189: How to relax your mind – with Peter Russell (PART ONE)

By September 21, 2021The Simplifiers Podcast

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What would it take to relax your mind? Now, I’m not talking about numbing out or escaping from the stress and overwhelm but actually getting to a state of peace about where things are at, personally and professionally for you. Is it possible?

My special guest today is Peter Russell and he’s simplifying how to relax your mind. Spoiler alert: it’s all about letting go of your mindset as holding on creates tension and unmet expectations. Peter shows us that what we get hung up on are generally not the tangible problems we face in the present… but rather, the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and expectations that we have about them. This is what trips us up, yet they aren’t actual things… they only exist in our mind. So, when we learn to strip them of their power, we relax our minds and gain greater peace of mind, no matter what turbulence might be happening around us.

Here’s how. 


My special guest today is Peter Russell and he’s simplifying how to relax your mind.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • For many “Type A control freaks,” it’s hard to let go… Peter shows us a better way, letting in and letting be
  • In a culture that glorifies BUSY, how to return to a natural (relaxed) mind, yet still get things done
  • What the parable of the rope is and how it applies to our minds
  • If we release our thoughts, feelings, interpretations, beliefs and expectations, what’s left? What you could hold on to that creates a sense of identity and safety
  • …and ultimately, how this practice of relaxing your mind helps to improve your relationships both personally and professionally.

Yet once again, we’re trying something new this week, splitting up the episode into two parts. So we are releasing the first half now and part two on Friday this week. That way, the content is in a smaller, bite-size portion for you to listen to now, simmer on this entire week and be intentional with integrating what you learn into your everyday life.

We are simplifying our episodes to be shorter in length, easier to listen to, on-the-go.

I know we all are on-the-go these days and our old ways of listening to podcasts (either on our commute or at the gym) have changed since COVID… let us know if you like this new way of listening to The Simplifiers Podcast. Shorter episodes, split into two for simpler learning.

Q: Are you ready to relax your mind? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and relax your mind this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

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About Peter Russell

Peter Russell – He  is a leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. His most recent book is Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature.

Peter studied theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science at the University of Cambridge, and meditation and Eastern Philosophy in India. And pioneered the introduction of personal growth programs to corporations in the 1980s.

His mission is to distill the essential wisdom on human consciousness found in the world’s various spiritual traditions, and to disseminate their teachings on self-liberation in contemporary and compelling ways.

Where Peter hangs out online:

Website: peterrussell.com 

Twitter: @peterjrussell

Facebook: @peterrussellauthor

Peter’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

Peter Russell

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