In this fast-paced, hectic and often chaotic world, it can be challenging to find the time and the energy to learn how to slow down. We often find ourselves lacking healthy coping skills, turning to substances and consumption to offset the stress our daily lives. It can also become easy to forget what it feels like to be comfortable and safe in a public space, gathering together with our fellow brothers and sisters outside of sports events, concerts or political rallies.

In honor of the 60th episode of Lucid Planet Radio this week, we discuss Jay Chodagam‘s work on Peace in the Park in San Francisco, which takes place Sept 17th 2016. Peace in the Park Lets you explore a variety of ways to unplug and unwind while living in a fast-paced urban environment. It’s an opportunity to find yourself, feel good and engage with our beautiful community in a fun, inspiring and healthy atmosphere. This free festival will feature world music, dances, tai-chi, hatha yoga, life-enchancing seminars, kids activities, peace exhibits, and meditation experiences in the exquisite Golden Gate Park Music Concourse in San Francisco.

Jay also shares his advice for starting a meditation practice, as well as a micro-meditation for relaxation, and discusses his perspective on working in the tech world while also learning to slow down.

While getting his master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Jay came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. Since then, he has been a proponent of meditation training and “being” before “doing” at workplaces, schools, prisons and hospitals.


As a student and teacher with the Brahma Kumaris for over 16 years, Jay was featured in TEDx conference, Huffington Post and Radio Disney.  He regularly conducts retreats at the Anubhuti Retreat Center in Marin County, CA, besides hosting the annual Peace in the Park festival, SPIRIT Summit in India and weekly meditation meetup in San Francisco..