Strong & Awake

Embracing Voluntary Discomfort | Ep. 1

Season 01 | Episode 01
Dane Sanders

In this first episode of the Strong & Awake: The Unlikely Path podcast, Dane and Mitch discuss the foundational principles of the community, Men & Women Of Discomfort. They delve into the core concepts of being "strong" and "awake," exploring how these attributes are intertwined and crucial for leading a flourishing life. Drawing from their experiences and insights, they explain why voluntary discomfort is essential for personal growth and resilience. Throughout the conversation, they contrast voluntary discomfort with the avoidance of discomfort prevalent in modern culture, emphasizing the importance of embracing challenges as opportunities for growth as a way to show up for ourselves and those we love.

Key Moments:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:07 Strong & Awake for Love’s Sake
  • 06:26 Breaking down “For Love’s Sake”
  • 14:57 The “Why” of Discomfort
  • 21:22 The “How” of MWOD

Mentioned in this Episode:

  • Anthony DeMello: A Catholic priest known for his teachings on spirituality and self-awareness, particularly the concept of being awake versus asleep.
  • Sam Harris: Mentioned for his discussions on waking up to reality, part of the new atheist tradition.
  • Tim Keller: A theologian known for his writings on Christianity. Mentioned for his booklet on self-forgetfulness. Book: "The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness"
  • Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus: Philosophers known for their writings on Stoicism. Mentioned in relation to Ryan Holiday's popularity. Books: "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, "Letters from a Stoic" by Seneca, "Discourses" by Epictetus.
  • Michael Easter: Author of "The Comfort Crisis," mentioned for his exploration of discomfort and its absence in modern society. Book: "The Comfort Crisis"
  • Scott Peck: Author of "The Road Less Traveled," mentioned for his ideas on embracing difficulty and delayed gratification. Book: "The Road Less Traveled" Peter Attia: Mentioned for his discussions on health and the four horsemen of health-related issues.
  • Jersey Gregoric: Mentioned for his quote, "Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life."
  • Whole30, 75 Hard: Both mentioned as challenges focused on health and lifestyle changes.

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