Welcome to Untangle, the meditation podcast. In this series, we introduce you to real people with extraordinary stories, along with experts who have devoted their lives to helping others through meditation.
New episodes every Tuesday.
AMY BLANKSON: BALANCING HAPPINESS AND PRODUCTIVITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Amy Blankson is the author of the book, The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for balancing productivity and wellbeing in the digital era. Her strategies focus on how we can make decisions more intentionally, train our brains for a more optimistic mindset and create habits and habitats for happiness with and without technology.
SARA LAZAR ENCORE: NEUROSCIENTIST SHARES HOW MEDITATION CHANGES OUR BRAINS
Sara Lazar is a Harvard Neuroscientist and Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Mass. General Hospital. She shares research that shows how a regular meditation practice changes our brains. There’s (happily) proof positive that mindfulness meditation can positively impact mood, focus, memory and stress.
PATRICIA KARPAS MORNING GRATITUDE MEDITATION
From all of us at Untangle, Meditation Studio and Muse, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. This special Morning Gratitude Practice is from our brand new Gratitude Collection on the app. We hope you’ll all take a moment to remember what you’re grateful for, what gives you joy and what fills your love bucket. We wish you much happiness and love throughout all the upcoming holidays.
RALPH DE LA ROSA. BEING HAPPIER DESPITE YOUR MONKEY MIND
Ralph De La Rosa is a therapist, storyteller and author of the new book, "The Monkey is The Messenger. Meditation and What Your Busy Mind is Trying to Tell You.” He shares what we can learn from our busy minds and those repetitive, hard to control thoughts and gives us tools to take more responsibility for our own happiness.
CHRIS AIMONE- FROM ELECTRIC EYEWEAR TO BRAIN SENSING HEADBANDS THAT HELP YOU MEDITATE
Chris Aimone is a prolific technologist. Hear about how Chris and Dr Steve Mann, the father of wearable computing, created Google Glass before google did. Chris is the technological magic behind Muse: the brain-sensing headband and he shares how technology can help us better understand our mind and ourselves- plus an exciting new invention for meditators.
JAKE KNAPP. MAKE TIME TO FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST
Jake spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures running the design sprint process and is the co-author of the new book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. He shares his 4 step system for getting the most out of your day by making simple, but powerful, changes in your schedule, your mindset and your technology.
MIKEY SIEGEL - HACKING CONSCIOUSNESS
Mikey Siegel is a consciousness hacker and MIT graduate roboticist. He’s working to develop technology to allow anyone achieve the same states that monks and spiritual gurus have been seeking through meditation for thousands of years. He shares his experience with “consciousness hacking” and techniques you can try at home.
CHRIS WINTER - WHY YOUR SLEEP IS BROKEN AND HOW TO FIX IT
Chris Winter is a neurologist, sleep specialist and author of the book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and how to Fix It. He shares why we’re a culture of poor sleepers, how we got that way and includes five things we can do to improve our sleep right NOW. Spoiler alert...an attitude change might be the best tact of all.
DAVID EAGLEMAN - BOOSTING CREATIVITY AND EXPANDING OUR SENSES
David Eagleman is a prolific perception neuroscientist. He’s interpreted the stock market through a sensory vest, hosted a PBS series on the brain, and written several bestselling books. He tell us how to boost creativity and discusses his plans to expand our senses.
DR. RICK HANSON ENCORE - HARDWIRING OUR BRAINS TO FEEL HAPPIER
Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist and author of several books, including his NY Times Bestseller, Hardwiring Happiness. He shares how we can hardwire our brains for happiness using practices that help us cultivate and experience the good in our lives while reducing our natural negativity biases.
JIM KWIK - HOW TO REMEMBER ANYTHING
Jim Kwik is a celebrity brain trainer who teaches tools and techniques to optimize your brain to learn and remember. Jim works with Elon Musk, Jim Carrey, Richard Branson, - among many others. He shares his brain enhancing learning and memory techniques with Ariel Garten on today's episode.
RADHA AGRAWAL - KNOW YOURSELF DEEPLY AND LIVE A MORE CONNECTED, HAPPY LIFE
Radha Agrawal is the author of Belong: Find Your People, Create Community and Live A More Connected Life. She answers the question “How the Heck do I Find My People So I can Live a Happier Life.” Radha, an entrepreneur in her 20’s, was feeling very isolated so decided to create Daybreaker— an early morning dance and wellness experience. She presents a powerful way to find and create meaningful communities.
RUDY TANZI - HOW CHANGING YOUR HABITS CAN CHANGE YOUR GENES
Dr. Rudy Tanzi is a leading Alzheimer's researcher whose pioneering genetic research changed our understanding of the disease forever. We are also honoured that he is an advisor to Muse. He shares how meditation & supplements change the brain in ways we’re only beginning to understand, and provides practical prescriptions for protecting your brain.
ARIEL GARTEN - YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION
Ariel Garten is the co-founder of Muse, the Brain Sensing Headband that gives you feedback as you meditate. She has an amazing background in neuroscience, psychotherapy and art. Ariel shares her personal story and why she created a neurotechnology tool that helps you understand what’s going on inside your brain while you’re meditating.
SOL HALPERN - BEING MINDFUL WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY
Sol Halpern is an investment advisor with a focus on mindful finance. He shares why it’s important to talk about money stress and conflict and discusses how we can align our goals and values to focus more on what matters most in our lives. Conversations about money (which we usually avoid) can be a great path to self discovery and wellbeing.
MARK COLEMAN ENCORE EPISODE: MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR INNER CRITIC
Mark Coleman, mindfulness teacher and author of Make Peace with Your Mind, shares how mindfulness and compassion can free us from our inner critic -- the one that blasts us with messages that ‘we’re not good enough.’ Mark shows us, with wisdom and humour, how we can quell that inner voice and stop beating ourselves up...for good.
CYD CROUSE - MEDITATION STUDIO CO-FOUNDER SHARES PERSONAL STORY
Cyd Crouse is the Co-founder of Meditation Studio and the CMO of Muse, the brain sensing headband. She shares how meditation has changed her life, both in business and in relationships. Cyd’s mission is to have a positive impact on people in their everyday lives and when we get hit with the bigger challenges that test our resilience.
DANIEL ELLENBERG - HOW MEN ARE CHANGING IN RELATIONSHIPS
Daniel Ellenberg, Ph D, is President of “Relationships that Work” and Founder of “Strength with Heart,” where he leads men’s groups and workshops. He’s passionate about helping men become more authentic and vulnerable, and not feeling limited by their traditional male roles. He’s in favor of more emotional intimacy and shares how being mindful helps.
SHARON SALZBERG - ENCORE EPISODE: WHAT’S REAL LOVE ANYWAY?
Sharon Salzberg is a leading meditation teacher and author of 10 books, including her latest book called Real Love, The Art of Mindful Connection. When we redefine our current notions of love, she explains, we can connect more deeply with ourselves, others and life itself. She explores how meditation helps to cultivate our capacity for real love.
ALONZO KING ENCORE EPISODE - STILLNESS FUELS CREATIVITY, INTUITION AND JOY
Brilliant Choreographer, Alonzo King, shares how finding stillness is key to fueling our creativity and intuition, cultivating the relationship we have with ourselves and tapping into our natural state of joy. He finds stillness and his own inner voice through yoga and meditation. He inspires his dancers to use heart and mind, in addition to the body.
JUSTIN EHRLICH - CAN CHINESE MEDICINE HEAL OUR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WOUNDS?
Justin Ehrlich is a Chinese Medicine Expert, Acupunturist and Taoist. He believes Chinese Medicine and the Taoist philosophy have the power to help us heal our traumas, while giving us the freedom and capacity to navigate life more effectively. He shares why we need to slow down and be more inwardly honest with ourselves.
JOAN HALIFAX - DEFINING MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES: WHERE FEAR AND COURAGE MEET
Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, medical anthropologist, author and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. Her new book, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, is brilliant. The potential for transformation, she believes, exists within all of us and we often discover this in our most difficult moments.
DAPHNE ROSE KINGMA - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS DEMYSTIFIED
Daphne Rose Kingma is the best selling author of 12 books on love and relationships. She answers some tough questions on why relationships can be so challenging and shares why (spoiler alert) expecting others to read our minds is a bad idea. She shares her juicy wisdom on navigating relationships, learning to love and on how be a better partner, plus more.
MELLI O’BRIEN - ENCORE EPISODE: LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH MORE PURPOSE
Melli O’Brien is a devoted meditation teacher and practitioner from Australia, known worldwide as Mrs. Mindfulness. Her mission is to help us lead more conscious and connected lives, with more peace and purpose. She shares wisdom from her program, The Art of Mindful Living, where she teaches life-changing tools that have the power to transform us.
GAIL STOREY - MIND, BODY AND HEART ON AND OFF THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
Gail Storey is the author of I Promise Not to Suffer, a memoir that chronicles her journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her beloved husband, Porter. She shares the dramatic highs and lows of the experience and her very real life adventure on and off the trail as she explores the landscapes of body and heart.
BEN FEDER - BUSY EXEC TAKES BALI SABBATICAL WITH FAMILY (HIS VERSION OF EAT, PRAY, LOVE)
Ben Feder is author of the book, Take Off Your Shoes, a memoir that chronicles the story of how this NYC Family jumped off the treadmill to take a sabbatical to Bali. It’s Ben’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ story of how he personally found his sense of purpose and ‘center’ and how his family was transformed by the experience.
JAMES COLQUHOUN - ENCORE EPISODE: THE POWER OF REAL FOOD AND MEDITATION TO HEAL
James Colquhoun is a filmmaker of documentaries Food Matters and Hungry for Change and Founder of FMTV, the “Netflix” of healthy programming. James is devoted to giving people tools to take charge of their own health. He shares the story of how he healed his father’s mysterious illness with real food and a blend of spiritual practices.
DINA KAPLAN - LIFE-CHANGING CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Dina Kaplan, Meditation Expert, Entrepreneur and Co-founder of the Path discusses why meditation has been so life-changing for her. She shares the importance of conscious leadership in our work and personal lives and she explains why the upcoming Mela retreat is so important for leaders who want to lead with more authenticity, awareness and compassion.
RICK HANSON - INNER STRENGTHS TO (FINALLY!) DEVELOP RESILIENCE
Rick Hanson, psychologist and best selling author, shares wisdom from his new book Resilient: How to grow an unshakable core of calm, strength and happiness. He shares how to use positive neuroplasticity to develop the 12 most essential inner strengths or resources needed to cope with the challenges we all face at one time or another.
DR. ANNE MARIE ALBANO - ENCORE EPISODE: DEALING WITH ANXIETY AND MOOD DISORDERS
Dr. Anne Marie Albano is a Clinical Psychologist, an expert on anxiety and mood disorders and author of You and Your Anxious Child. She describes the many different types of anxiety, what triggers it and why so many people suffer from anxiety disorders today. She shares groundbreaking coping skills for kids, teens and young adults
FRED KOFMAN - REAL LEADERS BRING MEANING INTO THE WORKPLACE
Fred Kofman is an author and leadership expert and has led teams at Linkedin, advised Google and conducted many workshops around the world. His newest book is The Meaning Revolution, The Power of Transcendent Leadership. He shares why serving a higher purpose at work motivates us much (much) more than any material incentives.
STEFANIE GOLDSTEIN: A SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY EDITION -- ON BEING A MOM.
Stefanie Goldstein is a psychologist and mindfulness teacher and shares some of the wisdom and vulnerabilities she’s learned from being a mom. She believes it’s important to accept and even celebrate both the difficulties and joys of motherhood and shares why taking moments throughout the day to pause and listen to your own inner wisdom can help.
NATHALIE CROIX - LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT OF YOGA AND MEDITATION
Nathalie Croix is a yogi, podcast entrepreneur and energy healer. She started meditating and doing yoga when she was 9 yrs old and shares how this has led to many great adventures and stories in her life. Her podcast, Life on Earth, is focused on “celebrating diversity one earthling at a time.”
NATALY KOGAN - STOP CHASING PERFECTION AND BE HAPPIER NOW
Nataly Kogan is the author of Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments. She asks us to stop ‘waiting’ for happiness and teaches that true happiness is an ‘inside job.’ If we accept all of our feelings and embrace even our messy emotions, we can change our mindset to be more fulfilled every day.
BRAD WARNER - UNLIKELY PUNK ROCKER FINDS (SOME) PEACE IN ZEN BUDDHISM
Brad Warner is a punk rocker, Zen Buddhist and author of It Came From Beyond Zen. He’s been asking questions about the meaning of life since he was a child. He shares the practical wisdom (and answers to some questions) he’s gotten from Dogen, the Zen Master he’s studied for over 25 years. His earliest inspiration came from the Beatles.
ELISHA GOLDSTEIN - EARTH DAY MEDITATION: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS
In this Meditation, Elisha guides us to feel gratitude for all that the planet offers and to appreciate that we are all connected to it and to each other. “Commit to live in a way that expresses deep love for the planet and for all of life and this commitment and connection will invigorate each and every action you take.”
FRAN HAUSER - AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP WISDOM FROM "THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL"
Fran Hauser, author of the new book "The Myth of the Nice Girl", discusses how ‘nice' can be a superpower and shares that we can be kind and strong; smart and empathetic; ambitious and likable while achieving careers that we love. Fran inspired the authentic Leadership Collection on Meditation Studio with guided meditations that accompany the book.
ELISE BIALYLEW - MINDFULNESS AS A TOOL FOR LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE
Elise Bialylew is the author of The Happiness Plan and founder of Mindful in May, a daily, online mindfulness program featuring leading experts, meditation teachers and neuroscientists. She shares why upgrading our inner technology can help us meet the increasingly complex demands of the time we’re living in. Check out Mindfulinmay.org.
SAKYONG MIPHAM - THE LOST ART OF GOOD CONVERSATION
Sakyong Mipham is the head of the Shambhala Lineage and the global network of over 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. In his new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, he shares why conversation is truly what connects us to one another and to our common humanity and why it is so important to our emotional and mental wellbeing.
TANJA PAJEVIC - THE SECRET LIFE OF GRIEF AND LOSS
Tanja Pajevic is author of the memoir, The Secret Life of Grief. She shares the story of how difficult it was for her when her mom died suddenly, and why it is so hard to grieve any loss in our culture. Writing and meditation helped her to ride the waves of grief as they ambushed her well after the funeral ended.
MICHAEL J. GELB - WHY CONNECTION AND RELATIONSHIPS MATTER (A LOT!)
Michael J. Gelb is a creativity, innovation and leadership expert, best selling author and sought-after speaker. He shares the 7 most important relationship building skills needed for leaders, from his new book The Art of Connection. He reminds us why these skills make such a big (and positive!) difference in all of our interactions.
VIDYAMALA BURCH - LIVING A FULL LIFE DESPITE PAIN AND DIFFICULTIES
Vidyamala Burch has learned to live a happy and meaningful life despite her chronic pain. Her life’s work has been to help people in similar situations. She shares how we can bring mindfulness and kindness to all of our experiences - including the difficulties we all endure - so that we can be our best selves regardless of circumstances.
DAN HARRIS - MEDITATION FOR FIDGETY SKEPTICS
Dan Harris is an ABC News Anchor and author of 10% Happier and his latest book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. He discusses tools for learning meditation, especially for those who say they can’t sit still. He’s funny and honest, and shares how meditation has helped him handle conflict and everyday annoyances with those who matter most in his life.
ROB DUBE - ENTREPRENEUR SHARES HOW MEDITATION FUELS COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP AND MORE
Rob Dube is an author and the President of a company ranked by Forbes as one of America’s Best Small Companies. He's passionate about the positive effects meditation can have on our brains, bodies and hearts and shares how his meditation practice has changed his life, his company and his leadership style.And, hear about his amazing Leadership Retreat!
LEORA FULVIO - THERAPIST SHARES INSIGHTS ON MINDFUL VS. MINDLESS EATING
Leora Fulvio, a therapist and mindfulness teacher, shares several practices for changing our relationship to food so we can, ultimately, eat more mindfully. She also discusses why diets fail, and how black and white thinking related to food can sabotage us. “What are you really craving?” is the all-important question she likes to ask.
A LITTLE SELF-LOVE INSPIRATION AND A VALENTINE'S DAY MEDITATION
Enjoy this Valentine's Day Meditation, created by Chrissy Carter. Valentine’s Day, at its heart, is an opportunity to practice love in all many forms. Chrissy shares that It starts from within, with love for ourselves with no strings attached. We’re believers!
EMILY FLETCHER - HOW TO PERFORM AT THE TOP OF YOUR GAME
Emily Fletcher, former stressed-out broadway actress, now world-class meditation teacher and Founder of Ziva Meditation, shares how a combination of mindfulness, meditation and manifesting can help optimize performance for anyone. Her Stress-Solution program gives high performers simple meditation hacks to stress less and accomplish more.
JONATHAN FOUST - INSIGHTS ON ANXIETY, ANGER AND RELATIONSHIPS
Jonathan Foust is an author and a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. With wisdom and humor, he shares some suggestions for how we can become more familiar with the feelings that fuel our anxiety and anger. He also shares some great advice for dealing with conflict in our personal relationships.
DENISE JACOBS - BANISH THE INNER CRITIC TO UNLEASH CREATIVITY
Denise Jacobs is the author of Banish the Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work. She shares several ways you can turn down the negative voice in your head and quiet that inner bully so you can do anything more effortlessly. Great insights if you've ever experienced self-doubt!
DIANNE BONDY - TRANSFORMING A NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE TO A POSITIVE ONE
Dianne Bondy is a leading advocate for positive body image, at any size. She's a celebrated yoga teacher and social justice activist who shares how her personal journey began with negative body image and low self esteem. She shares the tools she used to shift to a positive body image, and how she now helps others do the same.
STEFANIE GOLDSTEIN - ENCORE MEDITATION AND INSPIRATION FOR WOMEN'S MARCH
Stefanie Goldstein, mother, psychologist and mindfulness teacher shares this original meditation and short inspirational message created in honor of the 2017 Women's March. She inspires us to connect with and lead from our hearts, and reminds us that we can choose how we show up in our lives each and every day.
DR. RICK HANSON - HARDWIRING OUR BRAINS FOR HAPPINESS
Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist and author of several books, including his most recent NY Times Bestseller, Hardwiring Happiness. He shares how we can hardwire our brains for more happiness using simple practices that help us cultivate and experience the good in our lives, while reducing our natural negativity biases.
KRISTEN NOEL - RESCRIPT YOUR LIFE FOR MORE JOY
Kristen is the founder of Best Self Magazine and believes that it's always possible to rescript our lives to be our 'best selves,' and to live more authentically and with more joy. She shares her own 'reinvention' journey and why Best Self was born out of the vision to inspire, empower and connect us to one another.
PATRICIA KARPAS - TOP SIX TAKEAWAYS FROM UNTANGLE 2017 PLUS AN EMILY FLETCHER NEW YEAR REFLECTION
In this New Year's episode, Host Patricia Karpas shares some of the gems from her 2017 guests. Spoiler Alert: keep your heart open, make peace with your inner critic, life is messy, real love is about connection and more! Emily Fletcher, Founder, Ziva Meditation and Meditation Studio App Teacher, provides inspiration for the New Year.