s School of Medicine, and the founding director of the new Yoga therapy certification program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In this episode we talk about: How him and richard miller met How he got into yoga and the people he was fortunate to study with How yoga is a stress reducer How Krishnamarchya adapted yoga to be about the individual (vini yoga) The evolution of today’s yoga What Prime of Life yoga is How Yoga Therapy started How his want for material things has changed over time What hi

  • Meditators Among Us: Dr. Hava Rose

    Meditators Among Us: Dr. Hava Rose

    22/04/2019 Duración: 45min

    Hava Rose was truly delightful to talk with.  She talks about her introduction to meditation through the delightful voice of Eckhart Tolle on the audiobook version of The Power of Now.  This led her to seek a deeper calling from within and begin to address what the universe was telling her.  She speaks from a place of extreme awareness and does so in an elegant way.  We got into a really touching conversation about her viewpoint about death and about how this has changed recently due to some events that happened in her life, some profound insight ensued! We then talk about her current company, Namaste Nourish and how food can be used as a wellness tool and a tool for a community to be built around! We also tackle SIYLI's April Dyad by discussing what happiness means to us! Something for everyone in this one.    Namaste Nourish Hava Rose Instagram April 2019 Dyad  

  • CUWCZ: Whats inspiring me lately!

    CUWCZ: What's inspiring me lately!

    09/04/2019 Duración: 16min

    I talk about the sources of inspiration for me recently!  These include Dan Harris' 10% Happier podcast, Tanur Badgley's People of Purpose Podcast newsletter, and all the things that are happening in space right now!    10% Happier Podcast People of Purpose Newsletter SpaceX Virgin Galactic NASA

  • CZ 071: Lucia Giovannini, Author of A Whole New Life

    CZ 071: Lucia Giovannini, Author of "A Whole New Life"

    02/04/2019 Duración: 01h15min

    Lucia Giovannini is a former Italian supermodel turned best-selling author, spiritual teacher, transformational coach, environmental & animal activist, and author of 13 books. Her best-selling book, “A Whole New Life”, was first published in Italian and is now translated into eight languages, including an English version published by Hay House India. Lucia provided me with a wonderful conversation about many things including:  How she first got into meditation and how that ended up with her going to india for 2 months How she got into modeling and why she felt a calling to leave modeling Even being successful having thoughts of doubt and how to overcome them Her book a whole new life What neuro semantics are and how they can help us contribute to transformation The importance of spirituality in transformation Viewing Change as a process and not a thing A whole new life Facebook Group Lucia's Facebook  

  • Meditators Among Us: Jacob Aqua

    Meditators Among Us: Jacob Aqua

    26/03/2019 Duración: 34min

    I chat with Jacob Aqua about his meditation practice, his super powers, the benefits he receives from meditation, and we tackle a random SIYLI dyad prompt from September 2017!  BONUS SCAT SINGING in the intro!    J. Aqua Wellness J. Aqua Wellness Instagram J. Aqua Wellness Facebook September 2017 Dyad      

  • Meditation: Tuning into your body and mind

    Meditation: Tuning into your body and mind

    21/03/2019 Duración: 08min

    Kate Starling leads us in a guided meditation about tuning into the sensations of our body and mind.    Kate Starling Catching Z's Episode Kate's Instagram  

  • CZ 070: Adam Avin, 14-Year-Old Founder of Wuf Shanti

    CZ 070: Adam Avin, 14-Year-Old Founder of Wuf Shanti

    18/03/2019 Duración: 35min

    Adam started his company, Wuf Shanti, when he was 9 years old after his grandfather Jack had passed away and they wanted to do something to honor his kind and compassionate spirit and carry on the mantras that he lived out.  Since then, Adam (with the help of his mom) has written 7 books and has expanded Wuf Shanti to elementary schools and children's hospitals throughout the country!  He even recently had the Mindful Kids Peace Summit for teenagekids where they tackled topics like Diversity, Kindness and Anti-Bullying, Tools for Kids to De-Stress and Cope with Emotions, and even Social Emotional Learning!  We talk about all of the wonderful things he is doing and about what it is like being a teenager that is born with so much technology around them.  Adam had amazingly thoughtful responses to everything and I had a great time getting to know him!    Wuf Shanti Mindful Kids Peace Summit Wuf Shanti Facebook Wuf Shanti Instagram Wuf Shanti Twitter

  • CUWCZ: Mindful Moments of Parenting

    CUWCZ: Mindful Moments of Parenting

    12/03/2019 Duración: 12min

    On this month's Catching Up with Catching Z's I talk about all of the wonderful moments of mindfulness that I gain through being a parent to my son, Wylie Boone Zolfo!    Email me!

  • CZ 069: Kevin Ellerton, Founder of Meditation Magazine

    CZ 069: Kevin Ellerton, Founder of Meditation Magazine

    04/03/2019 Duración: 01h18min

    Kevin Ellerton had achieved success at an early age in the real estate business, but this wasn't fulfilling him the way he thought it would.  In the most unlikely of circumstances while he was trying to pick up girls in a bookstore, Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" impacted Kevin in a profound way.  This led to him going overseas and attending a monastery and his life would forever be changed from there.  He has since went on to found Meditation Magazine and traveled the world talking to Guru's about the meaning of life.  Listen as I chat with Kevin about these life experiences and how they influenced the creation of Meditation Magazine.    Kevin's Youtube Channel Meditation Magazine Instagram Kevin Ellerton Website        

  • Meditators Among Us: Elayna Spratley

    Meditators Among Us: Elayna Spratley

    25/02/2019 Duración: 43min

    Excited to bring to you another wonderful conversation on this months Meditators Among Us series.  I talk with one of my colleagues Elayna Spratley about her journey into meditation.  We talk about:  - being a workaholic and worrier and how meditation helps those things - how her friends relationship with her mom changed through meditation and this caused Elayna to want to explore it deeper - spirituality + meditation being complementary - her profound moment of awakening - February's Dyad!   SIYLI February Dyad!    

  • CZ 068: Hari + Rasanath, Founders of Upbuild

    CZ 068: Hari + Rasanath, Founders of Upbuild

    18/02/2019 Duración: 01h14min

    Hari and Rasanath met in 2006 and the rest is history.  They both joined the same Bahkti Yoga Monastery in New York and this has caused them to be able to see the world differently and share this with many other people.  We talk about: First getting into meditation Pursuing careers in Film and Wall Street prior to joining the monastery How they held these jobs and were living in the monastery at the same time Balancing ambition and stress What their organization Upbuild does How their relationship together is the cornerstone for their work What it would mean to "live without masks" much more!    A world without masks Upbuild Website

  • CUWCZ: Death!

    CUWCZ: Death!

    13/02/2019 Duración: 16min

    Today I talk about how the subject of death has been coming up a lot in my life recently and try and break down the perspectives that have helped me to further understand death in my own life and also how I still struggle with this topic!  I talk about Ram Dass' No Death, No Fear workshop in this episode and it looks like the sign ups have been closed down but I recommend signing up to receive future free retreat information!   Ram Dass website MC YOGI Episode Catching Z's Episode with JP: Part 2 Catching Z's episode with JP: Part 1 10% happier podcast with Frank Ostaseski  

  • CZ 067: Oren Jay Sofer: Author, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Nonviolent communication teacher

    CZ 067: Oren Jay Sofer: Author, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Nonviolent communication teacher

    04/02/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    Oren Jay Sofer has been practicing meditation and diving deep into the subject of nonviolent communication for over 20 years now.  He brings a deep knowledge about both of these practices to this interview.  You will see that he applies these concepts when speaking as he has an elegant way of using pauses and really bringing your whole self to the conversation.  I chat with Oren about:  His new book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication How he got into meditation in high school Going to Asia and spending two years as a renunciate Clearing up (for me) what equanimity means How we can feel emotions without letting them control us  What is non-violent communication?  How contemplative practices can be applied to communication Leading with presence in our conversations Much more!    Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication Email me!    

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