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Hello & welcome to the Fearless Self-Love Podcast! Loving ourselves is the most selfless thing we can do. When we prioritize our own needs, we show up more fully for others. We are more receptive and aware. We begin to live with ease. Each episode features conversations with creatives and wellness pros, whose real-life stories will inspire you to take the next step toward living a life you love. Our bottom line is to cultivate communities of fearless self-love and compassionate connection…and you'll feel like you're right here with us, sitting around the table with a pot of tea. We'll walk you through an easeful living practice, and leave you with a courageous self-care tip. I'm your host, Andrea Catherine, Yoga Health Coach, & your advocate to live a flourishing Life You Love. [New episodes released on the 1st and 15th of every month.]

Jun 11, 2019

Ned Cooney loves meetings, good meetings! Ned says that just as a river guide may not know a particular river or a particular group, the guide has been on a lot of rivers and knows what to do if the boat turns over. His job as a facilitator is to bring a group of people together and bring out the best thinking that leads the group to a better path. Listen and Ned and I discuss how his facilitation skills and his knowledge of music and its effects on the brain to bring out the best in people.


  • How finding sacredness leads to fulfillment
  • How asking why you do what you do leads to discovery
  • Why forgetting self allows you to be fully present



Links Mentioned:



Malcolm Gladwell quote

Gracious Space

Open Space

Ned Cooney



Show Highlights:

1:00 Introduction

4:08 Exploration of the sacred, being invited into a community and share in exploration

9:50 What it’s really like to bea facilitator

15:35 Fearlessness -- what it means to Ned

20:55 The role music plays in Ned’s life

33:00 Ned’s journey toward facilitation

41:20 Meeting strategies and the spectrum of “tions”

51:30 Ned’s self care tips


Favorite Quotes:

“Sacredness, to me, is being invited into a common mission to help people with their passions.” -Ned Cooney

“Selflessness helps me be fully present. When you forget yourself, you can be open to what comes and what shows up without having to own the outcome. -Ned Cooney

“When you are nervous, switch your energy to being eager. Eagerness allows us to use energy without being frozen in fear.” -Andrea Catherine

“Music creates richness, collaboration and connection. It is a common experience. Music makes us conscious of things we’re not really conscious of. It improves our lives and hearts.  It touches people’s core without words.” -Ned Cooney

“Music is a uniquely human endeavor. Our brains are wired to respond to music.” -Andrea Catherine

“If we’re going to be a civilization that has institutions and organizations then we should not avoid meetings or destroy them with our lack of attention.” -Ned Cooney

Everything that we are passionate about or care about probably started with people gathering together to talk about it.” -Andrea Catherine


Meet Ned:

Ned Cooney, Facilitator/Consultant is an independent consulting practice, specializing in nonprofits, philanthropy and public agencies. His early career has been in the nonprofit sector, as executive director, program staff and board member. Now, Ned serves many organizations by helping people learn and make better decisions together.  Ned specializes in organizational planning, board development, funding strategies, support for executives, and meetings/retreats. He is also rumored to be one Mellow Waters while singing songs on stage with a guitar.