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Welcome to How the Wise One Grows – where we live with intention by connecting to inner wisdom, one another, and the natural world through mindful conversations and meditations. 

Join me, your host Holly Zajur, and guests for heartful interviews about topics like spirituality, wellness, and anything and everything that aids us in navigating the human experience. 

Episodes alternate between guest interviews and guided meditations to help you integrate mindfulness into daily life. 

The intention is to empower you with a deeper sense of awareness and confidence as you cultivate a fulfilling and authentic life. Each episode is an honest exploration of what supports people as they navigate life’s twists and turns– and a reminder that we are all in this together. 

Join us every other Wednesday for new episodes!

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In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with Yasmine Idris, the first Arab/Saudi woman to cycle Iceland's ring road. Yasmine shares her journey and the profound role of feminine energy in achieving her goals, overcoming failure, allowing herself to rest, and embracing the continual process of becoming.In this episode we discuss:Yasmine’s Motivation Behind Cycling Iceland's Ring RoadApplying Feminine Energy to Physical Challenges: Yasmine reflects on how she applied feminine energy to t...
Learn how to tap into your intuition and inner strength with a we offer a guided mindfulness-based meditation. Through visualization techniques, you'll learn to recognize what your "yes" feels like, what your "no" feels like, and reconnect with your gut feelings. This episode is perfect for anyone seeking to cultivate their "inner Gabby," inspired by our insightful conversations with Gabby Wadsworth in episodes 104 and 105. If you missed those, be sure to go back and listen for a deeper under...
We're honored to share a deeply moving story of love and loss with Gabby Wadsworth. You may remember her from Episode 104, where she shared her journey of leaving the Mormon Church. If her strength and resilience touched you then, this episode will resonate even more deeply.This episode focuses on her husband Colten Wadsworth, who battled cancer for 3.5 years. Gabby opens up about Colten's fight, their life together during those challenging times, and her journey through the profound grief of...
What would it take to walk away from everything you know? Tune in to hear the brave journey of a woman, Gabby Wadsworth, who left the Mormon church after being raised in it. Listen as we discuss the critical role of intuition, the courage to challenge church elders, and the path to healing from spiritual abuse.Gabby shares a raw and honest account of her journey to leave the church, offering insights and encouragement for all people to trust and advocate for themselves. This episode is a must...
Having trouble making a decision? I got you covered! In this episode, we offer a guided meditation designed to help you navigate the complex process of decision-making. Building on our insightful discussion from Episode 102 with Clarity Coach Keltie Maguire, we focus on one of life's significant choices, like the decision to have kids or remain childfree.In this 13 min mindfulness-based meditation, we explore three essential components of effective decision-making:Awareness: Cultivate a clear...
In this episode, clarity coach Keltie Maguire helps us navigate one of life's most significant decisions—whether to embrace parenthood or opt for a child-free lifestyle. We delve into the societal norms, cultural expectations, and personal considerations that impact this choice. Our discussion is guided by listener questions and stories, addressing the stigmas associated with opting out of parenthood and exploring emotional journeys for both paths.We also tackle concepts like 'mother hunger' ...
In today's episode, we've got a guided meditation to help you through life's most embarrassing moments-- and general feelings of embarrassment and shame. Using mindfulness and compassion, you'll learn how to gently let go of negative emotions and cultivate a stronger sense of self-acceptance.Whether you're new to meditation or looking to deepen your practice, this meditation is crafted to support anyone seeking to improve their emotional well-being. Download this episode so you have it on tap...
Celebrate two years and 100 episodes of spreading the How the Wise One Grows podcast with laughter as we share our most embarrassing moments. Imagine beginning every friendship with the raw, unfiltered stories that make us human—this episode does just that with host Holly Zajur and guests Emma Hern and Kelly Eberle, as they introduce themselves by sharing their most embarrassing stories. But the laughter doesn’t end here! We're inviting YOU to be a part of the fun. Share your ...
This episode shares the breathing technique that helped Natalie Rainer (from Ep 98) find relief through extreme pain while in the ICU followed by a meditation to connect with your core values to navigate life with clarity, as Natalie did after the accident.Box breath is a great way to: - Calm the nervous system- Improve mood- Regulate body temperature- Decrease stress- Lower blood pressureThis episode is ideal for anyone overcoming a challenge or looking to improve their mental and emotional ...
We all face hard moments in life. But some, seem impossible to overcome. Those are the moments we learn how resilient we truly are. On August 13, 2022, Natalie Rainer and Jonah Holland were in a horrific bike accident that took the life of Jonah Holland, a beloved friend and community member, and left Natalie severely injured. Natalie’s recovery story is a testament to finding resilience and compassion throughout the healing journey.Discover how Natalie confronted extreme pain and loss, ...
Unlock the secret to conquering self-doubt and embracing your creative potential in this episode. Join us as we dive into the story of Jada and David Parrish, former wedding photographers turned conceptual artists. Discover how they bravely shifted careers and embarked on an ambitious 100-set project that showcases their artistic expression and personal development journey.In this episode, not only will you get an inside look at Jada and David's path from photography to conceptual art, but yo...
This week we are time-traveling back to Episode 55 where we talked all about Forest Bathing with Daillen Culver, a compassionate well-being educator, nonprofit director, and yoga teacher. Join us as we explore compassion fatigue, the profound impacts of eco-anxiety and climate distress, and the transformative power of forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku). Daillen offers valuable insights into the emotional toll of these issues and shares practical techniques to navigate and mitigate the overwhe...
In this episode, we dive into a mindfulness of death meditation, inspired by the Buddhist practice of maraṇasati and Episode 93 with death doula, Jill McClennan. "Mindfulness of Mortality" offers a guided meditation focused on the acceptance of life’s impermanence.By acknowledging mortality, we are encouraged to live with more purpose and mindfulness. The practice draws on mindfulness of death to facilitate a deeper connection with the present, highlighting the value of each moment and the im...
The only thing we know for certain in life is... that we die. So why are we so afraid of it and talking about it?! In Episode 93 we dive into the taboo topic of death with Death Doula and End of Life Coach, Jill McClennen. Jill shares how we can stop fearing death and start embracing mortality to live with courage, openness, and authenticity.This episode is not just a conversation about death; it's a guide to living a fuller, richer life. Episodes Referenced:Ep 67- People Plea...
In today's episode, you'll hear a guided meditation for the upcoming New Moon in Aquarius, the Lunar New Year, and learn the most helpful advice as we ride the waves of life.This meditation helps you establish your core values, enabling you to set clear intentions during this pivotal time of renewal. Whether you're seeking to refresh your mindset, align with the cosmic energies, or establish a foundation for the year ahead, this episode provides the tools you need for balance.05:19 Meditation...
Have you ever wanted to pack up and move somewhere completely new? In this episode you hear from life coach turned therapist, Marisol, about what the reality of that is actually like. In this episode, you'll discover:Essential Self-Reflection Questions: Before you pack your bags, dive into key considerations that will guide your decision to moveWhy running from our shadows doesn't work and ways to work with your shadowsRealities of Relocation: What to expect if you do pack up and moveHow...
This meditation practice invites you to introspectively examine your past and present experiences with substances while setting an intention for the future relationship you'd like to have with substances. Whether you're exploring sobriety, sober curious, California sober, or seeking a healthier lifestyle, this meditation offers a judgment-free space for personal discovery and growth. Go back and listen to the Sober Curious Series:Ep 88- Sober Curious (Part 1)Ep 89- California Sober (Part 2)Ge...
This episode continues our "Sober Curious" conversation from Episode 88, diving deeper into community stories and examining the roles of cannabis and psilocybin and being "California Sober". We also explore the question, "What is a substance?"You'll hear from community members about their evolving relationships with substances, the impact these substances have on personal relationships and mental health, and diverse perspectives on defining a substance.Please note: If discussions about substa...
What does it mean to be "sober curious"? From "dry January" to the sober curious movement, people are questioning the societal pressure to drink in a culture that emphasizes alcohol consumption. In Episode 88, we explore the concept of being "sober curious" through a conversation with Jody Sidel, a shop owner and advocate for non-alcoholic alternatives in Richmond. We also share insights from our listeners.This episode features individuals who are reevaluating their relationship with alcohol ...
What if instead of setting resolutions, you start the new year by facing your fears? This episode shares a meditation designed to guide you through fear by acknowledging it, feeling it physically, and witnessing what aids in being with it. We explore the positive transformations that can occur when you meet your fears and help you tap into what lives on the other side of fear. Discover how fear and excitement share similar sensations in the body and how our perception shapes our experien...
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