Warrior Flow Insiders: Priya Barr

In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you? Don’t you mean that you keep hearing bad things and they’re about my cousin the Attorney General, LOL? I went to a one-room schoolhouse that was heated by a coal stove, yet several of my relatives achieved some degree of fame—or infamy. I’m an art historian, trained at Yale, and worked as a senior editor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for about thirty years. Now I work as a freelance editor and divide my time between a horse farm in upstate New York and Manhattan. I also have a “home” of sorts in a small village in Belize and family in Scotland.

2- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path? Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The lifestyle will either kill you or show you that you need to find better things to do with your time. 3- Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are? Like many people, I stumbled onto a spiritual path while literally stumbling around in a drug- and alcohol-induced daze. In the late 1980s I was staying in a hotel in Texas and playing around as a roadie for Willie Nelson when I had a vision—and I was sober! I’ve since come to realize it was Maharaj-ji—Neem Karoli Baba—who came to save my sorry ass. I got on the next plane back to New York, cleaned up my act, discovered yoga and kirtan, and the rest is, thank goodness, history. 4- What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy? No, I’m more interested in doing the right thing in the here and now. 5- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place? Think about other people. Or, as Maharaj-ji said, “Love people, serve people, remember God.” 6- In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you? If I were to do something spectacular, I would make sure no one knew about it. That would make it even more special, wouldn’t it? You can find me on LinkedIN or Facebook.


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