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Author: Leona Evans

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The Get Off Your Affirmation Podcast challenges you to take an in-depth look at your current beliefs, and provides loving support and innovative tools to guide you toward being the change you wish to see in the world. We are committed to encouraging you to take action for human rights and social justice in accordance with your highest, most cherished ideals! You can make a difference and your voice is needed now more than ever!
36 Episodes
Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans when she was only six years old. She and her family endured great hardships in order to support the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and provide better education for African American children. In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss Ruby's courage and extraordinary ability to forgive those who bullied and persecuted her. Ruby Bridges is truly a hero!
Rev. James Lawson, Jr. is one of the most respected Civil Rights leaders of the 20th century. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss Rev. Lawson's fascinating life and work. They share how the practice of nonviolence, grounded in love, can build a powerful movement for social change.
A trigger is any stimulus that reshapes our thoughts or actions. Triggers can be both positive and negative, but they influence our beliefs and can often keep us from making positive changes in our lives. In this episode Leona and Matthew discuss gaining self-mastery from the best-selling book "Triggers" by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. 
The attacks on the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021 will remain one of the most shocking events in modern U.S. history. The question becomes how do we respond to this tragedy? Do we turn away because it seems too difficult for us to deal with? Or do we process our feelings and determine by what means we are going to survive it. In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss their feelings and provide practical ideas for taking action to help create a more compassionate and peaceful future.
2020: A Year in Review

2020: A Year in Review


2020 has been a year of both tragedy and triumph. The overcoming power of the human spirit has been revealed through countless stories of the frontline and essential workers who have exemplified heroism, bravery, and courage. They continue to inspire us even through the difficulties we have had to endure this past year. In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss their impressions of 2020, how it's impacted their lives, and words of advice about moving into 2021 with greater strength, poise, and equanimity. 
The challenges we’ve faced in the year 2020 will go down in history as being some of the most difficult times we will ever have to experience. So many of us have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 and so many people are suffering severe financial challenges. How do we get ourselves in a frame of mind to celebrate the holidays? What can we do to lift ourselves from the stressful times we have endured this past year? In this episode Leona and Matthew discuss the importance of generating gratitude within ourselves and finding ways to be the change we wish to see.
What is the secret to manifesting our goals? Is it just a matter of finding the right goal-setting techniques? Or do we need to look deeper into our own consciousness for answers?This episode provides insights on how to recognize the difference between what we say we want and what we really want.
Hate speech on social media has reached an all-time high. How do we resist the temptation to lash out in frustration toward those who disrespect our points of view? How do we begin to heal the social pandemic on social media? In this episode, we will introduce the Gandhi/King methods of nonviolence and provide powerful and positive methods designed to move us from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. 
What part does genetics play in determining who we are? Which beliefs and behaviors are part of our internal makeup, and which ones can be changed? In other words, what does it really mean to be our authentic self? In this episode Leona and Matthew discuss the importance of self-knowledge as the truest and most powerful way we can experience our authentic selves. 
Nonresistance is a state of mind in which we let go of opposing forces within your own consciousness and are able to maintain a sense of coherence and inner peace. Through the practice of nonresistance, we have the opportunity to face our feelings, accept them, and eventually transform.
Our inner critic can be defined as a sub-personality, part of our psyche, which sabotages our self-esteem by running a constant negative commentary about who we are, how we look, and how we behave. The louder our inner critic sounds to us the less able we are to find the inner peace and self-compassion we so richly deserve.In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss methods for divesting our inner critic of the power to negatively affect our sense of self-worth. Our goal is to make peace within ourselves, to have a balanced perspective on reality, to accept ourselves, and develop healthy self-esteem.
Why do so many of us feel the burning need to defend ourselves even when we're not being attacked? Most people are aware of defensive behavior. It's easy to identify from the outside. It says more about our lack of stability and self-esteem than anything else. The only reason we stay in that mindset is because our insecurities are triggered by the implications that we've done something wrong. It's time we understand that we need a change in mindset, and the way we begin our healing process is through self-acceptance. 
What can we do to develop our coping skills so that we’re not continuously stressed out and burned out? We can’t stop life from happening, but we can learn more effective ways to bounce back from turmoil and discord.In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss the power of resilience, which is inherent within each one of us, and share ideas on how to develop the coping skills that will provide us with the strength and flexibility we need to transform our lives.
Empathy is the ability to understand and connect with the feelings of others as if we’re feeling them ourselves. We develop empathy to understand that we are capable of connecting at a deep level with another person or culture even though we don’t have the same background or experience. Healing comes about when we create more caring and cohesive communities. When we realize that in spite of our differences, we can experience high levels of social support and a greater sense of well-being and trust.
Violence destroys, love builds and transforms. Mahatma Gandhi has said, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." As we so often say on this program, the power is in nonviolence, the power is in love. Love is a choice we make when we realize that in spite of the fear and anger which has motivated us for so long, the path to freedom and the fulfillment of our spiritual ideals is based in love.In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss the reptilian, or primal brain and its effects on violent behavior, and recommend methods to free ourselves from negative and self-defeating mindsets.
The imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments or talents and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. Psychologists say that 70% of both men and women will have experienced the imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. In this episode Leona and Matthew will discuss methods for changing our mindset and finding self-acceptance and peace of mind. 
Keeping Hope Alive

Keeping Hope Alive


Hope is one of the abilities or spiritual gifts inherent in the human spirit. It's not just a behavior that comes and goes without our permission. It is a state of mind that forms the foundation for the way we see life and what is possible and what is not possible for us. Hope is a quality we need to cultivate and keep at the forefront of our consciousness because with our hope we can find the strength to overcome adversity and to see the light which seems to be buried by darkness. Hope is our link between what is happening and what is possible. In this episode Leona and Matthew share quotes from great thinkers to help us gain deeper insights about this gift of hope and find more ways to allow it to work for us.
The need to connect with something greater than ourselves is a universal human need that touches us all. We strive to find spirituality outside ourselves, but too often the search leaves us feeling empty and confused, no closer to spirituality than we were before. In this episode, Leona and Matthew remind us that the spirituality we seek is already within us. Our goal is not to search for it outside ourselves, but to realize that we are and always have been spiritual beings. They discuss how to discover and express our spiritual gifts and experience the life we so richly deserve.
In this second provocative conversation with Arun Gandhi, he discusses the future of our planet, our role in developing a culture of peace, our need to transform our anger, the unshakeable power of love, and Gandhi's influence on the nonviolent movement in the United States during the Civil Rights movement.To contribute to the Gandhi Legacy Tour documentary film please go to and make your tax-deductible donation. 
Author, speaker, humanitarian, and renowned peace activist Arun Gandhi has devoted his life to the philosophy of nonviolence as taught to him by his legendary grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. Arun is the author of several books including Legacy of Love, Grandfather Gandhi, and Be the Change. In this episode Arun discusses what we need to do to move from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. 
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