Hope you're right smack dab in the middle of an excellent week.
Today's episode of Synchronicity was recorded live in L.A. at the MIND / WAVE event on March 18th.
I'll admit to being a little nervous about how the event would turn out, but in the end it couldn't have gone any better.
It was such an incredible time meeting so many of the podcasters on MindPod Network for the first time. Being able to put faces to names in 3D reality is never a bad thing.
If you missed the event and wanted to attend, we'll be doing more of these very soon.
But back to the episode...
In this episode, I sat down with Kelly MacLean from The Tao of Comedy and Michael Donovan from Walking Home to discuss spiritual elitism, the meaning of life and the importance of community.
It was the highlight my trip (which is really saying something considering how good and cheap the weed is out there!)
Subscribe to The Tao of Comedy with Kelly MacLean here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tao-of-comedy/id1115517397?mt=2
Subscribe to Walking Home with Michael Donovan here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-donovans-walking-home/id905879335?mt=2
A major blizzard is hitting the Northeast (where I am) so I'm writing this in between shoveling shifts which are required because my dog, Maceo, can't go to the bathroom in 3 feet of snow.
Man up, Maceo!
This week on Synchronicity I'm joined by Diego Perez who writes under the pen name, Yung Pueblo.
Yung Pueblo is a writer, speaker, meditator and social activist.
He's also one of the easiest people I've ever spoken to, which is saying a lot.
In this episode we talk about meditation, the importance of being aware of our internal world and how this awareness ultimately relates to the "out there" world we experience every day.
I'm gonna lay down the gauntlet here and say this is a top five episode of Synchronicity.
This week comedic brilliance personified, Tim Heidecker joins me on Synchronicity.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I preach the gospel of Tim Heidecker wherever I go.
Tim has long been one of my favorite producers of comedy and entertainment so it was an honor to get to chat with him.
Our conversation revolves around collaboration, intuition and what the hell is going on in the world today.
If you know who Tim is, you're gonna enjoy this one.
If you don't know who Tim is, you're still gonna enjoy this one.
MIND / WAVE L.A is happening.
A live MindPod Network event in Los Angeles featuring all of your favorite MindPod podcasters AND special guests. March 18th.
Details here --------> https://goo.gl/yWJKN5
Comedian and psychonaut Shane Mauss joins me on Synchronicity this week.
Shane is in the midst of a 100-city comedy tour called "A Good Trip" where he combines comedy and science to talk about psychedelics.
Pretty cool, right?
On this episode we discuss Shane's 90+ DMT experiences and how to approach transcendental experiences as objectively as possible.
A nice way to approach this episode is to pretend Shane is the left-brain and I'm the right-brain.
Shane's Podcast: "Here We Are" with Shane Mauss
Shane's Comedy Tour: A Good Trip
This week on Synchronicity I sit down with one of the coolest people I know, Zach Mack.
Zach owns and operates ABC Beer Co., an awesome beer bar and hang out spot in the East Village of Manhattan.
Besides running one of New York's best bars Zach is one of the most knowledgeable, curious and optimistic people I've met.
I've been meaning to sit down with him and find out what makes him tick for a while so to be able to do it under the guise of Synchronicity was especially fun.
We cover a broad range of topics (really, when don't these conversation cover a broad range of topics?) like the meaning of water in dreams, the importance of community, being curious and how to maintain optimism in a time when everything can seem so bleak.
The episodes I record in person are always some of my favorites and this is no exception.
I started a Slack Group for Synchronicity listeners.
If you don't know what Slack is, it's a mobile and web application that helps facilitate group discussion.
To join the Synchronicity Slack group so you can see what all the fuss is about follow this link: Synchronicity Slack Group
This week's episode is a little bit different.
Last week I met up with my friend and MindPod Network compatriot Sean Dunne and his wonderful producer and girlfriend, Cass Greener at their apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Sean and Cass are expert documentarians. Be sure to check out there work over at Very Ape TV, where all of their films are available for free.
We partook in the devil's weed and a had a pretty free-form and ranging conversation touching on concepts like music, psychedelics and the current global situation (whatever that means!)
One facet of our conversation that I found particularly interesting is when Sean mentioned he thought he could give everything up and become a monk at any time.
This touches on the subject of being an ascetic or being "in the world."
Anyone who's had some type of transcendental experience has come across the feeling that it might be best to give it all up and head to a cave in the Himalays, but is that the right thing to do?
Also, I'd like to point out that 80% of this episode is just me yacking so if you're not into that sorry!
Randy is the former author of "The Ethicist" a column from the New York Times Magazine that dealt with ethical questions and dilemmas from reader submitted questions.
Questions like whether a patient about to receive anesthesia should be allowed to refuse an anesthesiologist based on their race.
Or if wearing a fur coat inherited by a relative is OK since you didn't buy it.
In addition to being an excellent thinker and writer, Randy hosts a wonderful radio show and podcast called "Person, Place, Thing" where he asks each guest to talk about a person, place and thing that's important to them.
Great premise, right?
Randy and I discuss the current state of the world and while we see similar problems we have very different viewpoints and perspectives on where we're at right now.
It's something we all deal with in varying degrees almost every day of our lives.
Whether it's the fear of going to the dentist, or the fear of rejection or the fear of death all of us know what it's like to be afraid.
My guest this week, Mel Stephens, is no stranger to fear herself.
In fact, I found out about Mel through her excellent podcast, Fear Based Life, where each episode she explores her own and her guests fears.
Mel is an expert at sharing her own vulnerability in a way that helps people. And frankly, people who do that are my favorite type of people.
In our discussion this week we speak about the current political climate, our own deep-seeded fears and Mel's struggle with the concept of death.
Sit back, strap in and get ready for this weeks Synchronicity with Mel Stephens.
My guest this week is Jerry Cannon. Jerry is a creative professional and founder of the lifestyle brand Infinite Bit.
We talk about empowering artists by creating business models that puts revenue and control back into creator's hands.
This is a topic that's dominated my business psyche since I started making money out in the world.
Having this conversation with Jerry was both inspiring and illuminating.
The Synchronicity Book Club starts Feb. 1, 2017.
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Here's a thought experiment for you:
Imagine the worst thing you can possibly think of.
Now imagine you actually had to live through whatever scenario your extremely creative brain just came up with.
My guest this week had to live out his own nightmare scenario when his wife and mother to his young daughter suddenly was diagnosed with brain cancer.
This is a reality few of us can possibly conceive of, let alone have to live through.
Daniele Bolleli has been on my radar for a while now but when five friends mentioned his name to me in a week I knew it was time to reach out.
In this weeks episode Daniele and I discuss what the function of suffering is and what being "Not Afraid" (the name of Daniele's latest book) really means.
Lots of wisdom on how to process difficult experiences from a modern day philosopher.
Daniele Bolelli has two excellent podcasts that I highly recommend you check out:
The multi-talented Matt Xian stops by Synchronicity to talk art collectives, music and mindfulness.
TIMEWHEEL is an independent record label, creative studio and artistic platform based in San Antonio, founded in 2013 by a collective of artists to create and celebrate forward-thinking music, art and culture.
I first tuned into TIMEWHEEL when a friend shared one of their awesome posts on Facebook and since then I've enjoyed learning more about this digital art collective that includes a record label, web site and various social media channels.
In this episode Matt and I delve into the intersection of art and community and specifically how creativity and art are ultimately wonderful maps for tracking consciousness.
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My guest this week is the truly amazing, Roshi Joan Halifax.
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world.
I've known Roshi for a few years now from my work with her wonderful Zen Center, Upaya.
Upaya is a Sanskrit word which translates to skillful means something that Roshi truly embodies.
In our chat Joan brings up the importance of balancing engaged activism with non-attachment.
Combining her years of activism with her Zen sitting practice gives her a unique and valuable perspective on many the issues facing humanity and the world at-large.