How ‘I think, therefore I am’ prepared me for Mindfulness

September 23, 2018
We often hear about the benefits of mindfulness but we rarely hear any talk about the deepest aspects that mindfulness can help to reveal such as why are we here? what is our purpose, what is happiness? what are we? What if you were being tricked by an evil demon and everyday you woke up believing you were living on earth, doing earthly things, but in-fact this was an illusion and you were just a brain in a jar, plugged into the 'matrix' - how differently would you live your life?
What if Mindfulness could show you that the image of your self and your ego is an illusion, what if mindfulness could help answer some of the biggest and most profound questions that the philosophers have forever been debating. We discuss this on the podcast and have a really fun introspective conversation about our experiences. 
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Action for Happiness Director, Mark Williamson

August 12, 2018

On this episode, we speak to the Action for Happiness Director, Mark Williamson. Mark joins me at the Renaissance Podcast studios and talks about his personal journey, his corporate background, Mindfulness and his introduction to Lord Layard that led him to this incredible charity.  Mark breaks down what Action for Happiness is, it's mission, the courses, the goals, and also reflects on the results and success so far. 

Mark has become a very good friend to both Anh and I, and has played a big role in taking our podcast to the next level.  He leads by example and is dedicating his life to leading the AFH charge and being the change in the world that he wishes to see.

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. 

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Gui and Anh

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Mindfulness Study at Cambridge University with Julieta Galante

June 23, 2018

We return a year later to talk with Mindfulness researcher at Cambridge University, Julieta Galante.  We talk about the encouraging results and findings that invovled over 600 students accross 31 colleges. 

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Podcast 63: Carpool podcast with Matthieu Ricard

June 21, 2018

We kicked off 2018 with a Carpool conversation with the wonderful Matthieu Ricard. Nick-named the World's happiest man, we drive Matthieu from his hotel to the airport. We discuss mindfulness within a buddhist context, the concept of 'heartfulness', Descartes, and the 'convenient' illusion of the self. Matthieu gave up his scientific career to become a monk and moved to the Himalayas where he resides to this day. He translated for the Dalai Lama for over a decade, and has written many best selling books on the subject of happiness and altruism. His talk on Happiness is one of the most viewed Ted talks, and is one of the most influential figures in mindfulness and meditation today.

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AFH Carpool Podcast with Jon Kabat-Zinn

January 4, 2018

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

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Gui and Anh

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AFH Podcast with Daniel Goleman: Altered Traits - The Science of Meditation

September 9, 2017

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. 

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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?




AFH Podcast 14: Museum of Happiness with Shamash Alidina

May 26, 2017

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 

Renaissance Podcast 58: Float Tanks with co-founder Ed Hawley

April 30, 2017

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. 


AFH Podcast 13: Live,Love,Explore with Leon Logothetis

March 28, 2017

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

AFH Podcast 11: Into the heart of Mindfulness with Ed Halliwell

October 29, 2016

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.

AFH Podcast 10: Joy on demand with Chade-Meng Tan

September 15, 2016

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.  

AFH Podcast 9: Mindfulness for Students with Julieta Galante, head researcher at Cambridge University

June 24, 2016

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.

AFH Podcast 8: Dr Willem Kuyken, Oxford Mindfulness Center

May 18, 2016

'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!

AFH Podcast 6: with Lord Richard Layard

April 20, 2016

Podcast with Professor Lord Richard Layard about why happiness matters and how the Action for Happiness movement is working to change our culture for the better.

AFH Podcast 5: Mindfulness in Schools with Claire Kelly

February 13, 2016

We speak with Claire Kelly who over sees the content and training for teachers and students at the Mindfulness in Schools Project.   The work is ground breaking and their research so concrete,  that they have been successful in getting more and more schools to embrace and roll out mindfulness.  This is a great example of being the change you want to see. 

MTGP Podcast #2: Lion Fight Vice president of Events, Christine Toledo

January 27, 2016

With the upcoming Lion Fight 27 taking place on Jan 29th, Philip Tieu and I talk with Lion Fight VP of events, Christine Toledo.  We talk about the main event between UK's Charlie Peters, who won the MTGP 4 man tournament and the reigning champion, Fabio Pinca. We talk about Christine's fight career, her TV appearances on Ring girls and Fight girls.  We also talk about the current state of Muay Thai and what we can expect from Lion fight in 2016. 

AFH Podcast 4: The Kindness Diaries with Leon Logothetis

December 27, 2015

Listen to the lessons shared by author and traveller Leon Logothetis, who left his life as a broker to explore the world on the kindness of others.  His journeys have been filmed in over 90 countries and the success has spread virally on YouTube and to a huge global community.

MTGP Podcast #1: Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent, MGTP Founders Philip Tieu and Kieran Keddle

November 14, 2015

We kick off the MTGP Podcast series with a great guest line up.  Joining Anh and I in the Renaissance Podcast studios are two of the Muay Thai Grand Prix founders, Philip Tieu and Kieran Keddle.  We are honoured to have Lion Fight CEO, Scott Kent join our conversation and he gives us a fantastic insight into the evolution of Muay Thai and of the meteoric rise of Lion Fight Promotions in the past 5 years.  

Fresh of the press, we announce some big fights scheduled for next year featuring a certain John Wayne Parr and exciting collaborations for 2016.   Click on the media player to find out about the upcoming fights (Lion Fight 26 on the 20th Nov and MTGP 2 in London on the 22nd Nov).

2:32 How has the Muay Thai fight scene changed in the last 5 years?

5:38 How did the three of you get introduced?

8:07 Why is the 4 man tournament so popular?

11:03 Lion Fight 26 - fight talk

19:27 - Special announcement - title fight in 2016

25:00 Fighters are great role models

34:00 Scott talks about his time as an Arsenal fan living in London.     @Lionfightofficial   @muaythaigp