We're all addicts, according to Judson Brewer, author of The Craving Mind, director of research and innovation at the Mindfulness Center, and associate professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. Consider our everyday habits?scrolling through Instagram, stress-eating, sugar, more sugar. Our habits, Brewer says, run our lives. And we get fooled into thinking we need just a little more willpower to make a change, quit smoking, drop an addiction. But willpower is finite and often not enough. Which is why Brewer is using research-based mindfulness techniques to help people understand and overcome their cravings. Part of this work is learning to bring curiosity to the roots of your cravings?and compassion to yourself. (For more, check out The goop Podcast hub.)

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00:45:48 7/15/2019

Past Episodes

"We get into fear, and then we assume what we're feeling is ours," says Dana Childs, an intuitive and energy healer. Childs believes that a big part of the anxiety, fear, or even pain we feel?does not always belong to us. And that we have a tendency to take on the feelings (both emotional and physical) of others. She helps us to identify what's "ours." And to ask for permission to be free of what's not. She show us how she uses her intuition to guide her and others (couples included). Explains the difference between the spirit and the soul. And how we can use both to learn and grow. She reminds us that we're self-healing; and suggests that life is about peeling back the layers to reveal that already healed self within. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:41:08 8/21/2019
Jasmine Hemsley, the author of East by West, was in college when she realized the food she was eating (mainly cheese toasties, morning, noon, and night) was not serving her. Over time, she adapted Ayurvedic principles that changed her life. "Ayurveda is a philosophy that understands nature and helps you understand that you are nature," says Hemsley. She joins Elise Loehnen to talk about the three doshas and what they mean for our "digestive fire," what and how we eat, and how we think about optimizing our health. And if you're eating fish and chips at the airport: "Enjoy every mouthful, eat it slowly, chew it well?and be very grateful that you've got some food." (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:42:58 8/19/2019
BJ Miller, MD, is the kind of person who can make you feel good about death?and, in turn, life. He's also the kind of person who can coauthor a book called A Beginner's Guide to the End that makes you smile. Today, Elise Loehnen talks to Miller, a palliative-care and hospice physician, about some of her favorite topics to discuss: How do we plan for the one inevitability in life? How do we help our loved ones find comfort and beauty at the end of their lives? How do we make room for grief? How do we make meaning of it all? And how do we feel the wonder, the joy, along the way? "The kindest service a person can do the world," Miller says, "is to find happiness." He helps point us in that direction. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:56:38 8/14/2019
"We're just not taught these days to feel our feelings," says psychiatrist Ellen Vora, MD. In her New York City practice, Vora takes a holistic, functional-medicine approach to mental health. She sees symptoms?anxiety and depression, hormone and gut issues?as "our really beautiful, brilliant body's way of communicating to us." And to communicate back, Vora focuses on food, sleep, stress, and other lifestyle changes. She meets patients where they are; she works with people who are on antidepressants and who are tapering off of SSRIs. Her most important work is not fixing a problem but helping us to hold space for the full human experience (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:45:57 8/12/2019
People are disengaged at work across the board, says Laura Morgan Roberts, PhD, an organizational psychologist who teaches executive and leadership programs at places like Harvard Business School and Georgetown McDonough. Some people are so actively disengaged, says Roberts, that employers would be better off paying them to stay home. But Roberts is here to show us how to find joy in our careers and how to help others do the same. She tells us what companies and leaders are doing wrong, ways we can do better, and why she believes in a framework she calls radical affirmation. Our individual, diverse strengths can absolutely complement one another and align with the collective goal of our organizations, says Roberts. And we can "feed our soul" while adding value to the bigger picture. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:56:00 8/7/2019
"We are either living in a suffering state, or we are living in a beautiful state," says philosopher Preethaji. "There is no third state." Which state are you nurturing? asks Preethaji, who is a coauthor (with her husband, Krishnaji) of a new book called The Four Sacred Secrets. Are you fueling the suffering state (stress, worry, fear), or are you cultivating a beautiful state (joy, love, understanding)? Today, Preethaji shows us how to get to that beautiful state. And how to connect to ourselves and expand our consciousness along the way. (Don't miss her short guided meditation at the very end.) (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:16 8/5/2019
"We are either living in a suffering state, or we are living in a beautiful state," says philosopher Preethaji. "There is no third state." Which state are you nurturing? asks Preethaji, who is a coauthor (with her husband, Krishnaji) of a new book called The Four Sacred Secrets. Are you fueling the suffering state (stress, worry, fear), or are you cultivating a beautiful state (joy, love, understanding)? Today, Preethaji shows us how to get to that beautiful state. And how to connect to ourselves and expand our consciousness along the way. (Don't miss her short guided meditation at the very end.) (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:17 8/5/2019
"We don't actually detect things in the world," says neuroscientist and psychologist Lisa Barrett. "We infer what we expect to see." Barrett is the author of How Emotions are Made, a book that overturns a lot of what we thought we knew about the mind and brain. For one, we aren't as good at reading other people as we think, says Barrett. Emotions don't live in distinct parts of the brain. They aren't universally expressed. When it comes to expressing emotion, Barrett says, variability is the norm. She shows us how we construct emotion in the moment and how we make sense of our body's sensations. And: She teaches us how to master a significant system of regulation that she calls "the body budget." (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:47:11 7/31/2019
Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist and the host of the podcast Finding Mastery, always loved sports. But he says he struggled "above the neck." His own mental blocks got in the way when it came time to compete. Gervais got curious about this: How do we perform at our highest potential? He did a lot of research, and he decided that competition was great but that it goes wrong when we're trying to compete to be better than other people. Today, he helps people become the best versions of themselves (whether they're a pro athlete or not). He teaches people how to "train our craft, body, and mind." And to live in the present moment, where he says all our potential lies. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:48 7/29/2019
Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist and the host of the podcast Finding Mastery, always loved sports. But he says he struggled "above the neck." His own mental blocks got in the way when it came time to compete. Gervais got curious about this: How do we perform at our highest potential? He did a lot of research, and he decided that competition was great but that it goes wrong when we're trying to compete to be better than other people. Today, he helps people become the best versions of themselves (whether they're a pro athlete or not). He teaches people how to "train our craft, body, and mind." And to live in the present moment, where he says all our potential lies. (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)
00:49:57 7/29/2019

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