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Michael Sandler is a former speed skater and professional level cyclist who has had multiple, serious accidents. The last one almost killed him.
While stuck in a freezing creek bed, bleeding out internally, he had stopped breathing and he was fighting for his life. When medics arrived, he didn’t have any blood pressure and it took two flight for life helicopters to save him.
He now has two titanium hips, two titanium femurs, he’s had 10 knee operations, and he has a hole where his ACL used to be.
Michael has been told on more than one occasion that he might never walk well again, let alone run.
Despite all this, Michael is a successful running coach and one of the pioneers in the barefoot running movement.
He’s also an entrepreneur and the host of the Inspire Nation Podcast which is often ranked in the top 10 on iTunes.
Michael is a long-time practitioner and teacher of mindfulness who is most well-known for teaching mindful running.
In this episode you’ll hear more about Michael’s journey, and you’ll learn:
- How mindfulness can dramatically improve your personal and professional relationships
- How replacing striving with kindness can actually increase productivity (and happiness)
- How Michael conquered ADHD and dramatically increased his self-confidence with mindfulness
- How mindfulness during activity transforms each moment into a “wow” experience, while rewiring your brain for optimal performance
To connect with Michael, please visit his podcast website – http://inspirenationshow.com/.
2:15 – Michael’s life goal
4:56 – His core values
5:32 – How replacing striving with kindness can actually increase productivity (and happiness)
9:11 – How Michael conquered ADHD and dramatically increased his self-confidence with mindfulness
17:28 – The greatest professional benefit he has realized as a result of mindfulness training: Michael shares a powerful idea for improving your professional and personal relationships
26:35 – The most important insight he’s had over the last year
31:31 – How mindfulness during activity transforms each moment into a “wow” experience, while rewiring your brain for optimal performance
40:51 – How to handle distracting thoughts during activities
45:39 – The book he has most recently read = It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron
46:03 – Instead of his favorite online resources (he prefers books), Michael shared two of his favorite books – The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami and Joy and Demand by Chade-Meng Tan
46:37 – His favorite living teachers of mindfulness = Claudio and Radhanath Swami
47:13 – Favorite Retreat Center = Lumeria
47:47 – Favorite book on mindfulness = Whatever Arises, Love That by Matt Kahn
48:28 – Favorite Mindfulness Practice = Running, the interviews he does for the Inspire Nation Podcast, and every other moment of life
50:00 – If Michael had 60 seconds left to live, here’s the advice she would give how to live an awesome life