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By August 12, 2015January 26th, 202412 Comments

“The resentment and judgment that we are projecting at others is, in fact, the resentment and the judgment we have for ourselves…and that is the greatest violence to inflict that upon yourself. So by releasing that and by choosing to look at the good and choosing to hold that vision of the highest expression for yourself and for someone else is a great act of love.”

Julie Piatt

Julie and I are back with yet another installment of Ask Me Anything, a twist on my typical long-form interview format where Julie and I engage you — the listener — by addressing the topics and questions you want discussed.

This week’s AMA explores:

  • releasing the need for permission to live your life
  • empowerment via “choosing yourself”
  • practicing creativity in all things
  • confronting your fear through action
  • removing fear-based stimuli from your life
  • managing criticism
  • overcoming judgment and resentment
  • combating addiction by prioritizing sobriety

Special thanks to Farmer Diddly, Nathan & everyone who contributed to this week’s questions!

The show concludes with Beloved, written and performed by Julie — aka  SriMati— accompanied by our sons Tyler & Trapper Piatt.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.

Are you waiting for permission to chase a dream? Why? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Peace + Plants,


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Production, music & sound design by Tyler Piatt. Additional production by Chris Swan. Graphic art by Shawn Patterson. End song Beloved written and performed by Julie Piatt (aka SriMati), accompanied by our sons Tyler & Trapper Piatt.


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  • Enrique Dussan says:

    Rich and Julie,

    Thanks for bringing us your weekly podcast, with amazing interviews. I listen to your podcasts often and enjoy them a lot.

    Today I have to make a constructive comment, in today’s show you talked about Television, the media, advertising etc… and how it is toxic and invades our lives. I do agree with you and I do the same in my “Personal Life”. But, when we are personalities, or media people such as you and Julie and me, and monetize our work because we need to make a living, we need to be carful on how we put ourselves out there. Your content is quite monetize, you sponsor products, you sell products, you publish books, so you are in the media and you are where you are thanks to your sponsors, so do not trash them! bless them instead, be grateful that this collaboration system has allowed your project to come to life.

    What we need to differentiate is that you are an alternative to all of us that fell like you feel. The comments made on today’s podcast contradict your opinions. It was very political, despite the fact that you said you stay away from politics. Everything is politics, and we are all in the media, and we all need “we the people” to succeed.

    I do hold the vision of your amazing work, I just wanted to give you aheads up!

  • catsmeow05 says:

    First of all I love these Q&A/discussion based episodes. I’m glad you addressed the 1 star Amazon reviews. I won’t lie, I thought, “Yeah this family is so perfect, colorful, and centered in there Namaste Zen Place. I don’t think this is too realistic. They don’t have real jobs, they just eat plants, play the guitar, and float on an etherial cloud of positive energy all day!” I’ve been listening to “Finding Ultra” and the podcasts in the last 2 weeks. I was drawn in because you talk about being an addict, financial troubles, family troubles, and struggling with TV. I can tell by the tone of your voice on the podcast, that you aren’t in it for the fame and personal glory. In fact you are real people, living in the real 9 to 5 world just like everyone else. I’m glad your website, podcast, and books, have beautiful photography, and layout. This is nice, and we need this imagery associated with the plant based lifestyle. I came out of a vegetarian culture that was very restrictive, very judgemental, and duty driven. There was no joy in the journey. So thanks for making things not only beautiful for the mind, and palate, but also for our eyes.
    Namaste, Peace……plants.

  • Faye says:

    Interesting chat. I quit frequent ‘world news checking’ a while back. I now catch up once a day online for 15mins max. Once that’s done I am done for the day. It has made a big difference to my life. It is pointless for one human to absorb so much suffering and have no power to change things. I work on being a good neighbour (locally) and contribute to a global human rights movement in order to fund people who can influence these horrible situations for the better. It’s a practical solution and good for my sanity. I gave up social media two weeks ago and noticed a similar degree of improvement in my life that quitting regular world news gave me. It’s not good for me to be permanently wired in to social media ‘friendship circle news’. It’s fascinating how one facebook post can move my mood one way or another. Since abstaining from daily facebook I have felt a lot calmer.
    On a separate note about the book reviews – if you guys are making everyone happy you are not doing it right 🙂 food stirs up deep seated stuff and of course some will react. The comment about the perfect family was mean. It must be really tough to be the person who made that comment. It sounds like it’s coming from a place of sadness.
    Thanks for putting out the solid content. It’s helping me a lot at the moment.
    Faye – London

  • Lori A. Stevens says:

    Interesting podcast. I like the discussion on being creative and trying new things. Recently, my busy swimmer/cross country running high schooler lamented, “I wish I was an artist”. I went to the store, spent $42 on canvas, acrylic paints and brushes. I brought them home to her and announced, “Now you are a painter. Have fun”. She was a little bewildered, but I told her to paint whatever she felt like painting. There was no way to mess it up.

  • Ann says:

    I think people probably are just looking for your opinion or experience on a topic, rather than a definitive answer or solution. I’m sure that people who send you questions do Google for answers, but respect your opinion enough to be curious about what you think. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the episode and I always love the dialogue between you and Julie.

  • JasonRH says:

    Another excellent AMA episode. Always appreciate the insight you guys share in these discussions, so many thanks for taking the extra time to do them.

    One minor comment – I don’t think it’s necessary to address the haters, just let them go. A couple of weeks ago on the AMA episode you took the time to address people who hated on Tucker Max and this week you responded to people who had issue with James Lawrence and then touched on the 1-star Amazon reviews. I don’t think you need to feel compelled to address these people because with the stuff you put out there the feedback seems overwhelmingly positive. Unless of course there is something specific that needs to be brought to light but that didn’t seem to be the case.

  • Lauren Labra says:

    Sincere appreciation and thanks to Rich and Julie for your excellent podcast and cookbook! What wonderful offerings to our society. While listening to a portion of your AMA episode, that Theodore Roosevelt quote came to mind, an excerpt of which (according to goes something like this:
    “The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause;
    or another version like this:
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…”
    Thanks to you both for being in the “arena.”

  • AnnLB says:

    Your discussion struck a particular issue that I have been dealing with – my 19yr. old daughter. The perspectives brought forward on schooling were a very helpful reminder of our current paradigms. My daughter hasn’t finished high school and doesn’t seem to want to either. It’s been very tough on my husband and I on how we should support her. Coming from post secondary education backgrounds – it hasn’t been easy to understand her decisions and direction. I found it helpful that you addressed this issue. It’s given me a different way to look at how I should approach and support my daughter going forward. Thanks …
    On the topic of paradigms and negative opinions…I was a vegetarian in 1988 for 10 years. This was before the internet era, social media and when it was socially acceptable to call yourself a vegetarian. I had to deal with a lot of negative and ignorant comments from extended family, friends and strangers. I left the veg world in 1998 (lost my direction, lack of support) and came back to it 2 years ago and there is such a difference in the culture now – it’s amazing how much everything has shifted. There’s a lot of positive out there, it often gets lost in the haze of negativity.
    TV – I am currently having a struggle with my husband on keeping satellite in our home.
    In the last year or so, I have come to completely dislike TV and I want it gone (badly). My husband only wants to keep it for sports. He watches very specific sports events and programs, which is good as this limits when the TV gets turned on. I wish there was a way that we could pay for a few specific sports channels and leave everything else (including news..!!) I watch specific TV programs and movies on Netflix. My teenage daughters are connected to youtube and Netflix. I would like nothing more than to cut our TV subscription – but it’s continuing to be a tough sell.
    Thanks Rich and Julie for putting out these podcasts… these discussions are so open and honest. I look forward to each podcast….

  • Bob says:

    How come I don’t see your name at the Miami Event in November.

  • Michele Walter says:

    Of course I love ALL of your podcast episodes and have really enjoyed the addition of the Ask Me Anything episodes, but this particular one really hit home at a time when I truly needed it. I was about to be one of those people who emailed you essentially to “ask for permission” to do something (make a cross-country move). But it seems that EVERY single thing you both said in this episode “answered” that question for me, i.e., told me what I already know. The discussion about fear and the unknown was something I’d been delving into a lot the past couple of weeks and so your discussion particularly resonated with me. One thing I still haven’t quite figured out and am wondering if you have a response to is this question: how can you tell the difference between “fear” and “intuition.” Believe me, I’ve been meditating! But still don’t feel like I have a good grasp for distinguishing between my fear-based thinking mind, and my true, inherent, god-given instinct. In other words, how can I tell when my instinct really is telling me not to do something versus my fear trying to tell me not to do something. Maybe it’s an unanswerable question and I’m continuing to explore it….

    In the meantime, I’m also taking your lead and canceling my cable! I completely agree with the emptiness, fear-based, nothingness that is so pervasive in most of today’s television programming. Although there are some quality shows, i can get them elsewhere and don’t need to spend over $200/month on several hundred channels, the vast majority of which I NEVER watch! Plus, I want to be more active and present in the moment, rather than passively letting the moments pass me by as I sit in front of the boob-tube…

    Btw, can’t wait to see you at DC VegFest!

  • Don’t give much attention to all those nay-sayers in regards to your book… We love it in our home!

  • Tommy F says:

    Such great spiritual wisdom on transforming into a fulfilling life. I’ve found that in my personal journey into veganism, sobriety, mindfulness, yoga and meditation, that transformation often feels like a rather slow process. The hack-mindset of today’s culture expects anything worth effort, should yield results within 10 days, or your money back. But the reality of our unhealed state, is that it took years to build into a lifestyle of unworkable egotism.. so it’s going to take a bit of time and patience within these practices, to unwind our prior lives and re-cultivate a life based in mindfulness. Healing is certain through these practices.. but patience is the overriding attitude that must be maintained. Another stellar AMA podcast, Julie and Rich!


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