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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.

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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.

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  • 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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Mindful Movement in Addiction Treatment; Kendra Kirane

Mindful Movement in Addiction Treatment; Kendra Kirane

September 13, 2020

Kendra Kirane oversees Creative Arts Therapy and Wellness at an addiction center in New York City called Wellbridge. She emphasizes the universal language of art as an essential process in therapy including music, dance/movement and drama. She empowers individuals to be seen, heard and understood on the path toward recovery from addiction. Recognizing wellness is a key feature of sustainable recovery, Kendra prioritizes delivery of recreational therapy, fitness programming and nutrition to promote restoration and healthy lifestyle choices.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness is more than a full mind, it's body fullness, a heart fullness and it helps us manage our emotions, or access the emotions.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is always with us, it's a gift. We're lucky to be able to have breathing with us at all times, but also to manage it when we need to.
  • It's an anchor, it's like our home base. 

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Bullying Story

  • Mindfulness is noticing in the moment when a self-judgment arises.
  • When the inner critic or the inner bully decides to rear it's head into our stream of consciousness and our stream of thoughts, it's important to remind ourselves that the more we can build our mindfulness muscles, the more compassion we can discover within ourselves, and the less room there is for that inner critic to exist. 

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Emotional Intelligence 4 Change With Robin Hills

Emotional Intelligence 4 Change With Robin Hills

September 9, 2020

Robin Hills is the director of Ei4Change, a company specialized in emotional intelligence, positive psychology and neuroscience. He is the Author of two books on the topic and his educational programs on resilience and emotional intelligence are the most comprehensive education that’s out there – his material is used in educational establishments in South Africa and India. Robin has taught more than 70,000 students in 175+ countries and has delivered keynote speeches at conferences across the world including at Harvard University.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Being more mindful and more aware of my emotions and the impact it has on me and other people is the way in which I work with mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Sometimes I don't get it right. 

Thoughts on Breathing

  • If I stop breathing I stop living, so I feel that appropriate use of breath and concentration on breath is very useful in terms of mindfulness.
  • If I have 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 10 seconds, I think to myself, now is the time to focus on my breathing and I can have a mindful minute. 

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Bullying Story

  • I had an experience around the concept of bullying. About 10 years ago I was doing some research with a colleague of mine who works with EI4Change, Doug Haynes. Doug and I were researching this concept of resilience.
  • Everybody was talking about resilience, but what does it mean? We put together something called, Images of Resilience. Later, we set about designing and creating cards that supported the field of bullying.
  • We covered confidence and assertiveness and rising to the challenge, with a knight fighting a dragon. Both of the cards have now been integrated into the coaching toolbox. This has resulted in wonderful, cathartic conversations around bullying in organizations, schools, and industry.   

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Lessons From Life That Can’t Be Taught With Boxer Ed Latimore

Lessons From Life That Can’t Be Taught With Boxer Ed Latimore

September 2, 2020

Ed Latimore is a former professional heavyweight boxer, a competitive chess player, a physicist, a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, and a bestselling author. Ed’s writing focuses on self-development, realizing your potential, and sobriety — all of which he approaches from personal experience, having overcome poverty and addiction. Ed is a strong advocate for sobriety and overcoming pornography addiction and has been sober since 2013. He earned a Physics degree at age33 and is a veteran of The United States Army National Guard. He is also is an avid chess player, having been featured in American Chess Magazine.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Things upset me, but I recognize that and I do something about it. I have a lot of strategies to keep myself from ever reaching a point of where the anger is even remotely out of control.
  • If I get too angry, my body's not used to the chemical changes that go on when you get angry. I hurt for about a day. My head hurts, I'm on edge, and I feel pain.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • When you pay attention to your breathing, your body's going to force you to do it. You can't choke yourself out, right, or hold your breath into oblivion. Calmly use it to put your mind on something.
  • You always have your breath and your heart beat, which is kinda related, and that's another automatic system you can put your mind on.

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Bullying Story

  • Abuse and picking on the little guy bothers me so much. The only time I ever got in trouble in the military, I watched an officer use his rank to kinda get in front of some people. That bugged me to no end. It took a lot of energy.
  • I knew that was a battle that would end badly and would probably cost me.
  • I hate when people are picked on who are not strong enough to defend themselves. It think it comes from being a competitor.

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Stand Out When It Matters Most; John Walsh

Stand Out When It Matters Most; John Walsh

August 30, 2020

John Walsh is an author, speaker, coach, mentor and business advisor with a passion for helping students, young professionals, new executives and emerging businesses stand out when it matters most. As the President and CEO of StandoutX, LLC, he and his team work with experts around the world to inspire and develop the next generation of high-performers, leaders and difference makers in business and in life. Before he led the standout movement, John spent 20+ years as a successful executive with Disney and Madison Square Garden. John lives in Central Florida with his wife, three children and beloved puppy.

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Effect on Emotions

  • I'm still practicing mindfulness. I still struggle in the moment if I get upset.
  • Mindfulness has helped me when I'm away and thinking about things. 

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I use breathing a lot when I'm training, when I'm running or biking. My wife and I have the oura rings and we pay attention to our breathing and heart-rate and restfulness.
  • We are data junkies and we pay attention to our breathing at night and also while training. 

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Bullying Story

  • In high school there was a kid who bullied me verbally and physically and one day I had enough and I grabbed him in the hallway and I pushed him against the wall and I said, “if you ever come near me again I'll beat you up.” He never touched me again. 
  • I think the worst bully in the world is yourself. I think about my thoughts and how I talk to myself. It's a daily struggle for me. 

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