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Mar

AYAHUSACA! – Life Coach becomes Death Coach

Memento Mori Podcast

Ooooh….This is a good one

If you have been following my journey over the past 10 years you might have noticed that the way I identify myself professionally has morphed and evolved. How I work with clients has largely stayed the same, but my title has not. Depending on how people find me, they think of me as being one type of coach or another.

I am a Life Coach. This always seemed like the catch-all. I started out as a Holistic Health Coach, but only worked that before my sabbatical. If you search on Yelp I rank in the top 3 for both Life and Career Coaches in NYC. So many think of me primarily as a Career Coach. Over the past couple of years the growing majority of my clients became CEO’s and other executives. When they refer me to a colleague running their own company they hire me as an Executive Coach (first new page on my website in a while!). All of this was actually expected and is basically par for the course. It’s a kooky unregulated industry. My most recent titles I did not anticipate. Things are getting weirder.

Because I insist that my clients be open to discussing and working with all areas of their life it is hard to predict where things will lead, but I always assumed it would all fit within the “life” realm….until recently. Witness the birth of Death Coaching!

My client D.S. Moss created a podcast called The Adventures of Memento Mori. Memento Mori translates as Remember to Die. The idea is that, through contemplating impermanence one might really start living. This journey has led us through some truly strange and beautiful explorations, and now, in the last two episodes, to Peru, where he offers his ego up to the plant medicine of the local shaman. Believe it or not, this is not the first time I have been an Ayahuasca Coach, but it is the first time I can take you along!

This is work that gets my juices flowing. Who AM I? What lurks in the depths of my shadows? How do I kill my ego? All of the big philosophical questions smash head on into heroic doses of psychedelics in the final episodes of this absolutely brilliant podcast. Every week he explores death and our relationship to it through a new lens. I believe I am in the first episode, the last two, and maybe one more. The whole podcast is worth the journey. The last episode of the first season (episode #14) where the ayahuasca ceremonies actually happen, is particularly bewitching. Listen with headphones if you can. He really captures the sounds of the ceremony space. It brought me right back to my first ceremonies in Brazil.

17

Oct

The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment

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Does the phrase The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment perfectly sum up the current election to you?

Does it point to the real path forward when it comes to climate change?

How about the way to figure out what to do with your career or your health?

If the fertile ground of bewilderment does not point towards a solution, perhaps it should. This is the argument that one of my favorite thinkers on the planet puts forth in his forthcoming book and in the lecture that gives us a preview below.

Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and The Yoga of Eating, is working on a new book about climate change that promises to evolve the discourse around this topic by asking us to go deeper than the simple solutions that we have all been talking about. Through an exploration of our fear of the phrase “I don’t know” Charles pushes us to look deeper. The simple, linear, carbon is the enemyTrump is the enemy, sugar is the enemy, lines of thought are great for choosing our enemies, but doing so can actually make things worse. Charles invites us in to a space of deep unknowing where true insights can emerge. In essence, he asks us to let go of the overly mechanistic/rational ways we view our problems and move towards a more sacred view of ourselves and our planet. Ever wonder why caring for children or for the dying doesn’t seem to be a great way to make a living? This is the place where even your smallest efforts to connect with and care for others are essential to all of our futures. (It’s worth the journey just for the parking lot metaphor)

The New & Ancient Story Podcast (the audio has a little static, but it’s worth it)

12

Oct

Purpose Up Podcast

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Ever wonder, what is my purpose? We all want to wake up energized and engaged. We want to live with purpose. Check out this great new podcast all about living with purpose. I’m featured in episode #3

Ep 3 – Devin Martin – Life Coaching, Intuition and The Essence and Form of Purpose

05

Nov

Michael Grab – Stone Balance Demonstration

Michael Grab balances stones. Perhaps you have seen a stack of stones in the woods, at the beach or on a mountain? These are nothing like that, or rather, they are just like that, but look like they are a CGI trick. They are not. Just to prove that they are not computer generated, but are actually just one man stacking some rocks, Grab has released a video demonstration of him balancing some rocks. In his words “the process boils down to contemplative stone arrangement; involving patience, adaptation, slow-breathing, steady hands, and a plethora of other practiced skills.” This is nature as spiritual practice as far as I am concerned, and both the process and the results are beautiful and inspiring.

You can learn more about Michael by checking out his website Gravity Glue

 This man is AMAZING! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE

Stone Balance Demonstration by Michael Grab (Gravity Glue) – 1409 – September 2014 from Michael Grab on Vimeo.

01

Oct

Kevin Hays is a Rubik’s Cube God

I’m not sure about children today, but when I was in school everyone either had a Rubik’s cube or had a friend who had one. Occasionally, someone was able to solve it. It was never fast. It often looked like luck. Kevin Hays is a master ‘speedsolver’. Not only does he appear to know exactly what moves to make, he executes them with super-human quickness. You have to see this video to believe it. Watch as he solves 6 Rubik’s cube’s, each one with more squares than the next.

This man is AMAZING! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE

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03

Sep

A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

Cory Richardson was named National Geographics Explorer of the Year in 2012. This is a great accomplishment. Now imagine what happens when this type of adventurer is an AMAZING photographer. Lucky for us, we don’t have to. The video below gives us a gorgeous glimpse into Richards work.

You can see more of his work on his website here: www.coryrichards.com

This man is AMAZING! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE

27

Aug

Simon Ata – 2014 Strength Workout

I love functional strength. Watching someone lift a 1,000 pounds will always be shocking, but most of those guys look like they couldn’t touch their toes. Then you have the gymnasts and the breakdancers and the “movement” crowd. These guys are pushing the boundaries of human physicality in incredibly holistic ways. They are not just perfecting one movement or one type of lift, they are perfecting their bodies ability to do anything and everything. Breakdancer Simon Ata from Melbourne Australia is an elegant beast. I’d be thrilled to be able to pull off one of the body weight exercise he does in this video.

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This man is AMAZING! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE

20

Aug

Sebastian Linda – The Journey of the Beasts

There are so many amazing men in this video I almost don’t know who to feature in this post. Clearly all the skateboarders involved deserve recognition, but I think what really drew me in to this clip was the camera work, the editing and just the overall vibe and energy of it. Sebastian-Linda.de, the remarkable filmmaker, gets the credit for this.

 

This man is AMAZING! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE

This first video is “The Journey of the Beasts” – It is the longest, but is the one that turned me on.

The Journey of the Beasts from Sebastian Linda on Vimeo.

The Epic & the Beasts

The Revenge of the Beasts

 

13

Aug

Dan Richer – Perfecting Bread & Butter

Dan Richer, owner of Razza Pizza Atignale in Jersey City, NJ is a man on a mission. That mission, is to serve bread & butter perfected. I love this. Anything worth doing is worth doing AMAZINGLY. DA

From Dan, “I aspire to be a sushi master of the bread & butter world. The ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ of bread and butter.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m salivating.

 

This man is AMAZING! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE

The ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ of Bread & Butter: Razza Pizza Artiginale from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

 

28

May

TRAMWAY MEDIA – MEN vs OFFICE

I suppose when you have long winters and everything ends up frozen you get creative. I love what these guys did to create a natural ice raft to flow down the partially frozen river.

These guys make the most of seemingly harsh environment! Wednesdays are for AMAZING MEN Find More Amazing Men by clicking HERE