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60: How to Add Value to Your Life with Tom Cronin

In our modern world, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. The last several years have thrown us into a state of crisis where we’re left to deal with this new normal. How do we find peace and regain control amongst the chaos? The answer lies within. In this week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out, my guest and I dive into what an enlightened planet could look like and why meditation is a beautiful, effective tool for absolutely everyone. 

Tom Cronin spent 26 years in finance markets as one of Australia’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation in the early stages of his career, when the anxiety and chaos he was experiencing had hit a crisis point, and it completely transformed his world, both personally and professionally. Founder of The Stillness Project, a global movement to inspire one billion people to sit in stillness daily, Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives. His ongoing work in transformational leadership coaching and corporate training has seen him working with some of the top companies in the world like Amazon, Qantas, UBS and Coca-Cola. He has spoken on stage at conferences and events like Adnews Summit, Afest, Wanderlust and Mind Heart Connect. Tom has six books published, a meditation app and produced the hit film The Portal.

Want to learn more about Tom? Visit his website, follow him on Instagram, and watch his feature film, “The Portal.” Our listeners also have access to Tom’s free ebook! Check that out here.

Transcription:

Think meditation is hard? Do me a favor, take a slow deep breath in and now breathe out. Congratulations, you just meditated. Hi, I’m Krystal Jakosky, and this is Breathe In, Breathe Out: a Weekly Mindfulness and Meditation podcast for anyone ready to own their own shit and find a little peace while doing it.

Krystal Jakosky: Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jakosky. And as always, I am so grateful that you’re here today. I’m so grateful that you’ve chosen to give yourself a moment to just breathe and relax. I’m really excited about today because we have Tom Cronin on from Australia. I want to tell you just a little bit about Tom before I bring him in. Tom spent 26 years in finance in one of Australia’s leading bond and swap brokers. He discovered meditation early on in his career. It completely transformed his world both personally and professionally as a founder of the stillness project, which is a global movement to inspire a billion people to meditate daily. Sit in stillness daily. Tom is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives and his ongoing transformational leadership coaching and corporate training has seen him working with some of the top companies in the world like Amazon, Qantas, UBS, and Coca Cola. He’s spoken on stage at conferences and events like Adnews Summit, Afest, Wanderlust, and Mind Heart Connect Tom has six books published. He has a meditation app and he’s the producer of the hit film, The Portal, which I highly recommend that you watch. Without out further ado, just welcome to our show, Tom, thank you for being here today.

Tom Cronin: That’s great to be here. Thanks for inviting me along. I’m really looking forward to our conversation today.

Krystal Jakosky: Yeah. I’m going to enjoy just listening to your voice and going on a journey with you. I really want to talk just a little bit more about the crisis point that your life hit in the finance world and what brought you to meditation.

Tom Cronin: Yeah, absolutely. The thing about the portal film is it’s all about crisis and how a crisis is actually not a mean horrible thing that happens to us. It’s happening to support us, to guide us. And for me, I didn’t realize this at the time, of course, but with hindsight, I can look back and see how it was such a critical moment in my life. There was this sort of guiding force to me being where I am today and how it looked was that I was in finance on a trading room floor, very much like Wolf of wall street. And I really fell into the patterns and the culture of the industry back then, it was the late eighties, early nineties. So it was a lot of drinking, a lot of drugs, a lot of partying, a lot of late nights, and a lot of hard work.

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