Hi, I’m Misha Chakrabarti, and I love to talk about dreams. On this podcast I have authentic conversations with people living with purpose. We’ll speak candidly about the joys, woes, laughs, traumas, and mishaps on the not-so-straight and narrow path to manifest a full and vibrant life. We’ll hear stories of the vulnerable moments of stepping out of the shadows and into ourselves. We’ll feel the full range of human emotion and maybe even connect more deeply with ourselves and the world around us. Along the way, I’ll look to answer questions like “how do we discover our passion,” “how do we find the courage to follow our hearts,” and “how do we keep the faith?” Taking the first step to awaken your dreams can be daunting, but sharing our stories we do not walk the road alone. To hear the podcast in Spanish search “Despertando Sueños con Misha Chakrabarti”.
Daiana Vaisman Dreams of Finding Peace in the Present
An Argentine rock song dubs Buenos Aires “The City of Fury” and Diana Vaisman has lived through it all! From being bullied as a child for being tall and wearing glasses, to a debilitating spine injury as an adult, to the ever-present ups and downs of inflation, to the pandemonium of the prolonged pandemic that required her to postpone her wedding, she has seen more than her fair share of chaos.
This external turmoil moved her to seek a deeper, more internal peace. This took a number of different forms from therapy, to the community she found in her tae kwon do classes, to a number of different artistic pursuits. This resulted in a shift where Daiana looks less to find fulfillment in her plans for the future, and more to savor the simple pleasures and appreciate the joys of today, particularly her physical and emotional health.
Today, Daiana loves all types of creative endeavors and is an avid baking enthusiast. She has come to understand that she doesn’t have control over what the universe may throw at her and what may happen to her body, yet she finds a sense of agency in intentionally choosing how she wants to nourish herself. She also delights in the culinary process; from figuring out a way to make something delicious based on what she has on hand, to savoring the meditative flow as she folds, kneads, whips, and rolls, to feeling the love when she shares her food with the people she cares about.
As for her wedding, her plans have changed a number of times and the details are still up in the air, but the quarantine has brought her and her partner even closer together so it’s a matter of when not if.
You can see what she’s up to in the kitchen on her Instagram @migatococinero.
Conor Detwiler Dreams of Awakening your Light, Bright Light
As a young child growing up in Boston and traveling widely around the world, he had many visceral moments of deep, spiritual union. In his early years, these experiences were affirmed by his mother, yet as he reached adolescence and was thrust more and more into the machine of the United States, he was met with an impatient, production-oriented culture that did not share his connected reality. This was a dark time when those around him continually told him that his intuitive sense of truth, which clashed with the status quo, was not only misguided, but that it was destructive to himself and those around him. As a teenager with limited agency of his own, he saw no other option than to accept their diagnosis, that he had a mental disorder, and to try to survive.
Eventually he reached the point where he could no longer ignore his intuition and came to realize that it was the masses who were misguided and not himself. He came to recognize the need to devote himself fully to this inner transformation. He spent the following years in intense introspection, reading world spiritual and philosophical texts to contextualize this shift. At the same time, he began to manifest a community of foreigners and other outsiders, while still in Boston, that later served as a bridge to Buenos Aires where he lives today.
When he finally made it to the City of Fair Winds, he found the fertile solid that gave him the grounding he needed for his life to flower. Following his inner light and leaning on his relationships led him to a friend, who indirectly introduced him to his husband, who helped him plant his roots into his new earth. From this newfound space of stability and authenticity, he was able to shift from a state of surviving to thriving.
At first there were no visible external signs of abundance, yet an active passive nurturing was underway that eventually gave birth to his first book "Undividing." At the same time, he began teaching this inner awakening and counseling others into it and he gives regular talks on spirituality and meditation on his YouTube channel, Conor Detwiler, and through the meditation app Aumhum. Last week he published his second book, a meditation children’s book called "Light, Bright Light," that he wrote and illustrated in the midst of the pandemic.
You can get in touch with Conor and find his books and teachings at the links below:
Website: https://www.conordetwiler.com (conordetwiler.com)
Light, Bright Light Animated Picture Book: https://youtu.be/H0sqtx8Q5Ns (https://youtu.be/H0sqtx8Q5Ns)
Light, Bright Light on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734785748 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734785748)
Undividing on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087DV2SG8 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087DV2SG8)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3MWK3h5JS5hG3-sETIH8Q (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3MWK3h5JS5hG3-sETIH8Q)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conordetwiler (@conordetwiler)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conordetwilerauthor (facebook.com/conordetwilerauthor)
Max Solomonyuk Dreams to Grow his Startup into a Unicorn
Max Solomonyuk is a software developer and newly self-dubbed entrepreneur who believes that being playfully curious about yourself and your surroundings will help you find new dreams or goals. After his first stint with solo-travel back in 2016, Max dreamt of being location independent so that he could see the world while working from these remote places. In 2019, he took the leap and went through Asia with just a backpack filled with a handful of clothes and his laptop. From working on a farm in Japan, to learning the art of sound healing in the Nepali Himalayas, to plugging into and building out an ex-pat community in Da Nang, Vietnam, Max gained many insights into confidence, self-motivation, and building community that he shares in this episode.
After his travels were cut short due to the pandemic, Max and a few friends that he met in Bali, started an online video speed networking platform Hi Right Now that has recently gotten into a world-renowned accelerator Fast Track Malmo. He is now currently back in Bali where he is working full time on his current dream to make meeting people online less weird and more fun and effective.
Hi Right Now: https://hirightnow.co
Fast Track Malmo: https://www.fasttrackmalmo.com
Season 2 Trailer: Expanding our Dreams
We're back! Welcome to season two of the Dream Awakening Podcast.
On this podcast I have authentic conversations with people living with purpose. We’ll speak candidly about the joys, woes, laughs, traumas, and mishaps on the not-so-straight and narrow path to manifest a full and vibrant life. We’ll hear stories of the vulnerable moments of stepping out of the shadows and into ourselves. We’ll feel the full range of human emotion and maybe even connect more deeply with ourselves and the world around us. Along the way, I’ll look to answer questions like “how do we discover our passion,” “how do we find the courage to follow our hearts,” and “how do we keep the faith?”
In season one we heard stories about dreams relating to creativity, travel, and spirituality. This season we’ll continue to hear about these types of passions but I want to expand the notion of what a dream is to include love, parenthood, activism, and entrepreneurship. I feel this is especially important at a time when the world has been ravaged by a global pandemic, an epidemic of fake news, and an addiction to technology. At a time when our mobility and sociability are so heavily restricted, it’s even more important to connect with ourselves and find an inner spaciousness and abundance. Often it’s easier to move into this manifestation when we see people we relate to recounting their reveries and revelations.
In addition to expanding your concept of what is possible, I also invite you to broaden your idea of who you can relate to. In the first season we heard from mostly millennial women. This season we’ll hear from people living vibrantly from different generations, genders, and walks of life. By hearing from storytellers of all sorts, I’m hoping your humanity surprises you and that you wind up empathizing with people you previously thought were worlds apart.
To hear the podcast in Spanish search “Despertando Sueños con Misha Chakrabarti”. Taking the first step to awaken your dreams can be daunting, but sharing our stories we do not walk the road alone.
Evy Duskey Dreams of Conscious Creativity
Evy Duskey dreams of conscious creativity. Evy grew up in Ohio, USA with a love of music and a passion for performing. While she felt open and free as a child, the corporate culture of the U.S. moved her toward a practical path and convinced her, for a time, that art was a trivial pursuit. In college she studied abroad in Argentina and her experience had a profound effect on her. She moved from Ohio to Buenos Aires, now nearly 10 years ago, to pursue her love of music in a variety of contexts.
While living in the U.S. stability had been a priority for her. Since relocating and being swept up into the chaos of the City of Fair Winds, she realized that life rarely goes as planned no matter how hard you try to make it so. Evy now creates from a space flow and feels like a conduit, channeling something greater. She never forces herself to make music or art, but instead lives vibrantly and goes with the creative energy when it comes, whether it happens in the middle of a bike ride or a brisk walk. Ultimately, she makes decisions based on her intuition, even when the road ahead isn’t clear.
Today Evy is a musician, copywriter, and magazine founder. Whether writing and performing as frontwoman of the dream pop band Fervors, to starting local arts and culture magazine La La Lista, she has long-nurtured a voracious appetite for “soul-feeding” creative projects that — in her opinion — make life worth living.
She is passionate about supporting local businesses and culture, valuing art and artists, and establishing healthy work-life relationships that respect our limited time on this earth.
La La Lista:
https://www.lalalista.com/ (La La Lista)
https://www.instagram.com/lalalistaba (La La Lista Instagram)
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1hewvGLTvnZQxAqm0SvBqe?si=bpeMW6LBTo2F6zUuT-JpYQ (Fervors Spotify)
https://instagram.com/fervorsmusic (Fervors Instagram)
https://fervors.bandcamp.com/ (Fervors Bandcamp )
w.a.n.t.o.n (solo project):
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5IVB4NT6Wfq2FZEcuDxKqx?si=owRfLMIRS2yTkELJhZwZZA (w.a.n.t.o.n spotify )
https://www.instagram.com/w.a.n.t.o.n/ (w.a.n.t.o.n instagram)
Book Evy mentioned about the creative process and the “morning pages”:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Artist's_Way (The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron)
Trina Chakrabarti Dreams of Healing the World through Music
Trina Chakrabarti dreams of healing the world through music. Specifically, Trina dreams of working with teenagers in inpatient psychiatric care. She wants to provide a space for youth to feel listened to through facilitation of emotional expression using music therapy.
Trina’s sense of purpose in helping teenagers with their mental health and doing so through music came from her own personal experience. As a teenager she struggled with depression and felt lost and alone in her plight. She didn’t know about resources that could help her and didn’t know of any others going through the same thing because depression was a taboo subject at the time. In her darkest moments, she found solace in music and the arts and she says they saved her. Trina wants adolescents to know that they have a myriad of resources available to them to help them with their mental and emotional health; from traditional therapy, to music therapy, and beyond. She also believes in community and wants people to know there are others grappling with the same challenges as them and that they are not alone.
Trina is an accredited Music Therapist who is currently working on her master's thesis. During her masters she specialized in child psychiatry and hopes to work in adolescent mental health care in the future. She is also a musician on her own time. She has achieved her Grade 10 in Voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music, writes her own songs, and plays a variety of instruments. She is currently working on a fiction novel that tackles mental health struggles during the bridge from adolescence into adulthood. In her free time she loves reading, baking, and dancing! Her new original song can be found on her youtube channel, linked below.
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TrinaChakrabartiMusic/featured (Channel), New song https://youtu.be/f55_-k14Df8 (“Stolen Pressure”)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trinachakrabarti/ (https://www.instagram.com/trinachakrabarti/)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinaChakrabartiYoutube/ (https://www.facebook.com/TrinaChakrabartiYoutube/)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/trinachp_19 (https://twitter.com/trinachp_19)
Inspiring and Thought Provoking
I just finished season 1 (I’m late, I know). This podcast is amazing. Misha does a great job asking the guests about their dreams and experiences in a way that encourages the listener to dig deep into themselves. I find myself ruminating on how I see the world and how I can incorporate some of the nuggets of wisdom his guests throw out. This podcast is perfect for people who are stuck in the day to day of life, looking for something deeper and more meaningful. By listening to how others pursue and live out their dreams, we’re encouraged to do the same and reassured that it’s never too late.
Very genuine and welcoming
I personally had the opportunity to interview with Misha, and it was great! We talked about my experiences and shared some useful tips. I was a bit nervous but Misha’s warm open attitude me feel so welcomed and relaxed. Thank you for the opportunity Misha!
Misha is a talented interviewer, and all his guests have proved to be super interesting, open, and warm! These interviews always make me think. I love them, and you will too!!!