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Melody Warnick Full The One You Feed


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This week we talk to Melody Warnick

Melody Warnick has been a freelance journalist for more than a decade, she has written for Reader’s Digest, O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, The Atlantic’s CityLab, and dozens of other publications.

She is the author of This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live.  How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being—then travels to towns across America to see it in action.

 In This Interview, Melody Warnick and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Moving often
  • Liking where you live
  • Committing to where you are and making the best of it
  • The difference between people who are movers, stuck and rooted
  • Always thinking happiness is "out there" somewhere
  • Why walking more helps you love where you live
  • What is your Walk Score
  • Each town is different to each person depending on perspective- there is no objective town
  • Where would you take visitors in your town?
  • Taking advantage of the things your town offers
  • The paradox of choice
  • How important nature is in feeding your good wolf and loving where you live
  • Buying local
  • The power of "weak ties"

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

Taylor Hunt Full- The One You Feed


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This week we talk to Taylor Hunt

Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga, a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The system is now transmitted by his teacher, Sharath Jois, in Mysore, India.

Taylor was the first Ashtanga teacher in Ohio granted Level II Authorization to teach from the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. He is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others by teaching daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offering workshops around the country. He is also the author of the recently published book, A Way From Darkness, and director of the Trini Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga with those suffering from addiction.

 In This Interview, Taylor Hunt and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • How the parable applies to a person with addiction
  • Addiction = A disease of denial
  • His book, A Way From Darkness
  • The varying amounts of meeting attendance and other support mechanisms in the recovery process
  • The importance of being connected to one's self in a healthy life
  • The importance of state of mind and intention when it comes to the practice of yoga
  • The ways emotions show up in our body
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • How he helps his students connect to their yoga practice on a spiritual level
  • The importance of not comparing your insides with someone else's outsides
  • The surprising thing that his dad said to him when he asked for his blessing to go to India
  • "Bring Your Ass to Class"
  • How he built the self-discipline to cultivate a consistent yoga practice
  • The danger of identifying ourselves with our thoughts



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Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

Tara Brach- Full- The One You Feed

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This week we talk to Tara Brach

Tara Brach is an American psychologist and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C  Brach also teaches Buddhist meditation at centers for meditation and yoga in the United States and Europe including Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, the Kripalu Center,and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.

Brach is an engaged Buddhist specializing in the application of Buddhist teachings to emotional healing. Her 2003 book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, focuses on the use of practices such as mindfulness for healing trauma. Her 2013 book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, offers practices for tapping into inner peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.

 In This Interview, Tara Brach and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Being kind to the parts of ourselves that are more primitive
  • The difference between feelings and thoughts
  • Dropping the storyline
  • The question of "What am I unwilling to feel?"
  • How we have to go through the difficult emotions to get to peace
  • The importance of remembering the good
  • Not being addicted to suffering
  • The habit of looking for what's wrong
  • What's the moment like if there is no problem
  • How we tend to always anticipating a problem 
  • How we are almost always lost in thought
  • Practicing coming into our senses
  • Self-compassion as the most important quality on the spiritual path
  • Only being taught one type of meditation
  • Trying different types of meditation until we find the one that works best for us.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

matthew-quick- The One You Feed

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This week we talk to Matthew Quick about mental health

Our guest this week is Matthew Quick. He is here for his second visit to The One You Feed.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; as well as many other novels. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR.

His latest book is called Every Exquisite Thing


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In This Interview, Matthew Quick and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Short term pleasure versus long term gain
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Thinking that money and fame will create happiness
  • Removing the stigma of mental health
  • Intrinsic vs extrinsic goals
  • What drives us
  • The voice of depression
  • Finding the middle ground between rebellion and conformity
  • The power of literature to allow us to see different worlds and possibilities
  • How sometimes quitting is the right approach
  • Parental understanding 
  • How his father thought he was crazy to leave a job to become a writer
  • The pressure to be someone that everyone else wants you to be
  • Letting our children be who they are
  • How lonely people need to find each other
  • How we need music and art to rally around
  • Social anxiety and depression
  • The role of mental health in creating art
  • The artist as the canary in the coal mine
  • How being adjusted to a sick society is not healthy
  • How do we know if we are artistic, mentally ill or just different
  • Affecting an air of superiority over "normal" people

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Direct download: MatthewQuick2Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EST