Wow we laughed so much during this episode! Yes, listening to Amrit sharing how he struggled from depression for a few years, before discovering mindfulness and meditation and becoming a life & mindfulness coach… We laughed hard! Truth is, talking about depression, you can’t help but talking about life, and it is so inspiring!
I love this saying that Life is too tragic to be taken seriously… And Amrit is an embodiment of that. His energy is so contagious. A bit like penguins: At a first glance they seem so cute and silly you can’t help liking them; And then you realize what it really takes to live their life in the ice, and you feel serious respect for what they do, as well.
On compassion, inspiration, living on purpose, health, coming back from depression, meditation and mindfulness for everyone… And a lot of YEW!
- Amrit’s discovery of mindfulness and transformation from depression to life coach. Going from his first impression of: “Really??? I’ve been into depression for years, and what you’re giving me is a five step breathing exercise?! I’m glad I’ve got the pills!”… To “Wow, this going euphorically up and then crashing down with these pills is not gonna work for me. Glad I have the mindfulness thing!” [1:49]
- Just connecting to my breath and counting my breath, connected me to the being present in the here and now.
- We can have depression without realizing for a long time, being hard on ourselves, thinking we’re broken and that there is a problem with us. Sometimes the label helps, like for Amrit who finally felt like he wasn’t alone and there was a solution. [7:45]
- All the images that advertising shows us, doesn’t help bringing our self-worth up… Being surrounded by these kind of messages, how can we not end up with anxiety or depression?! We are sold a box to fit in, and many people actually follow this track without questioning if that’s what they want to do. “The biggest piece to the puzzle of your health is your purpose.”
- “Fit” and healthy are two different things: “You can’t spend nine hours at a work you hate and then one hour at the gym and be healthy.” Your happiness and your health are deeply connected to what it is you’re doing and the way you are walking in the world.[11:20]
- We need to celebrate the differences. “You’re meant to be whatever it is that is naturally you, but meanwhile you’re trying to be the guy that’s got the Ferrari and the mansion. That’s when dis-ease sets in, because it is not easy for you to be that guy.” “I really want people to get back to their purpose, to what they are here to do, so they can experience vitality like never before.” [14:22]
- It’s exhausting to try to be someone else. “I encourage people to get as crazy as possible: Embrace your craziness.” [16:50]
- Listen to Amrit’s legendary signature YEW! 😉 [17:31]
- We are so afraid to show who we are, yet when we do it, it is so liberating not only for ourselves, but for everyone around us. As we liberate ourselves from our fear, we liberating others from theirs. “Whatever you are doing, you are not doing it just for you.” Why inviting more compassion into our life is so healing. [18:10]
- When you experience depression, it’s all about you. The moment you reverse that and for example help someone, it is so empowering. “The minute you start living a life of serving others, everything else for yourself falls into place.” How Amrit began his coach practice with being the go-to person for his friends. The play of giving & receiving: the more you give the more you get back… How easy is it to receive then? [21:06]
- Marianne Williamson’s quote (see below): Why are we so afraid to be who we are? A bit of history: The natural need for human to belong. “The primordial fear that we have of fitting in is so intrinsically woven into our survival that we try not to stick our head out.” So what are we gonna do when by 2030 65% of our today’s job will be done by robots & IA? “We’re all gonna be entrepreneurs or creators. We’re gonna have to find a way to make ourselves useful and serve society. That’s what the inspired evolution is all about: Inspiring to evolve to find your gifts, share your gifts, what it is that you’re here to do. [26:30]
- The inspiration from Jay Shetty’s “making wisdom go viral” and from Amrit’s Indian father. The importance of connection, and the congruence of ancient traditions and wisdoms beyond the apparent differences. “With humility continually comes more and more wisdom. As long as you humble yourself you will find more and more things to learn.” [30:48]
- The super simple trick to find your purpose: “Tell me what’s in your space at home.” “Your curiosity, despite you trying so hard to be someone you’re not, is fundamentally permeating what you are doing anyway.” [38:56]
- “Depression is a blanket term which is used to diagnose many different things.” “For me, depression was simply the lack of expression.” When you’re expressing, you’re expressing your creativity. So what is it I want to express? [41:08]
- Amrit’s experience of bringing meditation on construction sites and starting the Inspiring evolution podcast. His feeling of dehumanizing people by putting and squeezing them into spreadsheets to manage the deadlines. In a sense, the heavy load of work (10 hours a day / 6 days a week) made him ask difficult questions earlier than the typical midlife crisis.
- His advice on starting a podcast? “Don’t create content, create a movement!” “Where are you now, and where do you want to be? What is your curiosity naturally calling for, and who are the people that can help you get there?” [45:19]
- “The podcasting helped me become a good life coach, because 90% of my job is listening.” “People are walking around carrying so much stuff. Emotion is energy in motion, and when you are holding an emotion, the energy is stuck. There is so much in there that if you could just voice it and share it, it already starts to come apart and move; it gives space for something new, something beautiful that wants to grow in there.” The so many changes that happen when mindfulness & meditation is brought on construction sites. “I will swear my way through meditation if that is what they need to be able to surrender into their process.” “I try to find what it is that’s my creativity that I can share with people, so other people are inspired to find their unique offering to the world as well so they can do it too.” [55:30]
- Spirituality… What it is and what we make out of it. Not so long ago, everything was spiritual. In the end it comes back to: “How am I showing up in the world?” The importance of meeting people where they are at, and realizing that everyone is needed. [62:43]
- “Health and purpose are the same thing.” How Beyonce can stay creative for days without eating or sleeping? Where does this energy comes from? “The energy is there when you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing.” “You experience health and vitality when you’re on purpose.”
So who is Amrit Sandhu?
Amrit is a meditation instructor, Corporate Trainer & Personal Development Coach at Mindvalley for Australia, Life Coach and a podcaster at Inspired Evolution. Less known, he is also helping aspiring podcaster to begin their journey.
And that’s how I met him, so this interview is a bit special for me: Whether you like this podcast or not, he is to blame for the last push to make this podcast come to life so quickly. 😉
Where to find him?
Resources cited in the episode
Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
(Often said to have been quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela) The source is Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course on Miracles”by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992.