The Power in Slowing Down with Jessie Kanzer

When we can take a step back from our culture of constant motion and self-improvement, we may start to see the power in slowing down and making room for stillness in our lives. In her new book, Don’t Just Sit There, Do Nothing, author Jessie Asya Kanzer shares her experience of using the Tao Te Ching to ground her life in intuition, and insight. The result is practical actionable insights on incorporating simple wisdom into the everyday living of life.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Getting to know the Tao Te Ching;
  • Life as spiritual devotion;
  • Learning to evaluate our constructs;
  • Embracing moments of doing nothing;
  • Letting go of regret;
  • Finding flow and embracing duality.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Jessie Asya Kanzer was born in the Soviet Union. At the age of eight, she emigrated with her family to Brooklyn. She is a writer and former reporter and actress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Ravishly, and Romper. Jessie lives with her two daughters and husband in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Learn more at jessiekanzer.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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