My guest this week is psychiatrist Dr. Adam Meadows, author of the recent book, A Prescription for Living with Purpose: Maintaining Hope, Healing, & Connection as You Create the Life You Were Destined to Live (affiliate link). It was great to catch up with Adam and hear his passion for changing lives, including his own.
I’ve known Adam for about 10 years, and I’ve enjoyed seeing the direction he’s pursued since leaving Penn, where we met. In this episode we talked about faith, trust, the importance of daily habits, and how to tell the divine voice of intuition from the voice of self or ego. We also discussed:
- What inspired Adam to write A Prescription for Living with Purpose
- Understanding who we are and what we are called to do
- The personal crisis Adam experienced on a cruise
- Going below the surface to understand the true state of our lives
- Looking for an external fix to an internal problem
- The disciplines Adam developed through his crisis
- Discovering anchoring habits and what makes us come alive
- The value in a morning routine for setting the tone for your day
- Priming your energy in a healthy direction
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (affiliate link)
- Finding “leverage points” in our day to direct our course most effectively
- The non-linear evolution of Adam’s spirituality
- Recognizing spiritual “coincidences” or “divine synchronicities”
- The shift in how both Adam and I think about God
- Four healthy human practices: love, nonjudgment, noninterference, and acceptance
- Letting go and trusting that there is something bigger than us
- The many ways we can practice mindful presence and awareness
- Why it’s important to remember that we’re not alone
Adam Meadows, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist working at Skyland Trail, a psychiatric treatment center in Atlanta. His clinical interests include mood disorders, adult ADHD, and mental health concerns affecting college and graduate students.
Adam previously served as the medical director of psychiatry and behavioral health for WellStar Health System. He graduated summa cum laude from Andrews University, and got his MD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
He completed his psychiatry residence at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was on the faculty at the time, and he served as chief resident in his final year. In recent years, Adam has pursued opportunities related to leadership development and public speaking.
As you’ll hear, he’s passionate about making a positive impact in people’s lives, and is committed to efforts to improve social dialogue and reduce stigma around mental health issues.