In this episode, we talk to the delightful Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby from"How I Met Your Mother") about how meditation saved him from depression after a break-up and has helped him handle the ups-and-downs of life as an actor.
"When actors ask me for my one piece of advice, I always tell them to meditate," Josh says. “The thing that will take you down, personally and professionally, is your mind."
Josh meditates with a mantra in mind but says even just shutting your eyes for 20 minutes a day can be profoundly helpful.
“The mind is designed to think the way the heart is designed to beat and the lungs are designed to breathe…but it does a lot of lousy thinking. Even if you don’t have a mantra, the very act of closing your eyes for 10 - 20 minutes and not doing anything brings your mind to a subtle strata, the place where all thoughts and feelings originate.”
Josh first became interested in meditation after a relationship fell apart.
"I had a bout of depression one summer after a break up and I haven’t had that level of melancholy or that long a spell since I’ve been meditating."
"I'm not saying meditation makes you immune to the human experience," he continues. "It’s not a narcotizing thing. I actually think it makes you more sensitive, but you can process things a little quicker. If you grieve, you grieve hard, and it moves through you. There’s a fluidity to feelings and thoughts and you don’t get hooked."
It’s fitting that we talk about meditation in the second half of the podcast because the first half is pure stream-of-conscious silliness.
We discuss the high-class, low-class ways of presenting toilet paper to guests, Jeff’s uncanny ability to sense the presence of cookies from dozens of feet away, and how Alek consistently fails to resist the foods his kids are eating.
Oh, and we also talk about what’s been the most meaningful, transformative advice we’ve heard thus far on the podcast.
You’re not going to want to miss this one!