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Podcast with J. Brown; Pump Up the Yoga?

I had the pleasure of speaking with J. Brown last month for his weekly podcast on yoga and related topics. J is a super nice guy. His podcast, if you haven’t heard it, is thoroughly enjoyable, largely because of his sincerity, honesty, and unfiltered approach to examining his life and the world of yoga. He’s easy to talk to you, and about as good as a human being that you’ll meet.

Every time I listen to J’s podcast I can’t help remembering Christian Slater in the 1990’s movie “Pump Up the Volume”; Slater’s character, Mark, a high school student, sits alone in his basement bedroom with his pirate radio set up, smoking a cigarette, broadcasting his outsider views on life, school, and what’s wrong with the world. Mark voices the frustration and distress that his fellow students feel, and causes a revolution of sorts – inspiring his listeners to speak up against injustice and malaise, and giving them freedom of expression, to break the chains of the bondage that school, parents and society has on the voices of the young.

Anyway, I think J wants to shake things up a little by giving a voice to people who interest him who give an alternative view to the impressions that the popular media, and thereby the popular yoga culture, is propagating. He’s not sitting in a basement smoking cigarettes, but the podcast is definitely the millennia’s take on pirate radio.

Here’s the link to our talk, and here’s a little Christian Slater for everyone who didn’t get to see Pump Up the Volume the first time around:

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Two of Wands and the Unseen Worlds

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Here is my latest column from the-numinous.com

http://the-numinous.com/entrepreneur-life/

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Mirabai Bush: On Being

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Krista Tippett’s radio show, On Being, consistently showcases scientists, artists, writers, and the brightest, creative minds to discuss the question, “what does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?” This past week’s show with Mirabai Bush shows the importance of framing the spiritual search in terminology that is relevant for a younger generation.

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The Sunday Routine of Koshin Paley Ellison, Monk and Zen Teacher

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In 2007, Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, a nonprofit in Chelsea that offers meditation training and study programs for medical professionals and caregivers. Since then, they and their students have worked with over 80,000 people. Dr. Paley Ellison, co-editor of the new book “Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care,” lives on the Upper West Side with Mr. Campbell, who is also his husband, and two Maine coon cats.

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Thank you, http://theprintedmountain.tumblr.com (TPM)

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What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew

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A teacher’s insights from asking students to finish the sentence, “I wish my teacher knew…”

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Bruce Lee’s Never-Before-Seen Writings on Willpower, Emotion, Reason, Memory, Imagination, and Confidence

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“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”

Read the article on brainpickings.org

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Happy Solstice Strawberry Moon Birthday, Kara!

Is it a coincidence that my incredibly awesome sister Kara’s 50th birthday happens to fall on a summer solstice Strawberry Moon, and she’s a redhead, and it’s the first Strawberry Moon since 1967, the year I was born on the winter solstice, and three years before my genius younger sister Amanda was born on the spring equinox (before it was a health club), and that day happens to be today? I think not. Happy birthday, Kara!! Here’s to the second half of your century of living!

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Anthony Kiedis had to interrupt Carpool Karaoke to save a baby’s life

If you haven’t watched any of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, here’s the perfect reason to start. Our personal favorites are Adele and Chris Martin… & RHCP, saving babies aside, is also pretty awesome.

Full Story here

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Muhammad Ali

Of all the articles I’ve read in the past few days about Muhammad Ali, this one was particularly moving.

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Sitting Down With Sharath Jois

Here is a wonderful interview with R. Sharath Jois, by Leslie Hendry in LA Yoga Times. A little bit of inspiration before Sharath’s classes begin on June 11th!

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