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The Light Watkins Show

Light Watkins

Host Light Watkins helps his guests uncover the story behind the story of how they started their movement for social good, by leading them through a retrospective of their “dark tunnel” moments to reveal how they found their inner light. If you’re in the darkness right now, hearing these stories will surely help you to find your inner light as well.

Elissa Goodman Beat Cancer, And Now She Teaches Others How to Thrive in Life’s Toughest Moments - Ep 109
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Elissa Goodman Beat Cancer, And Now She Teaches Others How to Thrive in Life’s Toughest Moments - Ep 109
Elissa was living the American dream. She had a prestigious job, the perfect husband, and the future looked bright. One day, however, her reality was broken into pieces when she discovered she had cancer. She was able to win the battle by using holistic, alternative approaches and treatments; despite the advice of medical professionals, friends, and family. Unfortunately, her experience with cancer did not end there. Her husband was also diagnosed with cancer shortly after her recovery and passed away not from the disease but rather from the treatment itself. This ignited Elissa’s passion for educating other people on alternatives and holistic approaches, and to show people the benefits of a healthy life. Today, Elissa works as a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle expert, creating her own programs and diet plans based on the lessons she had learned through improving her health. She is also the author of the book, Cancer Hacks, which provides readers with common-sense, natural, and holistic advice for those battling cancer. In today’s episode, Elissa shares her story and the role of health and wellbeing in her life. We learn about her life growing up, why she felt sick all the time when she was young, and when Elissa first became interested in holistic healing, as well as the moment that she first found out she had cancer. You’ll also gain some insight into why Elissa chose the approach she did and the steps she took to living a healthier life, plus so much more. Don’t miss out on this inspiring story and insightful conversation with health and wellness expert, Elissa Goodman!
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee on Getting Honest About Burnout in Order to Live a Happier and Healthier Life - Ep 108
15-06-2022
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee on Getting Honest About Burnout in Order to Live a Happier and Healthier Life - Ep 108
So many of us confuse success with happiness, and this belief can influence our life in a myriad of ways, both seen and unseen. Today’s guest, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, has witnessed the consequences of this belief, not only in his own life and the lives of his patients, but also his closest family. For thirty years his father sacrificed his sleep and his health for the sake of his career and providing for his wife and children. By the age of 58, Dr. Chatterjee’s father had developed the autoimmune disease, lupus, due to decades of chronic sleep deprivation and stress. In the years leading up to his father’s death, Dr. Chatterjee prioritized caring for his father and treasured the time they were able to spend together. The experience irrevocably changed Dr. Chatterjee’s outlook on life and what it means to be successful. Since then, Dr. Chatterjee has made it his goal to inspire 100 million people to start living a healthier lifestyle. He is the author of several books on health and wellness and is also the host of Europe's #1 Health and Wellbeing Podcast ‘Feel Better. Live More. with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’, where he interviews experts on a variety of topics from mindfulness to fitness. In our conversation, we discuss what Dr. Chatterjee has learned from his many interviews, why he chose to become a general practitioner, and the impact that his father had on his life. Dr. Chatterjee shares details about his latest book, the concept of core happiness, and why authenticity is so important. He also explains how being in the public eye has made him prioritize his inner life, the value of daily meditations, and how these practices have helped him maintain perspective. We hope you tune in for this powerful conversation on the meaning of happiness, what it means to live a healthy life, and much more!
Dr. Robin Berzin on How to Create a State Change and Optimize Your Health Through Lifestyle, Diet, and Community - Ep 104
18-05-2022
Dr. Robin Berzin on How to Create a State Change and Optimize Your Health Through Lifestyle, Diet, and Community - Ep 104
Too often, conventional medicine treats the body as separate from the mind, ignoring physical issues like chronic illness or weight gain, but science shows that these issues are often intricately entwined with mood issues like depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue. Today’s guest believes that we have the inherent capacity to create a powerful shift or ‘state change’ within ourselves and take control of our health, by ourselves, for ourselves.Tuning in, you’ll hear from Dr. Robin Berzin, who is the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, America's leading holistic medical practice designed to help women overcome chronic conditions. She founded Parsley to address the rising tide of chronic disease in America through personalized holistic medicine that puts food, lifestyle, and proactive diagnostic testing on the prescription pad, right next to conventional medications. Since founding Parsley in 2016, Robin has seen 80 percent of her patients improve or resolve their chronic conditions within their first year of care, demonstrating the life-changing value of making modern holistic medicine accessible to everyone, anywhere.Her new book, State Change, offers readers a 30-day program for reaching a new level of energy, clarity, and calm based on one paradigm-shifting idea: you have to change your body to change your mind and mood. In today’s episode, Robin shares how practicing yoga inspired her to go to medical school, the story of how she came to work with Dr. Oz, and the steps she took to become the change she wanted to see in the world, as well as why her approach is centered around a real-world modern lifestyle, not a series of ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots’, plus so much more. We hope you’ll join us for this inspiring conversation!
Ben Decker on The Temptations of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll on Modern Spirituality - Ep 101
27-04-2022
Ben Decker on The Temptations of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll on Modern Spirituality - Ep 101
So this week I'm speaking with author, speaker and meditation thought leader, Mr. Ben Decker. Ben grew up as a member of the Church of the Latter-day Saints. He also began meditating and traveling the world on spiritual pilgrimages and mission trips. And then he decided to enter the priesthood as a teenager. But a battle with addiction and depression caused him to change his mind and search for a different type of career. He ended up doing a 180 by going to Los Angeles and becoming a publicist.And after rising up through the ranks and becoming one of Hollywood's biggest publicists, particularly for Playboy Bunnies, Ben had a dear friend died by suicide, and he felt somewhat complicit in his friend's unhappiness and depression. So he decided to leave his prolific career in PR, and he went back to his roots by starting his own field of study, which he called collaborative religion.Then Ben helped to open a religiously pluralistic spiritual center in Venice Beach, California called Full Circle, which is where he and I first crossed paths because I rented that space to help host one of my inspirational variety shows that I was doing at the time called The Shine. And Ben went on to become a prolific teacher and author of books on meditation.He's now written four books, most recently publishing Modern Spirituality: A Guide To The Heart of Mindfulness Meditation, and The Art of Healing, which became a bestseller. And he's also the host of the Modern Spirituality Podcast. And as always, we dive deep into the backstory of how Ben came to be the author and teacher that he is today. And what's notable about almost all of my episodes was that there was always a moment where the guests decided to take a big leap of faith in the direction of what they identified at the time as their purpose. Sometimes, they were motivated by curiosity, other times they were motivated by pain. Ben's case was more of the latter. So if you're on the fence about making a switch in your path to something that feels more aligned with where you currently are, I think you're going to find this episode very inspiring.
J. Smiles On Finding The Humor In The Difficult Role Of Caregiving For A Her Mother With Dementia - Ep 099
13-04-2022
J. Smiles On Finding The Humor In The Difficult Role Of Caregiving For A Her Mother With Dementia - Ep 099
Caregiving is still a misunderstood and under-celebrated role in today's society. For this episode, we welcome J Smiles to talk about her amazing story of caring for her mother, launching a career in comedy, and how she managed to navigate these difficult terrains. Soon after her father's passing, J Smiles’ mother was diagnosed with two forms of dementia, and it took a minute for her to realize that the deterioration she was seeing in her mother was not just grief. The process surrounding her mother's diagnosis and treatment was a tricky one, and J Smiles generously opens up, sharing the biggest challenges and the lessons she learned through them. She notably talks about how she began to talk differently about her role as her mother's caregiver, relinquishing the early methods involving avoidance and shock. J Smiles tells us all about becoming an advocate for caregiving, and what it means to normalize these conversations about sensitive topics. This leads to our exploration of her work as a conscious comic and how she started this branch of her life as an escape before pouring her lived experience and authentic self into her routine. Today our guest also has her own podcast, called Parenting UP!, in which she brings together all these areas and themes in a show that is truly her, so make sure to give that a listen, as soon as you finish with this great episode!
Quddus Philippe on The Truth About Fame, His Cameo in Kanye's Jeen Yuhs, And Life After MTV - Ep 093
02-03-2022
Quddus Philippe on The Truth About Fame, His Cameo in Kanye's Jeen Yuhs, And Life After MTV - Ep 093
Today’s guest, Quddus Philippe, burst into the international spotlight by replacing Carson Daly as a host on the iconic MTV show, Total Request Live (TRL), where he became the interviewer of choice for artists like Jay Z and Beyonce. After five years on MTV, Quddus started his own production company, The Q Side, to help pioneer new media and develop new talent with partners like MySpace, AOL, Yahoo, and YouTube, but he kept feeling drawn to the personal development space. That's where everything came together in terms of his purpose and his calling, and Quddus started working with entertainment and wellness leaders to help them get camera ready, which really meant helping them find their most authentic voice. After completing a philanthropic mission trip in his father’s homeland of Haiti and a spiritual journey in Costa Rica, Quddus devoted himself to launching The Creator Incubator, an eight-week program to help others launch their dream projects with clarity, confidence, and community.In this episode, he shares some insight into his childhood, how hip hop became his gateway to spirituality, and the crippling imposter syndrome he grappled with in his early days at MTV. We also touch on the immense value of being forthcoming with your passions, speaking your truth, and owning your greatness in order to make the biggest impact, and Quddus shares what imposter syndrome looks like for him today, how his appearance in the Kanye West documentary, jeen-yuhs, has helped him own his voice, and what is lighting him up the most right now. Make sure not to miss this thought-provoking conversation about passion, process, and purpose with one of pop culture's foremost tastemakers, Quddus Phillipe!
Alan Roger Currie on His Mission to Help Men Be More Authentic When It Comes To Dating - Ep 092
23-02-2022
Alan Roger Currie on His Mission to Help Men Be More Authentic When It Comes To Dating - Ep 092
Disclaimer: This episode contains adult language and sexually explicit conversation. It is not suitable for children and, if you are especially sensitive to topics related to heterosexual dating dynamics, we recommend that you skip this episode as well.While today’s guest takes an approach that is unconventional and perhaps even shocking, his story follows a similar formula to many of the guests that you are used to hearing from on At The End of the Tunnel. His name is Alan Roger Currie and, in this episode, you’ll learn about the leaps of faith he had to take in order to pursue his true calling. Alan is a dating coach and the author of several books about his unique philosophy known as Mode One, which centers around radical honesty from the start. Straightforward communication is at the core of today’s conversation with Alan, who shares his sometimes explicit views on casual sex and relationships and tells the story behind how he developed his Mode One approach before, ultimately, making it his career. Tuning in, you’ll learn how an adult film titled Talk Dirty to Me changed Alan’s perspective on the dynamics between men and women, how his brother encouraged him to write a book and follow his calling, and how you can implement the Mode One approach in all aspects of your life, from your sexual relationships to the workplace and even your friendships. We also dive into the definition of Mode One, the five archetypes, and what women can take away from Alan’s philosophy on dating, as well as the value of embracing rejection and so much more! Tune in today for an occasionally X-rated but altogether fascinating discussion with professional dating coach, Alan Roger Currie!