Pain is part of human life. It’s not to avoid it, but to go into it with a sense of openness and curiosity. If we do that when pain arises we can use it for positive self-transformation. Pain is a guidepost for introspection -- it’s ultimately an opportunity to awaken and learn.
Dani DiPirro is an author, blogger, and designer living in a suburb of Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched the website PositivelyPresent.com with the intention of sharing personal experiences and insights on positivity, awareness, and self-love — things that didn’t always come easy to her! Since the launch of the site, Positively Present has grown into a global, go-to destination for positive personal development inspiration and resources. In 2012, Dani left her full-time job to focus her attention on growing the brand. Since then, Dani has expanded the blog into many new ventures, including books, a YouTube channel, and online courses.
How did you come up with the name ‘Positively Present’?
She was going through a tough phase in her life. She was unhappy with her job and her relationships were in a mess. This was way back in 2009 and she did a little research online. She came across this website of self-help and they talked about listing down all the things you want or are missing from your life on a paper. Dani made a list of those things and was surprised by two specific things she found on that list. She mentioned in the list that she needed to be more positive in her life and wanted to be more present. She thinks she used to worry a lot back then and fill up her head with all the negative thoughts. She started her blog for the purpose of becoming more positive and more present in her life. That is how she came up with the name ‘Positively Present’ for her blog.
What were you doing at that time for work?
She had a marketing job in a biotech company and Dani felt her job lacked creativity. She likes to be creative in her work and she felt stuck in that job because she was not able to explore her creative abilities. It was her first job after graduate school. She did not quit her job right after she started her blog. She took her time and for a few years she would look at other people’s blogs who wrote about self-improvement, about being happy and present.
How hard was it to relate yourself to the blog and come out open in public?
It took her a little while to put out her name on the blog. The turning point was when she realized that visitors on her blog were increasing on daily basis and her content was being read consistently by the public. She felt accepted through her work, it helped her believe more in her work.
How did you manage to grow your audience?
Back when Dani started her blog, social media was nowhere around. She mainly promoted her blog by talking to people about it, sharing it with her friends who in turn would promote her blog. Ever since the evolution of social media, Dani has changed her ways of growing her audience. She uses Instagram on regular basis to connect with her followers and increase her visibility. When she started out, she was writing every day. Now she makes sure to write on Mondays and Fridays. Somewhere in 2010, she thought she could make a job out of it. She saw other people doing the same, who were able to launch their own products and create business opportunities out of their blogs. It took her a lot of time from a simple idea to be able to quit her job and rely solely on this work. She managed to save money before quitting her job.
How has your life changed as a result of Positively Present?
She believes almost everything has changed in her life since she started her entrepreneurial journey. She feels happy and content in her life. She loves her work and is passionate about it. Dani says she has also made a significant change in her relationships. She tries not to surround herself with people who have a negative influence in her life.
Did you at any point felt you could not change your life?
She felt that way prior to starting Positively Present. She was known as a very grumpy and gloomy kid among her friends. She would always analyze a situation to avoid any difficulties later on. She developed this thought as a kid that she was a very negative person. As a child, she felt she could not bring a positive impact in her life and take on challenges.
What was the first thing you changed about yourself?
The first thing she changed about herself was that she got sober. By being sober, she was not able to escape her feelings that she had been doing in her past. She started to accept the way she felt. She started to look at her relations that were based on real substance. From personal change, she was able to change her relationships and get more control over her life.
Tell us about your artwork and design.
She started out with writing blogs but later got into design and art work. She usually designs stuff for her website on her own rather than finding other people to do it for her. She has always been interested in art. It is one of the biggest part of her business now.
Do you think creativity is linked with happiness?
Dani strongly believes that happiness is linked with being creative and innovate in life. The word creativity feels limiting to people who do not consider themselves artistically creative. Creativity has nothing to do with art though. It could be linked to cooking, raising children or even how well you manage your job. There are all sorts of ways to be creative. It is all about thinking differently.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice she has been given is to pay attention to her thoughts. If you really start to focus on your thoughts, you can filter out all the negative thoughts and make sure you get a positive outlook on life. Many times we occupy our brain with ridiculous thoughts that are not even true. We are influenced by some past events or personal stories/history.
How can we connect with you?
Elly Molina is an Amazon Bestselling author, an international MindPower Consultant and visionary. She holds a Master's Degree in Linguistics from NYU and has been an educator for over 3 decades. She is the concierge consultant, trusted mentor, and intuitive adviser to Heads of State, Celebrities, Business Professionals and Seekers and has literally given thousands of readings in her life. She is the founder of Psi-Kids, where children and adults learn to develop, trust and utilize their mind power and intuitive abilities. Elly has appeared on FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and in The New York Times. In this episode we talk about energy dynamics, exercise to access and strengthen your intuition, telepathy, and more.
How can we learn to access better qualities of energy? How can we communicate better from an energy perspective?
The way we are taught and raised, we are not raised to pay attention to energy on daily basis. We are not thought to ponder upon the fact that we are a part of collective consciousness. We transmit energy all the time, we are energy beings. We develop language and a conversation around energy. Perhaps the conversation around energy does not even exist right now, we are always looking to create new conversations and new words. Once we learn to create conversation around energy and we have words and vocabulary, it will be much easier to teach awareness of energy. We need to have a language around energy.
How can we become more aware of our own energy?
The best way to become more aware of your own energy is to get centered. This can be done with meditation, mindfulness and going into that state of silence. Our mind is almost always working but if an individual can give themselves a few minutes of silence where they can clear their thoughts, they might achieve a higher state of consciousness and become more aware of their own energy.
How do we access our innate intuitive abilities?
First, you need to believe you have those abilities. If you do not believe, then you won’t be able to access them. We are born as intuitive human beings; it is a part of our makeup. However, through our society and the way we are raised and educated, most of us are programmed not to trust in our intuition and to not even believe in its existence. Intuition exists in all of us, it is a feeling of knowingness, it is something very close to instinct.
How can we trust our intuition to make better choices?
First of all, we need to have a conversation with ourselves that intuition exists. We also need to teach children to use intuition to make choices in their life. We need to find out where it exists in our body. Our body intuitively starts responding to different situations if we pay attention to body language. Any time our body starts to contract, that means we might be in a situation not favorable for us. We need to learn these subtle things about how our body reacts to different situations.
How do you help children access their intuition and become more mindful and connected to their hearts?
Elly usually works with children who are around 8 years old but sometimes she has children who are as young as three years old. One of the first things she teaches these kids is how to be still because it really is very important to access one’s intuition. When children are taught to sit still, they are incredibly intuitive. She starts off with small steps like instructing children to focus on a candle for two to three minutes without moving their body. She tries to establish communication with children in reference to how they feel, what their heart feels like. This is how she is able to tap into their intuitive self. If she feels like the kid is more comfortable with this practice and is able to tap into their intuition, she takes it to the next level. She would have a stack of cards with different colors or different objects on the cards. Then the child is blindfolded and asked to guess the color of the card or the object that is on the card and they are able to guess it correctly.
What is dancing in the unknown?
It is a book written together with Betsy Chasse. She is the co-creator of a 2004 documentary film ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?!’. It was a movie about the quantum field and how we create our reality. It was a big hit. It showed that we are creators of our own reality. Betsy has been working in the film industry. She had this thought of writing a book in which she had the idea of sharing how she was drifted into the unknown in her life and how she explored new things. There were 16 people who contributed stories to this publication. The book contains some great stories and is full of wisdom. It talks about those moments when these people left behind the known and entered in the unknown sphere, trusting their instincts and underwent complete new experience in their lives.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice she has been given is to stop spending and start investing her thoughts, time and her money. Everything in life must be an investment. We know what it means to waste time and money but a lot of people have no idea what it means to waste a thought. Wasting a thought is obsessing over things we cannot change. It means to spend time in worry and have negative outlook towards everything in life. Our thoughts must be an investment to create a better life for ourselves and people around us.
How can we connect with you?
You can find more about her through her website. Her website’s URL is
Dr. Shivani Amin is a Family Medicine, Pain Specialist and Expert in Medical Cannabis. She began her career at Hoboken University Medical Center in New Jersey. Following a general family practice in Frederick, Maryland, she began to specialize in pain management. As a registered cannabis physician in the state of Maryland, Dr. Shivani has made it her goal to help educate the public on medical marijuana and is dedicated to the compassionate and responsible use of medicinal marijuana as an option for treatment. Dr. Shivani formed a company, Green Health Docs, as a way to educate the public and patients on the medicinal alternatives to opioids and synthetic drugs. Their mission is To combat the nation’s opioid epidemic and give patients back control of their lives with natural medications like medical marijuana. In this episode, we talk about the many many benefits of medical marijuana and CBD oil. I have personally been using CBD oil and have noticed that my appetite and mood is more stable.
How do you use a plant as medical treatment?
The biggest misconception about marijuana is that it can only be used as a drug. However, the plant has over 400 different chemical components and many components in the plant can be effectively filtered out and used for medicinal purpose. A lot of research is being carried out to filter all the components of this plant that can be used for medicinal purpose.
Some of the common components are CBD, PHCBE, PHC, VA.
Can you explain the difference between THC and CBD?
Both THC and CBD are part of marijuana plant. THC stands for tetra hydra cannabinoid. It is a chemical compound that helps patients with chronic pain and inflammation. THC can also produce that feeling of euphoria, cause hallucinations and can get you high. CBD is also part of the plant but it does not produce that psychoactive high. It is extremely anti-inflammatory. It does not have any side-effects either.
Why do you prefer the use of CBD in your practice?
The reason CBD is famously used in reference to medical marijuana is that it does not produce that psychoactive high. It can even be consumed by children. It is known for being extremely anti-inflammatory and has neuroprotective properties. Many believe it can be used to help people with seizures because of its excessive neuroprotective properties. It has also been shown to repair damaged cells and many believe it can be used to treat autism. CBD is also being studied for Alzheimer’s and for treatment against cancer.
Can CBD help reduce weight loss?
CBD is being studied to find if it can help reduce weight loss. It has been shown to reduce a person’s appetite and Dr. Shivani experimented it with herself. She takes a 15-milligram dosage of pure CBD every day and she has noticed it has reduced her appetite. It makes her go to gym and workout. However, Dr. Shivani advises everyone to be cautious with dosage as she herself was the victim of slight over dose sometime ago. She believes an individual should not consume more than 15 milligrams CBD in one day.
Can we use CBD with any other medication?
Dr. Shivani says CBD has not really shown any side-effects with any other medications. She says it is safe even for people who are taking their blood pressure medication and CBD has the ability to mix very well with other medications.
Would you recommend medical marijuana to people with addiction to drugs?
She believes medical marijuana has actually helped people who were addicted to drugs. She encourages such people to consume medical marijuana especially CBD because it does not have that chemical component responsible for producing a psychoactive high.
How did you get into this profession?
Dr. Shivani has always been a huge fan of alternative medicine. It has always been her passion. When she was a house officer she would always question why a patient was prescribed a certain medicine and if there were alternatives to that specific medicine. She always felt there were more than one ways to deal with diseases. She always felt we should put in efforts to reduce consumption of pharmaceutical pills and focus more on natural solutions. She was doing primary care and was seeing close to 30 patients per day. Many of these patients were coming in for pain, depression, and anxiety. She felt pharmaceutical pills were like were not the solution to the problem. She felt like she was not doing enough for these patients prescribing ‘candies’ to them on daily basis. She switched over and started to study alternative medicine for pain management. Once cannabis became legal for medicinal purpose, Shivani knew she had the opportunity to do more research on this plant that has tremendous benefits for health.
Do you believe there are many stigmas to marijuana?
Dr. Shivani completely agrees that there are many stigmas around marijuana. She has been working in medical marijuana for quite some time but even in her own family she has to face this stigma and people in her family are surprised that she recommends marijuana as a medicine for her patients.
Do you feel like you have to break this barrier of stigma around marijuana?
She thinks it is her life purpose to clear all misconceptions about the use of marijuana. This is why she tries to educate people with the proper use of marijuana. Shivani believes there is still a lot we need to learn around how the plant works.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice she got was from her dad who asked her to be herself and to do things that make her happy. At the end of the day, you are your best friend.
How can we connect with you?
You can connect with her through her website.
Her website’s URL is
Kelly Morris has guided thousands with her unique ability to bring forth the truths with yoga and meditation. In the wake of one of America's greatest tragedies on September 11, 2001, Kelly was chosen as the cover story for New York Magazine, as a leading light + voice of compassion at a time of great violence, fear and confusion. Kelly created The Infinity Call—a one-of-kind daily meditation experience for women around the world. It’s A LIVE broadcast for women only M-F, each session is available for 24 hours and then vanishes. The Infinity Call has been featured in the WSJ, One Kings Lane, InStyle, The Coveteur, Well + Good and many more. As you’ll see in this interview, Kelly is direct, frank, empowered by compassion, but mostly, LOVE. She’s like no other meditation or spiritual coach you’ve ever worked with.
What got you into meditation?
Kelly has been a lifelong practitioner of yoga. She has also done studies of a certain kind and has been involved in spiritual practice. Kelly believes many yoga teachers, practitioners and a lot of people in the spiritual field do not meditate. This is because most of them haven’t been taught how to meditate properly. She was brought up and raised in a patriarchal society. She wanted to break shackles and oppose the concept of a system, society or government where men get control of everything. For Kelly, the answer lied in meditation. Through meditation, she was able to achieve a greater sense of self-consciousness for herself and for women around her. Today, she is leading a live broadcast day in day out by the name of ‘The Infinity Call’.
What is ‘The Infinity Call’?
Kelly believes it is difficult to start a meditation practice at home due to various reasons. Kelly started Infinity for all call which is only for women. The Infinity Call is a live broadcast that women can join from any corner of the world. It is a live guided meditation that is led by Kelly herself and the focus is to increase self-consciousness through meditation and enable women empowerment. Women can have one to one meditation session via telephone, Skype or even an in-person session if they are from New York City. Kelly says hundreds of women have joined this program. We live in a world that is actually not safe for women and Kelly hopes to make this world a safer place for women through this program.
Why do you believe meditation is so important for you and for everyone else?
Kelly believes that for many people meditation does not seem like something very revolutionary. This is because the whole concept of meditation revolves around an individual sitting in a corner and chanting a mantra repeatedly and or perform a ritual in complete silence. Studies suggest that human beings generate a large number of beta brain waves during everyday life when we are mostly occupied with work and when our attention is towards the outside world. Beta brainwave state is associated with paranoia, anxiety, self-doubt, and depression. People who are prone to depression or anxiety are not able to produce GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) neurotransmitter.
People who are addicted to certain things like drugs, gambling or sex are also unable to produce GABA neurotransmitter in large quantity. Studies have indicated that people who meditate are able to produce high amounts of GABA neurotransmitter. Therefore, meditation can help people suffering from depression, anxiety and drug addiction.
Why do you think positive affirmations do not work?
Kelly believes unless you do not believe in that positive affirmation, it will never work for you. This is because you will not be able to produce the hormones and chemicals associated with that sentiment hence making it impossible for you to believe in it. If you want to raise your self-esteem and if you really want to believe in your abilities, you should first try to create the chemical consciousness inside of yourself, enable yourself to believe in it. You could do this by borrowing someone’s mojo, it could be some celebrity, your friend or a relative.
How do you take your clients through a meditation session?
Kelly trains her clients to retrieve their consciousness which is an individual’s greatest resource. Kelly intends to reach out to women across the world through The Infinity Call program. She says she expects women from different cultures, religion, race, country, socioeconomic status to join this program.
Where do you feel your passion comes from?
Kelly is deeply concerned with the ever-increasing number of women rape cases in America and around the world. She believes her true passion to work and for women, empowerment is due to the fact that women are constantly being persecuted in this patriarchal society and much needs to be done to stop this persecution. Kelly believes as a woman she can enable other women to look out for themselves, protect themselves and create awareness among other women who in turn can stand-up for their rights. Kelly believes women have the ability to heal the world.
How can we connect with you?
You can find more about Kelly and her work through her website.
Her website’s URL is