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Welcome to Spiritual Grit, the podcast where we talk real-talk about spirituality through the lens of activism and social justice. What happens when activism and spiritual practices collide? What sparks of change call for the grit we need to create meaningful strides in social justice. I'm your host, Leslieann Hobayan, poet, priestess, activist, professor, hip hop dancer, and bad-ass mama. Join me as we dive in to learn more about our deepest selves so that we can be better ancestors to crea ...
 
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“It doesn’t matter what other people think, because they’re gonna think what they think no matter what we do ” - Leslieann Hobayan If you look at mainstream media, it paints this picture that midlife sucks. You have to try to compete with the youth by buying into tha anti-aging culture. Or there are ads about the latest medication to help you with …
 
“You don’t know when your last breath will be..” - Leslieann Hobayan Happy new year! Kicking off the year with this brand new episode (recorded while sick ), I invite you to change things up in more meaningful ways. This is the year of The Chariot, which, in essence means, it's a year of moving. It's time to do things differently. What we've been d…
 
“I am in service of women of color, particularly those in midlife and midlife is when you get this sudden awareness of where you are in life.” - Leslieann Hobayan How many of us go through life feeling lost, feeling like we're not quite sure who we are or what we're meant to be doing? It's a feeling that a lot of us in midlife are familiar with. Fo…
 
“It's better to create prophecy than live in prediction” - Leslieann Hobayan What’s your biggest seemingly out-of-reach dream that you knew could change your life if it came true? Many of us think we know the outcome of what our lives will be like. If we follow X, then we will get Y. But what if, instead, we just went for our hairy-scary dreams, wh…
 
“Keep cultivating the life you want within you and watch the magic of the universe line up to create the thing that you want” - Leslieann Hobayan There’s all this talk about self-awareness and how it’s so important for our personal development and how practices like meditation can help. But you might be thinking: why do we even need it? What’s the …
 
A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on an adventure canoeing on the Green River in the red rock desert of Labyrinth Canyon of Utah. I was off-grid for eight days with 15 other beautiful people, including Swedish singer-songwriter, Fia (Eeee!! One of my favorite people!!). It was a big leap into the unknown for me. I've never been camping. I didn't kn…
 
Yes, we all experience pain. And it might be particularly acute during this season. But choosing how we create meaning around it is ultimately up to each of us. When we choose to label pain as suffering, we give our power away. It's the "woe is me" thinking. It's a position of victimhood. Is that why we’re here? What can happen if we shift our view…
 
This is the time of year when toxicity shows up in sheep's clothing. Capitalist structures put pressure on us to give gifts and spread cheer by getting together for fancy cocktail parties all in the name of Christmas. You know, that time for peace and love and joy. What if I told you that you were not built for that kind of activity? What if we cou…
 
“What we see is very limited.” - Leslieann Hobayan In this episode, I talk about why it's important for me to focus solely on creating and supporting communities for women of color. Take a look around. Mainstream media shows that support for mental health and spiritual growth are designed for white communities. (For example, it took a long time for…
 
“I am in service of women of color, particularly those in midlife and midlife is when you get this sudden awareness of where you are in life.” - Leslieann Hobayan How many of us go through life feeling lost, feeling like we're not quite sure who we are or what we're meant to be doing? It's a feeling that a lot of us in midlife are familiar with. Fo…
 
“A ritual connects the visible with the invisible, it opens up that space of asking” - Leslieann Hobayan Ritual opens a portal to help make the intangible more tangible. It's a physical act that gives shape to insights and interior understandings. We all have them and engage in ritual, whether we know it or not. It's a matter of being intentional v…
 
“It's better to create prophecy than live in prediction” - Leslieann Hobayan What’s your biggest seemingly out-of-reach dream that you knew could change your life if it came true? Many of us think we know the outcome of what our lives will be like. If we follow X, then we will get Y. But what if, instead, we just went for our hairy-scary dreams, wh…
 
“Its human for us to fluctuate, the more we practice awareness, consciousness and, meditation, our response time begins to become quicker” - Leslieann Hobayan Savor the moment. How many of us run around trying to get to the next thing before we’ve even completed the thing we’re doing? How many of us are trying to desperately to check off the to-do …
 
“Keep in mind that life on this planet is fun and the planet is the playground” - Leslieann Hobayan This week, I talk about embodying our true selves to express what is within us. And how important it is to PLAY! How can we allow ourselves to fully experience our emotions, even if they are uncomfortable? We must first listen to what our emotions ar…
 
“Keep cultivating the life you want within you and watch the magic of the universe line up to create the thing that you want” - Leslieann Hobayan There’s all this talk about self-awareness and how it’s so important for our personal development and how practices like meditation can help. But you might be thinking: why do we even need it? What’s the …
 
“The words that we use fall short of the feelings that we embody.” - Leslieann Hobayan As I continue to process and integrate my experience on the Green River in Utah, more understandings are unfolding. In today's episode, I talk about how we don't need to wait for someone else to lead the way or to give us permission. We can forge our own path. We…
 
A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on an adventure canoeing on the Green River in the red rock desert of Labyrinth Canyon of Utah. I was off-grid for eight days with 15 other beautiful people, including Swedish singer-songwriter, Fia (Eeee!! One of my favorite people!!). It was a big leap into the unknown for me. I've never been camping. I didn't kn…
 
Best of Spiritual Grit “We don’t know what we don’t know so be open to possibilities”-Leslieann Hobayan For today’s episode, I invite you to be open to possibilities. Back in the day, I worked (temporarily) at a corporate law firm in Manhattan. We all make assumptions what that was like. What I discovered was that it was possible to be creative, th…
 
In today’s episode, I talk about strength and how we can be strong through love and compassion, not by forcing our will upon others. When we force things, often the result is less than desirable. When we love, there is only ease in the strength we demonstrate. But there is also the idea of strength as in “What are your gifts to the world?” How do y…
 
“Whatever you declare, is the thing that happens” - Leslieann Hobayan How Do You Know What You Want? In this episode I’ve tackled about how hard it is to know exactly what you want if you don't know where you're going. What would I do if I knew I could not fail? How would my life change if I had this? What would success feel like? These are just so…
 
“The things that we want are not an accident. The things that we want are put there by the divine intelligence. It’s our calling.” - Leslieann Hobayan For today’s episode, I talk about identity - being your true authentic self. Is it possible to be your true authentic self and have a good life? Is there a way to break through the clutter of the wor…
 
Ep 132: Creating / Planting from the 5-part Self-Awareness August series “Plant the seeds of what you desire” - Leslieann Hobayan In the final part of this 5-part series, Self-Awareness August, it’s time for us to plant seeds, to create what we want– what our heart desires! We’ve built our self-awareness in grounding, opening, allowing and aligning…
 
Ep 131: Aligning from the 5-part Self-Awareness August series “Time is a limited resource, so be mindful about how you use that time.” - Leslieann Hobayan For part 4 of this 5-part series in Self-Awareness August, I focus on alignment. Once we’ve grounded and opened ourselves up to receive, how can we build upon that self-awareness? Sometimes, we m…
 
Ep 130: Allowing / Softening from the 5-part Self-Awareness August series “Allowing is also for you to move through the process of healing” - Leslieann Hobayan In part 3 of our 5-part series for Self-Awareness August, I talk about how allowing is a subtle shift from opening. What’s the difference? It sounds like the same thing. Well, we might be op…
 
“Opening is inviting us to receive what is meant for us” - Leslieann Hobayan Join me for part 2 of this 5-part series, Self-Awareness, August: Opening! Once we get grounded, our bodies can begin to feel safe enough to open up. Open up to what? you might wonder. To receiving love. To receiving messages from your Higher Self, from the Universe. To ga…
 
"Grounding is to be aware of the body" - Leslieann Hobayan As we work to cultivate more self-awareness, we must first begin with a solid foundation. We need to establish where we are at this present moment in time before we can understand how we got here and where we want to go from here. Grounding is key to anchoring into our bodies before we dive…
 
“Connection to intuition is everything” - Leslieann Hobayan This is the final part of the 4-part series of Journey to Thrive. In this episode, I talk about connecting with intuition and its important role in your healing journey. Living in today’s society, we have lost our connection to our inner guidance, our intuition. There are so many external …
 
“This journey does not end. Its just chapters of a very very long book .” - Leslieann Hobayan This is a 4-part series of Journey to Thrive. In this 3rd episode, I talk about boundaries and feeling safe. This is key for women of color as we work to shift out of survival mode and into thriving, as we heal the people pleaser within us so that we can s…
 
“Play is anything that brings you delight .” - Leslieann Hobayan This is a 4-part series of Journey to Thrive. In this 2nd episode, I talk about PLAY. If you have experienced a traumatic event in your past or if someone you know has, PLAY can play an important role in their healing process. It might be difficult for people to find opportunities for…
 
“The old patterns, the old habits, the old ways of being are still rooted on you and its now time to release that, let it go.” - Leslieann Hobayan This is a 4-part series of Journey to Thrive. In this 1st episode, I talk about RELEASE. What are the things that are holding you in survival mode? It’s time to let them go. We spend a lot of time worryi…
 
“Abortion is healthcare. They take away the women’s freedom of choice over their bodies, their full sovereignty ” - Leslieann Hobayan For today’s episode, I talk about the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v Wade, which eliminates the legal right of abortion. But it’s not that simple. This is about women’s healthcare and full access to that …
 
“The things that we want are not an accident. The things that we want are put there by the divine intelligence. It’s our calling.” - Leslieann Hobayan For today’s episode, I talk about identity - being your true authentic self. Is it possible to be your true authentic self and have a good life? Is there a way to break through the clutter of the wor…
 
“Be the leader you wish you had. ” - Leslieann Hobayan Welcome to the final part of the 4-part series: Light of the World: Midlife Transitions and Spirituality. For today’s episode, I talk about reconnecting with your divine self. In this conversation, I use tarot and oracle cards to reconnect with the divine self that lives within each of us. Taro…
 
“Keep holding the vision because this world needs you to step in and visualize your dream” - Leslieann Hobayan We are on our 3rd of the 4-part series: Light of the World: Midlife Transitions and Spirituality. At the start of the series, we looked at how far we’ve come. Last week, we took inventory of where we are now. For today’s episode, I ask: wh…
 
“Whatever space you make, the thing that you most desire will come to trust that the universe has your back and magic will happen as it always does.” - Leslieann Hobayan We are on our 2nd of the 4-part series - Light of the World: Midlife Transitions and Spirituality. In this conversation, we will lay out where we are right now. Midlife women are i…
 
We interrupt our 4-part series: The Light of the World: Midlife Transitions & Spirituality to pause and take some time to digest the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas. In this episode, I offer some solace, some suggestions on ways of being, on embracing grief and understanding that it is a companion that will never leave. It’s up to you t…
 
How Far Have You Come? Part 1 of Light of the World: Midlife Transitions and Spiritualities Healing has many layers, just because we think we feel one thing, doesn’t mean that we’re done, it's just this continual peeling away of layers” - Leslieann Hobayan In today’s episode, we have the 1st of the 4-part series I’m calling the Light of the World: …
 
This week’s episode features a conversation with special guest, Terry J Stokes, who is an associate pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, where he gives spiritual care to the youth of the congregation and of the town. He holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's from Yale University. His book Pray…
 
In today’s episode, I talk about strength and how we can be strong through love and compassion, not by forcing our will upon others. When we force things, often the result is less than desirable. When we love, there is only ease in the strength we demonstrate. But there is also the idea of strength as in “What are your gifts to the world?” How do y…
 
“When things start to settle down, you start to less stimulated so how do you continue the practice, how do you continue to be inspired?”-Leslieann Hobayan For today’s podcast, I am looking at how we can be passionate and driven by the things that light us up. How can following our passion create a life of ease and flow? How can it create a life of…
 
“We don’t know what we don’t know so be open to possibilities”-Leslieann Hobayan For today’s episode, I invite you to be open to possibilities. Back in the day, I worked (temporarily) at a corporate law firm in Manhattan. We all make assumptions what that was like. What I discovered was that it was possible to be creative, thrive, and enjoy that sp…
 
“We are at a time in this life, in this era where we are coming to a realization that what other people expect of us doesn't always serve our life’s purpose, our inner truth”-Leslieann Hobayan In this episode, I talk about how experiences can bring about big realizations in life, particularly those during this time of c*vid. It seems we, collective…
 
“Your body is the best truth-teller, ever. Your body and its vibrations help guide you in the direction you need to go” - Leslieann Hobayan In this episode, I talk about how we can turn to the tarot for guidance. We are limited to what we know. How do we expand beyond that? Tarot can create a new awareness around how we see our lives. With this awa…
 
“ If you’re really looking at the transformation, everything needs to have more than one entrance or more than one gateway” -Lisbeth White For today’s episode, I have the lovely Lisbeth White. She is a lover of the earth and wanderer of lands, an alumna of VONA, Bread Loaf Environmental Conference, Tin House and Callaloo Creative Writing workshops.…
 
“Who we are being already changes the world.” -Leslieann Hobayan In this episode, I share my thoughts about the pain and suffering that’s happening all around the world, particularly the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. There are a lot of conversations arising on this topic, from what is behind the invasion of Ukraine to neighboring countries o…
 
In case you missed this great episode with Aaron Banes... In this episode of Spiritual Grit, we have a special guest, Aaron Banes aka misterwitchboy! He is a gay Filipino-American actor, singer, writer and tarot reader born and raised on the Kingdom of Hawaii. Whether on a stage or in a tarot reading, he sees himself as a storyteller first and fore…
 
In case you missed this great conversation... In today's episode, Leslieann talks about Free to Move, a movement workshop for people of color with Rahnee Haskins, and about how crucial it is for folks of color to be in community with each other. How powerful it is to be in a space where you feel like you belong, to be seen for who you are, to let y…
 
“There is a time of transition, and it's important for us to honor that, to not rush things.” -Leslieann Hobayan In this episode, I recall the time I entered college, not knowing what to do with my life. I didn’t know who I was or who I wanted to be or what I wanted to do. The suppression of my true self had gone on so long that I had forgotten. So…
 
“Being human has unexpected turns, it has surprises and perfection does not exist” -Leslieann Hobayan In this episode, I shared how the adults around me told me how to act “appropriately” or behave properly. Little girls didn’t sit with their legs spread or play with boys in the dirt. Anytime I did something “wrong”, I was punished. As a result, my…
 
This week is all about bringing out your authentic self. As the daughter of Asian immigrants, I grew up in an oppressive environment where I was not permitted to be my true self. It wasn’t safe for me to be Me. I was too much. Too loud. Too rowdy. Not very lady-like. So I tucked away that part of myself, that heart song of myself. After years of de…
 
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