Mike Posner has shared his sixth episode from his very own podcast series titled What Does This All Mean?! Check it out below!
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyj7WwiyW_w
What I Learned Spending 7 Days in Isolation (E06):
Mike travels to the Tara Mandala Buddhist Monastery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado to spend one week in isolation. Nestled in a one-room cabin with no electricity, running water or human contact, Mike documents his thoughts into a daily journal and soon realizes that doing nothing is much harder than he anticipated.
Blaise Pascal — ‘All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.’ Shout outs to my ARTA Fam and the Riv fam!!!! Getting on a plane and going home today.
This summer…I did something I’ve never done before: I spent 7 days in complete isolation…no phone, no laptop, no electricity, no running water, and most notably no human contact. I didn’t see any other people for 7 days. I wanted to see who I was when no one else was around. I wanted to see who I was when I didn’t have any tasks or goals to accomplish. To hear about what it was like and what I learned, check out this week’s podcast episode. Link: mikeposner.co/iso – MP
Mike Posner Spent a Week in Solitude, Shares His Realizations About Life and Humanity
Mike Posner spent a week in absolute solitude, the only task before him to do nothing, and he can now tell you from experience, “doing nothing is the hardest thing to do.”
The “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” singer, songwriter and producer headed to the remote forests of Colorado, specifically in a cabin on the property of Tara Mandala Buddhist Monastery in Pagosa Springs. While he was there, he challenged himself not to practice guitar, exercise, or do much of anything. There was no electricity, no running water. There was a clock, but one of the first things he did was put that in a drawer. He was simply to meditate. He wanted to know who he was when he had no more tasks to keep him busy.
Posner recently returned, and he set his findings to audio on YouTube. His words come in a slow, steady stream. He takes great pauses between handfuls of words. It’s an hour and a half of deep thoughts and interesting findings on human nature in the modern world. He reads from notes he kept, as one of the few things he did was write his thoughts.
He shares his realizations in the order he remembers them. He begins by recognizing how much of his time is spent trying to create things for himself to do. He realizes that many of his goals day-to-day may not be all that important.
“How much of the time am I just creating tasks to feel busy, to feel productive?” he asks. “How many of my goals do I actually care about? If I visualize being at the end of my life, would this thing that I’m working on so hard right now, would I care about it? Would I even remember it?”
The second lesson is that he wastes 30 or 40 percent of his thoughts and therefore his life on food and appearance. We constantly worry about what we’re eating next, is it healthy, will it make us gain weight, do we look okay?
The realizations and lessons continue in his calm, reserved speech. “The only wrong way to do a day is to believe there is a right way to do a day,” he says.