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Positive Attitude

Broccoli alone won’t get you to 100:
Marta Zaraska on PYP 418

For the last 7 years, I’ve worked to improve human health and wellbeing by focusing on better nutrition, vigorous physical activity, sleep hygiene, and stress management. Turns out I may have been missing the most important determinants of health – the social ones. Marta Zaraska has written a book that is fun, fascinating, scientifically sound,… Read More

The Practice of Compassionate Self-Care During Times of Crisis:
Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, MD on PYP 411

Dr Bojana Jankovic Weatherly is one of my favorite physicians, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. She has also trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Dr Jankovic Weatherly is a real stickler for evidence of efficacy, whatever modality she’s exploring or recommending. Which makes her a very reliable podcast guest, especially when… Read More

Training Montage: PYP 390

People are comparing their experience of lockdown as an endless repetition of Goundhog Day, the 1993 Bill Murray movie about a man trapped in the same day over and over again. What I recall about that movie was, once Bill Murray’s character makes peace with his situation, he uses it to better himself. Piano. Ice… Read More

Gratitude: PYP 384

It’s easy for me (and I guess, a lot of us) to focus on the negative these days. I’m reminding myself daily to look for things to be grateful for – and finding them! Read More

What is Essential: PYP 383

In these strange times, we have an opportunity to remember what is essential, and what is fluff. Who are we really, and how can we carry that realization forward once we attain a new equilibrium? Read More

Becoming a Joyful Vegan with Colleen Patrick Goudreau: PYP 370

Colleen Patrick Goudreau is author, most recently, of The Joyful Vegan. It’s a book about joy, yes, but joy as a strategic imperative in a world that is relentless in trying to undermine our resolve about living compassionate and brave lives. While steadfastness and willpower and outrage can provide bursts of energy for our journey,… Read More

Lessons from a Bucket of Rice

Mergoddess Sarah Bofinger and I talk about how the next thing is always available to us.

Whether it’s a bucket of rice, or a half squat, or waking up from a bad dream, everything within our experience is an opportunity to rewrite our story. 

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Lessons from Platform Nine and Three Quarters: PYP 365

When we adopt a new habit, we often experience a honeymoon period. Partly it’s our enthusiasm and motivation at the first flush of hope and desire, and partly we’ve chosen this time to start because it’s particularly convenient or easy. But the universe will test our resolve not too long after that. It can feel… Read More

Banishing Loneliness Through Mindful Acceptance with Emily Lindsay: PYP 316

Emily Lindsay, PhD, is lead author of an uber-important scientific paper on how to mitigate loneliness through mindfulness and acceptance training. Lindsay is a research scientist in the Psychology Department at University of Pittsburgh who studies how mind-body practices like mindfulness and meditation affect our physiology and ultimate health outcomes. It’s an important field of study,… Read More

Relishing the Struggle with Sarah Bofinger: PYP 312

Sarah Bofinger is an unlikely Olympic hopeful, a WellStart Health Coach, and a fountain of positivity. Today she returns to the podcast to update us on her Olympic dreams, and to share how becoming a WellStart Health coach has taken her training and life to a new level of awesome. Read More