Original air date: Monday, October 06, 2014
Pop Conscious is always looking for ways that media spread hope, while informing and entertaining. So we’ll talk about unlikely places we’ve been inspired when we needed it, and surefire tools for a lift at any time. We’ll also share more about how you can experience the Contagious Optimism movement!
Creating Optimism by Bob Murray and Alicia Fortinberry
Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World by Beatrice Bruteau
The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
When I need a boost of positive thinking I turn to ideas that catch me, cuz ideas are catching
- Movies like The Secret or What the Bleep – (Celebrates its 10th Anniversary at AwakenedWorldFilmFestival.com or AGNT.org
- …or Jane Austen movies, or the mythology of Harry Potter, or Joe V. the Volcano – cartoony Hero’s Journey
- TV that guarantees a laugh – Friends, I Love Lucy, or have messages like Grey’s Anatomy, Sex in the City,
- Music – singing and dancing around the house is vibratory, physical, endorphins – walking
Event Last night – I experienced such a high! With Friends from KROQ – a place I loved so much I volunteered (and got college credit). We went to see the band ABC at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. We went up to say hi to Richard Blade, the DJ we worked with 26 years ago (Richard can still be heard, nationwide on Sirius XM on First Wave.) And he announced to the whole theater, on mic, that we used to be his interns. A girl I knew from working at R&R — Radio & Records, (not the new Unity Online Radio show with Revs Richard Maraj & Richard Rogers…shout out to our former Regional Consultant, Stacy’s predecessor!) came over to say hi to Tracey and we got to be reconnected. All of us ended up being superfans in the front row, making eye-contact with Martin Fry and band members while we mouthed the words of Be Near Me, Poison Arrow, The Look of Love, When Smokey Sings, All of My Heart, How to be a Millionaire, Vanity Kills… Richard Blade seems ageless, as does Martin Fry – what’s their secret? I think it’s doing what they love.
Yesterday’s Daily Word – Inspire (10/5/14):
“Inspiration comes through many channels—people I meet, places I visit, words and pictures that stir my heart and spirit. When I am inspired, I feel new energy and connect to something bigger than myself. I aspire to reach new heights and achieve goals I may not have imagined possible. …I am confident and excited about the possibilities ahead. With God as my guide, I am motivated to grow beyond my self-imposed limits and to claim my happiness and be of service to others. I respond to Spirit’s call with confidence and joy.”
I boiled my high down to three basic things:
- Friends: people who understand and support you in being who you are, people who lift you up and give you the courage to your best and most authentic self.
- Passions: doing what you love…so much you’d do it without getting paid for it…what excites you, lights you up. The spiritual power of Zeal, enthusiasm. When you’re doing that with others who feel the same, your energy seems to be multiplied exponentially. “Great energy”
- Overcoming Challenges: Being positive doesn’t mean that we pretend challenges don’t exist – it means looking beyond the challenge, knowing that it’s not the (whole) Truth. Sharing ways that we’ve overcome, and reminding each other is empowering.
Unity grew out of a group of like-minded people seeking to overcome challenges positively too – as did CSL, AA,
Contagious Optimism These are encapsulated in this event this weekend – great stories, time to talk with them, make friends with people of like mind, shared passions, positive music, and break bread – dinner!
Original air date: Monday, September 15, 2014
They’ll talk about the value of uplifting personal stories from people around the world, and the power of sharing our life’s adventures, and how entertainment can benefit. Tune in to find out how to catch the bug and spread the joy!
You may be surprised to hear what David Mezzapelle identified as his pop culture influence from childhood! Listen and learn!
Original air date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Life is full of graduations, transitions, endings, and new beginnings, which are all phases and stages in life’s journey. In this episode, Stacy ponders graduations and season finales, while Malayna gushes about Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey. Together they discuss how these resonant themes from world myths and folktales have found their way into Pop Culture. Then we’ll apply them to our own life stories, where we are the heroes of the tales!
Listen to: Global and Generational Pop Consciousness
Original air date: Monday, February 24, 2014
This week, with celebrity guest Erika Eleniak, the Pop Conscious gals will be discussing pop culture that goes global and what captures the attention of young people. Do movies like E.T., (in which Erika was a cast member) still resonate with young people today? What subcultures and conventions have been built around various pop influences? And how are younger generations experiencing the interactive quality of today’s pop culture? Listen in and we’ll share our insights!
Erika as Elly May
What we talked about:
- The deeper meaning and themes behind the TV shows and movies she’s been in…
- Erika’s on-screen kiss at age 12, directed by Steven Spielberg…
- How Baywatch evolved from Movie of the Week and Pamela Anderson’s intro being Erika’s swan song…
- William Shatner as her dad…
- 6 Degrees of Separation (and of Kevin Bacon)…
- The transformations (Hero’s Journey) of each of her characters, from Under Siege to The Opponent…
- The archetypes represented by her roles…
- Favorite Bible stories, from a spiritual and metaphysical perspective…
- Her roles in life as a mother, wedding celebrant and children’s book author…
- The importance of influences on youth – pop culture and spiritual principle…
- The global influence of pop culture and how it differs around the world…does it get lost in translation?
- Perspectives from Sri Lanka, where Malayna was broadcasting from, and Bollywood actresses as spokespeople for multinationals…
- How to tell what season of Castle you’re watching by the length of Beckett’s hair…
- Themes of love and paying it forward.
Image of Erika above is a screenshot from The Beverly Hillbillies video trailer on YouTube.
Original air date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Our Pop Conscious team will discuss how we learned about and celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. through pop culture. We also talked about and how pop culture and the media shaped who we wanted to be when we grew up, and what media support who we are and want to be now.
Here’s a link to the U2 song we mentioned, Pride (In the Name of Love).
Our friend, Dr. Scott Bowman, (Texas State University, Criminal Justice Professor, Soc. Justice Advocate), had this to say:
“…it was nice to be reminded of the deeper spiritual aspects of Dr. King. I think you guys definitely conveyed that message on the show.
As a side note, I thought that you guys were going to mention Nelson Mandela when you talked about the Warrior path (honestly, only because it was recent). In the spirit of pop culture, one of the most powerful movies that I have EVER seen is “A Long Night’s Journey Into Day” about the South African, post-apartheid “Truth in Reconciliation Act.” It is about forgiveness, restoration, and healing… http://www.hulu.com/watch/337499.”
And here’s Malayna with Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret, at The Inn of the Seventh Ray, as mentioned on today’s show.