I’m incredibly excited to welcome you to Finding Light, my new website, creative platform, and brand. Finding an overarching theme that both tied together all of my recent creative work and served as my “Why?” and a call to action has been something I’ve wanted for years. Yet despite all the pieces being RIGHT in front of my eyes and ears and awareness, I couldn’t put the puzzle pieces together. It took the shock of a global pandemic for clarity to emerge (see my post on The Finding Light Origin Story to learn more) but it did and I’ve now I’m ready to birth Finding Light into the world at large and see where it all takes me…
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen
My guest for Life on Purpose Episode #93 is Sky Nelson-Isaacs. Sky is a physics educator, speaker, author, and musician who has dedicated his life to finding his own sense of purpose, bringing together the connection between synchronicity, physics, and real life using research and his original ideas. I’m a big fan of Sky’s work — which shows how cultivating FLOW can empower us individually and help make our world a better place — and earlier this year took his Living In Flow course, which was great!
For any of my friends and tribe who are struggling right now given the uncharted waters we’re in with coronavirus and the efforts to contain it, I’ve made something for you. It’s a video of a piano piece I wrote overlaid with some of my favorite images from recent years that I’ve photographed around the world. I hope it gives you a small amount of peace and calm if you need it. It’s a more polished version of a piece I posted recently on Facebook called “First Light” with imagery that I thought fit.
Facebook reminded me that eight years today, I had the opportunity to experience something truly profound. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama visited San Diego and did three public talks. I got to see the one at University of San Diego and the theme was something even more pertinent now than that day: “World peace must develop from inner peace.” That’s a concept I truly believe and one of many motivating factors in developing my own mindfulness and meditation practices. During a Q&A at the end, someone asked His Holiness what his greatest challenge was. His response: he was afraid of losing compassion for the Chinese Communists that had driven him into exile, persecuted his people, and continue to deny his legitimacy. Stop and think about that for a second…
I’m sharing something I’ve never shared with the public in hopes that you might find it comforting in these times of so much unknown and anxiety. Two years ago, I was going through a very challenging time in my own life with a degree of uncertainty as great as many of us are feeling now in the time of the pandemic. I had recently starting playing more solo piano again after being away from it for quite awhile and found it soothing. During that time, a friend mentioned the concept of forest bathing, a Japanese practice of nature therapy also known as shinrin-yoku, which means bathing in the forest atmosphere or taking in the forest through our senses.
My guest for Life on Purpose Episode #92 is Briana MacWilliam, a love and relationship coach with a passion for serving insecurely attached adults who want to experience soul-deep intimacy in their romantic relationships. I discovered Briana’s work a few months ago and it immediately resonated with me and gave me insights into my own relationships that I had LONG been looking for. If you’ve ever wondered, “Why is this happening AGAIN???” Or maybe you’ve been classified as “sensitive” or empathic or anxious. Or instead people have called you “cold” or “aloof” or detached. And you’ve been searching for your own answers. If so, this episode is for you!
What is energy medicine? Does your body actually know what it needs to heal?
My guest for Life on Purpose Episode #91 is author, intuitive, and energy medicine practitioner Ellen Meredith who answers those questions! She teaches energy healing techniques all over the world and has served on the faculty of energy medicine pioneer Donna Eden since 2010.
I used to wonder if things like ESP and psychic abilities were real. I was always quite interested in them and like Fox Mulder on the X-Files (my fave tv show of the 90s), I WANTED to believe. But even as I began diving deeper down the rabbit hole towards things I call a “magical Universe” — things that we as humans are JUST starting to explain with our existing vernacular — I think there was still a tiny bit of nagging doubt. Well last Friday, I had a series of events happen that will likely change that and solidify my belief once and for all.
Life on Purpose returns with Episode #90. My guest is speaker, mindfulness and performance coach, and author George Mumford, a.k.a. The Mindfulness Performance Whisperer. George is a highly acclaimed expert in sports psychology and performance and NBA Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson’s ‘Secret Weapon’ to winning eight NBA Championships.
George’s passion is teaching mindfulness to high profile sports, business and academic teams alike; from the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks — he taught Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and many other pro athletes, to senior global executives and systems. He is the author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance.
Life on Purpose returns with Episode #89, the fourth in a new series I’m calling Seeing The Light In Uncertain Times. My guest for this episode is creative alchemist Diana Rowan, the founder of the Bright Way Guild, a virtual learning environment dedicated to transforming and inspiring a global community of creatives.
Taped in April 2020 as people around the world were dealing with the ramifications and massive uncertainty with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Diana joined me for an inspiring conversation on the importance of creativity in uncertain times.
“We emerge into the light not by denying our pain, but by walking out through it.” Joan Borysenko
This is an older musical piece that I started reworking recently which I wrote the music to and features “vocals” (audio samples) from the philosopher Alan Watts, who is known for helping to bring/popularize eastern philosophy/concepts to the West after moving to the US in 1938.
Finding Light was born in a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic to be specific if you’re reading this post in later years. It’s already changed aspects of our society that seemed unthinkable just a few months ago and we have no idea what will happen next. But amidst the massive uncertainty that so many have struggled with, the opposite happened for me. A clarity and sense of purpose emerged, qualities that had long been absent from my life during years of struggle and my healing journey since. Where did that clarity come from? The seeds had been planted over the course of many years prior, watered and tended long before I could finally the question that had vexed me for so long. HOW could I tie together all the seemingly disparate pieces of my creative and professional life under one thematic umbrella that would apply to all of it. That thing that I was moving towards on all front. The answers can be found in the past…
Life on Purpose returns with Episode #88, the third of several informal chats in a new series I’m calling Seeing The Light In Uncertain Times. My guest for this episode is spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, author, and coach Eric Klein of Wisdom Heart and Dharma Consulting.Eric joined me for a wisdom-filled conversation on facing our fears and living free in uncertain times.We discussed various ways you can do that and stay connected to our deepest purpose via wisdom from a 2,500 year-old Indian text, the Bhagavad Gita, which Eric says is a guidebook for our times.
I hope I have the courage to hit “Publish” on this post. It’s something of crucial importance to many, yet it’s goes nearly unspoken in our culture. Especially among men (though I know women face the same challenge). Hence the need to be brave. So here goes… The most challenging thing for me during this pandemic/time of sheltering is lack of human touch…
Recently, I’ve posted a few piano cuts that were much lighter/calming in tone. Today’s piece, Event Horizon, is bit darker and electronic, clearly a reflection of what I am (and all of us are) dealing with right now…
To help keep my creative muscles in shape during this month of sheltering in place (April 2020 if you’re reading this later), I’ve decided to post one creative exercise each day. Some days it will be writing, some days video, some days music, or some days a combo entry.
Today, I’ll start by revisiting one of my favorite photos, from all the way back in 2004 — shot with a first generation Canon Digital Rebel! Remember the Andre Agassi ads! It was taken on a jungle path in southern Costa Rica in an area called Bahía Drake (Drake’s Bay)….
Life on Purpose returns with Episode #87, the second of several informal chats in a new series I’m calling Seeing The Light In Uncertain Times.
My guest for this episode is entrepreneur, speaker, and eternal optimist Elizabeth Shaw, author of The Optimist’s Manifesto and CEO of Davine.
Taped in March 2020 as people around the world were dealing with the ramifications and massive uncertainty with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Elizabeth joined me for a great conversation.