Meaningful Conversations with Maria Shriver

Meaningful Conversations with Maria Shriver Podcast

Building on the success of her instant No. 1 NY Times-bestselling book I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life, Maria Shriver continues to explore the life topics, issues and ideas that we’re all thinking about. Through intimate, thought-provoking conversations with friends and other individuals she respects and admires, Maria dives into issues like love, pain, forgiveness, gratitude, family, faith, connection, loneliness, the art of self-reinvention, and more to inspire you to reflect on your own life and have more meaningful conversations with the people you love.

How to Seek Joy with Martha Beck
"If I can experience joy, then isn't joy its own excuse for being, isn't that enough of a reason to be alive? And everything I read or heard about people with down syndrome, was that they could experience tremendous amounts of joy. So I chose to keep Adam, but more importantly, I radically shifted the definition of success for myself."-Martha Beck Martha Beck is one of my dearest friends and favorite people. She’s also one of the first people I turn to when I need a boost of inspiration or just someone to t...

Dave Asprey on How to Biohack Your Life!
"Biohacking didn't have a definition, that wasn't a word...I created this conference with thousands of people and there's now millions of people will say, "I'm a biohacker. I want control of my own biology." It's now in the dictionary. But that community was partly something that I built because I wanted to be around people who value the things I did...Around this self awareness, around having control of your body so that you can show up the way you want to show up." -Dave Asprey ​ Dave Asprey is “hacking...

Father Greg Boyle Shares The Meaning of Radical Kinship
"The minute you can kind of say, wow, the widow, orphan stranger, the folks at the margins, these are my trustworthy guides, I'm going to go there so they can lead me to the kinship. Oh God. Well that's, you've just turned privilege on its head because you're not guiding them or leading them. They're doing that to you." -Father Greg Boyle Father Greg Boyle is the Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and one of my real life heroes. Originally a Los Angeles secret and now a national treasure...


How to Transform Suffering into Connection with Sharon Salzberg
"My meaning in life has been changing suffering, into connection...Whatever we go through as human beings, realizing we're not alone and helping other people realize they're not alone." ​ -Sharon Salzberg​ Sharon Salzberg is someone I have admired for quite some time. She is one of America’s preeminent voices on meditation, and her work and practices are beloved by many.  Sharon herself came to meditation after a childhood of loss and turmoil. Meditation helped her overcome suffering and set her on this ...

Kendra Scott Reveals Why Adversity Can Be Your Greatest Gift
"There's this fire sometimes inside you that you have to grab down deep. And it is literally like talking to yourself...Like, 'pull yourself off the floor....what am I going to do proactively today to move forward, to progress forward?' And if I get turned away again at another bank...I'm just going to go to another one, and I'm going to go to another one, and I'm going to go to another one...And I think it's that tenacity of I'm not going to give up." ​-Kendra Scott Kendra Scott is a mom turned millionair...

How to Gain Self-Love & Create a Better Reality with Marisa Peer
"If you want love, change one thing, how much you believe you're worth. Then, you will find love." -Marisa Peer I am enough. Three simple words that we don’t tell are selves nearly as often as we should. Bestselling author and therapist Marisa Peer is determined to help us change that. She says if we turn the mirror on ourselves and start saying “I am enough”—then we can build the strength and the confidence to change our entire lives. ​ I’m excited that I got to sit down with her for a Meaningful Conve...


Chelsea Handler Reveals The TRUE Story of Her Mid-Life Awakening
"I think the thing that hits me the most is: I didn't think about, you know, how strong I came across for so long. I just thought there's all these other sides of me that everybody must automatically know about...But there was only one side of me I was showing on like say, Chelsea Lately, my old old TV show, and I realize how one dimensional that was...So it's nice to take into account how I come across and to be softer and to shut up and not to insert myself every time there's an opportunity. So for me, I ...

Brené Brown Shares Why You Have to Be Vulnerable to Be Brave
"Everybody wants to be brave, but no one wants to be vulnerable...Courage doesn't exist without vulnerability." -Brene Brown Brené Brown wants to help you choose “Courage over comfort.” She has spent the past two decades of her life researching and writing about courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s got five New York Times bestselling books, including her latest Dare to Lead. She’s also the brains behind one of the most popular TED Talks ever, titled “The Power of Vulnerability.” Now, Brené ...

The Power of Friendship with Special Olympian, Loretta Claiborne
"And she said to me, "How would you like to be my friend?" I looked at her and I started to cry. I said, "I really don't have no friends," and she went in her purse, She got a little card and it says Special Olympics...And says, "I want you to write me." I said, "I can't write that good. You won't be able to understand." She said, "Don't worry about it. I want you to write me. I want you to be my friend." And we start coordinating back and forth...writing back and forth...I said, "Well, Mrs. Shriver..." she...


Tina Knowles Lawson on Parenting, Marriage and Self-Love
"It was hard-earned and not the easiest thing to do, and something really drastic had to come along to say, 'Wake up! Like, come on. You know, you're working seven days a week and you're taking care of everybody. What are you doing for Tina?' And it was very little." -Tina Knowles Lawson I’m so delighted this morning to share with you one of my favorite moms to talk to – Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson. Tina is the mom of two incredible daughters who you’ve probably heard of -- Beyonce and Solange Knowles. While...

Kathie Lee Gifford Reveals Her True Feelings On Leaving Today & Her Next Chapter​
"I think because I've always defined myself since I was 12 years old as a child of God...That is what gives me self worth. Not Emmy Awards, not Tony nominations, not Grammy nominations. All of those things I've experienced, and they're lovely...But ultimately, at the end of a lifetime, it's, 'Who do you belong to? Whose image are you made in?' Because this life we live right here is temporal."​ -Kathie Lee Gifford Kathie Lee Gifford is a dear friend and someone whose career I've watched with admiration fo...

Father James Martin on How the Catholic Church Can Evolve
"There's a great story in the Gospel of Luke...the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector...and there's a line when Jesus reaches out to him, that says, 'all who saw it began to grumble,' and I often think, 'well, that's what's going on in our church, and online.' People don't like the fact that we're being merciful and they're grumbling. So frankly, it seems to me there's two places to stand: you can stand with Jesus who offers people mercy, or you can stand with the crowd who grumbles." -Father James Marti...


Timothy Shriver Reveals the Untold Story of Our Country
"There's a story going on in the country that we don't really understand yet. It's not the story of people who are progressive's hating people who are conservatives, or people who are conservatives, hating people who are progressives. That's largely a story told by politics in the media...But there's a whole other story emerging, which we don't yet have the name for. I believe it's the story of people at the bottom who value relationships more than anything, who value action and authenticity...They don't ne...

The Toxic TRUTH About The Beauty Industry with Gregg Renfrew
"There's an incredible lack of awareness around personal care cosmetics because people think that the FDA, like it does in the food industry, has the ability to protect the American consumer. And the reality of the situation is, that we have laws dating back 80 years that are insufficient and chemicals of concern in the products we use every day." -Gregg Renfrew ​ Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in the beauty or skin products you use every day? I have to admit, I never thought twice ...

Mary Pipher on How to Redefine Your Relationship with Aging
"I realized that the cultural scripts about older women, first of all, they are often misogynistic, but there are also primarily scripts where are defined by what we no longer have...The real story is this life stage is catalytic for growth. It's a walking into a portal where we have so much opportunity to develop our moral imaginations. our deep sense of gratitude for life, our sense for deep time in the long view, our own authenticity and self-acceptance. So that's what I wanted to do...I wanted to write ...


Jon & Dorothea Bon Jovi Share a New Way to Change Lives
"This is about dignity. It's about human dignity. I have yet to meet someone who strives to be homeless, strives to be unemployed...People want their dignity...They want to come in, they want to be part of something. They want to give back. Everyone can contribute in some way"  -Dorothea Bon Jovi   This episode of “Meaningful Conversations” is a very special one to me because, this week, I get to share with you the voice of my dear friend Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea.   I have known Jon and Do...

Jen Sincero on How to Be a Badass and Create the Life You Want
"I think motivation is a muscle. I think confidence is a muscle. I think tenacity is a muscle...And like any other muscle, you've got to keep working it out if you want to stay strong and grow it." -Jen Sincero Jen Sincero is a badass. That’s the truth. Ever since she released her book “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live an Awesome Life” in 2013, Jen has been motivating and inspiring millions of people to wake up to their own potential and create the lives they want.  I wanted to ta...

Don Miguel Ruiz Shares The True Meaning of Love
"When you know what you are, you know you are love, you love with no conditions. You're not selfish...You just share yourself, you give yourself…When you receive love, you have so much gratitude, and that gratitude will change into generosity. The more you receive, you have more gratitude and become more generous. Then you rise in love, you don't fall in love." -Don Miguel Ruiz   I am so excited for you to hear this episode today because I get to share with you the wisdom of one of my all-time favorite w...


Hoda Kotb on How to Build Meaningful Relationships
"Being present is more important than what you say. Being present is more important than giving someone the right quote or the right whatever. Being there, sitting there matters...And I think that sometimes it's as simple as that.”  -Hoda Kotb  On this episode, I'm joined by a dear friend of mine, a beloved colleague at NBC News, and, just an all-around beautiful human being whom I really adore. In our conversation, Hoda speaks about the impact that strangers had on her life especially during tough times...

Marianne Williamson on Healing the Soul of America
“If you are looking at what's going on in the world today and what's going on in our democracy, and you're not depressed, what is wrong with you? These are sobering times. These are legitimately upsetting times. Our democracy is under assault.”  Marianne Williamson On this episode, I’m joined by Marianne Williamson. Marianne is a bestselling author and lecturer who has touched the lives of millions...myself included.  Like so many of us, Marianne is continuing to evolve and challenge herself to find new wa...

Rob Lowe on How to Stay Curious and Keep Evolving
“I think it's the little, tiny things that you do to try to be an authentic person that incrementally chip by chip, by chip, by chip, by chip, one day there's enough weight on the scale. Now, the scale goes in your favor. For me, it's being able to look back at what I've been able to do in my life. I can see the value in it whether it's my marriage, my boys, their accomplishments, the things that I've done as a public figure, who I am as a person including all my flaws, but eventually, all of that becomes e...


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Meaningful Conversations with Maria Shriver launches January 21st....