About Jessie Kanzer: Jessie Asya Kanzer is the author of Don’t Just Sit There, DO NOTHING: Healing, Chilling, and Living with the Tao Te Ching — a book that combines ancient philosophy to help us live in the midst of current chaos.
Born as Asya Bronfman in the Soviet Union, Jessie emigrated to the U.S. at age eight after surviving a holocaust.
Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Ravishly, and Romper.
She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York, with her two daughters and husband. She considers herself an expert in Doing Nothing.
In this episode, Adam and Jessie discuss:
- Expressing your emotions
- Don’t just sit there, do nothing
- Reinventing your identity
- Fly your freak flag
- Peace begins with you.
- Journaling, or doing whatever comes naturally to you in terms of expressing your emotions, is a crucial part of getting through your difficulties.
- Stillness, or just a moment of getting quiet while deep breathing and connecting to the present moment is the key to healing and transformation.
- There’s nothing wrong with creating a new identity or reinventing yourself. Everyone has their own issues and labels that they wish to unlearn from the world, and if changing their identity or unlearning all they believe they know is how they deal, then let them.
- Allow yourself to not be ashamed of your own wicked personality and stop attempting to conceal some aspects of yourself or your past. People will undoubtedly judge you, but keep in mind that we aren’t designed to fit into some preconceived idea of normalcy.
- If you want peace in the world, start with yourself. Be the change you want to see in the world. Change is inevitable, but taking steps in improving yourself to rise to the occasion and grow as a person will help to spread peace.
“Life is always a moving journey, you’re not actually done. So just have a good time along the way. Don’t stress too much, just chill out more. Don’t just sit there, do nothing more.” – Jessie Kanzer
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