343: Justin Michael Williams on Meditation and Activism


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Justin Michael Williams is an author, a top 20 recording artist, and a transformational speaker who is using music and meditation to wake up the world. With over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering voice of color for the new healing movement. Between his podcast, keynotes, and motivational online platforms, Justin’s teachings have now spread to more than 40 countries around the globe. His new book is, Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us.

In this episode, Eric and Justin Michael Williams explore the connection between meditation and activism, which is to say, the work we do to heal ourselves and then the work we go do to help heal our world.

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In This Interview, Justin Michael Williams and I Discuss Meditation and Activism and…

  • His new book, Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
  • The role, place, and importance of inner work and outer work
  • That out of all the healing modalities he’s tried, meditation has had the biggest impact on his life
  • How it’s not always our thoughts that create our reality
  • That awareness calls us to get up off of our meditation cushion and take action
  • That the real reason we meditate is to become more alive
  • That we meditate not to disconnect but to reconnect
  • That actions create our world
  • The two things that co-create our reality: What happens to us and our reaction to it
  • That privilege isn’t about what you’ve gone through, it’s about what you haven’t had to go through
  • De-colonizing the oppression that lives within us and de-colonizing the external structures that hold us back in the world
  • Calling people forward vs calling people out
  • How we can’t shame people into long term change
  • The type of meditation he teaches: Freedom Meditation
  • That the guru is within you

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