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.


  • Meditators Among Us: Sierre Wolfkostin

    Meditators Among Us: Sierre Wolfkostin

    08/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    Sierre is a very interesting person to chat with.  She combines a depth of knowledge with a thoughtful approach to looking at life.  She's only been meditating for a little over a year and already speaks about life in delicate and amazing ways! We chatted about:  How reading Andy Puddicombe’s book got her into meditation Mom’s present of Transcendental Meditation  How she relates to her mind  Experiencing silence of her mind  How meditation influences her physically Presence and Decision Making  Meditation and Appreciating K-Pop with her sister Timing around adopting a meditation practice  How Design and meditation align  Creating novel ideas through Meditation Liberating structures of design thinking and meditation What she’s excited about with her practice The hardship that comes with life  

  • CZ 085: Mag Dimond, Heart Centered Human, World Traveler, and Author

    CZ 085: Mag Dimond, Heart Centered Human, World Traveler, and Author

    16/03/2020 Duración: 01h17min

    I left this interview feeling more connected to the world and felt like I had traveled around the world as well.  Mag is a magnificent storyteller and has made traveling a center piece to her life and marrying those two things is wonderful to experience.  We chat about:  How she got the travel bug at 11 years old when she lived in Italy for 3 years  Why she started journaling as an outlet from her difficult upbringing Feeling at home in many places abroad What travel allowed her to find out about herself  How connection is important for what she feels makes a place feel like home Innate traits that we all possess as humans that she discovered in travel  The importance of journaling in her adventures  Common themes that arose in her journaling showing what she values in experiences The impact that her grandmother had on her instilling compassion in her Translating her journals to the book that she wrote, “Bowing to Elephants”  How a moving experience with Elephants led to the title of her book  Getting into m

  • Meditators Among Us: Aaron Stryker

    Meditators Among Us: Aaron Stryker

    03/03/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    Aaron is so in tune with the tiny details of life and how they play out in our realities. He was so fascinating to chat with that I threw out just some random questions I'd been pondering in my head and he answered them with poise and an amazing amount of thoughtfulness with each word.  He is dedicating the foreseeable future to the monastic life and I'm excited to see the great things he will do there and with everything he dedicates his energy to like the organization he's starting to get college graduates exposed to the benefits of monastic life!  Truly an amazing conversation every second we shared together.  Listen to us talk about:  Practicing TM in Asia at 20 years old Rowing and how it showed him a different experience of his mind + body How Ashtanga got him more into a sitting practice  Influential teachers in his life How he chose to begin living the monastic life  The benefits he’s received in the monasteries he’s lived in How he views suffering and deals with it Inspiration for Dharma Gates and h

  • CZ 084: Cheryl B. Engelhardt, Pop Artist/Film Composer/Meditation Musician

    CZ 084: Cheryl B. Engelhardt, Pop Artist/Film Composer/Meditation Musician

    17/02/2020 Duración: 54min

    Cheryl has a contagious energy and speaks from her heart while she talks intensely about her struggles with anxiety.  She's had a long career as a musician and she has a competitive drive that helped when she added meditation to her self-care routine.  She's now over 600 days in to her practice and isn't looking back.  We covered a lot of topics including: 10 years of anxiety attacks that led to her looking into meditation Her feelings against meditation originally Tracking her happiness and life factors for a year  How she experiences panic attacks now being over 600 days into her meditation How she discovered her effective self care practices Writing sad music as a child and how she believes it helped her be a happy person Keys to expressing your true self What her meditation practice looks like  Discoveries she’s had about herself through meditation Why meditation is so important to her Where her practice shows up the most in her life How music has influenced her practice and vice versa Creating her recen

  • Meditators Among Us: Alex Barker

    Meditators Among Us: Alex Barker

    03/02/2020 Duración: 47min

    Alex achieved a good amount of success in high school in both sports and academics.  Little did he know the real world would give him a rude awakening that would eventually manifest in a panic attack.  He turned to meditation after sifting through many self help guides and has seen great benefits since then.  We talk about:  Achieving a lot at an early age setting the stage for future stress How having a panic attack made him look at his life deeper  How he seeks out self help info to gain an advantage and how this led him to meditation His recognition of his place on earth to get him through tough times The benefits that he received from meditation early on How to turn awareness into action How his competitive nature crept into his meditation practice and caused him to step away for a litle bit Where meditation shows up in his life How just breathing can be a game changer How meditation has benefitted him in Sales What his new years resolution was

  • CZ 083: Jeff Siegel, Holistic Health, Wellness and Life Coach

    CZ 083: Jeff Siegel, Holistic Health, Wellness and Life Coach

    21/01/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    Jeff has a breadth of knowledge that makes chatting with him a marvel. He has degrees in neuroscience and behavioral psychology as well as a masters of Buddhist studies from Hong Kong University.  I was so eager to chat with him and get his thoughts that I threw a bunch of different topics at him and he did not disappoint with any of his answers.  We talked about:  How he found there was a push and a pull to get him into meditation in the first place How studies in neuroscience and behavioral psychology influenced the want to go deeper into meditation How clinging to labels can be detrimental Suffering from an eating disorder and needing to relearn how to be in his body with love An impromptu guided meditation on loving the body that you’re in How our minds influence our body and how to bring a better balance to this How mindfulness gives us a conscious choice in life Why it’s important to establish boundaries around appropriate use of technology The power of training your attention How what you’re feeding y

  • Meditators Among Us: Beauty Boois

    Meditators Among Us: Beauty Boois

    07/01/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    Beauty is not only her name but also classifies the  amazing energy she radiates when I talked to her.  She has gone through some pretty traumatic experiences in her life and has chosen a path of healing rather than a path of self destruction.  The strength and confidence by which she talks about each subject we cover is outstanding and you can feel how genuine she is living through her words (and so damn well spoken through her EP)  We talked about:  Her introduction to meditation through Yoga Getting certified as a yoga teacher through the Africa Yoga Project The experience of teaching yoga in a low-income area and why she did this in part to change the image of what a person doing Yoga looks like Her memories teaching kids meditation and yoga The rise of yoga in Namibia and what has contributed to it How she defines her healing and how it helps her get through her trauma Pushing through the “grunge work” of meditation and yoga The release of her new EP and how it was a great form of express

  • CZ 082: Tasshin Fogleman, Assistant Director at the Monastic Academy

    CZ 082: Tasshin Fogleman, Assistant Director at the Monastic Academy

    09/12/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Tasshin is currently the Assistant Director at the Monastic Academy.  Saying those words to 23 year old Tasshin would have made him laugh and he would have wrote them off.  His journey and his transformation is truly fascinating.  He talks from a place of experience about the foundational elements of what it means to be a human and speaks about them from a place of wisdom.  He admits that by no means is he a perfect person and that he still has a lot to learn but I was blown away by the depth by which he understands life after only being at the Monastic Academy for 4 years. We chat about:  How he was introduced to meditation growing up as a unitarian universalist How going on a week long retreat made him decide to dedicate his life to these practices How he decided to dedicate his life to a meditation practice  Finding that Thai Buddhism wasn’t for him and how this led to the decision to join the Monastic Academy Difference in the Monastic Academy and a traditional monastery Tasshin’s desire to have more peo

  • CZ 081: Dr. Danny Penman, Best-Selling Author, Award Winning Journalist, Meditation Teacher

    CZ 081: Dr. Danny Penman, Best-Selling Author, Award Winning Journalist, Meditation Teacher

    18/11/2019 Duración: 01h01min

    Dr Danny Penman is a  meditation teacher and award-winning writer and journalist. He currently writes features for the UK Daily Mail, having previously worked for the BBC, New Scientist and the Independent newspaper. He is co-author of the international bestseller Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.  I talk to Danny about  The paragliding accident that caused him to turn to meditation Why people come to mindfulness from a place of desperation Can meditation be abused for competitive advantage? Is McMindfulness harmful to mindfulness?  How meditation has been around for thousands of years in different cultures If there are any other ways to receive the benefits of meditation How meditation gives us a “direct route” to our inner selves The way that he defines the difference in meditation and mindfulness How his latest book, The Art of Breathing, came from his own frustration about global adoption of mindfulness and how he made the book digestible for anyone who wants a thorough,

  • CZ 080: Dr. Heidi Kopacek, Author, Licensed Psychologist, Yoga Teacher

    CZ 080: Dr. Heidi Kopacek, Author, Licensed Psychologist, Yoga Teacher

    21/10/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Heidi has been around the wholistic wellness world for a while, she holds a Doctorate in Psychology, is a Yoga Teacher, and teaches mindfulness based therapy to create a practice that looks at the whole person instead of just a couple of pieces. She has a ton of knowledge about what it takes to be a full human and she was a joy to chat with. We talk about: Her experience of meditation through getting into Yoga to lose weight Defining the spirit and why we don’t usually tend to our spirit  What companies are doing for millennials to help feed their spirit What we can learn from the Baby Boomer generation Why studying psychology left her wanting to know more about Anxiety + Depression Why she feels we shouldn't talk about anxiety and depression as illnesses Her new book:  Soothe: Your Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Dealing with Crappy Emotions Difference in Resilience + Strength and when to use each How to use the phrase: Strong Like Oak, or Bend Like Grass Guided Meditation: Breathe the way you want to feel   

  • Meditators Among Us: Xenia Knapp

    Meditators Among Us: Xenia Knapp

    08/10/2019 Duración: 43min

    Xenia was experiencing bouts of depression and even suicidal thoughts and she knew that she either had to make a change or that the path she was on wouldn't end well. She decided that she needed to leave her unfulfilling job and leave her home country of Germany.  She decided to make a significant change by moving to Canada as well as taking up a serious self care routine that included meditation.  She has since been living life more intentionally and even opened up her own business being a Millennial Coach giving advice to her fellow millennials on how to live a life of more intention.  We chat about:  What went into her decision to leave Germany and live in Canada How to get outside your comfort zone How diversity is so important for one's life Living a life of more intention Why Millennials are going through quarter life crises and what we can do to mitigate that How she was able to discover her authentic self and how you can too What little things we can do to bring kindness to others Free Enough Coach

  • CZ 079: Toby Sola, Co-Founder  CPO at BrightMind Meditation

    CZ 079: Toby Sola, Co-Founder & CPO at BrightMind Meditation

    23/09/2019 Duración: 01h22min

    Toby Sola dove into meditation in his teens when he was introduced to some contemplative practices through a neighbor who was willing to share them with him.  Lyme Disease then caused him to dive even deeper into a meditation practice in a time in need.  I loved this conversation because you can tell how long he's been practicing and how deeply he's experienced the benefits of meditation.  We chat about:  His first introduction to meditation through a neighbor that was into shamanistic practices How Lyme Disease caused him to dive deeper into meditation How having Lyme Disease caused him to understand how to separate your thoughts from your physical experience What sweat lodges are Shinzen Young’s philosophy How Shinzen Young influenced him early on and how that lead to him working with him on BrightMind How Brightmind designed their app to be comprehensive but not complicated How as a tech company focused on mindfulness he looks at the iterative process Toby’s research on effective pedagogi

  • Meditators Among Us: Jakob Brewer

    Meditators Among Us: Jakob Brewer

    09/09/2019 Duración: 32min

    Jakob Brewer has an amazing awareness about himself.  He just recently started getting serious about meditation and achieved a milestone of 1,000 minutes of meditation time and I had to have him on to talk about his experience.  We chat about:  How a wild epiphany during meditation caused him to want to dive deeper Getting to 1,000 minutes of meditation Previous self care regiments prior to diving deep into meditation How Meditation has caused allowed him to not resent his thoughts How meditation has influenced his spirituality What he was most surprised about himself that he learned through meditation We tackle SIYLI’s July Dyad! Jakob's Twitter July Dyad

  • CZ 078: Jay Vidyarthi, Attention Activist, Designer, Mindful Technologist

    CZ 078: Jay Vidyarthi, Attention Activist, Designer, Mindful Technologist

    19/08/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Jay has a lot of experience in the design field and you can feel the mindfulness influence that he brings to his work.  The way that he approaches thinking about design concepts is refreshing and forward thinking.  We chat about:  Getting exposed to meditation growing up in India and being taught the gayatri mantra  How a jam session turned into getting deeper into meditation The ups and downs of sitting on a 10 day retreat Tips of how to keep going when starting out in meditation Getting into human computer interaction design Taking feedback on his early design concepts in graduate school Why Technologists should take a hippocratic oath towards product design What good technology design looks like Being an Attention activist Why he’s hopeful for the future of mindfulness and technology

  • Why Meditation is #WorthIt

    Why Meditation is #WorthIt

    15/08/2019 Duración: 10min

    On this month's Catching up with Catching Z's, I talk about some recent conversations that I've been having with individuals about starting a meditation practice and the benefits it can have on your life.  It's important to keep in mind why this practice is worth putting forth the effort and I dive into that on this episode!    

  • CZ 077: Karen Salmansohn, Best Selling Author, Sensory Meditation Teacher, and Award Winning Designer

    CZ 077: Karen Salmansohn, Best Selling Author, Sensory Meditation Teacher, and Award Winning Designer

    05/08/2019 Duración: 49min

    Karen Salmansohn is hilarious and is wonderful to talk to.  She embraces her journey in life and talks about concepts in very digestible ways.  She talks about how she has applied this to her most recent book, Instant Calm, which has 2 minute sensory meditations in it and is available everywhere August 27th.  Pre-order it at the link below! We also talk about:  How she got into meditation Her new book Instant Calm and the power of sensory meditations (including chocolate meditations) Why sensory meditations are helpful beginning steps to a meditation practice Why she describes her books genre as "Self help for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self help" How meditation can be a selfie for your soul How meditation and other factors gave her wild success How she uses humor to “jiggle free your ego” In what circumstances humor can backfire If having celebrities endorse you comes with added pressure Pre-order Instant Calm here!

  • Meditators Among Us: Brian Aikens

    Meditators Among Us: Brian Aikens

    29/07/2019 Duración: 51min

    Brian Aikens is doing amazing work in Pennsylvania teaching kids SEL and changing their lives from the inside out.  He has an amazing dedication to his craft and has a true passion for helping kids.  We talk about:  How stressing out in graduate school got him introduced to meditation What effects he feels today from meditation Bringin SEL techniques into schools Changes that the kids go through that he sees through SEL How SEL helps kids get a solid foundation for life Insight Minds  Little techniques to bring SEL into the classroom How to get kids the confidence to succeed Insight Minds Twitter  

  • CZ 076: Stephan Bodian, Beyond Mindfulness

    CZ 076: Stephan Bodian, Beyond Mindfulness

    18/07/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Stephan is a licensed psychotherapist as well as a spiritual teacher, and he has been a pioneer in the integration of Eastern wisdom and Western psychology and in the embodiment of awakened awareness in everyday life.  We had a wonderful, life-changing chat about many things but the direct approach to mindfulness he teaches is truly a life-changing practice, at least it was for me! We also talk about:  Finding Zen as his first meditative practice The idea of coming home and what it means to Stephan What he felt he wasn’t getting from his zen practice and why this led him to get his masters in psychotherapy Prescription use for mental health Blending Mindfulness and Psychotherapy  His new book "Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Lasting Peace, Happiness, and Love" Using the Direct Approach to Mindfulness Defining awakening The Myth of Striving

  • CZ 075: Donald Altman, International mindfulness expert, Author, former Buddhist monk

    CZ 075: Donald Altman, International mindfulness expert, Author, former Buddhist monk

    01/07/2019 Duración: 01h09min

    Donald Altman was a fascinating person to chat with.  His background is in psychotherapy, he's a former Buddhist monk, and grounded in a lot of research and science that comes through on almost every topic that we discuss together.  We talked about: Being a buddhist monk at the age of 40 and how this formalized his meditation practice How a Cadbury chocolate egg at the monastery taught him a lot about understanding himself What studies show about our mind wandering and our happiness His latest book, Reflect,  and how it can be used as it's own meditation practice Reflection vs. rumination The underlying reasons for mindless eating Uncovering the true essence of ourselves How to navigate the seemingly daunting task of facing our past trauma How research has shown the power that gratitude can have in our lives Get Donald's new book, Reflect, by entering promo code DONALD10 when you checkout! Get it here: Donald's website Reflect Community Upcoming E-course from Donald https://www.tracky

  • Meditators Among Us: Lyonzo Vargas, founder of GLBLVLLG

    Meditators Among Us: Lyonzo Vargas, founder of GLBLVLLG

    24/06/2019 Duración: 52min

    Lyonzo Vargas is a special soul and you get that vibe the minute you hear him talk.  I had a great time talking to him about how he got to where he is and how visualization meditations have helped influenced that path.  We chat about:  How anxiety as an artist got him to find meditation The pressures that he had as an artist Using visualization meditation to manifest things in his life Mario Kart reference to life and it’s various checkpoints How his meditation practice has influenced his vision How he views manifesting things in life How GLBLVLLG got started and how they diversify wellness How the GLBVLLG experience allows people to be their most authentic selves Why we lack the ability to be our most authentic selves in today’s world  We tackle SIYLI's May Dyad Lyonzo's twitter  

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