Well Hello Freedom Seekers!
On today’s episode of my Hello Freedom podcast I’ve got a surprise guest. Actually, who he turned out to be was a surprise to me until about an hour before our interview. A client turned me on to an interesting website about Vedic meditation and I signed up to start receiving the Vedic Meditation, Thought of the Day and loved it! On a whim I reached directly to the creator of the blog, Jeff Kober to invite him to be a guest on the podcast and he agreed.
I started researching more about Vedic Master Jeff Kober and this other Jeff Kober kept coming up in my google searches. I recognized him immediately an actor from Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, NCIS, Law and Order and a zillion other films and shows I’d seen over the past thirty years. Clearly there must be two Jeff Kobers, I thought, because how could busy working actor Jeff be putting out a daily, thought of the day email?
To my surprise and delight there is only one Jeff Kober; esteemed actor and Vedic meditation teacher all rolled into one wide awake, enchanting human.
We had a great conversation and riffed on meditation, addiction and the hotbed of mental health that the entertainment industry is not! Jeff was so open-hearted and generous in sharing his experience, his mastery and a surprising story about the director of his last film, Clint Eastwood. I found it interesting that his real life energy is so calm and comforting-sort of the exact opposite of many of the scary characters he plays!
I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. Also if you are in NYC on Sunday April 24th, 2016 you can join Jeff for a free live, Intro to Meditation Ziva Meditation. Would love to see you there!
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“I think those of us that have deep tragedies in our lives or who respond deeply to the tragedy in some part of their life are given a gift.” – Jeff Kober
- How he came to meditation
- What his daily meditation practice is
- How sets can affect his practice
- The atmosphere directors create on their sets
- His journey to getting sober
- How he learned to lean into discomfort
“There’s always something new to explore, there’s always some new expansion to be made; This is an infinite system we’re dealing with here.” – Jeff Kober
- Dealing with fear and anxiety
- The Vedic approach to psychology
- Why you have to take responsibility
- The importance of living in your body
- Why he practices mindfulness
“That’s what meditation gives me: I don’t need your approval on a set, I need only the space to give what I’m expected to give and to give what I want to give.” – Jeff Kober
- Check out Jeff’s meditation center in LA
- Join Jeff in New York at the end of April for his talk about Vedic Meditation
- Listen to my interview with Mallika Chopra
- Connect with Jeff:
“When we start doing what life wants us to do it leaves the realm of approval and non approval and becomes the realm of discovery.” – Jeff Kober