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So the parable goes, an elder speaking with his granddaughter says, "In life, there are two wolves inside of us that are always at battle. One is a good wolf, which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. And the other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear. " The granddaughter stops and thinks about it for a second. She looks up at her grandfather and says, "Well, which one wins?" And the grandfather says, "The one you feed."

When host Eric Zimmer was 24 years old, he was homeless and addicted to heroin. He made his way through addiction recovery and figured out how to build a life worth living. Now he pays it forward by helping people to feed their good wolf. 

That’s the whole premise behind The One You Feed podcast, named one of “22 podcasts that will motivate you to live your best life” by The Oprah Magazine. The One You Feed has also been nominated as one of iHeart’s Best Spirituality and Religion Podcasts of 2022, one of the best health podcasts of all time by the Huffington Post, and one of the best podcasts of the year by Apple Podcasts. 

With over 500 episodes and 30 million downloads and counting, The One You Feed podcast guests include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures who all offer practical, actionable wisdom that you can readily apply to enrich your daily life.

Come for the fascinating topics and thought-provoking guests and stay for the excellent advice and nourishing conversations. The episodes are deep and inclusive, and you’ll learn something about yourself with each one.

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So the parable goes, an elder speaking with his granddaughter says, "In life, there are two wolves inside of us that are always at battle. One is a good wolf, which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. And the other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear. " The granddaughter stops and thinks about it for a second. She looks up at her grandfather and says, "Well, which one wins?" And the grandfather says, "The one you feed."

When host Eric Zimmer was 24 years old, he was homeless and addicted to heroin. He made his way through addiction recovery and figured out how to build a life worth living. Now he pays it forward by helping people to feed their good wolf. 

That’s the whole premise behind The One You Feed podcast, named one of “22 podcasts that will motivate you to live your best life” by The Oprah Magazine. The One You Feed has also been nominated as one of iHeart’s Best Spirituality and Religion Podcasts of 2022, one of the best health podcasts of all time by the Huffington Post, and one of the best podcasts of the year by Apple Podcasts. 

With over 500 episodes and 30 million downloads and counting, The One You Feed podcast guests include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures who all offer practical, actionable wisdom that you can readily apply to enrich your daily life.

Come for the fascinating topics and thought-provoking guests and stay for the excellent advice and nourishing conversations. The episodes are deep and inclusive, and you’ll learn something about yourself with each one.

    How to Embrace the Important Elements of Life with Nickolas Butler

    How to Embrace the Important Elements of Life with Nickolas Butler

    Nickolas Butler is the author of many novels, including the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which has been optioned for film development and has been translated into ten languages. Nickolas is the recipient of many literary prizes and commendations and has published articles, reviews, short stories, and poetry in publications such as: Ploughshares, Narrative, and The New York Times Book Review, to name a few. 

    Eric and Nickolas discuss a few of his novels as well as how we can learn to embrace the important elements of life.

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    Nickolas Butler and I Discuss How to Embrace the Important Elements of Life and…


    His novels, Godspeed and Shotgun Lovesongs
    The fear and doubt he faces in his creative life
    Comparing our lives to others
    How we take for granted the basic things that previous generations worked hard for
    His relationship with his father and grandfather
    The differences in generations and what he hopes to teach his kids
    Trying to find empathy and understanding with those you don’t agree with
    The complexities of parent-child relationships 
    Why he writes essays for his local newspaper
    His idea of choosing a tree and practicing gratitude for that tree
    How friendships are special and unique human relationships

    Links:

    Nick’s Website

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    If you enjoyed this conversation with Nickolas Butler, please check out these other episodes:

    What We Can Learn from our Bad Wolf with Matthew Quick

    How to Find Meaning and Live a Good Life with Jonathan Fields
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    How to Find Hope and Kinship with Father Greg Boyle and Fabian Devora

    How to Find Hope and Kinship with Father Greg Boyle and Fabian Devora

    Father Gregory Boyle is an American Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. He is the acclaimed author of Tattoos on the Heart, Barking to the Choir, and his latest book,  Forgive Everyone Everything.

    Fabian Debora is the artist and illustrator of the book, Forgive Everyone Everything. His work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad.  Fabian served previously served as a counselor and the Director of Substance Abuse Services & Programming and a mentor at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and is now the Executive Director of Homebody Art Academy.

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    Father Greg Boyle & Fabian Debora and I Discuss How to Find Hope and Kinship


    His book, Forgive Everyone Everything
    The organization he founded, Homeboy Industries, to rehabilitate gang members
    Hope and how our focus must not be on outcomes
    How life is about removing the blindfold to see the goodness within us
    Joy is the love of being loving
    Equanimity and learning to not grasp at our pain
    Defining kinship as deep connection with others
    How we need to acknowledge privelege
    Fabian’s journey of recovery and his work with Homeboy Industries
    How his art represents his journey and lived experiences
    How he tells a story through his art
    His responsibility of an artist to combat stereotypes
    How he maintains hope amidst tragedy
    The legacy that he hopes to create for his family and community
    How kinship is a circle where everyone belongs

    Links:

    Father Greg’s Website

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    Fabian's Website

    Fabian's Instagram

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    Human Nature and Hope with Rutger Bregman

    Donna Hylton on Healing and Hope
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    • 55 min
    Welcome to The One You Feed Podcast!

    Welcome to The One You Feed Podcast!

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    Why We Need to Rethink Mental Health with Eric Maisel

    Why We Need to Rethink Mental Health with Eric Maisel

    Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than 40 books, including Why Smart People Hurt, Making Your Creating Mark, The Future of Mental Health, The VanGogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety, and Creativity for Life. Dr. Maisel is at the forefront of the movement to rethink mental health. He writes the Rethinking Psychology blog for Psychology Today.

    Eric and Dr. Maisel discuss his books Overcoming Your Difficult Family:  8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation and The Future of Mental Health

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    Eric Maisel and I Discuss Why We Need to Rethink Mental Health and …


    His books, Overcoming Your Difficult Family:  8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation and The Future of Mental Health
    Defining the skills needed to understand and deal with family dynamics
    Learning the best anxiety management tool for you, such as deep breathing or visualization
    The powerful device of visualizing the “calmness switch” within you
    Understanding that there is one of many possibilities to deal with challenges
    His book, Mastering Creative Anxiety
    Depression
    The importance of identifying what’s important to us and living our life purposefully 
    Stigmatization of mental health and how it promotes pharmaceutical 
    Understanding there is more help to treat depression than just medication and psychiatry
    His models of personality: Original Personality, Formed Personality, Available Personality

    Links:

    Eric’s website

    Twitter

    Instagram

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    Challenges of Mental Health Diagnoses with Sarah Fay

    Gabe Howard on Mental Health
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    • 43 min
    How to Practice Gratitude for Year-Round Benefits

    How to Practice Gratitude for Year-Round Benefits

    We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Nicole LePera, A.J. Jacobs, Martha Beck, Susan Cain and Cory Allen as our guests on this special “Thanksgiving” episode all about gratitude!

    Research from Harvard Medical School shows that “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.  Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."  We know that it’s good to give thanks but so many of us struggle to make it a regular practice and this episode will teach you how to do so and why it is worth prioritizing!

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    Our Special Guests and I Discuss How to Practice Gratitude and …


    Dr. Nicole LePera – how she defines gratitude and why it’s important
    How verbally stating or writing can activate feelings of appreciation
    Our tendency to pay attention to what we lack rather than what we have
    Shifting from “I have to” to “I am grateful for the opportunity”
    A.J. Jacobs – how practicing gratitude is a way to not take things for granted
    The hedonic treadmill and the “I’ll be happy” when trap
    His active practice of texting his mom every day what he’s grateful for
    How the more specific the better when it comes to expressing gratitude
    Martha Beck – how she was impacted when she first read about the benefits of gratitude
    How engaging in your senses is a good way to practice gratitude
    Her 3:1 gratitude practice – for every negative experience, think of 3 positive ones
    Reveling in what the soul yearns for sharpens a gratitude practice
    Susan Cain – how she notices and savors beautiful things
    How we need to both accept the beauty and the difficult realities of our existence
    The best gateway to gratitude is discovering what elevates us
    How she teaches her kids gratitude
    Cory Allen – how what we associate with gratitude is what makes us feel grounded and safe
    How he goes deeper into gratitude
    How gratitude comes from being present and getting curious
    The benefits of practice gratitude for its own sake

    Links:

    Dr. Nicole Lepera

    A.J. Jacobs

    Martha Beck

    Susan Cain

    Cory Allen

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    How to Make Life Easier with Greg McKeown

    How to Explore Our Awareness with Jonathan Robinson
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    How to Manage Emotional Eating

    How to Manage Emotional Eating

    Julie Simon is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach and certified personal trainer with over 30 years of experience in helping overeaters and imbalanced eaters mend their relationship with their feelings and ultimately themselves. She’s also the founder of the popular Los Angels based 12-week emotional eating recovery program.

    Eric and Julie discuss her book, When Food is Comfort: Nurture Yourself Mindfully, Rewire Your Brain and End Emotional Eating.

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    Julie Simon and I Discuss How to Manage Emotional Eating …


    Her book, When Food is Comfort: Nurture Yourself Mindfully, Rewire Your Brain and End Emotional Eating.
    The most common cause of emotional overeating is difficulty regulating our emotions, moods, thoughts, and behaviors
    When we disconnect from our emotions, we don’t learn necessary skills to regulate
    Attunement and attachment in early childhood that create neural pathways
    When we’re under the influence of emotional part of the brain, we’re not capable of reasoning
    The 7 skills involved in inner nurturing
    The importance of exploring our emotions and bodily sensations
    Our tendency to move away from unpleasant emotions by focusing on our thoughts
    How emotions present in the body first (before we have words for them)
    Real recovery is experiencing and moving through emotions
    Learning to practice soothing behaviors to restore ourselves to calm
    The goal is not to distract ourselves, but to calm ourselves enough to work on regulation skills
    How self validation is not condoning the behavior, but acceptance and self compassion

    Julie Simon Links

    Julie’s Website

    Facebook

    Twitter

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    Emotional Agility with Susan David

    Mindful Eating with Andrea Lieberstein
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

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So much

This is one of, if not, my favorite podcast.
Eric has an amazing voice. His questions are pertinent and to the point without ever being rude. The topics are interesting with a variety of guests.

35 years ago my young son came home from school after getting in trouble …I asked him Why?
He simply replied “Mom I have a red David on one shoulder and a white David on the other”.
Feed the good one son.

desitrav ,

Great podcast

I like to read. However I’m a mother with two kids and sometimes it’s easier to listen to a podcast than to read. I take my child on walks to nap and listen to this podcast. This podcast often re centers me after the normal chaos of life, work and kids. It is easy to follow and understand but is full of knowledge. feel good energy. This podcast should be bigger than it is and I imagine it will be soon or perhaps it is and I just didn’t realize. I fortunately stumbled on this podcast . I recommended it to my mother and she loves it too.

ameegal ,

Never fails

This is my “Go to” podcast.I learn so much and am inspired with every episode. As a psychotherapist I also recommend it to my clients. Life changing for me and for people I work with – thank you One and all at the One You Feed. Keep up the great work :-)

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