Author, musician, and transformational speaker, Justin Michael Williams joins Chris to discuss using meditation and mindfulness techniques to help discover your passion and fulfill your life’s purpose.
Justin Michael Williams is an author, speaker, and top-twenty recording artist who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. By working at the intersection of music, mindfulness, and social justice, Justin has become a pioneering millennial voice for diversity, inclusion, and wellness. He has been featured by Billboard.com and Yoga Journal, shared the stage with Deepak Chopra, and presented at events such as Wanderlust and SXSW. Justin just released his new book, Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us, and is committed to using his voice for change. His greatest wish is to empower people from all walks of life to wake up to their life’s purpose and accomplish the dreams they once thought were impossible. For more information please visit www.StayWokeGiveBack.com and follow @wejustwill on Twitter and Instagram.
Justin’s Journey: Living Your Purpose
If you knew you were going to die soon, what would you do differently? When Justin’s dying grandmother posed him this question, it changed the orbit of his entire life. Closing his eyes, getting quiet, and listening internally, he realized deep down that he wanted to make music, to record an album. Observing through this inquiry that we put limits on ourselves by playing it safe within the confines of other’s expectations, Justin set on a mission to uplift others to the full potential of their life’s purpose.
“If you were in my shoes and you knew you were going to die in two months, what would you do?” – Justin’s Grandmother
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Follow Your Passion: It’s Never Too Late (8:01)
Realizing their kindred spirit nature, Justin and Chris dive into deep sharing from the heartspace, trading stories of coming from outcast backgrounds in school, to discovering their purpose later in life. Highlighting the sheer amount of grace that caught them when they opened up their wings to be of service to the world, Justin and Chris remind us that it’s never too late to follow your passion. Through this lens, they explore the inspiration behind Justin’s new book, Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us.
“Meditation is the glue that has held my entire life together. If it wasn’t for this practice and the awareness that comes from it, there is no chance I would be living this life, that I would have had the inner-knowing and the relationship with my inner-self to not ignore the calling that I heard all my life.” – Justin Michael Williams
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Applied Awareness: Action, Agency & Change (16:46)
Justin recollects being the only person of color at a meditation retreat, sparking an inquiry of how spiritual communities can become more inclusive. He describes that, in general, most people start with asking what action they can do, not realizing that this kind of change starts internally with applied awareness. Justin and Chris explore cultivating meditative awareness as a tool that sparks action to create necessary agency and compassionate change in the world.
“This is awareness so we can take action. Let me use the awareness that I have now to see that I have agency to help create change, whether that’s on a global scale or in your family.”– Justin Michael Williams
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