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Join Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Gerasimo for this series of smart, rollicking, no-BS conversations about healthy, happy, conscious living — plus real-life "experiments" to help you discover the practical shifts that work best for you.

Join Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Gerasimo for this series of smart, rollicking, no-BS conversations about healthy, happy, conscious living — plus real-life "experiments" to help you discover the practical shifts that work best for you.
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Join Dallas Hartwig and Pilar Gerasimo for this series of smart, rollicking, no-BS conversations about healthy, happy, conscious living — plus real-life "experiments" to help you discover the practical shifts that work best for you.

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English


Episodes

Episode 90: Questions

7/31/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment we’re talking about Questions — the value of asking more of them, and the potential of making inquiry a regular life practice. Rainer Maria Rilke once advised a young poet to "live in the questions," and that advice can serve all of us. So here, we share the questions we’ve found most helpful in keeping us on a good path, as well as the questions that tend to get us in trouble. From the reality-challenging questions that define Byron Katie’s "The Work,"...

Duration:01:01:26

Episode 89: Suicide

7/23/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment we’re talking about Suicide — the fact that it has become tragically more common in recent years, and some reasons we think that might be. We also talk about how we personally view suicide, and what we’ve learned about it in our own lives. We share expert insights about the signs that someone near you might be having suicidal thoughts, and what you can do if you have been experiencing those feelings yourself. We unpack some different viewpoints, and some...

Duration:01:00:00

Episode 88: Orthorexia

7/16/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Orthorexia — an eating disorder in which a person becomes so obsessed with what they think of as “healthy” eating that they over-limit their diet and become unhealthy as a result. Dedicated healthy eaters sometimes write off orthorexia as nonsense, seeing the diagnosis as just another way of marginalizing the sensible choices made by many not to consume certain types of foods they are sensitive to, or simply don’t want to eat. But...

Duration:00:53:22

Episode 87: Fats

7/9/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we're talking about Fats — the role they play in healthy eating, and the fact that a lot of what we've been told about them is all wrong. From the healthy fats your body probably needs more of, to the inflammatory fats it most definitely does not, we share what we know about America's most misunderstood macronutrient. We explain why low-fat diets are generally not helpful for weight loss, and why saturated fats are not the dietary evil you've been led to...

Duration:01:12:23

Episode 86: Supplements

7/3/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Supplements — why you can’t rely on pills and powders for all your nourishment, and why you still might want to take some anyway. We cover the value that both multis and targeted nutrients can have in filling dietary gaps, and why what works for your friend or partner might not work for you. We both share the supplements we take (or don’t), and we offer you some recommendations on the supplements that most of the smart doctors and...

Duration:00:52:19

Episode 85: Imposter Syndrome

6/25/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Imposter Syndrome — that disconcerting sense you may not be entirely worthy or qualified to be doing whatever it is you are doing, and that accompanying sense of dread that it’s just a matter of time before everybody else figures that out. Imposter syndrome is a well-recognized phenomenon that affects almost all of us at one time or another, and it can be a significant source of chronic stress. So here, we talk about our own personal...

Duration:00:50:56

Episode 84: How We See The World

6/19/2018
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This week we’re talking about How We See the World. This episode started out as an answer to a listener question — and then morphed, evolving into a big rambling conversation about hope and doubt, energy and attention, agency and activism, and more. It became one of those conversations where you discover what you think and feel as you are saying it, and you have no idea what is going to come out of your own or the other person’s mouth until it does. It’s worth noting that within weeks of...

Duration:00:53:18

Episode 83: Conscious Language 2

6/12/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, by listener request, we’re doing a special guest episode follow-up on the topic of Conscious Language, a subject we originally addressed way back in episode #66. Joining Pilar this week is Cat Thompson. She’s the teacher and friend who originally introduced Pilar to the study of Conscious Language. Conscious Language is about noticing and choosing your words with awareness. It’s also about recognizing that everything you say both reflects and...

Duration:00:56:20

Episode 82: Libido

6/5/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Libido — the nature of our drive for sensual and sexual contact, and the variables that can affect it, for better or for worse. We start from the assumption that a healthy libido means different things to different people, and that there is no "right" way to feel it, or do it. We explore some of the factors that influence libido, and the concerns that many people share about their own, from a lack or surplus of sexual desire to...

Duration:01:12:48

Episode 81: Functional Medicine

5/29/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we're talking about Functional Medicine — a systems-based approach to addressing the fundamental causes of disease and distress. Both of us have been immersed in the functional medicine movement for years — Dallas as a practitioner and Pilar as a health journalist — and we both see it as a science whose time has come. Here, we talk about what functional medicine is, and why this science- and lifestyle-based approach represents such an exciting evolution...

Duration:01:29:22

Episode 80: This Messy Magnificent Life , Part 2

5/1/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we bring you Part 2 of Pilar's conversation with New York Times best selling author and teacher, Geneen Roth. Geneen has been teaching and writing about conscious eating and living for the past 30 years. Her most recent book is This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide. Through keen observation, reflection, and some very funny asides, her work guides us to see our compulsions and self-sabotaging habits through more curious and self-compassionate eyes. It...

Duration:01:03:44

Episode 79: This Messy Magnificent Life, Part 1

4/24/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, while Dallas is off on adventures, Pilar has a very special guest: Geneen Roth. Geneen has written close to a dozen terrific books, including Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life and When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair. She also teaches life-changing workshops all over the country. Most of Geneen's work explores the intricate, under-examined spaces between how we feel, think, act, and relate — to...

Duration:01:04:59

Episode 78: Apologizing

4/17/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Apologizing — the reasons it’s worth doing, and the art of doing it well. We explore the value a good apology can have in healing conflict and shame, and the reasons our well-intended apologies sometimes don’t go as well as we’d like. We talk about the characteristics of good and not-so-good apologies, about private apologies and public ones. Finally, we offer you some experiments to help you evolve your own apologetic skills and...

Duration:00:59:16

Episode 77: Friends

4/10/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Friends — not the kind we call “friends” social media, but the real, meaningful, human kind we connect with in person. The kind we care about deeply. The kind we count on for hugs, empathy, perspective, emotional support and fun. In a world where many of us feel painfully pressed for time, we’re barely connecting with our romantic partners and close family members, much less making time to forge and maintain meaningful connections...

Duration:00:50:55

Episode 76: Reading

4/3/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Reading — its potential for informing and enriching our lives, and its potential for becoming an escapist habit. In a world dominated by a non-stop stream of mass media and clickbait, is there still a place in our lives for real, deep, intentional reading? Is reading a paper book or long-form magazine article the same as reading on screen, or listening to books on tape? Has the ability to read, and ready deeply, become endangered in...

Duration:00:50:01

Episode 75: Dying

3/27/2018
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This week on the Living Experiment, we’re talking about “Dying” — the fact that it’s something we’re all going to do, and the fact we tend to live in denial of that fact, often to our detriment. The age-old advice to live each day as though it was your last might be inspiring, but it is also rather impractical. The truth is, most of swerve back and forth between repressing all thought of death to being confronted by it, and then feeling — fleetingly, that it’s something we really ought to...

Duration:01:00:03

Episode 74: Noise

3/20/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Noise — its many sources, its surprising impacts, and the options we have for relating to it more consciously. From the difficulty of escaping noise in our modern environments to the effect it can have on our health, happiness, and quality of life, we talk about the underestimated toll that noise can take on our bodies and minds. We explore the important role quiet spaces have in supporting our wellbeing, and the opportunities we have...

Duration:00:44:28

Episode 73: Dating

3/12/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Dating — it’s modern trials and tribulations, and the options we have for reclaiming it from the limiting realms of texting, swiping, and scrolling. In an era where face-to-face interaction is limited, and where an entire generation of people have lost track of real-life flirting, mingling, and conversational skills, many are bemoaning what they see as the sad state of dating, even as they are feeling constrained by its commoditizing...

Duration:01:16:30

Episode 72: Anxiety

3/6/2018
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This week on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Anxiety — a condition that causes tens of millions of people to feel rattled by intrusive thoughts, oppressed by worries, or otherwise disquieted — sometimes to a disabling degree. These days, anxiety has surpassed depression as America’s number one mental health disorder. So here, we talk about a wide range of strategies proven to help, from nutritional interventions to self-calming techniques. We explore the underlying reasons...

Duration:01:21:13

Episode 71: Vacation

2/6/2018
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This week, on The Living Experiment, we’re talking about Vacation — the benefits that regular breaks from work can have for our health, sanity and happiness, and the reality that most of us aren’t getting nearly enough of them. We look at some statistics that suggest many U.S. adults aren’t getting any paid vacation time, and many more aren’t making full use of the vacation time they have. We explore some of the reasons for that, as well the real costs to our health, wellbeing, and...

Duration:00:50:43