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Inspire Tag: Live Your Now

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Today I have the immense honor of introducing you to a powerfully spirited and motivated individual. Who’s enigmatic presence I’ve come to respect. Thank You to Kathe for introducing us!

Live Your Now, run by Richie, an almost reluctant “coach” who embarked upon the journey to bring mindfulness to others, because basically it needed doing. Facing his own “am I good enough to do this?” fears, he now encourages others to live mindfully and presently, after spending the majority of his own life hiding the grip of anxiety and locked in his own thoughts, now with the attitude of “Heck, if I can do this, anyone can!” A universal calling, rather than something he would have predicted, he’s now submitted entirely to this path in service to bringing peace to people and our world… hopefully… or giving it a good go anyway!

The First Exclusive Interview with Live Your Now
#MindFulTrain 

1. What is the best advice you were ever given?

  • People only ever act from their highest level of present consciousness awareness. Meaning, that generally no matter what people do, it’s the highest action they’re generally capable of with their present understanding at that time. Doesn’t mean you have to agree with the actions, but it can bring some peace and understanding to difficult circumstances. 

2. Who inspires you and why?

  • Eckhart Tolle – Because he challenges, deeply, what my own belief systems had developed into. What he teaches requires a level of acceptance that is extremely difficult to apply in day to day living, without collapsing entirely “into presence”. But it truly IS the way into happiness and peace, but it does require, especially initially, a level of discipline and faith in an idea that can be entirely counter-intuitive when fighting against the egoic mind.

3. Everyone has bad days, how do you deal with a bad day?

  • Firstly? Badly. Coffee, cigarette probably, being lost in my own thoughts, until I realise it – then it’s down to serious work. There’s no shortcuts to this, to push it away, pretend it’s not there, just stores it all up for later – not healthy. I do something that, for me personally, was totally the opposite to what I’d become accustomed to doing – being annoyed, anxious, angry, resentful &frustrated – I now bless the situation, and sit within it. Comfortable it is not, at first, but then this is why not many people practice this (as is abundantly obvious by the anger hate and rage present in our world). I can also assure you, if 15 years ago, you’d told me I’d be doing this – I’d have probably had a good chuckle, wished you well, and gone back to my normal habits. 
4. Where do you go/what do you do when you need motivation?

  • YouTube! I will type in something randomly, follow inspiration, just delve in & listen to new speakers, there’s always something to learn and try – and so many generous people out there, offering their teaching or guidance. There are many paths available in my opinion, according to what we may need at that specific time. You Tube is an absolute gold mine, even just to listen to people’s experiences who are generous, or even at times, brave enough to share so wonderfully. 

5. Failure is a big part of life, what has been your biggest failure to date?

  • I am not sure they’re failures anymore. I am moving away from feeling things are failures, and more that they’re life lessons that are reflected back to us until we learn something we need to. Or preparing us for something later on. Or indeed as has been my experience, moving you away from something even more catastrophic as was the case in one huge business venture I was involved in! At the time, it seemed utterly, utterly soul destroying to have failed to secure a massive investment (10’s of thousands) in a cutting edge publishing company I was working to develop. It was a nailed on investment, literally just crossing t’s, dotting i’s as they say, however I made an absolute total cock-up of the business plan! I mean epically. I just could not get the information I required to get it together, I can’t divulge further details other than to say… something kept me safe from that! It didn’t FEEL right, and I assure you, it wasn’t. (Didn’t come to light until about a year or two later). 
  • Overall, however, I have been super close numerous times to creating something massive and they seemed to have all fallen at the last minute, usually due to decisions other people have taken. That became another life lesson. The energy I put into a project, is mine, I needed to stop relying on other people because essentially I lacked CONFIDENCE to do it by myself, but also I always enjoyed collaborating. I have also had the honour to engage and pick the minds of some of the most successful people on the planet, it was time to take some of that advice on for myself. 
  • Live Your Now is me, only me, and only ever will be me. 

6. What is your biggest achievement?

  • Hmmm, I am a hard taskmaster on myself, whilst I have many experiences, and many “almosts” I tend to view each process as a step, I have had a few articles published, some interesting music promotion, been on/hosted radio, these are things I’m quite personally pleased with, but my visions are huge – go big or go home – so I find it hard to class “achievement” – now I see it as a journey, a flow. Though I do take moments to appreciate more, the things I have experienced, little goals, such as with Live Your Now. I think the greatest thing we can all achieve, is to appreciate the little things in life. 
  • Ultimately, happiness is the greatest achievement anyone can succeed in – and true happiness, I think, is so rare nowadays. 

7. Have you conquered any fears?

  • Seem to face one every day – but who doesn’t? This is my first interview in this guise. This made me nervous. I had actual full-blown panic attacks live on BBC radio. That was..interesting! I do laugh about it though, even at the time I was, which may seem peculiar, but I adored radio, and not even that level of nervousness was going to stop me! I still recall my very sensitive friends, whom knew I got “stage fright”, falling about the place laughing at me – in empathy, I’m quite sure – and the poor host not having a clue what to do! I have diabolical vertigo, like a couple of steps up a ladder bad, and yet I go on extremely high rollercoasters! Public speaking absolutely terrified me, but I have still got up and done presentations in front of some interesting audiences. Of course, I know now this was all due to anxiety, before I was not aware so had no coping mechanisms. So I do feel, when I “teach” people this sort of thing, I can say with confidence, I haven’t come from a natural place of Zen! 

8. Music helps lift our mood, What is your go-to song when you need a pick me up?

  • Orbital – The Girl with Sun in her Head. It’s a chill out track, written entirely with power from Greenpeace’s mobile solar power generating “Cyrus” back in the 90’s – (Solar energy I just find absolutely beautiful). It’s incredibly soothing electronica. An absolute masterpiece. But generally, as a musician, I’ll listen to quite a lot of different music. If I want an adrenaline rush it’d be Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar

9. Complete the sentence, Happiness is…

  • Already inside. 

10. What do you do to clear your mind?

  • Brainwave Entrainment, Mindfulness meditations, Pranic Breathing, depends on what’s bugging me. 

11. Life can be stressful, what are your top 3 things to unwind?

  • Heart breath/meditations. 
  • Rollercoasters (I am a total rollercoaster fanatic) 
  • Music 

12. Have you watched any inspiring movies? Do you have any favorites? 

  • The Secret 
  • What the Bleep (Down the rabbit hole) 
  • The two Bill and Ted movies! “Be excellent to each other!” – stands the test of time that! 

13. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • I don’t really have one, quotes mean different things at different times, they have value at differing times in our lives… however, some wisdom, of which there’s plenty, from the incredible Tesla – without whom, we’d not likely be engaged in this interview process: 


“…a new world must be born, a world that would justify the sacrifices offered by humanity. This new world must be a world in which there shall be no exploitation of the weak by the strong, of the good by the evil; where there will be no humiliation of the poor by the violence of the rich; where the products of intellect, science and art will serve society for the betterment and beautification of life, and not the individuals for achieving wealth. This new world shall not be a world of the downtrodden and humiliated, but of free men and free nations, equal in dignity and respect for man.”

14. Do you listen to motivational speakers?

  • Always. Pretty much every day. Everyone has something to teach us. Even if it’s what NOT to do 😉 

15. How do you cope with unpleasant people?

  • As my answer a few questions back. People can only act from their present levels of consciousness, I try to “tune in” and bring love to situations that are fractious. Of course, I am human, and I am not a Zen Monk, so this often takes remembering/effort, especially in the often fraught pace of Western civilisation – it’s not easy. 
  • Simple! But not easy. 

16. What is your best piece of advice? 

  • Accept what is, right now, as if you had yourself chosen it. It’s possible you did. Not many people (I include myself in that) respond too well to that at first, as it’s utterly illogical to the thinking mind. It’s not even about it being true, it’s about it bringing you relief from suffering. 
  • Your alternative is to continue suffering. Sounds harsh, but it’s true. (As far as I see it from my current level of conscious awareness 😉 

17. Complete the sentence “When life gives you lemons…”

  • Make a lemon tea! 
  • Squeeze a lemon in a cup, add some warm water, the smell invigorates our senses, and it’s very good for you apparently! It’s utterly delicious and so simple… unless you have a cut on your finger of course, then practice mindfulness as you do it 😉 

18. What is the most inspiring book you have ever read?

  • Being truthful, I can’t remember. I scan many books, tend not to finish them, and there’s so much wisdom in many books that I often use them as reference. More like a dictionary. I really enjoyed “Urban Shaman” by Surge Kahili King however, and “Cosmic Ordering Guide” by Stephen Richards are ones from early on my discovery journey that stay with me. They perhaps have a sentimental place. 

19. Do you have a place to pray or meditate?

  • Everywhere, at all times…when I remember. Including out shopping, doesn’t matter. I am dedicating myself toward living in constant (non-denominational/religious) prayer/meditation states (not altered meditation states, for that, bed or chair obviously) 

20. What is your motto in life?

Keep seeking wisdom & improving.

Quick Fire: 

Inspirational Movie or Talk with a friend 
Creating Art or Listening to music 
Making food or Eating Food 

Being alone or Being in a crowd: 
Speaking to a crowd 😉 
Writing or Singing: 
Writing. Have you heard me sing?! 
Sea Vacation or Safari Vacation: 
Safari! The ocean is beautiful of course, and something we should take better care of, but Safari (except the creepy crawlies!) 

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35 Responses

  1. I don't consider my failures to be failures anymore, either. I look at them as learning experiences 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love the positivity and perspective shown here.
    B

  3. This is so inspiring and I enjoyed reading it. I don't consider my failures as failures, too. They may hurt me, but I learn from them.

    • Richie says:

      Indeed, they can be very hurtful, at the time, which is also where the addition of mindfulness as a whole can help appease those moments. I wish you well 🙂

  4. Richie says:

    Hey, Richie from Live Your Now here!

    Loving these comments. Masshole Mommy and Inspiring Kitchen, I am really glad to hear that & thank you for such kind words! And to Anonymous, I appreciate your wonderful comments too!

  5. Eugenia says:

    Love the interview! I think failure is a key to success and opens new opportunities!

    • Richie says:

      So often Eugenia, it's life's lessons to prepare us for our goal or "thing" we need to be doing 🙂 – at least that's how it appears to me.

      I never proclaim to "know", I only share my own experiences as of this moment in my own conscious awareness journey – and hope it may help some!

      Thank you for commenting, peace!
      Richie

  6. Love this post. I love that Richie keeps seeking wisdom and improving. It's very reminiscent of Buddha's teachings.

    • Richie says:

      Wow.

      That I found really humbling. To be mentioned even in passing to one of the our world's greatest ever teachers is utterly… well I have no words, for once!

      I feel not even a grain of sand to the Buddha's wisdom of course, but I thank you for that.

      Peace, Richie

  7. Dhemz says:

    Wow, how inspiring and motivating. Sounds like the interview went pretty well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Richie says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am deeply grateful to Enricoh.

      Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts 🙂

      May life bring you peace Dhemz.

      Richie

  8. Elizabeth O. says:

    He sounds like a fun person, a very inspiring one too. It's always nice to get to know a little more about people. Thanks for sharing this interview with us!

    • Richie says:

      Hi there Elizabeth!

      I do try lol! But I can also be very "trying" 😉 – at least so I am told haha!

      I truly appreciate your kind words, feel free to drop into the chats on Twitter and my live stream radio when I run them 🙂

      Peace, blessings and gratitude!

      Richie

  9. For me unwinding is either take a bath, stretch out to read a book or a bottle of wine.

    • Richie says:

      Sounds a lovely way to relax Michelle.

      I hope you manage to fully enjoy those moments, and get the relaxation you deserve 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!
      Peace, Richie

  10. ana de jesus says:

    Well said, I don't believe in the concept of failures I call them mistakes or mishaps because we can learn a lot from the downs in life!

    • Richie says:

      Yes absolutely Ana, and whilst it can be hard for us to cope with, which is perfectly natural, without shade, we'd never fully appreciate the light in our lives 🙂

      Be blessed!
      Richie

  11. Joanna says:

    I think the best thing to do when something bad happens is not to immediately react. This way you will have a chance to think about the issue and find solutions after you calmed down. 🙂

    • Richie says:

      This is sage, sage advice!

      Reaction is the place of ego, the egoistic self which we all have, is incredibly reactive – it's hard when lost in it not to, strong emotions can come on fast and be difficult to cope with, all we can do is regain our composure as quick as we realise. The more we practice this, the less "reactive" we can become.

      Joanna, this is fantastic advice. From my perspective, it's absolutely 100% right.

      Great stuff!

      Peace,
      Richie

  12. Anonymous says:

    Happiness is a choice, it is a state of mind. In whatever situation you are right now, if you choose to be happy then you are.

    • Richie says:

      I hope you'll forgive me for delving slightly deeper into this comment Danne :).

      Happiness from my experience, exists within, in the "moment", within presence. There are many who find it difficult to "choose" happiness, as I find it is less of choice to make mentally (as I think many try, and will fail, and end up further frustrated & feeling inadequate) and more of a deeper existence.

      One needs to first discover where it resides, to allow it to be let out – of course, I totally understand the meaning behind your post, this is more for those who are maybe struggling to understand HOW to "choose" to be happy 🙂

      Thank you for presenting the opportunity to discuss this further.

      Peace and blessings to you Danne 🙂
      Richie

  13. My motto? Well seems you have given me something to ponder.Thought provoking post. Definitely making me rethink failure, motivation, and a definition for happiness. Thanks.

    • Richie says:

      Dear Chrishelle, thank you for those kind words, I hope it can help bring more peace and joy into your life!

      Be blessed 🙂

      Richie

  14. Tione Rdny says:

    In life there is always some obstacles that prevents us from fully doing what we want to. I think once we set our minds to it and work to achieve, we can overcome anything…

  15. I love that Richie finds inspiration from Youtube, because I do too!

  16. I've been working on living in the moment and leaning into the fear whenever I feel uncomfortable in a situation. My mantra is "every experience I have is perfect for my growth".

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    • Richie says:

      That's a wonderful Mantra Jessica, it takes a good deal of connection to one's inner self I believe to fully be present in those situations.

      There are very, very few who can do this from my experience, I include myself in that! The best the majority of us can do, it as you say quite brilliantly "leaning into the fear" and accepting it as part of your learning journey.

      I cannot profess to understand why this occurs, but that's exactly the advice I would give to someone open to this path 🙂

      Go well Jessica, be blessed.

      Richie

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