Right Now in Commune

The American food system is broken. It’s literally killing us. Equally upsetting is learning how taxpayers (that’s you!) are funding this toxic feedback loop. In this episode, we talk with Congressman Tim Ryan about the inner workings of what went wrong while envisioning a healthier, more sustainable future. 

Deepak Chopra on The Nature of Reality

Is reality real? Deepak Chopra has dedicated his life to the scientific and spiritual exploration of what is. In this episode, Jeff and Deepak talk about how everything we consider real—from your next thought to the most distant star—is simply a modified form of yourself. When you understand that you are the universe, you begin to access the infinite possibilities within.

The Modern Elder

By 2020 a quarter of all working people in the US will be 55 or older, but our youth-oriented culture leaves many of them feeling invisible, undervalued, and threatened by younger folks in the workplace. Chip Conley is an American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author, and speaker, out to change all that. He’s ushering in a new way of thinking that embraces the value that age brings to one’s life, career and to the workplace.

Hacking Your Healthcare

Are you ready to take ownership of your own healthcare? Our current system is broken; we’re focused on treatments and pills rather than positive outcomes. Meanwhile, the rates for nearly every modern disease are increasing, even as the U.S. spends 20% of its GDP on medical care. Functional medicine seeks to change all that! Meet Dr. Mark Hyman, a Functional Medicine physician on the frontlines of a healthcare revolution. He’s an author, Founder and Director of the UltraWellness Center, and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.

On Soil

You might be standing right on top of the answer to global warming—yes, soil! Unsustainable agricultural practices have a massive effect on the health of our planet, with land degradation now undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people. But all is not lost: Fixing our soil is something we can all support, ever day. Tune in for an educational, motivational conversation with Ryland Engelhart, vegan restaurant owner and co-founder of Kiss The Ground, a non-profit that advocates for the connection between soil, human, and planetary health.

Healing a Warrior

Dan Nevin’s life forever changed when he lost both his legs during combat in Iraq. Dan was forced to look inward, finding a path to healing and redefining his life’s purpose through mindfulness, meditation, and helping other wounded warriors. This episode offers a heavy dose of heart and perspective. Taped LIVE at Wanderlust Wellspring in Palm Springs, CA.

Nomophobia

Are you addicted? Nomophobia is the fear of being without or unable to use your mobile phone, and it affects nearly 2/3rds of all adults. How does this behavior affect our personal relationships? Our mental health? In this episode we speak to Jess Davis, a formerly plugged-in digital strategist turned tech ethicist and mindfulness leader, and Dr. Brian Primack, a Clinician, Professor, and Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Politics and Spirituality (Part 2): Julie Oliver, Kerri Kelly

What is the relationship between politics and spirituality? How can we harness our drive for personal wellness into civic engagement? While the separation of church and state is one of our country's founding principles, spiritual faith has often been at the center of positive political change. In this episode, we continue the conversation we started with Marianne Williamson by talking to two women whose political activism grew out of their personal journeys: Congressional Candidate Julie Oliver, and founder of CTZNWELL, Kerri Kelly.

Spirituality can unite us in a way political discourse often fails us; what we need right now is to recognize and unify around our common destiny as humans living together on this earth.

Why We March

Despite growing up in the United States illegally, Emiliana Guereca always believed she could achieve anything she wanted, but she never dreamed she would spark one of the most meaningful gatherings in U.S. history. The Women’s March on January 21st, 2017 was the largest single day protest in US history, with the turnout in Los Angeles—organized by Emi—estimated at a record-setting 750,000 protestors. Why are marches important for democracies? And what turns a march into a movement?

Marianne Williamson on Politics and Spirituality

Marianne Williamson is a world-renowned spiritual teacher and bestselling author (Return to Love). She’s also an activist and former congressional candidate. The thread in her career is one of spiritual transformation and political activism, but when Marianne began speaking and writing on those topics, a professional path wasn't really visible. In this episode, we hear about how Marianne carved her own career path, and talk about what happens when we look at the history of American politics through a global, spiritual lens.

Good Mood Food

How does our food affect our brains? How can we eat so we feel good, consistently? Jason Wrobel is the bestselling author of the cookbook and lifestyle guide, Eaternity, and the first plant-based chef with a primetime TV series. However, after struggling with depression, Jason narrowed his focus to the nuanced effects of food on our biology and psychology. What he discovered changed everything.

"Who am I?"

How much control do we actually have over who we are? After a freak accident Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell lost his ability to play football, and his whole identity. Hear his amazing story, then explore what factors into the development of human identity, with psychologist Dr. Jennifer Bosson at the University of South Florida.

Why We Give

Why do we give, and what do we really get back when we do? Join us in exploring our reasons for giving with a music agent turned charity founder, and a Hollywood pastor taking a non-traditional approach to homelessness.  

The Power of Community

What does it take to build a community, and how can it help us in times of grief? Meet Kula, the little yoga studio that opened its doors in downtown Manhattan in the wake of 9/11.

Yoga for All

While many online communities become mired in snarky comments and hurtful trolling, Adriene Mishler has curated an exception. Best known for her YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene, she has used digital platforms to foster deep belonging. Join a heartfelt conversation with Adriene about the conditions for a community to thrive, and why yoga is such a powerful tool for modern day connection—with both the self and others.

Save The Planet: Educate Girls

Is it too late to reverse global warming? Not according to scientist and NYT bestselling author Paul Hawken, and the hidden heroes working on some unexpected front lines. Listen and learn about the #1 option to reverse global warming. It might surprise you.

You're a Little Bit Racist

Is everyone a little bit racist? Meet the founder of a 12-step program called Racists Anonymous, and examine the reality of your own implicit bias with UCLA research scientist and social psychologist Evelyn Carter.

Why Forgive?

Is forgiveness a gift you give... yourself? Dr. Robert Enright, founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, shares facts that will shift your perspective, and hear one incredible woman tell her true story of forgiving the unforgivable.

Bonus: Old & True

In this bonus episode, you'll learn about who we are, what we believe in, and why we do what we do. Welcome to Commune! Subscribe now, new episodes every week.

Introducing: Commune

Commune is a podcast where we explore the ideas and practices that bring us together and help us live healthy, purpose-filled lives.