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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, meditation and business, ultimately this is a podcast in pursuit of purposeful living and positive change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dharmadigs/support

Dharma Digs with Taylor Winchester - Accessing a Higher Plane via the Creative Arts Taylor Winchester

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    • 4.5 • 4 Ratings

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, meditation and business, ultimately this is a podcast in pursuit of purposeful living and positive change. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dharmadigs/support

    Madeline Crone of American Songwriter on Music Industry Careers & Country Music

    Madeline Crone of American Songwriter on Music Industry Careers & Country Music

    Had a lovely time in my recent chat with writer and music journalist Madeline Crone. We dive into some of the current challenges within the music industry, specifically the country music scene, along with how Charley Crockett's insight into paving his own way through! Madeline shares her experience in navigating her own career path and how she ended up becoming a music journalist, writing for the likes of American Songwriter Magazine.



    Hope you enjoy this episode!



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    love & light ✨

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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 27 - Chasing Light with Rebecca Gummere - Dharma Digs Podcast

    Ep. 27 - Chasing Light with Rebecca Gummere - Dharma Digs Podcast

    This week's episode features a conversation with Rebecca Gummere, creative writer and author. Rebecca is a two-time Pushcart nominee and has been awarded three North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grants (2013, 2015, and 2018). She has also been the recipient of two Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and was selected to receive a 2017-2018 North Carolina Artist Fellowship for her memoir-in-progress about her recent nine-month cross-country pilgrimage.



    We talk a little about #vanlife journeys, her multi-disciplinary career experience, and closing the distance between her physical consciousness and the divine. Rebecca also shares a very personal and heartbreaking experience of the sudden loss of her infant son, and how that upended everything she knew about life, death, faith - and the thread that connects us all! 

     

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

    “I want God to be real. I need there to be Someone in charge, and I need there to be a heaven, some place where I know my baby is safe and cared for and loved. I think back to when I was a child, moments when I sensed a presence—at 8, seated between my mother and sister in a church pew, the sun painting my leg in reds and golds and blues, believing God was somehow in that dance of color; at 12, perched on a hillside as a wild wind stirred then quieted in the field behind me, and then in the utter stillness came the piercing call of one lone bird, sending chills over my skin, the very voice of God in my ear.” - pulled from Cooper's Heart | The Oprah Magazine



    “Light, then dark, dark, then light. Isn’t this the flow of life? We soar, we stumble and fall. We rise, we sink. Still, the world welcomes us in bright moments such as these, hope arriving in unexpected ways to lift us once again.” - Lifted Blog Entry 



    Rebekah's segment three shares are:

    OASIS - Boone, Nc - Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter: OASIS has a philosophy of empowerment, which means we believe every survivor is able to make the best decisions for herself or himself if given the support and resource referrals. We never tell anyone what she or he should do. Instead, we help brainstorm ideas and look together at possibilities. We work closely with other helping agencies and can help survivors identify the different avenues of support available to them.





    Show Links:

    https://www.rebeccagummere.com/  

    https://www.instagram.com/rgummere/ 

    https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.gummere/

    https://twitter.com/rgummere  

     

    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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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 26 - Karma Yoga - Exploring the Bhagavad Gita (solo dig)

    Ep. 26 - Karma Yoga - Exploring the Bhagavad Gita (solo dig)

    One who shirks in action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. Indeed, there is no one who rests for even an instant; all creatures are driven to action by their own nature.

    ~ Krishna  (The Bhagavad Gita)

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    • 26 min
    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     



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    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

Customer Reviews

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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.