Episode 27

Calming Your Anxious Mind

With Ariel Garten

Have you ever wanted to be a more relaxed and less anxious person…someone who bounces back after setbacks that we all face? Someone who can take deep breaths in the midst of a stressful day and not react when something upsets you?

My life is full! I am often running from morning until late at night, and I could not do it without meditation. My twice-daily meditation practice is what actually gives me the reserves and the presence to accomplish everything I need to in one day.

Today, we learn all about the inner workings of the brain, why we get anxious, and how meditation can help with neuroscientist, psychotherapist, and Muse co-creator Ariel Garten. Dhru and Ariel start off by getting real about mental health—it’s something we ALL need to deal with—no stigma here. It’s a part of the human condition. For all the moms out there, Ariel shares her story on postpartum depression and the anxiety she faced after having her son.

This episode is full of rich pearls to teach you about our precious organ, the brain; to encourage you to try meditation (even if you think you can’t do it); and even offer tips on how to incorporate meditation in your workplace or family life.

I know you’ll love all the amazing information in this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

PS – Find Ariel online here or on Instagram or Twitter. You can also learn more about the Muse 2 meditation headband.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. There is no stigma in mental health
    (4:02)
  2. Anxiety as the broken alarm system
    (5:42)
  3. What does “sitting with it” mean?
    (9:00)
  4. The role of our prefrontal cortex
    (11:09)
  5. Ariel’s experience with postpartum depression and anxiety
    (13:14)
  6. Making meaning out of everything
    (17:13)
  7. Changes in your brain during meditation
    (18:52)
  8. Daily routines to avoid anxiety
    (21:36)
  9. Meditating as a group – work or family
    (25:31)
  10. The story of Ariel’s inspiration
    (31:39)
  11. The origins of Muse
    (33:15)
  12. It’s ok to suck at meditation, please keep trying
    (38:57)
  13. Meditation’s role in creating something new
    (43:51)
  14. Identifying our story and how to change it
    (47:30)
  15. The launch of Muse 2
    (50:53)
  16. How Ariel uses Muse in her life
    (52:55)
  17. Where to find Ariel online
    (53:56)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten is a neuroscientist, innovator, and entrepreneur whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential.

Garten is one of the Founders of InteraXon, the makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Muse is the award-winning wearable technology that assists and trains meditation and mindfulness.

Before founding InteraXon, Ariel was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist, but also started her own international clothing line while she worked in labs researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis.

Her creativity and entrepreneurial drive, combined with her fascination with the brain, lead her to bring together two like minded friends and together they founded InteraXon, a Silicon Valley backed startup that allowed people to control computers with their minds, the technology that sparked the creation of Muse.

The technology was the feature showcase at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where they allowed over 7,000 people control the lights on the CN tower, Canadian parliament buildings, and Niagara Falls with their brains from across the country. Muse is now used and loved around the world, in 5 languages with over 5,000,000 sessions of meditation.

Ariel and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including CNN, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, etc. and recipients of multiple innovation awards.

These days, Ariel can be found at home playing with her 2 year old or on stage across the world speaking about happiness, meditation, understanding mental health, empowering women in business, or telling her own innovation story, consistently giving her audiences the tools they need to help them become their best selves.

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