Walking the Path of Purpose and Presence with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati and Peter Russell

Original Air Date Wednesday, November 3, 2021 

We all have stories we acquire based on what happens to us as we live our lives.

Some of us identify as mothers, fathers, artists, hustlers, hard-workers, and the list goes on. But, are those identities who we truly are? When we sit with ourselves in the present moment, is our identity our true essence, or simply an amalgamation of what happened to us in the past? To discern how we can perceive our true nature and commence on a spiritual journey, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who have studied meditation and philosophy in India. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati exchanged her Western culture for eastern philosophy. She discusses the transformational journey that came from shedding her identities and embracing forgiveness from her book, Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation. Peter Russell reveals the lessons in his book, Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature and unpacks the mantra let it go and let it be.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati — Walking the Path of Purpose:

  • Are humans approaching life from the wrong direction? [2:16]
  • Sadhvi shares her transformational journey as recorded in her book, Hollywood to the Himalayas. [4:43]
  • Sadhvi’s path to healing was not identifying with what happened to her, but in letting go and forgiving. [17:58]
  • Sadhvi learned being in service to others is a means to awaken and connect with the divine. [21:17]
  • A spiritual journey can be thought of as creating space. [24:56]

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati serves on the United Nations Advisory Council on Religion and the steering committees of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) and the Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty, a campaign by the United Nations and World Bank. Sadhvi has lived for the past 25 years at the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh, India, where she oversees a variety of humanitarian projects, teaches meditation, lectures, writes, counsels individuals and families, and serves as a unique female voice of spiritual leadership throughout India and the world.

Book: Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation

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Hollywood to the Himalayas
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Peter Russell — Walking the Path of Presence:

  • Peter describes why we become attached, not only to things but the belief that we need things, and why it can be difficult to let go. [31:49]
  • In his book, Letting Go of Nothing, Peter asks readers to see things through a different lens. [35:26]
  • Peter describes the practice of letting go of emotions, letting in a story, and letting it be within ourselves. [39:17]
  • When we let go or release, we begin to taste what a spiritual awakening is like. [45:50]
  • Small, effortless micro-meditations throughout the day can be just as effective as longer meditative practices. [49:54]

Peter Russell is an author, speaker, and leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. Russell earned a first-class honors degree in theoretical physics and psychology — as well as a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Cambridge, England. He also studied meditation and Eastern philosophy in India.

Book: Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature


Peter Russell
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