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Beyond The Stethoscope

Aug 31, 2020

Favorite quotes of the episode: “We’ve lost the ways of living that were based on these deep human elemental wisdom, and we’ve almost veered away from that basic wisdom so far that we’ve gone into toxic beliefs.”

“We can see really clearly the interconnectedness from looking at the natural world how everything is connected.”

“How do we create a workplace that’s of benefit to everyone in the workplace?”

“What would it look like in your life to slow down? [Ten years ago,] I wish I knew that slowing down would bring me more joy.”

“And that’s what I want to teach people, that slowing down doesn’t mean that what you are doing has to fall apart, in fact, it just makes it better.”

Episode Overview

In this episode, I talk with Aarti Tejuja.  She is a mind/body healer, spiritual activist and coach, meditation and embodiment teacher, contemplative art instructor, student of the Buddism, and a sacred space holder/facilitator. Aarti has also been a community organizer, youth mentor, and advocate for those impacted by the justice system. 

Aarti worked for the Shambhala organization from 2007-2019, her last role being the Director of Social Engagement for Shambhala International.  Aarti currently co-owns a business, Joyful Ground which helps organizations create businesses of integrity by helping them develop cultures of authenticity through healing dynamics of race, gender, sexual orientation, classism, casteism, ableism, power dynamics, and hierarchy.

In this work, Aarti uses the methods of art of hosting, interplay, ancestral healing, mindfulness, and peace circles. She has also successfully developed and facilitated meditation and peace circle restorative justice trainings for non-profits, businesses, and youth in schools throughout Chicagoland.  

Aarti lives with her partner, Matt Lentz, and two cats Buttercup and Fiona.


  • Friendship & Interconnectedness
  • “The Scarf Story”
  • Shared Values of Humanity
  • Dreaming in a Dying World
  • What is Mindfulness?

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? I usually have a coffee, then I feed the cats and then we all go outside together. I have this very wonderful garden, so we go outside and say hello to the garden and greet the morning, and then I do a little bit of writing every morning.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? Finding balance. So much of this year has been figuring out how do I do want I want to do in the world, take care of myself, and live fully in my own humanity.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? To really be deeply connected to the core of my humanity, to be fully present in my body, and to see others in that way. To see the beauty in others and the love in other beings, and to recognize and see nature for what it is.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? I wish I knew that slowing down would bring me more joy.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Speediness! Slowing Down! The going, going, going is causing all of these things, people are tired, they are depressed and they are angry at home and it’s not working. So many people who are really speedy, aren’t really, really happy. 


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