David’s research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology, to better predict outcomes and potential biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness. In this context, David has been specifically focusing on the study of mindfulness-based interventions in clinical settings, and the basic cognitive and neuroscientific mechanisms by which mindfulness-based practices function.
We talk about how David began his studies, mindfulness from a scientific approach, and where true happiness is according to science. I would love to hear what you think about this episode. It confirmed what I felt the benefits of mindfulness are and taught me so much more.
Radically Curious David
Radically Inspired Clarity
David Vago Answers…
Radically Loved Quotes
“In this context of mindfulness, the goal is not to sit in a room on a cushion, the goal is to connect with other human beings.”
“The realization that there is no self can be very scary.”
“Our own happiness and well being comes from out altruistic motives, and that’s empirical research.”
“Each moment is made up of habits of perception and interpretation.”
A Little More About Our Guest
David Vago is an associate psychologist in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and instructor at Harvard Medical School. He has completed post-doctoral fellowships in the department of Psychiatry at BWH, the Utah Center for Mind-Body Interactions within the University of Utah Medical School, and the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological & Social Psychiatry. David has previously held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute and is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Rochester. In 2005, David received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences with a specialization in learning and memory from the department of Psychology, University of Utah. www.davidvago.bwh.harvard.edu/
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” ~Mandy Hale We all get stuck: paralyzed about a decision, unsure what choice to make. Stuck in resentment or disappointment we can’t quite recover from. Stuck in a plan that’s not working as anticipated. Stuck in a destructive, repetitive dynamic with family members, coworkers, or friends. Stuck makes things feel immovable, entrenched, even hopeless. The good news is, they aren’t. We human beings are actually extremely adept at getting unstuck, at seeing the same thing in new ways, discovering new insights and changing our attitudes, but we need some tools to create that movement. Here are some of my favorite ways to get unstuck. Keep them all in your toolkit, or experiment to see which ones work most powerfully for you. 1. IT's JUST PERFECT. Perfect? This dreadful, annoying, not-what-you-planned situation is perfect? Yup. It is. Your mind will figure out how if you point it in that direction. Say to yourself, “This situation is perfect because…” and brainstorm five reasons. Find the truth in each of them. Now what looks different? 2. MUSIC. Pick a favorite song and connect to the mood of that song. Play the song out loud or just think of it. Then apply the mood of the song to how you look at the situation. You might bring the spirit “What a Wonderful World” to the argument with your mother-in-law. Bring the mood of your favorite jazz piece to the last minute work assignment your boss just handed you. What feels different now? 3. MAKE IT FUN. Oh, if we all asked that question more… what a world we’d create. Brainstorm ten ideas that would make the situation more fun. Then pick a few and experiment with them. 4. DREAM. Ask your mind to work on the problem in your dreams. Put a dream journal next to the bed. Give yourself a few days for the dream to show up. It maybe obviously relevant or connected through the language of metaphor. 5. TRUTH. Just tell the truth, including the parts that feel scary and vulnerable to share. Including the parts you’ve been repressing or avoiding. That unfailingly shakes things up and breaks stagnation. Be diplomatic, be kind, be your wise and sensitive self–but state your truth. 6. SELF-CARE In difficult situations, we typically focus on how they (those other crazy people) should be different, how they are wrong. Bring your attention back to yourself. What do you need to do to take care of you? What do you need to protect your sanity, act in alignment with your integrity, and be the happy camper you want to be? Take care of your needs and watch your relationship to the situation change.
Meditation for Light and Bliss www.radicallyloved.com
Rock Your Bliss is a Yoga-Inspired coaching movement for your body and mind founded by Jacki Carr and Mary Beth LaRue. They foster a community through self-development practices, vulnerable conversations and conscious, creative play. These are two of the most inspiring women I know.
I can’t wait for you to listen to their story, the work that they’re doing in their business and in their own lives. We talk about really being honest, feeling free, and being aware of your unconscious beliefs.
Jacki and Mary Beth have a special perspective on relationships from their own amazing friendship to the relationships they have with female friends and spouses. If you’ve been thinking about your relationships and craving more openness and togetherness, this is such a great conversation to listen to.
Radically Blissful Jacki and Mary Beth
Radically Inspired Clarity
Jacki and Mary Beth Answer…
Radically Loved Quotes
“We create the space we stand in and the generations to come.”
“My female relationships are the most important in the world to me.”
“Your heart expands. I keep remembering, there’s room.”
“I feel most free when I realize we’re all connected.”
Mary Beth’s Top 10 Influential People
In no particular order:
My husband, Matt
and a plus one Elena Brower
Jacki Carr’s Top 10 Influential People
1) Marti Carr (Mama)
2) Jack Carr (Dad)
3) Chris Hynes (sweet, sweet husband of mine)
4) My Grandma Paulin (Flower Girl in my wedding)
5) Susanne Conrad (Founder of Lightyear Leadership, formerly igolu)
6) Mary Beth LaRue (did you listen to the podcast, you get it?!)
7) Melinda and Kat Bailey Carr (little sisters)
8) Alex Christensen & Erin Thomas (college best friends when I was scared of women, they stuck by me)
9) Matt Hoglund (my other man, i.e. gay best friend)
10) Evergreen Hynes (our daughter, yes already!)
A Little More About Our Guests
Mary Beth LaRue is a yoga teacher, coach and writer. She’s an Iowa girl living blissfully in Silver Lake, Los Angeles with her husband and their lovable English bulldog, Rosy. Whether it’s through a sweaty yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over coffee about life goals, her mission is to lead people toward their bliss. Sustainable, fulfilling bliss.
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, motivational speaker and new Mama. You can find her in Denver, Colorado making friends and hiking with her man, little girl Evi and two pups all over the Rocky Mountains. Her coaching style includes real + honest conversations and true connection to your most powerful and whole self. www.rockyourblissmovement.com
There’s no doubt that we are in what could be the most stressful time of our lives. We are bombarded with external pressures, the state of our eco-system, the information overload, the work emails that wont stop. We are being constantly taxed energetically by our external environment. So what happens? We turn into tension filled, stressed out self-inflicted attention deficit disordered burnouts. We are less likely to focus, and be present in our current tasks because there is just too much to do. This leads to lower job satisfaction, lower morale, and low productivity. Hardly the type of results we want to create in our lives and for our colleagues. 50 % of today’s workforce in the US say that Job Stress is a major problem in their life. This is twice as much as ten years ago. There is also a 50% increase in healthcare expenditures, which also shows corporations losing billions of dollars because of work-related stress. Stress is simply a mental and often physical reaction to a perceived threat or change, so if you have a career or a job… those two things are most likely a pre-requisite. Things are in a constant flow of change so that means that we will always have stress. There are always unexpected life changes, performance reviews, new product launches, new deadlines and so on. We have the ability to change this chain-of-events simply by paying attention to our current state. Imagine a workday where you were able to make a choice that wasn’t reactive? That you chose to act wisely instead of reacting mindlessly? Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, if you are more aware of the patter or chain of reaction you are very likely to begin to set new patterns not only in your work life, but in your life as a whole. Here are a few ways you can begin to change the order of your life simply by paying attention and setting a new intention! mind·ful·ness ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun: mindfulness the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique in·ten·tion inˈten(t)SH(ə)n/ noun: a thing intended; an aim or plan. “The point of power is always in the present moment” Louise L. Hay Benefits: 1) Greater sense of wellbeing 2) Improved ability to remain task-focused 3) Better equipped to handle stress 4) Awareness of mental obstacles 5) More cohesive team work
This Time of Year Can leave us Feeling Anxious and Disconnected This is a grounding practice to drop you deeply into your body and connect you with the earth. You may want to use this meditation any time you feel disconnected or anxious and it's particularly good for post travel and post holiday and in our case post election. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and undergrounded.. This practice is essential The idea of “the air out there” is about disconnecting from the Chaos and connecting to a deeper, more essential place inside. Think about the electricity in your house doesn’t work unless you are grounded… Part of this meditation will be breath focus + visualization.. don’t worry if you trail off its ok.. come back to the breath. Pranayama for the first 10 minutes then guided meditation for the final 10. Feel Into Your Body… (Body Awareness) Tongue resting at the back of the front lower teeth Identify: Current State Dwelling or Presence Inhale is energizing.. exhale is relaxing.. Move Breath Spinal Kriya : Trunk of A Tree Connect to Root System … more and more established in the earth.. Anchored… stable.. Think about a place you go to outside to feel FULLY ALIVE Where You can seek Adventure Where You FEEL Connection This is where you can feel At HOME in Your Body, Reside On Your Breath, Refrain from Dwelling in thought.
The Dream, Girl mission is to tell the amazing stories of inspiring female entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation. It’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them how.
Erin Bagwell and Komal Minhas sparked a movement through touring their documentary Dream, Girl. They are so inspiring and totally awesome! I am so grateful for both of these girls. I watched the Dream, Girl trailer and had to reach out. They share so much goodness from how we can be a part of their mission to what self-care is when you’re an overwhelmed entrepreneur.
Radically Ambitious Erin and Komal
Radically Inspired Clarity
Erin and Komal Answer…
Radically Loved Quotes
“You can only create from a place of fullness.”
“We have to give ourselves permission to have the most radical transformations.”
“We get lost in the goal. Bring it back to the work.”
A Little More About Our Guests
While working 9 to 5, Erin felt the doldrums of corporate America eating away at her soul. But outside of work, she poured her heart into telling the stories of inspiring women on her blog, Feminist Wednesday. Erin’s lifelong dream was to make a feature length film, and she realized she could combine her two passions by making a film about the amazing women she was meeting. So fueled by coffee, a drive to change the world, and a feminist agenda, Erin quit her job to launch a Kickstarter campaign that raised $100K in 30 days. Dream, Girl – the documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs – was born. Then Erin met Komal Minhas, and both their lives changed forever.
Dedicated to amplifying the stories of women and girl’s Komal brings an unparalleled energy to producing, and creating new standards for distributing independent films. Business partners, and best friends these two work side by side and live only blocks away from each other in Brooklyn. Ready to take on Hollywood’s gender gap one ambitious film at at time. Dream, Girl premiered privately at The White House in May 2016, followed by the film’s sold out world premiere at the iconic Paris Theater in NYC. Dream, Girl was named the number one “Feminist Film to Watch” by Huffington Post.
Radically Loved Retreat
Ready for a truly transformative experience? Join me this February in Thailand. This retreat is about designing a road map to connect to love in your life. Getaway with like-minded individuals, eat really good food, take your yoga to the next level, and learn something new.