What are the ramifications of living in a society where masks are everywhere? How are children going to respond to staring at screens all day while wearing masks? Is it a good thing if we have more germaphobes and hypochondriacs? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I felt inspired to talk about my trip back home to Ohio and I wonder how we can possibly recover from the onslaught of fear, social distance and mask wearing. I talk about my own struggles as a germaphobe and hypochondriac and I worry we're simply creating more of this neurotic behavior. I talk about the media and their clever usage of catchy phrases like "new normal" to brainwash people into thinking this bizarre way of living is normal. Newsflash--- It's not. I also felt compelled to talk about the passing of Eddie Van Halen who was one of my childhood heroes. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please consider sharing the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. I also released a brand new song on Bandcamp which you can purchase by clicking HERE. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

It feels like social media rewards those who post the most on their platforms. More emojis and likes and the more intimate and revealing the post, users are rewarded with even more attention on feeds. It seems like the world wants everyone to post the most intimate details of their lives on social media but is that a good idea? Today on this Patreon/Subscriber edition of the Spiritual Spiral, I wanted to talk about the fleeting idea of privacy and what message is it sending when Chrissy Teigen posts the most intimate details of her life on social media? Journalists and the media have referred to Chrissy as "heroic" but is it necessarily heroic to post intimate events on a public platform? Did Chrissy even have a choice since she's built a "brand" from non-stop social media posts. Maybe true heroism comes from retaining any ounce of privacy we have left. I have also been thinking about Cardi B lately and wondering if we'll ever understand the cultural impact stemming from her music. Artists have been singing about sexuality for years and I'm all for empowering women but is the world truly a better place with Cardi B's message and music being so readily available. You can also watch an IGTV video I posted about the same subject by clicking HERE and the full episode of today's show is only available by visiting www.patreon.com/eddiecohn. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please consider sharing the show with your friends or head on over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

October 5, 2020

EP 151 - Larissa Corso

Nearly 70 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. While the government still sorts out the next stimulus package, the unpredictably of the pandemic has certainly made me realize the value of saving money. Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am excited to welcome my friend and financial strategist, Larissa Corso to the show. Larissa lost her previous job at the beginning of the pandemic, and we start the show by talking about how relieved she felt knowing she had money in savings. With time to reflect on her next career move, Larissa changed professions and became a financial strategist. Larissa and I talk about why she believes in saving actual cash and we discuss the financial freedom that comes from getting out of debt. She offers advice on how to save for your future while creating a budget for your day to day life and we chat about the importance of setting financial goals. I met Larissa almost five years ago at a yoga studio in Santa Monica so we also have a good laugh about some of my insane "rules of yoga. If you're looking for some financial advice or hope to achieve financial freedom, you can message and find Larissa on IG @larissameryn and If you enjoy today's episode and want to support the show, please consider sharing the show with your friends or visit iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

Do boundaries exist anymore? It feels like people can text, DM, find you on Instagram and reach out to you at all hours of the day, but is that necessarily a good thing? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I'm compelled to share a story where I felt like someone was crossing the boundary. Even after calling him out on his behavior, I was the one who got into trouble. It appears that's the world we live in now where the cause of the drama doesn't matter, only the effect. I also play another clip from The Sam Harris podcast and share a few thoughts about a perspective I was led down in regards to the pandemic. The full episode is available by visiting www.patreon.com/eddiecohn. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please consider sharing the show with your friends or head on over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access full episodes and exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

There appears to be a major disconnect when it comes to basic forms of communication. Are people truly listening, do people think of others when they speak and is it necessarily a good thing that we can potentially be connected to billions of people on social media? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I felt inspired to talk about basic forms of communication we often neglect instead opting for the easier emoji or DM. I discuss a recent article I wrote for Medium entitled, What Happened to Common Decency? I also talk about and play a clip from a recent Sam Harris podcast where Sam talks with Tristan Harris about The Social Dilemma and the impact of social media on our culture. If you enjoy today's episode and you want to support the show, please consider sharing the show with your friends or head on over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

September 10, 2020

EP 148 - Matt Dery (Visit #3)

Has sports become too political and how long will it take for fans to feel comfortable going to a packed sporting event again? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am excited to welcome my high school friend Matt Dery back to the show. Matt is a sportscaster and podcaster and when I feel inspired to talk about the sports world, Matt has become my go-to guest. I was curious to hear Matt's perspective on the new look of the NBA and I also wanted to ask Matt if he thinks sports has become too political? Will sports ever look the same again and will people even care who wins the championship during the "bubble season?" We also talk about Lebron James, the influential power of the media and we discuss what it's going to take to inspire real change in our culture. Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter @Deryspeaks and If you enjoy today's episode, please share the show with your friends or head on over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter or IG @eddiecohn with any questions. 

September 7, 2020

EP 147 - Dr. Mackenzie Webster

How is the lockdown affecting mental health in our society? Why has there been such a rise in depression and anxiety over the last few months? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am excited to welcome psychologist, Dr. Mackenzie Webster to the show. Mackenzie and I talk about the apparent rise of depression as a result of Covid-19 and why her practice is busier than ever. We discuss the toxicity and anxiety created by social media, the impact of the news media on the mental state of Americans and why watching the news can be such an unhealthy behavior. We talk about being in control, the fear of dying and I ask Mackenzie why she started practicing psychotherapy. Mack also shares some daily rituals she practices to keep a positive state of mind. If you enjoy today's episode, I'd be appreciative if you shared the show with your friends or went to iTunes and wrote a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website which is www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter @eddiecohn with any questions. 

Are people more interested in seeking affirmation than seeking new information? Since everyone seemingly has an opinion on almost everything, have we created a world where people are less curious in finding the truth? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I begin the show by offering an apology, or at least an explanation as to why I became so fascinated by Covid-19. I actually think our cultural response to the virus can be attributed to the power of fear and the media and our culture's obsession with social media. I talk about a wonderful conversation Ellen Page had with Marc Maron where they discuss the challenges faced by people who are sensitive. I read an excerpt from Jon Rappoport's latest blog where he talk's about catching "Psychological Covid-19." Even I have moments where I think I have a sore throat, I feel anxious and think I "caught Covid." Finally, after reading Jerry Seinfeld's op-ed piece about the unshakable power of NYC as well as various articles about the apparent demise of New York City, I wonder who is actually correct? If everyone believes their own opinion is the truth and if people are more concerned with being right, does that mean we're less interested in finding the truth? If you enjoy today's episode, I'd be so appreciative if you shared the show with your friends or headed over to iTunes and wrote a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can access exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website which is www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter @eddiecohn with any questions. 

August 30, 2020

EP 145 - Sesa O’ Connor

With the influx of technology and constant distractions, are people less connected with their true selves? Has our culture forgotten the intrinsic value of sitting still? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I'm excited to welcome the wonderful Sesa O' Connor to the show. Sesa is a yoga teacher currently living in Wilmington, NC where she teaches yoga and meditation at Yoga Salt. I met Sesa almost five years ago when I took a teacher training at Yoga Salt in Los Angeles and I was instantly drawn to her warm and heartfelt energy, her sense of humor and encouraging attitude. Sesa and I talk about the impact of tech on the yoga community and how the lockdown has impacted the way she teaches.  We discuss the pros and cons of online yoga and why she offers her classes "by donation." We talk about the value of sitting still and connecting with your true self and why she believes social media is a great disruptor to true "connection." I also wanted to ask Sesa about a post she wrote on Instagram a few weeks ago that received quite a bit of backlash. While I felt the post was educational and helpful, we discuss the reaction and her intentions behind the post and why there may always be the potential for words to be taken out of context especially on social media. Be sure to follow Sesa on IG by clicking HERE and if you enjoy today's episode, please share the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by becoming a subscriber at www.patreon.com/eddiecohn  where you can access  exclusive content only available to subscribers. You can also visit my website which is www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter @eddiecohn with any questions. 

 

Is social media a real community? Does it satisfy the needs we have as human beings for connection? Today on the Spiritual Spiral, I am thrilled to welcome my college friend, Darin Campbell back to the show. Darin is a dad, a husband and the founder of Media Hive Marketing and he is currently living in Austin, Texas. We have an insightful talk about the powerful influx of cultural and political agendas that are currently happening. We talk about the issue of perpetual fear and how the media is doing whatever they can to get people to stay home. We also discuss the value and intrinsic need for real life communities, the value of family and staying present. Be sure to visit www.patreon.com/eddiecohn where you can subscribe to the show and get access to exclusive content only for subscribers. A members only episode will drop later this week where I discuss New York City and Jerry Seinfeld's Op-Ed piece. If you enjoy today's episode, please share the show with your friends or head over to iTunes and write a quick review. You can also support the show by visiting my website which is www.iameddiecohn.com and sign up for my email list and newsletter. You can find me on Substack Newsletter by clicking HERE and as always, thanks so much for listening and supporting the show. Please reach out on Twitter @eddiecohn with any questions. Thanks so much for listening and subscribing to the show. 

 

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