Michael Maddaus

Are You Trying Too Hard When You Meditate?

By Michael Maddaus / December 22, 2019 /

Just do it. The Nike tagline is symbolic of the American ethos. Go after it, try your hardest, and if you fail, get up, dust off, and try again. I love the phrase. I have lived by it. It has served me well. But, like many things, the idea is useful until it isn’t. Nowhere…

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Why Meditation Is Vital to Being Our Best Selves

By Michael Maddaus / December 6, 2019 /

Everything, absolutely everything,  starts with consciousness and awareness. In January 2020 a paper I wrote – The Resilience Bank Account (RBA) – will be published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. It is a practical and scientific review of 6 critical habits or skills (sleep, exercise, meditation, self-compassion, gratitude, connection) that have been scientifically shown…

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Are You Above, or Below, the Line Today?

By Michael Maddaus / November 25, 2019 /

Our best selves. We know it when we have it. We operate at a high level of energy, we are actively engaged with whatever we are doing, we are open to and feel warmth and compassion toward ourselves and others, we feel creative, ideas flow from out of nowhere, and we feel confident that we…

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How Sleep Cleans the Streets of Your Brain

By Michael Maddaus / November 16, 2019 /

Have you ever seen the streets of a major city being cleaned late in the wee hours of the night? In every major city, in the dark quiet of the empty streets, one can usually hear garbage trucks and street sweepers slowly cleaning up the mess from another day of controlled chaos. The same thing…

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Facing Childhood Demons

By Michael Maddaus / November 8, 2019 /

This week I listened to a Harvard Business Review podcast that caught my eye because of the title: Managing Career Transitions Part 1: Facing Childhood Demons with Jerry Colonna. It prompted me to share the story of how I exorcised my childhood demon. I was an only child. My mother was an alcoholic who relapsed…

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By Michael Maddaus / November 3, 2019 /

Hello Friends, Just a quick note to tell you about a wonderful website and newsletter that you may like. It is called Brainpickings and it is written by Maria Popova. I was prompted to write to you because of a recent post by her that is a distillation of “Life-Learnings” from her 13 years of…

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The 4 Keys to Winning the Habit Race

By Michael Maddaus / November 1, 2019 /

“The habits of our lives have a powerful momentum that propels us toward the moment of our death. The obvious question arises: What habits do we want to create.” The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski. In previous blog posts I likened individual habits as being similar to software programs that are part of our personal operating…

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How To Design Your Personal Operating System

By Michael Maddaus / October 27, 2019 /

In a previous post, I argued that for most of us, our personal OS is an unintentional amalgamation of habits born from the chaotic interplay of our our genetics, family culture, and life/work experiences, represented graphically by this venn diagram.  It’s as if you are squeezed out of the womb as a newborn onto the…

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You Are Not The Problem

By Michael Maddaus / October 18, 2019 /

I was a believer in free will until I found myself addicted to prescription narcotics. Everyday I counted out the tablets, everyday I promised to cut back the number I took the next day, and everyday I failed. The demoralization was staggering. This was a blow to my cherished belief in Free Will. I had…

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What is Your Unique Personal Operating System?

By Michael Maddaus / October 11, 2019 /

Eight years ago, at 57 years old, I found myself “stranded” on an island of isolation, loneliness, and existential angst, despite having all of the outward signs of great success. How did I slowly drift to this island, without even realizing it? The journey started once the hazy bubble of my childhood ignorance popped and…

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