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Travel Whys

K. Joia Houheneka at Delve Travel

Travel Whys is a travel podcast for growth-hungry entrepreneurs. We explore the deep reasons why people travel - and why, perhaps, everyone ought to adopt a "traveler's spirit" - because we believe travel can be so much more than merely vacation or leisure. Instead, we see travel as an opportunity for growth and transformation, and as an integral part of a flourishing life full of deep meaning and happiness. We're pioneers in exploring travel in combination with the themes of continuous learning and the psychology of flow states. You'll find multiple different series of episodes in the show. For example, our "A Trip That Changed Me" episodes are an opportunity to explore a destination and listen in to a traveler's story of how their trip provoked a change to their perspective and future direction. In our "Explorer Conversations" episodes, we talk with experts and other guests on cutting-edge issues involving travel, continuous learning and flow states. Lastly, for those who would like to get involved with an interactive experience, we're partnering with 52 Living Ideas for the "Flow Book Club" starting with a chapter-by-chapter exploration of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" See: https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas/ Travel Whys is sponsored by Delve Travel, a new boutique travel agency serving high-ticket entrepreneurs with luxury wellness travel experiences and high-end retreat planning and management services. Find out more at: https://www.delvetravel.com

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Jul 1 2021
3 mins
The Evolving Self Chapter 6 Discussion: Directing Evolution | Flow Book Club
Join us as we continue with our exploration of flow, reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow sequel: The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium (1993). In the introduction, MC points out “...it is difficult to build a happy life by the simple addition of a series of flow experiences. The whole in this case is definitely more than the sum of its parts”. Beyond just a number of flow experiences, what is needed is “…a system of meanings that gives purpose to one’s being”. MC explains, “Flow ended with the proposition that by understanding better our evolutionary past we might generate the grounds for a viable meaning system, a faith that can give order and purpose to our lives in the future. To know ourselves is the greatest achievement of our species. And to understand ourselves – what we are made of, what motives drive us, and what goals we dream of – involves first of all our evolutionary past. Only on this foundation can we build a stable, meaningful future.” That is the project of this book. Chapter 6: Directing Evolution Finally, we’re on to Part II and focused on evolving into the future! Specifically, we’re exploring MC’s ideas on how to control the direction of evolution. As he says, “To start on this task, we need to reach a better understanding of what evolution entails.” That is the work we’ll begin in this chapter. As MC states, “What makes the evolution of complexity possible is the fact that we also have a built-in predilection for learning new skills, for doing difficult things that stretch our abilities, for creating order in our consciousness and in our environment” – and what makes that possible and easy is, of course, FLOW! Topics: “Some Principles of Evolution” “The Nature of Complexity” “Morality and Evolution” “The Control of Population” “Eumemics: Limiting the Reproduction of Memes” “Complexity of Consciousness” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka This discussion is done in partnership with the Meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
3d ago
1 hr 31 mins
The Evolving Self Chapter 5 Discussion: Memes Versus Genes | Flow Book Club
Join us as we continue with our exploration of flow, reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow sequel: The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium (1993). In the introduction, MC points out “...it is difficult to build a happy life by the simple addition of a series of flow experiences. The whole in this case is definitely more than the sum of its parts”. Beyond just a number of flow experiences, what is needed is “…a system of meanings that gives purpose to one’s being”. MC explains, “Flow ended with the proposition that by understanding better our evolutionary past we might generate the grounds for a viable meaning system, a faith that can give order and purpose to our lives in the future. To know ourselves is the greatest achievement of our species. And to understand ourselves – what we are made of, what motives drive us, and what goals we dream of – involves first of all our evolutionary past. Only on this foundation can we build a stable, meaningful future.” That is the project of this book. Chapter 5: Memes Versus Genes This is the final chapter for Part I “The Lure of the Past” – starting in the next discussion we’ll be turning our attention to what we can control for the future. To summarize thus far, as MC describes, “… many of the greatest dangers on the path to the future are the result of previous adaptive successes: the organization of the brain, the emergence of a primitive self, the genetic instructions that helped us survive through past millennia, and the competition with other people…” Now in this chapter we focus on one final potential danger: “the threat of the artifacts we have created to make our lives more comfortable”. In other words, the danger of memes. Topics: “The Competition of Memes” “Memes and Addiction” “Memes and Media” “The Competition of Ideas” “Memes and Materialism” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka This discussion is done in partnership with the Meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
May 12 2022
1 hr 27 mins
The Evolving Self Chapter 4 Discussion: Predators and Parasites | Flow Book Club
Join us as we continue with our exploration of flow, reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow sequel: The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium (1993). In the introduction, MC points out “...it is difficult to build a happy life by the simple addition of a series of flow experiences. The whole in this case is definitely more than the sum of its parts”. Beyond just a number of flow experiences, what is needed is “…a system of meanings that gives purpose to one’s being”. MC explains, “Flow ended with the proposition that by understanding better our evolutionary past we might generate the grounds for a viable meaning system, a faith that can give order and purpose to our lives in the future. To know ourselves is the greatest achievement of our species. And to understand ourselves – what we are made of, what motives drive us, and what goals we dream of – involves first of all our evolutionary past. Only on this foundation can we build a stable, meaningful future.” That is the project of this book. Chapter 4: Predators and Parasites In the last chapter, we explored illusions that arise for us as individuals from internal forces such as our genes or our sense of self. But some obstacles come from our interactions with others. In this chapter, we focus on the dangers of exploitation and oppression; as MC states, if we are to thrive, “… it is mandatory that we understand how much of our psychic energy is channeled away by those who drain our lives to enrich theirs.” Topics: “The Forces of Selection” “Power and Oppression” “The Exploitation of Women and Children” “Individual Differences in Power” “The Transmission of Inequality” “Parasitic Exploitation” “The Strategy of Irresponsibility” “Exploitation Through Mimicry” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka This discussion is done in partnership with the Meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
May 5 2022
1 hr 50 mins
The Evolving Self Chapter 3 Discussion: The Veils of Maya | Flow Book Club
Join us as we continue with our exploration of flow, reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow sequel: The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium (1993). In the introduction, MC points out “...it is difficult to build a happy life by the simple addition of a series of flow experiences. The whole in this case is definitely more than the sum of its parts”. Beyond just a number of flow experiences, what is needed is “…a system of meanings that gives purpose to one’s being”. MC explains, “Flow ended with the proposition that by understanding better our evolutionary past we might generate the grounds for a viable meaning system, a faith that can give order and purpose to our lives in the future. To know ourselves is the greatest achievement of our species. And to understand ourselves – what we are made of, what motives drive us, and what goals we dream of – involves first of all our evolutionary past. Only on this foundation can we build a stable, meaningful future.” That is the project of this book. Chapter 3: The Veils of Maya How do we overcome illusion? In this chapter, we explore with MC how our genes, cultures, and self-delusions can hold us back from achieving our real potentials and what we can do about it. As MC says, “We normally allow a whole series of illusions to stand between ourselves and reality. Built out of genetic instructions, cultural rules, and the unbridled desires of the self, these distortions are comforting, yet they need to be seen through for the self to be truly liberated.” Topics: “Illusion and Reality” “The World of the Genes” “The World of Culture” “The World of the Self” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka This discussion is done in partnership with the Meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Apr 21 2022
1 hr 22 mins
The Evolving Self Chapter 2 Discussion: Who Controls the Mind? | Flow Book Club
Join us as we continue with our exploration of flow, reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow sequel: The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium (1993). In the introduction, MC points out “...it is difficult to build a happy life by the simple addition of a series of flow experiences. The whole in this case is definitely more than the sum of its parts”. Beyond just a number of flow experiences, what is needed is “…a system of meanings that gives purpose to one’s being”. MC explains, “Flow ended with the proposition that by understanding better our evolutionary past we might generate the grounds for a viable meaning system, a faith that can give order and purpose to our lives in the future. To know ourselves is the greatest achievement of our species. And to understand ourselves – what we are made of, what motives drive us, and what goals we dream of – involves first of all our evolutionary past. Only on this foundation can we build a stable, meaningful future.” That is the project of this book. Chapter 2: Who Controls the Mind? In this chapter, we’re exploring how the mind functions. As MC says, “…to live an entire life without understanding how we think, why we feel the way we feel, what directs our actions is to miss what is most important in life, which is the quality of experience itself”. We’ll delve into those aspects of the brain-mind functioning that are built into us given our evolutionary heritage - and also explore our capacity for choice. Topics: “Eternal dissatisfaction” “Chaos and Consciousness” “Why is Happiness So Elusive?” “The Limits of Reason” “The Addiction to Pleasure” “Stress, Strain, and Hormones” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka This discussion is done in partnership with the Meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Apr 14 2022
1 hr 28 mins
The Evolving Self Chapter 1 Discussion: The Mind and History | Flow Book Club
Join us as we continue with our exploration of flow, reading Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow sequel: The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium (1993). In the introduction, MC points out “...it is difficult to build a happy life by the simple addition of a series of flow experiences. The whole in this case is definitely more than the sum of its parts”. Beyond just a number of flow experiences, what is needed is “…a system of meanings that gives purpose to one’s being”. MC explains, “Flow ended with the proposition that by understanding better our evolutionary past we might generate the grounds for a viable meaning system, a faith that can give order and purpose to our lives in the future. To know ourselves is the greatest achievement of our species. And to understand ourselves – what we are made of, what motives drive us, and what goals we dream of – involves first of all our evolutionary past. Only on this foundation can we build a stable, meaningful future.” That is the project of this book. Chapter 1: The Mind and History At the start of this book, MC begins laying out the argument for his thesis “that becoming an active, conscious part of the evolutionary process is the best way to give meaning to our lives at the present point in time and to enjoy each moment along the way”. We explore the idea of evolution as the selective survival of information. We also delve into the development of self-reflective consciousness. Topics: “The Perspective of Evolution” “The Global Network” “At the Hinges of the New Millennium” “Chance, Necessity, and Something Else”, “Are We Hopelessly Bad?” “The Good and the Bad” “The Emergence of the Self” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka This discussion is done in partnership with the Meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Apr 7 2022
1 hr 29 mins
New Beginnings for the Podcast!Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 10 Discussion: The Making of Meaning | Flow Book Club
Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Chapter 10: The Making of Meaning “Much of what we call culture and civilization consists in efforts people have made, generally against overwhelming odds, to create a sense of purpose for themselves and their descendants.” In the final chapter of this book, we explore the connection between flow and making meaning, specifically the challenge of creating harmony in consciousness based on reason and choice. We’ll ponder MC’s recommendation that we need to learn to unite and cooperate with others without losing our individuality. As he suggests at the book’s conclusion: “The problem of meaning will then be resolved as the individual’s purpose merges with the universal flow.” Topics: “What Meaning Means” “Cultivating Purpose” “Forging Resolve” “Recovering Harmony” “The Unification of Meaning in Life Themes” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Mar 3 2022
1 hr 53 mins
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 9 Discussion: Cheating Chaos | Flow Book Club
Feb 24 2022
1 hr 29 mins
Learning-Led Travel with Aubrie Canfield | Explorer ConversationsFlow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 8 Discussion: Enjoying Solitude and Other People | Flow Book Club
Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Chapter 8: Enjoying Solitude and Other People “We are biologically programmed to find other human beings the most important objects in the world…On the other hand, we also value privacy and wish to be left alone” In this chapter, we’re exploring relationships and flow as well as solitude and flow. Interestingly, relationships and solitude can each lead to extreme misery, or they can be sources of extreme fulfillment and happiness, especially when they are engaging flow experiences. As MC points out, “People are the most flexible, the most changeable aspect of the environment we have to deal with,” so there’s a lot of value to learning how to manage both relationships and solitude well Topics: “The Conflict Between Being Alone and Being with Others” “The Pain of Loneliness” “Taming Solitude” “Flow and the Family” “Enjoying Friends” “The Wider Community” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Dec 31 2021
1 hr 30 mins
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 7 Discussion: Work as Flow | Flow Book Club
Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Chapter 7: Work as Flow “On the job people feel skillful and challenged, and therefore feel more happy, strong, creative, and satisfied. In their free time people feel that there is generally not much to do and their skills are not being used, and therefore they tend to feel more sad, weak, dull, and dissatisfied. Yet they would like to work less and spend more time in leisure. What does this contradictory pattern mean?” Work is essential to life as a human being and often the way one spends a considerable amount of time. So, finding flow in work can be significant to improving the quality of life overall. As MC points out, work undertaken as a flow activity can fulfill human potentialities: “Work not only transforms the environment by building bridges across rivers and cultivating barren plains; it also transforms the worker from an animal guided by instincts into a conscious, goal-directed, skillful person.” In this chapter, we explore how work can provide flow. Topics: “Autotelic Workers” “Autotelic Jobs” “The Paradox of Work” “The Waste of Free Time” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Dec 17 2021
1 hr 34 mins
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 6 Discussion: The Flow of Thought | Flow Book Club
Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Chapter 6: The Flow of Thought “Just as there are flow activities corresponding to every physical potential of the body, every mental operation is able to provide its own particular form of enjoyment.” In this chapter, we explore activities of the mind that can lead to flow. MC observes, “These activities are primarily symbolic in nature, in that they depend on natural languages, mathematics, or some other abstract notation system like a computer language to achieve their ordering effects in the mind” Specifically, we will examine areas such as memory, history, philosophy, and other mental “games”. Topics: “The Mother of Science” “The Rules of the Games of the Mind” “The Play of Words” “Befriending Clio” “The Delights of Science” “Loving Wisdom” “Amateurs and Professionals” “The Challenge of Lifelong Learning” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Dec 3 2021
1 hr 32 mins
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 5 Discussion: The Body in Flow | Flow Book Club
Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Chapter 5: The Body in Flow “Everything the body can do is potentially enjoyable. Yet many people ignore this capacity and use their physical equipment as little as possible, leaving its ability to provide flow unexploited.” This fun chapter explores all the activities we can pursue with our bodies that can produce flow experiences. Some examples include athletic practice, sports, dancing, music, eating, sex, and reveling in the senses. As MC emphasizes, the mind is always involved in these activities as well, so optimally these are mind-body activities, and flow comes when you develop your skills to perform in a refined way. As MC stresses, “Each of these modalities offers an almost unlimited amount of enjoyment, but only to persons who work to develop the skills they require. To those who do not, the body remains indeed a lump of rather inexpensive flesh.” Topics: “Higher, Faster, Stronger” “The Joys of Movement” “Sex as Flow” “The Ultimate Control: Yoga & Martial Arts” “Flow through the Senses: The Joys of Seeing” “The Flow of Music” “The Joys of Tasting” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com   And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Nov 19 2021
1 hr 46 mins
Purposeful Travel: Traveling to Heal | Special EpisodeFlow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 4 Discussion: The Conditions of Flow | Flow Book Club
Oct 7 2021
1 hr 34 mins
Queensland Australia: Becoming an Expat and a Travel Entrepreneur | A Trip that Changed MeFlow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 3 Discussion: Enjoyment and the Quality of Life | Flow Book Club
Sep 30 2021
1 hr 35 mins
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 2 Discussion: The Anatomy of Consciousness | Flow Book ClubFlow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 1 Discussion: Happiness Revisited | Flow Book Club
Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas. Chapter 1: Happiness Revisited In this chapter, MC explores the question “what is happiness?” and introduces the concept of flow. He tells us, “The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy—or attention—is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action. The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the task at hand and momentarily forget everything else. The periods of struggling to overcome challenges are what people find to be the most enjoyable times of their lives” Topics: “The Roots of Discontent”, “The Shields of Culture”, “Reclaiming Experience”, “Paths of Liberation” Music: “Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka Join us for more episodes of the Travel Whys podcast as we explore travel, continuous learning, and the psychology of flow. If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who’s committed to excellence and seeking luxury wellness travel experiences, or you’re interested in planning a high-end destination retreat, VIP Day, or mastermind event, check out Delve Travel: www.delvetravel.com And don’t forget to follow us on social! Facebook Page: @delvetravel Instagram: @travelwhys_delvetravel LinkedIn: Company Delve Travel
Aug 11 2021
1 hr 40 mins