Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? Do you struggle with the overwhelm and pressure of daily life? Then this could be a good episode for you.
Today our guest is coming all the way from Sydney, Australia! He is the founder of The Stillness Project and his name is Tom Cronin. Tom is a meditation teacher, life mentor, speaker, writer & producer – amongst many other things.
And Tom believes the portal to reduce stress and access stillness and calm in our lives is through meditation. As a meditation teacher for many years, he has inspired thousands of people all over the world to unlock their brilliance and calm. But Tom’s journey to find stillness has not always been easy.
At just 19, Tom started his career as a financial broker. If you guys have seen “The Wolf of Wallstreet” Tom says this is a pretty accurate portrayal of what his life was like back then.
He was living the work hard, play hard lifestyle… long, high-stress hours at the office, followed by late, drug and alcohol induced nights entertaining clients. After a decade of this lifestyle, Tom was suffering from various addictions, anxiety, and depression, which eventually led to a nervous breakdown. (We talk more about this in the episode)
Doctors advised him to take medication but Tom didn’t believe that was the answer for him.
He found meditation and that is what finally helped him to bring balance and wellness back into his life.
Then in 2012, after 26 years in the finance industry and at the height of his career, Tom decided to walk away from his very lucrative job to fulfill what he believed to be his mission of spreading calm and stillness across the globe.
The Stillness Project
Determined to share the transformative power of meditation with others Tom started The Stillness Project.
The Stillness Project is a movement of change. Using multiple streams – from films and online courses to retreats, blogs, books, and personal mentoring, his goal and the hope of The Stillness Project is to inspire 1 billion people to sit in Stillness daily to connect with their inner Being and transcend the barriers of separation. The hope is to encourage a movement of awakening on our planet.
Our world could certainly benefit from more humans who are connected and spreading love – so, thank you, Tom!
Why do people resist meditation?
Most people (possibly even you) may think that it’s hard or that you won’t be able to do it. Well, you’re about to find out that this is not the case at all.
Some of the reasons why many people don’t meditate is:
– they think they wont be able to quieten their mind
– they don’t think they could sit still long enough
– they feel they don’t have time
– they are unsure of the benefits
This is all totally understandable however this can all be resolved with the right meditation method.
If you want to learn more about incorporating meditation into your daily life definitely check this course out. Tom will teach you how you can transform your life in just 20 minutes a day!
Why I meditate
One of my favorite parts about meditation is that it’s a way to help me remember who I really am, a way to reconnect with my truth- my authentic self – amidst the chaos and stress of the modern world. A way to connect to the universal energy and recharge through that energy. It gives my mind a moment to rest and it turns up the volume on the voice of my soul.
Often times we look outside for answers or validation only to be left feeling empty, confused and alone. What if the answers are within? What if all that you need is within? What if all that you are so desperately longing for the world to give you is within? When we look inward and find stillness we are reminded of our infinite power and connectivity with all that is.
To come from a place of authenticity is where we are our most powerful in life. What if our only goal in life was to discover how to be ourselves? To be our TRUE selves and to peel away all the false layers and barriers that prevent us from being ourselves. What would that look like for you? How would your priorities change? What would you do differently?
If meditation is a way to bring us closer to our authentic self, then I think it’s worth making time for! Don’t you?
In today’s episode we discuss:
- Tom’s personal transformation
- Why it took a nervous breakdown to finally change his life
- The dangers of stress
- How stress changes your physiology and biochemistry and affects our ability to LOVE
- Understanding the difference between the soul and the ego
- How stillness relieves anxiety and stress
- How we can replenish our mind, body, and spirit
- The benefits of meditation
And much much more!
Resources from the Episode:
The Stillness Project https://stillnessproject.com/
Learn from Tom! Check out his 21 day meditation program – http://stillnessproject.com/f14/faster-deeper-bliss/
Tom’s Website www.tomcronin.com
Thom Knoles – Tom’s meditation teacher http://thomknoles.com