The Astral Hustle #176
Charlie Ambler is the founder of DailyZen and online apparel brand Strike Gently Co. On his mindfulness blog, he writes about meditation, self-inquiry, and self-mastery. On this podcast, Charlie and I talk about finding inner balance, the power of boiling down huge ideas to their purest elements, what it would be like to pitch the Tao Te Ching to a modern-day publisher, and his new book The Daily Zen Journal: A Creative Companion for a Beginner's Mind.
The Astral Hustle #175
Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an esteemed Zen priest, author, spiritual teacher, and activist. She is the founder of the Center for Transformative Change and the author of two potent books Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace and Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Speaking with Rev. angel was one of those occasions where I could actually feel the presence, abundance, and wisdom flowing my way. In this podcast, we discuss pathways for social evolution, personal liberation, and living with integrity—even when no one is watching.
The Astral Hustle #174
Ramin Nazer is an artist, comedian, and host of The Rainbow Brainskull Hour podcast. He manifests his unique creative vision in the form of illustrations, books, games, and podcasts. In all of his work, Ramin deals with big themes like spirituality, being, artistic fear, and death, but always does so with a wondrous sense of levity.
This could be the most dynamic Astral Hustle to date. Ramin and I pulse between shallow and deep waters—cracking one topic after another—like spirituality, music, quantum laugh waves, and why there’s no reason to fear dying in your sleep.
The Astral Hustle #173
Mark Coleman is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he has taught for almost twenty years. Through Mark’s organization Awake in the Wild, he integrates nature and meditation by leading wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru. Mark has also authored three books on mindfulness, compassion, and self-discovery.
On this podcast, Mark and I have a great time talking about taming the inner critic, the dignity of mindful presence, and the power of meditating in nature.
The Astral Hustle #172
Dr. James Doty is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. He’s also the author of the NYT’s bestselling book, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. On this podcast, James and I talk about the power of self-priming, building compassion, and how he uses mindfulness to manage the incredible pressure of being a brain surgeon.
The Astral Hustle #171
Michael Phillip is the wonder-seeking host of the Third Eye Drops podcast. He melds minds with artists, authors, philosophers, shamans, and scientists in a quest for greater understanding of himself and our reality. On this podcast, Michael and I dive straight into classic Astral Hustle vibes. We talk about phony gurus, innate human knowledge, and using self-inquiry to discover what you actually know.
The Astral Hustle #170
Lily Cushman is an author, teacher, and musician. In 2010, she co-founded the Brooklyn Yoga School and currently serves as chief of staff to Sharon Salzberg. Lily is an expert on sacred sounds and downloaded her wisdom into the excellent new book A Little Bit of Mantras. I had a blast talking with Lily on this podcast. We dive deep into music, the source of creative energy, and how sound can have profound effects on consciousness.
The Astral Hustle #169
Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva and regarded as an expert in meditation for high performance. She’s been named one of the top 100 women in wellness to watch, has taught more than 15,000 students around the world and has spoken on meditation for performance at Google and Harvard. In this podcast, we talk about how stress can lead to insomnia, the productive power of flow state, and Emily’s new book Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance.