Lani Muelrath is a good friend of the podcast (on the show for the
third fourth time), and a prolific thinker, teacher, and writer.
(And a great friend to elephants – click here to find out about and support one of her and my favorite charities, the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust.)
Lani's new book, The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness, covers the third of her three pillars of a healthy life: mastery over habits of thinking the first two being physical activity and a whole-food plant-based diet).
I conducted this interview differently from most I've done. I've been wrestling with mindfulness practices for the past several months, and have had both breakthroughs and confusion as I've navigated meditation, “mindful eating,” and bringing garden-variety awareness to the moments of my life.
So I spent a good deal of time in earnest, honest conversation with Lani about my experiences and what to make of them.
I hope that at least some of this conversation will have appeal beyond the space between my own ears…
- why this book, and why now
- the problem with mindful eating books and programs that don't start with the nature of the food itself
- Lani's three pillars to healthy, happy living
- the benefits and limitations (for Lani) of mantra meditation
- the watershed moment at a 10-day silent retreat
- our habit of reactivity and automatic thought and impulse: the missing 9th planet
- the significance of the fact that our positive brain states are endogenous (internally generated)
- Dean Ornish, MD, on not having to look outside ourselves
- what mindfulness is (and isn't – much to my relief)
- how many of us use food as a refuge against disquieting states
- the subtle but huge difference between counting breaths and being aware of the sensation of breath
- how vegans can skillfully manage their own reactivity around other people's food choices
- “we don't change because of shame or blame”
- “we all have advocacy in our heart” (the question is, what's the most effective way to express it?)
- the problem with self-labeling as a food or sugar addict
- the secret to weight management: overeating is triggered by undereating
- and much more…
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