EP200: How planning and playing out scenarios distract from feeling 

Why is our attention so easily and frequently drawn to planning and thinking about the future? 

Why does retreating into the world of thought feel so comfortable (even when thought is completely uncomfortable!)? 

It’s a well-practiced habit, no doubt. It’s familiar there. But I think there is more to it than that.

In this episode, I suggest that most of our thinking about the future, planning, and playing out scenarios is an attempt to avoid emotion. 

We’ll explore some ways of modulating attention that allow you to more easily see where it naturally goes. 


After a very long, very virtual two years, the amazing LSBC Live event is back! 

We’ll gather in person from June 3 to 5th in Chicago for 2 ½ days of connection, exploration, and a lot of hugs, laughter and insights around this year’s theme, Life Appearing as Everything.

I would love to gather and immerse in this conversation with you in Chicago in June. For full details and to save your seat with early bird pricing, visit https://dramyjohnson.com/lsbclive2022/


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