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    #705: Dr. Willoughby Britton — The Hidden Risks of Meditation, Overlaps with Psychedelic Risks, Harm Reduction Strategies, How to Choose a Retreat, Near-Death Experiences, and More

    enNovember 22, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Understanding the Effects of Meditation and Promoting Safety in PracticeMeditation can have both positive and negative effects, and it is crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of its impact to ensure its safe and effective use in different situations.

      Meditation can have both positive and negative effects on individuals, and it is important to understand how different practices are suited for different people and conditions. Dr. Willoughby Britton's research focuses on the effects of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain and body in the treatment of mood disorders and trauma. She is particularly interested in studying adverse effects and finding ways to mitigate them. This research is valuable because it provides evidence-based information and support for meditators in distress. Additionally, Dr. Britton's work highlights the importance of meditation safety trainings for providers and organizations. By gaining a better understanding of meditation and its potential effects, we can ensure its safe and effective use in various contexts.

    • The Unexpected Effects of Meditation on SleepResearchers and practitioners of meditation need to question their assumptions and delve into the complexities of meditation experiences to gain a better understanding of its effects.

      Meditation can have unexpected effects on sleep. Willoughby Britton, a researcher, initially believed that meditation would improve sleep based on its relaxing properties. However, her research revealed that meditation actually caused cortical arousal and insomnia in individuals. This unexpected finding challenged her assumptions and led her to question what other assumptions were being made about meditation. Britton realized that as a researcher, she had a responsibility to explore the history and background of meditation practices and examine the knowledge that meditation teachers withhold. This realization prompted her to conduct the Varieties of Contemplative Experience study, which aimed to understand the challenges faced by meditation practitioners and how they interpreted them. This study revealed the complex and multifaceted nature of meditation experiences, leading to further research and exploration in this field. Ultimately, this takeaway highlights the need for researchers and practitioners to question their assumptions and explore the nuances of meditation.

    • The Complex Relationship Between Meditation and SleepMeditation can improve sleep quality when practiced for shorter durations, but excessive meditation can lead to insomnia and hyperarousal syndrome. Personal differences and expectations should be considered for optimal results.

      The effects of meditation on sleep are not straightforward and depend on various factors. A study found a non-linear relationship, where people who meditated for less than half an hour and less than every day actually experienced an increase in sleep quality. However, those who meditated more than that had more insomnia and cortical arousal. It's important to understand that meditation is not a one-size-fits-all practice, just like sports or exercise. Another key point is that meditation can be both beneficial and potentially harmful, depending on the dosage. Higher doses of meditation can lead to hyperarousal syndrome, similar to the effects of stimulant drugs. It's essential to approach meditation with the right mindset and expectations to avoid adverse events. Personal experience and individual differences play a significant role in the effects of meditation.

    • The Importance of Guided Support in Challenging PracticesWhen engaging in intense practices like fasting, psychedelics, and silent meditation, it is crucial to have the guidance and support of experienced professionals to navigate potential challenges and ensure safety. We are not alone in our struggles.

      Combining fasting, psychedelics, and silent meditation can lead to unexpected and challenging experiences. Tim Ferriss shares his story of how he decided to combine these practices during a retreat, but it ended up being problematic for him. He experienced discomfort, a rapid acceleration of thoughts, and a flooding of traumatic memories from childhood abuse. He couldn't sleep and felt desperate for help. Thankfully, he had access to an experienced clinical psychologist, Jack, who provided a safety net and recommended therapists to address the situation. This highlights the importance of having appropriate guidance and support when exploring intense and potentially transformative practices. It also reminds us that everyone's experiences are unique, but we're not alone in our struggles.

    • The risks and considerations of intense meditation practicesIntense meditation practices can be risky for individuals with trauma, psychological history, or chronic stress. Tailoring the practice to individual needs is important, but meditation should not be limited to certain privileged groups.

      Engaging in intense meditation practices can have potential risks, especially for individuals with prior trauma history, psych history, or chronic stressors. Research indicates that there is an increased risk for adverse effects among those who have experienced stressors or adversity. However, screening out individuals based on these factors is challenging, as the majority of people have been exposed to stressors in their lives. It is important to consider the potential vulnerabilities and risk factors of participants, but also not limit meditation practices only to those who are sheltered or privileged. Overall, it is crucial to approach meditation with caution and tailor the practice to individual needs and capabilities.

    • Challenging assumptions about screening and mental health in meditationScreening individuals based on psychiatric history does not necessarily protect them from challenges in meditation. Instead, a more informed approach involves monitoring and providing support, as the benefits of meditation can extend to those with mental illnesses.

      Screening people out based on psychiatric or trauma history may not necessarily protect them from potential risks or adverse effects of meditation. The study found that 60% of individuals experiencing meditation-related challenges were actually meditation teachers, who had received correct practice instructions and good supervision. On the other hand, some individuals with serious mental illnesses have found benefit from meditation and do not wish to be excluded from accessing this practice. Instead of screening people out, a more informed approach would involve closely monitoring and providing off-ramps during meditation retreats. It's important to note that the prevalence of lasting negative effects from meditation is estimated to be around 6 to 14%, comparable to the adverse effects of psychotherapy.

    • Embracing Negative Experiences in MeditationRecognizing personal indicators of getting outside one's comfort zone during meditation can help avoid escalating stress and maintain a balanced approach to the practice.

      Negative experiences during meditation are not necessarily adverse effects. According to Willoughby Britton, having some kind of negative experience is normal and indicates that one is fully engaged in the practice. However, it becomes concerning if these experiences have a negative impact on one's life and functioning outside of meditation. It is important to address any challenges or risks associated with meditation to make the practice safer. One approach is to train each individual to recognize their personal indicators of getting outside their window of tolerance or feeling out of control. By understanding these indicators and responding accordingly, individuals can avoid escalating stress and find a more balanced approach to their meditation practice.

    • Nurturing Emotional Regulation for Stability and Well-beingRecognizing and addressing internal emotional indicators, incorporating grounding foods, understanding the effects of intense meditation and psychedelics, and aligning practices with goals are essential for maintaining emotional stability and well-being.

      Understanding and tracking our own emotional regulation is crucial for maintaining stability and well-being. Just like a car has indicator lights to signal potential issues, we have our own internal indicator lights that require attention. Willoughby Britton emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing these indicators to avoid dysregulation. Additionally, she discusses the impact of diet on emotional states, highlighting that certain foods can help ground and stabilize individuals. It is also noted that intense meditation practices and psychedelic experiences can lead to a decrease in both negative and positive emotions, potentially resulting in a state of anhedonia. Ultimately, it is essential to have clarity on our goals and adjust our practices accordingly.

    • Finding Balance in Meditation and Psychedelic PracticesFinding a balanced approach to meditation and psychedelics is essential to avoid overwhelming the nervous system and struggling to regulate emotions. It's crucial to listen to the body's messages and align individual goals and needs.

      There are different paths to reaching a heightened state of consciousness through meditation. The low road involves calming down and detaching from emotions, while the high road involves training attention and increasing activation in the brain. However, it's important to note that pushing oneself too far in either direction can lead to dissociation, which may have negative consequences. This is particularly relevant when considering the combination of psychedelics and meditation. Some people may seek out intense experiences and use psychedelics to enhance their practice, but this can often be overwhelming for the nervous system. On the other hand, individuals who have initial experiences with psychedelics and then turn to meditation retreats may also find themselves struggling to regulate their emotions. It's crucial to listen to the body's messages and find a balanced approach to meditation and psychedelics that aligns with individual goals and needs. When seeking out meditation retreats, it's important to consider one's own goals and preferences, as well as the level of intensity and the presence of other practices such as movement or yoga. Ultimately, the key is to find a retreat that matches one's goals and provides a supportive and safe environment for practice.

    • Approaching Meditation Retreats with CautionStart with shorter retreats or practice at home with apps, follow retreat guidelines, and balance external instructions with personal instincts for a positive meditation experience.

      It's important to approach meditation retreats with caution and choose the right format for oneself. Intense practices with no movement and limited feedback from teachers may not be suitable for everyone. Instead, starting with shorter retreats or practicing at home with the help of apps can be a good way to ease into meditation. It's crucial to follow the guidelines and rules set by the retreat organizers, such as avoiding fasting or using psychedelics. Retreats that attract a certain type of meditator, particularly those who are highly educated and zealous, may pose a higher risk. Being a high achiever can also be a risk factor. Balancing the external instructions with one's own internal compass is essential for a positive meditation experience.

    • Flexibility and customization in meditation practicesModify your meditation practice to suit your goals and values, and be aware of potential challenges to navigate your meditation journey effectively.

      Meditation practices can have various implicit goals and values that may not align with everyone's needs and preferences. It is important for individuals to have the flexibility to modify their meditation practices according to their own goals and values, rather than adhering strictly to traditional or preset rules. This allows individuals to ensure that they are going where they want to go in their meditation journey. Additionally, the study on contemplative experiences highlights the diverse range of challenges and adverse effects that can arise from meditation, including cognitive, perceptual, emotional, somatic, cognitive, motivational, sense of self, and social issues. Being aware of these potential challenges can help individuals navigate their meditation practice more effectively.

    • Comparing Adverse Events: Meditation vs. Psychedelic ExperiencesBoth meditation and psychedelic experiences can result in similar adverse events, such as changes in cognition and perception. However, there may also be neurological differences, with hallucinogen persisting perception disorder being more common in psychedelics. Further research is needed for a complete understanding.

      Both meditation and psychedelic experiences can lead to adverse events that have similar symptoms and durations. These adverse events include changes in cognition, perception, motivation, sense of self, and social interactions. It is important to note that the overlap between these experiences is still being studied, but initial findings suggest that there are similarities in the perceptual changes, such as visual snow, and the duration of these effects. However, there may also be neurological differences between the two, particularly in the case of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), which seems to be more common in the psychedelic world. Further research is needed to fully understand the distinctions between meditation and psychedelic related adverse events.

    • The Perception Restoration Foundation: Support for HPPD and Related ChallengesThe Perception Restoration Foundation offers valuable resources and support for individuals with HPPD or related challenges, providing a starting point for those seeking guidance and highlighting the importance of person-centered approaches in addressing trauma.

      The Perception Restoration Foundation may be a valuable resource for individuals experiencing HPPD (Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder) or related challenges. While Tim Ferriss cannot personally vouch for the specialists or capabilities of the foundation, it offers a range of helpful resources including FAQs, a documentary trailer, and a specialist directory. This can provide a starting point for those feeling broken, hopeless, or uncertain about how to address their condition. Additionally, the conversation highlights the importance of a person-centered approach when working with trauma or individuals who have had negative experiences with certain practices or systems. Recognizing the power dynamics inherent in systems and finding alternative sources of support or interventions can be beneficial.

    • Finding Calm Through Personalized Objects and ActivitiesChoosing objects or activities that bring a sense of calm and presence can positively impact our nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. Personalized choices are more effective than generic techniques.

      Choosing an object that brings a sense of calm and presence can positively impact our nervous system and promote relaxation. Tim Ferriss finds solace in his sketchbook, where he immerses himself in artwork and loses track of past and future worries. As he focuses on the sketchbook, he notices a decrease in sympathetic nervous system activation, slower breathing, and muscular relaxation, particularly in his back and neck. This reinforces his sense of relaxation and allows him to settle into the calm state. This approach highlights the importance of personal choice in finding objects or activities that have a soothing and grounding effect, rather than relying on generic techniques that may induce anxiety or discomfort.

    • The Power of Finding Your Own Self-Care PracticeExplore different activities that align with your interests and passions to find what brings you fulfillment and joy. It's about embracing practices that amplify your positive engagement with the world, rather than following a prescribed technique.

      Finding a self-care practice that aligns with your own unique interests and passions can be incredibly beneficial. Willoughby Britton discovered that her love for gardening and engaging with nature had a profound impact on her well-being, even more so than traditional meditation practices. By tending to rare plants and building an off-grid cabin in Vermont, she found a sense of fulfillment and joy that she had not experienced through meditation alone. This highlights the importance of exploring different activities and finding what truly resonates with you. It's not about following a prescribed technique, but rather embracing practices that amplify your positive engagement with the world.

    • Ensuring Qualified Practitioners for Mind-Altering ModalitiesWhen seeking practitioners for mind-altering modalities, prioritize those with a proven track record of handling difficult cases calmly and offering proper aftercare. Avoid inexperienced or dubious "experts" and be cautious of potential institutional betrayal. Seek support from validated peer support models.

      When engaging with mind-altering modalities like meditation, psychedelics, or psychotherapy, it's crucial to ensure you have qualified and empathetic practitioners. Just because someone is skilled in these modalities doesn't guarantee they will provide proper aftercare or be able to handle adverse events. Look for practitioners who have a track record of handling difficult cases calmly and have demonstrated competency. Beware of fly-by-night "experts" or self-proclaimed gurus without sufficient experience. Also, be aware of institutional betrayal, where the people who are supposed to help you can actually cause harm. Peer support models, like the one at Cheetah House, can provide a sense of validation, empathy, and recovery for those who have experienced trauma.

    • The Importance of Experience and Training in Serving PsychedelicsBefore administering psychedelics to others, it is essential to have extensive personal experience and training, as well as volunteer with organizations like Zendo, to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals undergoing psychedelic experiences.

      Experience and training are crucial when it comes to serving psychedelics to others. Tim Ferriss emphasizes the importance of having at least 30 to 50 high dose psychedelic experiences before being in a position to administer these substances to others. Just like skiing, where you need multiple trips and falls to gain knowledge about the risks involved, psychedelic experiences should humble and inform the individual. Additionally, volunteering with organizations like Zendo provides valuable peer support and harm reduction training. By working the toughest shifts and handling difficult cases, individuals can assess their ability to deal with intense experiences. This public service announcement serves as a reminder that serving psychedelics requires responsible and experienced individuals to ensure the well-being of others.

    • Impact of Near-Death Experiences on Brain ActivityNear-death experiences can trigger epileptiform activity in the brain, leading to polarized interpretations and intriguing parallels with mystical experiences and language acquisition.

      Near-death experiences can have a distinct impact on brain activity. The study conducted by Willoughby Britton found that individuals who had near-death experiences had epileptiform activity in their brains. This activity could be a result of oxygen deprivation during the experience or a preexisting tendency towards hyper synchrony. Britton, however, remained agnostic in interpreting the findings and presented them without taking a position. Interestingly, the response to the study was polarized, with some viewers believing it provided scientific evidence of heaven while others saw it as proof that near-death experiencers were "nuts." The study also raised intriguing parallels between near-death experiences and mystical experiences induced by psychedelics. Additionally, Britton shared a mind-blowing story of a woman who returned from a near-death experience speaking a different language.

    • Unraveling the mysteries of near-death experiences and smart glass.Stay open-minded and supportive towards unexplained phenomena. Approach meditation with caution and preparation, while maintaining a balanced perspective in exploring and understanding these experiences.

      There are still mysteries in the world that can't be easily explained. This conversation discusses the experiences of near-death experiences (NDEs) and the potential future of smart glass. It highlights the importance of being open-minded and agnostic about these phenomena, rather than trying to solve or dismiss them. It also emphasizes the need for understanding and support for individuals who have had adverse events or effects, particularly in the context of meditation. The conversation acknowledges that meditation can be beneficial, but also warns about the potential risks and the importance of being prepared. Overall, it encourages a balanced and cautious approach to exploring and understanding these experiences.

    • The Importance of a Balanced Approach to Mindfulness and MeditationIndividuals should approach mindfulness and meditation with caution, recognizing the possibility of adverse events and the need for support systems. They should critically evaluate the commercialized nature of these practices and exercise their own agency.

      It is crucial for individuals to approach mindfulness and meditation with a balanced perspective. While these practices have gained widespread popularity and support, it is important to acknowledge the possibility of adverse events and the need for support systems in case of turbulence or extreme experiences. The increasingly commercialized nature of mindfulness and meditation with profit motives also introduces the potential for incentives that may not always prioritize individual well-being. It is essential to critically evaluate the motivations and intentions behind these practices, as well as the potential limitations and risks involved. Additionally, individuals should exercise their own agency and not idolize or place unquestioning faith in spiritual leaders or gurus, recognizing that even respected figures can be fallible.

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    [28:03] What inspired the automation of CD Baby?

    [33:22] Derek's billboard.

    [34:32] Good advice at any age: "Don't be a donkey."

    [40:24] Enter Kevin Kelly.

    [41:02] Kevin's biggest regret.

    [43:13] Finding contentment in minimalism and "voluntary simplicity" without starving to death.

    [50:33] Kevin's epiphany when he embraced writing as a late bloomer.

    [56:40] Why Kevin promised himself he would never resort to teaching English while traveling abroad.

    [59:07] Finding purpose through resilience and the creator's dilemma.

    [1:06:50] Why the appeal of being a billionaire is overrated.

    [1:11:05] Middle-aged optimization.

    [1:15:28] Realizations following a "six months until death" challenge.

    [1:20:08] Kevin's Kickstarter-funded project linking angels and robots.

    [1:22:41] Why a self-proclaimed ex-hippie waited until his 50th birthday to try LSD for the first time.

    [1:28:43] Why a population implosion is probable in the next 100 years.

    [1:36:05] The greatest gift you can give to your child.

    [1:38:21] The criteria for Amish technology assimilation.

    [1:45:03] What technology-free sabbaticals can do for you.

    [1:48:53] Long Now Foundation's vision of a better civilization.

    [1:53:33] The graphic novel teaching young people how to become indispensable.

    [1:54:52] An antidote to misguided "follow your passion" advice.

    [1:56:44] Kevin's favorite fiction book.

    [1:59:15] The resource Kevin compiled for documentary lovers.

    [2:02:47] A name Kevin considers synonymous with "success" (and why success is overrated).

    [2:05:46] What Kevin would change about himself.

    [2:07:59] Daily rituals.

    [2:10:44] How Kevin accumulated enough books to fill a two-story library.

    [2:15:19] How Adam Savage from MythBusters transformed Kevin's method of organization.

    [2:17:14] The project everyone should undertake at least once in life.

    [2:19:30] Does discovery equal invention?

    [2:20:12] Kevin's advice to his younger self.

    [2:23:16] Parting thoughts.

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    #752: Terry Crews and Richard Koch

    #752: Terry Crews and Richard Koch

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #287 "Terry Crews — How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want" and episode #466 "Richard Koch on Mastering the 80/20 Principle, Achieving Unreasonable Success, and the Art of Gambling"

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    [04:48] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [05:52] Enter Terry Crews.

    [06:17] Terry's art background and growing up in Flint, Michigan.

    [15:35] A favorite failure.

    [22:40] Two ways of confronting an abusive father.

    [30:41] Terry reflects on his favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.

    [34:20] How Terry coped with imposter syndrome on his first movie set — with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    [39:17] Enter Richard Koch.

    [39:40] Richard's non-story story about wines, spirits, and chat shows.

    [41:16] Exception to my "no book quotes" policy for Richard.

    [42:10] Secrets revealed in Oxford's Bodleian Libraries.

    [47:32] Richard's peculiar talent and its discovery.

    [50:17] Richard's investing success despite weak numeracy: the star principle.

    [59:48] Richard's $1.5 million investment decision.

    [1:03:41] Business "segmentation" in The Star Principle.

    [1:06:40] Principles governing Richard's portfolio.

    [1:09:07] Richard's firing from BCG and meeting Bill Bain.

    [1:19:03] The growth share matrix (Boston box) explained.

    [1:22:50] What Bain and Company appreciated about Richard.

    [1:36:07] Results of early partner-like behavior at Bain.

    [1:40:00] Key takeaways from Perspectives on Strategy and other recommended books.

    [1:44:06] Richard's preference for principles over knowledge and The 80/20 Principle's origin.

    [1:57:58] Richard's happiness and time/energy allocation.

    [2:01:16] Comparing journaling styles.

    [2:07:24] Adventurers vs. controllers: who has more fun?

    [2:10:36] Inspiration for Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve It.

    [2:17:50] Richard's definition of success and nine landmarks of unreasonably successful people.

    [2:20:56] Landmark one: self-belief.

    [2:23:40] Landmark two: Olympian expectations.

    [2:24:34] Landmark three: transforming experiences.

    [2:32:52] Landmark four: one breakthrough achievement.

    [2:35:36] Landmark five: make your own trail.

    [2:35:50] Landmark six: find and drive your personal vehicle.

    [2:45:24] Landmark seven: thrive on setbacks.

    [2:47:54] Landmark eight: acquire unique intuition.

    [2:48:15] Landmark nine: distort reality.

    [2:48:56] How landmarks reinforce each other.

    [2:51:24] Nelson Mandela's unique intuition during imprisonment.

    [2:58:31] Richard's annual question instead of new year's resolutions.

    [3:01:44] Parting thoughts.

    *

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    #751: Elizabeth Gilbert and Jack Kornfield

    #751: Elizabeth Gilbert and Jack Kornfield

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #430 "Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creative Path: Saying No, Trusting Your Intuition, Index Cards, Integrity Checks, Grief, Awe, and Much More" and episode #300 "Jack Kornfield — Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy in the Present"

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    [05:36] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [06:38] Enter Elizabeth Gilbert.

    [07:04] Liz shares who Rayya Elias was and how she's remembered her in story at The Moth.

    [14:53] What kind of stories and storytellers make Liz break out in applause?

    [21:05] What has Liz learned from Martha Beck?

    [23:49] Staying true to one's inner compass and saying "No" without remorse.

    [27:03] The simple "No" via Byron Katie.

    [33:07] The wisdom of the body.

    [36:56] Enter Jack Kornfield.

    [37:24] Jack's connection with hang gliding and paragliding.

    [40:06] Jack's childhood, abusive father, and role as family peacemaker.

    [45:12] "If you're going to be angry, do it right."

    [47:48] Jack's transition from pre-med to Asian studies at Dartmouth.

    [49:28] From hippie to Buddhist monk.

    [50:57] Psychedelics' influence on Jack's spiritual path and current stance.

    [59:53] Meeting Stanislav Grof.

    [1:03:32] Finding and studying under Ajahn Chah.

    [1:05:59] Rookie monk training in Thailand and enduring suffering.

    [1:13:49] Long silence periods and out-of-body experiences.

    [1:16:37] Mystical experiences aren't always pleasant.

    [1:19:15] Tim's experience at Spirit Rock.

    [1:20:10] Challenges during training in Thailand and Burma.

    [1:24:47] "Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed..."

    [1:29:55] Advice for deep inner work with real-life responsibilities.

    [1:42:04] Compassion vs. empathy.

    [1:46:19] Technology's role in developing compassion.

    [1:47:26] Lovingkindness meditation for Westerners.

    [1:56:04] Attending the first White House Buddhist Leadership Conference.

    [1:57:59] The mission of CASEL.

    [1:59:18] Introducing mindfulness practice and love as a superpower.

    [2:10:11] Returning to self-discovery after derailment.

    [2:15:57] Apparent derailment as necessary communication.

    [2:19:17] Self-talk for managing inappropriate anger.

    [2:37:21] Returning to the US to study clinical psychology.

    [2:42:50] Using forgiveness to help veterans and at-risk youth.

    [2:45:30] Why community support beats community apathy.

    [2:49:23] Lack of significant initiation rituals in modern society.

    [2:53:10] Recommended book for newcomers to Jack's work.

    [2:57:48] Jack's billboard.

    [2:59:02] Parting thoughts.

    *

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    #750: Neil Gaiman and Debbie Millman

    #750: Neil Gaiman and Debbie Millman

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #366 "Neil Gaiman — The Interview I've Waited 20 Years to Do" and episode #214 "How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman."

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    Timestamps:

    [05:11] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [06:14] Enter Neil Gaiman.

    [06:44] What Ian Fleming taught Neil about writing — even when he doesn't want to.

    [09:56] Neil's biggest rule for writing.

    [12:41] Neil's process for writing first drafts.

    [14:30] What Neil aims to accomplish with his second drafts.

    [14:40] Something Neil noticed when he first started writing and editing with the use of computers.

    [17:27] Notebooks Neil prefers for writing first drafts.

    [21:56] Fountain pens Neil has known and loved.

    [22:57] How Neil's default writing time has changed over the years.

    [24:56] The value of the Groundhog Day routine.

    [26:24] Today's methods may not be tomorrow's.

    [27:53] Lessons learned from Terry Pratchett.

    [29:22] Parting thoughts and gratitude.

    [31:21] Enter Debbie Millman.

    [31:45] How Debbie describes her diverse background to new acquaintances.

    [33:38] A childhood drawing predicting Debbie's future.

    [37:54] Debbie's unintentional path to becoming a designer.

    [45:41] Overcoming initial rejection.

    [50:04] Debbie's advice to her college self after that first major rejection.

    [54:25] Empathy vs. feeling slighted by those who reject us.

    [59:28] Manhattan's influence on Debbie's pursuit of happiness and career.

    [1:06:42] Debbie's abuse history and its impact on her self-sufficiency and charitable work.

    [1:12:41] Coping with abuse aftermath and feelings of isolation.

    [1:18:40] Debbie's experience being called a "corporate clown" and "she-devil."

    [1:37:00] From lowest point to godmother: a transformative journey.

    [1:37:38] The world-changing potential of brochures.

    [1:43:14] The Design Matters podcast: origins and evolution over 12 years.

    [1:46:46] Milton Glaser's impact on design and Debbie's life.

    [1:52:16] The "10-Year Plan for a Remarkable Life" exercise.

    [1:57:51] The nature of hard decisions.

    [2:07:07] Recommended Design Matters episodes for design novices.

    [2:07:55] Parting thoughts.

    *

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    #749: Michael Lewis and Martine Rothblatt

    #749: Michael Lewis and Martine Rothblatt

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #427 "Michael Lewis — Inside the Mind of the Iconic Writer" and episode #487 "Dr. Martine Rothblatt — A Masterclass on Asking Better Questions and Peering Into the Future."

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    Timestamps:

    [04:13] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [05:16] Enter Michael Lewis.

    [05:54] Why Michael quit his well-paid job to become a full-time author.

    [12:58] Liar’s Poker is a cautionary tale, not a how-to book.

    [15:16] On ambition and the metrics of success.

    [18:31] Maximizing self-satisfaction, optimizing the writing process, and learning to sing.

    [20:51] The value of having an impolite editor on your side.

    [23:52] On the merits of productive laziness.

    [28:13] How Michael determines if a project should proceed.

    [29:51] Michael's billboard.

    [32:45] Enter Martine Rothblatt.

    [33:14] Martine's appreciation for Alan Watts' book on human identity.

    [35:34] Martine's thoughts on AI-human coexistence in the movie Her.

    [36:31] BINA48 and realistic human simulations in media.

    [39:53] Martine's role models and inspirations.

    [41:20] When Martine started a biotech company to save her daughter's life.

    [52:44] Glaxo Wellcome's misconceptions about Martine's successful drug.

    [56:17] Martine's interest in satellite communication systems.

    [1:00:33] Promoting scientific literacy and curiosity.

    [1:05:20] Questioning authority and Martine's transgender journey.

    [1:10:28] Martine's non-binary gender identity.

    [1:12:34] Key decisions in Martine's transition.

    [1:13:28] The need for genetic information protection laws.

    [1:16:00] South American population and organ transplant research.

    [1:21:42] Vagus nerve manipulation for various therapies.

    [1:31:25] Martine's Alzheimer's cognitive enabler patent.

    [1:38:17] The Rothblatt family's "love nights" tradition.

    [1:43:54] The possibility of machines experiencing love.

    [1:49:20] Ethical considerations for future technology.

    [1:52:44] Current practices future generations might view as barbaric.

    [1:57:42] United Therapeutics' zero-carbon-footprint headquarters.

    [2:00:32] Refurbishing unusable lungs to save lives.

    [2:04:45] United Therapeutics' focus on long-term COVID-19 effects.

    [2:07:26] Martine's billboard.

    [2:08:27] Advice for finding positivity in life.

    [2:11:48] Parting thoughts.

    *

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    #748: Pavel Tsatsouline and Christopher Sommer

    #748: Pavel Tsatsouline and Christopher Sommer

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #55 "Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance" and episode #158 "The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training."

    Please enjoy!

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    Timestamps:

    [05:10] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [06:14] Enter Pavel Tsatsouline.

    [06:34] Pavel's background as a world-class trainer.

    [07:07] Considerations while customizing a training regimen.

    [09:40] Strength-building principles over equipment.

    [10:36] When in doubt, train your grip and your core.

    [12:57] How to grease the groove.

    [16:08] How not to strengthen the "core."

    [18:53] Approaching training as a practice.

    [21:16] Prioritizing strength — the "mother quality of all physical qualities."

    [23:57] The most counter-productive myths about strength training.

    [27:14] Pavel's hypothesis for the science behind hypertrophy.

    [28:01] Deadlifts, kettlebells, and the most common mistakes with both.

    [29:31] People who exemplify success to Pavel.

    [30:09] Calmness is contagious.

    [32:31] Enter Christopher Sommer.

    [33:23] Defining Gymnastics Strength Training™ (GST).

    [37:08] Types of strength that most non-gymnasts will not have.

    [41:10] Biggest mistakes made by those who self-teach handstands.

    [46:10] Top exercises for identifying weaknesses in strength and mobility.

    [56:47] The problem with focusing on muscular fatigue when training.

    [1:05:03] What is a pike pulse and why does it matter?

    [1:07:45] On kipping pull-ups.

    [1:11:16] Identifying solutions to pain.

    [1:18:38] The Jefferson curl.

    [1:23:06] Why weighted mobility work needs to be approached with a different level of intensity than conditioning work.

    [1:28:09] If someone is 35 years old, a former athlete, and has never done gymnastics, what's a good exercise and what should be avoided?

    [1:33:31] 3-5 joint mobility exercises for getting strong.

    [1:38:52] Preferred way to work on shoulder extension.

    [1:44:40] A good goal for those seeking to improve mobility.

    [1:46:15] Yoga handstands vs. gymnastics handstands (aesthetics vs. gold medals).

    [1:54:20] Coaches who have impressed Coach Sommer the most.

    [1:55:49] The story of Dmitry Bilozerchev and Alexander Alexandrov.

    [2:00:36] Differentiating immature athletes from mature athletes.

    [2:03:43] Training for success.

    [2:08:43] Describing the systematic approach to GST.

    [2:16:58] Exercises to avoid for the first six months of GST.

    [2:18:27] Breaking down the muscle-up.

    [2:23:59] Understanding the purpose of using various grips.

    [2:31:28] How Coach Sommer mentally preps athletes for a big competition.

    [2:41:13] Questions Coach Sommer would ask a gymnastic coach before sending children off to train with them.

    [2:45:36] Questions Coach Sommer would ask a gymnastic coach who trains adults.

    [2:47:44] Balancing stretching and training time.

    [2:52:52] People who exemplify success to Coach Sommer.

    [2:58:16] Most gifted books.

    [3:01:04] Morning rituals.

    [3:05:02] Coach Sommer's billboard.

    [3:10:12] An ask for the audience and parting thoughts.

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    #747: Seth Godin and Dr. Sue Johnson

    #747: Seth Godin and Dr. Sue Johnson

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #138 "How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions" and episode #529 "Iconic Therapist Dr. Sue Johnson — How to Improve Sex and Crack the Code of Love."

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    [07:36] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [08:39] Enter Seth Godin.

    [09:05] Seth's rules for speaking engagements and why he developed them.

    [13:53] Navigating life's big transitions.

    [15:54] Why Seth publishes a daily blog.

    [16:54] Writing process and overcoming blocks.

    [21:01] Top businesss decisions.

    [22:45] Discerning between good and bad ideas.

    [24:27] Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer?

    [30:10] Opportunies Seth is glad he declined.

    [31:56] Money is a story. How does Seth tell it?

    [34:56] Seth on education.

    [38:11] Suggested practices for overwhelmed parents.

    [41:03] Enter Dr. Sue Johnson.

    [41:39] Peer-reviewed clinical research supporting Sue's work.

    [44:47] EFT's success rate and clinical definition of success in studies with distressed couples.

    [48:47] Scales used to assess marital satisfaction and bond in research.

    [54:55] Definition of a hold me tight conversation.

    [56:15] Examples of hold me tight conversations.

    [1:05:52] How a hold me tight conversation might work for someone who tends to isolate or feels isolated.

    [1:14:35] Prevalence of isolation and the stigma around "dependency."

    [1:18:27] Attachment parenting vs. sleep training.

    [1:28:09] Micro-interventions from Rogerian models of therapy (evocative questions).

    [1:36:38] Sue's response to clients who struggle to identify their feelings in their body.

    [1:43:32] Upping the ante in a hold me tight conversation and its unintended effects.

    [1:45:26] Sue's approach to helping someone work through anger.

    [1:48:53] Sue's fascination with Winston Churchill and recommended reading.

    [1:54:24] Common arguments between tango couples.

    [2:07:35] Advice for couples who are in love but lack sexual spark.

    [2:17:02] Advice for couples where the woman has a higher sex drive than the man.

    [2:22:35] Development and content of Sue's Hold Me Tight Online program.

    [2:27:08] Parting thoughts.

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    #746: Jerry Seinfeld and Maria Popova

    #746: Jerry Seinfeld and Maria Popova

    This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #485 "Jerry Seinfeld — A Comedy Legend’s Systems, Routines, and Methods for Success" and episode #39 "Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds."

    Please enjoy!

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    Timestamps:

    [05:16] Notes about this supercombo format.

    [06:19] Enter Jerry Seinfeld.

    [06:46] Jerry’s writing process for survival in the comedy ecosystem.

    [15:43] Lessons Jerry would teach in a writing class and how they relate to his fitness methods.

    [15:43] Soliciting creative feedback while preserving pride over doing the work.

    [20:33] Routines essential to Jerry’s well-being and their frequency and duration.

    [24:50] How nurturing creativity is like parenting, and Jerry’s belief about pain and knowledge.

    [26:17] Additional ways Jerry mitigates depressive episodes.

    [27:27] A resilience-building failure.

    [32:05] The importance of playing the game well.

    [33:42] “Survival is the new success.”

    [36:12] Jerry’s billboard.

    [39:06] Enter Maria Popova.

    [39:30] Are you correctly pronouncing names you’ve only read but never heard?

    [41:13] What does Maria do?

    [41:50] What is Brain Pickings (now The Marginalian)?

    [42:31] What percentage of New York Times best sellers are a result of Maria’s coverage?

    [47:55] The common denominator that guides Maria’s reading list.

    [49:16] The importance of writing for an audience of one.

    [52:07] Contending with the temptation to create BuzzFeed-like content.

    [59:44] The daily discipline required for Maria’s well-being.

    [1:07:10] Maria’s note-taking system.

    [1:12:53] Seneca and the time-tested challenge of presence vs. productivity.

    [1:16:08] Start-up opportunity? Build a note-taking tool for heavy readers/highlighters.

    [1:22:52] About the team behind [The Marginalian].

    [1:24:28] Collaborative proofreading and copyediting.

    [1:27:21] Self-reliance pathology and how to overcome it.

    [1:29:56] Finding a professional personal assistant and learning to delegate.

    [1:34:36] Maria’s weightlifting regimen and favorite bodyweight-only exercise.

    [1:37:22] Designing content infrastructure to be evergreen.

    [1:39:28] Cutting out the commentary contrarians.

    [1:46:13] Scheduling social media.

    [1:48:25] Coping with email — and sometimes snail mail.

    [1:50:31] How to cultivate a personal inner circle and pre-screen book review requests.

    [1:54:54] What donation model works best for site revenue?

    [2:01:22] Recommended reading from [The Marginalian] and parting thoughts.

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    #481: Dan Harris on Becoming 10% Happier, Hugging Inner Dragons, Self-Help for Skeptics, Training the Mind, and Much More

    #481: Dan Harris on Becoming 10% Happier, Hugging Inner Dragons, Self-Help for Skeptics, Training the Mind, and Much More

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    In 2014, Dan published the book 10% Happier, which takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives. In 2017, Dan followed up with Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book.

    In 2016, Dan launched the 10% Happier company with co-founders Ben Rubin, CEO, and Derek Haswell, VP Product. The company was rebranded to Ten Percent Happier in 2019.

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    #433: Sam Harris on Psychedelics, How to Cope During a Pandemic, Taming Anxiety, and More

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    Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) is a neuroscientist, philosopher, and author of five New York Times bestsellers. His work covers a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focuses on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz).

    Sam hosts the popular Making Sense podcast and is also the creator of the Waking Up app, which offers a modern, rational approach to the practice of meditation. Sam has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. He holds a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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    #509: George Mumford, Mindfulness Coach to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, on Awareness, Compassionate Action, The Dizziness of Freedom, and More

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    George Mumford (@gtmumford) is a globally recognized speaker, teacher, and coach. Since 1989, he’s been honing his gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques with people from locker rooms to board rooms, Yale to jail.

    While at the University of Massachusetts, where he roomed with future Hall of Famer Julius Erving, injuries forced George out of basketball and eventually into an addiction to pain medication and drugs. With the help of meditation and mindfulness, he got clean and made it his mission to teach and work with others.

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    George believes everyone has a masterpiece within. His book The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance  — both memoir and instruction guide — can show you how to access it.

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    #464: Tim Ferriss — My Healing Journey After Childhood Abuse

    #464: Tim Ferriss — My Healing Journey After Childhood Abuse

    For me, this is the most important podcast episode I’ve ever published.

    In it, I describe the most life-shaping, certainly the most difficult, and certainly the most transformative journey of my 43 years on this planet. I’ve never shared it before.

    My dance partner and safety net in this conversation is my friend Debbie Millman (@debbiemillman). She has been named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company, and she is the host of Design Matters—a great show and one of the world’s longest running podcasts. She is also Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts and Editorial Director of Print magazine, and she has worked on design strategy for some of the world’s largest brands.

    But I didn’t ask Debbie to join me because of her bio. I asked Debbie because she’s a close confidante, she’s an excellent interviewer, and she’s been an incredible support for me in the last few years, including late-night emergency phone calls. She and I have also experienced similar trauma but have taken two *very* different paths to healing using *very* different tools. So, you get a two-for-one deal in this conversation. 

    All resources mentioned in this episode, and many more, are listed at tim.blog/trauma.

    And if you remember only one thing, please remember this: there is light on the other side. I wouldn’t have believed this even five years ago, but I now consider myself living proof that deep, lasting change is possible. Don’t give up. You are never alone, and it is never hopeless. I’m right there alongside you, as are millions of others.

    Much love to you and yours, 

    Tim

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