EP 140: OPTIMIZING JOY WITH AGAPI STASSINOPOULOUS

Are you able to truly and fully feel joy? Today’s guest, Agapi Stassinopoulos joined me to talk about optimizing your joy to live a fulfilling life. We discuss why wisdom should be your priority and how denying your inner wisdom will be detrimental to yourself. She talks about embracing your full self, releasing your fears and freeing yourself from negative fields of energy. She touches on the breath and using it to feel love (and how we don’t actually have anything to do with our breath). She also talks about the art of loving yourself and how it’s a daily, never-ending practice that we have to embark on.

About Agapi Stassinopoulos:

Agapi Stassinopoulos is a best-selling author and speaker who inspires audiences around the world. In her previous book, Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love, she shares the wisdom from her life’s adventures and experiences. In her new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, she takes readers on a journey and inspires them to let go of what doesn’t work and instead create the lives they really want. Agapi was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then moved on to receive her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Her previous books on the Greek archetypes, Gods and Goddesses in Love and Conversations with the Goddesses, were turned into PBS specials.

She is currently conducting workshops for Thrive Global, a company founded by her sister, Arianna Huffington, to help change the way we work and live. Agapi has spoken and conducted meditations at many organizations and companies including L’Oreal, Accenture, SAP, LinkedIn, Pandora, Google, Nike, Weight Watchers, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Global Citizen Company, Museum of Modern Art, ABC Carpet & Home, Women’s Health Magazine, Paul Mitchell, NYU, Gympass, and Hearst Communications amongst many others. She brings home the importance of self-care, practicing gratitude, generosity and self-love to enhance performance and productivity so we can experience happiness and fulfillment. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles and was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

Inside this episode, Agapi shares:

  • How life makes her feel most alive
  • Enhancing our enlightenment and what comes with the human condition
  • Getting to know yourself and your patterns
  • Why you need to learn to be compassionate to yourself
  • Taking your energy into your heart center and breathing in the love
  • How we have nothing to do with our breath
  • Operating from a place of love, creativity, and excitement
  • Releasing your fears to become free from negative fields of energy
  • Experiencing other feelings in a safe place so you can fully feel joy
  • Learning to be fully yourself
  • How loving yourself is an art and the journey to doing so never ends
  • Why she feels that you should listen to wisdom over discipline sometimes
  • Her favorite affirmations for when things don’t go your way

You can find more about Agapi at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Get more meditations by emailing [email protected]

Links:

Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life

Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love

Check out our Hungry for Happiness community for more details, programs, and tips on how to thrive as a wellness coach!

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Meet Samantha Skelly

Samantha Skelly is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and emotional eating expert who has revolutionized the weight loss industry by examining the individual and underlying causes of eating disorders. She has shared her mission on an international platform and continues to spread her message and transform the lives of thousands of people through the Phoenix Formula, motivational speaking engagements, the Hungry for Happiness podcast, worldwide international retreats, and her Amazon best-selling book, Hungry for Happiness: One Woman’s Guide From Fighting Food to Finding Freedom.

Samantha Skelly may be doing breathwork on the call, so please review the following:

Breathwork may not be for you if you have the following conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Detached Retina
  • Glaucoma
  • High Blood Pressure (not controlled with medication)
  • ​Cardiovascular disease including angina, previous heart attack or stroke.
  • ​Diagnosis of aneurysm in the brain or abdomen
  • Uncontrolled thyroid conditions and diabetes
  • Asthma – if the client is asthmatic, ask them to bring their inhaler to the session.
  • Epilepsy
  • ​Prior diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or previous psychiatric condition.
  • ​Hospitalisation for any psychiatric condition or emotional crisis within the last 10 years.
  • ​Any other medical, psychiatric or physical conditions which would impair or affect ability to engage in any activities that involve intense physical and/or emotional release.
This list is not all inclusive and we generally recommend if you have a question about a condition you may have that is not listed, that you consult a physician before beginning breathwork.

If you have or have had any of the listed conditions, we strongly recommend you consult a physician before beginning breathwork.

Samantha Skelly may be doing breathwork on the call, so please review the following:

Breathwork may not be for you if you have the following conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Detached Retina
  • Glaucoma
  • High Blood Pressure (not controlled with medication)
  • ​Cardiovascular disease including angina, previous heart attack or stroke.
  • ​Diagnosis of aneurysm in the brain or abdomen
  • Uncontrolled thyroid conditions and diabetes
  • Asthma – if the client is asthmatic, ask them to bring their inhaler to the session.
  • Epilepsy
  • ​Prior diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or previous psychiatric condition.
  • ​Hospitalisation for any psychiatric condition or emotional crisis within the last 10 years.
  • ​Any other medical, psychiatric or physical conditions which would impair or affect ability to engage in any activities that involve intense physical and/or emotional release.
This list is not all inclusive and we generally recommend if you have a question about a condition you may have that is not listed, that you consult a physician before beginning breathwork.

If you have or have had any of the listed conditions, we strongly recommend you consult a physician before beginning breathwork.