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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
From today's New York Times... #satya In the Mahabharata is says: tell the truth. Tell the truth in a sweet way. Don't tell the truth in a way that causes pain. Happy Moon Day! Read more & #8250 ;
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#newmoon#restday#ashtanga#brooklynyogaclub#Repost@universalcalm ・・・ •• • The New Moon Solar Eclipse falls in the intuitive and watery sign of Pisces on February 26th. This Solar Eclipse is the first of the year and is going to set the tone and energy for the months ahead. In fact, whatever #energy transpires on this #Eclipse is likely to create a theme that will last until the next #Solar Eclipse on August 21st. Earlier this month on February 11, we had a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, which was all about endings, letting go and #clearing out the past. This energy has still…