Love plays a crucial role in every aspect of human existence, including sex, spirituality, society, and even the meaning of life. Dr. Armin Zadeh is the author of the new book The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why it Matters. He is a cardiologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Zadeh has authored more than 100 scientific articles and is an editor of scholarly books in medicine.
Jaimal Yogis is author of the book, All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Jaimal’s magazine reporting has won awards like the 2005 Leslie Rachel Sanders Award for Social Justice Reporting, a 2007 Maggie Award for “Best Magazine Feature,” and two Scripps Howard reporting scholarships. In 2010, The Common Wealth Club voted him “The New Face of San Francisco Media” for his popular writing in San Francisco Magazine. His stories have also been published in ESPN Magazine, AFAR, Runner’s World, The Surfers Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and many others. He has been a guest-lecturer at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and San Francisco State. A few years ago, Jaimal was on Pathways for an interview about his first book, Saltwater Buddha — a coming of age memoir about running away from home to surf then nearly becoming a Zen monk.
David Richo is the author of the new book, The Five Longings: What We’ve Always Wanted—and Already Have. David is a teacher, workshop leader, and psychotherapist in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. He combines Jungian, transpersonal, and mythic perspectives in his work. He is the author of numerous psychology/self-help best-sellers, including How to Be an Adult in Relationships …The Five Things We Cannot Change and When the Past is Present, a fascinating look at the psychological phenomenon of transference.
Jacob Needleman is the author of I Am Not I. A philosopher, author, and religious scholar, Jacob teaches philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is also the author of The New Religions, a pioneering study of the new American spirituality, Money and the Meaning of Life, A Sense of the Cosmos, The Heart of Philosophy, Time and the Soul, Why Can’t We Be Good? , and other books.
Ralph White is co-founder and Creative Director of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning for thirty years. In addition to serving as Creative Director, Ralph is an international speaker in his own right — on spirituality, consciousness, the history of the Western Mystical Tradition. He is now the author of a new book, a philosophical memoir entitled The Jeweled Highway—On the Quest for a Life of Meaning.
Stuart K Robinson is the author of It All Begins with “I”: The ‘New Rules of Thinking’ and the Simple Secrets to Living a Rich Joyous Life. Stuart is a motivational speaker who has inspired audiences around the world with his life-changing New Rules of Thinking. Stuart K has inspired many through his Robinson Creative Lab where he works with people from all walks of life guiding them to become more effective in their careers, relationships, and personal goals.
Our guest this week on Pathways is Stewart Blackburn, author of The Skills of Pleasure: Crafting the Life You Want. He is a practicing modern shaman who uses pleasure as his primary healing modality, with both a local and online practice. Stewart is an Alaka’i, or senior teacher, of Aloha International, an organization promoting healing of all kinds throughout the world. He is a former professional chef with a Master’s Degree in Food Science. His passion is in helping people become connoisseurs of feelings, reclaiming their own joy and excitement for life.. He teaches Huna: Hawaiian Shamanism weekly, plus monthly workshops on aspects of an empowered life on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Jake Ducey is author of the new book, Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose. At twenty-one-years-old, Jake is the world’s youngest published inspirational author, and is the Director of Self Reliance Institute, where he has built both a school and an orphanage in San Marcos, Guatemala. Since 2012 Jake has traveled to Guatemala, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Phillip Moffitt presents his book, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering. Phillip walked away from his highly successful post as chief executive and editor-in-chief on Esquire magazine 1987, in order to focus on his inner life. He is the founder and president of the Life Balance Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to the study and practice of spiritual values in daily life. Phillip teaches vipasana meditation at retreat centers around the country and holds a weekly meditation class in Marin County, California. More information is available at http://www.dancingwithlife.org
Nancy Whitney-Reiter talks about her book, Unplugged: How to Disconnect from the Rat Race, Have an Existential Crisis, and Find Meaning and Fulfillment. She is a former economist and corporate market analyst. As a 9/11 survivor and Generation X-er, she found herself questioning the true meaning of “success,” and embarked on a year long travel sabbatical. Her travels took her to Costa Rica and South Africa, where she worked as a volunteer teacher and wildlife researcher. Nancy has lived in six countries on three continents, and has traveled to more than 40 countries and 17 states to date. She is fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish, and is learning Portuguese and Zulu.