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The Practice

The Practice

By Brooke Davidson
To be human is to experience groundlessness, but we seem to be getting an extra does of unpredictability lately. Join yoga teacher, writer, and independent yoga & mindfulness consultant Brooke Davidson every week as she unpacks the challenges and joys of being human in this unprecedented time. Each episode will delve into a different aspect of the practice of living, leaving you empowered to go out into the world as your best self, embodied.
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S1, E16: So You Want to Start Meditating...

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S2, E17: Navigating Family Around the Holidays
Being around family isn’t always easy or pleasant, and there are some clear reasons for why that may be the case. There are also, however, actions and understandings that can bring more ease into those moments. Listen in for some ideas that you can carry with you this holiday season.
14:38
November 30, 2021
S2,E16: Using Challenge as Propulsion
So often we view challenges as things that hinder us or hold us back. But what happens when we actually face up to them and take them on full force? Sometimes the energy of that encounter is enough to propel us further than we could have imagined – further than we could have gotten by tiptoeing through the challenge. Listen in for ideas on how this might look and how to implement it into your own life.
12:04
November 16, 2021
S2, E15: The “Why” Doesn’t Always Matter
Sometimes it can be helpful to understand why we are feeling a certain emotion or reacting a certain way. Other times though, identifying an origin or creating a story only gives that emotion more power. Sometimes the best thing we can do is not create a story and instead simply acknowledge what’s there for what it is. Listen in for some ideas on how this might look as well as how to implement this practice in your own life as a means of creating healing and liberation for yourself.
11:26
November 8, 2021
S2, E14: Finding Joy and Wellness Amidst Unpleasant Experiences
Emotions are inevitable. However, they don’t always need a story or to carry some big meaning. Listen in to learn how you might better sit with your experience without the need to fully explain or step away from it.
14:47
November 2, 2021
S2, E13: To Grow is To Grieve
Growth is a beautiful thing, but it is not always pleasant and it’s rarely ever easy. The process of growing involves grief in many forms — tune in for a conversation on this topic and some insights as to how to embrace the process of growth - messy parts and all.
08:25
October 25, 2021
S2, E12: Passion Projects
What is a “passion project” and how might creating one help you feel more fulfilled? Tune in for some ideas.
09:41
October 18, 2021
S2, E11: Exploration > Expectation
How can choosing exploration over expectation infuse your life with greater joy and ease? What does it even look like to choose exploration over expectation in any given moment? Tune in for some ideas, including how this might look in relationship with others.
12:05
October 13, 2021
S2, E10: Listening to Your Gut
Maybe you struggle to trust your gut feelings. Or maybe you struggle to feel your gut at all; either way, that voice of intuition is there for reason and can be an incomparable guide if approached with intention. Listen in for some ideas on how to cultivate your intuition, how to trust your gut, and also how to tell if something is a gut feeling or just fear.
12:46
October 5, 2021
S2, E9: Navigating a Fast Paced World
Fast fashion, instant messaging, social media, non stop news releases… we live in such a frantically paced world. So how do we navigate it mindfully? What can a single individual person do to make a difference in this busy culture? Tune in to find out.
14:23
September 27, 2021
S2E8: How to Tell if Your Partner is “The One”
This episode starts by debunking the myth of “soulmates” and then offers some insights about relationship in general, because it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns but it IS freaking powerful when done mindfully. There might also be some useful reminders in here for folks already in a committed relationship.
14:29
September 20, 2021
S2, E6: Navigating the Sunday Scaries
We’ve all been there: it’s Sunday evening, and dread has settled in the pit of your stomach as you contemplate jumping back into the work week. Even as you feel it you recognize the conundrum of how worrying about work is taking away the weekend even while it’s still there. So how do we move past that? How do we stop the Sunday Scaries in their tracks and enjoy the weekend? Listen in for some ideas.
10:01
September 13, 2021
S2,E7: Embracing Change & Stepping Into Joy
What do goals and joy have in common? Often they come with plans and a focus on the future. And while plans for the future are good, it’s also important to find ways to enjoy the present moment. Join me for a conversation centered on how we can more fully embrace change and also more fully experience joy, right here. Right now.
12:06
September 13, 2021
S2, E5: Determining What You *Really* Care About
We could all rattle off a list of asked what we care about, but often those ideals don’t actually line up with our current experience of life. So how do we close the gap between our ideals and our reality? Listen in for some ideas.
10:53
August 31, 2021
S2, E4: Starting & Sustaining Hobbies
Have you ever been afraid to try something new? Or have you ever started something that you were initially excited about but then lost motivation for? If so, give this episode a listen. Brooke shares some key tips and insights on both starting AND sustaining hobbies.
13:58
August 20, 2021
S2, E3: The Power of Mantra
Mantras aren’t just things that monks chant. They can be created and utilized as a means of increasing awareness and aligning with our best selves in all aspects of our lives. Listen in for some ideas on how that might look in day to day life.
15:56
August 13, 2021
S2, E2: Slowing Down Your Life
While we all sometimes crave a slower pace, it isn’t always obvious how to make it happen. Listen in for some ideas on how to slow down in your daily life, thereby cultivating more presence.
14:14
August 3, 2021
S2, E1: Boundaries Aren’t Insults
Sometimes setting a boundary can feel offensive, and sometimes receiving a boundary can fee hurtful. But always boundaries aren’t insults but rather invitations to trust - ourselves and others. Listen in for some examples and ideas on how to navigate boundaries with greater grace and ease.
13:42
July 23, 2021
S1, E35: Aligning to Your Values
The values we practices aren’t always the values we aspire to, but how do we breach the gap and find better alignment? Tune in for some practices that might help you 1) determine your values, 2) prioritize them, and 3) live in a way that fully aligns with them.
11:48
June 22, 2021
S1, E34: A Framework for Anxiety: What is Probable vs Possible?
If you ever find yourself sucked into the spiral of anxious thinking, consider giving this episode a listen. Discover a framework for thinking in those times by mindfully considering what is possible versus what is actually probable.
11:09
June 15, 2021
S1, E33: How to Slow Down
Some seasons of life are chaotic. We feel rushed and like our to do list will never see completion, and it often somehow leads to feeling simultaneously OVERwhelmed with tasks yet UNDERwhelmed with day to day experiences. So... how can we take pause and ground ourselves back into meaningful living? Tune in for some ideas.
11:57
June 8, 2021
S1, E32: Failure: a Prerequisite to Success
Doing a new thing is hard...until it isn’t. Every romantic relationship will fail...until one doesn’t. Ultimately, failure is not a negative or detrimental thing, but rather a prerequisite to success. Listen in for some ideas on how a shift in mindset might offer greater ease and contentment to you in your life.
10:18
May 24, 2021
S1, E31: The Shame Trap
While guilt can be a reminder to better align with our values, shame is entirely destructive and serves only to lessen our self worth. Listen in for some distinctions between guilt and shame and for some valuable ideas on how to eliminate shame from your life.
13:11
May 18, 2021
S1, E30: Simple Self Care
Despite what the media portrays, self care isn’t just bubble baths and glasses of wine. In fact, it’s foundations are composed of far more meaningful yet simple things that can be done all throughout any day. Listen in for some ideas on how to better nourish yourself.
12:26
May 10, 2021
S1, E29: Saying No Without Apologizing
How often do we forsake honesty for nicety? Tune into this episode for some ideas on how to say “no” without feeling the need to say sorry or make an excuse.
10:21
May 4, 2021
S1, E28: Yoga & Cultural Appropriation
What is the origin of yoga? Are western practices culturally appropriate? Tune in for one perspective and for an invitation to share your own ideas on the topic.
09:34
April 26, 2021
S1, E27: Doubt As a Tool For Understanding
Rene Descartes once said, “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” So often we hold beliefs that are handed down or otherwise expected of us, but if we only pause and allow room for questioning we can unearth what truly resonates as true. Listen in for some ideas on how this might look and how it might benefit you in general.
12:02
April 13, 2021
S1, E26: Disrupting the Routine
Although routines can be incredibly useful and efficient, they can also breed stagnation and mindlessness. Tune into this episode for some insight on how disrupting routine might benefit you.
12:27
April 5, 2021
S1, E25: Using “And” to Explore the Dual Nature of Every Experience
You can feel scared AND excited. Sad AND joyful. Content AND unhappy. The truth is that no experience is ever one-dimensional, and recognizing that allows us to more fully ground ourselves in truth. It is only from present reality that we have any power anyhow.
10:42
March 22, 2021
S1, E24: Energy Suckers vs Energy Givers — Inventorying The Relationships in Your Life
Do you ever walk away from a conversation feeling depleted? Exhausted? Unheard? Do you ever walk away from others feeling energized? Connected? Uplifted? The difference likely comes down to the fact that some interactions are energy-producing while others are energy-depleting. Listen to this episode for some ideas on how to navigate either more fruitfully in your own life.
12:03
March 15, 2021
S1, E23: What Makes You Joyful to Be Alive?
What makes you joyful to be alive? And why should you pay attention to it? Join Brooke as she discusses the importance of these joyful moments as well as how to further cultivate them in your own life.
11:16
March 8, 2021
S1, E22: Building Self Confidence
Join Brooke for a look into building confidence and self assurance as she discusses how confidence is formed through taking risks and cultivating resilience.
12:21
February 28, 2021
S1, E21: Luck is a Made Up Construct
“You never know what worse luck your bad luck saved you from” - Cormac McCarthy. You also never know how limiting the labels of “good / bad” can be until you take a step back from them. Join Brooke as she explores a way to broaden our perspectives and release the emotional burden of labels.
10:28
February 21, 2021
S1, E20: Mindful Money Management
Yes, a mindfulness practice can apply to the way you manage money, too. In fact, any sort of consciousness surrounding spending is indeed mindfulness. Tune into this episode for a few helpful strategies to ensure that your spending aligns with your values and, ultimately, aids you in showing up as your best self.
09:56
February 15, 2021
S1, E19: Just Decide Already: 3 Strategies to Overcome Indecision
Where are my indecisive people at? For years, I struggled to make even the simplest decisions of where to go eat or what movie to watch. Join me as I share out 3 strategies that have made decision making a much easier and less stressful process for myself. Hopefully they can do the same for you.
12:59
February 7, 2021
S1, E18: Choosing Curiosity Over Criticism - Guiding Your Inner Voice
The way we talk to ourselves ripples into everything we do. It affects our attitude, our self worth, and how we interact with others. In order to keep growing, we simply MUST be willing to be a beginner, and in order to fruitfully be a beginner we MUST be willing to laugh at ourselves, even when the learning gets challenging and vulnerable. Listen in for some examples and ideas on how to rewrite that voice in your head to be more supportive of all you do.
12:42
January 30, 2021
S1, E17: The Ego - It’s Not All Bad
Usually when we hear talk of the ego (especially in yoga!), it’s cast in a negative light. However, The ego itself itself isn’t inherently good or bad: it just is. Listen in for some insight into how you might note the ways your own ego impacts your life for better and for worse so that you can interact with it more intentionally.
10:31
January 24, 2021
S1, E16: So You Want to Start Meditating...
Are you curious about what meditation is and how it might impact you? If so, give this episode a listen. I cover some common misconceptions as well as the benefits of meditation as well as some ideas on how you can try it out for yourself.
11:48
January 17, 2021
S1, E15: Honesty, Vulnerability, & Trust
A life of honesty, vulnerability, and trust may not be easy to cultivate, but it is quite simple. And it all starts with you. Cultivating those traits first in your relationship with yourself allows you to move through the world more intentionally as well as cultivate those traits within relationships to others. Listen in for some ideas.
14:07
January 10, 2021
S1, E14: Choosing Connection & Collaboration Over Competition & Comparison
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it; it just blooms" - unknown. How often in your own life do you find yourself comparing yourself to or competing with others? Competition stems from a feeling of lack and / or fear; listen into this episode for some ideas on how to instead foster feelings of gratitude and appreciation which can help you connect and collaborate with others without feelings of comparison or competition clouding the way.
09:44
January 3, 2021
S1, E13: Making Physical Movement a Daily Habit
Most of us would like to exercise in a daily basis, but most of us also struggle to make a habit of it. Join Brooke as she looks at how to build a sustainable habit of moving your body on a daily basis.
14:10
December 28, 2020
S1, E12: You Don’t Need to Take Everyone’s Feedback
In a time when asserting opinions (via bumper stickers, hats, you name it!) is trendy, how do we filter through the feedback in order to only consider those ideas that actually hold value? How do we ourselves know when to offer an opinion? Listen in for a simple practice that can help you wade through feedback you both receive as well as give in order to determine what to consider as well as what to offer.
10:45
December 21, 2020
S1, E11: Bouncing Back from Exhaustion
Whether it’s “Zoom fatigue,” “decision fatigue,” or plain old “tiredness,” we all experience exhaustion from time to time — maybe even more frequently in this unprecedented year! Instead of “combatting” this sensation as our culture often promotes, learn how to more fully acknowledge and re-energize so you can reengage more meaningfully with your life.
10:42
December 13, 2020
S1, E10: What is “Balance,” Really?
What we call “balance” is often actually a more rigid thing. Join Brooke as she deconstructs what “balance” truly is and how it looks in day to day life.
09:59
December 6, 2020
S1, E9: Feeling Aliveness & Wonder on a Daily Basis
When was the last time you felt truly alive and filled with wonder? How might you tap into that feeling more regularly? Give this episode a listen to hear 3 ways to more regularly invoke this sensation.
13:32
November 29, 2020
S1, E8: Stop Being “Nice” (...Instead of Authentic)
You can create a deeper, truer relationship - with yourself or another - as soon as you choose to be authentic instead of just “nice.” Consider how you sacrifice authenticity to “niceness” and thereby undermine your core beliefs, and ask yourself, “What might it look like if, in this moment, I chose to be both honest and compassionate?”
10:21
November 22, 2020
S1, E7: Remaining Positive & Hopeful Amidst Challenge & Suffering
Some days (weeks...years...) things feel a bit heavy or hopeless. The amount of suffering (whether in our personal lives or in the world as a whole) feels like too much. So how do we move throughout our days feeling positive and hopeful? How to we remind ourselves that this, too, shall pass? Tune into this episode for 3 key strategies to cultivate a little more lightness and ease into your day to day life.
14:13
November 15, 2020
S1, E6: Security vs Passion: Remaining Open to Risk and Possibility
Have you ever thought about leaving something that feels secure in order to pursue your passion? If so, what has held you back? Give this episode a listen if you need a reminder that the universe is capable of orchestrating beautiful and meaningful things for us, if only we remain open.
11:55
November 8, 2020
S1, E5: Politics & Maintaining Relationships w/ People Who Have Different Beliefs
Our current political (and social!) climate is very much divided. How do we converse with others whose views oppose or even contradict our own? How do we maintain friendships when there are gaps we know we can never quite bridge? Listen in to hear a simple yet effective strategy to building empathy and understanding amongst parties of entirely different experiences and perspectives.
09:04
November 1, 2020
S1, E4: Setting Boundaries With Work: Strategies to Separate Work Life and Personal Life
How can you establish boundaries with your work so that 1) you move through the work day with greater presence and 2) you leave work AT work when the day is done? Tune in for a couple helpful strategies.
11:17
October 23, 2020
S1, E3: You Are Not Your Body
Body image is a perpetual struggle in our society. And often time that stems from a couple different facets: 1) industries that benefit financially from us being dissatisfied with our bodies, and 2) the internal desire to have control over some element of our lives. Listen in to this episode for some helpful practices to foster a compassionate relationship between you and your body.
10:49
October 17, 2020
S1, E2: The Daily Challenge of Motivation
We’ve all experienced the pleasantly productive state of motivation, but the unfortunate truth is that it isn’t always accessible. So how do we show up in our day to day lives with the ability to still get things done? Tune in for a relevant conversation on motivation, discipline, true self care, and devotion, and how these 4 things, when used in conjunction, can give your life the spark it needs.
11:43
October 12, 2020
S1, E1: The Groundless Nature of Being Human
The unpredictable nature of life can be unsettling. While we sometimes find periods of predictability and normalcy, the truth is that it takes very little to upset that (COVID anyone?). So how do we accept this groundlessness? What does it feel like to stop wanting and just be okay with what is?
08:53
October 4, 2020
Trailer: Life as a Practice
What does it mean to enter into a “practice mindset”? What are the benefits of such an outlook? And how can you step into that place of acceptance and empowerment? Join Brooke as she talks through this idea, explaining the title of the podcast in the process.
07:03
September 30, 2020