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.