039 – Angie Byun of Conde Nast – Full Potential and a Victory Pose

Angie Byun

Mindset tools for being your best self and finding success…

Angie ByunAngie Byun, Head of International – Innovation Collection at Conde Nast, joins Julie Chan for a conversation on being an Asian woman at a high level in a competitive field, using mindset to maximize success, the power of giving to others, definitions of spirituality, victory poses, and personality tests, along with an intuitive reading. Recorded in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

Climbing the ladder, a thick skin and body language, and a museum is church

Angie ByunByun discusses her background and what brought her business skills at a high level, her work at Jones Apparel Group, then moving to Conde Nast as a lawyer, becoming involved more, stretching herself, and 10 years later overseeing international business development for companies like Golf Digest, and the Conde Nast innovation collection (mostly men’s titles). She talks about being a woman and being Asian in this particular field, the need to develop a thick skin, how communication including body language is key, why you should not let other people peel the onion, what defines a spiritual feeling for her, and why going to a museum is like going to church.

Victory poses, being an expert, and the power of giving

Angie ByunShe touches on victory poses, teaching at Fordham Law School, providing value as an in-demand speaker, how young people ask about career advice, why it is crucial to become an expert in something, and why how you present yourself, a firm handshake and eye contact are all crucial to success. Being savvy and sophisticated, how it is all about follow up, why giving is how you build true meaningful relationships, and why you benefit more when you give more.

An intuitive reading, constancy, and personality tests

Chan offers an intuitive reading with clouds, serenity, constancy, joy, awe, and how one’s own perspective makes it appear you are not moving when you are. Getting lost in the moment of constancy. Being enthralled in the play of internal and external, and being distracted from awe, discovery and wonder. Plus, personality tests such as Meyers Briggs, extroverts vs. introverts, intuitive vs. sensing, and more.

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036 – Rick Little of The Spring Meditation Studio – The Fourth State

Vedic Meditation…

Rick Little, Organizational Consultant & Meditation Teacher, Co-Founder of The Spring, and former Vice President, Administration & Strategic Projects for Friends of the High Line, joins Julie Chan for a discussion Vedic Meditation, spirituality, and being complete. Recorded at the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

Discovering the practice, Vedic Meditation in the workplace, and spiritual vs. non-spiritual practice

Little discusses how he was first introduced to the practice of Vedic Meditation by former boss Robert Hammond, a caution against participating in mediation without proper instruction, and the experience of having a boss speaking with employees about meditation and modalities. Meditation as a spiritual practice and as not being one, how it aligns with what employers want employees to be, and meditation was one way, not presented to staff as a spiritual practice, and why spiritual aspects are not what meditation teachers usually lead with.

Origins, scanning for the most attractive things, and a fourth state

How Vedic Meditation comes from The Vedas in India (which also produced yoga), which is 5-10,000 years old. How to live one’s life in alignment with nature, mantras, how the mind is scanning for things it finds attractive and moving towards it, following it down as the mantra becomes fainter, leaving the mind in a place where it isn’t thinking conscious thoughts. Transcendental Meditation vs. Vedic Meditation, and meditation as a fourth state if consciousness, or wakeful hypometobolic state, and meditation on the subway.

Becoming complete, the right instruction, and The Spring

How meditation is not something that can only happen under a specific set of circumstances, learning to meditate with someone close to you, and why meditating gets us in touch with the part of us that makes us see that we are complete. Instruction in meditation should be seen as important just like any other new skill in life, and why it is best learned on an individual basis. And, how Little is collaborating with several other mediation instructors to open a new New York City studio called The Spring.