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"This podcast saved my life"- Amy W
Practical Wisdom for a Better Life
Open minded discussions of habits, meditation, wisdom, depression, anxiety, happiness, psychology, philosophy, and motivation.

    320: Stephen Mitchell on the Questioning Mind

    320: Stephen Mitchell on the Questioning Mind

    Stephen Mitchell is an author and translator who has dedicated much of his life to Zen practice. Eric and Stephen have an in depth discussion about the questioning mind as well as his work of translating many famous texts, including the Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, and Rilke’s “Letters To a Young Poet”. Stephen has also co-authored many books with his wife, Byron Katie, who is a former guest on the show. 

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    In This Interview, Stephen Mitchell and I Discuss the Questioning Mind and…The parable: how reality cannot be broken into good or bad, it’s just what is.When authentic action that is true to yourself becomes second nature, it’s an expression of your own reality.His wife Katie’s words, “when we believe our thoughts, we suffer; when we question our thoughts, we don’t.”Suffering can end when we awaken to the truthDistinguishing between pain, a physical phenomenon, and suffering, a mental phenomenonSuffering often comes from being stuck in an imagined past or imagined futureHis translation of the Heart Sutra that is about openness rather than emptinessThe “don’t know” or questioning mind and how it doesn’t get stuck in judgementBeing immersed in an intense formal Zen practice for 7 yearsHis Koan studies that helped him get to a state of stillness and learn to hold the questioning mind without any content.Defining Koan studies as an existential problem meant to catapult the student into a space of questioning.  If you can rest in that space of not knowing, the answer will present itself to you.The mind’s relationship with it’s contentsDifference between the mind and what it thinks.We don’t suffer because of what happens to us, but rather how we think about what happens to us.Self inquiry and asking yourself the question, “Is it true”?How he learns the language of the text he’s translating.His work of translating is more than just learning the meaning of words, but also the music of the words.When translating text, his allegiance is to the spirit of the text and not just the literal meaning of the text.Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold is discussed in the post show conversation.Stephen Mitchell Links:

    stephenmitchellbooks.com

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    • 45 min
    319: Gretchen Rubin on Living Skillfully

    319: Gretchen Rubin on Living Skillfully

    Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. Gretchen is known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humor and clarity in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience. She is the author of many books which have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. She also has an award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. In this episode, Eric and Gretchen talk about how being strategic and smart about the ways we approach our habits and behavior can radically impact our likelihood of success.

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    In This Interview, Gretchen Rubin and I Discuss Living Skillfully and…How feeding our bad wolf can feel easier sometimesHow not eating sugar actually makes her feel betterAbstainers and ModeratorsTrying different approaches until you find the one that works for youDecision fatigueThe 4 Tendencies Model: the way people respond to expectationsUpholder, Questioner, Obliger, RebelKnowing your tendency type can help your tailor your approach and be more successful at living skillfully.Where personality comes fromHow much people can realistically change in lifeWhat and how much is really in our controlThe 21 Strategies of Habit ChangeHow cravings inevitably come and go (rather than the myth that they build and build until they overwhelm us)Accepting yourself AND expecting more from yourselfSkillshare is an online learning community that helps you get better on your creative journey. They have thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people. Get 2 FREE months of premium membership at www.skillshare.com/feed  

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    • 53 min
    318: Fleet Maull on Radical Responsibility

    318: Fleet Maull on Radical Responsibility

    Fleet Maull is an author, consultant, trainer, meditation teacher and executive coach who facilitates deep transformation for individuals and organizations through his philosophy and program of Radical Responsibility. Fleet is a senior mindfulness meditation teacher in 2 highly respected traditions and is also a Roshi, or Zen Master, and dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman of The Zen Peacemakers Community. In this episode, Eric and Fleet discuss his book, Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become An Unstoppable Force For Good. 

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    In This Interview, Fleet Maull and I Discuss Radical Responsibility and…His book, Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become An Unstoppable Force For GoodOur decision about whether or not to let fear set in Fear and Survival Based ReactionGetting into your body to become more grounded, heart-centered and responsive Fear is an intelligent, natural human emotion How to become more resilientStrategies and approaches that people can use to be less afraidThe sympathetic and parasympathetic responses within usBreath awareness in addition to breathing techniquesNeurosomatic mindfulnessDefault Mode Network and the Task-Positive Network in the brainHow blame gives away our powerLetting go of the agenda of trying to control the people in your lifeThe difference between blame, fault, and ownershipMoving from victim to survivor and how we can choose the attitude we bring to any situationMindful self-compassion Fleet Maull Links:

    fleetmaull.com

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    • 57 min
    317: Mini Episode: A Reply to Mark Manson’s "Motherf*ckin’ Monday"

    317: Mini Episode: A Reply to Mark Manson’s "Motherf*ckin’ Monday"

    I love Mark Manson's weekly newsletter called "Motherf*ckin’ Monday" where he discusses three ideas about the mind, life or the world.

    This weeks episode had three important ideas that I wanted to discuss and debate to some degree with Mark. 

    They are:

    1. Your next big breakthrough is already here

    2. Is the growth mindset just another fad?

    3. Breakthroughs rarely feel good 

    As someone who focuses on breakthroughs, transformations and slow changes over the time and someone who has gotten some mileage out of the growth mindset, I wanted to add my two cents to the discussion. I hope you enjoy.

    • 11 min
    317: Sarah Wilson on Anxiety

    317: Sarah Wilson on Anxiety

    Sarah Wilson is a New York Times Bestselling author, journalist and founder of iquitsugar.com. She has published 15 I Quit Sugar books in 46 countries and in 2017 and 2018, she was ranked as one of the Top 200 Most Influential Authors In The World. At 29, Sarah was the Editor and Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine Australia and she has also been the host of Master Chef Australia. Her newest book is, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety and it is this that she and Eric discuss in this episode. 

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    In This Interview, Sarah Wilson and I Discuss Anxiety and…Her book, First, We Make The Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through AnxietyWhere the mind goes, energy flowsThe idea of disconnection and reconnection in mental healthHow to know when the line into disordered anxiety has been crossedUnderstanding the role of medicine for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses as well as the role of struggle in our inner life.The importance and role of therapy while also taking medication for mental disordersThe dynamic, changing nature of actively supporting mental wellnessStopping the cycle of getting anxious about being anxiousSitting in your suffering and ride it out rather than trying to beat or escape itThe slow approach for dealing with AnxietyHow walking can help AnxietyWays handwriting can help AnxietyWays space can help AnxietySpiritual idea of contraction vs expansionAsking yourself “Will this enlarge or contract my life?”Sarah Wilson Links:

    sarahwilson.com

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    Facebook

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    If you enjoyed this conversation with Sarah Wilson on Anxiety, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

    Dr. Ellen Hendriksen

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    • 49 min
    316: Steven C. Hayes on Developing Psychological Flexibility

    316: Steven C. Hayes on Developing Psychological Flexibility

    Steven C. Hayes is one of the founders of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and this is his second time on the show. This time, he and Eric discuss his new book, A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters. Dr. Hayes is a Professor of Psychology at The University of Nevada Reno. He’s the author of 43 books and more than 600 scientific articles. He’s served as the President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He is one of the most cited psychologists in the world. In this episode, Dr. Hayes teaches what psychological flexibility is, how to cultivate it, and the ways in which it can improve your life.

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    In This Interview, Steven C. Hayes and I Discuss Psychological Flexibility and…His book, A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What MattersAsking “What is the problem we’re trying to solve?”Understanding what you really care about. Take what you’re really struggling with and flip it over, therefore allowing your pain to speak to youThe lengths we go to in order to protect ourselves from hurt“Psychological Flexibility” vs “Psychological Rigidity”6 processes or pivots that promote Psychological FlexibilityThe masks we put on to try and connect with others and belong in addition to our true belongingPivoting from cognitive fusion to diffusionThoughts as ongoing attempts at meaning-making The ability to think multiple things and be guided by what is usefulLiving according to your values as well as the qualities of being and doingResponse Ability – deciding what this is about for you Accepting what we feel and committing to act according to our valuesSteven C. Hayes Links:

    stevenchayes.com

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    Facebook

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