Did anyone else catch the publicity stunt on August 8, 2019 when Will Ferrell appeared as Ron Burgundy doing standup comedy … on six late night tv shows at one time?! (Phew, what a logistical feat. My few experiences with late night TV involved biting my nails backstage at Letterman praying to god the band would sing on key.) Will Ferrell aka Ron was promoting the second season of "The Ron Burgundy Podcast” (apple / spotify). Well the stunt worked, and I started the podcast with season 1 this weekend. The second episode is entitled “Meditation with Deepak Chopra.” (apple / spotify). Be sure to listen.
I’ve done a lot of soul digging in my day. It started with the piano at the age of 3, then a NY band in my 20’s, then landing a job in the biz at 32. But once I got there, I noticed that the search for fulfillment and meaning remained. (And a little anxiety crept in). I dove deep into wellness with my diet (4 years vegan), meditation (from Kimberly Snyder downloads to the Calm app), fitness (yoga and nature walks), and meeting like-minded people like Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring who both performed and certified me in reiki.
I get lax on the practice sometimes, and listening to this podcast episode is a timely reminder that we all need to CALM THE F&$k DOWN. Deepak Chopra (aka “Deep”) reveals many insights in a short period of time (including his love of vintage funny TV), but one particular quote stood out to me: “Life is a sexually transmitted incurable condition. On a deeper level, life is all there is is. Without life there is no experience. What we call the body, what we call the world, what we call anything that we give a name to is actually created in consciousness. And once we agree on the meaning of the word it becomes our reality.”
Woah. Now let’s break that down with wisdom learned from The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.
I stole a 1989 edition with an old book smell from a former roommate, so I’m sure newer reads are even more next-level. This book will make you re-think your entire life in the best way, open your eyes, and give you the best party knowledge bombs. The gist? Uncovering the reason for our existence = the replicator molecule. The best example is DNA, which contains instructions how to make a body and has the unique stability of making copies … over millions of years. We as individuals are not stable. But genes are near-immortal. We are their carrying case, driven by them to reproduce again and again. Music is their enabler for sure. And in case you were wondering, yes, with copies come mistakes, and those mistakes make evolution possible.
Next let’s give some thought to consciousness. Because when someone asks, “Who are you?” The answer is “Pure consciousness.” What the hell do I mean - ok - close your eyes, take a deep breath, and silently to yourself, say “Hello?” Say it again - “Hello?” Which one are you - the speaker, or the listener? (I’m not going to tell you, btw.) Another great Dawkins quote - “Perhaps consciousness arises when the brain’s simulation of the world becomes so complete that it must include a model of itself.” (You know this is all a simulation, right?! I mean - give “The Inexplicable Universe” on quantum physics a ride, or sit under the planetarium in NYC and see how small we are. Damn.)