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Slo Mo is a series of extraordinary conversations hosted by international bestselling author of "Solve for Happy" and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.
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This is a very special episode with Gelong Thubten, the Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author.At the age of 21, Thubten gave up the life of an actor and ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk at the Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland - Europe’s oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years, and he has been trained by some of the world’s greatest masters of meditation.He is now regarded as one of the UK's most influential meditation teachers. Thubten contributed to Ruby Wax's most recent book, How to Be Human (stay tuned for my interview with Ruby in the coming weeks!). His own book, A Monk's Guide to Happiness was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller with editions in 10 countries internationally. He was kind enough to come and tell his story (with admirable honesty and humility), but also treat us to a guided meditation practice after spelling out perhaps the simplest and most effective explanation of how to meditate I've ever heard.Listen as we discuss:Gelong Thubten's life as a party animal through his teenage years.The resulting brutal burnout that led him to a meditation practice.His decision to join a monastery for a year - that turned into 26 years.His 9 month silent retreat.Is the monk path the best path?How Thubten's extreme nature made it difficult for him to meditate.Spiritual materialism and the phenomenon of "faking" spirituality early in training.You know you're on the right track if your compassion is growing.The simplest explanation of how to actually meditate (the best I've heard)The importance of setting a time limit to meditateA short guided meditation practice led by the teacher himself, Gelong ThubtenInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Gelong Thubten on Instagram @gelongthubten, on Facebook @GelongThubtenOfficial, on Twitter @Gelong_Thubten, and his website, gelongthubten.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today's guest is Michaela Boehm.By now, you must know I love talking about relationships almost as much as I love discussing happiness. Michaela has given Slo Mo one of my favorite takes yet on the perpetually interesting and controversial topic of human sexuality and intimacy. (See my interviews with Dr. Robert Glover, Alain de Botton, and Kasia Urbaniak for some other fascinating takes). Michaela travels and teaches internationally as an expert in intimacy, relationship and sexuality. Her unique body of work centers around the intersection of intimacy and embodiment. With over 30,000 hours of in-person counseling, clinical experience in trauma and addiction and innovative somatic approach, her work with celebrities (Will Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc.) has been featured in international print publications, TV programs and online talk shows. Most recently her approach has been featured on the Netflix Series [UN] WELL, which is how I first saw her and decided I had to reach out. Michaela is the creator of The Non-Linear Movement Method, and her book The Wild Woman’s Way  was published in 2018.Listen as we discuss:What is an intimacy?The meaning of embodiment, the ability to hear and feel the messages of the bodyHow intimacy with yourself is the fundamental step before intimacy with othersIs it normal to lose the spark in your relationship? Yes, and here's why.Caution: Attend to the issues in a relationship before it's too late. They're fixable.Erotic friction vs. Relationship , the clash between familiarity and newnessA relationship problem is when you're not agreeing, not alignedAn attraction problem is the result of too much familiarity, too aligned."I married my best friend, but we no longer have sex."The biological, emotional, and spiritual layers of human relationships.How to rekindle the spark and introduce variety into your relationship.Do women really like men in uniforms? (And why?)The importance of being honest about the compromises you make in a relationship.Learn new sexual skills! Sex-Life BalanceInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Michaela Boehm on Instagram @micboehm77, on Facebook @boehm.michaela, and her website, michaelaboehm.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today's guest is an incredible woman, Dr. Tara Swart. Tara is a neuroscientist, medical doctor, executive advisor, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, and author of best-seller, The Source. Tara is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people live and work.In her work, Tara reveals the neuroscience that supports The Law of Attraction as an effective tool for self-discovery and offers a guide to discovering your authentic self to access your best life now. Her life story is proof that manifestation works, and I'm sure you'll agree after listening - just in time to ensure your 2021 goals get met.Listen as we discuss:What it's like to be a woman, a neuroscientist, and also spiritualHow do we define spirituality?Leaving the medical field to pursue her passionNever seeing the limitations of being a woman (Tara) or being a Muslim (Mo)"If you think you can't or you think you can, you're probably right." - Henry FordThe suppression of women, going back to the witch trialsWhat was Tara put on this planet to do?Embracing the privilege of helping those who are vulnerable around youHow meditation leads to relaxed awareness and better coping skillsCalibrating your stages of grief with others who are suffering during the pandemicHow vivid dreaming has been a product of anxietyHow did Tara manifest her husband?The neuroscience behind manifestationInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Dr. Tara Swart on Instagram @drtaraswart, on Facebook @TheSourceDrTaraSwart, on Twitter @TaraSwart, and her website, taraswart.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Happy New Year! What better way to start off 2021 than with a futurist? Ah, but John Sanei is not your typical futurist. His work combines ancient wisdom in its approach to futurism, and I know you'll agree when I say this is one of the most incredible conversations we've had on this podcast so far.I normally prepare a lot before interviews, but I wanted to flow with John because my friend who introduced us, Alice Law (interview with her coming soon!), told me that John will take the talk to some amazing places. That is exactly what happened. Consider me a huge fan of John Sanei from now on.John Sanei is a best-selling author, futurist and keynote speaker whose passion for psychology and technology has seen him engage with brands across the globe, and help them build the mental approach needed to make tomorrow more abundant than they ever thought possible.In What’s Your Moonshot? (his first book) he inspires the reader to ask bigger, bolder and more courageous questions about the future. In MAGNETiiZE – his second book, he invites the reader to focus on elegant, conscious and deliberate questions about the future.John is proudly the first African faculty member of Singularity University in San Francisco.Listen as we discuss:Essentialism vs. Minimalism The engineering mindsetMo: 2021 = The Year of FlowJohn: 2021 = The Year of SymbiosisCOVID-19 is like a weed.What is a futurist? And how does ancient wisdom fit into the study?Living based on memories of the past vs. the vision of the futureLiving in a victim bubble vs. a joy bubbleSeeing ourselves as being either with life or against lifeThe Drama TriangleMourning our future memories (this is fascinating)How the brain processes our memories (and time), and why we hold onto themThe neuroplasticity of changeJohn's incredible journey of forgiving his father for childhood abuseHow can we change memories so they make us feel good rather than bad?Hoʻoponopono, the Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgivenessEmpathyJohn's work with shamanic and plant medicine"Don't try to forgive. Just do the work to hold more light, and the rest will fall off."Where is 2021 heading from a futurist perspective?Gen Z and Baby Boomers - What is the meaning of success?The three stages of transformationEngaging in empathetic activismDeveloping foresightNewtonian vs. Quantum ScienceComplicated vs. ComplexInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with John Sanei on Instagram @johnsanei, on Facebook @trenovator, on Twitter @iamjohnsanei, and his website.Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
This is Part 2 of the chat between myself and my own brain, Becky.For those who know me well, you know I call my brain Becky. Becky is a retired control freak, tends to be obsessive, sees the negative in everything and loves to be vocal about it. I decided to free flow a year in review with Becky, focusing on the positive.Thank you to our listeners and guests for an incredible year. There's so much more Slo Mo to come. I love you all for listening.In Part 2, (we) discuss:The lessons I've learned from my amazing guests in Slo Mo's first yearWe're lucky to suffer like we do, instead of how Dr. Edith Eger did in AuschwitzVulnerability among hardship, demonstrated by Pia Stanchina, Susie Flory, Kim Ross, Elina St-Onge, Dorota Stanczyk, Elizabeth Day, and Jackie KnechtelMaria Sirois: The flower I planted this morning is not going to live forever. Life is change.Kevin Abdulrahman: I will come out of this pandemic better than when it started.Rick Hanson: We can physically change our brain by changing the way we think.Zoom has humbled us.Arun Gandhi: Anger is a gift.2020 has ushered in the golden age of empathy.My monk friends who live lives dedicated to compassion.Robert Glover on "Nice Guys" and Kasia Urbaniak on "Good Girls"Alain de Botton: The most listened to episode of 2020How the lockdown led to Slo Mo, and that's been the greatest gift of 2020Slo Mo is only getting started!Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.See you next year!
Today's guest is Becky.For those who know me well, you know I call my brain Becky. Becky is a retired control freak, tends to be obsessive, sees the negative in everything and loves to be vocal about it.A couple of weeks ago, she asked if she could be my guest on Slo Mo to talk with me about this exceptional year, 2020, in review. I had to oblige, as I've revamped my relationship with her throughout the years and owed her at least this.And before we dive in, I want to say it's been one of the greatest and most fulfilling pleasures of my life and career to host this podcast. There's so much more Slo Mo to come, and I love you all for listening.In Part 1, listen as I (we) discuss:2020, one of the most notable years in modern historyWhy some took 2020 so well, and others not so well.The Happiness EquationThe difference between happiness and funLessons on calm, anger, and moving forwardRevisiting stoicism and my talk with Donald RobertsonThe illusions of control and knowledgeThe 6 grand illusions and 7 blind spots (as mentioned in my book, Solve for Happy)Tal Ben Shahar on defining happiness: "Truth, truth, truth"Revisiting Rick Hanson and Dan Siegel on Negativity BiasHas COVID been as bad as we think?Scheduling your anxiety, a wonderful lesson from Karen GuggenheimShould we really want to erase the harsh moments from life?Alexandra Cousteau on COVID's positive impact on the environmentJimmy Nelson on finding love and calm across the street, not across the worldThings could have been so much worse!Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.See you next year!
Dr. Rupy Aujla is a General Practitioner for the UK National Health Service working in Emergency Medicine and completing a masters in Nutritional Medicine. He is the founder of ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’, which strives to inspire and educate everybody about the beauty of food and medicinal effects of eating well.He is a Sunday Times bestselling author, with two cookbooks published by HarperCollins - The Doctor’s Kitchen and Eat to Beat Illness and a third book Doctor's Kitchen 3-2-1, due for release on 31 December 2020.He is also the founding director of Culinary Medicine, a non-profit organization which aims to teach doctors and medical students the foundations of nutrition, as well as teaching them how to cook. Listen as we discuss:Why does Dr. Rupy continue to practice in the NHS despite his successful franchise?His own  journey of holistic recovery from a medical conditionHow so many diseases are preventable by healthy nutrition and lifestyleSeeing food as a gateway drug into lifestyle medicineThe incredibly impact of gratitude exercises, especially on bad daysDr. Rupy's brilliant "unfollow me" postThe key: lots fiber, quality fats, mostly plants, lots of colors, eating in time, eating wholeSalutogenesisWhy the microbiota is inseparable from healthThe critical importance of fiberIs it okay to eat unhealthy sometimes?Is a Raw Diet recommended?What is quality fat?His new book, Doctor's Kitchen 3-2-1What food does he include in every meal?Dr. Rupy's non-profit, Coloring MedicineInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Dr. Rupy Aujla on Instagram @doctors_kitchen, on Facebook @thedoctorskitchen, on Twitter @doctors_kitchen, and on his website, thedoctorskitchen.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Helen Russell is a bestselling author, journalist and speaker. Her first book, The Year of Living Danishly, became an international bestseller and has been optioned for television. She is the author of four other critically acclaimed books, translated into 21 languages.Helen also writes for magazines and newspapers globally, including The Times and The Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Independent, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, the Observer, Metro, Grazia, Stylist and Stella. She’s spent the last eight years studying cultural approaches to emotions and now speaks about her work internationally.Her newest book, How to Be Sad, will be released in March 2021.Listen as we discuss:What is the source of Helen's incredible work ethic? (Published 5 books in 5 years!)Is Denmark really the happiest nation on Earth?Fairness, safety, and even climate play a role in happiness.Is safety an illusion and is risk an illusion of the brain?A tour around the world through the lens of her Atlas of HappinessUK: Everything's fine...let's make a joke...Iceland: It will all work out.Greece: Have a labor of love and pour your heart into it.Happiness hacks that actually work.The joy of living small and feeling small.Why it's ok to see and accept the bad sides of life.Does logging off make us happier?Look after yourself.Uphold your values.Do something for the sake of it!How can we be self-starters?Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Helen Russell on Instagram @mshelenrussell, on Facebook @mshelenrussell, on Twitter @mshelenrussell, and on her website, helenrussell.co.ukDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
I'm a huge fan of the work of today's guest, Courtney Carver.Courtney launched her blog Be More with Less in 2010 and is one of the top bloggers in the world on the subject of minimalism. She is the author of Soulful Simplicity and is the creator of the minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333, a new approach to living simply starting with your wardrobe. Project 333 promises that not only can you survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months, but you'll thrive too. Her body of work focuses on the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives. I'm sure you'll breathe a sigh of relief when you realize that less can definitely be more.Listen as we discuss:How did Courtney discover minimalism?Being deep in debt in her 20'sThe inevitable breakdown that comes from being too busy for too longHer diagnosis with MS, after training for a cycling race to support MSListening for the body's wake-up callProject 333, and how it came to beThe beautiful realization that people don't pay attention to what you're wearingHow did she pay off her debt?Getting past the need to impress others with what you ownHow she deals with negative comments and feedback"I've already settled it for myself. Flattery and criticism go down the same drain." - Georgia O'KeefeThe Simplicity Space The pressure society places on women to show up and look goodHabit stacking, a brilliant practice for easing into long-lasting habitsHow to furnish a new space minimallyCreating the environment in which you want to experience lifeInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Courtney Carver on Instagram @bemorewithless, on Facebook @bemorewithlessdotcom, on Twitter @courtneycarver, and on her website, Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today’s guest is the amazing Emma Slade.Emma had a highly-successful international career in finance, becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and working as a Senior Analyst in London, New York and Hong Kong for HSBC on portfolios of $1bn+.Following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she was held hostage at gun point, she discovered in herself a yearning to understand the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being. She put her financial career on hold and began travelling and exploring yoga and meditation. A chance meeting with a Buddhist Lama on her first visit to Bhutan in 2011 led to her becoming the first and only Western woman to be ordained in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as a Buddhist nun.Emma founded the registered UK charity, ‘Opening Your Heart to Bhutan’ in 2015, which builds medical and educational facilities to help special needs children in Bhutan. She was given a Points of Light award by the UK Prime Minister in recognition of her charity work. Her first book, Set Free, was published in April 2017.Listen as we discuss:Islamic fitra and Buddha-natureWhat is Buddha-nature?Is fear innate or a product of conditioning?The subtle, karmic imprints we are born with, according to BuddhismIf we get reincarnated anyway, why don't we just spend our lives partying?Emma's incredible story from banker to Buddhist nunShould everyone become a monk or nun? What other paths are there to peace?Knowing when enough is enough, and what that means for Emma"It's hard to explain how free I feel." - Emma SladeEmma's book, Set Free  and why it was first titled "The Bee that Flew out of the Jar"How quickly after hardships do we learn the lesson?How is lockdown in Bhutan, and how has it impacted Emma' charity work?Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Emma Slade on Instagram @emma_slade_, on Twitter @emmabhutan, and on her website, emmaslade.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Joe De Sena is the founder and CEO of Spartan Race, Inc. De Sena has been an entrepreneur since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age 8, to starting a t-shirt business in high school, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, De Sena is a living definition of "entrepreneur." De Sena is the New York Times bestselling author of SPARTAN UP! A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life and SPARTAN FIT! 30 Days. Transform Your Mind. Transform Your Body. Commit to Grit. He is also the host of the "Spartan Up! Podcast", which I'm honored to be a guest on as well.I didn't intend for this to be a debate about the beliefs of "Slo Mo vs. Fast Joe", but the conversation began with seemingly fundamental differences; however, it quickly became apparent that we're talking about achieving the same result - a clear, present, and peaceful mind. Joe's focus on achieving this through the body will be fascinating - and motivating - for anyone wondering if they should invest time in their physical health. And for those that do, listen for the benefits you may not have even thought about.Listen as we discuss:Slo Mo and Fast Joe - different, but same?Toughening up and the Spartan lifestyleOur lives are relatively not that hardThe body is like a swimming pool that needs clean filters and working pumpsHow life experience prepares you for the worst, as it did for JoeWhy being able to work hard is a privilegeWhy do people quit?Fire, Ready, AimHow do you get of your own mind?The Spartan Lifeline, an amazing practice for cultivating gratitudeHow can non-athletes prepare for a Spartan Race?Joe's advice: Run 1 mile a day,  do 30 burpees and 30 pullupsHow the food industry is rigged for sales, not for healthThe power of fasting and practicing povertyJoe's upbringing in an organized crime neighborhoodMy newfound motivation to beat Joe in a race, eventually!Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Joe de Sena on Instagram @realjoedesena, Facebook @realjoedesena, on Twitter @realjoedesena, and on her website, joedesena.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today's guest is my one of my dearest friends, Elizabeth Day. I have been waiting for this conversation for a long time, and it's flattering to know that many others have been as well. I appeared on Elizabeth's podcast earlier this year, and the episode was an absolutely massive hit. All of this is humbling, but the real gem is the bond I forged with this amazing woman.This conversation is an invaluable follow-up as we end one of the most trying years in collective human history. It says a lot that we barely had to do any editing on this audio, because everything just flows when there is chemistry - and boy is it honest. I'm certain anyone who listens to this will take something valuable away.Elizabeth is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Her memoir, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong is a Sunday Times top 5 bestseller and has been described as ‘life-changing’ by critics. Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of the things that haven't gone right and has been nominated for two British Podcast Awards. Her latest book is the fantastic Failosophy: A Handbook for When Things Go Wrong. Listen as we discuss:The history of my friendship with ElizabethElizabeth's gift of opening people up on her podcast, How to FailHer childhood as an outsiderThe irony of such a successful woman still speaking on failureHow she defines success and failureThe language of failure around fertility medicine and being a woman that “can't have kids”The universe is unfolding exactly as intendedWould she change anything if she could go back in time?How her wedding dress after a failed marriage led to her hit podcast (I love this story.)Can you find true love on a dating app? Elizabeth did.What is destiny?What is rejection?If you're perfect for everyone, you're not a real person.Did humanity fail with COVID?Best rom-com of all time: Love, Actually or When Harry Met Sally?Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Elizabeth Day on Instagram @elizabday, Facebook @elizabethdayauthor, on Twitter @elizabday, and on her website, elizabethdayonline.co.ukDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today's guest is Donald Robertson, renowned expert on stoicism.I was looking forward to this chat for a long time, and it does not disappoint. Stoics are mainly concerned with their wisdom and their character, and therefore process events that happen to them according to the effect of the event on their wisdom and character, first and foremost. This is an extremely powerful tool for dealing with life's hardships, including the pandemic.Donald is a writer, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and trainer.  He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern psychotherapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. His therapy practice specialized for many years in helping clients with social anxiety and self-confidence issues. He is also the author of six books and many articles on philosophy, psychotherapy, and psychological skills training. His latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was #1 best seller in philosophy, and he's also edited and written the introduction to Capstone Classics' new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.In Part 2, we discuss:What happens if you imagine the presence of things that are lacking? PainWhat happens if you imagine the lack of things that are present? GratitudeRather than thinking you have things, consider they're on loan from natureExhibit empathy without agreeing, as therapists doThe fourth thought of wisdom: don't stress, think clearly and solve the problemAnger is not a feeling, it's a way of perceiving life"The universe is change, and life is opinion."Is stoicism a religion?Moral virtue, and the ancient thought that it was inherited rather than learnableWhich is better, death or living?The Apology of SocratesHow all experiences are opportunities to contemplateLife is good if we use it well, and bad if we exploit itSocrates's sacrifice for truth, virtue and wisdomInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Donald Robertson on Instagram @howtothinklikearomanemperor, Facebook @robertsontraining, on Twitter @DonJRobertson, and on his website, donaldrobertson.name
Today's guest is Donald Robertson, renowned expert on stoicism.I was looking forward to this chat for a long time, and it does not disappoint. Stoics are mainly concerned with their wisdom and their character, and therefore process events that happen to them according to the effect of the event on their wisdom and character, first and foremost. This is an extremely powerful tool for dealing with life's hardships, including the pandemic.Donald is a writer, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and trainer.  He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern psychotherapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. His therapy practice specialized for many years in helping clients with social anxiety and self-confidence issues. He is also the author of six books and many articles on philosophy, psychotherapy, and psychological skills training. His latest book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius was #1 best seller in philosophy, and he's also edited and written the introduction to Capstone Classics' new edition of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.In Part 1, we discuss:What is stoicism?How stoicism deals with anger and our blind spotsDo people do wrong because they're fundamentally bad?Moral blindness is a more severe disability than physical blindnessRehab and reform those who wrong vs. punishing themLies of omissionThe ideal stoic: someone mainly concerned about their wisdom or characterHow stoicism is growing in popularity, especially during the pandemicHow Greek tragedies would have been very different with wiser charactersHow blessings can be a curse and curses can be a blessingIs venting emotions healthy, or should we not let them bother us?The difference between grief and pathological depressionThere's nothing anger can do that can't be done better with love and compassionCognitive distancing and the ability to consider multiple perspectivesThe four thoughts of wisdomInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Donald Robertson on Instagram @howtothinklikearomanemperor, Facebook @robertsontraining, on Twitter @DonJRobertson, and on his website, donaldrobertson.nameDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Helen Tupper is the co-founder and CEO of Amazing If, co-author of The Squiggly Careers, and the co-host of the Squiggly Careers podcast. She dedicates herself to helping people and organizations succeed through the unpredictable - or “squiggly” - nature of a career path. Helen describes herself as a positive force for good...work.I highly recommend the Squiggly Careers podcast. Each week, Helen and her co-founder and co-host, Sarah Ellis, take a work challenge and share tips and tools to help you with it. From looking for a new job to dealing with a difficult colleague, this podcast is incredibly useful. There are over 180 episodes ready for you to listen to and you can search for and subscribe to future Squiggly Careers episodes wherever you get your podcasts. Helen and Sarah are brilliant, and this interview with Helen will give you a small taste of their potentially life changing advice on how to really assess your career and, eventually, thrive in a happy one.Listen as we discuss:How Helen loved her jobs and wanted to do more outside the job to be better at it, but this was a hard sell for managementThe meaning of a "squiggly career", and what Helen's has looked likeThe mission of Squiggly Careers: make career support accessible to everyoneA linear career never goes backwards, but a squiggly career can go any directionThe combination of "What do I value?" + "What am I good at?"Build confidence and gain insight into your strengths to find your career pathHow to tame the "confidence gremlins" that stick us to limiting beliefsJudge yourself in the way you judge other peopleMy own squiggly career, and how I thrived in the corporate worldWhat exactly is a "career"?The historical origins of the career ladderShould you quit your job if it's not meeting your values?How to engage in Active RestStaying resilient in trying times for careers everywhereInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Helen Tupper on Instagram @amazingif, Facebook @amazingif, on Twitter @helentupper, and on her website, amazingif.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
I'm honored to have one of my heroes, Dr. Rick Hanson, on today's two-part episode. Rick mentions in our talk that this is one of his favorite interview he's ever done. I can confidently say the same.Rick is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 180,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need.  An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.There are few people alive today that are able to so eloquently and brilliantly combine the science and the spirit of the search for a meaningful life quite like Rick. His words emerge from the cross-section of psychology, contemplative wisdom, and neuroscience. If you truly want to understand how your brain works, and how it can help you - or hurt you - on your journey, do not miss this.In Part 1, listen as we discuss:Rick's sabbatical: his attempt at disengaging from the mechanism of "doing"Why do we just keep going back to doing instead of being?How feelings of inadequacy drove Rick to pursue both the scientific and the spiritualThe two ways to know yourselfThe human mind as a personal lab for experimentation, and how to tell what's workingHow scientism has become a dogma of its ownWhat is the mind?An incredible discussion on the nervous system that will alter your view on informationNeuroplasticity (one of my favorite topics)Stories from Rick's childhood, realizing his home is an unhappy place"If you're not for yourself, who will be? And if not now, then when?""If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves."Rick's HEAL model: how to truly learn, change, heal, or evolve, backed by scienceDeveloping the ultimate superpower: learningEvidence that contentedness is actually a driver of high achievementThe brain is velcro for bad experiences and teflon for good experiencesInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Dr. Rick Hanson on Instagram @rickhansonphd, on Facebook @rickhansonphd, on Twitter @drrhanson, and his website, rickhanson.netDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
I'm honored to have one of my heroes, Dr. Rick Hanson, on today's two-part episode. Rick mentions in our talk that this is one of his favorite interview he's ever done. I can confidently say the same.Rick is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 180,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need.  An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.There are few people alive today that are able to so eloquently and brilliantly combine the science and the spirit of the search for a meaningful life quite like Rick. His words emerge from the cross-section of psychology, contemplative wisdom, and neuroscience. If you truly want to understand how your brain works, and how it can help you - or hurt you - on your journey, do not miss this.In Part 2, listen as we discuss:A lesson on basic neuroscience from Dr. Rick Hanson himselfThe reptile brain, mammalian brain, and the primate/human brainWe are a walking museum!How to satisfy the brain? Pet the lizard, feed the mouse, hug the monkeyThe amygdala, and how some are negative, some ambivalent, and some opportunisticWhy it's important not to give priority or ranking to the layers of the brainWhy it's worth investing time for exercising your brainRick's 5 minute challenge: slow down to take in the good a few times a dayHow we reverse engineer awakening"The mind takes it's shape upon what it repeatedly rests upon"The 7 qualities of people that are far along the spiritual journeyNo matter where we are in the journey, we can always make progress, todayInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Dr. Rick Hanson on Instagram @rickhansonphd, on Facebook @rickhansonphd, on Twitter @drrhanson, and his website, rickhanson.netDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today’s guest is the one-of-a-kind (I say that confidently) Kasia Urbaniak, the founder and CEO of The Academy, a school that teaches women the foundations of power and influence. Kasia's perspective on power is unique. Over the course of nearly 20 years, she has worked as a professional Dominatrix, practiced Taoist alchemy in one of the oldest female-led monasteries in China and obtained dozens of certifications in different disciplines, including Medical Qi Gong and Systemic Constellations. Since founding The Academy in 2013, Kasia has taught hundreds of women practical tools to step into leadership positions in their relationships, families, workplaces, and wider communities. Her forthcoming book, UNBOUND: A Woman's Guide to Power, will be released in March 2021.Kasia is announcing a unique offer for Slo Mo listeners. Any woman who pre-orders her book will gain a free seat to her incredibly valuable training, the The Good Girl Reform School, which starts November 24th and normally costs $750. Listen to this conversation and decide for yourself if you want to attend, but I absolutely recommend it. Kasia is brilliant.(Disclaimer: Slo Mo receives no financial compensation for this endorsement, and, like all recommendations on the podcast, is genuine).In Part 2, we discuss:My experiences working at Google with female leadersKasia's belief that if she teaches women well, they'll teach the men"Women in a Meeting Syndrome"How women struggle with asking because they fear being bossy or needyThe belief that needing things is badHow can men empower women? Why women should keep an invisible labor log"Where there is no awareness there is no choice"Train women to love the word "no"People don't say no to be jerks, they say it because it threatens something importantResistance is precious!Imagining the first woman ever who asked for maternity leave!How a complaint always has a desireKasia's upcoming book, UnboundGood Girl Reformed School: a seat in the class for anyone who pre-orders the bookWe need more levity!Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Kasia Urbaniak on Instagram @realkasiaurbaniak, on Facebook @therealkasiaurbaniak, and kasiaurbaniak.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
Today’s guest is the one-of-a-kind (I say that confidently) Kasia Urbaniak, the founder and CEO of The Academy, a school that teaches women the foundations of power and influence. Kasia's perspective on power is unique. Over the course of nearly 20 years, she has worked as a professional Dominatrix, practiced Taoist alchemy in one of the oldest female-led monasteries in China and obtained dozens of certifications in different disciplines, including Medical Qi Gong and Systemic Constellations. Since founding The Academy in 2013, Kasia has taught hundreds of women practical tools to step into leadership positions in their relationships, families, workplaces, and wider communities. Her forthcoming book, UNBOUND: A Woman's Guide to Power, will be released in March 2021.Kasia is announcing a unique offer for Slo Mo listeners. Any woman who pre-orders her book will gain a free seat to her incredibly valuable training, the The Good Girl Reform School, which starts November 24th and normally costs $750. Listen to this conversation and decide for yourself if you want to attend, but I absolutely recommend it. Kasia is brilliant.(Disclaimer: Slo Mo receives no financial compensation for this endorsement, and, like all recommendations on the podcast, is genuine).In Part 1, we discuss:Kasia's seriously incredible storyHer experiences as a dominatrix, where you'll learn more about the art than you ever thought existed How she went to teach other dominatrices her methodBein born into a world that made no sense to herThe reason she become a dominatrix: earn money to pursue spiritual journeyThe difference between "performing power" vs. leading from a place of carePower dynamics, and how we find them everywhere, and how that's not a bad thingHow men don't know how to make women happy, and women stay silent and angry about itGood girl conditioning, and how to reform itReacting to life with attention in vs. attention outCuriosity is one of the best ways to get through conflict and come out with goldInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Kasia Urbaniak on Instagram @realkasiaurbaniak, on Facebook @therealkasiaurbaniak, and kasiaurbaniak.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
For those of you who've been listening to Slo Mo for a while, you'll remember the episode with Jimmy Nelson (#10). It was one of our earliest episodes and remains among the most profound and moving. Jimmy is an absolutely unique and brilliant human being, and six months later, here we are speaking again. We decided to do this interview on Instagram Live, and hundreds of live listeners showed up. Here it is published for your listening pleasure, and like last time, I'm certain it will move you.Jimmy has hauled his camera to the world's most remote corners in order to create a living document of vanishing tribes and indigenous cultures. His first large-format book, "Literary Portraits of China", was a worldwide hit, culled from over 40 months of traveling through China. A collection of Jimmy’s photos, "Before They Pass Away", was published in 2013. In 2016, he and his team launched the Jimmy Nelson Foundation, which aims to foster appreciation for cultural diversity and celebrate polychromatic cultural identity.Listen as we discuss:Jimmy and I admiring the mutual comfortable we feel speaking to each otherJimmy's incredible art installation at Atelier des Lumières in ParisThe fact that COVID is still continuing is a persistent call to change somethingIs COVID19 the disease or the cure?Finding COVID's place in nature's delicate balancing actHow the journey of trying to connect with the true self begins with humilityWhat Jimmy feels when people compliment his artWhy Jimmy laughs when people express sympathy that he's unable to travelThe analogy of the featherJimmy's adventures discovering his own country, for onceJimmy's moving project at the Van Gogh Museum involving love lettersAs always, self-love.Imagine if the purpose of everyone to take care of our planetDavid AttenboroughDaring to loveHow his daughter has been spending her free time helping the elderly rather than partyingInstagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Jimmy Nelson on Facebook @jimmy.nelson.official, on Instagram @jimmy.nelson.official , on Twitter @jimmy_p_nelson, and jimmynelson.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.
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Donna Hoy

oh Akeem, before today I had no idea who you were. Oh man, I love everything about you, your energy and what you stand for. Truly inspirational. Once again Mo, thank you for your gift and for sharing this amazing episode. 🙏🙏🙏

Nov 22nd
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Donna Hoy

So profound. Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏🙏

Oct 2nd
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Donna Hoy

Oh my goodness. Such a profound and powerful episode. Life changing. Thank you once again for sharing. 🙏🙏❤

Aug 24th
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Donna Hoy

Wow, what a wonderful episode, so pivotal and empowering. The ripple effect is indeed happening. Thank you for sharing your wisdom 🙏🙏

Aug 24th
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Donna Hoy

I can't wait to be recognised as an ' adorable idiot!". Such a wonderful episode. Thank you for sharing your camaraderie, wisdom, humour and honesty.

Aug 24th
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