Jeff Krasno is the creator of both Wanderlust, a series of yoga-based wellness events, and Commune Media, an online platform for personal and societal betterment. Through his work, including weekly essays and hosting the Commune podcast, he has interviewed the likes of Deepak Chopra, Brendon Burchard, Russell Brand, and many more important voices.

After a tumultuous childhood involving everything from a double life as an American abroad to a bout with a malignant tumor at just age 13, Jeff internalized the protective and restorative value of forging relationships and creating communities around himself. It’s something he’s continued doing to this day, though now, it’s a conscious endeavor undertaken with deep purpose. 

This week, Jeff, one of my dearest friends, joins us to walk through his life story and to explore how it led him to where he is today: one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. 

We discuss the modern obsession with identity and how it relates to the greater consciousness. We explore the importance of sharing relationships and building communities. We even get into Jeff’s thoughts about the future.

Jeff also explains how one simple trick can allow us to change our outlook and how we apply ourselves to building a better world: it’s all about where we focus our attention.

What Brett asks:

  • [00:02:17] Tell me about your childhood.
  • [00:06:14] Were you aware of how special your childhood was at the time?
  • [00:18:44] How old were you when you moved back to the US?
  • [00:19:20] In many ways, you lived double lives as a child. How did that shape you?
  • [00:35:00] How did your childhood experiences shape you as you grew older?
  • [00:47:20] You went from one extreme to the other in terms of popularity. How did that shape you, going forward?
  • [00:51:30] How did you get into a more conscious state as you matured?
  • [01:00:00] Would you agree that you have to be a part of a community in order to build one?
  • [01:20:00] How do you feel about the future?

Lessons for intentional living:

  • Our attention is one of the few things in life that we actually have control over. Let’s put that to use. Once we realize that it’s up to us to choose what we do with it, everything else falls into place naturally. 
  • We spend our entire lives in the pursuit of identity, and yet who we are is intrinsically tied to who everyone else is and our collective consciousness. We should be less concerned with differentiating ourselves from others and, instead, our focus should lie with the ways in which we’re the same.
  • We shouldn’t be precious about relationships. They’re not something to safeguard. Sharing a friend by introducing them to someone else will only deepen your own relationships and it will create opportunities for you to get far more out of life.