Mike Hull is the video producer in the election unit at the network Fusion. He is also a longtime filmmaker, cinematographer, and keen political thinker. As he attended both the Republican and Democratic conventions this year, I chat with him about what that experience was like, and what shape he sees American politics taking in the future. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Sometimes death, even of a pet, can remind you of what is immediate and dear. I explore this notion after losing a cat, Anula, of eleven years. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Poet Vincent Toro’s new book, Stereo.Island.Mosaic., is the winner of the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. The collection ranges from the personal to the political, featuring Toro’s longtime activism in raising awareness about socio-political issues in his ancestral homeland, Puerto Rico. I’ve known the man for twenty-two years. We’re former roommates and collaborators, as well as longtime friends. I caught up with Vincent while he was in town speaking at the AWP Conference in downtown Los Angeles. Check out our conversation about poetry and Puerto Rico, and make sure to pick up his incredible book: http://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Island-Mosaic-Vincent-Toro/dp/1934103659/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459812904&sr=8-1&keywords=vincent+toro. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Dr. Mark Hyman received some flack for coining the term ‘pegan’ a combination of paleo and vegan. After nearly twenty years of vegetarianism, including two as a vegan, in this podcast I discuss my recent dietary changes to a paleo-based diet and all the implications this has had in my life—including strength/flexibility, inflammation, energy levels, ethics, and more. Joseph Campbell snippet from his lecture, ‘The World Soul.’ Read more specifically about how this diet has affected my anxiety disorder here: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-23857/3-ways-changing-my-diet-calmed-my-anxiety.html. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
We’re constantly telling stories with our bodies. How we move defines a sizable portion of our identity. In this podcast I briefly discuss why storytelling is such a crucial component of modern yoga , as well as why contentment is one of the most cherished and important qualities of this discipline. Being constantly distracted is not going to develop those higher-order emotions that are the hallmarks of this practice. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Chris Ryan spent two decades of his life traveling the world, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok along with numerous other interesting jobs. He eventually earned a PhD in Psychology with a focus on prehistoric human sexual behavior. That line of work led to his breakthrough book, Sex At Dawn, which he co-wrote with his medical doctor wife, Cecilda Jethá. Currently in Los Angeles, I chatted with Chris for a new book on the human imagination that I’m writing. With a revolution occurring in virtual reality pornography, we discussed how porn shapes relationships, what strapping into a machine does for intimacy, and why Corn Flakes will help stop you from masturbating. Seriously. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
This is an outtake from my new online course, Yoga for Anxiety. Having dealt with general anxiety disorder and panic attacks for 24 years, here I talk briefly about what anxiety is and discuss some techniques for dealing with it. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Mitch Schultz is the producer and director of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and co-founder of Mythaphi. In this episode of EarthRise we discuss the emergence of psychedelics in American culture, the origins of the DMT documentary, and new paradigms to explore global consciousness with. We also laugh a lot. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.
Evan Thompson is professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He writes about cognitive science, phenomenology, the philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy of mind and cognitive science. On this episode we discuss the concepts behind Evan’s latest book, Waking, Dreaming Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation and Philosophy, including the role of the self, consciousness from a Buddhist and scientific perspective, lucid dreaming, and reincarnation. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.