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How To Be Alive with Colin Beavan

Meet Colin Beavan

Colin Beavan, Ph.D., is a sought-after coach, speaker, consultant, and Zen Teacher in the Kwan Um Zen tradition. He attracted international attention for his year-long lifestyle-redesign project and the wildly popular book, No Impact Man, and the Sundance-selected documentary film it inspired. Colin ran for the US House of Representatives in New York’s 8th Congressional District in 2012, was the founder of the No Impact Project, a board member of Transportation Alternatives, an advisory council member of, and a guest professor at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author, most recently, of How to Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind of Happiness That Helps The World. He can be found at as well as on Instagram @ColinBeavan.

No Impact Man Experiment

Colin Beavan set out on a year-long experiment back in 2009 to live environmentally friendly in an extreme way in NYC. He wanted to explore how we can live where we help others and ourselves, understand our role in the environment and climate change, and the impact we make (the inspiration for his No Impact Project, by the way). This year-long project became the documentary, No Impact Man, where Colin focused each month on another issue in the environment and then removed it from his life. He addressed issues like trash, water use, degradation, transportation, and buying only local food. In pursuing these areas of concern, another big question came up – is there a way to build a community that naturally embeds this kind of consciousness into its fabric of society? The year proved to be a powerful experiment in allowing Colin to get healthier and step off the treadmill of constant ‘doing’ and being glued to screens, giving him more nourishing time to spend with his young daughter, family, and friends. 

How To Be Alive and Kind

This No Impact Man opportunity opened up more questions that he addressed in his book, How to Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind of Happiness That Helps The World, about choosing a way of being where we’re both taken care of and taking care of others. This mutual care scenario would allow for a greater sense of security and meaning, two important aspects of having a good life. Colin Beavan unpacked the deeper question of finding meaning in one’s life by answering the following questions, which I encourage you to address for yourself:

1) Understanding yourself: Who are you, and what feels important to you?

2) What is the world to you, and what do you care about? 

3) How might you bring these two answers together? 

It’s Time To Create A World Based on Kindness

Much of Colin Beavan’s studies and wisdom comes from the Zen tradition, a mystical practice that focuses much of your time and energy on staying deep, open-ended questions like ‘Who are you?’ and not knowing the answer. Colin shared about a master teacher he encountered early on who shared that the ideal is “to wash your mind with ‘I don’t know’ soap.” In other words, when you’re not interfering with ‘knowing’ something, you can respond to how the world naturally responds. Under this practice is building your trust in the Universe.

Now What’s Next? 

We’re in times where many are confused, scared, and anxious but want to bring in more kindness. Tune in to hear a beautiful practice to stay in the ‘not knowing’ and call in greater connection to kindness.

Final Thought

Colin Beavan’s efforts to change the world one step at a time led to a movement we can all join in big or small ways. No Impact Man is well worth the watch to uncover the impact we have on the world with the choices we make, even unconsciously, every day. Be sure to pick up a copy of his latest book, How to Be Alive: A Guide To The Kind of Happiness That Helps The World.



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