Among many other things, Tom Evans is an “edutaining” speaker on practical mindfulness.
In his mid-40s, he accidentally wrote a book and, before he knew it, became an authors’ mentor specialising in clearing writers’ blocks and teaching them how to tap into their unlimited creativity.
His writing is aimed at exploring what makes us creative (and what stops it) and his research has taken him down the route of the esoteric and other worldly as well as cutting edge scientific thinking.
Tom, thank you for taking the time to talk to us and being one of the ‘folks for a world that works’, can you begin by telling us about yourself and your big passion?
I’m an ex-BBC TV engineer, turned serial entrepreneur, who became an author and latterly an expert in practical applications of mindfulness meditation, by accident. One of my passions is making the esoteric exoteric to help awaken people’s nascent super-sensibilities. Another is being part of a movement to get the whole world meditating for free as a meditation guide – Insight Timer
What would a ‘world that works’ look like to you?
A world that works would see humanity changing their role from being users of planetary resources to becoming guardians and caretakers of Spaceship Earth. This will require changes to political, economic, educational, religious, energy generation and healthcare systems.
It will only take two generations, 40 to 50 years, to make this shift. Empowering our children is the key and we know how to do this. It just requires will and vision and the passing of some ‘dinosaurs’. I wrote a book on this called This We Know
What is stopping us from creating a ‘beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible’?
Fear, ignorance and greed. When we are individually fear-full, we tend to look out for ourselves first. We hoard and this manifests as greed. The end result is the 90/10 split of 90% of wealth owned by 10%.
Many are in ignorance that nothing unreal (money) can persist and the nothing real (love) can be destroyed.
By making an individual shift, the micro scales to the macro by way of ‘nice infection’. By simply bestowing one random act of kindness a day, we create an unstoppable wave. Those who you bestow acts of kindness upon will pass them on to others. In return, kindness will be bestowed back on you, both multiplied and from unexpected sources. This should not be the motivation however. The raison d’être is to drop pebbles in the pond to create ripples. What goes around, comes around.