Comedian, podcaster, writer and awesome person Kelly MacLean stops by Synchronicity.
Kelly is as wise as she is lovely which is to say she is very wise. Enjoy this episode and be sure to subscribe to "The Tao of Comedy"
The book giveaway is back! This week I'm giving away a copy of "Mind Beyond Death" by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
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Robert Waggoner stops by Synchronicity to discuss dreams and lucid dreaming.
Robert has two excellent books that I highly recommend you check out:
So yeah, DREAMS!
The Alan Watts clip at the end of the episode is from the Comparative Philosophy Collection.
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Matt Oestreicher stops by Synchronicity to discuss his life, music, wisdom and awesomeness.
Matt is a multi-instrumentalist, musician, podcast host and very cool person.
Be sure to check out Matt's excellent podcast, The Mindful Musician.
Outro music by Tipping Hand.
Lorenzo Hagerty stops by Synchronicity to talk about his cyberdelic baby, The Psychedelic Salon.
Lorenzo has had a fascinating life and this was an incredibly fun episode for me.
My guest today is the extraordinarily wonderful Lulu Biazus.
I met Lulu when she created some artwork for a few clients of mine. Since then we've gotten to know each other better and at least from my side the more I find out the cooler Lulu gets.
Lulu is a graphic artist and art director based out of Los Angeles.
Also, long intro alert because I am at the beach and I'm feeling it.
My guest today is meditation teacher and pleasant fellow, Hugh Byrne.
Hugh Byrne teaches meditation and works with people to cultivate mindfulness in daily life. His approach is deeply informed by family and culture, human rights and social justice—and the good fortune of encountering Buddhist teachings 30 years ago.
Hugh came to meditation when his decades-long career spent remedying human injustice revealed the root cause of conflict that he'd failed to tackle. Hugh came to understand—and know personally—that the anger and fear within us engender harmful behavior. Thus he began the transformational practice and study of Buddhist insight meditation.
We're in the process of selecting a recipient for the Synchronicity Generosity Experiment. To contribute or find out more go here: https://syncpodcast.com/generosity/
My BFF David Silver and I talk about the world, the flesh and the devil.
Enjoy this episode on your favorite device.
Jarell Perry stops by Synchronicity to discuss music, awareness, race relations and the meaning of life.
I met Jarell through fellow MindPod Network podcaster Yoshino (Artist Decoded) and we immediately hit it off.
Jarell is an accomplished singer and songwriter and he also runs an excellent blog called Still Mind where he muses on everything from creativity to peace of mind.
I had a blast talking to Jarell and I have a feeling you'll really enjoy this episode.
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Lily Cushman is my wonderful and oh so lovely guest this week.
To try and describe Lily in just a few short sentences would be a fruitless endeavor because it's impossible. She does way too many cool and diverse things. But shit, I'll try.
This weeks book giveaway is "Women" by Charles Bukowski. Join the Synchronicity Community and you're entered in the book giveaway contest every week.
Cory Allen is a composer, mastering engineer, podcast host, and meditation teacher from Austin, TX. Allen's music is deep, patient, highly-conceptual and has been called "elegant" by The Wire Magazine and an "artistic engineering achievement" by Was Ist Das. Cory has taught hundreds of people the practice of meditation through his guided workshops and delivers lectures on mindfulness and the expansion of human consciousness. Allen is the host of The Astral Hustle podcast where he talks to himself and his friends about the nature of being and the magic of the cosmos.
This weeks book for the Book Giveaway is "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche. Join the Synchronicity Community and you're entered in the book giveaway every week.
Also, be sure to check out the Synchronicity Generosity Experiment. We're raising money to help someone out. We choose the person or persons at the end of August. Check it out here: gofundme.com/syncgenerosity1/
Tess Lampert is my guest today.
In addition to being my sister Tess is a food and beverage connoisseur, writer and the best cook I know (sorry, mom.)
Tess flips the script at the beginning of the episode by asking me questions.
This weeks book giveaway is Joseph Campbell's, "The Hero With a Thousand Faces"
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In this episode Steven and I discuss the importance of dreams. Steven also recommended some excellent books as an addendum to the episode:
The book for this weeks giveaway is "The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep." If you want a chance to win a brand new copy of that book all you do is join the Synchronicity Community.
Also, this week I'm launching the Synchronicity Generosity Experiment. Fore more information about that go here.
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Jay Weingarten is my most excellent guest this week.
Jay is a comedian. Jay is funny. Jay is cool. Jay is nice.
Find out more about Jay here.
Listen to Jay's comedy "album" "Big Laughs" here.
This week's book giveaway is "Mind Beyond Death" by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Want a chance to get a book every week forever? Join the Synchronicity Community today and you'll get that chance.
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Toni Bernhard is my guest today. Toni has an incredible story that centers around how to bring awareness, mindfulness and compassion to issues surrounding chronic illness.
Easily one of the most inspiring and wisdom filled episodes of Synchronicity to date.
This weeks book giveaway is Hazrat Inayat Khan's, "The Mysticism of Sound and Music" which is one of my all time favorite reads. Want to be entered in every weekly book giveaway contest? Join the Synchronicity Community and you are entered FOREVER.
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Allen St. Pierre is the Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), an American non-profit organization that wishes to remove the criminal penalties for and legalize cannabis. St. Pierre was hired by NORML's Board of Directors in 1991 when he worked as a Communications Director for the organization.
St. Pierre has been the Executive Director of NORML since January 2005. He is the seventh person to be NORML's Executive Director. He also serves on the Board of Directors of NORML and the NORML Foundation.
This weeks book giveaway is Hermann Hesse's, "Demian." Join the Synchronicity community and you're automatically entered in each weeks book giveaway.
My guest today is friend and creative professional, Miles Seiden.
Miles is about as authentic of a person you'll come across. Not only is he a talented professional, Miles is also one of the most honest and dedicated people I've met. In short, he's my soul bruva from the same cosmic motha and yes I'm sorry and I will never say that again.
This week I've partnered with Wisdom Publications and they've generously donated a new copy of Ajahn Brahm's "Kindfulness."
Join the Synchronicity Community by tapping/clicking this link and you're automatically entered in the giveaway FOREVER. That's a good deal if you ask me.
Finally, rate and review Synchronicity on iTunes if you're digging it. I know it's a pain to login to iTunes (which is terrible as a thing that exists) but it really helps the show and karmically it's a great thing to do.
Buddha spoke explicitly about rating and reviewing podcasts as a good thing to do and a path towards everlasting peace and happiness, and hey, he's a smart kind of guy.
My guest today is the adventurous, talented, hilarious and all around fun guy, Mikey Kampmann.
Mikey has done a lot of cool things in his life like traveling to the South Pole and working as one third of the excellent comedy group, 2 Wet Crew. But hey, those are just things he's done, not who he is, right?
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Mikey recommended a book Starhawk's, "The Fifth Sacred Thing"
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My guest today is Kirtan singer and lovely person, Nina Rao.
Nina learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996.
Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das' business manager and assistant.
To find out more about Nina visit her website: ninaraochant.com
This week's book giveaway is Tom Robbins, "Skinny Legs and All." To enter the weekly book giveaway contests join the Synchronicity Community right here: eepurl.com/bSWrqT
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I got tuned into Yoshino and his podcast by Michael Donovan (who is an inter-dimensional networker and knows pretty much the coolest people you can know) and I'm very happy I did.
Yoshino and I only spoke a couple of times before the podcast but you'll hear we hit it off immediately.
Not only is Yoshino a creative powerhouse but his focus on intention, service and bringing value to people's lives is infectious.
Check out some of Yoshino's work on his website.
My guest today is holistic nutritionist and extremely advanced soul, Sah D'Simone.
You'll be hard pressed to find a more genuine and authentic spiritual seeker than Sah.
Also, if you're interested in nutrition and health for the mind/body/soul Sah is available for consults and sessions. Sah is incredibly awesome and I encourage you to learn more about him on his website http://sahdsimone.com.
This is a short episode post today because I just had a baby (well, technically my wife Alexis did) so my life is insane right now.
That said, enjoy the episode!
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Oh yeah and this week's book giveaway is "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" by Chogyam Trungpa. Join the Synchronicity Community and you're automatically entered in each weeks book giveaway contest.
My guest today is Lama Tsomo who happens to be one of the most direct, down to earth, yet extremely wise and fun people I've had the pleasure of speaking with.
She's also a bonafide Lama (ordained by Tulku Sangak Rinpoche) in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She's also an author and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and Namchak Retreat Ranch in Missoula, Montana.
Her new book, "Why Is The Dalai Lama Always Smiling?" is absolutely incredible and I highly recommend picking up a copy. It's one of the best books on Buddhism for westerners that I've come across( and I've read a lot of books on Buddhism for westerners.)
I'll be giving away a copy of her book this week (May 3rd, 2016). To enter join the Synchronicity Community here.
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My guest today is the one and only Duncan Trussell.
I sat down with Duncan on his tres fancy bus after the Washington, D.C. stop of his "You Are God" tour.
Some podcasts need explanations. This one does not.
Also, rest in peace, Prince. Godspeed on your sweet and magical journey.
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My guest today is holistic center pioneer and all around Dharma good guy, Ralph White.
Ralph was the first program director for the Omega Center up in Rhinebeck NY as well as one of the founding members of The Open Center in NYC.
We discuss a whole bunch of topics in this episode so here are some bullet points to make it easy for you:
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Ralph turned me onto Rudolf Steiner at the end of this episode and for that I'm eternally grateful.
Ralph just wrote a memoir, "The Jeweled Highway: On The Quest for A Life of Meaning" which is fantastic and I finished it in four days so maybe check that out why dontcha? Also, I'm giving away a copy of Ralph's book for this week's Synchronicity book giveaway contest.
Remember, all you need to do to enter the book giveaway contest is join the Synchronicity Community which you can do right here: eepurl.com/bSWrqT.
My guest today is meditation teacher, musician and all around creatrix, Biet Simkin who's based out of NYC.
Biet is a wonderful example of someone who's let her inner life guide her external life (is there really a difference?) which is working out pretty pretty great for her. As you'll hear in the episode Biet is also an incredibly genuine and love-filled person. Coincidentally, my favorite type of person!
Biet is also leading guided sound meditations at Further Future a music and lifestyle festival taking place April 29 through Sunday May 1, 2016 at the Moapa River Indian Reservation near Las Vegas, Nevada. More details inside the episode but Further Future is going to be an amazing time and experience and if I didn't have a baby due right when it was taking place I'd be attending.
Find out more about Further Future here: http://www.furtherfuture.com/
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Closing song is "Si Do Hymn" from Biet's most recent album, "The Lunar"
Many thanks to Jordan from Further Future/Robot Heart for linking me and Biet. You rule Jordan!
My guest today is creative professional extraordinaire, Paul Jarvis.
Paul is founder and launcher of a plethora of online products for creative professionals including Creative Class, Chimp Essentials, Project Prescription, 4 Wordpress Themes and his weekly emails The Sunday Dispatches.
Paul also has his own podcast called, The Freelancer, which you 100% should check out because he drops wisdom bombs like they're going out of style on a regular basis.
Paul currently resides in the woods of Canada, on an island with his wife Lisa and their gang of pet rats. He rocks cheap beer toques and meditation beads (typically at the same time). He also has way more tattoos than you. (I ripped this little about part from his site so that's how I know he has more tattoos than you.)
I stumbled across Paul when a friend of mine recommended I check out his Chimp Essentials MailChimp course which was hands down one of the best courses I've ever taken. The course is on hiatus right now but will be back soon. I'll let you know when it's back because it is great.
Just from taking that course I got the sense that:
a) Paul really knew what he was talking about
b) he genuinely seemed to care about the people he was speaking to
c) he seemed like a really awesome person I'd like to talk with.
So, I hit him up and he responded and we set up a time to chat and this podcast is the fruit of that (very easy to do) labor.
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In addition to being a creator par excellence Paul is also a musician and I asked him for a couple of music recommendations. At the time he was enjoying Side Data (a Canadian band) and the Kruder and Dorfmeister Sessions Volume 1 (which is one of my favorite mix compilations of all time).
Paul also recommended Oliver Burkeman's, "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking".