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.