Biet Simkin: The Art of Mindful Productivity

According to Biet Simkin, enjoying our busy world is not only possible—it’s essential.

Biet Simkin is a Wanderlust mentor. Catch her and other luminaries at a Wanderlust Festival this summer.

“One thing that I’ve found is that my soul is completely cool all the time.” – Biet Simkin

Biet Simkin is the founder of Center of the Cyclone, a series of meditation techniques which she has anthologized. In this Wanderlust Speakeasy, she shares how she went from a life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll to one of meditation. Those things, she explains, are a form of meditation—they are a way to annihilate part of the self, the negative voice that we hear in our minds.

But it doesn’t last, and has bad side effects.

So where do we go? What do we do? How can we quiet that negative voice?

For Biet, the answer lies in meditation. She discusses her journey to the practice, why it worked for her, and outlines a form of meditation called divided attention. This type of meditation is a method where one doesn’t need a pillow or cushion. We can do it wherever we live, or even in a bar. We don’t need to go to a cave or leave our friends.

We can live in our busy, sometimes crazy world.

And through meditation, we can learn how to stop listening to the negative voice in our minds. We can enter into conversation with our higher selves and learn how to tell the difference between the two. Our higher self always wants the best for us and has a positive, uplifting voice. That’s the one we have to learn to listen to, while blocking out the lower, negative voice.

For more information, visit Biet’s website.

Produced by Wanderlust Festival 
Filmed and edited by Circus Picnic
Filmed at Wanderlust Oahu 2015
Accompanying text by Kristin Diversi