Jan 10, 2020
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- Eric Zimmer
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Wellness Force Radio Episode 320
Behavior Coach, Host of The One You Feed Podcast, and
Author, Eric Zimmer,
shares a new approach to looking at mental health, why depression
is an emotional flu that we can heal through love and care, why
humans are not meant to be alone and how you can feed your inner
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Listen To Episode 320 As Eric
1:30 The Native American Story Of The Two
13:50 Human Relations & Behavior Into
The love for nature he has despite growing up with parents who
did not have that same interest.
What holds us back from actualizing who we want to be during
our lifetimes. (16:00)
The basic yet most important skills for behavior
and how we're able to sustain it.
The difference between knowing the strategy and acting on
How the Four Doctors as told by Paul Chek brings us back to
who we are at our core.
23:00 Healing Through Community Support
His past and current involvement with AA and how it has saved
not only his life but the lives of many people he personally
His interest in someday participating in plant medicine
but the weariness of the risk he might experience
based on his past.
Zen Buddhism and what is at the core of its belief.
How he handles the shadow, welcoming it in, working with it,
and then letting it go on its way.
29:30 The Differences Between Depression And Other
Why he sees depression as "a deadness" rather than "an anger"
or "a sadness."
The moment he decided to just stop digging into the cause of
his depression and treat it more like getting a common cold.
Why we shouldn't try to contemplate our lives while also
dealing with depression at the same time.
The fact that resisting depression will make it so much worse
compared to accepting the pain
treating it on a physical level.
Why we don't have to see our personal pain and traumas
lessons, life reflections
or as something that had to happen for a reason. (37:00)
The simple fact that sometimes it just hurts to be human and
that's okay; life is not only rewarding but also challenging.
41:00 Pain vs. Suffering
Difference between pain and suffering
The fact that the cost of love is sometimes pain but we don't
have to suffer from it.
is and how it is there to support us when we are
going through relatable difficult moments such as death.
that we can experience as human beings between
ecstatic joy and our shadows.
What it means to be "awakened" and live in this unity
gives you the freedom to
feel things, not
the freedom from
Whether or not a person can be "too mindful" and why there is
a fear surrounding it.
49:00 Cultivating Curiosity For Life
Power Quotes From The
Treating Depression As An Emotional Flu
"I treat depression almost like I'd treat getting a common
cold and give it basically no psychological attention. I often
refer to depression as the emotional flu and thus I'd do what I'd
do if I got the flu. I would make sure that I'm taking care of
myself by getting enough sleep, Vitamin C, exercise, socialization,
and good nutrition. I would do those things and beyond that, I
would just let the depression take its course until it goes away. I
don't turn my depression into deep, existential questioning."
- Eric Zimmer
Curiosity Is A Key Human Trait
“Curiosity is one of the key traits that unlocks so many of the
things that most of us would say is worth having in life. Whether
that be awakening, awe, fascination, or wonder. It is also a
remarkably good tool to lessen or emotional pain. The more curious
we can become about emotional pain, the better able we are to take
a step away from it and look at it in broader and new
ways.” - Eric Zimmer
Suffering Equals Pain Times Resistance
"Resistance isn't helpful. I often quote this on my podcast,
'Suffering equals pain times resistance.' So, if I know that
depression is my pain, the more I resist it and tell myself that it
shouldn't be this way, the more I suffer. When I can sort of let it
just be what it is, it's not that the pain isn't there, it's just
that I don't make it worse. Sometimes the best thing we can do in
certain situations is to not make it worse by waiting until the
moment passes and engaging with it at a different time."
- Eric Zimmer
Links From Today's
About Eric Zimmer
A behavior coach,
podcast host, and author, Eric Zimmer is
endlessly inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how
our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to
At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, addicted to heroin and
facing long jail sentences. In the years since he has found a way
to recover from addiction and build a life worth living for
Work With Eric
Eric works as a behavior
coach and has done so for the past 20 years. He has
coached hundreds of people from around the world on how to make
significant life changes and create habits that serve them well in
achieving the goals they’ve set for themselves.
In addition to his work as a behavior coach, he currently hosts
the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, based on an old parable about
two wolves at battle within us. With over 300 episodes and
over 13 million downloads, the show features conversations with
experts across many fields of study about how to create a life that
has less suffering and more fulfillment and meaning.
The One You Feed Podcast
Guests on the show include scientists, authors, researchers,
teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures and
all offer practical, actionable wisdom that listeners can readily
apply to their daily lives in order to act their way into a better
experience of living.
His story and his work have been featured in the media
including TedX, Mind
Body Green, Elephant Journal, the BBC and Brain Pickings.