Live Through Love with Ruben Rojas

Operation Podcast

Operation Podcast presents Ruben Rojas, a Los Angeles based artist, designer, speaker, and entrepreneur who uses art to inspire others to see through the lens of LOVE. Live Through Love is a way of life. Living through love is an active choice from the heart. It may be much easier to live in gloom and act from fear, but when you live through love, life is so much more beautiful.  If you’re seeking a change in perspective and want more love in all areas of your life, this is for you. Tune in to join the movement and learn how to LIVE THROUGH LOVE! read less
EducationEducation

Episodes

Ep. 100 - Turning Up Your Inner Wattage Through Meditation and Mindfulness with Jesse Israel
21-02-2024
Ep. 100 - Turning Up Your Inner Wattage Through Meditation and Mindfulness with Jesse Israel
Join in our special 100th episode as we unlock the secrets to harnessing our inner power with the inspirational Jesse Israel, founder of The Big Quiet. Together, we unravel how love serves as a catalyst for tapping into our untapped potential and how we can all channel our energy to contribute our greatest gifts to the world. Jesse brings a wealth of experience and insight into cultivating a culture of love, sharing practical tools and practices that enable us to turn up our inner wattage and step into our most authentic selves. Jesse joins Ruben to tackle the complexities of authenticity, both in the personal journey and in the delicate art of parenting. The conversation explores the importance of peeling back the layers we accumulate over time to rediscover the purity we are born with. We also delve into the power of modeling self-love and respect for our children, demonstrating the profound influence parents have on their child's development and the value of maintaining their innate curiosity and innocence. Finally, this episode takes you on a transformative journey through personal energy, emotional resilience, and the challenges of modern connectivity. We reflect on the importance of creating space for morning mindfulness, away from the digital world, and how systems and discipline can coexist with instinct to foster growth and self-leadership. So, whether you're seeking to reignite your childhood passions or simply aiming for a more mindful start to your day, tune in for a conversation that's sure to inspire and empower. How does Jesse live through love? “A life of love is a life of really living in the embodiment of who we are and who we're on this earth to be, and living that not just because it feels good, not just because it is our purpose and who we are, but because living who we are, living a life of love, is the greatest service to the world.” “Every human being on this planet has an enormous reservoir of power within themselves, but I would say that most of us are accessing just a tiny fraction of that available inner power source." - Jesse Israel ----- In this episode, you will learn… Embrace love and inner power to reveal and amplify your true self and unique giftsParenting with self-love and respect fosters children's authenticity and curiosityRevisiting past experiences can help understand and harness personal power and energyStarting mornings without technology can enhance mood, creativity, and problem-solvingBalancing instinct with discipline and systems aids in personal integrity and leadership ----- “We need to make room for the pain, you know. We need to make room for the dark to access the light.” - Jesse Israel About the guest: Jesse Israel is a social entrepreneur, meditation leader and former record label executive known for founding the mass meditation movement The Big Quiet. He has signed multi-platinum bands like MGMT, led some of the largest meditations in the world, given keynotes at Fortune 100s and teach meditation to global leaders. He has run corporate meditation sessions for companies like Adidas, Google and Ford, and have spoken at places like Madison Square Garden, Coca Cola HQ and Parsons School of Design.  Follow Jesse @jesseisrael ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 99 - Decommercializing Love: The Real Layers of Romance, Intimacy, and Self-Love with Rosie Acosta
14-02-2024
Ep. 99 - Decommercializing Love: The Real Layers of Romance, Intimacy, and Self-Love with Rosie Acosta
Could the essence of love be more than heart-shaped boxes and red roses? Let's unravel the commercial facade and discover the profound connections that elevate our daily lives. In this special episode with fan-favorite guest, Rosie Acosta, we take you on a journey through the true meanings of love, from self-love's deeper layers to the resilience found in long-standing relationships. We'll confront societal pressures, debunk myths about the so-called perfect partnership, and celebrate the authentic love that unites our community. Step away from the expected and celebrate Valentine's Day by embracing love in its many forms, including the most important love story of all: the one you have with yourself. Rosie rejoins Ruben to explain why long-term love isn't always roses and champagne; it's an action that demands 100% of what we can give. Rosie dissects what it means to love over the years, tackling the crucial aspects of communication and conflict resolution. She shares insights on keeping the flames of love alive, even when they flicker, and how mutual effort rather than a 50/50 split can lead to a more fulfilling connection. In the intricate dance of dating and relationships, anticipation meets reality, and love's checklist gets a rewrite. The episode delves into the comical yet telling tale of a date with a checklist, prompting us to question the rigidity of our own criteria for love. We'll talk about how love languages evolve and the vital art of letting go, seeing love not as a possession but as a journey of shared growth and evolution.  How does Rosie live through love? “By being compassionate; desiring for the suffering of others to end. If I have a desire for your suffering to end, that's me living in my fullest expression of love.” “Love is not about possession but about mutual growth and evolution—a concept that love itself is ever-changing and endlessly fascinating.” - Rosie Acosta ----- In this episode, you will learn… True love transcends commercialized expectations, requiring self-acceptance and deep, authentic connectionsLove in long-term relationships is an action, not just an emotion, demanding continuous effort and communicationApproach dating with clarity and openness, balancing desires with the unpredictability of love's journeyLove languages evolve; recognizing and adapting to them is crucial for expressing and sustaining loveLove is about mutual growth and evolution, not possession; embracing change is key to healthy relationships ----- “It's about embracing the messiness, the ebbs and flows, and the potent mix of tenderness and tenacity that sustains love over time.” - Rosie Acosta About the guest: Rosie Acosta is the author of You Are Radically Loved: A Healing Journey to Self-Love, has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years, and taught for over a decade. She hosts a weekly conversational wellness podcast called, The Radically Loved Podcast. She works with a wide range of students, from those in her East Los Angeles community to Olympic athletes, NFL champions, NBA All-Stars and veterans of war. A first-gen Mexican-American, Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love. Follow Rosie @rosieacosta ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 98 - The Transformative Power of Storytelling and Love in Marketing and Life with Bimma Williams
07-02-2024
Ep. 98 - The Transformative Power of Storytelling and Love in Marketing and Life with Bimma Williams
Every story weaves a unique thread in the fabric of life, and Bimma Williams, a marketing maestro with a knack for narrative, joins us to unravel the art of genuine storytelling in the realm of marketing and personal branding. We wander through Bimma's own story, from a child enraptured by tales to a strategist assisting creatives in illuminating their authentic selves. Together, we uncover the transformative power of storytelling, which breaks through the commercial chatter to deeply connect with others. Bimma joins Ruben to get to the heart of creativity: a passion that fuels the grind when the spotlight is off, and authenticity that endures when the crowd fades. Highlighting the often-overlooked dedication reminiscent of legends like Kobe Bryant, we discuss the unwavering commitment needed to forge a successful brand in the creative industry. We underscore the triumphs that bloom from the authentic self, encouraging creators to embrace their natural characteristics and craft their unique journey without succumbing to the conformity often imposed by corporate and social standards. Bimma also opens up about his nine-year marriage, embracing the imperfections and conscious efforts that nourish love's growth. And as we close our session, we celebrate the idea of living life through love, not just as a personal mantra, but as a practice that empowers a community, shapes the lessons we teach our children, and ultimately, defines the freedom we seek in every facet of our lives. Join us for an intimate exploration of love, authenticity, and the enduring power of one's own story. How does Bimma live through love? "I would define it as freedom, but not freedom as a one way thing. Freedom in all aspects, how I can have freedom, how I can help others have freedom.” “And the first part is you got to get caught in the story. But to get caught in the story, you've got to believe in it so much.” - Bimma Williams ----- In this episode, you will learn… Clarity and belief in your story are crucial; they help differentiate you and make your narrative compelling to othersIt's about making a profound impact on even one person, rather than chasing superficial engagementThe podcast highlights self-discovery and personal fulfillment as essential success indicators, surpassing traditional metrics like money and statusBuilding a successful brand in the creative industry requires unwavering commitment, deep-rooted passion, and dedication to the craftLove is complex and demands conscious effort, communication, and presence ----- “If you got one person that is inspired by the work that you do, that's a lot... To have a video with hundreds of thousands of views and then have no clients from it, what's the point, you know?” - Bimma Williams About the guest: Bimma Williams is a digital creator, podcast host and cofounder of the creative content agency Claima. Follow Bimma @bimmawilliams ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 97 - Harmony and Heartache: Navigating the Music Industry with Grace Weber
31-01-2024
Ep. 97 - Harmony and Heartache: Navigating the Music Industry with Grace Weber
Step into the soulful world of Grace Weber as she unravels her rhythmic journey from a young singing sensation to a Grammy-winning powerhouse. Grace opens up about the shifts in her career, from performing covers to penning heartfelt originals, and the pivotal moments that carved her path in the music industry. Our conversation dances through her inspirations and tribulations, revealing the less glamorous side of the business Yet, through the struggles, Grace's unwavering authenticity and emotional depth shine, offering a beacon of hope and inspiration for fellow artists and music aficionados alike. Grace joins Ruben to help us imagine an industry where artists like Taylor Swift take back their power, redefining relationships with labels and reshaping their creative destinies. We discuss this seismic shift and its ripple effect on artists' careers, including Grace's own experiences of feeling commoditized by the industry. With anecdotes of building a harmonious team network, we underscore the necessity of collaboration and support in fostering a nurturing creative environment. This episode isn't just about the mechanics of making music; it's a heartfelt symphony of personal growth and self-acceptance against the backdrop of an often tumultuous industry. We close on an uplifting chord with Grace's love-infused album "Paper Flowers," a tribute to the transformative power of embracing our dreams with tenderness and persistence. Join us as we celebrate the resonant beauty of life's odyssey and the empowering message that through love and patience, we can all make our own dreams sing. How does Grace live through love? "Making time for the people you love. I feel, as you live your life, it can be tough sometimes to remember to take time to give love and receive love from the people you love.” “You can't let the fear of failure stop you from pursuing your passion.” - Grace Weber ----- In this episode, you will learn… Pursue your passion despite challenges, as authentic artistry emerges from perseverance and personal growthArtists can empower themselves by taking control of their creative work and industry relationshipsBuilding a supportive network is crucial for maintaining creative passion and overcoming industry setbacksSelf-acceptance and resilience are key to navigating the emotional highs and lows of a music careerLove and patience are foundational in personal relationships and can inspire artistic expression and fulfillment ----- “But if you really want to be an artist you need to start writing. And if you write for yourself, you're going to not only create your own space in the industry, but you will find the uniqueness that is you through your music.” - Grace Weber About the guest: A native of Milwaukee, Grace Weber first began singing around age ten, and soon thereafter joined the Central City Youth Gospel Choir of Milwaukee. This experience led to various performance opportunities, including appearances on the television shows Showtime at the Apollo (at age 16) and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Grace is a Grammy-winning American R&B singer, songwriter and producer. Follow Grace @graceweber  ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 96 - From Darkness to Empowerment: A Journey Through Addiction, Love, and the Quest for Mental Well-Being with Karena Dawn
24-01-2024
Ep. 96 - From Darkness to Empowerment: A Journey Through Addiction, Love, and the Quest for Mental Well-Being with Karena Dawn
Embark on an intimate voyage with Karena Dawn, a beacon of resilience, shedding light on how adopting a fitness regime and creating the Tone It Up community have become cornerstones of her mental health advocacy. She navigates the complexities of love and loss, caregiving, and the transformative journey of choosing self-love over fear. This is an uplifting and raw reflection on personal growth, and it's sure to resonate deeply with anyone seeking solace and strength amid life's storms. Karena joins Ruben in a conversation about both challenge and triumph. Whether you're navigating the nuances of marriage, the pangs of caregiving, or the pursuit of a genuine connection to others, this conversation promises a heartfelt exploration of what it means to live authentically. Mental well-being is a journey, not a destination, and this episode serves as your compass, pointing you towards the resources and techniques that can steady you in tumultuous times. Tune in and find solace in the shared experiences that unite us in our quest for peace and happiness. How does Karena live through love? "Being a good person, loving yourself first and then being able to love someone else. The more that we can have that loving energy, we can heal this world.” “I was ashamed of my past in the beginning and didn't talk about it. I was silenced for too long.” - Karena Dawn ----- In this episode, you will learn… Confronting addiction and mental health struggles opens the door to self-discovery and empowerment through community support and personal wellness practicesEmbracing vulnerability and sharing personal challenges can foster genuine connections and encourage others to seek help and advocate for mental healthPersonal decisions, such as choosing not to have children, require authenticity and strength, especially when navigating societal expectations and public scrutinyAccessible mental health resources and practical coping techniques like breathing exercises and body scans are essential for managing anxiety and staying groundedRecognizing early signs of mental distress in young people and normalizing discussions about mental health can help prevent isolation and provide timely support ----- “Choosing to live in fear can sometimes feel easier. But choosing love for yourself so that you can give love to other people is one of the hardest things.” - Karena Dawn About the guest: Karena Dawn is a mental health advocate, podcast host, wellness entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, wife, daughter, and co-founder of the Tone It Up online fitness community and brand as well as the founder of The Big Silence mental health foundation. Follow Karena @karenadawn  ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 95 - The Dance of Ambition and Crafting Self-Worth in the Digital Era with Ashley Everett
17-01-2024
Ep. 95 - The Dance of Ambition and Crafting Self-Worth in the Digital Era with Ashley Everett
Could your sense of self-worth survive the relentless gaze of social media? Join us with Ashley Everett, celebrated dancer and Beyoncé's right-hand woman, as we unravel the tangled web of online validation and real-life confidence. Together, we dissect the profound impact of social media across all echelons of fame, from the everyday individual to the glitz and glamor of celebrity life. Ashley brings her unique perspective on never settling for less and the intense pressures of meeting public expectations while navigating her own career path. Ashley joins Ruben to describe how the artist's journey is fraught with an inner battle between ego and evolution. She shares her own metamorphosis from a background performer to a mentor and leader, wrestling with self-doubt and the courage to accept larger responsibilities. The conversation takes a turn toward compassion as we consider the effects of our online actions and the power in choosing kindness in response to negativity.  Finally, we circle back to the core of our being—how we love ourselves while pursuing our dreams. We confront the challenging act of self-love, debunking myths that label it as selfishness, especially for those wearing the mantle of parenthood. Don't miss this transformative episode that promises to uplift, enlighten, and inspire you on your own journey towards self-empowerment and love. How does Ashley live through love? "Living a life through love is choosing to add love into my daily lifestyle in the best and positive way possible."  "I think love is a lifestyle. You have to live it, be it and speak it. Sometimes it has to be you, an embodiment." - Ashley Everett ----- In this episode, you will learn… Prioritize personal truth over external expectations to maintain self-worth in the face of social media pressuresContinuous personal growth and evolution are crucial, even when achieving success; never settle or become complacentSupportive relationships and self-care are essential for mental health and resilience amidst life's challenges and toxic influencesBalance ambition with self-care to maximize efficiency and presence in work and personal life without succumbing to burnoutEmbrace self-love as a positive form of selfishness, essential for personal fulfillment and the ability to serve others effectively ----- "There is no comfortable, there is no complacency. It's always growth, it's always evolve, it's always you know outdoing your last greatness."- Ashley Everett About the guest: Ashley Everett is an American dancer and actress. She is best known as lead backup dancer and dance captain for Beyoncé, and has worked with such artists as Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, Tina Turner, Ciara, Sean Paul and Anitta. Follow Ashley @ashleycmeverett ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 94 - The Facade of Fitness Norms and Navigting the Real Struggles People Face Pursuing Better Health with Jen Widerstrom
10-01-2024
Ep. 94 - The Facade of Fitness Norms and Navigting the Real Struggles People Face Pursuing Better Health with Jen Widerstrom
Unlock the secrets to a healthier, happier you with wellness authority Jen Widerstrom in a revealing conversation that promises to reshape how you view fitness and personal growth. From her personal evolution in the health industry to her impactful presence on "The Biggest Loser," Jen shares the weight of influence and the power of movement in our lives. Jen joins Ruben to discusses the intertwining of mental health and physical well-being, shining a light on the importance of self-love and the dangers of negative self-talk. She explores how societal pressures skew our self-image and learn the art of breaking free from unhealthy patterns through touching stories of personal triumph. Jen leaves us with profound insights on living a life filled with purpose and connection. Ruben and Jen examine the relationships between community, individual purpose, and facing fears head-on. With Jen's guidance, you will learn to love more deeply, consider others intentionally, and build a life of fulfillment beyond the scale. How does Jen live through love? “Consideration, of others and of self. You have to be inclusive of not just the shiny good parts, embracing all that each moment and each person and yourself has and being considerate of those layers.” "Living in service of the collective is where love is born out of, and it is like there are people that have been there for me that I'll never see again. I don't even know their names and they're a big part of who I am and why I am here today.” - Jen Widerstrom ----- In this episode, you will learn… Why consistent movement and behavior change are key to a healthy lifestyleHow mental health, self-love, and body positivity are vital for well-beingThe importance of community, social connections, and purpose for significantly boosting your overall healthFear can be a natural intuition, but don't let it dominate your lifeSetting personal rules and goals helps maintain health and fitness progress ----- "My passion is public health, my passion is women's health, and the I think the wellness industry has started to almost spiral… It has been tough but it makes it more important than ever for wellness professionals and peers to come together."- Jen Widerstrom About the guest: Entrepreneur, celebrity trainer and wellness industry leader, Jen Widerstrom is widely known for her big-hearted coaching on NBC’s The Biggest Loser while also operating as the Fitness Director of SHAPE Magazine. Over the years she has become an esteemed go-to expert in the entertainment industry as a featured regular on shows LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz.  Follow Jen @jenwiderstrom Learn more at JenWiderstrom.com  ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 93 - Manifesting Wealth, Abundant Living and Badass Mindset Mastery with Jen Sincero
03-01-2024
Ep. 93 - Manifesting Wealth, Abundant Living and Badass Mindset Mastery with Jen Sincero
Unlock the secrets of financial empowerment with Jen Sincero, the powerhouse behind the "You Are a Badass" series, as she celebrates 10 years of smashing through money taboos and supercharging self-worth. In our candid chat, we crack open the cultural mindset on money, challenging you to embrace abundance and self-love as your new normal. Discover the transformative power of high emotional frequencies and learn how to shift your belief system to see wealth as not just positive but entirely within your grasp. Jen joins Ruben to share her personal evolution from scraping by to basking in abundance. Their conversation uncovers the importance of differentiating greed from genuine desire, and they arm you with mantras to elevate your financial mindset. Be prepared to confront emotions that have long shaped your money habits and make room for growth and success at every turn. The journey to badassery is paved with authenticity and resilience, and Jen leads the charge with insights on how to give yourself the green light to go after what you want. We delve into the mental equivalent of a workout—building strength to rebound from life's curveballs faster and with more agility. Be inspired by Jen's own story of vulnerability, and see how it can connect you to a world where your potential is boundless. Tune in to this episode and step into a future where you're not just dreaming of abundance—you're living it. How does Jen live through love? “Paying attention to how you feel in every moment as best as you can and really making it important, making the most important thing, that you feel good in every moment, because when you're crappy to other people, when you're pushing and shoving to get yours, when you're needing to be right, it doesn't feel good.” "When you're in fear, when you think rich people suck and are evil, when you think money is really hard to make and you're gonna have to do a lot of stuff you hate doing to make it, that you don't deserve it.”- Jen Sincero ----- In this episode, you will learn… Shift mindset to attract abundance by focusing on gratitude and positive beliefs about wealthPractice self-love and reassess personal beliefs about money through reflective exercises like writing a letter to moneyOvercome limiting beliefs by committing to change and taking action towards financial empowermentCultivate a wealth-positive environment by consuming content that reinforces a positive financial mindset and associating with like-minded individualsEmbrace authenticity and harness the power of thoughts and emotions to shape a reality filled with limitless possibilities ----- "The greatest gift we've been given is the ability to control our thoughts, but we can't really control what we're not aware of."- Jen Sincero About the guest: Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and speaker who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her follow-ups, You Are a Badass® at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, also a NY Times bestseller, You Are a Badass® Every Day, and Badass Habits are written with the same signature sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass® a beloved bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self development. Follow Jen @jensincero Learn more at JenSincero.com ---- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 92 - Biggest Lessons On How to Live Through Love 2023 (part II)
20-12-2023
Ep. 92 - Biggest Lessons On How to Live Through Love 2023 (part II)
Welcome back to part two of the biggest lessons learned on Live Through Love in 2023! In this episode, get ready to learn from inspiring thought leaders such as Mando Fresko, Jason Mayden, Benjamin Hardy, and Sherry Fernandez. Ruben and guests embark on a deep exploration of their personal journeys, sharing insights on balancing work, family life, and the intentionality of time. One guest even shares the unwavering commitment to winning he experienced working with greats such as Jordan and Jeter, parts also focus on the nature of ownership, kindness, the rise of suicide rates, and the significance of setting boundaries. This episode will leave you in deep appreciation and gratitude for the power of love and how it can transcend obstacles, excuses, and anything life throws your way. Tune in, and carry these lessons with you into 2024! ----- In this episode, you will learn… Love and passion can transform personal journeys and provide a healthier balance between work, family, and time managementMental health and setting boundaries is crucial in a world where presence can often mean absenceAchieving impossible goals requires hopeful action, a future-oriented mindset, and a detachment from specific outcomesEmbracing psychological flexibility, self-awareness, and open-mindedness can enhance personal growth and strengthen relationshipsReflecting on past regrets and experiences can guide us towards a purposeful, regret-free life ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 91 - Biggest Lessons On How to Live Through Love 2023 (part I)
13-12-2023
Ep. 91 - Biggest Lessons On How to Live Through Love 2023 (part I)
Get ready to uncover a wealth of wisdom as we explore the profound value gathered from some of our guests this year on Live Through Love. In this special episode, we are going to highlight lessons from Tabitha Brown, Lewis Howes, Logan Gelbrich, Elec Simon, and Christopher Rivas. Ruben and friends discuss the importance of authenticity and overcoming self-doubt, the journey of viral success and the power of being true to oneself, this episode is a guide for overcoming self-doubt and finding personal clarity. They also touch on the importance of self-awareness for personal growth, overcoming mental health challenges, and cultivating self-love and authenticity. The dangers of comparison and the significance of consistently showing up, even on the hardest days, are core beliefs of every guest on how to best live through love. ----- In this episode, you will learn… Importance of consistency, authenticity, and listening to your inner voice for personal success.The role of self-awareness and personal growth in overcoming self-doubt and achieving goals.The power of a meaningful mission in driving your actions and decisions.Strategies to overcome mental health challenges and the significance of self-love and authenticity.The negative impact of comparison and the importance of embracing one's unique journey and "enoughness". ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 90 - Surviving the NFL, Learning to Love Yourself Again, and How Mediation and Breathwork Help Your Mental Health with Eben Britton
06-12-2023
Ep. 90 - Surviving the NFL, Learning to Love Yourself Again, and How Mediation and Breathwork Help Your Mental Health with Eben Britton
Ever imagine what it feels like to walk in the shoes of a professional athlete? Special guest Eben Britton, former NFL player, shares his rollercoaster journey through professional sports, right from his days at the University of Arizona to a career-ending injury. This episode is not just a retelling of an athlete’s career, it’s a journey through the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a true sportsman. Eben joins Ruben to share what life after a football career really looks like for many. He offers an honest look at the importance of self-love and its role in recovery and growth. Through riveting anecdotes and personal experiences, Eben paints a vivid picture of the struggles athletes face, the journey towards self-love, and the priceless value of being present. Eben also delves into the role of social media in promoting self-love and community engagement. He dismantles societal stereotypes around love and masculinity, and shares his own experiences with confronting his inner demons. His inspiring journey serves as a reminder that the language we use and the actions we take can greatly influence our journey to self-love and self-respect. Tune in for a no-holds-barred conversation on love, self-care, and the pursuit of a fulfilling life beyond the football field. How does Eben live through love? “I learned the value of transferring this positive attitude to my family and community. Throughout, I unraveled how self-love doesn't reside in proving how tough you are, but in accepting and valuing yourself as you are.” "The road was laden with injuries, unpleasant business dealings, and personal struggle, but it also gave birth to an epiphany of self-love and respect."- Eben Britton ----- In this episode, you will learn… Self-love involves accepting oneself, not proving toughness; it is key to navigating through life's challenges and personal struggles.Being present is not only crucial for personal well-being but also significantly impacts the lives of those around us.Saying 'no' can be a powerful act of self-love and respect, allowing one to avoid confusion and maintain personal boundaries.True masculinity is not about physical toughness, but how one shows up in life, their actions, and interactions with others.The journey of self-discovery and self-love can be long and difficult, but it is ultimately rewarding and transformative. ----- "Coming from the intense environment of professional football, I learned that the true strength lies in vulnerability and openness, not in the physical prowess.” - Eben Britton About the guest: Eben Britton is a former American football offensive tackle who played six seasons in the National Football League. Selected 39th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, he spent four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by two with the Chicago Bears, last playing football in 2014 Follow Eb @edsbritton Learn more at EbenBritton.com ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 89 - The Five L's of Love and Life: Advice From a 102-Year-Old Physician on Longevity and Happiness with Dr. Gladys McGarey
29-11-2023
Ep. 89 - The Five L's of Love and Life: Advice From a 102-Year-Old Physician on Longevity and Happiness with Dr. Gladys McGarey
Imagine an approach to medicine that places love at the core of healing; where doctors guide you towards your inner healer. Dr. Gladys McGarey, MD joins us today and unravels the impact of love on our health and longevity. We bring to light the inception story of the American Holistic Medical Association and its unique philosophy of loving individuals rather than merely eradicating their diseases. Gladys joins Ruben to delve into the Five L’s of Love and Life, which encompass love, life, laughter, labor, and listening. With Dr. McGarey, we explore the impact of our actions, emphasizing the power of choice, as we can either radiate love or portray fear.  The two of them explore the crucial elements of self-love, self-forgiveness, and self-gratitude in achieving our life's purpose and enhancing our longevity. So, join us for this insightful and empowering conversation about love, life, and the remarkable healing power within us all. How does Gladys live through love? “It's a matter of seeing joy and happiness in actions, not the the dire consequences.” - Dr. Gladys McGarey "We are almost an impossibility. It’s impossible for you to be me and me to be you. Yet we are. And there will never be another one of us again.” - Dr. Gladys McGarey ----- In this episode, you will learn… Love is at the core of holistic healing and longevityActions reflect either love or fear, the choice is oursSelf-love, self-forgiveness, and self-gratitude enhance our life purposeExperiencing love and death teaches us about life's fragilityEmpowering patients promotes collective responsibility for health and well-being ----- "Look for the light, not for the darkness, because they're both there, and if you look for the light, you'll find it.” - Dr. Gladys McGarey About the guest: Over the past sixty years, Dr. Gladys McGarey, MD has pioneered a new way of thinking about disease and health that has transformed the way we imagine health care and self-care around the world. The cofounder of the American Holistic Medical Association, Dr. McGarey has mentored everyone from Dr. Mark Hyman to Dr. Edith Eger and has helped hundreds of patients live happier and healthier lives.  Follow Gladys @begladmd ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 88 - Unlocking the Frequency of Love: How to Train Your Brain to Boost Emotional Intimacy and Improve Your Quality of Life with Paola Telfer
15-11-2023
Ep. 88 - Unlocking the Frequency of Love: How to Train Your Brain to Boost Emotional Intimacy and Improve Your Quality of Life with Paola Telfer
Have you ever wondered how some people seem to switch gears between love and fear easier than others? What was once perhaps an innate skill is now a trainable skill thanks to advances in neurofeedback technology. Guest Paola Telfer, CEO and founder of Sens.ai, unfolds her inspiring journey of overcoming adversity, battling PTSD, and the role neurofeedback played in her healing process, which eventually led to the creation of an incredible at-home tool anyone can use to boost brain health. Paola joins Ruben to delve into the power of training the brain for love, emphasizing not just physical fitness but also mental well-being. Paola shares insightful strategies for shifting mental states and enhancing mindfulness, from simple breathing practices to leveraging modeling techniques. We also explore ways to optimize brain health and performance, discussing different approaches from music to biohacking. Paola underlines the significance of understanding our emotional blocks and how to tap into the frequency of love. By the end of this conversation you will have gained profound insights and a deeper understanding of training your brain for love, enhancing mental health, and overall well-being. How does Paola live through love? “Love is a profound, persistent feeling of affection.” - Paola Telfer "Before we can be good in a relationship, we need to be in a good relationship with ourselves, with our emotions." - Paola Telfer ----- In this episode, you will learn… Training the Brain for Emotional IntimacyExploring Controllers and Responding With LoveShifting Mental States and Finding PresenceOptimizing Brain Health and PerformanceHealing, Empowerment, and Marriage ChallengesJourney of Neurofeedback and Growth TogetherSignature Cranking and Brain Training PerformanceCognitive Decline and Living Through Love ----- “Love is an expression within myself and it is really just about me being in touch with my full interiority, really understanding what's going on in that moment"- Paola Telfer About the guest: Paola is an avid explorer of neuroscience, consciousness development and peak states. She is the CEO and Founder of Sens.ai. To feel their best and live their best life, people need to train their brain and control their state. Sens.ai provides the technology and training that people need to make it happen, faster. Given AI and the future of work, this is more pressing than ever.  Follow Paola and Sens.ai @sens.ai.inc ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 87 - Conversations from Beyond: Life, Death, Love and Mediumship with Jonathan Mark
08-11-2023
Ep. 87 - Conversations from Beyond: Life, Death, Love and Mediumship with Jonathan Mark
Have you ever wondered how it feels to connect with the spiritual realm? What if you could hear the voices of those who have passed on? Our guest, Jonathan Mark, a seasoned medium, unveils the enigmatic world of mediums and their extraordinary abilities. Step into an episode filled with captivating revelations from Jonathan's journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and the unique gift of mediumship. Jonathan joins Ruben to journey through the mysterious spiritual realm and give us insights into how he communicates with spirits, interprets spiritual symbols, and understands energy. We delve into profound topics such as life after death, reincarnation, and the emotional toll of suicide on families. Jonathan opens up about his pre-reading practices, which include meditation and music, and brings to light some dark experiences he's had as a medium. We explore the power of negative energy and how Jonathan identifies when a spirit is present. Jonathan also discuss the fear surrounding death and the concerning rate of suicide among young people. He shares his perspective on these critical issues and his intention to make a difference through this platform and a book he's planning to write. From challenging love to solving cold cases, Jonathan's journey as a medium is filled with remarkable and insightful lessons.  How does Jonathan live through love? “Always helping out, even when people aren't looking. That's my thing. You don't need a camera, you don't need to post it. Who cares? Just help out when no one is looking, because that goes a lot longer of a way than a camera in someone's face and you posting it.” "I'm not here to sell miracles. I am simply a guide who can help you when you are ready to explore the unknown." - Jonathan Mark ----- In this episode, you will learn… Mediums are not sellers of miracles, but guides who can assist you when you are prepared to delve into the unknown.During times of difficulty, one should rely on their own strength before seeking spiritual guidance.The importance of patience in the healing process, highlighting that answers will come when one is genuinely ready to receive them.Mediums are not miracle workers but are there to provide spiritual intervention when one feels they need it in their journey. ----- “When the going gets tough, it's important to remember to stay grounded and find solace in your human strength first before turning to any spiritual guidance."- Jonathan Mark About the guest: Jonathan is a highly respected psychic medium that is able to connect his clients with loved ones who have crossed over. His mission is to provide comfort to his clientele through compassionate personal readings that are compelling and touching. Jonathan received confirmation of his gift by another psychic medium when he was 20 years old. Since then he has developed his unique abilities of being able to communicate with loved ones who have crossed over. Follow Jonathan @jonathanmarkmedium ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 86 - Cultivating Self-Awareness and Embracing Vulnerability While Navigating Modern Life with Humble the Poet
01-11-2023
Ep. 86 - Cultivating Self-Awareness and Embracing Vulnerability While Navigating Modern Life with Humble the Poet
Humble is back in the studio to brainstorm with Ruben about how we can create and amplify a culture of love through the discomfort, fear, and difficulty of life. He shares wisdom on how to stop taking the easy road (because it doesn’t get you anywhere), reverse your limiting beliefs, and get out of a scarcity mindset and into a LOVE mindset.  Humble joins Ruben to remind you to be aware that chasing convenience and easiness will not lead to growth. Leaning into the discomfort and difficulty of life will unlock your potential, your ability to evolve, and a higher sense of self-respect. Are you choosing to be held hostage by fears and imaginary situations that may or may not happen? It’s time to commit to your mission, share your talents and gifts, and do what you can to amplify this culture of love we’re creating. This life isn’t a dress rehearsal. There’s no do overs.  How does Humble live through Love? "Living a life of letting go of all that extra weight, baggage that you are aware of, and then doing the work to discover all the additional thousand pounds of baggage that's not aware of.” - Humble “This isn’t an infomercial to sell a dream or an idea. It’s reconciling ideas that we might have lost because we live in such a fast-paced, distracting world that does not incentivize this type of living.” –Humble ----- In this episode, you will learn… Embracing Discomfort: One of the key lessons from the episode is the importance of embracing discomfort as an opportunity for growth. Life's conveniences often act as barriers to our personal growth, hence why it's important to challenge societal narratives and traditional ideas that impede our success.Adapting to Change: In our fast-paced world, it's essential to navigate change and adapt to shifting trends, whether it's in technology, business, or relationships. This episode highlights the significance of fostering a culture of love, embracing visionary thinking, and living intentionally in a rapidly changing environment.Preserving Artistic Integrity: Humble helps us navigate the struggle of maintaining artistic integrity while striving for financial success in a competitive world. The conversation also touched on the idea of viewing success not as a zero-sum game but as a shared win.Cultivating Self-awareness and Love: One of the key messages is the significance of self-awareness, vulnerability, and self-love. Humble stresses the importance of ensuring that our cup is full before trying to fill others'. ----- “When I speak about love, I’m speaking about peace.” – Humble About the Guest: Humble The Poet (Kanwer Mahl) is a Canadian-born artist, rapper, spoken-word poet, international best-selling author, and former elementary school teacher with a wildly popular blog with over 100,000 monthly readers. He is the author of “Unlearn”, “Things No One Else Can Teach Us”, and most recently, “How to Be Love(d)”. Humble has performed at concerts and festivals, including Lollapalooza and has been featured in major media including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue, Rolling Stones, and Huffington Post. Visit Humble’s website Follow him on Instagram  Follow him on Twitter Buy his newest book, How to Be Love(d) by Humble the Poet Listen to Humble’s first Live Through Love episode  ----- Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 85 - Living For Our Future Self: How to Unlock Our Past and Become Who We Want to Be with Dr. Benjamin Hardy
25-10-2023
Ep. 85 - Living For Our Future Self: How to Unlock Our Past and Become Who We Want to Be with Dr. Benjamin Hardy
Dr. Benjamin Hardy, PhD joins us for an enlightening conversation about our relationship with the past, present, and future. Together, we explore the concept of 'living from the future' versus 'living in the future', discussing the differences and why it's crucial to clarity and exponential growth. Hardy also shares his personal story of taking a bold risk to bet on himself and his new career, providing an inspirational example of 10x growth and how you can do it, too. Ben joins Ruben to unpack the power of pursuing 'impossible' goals, and how these audacious ambitions can transform your life. We take a deep look into the differences between mere wishing and purposeful action, as well as how to keep yourself accountable to your dreams. Hardy shares powerful insights on reframing past experiences, surviving trauma, and using these instances as fuel for creating the future you want.  Finally, don't miss our discussion on psychological flexibility and how this vital trait can empower us to better navigate between past, present, and future. Dr. Hardy explains the paradox of choice and its potential to lead to avoidance or analysis paralysis, stressing the importance of mastering our past and future so that our future can dictate our present. Together, we uncover strategies to increase our psychological flexibility and, ultimately, unmask our future selves. Join us on this journey of self-discovery and growth! How does Ben live through love? “I never let a goal to be accomplished become more important than a person to be loved.” - Benjamin Hardy  "Get connected to your future self, the person you want to be, and let your future be the filter for every choice you make right now.” - Benjamin Hardy ----- In this episode, you will learn… Live From the Future: This podcast highlights the importance of operating from the future, not just living in it. Dr. Hardy explains that we need to connect with our future selves and let this image guide our current decisions and actions. This means setting clear goals for the future, and letting these objectives determine what we say yes or no to in the present.Pursue Impossible Goals: The episode emphasizes the transformative power of pursuing seemingly impossible goals. Moving from wishing to taking action can lead to significant personal growth and development. This involves being honest with ourselves, confronting our fears, and taking risks.Reframe the Past: Dr. Hardy underscores the significance of reframing past experiences, especially traumatic ones. While we can't change the past, we can change how we perceive it and define it.Enhance Psychological Flexibility: The podcast also discusses the concept of psychological flexibility, which can help us navigate between our past, present, and future. By mastering our past and future, we can allow our future to dictate our present. ----- “Recognize that you can learn from your past. You're not defined by it, but also it takes huge flexibility to actually reframe. If you're constantly reframing your relationship to your past, present, and future, then you're going to be very flexible in the present.” - Benjamin Hardy About the guest: Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of entrepreneurial leadership and exponential growth. His PhD research focused on entrepreneurial courage and transformational leadership.  Follow Ben @drbenjaminhardy ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 84 - The Power of Choice, the Implications of Cancel Culture, and What Professional Athletes Are Really Like with Joy Taylor
18-10-2023
Ep. 84 - The Power of Choice, the Implications of Cancel Culture, and What Professional Athletes Are Really Like with Joy Taylor
Joy Taylor takes us on her riveting journey from psychology student to professional muralist, media personality, and sports aficionado. Joy is here to unpack the power of choice in shaping our lives. This episode navigates her highs and lows in the art world, how the creative world has evolved, and why now more than ever there is a necessity for amplifying creatives. Joy joins Ruben to really do deep dive into the human side of professional athletes; it's more than just the game. We discern the impact of trades, cuts, and off-field adjustments, illuminating the complexities beyond the sports field. The conversation then takes a critical turn as we discuss the cancel culture and its implications. We emphasize the need for mindful communication, as words wield immense power, and the collective responsibility to learn and grow from our wrongdoings. We conclude with an exploration of self-love, positive feedback, and breaking free from generational trauma. Joy unravels the importance of setting healthy boundaries within family and the liberation it brings. Our discussion on the complex relationship between parents and children, forgiveness, and redemption strikes a resonating chord. This episode is a holistic blend of stimulating dialogues and powerful insights that promise to engage you on various levels. Tune in for a remarkable journey that is as inspiring as it is informative. How does Joy live through love? “There is an idea of selfishness or ego attached to the idea of loving yourself, but if you are truly operating from a place of love, the person you can and should love the most is you, because if you do that, you will not step into spaces of fear or hate or toxicity so easily.” "You can't paint without depth. You can't have a piece of art without some darkness in it to amplify the light."- Joy Taylor ----- In this episode, you will learn… The Power of Choice: The episode emphasizes the power of choice in shaping our lives. Every decision, whether consciously made or by default, has an impact on the trajectory of our life. Understanding Professional Athletes: Professional athletes are more than just their performance on the field. Understanding the complexities of their lives, such as the impact of trades, cuts, and off-field adjustments, provides a more humanizing view of these individuals.The Implication of Cancel Culture: The podcast explores the concept of cancel culture and its implications. It underscores the importance of mindful communication and being open to listening to those we may have offended or hurt with our words.Importance of Self-love and Positive Feedback: Self-love is a crucial element in personal growth and self-development. It leads to freedom, confidence, and can help individuals break free from toxic relationships. Positive feedback, when given from a place of love and respect, can also play a crucial role in personal growth. ----- "If I wouldn't ask for your opinion, I don't value your criticism." - Joy Taylor About the guest: Joy Taylor is an American media personality and television host for Fox Sports 1. She is currently the co-host of Speak with LeSean McCoy and Emmanuel Acho. Taylor was the news update anchor on Fox Sports 1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and the host of The Joy Taylor Show Saturdays on Fox Sports Radio Follow Joy @joytaylortalks ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 83 - Unlock Empowerment: Mastering Self-Awareness and Embracing Imperfections with Diego 'Yung Pueblo' Perez
11-10-2023
Ep. 83 - Unlock Empowerment: Mastering Self-Awareness and Embracing Imperfections with Diego 'Yung Pueblo' Perez
Listen in as our special guest, Diego Perez, a.k.a. Yung Pueblo, and Ruben explore how to create a culture of love in our everyday lives and how to navigate challenges through internal liberation. We share personal experiences of transformation and discuss how pain can serve as a powerful motivator and teacher. Discover the importance of slowing down, checking in with your emotions, and developing self-awareness through practices like meditation. Pueblo joins Ruben to dig into the topics of self-acceptance, learning to receive love, how to unearth the obstacles before you to move forward from difficult moments, the importance of patience, and establishing practices to stay connected to yourself. This episode is full of insights on how love allows us to see the world from different perspectives, fostering understanding and acceptance. Finally, we provide practical tips on incorporating meditation into your daily routine, exploring the power of collaboration, and offering advice for aspiring artists. You will also learn how investing time and energy into personal growth can lead to profound transformation. This episode is a treasure trove of wisdom, practical advice, and profound insights into creating a life rooted in love and acceptance. How does Yung Pueblo live through love? “With the people that I'm meeting for the first time, I don't know how their day has been, I don't know what you've been up to, I don't even really know what primary emotion you're holding in that moment that we're meeting. So to move forward with gentleness feels like the everyday mission for me.” "My sadness was a motivator. My pain was my teacher. If you listen closely to your hurt, it will say there is a better way than this and all you have to do is respond. Show me, I'm ready." - Yung Pueblo ----- In this episode, you will learn… Embracing Pain and Emotions: Pain can serve as both a powerful motivator and teacher. Instead of running away from our emotions, we need to learn how to sit with them and process them.The Boundless Nature of Love: Love is much more than relationships. It can be a healing force, an act of kindness, and a potent energy that can change the world.Importance of Self-Acceptance and Healing: Self-acceptance is critical to personal growth and healing. It's important to learn to trust ourselves, to move forward from difficult moments, and to establish practices that help us stay connected to ourselves.Power of Meditation and Collaboration: Meditation is a powerful tool that can lead to profound transformation in every aspect of our lives. The power of collaboration is also emphasized, showing how a supportive network of like-minded individuals can push forward our missions of elevating humanity. ----- “When we cultivate the mind it will open up, almost like a flower, and you can finally take a good look in there."- Yung Pueblo About the guest: Diego Perez is a meditator and #1 New York Times bestselling author who is widely known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name, Yung Pueblo. Online he has an audience of over 3 million people. His writing focuses on the power of self-healing, creating healthy relationships, and the wisdom that comes when we truly work on knowing ourselves. He has sold over 1 million books worldwide that have been translated into over 25 languages. Follow Diego @yung_pueblo ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 82 - The Intersection of Design and Culture and How Truly Game-Changing Ideas are Created Jason Mayden
04-10-2023
Ep. 82 - The Intersection of Design and Culture and How Truly Game-Changing Ideas are Created Jason Mayden
Ready to be captivated by the art of resilience and power of creativity? Our guest, Jason Mayden, takes us on an journey through the intersection of design and culture. We step into a realm where self-determination fuels the potential of our youth and the power of servitude and its role as an act of altruistic rebellion, and its significance in a culture of love. Jason joins Ruben to explore the complexities of resilience and self-acceptance, unraveling their role in shaping our relationship with ourselves and others. Drawing lessons from the life of Michael Jordan, Jason dives deep into the power of divine providence in shaping our destiny and what it was like working side-by-side with one of the greatest champions of all time. Jason offers unique insights into the misunderstandings surrounding design and its potential as an asset class. We take a look at the advantages of the barter system, the importance of self-assessment, and how learning technical language can boost creativity. Lastly, we reflect on the importance of fostering a culture of love and the power of pivoting in the face of challenges. How does Jason live through love? “Unconditional love requires me to let go and forgive a lot. The way that we're mostly oppressed is through anchoring ourselves or tethering ourselves to the spirit of offense. And once you allow the world to offend you now you get walking around with justifications for your anger and your rage and everything is just like well, yeah, of course. And that just robs you of your ability to contribute to the tapestry of humanity.” "To pull something from your imagination and to have the audacity to put it into the real world. Repeatedly Like it takes a certain amount of youthfulness, it takes a certain amount of resilience, it takes a certain amount of self-determination, because you constantly have to fight against your insecurities in order to keep producing." - Jason Mayden ----- In this episode, you will learn… The Power of Resilience: Jason explains how resilience and self-determination are key attributes in unlocking potential in our youth and fostering a culture of love.Importance of Creativity: The conversation explores the intricate role of design in creativity and education. Jason argues that creativity is not just about skills or talent but about asking the right questions and problem-solving.Influence of Sports Figures: Mayden draws inspiration from sports icons like Michael Jordan, emphasizing the importance of dedication, loyalty, and the concept of meritocracy.Significance of Love and Restraint: The episode discusses the power of divine providence and how our creative endeavors can shape our destinies, highlighting the importance of delayed gratification, unconditional love, and the strength in exercising restraint. ----- "Design for me is not the act of creativity, it's the questions we ask. Designers ask the best questions and if you ask the right question you can get an answer that helps the most amount of people.” - Jason Mayden About the guest: Jason Mayden is MS Designer, Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Accel Partners, CEO + Founder Super Heroic, and Media Design Lecturer at Stanford d.school.  He is a designer, educator, and entrepreneur dedicated to the advancement of diverse creative youth. Follow Jason @jasonmayden ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media
Ep. 81 - Overcoming Addiction, How We All Seek Pleasure and Avoid Pain, and The Road to Self-Mastery with Mike Diamond
27-09-2023
Ep. 81 - Overcoming Addiction, How We All Seek Pleasure and Avoid Pain, and The Road to Self-Mastery with Mike Diamond
Have you ever found yourself stuck in a cycle of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain? Let's be honest, we all have our vices and, in a sense, we're all addicts. This week, we sit down with Mike Diamond, an interventionist and author who shook things up by challenging us to reframe our perception of addiction. From the search for new highs to the aversion of lows, we uncovered the universal human struggle, reflecting on Buddha's principle of balance as a potential path to love and enlightenment. Mike joins Ruben to crack open the concept of mastery, taking a hard look at how sitting in silence, acknowledging our weaknesses and committing to daily progress are key to achieving it. We challenged the notion of 'average' and explored the power of unconscious competence - the point when your skill becomes a deeply ingrained habit. Lastly, we turned our hearts to empathy, compassion, and the art of meeting people where they are - labels, definitions and all. Drawing inspiration from Robert Downey Jr's transformative journey, we dove into the importance of reframing our past experiences to better our present relationships. We even dissected the dangers of toxic positivity, the power of micro-wins, and the impact of our past experiences on our current relationships. So, if you're ready for a conversation full of love, vulnerability, and enlightenment, tune in. How does Mike live through love? “You can't give love if you don't love yourself. So I always work on myself, first take responsibility for how I choose to think, how I choose to feel and how I choose to act, and then I make sure I come in a critic and I'm kind to myself. And by being kind to myself, and you know being being a good person, then I can put love out into the world.” "The purpose of this experience is to find out your purpose, to be of value to people that helps them reach their potential… To find peace, love and be better to people." - Mike Diamond ----- In this episode, you will learn… The concept of addiction extends beyond substances: This episode explores how we are all addicts in our pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain, understanding this perspective helps to break the stigma around addiction and allows us to understand it as a universal human experience.The importance of self-reflection and mastery: The episode discusses the need to embrace our weaknesses, face discomfort, and invest in self-improvement continuously.Reframing trauma can be transformative: The episode explores how we can change our perspective on traumatic experiences, allowing us to heal and move forward.Empathy and kindness are vital in overcoming challenges: This episode underscores the significance of empathy and kindness in helping ourselves and others overcome struggles.The dangers of toxic positivity: The episode discusses the concept of toxic positivity and how it can impede personal growth and development. ----- "I believe we're all addicts because we're all searching for pleasure and avoiding pain.” - Mike Diamond About the guest: Mike Diamond is a TV personality, director, life coach, and author of the book “A Dose of Positivity”. Follow Mike @themike_diamond ----- Follow Ruben on Instagram Watch and subscribe to Live Through Love on YouTube An Operation Podcast original in collaboration with Live Through Love Media