Have you ever wondered it's like to be completely content, wise and truly happy? Spending an hour with Sharon Salzberg will give you a glimpse into that reality. On this episode we explore the nature of self inquiry, how to start a practice and integration into the material world. I'm truly grateful that Sharon stopped by the IAH kitchen table to do this podcast. What a gift.
Born in New York City in 1952, Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. She offers non-sectarian retreat and study opportunities for participants from widely diverse backgrounds. Sharon first encountered Buddhism in 1969, in an Asian philosophy course at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
Episode 43 is brought to you live from the Lightening in a Bottle festival in Bradley, CA! I stepped into the vortex of Amanda's 72 Winnebago to do the podcast and slide into the world of art, consciousness, viewing the world around us and how to keep communities vibrant and productive. This was one of the most fun episodes I've ever done, it was such a joy to surf the waves of bliss with Amanda at LiB. Her amazing partner Joe Bob Merritt sat in too!
Amanda Sage is at the forefront of a new breed of visionary/interdimensional artists using art as a tool for personal, spiritual, planetary growth and transformation.
Amanda was born April 19, 1978 in Denver, Colorado to her mother YOU and father Jackson, with two brothers still to come. Her childhood was filled with healthy, tropical, media-free, creative freedom in Florida without the distraction of formal schooling until she entered 4th grade in Colorado.
She has exhibited Solo and in Group Shows in Galleries, Salons and in various projects/events worldwide since 1999, including London, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Bali, Colorado, Seattle, San Francisco, Moscow, Australia, Colombia and most exotically at Burning Man , hanging next to renowned visionary artists and friends such as Alex Grey & Allyson Grey, Martina Hoffmann, Robert Venosa, & many amazing artists involved in the growing movement of Visionary Art.
While hundreds are practicing yoga and singing kirtan, Sridhar and I find a quiet place to sit down and do a podcast in the middle of the annual Shakti Fest festival in Joshua Tree, California. Our conversation takes on a wide biographical tone in that I used Sridhar's amazing life as the backdrop for a discussion on the practice of yoga, the wisdom of Bhakti and the complicated nature behind this whole guru thing. Sridhar has one of the most colorful lives I've ever come across and I can say without any ego, that's saying a lot.
While many people may know him as the Godfather of Bhakti Fest, Sridhar Silberfein has a long and storied history in the spirituality and health and wellness communities. He arranged to have Swami Satchidananda on stage at Woodstock to lead the Western world’s first mass Sanskrit chanting. And since the 1970s, one of the first stops in the US for many great spiritual teachers has been the Center for Spiritual Studies, a nonprofit organization Sridhar founded. Sridhar’s mission for everyone he meets or influences is to provide assistance to go deeper into Sadhana (or spiritual practice)—even if it requires a dose of tough love.
Zach once again travels to a magical realm in Hollywood, California that for a moment became the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Zach met up with the Greys to talk about manifestation, spirituality in the modern world, why religions aren't all bad and their mothership project entitled "Entheon". It's a temple of the most beautiful realized vision one could imagine. Enjoy the podcast and dive in.
Alex and Allyson Grey are the worlds most respected visionary artists and the founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) located in upstate New York. Alex's art is some of the most iconic of our time and can be found in everywhere from museums to album covers and to everywhere else in between.
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Steve Agee stops by the IAH podcast table and reunites with Zach after a 21 year gap! The great comedian and Zach went to music school together at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood over 20 years ago. Both Steve and Zach were fledgling bass students at the time and then lost touch after school ended. This podcast is what happened after not seeing each other for over 20 years. We covered everything from health, hypochondria, death and the creative process and....junk food...oh, and Scientology.
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Jim stops by the kitchen table to talk flotation tanks and all of their amazing uses. If you're curious about floating and where to start check out this episode. Jim is a wonderful ambassador for the modern float movement and is incredibly smart and thoughtful. Visit Just Float in Pasadena too!
Also...BIG NEWS!!! This episode features a new podcast theme song from none other than David Block AKA The Human Experience!!!! I'm so honored that he contributed to this podcast and is part of the IAH family! Check it out!
Jim Hefner is the owner and creator of the Just Float Center in Pasadena, CA. Jim is also a fledgling psycho-naught, serial entrepreneur, MBA, adventure athlete, husband and father, who also happens to be rabid about floating and creating the perfect float environment. Throughout his life, he's been drawn to hobbies and experiences that require perfect commitment to the moment. Whether on a sheer rock face, a mountain bike, a wave, or in a float tank, what matters most to him is the sacred experience of flow, of absolute attention, and freedom from the noise of everyday life.
The host of the "Walking Home with Michael Donovan" podcast drops by IAH to break it wide open. Gurus, being a spiritual teacher, our humanity, porn and fashion are all discussed. Michael is a cultural force to be reckoned with. Also, a long rant on Prince at the beginning.
Michael Donovan is a visual artist using photography, video, and digital art. MD also runs a podcast featuring a range of guests contemplating consciousness, community, and enlightenment. He is based in NYC.
Rick and I explore the multi-verse, MAPS 30th Anniversary and the complicated, rewarding and revolutionary road that psychedelics has seen over the course of the last 50 years. Recorded off site at the University of Pennsylvania where Rick and I were both panelists at the BioEthics Film Conference. This is a podcast that I've been wanting to do since Day 1 and I'm happy we made it work!
Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.
Joi beams into the IAH podcast and engages in the razor sharp and wildly intelligent observations that you'd expect from Joi. We talked about the history of tech and it's not so democratization, the Arab Spring case studies, the new global economies and so much more. So thrilled to have him on, it doesn't get much better than this.
Joi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab as well as being a Japanese activist and an influential venture capitalist.
Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He maintains a blog, a wiki and an IRC channel. Ito is the chairman of the board of PureTech Health. Ito is a board member of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and General Partner of Neoteny Labs.
I was so honored to have Snatam Kaur join the podcast! She is one of the most angelic and potent spiritual masters in the West. Her music has been such a blessing in my life as it has so many thousands of others. On this episode we talk about establishing a practice, the history of mantra music, the science and metaphysical properties of chanting, optimism and her new book "Original Light: The Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga."
Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past sixteen years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace. Her new book Original Light; the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice. To find out more about her concerts and workshops, her book and her online course, Life Guided By Light, visit snatamkaur.com.
Raja comes back to the podcast as a return guest to share what's happening at Green Tree Yoga and Meditation in South LA, the overall state of the urban realities, Bernie Sanders, bringing yoga to everyone and so much more. Lots of bases were covered on this highly dynamic and thoughtful episode. Raja rocks!
Raja Michelle is the founder and guiding teacher for Green Tree Yoga and Meditation. Their mission is to offer yoga and meditation to the South Los Angeles community, regardless of income, allowing that which connects us to flourish and to dissolve that which separates us.
Kevin stops by IAH to discuss the future of pretty much everything. The conversation ranges from how the media landscape is changing to how entertainment is being consumed to how Amazon drones are coming for you in your sleep! Kevin is one of the brightest minds around in the area of infotainment and this episode will show you why.
Kevin Pereira is a producer, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, musician, and comedian. He is currently the co-host of Hack My Life on truTV, and makes appearances on a variety of other TV and web shows.
Chris and Zach hang out in a very thought provoking, heart centered common ground that explored many topics. Chris shares his insights into modern spirituality, a little bit about his story, thoughts on his new book "Everything Mind" and an all around great insight into how to apply spirituality to ones life without dogma or labels.
Rants include: Not very much!! Just a thought on how and where the Trump phenomena all began!
Chris Grosso is a public speaker, writer, spiritual director of Tovio by Advocacy Unlimited, teacher with the Worldwide Insight Organization, and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster) and Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of it All (Sounds True). He writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, and has spoken and performed at Wanderlust Festival, Celebrate Your Life, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, Kripalu, and more.
Chris is passionate about his work with people who are in the process of healing or struggling with addictions of all kinds. He speaks and leads groups in detoxes, yoga studios, rehabs, youth centers, 12-step meetings, hospitals, conferences, and festivals worldwide. He is a member of the advisory board for Drugs over Dinnerand hosts The Indie Spiritualist Podcast on The Mindpod Network.
The funny, insightful, smart and kick ass Taryn Southern stops by the kitchen table to discuss her role as a new media maven for the 21st Century as she goes on creating some of the most fantastic content the series of tubes has to offer! We also get into her roots, the future of tech, the ever changing media landscape and...cats.
Who is Taryn Southern you may ask?
I occasionally do TV stuffs. I’ve done acting stuffs on Last Man Standing, The League, Legit, New Girl, Rules of Engagement, Guys with Kids, and American Dad, and hosting stuffs on shows like Shark After Dark, The X-Factor, Vh1’s Countdown Specials, TVGuide’s Hollywood 411, and G4’s Attack of the Show. I also host live shows and premieres.
I am digital media consultant, columnist, and enthusiast. I’ve spoken at conferences and companies like Science-Inc, YouTube, Bare Minerals, and GM to help them develop programming, connect with influencers, and learn effective marketing social media strategies.
The mayor of all things great, my good friend, rock and roll master shaman and Bhakti legend Shiva Baum comes by to do an episode of IAH. We explore friendship, kirtan and The Church of Rock and Roll and why it still matters.
NOTE - a very long Amanda Chantal Bacon intro rant. Jump to 10:22 if you want skip it.
Shiva Baum has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music. When he was 19 he began an internship at New York's Sony Music Studios followed by a summer at Columbia Records under the mentorship of then head of A&R David Khane and has never looked back from there. Shiva went on to discover and develop 90's alt rock band VAST who then signed with Elektra Records. Under the tutelage of Raghu Markus, Shiva then transitioned to influential world music label Triloka Records which was a division of Mercury/Polygram. Eventually Shiva became head of A&R working closely with Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das as well other world music artists including the Native American gospel group Walela and southern Cuban salsa phenoms Bio Ritmo. Shiva then headed over to Gold Circle records as VP of A&R developing new artists in tandem with working on new releases by seasoned 80's superstars John Waite and Pat Benatar. He has been mentored by industry luminaries Rick Rubin, Danny Goldberg, Jeff Ayeroff, and David Silver. Currently, Shiva is an artist manager, producer and "A&R coach" working closely with new artists BIRA, Brightside, and Clark Graham amongst others following his passion to discover and develop new talent. In addition, he is the main stage MC and head of music programming at the "Coachella of Kirtan" known as Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, CA. Shiva is very looking forward to the launch of a sacred music focussed podcast which he'll be hosting this year.
The amazing and inspirational Ashley Booth stops by the kitchen table to discuss her own transformational face to face experience with God, the founding of the Aware Project and following your heart even when it seems impossible.
Ashley is the founder of the Aware Project that produces educational events in Los Angeles, California. She is balancing the conversation about psychoactive compounds in order to have intelligent, level-headed conversations on the responsible uses of psychedelics for both clinical and therapeutic purposes. Through her own inner work, she has developed a passion for removing the stigma and fear surrounding psychedelics. Her strength comes from combining a background in the sciences with a bigger and deeper view of humanity and the world. She inspires audiences to question what they’ve been told, do their homework, and form their own opinions.
Mirabai is the author of the new book "Caravan of No Despair - A memoir of Loss And Transformation". She stops my IAH to talk about her new book, the power of attachment, the lessons that come from loss and finding beauty even in the darkest times.
Mirabai Starr writes, speaks and leads retreats on the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics.
Known for her revolutionary translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, Mirabai renders mystical masterpieces accessible, beautiful, and relevant to a contemporary circle of seekers. Her commentaries on the interconnected wisdom of all traditions are lyrical and evocative.
Mirabai builds bridges not only between religious traditions, but also between contemplative life and compassionate service, between cultivating an inner relationship with the Beloved and expressing that intimacy in community, between the transformational power of loss and longing for the sacred.
The multi-verse is fully explored on this amazing episode of IAH. Alex Grey, Allyson Grey and Duncan Trussell hang out with Zach in a top secret Hollywood location where magical fairy teacher agents served up wisdom on engaged inertia, the nature of mystical experiences, teaching one how to become a visionary artist and the jeweled net of Indra!
Alex and Allyson Grey are the founders of CoSM, legendary visionary artists and an inspiring partnership of over 40 years.
Duncan Trussell is the host of the insanely brilliant "Duncan Trussell Family Hour" podcast, a comedian and a mystical psycho-naut.
Joshua Fouts is is the Executive Director of Bioneers. He joined the podcast to walk us through one of the most poetic and substantial uses of technology that we've ever heard. He's truly one of the most thoughtful and articulate people around. Check out what Bioneers is doing and get involved.
Also, there's a long David Bowie segment towards the beginning too...
Joshua Sheridan Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures.
An anthropologist, Joshua studied art and documentary film production. He began his career in Washington, DC in the 1990s where he worked at the US State Department and began to experiment with new ways to use radio, television and Internet technology for cultural collaboration. He went on to launch two first-of-their-kind think tanks focused on digital media innovation and cultural relations at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles where he founded the first-ever blog about digital journalism and later created a new master’s degree in public diplomacy.
Pete Holmes (You Made it Weird) stopped by IAH to talk transformation, art, ol' Ramie D and so much more. Smart, funny, insightful and out of his mind - i love Pete Holmes!
Pete Holmes is a comedian. Maybe you know him from his podcast You Made It Weird. Or The Pete Holmes Show! Or his videos with FrontPage Films. Maybe you saw his hour special Nice Try, The Devil, or his half-hour Comedy Central Presents. Or on Conan. Or Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you saw him on VH1. Or heard him as the e*trade baby or on Comedy Central's Ugly Americans. I mean, who knows. Pete also draws cartoons for The New Yorker, wrote for NBC's "Outsourced" and FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."
The brilliant, challenging and wise Chris Ryan stops by to talk about our world and species through his own unique cultural anthropologist lens. Enjoy getting your soul inspired and provoked as we head into 2016!
Chris is the author of the now seminal book "Sex at Dawn" and his working on a new book that will be called "Civilized to Death." His work has been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think.
A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.
Bob Wisdom comes by to hang out and take us through an oral history of his career, the arts in 1970s and 80s America, activism and so much more. He's one of the smartest, most sincere and connected people I've ever met.
Robert Wisdom is an American actor who has appeared in many different TV shows and movies throughout his career. He is arguably most well known for his roles in The Wire and Prison Break. He's also a progressive activist, a bhakta and mega wise humanist.
Karen is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University. She opens up the IAH spectrum by engaging in a healthy dialogue on post 9/11 global tensions, the rise of ISIS, American imperialism and the overall nature of conflict.
Finally IAH has an episode about US foreign policy with someone who actually knows what they are talking about! Enlightening, challenging and fascinating. Don't miss this one, she's fantastic.
A new and different episode of It's All Happening! This one is called the "Community Podcast Vol. 1." The general idea is to bring you a few different guests who are doing amazing works in the community. Arjuna O'Neal, Raja Michelle and Kelsea Rea are, respectively, doing some cool things in and around LA that help promote wellness, helping the underserved and bringing awareness to where our great city is lacking.
Also, I'm fresh of the Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat with Ram Dass, Krishna Das and friends. So I took this opportunity to go on a little rant about how this was the best OYHIP yet and how I'm still trying to make sense of the love portal that can be experienced there.
Leilani Münter, the only vegan hippie chick with a race car, charges her Tesla while hanging out with Zach and Elijah. To say that Leilani is one of the coolest, brightest and most well informed activists out there is an understatement. And yes. she really is a race car driver. She also helped to bring "Racing Extinction" to the world which premieres Wed December 2nd on the Discovery Channel.