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Episode 058: “Living Centered and Practicing Peace”

Featuring Morgan Harper Nichols

This week, Mickenzie and Hannah welcome back poet, artist, and writer Morgan Harper Nichols for an inspiring (and timely) conversation about peace. For many, Morgan’s words and art have cultivated one of the most peaceful corners of the internet, despite the uncertainty, doubt, and chaos that has defined much of the last few years.

In this episode, the three explore how we don’t have to wait for peaceful circumstances (spoiler alert—they may never come) to put peace into practice. Morgan bravely shares the deep work it took and continues to take for her to reexamine and redefine what peace looks like in her own life. We hope this conversation invites you to find a new rhythm for your life by cultivating peace as a practice.If you want to learn more from Morgan’s pursuit of peace, check out her new book: Peace is a Practice. If you love this episode, you can check out our first conversation with Morgan, EP. 13 – “Living Centered and Reclaiming Ourselves Through Creativity.”

Meet this episode’s expert

Popular Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols has created her life’s work around the stories of others. Morgan’s popular Instagram feed (@morganharpernichols) has garnered a loyal online community of over two million, and she is the author of “All Along You Were Blooming”, a book of poems and art she created in response to the personal stories submitted by her friends and followers. She also hosts a podcast, The Morgan Harper Nichols Show, where she shares daily reflections on finding meaning and peace in life and work. Morgan has also performed as a vocalist on several GRAMMY-nominated projects and written for various artists, including a Billboard #1 single performed by her sister, Jamie-Grace. 

Morgan’s iconic Instagram art has inspired millions and landed her brand partnerships with Anthropologie, Coach, Adobe, Vogue Singapore, Aerie, Target, Starbucks, Kind Bar, GAP, Splendid, John Paul Mitchell, and more. Morgan is often on the road creating, teaching, and performing, in hopes of spreading her unique inspirational message and inviting others into her creative process. Morgan currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and son.

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Mentioned in this episode

When you breathe in all the grace available to you and release everything that is outside of your control, you’ll discover peace that surpasses your circumstances. All it takes is practice.

If you feel overwhelmed with anxiety about the future, you’re far from alone. For many of us, when we’re not worrying about what is to come, we find ourselves wrestling with things from the past. Where does that leave us today?

Morgan Harper Nichols has learned the answer to this question. She has examined stories from her own life and the lives of people around the world and noticed a common thread: we all long for peace. We’re all seeking light and life. But these things don’t happen passively. Peace Is a Practice invites you to become a peacemaker in your own life, starting right where you are, and in some of the most unexpected places. 


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