The Astral Hustle #167
Jeff Warren is an author and meditation teacher. He co-authored Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Dan Harris and wrote his own deep book about consciousness called The Head Trip. Jeff teaches meditation to all walks of life, from Google execs to Army Cadets, in a realistic and accessible way. This podcast was a trip. Several times Jeff and I had to stop and scratch our heads because of the similarity of our experiences. We had fun and got into a deep talk about our paths and the far reaches of consciousness.
The Astral Hustle #166
Matt Haig is a British author and mental health advocate. His internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, How To Stop Time, and five other novels have been translated into thirty languages. Matt’s honest writing about his depression and anxiety have made him a leading figure on the wisdom of well-being. In this podcast, we talk about the absurdity of cultural body standards, mental health and Matt’s powerful new book Notes On A Nervous Planet.
The Astral Hustle #165
Buddhist teacher Josh Korda has been teaching at Dharmapunx NYC since 2005 and has a large spiritual counseling private practice. He has written for Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, Shambhala Sun and authored his own book, Unsubscribe. For the past ten years, Josh has also given talks at ZenCare.org, a hospice volunteer training organization. In this podcast, we talk about music, integrating the turbulence of your experience and attachment theory.
The Astral Hustle #164
Carl Jung expert Erick Godsey is all about self-transformation. He’s a cognitive psychologist that studies Behavioral, Positive, Jungian, Transactional, Evolutionary, and Clinical Psychology in an effort to help others (and himself) transform from who they are into a greater form of themselves. In this podcast, Jung’s synchronicity was with us. We both happen to only be on a few hours of sleep, which led to a fun, spiraling conversation about self-development and boldly starring truth in the face.
The Astral Hustle #163
Contemplative Psychotherapist Dr. Miles Neale is breaking new ground. He’s a leading Buddhist teacher, faculty member of Tibet House US, international speaker, and author. In his work, Miles has blended psychotherapy and Buddhism in order to create an integrative form of mental healing. We go deep in this podcast and talk about the real-life challenges that many of us face and why a path of gradual awakening is needed so badly in modern times.
The Astral Hustle #162
Shiatsu Alchemist Brian Ramisch is a therapeutic bodyworker that focuses on bringing harmony to the body, mind, and spirit. Through his unique balancing approach, he relieves pressure from the nervous system and stimulates the body’s natural healing ability. He’s also one of my favorite humans on Earth. In this podcast, we talk about the power of kindness, turning negative feelings into positive energy, and Brian’s exploration of medicinal herbs.
The Astral Hustle #161
NYT bestselling author and meditation teacher Susan Piver has taught thousands of people the magic of meditation in workshops, events, and retreats all over the world. In her new book The Four Noble Truths of Love, Susan has uniquely applied Buddhist wisdom to modern relationships. Even though it was the first time we spoke, I instantly felt like I had known Susan for years. In this podcast, we have a smiling and rich talk about the challenges, rewards, surprises, and insights of the meditative path.
William Von Hippel
The Astral Hustle #160
Meditation teacher George Haas spent a lot of time seeking while he was growing up in New York. After experiencing a bout of particularly deep suffering, he got sober, moved to Los Angeles and started extensively studying Buddhist texts. In 2003, he founded the Mettagroup where he uses a combination of Buddhist teaching and John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory to help students reduce their suffering and live meaningful lives. In this podcast, we talk about the path that led George to become a meditation teacher, how he uses Attachment Theory in his work, and his definition of enlightenment.
The Astral Hustle #159
Psychology professor William Von Hippel has spent his career exploring social hypothesis. By researching human evolutionary psychology, he’s been able to discover fascinating insights about who we are, what makes us happy and how we can live better lives. In this podcast, we dive deep into evolutionary psychology, how the modern world is challenging our ancestral coding, and his fantastic new book The Social Leap.
The Astral Hustle #158
Best-selling author Sahara Rose is a leading voice in Ayurvedic cooking. Sahara suffered from intense physical and mental ailments until her life was transformed during a trip to India. She was introduced to Ayurvedic cooking and changing her diet changed her life. In this podcast, was talk about Sahara’s journey to India, how she restored her health by changing her diet, and her new book Eat Feel Fresh: A Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook.
The Astral Hustle #157
Blue Morpho founder Hamilton Souther has returned home. After heading to the Amazon jungle more than a decade before the plant medicine renaissance, he became a renowned master shaman and founded Blue Morpho in 2002. Since then, Blue Morpho has become one of the most longstanding, highly regarded shamanism centers in the world. In this podcast, we talk about what drew Hamilton back to doing medicine work, how he has seen humanity’s collective consciousness shift over the years, and the way technology is shaping our reality.
The Astral Hustle #156
West Memphis Three member Damien Echols has lived a life none of us can imagine. In the mid 90’s, Damien and two others were wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He lived on death row for 18 years, 10 of which he was in solitary confinement. Eventually, forensic evidence proved Damien’s innocence and he was released from prison. But how did Damien get through 10 years in solitary confinement? By practicing magick and meditation.