It's Christmastime! OK—maybe we're a few days late, but better late than never, right? I've been holed up in the house with a cold, but we wanted to share with you a Christmas episode on receiving, and to just say hello in between seasons. We hope you enjoy this one—it's quick, but it's good.
Sometimes I think one of the best parts about having a good friend like Melissa, is that she gets to share with me all of the awesome ideas and philosophies in life she's exploring.
That's what good friends do, no? We share things that are adding value to our lives—bloggers, recipes, musicians, apps, the whole she-bang. It's exciting for both parties. When I share something, I'm super stoked to see if the person I'm sharing this with will have the same appreciation for it as I did. When someone shares something with me, I get to see how someone else approaches life, and get to try something new.
Which is why, this week, we've decided to adjust course and try something a little different. This week, Melissa and I take time to discuss all of the things that we're interested in right now—and our show notes page bursting with killer podcasts, books, resources, recipes, and websites. This is the stuff we love that we're sharing with each other and our own friends.
Listen in as we talk about political geography, the gut micro-biome, Joe Rogan, and more.
Book: Eat Dirt by Josh Axe
Book: Gut by Giulia Enders
Book: Sacred Contracts
Instagram Account: newearthmama
Podcast: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Podcast: WTF Podcast with Marc Maron
Podcast: Joe Rogan Experience
Podcast: Here’s The Thing by Alec Baldwin
Podcast: Tim Ferris Show
Website: Nutritionist and Chef Rachel Martino
I used to think that selfies were egotistical, until I read a tweet from @JomnySun on Twitter which read:
"How come we never see 'Is Selfie Culture Helping Our Kids Explore Their Own Identities, Find Comfort in Themselves?'" This Tweet was commenting on an article from the New York Times which read, "Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish?"
Despite the fact that I had questioned this before, I just couldn't get past the narcissism that comes about when I think of taking a selfie. To my surprise, Melissa felt the same way before as I had.
Listen in this week as Melissa and I take time to really understand what our generation of people have to gain through taking these mobile self-portraits. It's a lot more complex than I realized, and as always, we discovered you can't paint every portrait with a broad brush.
Send us an email via our Contact Us page. We'd love to hear your fresh perspective.
Enjoy the show!
I'm certainly young, but I've tried on my fair share of hats growing up. I spent my weekdays and weekends in my first years in college frequenting a goth coffee shop complete with weekly slam poetry sessions and clove cigarettes. I've worked with dozens of highly acclaimed artists in prestigious galleries in Los Angeles. I've spent holiday weekends dipping increasingly lukewarm pineapples in dark chocolate at a store that rhymes with Edible Arrangements. I've been the girl barefoot and hair knotty running through the Hawaiian jungle jumping off of waterfalls into pools of fresh rainwater. I've been the pompous asshole who posts politically charged articles online with a lack of self-awareness. I'm not trying to say I've done it all, but I've been a few people over the years.
That's what life is about though, no? Trying on different costumes, seeing how they fit. We try on different personas as a means to understand what it's like to experience our true selves. We mimic our heroes and become the antithesis of our villains. And, while the pendulum always inherently swings from one extreme side to another, to strive to live a well-curated life means swinging to and fro while we get glimpses of the blindspots we had when we were in the gung-ho phases of whatever interest or cause we were passionate about in the past.
In this episode, Melissa and I talk about the people we decide to become on a daily basis. We talk about embracing the traits that we've allowed to fall away, and the ones we've decided serve a function in how we navigate life. Listen in this week as we talk about what falls away and what sticks, how we can be more intentional about who we see ourselves as in the past, and more conscientious of who we set ourselves up to become in the future.
WE'RE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE HOSTING A GIVEAWAY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MICHELLE D'AVELLA AT PUSHING BEAUTY!
If you listen to the podcast, you know Melissa and I are huge fans of Michelle D'Avella of Pushing Beauty—so much so— that we're happy to announce we'll be hosting a giveaway of her upcoming Virtual Breathwork Workshop on September 17th, 2016. Sign up for the the Pushing Beauty Newsletter at themindpalacepodcast.com/pushingbeauty through August 31st, 2016. Winner will be announced September 1st, 2016. Let's breathe y'all!
I know relationships are complicated, but I think our relationship with sleep is complex on a completely different level. Last week I started reading this incredible book by Arriana Huffington called The Sleep Revolution—all about our relationship with sleep, how it's evolved over the years, and the science behind what actually happens when we sleep.
Through this book, our discussion on sleep over the podcast this week, I've found myself coming to a very worthy conclusion, a conclusion I think we all want to come to, but the ideology of sacrifice and hard work get in the way; sleep is good.
Sleep gives us an emotional reprieve from the anxieties and difficulties of everyday life. It's restoratives for the soul, our skin, and an opportunity to refresh our perspective on life with each rotation of the earth. It's a truly beautiful thing that we've shunned into being seen as obligatory, useless, and somewhat of a chore.
In this episode of The Mind Palace, Melissa and I hash out this topic, and talk about our own approaches to getting a good night's rest. If you're in need of someone to talk you into getting some much needed rest, listen in this week.
It's another beautiful week at The Mind Palace Podcast and I hope y'all are having a wonderful summer.
Over the last year I've been dealing with some brutal health problems. It's been hard to understand this new way of life I'm living because of it, but no good trial goes without some honest to goodness lessons.
At first, when I was sick, I started to look desperately for answers to everyone and anyone who would give them to me. I looked to these alternative medicine healers as if they were the ultimate authority on my health—and while many of them had invaluable information and advice to offer, I was neglecting my own inherent understanding of what I needed. I was ignoring my own wisdom. It wasn't good.
I realized there was a parallel here that is applicable to everyone's life.
There are literally thousands of individuals who consider themselves an authority in life, willing and ready to give out their recipe, their sage advice, on life. While many of these people have incredible insight to offer, it's important to recognize how empowering your own use of critical thinking is.
Minimalism and living intentionally isn't a mainstream concept. We've all arrived at this conclusion by questioning what we've previously decided not to question, and we should remember that it's important to continue this questioning—to continue to reject the notion that we should surrender our own wisdom and follow the guidance of others.
It's such an empowering concept. You have in incredible brain—it's worth using. Don't neglect your own intuition, gut feelings, or understanding of life because the thoughts of others are so easily accessible. Harness your own personal power. What are your thoughts on the matter?
It's worth pursuing. It's worth investigating. It can give us a better insight to who we are and what we think about this thing called life.
Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. —Mae West
Oh my goodness—I am bursting at the seams with excitement—after being away from the podcast for over a month we’re back, and we’re going big and tackling waste.
It feels like such a broad topic, and truth be told, I think Melissa and I were both a little intimidated by the vastness of this topic. I think the reason it’s most intimidating is because it’s a problem that pervades everyone’s lives on a daily basis. And, because of the fact that a majority of businesses turn a blind eye to the wastefulness, as humans consumers we have a rather weighted responsibility to be responsible for the lifecycle of whatever we bring into our homes. Have a listen. I think you’re gonna love it.
Book: To Die For
Book: Eat Dirt
Melissa here. Get your pitchforks at the ready because this week we are discussing Pop culture. Going into the conversation I believed that pop culture is the antithesis of a meaningful life; filled with gossip, adverts and propaganda. However, as the conversation progressed, Jess delved into her thoughts on it, and we came to a more balanced conclusion. We came to understand that we create pop culture. We create it by being mindful of the things we consume materially, emotionally and intellectually.
We vote for the kind of world we want every time we spend money. With that in mind it's important to ask the question - what kind of future do we want? Then, act accordingly by spending our resources, our time, money and spirit, creating it.
Have a listen! Let us know what you think by reaching out to us.
Note from Jess: In light of the recent tragic events in Orlando at Pulse, in lieu of donating to us at The Mind Palace, we invite you to donate to Pulse's Go Fund Me page, where the club is raising funds for the victims and their families. Let's come together and make a meaningful mark on the world.
It's another lovely week, and this week at The Mind Palace podcast, Melissa and I talk trends.
Melissa had the idea of discussing this topic, and I absolutely loved our conversation. It's a fascinating topic to me because it's such a grey area. Can trends be good? Are they inherently bad because of their impermanence? What can we learn from things that trend in and out, and how can we learn from these things without engaging in something just because it's popular? What about minimalism? Is it just passing fad?
I’m thrilled to tell you the #MinimalismFilm is out today in theaters! This week at The Mind Palace, Melissa and I share our thoughts on this beautiful film, both in meaning and execution. Over the last year I’ve had the pleasure working with The Minimalists on the release of their film, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.
This one hour and eighteen minute masterpiece explores the many facets of Minimalism, from how owning less can revolutionize your life to how there is value in, to rejecting the notion that materialism can can buy happiness.
Tickets to the film here. Not showing in your area? Request the film here. The worldwide online release is now available for pre-order, which includes six hours of bonus interviews. I am bursting with excitement today.
It's another beautiful week at The Mind Palace, and this week, we are flashing back to September of 2015 when Melissa and I first met in person and she visited in Los Angeles. What's super exciting is that we actually have a video of this podcast too (yay!) which you can view on our Facebook page.
So, this week when Melissa was in, we discussed a quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes—the author of the book Women Who Run With the Wolves:
Begin; that is how to clear the polluted river. If you’re scared, scared to fail, I say begin already, fail if you must, pick yourself up, start again. If you fail again, you fail. So what? Begin again. It is not the failure that holds us back but the reluctance to begin over again that causes us to stagnate.
Thank you for joining us this week, we're excited to end season two with a bang.
It’s another beautiful week at The Mind Palace, and this week, we’re gonna talk Bravery. I don’t honestly know where this concept opened up in my brain—I think it’s really important to do things we are afraid of, and it’s important to be uncomfortable, but at the same time I’ve been thinking lately about that discomfort. Of course, it’s only when we’re uncomfortable that we grow, but at the same time, I wonder if when we are being brave, we might be neglecting one facet or another of our lives in the name of bravery.
We talk a lot about the history of human kind, and fear, and how these emotions played an intrinsic role to our survival years ago. Now that we’re navigating a completely different aspect of humanity, we have to work with these primitive tendencies on a very conscious level to understand where and when we should be brave and make scary decisions. It’s fascinating stuff.
We may or may not go off topic and discuss Game of Thrones, dinosaurs, and discovering Ethiopian food in Las Vegas.
NEXT WEEK: Trends. Are they good? Are they bad? Are they amoral? When should we jump on the bandwagon, and when do we need to stick to our guns? We hash it all out next week, but we’re recording Monday, so if you have a question send em in stat.
Thanks for letting us grace your car commutes, ear buds, and subway rides.
Melissa and I have decided to take a different approach this week—it's time for a good ol' Q&A.
This week our friend Clara, of the beautiful blog Eat Stories Like Grapes, wrote in asking us to answer some questions for a Q&A, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some personal stories, and we also answer a few listener questions.
We answer the following questions:
For those readers who aren’t familiar with your podcast, can you tell us briefly what it’s about and how the two of you started it?
Can you each tell us a little bit about your family and where you were raised?
I feel as though part of being mindful is acknowledging and accepting the community we are connected to (via awareness, compassion, etc.). We give value to the world, and we take value from those around us and those who came before us. Is there someone in your life that you admire, that adds value to your life, and without whom you wouldn’t be who you are today? Tell us about that person.
How did you and your significant other meet?
Describe a day in your life when you were sublimely happy.
As minimalists, who place more value on experiences than personal possessions, do you think it benefits us to turn our experiences into stories?
When you meet someone new, what is one of the first things you want to know about their story?
Do you have a favorite funny story that goes around in your family or friend circle you’d care to share today?
Are you a reader? What stories have you read lately that you really liked?
Do you have any favorite authors?
What are your thoughts on story-telling as a facet of mindfulness? Would you say that the art of story-telling conflicts with mindfulness in any way, since it re-tells a past, and mindfulness is about living in the present? Or does it enrich the present in a way that is different from “dwelling” in the past?
I am a huge fan of the “slow-movement.” From listening to your podcasts, I know you ladies also practice “slow” living as well. What changes have you made recently to bring a little more “slow” into your life?
If someone had to write a one-lined legacy/story about you after you die, what do you hope it would be?
What are your thoughts on the following quote from Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes?: You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.
- Jess mentions an Instagram account by Pushing Beauty's Michelle D'Avella where she said, "I have always found it easy to change certain things. I reflect upon my beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors and shift them to be more aligned with who I want to be. I have opened and closed businesses with no heartache. I have moved to different states and started completely new. But when it comes to relationships I have always deeply struggled to let go, friendship or otherwise. I'm working on allowing things to change that I'm attached to. I'm working on letting go of what's truly not serving me. I'm working on seeing people for who they are showing me they are NOW and not who they used to be or could be in the future. One moment at a time. One breath at a time. That's how we change."
- Jess discusses a podcast interview with Whitney Cummings hosted by Joe Rogan—spectacular podcast, highly recommended.
I feel like I could say, "This is one of my favorite episodes" about every episode at The Mind Palace, mostly because the most recent episode is almost always the most relevant one. This week, though, I'm especially excited to be releasing because it's about cultivating passions.
In my book, cultivating your passion is no less important than maintaining a healthy body and mind. It keeps us sane. It gives us the opportunity to speak out in a world that desperately needs genuine and passionate voices. It gives us the means to understand the world outside of what we consume, but through the lens of creating beautiful, meaningful work.
This week at The Mind Palace, Melissa and I put the cherry on top of a discussion we had a few weeks ago regarding being offended. It was one of those spontaneous episodes, where the conversation led the way, but throughout our conversation we neglected to address prevalent issues surrounding this topic. If being offended, shaming someone for their opinions, or turning yourself into a victim is not the way to encourage effective change, what is?
In this episode, we discuss the myriad of ways in which we can thoughtfully engage with others through sparking meaningful conversations, utilizing our passions to encourage change, and becoming an advocate for a cause as opposed to protesting the opposition.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have a fashion savvy co-host, and I know you will be too after listening to this week's episode. This week, at The Mind Palace, Melissa and I discuss how to approach fashion as minimalists. Melissa has a degree in fashion, and has thoughtfully applied her vast amount of knowledge to the concept of capsule wardrobes. We discuss good practices for maintaining a wardrobe which functions for your lifestyle, cultivating a personal style, sustainable clothing brands, and the mindset in which we should approach the fashion industry as a whole.
I'm not particularly fashion savvy, but thankfully I've had first hand experience in working with Melissa in my own closet when she made her way out to Los Angeles last year. Since then, my wardrobe and overall sense of style has become simple, seamless, and classic. Plus, exciting news! At the end of the episode, we share something we've been brewing up for you guys.
NEXT WEEK: INFLUENCING CHANGE
A few weeks ago, we released a podcast episode about the concept of being offended and how this feeling or word serves us as a culture, or lack thereof. A few of you guys reached out to us, and brought to our attention the importance of making a change in the world. In this episode, Melissa and I discuss the ways in which we can make an impact in the world meaningfully.
As always, get in touch if you'd like to share your thoughts!