By Andrew Larkin
In this space, we will take time for presence with deep, intentional breaths, then get into the beautiful art of storytelling
Lucid LivingJun 05, 2023
Increasing Your BOLT (Body Oxygen Level Test) Score
In this episode, we start off with a down regulation breath work (4-8 technique). That is inhale for 4, exhale for 8. Then lean into the knowledge of Patrick McKeown in his book "The Oxygen Advantage". We talk about what the BOLT score is, why having a high BOLT score (around 40) is optimal for health and performance, and the techniques we can use to practice and improve our BOLT score. Take this new knowledge with you, put it into practice and find consistency with it, and let me know how that growth feels.
Mamas Breathwork Journey
In todays episode, we start off with some activating breathwork, then give a lil life update, and then share the space with Mama Larkin who shares her experience with her transformational breath work journey.
If you are curious about transformational breathwork, want to go through a journey yourself or simply learn more...I'm offering a free session for the next two weeks. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Dare to Dream BIG
In this episode, we start off with a balancing box breath technique of 5-5-5-5, then give a lil life update, and then dive into allowing ourselves permission to dream big. This is just a little sprinkle of inspiration and a reminder to open the door to create that dream life that feels so far away from us. With a new perspective and take aligned action...we can start inching closer and closer to that dream and be the person we were born to be.
Dream Big Tapping --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEELso-Ovc&t=5s
Read The Labels
In this episode, we start off with the 10-20-30 breathwork practice, then give a lil life update of some highs and how I navigate the lows, and then we dive into a bit of consumerism and the importance of reading the labels o the food products that we are putting into our bodies. I didn't realize how passionate I was going to be when discussing these topics, but it really does feel like breaking out of the Matrix.
There's an amazing podcast episode on "The Model Health Show" that I listened to recently that inspired talking about this and sharing this knowledge with this community. If you listen to this episode, and still carry doubts about what's going on in the food industry, please check out this episode with Shawn Stevenson and Darin Olien:
We are what we eat. We vote with our dollars. It might not seem significant, but there are over 8 billion people on this planet, imagine if we start consciously choosing healthier food options to fuel us and our families...the industry will have to change. We can be that change.
Life Updates and The Power of Fasting
In todays episode, we start with some Ujjayi Pranayama breathing. Then dive into a handful of things I've been up to over the past week. And then dive into my experiences with fasting. This Monday I did about a 40 hour water fast, and it inspired me to share my experiences and perspectives about the physical and MENTAL benefits and beauty of this ancient practice.
Offering a Free Transformational Breathwork Journey
In this episode, we start off with some Box Breathing (4-4-4-4), then give a lil life update, then dive into recent developments on my breathwork journey. For the next 3 weeks I will be offering Free transformational breathwork journeys with the theme around getting comfortable with discomfort and letting go of control. These are hour long breathwork journeys, and I'm beyond grateful to be able to hold space and share this medicine with you. If you're interested and/or want to learn more, shoot me a message on instagram @larkin_andrew or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loving The Old Versions of Yourself
In todays episode, we start off with a 5-15 hum breathing practice (If you breath along, make sure you're in a grounded/safe environment). Then we give a lil life update and then dive into the bulk where we share the importance of loving the old parts of ourselves that we've neglected, resented and suppressed for a very long time. This topic was inspired by looking at a photo of myself at one of my darkest times, and now I've hung that photo up and express gratitude towards that boy every morning. It's time to love ourselves again.
Guiding My First Breathwork Journey
In this episode, we start with a guided breath of fire practice. Then share some updates like "The Vampire Next Door" has officially wrapped production and is now in post. Exciting times ahead.
Then, we get into why I started this breathwork journey. Why I'm taking a breathwork certification course, and what was going through my mind as I guided my first transformational breathwork journey.
The Stories We Tell Without Words
In this episode, we start with a little 4-2-6 breathing, then share some of my upcoming acting goals for the next few months, and then, inspired by Charlie Chaplin, dive into the power of storytelling without words. I think this is a great time to reflect on how we all carry ourselves throughout this word. What story are we telling without words? We may catch things we do that we aren't even aware of. That's the start of a beautiful journey.
On Set of My First Feature Film
In this episode, we share a lil knowledge bomb on the power of humming and the production of nitric oxide, then we dive into all things being on set of "The Vampire Next Door" and what it was like being on set and my experience with the cast and crew and just how unbelievably blessed I am.
A Life Lesson I Learned From Ants
In this episode, we dive into some parasympathetic breathing and a lil chat about breathwork, some life updates, and a story about ants that has really grounded my approach to responding to life when it starts hitting hard...especially when working with a team.
The Little Prince
In this episode, we give a tiny life update and then dive into a quick excerpt from a one of a kind book, "The Little Prince".
"Seeing with Eyes of Love"
In this episode, we share a chapter from Don Miguel Ruiz's incredible book "The Mastery of Love"
My Relationship with "Learning"
In today's episode, I share my relationship with learning throughout my days in the education system and how they've shifted over the past few years.
Lil' Life Update
Hey Fam! For today's episode...
I share some exciting new developments in my world with my breathwork certification course, upcoming acting projects and some breakthroughs/realizations.
The Life of Sister Jennifer Larkin
In this episode, we finally got the one who inspired me to take messy action on this podcast, my beautiful sister Jennifer Larkin.
She's a model, entrepreneur, podcast host, manifesting generator and full of amazing life experiences and she graciously shares so much wisdom with us today.
If you're inspired with what you hear check her out on instagram: @thejenniferlynnlarkin and @jennifer_larkin and @attractingabundancepodcast and her amazing boutique @ave_thelabel
And tune in til the end for mama Larkin to make a flawless cameo, dropping knowledge bombs left and right.
Healing Through Sickness
In this episode, there's this transitional time into Spring and I've seen and felt a lot of sickness in the air. I'm going through my fair share and I want to share with you some tools, foods, and practices I use to help speed up that recovery time. Getting sick is quite the wake up call and I really do realize that if we lose our health, that really becomes the only thing that's important. So, it's time to take care of this beautiful body.
"The Man Who Didn't Believe in Love"
In this episode, I share a chapter from the great Don Miguel Ruiz's book "The Mastery of Love".
My Creative Writing Process
In this episode, I give a lil life update, and then dive into all things my creative writing process. I'm currently reworking and polishing up a short film script and I share about my experiences with what has worked for me and what does not.
If you are in the creative space, two books I highly recommend are "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron AND "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Opening Night of The Laramie Project
In this episode, we dive into all things Opening Night of THE LARAMIE PROJECT !
I am bubbling with gratitude for the feedback from the first performance, and many more to come. I also share some of my practices for handling nerves and navigating that on stage to be as present as possible for each character.
If you're in the Philly area and want to see a beautiful story with amazing characters...here's the link:
"I Can Handle All That I Create"
In this episode, we give a lil life update. It's opening weekend for The Laramie Project y'all!!
Then we dive into the beautiful mantra, "I can handle all that I create". For my creatives, my content creators, my hard workers, this is a powerful mantra to start putting into our subconscious. With this new belief, followed by accountability and action, the sky is the limit my friends!
Tickets for The Laramie Project:
Tickets for The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later:
The Power of Accountability
In this episode, we dive into all things accountability. Self accountability and the impact of having accountability buddies. As we continue to show up, we build self trust. When we build self trust we build self confidence. When we build self confidence....the world is our oyster.
Lessons I learned from a Professor
In todays episode, it's story time! I share some profound life lessons from one of the most intense teachers I've ever had the privilege of having in my years throughout the education circuit. Enjoy
Take Messy Action
In today's episode, we share a new Breathhold PR!! 5:16 baby! What a wild ride, man and i share what that experience was like.
Then we dive into messy action. Stripping away the idea of perfectionism and taking messy action gets us in the game. When we wait for it to be perfect, we step out of the game. When we dive in, it's gonna be messy, and imperfect, and maybe ugly, but guess what...we grow. We learn. We adapt. And THAT is where the magic lies.
So take messy action. Dive in. If there are things you've been holding off on, this is a friendly reminder to just go. Just start. Surround yourself with a strong support system, and as you continue to stay with it, the growth will blow your mind.
Being on Set
This episode, I am bubbling with Gratitude. As an actor, I hope to reach other actors and creatives through this platform. This episode specifically, I hope, is relatable for them, for you, and I hope you take something positive away from this. I had a beautiful experience on a set this week, on a project i'm really excited to share when it comes out, and I thought it would be cool to share my process, my intentions and what I've learned from being on sets, and the growth and learning never stops.
If you have experiences on set, I'd love to hear your perspectives or stories. Let's get the dialogue flowing.
Why we Must be Open to RECEIVING
In this episode, we give some fun lil life updates in the world of Andrew and the acting and breathwork world. Then we dive into the stories about giving and receiving. We are meaning making machines. We label things as good and bad. For many of us, I'm sure we look at "receiving" as a negative. Like we are "taking"...and taking is "bad". But we talk about the Yin and the Yang. The good and the bad in everything. Our labels are just stories that we've created in our minds. It doesn't mean that they are truth. And hopefully after listening to this episode, we can start to reflect on our stories and create some big changes, and start to see the value in receiving.
Introvert vs Extravert
In this episode, we share some vulnerability and struggle and how I shift my mindset and perspective in those times of struggle reinforcing all those old stories and beliefs.
Then we dive into all things introvert and extravert. My perspective and my stories with these labels and identities.
What is Depression?
In this episode, we start off with the specific breathwork practice I used to prep for a new Breath hold PR of 4:43!! The stoke was so real y'all.
Then we dive into depression. Now, this topic cannot be defined in one sentence, or even in a few. There are wayyy too many variables that accumulate that lead individuals into the depths of depression. And that can look different for each individual. What I want to highlight with this episode is that Yes, it is "mental" health.
BUT, depression is also incredibly PHYSICAL.
Tune in to hear how.
The Spiritual Ego
In this episode, we dive start with a specific parasympathetic breathwork. An update on my 5 Day Breathwork Challenge and the things I learned. The start of my emotional intelligence course (Two Years to Live Challenge). And then we dive into the spiritual ego and spiritual bypassing. This episode will be relevant for my frands who are doing the deep work. Sometimes we go so deep and then we find the spiritual ego start to find it's voice. In this episode, we identify what that looks like, and how to love all parts of our human experience.
What we can learn from children
In this episode, I share another cool discovery with the breath and then we dive into the absolute beauty of children. What we can learn from children and how we can tap back into our inner child.
"Under The Banner Of Heaven"
If you're into a good TV binge and have Hulu, check out "Under The Banner Of Heaven" starring Andrew Garfield, Daisy Edgar Jones, and Sam Worthington. Loosely based on the true story of the Lafferty's and the Mormon religion, it's needless to say, it's a show that sparks a lot of conversation. I'm still processing it and my thoughts are still a little jumbled, so if you listen to this and have seen the show, reach out because I'd love to hear more perspectives on the matter and what came up for you as you watched this.
My Deep Breathwork Experience
One of the Most POWERFUL exercises I've ever had the privilege of engaging in.
Saturday night, I devoted my night to Brian Kelly's 9D Breathwork Journey and.....words really don't do it justice, but in this episode I will share with you how this breathwork exercise moved me in ways that very few experiences have.
Also, lil update, but Sunday morning I clocked a new Breathhold PR of 3:53 ! Our bodies are pretty amazing.
The Art of Listening
In this episode we start off with parasympathetic Breathing and a little breakthrough I've had in this specific style of breathwork.
Then we dive into the art and power of Listening. What can happen when we truly listen? When we create and hold a safe space for important people in our lives. It's a skill. It takes practice. But the better we get, the more magnetic we become.
"Wim Hof Method" Excerpt
In this episode, we give a little life update.
How I got a personal best Breathhold for 3:43
Then a beautiful fable from Wim Hofs groundbreaking book
In this episode, we start off with a lil life update, then dive into my perspectives on all things pride. The goods and bads. It is a powerful emotion that can propel us to great lengths with the right intention.
Why do we have language?
In this episode, we start with a few life updates, then dive into Communication. What's the point of language? Why do we communicate? I think that's a question we've stopped asking. It's easy to get stuck talking and communicating the way we've always done, but I think it's important to go back to our roots. Why did we create language in the first place? To get 2+ people on the same page. I think with time we may be getting away from that simple truth.
Tune in for stories and more ideas on this matter.
Ups and Downs of Growth w/ sister Becky Larkin
We got Becky Larkin back on the podddd!
Today we dive into our relationships with growth and the journey of the ups and downs, highs and lows, peaks and valleys.
The journey of growth is a beautiful one. After listening to this episode, we recommend taking a moment to sit down and journal and reflect on your relationship with growth in the past. On moments when the highs felt amazing then the lows swiftly followed. It's never a linear line...growth....success. When we acknowledge the lows, accept it and embrace it, then it propels us faster to that next high.
Consistency Trumps Intensity
This episode is inspired by the pursuit to stick with our New Year Resolutions. A mindset shift to focus on building structures and finding consistency in growth and pursuit of these resolutions, over the intensity, volume and output of them.
There is a great podcast episode of world class personal trainer, Don Saladino, sharing his process with working with clients who want to reach new goals
You'd be amazed at the transformations that take place with 5 minutes of intentional work over the course of a year.
Master The Mind
Mastering the mind.......is it possible? What does that look like? How do we start pursuing this mastery?
In this episode, I share some practices and some connections I've made that have excited me to go after this pursuit. Is it possible? Maybe. Certainly not overnight. But with intention, practice, and a growth mindset, I really do believe we can do anything. And in this episode you will see that our bodies are truly capable of so much more than we think.
Plans for 2023
First episode of 2023 baby!!
What do we want our year to look like?
I have some ideas to keep this train moving for this podcast, but again, it's mostly going to be fueled by sparks of inspiration that lead me to want to share about it. I'm excited to keep using this medium to share a bit about myself and about the things I'm passionate about.
I also get a little personal and share a bit of what I'm going to be focusing on come 2023. I can get a lot more specific on here, but it's just a general idea and I plan on filling in the gaps over the course of this year.
Cheers to a new adventure! Cheers to growth! Cheers to 2023!
"Tis the New Year
This episode, is centered around reflecting and dreaming.
Get in a cozy space, grab your journal with your favorite pen, and journal along with this episode. We start with reflecting on 2023. Pause the audio, and start writing. Let it rip!
Next, it's time to dream. What does the best year of your life look like? Let it rip! Don't hold back. Allow yourself permission to DREAM. Then get specific with your values and goals for how you want to show up in this new, beautiful year.
We are the CREATORS of our Lives.
The Way of Water
This is a very spiritual episode because I had a very spiritual experience watching Avatar: The Way of Water
I'd love to hear if this connects with you
I had a plan to talk about Communication for this episode, but during the meditation I decided to take a different route.
Jonah Hill dropped a pretty awesome documentary on Netflix called "Stutz", where he interviews his therapist. I think it's an important piece of work and to open up and normalize therapy and also give viewers active tools to practice in their everyday life.
With the New Year rapidly approaching, I think it's important to take some time to reflect.
Who am I? How do others perceive me? And who do I want to be?
We are entering the season of resolution, where we strive to become the new, best version of ourselves. What does that look like?
Once we get nitty gritty with it, we can start living with integrity. And once you get a taste, you'll never want to go back.
I also share some thoughts on the devastating news of tWitch passiing. Sending love, love and more love.
-Table read for Laramie Project
-Finishing "The Ride of a Lifetime"/reflection
-Upcoming Premiere for NYU Grad Program short
-Interesting discovery with "WHOOP"
-The power of community
For the rest of this episode, I share a story. A moment in time I experienced. I went down a rabbit hole yesterday reflecting on life. The meaning of it all. Consumerism. Happiness. Why are we here. All of those goodie lil questions I allow myself the grace to explore.
Let me know if you relate or connect.
A Message From Dr. Joe Dispenza
In todays episode, I want to introduce a clip of Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of "Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself" sharing about just that. He's a true pioneer and I've learned so much from him and I've listened to this clip dozens of times. It never gets old.
Here's a link to the YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpOMk1jOzgk
"Once you get the questions right, the answers always come"
Another gem from James Redfields, "Celestine Prophecy"
I still believe we are in a transition...an age of transformation. It's easy to get lost along that journey, but this episode dives into the importance of focusing on the right questions versus the answers.
Let Yourself Be Surprised
I think we just hit episode 50 baby!!! Time is surely flying.
I was inspired to talk about this topic when I watched "Wednesday", the awesome new show on Netflix starring Jenna Ortega. I started watching the day it was released and it was a lot of fun. The following days, I saw all the buzz on socials. And there was one scene in particular that was being shared a lot. And it was one of my favorite scenes (and clearly the rest of the audiences). It was also one of my favorites because I wasn't expecting it. Had I scene those clips before I watched that show...I think it would have stripped away the magic a bit.
That's just one example, but I think if we can let go of control, and allow the possibility of something new and unknown, surprise us...I think we can bring some magic back into our lives.
CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE
I believe that we are in a season of change...of transformation. I dive deeper into the idea of change in one of my earlier episodes. For this episode, I want to share something I'm looking to change. I want to hold myself accountable. I talk about the narratives that I have that make this change so challenging. Fighting to live in alignment isn't easy. Fighting to be the best version of ourselves isn't easy. Fighting any fight...isn't easy. And it also can't be done alone.
My mom likes to say, "When the student is ready, the master will appear".
It starts with awareness, then making the decision. And I believe when we open ourselves up to really committing to this transformation, we open ourselves up to the guidance that is going to help us get there.
Heres to change!
What is it to be "smart"??
Growing up, and even still today, I feel like the idea of being "smart" is very black or white. You either are...or you are not smart. And I just don't think it's that simple.
I feel there was a danger with labeling someone as smart in the education setting, which is a specific kind of smart. While you may not be "book smart", there are other areas where you may find passion and become incredibly "smart" in that field.
But the danger is being labeled as "not smart" so then you carry that story and that narrative with you for a very long time.
Do you relate?
When we talk about "doing the work", a lot of that is referring to "shadow work".
Our personality is really all the personality traits we express to the public, but do we show everyone everything? Usually not. That's the "shadow self".
The shadow self is a beast that we wouldn't dare show others, and honestly, not even show ourselves. Doing the work is shining a light on that shadow and really understanding them.
In this episode, we dive into how we can do that.
Being a bystander kinda sucks, right?
This idea popped into my awareness when at the gym, watching some individuals pushing heavy weights with little focus on form. Do I intervene? Or let them continue?
I get this same feeling when at the grocery store seeing people with full grocery carts of processed foods.
Or also when I'm around someone who is self depracating and putting themselves down.
It's hard to sit there and watch, but it's a different kind of hard to go and stand up and try to lend an ear.
It's a tricky thing and I just wanted to share my feelings on it.
The Struggle for Power - Celestine Prophecy
Wisdom from one of my absolute FAVORITE books, "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield. Stay tuned for more quotes from this book, but for this episode we dive into power dynamics. Seeing them play out in conversations around us and the ones we have ourselves with others. In diving into this, I found myself coming back to compassion and understanding how these dynamics are really passed down generationally. Start paying attention. It's pretty interesting.
My Take on Religion
This topic inherently creates division just thinking about it. I want to create a space where I share my views and my experiences with my relationship with religion. I'm sure it's going to change over the years as I get more life under my belt. I want to move throughout this world with an open mind and not judge someone for their beliefs, but get curious and create space as to understand why someone believes what they do. And who knows...maybe they'll start questioning their beliefs in a safe space for the first time.
Beyond The Veil
I am endlessly fascinated by people. Who they are, why they do what they do and being curious about what their truth actually is. It's so so so easy to judge someone on an action, because, well, people are genuinely defined by their actions. But there is ALWAYS a reason behind it, that if we hold space to try to understand, can start a beautiful healing process.
"The Art of Non-Action" or the art of "Nonforcing" or "Noncontrivance"
In this episode, I share a little bit from Charles Eisensteins books, "A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible" about the concept of Wu Wei.
I look at this as taking the "path of least resistance, or similar to the "Surrender Experiment" by Michael A. Singer
Perspectives on Masculinity w/ Becky Larkin
In this episode, we've got the lovely BECKY LARKIN making her return! We get deep into ideas revolving masculinity. Why there are a lot of boys in mens bodies and how that can hurt them and those around them.
It's a tricky battle and I it's not easy to see a man projecting "toxic masculinity" and respond with love, but that's what we need. Many of these "men" are in pain, suffering. Hurt people hurt people. I've been there. I've seen it. And in this episode, hopefully we spark some inspo to relook at your relationships with the men in your life.
"I Don't Know"
Ever catch yourself saying "I don't know" when in fact you really do know? Or say "I'm sorry" when you really have nothing to be sorry for?
In this episode, I give a little life update on how things are going with ASL and upcoming work and fun festivities over the next few days.
Then I share my experiences with saying "I don't know" to bail myself out of controversy or because I felt I didn't have the right to be heard. I found that I was giving my power back and that manifested into lack of confidence and worthiness. NO more, my friend!
Saying "I don't know" when we are given a new piece of information is awesome because we are open to learning and growing, but the danger comes when we say "I don't know" for the wrong reasons. Pay attention. You might be surprised how often you hear it.
Find YOUR Community
In this episode, I share the importance of finding community and having that sense of belonging, but I also share my personal stories as to how finding community has lifted my soul and spirit. It's a different kind of medicine.
If you feel stuck, or lost, or alone, drive around your town and check out all the shops. Small business owners are my favorite people to connect with because if you become a regular that means the world to them and then your relationship is off to the raises. Look up local classes in subjects that interest you. Complement others. Call people by their names.
The Gift of Presence
As attention spans are seemingly decreasing over time, I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give another person is our full, undivided presence. Seeing, listening and fully being with them is a currency of it's own.
In this episode, I share that I am embarking on a journey to learn ASL (American Sign Language). One of the things that drew me to it, is that you must be truly present to communicate in this language.
I'm excited to see where this journey takes me. Stay tuned for updates on how the journey goes
What Are We Consuming?
Our DIET, is not just what we put into our bodies. It is also the thoughts we consume, our environment (friends/family), media/music we listen to, film/tv we watch and more. It is a culmination of our ecosystem AND incredibly influential to who we are, how we show up, and the STORIES we've adopted.
If you take away anything from this episode, it's to pay attention to everything we are consuming, then dive into where our stories are coming from.
Become a Stronger Speaker - Working the Articulators
Growing up I struggled to get my words across. To speak with the intention to be heard. As I've continued to learn about Communication and as I explore my instruments as an actor, I've found how important the voice is. How it is a muscle. And one that I've truthfully never taken to the gym.
I was looking for feedback at the end of the year and told by my acting teacher to focus on DICTION, and really hitting my articulators.
January of 2021, I spent almost every single day working these muscles. From facial warmups, to tongue movements, to tongue twisters and more. It was beautifully uncomfortable and embarassing and I felt fatigue in my throat like I'd feel in my legs after a leg day. Then, over months and now over a year, I'm proud of the progress I've made.
You don't have to be an actor or singer to focus on this muscle. We are all Communicators. We ALL benefit.
Here are links to the Youtube videos I've practiced religiously for over a year
Understanding Ones "Why" w/ Mama Nova Larkin
For todays episode, we have my beautiful, ball of joy mother on sharing her personal experiences with her personal healing, emotional eating, spiritual journey of the past 33 years and great life wisdom. A true wealth of knowledge.
Check out her website to learn more about the work she's doing on her website:
1) Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin
2) Fuss Free Vegan by Sam Turnbull (It doesn't taste like chicken blog)
3) Fit for Life by Harvey Diamond
Moving w/ Grace
In this episode, we start with a little life update and then dive into this notion of "moving with grace" which I'm quite fascinated with.
My Struggle w/ Overeating
In this episode, I share my experiences with overeating and where this urge was rooted from. From denying the existence of my emotional eating to cravings taking over my better judgement when it came to snacking and even cooking a healthy meal. There were a handful of experiences growing up that shaped my story around food and therefore my relationship with it. It starts with awareness, but this habit has been a challenge for me to break and one that I'll be working on for quite a bit of time.
If you relate at all I'd love to connect
Find me on Instagram @larkin_andrew
This episode is inspired by the Pixar movie, "Inside Out".
Here we talk about the importance of accepting all our emotions, and how the ones we may judge as "negative" can actually be incredibly helpful and useful with the right intention. I also share a little life update in the beginning.
My Exploration w/ Alcohol
I want to take some time with this episode to share my experiences with alcohol Starting in High School, to college, to where I am now. I feel i hear a lot of people when talking about alcohol is very black or white. I want to talk about the grey area in between. I've learned a lot about myself, I'm so grateful for the goods the bads and the uglies that this substance has given me. But ultimately, through a lot of downs, I have shifted my approach and mindset around alcohol.
If this story relates to you at all, feel free to shoot me a message. I'd love to chat.
Why I'm so into Barefeet and Foot Health
I've been on this trend for the past 2 months and ooooo babyyy I'm loving it and on this episode I share why.
It all started with when I listened to this episode on The Model Health Show Podcast with Shawn Stevenson and Nsima Inyang, and then I went down the rabbit hole exploring new information and testimonies, then decided to hop on the train and it's been incredible.
Podcast w/ Shawn and Nsima: https://lnk.to/nsima-inyang
Nsima's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nsimainyang/
Anyas Reviews IG: https://www.instagram.com/anyasreviews/
Are people born evil?
In this episode, I give some updates on what new is happening with me, we do some breathwork, and I pose a question...Are people born evil? This question brings me back to the idea of Nature vs. Nurture. I share my ideas on this topic and I'd love to hear what you guys think.
Lil' Life Update
Lil update on what's most present for me, upcoming projects, and where I'm at in this circus of a life.
Surrender Experiment - My remarkable, Ill advised, solo trip out West
My first personal development/spiritual book was "The Surrender Experiment" by Michael A. Singer. What a book! The first time I really tested this out was Fall of 2020 where I booked a plane ticket to Reno with 14 days blocked out and no plan.
Tune in to see how it went
Invest in YOU
Take the time and energy to invest in it
In this episode, we dive into a powerful mindset shift in how we look at awakenings in our lives. Many of those moments that have us questioning "Why me" and respond with anger, resentment, or leaving us feeling helpless.
But these "rude" awakenings, while daunting in the moment, can be the most important moments of our lives. With a simple mindset shift, we can use this experience as fuel to propel us into our higher selves.
Slow Down Baby
In a world of go go go, sometimes the greatest, and most challenging thing we can do is slow down.
I share experiences through reflection where I thought going fast was the best route, but looking back, my story has shifted.
Slowing down is a gift. A gift we can give ourselves.
The Power of Mother Earth
This is for my loving tree huggers, but also my analytical minded friends.
In this episode, we bridge the gap to share the benefits of "grounding" through science and data, and through spiritual means.
It is one of my favorite medicinal practices.
Get in daily dose of Mother Earth
Conversation on Communication w/ Becky Larkin
Such a beautiful conversation with my lil sister, sharing about the struggles and growth and evolution when it comes to communicating.
One of the most important foundations in any relationship, and in this episode, Becky drops some knowledge bombs.
These conversations bring so much love into my life.
"The Emotional Body" Blog Post
If you've tackled many different approaches to improving your health and are still coming up short...looking at the emotional body might be a good place to start.
When we hold emotions and traumas in our body, many times they manifest physically in the body.
In this episode, we share insights on different practices and book recommendations to take beginning measures in healing the emotional body
"The Power of Choice" w/ Cole Von Cannon
We are MAKING HISTORY with todays podcast as my homie Cole Von Cannon is the first person to hop on the Lucid Living Podcast.
In this episode we dive into the power of choice. With an abundance of content and options to choose from in our daily lives, the overwhelm can make making choices incredibly challenging. We dive into why, and then lead into presence and the power of community.
Get hyped for more guests to hop on this podcast in the future.
"Habits/Routines" Blog Post
Before reading my blog post on Habits and Routines, I shared a beautiful discovery recently from my rehearsal for the upcoming Philly Fringe Fest.
I'd love to start sharing more experiences or insights on my journey through this craft or just anything about the craft in particular that excites me because a lot of it does.
As for habits and routines...it's not easy, but once we start consciously forming new habits and routines, we create the life we desire and DESERVE.
"Inward" by Yung Pueblo
A beautiful book, full of beautiful poetry guiding us to go within.
Throughout this episode I read some of my favorites from the book.
"Mindset" Blog Post
Every decision, action, film, artwork, skyscraper starts with an idea...a thought. This episode dives into Carol Dweck's book, "Mindset" and how powerful our mind truly is.
What happens when we take conscious control of our mind?
What happens when we become aware of conditioned habits.
We become the creators of our reality.
The Power of Taking Responsibility
One powerful step in taking our power back is by taking responsibility in our lives. It's easy to do when you may be in the fault, but trickier when you are not. But, every time we take responsibility for whatever is happening TO us, we switch the script, take our power back, and find how it can be happening FOR us.
Power of Community
In this episode, I read from one of my blog posts from a year ago on the power of community.
In times today, I believe many of the varying struggles are rooted in division. In disconnection.
We are social creatures. Let's find our tribes.
Follow The Fear
A lot of things shifted in my life when I started adopting this idea of "Following My Fear". Using my fear as my North Star
Tune in for todays episode.
This episode is all about Love. We all relate to this word in our own unique way, but the power it holds is universal. We talk about relationships and how we can incorporate love into each and every one of the things and people we are in relation with.
A Gathering Of The Tribe
This one came from the heart.
An excerpt from Charles Eisenstein's books, "The More Beautiful World Our Heart Knows Is Possible".
After reading the exerpt I really spoke from the heart on my take on it, and where we are at today, and my hope for a more beautiful world.
The Power of Water
In honor of yesterday being National Hydration Day, today's episode is diving into all things water. Sharing my stories with the water I drink, the quality and quantity of water, and the incredible wisdom and power that water stores.
The Secret Intelligence of Water as The Liquid Language of God w/ Veda Austin #410
What Is Confidence?
What is Confidence?
What is the difference between Confidence and Cockiness?
Are you born with confidence? Or is it a skill you can aquire?
These are all the questions I've asked myself throughout this journey and that I dive into on todays episode.
The Power of Grounding
Easy, Free Anti-Inflammatory anyone?
Getting out in Nature, grounding our feat into the earth, soaking in the sunshine and breathing in that fresh air is one of my favorite ways to do it.
Clint Ober has conducted incredible research in his discovery of the impact of "Grounding" and all the incredible health benefits.
You can study all the literature on it, but all it takes is getting outside for 15 minutes, and you will feel what the science is preaching. Give it a go.
3 College Stories
I want to normalize reflecting and sharing stories of moments in our lives that we look back on with pride. Moments where we are proud of the way we showed up or what we achieved. Moments that show our truest, most vibrant colors.
Today, I take a moment to reflect on some of my fondest memories in College. Moments that make me smile and I must admit, it feels weird sharing positive moments about ourselves. I feel it's more normalized to share those "shitty" or "why me" moments, but I want to change that narrative.
Here are 3 personal stories from my college experience that shine brightest in my book that's informed me of the person that I want to be.
I challenge and encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on your best moments. Celebrate them. Hold them tight. And bring that energy with you moving forward.
The Benefits of Being Plant Based No One Talks About
Many times when people ask "Why did you go Plant Based", you usually hear one fo three answers:
!. The animals
2. My Health
3. The Planet/Sustainability
These were my original reasons, then as I moved throughout the world with this new lifestyle, I discovered more benefits that weren't so obvious...Strength in making decisions, community, standing up for my beliefs, and more.
I don't want this episode to just be fore my plant based friends and family...I want to open space for everyone to listen and not feel judged.
Finding the Calm within the Storm
With obligations, expectations and hectic work schedules, it can be challenging to find moments of stillness throughout the day. It's time to change the paradigm that taking time for you, taking those moments of stillness is "lazy" or "weak", because many times finding those moments can be an incredible strength and improve productivity.
I also challenge myself to pay attention to the amount of "likes" I use in this podcast and for future ones to come. The growth mindset never stops.
Reminder...take some time for you.
You deserve it.
Nutrition is a daunting, foggy gray area making it so difficult to navigate as to what is "Good" Nutrition. There's incredible research being done daily to bring us the TRUTH, but w/ Industries carrying on certain motives, finding that truth can be unfathomably difficult.
In this episode, I recite my blog post giving my perspective on Nutrition, what I've learned, who are some sources that I love and trust, and more than just "What" to put into our bodies.
"The Myth of Forgiveness"
Interesting take in Dr. John Demartini's "The Breakthrough Experience" about forgiveness.
Let me know what your thoughts are.
"The Breathrough Experience" by Dr. John Demartini
"The Bigger the crisis...the larger the blessing"
:Whatever you think about...thank about...you bring about"
This episode tackles a pretty heavy topic, but with this shifted mindset, it can free us out of victimhood and into creators of our reality
Not a sexy topic, but a deeply imporant one: sleep
What we talk about:
-Why is sleep so important
-Ways to help improve sleep
My Take On Motivational Videos
I love motivational videos...but I find that I get stoked on adrenaline for about 5 minutes, then I'm back to my old self.
Why is change so hard?
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Today's episode, I read from my blog post on my discovery with the power of the breath. A lot of information was cited from James Nestor's book, "Breath", so definitely check that out.
We talk about:
-My first breathwork experience
-Clinical study of Mouth Breathing vs. Nasal Breathing
-The power of CO2
-Stories from James Nestor's findings
Whether stressed, busy, anxious, fearful, angry, or any of the emotions arise...come back to the breath. The breath speaks the truth.
"Prayer For Love"
At the end of "The Four Agreements", Don Miguel Ruiz wraps with a beautiful story...a dream. I'd like to share that with you.
"The Four Agreements" by Don MIguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements:
1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don't take things personally
3. Don't make assumptions
4. Always do your best
Bonus: (5) Be skeptical, but learn to listen
"Fixed Mindset" vs. "Growth Mindset"
Inspired by Carol Dweck's book, "Mindset", this podcast we dive into the difference between the "Fixed" and "Growth" mindset, what it is, and why it's so important.
Outline of this episode:
-Why being called "smart" at a young age can actually be damaging.
-Examples of "fixed" and "growth" mindset
-my evolution into adopting a growth mindset
-Steps to take to integrate a Growth mindset
In this episode, I lost track of time, but this is an important one so I'll give myself a pass. This is the foundation for growing into the highest versions of ourselves in this crazy circus of life.
Cheers to growth!
My Health Journey
Today I am reading my first blog post, sharing my struggles and pains and tribulations with my own health and why I am so passionate about sharing what I have learned over the years with you all.
From life threatening asthma attacks to chronic eczema to Chicken Pox when I was 18 years old, these are the stories of the before and after of one of the most important transformations I've ever made in my life. One Love
Why "Lucid Living"?
This title was birthed after learning about the idea of us being "creators of our reality" and then learning about Lucid Dreaming.
When we dream we are passively observing, but when we become lucid in a dream, we are the "creators" of that dream.
I felt that in most of my life, I was just the observer, passively moving through this world. Then a shift happened, and I started to go deep within myself and slowly showed up as this new person I envision for myself, and I started to see interesting synchronicities happen. I firmly believe in the idea that we are the creators of our lives.
So, there birthed "Lucid Living". Just like how you can create this insanely beautiful world in a dream when you become Lucid, so can you in real life.
Intention for LUCID LIVING
Welcome Welcome to the first of many Lucid Living Podcasts to come!
In this episode, I give a little snippet as to who I am (Andrew Larkin), and set the intention for what you can expect to get out of in the upcoming episodes on this journey.
What to expect:
-Episodes Mondays and Fridays
-Start with quick deep, intentional breathing
-Solocasts under 20 minutes
-Book Breakdowns/Excerpts/Stories (from books that fundamentally shifted my awareness, giving me tools and guidance to make major changes in my life)
-My ideas/philosophies/theories/stories/experiences that I've learned over the years
-MINDSET, HEALTH, and IDENTIFYING OLD STORIES AND BUILDING NEW ONES
The first one is always the hardest. I'm taking the leap into the depths of the unknown and its terrifyingly beautiful and I couldn't be more excited to share this space with you. Let's go for a ride #OneLove