Episode 5

Ellen Langer, Mother of Mindfulness: Can noticing new things reverse effects of ageing?

Harvard's Dr. Ellen Langer has been described as the "mother of mindfulness" and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. In this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Langer about how a comfort with uncertainty and curiosity--mindfulness--creates powerful changes in the brain. We discuss her famous "counterclockwise" studies and her claims that mindfulness leads to powerful improvements in health generally, and specific...

Episode 3

The Grungiest Place in Seattle

"Kurt Cobain had actually referred to The Dutchman as ‘the grungiest place in Seattle.'" That's Gary Mula, former owner of the storied Dutchman recording studio, an artsy warehouse recording/rehearsal destroyed by fire in 2009. We talk about the way music changed his life and exhibit some of Gary's favorite artists like Sun Crow, Chris Orlowski, and Kevin Sur and Andrew Joslyn.

Episode 18

The Edge of Fear: Alex Honnold’s Mom on the Free Solo Mindset

At the age of sixty-six, Dierdre Wolownick became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan, the iconic 3,200-foot "big wall" in Yosemite. Earlier that year, her son, Alex Honnold, stunned and terrified the world by climbing the same 1/2 mile vertical wall without ropes—a free solo assent. Should we see Honnald’s climbing as reckless? A sophisticated dance with passive-aggressive self-harm? Or does our strong emotional reaction to his mastery and success in this solitary sport say more about our own...

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