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Learn The Language of Mindfulness; Brett Hill

Learn The Language of Mindfulness; Brett Hill

January 17, 2021

Brett Hill is a Mindfulness Coach who created The Language of Mindfulness, soon to be a book, training, and TEDx talk (2021). He studied Hakomi, a mindfulness-based somatic psychology with founder Ron Kurtz and established the Quest Institute meditation center in Dallas. He also trained as a facilitator in Matrix Leadership group dynamics with founder Amina Knowlan, ecstatic dance with Gabriel Roth, and contact improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith. Brett is also a published technologist having worked as a technical storyteller and international speaker for Microsoft and others. Microsoft named him as a “Most Valuable Professional” for 9 years.

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  • Phil Del Prince Senior Trainer and Co-Founder of the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, CO

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has helped me mitigate my negative sides and reinforce and access as a resource, my more positive sides. By helping me be mindful with my emotions, I can go, Oh, I'm having a reactive part and I'm having an empathic, loving presence part.
  • If you're familiar with the story of The Two Wolves; we ask the question, which wolf do I feed? Let's feed the emotional, empathic parts. Not that the other part isn't real and legit. What do I give a voice to?

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Mindfulness and breathing are intimately connected for me. My breath is my go-to, ground point. I always say, when you are mindful under stress, you have to practice when you're not. It's so simple, so easy, so uncomplicated to connect breathing and mindfulness.
  • When I find myself getting into an argument, getting angry or upset, the very first thing is, I go to my breath. So simple, just take a pause and inject a space into a ‘too-fast conversation'.

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Bullying Story

  • I was bullied pretty badly. I could pray for mindfulness on the part of any of the bullies, that's for sure.
  • When I put myself back in the moment, I wasn't feeling very mindful about the things that were going on.
  • I felt very victimized and I didn't have a lot of compassion for people. I feel like I was really missing a mentor to help me reframe things.

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Using Habits To Gamify Your Life; Will Moore

Using Habits To Gamify Your Life; Will Moore

January 13, 2021

Will Moore is a dynamic entrepreneur, speaker, life coach, and happiness expert. After exiting his delivery startup for a nine-figure sum, Will realized that “true success” is not just about finances, but nurturing and finding balance in the 5 core areas of life we all share. He’s now dedicated to helping others become an entrepreneur of the most important business they’ll ever run, their life. Will has used the latest in science and technology combined with universal principles to gamify the process of leveling up.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Emotional Intelligence is something that I'm big on. To me it's one of those things in our broken school system that needs to be taught more.
  • It's important to be aware of your own emotions and to be able to respond appropriately to the emotions of others.
  • I'm always working on anger and temper. Other people are not out to get you or hurt you. Everybody has their own stuff going on.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is huge. That's something I'm working on doing more of. I'm not a meditator. After I do my mantra in the shower, I take a few deep breaths and let it all soak in.
  • If I'm having a moment, or if something's going on, and I start to get overwhelmed or anxious, I'll catch myself and just do some breathing exercises.

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Bullying Story

  • I was very bullied as a kid. When I transferred from Hawaii to Bethesda, Maryland, I had an accent and I spoke with Hawaiian slang called pigeon.
  • I was an outsider and I never quite got my footing.
  • My mom was not the typical soccer mom. I just wanted to fit in and be like the other kids.

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Reality Transurfing With Renee Garcia

Reality Transurfing With Renee Garcia

January 10, 2021

Renee Garcia is a lifelong entrepreneur, Certified Reality Transurfing instructor, and an Alternatives Space adventurer – endorsed by Vadim Zeland, former Russian quantum physicist and the author/creator of Reality Transurfing. Having ventured deeply into the metaphysical world of Reality Creation, she has transformed personal failure into success, poverty into abundance, sickness into healing, and a bleak perspective into one brimming with joy and magic. Renée has employed Reality Transurfing to discover fulfillment, true purpose in her life, and connect with the highest version of herself. With a self-built, practical methodology and magical wand in hand, she is now empowering others around the world to do so the same.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness and my emotions now are my navigation system. I pay attention to what my emotions tell me about myself and what I'm experiencing and my levels of energy.
  • Emotions used to be something that were very scary. They included depression and scary mindsets, and now my emotions are definitely there as my guiding system to get me to where I need to go.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • We overuse our minds so much so just using the power of breath to bring yourself back in your body [is powerful].
  • You can feel both your body and your mind working together and not just have this overworking, overthinking mind where you're not even paying attention to the fact that you have a human body.

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  • With a rapidly growing following of fellow “Transurfers” at her side, Renée brings to light the works of Vadim Zeland at home and worldwide.
  • She has developed the only English language Reality Transurfing instructional program officially approved by Zeland. (Get it here) This training serves as the backbone for The International Transurfing Institute, which she founded in 2016.

Bullying Story

  • I have been called everything; a witch, snake oil saleman, crazy, you can't do this. I made a video called, Those Who Love Me, Those Who Help Me, and Those Who Hate Me.
  • I wrote all the negative things people have said about me on a white board behind me and I stood up and spoke. Before I started this six years ago, I didn't have any social media, I had never spoken on camera, I didn't even have a facebook account.
  • G. I. Gerjieff said, “Ask a man to give up any vice and he will do so easily, but ask him to give up his suffering and then you've got yourself a dilemma.”
  • A lot of people do not want to believe that they are at the core of their own suffering. Reality Transurfing really does adopt this idea that there are no victims, that we have to take accountability for who we are in our actions and our thoughts.

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Modern Spirituality with Ben Decker

Modern Spirituality with Ben Decker

January 6, 2021

Benjamin W. Decker is a meditation teacher and social activist mentored by Marianne Williamson. He's the bestselling author of four meditation books, including his newest book, Modern Spirituality: A Guide to the Heart of Mindfulness, Meditation, and the Art of Healing, which articulates a spiritual awakening taking place around the globe – and you can be a part it.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness really helps me experience my emotions. With one of my clients, I sometimes would say before the sessions, are you excited? He used to say, yes, I'm excited.
  • Then we did a mindfulness exercise where we would say, instead of identifying with our negative emotions, we would say that they're present. For example, frustration is present, impatience is present.
  • My client now says, yes, there is excitement. It gives that breathing room so you can be an observer of your own life.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is everything. It is the key anchor. What I love about it is this notion that as we breathe in, we taking in pranic energy, life force energy that animates the body. Then we're releasing it back to its source.
  • This idea that when we look into each other's eyes, we're breathing from that same source of life force energy. 

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Bullying Story

  • In high school, I was so insecure and I didn't realize how insecure I was until I became secure a long time later. I was also navigating a challenging identity crisis around religion and my sexuality, puberty, and the cosmos, all at once. I went to three high schools in four years and my family moved around a lot.
  • I had endured some trauma as a child so I was in therapy as a teen but I never quite felt I could trust my therapist.
  • I was also in the priesthood and sort of felt like I was living multiple lives sort of like I had created almost a mild sense of dissociative identity disorder where I was sort of living these different personalities. None of them were really even me. They were me playing out something that I had seen or I thought I was supposed to do so people would like me.
  • A memory that completely evaporated into the past and I completely forgot about was resurfaced when an old friend of mine reached out and said, you did something when we were in tenth grade and it really hurt me. What happened was, a friend of mine, a young woman I was going to school and church with, there was a rumor that she made out with this guy.
  • I said, I heard that you and so and so were making out at the football game. She said no and I said, are you sure? You don't have to lie to us. She said, no, that didn't happen. After that, I made a couple jokes about it.
  • One of the important things that we do in mindfulness is start to experience things from another person's perspective.

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Discover Your Purpose; Bruce Langford and JV Crum III

Discover Your Purpose; Bruce Langford and JV Crum III

January 3, 2021

JV Crum III Interviews Bruce Langford on how to use mindfulness to discover your true purpose in life. Bruce explains his TIME acronym and how it relates to finding your purpose in life using mindfulness and meditation.

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Meaning of Mindfulness To You

  • I define mindfulness as living in the moment and thinking in the moment. If I'm focusing on the past I know that is going to pull me away from my purpose and from the focus that I really need to have.
  • If I'm worrying about the future and what might be coming up tomorrow, or even in a few minutes, then that's pulling me away from the present moment and from being a mindful person.
  • To me, being mindful is living in the moment and also not being judgmental.
  • It's so easy for us as humans to be judgmental of other people and of other situations. It is really a natural part of being human. But when I do that, I notice it and I pull myself back from it.

Your First Thoughts About Purpose

  • When I was around 11 years old I started thinking of time passing, the importance of time, and what that meant. What was that concept of time?
  • I remember so clearly that I would spend time reflecting on what certain things meant in the world. And that's one of the reasons why I use the TIME acronym.
  • Time has everything to do with mindfulness, of course.

Thoughts About Your Purpose

  • Throughout my life I have had a dream where I'm leaving my body and I'm rising up and looking down and seeing myself down there on earth. I'm looking at myself from this incredible position way up in the universe. That is what gave me the perspective that I'm here for a reason.
  • That reason is to help other people find their purpose and to use aspects of mindfulness to do that, to help them understand how they can do the work, how they can reach out to others because of that TIME acronym.
  • Learn from authors, learn from speakers, learn from friends, surround yourself with like-minded people. And as you're moving on your journey in life, you will understand more of what your purpose really is from other people who are looking for similar answers.

The TIME Acronym

  • The T is about together. And I think for too much of my life, I felt like I had to do it myself. That was a real learning step for me. And so I teach other people that you can do this together with other like-minded people.
  • The I is Inner work. You must do the inner work. You need to write, you need to explore those thoughts that are running through your mind. You need to give yourself the time and space to really understand what's important in life.
  • A lot of times we don't spend enough time in nature and that will help us get clear on our goal and life's direction and understand what our true purpose is because it's not going to come all at once.
  • A lot of it comes to me through writing. So that inner work is incredibly important.
  • M is meditation. I feel like everybody meditates in their own way. You might have been taught formally. You might do TM, transcendental meditation. Meditation is a huge part of this picture. And you can use an app like the calm app that will help you learn how to meditate. There's Insight Timer where you can get yourself a meditation teacher right there on the app. You need to start. You need to take action. Maybe you've never meditated, or maybe you have meditated sporadically, but I really feel it's important to meditate on a regular basis. Make it part of your routine, part of your habit, make meditation a part of your life. That is just so integral to what you do and how you think.
  • E is Exercise. Move your body. Make sure that you're not stagnant. Make sure to move every day. Your body is created to move and some of your biggest revelations will come to you when you move. Your brain starts to operate differently when you move.

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One Woman’s Journey to Elation; Pat Alva-Kraker

One Woman’s Journey to Elation; Pat Alva-Kraker

December 30, 2020

Pat Alva-Kraker is a corporate expert after having enjoyed a 35-year career in the IT industry. She was faced with a series of challenges that altered her professional life forever including being let-go from a major technology company, her husband of 22 years suddenly passed-away, their shared 200-acre exotic animal ranch business had to close its doors, and an experience with cancer. Pat is now a breast cancer thriver and has experienced her own journey to elation. Along the way she realized she can inspire other women to own their feminine power creating a successful business and affirming their right to financial freedom while creating a life they love. Pat has recently authored the book, Katherine's Quest: One Woman's Journey to Elation.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has effected my emotions in the fact that I can choose to either see what happens in my life as good or bad or just neutral. Mindfulness has taught me that everything is neutral until I give it meaning. 

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is so critical. If there is any one self-care tool I would teach it would be breathing.
  • It would be just taking four deep breaths, holding it for four seconds, out for four.
  • That is an important tool when you have a sense of anxiety or you are getting ready to do something that requires a sense of creativity, it's just, connect with your breath.

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Bullying Story

  • In the man's world, it's very analytical. When you start talking about, this is what my intuition says, you get this ‘look'. There's immediate resistance. I didn't necessarily get bullied, but I got immediate resistance.
  • Their eyes and their body language said, that's not the way we do things here. You get to a point where I no longer want to be in this environment if I can't really bring all of who I am to business.
  • Then you start having discussions with women about, don't be afraid to be intuitive and use your sixth sense to get things done and to really have your heart guide you in the discussions that you have with your boss, with your clients, with your team members.
  • Let that be a major part of how you do business because that's where we do our best work.

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Say YES and Figure It Out Later; Rock Thomas

Say YES and Figure It Out Later; Rock Thomas

December 27, 2020

Rock Thomas is the Worlds #1 Whole-Life-Success Expert, bestselling author, and host of the #IAmMovement Podcast. From farm boy to real estate and business guru, mentor and self-made millionaire, Rock has studied one-on-one with the worlds best teachers: Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Robert Herjavec and more, on his mission to inspire others to create their best life, on their terms. His Goalcast video alone was viewed by over 100 million people. Using tools and strategies that are proven, Rock now teaches people how to create financial freedom by leveraging their purpose and passions to live not just a successful life, but a fulfilled one. Founder of the #IAmMovement, he is known as the man who redefines lives.

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Effect on Emotions

  • When emotions go up, intelligence goes down. What emotions do I actually want to experience? If I'm going to go golfing, what emotions to I want at play? Do I want to be playful, serious, competitive? I chose my emotions before I go out.
  • When I don't chose my emotions, I'm reactionary. When I go into a meeting I chose my emotions ahead of time, like, I'm going to be direct, or forthcoming, or conciliatory. So I do my best to chose my emotions off a menu before an event.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Through yoga, there's always breathing through the nose and out.
  • Through my meditation practice I learned ways to breathe.
  • I've done some work with Wim Hof and learned about increasing the oxygenation to the cells.
  • I also recently did some work with Dr. Amy who taught me how to breathe again through my belly.

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Bullying Story

  • Recently I started a company with a few friends and I ended up getting bullied out of the company.
  • When I was having a corporate meeting at a board table, my girlfriend was in the other room and she could hear what was going on. When I came out I said, ‘that was a bit of a tough meeting'. She said, ‘honey, that wasn't a tough meeting, you just got gang-banged'.
  • They were really out to get blood. They had this calculated.
  • The biggest thing I've learned is to slow down. The slow way is the fast way. Hire slow, fire quick. Get into partnerships slowly.

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Getting Naked Using Self-Awareness; Joel Primus

Getting Naked Using Self-Awareness; Joel Primus

December 23, 2020

Joel Primus is an entrepreneur at heart who enjoys working with other entrepreneurs and is empowered by building companies. In 2008 he started Naked and after 10 years sold that business, filmed a documentary, and wrote his first book, scheduled to be published in Jan 2021.  His documentary is entitled, ‘2016 The Year of Fear’, and is about  the importance of travel as a way of educating children to become citizens of the world.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness gives us the freedom and the choice to love and hate, to react or not react.
  • Mindfulness gives us the space to make that choice. In most cases it gives me the moment of pause I need to not react as much as I maybe otherwise would.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is THE tool that allows our mind to calm. I am not a fancy breather. I do write some blogs about Wim Hof and this and that and there are some really great techniques out there for falling asleep, there's box breathing, but I'm pretty old school.
  • If I just put all my focus on the breath coming into my nose and focus on nothing more than the sensation of that feeling, once, twice, three times, I feel a million times better.

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Physical Intelligence, Crucial To Business Success; Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton

Physical Intelligence, Crucial To Business Success; Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton

December 20, 2020

Claire Dale and Patricia (Pat) Peyton are directors of an organization called, Companies in Motion. They offer Physical Intelligence coaching and training to prominent industry leaders. Claire is a well-known British dancer and choreographer, having founded the Claire Russ Ensemble, a contemporary dance company that performed across Europe for fifteen years. Pat’s expertise is business; she spent over thirty years working with Fortune 100 companies to help individuals and teams improve their performance. She is also managing director of a leadership and sales training company called Sphere International. Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton have authored the new book, Physical Intelligence: Harness your body's untapped intelligence to achieve more, stress less and live more happily.

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  • Pat: My Mother

Effect on Emotions

  • Claire: Mindfulness kind of is an emotional state, so it is the emotions of calm and peace, non-reactivity, resourcefulness.
  • I grew up with a disabled sister so there was a lot of worry in the household and I think by watching my mom get really worried to un-pick what was going on even at that early stage, and know that I needed to seek mindfulness.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Pat: Start paced breathing now. There's research that talks about a group of bankers that 62% improvement of cognitive function, 42% decrease in stress after 40 minutes of paced breathing a day, 20 in the morning, 20 in the evening.
  • If that's too much for you in one go, do what you can. I top and tail my day with it and then build it in before a zoom call or while I'm making a pot of coffee or tea.

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Bullying Story

  • Claire: I was twelve years old, in a school cloakroom when two older girls come up and they push me. I fall back into all the coats. I'm a newbie in the school, and I'm looking up at them, and these young women in their fourth or fifth year are trying to exert their power.
  • They're telling me that I need to watch it, and that they're watching me. I have no idea really, what they mean but I'm scared and my heart rate is way up. I do nothing until they leave me alone.
  • They were likely having a surge of oestrogen and a whole lot of testosterone and their cortisol rose. They were feeling aggressive and like they were needing to throw their weight around in order to prove themselves. I don't believe they were bad girls. So they chose to pick on someone younger and weaker.
  • I didn't have very much testosterone or estrogen at that point. I wasn't expecting any kind of confrontation so my arousal chemistry just wasn't there. My testosterone stayed right where it was at a low level, but my cortisol spiked way up and I began to feel terrible anxiety.
  • What mindfulness does is keep all that cortisol band of arousal so we have enough energy to keep our skin in the game but we don't get threatened that's why it's so important for a peaceable, tolerant world.

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Transforming Crisis into Opportunity; John Robertson

Transforming Crisis into Opportunity; John Robertson

December 16, 2020

John Robertson helps leaders navigate crises and build culture. He is referred to as a workforce wellness and culture alignment specialist, working in the field of forward-thinking leadership. John provides guidance to develop a values-anchored framework based on trust and mindful centered communication. He has over 30 years experience in crisis intervention, leadership, and culture transformation, and has worked with clients in numerous communities, first responders, First Nations, and international trauma and crisis boards service.

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  • My wife

Effect on Emotions

  • When it comes to dealing with people in crisis, it's pretty simple for me to come in as some distant professional, and sometimes that means to show no emotion.
  • My journey has taught me that sometimes that's the worst thing to show as a professional. Sometimes things just stink and there's nothing we can do. I still remember doing a death notification of a woman, her son was in college, an only child and her husband had died in the country that she had come from.
  • She was telling me about her son. All I could think of was, this poor woman. And I can remember tearing up and part of my journey is, big boys don't cry. My heart really ached for her. It allowed me to be with her. And it was a newspaper article, a couple of weeks later, that I cut out and gave to my wife because in the newspaper there was a thank you and it was written on the worst day of my life. I spent the early morning hours with an angel.
  • My wife didn't believe it was me at first, but when I connected who that person was with her on the worst day of her life. What did I learn about mindfulness and about being present, about not being cognitive but not being a jellyfish just to own what I'm really experiencing and then addressing my mindset to say, I can't fix this, so I am going to be with her and just hear her stories.
  • This is where mindfulness can be a very subjective definition. For me, mindfulness allows me to be present in that moment with that mindset that says, what is the best thing that I can do right now to help.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Here's where my dark humour gets me into problems. Do not start smoking. However, I teach deep breathing from the smoking perspective because smokers do three things that we have to learn: 1. they take a break, 2. they are outside with social support, and 3. they're doing deep breathing exercises.
  • A smoker who might be really stressed as they are exhaling will blow rings. That even slows the exhale down more. The smoke break principle is the triangle model:  inhale for 5, hold for 5, exhale for 5.

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  • I sucked my thumb till I was seventeen. I quit during the summer when I was a junior forest ranger up in northern Ontario. I was bullied for sucking my thumb to the point where the school would call my parents and say that if I didn't stop sucking my thumb, I would be bullied more.
  • Having sucked my thumb for that long, I believe that it prepared me to deal with opposition in a way that doesn't always beat me down.

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