The Meaning and Purpose of Ritual

01-29-17   The Meaning and Purpose of Ritual

“Ritual is all about slowing down, acknowledging the Love, and coming together for the shared experience. A sacred moment. An opportunity to focus on one thing that we value so much. We express our appreciation for everything with which we have been blessed. Whether it is our food, our fun, our romance, our sacred unions as couples, our births, or our saying farewell in death. Rituals provide reminders to be grateful for what our Mother Earth has shared with us.” This commentary on ritual comes from a segment of S.O.U.L.’s “Invitation to Action” short film entitled “Ritual”.

In this episode of S.O.U.L. On Air, Evan and Kip delve more deeply into the meaning and purpose of ritual, and how the loss of ritual may be one of the most damaging aspects of modern human civilization. The absence of ritual has led to a disconnect from our environment, our food, our physical passions, and perhaps, even from LOVE itself.

Come hear them share not just their own experiences and understandings as it relates to ritual, but also thoughts on the subject from world renown authors and philosophers Michael Pollan and Joseph Campbell. As you listen, Kip and Evan invite you to find the things in your personal life that you may want to consider making into a ritual, in order to deepen feelings of connectedness, tradition, appreciation and gratitude. Perhaps make a ritual of tuning into S.O.U.L. On Air, reading the website, and joining them on any of the social media platforms.

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S.O.U.L. On Air Radio Ep. 4: “Summer of Unconditional Love”

12-25-16   S.O.U.L. On Air Radio Ep. 4: “Summer of Unconditional Love: the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love”

S.O.U.L. On Air brings you an episode dedicated to that eponymous Summer of Love in 1967, and explores the events that led up to and influenced that sacred period in our history. Kip and Evan sit with legendary 60’s author and historian Dennis McNally to walk us through those pivotal moments in space and time. Dennis penned “Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation, and America” and “Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of The Grateful Dead”, books that chronicled the life and times of these seminal figures of the Beat and Hippie scene. Dennis talks about the passing of the torch from the Beats to the 60’s generation, and how the Summer of LOVE influenced culture on topics ranging from healthy eating to human rights, to respect for nature and cannabis, and how that shift in consciousness that began more than fifty years ago is as relevant and needed now as it was then; perhaps even more so.

For more information on Dennis McNally and his historical and consciousness expanding works, S.O.U.L. invites you to visit: http://www.dennismcnally.com

From S.O.U.L.’s “An Invitation to Action” short film:

San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District. In 1967, lovers, dreamers, and the free-spirited came here to find kindred souls who shared their dream of unity. Looking back at after almost half a century, are the ideals that started the Love movement still relevant today? Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg called them “The Seekers”; youth looking for a better world than their parents knew. Isn’t the search itself something important for us to keep alive in our crazy 21st century world?

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S.O.U.L. On Air Radio Ep.3: “What Can I Do?”

soul_adamhirschfelder11-27-16   S.O.U.L. On Air Radio Ep.3: “What Can I Do?”

In S.O.U.L. On Air Radio’s 3rd installment, Kip and Evan focus on one of S.O.U.L.’s fundamental questions, “What Can I Do?” with Adam Hirschfelder – Director of Strategic Initiatives for the California Historical Society. After years in Washington D.C. trying to effect real change, Adam had an awakening that drew him from the seat of America’s power to San Francisco, the heart of America’s LOVE. In Northern California, he felt he could have a more immediate impact in the world of nonprofits and inspiring volunteerism; definitely an aligned goal with S.O.U.L. Adam and the California Historical Society’s latest mission is to remind the world of the impact and importance of the ideals of the 1960’s Hippie movement with a series of exhibitions and events all over the Bay Area and the state of California commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of LOVE in 1967.

California Historical Society Mission…

The California Historical Society, founded in 1871, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.

What Can I Do? (From S.O.U.L.’s “An Invitation to Action” short film)

Given our recognition of the vast resources that already exist for us on our planet, and the obviously unlimited energy available to us from the sun, wind and water, using our technology; we can embrace that personal and collective feeling of abundance. Let’s face it, our each waking moment is spent doing something, so we can always ask ourselves, “What am I doing and why?” That opens the door for new choices for action to emerge. When enough of us devote our time and resources towards ensuring the needs of all are met, we’ll already have the unity we yearn for, and we’re creating that new Love Paradigm in all we do. I know in my heart there are millions of people out there wondering what they could do to participate in causing a major shift in our collective thinking towards unity and Love. That despite any current feelings that it’s hopeless to change and that we are powerless to do anything about it, we come together anyway, and see what we can imagine into existence. We appeal to the lovers and the dreamers to come join us. To the children and the children at heart, to the ones who believe there is a better way, and that we can do more to help shape our future and take care of our own. Have we been waiting for a reason to drop the distractions, get off the couch, and work for the greater good? Are we missing the gift of volunteerism, the way it makes us feel, and the company we keep while doing it? We, as individuals, and collectively, however we group ourselves together, get to make the conscious choice to act out of Love. When we do, nurturing each other and caring for our environment will become as second nature as the beating of our hearts.

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Evan Hirsch & Kip Baldwin Share Their Personal Journeys to Love

soul-on-air-new-small10-23-16  Evan Hirsch & Kip Baldwin Share Their Personal Journeys to Love

In this installment of S.O.U.L. On Air, join Kip and Evan as they share their personal journeys of how they became conduits for pure LOVE. Find out how they came to combine their energies and talents to manifest S.O.U.L. (Summer of Unconditional LOVE). Learn why they are passionate seekers of S.O.U.L.utions and why being a S.O.U.L.utionist sharing foundational fixes is far more empowering than being activists fighting against – and by proxy – propping up the institutionally broken.

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