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A New Context To Grief; Silke Herwalde

A New Context To Grief; Silke Herwalde

November 28, 2022

Silke Herwald is a Grief Specialist, clinical hypnotherapist, and Master Practitioner of NLP. Silke has supported bereaved women worldwide for well over a decade. As a sought-after speaker, Silke presented “Grief to Love – how to help your clients grieve resourcefully” at the 2019 AHA world conference. Silke also teachesexperienced Hypnotherapists the groundbreaking ‘Grief To Love’ blueprint so they can feel confident in helping their bereaved clients be in less pain.
Silke knows what grief feels like from losing three loved ones in as many years. Therefore she understands the many misconceptions about grief because nobody wants to move on or accept it.

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  •  Her mom

Effect on Emotions

  • For me, it is about really being aware of emotions. And then going that extra step. What did I just do to make that emotion happen? Because thought influences emotion.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • So important. Because whenever we get stressed, we all go shallow breathing and I sometimes recommend that people just stick a few post-it notes around their house or their apartment. And whenever you see one of those, breathe those notes. Take a deep breath. A New Context To Grief

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  • App: The put the phone down app. Go out for a walk. Go into the forest.

Bullying Story

  • As a child, I got bullied a lot because you wouldn't know it today. Today, I'm very tall but I was always the smallest and the skinniest kid in the class. There was a classic bully and I got bullied a lot by her as all children probably did. I thought if I only found a way to please her so that then she'd approve of me, then the bullying would stop.
  • If I had been able to just mindfully zoom out of that situation and imagine all of those different situations being played out on a movie screen, for example, I would have probably come to the realization that no matter what little me did, I wasn't ever going to get her approval. A New Context To Grief
  •  If I had just had that mindfulness approach and just gone – hang on a minute, just take many, many steps back, just see the big picture here. And oh, come back to you. That has made a huge difference. A New Context To Grief

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Make Your Own Motivation; Jeremy Grater & Zack Tucker

Make Your Own Motivation; Jeremy Grater & Zack Tucker

November 24, 2022

Zach Tucker has a passion for helping people define and meet their wellness goals. He thinks that every person is different and there is no one size fits all solution for someone’s wellness. He is on a mission to share his story and some of the tools that helped him on his own wellness journey. Zach is certified to teach yoga and Insanity® Live. Jeremy Grater is a married father of two young girls and lives in rural British Columbia. He’s been in the broadcasting and podcasting business for about two decades. Jeremy is a certified REBT Mindset Life Coach.

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  • Jeremy: His Therapist
  • Zach: His Yoga Instructor

Effect on Emotions

  • As someone who battles depression, it is an ongoing struggle. I have so much empathy for people that also battle it and don't have the tools that I have. Even today, I'm going through some conflicts at home and some relationship issues. I am trying to make space for the feelings I'm having. Those feelings are not me; they are thoughts I'm having about myself and my role in my family and my work life.
  • I can't listen to the stories that I'm telling myself right now because they're toxic and terrible. They're going to perpetuate more stagnation, so I'm trying hard today to create that space and allow for a separation between who I am and what I'm experiencing because they are very different, no matter how much the story I'm telling myself is that they are one and the same.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I actually breathe in a very specific pattern before and after meetings. If I just have an anxious moment, I do something called Box Breathing. You inhale to a count of five, four, or five; you hold it at the top for four or five; you exhale for four or five; hold it at the bottom for four or five and repeat that.
  • All it takes is maybe even just a minute and a half of doing that. But ideally, you want to do it for about five minutes. That actually activates your vagus nerve and starts to reduce or start to activate your calming across your entire body. It's one of the most amazing things that I've ever discovered. And it's free, and it's built-in already.

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Bullying Story

  • In seventh grade, one of my friends, Eric went around pantsing everybody all the time That was his thing; he would run up and just drop someone's pants to humiliate them. Everyone would laugh. One day, I decided I was gonna get him back for everybody that he had done in the past. The guy was devastated, and he went to the principal to tattle on me, so I got detention. I laughed the whole time because I was like, you get what you get, you know. But in retrospect, that wasn't the right thing to do. You know, I humiliated somebody. No matter how much pain he brought to others, I should have had more compassion. But I was a seventh grader. I was a dope.
  • I actually had an interesting experience one year where all of my friends turned against me. I'd find random things in my locker that should not have been there. It was very weird, but it all disappeared the next year.
  • Looking back, I guess I was bullied for the year. And then I went and worked with my dad, who was a house painter. And if anyone has ever painted a room, you know, there's nothing more monotonous than painting a room. You need to be present, and you need to know where the brush is going. He was an old-school house painter. And I don't think I realized then that I spent the whole summer being mindful.
  • When school started again, I just didn't care. I walked in and was like; I'm okay; life is life. And everyone saw that what they were doing to me wasn't bothering me anymore. And then everything just kind of turned around.
Embody Your Soul and Be Fully Present; Ken W. Stone

Embody Your Soul and Be Fully Present; Ken W. Stone

November 21, 2022

Ken W. Stone is known as ‘The Soul Archaeologist’ and is a spiritual messenger, author, and healer. God expresses through Ken in a unique way, specifically when people sit with him in transmission, they have a profoundly different experience of the Divine in their body. For example, he has worked with a number of advanced former students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who each said, unprompted, following their initial session with him, that was the deepest spiritual experience of my life. Ken shares his gifts with a spiritually diverse, growing international audience through a variety of virtual and in-person programs, retreats, and one-on-one work.

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  • Website: www.kenwstone.com
  • Book: Resonance: The Path of Spiritual Mastery by Ken W. Stone (Not Yet Published)

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Effect on Emotions

  • Being able to shift into that observer and understand; that has been huge for me. I can actually remember when it happened. Dan Millman's book, The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior; I woke up spiritually when I was reading that book. I read that book about a year before I learned about my spiritual gifts.
  • It was in the fall of 2006, and I'd read Buddhist philosophies for years and not understood it. Why are we contemplating death; what is this whole thing? I thought of it as a scene where he could see his body decomposing in a field and it just snapped. There it is.
  • That was the first conscious awareness that I had of this dynamic that I had been trying to work with for a long time.  So

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is the opening. It's the constant companion. If somebody comes to me and says, ‘I feel wrapped up in this noise, what's the first thing I could do?' I want to talk about soul embodiment which is one of the things that I think just naturally happens, the divine through me.
  • And if they say, ‘what do I do there?', I say, ‘let's just do some breathing to start'.

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Bullying Story

  • My family moved from Iowa to Boulder Colorado the summer before my seventh grade. I was profoundly naive when I was going into seventh grade; I was very tall and was kind of a beanpole.
  • I must have made a very attractive target to one particular person who threw me into lockers in the locker room and some of his friends held me down in shop class and he hit me on the head with the handle end of a screwdriver. I don't remember it affecting my internal narrative.
  • Mindfulness would have supported me in being able to be more fully present in the experience for sure at that place in my life. I can see it so essentially today for adolescents because there seems to be this huge focus on the external as the source of meaning, and so bullying just amplifies that dynamic. And what more powerful resource is there than mindfulness in counteracting that dynamic?

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Get To The Damn Point; Lewis Chaney

Get To The Damn Point; Lewis Chaney

November 17, 2022

Lewis D. Chaney is a Corporate Speaker, Trainer, Entertainer, and founder of ‘Get To The Damn Point: How to say less and be heard more'. He’s a TEDx Alumnus, Professional Speaker, Communication Soft Skills Trainer, Mentalist, and Magician. He has over 30 years of experience in Television News, Entertainment News, Commercial Advertising, and Independent Film, having told tens of thousands of stories, working with everyone from celebrities to the homeless.

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Effect on Emotions

  • I deal with my emotions and writing in this little tiny book helps me. When I have a bad day, one of those days where I feel like nothing's going right. Rather than turn to a book, I sit down, and I write. And I'll just fill these pages. I can write really big, I can write angry; that's better than typing. because I can do what I want to. When I'm upset I can really get my emotions out. So
  • I get it all out, and it gets it out of my system. It's a purging. Then I tear the pages out and burn them because it's not for anybody else. It's me getting rid of it. So

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I don't really do so many breathing techniques, but I will tell you something I do to relax. I lay back, because sometimes as a creative, just thinking, just sitting down and being alone with your thoughts matters. And what I do is I'll lay back and I'll take a towel and put it over my eyes like a blindfold. I shut out all the light so I can just be alone in my thoughts, or I'll use music to go along with that. So I can just sort of ease myself in so I think more than I concentrate on what's going on up here. Not so much of the breathing, but just on getting calm and focused. So

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Bullying Story

  • One of the stories that I tell people was, I had this kid who was a few years ahead of me, a big guy, pick me up and hang me on the wall on the coat hangers by my belt loops in the hallway, and I couldn't get out, I'm stuck. So to this day, I can hear the laughter of the kids. And it's very, very painful. In that situation, there's not much you can do, but then you flash forward. So
  • The first boss I had in television news; he was just not a nice guy. The kind who would sit you down and stand over the desk and lean over you and talk down to you and be really stern, and at the time, I didn't know what to do with that. But with the mindfulness that I now that I have, I would do one of two things.
  • I would either stand up and say, when you sit, I'll sit. Or I'd leave. When you decide to calm down, I'll come talk to you. Because that's just something I can't abide by anymore. And I think if I'd had more awareness about me; if I had had a little more confidence about myself because it's funny that stuff sticks, you know, people don't think it does. When you meet a bully even as an adult, you still kind of cower back. So

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Squash Anxiety

Squash Anxiety

November 14, 2022

Anxiety is my topic today and I have entitled the episode, Squash Anxiety. Anxiety is a huge topic; it's even more of an issue than it used to be. I think with COVID, the world situation, and all the challenges we've been dealing with for the last few months, anxiety is on the rise. When it comes to anxiety, it's important to monitor ourselves and notice whether or not we're feeling more anxiety. If so, what can we do about it?

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Anxiety Defined

Anxiety is our body's normal reaction to stress. When we're presented with danger or potential danger, our bodies respond to that stress. That is similar to how our body responds to fear. Fear is the body's response to a real or perceived imminent threat and anxiety is our body and our mind anticipating that future threat. So in knowing that, you need to think about whether this is an actual threat or simply a perceived threat? There is a big difference.
So, the first thing to ask yourself is this;  am I safe in this particular moment in time? In this particular instant, am I okay? If you can answer yes to that. Then hopefully you will feel a certain amount of relief right then and there.

You may be able to identify what the perceived imminent threat is that you're experiencing. If so, you can go about, in a very rational way, assessing that situation. What are my possible choices? What can I do and how many of the thoughts that I'm thinking are actually irrational?

Your mind will assume that many of these perceived threats are actually more serious than they truly are. And that in itself can lead us to be more anxious than we really need to be. The truth is, we all experience anxiety. Knowing that we can think of practical ways to deal with that anxiety. Just the fact that you're listening to this podcast on the topic of mindfulness tells me that you suspect or maybe you know that mindfulness is a way that you can deal with this issue.

How Can We Squash Anxiety?

Research shows that approximately 19% of adults in the United States struggle with anxiety every second single day. However, the research is not telling us how many people have dealt with anxiety by using meditation or mindfulness. By using mindfulness strategies, you can actually become stronger and more capable of leading a happy, successful life that does not include overwhelming anxiety. Certain situations in life are probably going to cause you to feel anxiety no matter what you do. If you're waiting for results from a doctor, driving in terrible weather, or starting a new job, any of these kinds of situations will certainly cause most of us to feel anxiety. That is a completely normal reaction to those types of events, and your emotions are working the way they are intended to operate. Meditation, exercise, hobbies, changing life circumstances, and spending more time in nature can help lessen anxiety.

 

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Living Consciously; Brian Berneman

Living Consciously; Brian Berneman

November 10, 2022

Brian Berneman is a wellness leader and facilitator, who has helped hundreds of people around the world lead more balanced and meaningful lives. With a background in neuroscience and more than 15 years of experience teaching and practicing yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and different healing modalities, Brian is able to synthesize modern scientific knowledge with ancient wisdom to help his clients get the results they desire.

Brian has empowered people from all walks of life to realize their full potential and enable them to live a stress-free and meaningful life.
Committed to conscious lifestyle practices, Brian founded Conscious Action, a movement of people inspired to live more intentionally.

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  • His Mom
  • His teacher

Effect on Emotions

  • I have learned that emotions are very different than feelings. So emotions are how I am actually thinking about feelings. So how I'm dealing with life is actually by looking at my feelings, the sensations in the body, and processing that instead of the story that I tell myself about what that feeling means. And that's how I'm able to actually be with the experience.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is super important; when we stopped breathing we die. So it's kind of a big deal. I have learned so many different techniques for breathing. And I know that nowadays, I see much more of the Holotropic, faster briefing that is really popular, I am much more inclined in my own practice, to the slowing down of the breath.
  • One of the main practices for me has been to change the way that I'm breathing by allowing breathing through nose and mouth at the same time in and out, and to be able to slow it down so that it goes to a place that is settled. 
  • So, for example, like, as a practice, it was breathing in, in and out for at least 20 seconds each of them. So breathing in for 10 seconds, breathing out for 20 seconds. And then sometimes, the box breathing, which is the same length for the inhaling, holding, exhaling, and call them. I think that the most important thing about breathing for me is to actually implement it, and try it out.
  • If you're listening to this, you can implement it. You can do that whilst you're listening, which is the key to the practice of working with the breath. We can use it as long as we are doing anything else. Living Consciously

Thoughts on Meditation

  • Meditation is about the state of being. I understood at one point in my practice when I was sitting for many, many hours, that I wasn't getting into this place where my experience shifted. And when it shifted to that place, I felt peace and stillness, and an openness of awareness. And due to the nature of the practices that I was doing in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, a lot of it is about bringing the teachings alive. I was studying to play an experiment, how can I bring that experience to that state of being throughout the day? Living Consciously
  • Regardless if I am sitting or not, regardless if I have my eyes closed or not. Nowadays, it's about keeping that state of being with everything that I'm doing, I'm talking to you now, and keeping that awareness, I am then going to see a client, I'm giving that away, and I'm going to go to university, then I'm going to give that awareness. Everything that I'm doing is just about that. And of course, I lose that, at different moments, I am not enlightened.
  • So I'm going to catch myself and come back to it. And yes, sometimes that means centering back by sitting down just as taking a moment. Yet, because of the fact that I have purposely chosen to live my life a little bit slower, I don't lose that as much as I used to. Because I am not going so fast that perhaps I do lose sight of it so I can stay in that state. And yes, every single day, I still do my sitting meditation, and I still do my movement meditation. And I use a lot of sound meditation and we use a lot of sound healing as well, and vibration to get to that place. And when I am also sharing that, I get that for myself. So whenever I'm sharing, teaching, and facilitating, that's also for me. Living Consciously

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Bullying Story

  • I do remember that as a little kid, six, or seven years old, I was both on the receiving end of bullying and on the giving end of it. And looking back, if I would have had this understanding and been more mindful of the way that I can experience it, and the way that I will be more compassionate towards others, if I would have had these practices, that wouldn't have happened. Living Consciously
  • I know how traumatic it can be for lots of kids, and even for adults, it is quite strong, because it keeps them happy. And this is not just for kids. Yet, at that moment, as a six, seven-year-old, I would have not acted in that way. And I wouldn't have been able to actually not act in that way. Because if I would have been more mindful of how when someone else was willing, I would have been able to experience it in a different way. I wouldn't have been moved to in a sense that for someone else.
  • Hurt people hurt people and definitely, that is the word. The importance of bringing awareness and mindfulness into every piece of life is paramount to creating changes in the world because the more that we can catch ourselves, and the more that we can understand what has happened, and how I can process that, then I'm not going to repeat certain behaviors that are not supporting life in general. Living Consciously

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The Answers Are Always In You; Tasha Champion

The Answers Are Always In You; Tasha Champion

November 7, 2022

Tasha Champion, the Shenomenal Coach, is a Certified Master Transformation Life Coach, Intuitive Healer, Workshop Facilitator, Award Nominated 2xBest Selling Author & Speaker. After healing from her own personal struggles, she now specializes in supporting overworked, exhausted, and underappreciated women who constantly feel pressed for time by their extensive to-do list, awaken, to unapologetically make their self-care a priority. As a single mom of 4 and a triple-negative breast cancer survivor, she defines the meaning of willpower with unwavering faith. Her mission is for every woman to live a purposeful and Shenomenal life, guiding them to Love The Champion They Are!

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  • Elise Falzon and Bianca Page- Mentors

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has affected me by allowing me to acknowledge how I'm feeling. What do I get to do about it so that I'm not sitting, soaking in the pain or the hurt or the dysfunction? Mindfulness says, okay, yes, this has happened; acknowledge it and feel it. Now, how do you want to safely move through it?

Thoughts on Breathing

  • There are three main breaths that I do consistently.
  • So one is the one breath, just taking that really deep breath and saying it all out. I do that a lot in traffic, I live in Southern California. The Answers Are Always In You
  • The second one is just kind of slow deep breathing, holding it at the top of four seconds, and then slowly exhaling for four. So I usually do that one before and after my meditations, just to kind of bring me into the meditative state, and then to take me out of the meditative state.
  • And then my favorite breathing technique is the alternate nostril breathing, just alternating the nostrils like that one, really, really allows me to connect, and just feel and just be that's my absolute favorite breathing technique. The Answers Are Always In You

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Bullying Story

  • When I came out of the divorce, I jumped right into another relationship. My children, of course, were a package deal. And that situation turned out to be very unhealthy for us. We were verbally bullied. Everything was about what this person had and what we were using, and we were in their house and their car.
  • We were locked out this one day and made to sit on the porch for hours. And it was weakening for me because I'm allowing my children to go through this because I'm not strong enough to walk away. And had I known then about mindfulness, I could have really gone inside and trusted my spirit. I could have trusted what God was guiding me to do. The Answers Are Always In You
  • I didn't do that until I learned what mindfulness was. And as soon as we came out of that situation, me and my children spent time together because we needed that healing. And I truly believe that when people learn mindfulness early on, it allows them to know that the pain doesn't deepen as much because you're learning how to work through it. You're learning how to breathe through it, and you're learning how even in this chaos, I can still find a little bit of joy.
  • So that's what mindfulness means when you are being bullied. And mindfulness can give you the confidence to tell someone how you're feeling and what you are experiencing so that you can feel safe. The Answers Are Always In You

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Build to Business Freedom; Donnie Boivin

Build to Business Freedom; Donnie Boivin

November 3, 2022

Donnie Boivin is an entrepreneur and serves as CEO and Founder of Success Champions and Success Champion Networking. Donnie is considered one of the leading global minds on sales, business development, and business growth. He is the first person to make sales and business development relatable and human. Donnie is a community builder at heart — he builds champions. Today he helps small business owners leverage sales and business development to grow and then scale their business through his international best-selling book F*cked to Focused, Success Champion Networking, Badass Business Summit, and Champions Table Masterminds.

In addition to running multiple businesses, Donnie runs a full working farm with goats chickens ducks, turkeys, and geese. His podcast ‘Growth Mode’ ranks among the top podcasts globally. He is a five-time Best Selling Author and a highly sought-after public speaker.

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Most Influential Person

  • His Dad

Effect on Emotions

  • I don't wear my emotions out front very often. But you get me talking, especially on stage about my wife, about some moments in life and I'll start getting teary-eyed up there. And it's not that I mind showing that emotion at all. But I want to keep my stuff together. So it's bringing me back to a moment and going okay, you're here. It's cool to show the emotional side because it shows you as a human. Now, let's keep your stuff together and it's not coming from a negative place. Build to Business Freedom

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I've tried a lot of breathing techniques and I haven't really put the time and effort and energy into learning different breathing techniques. I am a little fascinated by them and I do explore them every once in a while. But I can tell you, for me, the focus is better at this point in time and breathing because I want my farm in the dark and listening to podcasts while I'm doing it. And doing that allows me to get laser-focused on the companies and business and that's been tremendous for me. Build to Business Freedom

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Bullying Story

  • Growing up as a kid, I was the youngest of three boys and I was a runt and tiny, tiny dude and getting picked on more by my brothers. Being put in sleeping bags and rolled downstairs. I got locked in a gas dryer once upon a time.
  • My brothers were bigger, tough dudes and now the tables have turned later in life. They're not as tough as they thought they were, but four years in the Marine Corps and 20 years of living, you know, you grow up and you learn a few things. And I don't know for sure if mindfulness would have helped me back then, because I was dealing with more on the physical side of things. But I wonder if I would have stood up for myself a little bit more.
  • As a little kid, the answer was to run to mom, run to dad, and they would play defender. I wonder if I would have, at that point, been aware enough to stand on my feet.  Yeah. It was really, really cool to watch. Build to Business Freedom

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Humans First; Rob Krecak

Humans First; Rob Krecak

October 31, 2022

Rob Krecak says that employees with a four-day workweek experience less burnout and more well-being—if implemented properly. The four-day workweek is the next frontier of organizational culture, and Humans First is leading the charge. We help companies reduce burnout, maximize profitability, and improve employee engagement. By analyzing, implementing, and sustaining productive employee habits through company consulting and 1:1 coaching, our team empowers you to confront—and master—technology’s role in your company, your workers, and your own life.

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Most Influential Person

  • His wife

Effect on Emotions

  • Meditation has helped me be less reactive. I recently started meditating regularly. I don't meditate every day, but I'm meditating more often. And I really believe that when I do that, my day is much more positive. I'm less reactive and much more able to take on stress throughout my day.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Two different things. One is I actually did some breathwork sessions with someone in Denver when my wife and I lived there. It absolutely was like a psychedelic experience. Without psychedelics, it was unbelievable. I absolutely thought it was a game-changer. And I was so grateful. During the first session, I cried halfway through, like, it was so amazing.
  • The other thing that I do is take breaths, three seconds in and pause, and five seconds out and pause. So the entire breath is 10 seconds. And that really helps me calm down and activate my parasympathetic nervous system. And I do that, actually, before my workouts and at different times throughout the day.

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Bullying Story

  • This is a very personal topic for me because I actually was bullied all the time in elementary school. So what happened was, we had a bus driver, who was very elderly, and he basically just didn't care about what happened on the bus, because he was like, at the end of his career, and he just didn't give a crap and so there was basically no enforcement of anything on the bus. As a kid, I didn't look like I do today; I was a very skinny kid who was not very outgoing. I wasn't very self-confident.
  • The other part of this equation was my dad. He was a high school vice principal and so being a vice principal, there was always an emphasis on education. But he also would always say don't fight back and don't do anything if someone does something to you. And I understand why he said that.
  • But basically, then what happened was, I was bullied on the bus all the time. Kids would take my jacket and smear it on the ground during winter when it was all snowy out and dirty. On the bus, one kid even lit my hair on fire with a lighter and that was pretty tough for me. Because basically, my dad and my parents told me don't do anything.
  • I understand why they did that. But I wish I had the tools that I do now in terms of how to process that or deal with it, or, you know, just approach that situation differently. But as a kid in elementary school, you don't really have those tools in your toolbox. That makes me feel very protective of people who are bullied today because now I'm in a position where I'm physically bigger than 98% of the humans on Earth. Just because I've worked out for 25 years. And so I want to make sure that people don't get picked on because I don't want people to go through what I went through.

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Become Money Fit With Mindfulness; Todd Christensen

Become Money Fit With Mindfulness; Todd Christensen

October 27, 2022

Todd Christensen is an author, podcaster, speaker, Accredited Financial Counselor®, certified HUD housing counselor, and education manager at Money Fit by DRS. He has facilitated thousands of personal finance workshops and one-on-one counseling sessions since 2004, helping consumers of all backgrounds and income levels regain control of their finances, get out of debt, rebuild their credit, and create a brighter financial future. He published Everyday Money for Everyday People in 2014 and 50+ on FIRE in 2021.

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Most Influential Person

  • Larry, his mentor

Effect on Emotions

  • Whenever I am mindful of where I'm at and where I'm going, I just feel more empowered. The less that I do, the anxiety is just not there. In fact, there's a little more excitement and energy to actually get where I want to be.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I'm a big believer in breathing. It's how I fall asleep at night. There are times when I would sit in bed and if I get really anxious or nervous, or if there's something going on the next day, I would just focus on the standard breathing.
  • I think it was in Karate Kid where he learns how to read that block of ice and I just thought that's kind of goofy.
  • I remember thinking, I'm just gonna breathe and that was the first time I ever started focusing on breathing. Everybody has moments of anxiousness or nervousness. And when I play the piano, whether it's in front of a church or for whatever, I have to remember, if I don't breathe, my leg starts to bounce up and down like that. I don't need that going on. I'm a big believer in breathing properly, mindful breathing,

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Bullying Story

  • There were some friends when we were in fourth grade. We noticed there were five kids that were going to a bus and catching a bus, they'd come to our school and then catch another bus to another school, and they'd have to wait around for 15 or 20 minutes. They were not part of our group; they were different. And it led to fighting just for a week or so.
  • It was something in mindfulness if we had even stopped to think that these are kids just going to another school and they live in our neighborhoods and the fear that some of them may have when we started seeing something, especially in fights, just waiting for a bus trying to mind their own business, the fear that they must have had to come to school, it hurts.
  • One positive out of that is one of the kids that I remember; he ended up coming to our school three years later and became one of our best friends.

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