Taylor Kreiss

Improve your creativity with this science-backed guided meditation.

    Improve your creativity with this science-backed guided meditation.

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.

 

Article posted at TheCreativityPost.com

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I ask Tim Ferriss about what it means to live a good life!

    I ask Tim Ferriss about what it means to live a good life!

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.

 

 

Tim Ferriss on accelerated learning, peak performance and living the good life

 

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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I guest interview Ryan Holiday about creativity and Stoicism!

    I guest interview Ryan Holiday about creativity and Stoicism!

This was a huge day for Oughtology friends!! I had the opportunity to guest interview Ryan Holiday for The Psychology Podcast – We discuss research, get advice for aspiring creatives and learn about Ryan’s own creative process. Big ups to Scott Barry Kaufman for being one of the best guys I know and for the ridiculous opportunity to executive produce his amazing podcast. Also a huge thanks to Ryan, who is an intellectual rock star and a great guy to boot!

 

Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

 

Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It’s a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity. The conversation includes invaluable advice for aspiring creatives, research affirming the Stoic approach, how great historical figures have used Stoicism and more…

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Science suggests this free audio meditation can boost your creativity!

    Science suggests this free audio meditation can boost your creativity!

Article featured at fulfillmentdaily.com

 

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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Flow, Meaning and Finding Your Life’s Work

    Flow, Meaning and Finding Your Life’s Work

Article featured at Holstee.com

 

“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!

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Executive produced this psychology podcast featuring Robert Greene!!

    Executive produced this psychology podcast featuring Robert Greene!!

Especially excited about having Exec Produced this episode of The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman PhD!!!

 

Talking Mastery and Social Intelligence with Author Robert Greene

 

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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Simplicity, Free Time and Pursuing Your Passions

    Simplicity, Free Time and Pursuing Your Passions

“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 JoyI 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.

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“Power Posing” like a SuperHero transforms you into one!

    “Power Posing” like a SuperHero transforms you into one!

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.

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Existential Meditation: Because every man dies but not every man truly lives!

    Existential Meditation: Because every man dies but not every man truly lives!

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.

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