We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonah Larkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonah, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Life doesn’t happen to you. It moves through you.” I don’t know who came up with this quote but I love it because I think it gets to the heart of the struggle so many people feel on a day to day basis.
As a someone who works deeply with people, a theme I see over and over is that people feel like they are to a certain extent controlled by external circumstances in their life. Often that feeling goes even deeper to the point that people feel like victims. This creates feelings of uncertainty, anxiety and confusion.
And while there are certainly external circumstances to contend with (after all we do live in a material world), all change starts inside. External circumstances like not having enough money or a dealing with a difficult relationship are real, but when people start to change their view from life is “happening” to them to life is “moving” through them they start to open to amazing and beautiful possibilities.
Those possibilities inevitably lead to an increased sense of well-being and connection to oneself and others on the inside and big changes in the material aspect of life as well. I’ve seen incredible transformations more times than I can count when folks really try on the belief that “life moves through you.”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I sold NFL football pencils to my classmates in 4th grade. I’ve always loved business because it felt like discovering an incredible secret. I’ve also always love play, physicality and feeling happy and healthy. My business journey culminated in creating a very successful e-commerce company in the early days of selling online. However despite the external success, I was miserable, depressed and felt like my life was devoid of meaning.
I sold my company and went on a two year round the world sojourn. I went surfing. I meditated for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for a month, then did another stint for six weeks. I slowly started to come back to life and I became fascinated by the ancient practice of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
I decided to go to acupuncture school and become a fully licensed acupuncturist working with hundreds of people on their biggest health problems. The one thing I didn’t love about acupuncture was the volume based business model. I prefer to work with people on a very deep level to create lasting change. And one day a client gave me permission to start working differently when she told me that despite how much she loved acupuncture, the real reason she came was because she got so much out of talking with me.
That conversation lead me into coaching where I work deeply with people to help them create the kind of life that is not just inspirational to them but inspirational to others as well. I use all of my training in health, wellness, psychology, shadow work, family systems and more to guide people to face and integrate the things that appear to be roadblocks in their life. When those roadblocks are fully integrated they become the hidden “fuel” that people didn’t know they had for them to express themselves and create what they want on their life journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The real magic of southern California to me is and always will be the beach. I have always loved beach culture because not only is it healthy and embodied but have you ever felt bad after spending a day at the beach? I sure haven’t.
I especially love the beaches and coves northwest of Malibu. Beyond the expensive houses, glitzy cars and crowds, the coves and beaches up their give a glimpse of what old southern California must have been like. But the beaches around Manhattan Beach are also great. I’m always amazed at how spectacular it is. So we would definitely spend a lot of time at the beach.
Smorgasburg LA is a must see and must eat for the pure diversity of food, fun and people that are there. I always try something new and end up meeting incredible people. That’s the one thing I love about LA so much is that people are open, are interesting and love to talk.
When Brian Kest still teaches (which can be rare) yoga at Power Yoga in Santa Monica we’d definitely go there. Brian’s classes are always so non elitist and just let anyone enjoy what yoga has to offer.
And of course we’d have to go to SunLife Organics and get the most delicious and ridiculously priced smoothie ever. I think they have one that literally costs $28 which is silly in only the way that LA can be silly..
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jamie Wheal just wrote an incredible book called “Recapture the Rapture” which describes the current state of our world and how each one of us can step up and take responsibility to make this world better without becoming nihilists. Jamie is truly trying to create a world that works for ALL of us instead of just some of us. It is a true antidote to the lack of meaning so many people feel in this day and age.
All photos are mine.