A State of Mind

A State of Mind

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We feature provocative, in depth conversations with people on topics they are passionate about and want to share with the world, as well as deep dives into specific subjects, such as meditation. Themes of the podcast include meditation and mindfulness,…


#29 Brigitte Mars: Herbal Medicine and the Healing of our Heart, Mind & Planet
Nov 17 • 65 min
Julian and Brigitte discuss plants, herbal medicines, nutrition and the immense connection between diet and mental health. Brigitte shares about her life long love of plants and herbs and her inspiring work to make positive changes for the health of our…
#28: Finding Common Ground with Scott Tusa: part 2
Nov 6 • 99 min
Julian and Scott discuss relative truth, how to establish if something is true in the context of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts.’ They discuss the teacher -student relationship on one’s spiritual path in the context of all the scandals currently…
#27: Zen, Kung Fu and Post-Modern Spirituality with Keith Martin-Smith
Oct 27 • 67 min
Keith discusses how he found meditation and shares about his path with Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Keith highlights the importance of adult psychological development and the potential pit falls and dangers of not doing psychological work along with one’s…
#26: Mindfulness on a Global Scale with Kelly Boys
Oct 18 • 58 min
Julian and Kelly discuss her book The Blindspot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You along with different approaches to Mindfulness practice and using mindfulness to work with trauma. Kelly shares about her work with the U.N. and her…
#25: 9 Years as a Buddhist Monk: Scott Tusa
Oct 16 • 68 min
Julian and Scott discuss Scott’s life and journey with meditation and his being ordained as a monk by the Dalai Lama. After 9 years he decided to no longer be a monk in the formal sense and has been exploring relationships and paths of healing while he…
#24 Adventures in America with Sammie Leon Lawrence IV
Sep 26 • 80 min
In depth conversation with Sammie Leon Lawrence IV in which he discussed growing up in a mixed race household, his experience being homeless and working his way to stability and his experience suffering a traumatic brain injury from an accident at his…
Facing Challenges with Grace: in-depth conversation with Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph. D
Sep 18 • 76 min
Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph. D is a Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University and one of the senior most meditation teachers in the Shambhala Buddhist organization. Judith and Julian discuss the scandal and…
#22 The Possibility of Collapse: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World Before it’s too Late with Daniel Thorson
Sep 9 • 76 min
Julian and Daniel discuss mindfulness, meditation and technologies of transformation in the face of climate change and other threats to our collective survival. Daniel is a long time meditator, host of the Emerge Podcast and current resident at the…
#21 Cryptocurrencies, Free State Project and Gold: Part 2 with Steven RA Johnson
Sep 5 • 42 min
Steven shares knowledge and insights about cryptocurrencies and the state of our economy as well as his experience with the Free State Project and other experiences with activism.
#20 Buddha Lands in Crestone with Steven RA Johnson
Sep 4 • 65 min
Steven Johnson is a long time meditator, scholar and translator from Tibetan to English. We discuss the unique history of Crestone, Colorado, a small mountain town which currently has over 40 spiritual retreat centers in the mountains around it and which…
Radical Happiness with Erric Solomon
Sep 2 • 109 min
Erric and Julian have an in depth discussion about happiness, it’s causes and the role that meditation and mindfulness practices can play in cultivating genuine happiness for ourselves and those in our lives.
Reflecting on Dharma with Dr. Phil Stanley
Aug 26 • 106 min
Dr. Phil and Julian discuss Buddhist philosophy and some practical applications of it to our lives today
Tiny Temples & Natural Building with Corwin Mandel
Aug 18 • 80 min
Corwin Mandel and Julian discuss natural building and tiny homes; Corwin describes creating inspirational living spaces that are living works of art, which he calls Tiny Temples.
Paths of Soul, Dance & Embodiment with Amber Ryan: The 360 Emergence
Aug 13 • 110 min
In depth conversation with Amber Ryan, an international movement-meditation teacher and DJ and co-founder of The 360 Emergence along with Kate Shela
The Nitty Gritty with Naropa University President Chuck Lief
Jul 17 • 68 min
Naropa University President Chuck Lief discussing the history and legacy of Naropa as a foundational piece in the contemporary mindfulness movement and one of the first places that mindfulness was taught in a secular, systematic way while at the same time…
The Art of Dialogue and the Way of Peacemaking: Your Electric Servant(s)
Jul 11 • 35 min
Recorded Live at the Sonic Bloom transformational festival, this is a conversation with your Electric Servant about his work as a peace maker in Israel and the Middle East and how the Art of Dialogue can deepen connections, understanding and contribute to…
Somebody or Nobody? with Mr. Ryan Nobody
Jul 9 • 56 min
Recorded live at Sonic Bloom transformational festival, Julian Ocean speaks with multi instrumentalist musician Ryan Nobody about his creative process and life, about building an earth ship in the desert outside Taos, New Mexico and the influence of…
The Light and Dark with Leslie Rogers
Jun 26 • 118 min
In depth and provocative conversation with Leslie Rogers, co-founder of the Light Dark Institute; He teaches and facilitates experiences on how to embrace the parts of ourselves and the world that we deny or have rejected for greater power and freedom.
Fest Medical, Integrated Healing and the Permaculture of Relationships
Jun 15 • 105 min
Talking with Joel Roth Davis, founder of Festival Medical, a non-profit organization which brings integrated medical care to festivals. Three elements of integrated healing are emphasized: Emergency Response, Alternative Healing and Harm Reduction. We…
Relational Mindfulness with Nicole Reavy, MA
Jun 12 • 58 min
Nicole Reavy, MA. shares with us about her life and how she came to be so passionate about the healing work she is doing today around intimacy, communication and embodiment.
Love and Power: Why It Matters
Jun 6 • 49 min
Intimate conversation with Kevin McKeag, a musician, writer and life coach; he shares with us his journey with meditation and experience with different healing modalities as well as his work as a personal coach and meditation instructor.
Journeys in Therapy and Healing with Dan Michels
May 25 • 92 min
In depth conversation with Dan Michels, MA, a Hakomi and PACT trained psychotherapist.
Dr. Travis Cox: the Philosophy of Sustainability
May 23 • 128 min
In-depth conversation about the philosophical underpinnings necessary for true sustainability and the shift that our culture needs to take to become sustainable
Dr. Ananya: Sacred Sexuality, scandal and liberation
May 16 • 81 min
Dr. Ananya discusses her journey with sacred sexuality, her career arc from Ph.D. bio-chemists to integrated sexuality coach, and what an ethics of consent could look like.
Steven Newman: Meditation and the Creative Process
May 15 • 77 min
We discuss the role of meditation and yoga and psychedelics in Steven’s creative process, sacred geometry, and differences in traditional Eastern art forms and contemporary and Western art traditions.
Reverend Freakchild: music, addiction and a path through
May 13 • 83 min
The life and music of the Reverend Freakchild, his journey with addiction and finding the path of meditation.
Christopher Sunyata: The Yoga of Intimate Relationship
May 9 • 106 min
In-depth conversation about sexual yoga and the ‘yoga of intimacy’, relationship and sexuality as a spiritual path, embodied meditation, the importance of orgasm and how to expand it in time and throughout one’s entire body.
Carla Clements, Ph. D, transpersonal & psychedelic assisted therapies
May 5 • 86 min
In-depth conversation with Dr. Clements on psychedelic assisted therapy and research, ecology and transpersonal psychology.