The Created Life features insightful conversations with people living life by their own rules and making a positive impact. The Created Life is an episodic dose of inspiration, life hacks, and engaging ideas to help you grow and create a life you love. TCL is hosted by serial entrepreneur, wilderness guide, and author, Damian Taggart.
Welcome to the Created Life. After a good run with TCL since the very first episode in 2018, I have decided to put the show on an indefinite hiatus while I focus on my new podcast, Cult of the New Mainstream. Thanks to everyone who came on the show as a guest and my apologies to anyone who I interviewed that never made it onto an episode. I’ll be leaving the back catalog of shows accessible for now since they are still getting a decent number of listeners each week. TCL’s parent company, Wildist, is undergoing some transformations at present as we prepare for some new offerings in 2021. I am reworking the company services and offerings to better cater to the needs of the global community and to include a more integrative approach to personal development, and wellness through empowerment and experiential learning. A new website, with a lot of new programming will be live in 2021. I am also beginning to put time and energy into a three new brands, the first is my new ongoing art project, Cult of the New Mainstream, which takes the form of both an email newsletter and a podcast, full of intimate and thoughtful episodes, essays, poetry, and visual art, all relating to the emergence of a positive global culture based on a profound “revaluation of values”, a re-examination of the underlying social contract we operate within, and of deep questions about the purpose of life and death as a human being in the post-modern and Post-structuralist age. It’s a really exciting project and I hope you will check it out. You can tune in to the Cult of the New Mainstream podcast on Spotify, Apple podcasts, and elsewhere, as well as directly from the Cult of the New Mainstream website, taggart.substack.com. Another new brand I am beginning to work on is the Vitality Collective, a business dedicated to empowering people through bodyweight fitness, movement, nutrition, and a proactive approach to mental and physical health. On top of those two brands I am also launching a clothing company called Savasana in 2021 that I have been developing for the past year and a half. This brand is still very much in its early startup phase but you can check out the product catalog and order things now at the website savasana.co. Savasana aims to be an edgy and expressive source for sustainable clothing that helps you live an active and mindful lifestyle. Savasana is also a bit of a social experiment for me, I am committing the company to giving away a full 50% of profit through a new not for profit endeavor I founded called “Half for Humanity”. Half for Humanity is a project that I hope to use to inspire other businesses and entrepreneurs, especially new startups, to consider using profit as an engine for social change and “paying it forward”. In a lot of ways Half for Humanity is a challenge to the businesses that have gotten used to resting on the laurels of their greenwashed images, through their participation in projects such “1% for the planet”, which, although clearly doing good in the world, is a very small step in the right direction. Half for Humanity aims to cause profound change, not simply to help businesses position themselves as “virtuous” in the marketplace. Learn more at half4humanity.org. Also of note, my third book, The Skeleton Sutras, is now available on Amazon in print and as an ebook. The Skeleton Sutras is a kind of radical declaration of values divergent from som
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On today’s episode of The Created Life, I speak with a man of many talents, Deollo Johnson. Deollo is an accomplished martial artist, professional dancer and dance educator, qigong and meditation teacher, artist, speaker, and author. Deollo has performed and taught internationally. He facilitates diversity awareness and leadership development trainings, does motivational speaking, and engages in creative expression in many mediums. Deollo is committed to total, multi-dimensional fitness, and practices the principles of peak performance, essential nutrition, health and vitality, cleansing, and healing on all levels. On today’s episode Deollo Johnson and Damian Taggart discuss: Deollo's 7-day Deep Fast: sensory deprivation, no sight, no food, no technology, and total isolation! veganism, "eating closer to the sun" fasting meditation calisthenics/physical training "human doing vs human being" nutrition, addiction to food moving "stuck" energy The alchemy of distilling the trauma of your past into wisdom in the present Focusing on outcomes and results Accepting differences Effective Training requires rest and food Dance Self-image and unconditional self-acceptance and transformation LEARN MORE ABOUT DEOLLO: Deollo's Website Email Deollo Dancing Earth - the contemporary indigenous dance group Deollo works with SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Send us a donation via PayPal, or show your support by telling a friend about the show, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor or to send feedback. Your support and feedback really matters and helps us keep the show on the air!
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On today's episode of The Created Life, I have the distinct pleasure of speaking with a unique multimedia and performance artist, Cipriano Ortega, about their work as an artist, their journey with muscle tension dysphonia and how that impacted their life, as well as diving into their personal philosophy and outlook. On today's episode Damian Taggart and Cipriano Ortega discuss: Dealing with muscle tension dysphonia Personal growth & self-healing The role of art 90s grunge and 60s psychedelic music Identity as a queer, indigenous person, and person of color The impact of perception and how we are seen Embracing impermanence Living in a "hostile universe" LEARN MORE ABOUT CIPRIANO: Cipriano's Vimeo Cipriano on Dazzle Denver SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Send us a donation via PayPal, or show your support by telling a friend about the show, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor or to send feedback. Your support and feedback really matters and helps us keep the show on the air!
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On today's episode of TCL I have the pleasure of speaking with the dynamic Ryan Foo about theater, entrepreneurialism, self-awareness, spirituality, art, and much more! On this episode of The Created Life Damian Taggart and Ryan Foo discuss: Ryan Foo's version numbering system and long term amnesia from a car accident Theater and art The Black Actors Guild David Mamet, is acting lying/or telling the truth? the role of storytelling in culture creating new narratives that are inclusive and applicable regardless of identity the role of for-profit entities in social change the role of nonprofits in a capitalist system anarcho-syndicalism capitalism and value Morality and following orders "The rabbit hole of consciousness" Masculinity and the modern male Parenthood Spirituality, God, union, consciousness Learn more about Ryan Foo: Ryan Foo Ryan Foo on WeAreDenver The Pod Space SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Send us a donation via PayPal, or show your support by telling a friend about the show, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor or to send feedback. Your support and feedback really matters and helps us keep the show on the air!
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On this extra awesome World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 safe episode of The Created Life, I have the distinct pleasure of discussing a number of really important topics with the multitalented Theo Wilson of Denver, Colorado. We discuss race, gender, responsibility, identity, creativity, and more. This is a not-to-miss episode with a very eloquent and fascinating creator. Theo is founder of Shop Talk Live an impromptu forum for community conversations hosted in barbershops with the goal of overcoming a "trust deficit" in our communities. Theo Wilson and Damian Taggart discuss: How meaningful conversations bridge gaps across political and racial divides Power to see each other as human beings and not conditioned responses Issues impacting the black community The #metoo movement in the black community Creating a "unified front" that doesn't break down along gender lines Combating and recognizing misogyny in ourselves Integrity and discipline How celebrity changed Theo's life and launched his career Getting outside "the echo chamber of your life" Whiteness, blackness, and heritage Engineering abundance instead of scarcity "If you're too comfortable, you might be doing something wrong." — Theo Wilson, on The Creared Life podcast Rethinking the Law of Attraction The impact of overnight viral fame on Theo's life Theo's experience posing as a white supremacist online Conservatism vs. racism The future of racial and group identity, tribe Alchemizing the negative into the positive Responsibility to create things that are positive as an artist Learn more about Theo Wilson: Theo's book, The Law of Action: Master Key to the Universe We Actually Live In Theo's organization, Shop Talk Live Theo's website His TED talk SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Send us a donation via PayPal, or show your support by telling a friend about the show, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor or to send feedback. Your support and feedback really matters and helps us keep the show on the air!
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Welcome back to another episode of The Created Life on this week's podcast I get the chance to interview author, educator and journalist, Julia Goldberg. Julia has worked as a professional journalist for over 20 years, taught creative writing at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is the author of the book, "Inside Story: Everyone's Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction". On today's episode, we discuss: writing and journalism creative non-fiction the art of interviewing the intersection of culture and technology and a lot more! Here is the correct attribution for a quotation by journalist and humorist Finley Peter Dunne that Julia references during the show: “The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” - Finley Peter Dunne [source] Learn more about Julia Goldberg: Her website Her book SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Send us a donation via PayPal, or show your support by telling a friend about the show, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor or to send feedback. Your support matters!
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On today's episode of The Created Life I speak with Aaron Kirunda, founder and CEO of Enjuba, a business empowering community through literacy. Aaron is a native Ugandan social impact entrepreneur that I met while traveling in Uganda last October. Aaron and I spent an afternoon hiking through remote villages in southern Uganda near Lake Bunyonyi. On today's show Aaron shares his inspiring story of overcoming extreme poverty, accepting responsibility to be a leader for his community and country, and rising to the challenge of making a difference and staying positive in the face of major social problems. Aaron and I discuss: Using business for positive change with a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit Aaron's personal story of overcoming abject poverty Life under the dictatorship of Yoweri Museveni Startups in the developing world Issues facing Uganda Empowering people through economic development The importance of literacy and education Creating impact in your community and improving the world for future generations Focusing on the positive and being in control of what information you intake Aaron's influences and advice for living a powerful life How people in developed countries can be helpful to people in the developing world (and how it is not what westerners might think) "Words change the world." - Aaron Kirunda, CEO, enjuba LEARN MORE & SUPPORT AARON'S WORK enjuba Support enjuba Aaron Kirunda on Wikipedia SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some merch, sponsoring the show or signing up for one of our events. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor.
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On today's episode of The Created Life I interview a thoughtful and extremely focused individual from Norway, Urlik Fossum. Ulrik is a "handbalancer", personal trainer and coach that I discovered through Instagram. Ulrik's humor, storytelling, total commitment and focus drew me in and I've gotten a lot out of following him on social media. I hope you enjoy our conversation today and please show your support for the show by sharing this episode or tagging @wild1st in your story and letting us know what you liked most about today's episode. Ulrik Fossum and I discuss many things including (but not limited to!): Handbalancing Effective use of Instagram How to achieve balance How the master/sensei relationship is problematic The relationship between flexibility and strength "Fat acceptance" Dealing with injuries, "it's only pain, it's not dangerous" Nutrition Some quotes/links from Ulrik's IG posts: Ulrik's before and after shots Ulrik's post on fat shaming and fat acceptance "Today is pride. "But isn't sexuality a private matter?" Not really no. Not when people don't feel safe for being who they are. When people lose their jobs or get beaten up for who they love. That makes it a matter for all of us. It's our responsibility to actively stick up and express that we support freedom in love. And that hate is unacceptable. It's unbelievable that we actually need it tho. When it's so obvious common sense. But common sense isn't common for everyone. Therefore we need to show our support. Love is love (,baby don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. No more.)" "There is no meaning. There is no great plan where things work out on its own. You make decisions and create a meaning and a way to go. Time won't do it for you. I hate when people give time responsibility for growth, or lack of growth. As time was a person that pulls the load for you if you don't pull the load yourself now. "I won't be able to do that in 10 years". I agree. Because time has nothing to do with your lack of working for it." "The question shouldn’t be whether or not you can do it. You probably can. The question should be weather or not you want to dedicate yourself to it. Do you want to pay what it costs? Is it worth it to you? Will it make you more or less happy than you are today? I think this train of thoughts subconsciously is why I complain and show the pain and frustration in my training. Not because I hate it (I love it), but to build realistic expectations of what goes into the skills I am working on. So it’s easier to decide ahead if you think the time, effort and frustration is worth the results. For me it is. I like to have something to challenge me, to perfect and hopefully master. And as you now hopefully have read; that does not mean it is worth it for you." -- Ulrik Fossum Learn More https://www.instagram.com/ulrikonhands/ SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or
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On today's podcast I have the privilege of interviewing an incredibly talented and kind man who has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to creating a safe haven for youth in Española through arts education. Roger Montoya is co-founder and artistic director for Moving Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to uplifting the lives of youth in a community that has endured generational poverty, addiction, and familial violence. Since being diagnosed with HIV in the late 1980s Roger has spent his life pursuing meaningful impact through the arts. This is a really great conversation with a wonderful human being that I am truly inspired by, please give it a listen. You can support the work of The Created Life by telling your friends about the podcast and sharing this episode. "Trust your voice. You are unique and you have every right to make it heard." — Roger Montoya, Moving Arts Roger Montoya of Moving Arts and Damian Taggart discuss: The history and mission of Moving Arts (after school tutoring, youth mentors, dance, music, drama, culinary arts, acrobatics, nutrition) Creating a safe haven for youth to learn and express creativity Covering all bases for creating vitality in the community Mind, body and spirit How underserved youth, talented artists, and empty buildings can be a recipe for breaking the cycle of historical trauma from addiction, violence, poverty, creating an opening for expression and therapeutic modalities Using the arts as medicine Adults mentoring teens who are mentoring kids (the importance of bringing different age groups together) Leadership and Creativity Overcoming adversity, being present to death Gratitude and the importance of being in touch with your physical health Connectivity to the soil, the seed, nature Learn more and get involved: Moving Arts Website The short film Roger and I discuss in the show: https://youtu.be/AAQU5phfywE
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On this week's episode of The Created Life podcast I have a wide-ranging conversation with an accomplished filmmaker and storyteller, Jackie Munro, whose 2016 feature documentary Una Nueva Tierra profiled the lives of families living at the edge of our society. In today's show Jackie shares perceptive views on storytelling and her motivations as a creator. Jackie and I discuss: Making the transition from fine art photography to documentary film Teaching photography to children in NYC public schools Her 2016 feature film Una Nueva Tierra Being inspired by people that are living with fewer resources The importance of being honest and open Teaching photography to women recovering from heroin addiction Jackie's current project in Nicaragua Equity, social justice, how we interact with each other The issues of solving problems at scale versus locally (Amazon vs local merchants, etc.) Being stoked about hard problems and much more! "We're all experts on our own experience." — Jackie Munro Learn more More about Jackie Munro and her work More about the humanitarian crisis in Nicaragua Una Nueva Tierra film SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some merch, sponsoring the show or signing up for one of our events. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor.
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Welcome back to another great episode of The Created Life. It's tax day here in the United States so hopefully you've got that sometimes unpleasant civic duty out of the way and are ready to enjoy this week's episode. Today I speak with an engaging and inspiring man who spent 22 years in the United States Navy before founding a cyber security company with one of his best friends. Michael offers a positive perspective on life that I find really refreshing. He is also chair of the Human Rights Alliance. "Everything matters, everything impacts you in some way." — Michael Davis Michael Davis and I discuss: Michael's 22 year career serving in the Navy as an information systems technician manager The benefit of simultaneously having a structured career path alongside his other passions Getting outside his comfort zone to found his own information security company The importance of networking for business success Slowing things down to avoid scaling too fast Moving from a being friends to being business partners with someone you've known for many years Michael's concept of "Cyber Happiness" -- balancing our behavior and technology use Social media use and authentic connection Michael's advice for getting things done and being effective Community, love, friendship as the basis for a good life Michael's experience coming out as a gay man And so much more! Learn more about Michael's company and work: Merek Security Solutions Human Rights Alliance SUPPORT TCL! Do you enjoy The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some merch, sponsoring the show or signing up for one of our events. Drop me a line for information on becoming a sponsor.
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On this week's episode of The Created Life I talk to a truly remarkable man who turned a sequence of tragedies -- the loss of his brother, his wife, and his two young daughters -- into a life of healing and helping others overcome the negative impact of loss. Reverend Dr. Ted Wiard is the founder of Golden Willow Retreat, an emotional healing center near Taos, New Mexico. Ted has a doctorate in organizational leadership and works as a therapist with an emphasis is in relapse prevention and emotional healing from loss. With a passion for emotional sobriety, Ted helps bring a new light and understanding to personal and collective growth and healing. Ted has been on the Oprah Winfrey Network with Shania Twain, he spends much of his time speaking around the country about addiction and/or grief and loss. He is a co-author of Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential through Grief and Loss. In this week's episode, Dr. Wiard and I discuss: Navigating loss Emotional healing Handling the unexpected death of loved ones Loss of identity Addiction and recovery, "emotional sobriety" Organizational leadership in the midst of change The importance of grief as part of healing from a loss and much more! SUPPORT TCL! Love our work on The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some Wildist merch, sponsoring the show or signing up for one of our events. Drop me a line and let me know what you think!
On this week's show I discuss a wide-variety of topics relating to sex, pornography and sexuality with a couple of Denver-based independent art porn producers, Kestrel Mills and Christopher Magill. The content of the show is not overtly pornographic, but we discuss many aspects of pornography as an industry as well as human sexuality. So please use your discretion if you are listening to this with children present -- this week's episode of The Created Life covers topics that I am passionate about and that are extremely important for us to be discussing as a culture -- but they are definitely topics suited for a mature audience. In this week's episode I have a lively conversation the humans behind the art porn project, Unicorn Palace, we discuss: The problems with porn Erotic art, feminist porn, and amateur porn Using machine learning to create animated erotica The state of VR in porn Shame in sexuality Polyamory and ethical non-monogamy Making "ethical porn", a non-exploitative celebration of sexuality Destigmatizing sexuality, elevating sex from the gutter The Tumblr porn takedown and the climate for indie porn today What changes would need to happen for a cultural shift in the way we think about porn Letting go of embarrassment of sexuality, our bodies Self love and self acceptance as a foundation for a positive relationship to sexuality The importance of consent Trust, jealousy, compersion, fear Unlearning jealousy and homophobia The power of making choices and changing your physiology The gift economy, moving from scarcity to abundance Getting creative, taking responsibility for ourselves Today's interview was recorded by Ryan Foo at the PodSpace in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about Unicorn Palace Check out these links to see some of the erotic art of Unicorn Palace (WARNING not safe for work): https://www.instagram.com/UnicornPalaceArt/ [NSFW] http://unicornpalace.org [NSFW] SUPPORT TCL! Love our work on The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some Wildist merch, sponsoring the show or signing up for one of our events. We still have space to include you on the upcoming transformative adventures this July in East Africa! Learn more or drop me a line, I’ll be happy to connect with you or your organization to tell you more about these amazing life-changing programs!
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On this week's episode of The Created Life I talk trash with Emma Cohen, co-founder and CEO of FinalStraw, a scrappy start-up that hopes to change consumer habits by replacing single use products with what they've dubbed "foreverables": products they guarantee to last a lifetime. Emma and I also talk about her path to success, what she's learned along the way, what she's inspired by and what she hopes to inspire in others. In the show Emma paraphrases a quote from Noam Chomsky: "with increased privilege comes increased responsibility" and I think that's a great way to look at it. On this week's episode Emma Cohen and Damian Taggart discuss: guaranteeing products for life empowering consumers to take responsibility for creating demand raising $2mm on Kickstarter and selling the first quarter million FinalStraws Emma's career in waste reduction challenging "how it's always been done" tending the flame of a formative company things you can do right now to reduce waste the difference between a need and a want Visit https://finalstraw.com for more information or to get your own FinalStraw! SUPPORT TCL! Love our work on The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some Wildist merch, sponsoring the show or signing up for one of our events. We still have space to include you on the upcoming transformative adventures this July in East Africa! Learn more or drop me a line, I’ll be happy to connect with you or your organization to tell you more about these amazing life-changing programs!
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On this week’s installment of The Created Life I interview septuagenarian William Thompson, a retired 76-year young Lutheran Minister, social justice activist, and professor. Bill Thompson found direction in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, graduated from Union Theological Seminary and spent the next 16 years serving the poor. Subsequently Bill taught at Bowling Green University teaching courses on ethnic diversity in social work and developed immersion trips to the South Bronx and the Navajo Reservation. During my interview with Bill we discuss a pretty wide range of topics including: How individual behaviors create "dominant culture" The important of being "open" to inspiration and passion The importance of discovering a foundation of unity with other people and cultures in order to celebrate differences Finding happiness and connection, by allowing fear and awareness of death into our lives How sharing your pain with others can heal you and them The relationship between addiction and disconnection and the purpose of meditation Support TCL! If you’d like to support The Created Life and the work of Wildist, I still have space to include you on the upcoming transformative adventures we have scheduled for this July in East Africa! Learn more on our website or drop me a line, I'll be happy to connect with you or your organization to tell you more about these amazing life-changing programs!
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Welcome to Episode 002 of The Created Life Podcast! This week's interview is with Erwan Le Corre, a French American movement guru and founder of MovNat -- a system for training natural movement. Erwan has a brand new book out called "The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom" available now. Erwan invited me down to beautiful, sunny Tulum, Mexico to interview him for the podcast while he was there teaching some MovNat courses. I jumped at the opportunity for a temporary escape from the clutches of winter. This was my first trip to the Yucatan and I got a chance to explore Tulum, visit a beautiful freshwater cenote, and even do a 1-mile swim from the main beach at Tulum over to the Tulum ruins. I met up with Erwan the following day and as you'll hear from our interview, we had a tough go finding a reasonably quiet place to record. The entire neighborhood we were in was under construction it seemed, so we wound up doing the interview in an upscale hotel lobby. After my interview with Erwan, I got to participate in a 2-day MovNat Combative workshop that taught real world self defense skills using the foundations of natural movement set forth by the MovNat curriculum. I found the experience of the combative training to be very worthwhile: it focused on simple tactics that are applicable in realistic "street fighting" type situations. The techniques taught were simple and effective. The course focused a lot on the psychology of not being a victim, and being able to react and think in stressful circumstances. The course also taught situational awareness and the psychological aspects of self defense. During one of the drills I even got to experience what it was like to be tasered while being beaten on by about 8 of my classmates, while at the same time having to remember a series of random numbers that were being called out by the instructor in order to practice keeping focus and ability to observe and recall details in a stressful situation. In this episode, Erwan and I discuss the origins of MovNat, the value of allowing children to be in situations with a certain degree of risk to support their natural instincts and development. We talk about the idea of modern people being "zoo humans", Erwan gives his take on Ido Portal's idea of "movement culture", we discuss having a unified life the unity between body and mind, why we evolved to have brains, and why a vision is more important than having a dream. We even get into Erwan's vision of a "reverse zombie apocalypse"! Despite a little background noise, I think this is a really great discussion and I hope you enjoy it much as did. Learn More Learn more about Erwan and MovNat: http://movnat.com/ | https://www.naturalmovement.com/ That's it for this week's installment of The Created Life! Check back in next week for my interview with Lutheran Pastor and social justice activist, Bill Thomson. Support TCL! If you'd like to support The Created Life please check out our online store or even better come with me on one of our upcoming Transformative Adventures! Wildist has two life-changing experiences lined up for this July in Uganda and Rwanda. Visit our website to learn how you can get involved!
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Welcome to the first episode of The Created Life podcast with Damian Taggart! I am extremely excited to start sharing with you the stories and knowledge I am learning from inspiring entrepreneurs, athletes, and creatives -- people who are engaged in life and pursuing their passions and giving back to their communities. In this episode I interview two athletes that I met at the 24th Annual Ouray Ice Festival a few weeks ago in Ouray, Colorado. The first is filmmaker and alpinist, Graham Zimmerman and the second is ice climbing competitor for Team Canada in this year's UIAA World Cup, Lyndsay Houston. Graham Zimmerman Born in New Zealand raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has established dozens of significant new routes on rock, ice and snow. He specializes in complex logistics having run over 30 expeditions and assignments to many parts of the world including Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Alaska, Argentina, Eritrea and Kenya. For his climbing exploits Graham won the 2010 New Zealand Alpinist of the Year and was a finalist for the 2014 Piolet d’Or (alpine climbing’s equivalent to an Olympic gold medal) and won the 2017 Cutting Edge Award from the American Alpine Club. You can learn more about Graham's work on his website: http://www.grahamzimmerman.com/ [caption id="attachment_2652" align="alignnone" width="984"] Lyndsay Houston, Ice climber for Team Canada[/caption] Lyndsay Houston Lyndsay is an ice climber for Team Canada in both lead and speed climbing, a gymnastics coach
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Welcome to The Created Life Podcast! Each week The Created Life offers insightful, inspiring interviews with entrepreneurs, creatives, and people just like you about being empowered, living with vitality, and creating a better world. The Created Life covers a wide range of topics relating to personal growth, adventure, inspiration, business, social impact, health and fitness. The Created Life is a brought to you by Wildist and is hosted by social impact entrepreneur, Damian Taggart. Be a guest on the show! Do you have something to share with world? Be a guest on the show! Learn more » Support the show! Love our work on The Created Life? Show us your support by telling a friend about it, subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play, scoring some Wildist merch, or signing up for one of our events.