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A podcast about cultivating a good life through mindfulness, compassion, equanimity, and gratitude. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/james-scott-henson/support

Simple Ways to Have a Good Life with James Scott Henson James Scott Henson

    • Health & Fitness

A podcast about cultivating a good life through mindfulness, compassion, equanimity, and gratitude. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/james-scott-henson/support

    Learn to Meditate

    Learn to Meditate

    We tend to overprioritize our internal experience. Our thoughts and our emotions can take a good day and turn it bad and they often claim knowledge of things they do not have knowledge of. As we look at these simple ways to have a good life, learning to meditate is one of the most important things we can do because it helps us change our relationship to all the things going on inside of us and it helps us learn that a great deal of it doesn't mean anything at all, much less mean as much as we think it does.

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    • 15 min
    Recognizing Our Negativity Bias

    Recognizing Our Negativity Bias

    Our ego cares more about us being alive than it does about us being happy, so it operates with an inherent negativity bias. This makes sense, and it's a good thing in many situations, but it can also run amok and make our lives really difficult. In this episode of The Simple Ways to Have a Good Life Podcast we take a look at this negativity bias and its effects on our lives, and we talk about a simple practice that can help minimize its impact on how we live day-to-day.

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    • 12 min
    Justified or Free

    Justified or Free

    Change can be scary, and it usually requires some work. Because of this, we often choose to feel justified in what we are already doing so that we don't have to pursue the process of change. The problem with this is that it keeps us locked into the things we're already doing whether they're working or not, and this prevents us from finding freedom in life. This is all complicated by the fact that there are armies of well-meaning people who will tell us that we are fine just the way we are. We talk about all of this and more in this episode of The Simple Ways to Have a Good Life Podcast.

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    • 13 min
    The Problem with the Things We “Know”.

    The Problem with the Things We “Know”.

    The things we “know” are often the source of so much of our trouble. We think we know things about how the world works, about how other people are, and about ourselves, and we allow these things to become unwritten rules that dictate and limit our lives.

    In this episode of The Simple Ways to Have a Good Life podcast we take a look at the things we supposedly know, talk about how to deconstruct them, and explore the concept of friendly curiosity as a way of living in a world full of possibilities instead of a world limited by what we think we know.

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    • 19 min
    Identification with Suffering

    Identification with Suffering

    When it comes to simple ways to have a good life, the ideas that we shed are every bit as important as anything we can learn.

    One of the first things we have to shed is our identification with our suffering.

    We live in a world that encourages us to suffer, to identify with our suffering, and even to validate or justify ourselves through our suffering. This will always tie us to that suffering because we think it's part of “us”, and how can we ever escape from something that is “us”?

    In this episode, we talk about the difference between pain and suffering, how the ideas we accept about ourselves impact us, and what it means to accept our pain without turning it into suffering.

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    • 21 min
    Simple Ways to Have a Good Life: The Problem with Identity

    Simple Ways to Have a Good Life: The Problem with Identity

    This is the first in what is going to be a long series about the simplest ways to have a good life. I've worked with people for close to 20 years now, and I thought it might be useful to take everything I've learned over those years and turn it into a series of episodes for the podcast.

    It's become clear to me over the past two decades that a majority of the things that are best for us are more about shedding what we think we know than about learning something new, so we’ll start the series by talking about the issue of identity.

    All the things that we think are “us” and help us define ourselves simultaneously lock us into patterns of behavior and thought that make it very hard to change. This episode is all about that.

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    • 12 min

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