Untangle

Untangle

Learn from the best! Hear insights, experiences and expertise from thought leaders, authors, psychologists, neuroscientists, nutritionists, mindfulness teachers, business pioneers and more. We cover everything from why it’s important to meditate to how self-compassion practices change us from the inside out to brain health, mental health. and physical health. Learn many different strategies to live your best life. Join host Patricia Karpas weekly. Untangle is the podcast from muse, the Brain Sensing Headband that helps you meditate and sleep, and Meditation Studio, the five star app.. read less

Explore a New Movement: A Moderation and Mindfulness Based Approach to Drinking (based on your own personal goals!)
6d ago
Explore a New Movement: A Moderation and Mindfulness Based Approach to Drinking (based on your own personal goals!)
Today’s guest is Ian Andersen, cofounder of the Sunnyside app,  Sunnyside is an app designed to help individuals discover and adopt a more mindful approach to drinking so they can reach their own personal goals.  It’s focused exclusively on moderation and mindfulness, not sobriety. Ian and his business partner, founder Nick Allen started this company because they wanted to support people to find a balanced approach to drinking. One that would help them be healthier and more aware. In this interview, we discuss this moderation based approach, along with how and why this makes a difference in our mental and physical Health.  Sunnyside is partnering with Muse for Soberish October. This joint initiative wants to support individuals seeking mindfulness in their drinking habits. Again, balance….not sobriety. Visit choosemuse.com/sunnyside to learn more about how you can participate in Soberish October and win some great prizes. Again, what makes this approach different is that it’s not an all or nothing approach to drinking. It’s moderation and mindfulness based, a middle path so to speak, with some pretty great habit changing tools to help. It's about setting your own personal goals, making a commitment, tracking, connecting with others, texting with human coaches if that's your jam, and measuring your progress. Resources: Sunnyside.co To join the Muse Sunnyside Challenge: get.sunnyside.co/muse  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Hunger Habit: Why We Eat When We're Not Hungry and How to Stop. With Judson Brewer
Sep 12 2023
The Hunger Habit: Why We Eat When We're Not Hungry and How to Stop. With Judson Brewer
Today’s guest is Judson Brewer, a Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist and Author who specializes in the field of mindfulness and addiction. He is widely recognized for his work on understanding the mechanisms of craving and developing effective strategies to overcome addictive behaviors. One of his notable contributions is his research on the "Hunger Habit." He discussed this in his book, The Hunger Habit: Why We Eat When We're Not Hungry and How to Stop. The Hunger Habit is a concept that explores the parallels between overeating and other forms of addiction. Brewer's research suggests that the root cause of many addictive behaviors, including overeating, lies in the craving and reward-based learning processes of the brain. Brewer's approach to breaking the Hunger Habit revolves around mindfulness. He believes that by bringing mindful awareness to our eating behaviors, we can develop a deeper understanding of our cravings and make more conscious choices. Mindfulness allows us to observe our thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judgment, enabling us to break the automatic and unconscious patterns of overeating. Overall, Judson Brewer is known for bridging the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience, and addiction, offering a unique perspective on breaking free from addictive patterns and fostering behavioral change through these mindfulness-based interventions. Get over 1,000 meditations for 30 days. Go to choosemuse.com/meditationstudio Want more from Judson? Go to drjud.com. Get the EatRightNow app at the App Store.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Creativity, Spirituality and Making a Buck. Possible to Do It All? With David Nichtern
Sep 5 2023
Creativity, Spirituality and Making a Buck. Possible to Do It All? With David Nichtern
Today’s guest is David Nichtern, a senior Buddhist teacher who has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He is also a highly regarded, award winning composer, producer and guitarist, as well as the founder of two record companies. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon and many others. And to round out his background, he’s also a business consultant and author of the book, Creativity, Spirituality and Making a Buck — which is what we discuss today.  David’s grasp of spirituality, mindfulness, music and entrepreneurship make him a unique animal, so to speak. The underlying principle of this book is that it’s possible to move toward balance, prosperity, happiness, and basic sanity in our lives as human beings. The core of the operating system that will get us there is recognizing how our minds work and how the world works to deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He shares useful advice and practical tools for integrating all of who we are.  Check out his programs at dharmamoon.com  More on David. His mix of buddhism and music give him a unique perspective on creativity. He looks at the different ways that we humans define success.  The principles he lays out in the book include cultivating clarity, intention and effort; success and contentment; surviving vs. thriving; authenticity and integrity. He also suggests many interpersonal skills that will support ‘right livelihood’ or ethical conduct. When offering insights on creativity in his book he says: Be daring, master your craft and consider a balance between patience, exertion and disciple and know when to let go.  His book is available at all major book sellers.  Get your 30 days of free meditations at choosemuse.com/meditationstudio.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On The Paradox of Being Human: Accepting All of Who We Are. With Parker Palmer
Aug 28 2023
On The Paradox of Being Human: Accepting All of Who We Are. With Parker Palmer
Today’s guest is one of my favorites of all time. When I first interviewed Parker Palmer, the writer, teacher, poet and all around wise and soulful human — it was near a birthday that was giving me some pause as I was feeling the weight of time passing. I felt such a rush of pure humanity from listening to his words. It was the best birthday gift. The book we discussed is called On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old. It’s one of 10 amazing books that he’s authored. He says we must accept all of who we are…our wholeness and our brokenness. Wholeness involves integrating your imperfections along with whatever degree of perfection you may have achieved. It means embracing brokenness as an important part of our lives. It all belongs. I loved when he said that our hearts stay supple when we learn to embrace the little heartbreaks of everyday life. Eventually, he says, we can say...Yes, I am my strengths and my weaknesses. I am my successes and my failures. I am a source of light and I can be dark. It's all there. Welcome it all as a part of being human.  Parker has reached millions worldwide through his books, including the best-selling Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and A Hidden Wholeness. He also holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and 13 honorary doctorates. He has won numerous awards, which are listed in our show notes. Encore Episode.  SPECIAL OFFER: The Meditation Studio App is now FREE for 30 days. Unlock hundreds of meditations here: (⁠https://choosemuse.com/meditationstudio⁠) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mindfulness and Meditation in Schools: A Transformation Story of Inner City Kids. With Adres Gonzales, Ali Smith and Atman Smith
Aug 22 2023
Mindfulness and Meditation in Schools: A Transformation Story of Inner City Kids. With Adres Gonzales, Ali Smith and Atman Smith
Andrés González is a Puerto-Rican American teacher, author, and musician. He has taught yoga and meditation to diverse populations worldwide for twenty years and is a Co-Founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, founded in 2001. Andrés is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and maintains a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Maryland. His teaching and music center around the liberation of marginalized individuals and communities through personal empowerment, healing, and love. Let Your Light Shine is his first book.  Ali Smith is a teacher and author, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Ali’s life-long study of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness has served as the impetus for his pioneering work bringing trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness to underserved youth–and influencing education curriculum worldwide. He is the longtime Executive Director of the Holistic Life Foundation, a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2001 that brings yoga and mindfulness to schools and is the Co-Owner of The Involution Group, founded in 2019. Let Your Light Shine is his second book.  Atman Smith is a teacher and author, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. A lifelong student of yoga and meditation, his teaching focuses on empowering marginalized communities through yoga and meditation, transforming the minds and hearts of individuals who face racism, poverty, drugs, and oppression. For fifteen years, Atman has served as Director of Programming and Development for the Holistic Life Foundation, a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2001 that brings yoga and mindfulness to schools. He is also the Co-Owner of The Involution Group, founded in 2019. His lifework centers around reclaiming black masculinity as a path of peace, justice, freedom, and joy. Let Your Light Shine is his first book.  Resources: Website: ⁠https://holisticlifefoundation.org⁠ Book Website: ⁠https://letyourlightshinebook.com⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/holisticlifefoundation/⁠ hlfinc.org  Contact: ⁠info@hlfinc.org⁠ You are encouraged to donate, or volunteer to be a teacher in your community  Find them on Instagram, twitter, facebook @HolisticLifeFoundation. Muse, the brain sensing headband that helps you meditate is great for teens who want to meditate, and beginners as well as advanced meditators: ⁠www.choosemuse.com⁠ use the discount code Untangle15 A study by Kansas State University showed that using Muse with teens lead to a 72% decrease in being sent to the principals office for behavioral correction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Creative Acts for Curious People. How to Think, Create and Lead in Unconventional Ways. With Sarah Stein Greenberg.
Aug 15 2023
Creative Acts for Curious People. How to Think, Create and Lead in Unconventional Ways. With Sarah Stein Greenberg.
Sarah Stein Greenberg is Executive Director of Stanford University's d School (Design School) and is the author of the book, “Creative Acts for Curious People. How to Think, Create and Lead in Unconventional Ways’’. A quote from the book sums it up: “In an era of ambiguous, messy problems, as well as extraordinary opportunities for positive change, it’s vital to have both an inquisitive mind and the ability to act with intention. This book is filled with ways to build those skills with resilience, care, and confidence”.The tools and exercises in the book are a gift to the rest of us who’ve not yet had the opportunity to go through their programs designed to spark creativity, foster connection, and solve problems. From her Linkedin profile: Sarah leads a community of designers, faculty, and other innovative thinkers who help people unlock their creative abilities and apply them to the world. Sarah speaks regularly at universities and global conferences on design, business, and education. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in history from Oberlin College. Sarah also serves as a trustee for Rare, a global conservation organization. Among other creative pursuits, she spends her free time as an underwater and wildlife photographer. She lives in San Francisco. Encore. Check out Meditation Studio App available in the App Store and go explore Muse at choosemuse.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How and When Does an Organization or Individual Know That It's Time for Change? And How do We Navigate This? Can you Recover from Bad Decisions? With Richard Hawkes
Jul 4 2023
How and When Does an Organization or Individual Know That It's Time for Change? And How do We Navigate This? Can you Recover from Bad Decisions? With Richard Hawkes
Today’s guest is Richard Hawkes, thought leader, change expert, author and Founder & CEO, of Growth River — an international consulting firm. His book is called Navigate the Swirl, 7 conversations for Business Transformation. He specializes in helping organizations and individuals scale and grow. In fact, he was my executive coach over 15 years ago and a big reason I made some pretty important changes in my life at that time.  What I liked about this discussion was all of the connections I started thinking about between business transformation and personal transformation. They both involve activating purpose, driving focus, shifting mindset, aligning strategy and implementing initiatives. When we discuss the kind of team you need to build a high performing organization, I wondered about the teams we build as individuals — those in our tribes, so to speak, that support and encourage our own transformation.  Some of the things we discuss:  How do we actually navigate change in organizations and in our lives? As a Leader, What does it mean to have a team with the right Blend of EQ and IQ  Skills?  Can you recover from bad decisions? How you can find a shared language with those you work with in life.  It starts with an intention to communicate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Achieve Success Without Compromising the Quality of Your Life. Self Care with Cheryl Richardson.
Jun 13 2023
Achieve Success Without Compromising the Quality of Your Life. Self Care with Cheryl Richardson.
Todays guest is Cheryl Richardson. Cheryl has written 7 books and has dedicated her life to the practice of self care. When we begin to care for ourselves, we naturally begin to care for others…families, friends, the environment and the world. There are so many wisdom nuggets in this episode. She invites us to look at what’s draining our energy so that we can let go of what no longer serves us; she shares how to make our inner lives more of a priority and discusses how to set up priorities and boundaries. I love her phrase; “stop doing things that bore you.” This can be the biggest energy drain of all. She also suggests that doing the opposite of what you normally do or even think you can do can be a great way to change stagnant habits and break some old patterns. Cheryl shares why focusing on self care is so important for all of us. She also discusses how to make soul vs. ego more of a focus as you move into your later years; how to look at what’s draining your energy by making a list and eliminating each one by one. She believes those who focus on self care are good at sitting with the discomfort of letting go of the things in their lives that are no longer useful. Make your inner life more of a priority than your outer life and remember that death is a reminder of how precious and fleeting life is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Living a Life with No Regrets: “Tuesdays with Morrie” Son Shares Dad's Wisdom. With Rob Schwartz
May 23 2023
Living a Life with No Regrets: “Tuesdays with Morrie” Son Shares Dad's Wisdom. With Rob Schwartz
Todays guest is Rob Schwartz. You may not know him, but you’ve likely heard of his dad, Morrie. Bestseller, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” sold over 18 million copies after it was released in 1997. While Morrie, a beloved dad and professor at Brandeis University, was dying of ALS, Mitch Albom, one of his students, sat down to interview him every Tuesday for 12 weeks. This became a treasure trove of his philosophy as his health declined. It was very early in our understanding of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Several years after “Tuesdays with Morrie," and the death of his father, Rob, found an almost finished manuscript in his dad’s desk drawer. He decided to edit this book as a tribute to his dad. Now, “The Wisdom of Morrie," recently released, is a new look at Morries’ life wisdom and lessons. I was happy to be reminded of the spirit and light that filled his life, despite that he was dying. A reminder from Morrie: “Dying is only one thing to be upset about; living an unhappy life is something else.” Show Notes: Morrie is known for his positive attitude and growth mindset before and after he was diagnosed with ALS. He was an extremely curious, compassionate and intelligent man. He always had this intense empathy for everybody, and was open to different worldviews. He was aware of others’ difficulties and their pain. Once you're open to somebody else's worldview and perspective, he said, you're going to see things in a different light. The Wisdom of Morrie is really about lessons on how to live your best life and how to live with the tension or paradox of joy and sorrow. His attitude was…”I’m gonna live the best that I can in the time that I have left. And that means I have to put bitterness, anger and disappointment aside and concentrate on what gives me joy and life and pushes me forward.” Morrie wrote a bit about ageism. He has a term called age casting, which is to make assumptions about older people just because they’re old. He also includes many practical tips on how to live more creatively and joyously as you age. Very simply put, what gives your life meaning, Morrie would say, is your relationship with other people. Morrie viewed aging as completely natural; Not something to be angry or despairing about, but something to understand as a natural process of life, and that you should appreciate what is strong and good about it, as opposed to trying to pick out, oh, my body isn't as strong as it used to be. There will always be the tension of opposites in our lives. This idea of balancing out hope and despair. In this book, Morrie was attempting to remove the stumbling blocks that prevent people from being happy and fulfilled. He believed that laughter was incredibly important and wondered why elderly people often forget to incorporate more humor in their lives. Don’t let it slip away, he reminds us. Rob’s most important lesson from his dad? Pay attention to your relationships and continue to strengthen them always. Resources: The Wisdom of Morrie. Available at all booksellers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices