International Speaker + Teacher
Cory Muscara is an international speaker and teacher on the topics of mindfulness and positive psychology.
For the past few years, he has taught mindfulness-based leadership at Columbia University, and currently serves as an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his graduate work. In 2012, Cory spent six months in silence living as a monk in Burma, meditating 14+ hours each day under the instruction of the late Sayadaw U Pandita.
A frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show, he now aims to bring the teachings of mindfulness to people in a practical and relatable way, presenting to schools, organizations, and the general public. Cory’s meditations have been heard more than 10 million times in over 50 countries, and he lives on Long Island where he offers workshops and retreats.
This episode is one to start off your new year with!
This week’s conversation is with my dear friend Cory Muscara – international speaker and mindfulness teacher – all about his new book Stop Missing Your Life.
In Stop Missing Your Life, Cory takes readers on a journey from “being present” to embodying “presence,” helping peel back the layers that prevent us from being our full, honest, integrated selves in the world. Muscara explains that most of us are living on autopilot, often so guarded that we aren’t experiencing the potential richness that life has to offer.
Stop Missing Your Life talks about:
- How we build internal walls, which Muscara refers to as a “Pain Box,” that both protect us and inhibit us from living a deeply connected and meaningful life
- A four-part FACE model (Focus, Allow, Curiosity, Embodiment) that helps chip away at the walls and find presence
- Why it’s a risk to be our true selves in the world, and why safety (which does not mean comfort) is one of the missing ingredients to finding presence
- How we can make technology a part of our mindfulness practice–meditating with our devices, and also creating parameters around when and how we use technology
His book and his teachings ultimately show how we can create new behaviors, stop self-sabotaging our growth, and let go of the things that hold us back.
You can follow Cory at @corymuscara.