Light Watkins: Doing The Work Is The Shortcut
How do you find purpose? What does it mean to live with intention? And why is it important to cultivate stillness?
These questions are important. The answers are tricky. To solve these riddles to the human dilemma, you have to know where to look.
Knowing Where To Look also happens to be the title of Light Watkins’ new book. Is it a sign or coincidence? The answer is up to you.
In addition to being a good friend, a beautiful incarnation of the human form, a nomadic minimalist, and expert meditation and spiritual teacher, Light is also a prolific public speaker and the founder of The Shine (a groovy TED meets Self-Realization love child event series) and the author of three books: The Inner Gym, Bliss More, and of course, his latest work and the focus of our gathering, Knowing Where To Look.
My third microphone communion with Light begins with a dive into his adventures in minimalism (every single thing he owns fits into a single carry-on bag) and what it’s like being a 50-year old ex-pat nomad living in Mexico City. We also touch on his experiences in meditation and mindfulness, and the impact of his activism on issues related to racial injustice.
But mainly we focus on things like the power of kindness, the importance of patience and reflection, how to cultivate intuition, and how to have the courage to trust it.
In a nutshell, this conversation is about how to put faith into action, and why the aspirational life is built upon a foundation of small gestures—tiny actions undertaken every day, every hour, every moment.
If you’re new to the force of love that is Light Watkins, I suggest tuning up our earlier conversations, RRP #172 and RRP #357. Check him out in my book Voicing Change, which you can find here. Listen to his podcast At the End of The Tunnel and of course, pick up his new book, the choose-your-own-adventure style of daily inspiration that is Knowing Where To Look.
Light Watkins is one of my most favorite beings. My hope is that this conversation helps you find what you’re looking for.
Light Watkins is one of my most favorite beings. May this conversation be a tuning fork for your gaze—and lead you closer towards what you’re looking for.
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- Connect with Light: Website | Twitter | Instagram
- Podcast: At The End Of The Tunnel
- Book: The Inner Gym
- Book: Bliss More
- Book: Knowing Where To Look
- YouTube: For white people asking what to do about racism
- YouTube: Light Watkins
- Inform: ‘Your Camera Phone Is Our Weapon’: Light Watkins on Why We Need to Talk About Racism
- MBG: 5 Reasons To Consider A Regular Meditation Practice Right Now, From Light Watkins
- MBG: Articles By Light Watkins
- Begin Meditating: beginmeditating.com
- TEDxVeniceBeach: Debunking the 5 Most Common Meditation Myths | Light Watkins
- YouTube: Light Watkins on How Meditation Works
- YouTube: The Backwards Brain Bicycle (SmarterEveryDay)
- Medium: The Evolution of The Shine
- YouTube: Let’s Talk About Meditation
- Book: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
- Book: The Seat of the Soul
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