Caleb Spaulding
Drummer, Entrepreneur, Storyteller, Filmmaker, New York
Caleb is a drummer, entrepreneur, storyteller, and filmmaker who uses his 18 years of expertise in drumming and music in different capacities as an educator and workshop facilitator. He's the co-creator of the Heart Beat Movement, a yoga and meditation practice powered by live drumming. Caleb’s mission is to utilize rhythm, music, and movement to alleviate stress, boredom, and depression and to instill more happiness, creativity, and confidence in people of all ages and backgrounds.
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Caleb is a drummer, entrepreneur, storyteller, and filmmaker who uses his 18 years of expertise in drumming and music in different capacities as an educator and workshop facilitator. He's the co-creator of the Heart Beat Movement, a yoga and meditation practice powered by live drumming. Caleb’s mission is to utilize rhythm, music, and movement to alleviate stress, boredom, and depression and to instill more happiness, creativity, and confidence in people of all ages and backgrounds. The Heart Beat Movement has been featured domestically in collaboration with Lululemon, SoHo House, Burning Man, BBYO, The Class by Taryn Toomey and internationally in Mexico, Panama, Israel and the Bahamas at Ondalinda, Kalu Yala, Reality Israel, and with the GloGood Foundation, respectively. In early 2017, Caleb spent time in Ghana, where he began developing a documentary about the power of rhythm around the world. More information on this project, including videos, can be found at https://www.rhythmofhappiness.com/. Link: https://www.rhythmofhappiness.com/
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Finding & Defining Love
You’re On a Roadtrip With a Destination In Mind: Part 1
A good female friend of mine gave me an amazing metaphor: you’re on a roadtrip with a destination in mind. You should enjoy every scenic destination on that trip, but you have a roadtrip in front of you. Recently I checked in with my friend and I told her, “I made it to L.A.” I found that by fully embracing my purpose and because I was myself. #love #findinglove #selflove
12 июня 2018
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Giving Each Other Space To Feel
Space is huge, and it doesn’t necessarily mean being apart from one another. I think about it as being in the moment and giving the other person space to feel how they feel. This goes back to communication; there has to be reciprocation with listening and being present with one another. #relationship #communication
12 июня 2018
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Loving Yourself
Dreams Become Reality When We Believe
What I found is that with more positive reinforcement, more things come true. More dreams become reality when I believe they can. I’m reading a book called Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza. It’s around shifting the patterns we’re used to, which gives us access to other realities. #lovingyourself #selflove #purpose #path
07 июня 2018
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Sex & Sexuality
Pornography and Tainted Information: Part 1
We are fairly repressed in terms of sexuality, especially in certain regions around the States. A lot of factors come into play. There’s a lot that people don’t know, and there’s a lot of bad information out there, especially with pornography. I think that information can tarnish and taint relationships. #sex #sexuality #pornography
03 июня 2018
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AO Contributor Feedback
A Modern Take To Deeper Questions
What AlphaOmega is doing with deeper questions on life, love, etc., is that it’s allowing younger people to come together and talk about these topics. This space is allowing modern thinkers to give their own take on the big questions, and it’s necessary because things are developing so rapidly. #TheAOProject #bigquestions #ContributorFeedback
03 июня 2018
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Sex & Sexuality
Pornography and Tainted Information: Part 2
There’s such a cultural addiction to pornography. If we let it exist without ramping up our efforts to educate the youth around sex, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. There are going to be a lot of males who are sorely mistaken when it comes to sexual relationships. #sex #sexuality #pornography #education #sexeducation #males
03 июня 2018
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Learning From Other Countries
Race is still an issue in America, including in other places around the world, but it’s a shame that racism is still a topic. We’re so self-indulgent as being the best place in the world. There are a lot of great things about this country, but there’s a lot we can learn from other countries. #goodandevil #beinghuman #humanexperience
03 июня 2018
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
America and the Good Guy Mentality
It’s easy for us as Americans to have a patriotic ‘we’re the good guys’ mentality. This isn’t always right. When I was in Jordan, we were pulled over by a police officer. Being an American in the Middle East, I was scared. The police officer looked at our passports and just said “I love you alot!” and let us go on our way. Unfortunately, we’re told certain places are bad and others are good. They’re just stereotypes. #goodandevil #beinghuman #humanexperience
03 июня 2018
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Being From Somewhere Else Doesn’t Make Someone Evil
I was in Israel for a trip last year and some of us decided to go to Jordan afterwards. Society taught us that the Middle East is a scary place. I’ve never felt so welcome in a country. Just because someone speaks a different language and has a different belief system doesn’t make them evil. #goodandevil #beinghuman #humanexperience
03 июня 2018
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Most People are Inherently Good
I’ve found that most people are inherently good. We want to feel loved and be a part of a community. To write someone off as good or evil on the surface is the ultimate example of judging a book by its cover. To most extent, there is good in people, but it’s so relative. #goodandevil #beinghuman #humanexperience
03 июня 2018
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Money, Society & Status
The Black Magic Behind Social Media
There is a black magic quality to social media as well. Seeing an entire train car full of people staring down at their phone makes me yearn for that human connection. The overuse of social media isolates people, which is why people are feeling more lonelier than ever. #socialmedia #connection
03 июня 2018
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
The Moment I Lost the Fear of Death
I was terrified of death for most of my childhood. The idea of nothingness forever was a tough thing for me to deal with. At the same time, the idea of being alive and enjoy life came up. What can we accomplish while enjoying life right now? #death #fearofdeath
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
Experiencing Funerals in Ghana
When I was in Ghana, we did filmings at a couple different funerals because we were following a drum group. It was amazing being part of those celebrations, because they were celebrations. Even though there was crying, it was colorful and vibrant. #death
03 июня 2018
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Good, Evil and Breaking Bad
When it comes to good and evil, a decent comparison is a show like Breaking Bad. There’s a caring husband and father in suburbia America, and because of circumstances decides he’s doing to start cooking meth. One of the biggest struggles of watching that show is that you’re torn about who you’re rooting for. #goodandevil #moralcompass
03 июня 2018
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Money, Society & Status
We Share a Connection in Rhythm
I heard a statistic recently about how few people leave America, and I wish there was a way Americans can experience other cultures. That’s what I’m trying to show with my project - we all inherently love music. There’s a connection we all share musically, and it can bring us together as humans. #socialstatus #beinghuman #connection
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Money, Society & Status
We’re All Human Beings Amongst One Another
I didn’t expect experience what I did in Ghana. I was fearful about what it would be like as a white male, showing up with a video camera, making a documentary. I was floored by how welcomed I felt. Race never came up, and I just felt like another human being amongst other humans. #socialstatus #beinghuman #inthemoment
03 июня 2018
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Money, Society & Status
My Social Media Strategy? Be Real
I was having a conversation with a friend today around social media. I’m trying to find a way to use social media effectively, authentically and correctly without feeling like I’m going on a huge ego trip. The best way to do that is by being real. #socialmedia #connection
03 июня 2018
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Money, Society & Status
The Universal Language of Music
A lot of our resources have been weaponized. Music isn’t something that’s been fought over and it’s something that can bring us together. It’s a hard thing to weaponize. #socialstatus #beinghuman #connection
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Defining Love
You’re On a Roadtrip With a Destination In Mind: Part 2
One of the amazing things about the first interaction between my partner and I is that she said, “I see you doing what you love doing”. I could say the same thing about her. She’s tackling her purpose and that inspires me. We have a mutual inspiration and admiration for one another. That’s what led to love. #love #findinglove #selflove
03 июня 2018
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Money, Society & Status
Finding Our Inner Rhythm Brings Abundance
There’s so much else other than money that leads to happiness. That’s what I explore in my documentary. By connecting to our own rhythm and purpose, we can find happiness. That’s what brings us abundance in life - that’s what we’re really after. #money #happiness
03 июня 2018
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Money, Society & Status
New York Holds Money Up Too High
I don’t think money can buy happiness. It can bring comfort and the feeling of freedom. At the same time, there’s a level of freedom that comes from following passion. Our society holds money way up high. Traveling and seeing people in countries considered to be poor, but who are so rich in life, makes it difficult to come back to New York and think all I need is money to be happy. #money #financialfreedom #happiness
03 июня 2018
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Sex & Sexuality
The Boys Are Not Alright
Lately, girls have been taught that they can do anything - which is amazing! The narrative hasn’t changed for men though; we’re still taught to be tough, not cry, hit harder, etc. Women are owning their emotions and owning every part of their lives, as they should be. I don’t think men have been given the tools to do that. The model we use to raise boys is outdated. #sex #selfawareness
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Defining Love
I Decided To Stop Chasing
Love was something I was chasing for a while. More recently, I decided to stop chasing. It’s a hard thing to do in today’s society with all the dating apps out there and the swipe mentality. I was able to get over that mind hurdle and tell myself if I continue to do what I’m supposed to be doing, I’ll find the right partner. #love #findinglove
03 июня 2018
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Try To Avoid Building Narratives Around Issues
There’s not a lot of conflict that comes up in my life because my friends and I address things immediately. It’s important to express how you feel without building up a narrative in your head about what the other person is thinking. Being clear is not easy, but it’ll help you avoid conflict. #relationship #communication
03 июня 2018
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Sex & Sexuality
Learning About Modern Masculinity
My life coach, who helped found a new company called Every Man, has a podcast about modern masculinity. They’ve started a retreat that allows men to dig deeper into their emotions. #sex #selfawareness
03 июня 2018
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Emotions and Friendships as a Male in America: Part 1
Something I found important as a man is having tight, close-knit friendships where we can express emotions. In today’s society, men aren’t given the right tools to express our emotions. We’re taught at a young age to avoid expressing our emotions. I’ve been fortunate to explore friendships where we can express sadness and other emotions. #relationship #communication #taboo
03 июня 2018
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Communication Opens Up A New World of What a Relationship Can Be
In any relationship, communication is key. In the moment, it can be the scariest thing to do, but it can also open up an entire new world of what a relationship can be. Once you begin communicating with your partner, you’re both unstoppable. #relationship #communication
03 июня 2018
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Emotions and Friendships as a Male in America: Part 2
I’m personally grateful to have male friends who I can express my feelings to without judgement. I can cry if I have to, or we can share an amazing happy moment. It’s powerful to feel this spectrum of emotions with both a partner and friends of the same gender. #relationship #communication #taboo
03 июня 2018
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety was Bubbling from Confusion over My Purpose
I started noticing anxiety a few years ago. I started a tech company with a good friend of mine, and putting in long hours, I noticed feelings of anxiety. It led me to seeing a therapist for a while, which was helpful, but I was having an internal battle around what my life purpose was. #anxiety #purpose
03 июня 2018
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety Has Served as a Director for Me
I knew internally that I was supposed to be following a musical path, but I was spending 12 hours a day building a tech company. As much as I loved that experience, once I acknowledged that my purpose is to be a drummer, a lot of my anxiety went away. I’ve been able to replace that anxiety with happiness and love. #anxiety #purpose
03 июня 2018
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Productivity
Quick Boosting Energy Tips
For quickly boosting energy there’s a practice I started called The Heartbeat Movement. It’s a meditation and yoga practice powered by live drumming. I also found breathing exercises can really energize you, even if it’s just for five minutes. Taking breaks, especially to do something creative, is something I heavily advocate. #productivity #timemanagement #meditation
03 июня 2018
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Productivity
What I Learned From Working In a Tech Startup
From being in the tech startup world, I realized a lot about patience. This idea of zooming out and seeing what you can accomplish, rather than getting bogged down over not hearing back from someone, is incredible. #productivity #motivation
03 июня 2018
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Loving Yourself
Sound Out Your Goals
I do struggle with productivity. My calendar and using my friends, family and community as a sounding board has helped me be on track. Speaking things into reality, for example, having a conversation with a friend about my goals to go to Ghana, pushed me to actually make that happen. #productivity #procrastination #wordsintoactions
03 июня 2018
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Loving Yourself
You’re Your Own Boss and Employee
To reduce self-criticism, we have to allow ourselves to make mistakes. I was recently told, “ think of yourself as your own boss and employee”. It’s an interesting way to reframe how we think of ourselves. Would I ever be mean to a team-member or employee? The answer is no. #lovingyourself #selflove #selfesteem #selfimprovement
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Loving Yourself
Give Yourself Compassion, You Are Unique
In order to be kinder to ourselves, we need to stop comparing our lives to that of others. I realized during my self-love journey that it was easy to not love myself because I wasn’t like this or that person. Giving yourself credit and compassion is the first step, even though it’s easier said than done. #lovingyourself #selflove
03 июня 2018
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Productivity
Accountability Buddies and Weekly Work Statements
Having accountability, accountabil-abuddies is super important. And that really makes me super productive. And also, creating like a work statement. I'm part of a weekly men's group that has really helped, been a big part of my life. And we set weekly work statements. And that can be as simple as like, I call and check in with my parents, or it can be as difficult as, I am sad, or I sit with rejection. You know, things like that, things that actually allow you to work on something specific in that period of time until we meet next.
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Entrepreneurs Are Often Their Own Biggest Critics
The biggest curveball I faced when I started my documentary project was myself. From my trip to Ghana, I found out what I needed to operate my own film project. I have a tendency to want to do things myself, but I learned how to ask for help. I found it humbling to see how much other people care about what I’m doing. As an entrepreneur, you’re often your biggest self critic. #lifepurpose #purpose #path
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Loving Yourself
I’m On a Self-Love Journey for Life
I find the self-love journey to be never ending. I intend to be on this journey for my whole life. I remember realizing how important self love was two years ago. I was at a retreat and realized during meditation that there was still a lot of work to do to step into my own purpose. This all starts with self love. #lovingyourself #selflove
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Mickey Hart Set Me On This Path
Mickey Hart, a drummer from The Grateful Dead, set me on my current path. He wrote a book called Drumming in The Age of Magic, which dissects drumming around the world. When I read it years ago, it was life changing. I realized there’s so much information that people need to have access to, and I wanted to put a visual and hands-on spin to what Mickey Hart started. #lifepurpose #purpose #path
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
My Parents Gave Me Space For Creative Expression
My parents have always been supportive of me as a creative and artist. My mom is an amazing painter and cook, and she’s let herself be expressive artistically. Both her and my dad have allowed me space to do the same. #lifepurpose #purpose #path #creativity
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Finding Our Inner Rhythm
I think everybody has a life purpose. Whether or not people give it space and let it grow is a different question. There's a lot of work that has to be done to find your purpose. It can be clear, but the way our society is set up makes it harder for people, especially students, to feel they have a purpose. Part of my work is trying to open up channels for people to feel creative and confident in their inner rhythm. #lifepurpose #purpose #path #mission
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Rhythm Ties Us Together
I realized I love helping others find their inner rhythm. I started researching human relations to rhythm a while ago, and from there, I started a documentary about rhythm in Ghana. My goal is to continue this series. Rhythm ties us all together, and it can help us unlock our goals and purposes. #lifepurpose #purpose
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
I Hope You’re Still Following Your Dreams
I started playing the drums in the 6th grade. In the 8th grade, I went to see Blink 182 and Green Day. The next day, my English teacher told us to write letters to future selves. I wrote, "I hope when you're reading this letter, you're still following your dreams." I found that letter again on my 28th birthday and it gave me the chills. I'd known I wanted to be a drummer since the 8th grade. I felt like I owed it to my younger self to continue pursuing my dreams. #lifepurpose #purpose #path
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Comparison Makes It Hard to Find Purpose
Yes, I think everyone does have a purpose in life. I don't, by any means, think it's the same for everybody. And I also think that we don't all necessarily find it at the same age. I think it's totally possible that you could find your life purpose when you're 60 years old. It doesn't mean you've failed. We're all unique people as it is, so we're on different schedules, different trajectories. I think that's another big part, that plays into another big part of... Finding your life purpose is all about avoiding comparison. I think it's very easy for people, and I got wrapped up in this myself for a long time, to compare yourself and to look at your peers around you, see what jobs they have, how much money they're making, who they're dating, all these different things, whether they're material or not, and it's hard to find your purpose when you're thinking, "Well, why can't I have that? "He has that, she has that." So that's, I think, one of the first steps in finding your purpose is getting outside of the comparison mindset and, again, going back to looking at yourself and seeing who you are, seeing what makes you tick, and going with that.
03 июня 2018
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The Pursuit of Happiness
Spending Time Alone Brought Me Happiness
I pursue happiness by spending time alone and giving myself space to learn about myself. While I'm social, by getting to know myself better, I've been able to achieve happiness and dive deeper into my purpose. That has allowed me to go down a path more abundant with happiness. #happiness #gratitude #purpose
03 июня 2018
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Writing Is a Form of Solo Communicating
I love writing when I’m alone. Every morning I write three pages; a takeaway I got from a book called The Artist Way. It clears my head so I can tackle the day. I can go back to what I’ve written, which gives me a zoomed-in snapshot of a day in my life. To me, this exercise is a form of solo communication. #aloneness #loneliness #peace
03 июня 2018
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
The Connection Between Self Love and Loneliness
There were times when I thought I was a lonely person. I shifted that perspective and realized there's something special and beautiful about being with yourself. If you can change the narrative and see yourself with love, you can become the best member of a community too. Self love and loneliness are tied together in a tight way. #aloneness #loneliness #selflove
03 июня 2018
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
The Books That Helped Me Realize My Purpose
Books I consider to be life changing include The Artist Way by Julia Cameron, The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and On The Road by Jack Kerouac. The last three all have a sense of letting go and adventure. They set the stage for travel in my life, and how important it is to step outside of your comfort zone. #lifepurpose #purpose #books
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