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Transforming Adversity, It’s Just Different; Dr Shalini Bahl-Milne

Transforming Adversity, It’s Just Different; Dr Shalini Bahl-Milne

October 18, 2020

Dr. Shalini Bahl-Milne is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Search Inside Yourself teacher, and an award winning researcher.  As a result of her 15 years of research, Dr. Bahl-Milne provides customized solutions for business, education and political clients. Her solutions include mindfulness skills needed to disrupt harmful default habits to cope with stress, become more resilient to life’s obstacles, and live with empowered choice for personal and collective fulfillment. Dr. Bahl-Milne’s understanding of neuroscience, psychology, and management is instrumental in helping her structure specific mindfulness solutions for her clients.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has helped me befriend my emotions.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is so important. It brings me back to my present, back to the present moment.

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Bullying Story

  • The thing that comes to mind is living in the culture of how women are supposed to look. The culture is the bully.
  • One never escapes it because it becomes us. It took me a lot of time of looking at myself with compassion.
  • The brain is sneaky. It hides and it shows up in very sneaky ways.

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The Art of Human Care; Dr. Hassan Tetteh

The Art of Human Care; Dr. Hassan Tetteh

October 14, 2020

Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a surgeon specializing in heart/lung transplants and is also the author of 5 books, his current publication entitled “The Art of Human Care”. This beautiful book answers the question, how can we change the world throughhealing. Illustrations by his daughter and Dr. Tetteh's personal life-altering, near-death story explain how his life journey profoundly affected his approach to health care and ultimately led to The Art of Human Care theory. Currently, Dr. Tetteh is a Thoracic Staff Surgeon for MedStar Health and WRNMMC and most recently served as Command Surgeon for the National Defense University. During the interview, Dr. Tetteh explains how his experiences helped him embrace the mind-body-spirit​ connection.

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Effect on Emotions

  • I have been uncharacteristically called an atypical cardiac surgeon. In the operating room, everyone always says, how come he's so calm.
  • That calmness is because of mindfulness. Just taking time, having peace and presence of mind. That's how mindfulness has impacted me. It's given me a great amount of equanimity at times of duress.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Mindfulness is very central and it's foundational to keeping myself centered and I also believe it helps to regulate my heart rate.
  • I wear a sensor watch so I'm always proud of myself when my resting heart-rate is in the 40's. Sometimes I can get it down to 41 or 42.
  • I'm also a runner so I should qualify that. I don't take any beta blockers. It's my way of saying to myself, I'm doing well.

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Bullying Story

  • I got my son to learn how to meditate at a young age so he could use mindfulness in his life.
  • He embraced mindfulness and found a lot of value from it. I remind him now that he's in the stress of high school with a rigorous curriculum that he should use it as a way to bring himself back to present. It will give him the calm and the space to look at the world and understand how you fit into life holistically.
  • Mindfulness gives me the opportunity to have gratitude and that has been very helpful.

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Healing With The Power Of Our Stories; Judi Miller

Healing With The Power Of Our Stories; Judi Miller

October 11, 2020

Judi Miller is an author who has devoted much of her life to personal development and helping others excel in a constantly changing environment. Judi has trained with some of the world’s most spiritual visionaries.She began her career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to excel in the world of corporate finance. As an author, coach and speaker, she will inspire you to live a more passionate life, filled with greater clarity, joy and happiness.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness helps me to get back into my body. Emotions tell the truth. Thoughts and stories are not always true.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing gets me back into my body. Breathing is spirit. It is the essence of who we are. Just breathing sensors me and grounds me.

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Bullying Story

  • Because I was different, because I looked different and because I had eleven fingers, I was sometimes bullied as a child. But that's not where I felt the most damage. I believe it's because I created a story about the bullying. I created a story that I was different and that I was unloveable.
  • We know that through the Law of Attraction, what we hold is mirrored back to us. It's like a magnet. So if I feel different, I'm going to bring all those experiences into my life.
  • The day before I married my husband, of course, because I felt different, I attracted a man who was totally different from me. The night before our wedding, a relative of his said, your mother-in-law is really upset because you're Catholic, your father-in-law is really upset because you're Asian.
  • That really hurt me. So I refused to ever spend time with my husband's relative who said that.

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The Shaman’s Mind With Jonathan Hammond

The Shaman’s Mind With Jonathan Hammond

October 7, 2020
  • Jonathan Hammond is a teacher, energy healer, shamanic practitioner, and spiritual counselor. Before beginning his work in holistic health and spirituality, he had a career as an award-winning actor, appearing on Broadway and on television. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, Jonathan is an Interfaith minister and certified spiritual counselor. He also holds certifications as a Master Teacher in Shamanic Reiki, in Cherokee Bodywork, in Ho’oponopono and is an ordained Alakai (leader or guide) through Aloha International. He teaches classes and gives lectures in Shamanism, Energy Healing, Spirituality, and Huna at the One Spirit Learning Alliance in NYC, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and other major venues around the world. He has worked alongside shamans in Mexico, Brazil, Bali, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Hawaii. The Shaman’s Mind: Huna Wisdom to Change your Life is his first book.

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    Effect on Emotions

    • Mindfulness is paying attention to my feelings, befriending myself. Befriending yourself, that's the purpose of mindfulness. It is not Zen, floating away on a cloud of ice-cream. The purpose of mindfulness is to befriend what's happening in you so you can do something about it.

    Thoughts on Breathing

    • The breath is a paradigm for everything. When the sun rises in the east, it's heat causes the earth to exhale. That exhale is called transpiration. It releases it's breath, which then begins the cycles of life.
    • You can think about breath in terms of, we're living and dying in every moment. That means we're starting over in every moment. There is death and rebirth in every moment. And that's what the breath signifies to me.

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    Bullying Story

    • It's so important that when we are mistreated as children, that we teach children that this happened to you, but this isn't you.
    • You need not identify with anything that happens to you, it's just what's happening.

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Creating Deeper Relationships With Soulful Listening; Terri Lonowski

Creating Deeper Relationships With Soulful Listening; Terri Lonowski

October 4, 2020

Terri Lonowski, M.Ed., is an accomplished thought leader, whose body of work in evolutionary communication is timely, impactful and deeply relevant, given today’s chaos and ‘loneliness pandemic’. Terri has had the honor of leading national Human Centered Design teams, which embraced empathy and Design Thinking, to showcase workforce innovations for the Obama Administration at The White House not once, but twice. Through this, professional and educational accomplishments, along with her own loneliness journey and inspiration from her Grandma Helga, Terri distinguished the five-elements of Soulful Listening™. When applied in our lives, these easily repeatable elements ease feelings of loneliness, create fulfilling connections, help us break free from limitations and inspire greater human potential.

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  • My Grandma Helga

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has given me the freedom to feel my emotions and letting them be what they are and letting them dissipate when the time is right.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is essential. We just went through a brief experience and that is just at the core of who all of us are. Without breath, there's no life.

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Bullying Story

  • In my family I had sibling bullying, my older brother. It would have been helpful to have those skills and tools at my disposal at that time.
  • I fortunately later developed them and got to a place where I could have an understanding that those actions were from a place of pain within him.
  • With that comes a soothing balm of love that could surround it all. At that moment when that was happening, that was rough. It knocks your self-esteem to the ground and a lot of self-doubt can creep in.

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How To Fund Your Dream Life & Business; Nathen Aaren

How To Fund Your Dream Life & Business; Nathen Aaren

September 30, 2020

Nathen Aaren is an Entre-tainer and funding expert for heart-centered entrepreneurs. He helps them merge all of their passions into one life mission to plan, fund, and build their dream businesses. He's raised over one million dollars per client and worked with Fortune 500 companies and Grammy Award winning artists including The Olympics, CBS Sports, Lil Wayne, and Adidas. He is also a podcast producer and has produced two podcasts which charted #1 on iTunes.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has given me the ability to explore my emotions without judgment and basically understand the temperature, size and space of each emotion and allow me to be ok with that emotion so that I can release the emotions that are unnecessary with love.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is incredible. I personally have a feeling that the reason the cold showers give me so much energy is not just because of the temperature, but because they cause me to start breathing so deeply.
  • So breathing is the key and if you are ever in such a panic state that you cant even conceptualize the idea of meditating, forcing yourself to breathe is the emergency solution.

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Bullying Story

  • When you break down bullying, it's a human being that is looking for some sort of validation or attention or love, and through their recklessness, as a lot of us are as kids, just having fun, laughing, crazy, just doing whatever we do, we find something that gets peoples’ attention.
  • Think about a little baby who is trying to get attention and then it knocks something over and the mom responds. Then the kid starts laughing and now realizes that if it knocks stuff over, it’s going to get the attention and the validation it wants. The same thing happens in school.
  • I genuinely think that the reason that someone is bullying, especially in younger years, has little or nothing to do with an actual issue or problem or pain that they’re having in their lives and other times it does have a lot to do with them expressing some other pain or challenge they’re dealing with maybe at home.
  • That being said, the main thing that I’ve experienced was that person in Los Angeles taking advantage of me as a young person who was motivated and driven to be successful in the music industry.

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Thriving Versus Surviving; Simone Figueroa

Thriving Versus Surviving; Simone Figueroa

September 27, 2020

Simone Figueroa is the Co-Founder and President of U-Thrive Educational Services, an organization that brings mental and emotional wellness programs to college students to help them manage stress, become more resilient, and thrive throughout their undergraduate experience and beyond. Simone graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Finance and concentration in Spirituality and Health. She also graduated top of her class from Columbia University with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in Education with an emphasis on Mind-Body Medicine. During her studies at Columbia University, Simone took a year long practicum in Positive Psychology and became fascinated with and quickly saw a need for Positive Education, which led to the start of U-Thrive Educational Services. Simone’s professional journey began at Canyon Ranch, a premier Health & Wellness Resort in Tucson, AZ where she held various positions ranging from Operations Manager of Health, Healing & Spiritual Wellness to Director of Guest Experience.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has dampened my emotions when they need to be dampened and heightened them when they need to be heightened.
  • They help me ride out the negative emotions in life and also help me appreciate and savour the positive ones.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is the greatest gift. If we're breathing, we're alive. It is the tool we have with us everywhere we go. It's the easiest, quickest way we can drop into the present moment, by taking a few quick, deep breaths.

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Bullying Story

  • In sixth grade I was bullied. When I think back to it now, I feel like I tried to compartmentalize and maybe put away some of the feelings that I felt. I feel like I knew that I was just chronically sad.
  • I would eat lunch alone until I took it upon myself to find a new group. I had a group of friends and they decided one day that they didn't want to be my friend anymore.
  • One of those individuals was my best friend in the world, who still is my best friend today and that's the only rift or argument we ever had in twenty-two years.

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The Gut-Brain Connection; Wade Lightheart

The Gut-Brain Connection; Wade Lightheart

September 23, 2020

Wade Lightheart is a 3-Time Canadian national All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as a vegetarian. He is a former Mr. Universe Competitor and host of The Awesome Health podcast. Wade Lightheart is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. He majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick and has authored numerous books on health, nutrition, and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness is great. It's allowed me to first recognize the positive emotions as well as the negative emotions in my life and seek out ways to mitigate the negative and accentuate the positive.

[show-notes-emotions]

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is something I practice every morning. Breathing is unusual. You can do it without thinking or with thinking.
  • It's probably the most under-represented form of health optimization there is. I think you can achieve almost anything through great breath-work.

[show-notes-breathing]

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Bullying Story

  • There was a situation that took place about 18 years ago when I was getting ready for the world championships. I was at single digit body fat, really low. Body fat so low that you could see the muscles contract in my face when I ate. The diet my coach had me on at the time involved rice cakes.
  • This person comes up to me and says, you can't eat rice cakes, you'll get fat. I wasn't that mindful at the moment.

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Mind Your Other Mind With Hypnotist, Erika Flint

Mind Your Other Mind With Hypnotist, Erika Flint

September 20, 2020

Erika Flint is an award-winning hypnotist, three time best-selling author, speaker on hypnosis and the self-actualized mind, and a co-host of the popular podcast series Hypnosis, Etc. She is the founder of Cascade Hypnosis Center for Training & Services in Bellingham, Washington and the author of Lighter: Create Lasting and Healthy Habits To Lose Weight and Keep It Off For Life Without The Struggle.

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Effect on Emotions

  • I get to enjoy the good emotions. I get to understand what some of what we call bad emotions are telling me. It's a feedback loop. For example what is anger telling me, what is fear telling me? If I understand those things and label them, negative feelings go down.
  • We get to experience the richness of emotion like music, we get to hear all the notes, and to feel it in your body.
  • So now, because of mindfulness, I get to feel love at such a rich and deep level.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is everything. Breathing is our connection to life and when you breathe in, (the word inspiration means ‘to breathe into').
  • If there was only one thing I could ever teach, it would be breath work, because our breath is connected to our nervous system which is connected to how we function.
  • I believe you can control everything with your breath.

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Bullying Story

  • Bullying shows up in my practice all the time. The bullies are often the adults. A lot of times, teachers are doing the bullying.
  • I had a client who was really distressed because she wanted to lose weight, but she was being bullied at work. No one at work believed her. There were two women at work who were gossiping and saying mean things.
  • The manager in this situation was not mindful at all; he was having his own problem with his daughter. As a result, he couldn't see to fix the situation.

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Natural Nootropics to Enhance Meditation & Calm Your Mind; David Tomen

Natural Nootropics to Enhance Meditation & Calm Your Mind; David Tomen

September 16, 2020

David Tomen knows firsthand the power of nootropics. He’s considered by many to be the foremost nootropics expert in the field. He’s the author of Head First as well as the founder of the Nootropics Expert web site, a site devoted to optimizing your brain with nootropic supplements. He joins us today to talk about the power of nootropics from stacking to dosage, and much more. David’s journey began when he was diagnosed with adult ADD and put on Ritalin. It seemed to really help his ability to focus, until 2012 when he ended up in the ER. He had a laundry list of symptoms about 2 pages long and his doctors did extensive tests (including for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, which came back negative). The only diagnosis he was given was hypothyroid. Determined to find a natural way to treat his attention issues along with his memory function, he went into full exploration mode of nootropics. He tried multiple combinations of supplements, various dosages and lifestyle changes until he found what works best for him. Today he has a specific stack he takes every day and also uses his years of extensive research and experimentation to help others through his books, podcasts, copywriting and personal consultations.

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Origins of the word Nootropics

  • There was a man named DrCornelius E. Giurgea who was a psychologist and chemist. He was working with Pavlov back in St. Petersburg back in 1963 and he invented a thing called piracetam. Piracetam was technically the first nootropic.
  • He invented piracetam to solve motion sickness. It turned out piracetam did not help motion sickness but it was a cognitive enhancer. It helped people's memory, so it was put out as a prescription drug. Since 1963 there have been many derivatives of piracetams called racetams.

Nootropics Misconceptions

  • That you need a prescription to get nootropics.
  • We consider nootropics as cocoa, caffeine, CBD oil, zinc, and vitamin D because they all influence the brain in one way or another.

Most Popular Topics

  • People seem to be most interested in specific substances.
  • I'm getting a lot of traffic to the Lion's Mane page.
  • The best nootropics for anxiety is popular right now, probably because of COVID19.
  • ADHD and ADD are also popular topics.
  • Black Seed Oil is becoming popular.

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Bullying Story

  • There was this kid named Steven who was a real bully at a church camp. Finally I went berserk and I threw him through a window. I probably could have diffused the situation if I had known what I know today.

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