A Light in the Void
Carl Sagan is one of my greatest heroes and inspirations. He's credited with making science fun and accessible for anyone with access to a TV. Prior to his 1980 COSMOS series on PBS, most people had a very limited understanding of science. In a similar way, a new organization is continuing that notion by bringing science into a whole new realm. "A Light in the Void is a first-of-its-kind live concert experience meant to inspire and sustain a life-long love affair with science through the emotional power of music and storytelling. " Check out their Kickstarter Campaign and get a taste of what they are putting together. It's really beautiful!
The Art of Focus
Modern society has largely lost the ability to focus. As someone with the dichotomous situation of having both ADHD and a relentless desiring to hone my meditation skills, I've really had to study the art of focus (the root of meditation). Christina Bengtsson is a world-class athlete, author, lecturer, entrepreneur, and military officer in the Swedish Armed Forces. Her book ”The art of focus – 10,9” gives us tangible advice on how to control our thoughts and stay focused in both our professional and personal life. Her TEDxGöteborg talk, The art of focus – a crucial ability, offers some sage advice on how to focus in a world of constant distraction.
I'm a longtime fan of the Jewish, hip-hop/reggae artist Matisyahu. He's masterfully blended a cacophony of music styles, spiritual concepts, religious beliefs, and a pervasive message of inclusion and unity. His song, One Day (video) is a beautiful example of that message. Koolulam is an organization dedicated to bringing Israelis together from across all ages, races, religions, and demographics for mass singing events. They recently brought over 3,000 Jews and Muslims together to sing Matisyahu's One Day. They had never met before. They learned the song in one hour and harmonized in three different languages. I bet you can't watch this without shedding some tears of joy. (Thanks to my father for sending this my way.)
“He aliʻi ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka”
("The land is the chief and the people are its servants.")
You can find my ongoing Inspiration Page on my podcast website, packed full of all the books, films, organizations and gurus that have formed my perspective and inspired me to live a more harmonious life.
Finding Stillness in Our Waves
Jaimal Yogis is a writer, teacher, searcher, lover, spiritualist, movie maker, fear scientist, student of life, and a spectacular surfer. His most recent book, All Our Waves Are Water, is a memoir that The BBC called, “Best Beach Read of 2017”.
Jaimal is also the author of Saltwater Buddha, a coming-of-age memoir about running away to Hawaii at 16 and eventually winding up at Columbia Journalism School. Jaimal’s second book, The Fear Project, is a journalistic and scientific book featured in Oprah, Outside, and Forbes about how we can live more courageously and fully through mindfulness, sports, and relationships.
Talking with Jaimal feels like sitting on the beach. I could almost hear the waves in the background. It was truly an honor to sit down with him for this discussion about purpose, science, and enlightenment.