Episode 38: About acceptance, with Elissa

What about this moment do you think needs to be different? My guess is that there’s a lot you would change about your life and the world right now. But remember what the Buddha said… resisting reality only leads to suffering. This month’s theme on the podcast is acceptance, and in today’s solo episode we’ll explore why being able to accept the circumstances of our lives is a spiritual act. I’ll share how to stop wasting your energy trying not to feel the things that you’re feeling. And I’ll sing you a song I wrote that will help you remember how to navigate your thoughts differently (it might get stuck in your head… #sorrynotsorry, or maybe even #yourewelcome).

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Show Notes:   


  • 0:00 - 1:40 - The theme this month is acceptance
  • 1:40 - 5:17 - The importance of coming out around spirituality and God
  • 5:17 - 7:43 - Speak your truth check in
  • 7:43 - 9:28 - Tara Brach on acceptance, buddhism, and sheltering in love
  • 9:28 - 13:23 - What we can learn from acting about acceptance, with Juliet as an example. The basic idea: we can’t push away what we’re feeling in order to feel how we think we should feel.
  • 13:23 - 16:06 - Every good thing in life is a paradox. Just like in the serenity prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
  • 16:06 - 21:59 - I sing you my song about acceptance: “What about this moment?”
  • 21:59 - 23:20 - One of the things I’ve had trouble accepting is that I’m allowed to sing again. The story of how I forgot I was a songwriter.
  • 23:20 - 25:36 - How do we accept the sirens and the death and the COVID-19 pandemic? What are you truly, genuinely having trouble accepting?
  • 25:36 - 29:00 - Tara Brach and I agree: the world will never be the same.
  • 29:00 - 30:29 - How to accept social distancing, sheltering in place, and our judgments of each other. 
  • 30:29 - 32:04 - Coming back to our sensations, our experience, and our truth.
  • 32:04 - 32:43 - A preview of what’s coming up this month on the podcast.
  • 32:43 - 34:21 - How to audit (yes, for free!) the Speak Your Truth membership community to support you during this pandemic.


The vocal coach friend I was talking to about God and spirit is Kaitlin June. She is amazing… go seek her here.

I mentioned Tara Brach’s podcast episode “Sheltering in Love part 1.” Tara Brach is an incredible spiritual teacher, and a great place to start is her book Radical Acceptance.

Last month’s solo episode on Awareness if you want to review the Unconscious Competence model. 

Maybe you feel like reading Romeo and Juliet? It’s by a guy named William Shakespeare 😉. 

The Buddhist meditation teacher friend I was speaking to who inspired my song is Janusz Welin of Deep Mindfulness

Last week’s podcast about technology and growth, with Jack Dempsey.

The most recent astrology episode with our resident astrologer Virginia Rosenberg, where we talk about nature vs. what is manmade. 



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  • Enrollment in the How To Speak Your Truth online course,
  • A monthly live online group coaching session with Elissa to practice using the “how to speak your truth” model,
  • A monthly interactive recording of the coming month’s solo podcast episode,
  • Weekday warm ups to practice embodiment and expression, 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage of the podcast each week,
  • Astrological insight on the new and full moons, 
  • And access to the membership forum where you can share your experiences and get feedback. 

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Production Credits:

Our Editor is Sean Brennan

Our Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Photography is by Sophie Mathewson

Our Audio Consultant is Martin Carrillo of heardrum.org

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather


Please note that Amazon links in the show notes are connected to the Voice Body Connection Associates account. All other partner links are acknowledged. Thank you for supporting the podcast! 


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