Kevin M. Johnson’s work is on the recovery of the space outside of ego, so our work in Big Self School swims in the same waters. Kevin is a teacher, retreat director, and co-host of the podcast Encountering Silence. Having spent years achieving a number of advanced degrees, speaking at large academic conferences, and even presenting at prestigious schools like Yale and Harvard Universities, he discovered he needed to walk a bit outside the halls of the Academy to explore deeper.
Although he continues to teach at the university level, he now jokingly refers to himself as “a recovering academic” who teaches online and in various settings outside the university that often crosses boundaries into spaces that are not currently on our cultural maps.
Kevin is looking to recover a space for holistic wellness and wisdom. Somewhere in the intersection of spirituality, psychology, wellness, self-help, and philosophy. A space that does not fit in easily on our current cultural maps.
2:15 Kevin explains why he refers to himself as a recovering academic
6:15 Kevin talks about the mental map and the difference between how we think about things today versus the past
12:06 We discuss Seneca and Stoicism
14:23 The philosophy conversation continues
17:36 Kevin shares the essential parts of what it means to be human and how it has been left out of our cultural map
21:06 Kevin talks about silence and why it is so essential
22:41 Kevin leads us through an exercise
26:01 Silence and our inner critic
28:23 Kevin answers the question ‘what makes us ready for silence?’
34:48 We discuss the intimacy of silence with ourselves and others
37:43 What silence actually allows us to see
41:34 Kevin shares two simple things you can do to help you feel more connected
45:20 Shelley shares a Parker Palmer quote that she loves
47:37 Where to find Kevin