How I Meditate: RRE's Steve Schlafman

“In the morning, I’ll roll out of bed, drink a glass of water and immediately start my practice. No email. No TV. Just water and mediation.” Steve Schlafman is a Principal at RRE Ventures, where he focuses on investing in early-stage startups including Breather (by Coach.me user Julien Smith), Giphy, and The Black Tux. He’s also…

How I Meditate: RRE’s Steve Schlafman

“In the morning, I’ll roll out of bed, drink a glass of water and immediately start my practice. No email. No TV. Just water and mediation.” Steve Schlafman is a Principal at RRE Ventures, where he focuses on investing in early-stage startups including Breather (by Coach.me user Julien Smith), Giphy, and The Black Tux. He’s also…

Resilient Activism and Productive Writing: the Habits of Derrick Jensen

Photograph by Dawn Paley. Derrick Jensen is the award-winning author of over 20 books and has written for Orion, Audubon, The Sun, and many other magazines. Jensen makes a compelling argument that civilization is inherently unsustainable: “To pretend that civilization can exist without destroying its own landbase and the landbases and cultures of others is…

Building Self-Compassion: Our Interview with Dr. Kristin Neff

“If I have an emotionally upsetting experience, I don’t get so derailed by it.” Dr. Kristin Neff is a leading researcher in self-compassion, “extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.” You tap into your self-compassion when you forgive yourself for a mistake or muster up confidence to overcome a…

How I Meditate: Derek Flanzraich

“Meditation is like defragging my personal hard drive. If I don’t meditate, everything is slower. If I do meditate, I think and feel more clearly throughout the day no matter what the task.” Derek Flanzraich is the founder and CEO of health media website Greatist, which aims to be your top source of health information on the…

Meditation For Creativity: Interview with Dr. Lorenza Colzato

Sign up to receive free chapters and interviews included in Lift’s book: The Strongest Mind in the Room “[Our studies found that] Open Monitoring meditation induces a control state that promotes divergent thinking, a style of thinking that allows many new ideas of being generated. Second, Focused Attention meditation does not sustain convergent thinking, the process of generating one…