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Don’t Compromise: Living An Expansive Life, The Divine Throughline, Thoughts on Bowie & Why All Roads Lead To Meditation

By January 14, 2016May 23rd, 20194 Comments

“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.”

David Bowie

Technically this is another episode of Ask Me Anything. But this week we don’t actually answer listener questions. This week we riff.

This is a conversation about embracing the journey of becoming more of who you truly are. It’s about the commitment to evolve into your most authentic expression. It’s about the beauty and power of living an uncompromising, expansive, creative existence.

There was a man who exemplified this ethos like no other. A man who never compromised. A man who expressed his creative truth with every fiber of his being, all the way down to his final breath.

That man is the singular David Bowie. May you rest in peace, Ziggy Stardust.

Today we reflect back on a remarkable life. From his example we mine the path to unlocking your own personal truth. And we weave our way back to one immutable truth — all roads to personal growth lead back to your commitment to you.

As a related aside, and in case you missed it, enjoy this short movie about my recent visit to Beirut, Lebanon to run the marathon. I didn’t run for time. I ran for peace. An experience that uplifted me, then broke my heart. That’s what travel does — it breeds empathy.

2016 is all about video for me. So if you enjoyed this little movie, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I’ll be uploading a new video every week, so lots of cool stuff soon to come. For fun daily videos on my morning routines, nutrition, training, podcast behind the scenes and random musings, add me (iamrichroll) on Snapchat!

In any event, enjoy the conversation.

Peace + Plants,


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Production & sound design by Tyler Piatt. Additional production by Chris Swan. Graphic art by Shawn Patterson. The show concludes with Beloved, written and performed by Julie — aka SriMati – accompanied by our sons Tyler & Trapper Piatt.

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  • Matt says:

    Julie, around 24 minutes in, I thought you were going to start quoting “The Laughing Heart,” one of my favorite Bukowski poems: It’s beautiful and seems to fit with this podcast episode.

  • Marsha Peterson says:

    As always, it’s wonderful listening to you two. As for your comments about David Bowie: I am hit hard by his passing, and I love/loved his music and sense of art and fashion. But I would caution about using words such as “authentic” to describe him…or to describe him without qualification. Recall that Bowie was a pretty severe drug addict back in the day (the 70s, I think). In my opinion, it’s hard to call someone active in their addiction “authentic.” Just my opinion, and I probably wouldn’t say anything except you are so perceptive about addiction issues. Thanks to you both.

  • Penny Lane says:

    Why not a David Bowie genius? We walk among genius everyday but seldom see it.

  • Tommy F says:

    Congrats on launching the ‘divine throughline’, Julie! Loving the vibration you bring forth within that medium.


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