This week we talk to Thomas Sterner
Thomas Sterner is the founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute. He is considered an expert in Present Moment Functioning. He is a popular and in-demand speaker who works with high-performance individuals including, athletes, industry groups and individuals, helping them to operate effectively within high-stress situations so that they can break through to new levels of mastery.
He has been featured in top media outlets such as NPR and Fox News. He is the author of the best seller The Practicing Mind. His latest book is called Fully Engaged: Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life
In This Interview, Thomas Sterner and I Discuss…
- His newest book, Fully Engaged: Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life
- How you can’t change anything that you’re not aware of
- That most of us spend our day as someone in their thoughts as opposed to someone who is having thoughts
- Meditation being the vehicle for growing in self-awareness
- Learning to recognize the truth that “I am not my thoughts, I am the one who has thoughts”
- The strengths of being observer oriented rather than in a state of reactivity
- That people who think they’ve had a “bad meditation” have actually had a very good meditation
- That meditation is never a done task
- The value of thinking of meditation like you do exercising
- The innate sense in us that is misinterpreted
- That the desire to expand is built into our DNA
- The power of the question, ‘And then what?”
- That real perfection is the ability to expand infinitely
- It’s the interpretation of the experience that makes it feel the way it does
- Making decisions about how to handle a “road block” beforehand
- How we can control our emotions and doing so is a skill
- The difference between a feeling and the truth
- The importance of setting goals with accurate information
- How you have to be in a situation to learn how to function in that situation
- That struggle is a sign that we are expanding and learning and up against our threshold
Thomas Sterner Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.