Episode #19 – Invisible and Being Seen

Vernice and I discuss the cost of staying invisible, not allowing ourselves to be seen and what this actually means. We also talk about ways of seeing others, what this means to them, how this possibly feels and what the impact on us and others of being seen and taking a risk of being seen could be.

Episode #18 – Minimalism

In this episode we are going to explore the meaning of a minimalist life, possible reasons why we choose or don’t choose such a path and how far we might walk it.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

The film “Minimalism – A Documentary About The Important Things”

Website Becoming Minimalist

Website The Minimalists

Website The Republic of Tea

Website David’s Tea

Website The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co.



Episode #17 – Connection and Intimacy

Connection and intimacy is an ongoing conversation between our selves and the world inside and outside of ourselves. Vernice and Adi take you on a journey of how this kind of conversation might look like. We might connect with someone through the portals of their eyes. Shared vulnerability is involved and intimacy can easily turn into intimidation.

Episode #16 – Authenticity

In this episode Vernice and Adi talk about authenticity, explore their own understanding and experience of it, why it is important to them and in what ways authenticity is connected to values and purpose.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Episode #15 – Depression

In this episode Vernice and Adi talk about depression, the seemingly increasing number of people who struggle with depression, the surfacing of more and more personal stories about depression from famous people we wouldn’t expect them to have similar struggles. They share their personal experiences with it and also some ideas of how they dealt with their own depressions and the depressions of others.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

National Suicide Hotlines USA

1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 / 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255

Japan Suicide Hotlines

Befrienders International, Tokyo 
Contact by: Face to Face  – Phone  – Letter: 
Hotline: +81 (0) 3 5286 9090
 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 20:00 – 06:00

BI Suicide Prevention Centre, Osaka 
Contact by: Face to Face  – Phone  – Letter: 
Hotline: +81 (0) 6 4395 4343
 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 00:00 – 23:00

Tokyo English Lifeline 
5-4 22 rm 302, Minami Aoyama
Minao Ku
Contact by: Face to Face  – Phone 
Hotline: Counselling: 03 5774 0992
Hotline: Face to Face: 03 3498 0231

Episode #14 – Vernice and Adi Reconnect

After 7 months of absence from podcasting Vernice and Adi reconnect and talk about their experiences and learnings of the past months since January. They discuss the challenge of giving all of your heart to someone who is crushing their bike in slow motion. They talk about the loss and the upside that can come with a 50th birthday and wrap up with the mouth watering description of Vernice’s secret ribs and Adi’s vegetarian burgers.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Rib rub: Williams Sonoma Smokehouse Rub

Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver: MeeT in Yaletown

Episode #06 – with Vernice and Adi

In this episode Vernice and Adi get into a conversation about different meditation practices, how they experience it, why they meditate, how they started it and what benefits it has brought into their lives. Inevitably they also explore Eastern and Western cultures in this regard and lastly they can’t have a podcast about the good life without mentioning food.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

  1. The Tree of Contemplative Practices used by Mirabai Bush, a meditation and mindfulness teacher who leads Google’s mindfulness training.
  2. TED talk by Andy Puddicombe / All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
  3. Tonglen Meditation and Talk about Tonglen Meditation by Pema Chodron

Episode #05 – with Vernice and Adi

In this episode Vernice and Adi catch up on the past two to three months since last episode as both had been busy and off the grid. They discuss the growing poverty in Spain, the political as well as societal struggles in their world, how they engage with social media these days and since it all could be overly serious, the mentioning of good food and delicious recipes.

Episode #04 – with Jason Ighani

Jason is a leadership/team coach and consultant with over 15 years of experience in the fields of human development and organizational health. He works extensively within the United Nations system, with agencies such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP and the UN Secretariat, primarily in the areas of leadership development, team performance and staff wellbeing. He is also a founder of The Humanitarian Coaching Network,( an initiative developed to support the wellbeing and development of humanitarian staff. He has lived and worked in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe, and currently divides his time between the United States and Costa Rica.

Episode #01 Intro to The Goodlife Podcast

Eudaimonia is a Greek word commonly translated as happiness or welfare…