I’ve been fortunate to do many amazing things and meet a ton of inspirational people in 2014.
Yet, if I had to pick my highlight of the year, it is probably the article that I just wrote in Mantra: Yoga+Health magazine.
When the magazine first hit the stands, I vividly remember being hunched over in the aisle at Whole Foods Market in NYC’s Union Square, absorbing every single word. What I felt after reading these few pages touched me in a way that nothing else had in a long, long time.
To be honest, my reaction really took me by surprise and I never imagined that I would be so overcome with emotion. Why was I so moved by this article?
I write blog posts all of the time that get shared throughout the world on the Internet. Additionally, I also have been lucky enough to have been profiled in The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg and many others major media outlets.
Here is a list of of my top 10 organic food moments from 2013, and these are both industry achievements and personal highlights.
1) Whole Foods announces that all GMOs in its stores will be labeled by 2018
Unwilling to wait for a federal labeling law, Whole Foods decided to take matters into its own hands and made this historic announcement in March of this year. The importance of this decision cannot be underestimated as it has already kickstarted an enormous shift in the non-GMO and organic supply chain.
Immediately after the company released this news to its vendors and to the media at Natural Products Expo West 2013 in Anaheim, I spoke with Co-CEO Walter Robb and President A.C. Gallo about the announcement.
Without question, this has to be the most important event of the year and its reverberations will be felt for decades to come. Read More »
On Monday night in New York City at about 8PM EST or so, I was literally ten minutes away from publishing a post about all of the organic food that I bought before Hurricane Sandy’s arrival.
Yet, the electricity went out and the post never went up.
Scroll down to the bottom to see these foods and read about them if you wish. However, this information seems really trivial and unimportant to me right now. Why?
The devastation that this storm has caused to NYC, New Jersey, Long Island and other parts of the East Coast is the only thing on my mind right now. Lives have been lost, homes have been ruined, communities and towns have been completely upended, and countless small businesses are sure to go bankrupt.
Since I was in downtown Manhattan during and after the storm, here is what I experienced. Read More »
Early this morning was the start of a 3-day silent meditation retreat I am doing here in New York City hosted by an organization called The Art of Living. (Last night was the introduction/orientation but today begins the official silence).
I took the beginning course at The Art of Living in 2004 where I learned the very powerful Sudarshan Kriya breathing exercise and hadn’t been back there until an Open House event a few weeks ago.
It was at this Open House that several people told me the Art of Silence course completely rocked their world. One woman told me that she had never been able to create a profitable business until she took this course, and her company has exploded ever since and revenues continue to grow like crazy.
When she told me this story, it really hit home. Why? Read More »
Last week, I was in upstate New York where I gave two presentations at Herkimer County Community College.
The first talk was on Beating Depression Naturally. Aside from sharing my own personal story of what happened during and after my 11 years of antidepressants, I provided the students eight different ways to fight depression naturally, a few of which were avoiding refined sugar, yoga, meditation, and eating more organic and raw food.