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Albert Flynn DeSilver

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Merging Writing and Meditation as a Path of Practice - An Interview with Author Albert Flynn DeSilver

The Prize of Possibility

Description: In this episode, I'm joined by Albert Flynn DeSilver, author of Writing as a Path to Awakening (Sounds True). We discuss how our personal history can be a doorway into both creative writing and meditation, and that a great deal of healing and transformative power can occur when both are harnessed together. About Albert Flynn DeSilver: Albert Flynn DeSilver has been practicing meditation for more than twenty years and is known for merging the art of creative writing with the evolutionary practice of mindfulness meditation. His new nonfiction book, Writing as a Path to Awakening (Sounds True, 2017) is based on his popular writing workshops by the same name. He currently teaches writing and mindfulness workshops at The Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and literary conferences nationally. Albert lives in Northern California. Find out more at www.albertflynndesilver.com


5 Nov 2021

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#14: Albert Flynn DeSilver - Trusting the Wild Mind

How Humans Work with Jef Szi

Episode Summary In Episode #14 Jef Szi welcomes poet, memoirist, and writing coach Albert Flynn DeSilver to the podcast for an engaging conversation about the personal passages in his life as well as the passages that have come with being a writer. We begin by exploring Albert’s latest book project on consciousness and addiction. On the heels of that we are given a few of Albert’s secret sauce ingredients for guiding writers in particular, but creatives in general. Albert’s then takes us into the moving contours of how the writing process awakens us to the unseen field of possibility and self-discovery, both in grace and in hardship. Not just in theory, but from the ache of his own adversities. Trusting the Wild Mind then turns toward Albert’s own upbringing and intiations into, among other things, the problematic side of alcohol at sleep-away camp and at the neighborhood “Derelict Den." Along the way we come to see how the destructive elements of Albert’s coming-of-age was rooted in childhood pains but would eventually lead to crisis moments that brought Albert to a life more connected to nature, words and art, and the depths of his own nature. In this heartful episode with Albert, we can hear an intimate portrait of change and healing and how chance and calling come together in on the long road of one life. Sharing a mosaic of passages, we eventually arrive with Albert as he finds Spirit Rock Meditation Center and where meetings with Jack Kornfield and Anjahn Jumnian brought Albert further along on his destiny to blend the art of writing with dedication to the practices of awakening to a deeper connection to his original nature. Connect with Albert on Social ***Support the How Humans Work Podcast***


29 Jul 2021

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Writing as a Path to Awakening with Albert Flynn DeSilver

Launch Medicine

In episode 57, Aaron chats with Albert Flynn DeSilver, a poet, novelist, memoirist, speaker, and workshop leader about the powerful connection between writing and the spiritual journey. Through healing from addiction and abuse, Albert was empowered to discover his love of writing. He talks about his pivot from photography into the literary world and his path into mindfulness meditation. Aaron and Albert also discuss the relationship between devotion and talent, how to support your creativity financially, and Albert’s book, Writing as a Path to Awakening. Enjoy the show! For show notes, visit www.launchmedicine.com/podcast-blog/ep-57-albert-flynn-desilver

1hr 12mins

9 Feb 2021

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Episode 69: Albert Flynn DeSilver

Practice You with Elena Brower

On showing up for your writing with devotion. On reading as writing; writing as reading. On humility as wisdom. Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, memoirist, speaker, master mindfulness meditation teacher and workshop leader teaching nationally at the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, 1440 MUltiversity, Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute, and at writing conferences nationally. Albert has read and shared the stage with International bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many others. His recent book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” based on his popular meditation and writing retreats by the same name—was released from Sounds True in September of 2017. He is also the author of several books of poems and the memoir “Beamish Boy,” (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational.” He lives in Northern California. For Practice You listeners Albert is giving away FREE copies of his popular book from Sounds True "Writing as a Path to Awakening" + a 7-Track guided meditation program "Creativity Meditations for Writers, Artists, and Other Humans" (all we ask is $7.95 for shipping and handling) You can grab your copy at: brilliantwriter.com/free-book


31 Oct 2020

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Episode 101: Any Artist is a Great Observer With Albert Flynn DeSilver

Yoke and Abundance Wise Women Podcast

Episode 101 Notes:Sponsor: Winter of the WolfJoin us in our Yoke and Abundance Facebook Group ->If you love the Yoke and Abundance Wise Women Podcast Consider Supporting us through Patreon.In Celebration of the 100th Episode this month we’re offering 25% off all coaching packages in the month of September. Use the code WISE: https://www.yokeandabundance.com/one-on-one-coachingCheck out Albert’s Website and Sign Up for Albert’s Writing Retreat with Cheryl Strayed101 Episode Notes:Writing as a Path to AwakeningTedx TalkWriter and master mindfulness meditation teacherBegan in photographyAlmost failed out of art schoolTeacher Bill Berkson Professor and PoetJack Spicer quote “unbind the dreamers, poet by like god”Post modern experimental poetryPoetry Heretical and divineSpirit Rock Meditation CenterSilence spaciousness, focusing on the heartPoetry in relationship to spiritual growthArt making, Mindfulness, a kernel of possibility. Creativity was always something out there and had to get over that and figure out that creativity isn’t something externalCreativity means presenceWhen we’re present we realize that creativity is happeningIf we’re going to fast and not paying attention we miss itCultivated mindfulness is a practice of getting present and the more we can express freely and openlyThe cool thing about mindfulness is that it opens us up to be an observer. When we’re present we get deeper access to our senses. The best artists are the best observersMeditation is so important to becoming a great observerTake Creativity very seriouslyPaying attention and looking closelyThe command pay attention takes on a whole new meaningDivine Feminine and Divine MasculineHonor the cyclesThe Importance of the free write or free dance or free painting, where we can get out of our own way. Free writing to dive in together. Outpacing the critical mind that can happen.Integrate the process and leverage the toolsTop three writing tips: Begin with silence, start their with emptiness and spaciousness and jump in. Make Commitments to yourself.Creativity and writing is devotional. If you can get into that, devoted to creativity it devoted to self, is devoted to community is devoted to life. Practice as many days as you can. Consistency wins, every time! Even if it’s just 5 minutes.Even when you free write from just 5 minutes you can end up with an entire page.Set word count goals or time goalsAllow yourself to create crap or garbageAllow yourself to make a mess.It’s really fun to make a messSharing the Virtual stage with Cheryl StrayedShowing up in love and curiosity, cultivating curiosityWe live in an abundance UniverseWhen we come back to presence I can show up in my heart and when I can show up in my heart and in love with the world e my fears don’t feel so pertinent and pressingThe field of creativity is abundance


21 Sep 2020

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348: Albert Flynn DeSilver on Writing as a Path to Awakening

The One You Feed

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He is the author of several books of poems, a memoir titled “Beamish Boy (I am not my story): A Memory of Recovery and Awakening”, and the book discussed in this episode:  Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened LifeIn this episode, Albert Flynn DeSilver and Eric talk about using writing, poetry, and contemplative practices as a way to guide us on the path to awakening to our true selves.But wait – there’s more! The episode is not quite over!! We continue the conversation and you can access this exclusive content right in your podcast player feed. Head over to our Patreon page and pledge to donate just $10 a month. It’s that simple and we’ll give you good stuff as a thank you!In This Interview, Albert Flynn DeSilver and I Discuss Writing as a Path to Awakening and…Attention and action are needed to transcend our conditioningAwakening means waking up to the reality of existence, that we are not our mindsWaking up to our true nature as opposed to conditioned natureHow writing is a creative act that can wake us up to full potentiality or higher truthWriting and meditation as contemplative practices that support each other.Poetry is a way to talk about that which can’t be spoken ofHow reading poetry is a very different and visceral reading experienceWriting with a sense of curiosity and explorationFreewriting exercises – setting up to write what’s there, internally and externallyRealizing we are in collaboration with all of the energy around usUsing prompts for writing for awakening practiceGaining perspective and distance from the voices in our headSetting yourself up for success with intentionalityThe paradox of being “the greatest invention ever” and “completely insignificant”Albert Flynn DeSilver Links:albertflynndesilver.comFacebookTwitterInstagramBombas: “The most comfortable socks on the planet” – Eric Zimmer. Visit www.bombas.com/wolf and enter offer code: wolf to save 20%SimpliSafe: Get comprehensive protection for your entire home with security cameras, alarms, sensors as well as fire, water, and carbon monoxide alerts. Visit simplisafe.com/wolf for free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee. Indeed: Helps you find high impact hires, faster, without any long term contracts and you pay only for what you need. Get started with a free $75 credit to boost your job post and get in front of more quality candidates by going to www.indeed.com/wolfIf you enjoyed this conversation with Albert Flynn DeSilver, you might also enjoy these other episodes:Ellen BassSue Monk KiddSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


18 Aug 2020

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Author2Author with Albert Flynn DeSilver


Bill welcomes poet, memoirist and speaker Albert Flynn DeSilver to the show. Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate and has shared the stage with U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Bestselling authors’ Maxine Hong Kingston, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, and many others. Albert is the founder of Writing as a Path to Awakening, which is about an embodied inter-connected approach to creativity and writing. Don't miss it!


26 May 2020

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Outpace Your Critical Mind with Albert Flynn DeSilver

The Ultimate Bio-Hack for Women

The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? In this episode, Albert Flynn DeSilver explains how writing can be used as a path to awakening. For Albert, writing has always been a journey of awakening. He is somebody that went from being a suicidal alcoholic to be a published author and teacher. May you be inspired and opened up in a whole new way! Grab your FREE copy of Albert's popular book, Writing as a Path to Awakening + His guided meditation program, Creativity Meditations for Writers & Artists Albert’s Website: https://www.albertflynndesilver.com Albert’s Books: https://www.albertflynndesilver.com/books/ Follow Albert: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Albert.Flynn.DeSilver.Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/albert_flynn_desilver/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/writingworkshops/


15 Apr 2020

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Ep. 40 Albert Flynn DeSilver: A Poet’s Journey Through Life

Dear Life with Christina Rasmussen

In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Albert Flynn DeSilver an amazing poet, memoirist, novelist, teacher, and speaker. He is an extraordinary soul who has been able to translate his own pain, grief, sorrow, confusion and hard times during his childhood to beautiful words and poetry.  He is one of the most gentle souls I have come across during my podcasting journey. He is sensitive and wonderful to speak to. The way that he expresses his own story I felt this healing coming over me and I’m certain you will feel it too. There is a softness about him even when he is describing moments of violence and pain. He has found a way to his own healing even though it’s still happening, his progress and his path has been a transformational journey that I believe will change your life. We talk about his path to healing and forgiveness from childhood abuse and recovering from alcoholism. His sense of story is so visual and physical, in everything he said I was able to see very clearly his story through his own eyes as if I was there. I hope you do too. “Every experience is given to us and there is a Divine purpose behind it.”  ~Albert Flynn DeSilver I hope that if you are someone who wishes to be a writer, poet or novelist and you don’t think you have what it takes, please remember this conversation. Both Albert and I started writing out of the blue, what is your inspiration? Watch out for it, it’s knocking on your door any time now. I can’t wait to hear about your thoughts on your own writing journey and future poetry. Be sure to comment below or connect with me on Instagram and let me know what you think of this conversation. More About Albert Flynn DeSilver Albert Flynn DeSilver is a writer, speaker, and master mindfulness meditation teacher. Albert teaches nationally at the Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute and at writing conferences nationally. Albert has read and shared the stage with International bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many others. His recent book, “Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life,” based on his popular meditation and writing retreats by the same name—was released from Sounds True in September of 2017. He is also the author of several books of poems and the memoir “Beamish Boy,” (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational.” He lives in Northern California. You can connect with Albert via his website and Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Things We Mention In This Episode Website: www.albertflynndesilver.com  Free Book: Free Copy of Writing As a Path to Awakening by Albert Flynn DeSilver Book: Beamish Boy: A Memoir of Recovery & Awakening by Albert Flynn DeSilver Book: Letters to Early Street by Albert Flynn DeSilver TedTalk: An open poetic identity and the evolution of consciousness by Albert Flynn DeSilver Temple Journey Weekend with Christina Rasmussen Book: Where Did You Go? by Christina Rasmussen Book: Second Firsts by Christina Rasmussen Newsletter - Message In a Bottle: Sign up for Christina’s weekly letter  Apple podcast reviews and ratings are really important to help get the podcast in front of more people to uplift and inspire them too, which is the ultimate goal. Thank you!

1hr 2mins

17 Mar 2020

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Albert Flynn DeSilver ~ Writing as a Path to Awakening

WE Earth Radio: Conversations That Make A Difference with Michael Stone and Guests

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, memoirist, and novelist. His writing has appeared in over 100 literary journals worldwide. In addition to his book, WRITING AS A PATH TO AWAKENING, Albert has published several books of poetry and the memoir Beamish Boy. Albert teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen, Spirit Rock, and writing conferences nationally. www.albertflynndesilver.comFor more information on the Well of Light Global Community, Programs, Radio shows and Services go to www.welloflight.comTo access other great interviews and offerings: www.patreon.com/welloflight


11 Feb 2020