How can we flourish in old age?
This new series of podcasts from MINDRAMP strives to answer that question. My starting premise is that our mind determines how we cope with the challenges and opportunities we face as we age.
Certain ways of thinking cause us to struggle and suffer. Others mindsets make it easier to flourish. The obvious conclusion is that we should get rid of unhelpful mental states and make greater use of healthy states of mind. But, just how do we make these positive mental adjustments?
I'll look for answers in the teachings of ancient wisdom systems, such as Buddhism, shamanism and mysticism. And, I'll explore new insights made possible by radical advancements in fields of study like positive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, pharmacology, and technology. I'm particularly interested in exploring what these systems of knowledge have to say about unusual states of mind such as flow, mindfulness, equanimity, awe, ecstasis and transcendence.
I'll share the questions that bug me, and the different lines of research I pursue in search of satisfying answers. And, from time to time, I'll report on my efforts to manage my own mind. What am I doing to escape negative mindsets? How am I working to cultivate healthy states of mind? How is it going.
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