Maya Mathias is creating A community to inspire leaders everywhere
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Opening minds. Warming hearts. Liberating souls.

“Today we are all doing penance every day. We’re working hard, trying to make money to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, trying to maintain a good relationship or marriage, trying to keep our children safe and happy and educated, trying to keep the world from blowing itself up. We don’t need any more penance. We need some joy, an ideal, encouragement, a philosophy worthy of us, a real community, neighbors to keep us from having to go it alone. We need our own religion: our sources of inspiration, hope, and healing.”
- from ‘A Religion of One’s Own’ by Thomas Moore

Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture through self-expression. - Beyonce


2014 was the year when all the twists and turns of my life took on a deeper meaning.

The love of my life had passed suddenly in 2013. Being his caregiver for several years helped explain the stop-and-start nature of my soul-centered leadership & innovation practice, but it couldn’t completely erase my feelings of self-doubt and self-reproach for not being further ahead than I was. My long-suffering family was understanding, but I knew that even their patience was wearing thin. Meanwhile, the depth of my grief was startling and threatened to pull me into a deep cave that I might never escape.

When would this ‘dark night of the soul’ end? Had it all been a giant mistake to take this entrepreneurial leap of faith 8000 miles away from home? Was I somehow different from all the bright & shiny examples of business success that surrounded me, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and my homeland of Singapore? Had they somehow found the silver bullet of success that I was not similarly blessed to receive?

Slowly, sweetly and surely, the nourishing answers emerged.

Maybe it was because I started to pay more attention to entrepreneurs’ ‘rags to riches’ stories. Maybe I finally understood the deeper truth of Thomas Campbell’s hero’s journey. Or maybe I had finally torn down the last, thick, wall that stood between my ego and my humanity. My soul was laid bare in primordial pain, and there was now no other way but through the muck and into the present light of a more compassionate version of myself.

We’re all human. We all suffer on the road to personal meaning.

But we don’t always tell the truth about the despairing lows that dwell between the sweet highs.
Somehow, our culture of external success has wired us to exalt the positive, to claim that everything’s great, easy & lovely, even when it’s not. To insist we’re doing ok when, in our most secret and honest of personal moments, we know how helpless we feel in the face of uncertainty, stress and doubt.

There’s a saying that pain exists to make joy all the sweeter.

To that, I will add that pain is a necessary step toward that joy. It’s the dark & mysterious yin that complements the sunny yang, without which the very duality of our world would cease to exist.

And yet, I cannot think about our collective pain without also cherishing our collective joy.

As Thomas Moore writes in the quote above, we’re all doing penance every day. I believe what we ache and yearn for is not only a place to give voice to that penance, but also a place to find our own sources of inspiration, hope and healing from it. This is the ache we soothe through our chosen religions, friendships and vocations. In these choices, we seek personal worth, significance and even transcendence. We want our work, our relationships, our very lives, to stand for something bigger, truer and eternal.

This page is my contribution to that bigger truth - for all of us.

In 2014, I’d received the unexpected gift of becoming a Huffington Post blogger, and with each article that got published, I reconnected with the larger truth of why I write. Like many artists who have come before us, my words help open hearts and minds to the pain & possibilities of our lives.

Since then, my words have made it on to the Huffington Post, my Executive Book Club Podcast, one of Asia's largest national daily newspapers and, most recently, India’s largest business publication.

Readers & listeners have told me how my words move, heal and inspire them.

Here's what some strangers have told me, out of the blue, via email.

1. On my piece about comic legend Robin Williams' passing: "Your words brought a little calm - he was all those things to us, and I feel as sad about collectively letting him down as if he was a friend I had failed to comfort.I too don't comment on blogs, and I don't have facebook. Nor do I write to bloggers. I don't have your way with words..." - Emma

2. On my piece about the legacy of Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew: "It so accurately described my feelings. It was a well written, incisive and moving piece." - Reggie

3. On my piece about how to reinvent our lives, and to thrive beyond the traditional success measures of money and power: "Wow, what a touching story. You are an inspiring and gifted writer." - Kevin

And...I was blessed to meet, write about and be thanked by a Hollywood celebrity.

On my piece about Rob Lowe:

What a nice, generous surprise; your thoughts really meant a lot to me. Thank you!! https://t.co/MlpCAzsF3g
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 2015

Using my writing as a starting point, I want to create a community that cares about each other, about what it means to be a human being, trying your best to do the right thing, to lead yourself and others on this roller coaster ride of life.

I want all of us in this community, this safe haven, to know that we matter, that our lives stand for something real, and deep, and true.
And I want my writing to be the fuel that soothes your soul, fires your imagination, and reawakens your spirit to what is and what can be.

So when I discovered Patreon, I knew that I had found the right platform for this community.
Here, each month, we'll get to live, love, laugh and learn.
Together.
Away from the harsh storms that swirl around our work & relationships.
No judgement, no struggle, no angst.
Only warmth, affection and an inner knowing that this is something worth being a part of.
Something that will fill you up, and carry you through your sojourn on earth.

When you pledge your support and become a patron of my work, you'll open a window of opportunity where:

  • I can continue to create this life-changing work
  • I can upgrade my podcasting setup and hire editing support to birth this body of work
  • I can continue to write my book on inspired leadership (coming out sometime in 2016)
  • YOU can have a ringside seat as all this unfolds, learn & reflect on each piece of content I publish, and be nourished and uplifted in the process
  • WE can build and be part of a community that's an ongoing oasis of peace and humanity to us, and potentially to millions more all over the world

No matter how much you choose to pledge each month, participate in our discussions and/or help me spread the word, I'll continue to devote my life force energy to being a peacemaker and innovator in this time of great personal and global need.

Thank you for helping me do my part to heal Mother Earth and all its inhabitants. This is our home...our very own ball of dirt, gas and water hurtling through the cosmos.

Our own peaceful innovation & personal reinvention becomes its true source of renewal, and its wellspring of love and vitality.

In peace & inventiveness,
Maya
Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per month
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Access to my private Patreon stream. This is where the community fun & learning begins. I'll interact with you frequently, we'll get to know each other better, and we can all walk this inspired path together. Tell me your Twitter handle and we can follow each other there.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons

Summary & action sheets of my new podcast episodes. Information can only get you so far. These summary sheets are a great visual cue to put all this content into action.
Plus all lower-level rewards.

(Note: I don't have summary sheets for podcast episodes #1 through #16 i.e. anything that I produced before June 2015...as time permits I'll add them to the catalog and share them with you.)
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons

Jam with me once a month.
You'll receive a copy of my ebook, Unleash Your InnoMojo, plus get a patron-only invitation to my monthly Google Hangout, where you can ask me anything about leading and building innovative teams.
Plus all lower-level rewards.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons

Free 7-day trial access to a 30-day Inner Peace Experience.
I'll release more 30-day experiences over time, so the longer you remain a patron, the more experiences you'll have and the more your inner peace will build and grow.
Plus all lower-level rewards.

Pledge $250 or more per month
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Each month that you're in this community, I'll deliver a one-hour virtual talk about peace-fueled leadership and innovation to a group of your choice.
Choose one podcast episode or article from my repertoire that resonates with you, and I'll teach it to a group of people that you manage or mentor. And...if you pledge 3 months or longer at this level, I'll include you in the creative process for my next book. You'll be the first to review my drafts, get a sneak peek of my cover art, and help me turn it into an invaluable resource for leaders everywhere. I'll also add your name to the book's page of acknowledgements.
Plus all lower-level rewards.

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I'll commit to releasing at least one new piece of content each week.
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Opening minds. Warming hearts. Liberating souls.

“Today we are all doing penance every day. We’re working hard, trying to make money to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, trying to maintain a good relationship or marriage, trying to keep our children safe and happy and educated, trying to keep the world from blowing itself up. We don’t need any more penance. We need some joy, an ideal, encouragement, a philosophy worthy of us, a real community, neighbors to keep us from having to go it alone. We need our own religion: our sources of inspiration, hope, and healing.”
- from ‘A Religion of One’s Own’ by Thomas Moore

Art is the unapologetic celebration of culture through self-expression. - Beyonce


2014 was the year when all the twists and turns of my life took on a deeper meaning.

The love of my life had passed suddenly in 2013. Being his caregiver for several years helped explain the stop-and-start nature of my soul-centered leadership & innovation practice, but it couldn’t completely erase my feelings of self-doubt and self-reproach for not being further ahead than I was. My long-suffering family was understanding, but I knew that even their patience was wearing thin. Meanwhile, the depth of my grief was startling and threatened to pull me into a deep cave that I might never escape.

When would this ‘dark night of the soul’ end? Had it all been a giant mistake to take this entrepreneurial leap of faith 8000 miles away from home? Was I somehow different from all the bright & shiny examples of business success that surrounded me, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and my homeland of Singapore? Had they somehow found the silver bullet of success that I was not similarly blessed to receive?

Slowly, sweetly and surely, the nourishing answers emerged.

Maybe it was because I started to pay more attention to entrepreneurs’ ‘rags to riches’ stories. Maybe I finally understood the deeper truth of Thomas Campbell’s hero’s journey. Or maybe I had finally torn down the last, thick, wall that stood between my ego and my humanity. My soul was laid bare in primordial pain, and there was now no other way but through the muck and into the present light of a more compassionate version of myself.

We’re all human. We all suffer on the road to personal meaning.

But we don’t always tell the truth about the despairing lows that dwell between the sweet highs.
Somehow, our culture of external success has wired us to exalt the positive, to claim that everything’s great, easy & lovely, even when it’s not. To insist we’re doing ok when, in our most secret and honest of personal moments, we know how helpless we feel in the face of uncertainty, stress and doubt.

There’s a saying that pain exists to make joy all the sweeter.

To that, I will add that pain is a necessary step toward that joy. It’s the dark & mysterious yin that complements the sunny yang, without which the very duality of our world would cease to exist.

And yet, I cannot think about our collective pain without also cherishing our collective joy.

As Thomas Moore writes in the quote above, we’re all doing penance every day. I believe what we ache and yearn for is not only a place to give voice to that penance, but also a place to find our own sources of inspiration, hope and healing from it. This is the ache we soothe through our chosen religions, friendships and vocations. In these choices, we seek personal worth, significance and even transcendence. We want our work, our relationships, our very lives, to stand for something bigger, truer and eternal.

This page is my contribution to that bigger truth - for all of us.

In 2014, I’d received the unexpected gift of becoming a Huffington Post blogger, and with each article that got published, I reconnected with the larger truth of why I write. Like many artists who have come before us, my words help open hearts and minds to the pain & possibilities of our lives.

Since then, my words have made it on to the Huffington Post, my Executive Book Club Podcast, one of Asia's largest national daily newspapers and, most recently, India’s largest business publication.

Readers & listeners have told me how my words move, heal and inspire them.

Here's what some strangers have told me, out of the blue, via email.

1. On my piece about comic legend Robin Williams' passing: "Your words brought a little calm - he was all those things to us, and I feel as sad about collectively letting him down as if he was a friend I had failed to comfort.I too don't comment on blogs, and I don't have facebook. Nor do I write to bloggers. I don't have your way with words..." - Emma

2. On my piece about the legacy of Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew: "It so accurately described my feelings. It was a well written, incisive and moving piece." - Reggie

3. On my piece about how to reinvent our lives, and to thrive beyond the traditional success measures of money and power: "Wow, what a touching story. You are an inspiring and gifted writer." - Kevin

And...I was blessed to meet, write about and be thanked by a Hollywood celebrity.

On my piece about Rob Lowe:

What a nice, generous surprise; your thoughts really meant a lot to me. Thank you!! https://t.co/MlpCAzsF3g
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 2015

Using my writing as a starting point, I want to create a community that cares about each other, about what it means to be a human being, trying your best to do the right thing, to lead yourself and others on this roller coaster ride of life.

I want all of us in this community, this safe haven, to know that we matter, that our lives stand for something real, and deep, and true.
And I want my writing to be the fuel that soothes your soul, fires your imagination, and reawakens your spirit to what is and what can be.

So when I discovered Patreon, I knew that I had found the right platform for this community.
Here, each month, we'll get to live, love, laugh and learn.
Together.
Away from the harsh storms that swirl around our work & relationships.
No judgement, no struggle, no angst.
Only warmth, affection and an inner knowing that this is something worth being a part of.
Something that will fill you up, and carry you through your sojourn on earth.

When you pledge your support and become a patron of my work, you'll open a window of opportunity where:

  • I can continue to create this life-changing work
  • I can upgrade my podcasting setup and hire editing support to birth this body of work
  • I can continue to write my book on inspired leadership (coming out sometime in 2016)
  • YOU can have a ringside seat as all this unfolds, learn & reflect on each piece of content I publish, and be nourished and uplifted in the process
  • WE can build and be part of a community that's an ongoing oasis of peace and humanity to us, and potentially to millions more all over the world

No matter how much you choose to pledge each month, participate in our discussions and/or help me spread the word, I'll continue to devote my life force energy to being a peacemaker and innovator in this time of great personal and global need.

Thank you for helping me do my part to heal Mother Earth and all its inhabitants. This is our home...our very own ball of dirt, gas and water hurtling through the cosmos.

Our own peaceful innovation & personal reinvention becomes its true source of renewal, and its wellspring of love and vitality.

In peace & inventiveness,
Maya

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons

Access to my private Patreon stream. This is where the community fun & learning begins. I'll interact with you frequently, we'll get to know each other better, and we can all walk this inspired path together. Tell me your Twitter handle and we can follow each other there.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons

Summary & action sheets of my new podcast episodes. Information can only get you so far. These summary sheets are a great visual cue to put all this content into action.
Plus all lower-level rewards.

(Note: I don't have summary sheets for podcast episodes #1 through #16 i.e. anything that I produced before June 2015...as time permits I'll add them to the catalog and share them with you.)
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons

Jam with me once a month.
You'll receive a copy of my ebook, Unleash Your InnoMojo, plus get a patron-only invitation to my monthly Google Hangout, where you can ask me anything about leading and building innovative teams.
Plus all lower-level rewards.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons

Free 7-day trial access to a 30-day Inner Peace Experience.
I'll release more 30-day experiences over time, so the longer you remain a patron, the more experiences you'll have and the more your inner peace will build and grow.
Plus all lower-level rewards.

Pledge $250 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons

Each month that you're in this community, I'll deliver a one-hour virtual talk about peace-fueled leadership and innovation to a group of your choice.
Choose one podcast episode or article from my repertoire that resonates with you, and I'll teach it to a group of people that you manage or mentor. And...if you pledge 3 months or longer at this level, I'll include you in the creative process for my next book. You'll be the first to review my drafts, get a sneak peek of my cover art, and help me turn it into an invaluable resource for leaders everywhere. I'll also add your name to the book's page of acknowledgements.
Plus all lower-level rewards.