The Slow Home Podcast



We live life in the fast lane. We race to keep up with The Joneses. We are over-worked, over-committed and over-stressed, and we compete on how busy and important and sleep-deprived we are. But we don't need to.

There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. I'm one of them, and in The Slow Home Podcast I chat to others who have adopted a similar approach to life - slowing down, opting out, saying no.

Listen in to learn what makes people change, how life is different once you adopt a slower way of life, and what their advice is to anyone looking to get out of the fast lane.

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Community with Dr Monty Badami

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Ben and I are always on the look-out for fascinating people to chat with for the poggie, and today’s guest is no exception. In fact, I think he’s probably got one of the most varied careers of anyone we’ve spoken with so far.

He is an:

  • Anthropolgist
  • Civil Marriage Celebrant
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Jazz Singer
  • English Teacher
  • Tai Chi Instructor
  • Youth Worker
  • Bouncer…
  • and is training to become an officer in the Australia Reserve!

To say that Dr Sumant Badami (Dr Monty as he is known to most) leads a busy life is an understatement. Ben first met Monty at Dr Arne Rubenstein’s leadership camp back in July, in fact this conversation is a great extension to Episode 91 when Ben spoke to Arne about Rights of Passage and the importance of strong role models in Western society.

In yet another Ben ‘takeover’ episode, Monty talks about the importance of community and what it means on a very fundamental level to be part of a community. Monty shares a beautiful story about his research travels in South India where he visited the Paniya, a marginalised indigenous ethnic group, who were slaves until quite recently and what that taught him about being accepted and valued in a community.

In a very articulate way, Monty challenges the concept of the ‘broken community’ in Western culture and what he believes we need to do to better connect with like-minded people (*hint: it’s pretty simple!)

This is an extremely enlightening conversation that is designed to spark conversation (and many more questions!) rather than provide the answers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Also, if you enjoy the chat be sure to check out Monty’s new podcast over at “The meaning of…”

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