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PodcastToxic Relationships, with Dora

Toxic Relationships, with Dora

Dora and Robin answer questions about moving on from toxic relationships, listening to your instincts when it comes to partners, and feeling lonely when you are in one place in your life and your friends are in another.

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(mouse clicking) (gentle music) Headspace Studios. Imagine if I could give my all to the right person, you know what I mean? And I'm doing myself a disservice by withholding all that love I have, because I'm thinking about that person that disappointed me. Have you ever wished you had a wise meditation teacher on speed dial? Someone you can call after a long day. Someone you could lean on for their advice. Someone to listen and help you to see things differently. Welcome to Dear Headspace. (soft upbeat music) Hello, everyone. Here we are with another episode of Dear Headspace, a podcast where I sit down with a Headspace meditation teacher and we answer your questions. Now, I am Robin Hopkins. And today, I am here with the amazing Dora. And if history has shown us nothing, this is going to be a good chat. Hi, Dora. Hi, no pressure (laughs). I know, I know, I really did set the bar pretty high there. It's okay, it's okay. I work best under pressure. And also, listen, I've talked to you many times at this point and it's never not a good conversation. So I think the bar is just okay where it is. Yes, thank you, I'm excited to be here. I have a little bit of an unpopular opinion about Valentine's Day, I don't like it. Why? I think it's too commercial. I think it's forced appreciation. And I don't know, I just like, I feel all this pressure to do this perfect thing versus just maybe being a little kinder every day. That's, I don't know, that's my take on it. It feels like you can't get a dinner reservation. For many years, I couldn't get a date. Aw. I mean, it was a little sad, but enough about me. I want to, what's your take on Valentine's Day? I would say with all holidays, to be honest, once I moved out of my mom's house, I started to realize that I don't have much of a connection with holidays. Like kind of what you had said, like, why am I waiting 365 just to show my love and appreciation and gratitude to people who I see every single day? Right. And yeah, that pressure from society, whether it's Christmas, Easter, all these different holidays, there's so much pressure, and it's like you can never do it right in the eyes of society. There's always someone that's going to do it bigger and better, especially with Valentine's Day. So I, you know, I like it for what it is. Sure, if that's the only day that you receive love and that's special to you, that's great. But for me, I'm like, I am really just trying to show love every single day of my life. Yeah, and it gets like, "Well, I did this last year, so I have to do, it has to be equal or of greater value this year." I mean, like, look at what's...


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  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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