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August 11, 2020

Getting to Know Your Own Truth

As we get deeper into this pandemic, I’ll admit I’m struggling to keep listening to “mindfulness” content – as I stray towards comedy to keep myself afloat. And when I do that, I can’t help but notice those moments during the laughs that wind up providing mindfulness lessons. Once again, I found one of those moments in a podcast hosted by Adam Ferrara – this time in an interview with Aasif Mandvi (you may recall Aasif from Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show”).

At the 13:10 mark, they talk about what its like seeing a therapist. They get into ‘how we lie to ourselves more often than we lie to anyone else.’ Trying to get to our own truth, the illusions about who we think we are, and how we want the world to perceive ourselves. Being brave enough to conduct self-examination. It’s something that I constantly have to remind myself about. It’s so easy to fall back into the trap of being absorbed by those ‘monkey mind’ stories that we love to tell ourselves.

At the 14:40 mark, I love when they talk about their spouses telling them – “that’s not funny” – when they come up with potential bits for their comedy and their significant others think not so much of it. It’s a great interview. Heartwarming story about how Aasif got his spot on Jon Stewart’s show too…