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Artwork by Katherine Lam. It’s time to let go of our focus on productivity and lean into a new way of being. In this final episode of season 3 of the podcast, I reflect on my own journey into the world of productivity, what I’ve learned, and why I’m leaving it behind. In the process, I touch on the inevitable discomfort of new consciousness, why th…
 
Illustration by Sebastian Curi. What unexpected blessings did you receive in 2020? It goes without saying that 2020 has been an incredibly trying, disorienting, and painful year. But I wanted to shed some light on the good that has been uncovered as well. So, in the holiday spirit, I decided to collect stories about the “strange gifts” of this past…
 
Artwork by Ana Miminoshvili. What if it didn’t matter how productive you were today? In this episode, I take a deep dive into a concept that I call “tender discipline,” which is the practice of taking a gentler attitude toward your productivity. I open the conversation with an explanation of why we get so obsessed with our ability to produce, or no…
 
How much of your identity depends on being at the office? As feature magazine pieces hail a new era of working from home, I talk with writer and editor Sean Blanda about his contrarian take on why working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In the process, we examine not just how much of our identity is wrapped up in work, but how much of ou…
 
Illustration by Nahuel Bardi. Most of us are drained. The “surge capacity” we called on early in the crisis is now depleted. What’s more, there was already a trend toward burnout in the US before 2020 ratcheted our stress through the roof. From my perspective, that means it’s high time to consider adopting a new attitude toward what it means to be …
 
Even though we must keep ourselves physically separate for the moment, it’s never been more obvious how interconnected we all are. In this episode, I talk with Sebene Selassie, a meditation teacher, a writer, and a friend, who has studied Buddhism for over 30 years. Her new book, You Belong, explores spirituality and humanity through the lens of be…
 
What does it mean to be embodied in a moment where we can’t touch other humans? In this episode, I focus on the body with Rich Mhlanga, an incredibly talented massage therapist and friend, who works with Broadway actors, dancers, circus performers, and other top-notch athletes through his business Massage Beyond. His work has also been pivotal for …
 
Illustration by Yukai Du for the Hi-Fi course. Anxiety and intuition live at polar opposite ends of the same spectrum. In other words, you can’t be experiencing both at the same time. In this meditation, I reflect on how intuition can be suppressed by the always-on, anxiety-driven lifestyle that has become the defacto operating mode for many of us.…
 
This pandemic moment is asking us to truly reckon with the idea of uncertainty — challenging our neat narratives of the future and our notions about who we’re supposed to be. This episode’s guest is Mark Epstein, a fellow upstate New Yorker and author of the beautiful book Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, in which he explores the…
 
Illustration by Calvin Sprague We’re navigating a world filled with uncertainty and fear, and the urge to get pulled out of the present moment — and into anxiety — is extremely strong. In this mini-episode, I meditate on a theme that’s been bubbling up throughout Season 3: The idea that we need to heal ourselves before we can accept ourselves and b…
 
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