Election Meditation – Episode 008 – The YourLifeUseful Podcast

 

On this week’s episode, we talk meditation. The best possible way to reconcile the shit storm that happened last week with the election.

So, with all the turmoil of last week’s election, I have found myself really struggling. As you can tell, I am no fan of the outcome. However, it quickly dawned on me that, based on the results of the popular vote, the demonstrations taking place across the country, the celebrity Twitter rants, and the AH-MAZING Biden meme’s that have flooded my Facebook stream, I clearly wasn’t alone. In fact, more than half the nation seemed to agree with me.

Armed with the knowledge of my new found brethren, it got me thinking. If I was having such a hard time dealing with the results, stressing over the realization that some close friends and family decided that racism/misogyny/homophobia/violence (take your pick) were not deal breakers in being president of the United States, fear of losing the progress made on all fronts setting this country back untold amounts of years, and the anxiety of the unknown change that is now charging at us like a bull in heat, so was everyone else. So, instead of making a rant episode about my distain and distrust for the man that will likely be the next president (miracles rarely happen), I wanted to turn this episode into a useful show and show the listeners a few meditation techniques to help you decompress, destress, and re-center yourself, help you move past this last week and look towards the future, cause who knows what could be coming, good or bad.

This week I discuss some various forms of meditation and the benefits that one can expect while practicing. The forms discussed this week fall generally within the Theravada tradition, which is like old world Buddhism meditation, thankfully without the throat noises. I talk about Mindfulness Meditation, Metta Meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and Yoga Meditation (3rd Eye, and Chakra). You will learn the basics of how to perform the meditation, and also which ones I favor. Please understand, I am not an instructor. I am simply a guy that wanted to share with the world some ways to quell our feelings of unrest in this uncertain political climate. I highly recommend researching further the various types if you are interested in trying meditation out for yourself. Obviously, if you have any questions you can always contact me through the ‘contact’ page on the site at www.yourlifeuseful.com.

 

Resources named in this episode –

The David Lynch Foundation – www.davidlynchfoundation.org

10% Happier – www.10percenthappier.com

Sharon Salzberg – www.sharonsalzberg.com

Joseph Goldsein – www.dharma.org/joseph-goldstein

The Insight Meditation Society – www.dharma.org

Buy Dan Harris’s book 10% Happier HERE

Buy Sharon Salzberg’s book Real Happiness HERE

 Buy Mark Epstein’s book Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart HERE

 

Mobile Apps –

Insight Meditation Timer

10% Happier App

Headspace

 

YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows, and some will be a mix of both - but rest assured, all will be fun.

www.yourlifeuseful.com

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Episode 7 – The October Roundup

Not only is it Halloween, but it’s also that time of month again…. Roundup time! In this episode, we look at the month of October as a whole and highlight the top 3 things that I found useful this month. I also take some time to revisit the previous episodes from the month and tie up any loose ends that have been brought to my attention from you guys, the listeners. Also, if there have been any new developments or further information, I will present it here as well.

- We revisit the interview with Robert Graves and present some great resources for anyone that is transitioning in their lives.

-        www.vetresource.org

-        www.veteranscrisisline.net

-        www.beneifts.va.gov

-        www.legion.org

-        www.dav.org

I talk briefly about the heartwarming stories seen all over the internet and social media from National Coming Out Day on October 11th, 2016.

We discuss how entertainment (movies, tv and music) is getting good again. I point out various ways that these forms of entertainment that we crave are actually a form of therapy for us and provide a bit of escapism, even if for only a short time. I even provide a snippet from a SNL skit, starring Tom Hanks, as David S. Pumpkin. This has to be the best thing to have come out of Halloween 2016 and you can catch it by clicking HERE.

Lastly, I cove the best example of both being not useful and useful at the same time. In an about face, the Pentagon seized making Army individuals pay back the (re)enlistment bonuses that they were rightfully paid. If you haven’t read the story, Google it, it’s all over the internet.

This week’s episode was marked with a new segment, a quick segment at the end of the show where I let you guys know what other podcast out there has caught my attention. This week I have been non-stop listening to the Myths and Legends podcast. It’s great! Basically, a guy named Jason, take his love for English literature and ruins all of our childhood stories. Okay, not really, but really. Think you know the story of Aladin, Mulan, or even the Knights at the Round Table? Think again. You can find the Myths and Legends podcast on iTunes or the podcast app, or by visiting www.mythspodcast.com.

Enjoy the show! Until next time, keep asking yourself #isituseful.

Adam

YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows, and some will be a mix of both – but rest assured, all will be fun.

www.yourlifeuseful.com

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On this week’s show, I talk about Imposter Syndrome. I breakdown what it is, some notable faces that openly suffer from it, discuss the key signs for suffers, and give a few ways that I have found useful in overcoming this debilitating demon.

I also give some updates on the show, talk about an exciting new side project that I got to start this past weekend, and I issue a small call to action for you, the listeners. Of course, I am always looking for new guests to come on the show. If you have a unique story that is useful, make sure to use the contact form on the website www.yourlifeuseful.com or hit me up on Twitter @YourLifeUseful. Literally, ANY topic will be considered.

Lastly, please take a moment to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. I understand that not everyone uses iTunes, so I really appreciate the help. The process is really easy, just open your iTunes store and select Podcasts, or open the Podcast app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and search for The YourLifeUseful Podcast. From there it’s as easy as selecting your rating and writing a brief comment.

Enjoy!

 

YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows, and some will be a mix of both – but rest assured, all will be fun.

www.yourlifeuseful.com

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This week,we are joined by Marine veteran Robert Graves. After spending 10 years in the Marines as a radar technician, Robert was forced back into the civilian world.Being thrust into this new lifestyle that was different from everything he had known. Initially lost, Robert was very quick to pick back up and dust him selfoff. Embarking on a six year long process, Robert has risen from the proverbial ashes. Through his work with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), as a life coach and hypnotherapist, and writing his book How to Grow a Beard: A Military Transition Guide Back Into Civilian Life, he has found his next path in life helping others.

-         Robert’s civilian transition story. Planning to be a “lifer” (doing at least 20 years),his military career hit a few ups and downs, and eventually lead to him leaving the Marines at 10 years of service.

-         What it means to be a life coach and hypnotherapist. Robert discusses how he first came to be part of the life coach world and his lifelong love with helping people.

-         He talks about how he got involved with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)group.

-         We discuss the struggles of military members that are transitioning back into the civilian world. Does everyone have a bad transition? No. However, in every transition there are unforeseen challenges.

-         Using hypnotherapy to help others.

-         Talking about his book How to Grow a Beard: A Military Transition Guide Back Into Civilian Life, Robert makes light of some of the funnier aspects of transition (ie. growing your beard back) and makes so heavier hits about realizing your own potential and the fact that you are worth so much more that the civilian world would have you believe.

-         Do civilian recruiters discriminate former military members by pitting prior officers against prior enlisted members? We touch on the topic and Robert brings to the table so great points.

-         His plan for a new book and his new podcast #YearOfTheVet

Book summary–

“How to Grow a Beard: A Military Transition Guide Back Into Civilian Life” is primarily based on 10-year Marine Corps veteran R.Graves' story on how he weaved back into the civilian life, but it is also the voice of every single veteran who has been thrown out to the wolves, to fend for themselves. Thrown out to learn the protocols of the civilian world and endure an—at times—intense mental battle. Thrown out to learn how to reintegrate with the real world again allover again. This book covers topics such as reframing what sacrifice means to an individual, learning what we're worth in the civilian workplace, converting military service into civilian language for resumes and interviews, lessons on humility, integrating with friends and family again, and even lessons on swallowing your pride and allowing others to help out with our transition.Because transition will come—faster than you may realize. But, as ready as you are to start your new life, you will at some point find yourself in the situations introduced in this book. With veteran suicide, and veteran homelessness at an all-time high, it is no secret that transition can be hard and overwhelming. Graves' intent with this book is to make the military transition as smooth as possible for his fellow veterans, by providing tools and lessons learned. Whether you are about to leave the service or have been out in the civilian trenches for a while, this book is the tool created for you to transition—successfully.

Buy your copy of the book here https://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Beard-Military-Transition/dp/1523241810/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476712652&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+grow+a+beard

If you would like to connect with Robert Graves you can catch him online here –

www.coachgraves.com

www.howtogrowaberad.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LIVE.CoachGraves

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-graves-74129021

Twitter -@LIVECoachGraves

Twitter -@How2GrowABeard

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNmmGfwkgTB_4el8XsruiTA

 

YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows,and some will be a mix of both - but rest assured, all will be fun.

www.yourlifeuseful.com

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The ‘C’ Word

On this week’s episode, I give some pretty awesome updates about the show and then we get down and dirty discussing the notorious “C” word. Think you know what I am talking about? Think again, you’re probably wrong. I promise, it’s not THAT “C” word.

Updates:

-          Overhauled the audio recording equipment. There are still a few kinks to iron out and some sound to level, but hey I am DIY and there is a decent learning curve. In the meantime, please enjoy and pardon and sound errors.

-          I have discovered www.fiverr.com and it’s pretty amazing! If you have never heard of fiverr and are looking for some sort of remote service (ie writing, graphic design, musical services, voice overs, resume writing, photography, and a ton more) check out www.fiverr.com. Everything starts at $5 and you are helping the little guy get their due. Check it out!

-          The biggest announcement, why production quality is becoming a main focus. So, I have always made episodes that sounded okay. I haven’t had to do too much quality control. That is until now. This past International Podcast Day, I was fortunate enough to win a VIP pass to this year’s upcoming Podcast Movement convention (Thanks www.podbean.com) ; it’s like comicon for podcasters. Since I will be mixing with the big guns at the event, I really want to step the show up and make sure that it is the best that it can possibly be. Now, all of the audio upgrades were planned to take place later and throughout the year, but this has really put the pressure on. So, I have begun the transformation early.

We take a trip down memory lane to pinpoint where I lost the real me. The me that was my true personality and happy disposition. Before I was jaded towards the world and everything it had to offer. Most people think that I am unhappy all of the time, the black cloud of any room I enter. Sure my resting dick face doesn’t help my situation, but trust me when I say, this is not me and that is not how I want to be seen.

Join me in discussing my plan of action to get out of my perpetual pessimism and back into the land of the emotionally alive. Enjoy!

 

YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows, and some will be a mix of both - but rest assured, all will be fun.

www.yourlifeuseful.com

 

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What do Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have in common with a unicorn and a 15 year-old girl in Haggerstown, MD? Listen and find out!

This week we start a monthly round-up episode. What's a round-up episode? you ask. Well, it's an episode focused on showing some of the not useful acts, stories and articles VS. the useful acts, stories and articles. Now, I know that due to the headline above this episode may be mistaken for a political episode, I assure you that it is not. Unfortunately, due to the campaigning climate that we are currently in, it is hard to have a completely politics free episode, but I promise it is not the focus of the episode.

This episode discuses International Podcast Day, Haggerstown, MD, meditation, unicorns and the media.



YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows, and some will be a mix of both - but rest assured, all will be fun.

www.savetheday.vote
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In this episode, we jump off the deep end and discuss what I refer to as the “Self-Destruction Paradigm”. We process through some celebrities that we have seen this happen to in the past and go into how this affliction is a major part in my life as well. We talk about Jesse James and Abby Wambach, and discuss the ways in which they are part of this self-destruction wheel. We discuss the many manifestations of this affliction.

I also put out a call to action. It’s time to get the listeners a little more involved and can help take what seem to be less than useful situations and turn them into useful knowledge. Show others that they are not alone. Some of the topics for conversation could be - LGBTQ issues,Business, social media, cyber bullying, health and wellness, meditation, communication, and my person favorite, parenting – and that’s just to name a few. Really, any topic can be part of #isituseful.

So, if you want to come on for an interview and share your story, or maybe would just like to help co-host from time to time. Contact me through Twitter - @yourlifeuseful or fill out the contact form on the site.

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Dan Harris' book 10% Happier started a revolution within myself. For as long as I can remember, I have been a sarcastic pesimistic human being. About 9 months ago, that peaked and I was an all out miserable excuse for a person. I had won the official title of the office Eeyore and was picking so many fights with my immediate family that I was quickly becoming the outcast that no one wanted around. Beyond that, I was constantly ashamed of the thoughts, unhappiness and childish moodswings. Something had to change and 10% Happier provided the catylist. 3 simple words, 1 very important question - #isituseful. By asking that question in every act or decision I make I have been able to positively change my internal and external world.

In this episode I officially welcome you to the YourLifeUseful podcast. We discuss Dan's book and also another very important book, Mark Epstein's Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart.

YourLifeUseful is a podcast and blog that are designed to spread the #isituseful movement. This is my journey to self-exploration, self-awareness, self-growth and yes, self-help. I am just a normal guy that needed to get my responses in check. So hand around! Some episodes will be me talking on a specific topic, others will be interview shows, and some will be a mix of both - but rest assured, all will be fun.

Buy Dan Harris' book 10% Happier - https://www.amazon.com/10-Happier-Self-Help-Actually-Works/dp/0062265423

Buy Mark Epstein's book Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - https://www.amazon.com/Going-Pieces-without-Falling-Apart/dp/0767902351/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474079294&sr=1-1&keywords=going+to+pieces+without+falling+apart

www.yourlifeuseful.com

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