We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelvin Chin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelvin, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My mom died suddenly when I was in school. That was the first time anyone I was so close to had died. Almost by accident I started helping others with death and dying and losses because it helped me. I had already been teaching meditation for 9 years when my mom died. So I gradually started helping more and more people with both – teaching meditation as a tool to help people with overwhelming losses or anxiety issues, sometimes around death and dying. Then I founded the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation and TurningWithin.org nonprofits. I’ve been doing this work for over 40 years now. And I’ve written two books so far.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the Executive Director & Founder of the “Turning Within” Meditation and Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundations. I have taught meditation for over 40 years to thousands of people worldwide, and have been featured in Business Insider, Newsweek, and Kaiser Health News. I taught the first meditation classes at West Point in 1974 and in the U.S. Army, including on the DMZ in Korea.
My best-selling “Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems” is a nonreligious approach to the 4 Beliefs that underlie all religious and cultural beliefs. And I recently published my second book: “Marcus Aurelius Updated: 21st Century Meditations On Living Life” – a collection of 67 essays — a practical guidebook for living life. My third book, a sequel to my first book, will be published this Fall.
Over the past 35 years, I have had many experiences “piercing the veil” and my past life memories reach back 6,000 years. Was it strange at first when this started happening spontaneously? Absolutely yes. Especially because back then I did not believe in past lives. So yes, it took a while for me to process and be comfortable with.
I speak internationally and throughout the US, including at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Yale, Dartmouth, and healthcare firms.
I am a graduate of Dartmouth, Yale and Boston College Law, have lived in 7 countries and have worked remotely on Zoom with people from 48 countries.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The beach, hiking the nearby Santa Monica Mountains, biking along the boardwalk from Malibu southward, local music, check out the Troubadour and Echo Canyon and other historic music haunts, catch some live theatre and comedy clubs. Lots of good healthy food venues, eating outside. Fresh seafood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My clients and students. As any teacher knows, the teacher always learns more than the students. They ask questions and even if the question has been asked before, it has never been asked in exactly the same way. And that causes me as the teacher to reframe and perhaps even rethink the answer in a way that is tailored to meet that student’s needs and understanding. That helps me grow. As I help them grow.