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Hacking the Self explores ways to optimize human health and potential through technology, science and spirituality.

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Hacking the Self explores ways to optimize human health and potential through technology, science and spirituality.

    #54: Bringing Relationship back into Mindfulness with Amaranatho

    #54: Bringing Relationship back into Mindfulness with Amaranatho

    In my second conversation with Amaranatho, we talk about how to bring mindfulness more meaningfully into our lives and, specifically, our relationships. Westerners already tend towards individualism, and gravitating towards intensive meditation practice can sometimes reinforce the preference of Westerners for individualism, while failing to allow us to develop the valuable skills of mindfulness within social contexts. This builds on a similar theme of what contemporary practitioners of insight meditation (from Theravada Buddhism) must contend with when they import a monastic model into modern life. Amaranatho also discusses the ways in which he thinks psychotherapy can complement meditation, and how both can help us to become more fulfilled, self actualized human beings.







    Amaranatho’s bio:







    Amaranatho was a Buddhist monk for 15 years who has spent long periods alone, dealing with uncertainty and contemplating the deeper questions in life. He has a degree in AI, been a world explorer and is a supervisor and mentor to mindfulness teachers, facilitators and spiritual leaders. He works one to one with contemplatives and meditators that are stuck in their practice you can find more at www.amaranatho.com







    As a mindfulness based executive coach he helps leaders, teams and organizations to stay calm and connected in complex situations so they can awaken to their true potential, by using the PlayfulMonk approach he developed more at www.playfulmonk.net

    • 44 min
    #53: Coming back to Awareness with Amaranatho

    #53: Coming back to Awareness with Amaranatho

    This week I speak with Amaranatho, who was a Buddhist monk for 15 years under the guidance of a very well respected teacher in the Thervada Buddhist tradition, Ajahn Sumedho. Ajahn Sumedho was one of the original Western disciples under Ajahn Chah, one of the great masters of the Thai Forest tradition of the 20th century. At many points in our conversation you can hear through Amaranatho’s voice the simplicity and clarity of Ajahn Chah’s repeated instructions to “rest in the one who knows,” to recognize awareness itself as the ground of all experience.







    As Amaranatho was a Buddhist monk for 15 years and has now been “in the world” as a mindfulness based executive coach, he is in a unique position to offer insight into this question in which I’m increasingly interested: how to interpret the profound wisdom teachings of Theravada Buddhism (a monastic tradition) to those of us living life as a “householders,” in the modern world? Which of these practices can serve us well? And what should be modified or discarded?







    That’s a big question and Amaranatho and I only scratched the surface of it, but I think you’ll enjoy the depth of wisdom he had to share.







    Amaranatho’s bio:







    Amaranatho was a Buddhist monk for 15 years who has spent long periods alone, dealing with uncertainty and contemplating the deeper questions in life. He has a degree in AI, been a world explorer and is a supervisor and mentor to mindfulness teachers, facilitators and spiritual leaders. He works one to one with contemplatives and meditators that are stuck in their practice you can find more at www.amaranatho.com







    As a mindfulness based executive coach he helps leaders, teams and organisations to stay calm and connected in complex situations so they can awaken to their true potential, by using the PlayfulMonk approach he developed more at www.playfulmonk.net

    • 58 min
    #52: The Paleo Way with Paleo Robbie Co-Founder Erik Verspui

    #52: The Paleo Way with Paleo Robbie Co-Founder Erik Verspui

    I sat down with the co-founder of Bangkok based Paleo Robbie, a company that provides high quality wild caught fish and pasture raised meats, along with a host of other delicious and nutritious products. For those based in Bangkok they also offer a meal plan service.







    Erik is a wealth of information beyond just nutrition. Brief background on Erik:







    After a gritty 7-year career in finance in 14 countries, Erik was stranded in Bangkok after the global banking credit crisis in 2008 and went from a 90 hour work week to playing elephant polo and investing not so successfully in water recycling.







    While training for 5 triathlons in 2010 and having nothing to do during the Thailand civil war he ‘discovered’ the paleo diet from Mark’s Daily Apple, and after his baby brother Robbie also had his Just Eat Real Food awakening and finally fixed all his chronic health issues they agreed to start up a paleo delivery service in Bangkok in 2013. Paleo Erik now eats one regular size Paleo Robbie meal a day from paleorobbie.com/mealplan and enjoys cooking sockeye salmon fillets medium rare from the Primal Grocery at paleorobbie.com/grocery.







    Erik’s other hobbies include chess, crypto, climbing, coding, and Chinese.







    PROMO Code: For those of you based in Bangkok Paleo Robbie has kindly extended a 25% off deal on the first week on the Meal Plan. Valid is offer until June 30th, 2019.







    PROMO Code is: HACKINGTHESELF25







    Links for those who want to follow Paleo Robbie:







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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #51: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 2

    #51: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 2

    This is the second half of my conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various, exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace.







    A brief description of Roger’s story from the Herb Works website will give you a taste of what you’re in store for in this conversation:







    “I truly believe in the healing power of Chinese herbs. They have transformed my life, and I’ve witnessed it happen for countless others in my 26 year career. As a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, I’ve put tens of thousands of people on herbal programs with great success.







    What makes Chinese herbology unique, is its fundamental principal of recognizing a person’s core imbalance and correcting it. It also recognizes that a healthy constitution can withstand tremendous outside influence. Therefore, restoring and maintaining vitality is the foundation of Chinese herbology.







    People are suffering from chronic stress and losing vitality, which typically leads to poor health. Through my work with Chinese herbs, I have been able to help people create an internal environment where they can thrive and enjoy life.”







    Roger Drummer is a wealth of knowledge regarding the benefits of using adaptogens such as Reishi mushrooms, Shizandra Berry, and Ashwaghanda, among other herbs. These compounds are natural, powerful ways to down regulate your nervous system, reduce stress and improve your mental and physical health.







    From my perspective, Chinese herbalism is an ancient form of biohacking and the use of these herbs continues to offer great benefits to the health of many people who work with these herbs.







    If you’re looking for a healthy way to reduce stress and improve your health, I would highly recommend that you consider purchasing some of the high quality products from Herb Works.







    I’ve been taking Tian Chi most mornings or early afternoons, as well as three capsules of Inner Peace after dinner. Tian Chi helps me feel focused yet calm and relaxed: a great combination for a productive day of work. Inner Peace leaves me with a deep feeling of relaxation, which is a nice transition into winding down and getting ready for bed.







    Enjoy my conversation with Roger and, as always, we welcome your comments and questions on Facebook or Twitter.

    • 57 min
    #50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

    #50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

    This is the first of a two part conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various, exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace.







    A brief description of Roger’s story from the Herb Works website will give you a taste of what you’re in store for in this conversation:







    “I truly believe in the healing power of Chinese herbs. They have transformed my life, and I’ve witnessed it happen for countless others in my 26 year career. As a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology, I’ve put tens of thousands of people on herbal programs with great success.







    What makes Chinese herbology unique, is its fundamental principal of recognizing a person’s core imbalance and correcting it. It also recognizes that a healthy constitution can withstand tremendous outside influence. Therefore, restoring and maintaining vitality is the foundation of Chinese herbology.







    People are suffering from chronic stress and losing vitality, which typically leads to poor health. Through my work with Chinese herbs, I have been able to help people create an internal environment where they can thrive and enjoy life.”







    Roger Drummer is a wealth of knowledge regarding the benefits of using adaptogens such as Reishi mushrooms, Shizandra Berry, and Ashwaghanda, among other herbs. These compounds are natural, powerful ways to down regulate your nervous system, reduce stress and improve your mental and physical health.







    From my perspective, Chinese herbalism is an ancient form of biohacking and the use of these herbs continues to offer great benefits to the health of many people who work with these herbs.







    If you’re looking for a healthy way to reduce stress and improve your health, I would highly recommend that you consider purchasing some of the high quality products from Herb Works.







    I’ve been taking Tian Chi most mornings or early afternoons, as well as three capsules of Inner Peace after dinner. Tian Chi helps me feel focused yet calm and relaxed: a great combination for a productive day of work. Inner Peace leaves me with a deep feeling of relaxation, which is a nice transition into winding down and getting ready for bed.







    Enjoy my conversation with Roger and, as always, we welcome your comments and questions on Facebook or Twitter.

    • 1 hr
    #49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

    #49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

    In my fourth and final conversation with acupuncturist Ben Elan we learn about the differences between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ben’s insights are highly relevant to anyone interested in Chinese Medicine, “alternative” approaches to Western Medicine, Medical Qi Gong or Daoism.







    In particular, this information is highly valuable to anyone interested in seeking Chinese medicine treatment. It’s helpful to know the advantages and limitations of each school before committing to working with a practitioner without first understanding the different approaches of these two schools of Chinese medicine.

    • 29 min

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An excellent and informative podcast. Thank you so much for educating us about Chinese medicine and acupuncture!

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Diverse and insightful information!

This show has really hit the nail on the head for me in every way! My interest in the use of psychedelics as medicine and as a tool to explore my consciousness was what led me to this show. Since listening I have learned of so many other tools, ideas, and practices that are relevant and very much in line with this moment of awakening I have been experiencing. Adrian, you have delivered a perfect mix of technology, philosophy, and practice that have been very helpful to me and I thank you:) Cheers!

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