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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.

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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.

    #382: Stoicism 101 | Nancy Sherman

    #382: Stoicism 101 | Nancy Sherman

    You may have heard about stoicism, in the common parlance, as having a stiff upper lip, sucking it up, grinning and bearing it, suppressing your emotions, etcetera. Or you may have heard of Stoicism, the ancient Greco-Roman philosophy, that has become the de rigeur set of life hacks among millennial self-optimizers.
    In this episode, guest Nancy Sherman argues that Stoicism is way deeper than any of that. She will argue that, in fact, Stoicism is kind of the opposite of all the above. It’s a way to truly know your patterns of thought and emotion. Nancy is a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. She is an expert in ethics, the history of moral philosophy, moral psychology, military ethics, and emotions. Her most recent book is called Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience.
    In this conversation we cover the basics of Stoicism, how and why capital “S” Stoicism is often misinterpreted, a meditation practice called “premeditation of evils” (which is far more practical than it may sound), and another practice designed to make you feel “at home in the world."
    Please note: This interview includes a brief reference to suicide. 
    Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install
    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/nancy-sherman-382

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How to Meditate with No Agenda | Bonus Meditation with Jeff Warren

    How to Meditate with No Agenda | Bonus Meditation with Jeff Warren

    Free your creativity with this light meditation and see where the momentum takes you.
    About Jeff Warren:
    Jeff is an incredibly gifted meditation teacher. He has trained in multiple traditions, including with renowned teacher Shinzen Young. Jeff is the co-author, with Dan, of the NY Times Bestseller "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics," and is the founder of the Consciousness Explorers Club, a meditation adventure group in Toronto. He has a knack for surfacing the exact meditation that will help everyone he meets. "I have a meditation for that" is regularly heard from Jeff, so we've dubbed him the "Meditation MacGyver."
    To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “The Art of Creative Freedom,” or click here: https://10percenthappier.app.link/content?meditation=60216495-f77b-491e-b1c5-ad1de8eda6dc.

    • 9 min
    #381: What Does it Actually Mean to Be a "Whole Person"? | Scott Barry Kaufman

    #381: What Does it Actually Mean to Be a "Whole Person"? | Scott Barry Kaufman

    In this episode, we’re going to demystify concepts such as: self actualization, personal growth, authenticity, and bringing your “whole self” to the table. 
    Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive scientist and humanistic psychologist. He is the founder and director of the Center for the Science of Human Potential at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Wellbeing Science. He also hosts the #1 psychology podcast in the world - The Psychology Podcast. And he is the author of a new book called Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.
    We talk about the meaning of “transcendence” and the difference between transcending in an unhealthy and healthy way; being compassionate, understanding, accepting, forgiving, and perhaps even loving about your foibles and ugliness; and the difference between authenticity and “pseudo-authenticity”.
    You can download the Ten Percent Happier app here today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install
    Here are the steps for sending us a question for our upcoming Work Life Series:
    1. Go to a quiet place and open the default voice memo recording app on your phone.
    2. Hold the phone about 8-10 inches from your face, then tap “record.”
    3. Tell us your name, where you’re from, and what your question is. Try to keep it to about a minute or so.
    4. Stop the recording, then check it to make sure it sounds clear.
    5. Email it to us at: listener@tenpercent.com by September 27, 2021.
    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/scott-barry-kaufman-381

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #380: Psychedelics and Meditation | Michael Pollan

    #380: Psychedelics and Meditation | Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan has done more than perhaps anybody else in recent history to change the conversation on the use of psychedelic drugs, or plant medicine. He is author of the best selling book called How to Change Your Mind and he recently followed up with another book called This is Your Mind on Plants. Pollan is also the co-founder of the University of California Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, along with another recent podcast guest, Dacher Keltner. 
    In this conversation we talk about whether psychedelics and meditation can mix and the links between psychedelics, meditation and Buddhism; the universal human drive to change consciousness; and his experiences with the three plants that he focuses on in his new book: opium, caffeine, and mescaline.
    Please note: this episode contains conversations about depression, suicide, and substance use. 
    Here are the steps for sending us a question for our upcoming Work Life Series:
    1. Go to a quiet place and open the default voice memo recording app on your phone.
    2. Hold the phone about 8-10 inches from your face, then tap “record.”
    3. Tell us your name, where you’re from, and what your question is. Try to keep it to about a minute or so.
    4. Stop the recording, then check it to make sure it sounds clear.
    5. Email it to us at: listener@tenpercent.com by September 27, 2021.
    Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install
    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/michael-pollan-380

    • 51 min
    Accepting the Unpleasant | Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein

    Accepting the Unpleasant | Bonus Meditation with Joseph Goldstein

    Accepting the unpleasant: easier said than done. Joseph demonstrates how to overcome reactivity and build the skill of acceptance.
    About Joseph Goldstein:
    Joseph is one of the most respected meditation teachers in the world -- a key architect of the rise of mindfulness in our modern society -- with a sense of humor to boot. In the 1970's, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) alongside Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. Since its founding, thousands of people from around the world have come to IMS to learn mindfulness from leaders in the field. Joseph has been a teacher there since its founding and continues as the resident guiding teacher.
    To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Accepting the Unpleasant,” or click here: https://10percenthappier.app.link/content?meditation=296ad59c-5122-4d9f-b6fd-de245aa50ac0.

    • 8 min
    #379: How to Get the Wisdom of Old Age Now | Dilip Jeste

    #379: How to Get the Wisdom of Old Age Now | Dilip Jeste

    Happiness levels are really high when we’re young. They then steadily dip through our 20s, 30s, and 40s, and bottom out in our early 50s–at which point, they make a sharp and sudden rise. Then, through our 60s, 70s, and 80s, they are way above where we were in our youth. 
    Why is this? Why do we get happier even as our bodies are falling apart? Here’s another question: Why, from the standpoint of evolution, do humans stick around way past the point of reproductive age? The answer to all of these questions, per our guest today, is: wisdom. 
    Dr. Dilip Jeste is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good. In this conversation, we talk about how exactly he defines wisdom, what people of all ages can do to become wiser now, and the relationship between wisdom and loneliness.
    A quick content warning: this conversation includes references to sensitive topics, including suicide, substance abuse, and depression.
    Download the Ten Percent Happier app today: https://10percenthappier.app.link/install
    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/dilip-jeste-379

    • 1 hr 2 min

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