#1 - Feeding Frenzy

Welcome to the first edition of Feeding Frenzy! A weekly round of links I've found around the web that I thought are worth your time. Some regulars will be podcasts I find worth sharing to you and current books I am reading. These posts will be a foundation to spur mental meandering across topics broadly! Without further ado, let us jump into it!

Podcasts to Devour:

Rick Doblin on Peter Attia's The Drive

This podcast is a treat, Rick Doblin exemplifies what a real force for change is. Rick is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). MAPS is spearheading much of the studies for psychedelic research. What sets Rick apart was his foresight in not pushing back against the institution as he saw these compounds outlawed as the Controlled Substance Act was passed. Instead, he took the measured approach and has helped guide legislation to the shift we have today within psychedelic research. I was first exposed to some of Rick's history in Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind. I highly recommend this book as much as podcast if you're interested in the history of psychedelics.

Bonus: Check out Rick's TED Talk: The Future of Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapy

NBA stars DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love on Mental Health - Finding Mastery

"Mental illness and mental wellness as a whole, it doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter where you're from, what gender, socioeconomic status. Nothing. None of that matters. Throw that out. It doesn't discriminate." - Kevin Love

At the Aspen Ideas Festival, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have an open conversation on dealing with depression and anxiety while consistently performing at the highest levels in the NBA. This conversation is very eye-opening and pulls back the curtain on how even if you have all the outward signs of success; there's still more going on underneath the surface. I like to think of it as invisible battles raging inside everyone you see. No matter who it is, they are fighting a battle you know nothing about. These kinds of conversations are exercises in empathy and will go a long way to become a more compassionate person.

Reading Around The Web:

How to Talk Yourself Into Better Endurance by Alex Hutchinson

"Stepping outside your immediate experiences and emotions, and viewing them instead from the detached perspective of a supportive onlooker, allows you to take the fear of failure less personally and to make better decisions."

This summer, I've been making a point to get outdoors for my workouts. The first reason is my Whoop (Link) measures cardiovascular strain more effectively than during aerobic vs. anaerobic workouts. The second getting outside has many benefits, especially in the summer! Increased sunlight alone has mood-boosting properties (looking at you vitamin D) and even going for a walk to give a bump! I tend to make it into a quasi-mindfulness practice to go on runs, so analyzing myself talk after reading was fascinating. I even caught myself saying first-person pronouns a few times and switched them. This is all N of one science here, but when it comes to working out, it is me vs. me. Anything I can do to push myself a little bit harder and farther I'm all for or it. One final note, I believe self-talk is critical beyond motivating yourself during a run. It's the application in this setting I find interesting it shows how it's done and then think of ways to apply it more broadly!

The Problem of Mindfulness by Sahanika Ratnayake

"The problem is the tendency to present mindfulness as a panacea for all manner of modern ills.”

Mindfulness is buzzword nowadays and gets tossed around by apps., biohackers and scientists alike. I'm guilty of this on this website for using mindfulness and the host of positive benefits. The author gives a word of caution on how mindfulness is so casually applied where it has become removed from the cultural context it once had. Where it would have once been called meditation has now become mindfulness. Which the popularized for is around the noting of thoughts, but attaching value to them and then dismissing them. The author states this could be a danger in removing context to your own ideas. They may have become to view this is on a vertical gradient where mindfulness is near the surface, and meditation is at the bottom and beyond. This is how far you are willing to go into yourself and try to figure out why it is the way you feel. The caution is meditation was trying to understand your inner life, and modern mindfulness does not prepare people for what they may uncover. How do you view this? I've started getting deeper into the context of where mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism.

That's all for this week and more than enough to chew over for the next week! Let me know your thoughts and anything that may build on these posts. It may even pop on one of these posts or into a full-fledged post its own.

Stay Curious, and have a great week!

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