Mindfulness, Meditation, and Riding Emotional Waves
Do you ever get hijacked by anger or fear?
And what exactly is mindfulness, and how can meditation help us become more emotionally resilient?
Jaimal Yogis has written quite a few books on mindfulness, meditation, and how it all relates to our emotional world. He’s got a new kids’ book called Mop Rides the Waves of Life, but the lessons within are something we could all benefit from. Today, he and I talk about fatherhood plus how meditation impacts the way we experience fear and anger.
In this interview:
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Fatherhood: “A part of me just died.”
- The grumpy dad – losing what has us feel alive
- Waiting until everything’s done before doing what feeds us
- Self worth being tied to working hard or being busy
- Why fear is never satisfied
- What is mindfulness?
- Buddhists and “the second arrow”
- The TV show that’s constantly playing in your mind
- The difference between meditation and flow state activities
- Why fear is going to get the best of us from time to time
- Trying to escape fear and vulnerability for good
- Using meditation to try to outrun our problems
- The fear of getting stuck in our emotions
- Riding waves of emotion vs running away from them
About Jaimal Yogis
Jaimal Yogis is an award-winning writer and frequent speaker. His three coming-of-age / journalistic memoirs – Saltwater Buddha, The Fear Project, and All Our Waves Are Water – have been internationally praised and translated into numerous languages. Jaimal’s first children’s picture book, Mop Rides the Waves of Life, is out June 30th, the first in a series. His middle grade graphic novel series, City of Dragons– co-created with artist Vivian Truong – will be released from Scholastic in 2021. A graduate of Columbia Journalism school, Jaimal has also written screenplays and his journalism has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, ESPN Magazine, and many others. A frequent TV and media guest, Jaimal also speaks regularly at grade schools, universities, and businesses. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy DuRoss, and their three sons.