Raghu is joined by Scott Kriens, founder of 1440 Multiversity, and Jared “Gagan” Levey, founder of Guru Media Solutions, for a conversation around the rise of contemplative practice, the pursuit of authentic leadership and bringing mindfulness into our roles in the workplace.
What Really Matters? (Opening) Scott shares his background and describes the touching moment that inspired him to open 1440 Multiversity. He talks about his former position as CEO for a successful tech company and how his ambitions to better fulfill that role led him to the kind of reflective practices taught at 1440.
The Rise of Conscious Living (8:40) – The group talks about why we are seeing so many conscious individuals and leaders rising up all over the world who are seeking better ways to interact with themselves and the world. They talk about finding balance in the age of the smartphone and putting the power that comes with that connectivity to its best use.
“The behaviors that we are now seeing online are all the same behaviors that have been going on offline forever, but now they are right in our face. So, the need to figure out how to be a little more mindful and a little more compassionate has never been made more visible than in the last 10 or 15 years. I think the response to that is that we need to learn how to be in better relationships, we need to have more compassion for one another and be a little more mindful because we don’t want to look like what we see online.” – Scott Kriens
For more conversation on better balancing our inner life with our digital life listen to Raghu’s conversation with Nancy Colier on Ep. 179 of the Mindrolling Podcast.
Authentic Leadership (23:05) – Scott talks about his own pursuits in learning to lead more authentically and the practices he has learned have enabled him to be more effective in his roles at work and at home. The group reflects on the multitude of teachings from all the different paths of inner development available to us and the qualities of courage and authenticity needed to pursue them effectively.
“In the past people have been drawn to organized religion for this peace. This is why I feel a Multiversity like this is so needed right now. It’s a more secular approach to spirituality and an individual path that’s coming to being in a major way. What I love about 1440 is that it kind of like a buffet of all the different modalities and paths.” – Jared “Gagen” Levey
Listen to Jared’s conversation with Raghu and Joel Soloman around integrating authentic leadership and loving awareness into business on Ep. 197 of Mindrolling.
Why We Practice (39:40) – Our group reflects on the transformative nature of spiritual practice and self-inquiry – sharing the different ways that practice impacts them.
“For me, I think the benefit of our practice isn’t what happens at any given minute on the cushion – it’s the discipline of doing it; the discipline of checking back in with it.” – Scott Kriens