Podcasting on the big questions in life through meditation and happiness tools



Jan 4th, 2018 by renaissance1 at 11:00 am

What an incredible honour it was to spend time with one of the leading figures in Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn.  His Mindfulness course (MBSR) is being taught all over the globe and his books on Mindfulness have been bestsellers since the 70's. Given that Anh and I have become so passionate about meditation and particularly Mindfulness, we were thrilled to have a back and forth conversation with Jon and really get to discuss the subjects that are important to us.  We talk about the pros and cons of social media, how we found out about Jon's incredible work, the AFH course and the Philosophy of Mindfulness. This is definately a canditate for podcast of the year. 

If you'd like to help create a happier and kinder world then please get involved with Action for Happiness. You can join thousands of others who are helping to spread a bit more happiness in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. Find out more at for more information about upcoming talks, the courses, the community and previous podcasts episodes.  For more about Anh and I, visit our website at

Join the movement. Be the change

Gui and Anh

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What an honour it was to podcast with Daniel.  His knowledge on the brain, Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness is second to none and he is just as wonderful in person as we could have hoped. His latest book, The Science of Meditation (or Altered Traits, as it will be known in the US) is released world-wide today, 5th September and we are proud to present our conversation Podcast with him.  This is the first episode on our new Podcast page and we would love your support and a 'follow' on the Podbean page. 

The Science of Meditation (UK) and Altered Traits (US) can be purcahsed via Daniels website where you find out about events and talks:

For the audiobook, go to

Enjoy the Podcast,

Gui and Anh -

Time stamps: 6:46 Calming reactive emotions, gang culture and Mindfulness. 8:20 The different levels of Meditation. 11:50 The misconceptions of Mindfulness. 15:35 The Amygdala, what is it? 20:20 What is an Altered Trait and is it similar to 'waking up'? 22:55 Mc Mindfulness and technology. 24:53 The DEEP aspects of Mindfulness, the self is an illusion. 31:00 Is Mindfulness the foundation of Emotional Intelligence? 24:00 The concerns of social media. 37:36 What matters most in life?




May 26th, 2017 by renaissance1 at 1:46 am

Shamash is a mindfulness coach, author and speaker.  His books, 'mindfulness at work for Dummies' and 'The mindful way through stress' are testament to his deep understanding of the subject and his desire to help others.  He is also the co-founder of the Museum of Happiness based in Brick Lane and is looking to take it to the next level via crowd funding.  All details about the museum and Shamash can be found at and 

Apr 30th, 2017 by renaissance1 at 1:53 am

One of the perks of podcasting, is that I get to meet some incredible people.  On this episode, we speak with one of the co-founders of the Floatworks centre in Vauxhall.  This is the leading place to go for all things sensory deprivation, and with plans to add more float centres in central London, Ed is leading the charge in this ever growing industry.

If you haven't heard about this already, the concept is simple.  You hire out a pod for an hour or so and float in salt water.  The unique factor is that all senses are quietened.  You are in complete darkness, with no sound, or any other distractions.  We discuss both the physical and mental benefits that can be gained from regular sessions, and why so many people, including top level athletes are now doing this. 

This is the second podcast with Ed and the 4th on the benefits of floating.  One of the reasons for this is the parallels it has with meditation. Furthermore, the floatation tank is the perfect environment to meditate as you have no other distractions than your thoughts.  For me, this is a very special and spiritual place and an exited to see the world opening up to it. 


Mar 28th, 2017 by renaissance1 at 11:43 am

Renaissance Podcast presents, the Action for Happiness series episode 13 with Leon Logothetis. Leon’s story began like so many we hear about today - fed up with a unfulfilling job, and inspired by the motor Cycle diaries, Leon left that world behind to embark on a global journey surviving solely on the kindness of others. We spoke to him on an earlier podcast, about the amazing adventures of a nobody - Leon returns to talk about his Netflix special - the Kindness Diaries and his latest book - Live, Love, Explore.

'I didn't just want to give kindness to someone, I wanted to give them an opportunity' - Leon Logothetis

Feb 6th, 2017 by renaissance1 at 4:21 am
Oct 29th, 2016 by renaissance1 at 2:55 am

Ed is a teacher and writer on Mindfulness and has been sharing this with others during a time where there was little science to back up the amazing claims.  Ed also contributed to one of the most important reports in mindfulness history to develop mindfulness based polices for the UK.

Mindfulness is creeping its way into schools, prisons, government, the health system, business etc but imagine it being part of the national curriculum where all students had to practice everyday.  Imagine whole prisons meditating and how amazing this could be to actually rehabilitating inmates, rather than just punish them.   Ed's work is playing a big role in making this happen.
Sep 15th, 2016 by renaissance1 at 4:21 am

Chade is almost single handedly responsible for introducing mindfulness corporate-wide at Google, where he worked as an engineer before his role changed in order to focus on bringing joy to employees.  This led him to meet some of the most influential people in the world from President Obama to his Holiness the Dalai Lama.  

His latest book, Joy on Demand is helping to inspire and change lives around the world, and is a great guide into the world of Mindfulness and ultimately Happiness.  

Over 600 students across all 31 colleges at Cambridge University are taking part in this Mindfulness research.  We talk with Julieta to understand what are the hypothesis and also does Mindfulness help to improve exam results.

May 18th, 2016 by renaissance1 at 1:13 am

'Globally, mental health is a 1 Billion person problem'. In this episode we had the privilege of visiting Dr Willem at the Oxford Mindfulness centre. When we say Mindfulness is backed by the latest science, it is this centre that is playing a huge role.  We have been interested in the effective use of Mindfulness in people with depression and other debilitating illnesses which adversely affects their mental health and happiness. This was a great opportunity to get some insight into the process from an expert!