It’s no secret – politics can be anything BUT mindful. Have you found yourself unfollowing friends on social media? Is it hard to not get sucked into the mud slinging? How do we or should we acknowledge opposing views? Is it possible to maintain mindfulness during a political discussion, is the cavernous topic Mike poses to CAST members, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus and Alison Morano.
Mike kicks things off with this quote: “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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[1:15] Mike reads a quote from FDR and asks the CAST for their reaction.
[11:11] How do we own our bias yet be mindful when addressing ‘the other side’?
[14:02] Dealing with preconceived emotions on social media.
[16:17] What do we get out of poking the bear?
[25:03] Do we take a moment of mindfulness to examine our side of social media discussions?
Mentioned in This Episode:
Cultivating Compassion course by Compassion IT
Irrational Behavior course by Dan Ariely
Dr. Jenn, sociologist and sexologist, is a frequent speaker about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, erotic play, and mindful sex. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships and a recurring intimacy expert on the morning news. Dr. Jenn has over 1.3 million hits on her In the Den with Dr. Jenn YouTube video series, and is an expert in the new documentary on masturbation, called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story.
Alison Morano has been a political consultant in Florida for more than 10 years. She has worked on campaigns from city council to President, and on a variety of economic and social issues. Alison’s personal advocacy issue focuses on stopping sexual assault on college campuses, and ensuring mutual respect and healthy relationships that start during early education and continue through adulthood.
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