Joe and Brett talk about what they watch for when looking for a leader or teacher or when exploring a new path or practice. They elaborate on how patterns of saviorhood, superiority, and delegation of authority can show up anywhere in society — in the workplace, in the political sphere, or at the dinner table.
Episode 76 — The Opposite of Trying
How much of your life do you spend straining and efforting only to spin your wheels and ultimately burn out? In this episode, Joe and Brett peel apart the layers between ‘trying’ and effortless action. They acknowledge the value of each way of being across various life contexts and discuss the role emotional fluidity plays in freely navigating the spectrum — from trying to its polar opposite.
Episode 75 — 8 Seconds of Oneness — Joe Hudson’s Story (Part II)
We return to Joe’s journey, where his years-long chase after a momentary experience of oneness slowly expires.
Episode 74 — Privilege, Pain, and Projection — Joe Hudson’s Story (Part I)
Joe takes us on a walk through his childhood and early life, from the suburbs of Connecticut to fleeing the revolution in Iran. A green mohawk and an 8-second hit of oneness.
Episode 72 — Wrestle With Your Principles — Decisions Series #4
Joe and Brett talk about how principles drive decision-making and shape our lives — whether we’re aware of them or not. They distinguish between principles and values and examine what gives a set of principles their clarifying power. Joe shares the principles he’s used in life and business, and the process by which he’s grappled with them over time.
Episode 71 — The Golden Algorithm — Decisions Series #3
In the third episode of our series for the Decisions Course, Joe and Brett dive into a common emotional pattern that shows up anywhere decisions are made.
Episode 70 — Making Great Emotional Decisions — Decisions Series #2
Joe and Brett talk about how to dismantle patterns that cloud our judgment and make decisions that include the wisdom of our emotions.
Episode 68 — Q&A – Expressing ‘Anger At’, Playing with Depression, Alone But Not Lonely, Following Connection, Desire and Patience Through Deep Work
Joe and Brett celebrate a banner year of podcast growth by answering questions directly from listeners. In this episode, we explore: (3:20) Anger – feeling, expressing, and receiving ‘anger at’ a person (11:07) Presence – staying with ourselves in complex and fast-paced group situations (15:23) Depression – what is it, and how can we play with it? (21:26) Alone, but not lonely – how our sense of connection evolves through deep work (25:16) Desire – staying in touch with our wants as craving subsides (30:38) Mental health – relating to family or friends with mental health challenges (35:38) Patience – insights and practices to be patient with ourselves and our growth.
Episode 66 — How Do I Stop Postponing My Enjoyment? (Coaching Session)
Today’s episode is a coaching session with a guest who wants to stop postponing his enjoyment into an abstract future that never arrives. This session opens up an exploration of what can happen when we bring enjoyment into any moment: even the experience of chronic pain.
Episode 65 — How Can I Make Better Decisions? — Decisions Series #1
Joe and Brett discuss how to find deeper clarity in decision-making, whether in the office or on the edge of a cliff. Decisions are emotionally-driven, and we navigate them based on how we think we’ll feel when an outcome arrives. When we’re willing to feel any emotion, our decision-making becomes clear. Tune in to see how becoming more aware of our emotions and using guiding principles can help us quickly identify the next obvious step in any decision-making process.