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Mindful : October 2017
Jewel was in her early 20s when she was cast in her first movie, Ride with the Devil. Her anxiety went into overdrive, she says, as she struggled with the pervasive thought, “I don’t know what I’m doing!” Her normal practices helped, but not enough, and the self- help prescription of affirma- tions just didn’t ring true. “I don’t really like affirmations because they’re not always accurate,” she says. So she created what she calls Anti- dote Thoughts, a practice she still uses today. She’d start with the oppo- site thought, in this case, “I do know what I’m doing,” and, using her body as a barome- ter, try it on for size. She could feel that this thought wasn’t true. “So I experimented with other antidote thoughts,” she says, “and when I said, ‘I’m capable of learning and I won’t quit,’ my anxiety, my body, instantly felt calmer. That was my truth. That was true about me.” Again and again she turned to this Antidote Thought. “It would help me refocus in the moment and be receptive to actually get the information I needed to try and do a good job,” she recalls. When negative thoughts— “lies your mind tells you,” Jewel calls them—take over, what’s the antidote? Star ting with the opposite thought, and working from there, can you find something that feels more true to you? But mindfulness—and let’s face it, the pairing of Tony Hsieh and Jewel on one stage—has a bit more dazzle than hearing about the pros and cons of liquid alternative strategies in your portfolio. Jewel 2.0 Jewel is pivoting, as they say in the start-up ver- nacular that infuses her world these days. Over the next week I’ll hear about programs in “beta,” about the entrepreneurial spirit, and about met- rics—or, rather, how to not base creative ideas on these measurements. There’s even a meeting with Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, who, it turns out, is a friend. “I’ve constantly allowed myself to take risks,” she tells me a few days later in the far more relaxed atmosphere of the Lake Las Vegas rental where she’s staying for the next few months, away from her normal life splitting time between Nashville and Telluride, Colorado. The lights are off in the house, and it’s quiet except for the periodic whispers of her 6-year-old son, Kase, who keeps popping in to visit. The calm that pervades seems to be by design: Jewel confirms that the busier she is, the more still she gets. In between performances, appearances, and business meetings this past week, she’s been meditating three times a day. While her turn as a mindful influencer may seem surprising, the truth is, Jewel has never followed the obvious path. As a musician, she comfortably slides in and out of folk, pop, and country genres. She independently produced two albums of lullabies and has written chil- dren’s books. She acts. And she’s taken big chunks, years even, of time off between projects, a highly discouraged move in the music indus- try. “I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to stay on the album charts,” she says wryly. Interestingly, her unconventional upbringing is what gave rise to the mindful focus that seems to be shaping her future. Growing up in a musi- cal homesteading family that helped to settle the 49th state, her childhood was an eclectic mashup of living off the land, horseback riding under the midnight summer sun, performing in bars and honkytonks throughout Anchorage with the family act, and an affinity for Socrates, Plato, and the work of Charles Darwin despite suffer- ing from serious dyslexia. It was also unstable and increasingly abusive. After Jewel’s mother left when she was 8, she and her two brothers were raised by her father. Life as a musician Antidote Thoughts Stand up to self-doubt with something more true. wasn’t easy, and her dad turned more and more to alcohol, Jewel writes, leading to explosive bursts of anger and physical abuse, which prompted Jewel to move out at age 15. Living on her own, hitchhiking to work so she could pay the rent while still in school, Jewel knew she was at great risk of “becoming a statistic.” “If you look at my life at any stage, you might’ve said, This girl will never make it, and you probably would’ve been right,” she writes. She also faced mounting anxiety and panic brought on by the pressure of being a teenager trying to navigate the adult world. Journaling (something she had done since childhood), med- itation, and visualization helped. “There was no stability, no certainty, and no predictability in my life,” she writes. “The visual- izations brought such a peace and allowed me → PRACTICE October 2017 mindful 65 profile