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PodcastWhen Your Loved One Believes Conspiracy Theories, with Dora

When Your Loved One Believes Conspiracy Theories, with Dora

Dora and Robin answer questions about guilt from not meditating, feeling addicted to your phone, and dealing with a loved one who believes in conspiracy theories.

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(mouse clicks) (bright music) Headspace Studios. Hey everybody, Robin here. And today, Dora and I will be answering some very important questions. We've got one about when a loved one begins believing conspiracy theories. We have a question about how to ease your guilt when you're not meditating. And we also have a question about what to do when you feel addicted to your phone. Let's get right to it. (bright music) Have you ever wished you had a wise meditation teacher on speed dial? Someone you can call after a long day? Someone you could lean on for their advice? Someone to listen and help you to see things differently. Welcome to "Dear Headspace," a podcast where I sit with a meditation teacher and we answer your questions. Hi, Dora! Look at us. New year, new us. Or is it really, it's just this, it's the same us, different year, or does it matter? Not at all. I think that if there's a lot of pressure for you to be a new person when the year starts, I feel like that just causes so much pain and suffering in life. Unnecessary pain and suffering. I'm on a self-improvement strike right now, so, Ooh! I'm just enjoying life, and I feel so much freedom in that. So I would say new year, same me, yeah. Well, it's a good thing I haven't changed even a bit since our hiatus. So that's the right answer. But we had a little bit of a break and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get right to our first question. What do you think? Let's get into it. Okay. Here's Jules with their question. Hi, my name's Jules. My pronouns are they/them. And I'm from Germany. And I've been struggling with my relationship with my mom since November last year. She has started to believe in conspiracy theories and really lost touch with reality. And it's been very, very hard for me. It's been a big shock. We used to be very close. And now I don't feel comfortable around her anymore because I'm kind of scared about what she could say because I've seen how strange things have been in her mind when she was sharing many of these theories in the beginning of that, I dunno, journey she went on. And I've established a few boundaries where she doesn't talk about it much with me anymore. But I just want to know how I can stay grounded and still believe what I believe in, while the person that raised me has kind of lost touch with it all. Thank you. Jules, thank you for your question. I mean, this is a really hard one. Right in the middle of the questions, Jules said it. They feel like there's a loss, and that was the very first thing that jumped out at me, is this a person that you know was one way and now isn't? And you've lost access to them in...


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  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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