Blue Zones, Physical, Emotional, & Mental Presence, Body, Mind & Spirit Fitness, Discipline, Potent Tips For Changing Habits & More With Jay Shetty.

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I have a life that many people may covet.

But I've got (what may be shocking) news for you. I'm not necessarily doing exactly what I think I was meant to do for the rest of my life.

Now, that doesn't mean that I'm not grateful for the journey I've taken thus far. But what served me earlier in my career is no longer fulfilling. I have been beating up my body for 20 years in the name of “fitness,” but as I near my 40th birthday, I am looking to realize and share many redefined thoughts on optimal bodily and spiritual fitness.

Recently, I had the chance to discuss this shift—along with many other topics including longevity, my love for water, and habit change—with my friend Jay Shetty.

Jay Shetty is a highly influential content producer. He's the host of one of the top podcasts in the world, On Purpose with Jay Shetty, the New York Times bestselling author of the book Think Like A Monk, and a recipient of the Forbes “30 Under 30” recognition. Jay has taught more than 2 million students worldwide on success, habits, and purpose through his free online course Genius.

Jay Shetty has a fascinating story. At age 21, he heard a monk speak and it changed his life. For the next three years, he went back and forth regularly between working for a large financial organization and also living as a monk in India. At the end of that time, Jay chose the life of a monk, rising daily at 4 a.m., meditating for 4-8 hours, studying timeless wisdom, and serving local communities. When Jay did eventually leave his life as a monk, he found that he was able to take with him a changed perspective on gratitude, realizing that it boosted his immune system, his mood, and his quality of sleep. Mastering his mind helped Jay manage negativity and overcome overthinking in addition to promoting calm. Discipline gave him the means to make an impact, and meditation allowed Jay clarity, confidence, and focus. Jay says he owes everything to the lessons he learned as a monk.

The last time I hung out with Jay Shetty, we were eating incredible five-star Sardinian food at the transformational event Mindvalley University. I was sitting with the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, Vishen Lakhiani, who is also an entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker. Vishen introduced me to Jay and we hit it off right away.

Now, three years later, Jay Shetty and I met up on the other side of the world when I had a chance to swing by his place down in LA. We had a fantastic chat about physical, emotional, and mental presence, fitness, sleep, water, the disentanglement of bodily and spiritual fitness, and much more.

In this discussion with Jay Shetty, you'll discover:

-What Jay Shetty and Ben say when they catch up on time shared together, Blue Zones, and more…04:25

-Ben's confession of his love for the water…12:15

-Sleep hygiene, light discipline, and mindfulness of circadian rhythms…18:05

-Making your bed a sanctuary and optimizing sleep…37:25


-That time in the distant past that Ben didn't feel Boundless…47:35

  • Education was centered on classical education (Latin, reading the classics, etc.)
  • Tennis was the first exposure to physical activity, learning about the body
  • Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield
  • Boundless by Ben Greenfield
  • “Healthy on the outside, dying on the inside”
  • There's a yearning in our soul for something beyond earthly pleasure
  • God-shaped hole” in our hearts – Blaise Pascal
  • Devices and biohacks are the means by which we better achieve our purpose in life

-How our health affects our quality of life, for better or worse…1:01:34

  • The best businesses are built on making an impact, and the money will follow
  • We often neglect physical health while pursuing spiritual or emotional health; we need all three in balance
  • Know your motives for exercise; to love others rather than look or feel a certain way

-Where we go wrong when it comes to changing habits…1:10:08

  • Understand why you're doing a particular thing
  • Make things as accessible and convenient as possible
  • Stack or multitask biohacks and other tasks whenever possible

-Jay Shetty's rapid-fire questions…1:16:42

-And much more!

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Got a question or comment about anything Jay Shetty and I talked about in this episode? Leave a comment below and one of us will reply!


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10 thoughts on “Blue Zones, Physical, Emotional, & Mental Presence, Body, Mind & Spirit Fitness, Discipline, Potent Tips For Changing Habits & More With Jay Shetty.

  1. René Aerts Jr. says:

    where is the pdf regarding the Covid protocol (300 pages) you mentioned in the podcast, or am I in the wrong episode ? thx

    1. Hi René! I think you're referring to the document written by Donnie Yance — It's 423 pages. Go here https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/donnie-y… and look for it right above "Upcoming Events"

  2. Eric says:

    Tried listening to Ben’s conversation with Jay Shetty, but there was no conversation, just Ben talking about himself, so shut it off….To hear more of Jay would have been nice

  3. Carmen says:

    So, you’ve briefly mentioned natural sweeteners, in particular Stevia and Monk Fruit.
    Unfortunately Monk Fruit isn’t registered as a “food” in Germany, which makes it pretty hard to get over here. I’ve tried different liquid stevia options, but it’s really hard to find an organic source with good ingredients. (I’ve had Omnica before but again: no longer available .. -.-)
    1. question: Do you know any other brand of stevia (or monk fruit) , that you could recommend and that’s available in the EU? If not, could you please tell me which other ingredients would be okay in the liquid form of stevia ( they often contain things like: glycerin?, natural flavors? potassium sorbate?)
    2. What’s your opinion on xlitol and erythritol? Still the most common so-called “healthy” sugar substitutes over here…..

    Thank you very much, Ben!

    Also I really like your podcast/interview “re-posts”!

  4. Jay says:

    Yeah, at 45 min into this I just turned it off. Ben could have done this whole podcast without a guest. What a waste of my time.

    1. Hi Jay! This was actually Jay Shetty interviewing me. You can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTSbc3UquM

  5. Alan says:

    I thought the interview was with Jay Shetty & was really looking forward to hearing from him but basically Ben talked the whole time. I don’t think Jay was even able to ask a question until 50min into the interview. We know your whole story Ben you post it daily, maybe next time let the guest speak……food for thought!

    1. PSA says:

      money is a magnifier

    2. Man child says:

      Agree you just did back to back podcasts with the same content. We know where you stand and we know your life sorry. Keep the interviews coming.

  6. Anthony Guastella says:

    Hey Ben, recommend Matt Marucas video for red light Iphone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ji1hEpotd0. It’s very simple, and there’s other tips.

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