Arash’s World Podcast
Life after Grief: The Healing Path of Poetry, Music and the Arts towards Peace and Joy

Life after Grief: The Healing Path of Poetry, Music and the Arts towards Peace and Joy

August 15, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to talk with journalist, editor, and physician Mylo Schaaf who turned to poetry to deal with extreme grief and suffering after the unexpected passing of her dear son Alex. The book is entitled “Blown into Now: Poems for a Journey” and her poems are accompanied by her son’s photographs who was a veteran, world traveler, and adventurer who was engaged with and passionate about nature and photography.

We discuss how poetry uses words but goes beyond them to express deep, profound, and hard to express feelings and emotions and that the arts, especially heartfelt music, the “poetry of our times” can strongly resonate with us and touch and move us during times of pain, suffering, and distress.

We also talk about magic and how dear people who have passed on may still have spiritual connections and even communication with us expressed via dreams, thoughts, or nature. Mylo also points out the benefits of keeping a journal and of becoming aware and mindful of inflection points in our lives and of gaining confidence for changing in the future and how the pandemic has made many people more thoughtful and introspective.

Being True to Yourself and Filling Your Life with Positivity

Being True to Yourself and Filling Your Life with Positivity

August 13, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to speak with Spiritual Life Coach, PTSD Survivor, and Author Marni Goldman. We talk about her book “True to Myself: Peace, Love, Marni” in which she recounts the suffering and abuse she encountered throughout her life until she chose to open the drapes of her dark rock-bottom basement and let the light enter the room.

Marni explains that it’s a courageous choice to step out of it and that she has been living in a state of “emotional sobriety” where she is aware of her actions and reactions without personal judgment or blame. She also trusts her intuition and gut feelings and puts her trust and faith in the universe to take and guide her to the place she is supposed to be.

We also talk about how to increase positive and reduce negativity in your life, including how to best handle and deal with Social Media and negative people and family members. Marni also explains that “laughter is the most healing free therapeutic drug on this planet” and that it is contagious spreading good vibes across space and time. She also reminds us that our current situation is not permanent and encourages us to find the silver lining within situations with the realization that accountability is often the cure and key to one’s own recovery.

Shaun Tomson’s Code Method, Mind Surfing and Riding Life’s Waves with Hope

Shaun Tomson’s Code Method, Mind Surfing and Riding Life’s Waves with Hope

August 10, 2022

In this episode, I have the absolute pleasure to speak with world champion surfing legend, motivational speaker, environmentalist, and author Shaun Tomson about his inspirational guidebook “The Surfer and the Sage: A Guide to Survive and Ride Life’s Waves” co-written by poet-philosopher Noah BenShea in which surfing is used as a metaphor for life.

Shaun talks about his fascinating Code Method which consists of 12 personal life-affirming commitments and promises that provide a contract and engagement with one’s deepest held values and that can not only inspire and motivate us to be the best version of ourselves but also help others to be better. The Code can be applied to any aspect of our personal and professional life, but it can also connect us with others in meaningful ways and manners and help us find common ground and bridge our differences with others.

The code is free and open source, and it will hopefully inspire everyone to write their own personal list of goals and values and to intentionally use the healing and transformational power of hope to create a state of spiritual flow and connectivity with ourselves and with others.

Shaun has suffered tragic and devastating loss and grief in his personal life, but he is a vivid and inspiring role model for all of us to keep pushing forward against the waves, to persevere, catch our breath and ride the waves on the ebbs and flows of life over and over again and be stoked and driven by our internal passion and fire while eventually becoming a master of ourselves and the situations.

Stop Worrying about Your Anxious Child and Just Enjoy the Ride of Parenthood

Stop Worrying about Your Anxious Child and Just Enjoy the Ride of Parenthood

August 9, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to talk with the wonderful and versatile Tonya Collings Crombie who wears many hats as a mother, wife, certified coach, teacher, and organizational/industrial psychologist and combines them in her insightful, resourceful, and helpful books Stop Worrying about Your Anxious Child and Stop Worrying about Your Anxious Teenager!

We discuss the personal experiences, potential difficulties, and worries alongside the many joys of being a parent especially when it comes to anxious children and teenagers. We also draw parallels between the world of teaching and that of parenting and how it is important to listen and tune into your child and give them room and space to grow and develop their unique personhood with their very own shiny, colorful, and beautiful personality.

Moreover, we discuss the intimate links between sensitivity and anxiety and that with the proper tools and tips, it can be and become a true blessing and an enriching trait. We also touch upon framing since the story we tell ourselves often becomes true as well as how our anxiety does not define us and is often a by-product of greatness and a special gift inherent in us! Finally, we should enjoy the ride of parenthood and fully enjoy all the good things!

The Troubled Legacy of Timothy Leary and Harvard’s New Interdisciplinary Science and Research into Psychedelics

The Troubled Legacy of Timothy Leary and Harvard’s New Interdisciplinary Science and Research into Psychedelics

August 2, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to speak with Attorney and Author Patrick Schmidt about his book "Harvard's Quixotic Pursuit of a New Science" and his research into Harvard’s Interdisciplinary Department of Social Relations alongside the effects and repercussions of Timothy Leary’s psychological and social experiments with psychedelics that eventually brought down the department. Moreover, Patrick provides details and background information about Henry Murray’s controversial and questionable experiment that traumatized a young Ted Kaczynski who later become known as the Unabomber.

We also look at the current research undertaken regarding psychedelics both at Harvard with the New Center for Neuroscience of Psychedelics at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as well as Berkely with BCSP, the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics research and training facilitation program and how these approaches differ from the previously attempted but failed Department of Social Relations. Moreover, we talk about the stigma associated with psychedelic drugs as well as their potential and beneficial therapeutic use as evidenced in the work of Michael Pollan and the Netflix documentary “How to Change Your Mind”.

Finally, we discuss the difficulties and challenges of a truly interdisciplinary as opposed to a multi-disciplinary approach and how it could be organized and structured in university settings as well as the many gains and benefits it has brought about and could bring about in the future.

Being Free and Open to Express and Process Your Emotions with Freeda the Frog

Being Free and Open to Express and Process Your Emotions with Freeda the Frog

July 30, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to speak with Nadine Haruni, who is best known for her award-winning Freeda the Frog Children’s Book Series that deals with complex emotions and life’s events through the lens of colorful characters, which have been shaped and influenced by her and her family’s own personal experiences. Apart from being a mother and an author, she is also juggling careers by being an attorney and the occasional yoga teacher.

Moreover, we discuss the importance of talking freely and openly about difficult and complex topics, issues, and emotions, how we all need to foster and increase awareness, empathy, and inclusivity, and how these wonderful books can serve as conversation starters and discussion topics that could be used at school and at home.

Bravery Always Wins: True Heroic Events around the Fake Disease of Syndrome K

Bravery Always Wins: True Heroic Events around the Fake Disease of Syndrome K

July 12, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to talk with composer and filmmaker Stephen Edwards about his fascinating, moving, and inspiring documentary "Syndrome K" about three doctors in a Catholic hospital who made up a fake disease to preserve and save many Jewish lives during World War Two.

We talk about the doctors' and hospital staff's bravery and how they defied the Nazis by also risking their own and their families' lives in the process. Moreover, they engaged in clandestine operations by using secret transistor radios and falsifying documents as well as passports under the Vatican seal.

It's a story that few have heard about but it is a stunning historical fact that comes to light via this documentary as well as a potential upcoming feature film based on the subject.

Mind over Body: How Meditation-in-Action Can Switch on Conscience and Super Conscious Wisdom

Mind over Body: How Meditation-in-Action Can Switch on Conscience and Super Conscious Wisdom

July 1, 2022

In this episode, I have the pleasure and honor to talk with Leonard Perlmutter aka Ram Lev, the Founder of the non-profit educational organization The American Meditation Institute (AMI), author of the books “Your Conscience”, and “The Heart and Science of Yoga” alongside "Transformation," a journal of Yoga Science as holistic mind-body medicine and as education for enlightenment.

Ram Lev talks about the main ideas of his “5 Easy Steps” course and the importance of the mind and human thought and how it can lead to anarchy or peace and harmony and how our words and actions have direct effects and consequences on our relationships with ourselves and others.

We also discuss the relevance of pausing and creating a space between stimulus and response; this can be brought about via meditation and mindfulness in action. It can calm and quiet the mind and gradually build willpower and self-reliance affecting our conscience, which is the only decision-maker of the mind. Through continuous practice and dedication, we can increase our Super Conscious Wisdom and gain freedom from fear and attain a positive and more enlightened outlook on life.

Brain Science, Unconscious Bias, and Leadership: Living and Working in a Diverse World

Brain Science, Unconscious Bias, and Leadership: Living and Working in a Diverse World

June 15, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to talk with Christopher “CJ” Gross, TEDx Speaker, Founder of Ascension Worldwide, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Training and Consulting, as well as Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach and Trainer about his book “What’s your ZIP Code Story? Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace”.

CJ talks about his objective approach toward these social and cultural issues, what true diversity, inclusivity, and leadership are and look like at the workplace, and how to streamline the system to assess, evaluate and produce the desired results. CJ also looks at the brain science behind having biases, making assumptions, and jumping to conclusions, and how to make relevant and necessary changes to create a zone of psychological and emotional safety.

Finally, we look at what makes a good leader, how to develop and foster strong leadership skills, and why it comes down to emotional and social intelligence as well as true empathy.

The Keys to Happiness: Being and Living Happier with Chicken Soup for the Soul

The Keys to Happiness: Being and Living Happier with Chicken Soup for the Soul

June 13, 2022

In this episode, I have the great pleasure to talk with Amy Newmark, publisher, editor-in-chief, and author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series about her latest book "Your 10 Keys to Happiness: 101 Real-Life Stories That Will Show You How to Improve your Life."

We talk about how happiness is contagious and how people feel more involved, inspired, and motivated by real and relatable personal stories. We also discuss Amy's scientific, evidence-based, and practical approach to self-help and happiness as well as her past research and travel experiences in the poor and remote regions of Brazil.

Then, we briefly go over the different elements of happiness but mainly focus on gratitude, a personality trait you can add to your personality; forgiveness and leaving the baggage of the past filled with resentments and disappointments behind you to move forward into the present and future without reliving those negative emotions; and the importance of me-time and we-time.

Moreover, we talk about why it is necessary to step outside of your comfort zone, be yourself, and pursue your passions, and how many elements of happiness are connected and interlinked.

Finally, we discuss the diversity and inclusion of different topics and people from various backgrounds and belief systems, and how Amy has helped revitalize and expand this already popular and successful series and franchise.

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