PPP058: Calming Stormy Minds with Ariel Garten

Imagine controlling the world directly with your mind. That was my guest's dream - and she and colleagues brought that dream to life.

Ariel Garten has a fascinating and eclectic background in psychotherapy, art, fashion design, neuroscience, technology and start ups. She is a co-Founder of Interaxon, the developers of Muse, a brain sensing headband that translates your mental activity into the guiding sounds of weather to help you find focused calm. Busy mind? Stormy weather. Calm mind? Peaceful weather.

Ariel has lived a life without limitations. Her curiosity has led her to pursue bold, audacious goals within a broader quest to have a positive impact on humanity.

In this conversation Ariel and I talk about:

  • Interaxon's project to create mind powered light installations across Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics

  • How she came to be the CEO of a technology start up that started in a basement

  • Muse - the brain sensing meditation headband. How it works, how it helps and my experience making the birds chirp

  • The impact Muse is having on schools, clinical settings, research and individuals across the globe

  • Using your mind to better understand your heart, breath and body

  • And because you never know where a podcast conversation will take you - Ariel's interpretation of my mum's dreams

Are you ready to be informed and inspired? Then listen in!

Ariel says ‘It’s OK to suck at Meditation’

'Training your brain this way is kind of like going to the gym. Every time you notice your mind wanders and you bring it back, it’s like doing a rep at the gym. The more your mind wanders, the more you notice and bring it back, the more reps you get in at this “brain gym” of meditation.

Each time your mind wanders and you bring it back, you are saying “I’m going to meditate now, and bring my mind off of this thought and back to my neutral object (like my breath)”. Each time you do this, you’re actually exercising a valuable choice to meditate and thus strengthening your brain by that action.'

Read more at: Ariel’s Blog

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