Over the last three years, mindfulness and meditation have ranked in the top three most quickly growing search terms on Google. There are many reasons for this, but the obvious one is that this phenomenon is real. Even more real is the research-based evidence backing its benefits. With that being said, it’s less than coincidental that this trend is simultaneously appearing right as the first world is entering a somewhat moderate crisis of overstimulation. A crisis resulting in record-breaking levels of anxiety, depression, add, adhd, you name it, the list goes on. Most of which have proven to be either directly or indirectly linked to overstimulation in the brain. But how, in a world so penetrated by advertising, technology and mental gymnastics, do we step aside and manage all the input we absorb on a daily basis? Well, this is where we go back to the beginning of this paragraph. We become more mindful of how we allow our surroundings to shape our own state of being. We find new (or really old, like meditation) ways to strengthen our neural networks. We become conscious of who we are, what we are looking for, and take the time to listen to what our body and mind tell us about this path. In this episode I take a few minutes to rant about my thoughts on the world of overstimulation, glazing over some bits of information I’ve come across on my adventures into this topic, and what I’ve been doing to manage this input in a healthy way.
Dale Stephenson is a freethinker, an adventurer and a professional designer currently residing on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver. Ever since becoming great friends with both Dale and his brother Matt, I’ve always sensed a rare energy when spending time with both of these lads. It’s something I can only describe using the simple term, presence. Wherever these two are, they are fully there, and you can feel it. Whether that be in their careers, their friendships, their adventures or their activities. Not surprisingly so, their lifestyles have ended up incredibly well rounded as they prepare to exit their late twenties in the next few years. As far as I can tell, with nothing short of great things to come on their horizon. Both Dale and I share similar views and interests on a whole host of topics. Reading copious amounts of the same content, it’s always been a reality that we can ring off ongoing conversation on an almost endless basis. In this episode, we dive into a whole host of topics including Dale’s near-death experience, how to follow your intuition in creating a life by your own design, and a unique perspective on retirement I’ve rarely heard anywhere else.