I listen to a lot of podcasts, and one of my favorites is Back to Work, hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin. Every week, Merlin and Dan have a free-wheeling conversation about how to approach doing meaningful work: managing your time, focusing your attention, eliminating barriers and self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. This show helps me think about...well, how to think on a weekly basis.
This week's episode was called "Slow Your Roll". Around the 1 hour and 5 minute mark, Merlin starts talking about the ways in which free-floating anxiety can tailspin - "how impossibly fast you can go from the most innocuous thought in the world to, like, 'I'm going to die." The deceptively simple way to short-circuit this death-spiral is to remind yourself to just stop and breathe - to interrupt the thought pattern before it gets the better of you. To slow your roll.
Easier said than done, but today's piece, Slow Your Roll, does eventually manage to pull itself back after a series of frenetic, repetitive gestures.
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