This week we talk to Claire Hoffman
Claire Hoffman works as a magazine writer living in Los Angeles, writing for national magazines, covering culture, religion, celebrity, business and whatever else seems interesting. She was formerly a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a freelance reporter for the New York Times.
She has a masters degree in religion from the University of Chicago, and a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. She serves on the board of her family foundation, the Goldhirsh Foundation, as well as the Columbia Journalism School. Claire is a native Iowan and has been meditating since she was three years old.
Her new book is called: Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.
In This Interview, Claire Hoffman and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- Her new book: Greeting from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.
- Growing up in a transcendental meditation community
- How that community changed over time
- The meditation only trailer park
- Rationality versus belief
- How things can be so much more beautiful and strange than logic allows
- Moving away from the meditation community in her late teens
- Being tired of the negative cynical voice in her head
- Revisiting the meditation community many years later
- Can meditation cause people to levitate?
- Quieting the cynical doubting mind
- Is evolution antithetical to happiness?
- Yogic flying: what it is and what it looks like
- How she felt about seeing her mom attempt to fly
- The desire to escape being human, to be divine
- That part if being who she is is feeling uncomfortable
- Accepting what it’s like to be a person
- Her evolution as a meditator
- That she doesn’t aspire to being enlightened