By | Published: August 20, 2014

I’m so honored to be a part of The Chopra Foundation’s Sages and Scientists (and Snowboarder) Symposium 2014! I’ll be speaking in the Leadership category on Saturday night. The symposium will air live through U Stream on and the foundation’s Facebook. However, the content will be accessible in real time only. Once a presentation is finished, the content will not be available through U Stream, so be sure to watch! Here’s a little teaser of what I’ll be talking about.

And here’s the link to read more about the event.

In 2003, I won my first X Games gold medal in women’s snowboarding superpipe. I came across many challenges that day.  Instead of “choking” and letting those obstacles threaten my potential like I had in the past, I was able to detach and shift my perception (empty my cup as they say) in order to step up into a new state of being which ultimately lead to a great result, but even better, an evolution and growth within my career and myself.

Most of us have ideas and pre conceived notions of who we are and how we think our lives should be lived.  These thoughts often come from societal conditioning, influences and patterns rather than from within ourselves. In being rigidly attached to these outcomes, we unintentionally make life an experience of working hard in order to accomplish that direction which we think we should be going toward.  My story will be a simple snap shot of
how simply detaching and making a perception shift from that place of force and ego (a full cup), to who we really are, and what we are really here to do, can create an ease and joy that is far more effortless and more perfect than anything we could have orchestrated from our mind and ego.

Snowboarding has been my form of meditation for the past 22 years. It has been my vehicle to access higher states of consciousness.  But this also happens naturally when you take risks. Not necessarily physical risks, but the risk of following your own heart’s desire. When we go beyond our ego and “empty our cup” of who we think we are in life, then we are able to have our true self fill that cup with things beyond our wildest dreams.

We are living at a tipping point of two opposing ways of being. One, was the way of force and effort, and the other, is the way of effortless ease. Environmental devastation, extreme weather events, profound political and social instability, food and water crisis, are all extreme events that are waking us up to a shift in consciousness. We are realizing and therefore being guided from that place of force and effort into the realm of effortless ease.  We are reading about it, we are hearing about it, and we are experiencing it for ourselves. Leadership is embodying that change we wish to see in the world.