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Making mindfulness simple again with Linda Esposito

Making mindfulness simple again with Linda Esposito - Episode 179 of The Slow Home Podcast

Meiying Ng

My favourite psychotherapist, the lovely Linda Esposito returns to the poggie today after last chatting with me way back in November 2015. Linda can always be relied on to cut through the BS that occasionally attaches itself to conversations about health, mindfulness and wellness, and I never fail to walk away from our conversations with a new perspective.

Recently Linda posted on Instagram about the overcomplification of mindfulness and why we need to bring it back to its simplest form, and we talk about that idea in today’s episode. Personally I worry that the over-engineering (and the commoditisation) of mindfulness is turning people away from an idea that, at its core, is incredibly simple and powerful, and Linda has some advice on how to adopt a simple kind of mindfulness for those of us who feel overwhelmed at the sheer volume of information out there.

I also ask Linda question I’m asked a lot: As we begin to make positive changes in our lives, as we begin to live more mindfully, why do we so often find ourselves feeling better in some ways but worse in others? Why do we feel more aware of the discomfort and overwhelm in our lives, when we’re actively trying to reduce these? And, importantly, what can we do about it?

Linda and I also talk about boredom and why it’s so important, and the benefits and value in not doing. We chat about meditation and the impact it has on our cognitive functions, as well as its far-reaching benefits.

Enjoy!

(Be sure to check out the links below to connect with Linda, and for more information on the live Patreon-exclusive video call early next week.)

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Most importantly, thanks for being here!

The time is now

The time is now - Episode 178 of The Slow Home Podcast
Alessandro Sacchi

On last Thursday’s episode Ben and I went pretty deep in to some BIG changes we’ve got going on at the moment (if you haven’t listened to it yet, Episode 177 is where we share all) and before we get in to today’s poggie I just want to say how completely blown away we’ve been by your support and generosity as a result. From emails and travel suggestions to guest introductions and offers of accomodation, it’s been incredible. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

In today’s show we talk briefly about that support, before diving head-first in to the underlying philosophy that has been part of many of these changes – that we can’t wait for things to be perfect before we act. The time is now. 

I recently shared one such thought over on Instagram when I wrote about a morning spent at the beach and my desire to go swimming rather than sit on the shore and watch from afar, and we decided to use that post as the basis of today’s poggie.

Here she is:

On this particularly spectacular winters day in Byron I could have sat on the sand, watching from a distance as my kids and husband splashed in the surf, I could have worried about my pasty legs, my soft tummy, my lack of swimming costume. A few years ago – hell, ONE year ago – I would have done exactly that. But on this particularly spectacular winters day in Byron, I stripped down to my undies and tshirt, ran down the warm sand, and dove in to the surf. I swam, I jumped, I played and I couldn’t give two glittery shits about my legs or my tummy or my swimmers. And on this particularly spectacular winters day in Byron, I was rewarded a thousand fold by the laughter of my kids, the salt on my skin and the pod of dolphins that emerged from the surf not 10 metres away from us. It was a damn good day.

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Not surprisingly, this personal philosophy all stems back to my eulogy. Who do I want to look back and see? The person who sat it out or the person who was gleefully splashing in the water with my kids?

Turns out this idea of legacy is central to so many of the shifts we’re currently in the process of making, and in today’s episode we encourage you to start tapping in to your own personal legacy whenever you’re faced with the tension of wanting to do something, but not wanting to be uncomfortable. (In my experience, the discomfort is almost always worth it). 

Let us know your thoughts and be sure to check out the links below for info on the books and the live Patreon-exclusive video call later in the month.

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Head over to iTunes to subscribe to the show and play the episode.

Or you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!

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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 2.7 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

BIG changes and hitting reset

BIG changes and hitting reset - Episode 177 of The Slow Home Podcast

Earlier this week, over on Instagram, I did one of those annoying vague posts about big changes on the horizon and how I couldn’t wait to share them with you (sorry!) BUT the good news is, we dish all in today’s hostful.

To put it plainly, Ben and I have both been struggling over the past couple of months. We’ve been overwhelmed and lost as we felt that undeniable tug in the belly, the one that was saying we really needed to revisit our Why. When we went camping a couple of weeks ago we had the time and opportunity to think deeply on things and to really consider the way we’ve been living this year and the way we want to be living.

Combine this unease with some massive shifts in my work and the opportunities we’ll have over the next 12 months, and we knew things had to change. In today’s poggie we talk through each of those changes, what lead to them and what we have planned over the next few months.

To get all the juicy details you’ll need to listen to the show, but essentially Ben and I are going through another radical simplification.

As part of that we’ve decided to dissolve our podcast network, Jackrabbit.FM, and help each of the shows on the network to exist independently instead. I’m going to focus more on my writing (lots of news on that front in today’s show too) and, very excitingly, we’re heading off on a big adventure next year!

We also talk about all the different release dates for my new book and where to pre-order your copy, as well as our upcoming live video call for Patreon supporters. There’s a lot to cover, and we were both quite nervous to share everything in this show, but I hope you enjoy it.

Let us know your thoughts or suggestions for our trip next year in the comments, and be sure to check out the links below for info on the books and the live video call later in the month.

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Or you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!

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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 2.7 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

 

Plastics: Tackling the packaging

Plastics: Tackling the packaging - Episode 176 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’ve spent the past few weeks discussing ways to reduce our plastics consumption, including doing away with single use plastics, talking to providers about non-plastic options (getting awkward with that butcher, yo!) and taking three for the sea every time we’re out in nature. This week we round out this mini-series by encouraging you to re-think your purchases based on packaging and sharing some of the swaps we’ve made over the past couple of years.

Sometimes all it takes is a little more attention at the supermarket as there is often a similar product in non-plastic packaging (milk, flours, pasta, sauces) and while there are endless opportunities to make your own, sometimes the supermarket is the best option. So the premise of today’s poggie is very simple: buy the alternatives and avoid the plastic where possible.

We also encourage you to be vocal about the changes to your purchasing, letting brands know why you’re no longer supporting them and what it would take for you to come back. Companies do pay attention to feedback from their customers – particularly if those customers begin to take their custom elsewhere – and it’s by engaging in these conversations that we’re going to see change not only at the grassroots level but also from the top levels of organisations.

Hopefully this series has been inspiring to you, I know we’ve made more changes over the past couple of months as a result, and please let us know in the comments below (or over on Facebook or Instagram if that’s your jam) what changes you’ve made this month.

Enjoy!

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Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 2.4 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

Carolyn Tate on finding purpose in your work (without quitting your job!)

Carolyn Tate on finding your purpose (without quitting your job!)

When Carolyn Tate was last on the show we had an incredible conversation about conscious capitalism, B Corps and ethical manufacturing. During that chat we scratched the surface of a bigger idea – that of purpose – but I knew there was more to discover.

Since we last spoke, Carolyn has written a book about purpose, The Purpose Project – A Handbook to Bringing Meaning to Life at Work, and it’s that topic we dive deep in to in today’s episode.

If you’ve listened to the show for any length of time you’ll know that the idea of finding your personal Why is central to slow living. Once we know why we want to slow down and what we want our lives to stand for we can begin to form a foundation on which we build a simpler, slower, more intentional life. A life of purpose.

Unfortunately I think purpose often gets mixed in with the more prevalent and sexy notion of ‘passion’ and in this week’s poggie Carolyn and I discuss the important difference between a life built upon passion and a life built upon purpose.

I’m also asked a lot about finding slow-ness in a workplace that doesn’t value it, and Carolyn has some really practical advice for people looking to cultivate purpose in their work, rather than sell all their stuff and go live on a beach in Thailand (as nice as that sounds sometimes!).

We also talk specifically about people who work in corporate jobs (an area I have virtually no experience in) and what individuals can do to cultivate purpose in their work, or how they as an individual can have an impact on the wider purpose of the organisation they work for.

The truth is, corporations aren’t going anywhere, and Carolyn is passionate about helping people turn corporations in to places of purpose (not lip service) and firmly believes that positive global change lies on the other side of purpose.

Enjoy!

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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

Keep Listening:

Support the Show:

You may have heard that we recently hit 2.4 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!