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    • Breaking free from distractions to find inner contentment.By avoiding our own emotions and seeking constant pleasure, we only reinforce dissatisfaction. Instead, we should learn to sit with and process our emotions to cultivate resilience and happiness.

      Distraction and addiction have become prevalent in our society, fueled by technology and the constant barrage of information, advertising, and social media. We use these distractions to avoid facing our own feelings and discomforts. However, pushing away these emotions only reinforces our dissatisfaction and leads to more suffering. The irony is that the more we chase after pleasure and try to escape hardship, the more elusive it becomes. Instead, we need to learn how to sit with our emotions, process them in the moment, and cultivate resilience and happiness. Through practices like meditation, we can break free from the cycle of distraction and find contentment within ourselves.

    • Breaking free from the endless chase and finding peace within ourselvesBy shifting our perception and realizing our control over how we experience the world, we can break free from patterns of dissatisfaction and find peace within ourselves.

      Our incessant wanting and running after things only perpetuates our dissatisfaction. Even if we attain what we desire, we quickly want something else or a better version of it. This wanting becomes an endless hunger, and we never find peace in this chase. The more we practice wanting, the better we become at it. Similarly, if we practice being reactive and getting triggered by others, it becomes a habit as well. However, we have the power to change these habits by looking within ourselves and working with our own minds. By shifting our perception and realizing that we have control over how we experience the world, we can break free from patterns of feeling like the world is happening to us. This realization can lead to profound changes in our lives, allowing us to find peace and transform ourselves.

    • Confronting Emotions: The Key to Lasting HappinessBy addressing and resolving our inner struggles and embracing self-reflection, we can overcome obstacles, find peace within ourselves, and experience true recovery and lasting happiness.

      Running away from our emotions and suppressing unresolved issues may seem momentarily enjoyable, but it can lead to severe burnout and unhappiness in the long run. Gelong Thubten's personal journey highlights the importance of facing our inner struggles and not neglecting our mental and emotional well-being. By addressing and resolving these issues, we can experience true recovery and find a path towards lasting happiness. It is essential to recognize that we are more than our thoughts and sufferings, and that we have the power to overcome obstacles and find peace within ourselves. This realization is an ongoing process, as we are all in recovery from the inherent difficulties of existence. Ultimately, by confronting our emotions and embracing self-reflection, we can find a healthier and more fulfilling way of living.

    • Embracing Hard Times: A Path to Growth and TransformationBy focusing on the physical sensations in our body during difficult times, we can cultivate acceptance and strength, enabling us to find solutions and navigate challenges with calm and clarity. This practice reframes suffering as an opportunity for peace and inner growth.

      Hard times and suffering can be seen as opportunities for growth and transformation. Rather than getting lost in the thoughts and storyline of our difficulties, it is recommended to focus on the physical sensations in our body. By meditating on these sensations, we can start to create a sense of acceptance and strength, which allows us to find solutions and navigate our challenges from a place of calm and clarity. This practice helps us reframe our suffering as a doorway to a deeper sense of peace and inner strength. It doesn't necessarily change the situation, but it changes our perception and response to it, opening doors to new possibilities.

    • Cultivating Compassion and Understanding for a Transformed LifeChanging our mindset to one of compassion and understanding can lead to healthier relationships and a more fulfilling life for ourselves and others.

      Changing how we relate to situations can have a transformative effect on our lives. Rangan Chatterjee and Gelong Thubten emphasize the power of compassion and understanding in our interactions with others. By putting ourselves in someone else's shoes and considering their upbringing and experiences, we can cultivate empathy and handle challenging situations with greater calmness and rationality. This doesn't mean tolerating abuse or toxic environments, but rather approaching them with a different mindset and energy, one that is rooted in compassion and forgiveness. Through meditation and self-reflection, we can develop a compassionate acceptance of ourselves and others, leading to healthier relationships and a more fulfilling life.

    • The Power of Intention and EnergyOur actions and behaviors are driven by the energy behind them, and it's important to be mindful of our intentions in order to maintain personal strength and well-being.

      Our actions and behaviors are influenced by the underlying energy behind them. It's not necessarily the behavior itself that determines if it's problematic, but rather the intention and energy driving it. For example, having a half glass of red wine to connect with friends is different from relying on half a bottle of wine every night to cope with loneliness. Similarly, using external substances or stimuli like music or podcasts to find enjoyment and relaxation can lead to dependency and a loss of personal strength. By reducing our reliance on externalities and finding inner sources of happiness and calm, we can regain our power and sovereignty over our own well-being.

    • Breaking free from consumerism and finding true contentmentBy consciously choosing what we consume and taking breaks from social media, we can rediscover our true needs and realize that we already have everything we want, avoiding the negative effects of constant consumption.

      Society and external influences constantly try to make us feel incomplete and inadequate. We are bombarded with messages telling us that we need certain products and that we are not enough without them. This consumerism-driven mindset keeps the wheel of capitalism turning. To combat this, we must address ourselves and our desires for more. Taking breaks from social media and consciously choosing what we consume can help us tune into our true needs and realize that we already have everything we want. It's important to have discipline and control over our use of technology, treating it like food and avoiding constant consumption that can make us ill.

    • Balancing Technology Consumption and Finding Internal HappinessFinding a healthy balance in technology consumption and focusing on internal happiness through practices such as meditation can revolutionize our well-being in a capitalist world.

      Technology should be used in the same way as food - for nutrition and in a balanced way. We need to be more intentional about our technology consumption and find a healthy balance. Our constant addiction to consuming things is not sustainable for ourselves or the planet. Instead of relying on external sources for happiness, we should focus on recycling our own internal happiness. This idea may seem rebellious in our current capitalist world, but finding happiness from within is a revolutionary act. Meditation can be practiced by anyone, regardless of their lifestyle, and the main obstacle is the misconception that we need to clear our minds. Instead, meditation is about changing our relationship with our thoughts.

    • Changing your relationship with thoughts in meditationEmbrace uncomfortable questions and avoid distractions when making important decisions in life through meditation.

      Meditation is about changing how you relate to your thoughts, not getting rid of them. Gelong Thubten shares his experience of going deeper into meditation during a nine-month retreat and how it brought up feelings of shame and self-disgust. Initially, he thought he had to silence his thoughts and push everything away, but this only made things worse. Through this challenging experience, he learned how to meditate and how not to meditate. He also faced the conflict of whether to stay a monk or not. This highlights the importance of sitting with uncomfortable questions and not resorting to distractions when making big decisions in life.

    • Finding Inner Happiness Through MeditationPrioritizing inner well-being through meditation helps in reducing the influence of external factors and cultivating positive thoughts, leading to a sense of happiness and strength.

      The externalities in our lives, such as appearance and approval from others, can often become the building blocks of our identity. However, through practices like meditation, we can strip away these external factors and focus on our inner selves. Becoming less controlled by negative thoughts and feelings allows us to cultivate positive thoughts and feelings, leading to an inner sense of happiness and strength. While becoming a monk may not be for everyone, the practice of meditation can be beneficial for anyone, even if it's just for a few minutes each day. By prioritizing our inner well-being, external factors become less important and secondary in our lives.

    • Discovering Inner Peace and Happiness Through MeditationMeditation allows us to find happiness within ourselves, transform our relationships, and build mental resilience by embracing distractions as opportunities for growth.

      Meditation can help us tap into an inner happiness and contentment that we may have been seeking externally. By practicing meditation, we can discover a deep sense of peace and joy within ourselves, which in turn allows us to become more free and happy. Additionally, meditation can transform our relationships with others, fostering compassion and understanding. While activities like running or yoga may provide a taste of meditation, they are not portable, meaning we can't bring them with us everywhere we go. On the other hand, meditation is something we can practice anytime, anywhere, without relying on external circumstances. It's about changing our relationship with thoughts and distractions, embracing them as opportunities for growth and inner strength. Rather than seeing distractions as failures, we can view them as valuable moments for coming back to the present moment and building mental resilience.

    • Building the Muscle of Focus and Presence through MeditationMeditation is not about eliminating distractions, but about recognizing them and bringing your mind back to the present moment. By accepting and embracing distractions, you can develop a different relationship with your pain and ultimately experience less suffering in life.

      Meditation is not about having a completely clear mind or never getting distracted. It's about recognizing when your mind wanders and bringing it back to the present moment, back to your breath. This process of refocusing is like lifting weights for your mind, building the muscle of focus and presence. The thoughts and distractions that take you away are not failures, but part of the process. By accepting and embracing these distractions, you no longer feel at war with your own mind. Meditation teaches you how to work creatively with suffering and develop a different relationship with your pain. Through this transformative process, you can learn how not to let your thoughts or emotions swamp or control you, ultimately leading to less suffering in your life.

    • The Power of Retreating and ReframingOur mindset and perspective can transform challenging situations into opportunities for personal growth and inner peace.

      Retreats, whether they are voluntary like Gelong Thubten's four-year meditation retreat or involuntary like being in prison, can be opportunities for deep personal growth and inner transformation. Thubten's experience in solitude taught him how to work with suffering and deepen his meditation practice. Similarly, Thubten's teachings in the prison showed inmates that they too could view their sentence as a meditation retreat, reframing their perspective and finding mindfulness in the midst of the oppressive environment. This highlights the power of reframing our circumstances and finding meaning and growth even in challenging situations. It reminds us that our mindset and how we choose to perceive our experiences can greatly impact our ability to thrive and find inner peace.

    • Transforming Stress through MindfulnessMindfulness allows us to change our perception of stress, turning it into an opportunity for growth and enabling us to find calm and rejuvenation in the present moment.

      Mindfulness can help change our relationship with stress. Gelong Thubten shared a personal experience of being grumpy and stressed on the London tube. Instead of succumbing to the negative emotions, he decided to be mindful and focused on the present moment. By feeling the ground under his feet, relaxing his shoulders, and being aware of his body and breathing, he transformed his perception of the situation. The stress became an opportunity for growth, and he even started looking forward to similar challenging situations. This powerful use of mindfulness can shift our attitudes towards stress and enable us to enjoy the present moment with a sense of calm and rejuvenation.

    • The Power of Meditation and Acceptance in Daily LifeThrough daily meditation practice and embracing acceptance with compassion, individuals can strengthen their resilience and overall well-being, transcending limitations and cultivating a sense of compassion and service to others.

      Meditation and acceptance play crucial roles in navigating the challenges of daily life. Through daily meditation practice, individuals can cultivate strength that extends beyond the meditation session and positively impacts their overall well-being. Moreover, acceptance is not about passively resigning to suffering, but rather actively embracing the situation with compassion, loving kindness, and openness. The habit of resistance can hinder one's ability to accept discomfort, as society's emphasis on constant comfort has made us less resilient. Buddhism teaches that life is characterized by a sense of incompleteness and dissatisfaction, but it is possible to work towards transcending these limitations by developing the strength of our own minds. It is an ongoing journey of self-improvement, cultivating compassion, and striving to be of service to others.

    • Understanding and Embracing EmotionsBuddhism teaches that emotions are rooted in fear but they should not be suppressed. By understanding the underlying fear, we can develop self-awareness and cultivate a healthier relationship with our emotions.

      Emotions, according to Buddhism, are rooted in fear. These emotions, such as anger and desire, stem from a basic fear of not getting what we want or getting what we don't want. Our actions and behaviors are often driven by this fear, constantly seeking to fulfill our desires or escape from what we fear. However, Buddhism does not advocate for suppressing or eliminating emotions entirely. Instead, it encourages understanding and mindfulness of our emotions. Emotions are natural and not inherently negative. By recognizing the underlying fear behind our emotions, we can develop a greater sense of self-awareness and cultivate a more balanced and peaceful state of mind. The goal is not to eliminate emotions, but to have a healthier relationship with them.

    • Understanding and Transforming Emotions through MeditationBy embracing and exploring our emotions through meditation, we can transform them and experience increased calmness, decreased stress, and heightened happiness, ultimately benefiting ourselves and others.

      Emotions are not something to be eliminated but rather understood and transformed. Gelong Thubten emphasizes that emotions are veils that hide something deeper within us, and they can distract us from our true nature. Instead of distancing ourselves from our emotions, he suggests using them as a form of meditation, where we directly work with them and explore their sensations in our bodies. This process allows for transformation and eventual dissipation of the emotions. Even just 10 minutes of daily meditation can bring about visible changes in the brain, leading to increased calmness, decreased stress, and heightened happiness. Ultimately, meditation helps us connect with our inner peace and compassion, benefiting both ourselves and others.

    • Understanding Anger and Cultivating ResilienceBy examining our anger without blame, forgiving ourselves, and embracing challenges, we can transform our emotions, free ourselves from suffering, and lead a more resilient and empowered life.

      Anger is best addressed by examining the anger itself rather than focusing on the external triggers. By looking at the feeling of anger without attaching stories or blame to it, and meditating on the physical sensations it brings, we can begin to transform and dismantle it. Holding onto anger only perpetuates our suffering and retraumatizes us. Forgiveness is not about the other person, but about freeing ourselves from the burden and liberating ourselves from suffering. Instead of seeing difficult experiences as negative, we can view them as opportunities for growth and self-transformation. This mindset empowers us to take control of our emotions and find gratitude in life's challenges. By leaning into discomfort and working with it, we can cultivate a more resilient and empowered way of living.

    • Embracing Challenges in MeditationMeditation can help us transform difficulties into opportunities for growth and evolution. It is important to approach our feelings with compassion and love instead of shame, and to find the method that works best for us.

      We can use our difficulties and suffering as part of our meditation practice to grow and evolve. Gelong Thubten shares his personal experience of going through a four-year retreat where he initially struggled with depression and anxiety. However, by learning to approach these feelings with compassion and love instead of shame, he was able to transform them. He emphasizes that this process is unique for everyone, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meditation. While his journey may seem extreme, many individuals with busy lives can still incorporate meditation into their daily routines and experience personal growth. The key is to find the method that works best for you. Ultimately, the biggest lesson is to confront and not run away from our challenges.

    • Cultivating Compassion: A Journey of Self-DiscoveryDeveloping a strong sense of self allows us to connect with others on a deeper level, fostering compassion and benefiting not only ourselves but also the entire world.

      Developing a strong sense of self and cultivating compassion go hand in hand. When we become more connected with our own minds and find stability within ourselves, we are better able to express compassion towards others. Our need for community and social connection becomes a foundation for practicing compassion and benefiting others. Compassion goes beyond simply feeling sorry for others or helping them in times of need; it involves understanding others on a deeper level and helping them to develop and find ways out of their own suffering. By cultivating unconditional love, like the love between parents and children, we can strive to develop this same love and compassion for all beings, ultimately contributing to a more compassionate world.

    • The Power of Love and MeditationLove can be cultivated and expanded to include everyone through meditation, while also accepting and embracing ourselves in the present moment, leading to true happiness.

      Love has the power to transcend boundaries and extend to everyone. Rangan Chatterjee and Gelong Thubten discuss the unconditional love parents have for their children, and how this love can be expanded to include others. Through meditation, Thubten suggests starting with people we already have deep love for, and gradually expanding that love to include strangers and even those we have difficulties with. The goal is to cultivate compassion for everything and everyone. Additionally, Thubten emphasizes the importance of learning to be with ourselves through meditation. It is not about trying to become a better person or forcing our minds into a certain state, but rather accepting and embracing who we are in the present moment. Ultimately, meditation allows us to relax into our essence and discover true happiness.

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    #460 Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

    #460 Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

    At the age of 103, not only is today’s guest the oldest I’ve ever welcomed onto my podcast, but she’s also the oldest returning guest, too!

     

    Dr Gladys McGarey is the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and the author of the fantastic book The Well-Lived Life: A 103-Year-Old Doctor's Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age. She began her medical practice at a time when women couldn’t even own their own bank accounts, and over the past sixty years, she’s pioneered a new way of thinking about disease and health that’s transformed the way we imagine health care and self-care around the world.

    In this wonderful and uplifting conversation, and with her trademark humour and compassion, Gladys offers profound insights on living with purpose, navigating adversity and finding healing within ourselves. 

    We explore how to avoid living with regrets, the importance of parents truly listening to and supporting their children and finding your unique purpose that ‘feeds your soul’. We also look at how we can bring a more positive attitude to negative experiences and how Gladys lives by what she calls her "5 Ls" - life, love, laughter, labour and listening.

    Still thriving at 103, she embodies staying curious, adaptable and active. During our conversation, she shares her views on ageing, believing in ‘ageing into health’ rather than ‘anti-ageing.’ She also stresses the importance of doctors listening to - and loving - their patients but that it’s ultimately us who are responsible for our own healing.

    Gladys’s century of life experiences has something to offer everyone. Her wisdom will inspire you to reflect on your own purpose, face life's challenges with resilience and make the most of the years ahead.

    It was an honour to speak to Gladys again and have such a deep and honest conversation with her. I hope you enjoy listening to her as much as I did. Her playfulness, humour, and can-do attitude remind us that it's never too late to learn, grow and make a positive impact on the world around us. 

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    #459 BITESIZE | A Monk’s Guide To Happiness & How To Thrive in Hard Times | Gelong Thubten

    #459 BITESIZE | A Monk’s Guide To Happiness & How To Thrive in Hard Times | Gelong Thubten

    What if the most courageous, compassionate thing you could do in life, was to learn how to be with yourself?


    Today’s clip is from episode 387 of the podcast with Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author of ‘A Handbook for Hard Times: A Monk’s Guide to Fearless Living’ - Gelong Thubten.


    In this clip he explains that when we distract ourselves by scrolling, overeating, or drinking for example, we’re pushing away emotional pain or discomfort – even if we may not realise it. But the discomfort is really in the pushing. If we can learn instead to sit with what’s making us uncomfortable, those emotions start to transform.


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    Have you ever woken up from a vivid dream and wondered about its meaning? Or perhaps questioned the purpose of dreaming altogether? It’s certainly a fascinating topic and one which I have never covered before on my podcast.

     

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    During our conversation, Rahul explains his belief, that we sleep, in order to dream. When we are asleep, our brains are not resting but instead shift into a different state where areas linked to imagination and creativity become more active.

     

    While dreams remain a largely unexplained phenomenon, Rahul shares his insights into common dream themes, the importance of dreams in childhood brain development, and the highly personal nature of dream interpretation. He also covers practical techniques for remembering dreams, the concept of lucid dreaming, the potential links between dreaming and future brain health, and also shares some profound insights about the brain at the time of death. 

     

    Throughout our conversation, Rahul emphasises that although dreams have captivated humans for centuries, they remain a mysterious and intensely personal aspect of our lives. However, if we approach our dreams with curiosity, they have the potential to gift us valuable insights about the contents of our minds and our emotions.

     

    The topic of dreams clearly resonates with many of you - I received over 1,000 comments and questions about dreams when I announced this upcoming episode on my Instagram page.  And, I’m happy to say that Rahul answers some of these questions throughout our discussion, offering his unique perspective as both a neuroscientist and a neurosurgeon.

     

    So whether you're a vivid dreamer or someone who rarely remembers their dreams, this episode offers a captivating glimpse into our sleeping minds.

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    #457 BITESIZE | The Secrets to Reversing Your Age and Living Longer | Dr Mark Hyman

    #457  BITESIZE | The Secrets to Reversing Your Age and Living Longer | Dr Mark Hyman

    What if you could slow down ageing or even reverse it?


    Today’s clip is from episode 338 of the podcast with medical doctor and best-selling author Dr Mark Hyman. 


    His latest book, Young Forever: The Secrets To Living Your Longest, Healthiest Life, challenges us to reimagine our biology and the entire process of ageing.


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    #456 How Smartphones Are Rewiring Our Brains, Why Social Media is Eradicating Childhood & The Truth About The Mental Health Epidemic with Jonathan Haidt

    #456 How Smartphones Are Rewiring Our Brains, Why Social Media is Eradicating Childhood & The Truth About The Mental Health Epidemic with Jonathan Haidt

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    #455 BITESIZE | The Surprising Truth About Exercise and Keeping Your Brain Healthy | Dr Tommy Wood

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    It's easy to believe that we have to dedicate lots of time and energy to exercise. That, unless we're pushing ourselves to our limits, it's not worth doing. But my guest this week disagrees - as do I.


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    #454 How To Live Your Life Without Regret, The Importance of Speaking Your Truth & Why Silencing Yourself Impacts Your Health & Happiness with Africa Brooke

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    #453 BITESIZE | Do This Every Day to Reduce Stress, Boost Immunity & Increase Resilience | Dr Susanna Søberg

    #453 BITESIZE | Do This Every Day to Reduce Stress, Boost Immunity & Increase Resilience | Dr Susanna Søberg

    Cold showers, icy plunge pools, outdoor swimming – are you a fan, or does the very idea make you shiver? 


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 322 of the podcast with Dr Susanna Søberg.


    Susanna is arguably one of the leading researchers on the topic of cold water immersion therapy. Her research on the physiology of deliberate cold and heat exposure is helping to back up what many cultures have known instinctively for thousands of years – changing our temperature is good for us.


    In this clip we discuss some of the new science around one of the biggest wellness trends of the past few years and Susanna gives some great tips so you can get started.


    CAUTION: If you have uncontrolled hypertension or heart disease it is not advised that you start practising cold water immersion. If you have any doubt at all as to whether you are fit enough to give this practice a go, please consult a qualified healthcare professional.


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    #452 The Science of Rituals & How They Can Transform Our Health, Happiness and Relationships with Professor Michael Norton

    #452 The Science of Rituals & How They Can Transform Our Health, Happiness and Relationships with Professor Michael Norton

    Have you ever thought about the role that rituals play in our health and wellbeing? Whether it's a morning routine, a pre-game warmup, or a cultural tradition, rituals can provide us with structure, meaning, and connection.

     

    Today’s guest is Professor Michael Norton, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and author of the brand new book, The Ritual Effect: The Transformative Power of Our Everyday Actions, which delves into the science and psychology behind, why turning everyday habits into rituals can improve our work, our relationships and our lives.

     

    In this conversation, Michael and I explore the fascinating world of rituals and how they impact on our mental and physical health. We discuss the distinction between rituals and routines, why they can be really helpful in making our habits stick over the long term and how, by providing order and structure, they can help us manage overwhelm and stress.

     

    We also explore how rituals foster community and connection, how elite athletes like Serena Williams use rituals to enhance performance and mental preparation, and how team rituals, like the New Zealand rugby team’s iconic Hakka, are a great example of how ritual behaviours boost togetherness and collective identity. 

     

    Michael and I also share some of our own personal rituals  - including the preparation rituals I go through each week to prepare for this podcast. And, we also acknowledge that rituals can become problematic if taken to an extreme and the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with them, using them as tools for self-improvement rather than allowing them to be in control of us.

     

    Ultimately, this is a conversation that offers a compelling case for the power of rituals in enhancing our health and happiness. Whether you're an athlete striving for peak performance, or simply someone looking to live a more fulfilled life, I think you’ll find that understanding the "ritual effect" can be truly transformative.


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    #451 BITESIZE | A 103-year-old Doctor’s #1 Secret to Health and Happiness | Dr Gladys McGarey

    #451 BITESIZE | A 103-year-old Doctor’s #1 Secret to Health and Happiness | Dr Gladys McGarey

    Today’s guest is the oldest person I’ve ever welcomed onto my show, and what a great pleasure it was for me to do so. 


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 394 of the podcast with Dr Gladys McGarey.


    She’s 103 years old, co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, and author of the fantastic book, The Well-Lived Life: A 102-year-old Doctor’s Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age.


    For many of us, finding our purpose in life feels like an optional extra when we’re busy working, raising children or caring for parents. It can be hard to know who we really are or what we want out of life. But Gladys insists we should still strive to identify our reason for getting out of bed every morning.

    Gladys believes each of us holds a unique purpose - a true reason for being here. And in this clip, she invites you to find yours.


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