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A modern day bearded dude’s quest for purpose and inner peace, host Taylor Winchester explores concepts discovered during his own exploration for personal and spiritual growth as a creative professional. Laidback talks and featured guest interviews dig deep in hopes of accessing a higher plane via the arts, searching for insight, inspiration and possibly a few “ah ha moments” we look for in a modern world full of chaos. While conversations range from topics covering music, art, business and beyond, ultimately this is a podcast in pursuit of purposeful living and positive change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dharmadigs/support

Dharma Digs - A Podcast in Pursuit of Purposeful Living Taylor Winchester

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A modern day bearded dude’s quest for purpose and inner peace, host Taylor Winchester explores concepts discovered during his own exploration for personal and spiritual growth as a creative professional. Laidback talks and featured guest interviews dig deep in hopes of accessing a higher plane via the arts, searching for insight, inspiration and possibly a few “ah ha moments” we look for in a modern world full of chaos. While conversations range from topics covering music, art, business and beyond, ultimately this is a podcast in pursuit of purposeful living and positive change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dharmadigs/support

    Ep. 25 - Rebekah Todd on Patience, Nature and Rediscovering YourSELF

    Ep. 25 - Rebekah Todd on Patience, Nature and Rediscovering YourSELF

    What a good time I had diggin' in on this week's episode of Dharma Digs, featuring Rebekah Todd - a purveyor of many cool creations! As a singer-songwriter, her vibes exude a diverse influence of inspiration, including the soulful sounds of Lauryn Hill and Susan Tedeschi.

    I really enjoyed this conversation and Rebekah's stories from the road, as we unpack the impact that vulnerability within songwriting offers and the connection it creates with fans. We of course explore how spirit and purpose fall into play here as well!

    Not only is she a songwriter and vocalist, but Rebekah's also well versed in the realms of yoga and mindfulness. We chat a bit about heart opening exercises and the important role her meditation and yoga practice have played when dealing with loss and trauma.

    And of course, don't forget to check out her boutique - Shop Wildwood

    Our segment two quotes to ponder as you're tuning in are below:


    “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

    "When we embrace our strong emotions with mindfulness and concentration, we’ll be able to see the roots of these mental formations. We’ll know where our suffering has come from. When we see the roots of things, our suffering will lessen. So mindfulness recognizes, embraces, and relieves.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


    Rebekah's segment three shares are:

    Walk Tall Wilmington - At Walking Tall Wilmington, we're building transformative friendships with people in poverty. Come and join us! Working together to change Wilmington, NC and the world, one transformational friendship at a time. We’d love to become friends with you.

    Show Links:

    http://www.rebekahtodd.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/RebekahToddMusic

    https://www.instagram.com/rebekah_todd/

    Connect on IG:

    www.instagram.com/dharmadigs

    www.instagram.com/taylorwinchestercreates

    Thanks as always for stopping by and tuning in, I hope you enjoy this episode!

    love & light ✨,

    tw


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    • 56 min
    Ep 24 - Connecting with Religion Through Meditation (solo dig)

    Ep 24 - Connecting with Religion Through Meditation (solo dig)

    𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦'𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴, 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘣𝘶𝘵  𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘴.⁣



    I sat on releasing this solo dig, mainly out of fear and concern of what others might think. ⁣



    I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers or offend anyone, but I remembered that the whole point of this podcast is to dig into topics of conversation that are too often swept under rugs.⁣



    Believe and worship whatever God(s) you want to, but if you’re not making decisions and taking actions in the spirit of the divine, then what’s the point of worship?⁣



    I’m opening up a bit here, and it feels vulnerable to share my experience and relationship with Religion. It’s evolved throughout my life, and for the past 15 years or so I’ve felt an aversion to the very definition of Religion. ⁣



    Lately though, through meditation, I’ve found myself re-examining my relationship to Religion in general, along with the impacts of making conscious decisions and actions based in spiritual faith. ⁣



    And not “faith” in the idea of a superhuman god, but faith in the divine nature that resides in all of us, that connects us as conscious beings, and that ultimately makes us all One. ⁣



    So, I’m curious about others relationship to Religion, which caused me to share my own. Whether it’s a God, the Holy Spirit, the Cosmos, or Nature - How does your relationship to higher powers manifest in your daily lives?⁣



    As always, in love & light  ✨ ~ tw⁣





    #dharmadigs #meditation #religion #spirituality #action #karma #life #consciousness #livewithintention


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    • 29 min
    Ep. 23 - Dae-Lee on Building Bridges with the Fair Play Music Equity Initiative

    Ep. 23 - Dae-Lee on Building Bridges with the Fair Play Music Equity Initiative

    This week's episode goes deep discussing the innate value of human life and the important need for not only systemic change, but of relationships and human connection. My guest, Dae-Lee, just so happens to be a natural bridge builder, and shares quite a bit of insight on the work he's doing to create an equitable music and cultural scene in the city of Charlotte.



    As a GRAMMY nominated producer, recording artist and creative entrepreneur, Dae is also a founding member of the Fair Play Music Equity Initiative; a non-profit that advocates for a fair music ecosystem in Charlotte by engaging venue owners, event producers and organizations on the value of inclusivity in music programming as well as through establishing new equitable music platforms for all.

     

    Our segment two quotes to ponder as you're tuning in are below: 

    “If there’s any possibility for enlightenment, it’s right now, not at some future time. Now is the time. What does it take to use the life we already have in order to make us wiser rather than more stuck? What is the source of wisdom, at a personal, individual level? ~ Pema Chodron

    “World on my back and it’s got me feeling stronger | why would I look back? No reasons I could conjure | It is what it is, a brighter future’s what I see | Lettin’ go of what was got me feeling free." ~ Dae-Lee - Go On (ft. Greg Cox)

    “Imagine if we loved more than we hate and if we weren’t judged by the skin on our face. And care for the next man wasn’t out of place, cause we all knew one day we need that same grace." ~ Dae-Lee



    Dae's segment three shares are:

    It's the Block - Far too often, the voices and stories of Black people (specifically Black creatives), end up silenced or censored in such a way, that our stories no longer feel like our own. For three creative visionaries in Charlotte, this notion was felt and experienced firsthand. Instead of allowing it to continue, they put their respective talents and resources together to create a hub where Black creatives and creative entrepreneurs, could realize and reach their full potential.



    Davita Galloway, David “Dae Lee” Arrington, and David J. Butler established Hue House to support cultural and arts communities of color, by providing the resources and opportunities needed to be successful and contribute to the wellbeing of the community.



    To further the vision, they created a series of in-person events called “The Block” to bring the community together in one place, to share ideas and resources. Once the pandemic struck, they quickly shifted to presenting the monthly event in a virtual format.



    Show Links:

    http://dae-lee.com 

    http://instagram.com/daeleemusic 

    http://facebook.com/daeleemusic  

    http://twitter.com/daeleemusic     



    Connect on IG:

    www.instagram.com/dharmadigs

    www.instagram.com/taylorwinchestercreates



    Thanks as always for stopping by and tuning in, I hope you enjoy this episode!



    love & light ✨,

    tw




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    • 56 min
    Ep. 22 - Viveka ~ The Art of Discernment (solo dig)

    Ep. 22 - Viveka ~ The Art of Discernment (solo dig)

    We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.
    ~ Chanakya



    Discernment seems to be a word that continues to pop up in my world lately, and leaning into the whole idea of synchronicities and signs from the universe, I felt like it was a word I should contemplate a little further.



    I felt as though I knew what it meant in context of places I'd read it used, but there was something about it that tickled my curiosity as to how I could apply it more within my personal pursuit for self awareness in my day-to-day.



    The simple definition per Oxford Languages, is the ability to judge well.



    However, the subtle differences between the word judge and discernment can play an important role in how we make decisions, and how those choices could not only affect our lives, but also the lives of those around us.



    I'd love to know your thoughts on the differences between being judging vs. discerning, and hope you enjoy my thoughts in today's solo dig!



    As always, in love & light  ✨ ~ tw



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    • 18 min
    Ep. 21 - Jason Jet on Intentionality & the Grind to Building Grindhaus Studios

    Ep. 21 - Jason Jet on Intentionality & the Grind to Building Grindhaus Studios

    Born in Iceland, raised in the Carolinas - Jason Jet's personality and music both embody an indie-soul, DIY vibe, and the passion and purpose are etched throughout his works. In this week's Dharma Digs Episode, Jason and I dig into the role intentionality has played in both his creative endeavors as well as his personal life. We unpack some of the lyrics from his song Numb, along with how his music and songs have impacted those around him.





    While he's sitting on an unreleased album that was recorded at his home studio, his focus of late has been on building an innovative and accessible approach to recording / production offerings dubbed Grindhaus Studios, located in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte, NC. Describing it as the YMCA of recording studios, Grindhaus provides "a high-quality, professional space for artists to record, write, collaborate and relax."





    "We meet artists in the middle, where traditional studios are too expensive and the common home studio most times just isn’t adequate enough. So you may be wondering how we do it. Well, we have decided to steal a couple of plays from the co-working space and create a membership experience for our space...by offering master classes, youth camps, major publishing opportunities and most importantly access to professionally treated studio environments at a fraction of the cost. We’re here for the musicians that are seeking community and recording resources. "



     



    Our segment two quotes to ponder as you're tuning in are below: 



    “Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it." ~ Stevie Wonder





    Jason's segment three shares are:



    Communities in Schools - Working directly in 2,500 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools builds relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life.  





    Our school-based staff partner with teachers to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. From immediate needs like food or clothing to more complex ones like counseling or emotional support, we do whatever it takes to help students succeed.





    Young Icons - Youth ages 10-17 who live in the greater Charlotte Mecklenburg area can hone their musical talents at the second annual Young Icons Recording Arts Camp, a week-long summer intensive lead by national recording artist Jason Jet. 







    Show Links:



    http://www.jasonjetmusic.com/ 



    https://www.grindhausstudios.com/ 



    https://www.instagram.com/jasonjet/ 



    https://www.instagram.com/grindhausstudios/ 







    Connect on IG:



    www.instagram.com/dharmadigs



    www.instagram.com/taylorwinchestercreates





    Thanks as always for stopping by and tuning in, I hope you enjoy this episode!





    love & light ✨,



    tw


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    • 33 min
    Ep. 20 - Rebooting the Software of Your Soul (solo dig)

    Ep. 20 - Rebooting the Software of Your Soul (solo dig)

    We've all heard the saying, "Insanity is just doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results" - well this week I dive into how our Actions lead to Memories, which leads to Desires, ultimately looping us back to repeating similar actions again and again.


    While many incorrectly credit Einstein for the Insanity quote (he claims he never said it), he did in fact produce the Theory of Relativity, which led to what's known in Quantum Physics as the Field of Unified Theory - basically assessing that all of us beings are connected and a part of the "one."



    So what separates us then? That would be the thoughts we have and the actions we take as individuals. And, it's our actions that lead us into the feedback loop that finds us in repeating situations of suffering, both mental and physical.



    According to Vedic philosophy, every action you take creates a memory, and every memory then creates a desire - and it's that desire that moves you to the next action. See the loop? This is referred to as the software of the soul.



    As Deepak Chopra says, "Karma, memory, and desire are just the software of the soul. It's conditioning that the soul undergoes in order to create experience. And it's a cycle. In most people, the cycle is a conditioned response. They do the same things over and over again."



    So how do we break these cycles you ask? Well, listen in to this episode as I share a simple exercise you can use in every day experiences to help with breaking free of the repetitive thought patterns.



    As always, in love & light  ✨ ~ tw

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    • 20 min

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AshleyWinton ,

Great variety of topics!

It’s been great to listen along to Taylor’s journey as he explores living a more purposeful life through meditation and more. Each episode is so different, with new perspectives shared through his interviews and research. The interviews are cool because in addition to learning about the guest’s creative career, you get to hear about their own take on meaning and purpose which is unique in a podcast.

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