EP107 — Author and Neuroscience Junkie, Michael Taft: The Science Behind Mindful Living

This episode originally aired on The Meaningful Way Podcast | Episode 39

Do you bite your nails, jump from one thought to the next, or always feel rushed? These are evident signs of anxiety. And while our world thrives on stress, we’re consciously aware that it’s not the way to live. Michael Taft, aka “The Mindful Geek,” is here to share what’s behind the huge surge of mindfulness in recent years and why once you start, there’s no going back.

Michael’s a bestselling author and a neuroscience junkie who as a mindfulness coach specializes in secular, science-based mindfulness training groups, corporate settings, and one-on-one sessions. He’s taught at Google and worked on curriculum development for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Michael’s also an official advisor of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab and has been meditating for over 30 years with extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice.

Get to know this scientifically-proven method on creating a new experience and a new life, right from your mind!

Key Takeaways:

Your first-aid kit. When a tornado hits, people immediately grab their essentials and look for shelter. Stress has a similar pattern. So the next time it strikes, embrace your curiosity and give meditation a try for these TWO essential reasons…[5:26].

Your meditation precaution. You’re probably well aware of the many benefits mindfulness can have on you. But before you give it a real go, you need all the facts; even those on the cons list. The ONLY misconceptions of mindfulness and meditation are…[12:16].

Your naming game. In The Mindful Geek, Michael shares the practice of labeling which is identifying your thoughts and emotions as they pop up in your mind. Such a practice is so simple yet incredibly powerful because it opens the doors to THIS…[17:38].

Your hidden superpower. Attention, focus, and concentration are the three elements of any mindful practice. All three are similar in meaning but combined, they can change everything. You need these three elements to build the BIG one… [21:12] (hint: it’ll forever be known as your superpower).

Your magic formula. You’re washing dishes and you’re noticing all the details of the foam, feeling the warmth of the water run through your fingers, and the heaviness of the plate you’re cleaning. You’re IN it. Genuinely experience your world by learning THIS magical state of mind…[25:08].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.

All you really need to know is this: Luke Iorio is a dad, a spouse, an entrepreneur, a conscious growth strategist, coach, blogger, podcaster, a wide-angled observer, and enthusiastic participant in the game of life who seeks to ask and answer, “What’s truly possible?”
So where does that all come from? Well, for that we need to answer this: How does a shy kid from the suburbs of New Jersey grow up to become a conscious strategist, sought-after coach and speaker, and disrupter of life’s “good enough” status quo?
In a nutshell, Luke intentionally pushed through some of his most palpable moments, or what he calls inflection points. These moments included standing on stage, gripping a microphone, and getting totally out of his comfort zone. This repeated intention to “choose different” has catapulted Luke toward stellar success.
So, what happens AFTER you choose… when you start to take meaningful action? That’s when an inflection point becomes an open road — a pathway to living your intended purpose.
Luke’s path looks something like this…he became President of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching at age 32, and has since graduated more than 11,000 coaches, leaders, athletes, and professionals across 44 countries, all of whom share his vision and desire for expanding our human potential and creating lasting, conscious change.
You could say Luke’s manifesto reads something like an everyday philosopher and spirited entrepreneur having been inspired early on by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino. Nowadays, his intrinsic curiosity and wisdom is paying off as a media personality quoted on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and Next Avenue, and most recently taking to the airwaves to entertain life’s pivotal questions with the help of celebrated thought leaders, mentors, and everyday unsung heroes.

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