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Mindful : August 2019
THE FATHERLY PODCAST Episode: Searching for Peace and Quiet THE HIDDEN BRAIN Episode: Why No One Feels Rich: The Psychology of Inequality PODCAST reviews When we find ourselves responsible for others’ well- being, there’s the opportunity for our mindfulness practice to be transformed. That is, if we—as parents or caregivers of any nature—can even find time to meditate. And if we can withstand the pressures of being imperfect people who are, nevertheless, relied upon to provide help and How we think about inequal- ity matters. Psychologist Keith Payne repor ts that, all the way up the income ladder, even the wealthiest 1% compare themselves unfavorably to still-wealthier others. Why? It’s a sur vival tactic, enhanced by life under capitalism. In moderation, “upward” social comparison can be adaptive, motivat- ing us to work hard to earn solutions. We can, in these kinds of situations, “practice not knowing right now. Learn from it, don’t separate from it.” Author and Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax talks with humor and wisdom about specific ways to bring a grounded awareness into all of our interactions as compassionate, ethical caregivers. more—and conversely, “downward” social com- parisons can make us feel like our own rung on the ladder is A-OK after all, which may be demotivating. Our brains are never sure whether we truly have “enough.” If we’re aware of these mental habits, says Payne, “ we can be more mindful about the kinds of comparisons we’re making on a daily basis.” THE KINDNESS PODCAST Episode: “Everyday Generosity”: Drew Formsma How many seventeen-year- olds spend their free time doing motivational speaking on the power of generosity? One, at least. That’s Drew Formsma, a Californian teen with a passion for giving. Drew talks to host Nicole Philips about his book (written with his dad, Brad) Everyday Generosity: Becoming a Generous Family in a Selfie World, which aims to inspire all manner of giving, from a kind word to our full attention. “A lot of times, when you give, it’s easy to expect something out of it,” Drew says. “But it’s not about us; it’s about the person we’re giving to.” ● 76 mindful August 2019 read, listen, stream