Purpose, Intuition, and Freedom on the Ellis in Wunderland podcast

Here’s a interview that I recorded a few weeks ago with Georgia Ellis of Blue Chip Minds for her outstanding Ellis in Wunderland podcast

PURPOSE: Our basic purpose is to be ourselves as much as possible. Intuition is the only voice that will speak out purpose.

FEAR: Fear is a voice of “no”, and intuition is a voice of “yes.” Fear is just a message, and usually something that we can turn towards. Intuition is the quiet voice of the unconscious. Fear is the loud voice of instinct.

INTUITION: How embodied practices can be the gateway to getting it touch with intuition. Intuition is simply: self-awareness, and embodied practices (like sports, yoga, meditation) train the muscle of self-awareness. 

“Alcohol is obsolete” is a linguistic mechanism that I use to put drinking firmly in the past. I’ve done it, but it’s in the past, and it’s not part of my life any longer. I also believe that we are likely past the cultural peak of alcohol use.

Since our true purpose is simply to be ourselves, and the voice of self is intuition, and since alcohol dulls the intuition, drinking interferes with finding—and feeling—your self, and your purpose.

The view from the inside of our current state of being will make a different way of living seem distant and foreign to us. We can talk about it, but it won’t seem real, or that it could become real. The only way to see what a new normal feels like is to run an experiment—to try it. 

Depression is a symptom, not a thing. For most people, anxiety and depression are symptoms of not living well. If you’re depressed and you drink alcohol, you should consider very strongly how alcohol and depression are co-involved. We don’t talk enough about how alcohol can cause depression.

My #1 value: freedom. You need to be free to be—to be yourself. For me that meant 1) Developing a way of supporting myself of my own design, so that I can live outside the machine. 2) Developing my intuition into a full-fledged and highly-functioning part of who I am. 3) Creating a more conscious relationship with (or without) alcohol.

Bowen on the Storied SF podcast

I came across the Storied: San Francisco podcast sometime last year, and as an EssEff native I started slinging ideas to them about people that would be great to have on the show like Sarah Davis and Danny Macchiarini. Along the way, Jeff and I ended up getting to know each other a bit, and he asked me to do a show myself!

We recorded the podcast in my van on the corner of Hill and Sanchez where I grew up. I hope you enjoy this ramble through my early years in the City.

On Sanchez Street, looking south past Hill Street towards Noe Valley

Go to Storied: SF to listen to the show, or listen here using Overcast (my favorite podcast app) → part 1part 2.


Change Everything on the Truth & Dare podcast

The view from Sausalito looking towards San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and the City

I first met Camden Hoch at her yoga class one beautiful Sausalito morning. We started running into each other more often, saw that we had some common interests and ways of living, and she recently invited me for an interview on her Truth & Dare podcast.

I’m proud of this interview, and I had a great time talking with Camden. We covered a lot of ground, including

  • The 3 messages that led me to change everything in my life
  • How physical activity can awaken your intuition
  • Why nature is the first & ultimate inspiration
  • Bowen’s perspective on “obsolete” and what may be “obsolete” in your life & you’re so ready to be done with it
  • What happiness really is
  • How after living in anxiety & depression from my teens into my 40’s, I am now healthier at 49 than ever before: what I did and how you can too
  • My next Dare and my definition of Truth

You can also listen here on Overcast (my favorite podcast app).