Anderson Cooper recently underwent mindfulness training under Jon Kabat-Zinn, a MIT professor and mindfulness teacher.
The special was fascinating because Zinn’s approach has the same philosophical roots as mine, but we take different approaches to mindfulness training. (Mindfulness training teaches you how to become aware of yourself and your surroundings.)
I don’t want to be calm. I want intensity and focus. But that is not the right approach for everyone. Other people need to find an inner peace.
Listen to the podcast and then watch his video to learn more about mindfulness:
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is being aware of yourself and your surroundings.
“When the mind wanders, gently and non-judgmentally bring the mind back.”
Where am I? What am I doing?
Two themes stuck out. These are themes were covered in the “It Gets Better” podcast.
1 . People hate self-improvement.
A Congressman who underwent Zinn’s mindfulness training observed, “If you did this in high school, people would look at you funny.” By getting away from people who would look at you funny, you can grow.
Yet it’s not just people in high school who look at you funny. Discussing how valuable the experience had been, Anderson Cooper said of his transformation, “It sounds weird. Like I drank the Kool-Aid.”
2. People are afraid to be who they truly are.
People feel the need to defend themselves from human judgement.
Anderson Cooper needs to read my article, “Disobey Fear.” He is letting the judgment of other people enslave him.
He is becoming more present in the moment, but is he being himself in the present moment?
Many of us are more free than Anderson Cooper, an A-list celebrity who makes millions of dollars a year.
Rather than live a life without apology, he still worries about “imposing his views” and “HR concerns.”
He does not have the Gorilla Mindset.