Lodro Rinzler is the co-founder of MNDFL meditation studios, has taught meditation for 20 years in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and is the award-winning author of 7 books. He has spoken across the world at conferences, universities, and businesses as diverse as Google, Harvard University, and the White House.
In this episode, Eric and Lodro talk about his new book, Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times and they walk through many practical strategies to employ on the spot when you’re feeling stressed or anxious to help you come back to a sense of “okay-ness” in the present moment.
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In This Interview, Lodro Rinzler and I discuss Meditation for Anxious People and…
- His book, Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times
- The difference between anxiety and stress
- Useful vs Not Useful thinking
- What to do when thoughts come up during meditation
- The question “Is this helpful?”
- The question “Is this useful?”
- Discovering what happens when we unhook from anxious thoughts
- How to deliberately experience “30 seconds of contentment”
- Dispelling the myth that your mind is too busy to meditate
- Buddhists connecting our faith as being rooted in our direct experience
- How turning a boat one degree at a time leads to a completely different land
- Working with your mind vs your mind working you
- Meditating without judging ourselves
- Learning to be with difficult emotions through meditation
- Saying to yourself, “It’s ok to feel this”
- What it means to drop the story and feel the feeling
- Asking yourself, “What can I enjoy right now?”
- What it means to have a “thought party”
- The idea of “basic goodness”
- The metaphor of going to get a box of cereal from the grocery store when you already have a cupboard full
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