Episodes

  • We are recording again out of Farm Girl, this time with Alya Mooro (and my daughter Aya present). Alya approached me on Instagram with a thank you from one Egyptian to another. I read a bit about her and realized the great value she’s bringing into the world.

    The fact is, history has been unfair to women and that continues to this day. As a Middle Easterner, I want to dive into that fact from a cultural perspective familiar to me.

    Alya Mooro is an Egyptian born, London raised writer and author of the bestselling 2019 book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes. Alya has written for New York Magazine, The Telegraph, Refinery29 and maintains a monthly newsletter titled The Greater Conversation, continuing the themes of her bestseller. She is also host and producer of the podcast Talk of Shame, where she speaks with groundbreaking fellow Middle Eastern women to explore the meaning and impact shame has on our lives, attempting to decipher how we can best stop letting it run our lives and start living our most authentic selves.

    Listen as we discuss:

    Alya’s multicultural upbringing.The theme of being othered.In the Middle East, your friends are your family.The immense value of open dialogue between parents and kids.At a point in time, you need to stop parenting.Middle Eastern stereotypes of women and how they influence the women too.What is a feminist?The shame around sex and rebranding it.These days, whoever cares less, wins.You are what you eat on social media.Lean into your femininity.The difference between childless and child-free.Why marriage doesn’t feel worth it for Alya.The failure of second wave feminism.Alya’s definition of happiness: when what you do and what you want are in harmony.

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    Connect with Alya Mooro on Instagram @alyamooro, Twitter @alyamooro, and her website, alyamooro.com

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  • This week, I speak with Rose Hood, co-founder of perhaps the most Instagrammed cafe in London, Farm Girl. I sat down with her at Farm Girl for a chat as light and pleasant as the brilliant coffee they serve. As a mother and entrepreneur who is in business with her husband, Rose is a success story on all fronts. The secret? A loving and loyal support system.

    Listen as we discuss:

    How I ended up recording Slo Mo at Farm Girl.Why Rose moved from Melbourne to London.The story of Farm Girl, her phenomenal cafe and business.Surviving lockdown as a business.London as an amazing city for women entrepreneurs.How Rose learned to make a great coffee.What constitutes a healthy diet?The challenges of doing business with your husband.Evolving a business through failure.My pipe dream of running a strictly pie and coffee shop (or being a farmer).Rose's top tip for happiness? A loving, loyal support network.

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    Connect with Rose Hood and Farm Girl on Instagram @farmgirlcafe and their website, thefarmgirl.co.uk

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  • For the next few weeks, we'll be coming to you with conversations I had at one of my favorite cafes, Farm Girl in South Kensington, London.

    This week's guest is Vicki Anstey, an almost overwhelmingly inspiring woman. Vicki is a world record holder, adventurer, award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and athlete. After 20 years in a relationship that limited and stifled her and a successful career as an advertising professional, Vicki became a fitness pioneer and later one of the first ever women to participate (at age 41) in Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins, reaching the final stages after 11 days in extreme conditions at an altitude of 3,000ft in Chile.

    In 2021, exactly a year before this episode was published, she and 2 other women, the Girls Who Dare, set a new World Record for rowing unaided across the Pacific Ocean, confronting her fear of deep, open water to do so. It took 60 days, 17 hours and 6 minutes. Her latest endeavor was a 5 day race in the Arctic, covering a distance of over 230km in temperatures of -35 degrees, carrying everything she needed to survive In 2023, she plans to participate in the World’s Toughest Bike Race, the Race Across America (RAAM), covering 3,000 miles across 17 states in just 7 days.

    Listen as we discuss:

    How Vicki realized her extraordinary potential at age 40.Her memories from SAS Who Dares Wins (video here) and surviving interrogation.Pushing your limits and learning how to get through them is the only way to evolve.Why Women adapt better to calorie and sleep deprivation.How her ongoing divorce became a useful comparison for tolerating present suffering.Rowing the Pacific Ocean dealing with fear, storms, and talking to the moon.When you're already in the arena, fear becomes less of a concern.Vicki was in her past life.What should you do if you're not reaching your potential? Start in 5, 4, 3...Some of her techniques for moving toward your potential.Her next journey racing across America.Vicky's top secret for happiness? Discover your capabilities.

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    Connect with Vicki Anstey on Instagram @vickianstey and her website, vickianstey.co.uk

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  • I spent a month in the Netherlands and spoke with some of the wisest minds in the country. For the next several weeks, we'll be bringing you episodes from my Tour of Holland.

    Baptist de Pape, is a spiritual explorer, author, and filmmaker. After graduating from Tilburg University Law School in The Netherlands, he traveled the globe to interview the world’s greatest teachers for the film and book, The Power of the Heart. I cannot express how profoundly important this work is to me because it exposes what we've known all along: that our heart is our compass, our guide to exactly who we are meant to be.

    Listen as we discuss:

    Communication from heart to heart is simply different.Why humanity has become like zombies.Studies show that the heart knows what's happening before the eyes do.The story of Anita Moorjani.When you are yourself, everything falls into place.Your soul sabotages you when you ignore it.Why does life exist as it is? Why not?How playing Halo was the first flow moment I can remember.Fear is what we are not.Living from the heart is courage.The incredible power of forgiveness.Case studies we can learn from.

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    Connect with Baptist de Pape on Instagram @baptistdepapeofficial, Facebook @BaptistdePape and his website, thepoweroftheheart.com

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  • I spent a month in the Netherlands and spoke with some of the wisest minds in the country. For the next several weeks, we'll be bringing you episodes from my Tour of Holland.

    Dr. Juriaan Galavazi is a trendsetting doctor with a new vision on health and vitality. He is the author of Van klacht naar kans and Jij bent de Liefde.

    Years ago, Juriaan completely changed course in his general practice after experiencing burnout himself. The key takeaway: the body and mind are inextricably linked. As he has noticed in his years of practice, stress and a head full of thoughts can make you physically sick. Where you can no longer say no with your head, your body will do it for you.

    What is the price you're willing to pay?

    Listen as we discuss:

    Why pain is a good thing for us.We may not know where to go, but we do know when we're going wrong.You're not obligated to give value to the lives of others.Being 100% yourself is the foolproof way to happiness.We all have the opportunity to be in charge of our lives.Do not make your wellbeing dependent on the outcome of your achievements.What is the price you're willing to pay?Dokter Juriaan's top tip: build a kind relationship with yourself.

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    Connect with Dr. Juriaan Galavazi on Instagram @dokterjuriaan, Facebook @dokterjuriaan.nl, and his website, dokterjuriaan.nl

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  • This week, I chat with Yasmine Ouirhrane on a topic that's close to my heart: that of being "othered", even in your home country, and what it means to belong. My son Ali lived this identity crisis and often wrote and spoke of it. Discovering that there are incredible young women out there like Yasmine who are fighting for social inclusion has made my heart happy, and this is a message we all urgently need to heed.

    Yasmine is the co-founder of We Belong, a platform and podcast that amplifies the voice of the New Daughters of Europe. She has been an advocate for Social and Gender Justice in Europe, working with the oppressed and underprivileged, since the age of 16. Yasmine has served as an expert on Peace & Security for the European Union, African Union, and some of the top supranational institutions and social justice foundations around the globe. She was named Young European of the Year 2019 by the Schwarzkopf Foundation and EDD Young Leader by the European Commission.

    Listen as we discuss:

    My son Ali's identity crisis.What does it take to become Young European of the Year?Micro-aggressions and the feeling of being othered.How Yasmine got a seat at the table. Spirituality and how it made Yasmine a better student.Why she chose to wear a headscarf and why she eventually removed it.Whatever and wherever you want to be, you belong.How a fear of a standing out leads to a [tragic] desire for anonymity. Freedom comes on both sides: the choice to wear or not wear.Why she sued Marine Le Pen, who used her image to spread hate.Europe is a project, not a blood.What is We Belong Europe?My personal experience as the only non-white, non-American top executive at Google.Yasmine's secret to happiness? Knowing why you do what you do.

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    Connect with Yasmine Ouirhrane on Instagram @yasmineouir, Twitter @yasmineouir, and webelongeurope.com

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  • Today's episode (number 200, can you believe it?) is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    Shahroo Izadi is an award-winning Behavioral Change Specialist. She proposes evidence-based strategies for habit-change and personal development inspired by her experience of working across the UK addiction treatment sector. Her work empowers people to create entire lifestyles to accommodate their healthier habits and build the fundamental self-compassion, self-belief and self-awareness required to make lasting and meaningful changes over and over again independently.

    Shahroo is the bestselling author of The Kindness Method and The Last Diet.

    Listen as we discuss:

    How Shahroo lost 60kg and was actually able to keep it off.Why we mistreat ourselves, and how to start being kind instead.The value of a Personal Development CV.Closing the gap between how you treat those you love and yourself.The origin of addictions and why they persist.It's okay to respect what you actually want and do it your way (forget tough love)The dangers of diet thinking.The value of rebellion and how to do it right.The Kindness Method

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    Connect with Shahroo Izadi on Instagram @shahroo_izadi and her website, shahrooizadi.co.uk

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  • Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    This week I talk to Lola Jaye. Lola is a registered psychotherapist author of historical novels which feature characters tackling race, mental health and, simply, life. A member of the Black Writers' Guild and the author of five previous novels, her most recent is The Attic Child , a hauntingly powerful, emotionally charged and unique dual-narrative novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging, seen through the lens of Black British History.

    I have learned so much from Lola's work about the value of pain, and so much from her personal story succeeding as a black woman about the value of authenticity.

    Listen as we discuss:

    The heartbreaking backstory of The Attic Child.Modern racism and how it is strictly a product of conditioning.Why having a "bestselling" book is mostly a marketing job.Life isn't short. It's long, when you're present.Lola's writing process and the internal voice of an eight year old boy.There has to be something in everything, or there's no point to all this.My only-recent understanding of fiction writing (engineer brain problems)Fortune telling, and why you shouldn't do it.Lola's top tip for happiness: be in the moment.How did Lola succeed as a black woman? By staying authentic.

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    Connect with Lola Jaye on Twitter @lolajaye, Instagram @lola.jaye, and her website, lolajaye.com

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  • Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    This week, I speak with my good friend Owen O'Kane for a second time on Slo Mo. (Check out episode 120 for our first chat if you missed it). Owen is a psychotherapist and author of Ten Times Happier and the globally acclaimed and Sunday Times bestselling book, Ten to Zen..

    His latest book, How to Be Your Own Therapist, is out on June 23rd.

    Owen has over 25 years’ experience in physical and mental health and is a former NHS Mental Health Clinical Lead. He now runs a successful private practice in London.

    Listen as we discuss:

    The healing power and intuition of dogs.Combating the stigma and hurdles of getting therapy.Owen's new book, How to Be Your Own Therapist, and writing himself out of a job.Getting attached to the familiarity of your own issues.Learning to attribute our problems to how we approach life, not on external factors.The importance of understanding your story.Owen's shame as a young gay man was his brain feeding him inaccurate information.The pressure to be happy all the time when you're a "happiness teacher."All you need to do is be truthful.PPSD, or post-pandemic stress order.What's one thing you can do immediately to make life happier?

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    Connect with Owen O'Kane on Instagram @owenokaneten and his website, owenokane.com

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  • Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    I speak with Nadia Gilani, a writer, yoga teacher, and in my designation, a yoga activist. Nadia has noticed not only yoga's rising popularity, but also how its modern incarnation no longer serves people of color, working class people, or many other groups who originally pioneered its creation. The Yoga Manifesto is her first book. Combining her own memories of how the practice has helped her with an account of its history and transformation in the modern west, she creates a love letter to yoga and a passionate critique of the billion-dollar industry whose cost and inaccessibility has shut out many of those it should be helping.

    Listen as we discuss:

    My personal experiences with yoga (not great).Nadia's new book The Yoga Manifesto and why it's not [only] an angry book.Nonviolence is an action.What yoga truly is and how it applies to modern life.Even the prophets wandered and asked questions about their faith.The eight limbs of yoga and what it means to be a yogi.What is samadhi (enlightenment)?The dark side of modern yoga and why I call Nadia a yoga activist.The effects of yoga on the little voice in your head.What is happiness for Nadia?

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    Connect with Nadia Gilani on Instagram @theyogadissident and her website, nadiagilani.co.uk

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  • This week, I speak with John Butler in what may be the most genuinely Slo Mo episode to date. Recorded in Bakewell Parish Church, a place filled with prayers of the hopeful going back over a thousand years, this conversation is an honest perspective and retrospective on the purpose of our existence, and nothing less.

    John Butler has been practicing meditation for nearly 60 years. Now in his eighties - a self-proclaimed 'little boy with a grey beard' and humbled back into innocence, he shares his insights with the world on a YouTube channel that now has over 200,000 subscribers. He has also published 8 books, to describe his amazing life in search of spiritual perfection - details on his website.

    "Who am I, but just one more of those who, since time began, have walked the hills and gazed upon the stars? When we, with heart outstretched, feel close to God, it's safer to be humble than to think we know. Experience, however, is given to be shared. While others receive otherwise, each part unique, though incomplete, contributes to the whole."

    Listen as we discuss:

    Why John doesn't consider himself wise or a teacher, and thus avoids a slippery slope.How defining meditation has deterred us from its aims.Two things in the world that have no limit.Silence is a good practical approach to the infinite.How the journey inward often begins when life shakes us up.John's story from farmer to reluctant YouTube sensation.Everything in the world works under perfect law.Looking back on life as an old person.Why we feel ourselves divided.Why the word "happy" feels too small.

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    Connect with John Butler on Instagram @spiritualunfoldment, YouTube @SpiritualUnfoldment, and his website, spiritualunfoldment.co.uk

    My new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, is now available: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

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  • This week's guest is Ali Abdaal, who is surely a familiar face to anyone who has spent any time on YouTube in the last several years. Ali and his content machine is nothing short of a phenomenon with millions of subscribers. The secret to his success? He's extremely likeable.

    Ali started his YouTube channel in 2017 as a final-year medical student at Cambridge, making videos about productivity, effective study tips, and his university experience. Since then his audience has grown dramatically, and in 2021 he quit his career as an NHS doctor to be a full-time internet creator/entrepreneur, focused on health, wealth, love, happiness, and impact.

    He now runs a multi-million pound content-creation business with 20 full-time employees, hosts a weekly podcast, Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal, interviewing inspiring people, and continues to make videos on how to lead a happier, more fulfilled life. He’s also writing a book themed around meaningful and sustainable productivity, aiming to be published in 2024.

    Listen as we discuss:

    Where does Ali get his huge variety of ideas?How to figure out what to do with your life using the Gravestone Technique.If you won the lottery, would you continue doing what you're doing?The three motives of a founder.Ali's new book about productivity (still untitled)Monetizing your passion and slowly building it, even if you have a day job.How to integrate prioritize health into your life.Ali's dating life and the novel experience of maintaining a serious relationship.Effective altruism, and how to optimally approach your impact on the world.What's been most meaningful in Ali's life?Ali's definition of happiness: Contentment, and a choice.

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    Connect with Ali Abdaal on YouTube @aliabdaal, Instagram @aliabdaal, and his website, aliabdaal.com

    My new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, is now available: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

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  • Today's guest is ubiquitous. He is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers. He's also a dear friend.

    Steven Bartlett is the 29-year-old Founder of Social Chain. A university drop-out, he built one of the world’s most influential social media companies from his bedroom when he was just 21 years old, with a current market valuation of over $600M. His debut book, ironically titled Happy Sexy Millionaire, is a Sunday Times best seller. He recently joined BBC’s Dragon’s Den as the youngest ever Dragon in the show’s history.

    Steven interviewed me on his popular podcast, The Diary of a CEO, last September. The interview went viral and reached millions. He graciously invited me back on for a second chat, which you can listen to now. Beyond the great joy I feel talking to this man, I've only realized more and more just how absolutely brilliant he is. I'm honored to turn the tables and interview him on Slo Mo from his studio. I can honestly say it's my favorite Slo Mo episode yet. Watch this episode on YouTube to get the full experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrgXSfcE2OU

    Listen as we discuss:

    My appearance on The Diary of a CEO and the start of my friendship with Steven.Steven's childhood story that shaped his driving forces (and insecurities).The criteria for knowing when to be ruthless pursuing what you feel is right.How Steven was as happy when he was living in poverty as he is now.The excitement of documenting your suffering as if it will be made into a movie one day.How Steven can be so open with his insecurities and challenging his ego.The bizarre sense of emptiness when you get rich and start buying luxury items.The reality of giving advice from a place of privilege.What is money?The dueling narratives in all of us.Being unattached to your failures is the the key ingredient to success.Why very few of the most successful people in the world are the best at any one thing.Using social media while remaining genuine.Is there anything bigger than this life? Maybe there doesn't need to be.The casino of life, and how to play your chips according to your values and boundaries.The value of commitment is in the sacrifice.Finding a sustainable way to live and making the journey back to human.

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    Connect with Steven Bartlett on Instagram @steven and Twitter @stevenbartlettsc

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  • This week's episode is one of Slo Mo's first ever face-to-face interviews, filmed and recorded on my portable studio in a little Airbnb in London. Slo Mo is hitting the road, so expect a lot more of these in the coming weeks.

    In this episode, I speak with John Vincent, whose guiding principle in life and business is a commitment to help make things better. John co-founded the fast-food chain, Leon, in 2004 with the mission to create "Naturally Fast Food": food that tastes good, does you good and is kind to the planet. He has lead projects such as the UK government’s School Food Plan and chairs the Council for Sustainable Business. John recently founded The Longhouse, a home to positively disruptive people, brands and companies that protect and improve life on earth. He is also the author of Winning Not Fighting: Why you need to rethink success and how you achieve it with the Ancient Art of Wing Tsun .

    If you think this episode is going to be about the restaurant business, you will be disappointed. This is nothing short of an exploration of how we can tap back into the universal purpose of life.

    Listen as we discuss:

    How I met John through our mutual friend, Danny Donachie (see ep. 169)Doing business for good vs. maintaining an image of good to do more business.Instead of seeing life as a journey, we should see it as an opportunity to play.Rerouting ourselves back to the present is the fundamental goal. John’s story of founding Leon.A primer on taoism and the difference between morality, goodness, and truth.The role of ritual in all spiritual disciplines, and the dangers of "pop spirituality".The truth about CEO's: they are the number one slave to the company.A call for more Natural Capital Accounting, and why bribes were once tax deductible.What’s the first step we can take to increase business for good?The importance of rhythm on human longevity and how to truly dance.What we can learning from the Time Gods.What’s John’s biggest achievement in life?How does John define happiness? Rediscovering yourself.

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    Connect with John Vincent on Twitter @johnv_leon

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  • I met Jonathan Garner at an event in Saudi Arabia on a panel discussing digital wellbeing. It became clear to me that Jonathan has dedicated a massive amount of time to figuring out how we can not only combat our often unhealthy reliance on technology but actually turn it into an opportunity for serious self-development. We discuss exactly that in this week's episode.

    In 2016, Jonathan was working as a digital educator and noticing that while tech is really powerful, bad digital habits often end up blocking our human potential by reducing our happiness, productivity, effectiveness and diversity. In response, he founded Mind over Tech in 2018, a company that helps develop habits and mindsets to unlock the human potential of hybrid teams. They recently published the Digital Habit Lab—a physical toolkit of 50 experiments to help anyone take back control of their tech.

    Listen as we discuss:

    Does technology control us or do we control it?The technologies that changed history and what was gained and lost from them.Why I’m proud to have worked at early Google.How Jonathan’s company Mind Over Tech was born.Why reliance on technology is actually a starting place for self-development.Swiping and liking - the dangerous habits.A few powerful experiments from Jonathan’s Digital Habit Lab.Embrace boredom!

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    Connect with Jonathan Garner on Twitter @mindovertech and get the deck over at mindovertech.com

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  • This week, I speak with a highly requested neurologist and neuroscience, Dr. Steven Laureys.

    Steven Laureys is an award-winning, world-renowned neurologist, brain science popularizer, and bestselling author. He has conducted groundbreaking research into the human mind for more than 25 years using the latest brain imaging technologies and wearables assessing consciousness in coma, near-death experiences, concussion, anesthesia, hypnosis, meditation, trance, and dreamlike states.

    Steven has authored no less than 500+ peer-reviewed scientific papers and published several books, including The Neurology of Consciousness and the international bestseller, The No-Nonsense Meditation Book, in collaboration with Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. If you haven't listened already, don't miss my interview with Matthieu Ricard on Slo Mo episode #42.

    And remember: we're now on YouTube in full HD video! Steven discusses showing some photos and videos. Check them out in the video on YouTube @mogawdatofficial

    Listen as we discuss:

    The personal crisis that led Steven, a neurologist, to study and write about meditation.His friendship with Matthieu Ricard, who became his guinea pig.Meditation is the art of appreciating what's going on between your ears.Do we need to go through a painful journey to start paying attention to mental health?Machines have no feelings of remorse for the way they might hurt us.The Matthieu Ricard study: what does 60,000 hours of meditation to your brain? We can all learn to calm our minds through training, as effectively as drug use.Science shows we can have an impact on slowing aging through meditation.A brain-training exercise you can try. (32:00 minute mark)Neuroplasticity, perhaps the most important modern breakthrough in neuroscience.For lasting change, every action in life should be approached with full presence.Are there any dangerous meditation practices?Your mind is not a hopeless victim to genetics. You can change it!

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    Connect with Dr. Steven Laureys on Instagram @drstevenlaureys, Facebook @drstevenlaureys, Twitter @drstevenlaureys, and his website, drstevenlaureys.org. Album art photo credit belongs to Dieter Telemans.

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  • Music and dance are a universal human language. I once used to dance, but that all paused semi-permanently when I became a "serious" businessman. I've been trying to get back in touch with that side of myself ever since. This week's guest is my hero in that regard.

    Aliénor Salmon is a Franco-British author, speaker, and expert on happiness, education and socio-emotional development. After leaving her dream job as a happiness researcher at the UN to follow her dream of learning to dance around the world, she founded Bailando Journey to document her transformational journey and published her memoir Finding Rhythm in March 2021. Through her work, she seeks to help others incorporate happiness science into their daily life and work by exploring their values, habits and beliefs, and creating a roadmap to design a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose.

    Listen as we discuss:

    How Aliénor's study of happiness at the UN led her to chase her own. What would you do if time and money were no issue?Her journey from New York down to Argentina to learn 18 dances in 10 months.Why dance is one of the greatest tools for happiness.How I lost a lot of the "play" in my life after joining the corporate world.Does she miss her job at the UN?Her book, Finding Rhythm, and the merging of history and biography.How pain and suffering spawned many dances that are now celebratory.Anyone can dance, believe it or not.Redefine your definition of happiness and success and embody it.

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    Connect with Aliénor Salmon on Instagram @bailandojourney and her website, bailandojourney.com

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  • This week's guest is one of the top technologists working in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Christopher Nguyen. With a career spanning four decades, Christopher’s tech bona fides are second to none.

    Since fleeing Vietnam in 1978, this multiple-time tech founder has played key roles in everything from building the first flash memory transistors at Intel to spearheading the development of Google Apps as its first Engineering Director. Today, he’s become an outspoken proponent of the emerging field of “AI Engineering” and a thought leader in the space of ethical, human-centric AI. With his latest company, Aitomatic, he’s hoping to redefine how companies approach AI in the context of life-critical, industrial applications.

    You may already know that my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, is due to release on May 26th. It is my deepest dive yet into understanding and changing your brain (with a technology metaphor driving the whole thing, to boot). I'm certainly proud of it, but I know that new media coverage will soon transition from talking about the crucially important message of my last book, Scary Smart. For that reason, I had to have Chris on the show to give this discussion a whole new level of color and depth that none of us can afford to ignore.

    Listen as we discuss:

    How the interconnected of machines made the internet and is making the future.Christopher's history as a refugee fleeting Vietnam to how he became a top techie.How can a developer write a code that creates an independently intelligent entity?The NYTimes coverage of the "Cat Paper" that broke AI discussion into the mainstream.So much of life and the world is predictable and, therefore, algorithmically replicable.Are creativity, consciousness, emotions, and art in the cards for intelligent machines?Being thoughtful of how machines are deployed is an existential priority.A profound thought: Intention must come second to possible impact.Do guns or the people using them kill people? The answer is both.

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    Connect with Christopher Nguyen on Twitter @aitomatic and his website, aitomatic.com

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  • In this episode, I talk with Terry Rubenstein, founder of iheart Principles, a global non-profit organization established to help children uncover their innate wellbeing and resilience. True change begins with the education of future generations, and in that, Terry is doing the noblest of work.

    Since its formation a few years ago, iheart programs have reached and profoundly impacted over 25,000 young people in 22 countries, as well as countless parents, teachers and leaders. Terry is the co-author of the innovative iheart curriculum, which conveys the core principle of innate wellness that is creating a paradigm-shift in how schools understand and address mental health.

    She is also the author of the ground-breaking book, Exquisite Mind: How a New Paradigm Transformed My Life...and Is Sweeping the World, which tells the personal story of her journey from years of suffering to mental wellness.

    Listen as we discuss:

    Terry's upbringing, depression, coping mechanisms, suicide attempt, and renaissance.Indeed, the need to be secure drives all of our insecurities.The medicalization of human issues and the irrational place of depression.The innateness of well-being and hanging onto the hope of its presence.What motivated Terry to found iheart, her non-profit.The conditional nature of the education system is damaging our children.When you forfeit the importance of the premise, you drop all emotions attached to it.Main attachments: health, recognition, finances, success, justice, romantic love.How does religion relate to well-being?Why did Terry's life change so rapidly after her suicide attempt?

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    Connect with Terry Rubenstein on Instagram @iheart_principles, Twitter @iheart_charity and their website, iheartprinciples.com

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  • In this week's super practical and deeply important episode, I speak with Britt Frank, author of the new book, The Science of Stuck, and one of my new favorite people.

    Britt is a clinician, educator and trauma specialist who speaks and writes widely about the mental health myths that keep us stuck and stressed. An award-winning adjunct professor at the University of Kansas, she is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Level 3 trained in the Internal Family Systems therapeutic model. She also worked as a primary therapist at a drug and alcohol treatment center, an inpatient therapist at a children’s psychiatric hospital, and now owns a private practice.

    Through her own difficult past and her wide qualifications, Britt's new book reveals a brilliantly articulated and research-based tool kit for moving past what's holding you back in life, in love, and in work. Her approach has quickly become one of my favorite ways of discussing the topic. This conversation is very much worth the short time commitment.

    Listen as we discuss:

    Even if you're fine, it's still worth doing the work.Britt's tumultuous past and what led her to her work.Trauma is like brain indigestion, and we all experience it differently.Does it really matter why we're feeling the trauma, or should we just fix it?Dogmatic models of therapy, and why therapists often don't offer direct solutions.What is Somatic Experiencing?Why do we get stuck? A lack of information and ignoring painful truths.The good side of getting stuck.Steps: 1. Get honest, 2. Consider your options, and 3. Do what you're willing to do.Why do some people not want to move forward?Saying "this is just who I am" as an excuse is not scientifically accurate.Being honest with yourself will force you to change eventually.Her new book, The Science of Stuck, a dream come true and a gift to the world.

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    Connect with Britt Frank on Instagram @brittfrank and her website, scienceofstuck.com

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