An exploratory journey into what it means to be a human. When existing in a dynamic society becomes humdrum, the notion of marching among the living seems like an expedition far away. Open up the window to your soul and let the breeze in while asking yourself: what does it mean to live a fulfilling life? What does this all mean?
Happy Father’s Day (E01):
Mike Posner visits his father’s gravesite in a riveting, impassioned excerpt on what life has entailed since losing him. Although the tears he shed last Father’s Day are now dry, the spiritual encounter he felt still vibrates through his words as he finds himself revisiting the memories his father left behind for him.
The Sun Is Always Shining (E02):
An encounter with a trainer in a North Hollywood gym leads Mike to observe despair from a different vantage point. When tragedy strikes in life, it’s simple to forget the sun’s rays are still beaming behind the gloomy cloud looming over. A dark cloud obscuring the light isn’t the end, it’s merely another opportunity to close your eyes and remind yourself, behind the clouds the sun is always shining. Piano by Super Matt Chatigny. Written and Produced by Mike Posner.
Who Knows? — Meeting Kanye West and Transforming Failure into Success (E03):
A humbling experience with Kanye West in a New York elevator steers Mike to embark on an unforeseen adventure with his friend Big Sean. With ‘Cooler Than Me’ making its waves through college dorms, Mike stares blankly at a sociology paper in Duke’s library while contemplating his ambitions as a singer. The daunting feeling of rejection can be crippling, especially when it comes from one of the biggest artists in the world, but maybe rejection is the first step into getting to where we want to be.
An Introduction to Meditation (E04):
Mike Posner leads listeners in a guided meditation. Mike explains what his meditation routine looks like and expels myths about the practice. Anyone can adopt this simple technique to harness the power of the human mind.
The Possibility of Being Here (E05):
Mike attends the Landmark Forum in Culver City, CA. After spending three days with 120 other people, he describes the time he spent there as “tricking his mind into seeing itself”. Letting go of the decisions you made in your past is the first step into dictating the outcome of your life. Editing and Music by Forrest Gray. Co-produced by Forrest Gray.
What I Learned Spending 7 Days in Isolation (E06):
Mike travels to the Tara Mandala Buddhist Monastery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado to spend one week in isolation. Nestled in a one-room cabin with no electricity, running water or human contact, Mike documents his thoughts into a daily journal and soon realizes that doing nothing is much harder than he anticipated.
What is Real? How to Decide What to Do With Your Life (E07):
Mike starts the third chapter in his life by attending the Advanced Landmark forum in Portland, Oregon. After initially thinking the forum was a cult that was too good to be true, he realizes it’s true value and leaves transformed.
Editing and Music by Forest Gray. Co-produced by Forrest Gray.
Deepak Chopra — The Path to Enlightenment, Meditation, and the Buddha (E08):
Mike welcomes Deepak Chopra as his first ever guest on his podcast series. Having pioneered the Meditation movement and collaborated with Oprah, Dr. Chopra and Mike speak about the path to enlightenment at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.
Deepak Chopra — Guided Meditation (E09):
Dr. Deepak Chopra asks listeners to turn their attention to that which is listening and seeing as he leads a Direct Meditation with Mike.
Sharon Salzberg — Meeting the Dalai Lama, Meditation, Buddhism, Art (E10):
New York Times Bestselling author, Sharon Salzberg, joins Mike and speaks on her experiences as a Buddhist meditation teacher in the west. As a former student who has now evolved into a teacher, she discusses meeting the Dalai Lama, her meditation practices and answers questions from Mike and his audience.
Sharon Salzberg — Loving Kindness Guided Meditation (E11):
Sharon Salzberg leads Mike and his listeners through a Loving Kindness Guided Meditation that focuses on the quality of connecting with yourself.
Alex Banayan & Chaplain Kevin Deegan — Dealing With Death: How to Grieve (E12):
Mike Posner and Alex Banayan share a passionate conversation about the deaths of their fathers with Hospice Chaplain, Kevin Deegan.
Alex Banayan is a Forbes ‘30 under 30’ member and at the age of 19 became the youngest venture capitalist ever.
He is accompanied by Chaplain Kevin Deegan, a hospice chaplain who was assigned to take care of Alex’s father at the hospice leading up to his passing.
Dr. Mark Anthony Neal — Race in America, White Guilt, Making a Difference (E13):
Mike has the privilege of speaking with African American Studies and Duke professor, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal. They speak on race in America, music in America, white guilt and advice he has for 18 to 30 year-olds looking for their purpose in life. Mike also recalls the experiences he had with Dr. Neal when he took his Hip Hop 101 course when he was a student at Duke.
Shep Gordon — How to Balance Success and Spiritual Growth (E14):
Mike sits down with legendary music manager, Shep Gordon, at his home in Maui. Shep shares stories with Mike about cooking for the Dalai Lama, his dynamic outlook on death, the art of managing superstar artists, and how he learned to be comfortable in his own skin. Shep Gordon is an illustrated music manager who has managed the likes of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, Rick James, and countless others. He has produced and financed several films such as Ridley Scott’s first film The Duellists, which went on to win the Cannes Film Festival when Shep was only 30 years old. Today, Shep keeps an open-door policy at his Maui home, allowing for celebrities to escape their sometimes stressful lives and careers on the mainland to relax, rejuvenate, and eat.
Burning Man (E15):
Mike shares his thoughts on self-identification and community building in the wake of his experience at Burning Man. By stripping himself of his social identity, Mike walks his listeners through his re-discovery of why he makes music, the experience of gifting versus bartering, and reclaiming who you are in a near-utopian city. Through sharing personal stories and confronting stereotypes surrounding Black Rock City, Mike invites you to attend Burning Man and ask — What Does This All Mean? Music by Stefan Mac.
How To Have An Epic 2018 (E16):
Mike welcomes his listeners into the new year and shares tools to help recalibrate your life direction. Through quick and fun exercises, Mike challenges you to find new daily routines that will help bring your goals to fruition.
I Believe (6-24-2016) (Live in Indianapolis) (E17):
In the summer of 2016, The Legendary Mike Posner Band played 66 shows in three months, on three continents. While on tour, Mike performed a new poem each night. The Legendary Mike Posner Band had never heard these poems until they were on stage. In other words, they were totally unrehearsed. ‘I Believe’ is one of Mike’s favorite poems from that summer. “I don’t believe life happens to you, I believe life happens for you.”
Dear Mom (8-2-2016) (Live in Chicago) (E18):
In the summer of 2016, The Legendary Mike Posner Band played 66 shows in three months, on three continents. While on tour, Mike performed a new poem each night. The Legendary Mike Posner Band had never heard these poems until they were on stage. In other words, they were totally unrehearsed. ‘Dear Mom’ is a tribute to Mike’s mother.
The Soldier & The Boy (9-1-2016) (Live in Madison) (E19):
In the summer of 2016, The Legendary Mike Posner Band played 66 shows in three months, on three continents. While on tour, Mike performed a new poem each night. The Legendary Mike Posner Band had never heard these poems until they were on stage. In other words, they were totally unrehearsed. ‘The Soldier & The Boy’ is a moving story that touches on the difference perception has on reality.