Lodro is a buddhist teacher and author who brings buddhism in to the modern world. A year ago he opened MNDFL, an oasis for meditation in the city he co-founded. His new book, Love Hurts comes out this week. Show topics include:
• How heartbreak happens beyond just breakups and romantic issues
• How to work with your heart when it breaks
• How to prepare for heartbreak our daily practice prepares you for the inevitable
• Why MNDFL was created and how you can benefit from coming to a space dedicated to meditation
• Why it's good to try different schools of meditation
Ashley Smith and I shot 7 years ago and never worked or talked with each other again due to a stupid misunderstanding. We reunited recently based around a side project she is currently working on and discovered we share a lot more in common. Following her recent Playboy cover and feature, she received some backlash for her looks, so we we sat down with a little too much beer to talk about the complex and complicated world of those of us navigating art and branding around sexiness and sexuality within the commercial/fashion infrastructures. We also talk through Ashley's hustle and drive.
PS: We get a little drunk in the making of this episode and sing for you... you'll love our singing because we love you!
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Off Track Betty
As development rips through Manhattan, Clayton Dean Smith saw his LES neighborhood begin to gentrify from urban development and started to play with ideas. As an active community member and an artist, he decided to create a short film to address the human aspects of the swift changes. His film, Off Track Betty, is destined to be a historical film that marks the transition marking an end of an era in New York while bringing an artistic expression to the ongoing discussion as we globally move from analog to digital communities. I join in at his home in the Lower East Side to discuss:
• Whole Foods: your neighborhood scam
• Birthing “Off Track Betty”
• NYC: a cautionary tale for other world cities
• We are the gentrifiers
• Adapt with the change or get rolled
• Witnessing NYC DIY cinema history develop in your hands
• Ways to advocate while living inches from colossal mistakes
• The Rat Race vs The Alien Race
• Chasing Manhattan
• Enjoying the NYC analog culture that still exists
• Poor doors for SPURA and connecting the ultra poor and ultra rich in the community
Through documenting Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stranton has created a blog showcasing the people in Gotham and the stories that have shaped their lives. While his work started as a simple photographic essay of colorfully dressed people he found on the street, it eventually morph into an intimate digest of accounts shared by the people he was photographing. Over time Brandon began to extract and broadcast their stories of deeper feelings and instances of transition mixed with candid humor. Eventually these stories shaped an online community of 13+ million followers which continues to share their collective thoughts and emotions regarding the subjects and their matter.
Today Brandon and I sit down to talk about the world we live in: a place where, once warmed up, people are more comfortable to talk about personal matters with a stranger than they are with their loved ones. Today's show discusses:
Creating HONY through good stories
The effects of interviewing 10,000 people
Working to find the individual story of each person through presence
The Key to life is…
Keeping it grounded beyond your worldview
Is Brandon a Reptilian Overlord?
Working beyond definition
Being a New Yorker with a larger-than-life project
Approaching strangers and cutting through
Broadcasting to strangers vs connecting with the people closest to us
Changing with friends
Sincere connection with each other
Manifesting your dreams for control and freedom
Living in the work is the reward
Let go of monetary concerns to get power in your life
The worlds dumbest question
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I visit my neighbor and co-founder of the MindPod Network, Noah Lampert, to open my mind, heart and spirit! We briefly touch on walking through walls, orgasmic rain, and douchebags before we spend a significant amount of time on suicide, the singularity, tuning yourself, mythology, perception, synchronicity, mental health and living spiritually aware in this superficial world. And of course NYC sticks her fancy-self in to the conversation...
Michael Lyons Wier runs a 600 square foot gallery in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district where he features conceptual realistic art. One of the most welcoming gallerists in the neighborhood, Michael opens up his home, mind, heart and a bottle of scotch for the show. Here we get his perspective of the world of art: the realities of art for artists, the market, academia, finding new artists, artist hustle, collecting pieces, and rebuilding New York.
Performance Artist, Matthew Silver, is on a mission to open the love portal. One of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, Matthew tells his story about how he came to find his purpose. We discuss Ego, Love, Spirituality, Culture, NYC, Materialism, Fear and the future for Society and Matthew.
Model, traveller and seeker of magic, Lindsey Hoover, just returned from a trip to Asia and discusses her culture shock. Family , Williamsburg, social media, finding your energy, discovering what matters, and more!
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Singer/Songwriter, Silya Nymoen, swings by from Norway to talk up the show. We talk about finding a shrink, having an international artist career, the music industry, creepy people, dating, aging, 1st world problems, and more!
EPISODE 16: Ben Sinclair
Ben Sinclair is an actor, director and writer based in NYC. Along with his wife Katja Blichfeld and friend Russell Gregory, he has created the web series about a weed delivery guy in NY, High Maintenance, which is now funded by Vimeo as they move toward a netflix-style model of original content. Creativity, freelance life, procrastinating, new media, and sooo much more. //Alex Gjerpen jumps in to partially co-host the last half.High MaintenanceBen's Twitter
EPISODE 15: Eli Sopsish
Eli joins the podcast tonight! We talk about Burning Man, the contrasting world of commercialization and underground cultures, homogenization, office life, and setting up an underground party scene in NYC.
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EPISODE 13: Joseph Mauricio
Joseph is a Buddhist, meditation teacher and comedian. We travel through a lot of space and time in this one - opening up ideas and thoughts about creativity and the arts while packing in a lot of discussion about comedy and ways of living. Enjoy!
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#9: Chadwick Tyler
NY based Photographer Chadwick Tyler created a buzz for his dark photographic work expressed through his series, Tiberius. Later the work would be replicated by other artists and Chadwick would have to grow from this experience. Here we discuss what it's like to see our work picked up and appropriated by other artists while working in the community. We also go down the rabbit hole to talk about design, ideal clients, the photographic and fashion industry, social media, and more.
EPISODE 3: Alexandra Gjerpen
Meet Alexandra - an actress, writer and director... and my girlfriend! Alex helps me warm up to podcasting while she is in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign for the short film she is writing, directing, and acting in. She introduces us to crowd funding, reptilians corporations, being an artist and freelancing in NY.