In full honesty, I used to think meditation was a bunch of hippie-dippie new-age poppycock. It was a dirty word for me and I never got serious about forming the habit.
But in recent years there’s been an avalanche of studies and articles published on the benefits of these ancient practices. I think it’s hard for any science-minded person to scoff at the genuine good meditation can do.
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I can cross a biggie off of my bucket list – I got to speak with Tim Ferriss about what it means to live a good life!
His response: “To love, be loved and never stop learning”. Give the episode a listen to get his full response.
In this episode you will hear about:
- How super human results only require the right set of questions and a better toolkit
- How an intelligent approach can cut skill acquisition down from years to months
- Determining the right person to emulate when learning new skills
- Questioning assumptions and practices that are taken for granted as “the best”
- The importance of considering outliers
- Using “micro” exercises to teach powerful “macro” principles
- Some common mindset blocks that keep people from optimal skill development
- Tim’s exercises to keep things in perspective and improve well-being
- Tony Robbins’ advice to Tim about noticing the small things
- Balancing appreciation vs. ambition
- Tim’s philosophy of what it means to live the good life
- Tim’s recommendations for getting started with meditation
- Tim’s thoughts on the education system and how he’s gotten involved
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The Challenge: Many of us wish we were more creative…
The Science: Studies say a particular form of meditation can do the trick.
The Solution: Try out this free guided meditation that may help you boost your creativity!
“I roll out of bed producing only top-notch creative work. It takes no effort whatsoever. It just happens without any frustration or anxiety at all.” – No one, ever
As creative types we know the truth… that creativity is hard. Fortunately, researchers have found an exercise that could give us a boost. It’s called open monitoring meditation and several studies say it primes your mind for idea generation.
I’m seven exclamation points worth of excited about this lifehack!!!!!!!
Let’s get started.
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“When I grow up, I want to dislike my job.” – No one, ever.
Friends, I’m sure you would agree that no one wants to dislike their life’s work. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves in exactly this situation. A 2014 Conference board survey found that roughly 40% of Americans don’t find their work interesting and a whopping 52.3% are just plain unhappy on the job. Philosophically we need to avoid this pitfall, but how can we find happiness, engagement and meaning at work?
Let’s consult the science!
Especially excited about having Exec Produced this episode of The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman PhD!!!
Five time international bestselling author Robert Greene shares his thoughts on creativity, finding your calling, social intelligence and his latest book about what it means to be a master of your craft.
In this episode you will hear about:
- How to become a master of your craft
- Robert’s own struggle to find his uniqueness that led to his success
- Robert’s newest book-project on sharpening social intelligence skills
- The importance of matching daydreaming with reality for creativity
- The importance of a willingness to fail for achieving success
- The ‘Dark Triad’ = Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy
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“Relaxed, productive, at peace, happy, quiet, unburdened. This is how I want life to be. Every day a Saturday.” -Ryan Holiday
I was working for the man, becoming complacent and just generally not pursuing my ideal life. The kickboxing training, the writing, the mixology competition, all the books I’d wanted to read… My goals seemed doomed to remain merely images in my head. I was dissatisfied and most of it was due to a hectic work schedule that left me sapped of energy and motivation.
So, I crunched the numbers and reached a liberating decision: I would “work” only 2-3 nights a week so I could spend the rest of my time pursing my passions.
Here’s the story.
One of my mentors, a Philosophy PhD working in Positive Psychology, recommended a book called A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. I don’t want to get all grand and poetic about it, but it changed the way I think about work, money and the correct use of time (our most precious resource).
This is what I derived:
Meaningful Work + More Free Time + Less Money > Meaningless Toiling + Less Free Time + More Money.
I’ve installed this new philosophical operating principle in my life: If you embrace smart spending and a simpler life, you don’t need to do all the exhausting/meaningless work that is required to buy things.
Harvard social scientists affirm that just 120 seconds of powerful posture increases testosterone (dominance hormone) about 20%, while dropping Cortisol (stress hormone) ~25%. Superhero posture turns you into a superhero!
The lab-coat sporting science-magicians at Harvard affirm that “power-posing” spurs a super-powerful reaction. Standing like a Super Hero is a (legal) performance enhancer for job interviews, exams, public speeches, athletic events, conversations with potential love matches and more – no pills or injections required.
What is this “power-posing” thing? How could it help me crush the LSAT and get the number of the cute girl sitting next to me?”
Let’s nerd about it.
Superhero Body, Mind, Behavior and Performance…
Power-posers outperform meeker-postured competition like every time. The previously mentioned Harvard scientists conducted a study where they divided subjects into two groups. The first group was told to power-pose before a mock job interview, while the second group was instructed to assume low-power positions before their interview. The interviewers chose to employ the power-posing group just about every time. Seems we feel, think, act-like and become winners when we adapt the body language of a winner…and the most interesting part is that the effect is not just a mind-trick, there is chemical evidence of the change.
Recent studies suggest that contemplating mortality can help us design a better life. This article features some surprising data about the Good life that can help us set the right goals and get motivated. Let’s get started!
“What is my purpose in life?”
“Shouldn’t I know what I want by now?”
“My Facebook friends seem to be living so well… Why am I not partying in a giant room with flashing lights and music so loud I can’t hear the groupies vying for my attention?”
All the classic concerns of a generation Y yuppie. I’ve experienced each of them. Fortunately, I discovered an elixir for my 20-something blahs: Existential Meditation(EM). EM has helped me tap a well of positivity that has changed me for the better. I’m writing this article because I’m confident it can do the same for everyone.
4 objective reasons to make a habit of Existential Meditation:
1. Extraordinary ‘livers’ and intellectual rock stars like Tim Ferris, Steve Jobs, Nietzsche and Tyler Durden have credited contemplating mortality with helping them design and realize their life paths.
2. Renown psychologists and social scientists argue that focusing on mortality primes you to help others, gets you proactive about your health and compels you to re-evaluate your life’s goals.
3. Neuro-scientific research has demonstrated that meditative exercise reconfigures your brain for the better.
4. My friends and I have found the practice highly effective.