Michael Murphy, Co-Founder of the Esalen Institute
Published October 3, 2018
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    This week’s conversation is with Michael Murphy, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the board of the world famous Esalen Institute, tucked away on the coast of Big Sur, in California. Michael and Esalen have been ground zero for the human potential movement: exploring everything from consciousness, Eastern philosophies meeting Western frameworks, the birth place of Gestalt therapy, to generating scores of mind body interventions. In 1950, Michael was a premed student at Stanford and wandered into a class discussing Eastern and Western philosophies and religions. The miscue changed his life. Soon he was meditating and, after earning a bachelor of arts in psychology and serving in the U.S. Army, he lived on an ashram in India for 18 months. Upon returning to the United States, he and the late Richard Price started Esalen on property the Murphy family owned.  Over its 50-plus years of existence, it has been described as a “personal growth think tank.” The organization is focused on personal growth, meditation, massage, ecology, yoga, psychology, spirituality — there was nothing quite like it at the time. Michael is also an author. His work includes:  ·     The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature, Golf in the Kingdom ·     The Life We Are Given: A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul ·     In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports ·      An End to Ordinary History It's a gift to laugh with him and learn from Michael, and I'm honored to share our conversation. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Get Insight & Analysis into Your Body's Recovery, Strain, & Sleep with WHOOP. Join Now! Waterproof Strap. Monitor Strain. 24/7 Performance Tracking. Your first month of WHOOP FREE with the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: https://www.whoop.com/findingmastery/ Halo Neuroscience: Halo Sport, the first product from Halo Neuroscience, uses Neuropriming technology to improve the brain’s response to motor skill training.   $100 off Halo Sport when you purchase via this Finding Mastery link: http://gethalosport.com/findingmastery Compete to Create: Our online course, Finding Your Best, includes our world-class High Performance Mindset™ training to help you live in the present moment more often. Previously reserved for our corporate clients, the eight-week online course, Finding Your Best, takes you through the 16 principles of training your mind. $50 off the course when you use the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: http://findingmastery.net/onlinecourse
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