Buddhism and Taoism expert Mike Sturm joins the show to uncover how to develop a deep personal relationship with yourself – the Wabi-Sabi way.
Mike Sturm has taught philosophy at college level for several years and researched Buddhism and Taoism extensively. He writes about self-improvement and productivity from the perspective of spirituality and first principles. In this reflective conversation, we focus in particular on ‘Wabi-Sabi’, an ancient Japanese philosophy that centres on appreciating the beauty in imperfection and accepting the more natural cycle of life.
Join us as we explore some of the key insights from his book The Wabi-sabi Way: Simple Principles to Bring Calm, Meaning & Authenticity to Your Daily Life. We discuss personal authenticity, reviewing habits, the power of validation and embracing imperfection – and Captain America.
- What is Wabi-sabi?
- The Western challenges with meditation and stillness
- The notion of time
- Ease vs. easy
- Where to get started with the Wabi-sabi mindset
- The practice of impermanence
- Simple steps to live the Wabi-sabi way
“Accepting where you’ve been is the only way of getting to where you want to go.“– Mike Sturm
- ‘The Wabi-sabi Way’ by Mike Sturm
- Muse Headband
- “The Dexterous Butcher” by Chuang Tzu
- ‘The Seven Day Circle’ by Eviatar Zerubavel
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- Episode 243: The Art of Noticing with Rob Walker
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- Episode 360: A World Without Email with Cal Newport
- Episode 286: Doing Project 333 with Courtney Carver
- Captain America video essay
- ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ by by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
- Mike’s Medium
- Mike’s Twitter
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