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A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: https://richroll.com
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A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: https://richroll.com
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    Unwinding Anxiety With Dr. Jud Brewer

    Unwinding Anxiety With Dr. Jud Brewer

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been a perilous global moment that has indelibly changed all our lives. As we approach the one-year anniversary of societal shut-down, I find it opportune to reflect on how we are reacting, responding and adapting to it—for better or worse.
    In other words: How is your anxiety level? What habits, good or bad, have you formed in these past 12 months to cope with the insanity and uncertainty of having life upended and placed on indefinite hold? And most importantly—how are these habits serving or not serving you?
    I posit these questions as context for today’s conversation with my friend Dr. Jud Brewer—a psychiatrist and neuroscientist specializing in habit change who has extensively studied anxiety, and what science tells us about how we can break the cycle of fear and worry that affect all of us to some degree or another.
    Dr. Jud is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center, a research affiliate at MIT, and an associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. You might have stumbled upon his TED talk, A simple way to break a bad habit (which has racked in 16+ millions of views) or caught him on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper. He’s also been featured in TIME magazine, NPR, Forbes and many other places.
    Our previous conversation (RRP 471) focused on addiction and how mindfulness can help us break bad habits. Today we extend that exploration to Dr. Jud’s latest book Unwinding Anxiety—an evidence-backed primer on understanding what causes everything from mild unease to full-blown panic, the relationship between anxiety and addiction, and the many ways we can actually train our minds to feel, perform and live better.
    This exchange provides actionable steps to help you uproot stress. Break habit loops. And end the cycle of fear-based decision-making. Most importantly perhaps, you will learn how to identify your triggers in order to respond mindfully rather than react impulsively.
    Dr. Jud is among the very best and brightest at the intersection of neuroscience and habit change — and given that hundreds of millions of people suffer from anxiety, my hope and instinct is that you will find this conversation quite useful.
    To read more and listen click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    May Dr. Jud’s words serve, soothe, and inspire.
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    Roll On: Body Brokers

    Roll On: Body Brokers

    This is a story of spiritual swindlers. Sober living scammers. Underground insurance fraud. And widespread institutional neglect.
    In today’s edition of ‘Roll On’, Adam Skolnick and I discuss the rampant corruption incident to unregulated addiction treatment centers—brutal truths brought to light by the new independent film Body Brokers. We share good news and bad. We perform a bit of show and tell. And as always, we answer listener questions.
    For those new to the podcast, Adam Skolnick is an activist and veteran journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. Adam has written about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently hard at work on a novel.
    Some of the many other topics explored in today’s conversation include:
    an update on Adam’s preparation for the Goggins’ 4 x 4 x 48 challenge;the Iron Cowboy’s ‘Conquer 100’ challenge;gravel cycling & Rich’s Specialized ambassadorship;the new documentary ‘Diving Deep’ and the life of activist Mike deGruy;Barack Obama’s new podcast and the future of the podcasting;the recent rise in Asian hate crime; andLawrence Ferlinghetti’s impact on free speech—and what it means today.In addition, we answer the following listener questions:
    If you could have a conversation with three luminaries living or dead, who would you choose?How do you make time to pursue ultra-running without disrupting work and family balance?What books, podcasts, and other types of media do you consume?Thank you to Josh from North Carolina, Tara from Long Beach, and Emily from Minneapolis for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page, or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
    To read more and listen click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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    SHOW NOTES:
    Connect With Adam: Website | Instagram | TwitterYouTube: Rich Roll Podcast Clips ChannelDavid Goggins: 4x4x48 ChallengeSufferfest Story: Billy Yang’s 48 Hours Goggins ChallengeFilm: Body BrokersLA Weekly: A drug rehab mogul built an empire that’s now being probed by the FBI, DA, and state of CaliforniaLA Weekly: Rehab mogul Chris Bathum arrestedObserver

    • 2 hrs
    The War of Art: Steven Pressfield

    The War of Art: Steven Pressfield

    We all experience it. That invisible, self-sabotaging force that lives between you and your most expressed self. Today’s guest calls it ‘Resistance’. He’s cracked how to overcome it—and the process required to birth your best work.
    Meet author Steven Pressfield—a man who has profoundly impacted my life and how I pursue creative expression.
    A former Marine, Duke graduate, and journeyman of countless jobs, Steven had been writing in obscurity for three decades before his first published novel became a smash success. Molded on archetypes lifted from the Bhagavad Gita, The Legend of Bagger Vance made it’s way all the way to the big screen, starring Matt Damon and Will Smith.
    Now revered for his creative prolificacy, Steven has 20 books to his name, including the military novels Tides of War and Gates of Fire, currently on the curriculum at the Naval War College and West Point.
    More relevant to today’s discourse, Steven has authored some of the most impactful books ever written on the fundamentals of pursuing a creative life. Collectively, The War of Art, Do The Work, and Turning Pro are books I’ve read and make a point to re-read annually. Practical treatises on the human relationship with authentic expression, they provide a disciplined approach to birth the work we were born to create.
    Steven’s latest offering, A Man At Arms, is a historical novel about the Roman Empire, a reluctant hero, and the rise of Christianity in First Century Jerusalem. Cinematic in it’s sweep, think Gladiator meets The Road Warrior.
    A personal hero, meeting Steven has always been a dream. Today he shares his story. And it’s everything I hoped it would be.
    Steven will tell you that creativity isn’t about talent. It’s about discipline. But it’s also about reverence for the mystical—courting The Muse to connect with that inimitable force that breathes beyond our conscious awareness.
    However, The Muse only shows up when you respect the grind as sacred.
    An excavation of this process, this conversation is an absolute masterclass on all things creativity, served up with a healthy dose of perseverance, persistence, patience, and the heavy lifting required to eliminate distraction and make manifest the dormant, authentic voice within.
    It’s also about dispelling the myth that great art is the purview of the chosen few. Or that it comes easy to those so touched.
    We all have something worthy to say. We can all benefit from learning how to better express our truth.
    “Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
    The spirit of this exchange is to empower this ideal.
    The visually inclined can watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    Final note: Some unfortunate construction noise next door periodically invades the audio dojo. Apologies for the distraction.
    I hold Steven and his work in the highest regard. My hope is that this conversation will leave you feeling the same.
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    Everything Is A Practice: Raghunath Cappo

    Everything Is A Practice: Raghunath Cappo

    Replace ego with the eternal. Trade selfishness for service—and self-absorption for unity. Together, let’s explore the spark of divinity that resides within us all.
    Meet Raghunath Cappo.
    Punk rock icon. Spiritual warrior. Bhakti yoga devotee.
    A teen in search of meaning, Ray Cappo fled his suburban Connecticut enclave for New York City—and found community among the misfits of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He fell in love with punk rock, so he started a band and a record label. Success soon followed. By the late 1980’s, Youth of Today had thousands of fans, cementing Ray as a leading voice and trendsetter at the bullseye of hardcore culture.
    However, a growing existential itch led Ray to call it quits. At just 22, he walked away from his band and label and decamped for India—a spiritual pilgrimage that led him to the holy village of Vrindavan.
    It was there that Ray fell in love with the wisdom and traditions of Bhakti yoga.
    It was there that he would remain for the next six years, living as a monk.
    It was there that Ray became Raghunath.
    This is the incredible story of a modern day yogi.
    But it’s also about the search we all go on. The journey for personal meaning beyond the ego. And the quest for universal consequence beyond the material.
    It’s about the timeless that lives and breathes within all of us—that which is eternal, and past our limited senses.
    It’s about transcending the illusions that hold us back. What it means to truly devote oneself to greater truth. And the modern day challenges of trudging the path towards higher consciousness.
    All told, it’s about what it really means to be a spiritual being having a human experience.
    If you’ve enjoyed my conversations with musicians John Joseph & Toby Morse, spiritual leaders Guru Singh & Radhanath Swami, or modern seekers Andy Puddicombe, Jason Garner & Russell Brand, then I’m confident this will be your jam.
    To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    Thank you to Robert Sturman, Perry Julien, Sherry Sutton & Davy Greenberg for the portraits & photo use permission.
    Let the Jedi Warrior training begin.
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    • 2 hrs 30 min
    Like Streams To The Ocean: Jedidiah Jenkins

    Like Streams To The Ocean: Jedidiah Jenkins

    Today we get esoteric on the things that matter most—ego, family, friendship, love, work, death, and the soul. The value of living an examined life. And how sharing our uniqueness gives glimpse into the universal.
    Returning for his third appearance on the podcast, our cipher for said exploration is one of my very favorite humans—a former social entrepreneur, human rights activist, and lawyer turned world adventurer, magazine publisher & mystic memoirist.
    Meet Jedidiah Jenkins.
    Several years ago, I stumbled across Jedidiah’s Instagram feed. His photos are always great, but it was his prose that altered my state. Enamored by his unique lens on the human condition, he quickly become my favorite follow.
    Determined to learn more, I invited Jedidiah on the show (RRP #186), wherein he shared insights gleaned from an epic sixteen-month, 10,000-mile bike journey pedaling from Oregon to Patagonia. This conversation remains one of my favorites to date.
    I then made him promise to return (RRP #395) upon completion of his first book, To Shake The Sleeping Self. A coming-of-age memoir set against the technicolor backdrop of his bicycle adventure, the book went on to become a New York Times bestseller, crowning Jedidiah as a new and compelling literary voice.
    An exquisite storyteller with an elegant gift for exploring the interior landscape, Jedidiah has continued to mature as a writer. His latest New York Times bestselling flex, Like Streams To The Ocean, is a touching and immersive deconstruction of the things that make us who we are and the decisions that shape our one and only life. 
    His best work to date, it’s a masterclass on leveraging the specifics of one’s experience as a vehicle to better connect with the universal the resides within us all.
    So here we are again. Me wanting to know more.
    This conversation isn’t about any one thing. It’s kind of about everything.
    We discuss the writing process. How to find a voice. And what it means to be an observer of both nature and people.
    We talk Enneagrams, the commodification of ‘authenticity’, and how to cultivate focus in a distracted world.
    It’s also about identity. Belonging. Finding meaning in work. And what it means to live a creative life.
    It’s about the empathy required to find common ground with people of divergent world views. And why cultivating community is critical.
    But more than anything, this is a meditation on who we are. Why we’re here. And the struggle to glean truth from the intangible.
    To read more and listen click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    As brilliant in conversation as he is on the page, I relish our conversations. And this one does not disappoint.
    Let your love affair with Jedidiah begin!
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    • 2 hrs 19 min
    Roll On: True Endurance

    Roll On: True Endurance

    How does one best prepare for a fitness challenge? What is the real value of testing one’s outer limits? And what constitutes true endurance?
    These are but a few of the questions explored in today’s edition of Roll On, wherein Adam Skolnick and I blather on matters both pertinent and possibly irrelevant. We share good news and bad. We perform some show and tell. And as always, we answer listener questions.
    For those new to the podcast, Adam Skolnick is an activist and veteran journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. Adam has written about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently hard at work on a novel.
    Some of the many topics explored in today’s conversation include:
    David Goggins’ 4 x 4 x 48 challenge;proper endurance training;what endurance teaches us about ourselves;Rich’s Instagram mask controversy;the rise of Clubhouse and the future of audio talk shows; andWorld Surf League’s ‘We Are One Ocean’ campaignIn addition, we answer the following listener questions:
    How do you release anger and resentment?How do you find a partner with a similar lifestyle and goals (within a pandemic)?What is your leadership philosophy? How do you show up for your team?Thank you to Adam from Santa Monica, Madeleine from Redondo Beach, and Elizabeth from Nanaimo British Columbia for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page, or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
    To read more and listen click here. You can watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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    Connect With Adam: Website | Instagram | TwitterYouTube: Rich Roll Podcast Clips ChannelNew York Times: Silicon Valley’s Safe SpaceNew York Times: Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With ClubhouseVice: The Problem With ClubhouseThe Verge: Apple, Spotify, and the impossible problem of moderating showsAtreyu Running: AboutCherrico Pottery: “Kothon” Spartan Warrior MugsWe Are One Ocean: 30 X 30 PetitionWorld Surf League: We Are One Ocean Q&ADavid Goggins: 4x4x48 Challenge | March 5, 2021Sufferfest Story: Billy Yang’s 48 Hours Goggins ChallengeI'm proud to announce my new book 'Voicing Change'. To learn more & pre-order now, visit, richroll.com/vc
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