Episode #21 – The Healthy Challenge

In this episode Vernice and I are deciding to take on a healthy personal challenge. We are sharing some of our experience while the challenge is going on and talk about what we have learned from it. The final 20 minutes are about our exploration of what the term “playing big” means to us.


Sources mentioned in this podcast:

How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith


Episode #20 – Transform Your Own Consciousness

In this episode Vernice and I explore ways to transform your own consciousness. We look into the energy that is around openness and how we can overcome our own defensiveness. We talk about pink clowns, Harry Potter and the sky and clouds and how this all relates to our self-awareness and its transformation.

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 #13 – Part 3 with Andres Fossas

This is the final part of our trilogy of Adult Stages of Development with our insightful guest Andres Fossas. In this episode we go deeper in our exploration and discussion of forms of mind. We are going to look at the Self-authored and the Self-transforming mind.

Andres is a constructive-developmental psychologist and mixed-methods researcher. His primary interests are (1) the ways in which the human mind matures and evolves in one lifespan, and (2) the subjective experience of such growth. These interests emerged during his time as a graduate student at Harvard University, where he conducted a research study co-designed with developmental psychologist Robert Kegan. The study explored the relationship between psychological maturity and happiness, and found that maturity predicts changes in form, but not quantity, of happiness. Andres has provided a range of research services to individuals and organizations including qualitative and quantitative assessment of organizational culture, personality assessment, developmental coaching, conducting and scoring of Subject-Object Interviews, and a host of research services. He conducted research for the book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris, and for the first edition of Spiritualize as a Senior Researcher at the RSA. Andres’s general approach to life has been shaped by contemplative practices, particularly insight meditation as taught by the historical Buddha. He currently teaches insight meditation pro-bono and has served as the Buddhist Prison Chaplain for Broadmoor Hospital in the UK.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Books – Robert Kegan – The Evolving Self

Books – Robert Kegan – Immunity to Change

Books – Jennifer Garvey Berger – Changing on the Job

Books – William Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter et all – Action Inquiry

Episode #12 – 2017 Year End Reflection with Adi Breuer and Vernice Jones

This is the last episode of this year and we take the opportunity to reflect on our experience of 2017. We talk about our biggest challenges, best food, most inspiring moments, most interesting book we read, and much more. Come along and join us.