The Language of Mindfulness - A Podcast on Conscious Communication by Brett Hill
By Brett Hill, Somatic Mindfulness and Communications Coach, Speaker, Author
This podcast goes deep with talks and interviews that matter on how we can be more real, present, and engaged with ourselves and our world. Every episode has practical tips you can apply right away. It's not the words, but what goes on between us. Inspiration, insights, and interviews by Brett Hill, mindful communications coach, author, speaker, and certified organizational mindfulness instructor. languageofmindfulness.com
The Language of Mindfulness - A Podcast on Conscious Communication by Brett HillApr 18, 2022
#41 - An Interview with Chuck Schad - TheInnerTheater.com
Meet Chuck Schad. A meditation teacher for Mindful.org and coach who switched from a long career in IT to helping people look inside in order to experience directly who they are and how they interact with the world. Meditation has made a big change in Chuck's life. You'll hear how he came to a profound insight that he needed to connect deeper within in order to help him overcome his lifelong problems with substances and anxiety. The result has been so great that he now spends his time helping others. He has a rich and colorful past, quick wit, tons of experience, and a lot of insight and wisdom to bring to the conversation. You can find his work at theinnertheater.com and on his Facebook page.
#40 - The Truth of You
In this episode, you'll hear why I've missed a few weeks co-producing The Future is Mindful conference. But more importantly, there is an exceptionally important message in this about why the world needs more of who you truly are in it, and a bit about how to express that. Seriously, the message here is about how to make your life, and the life of those around you better. And I'm not messing around here as I know a lot of you have a hard time, a really hard time. I talk about how you could help your moment-to-moment experience be not as bad by letting yourself experience whatever goodness there is in your world, and I believe there are a lot of simple moments we can give ourselves if we just would. After all, what is your day but a collection of moments? By adding some great moments to your day, on purpose, you improve your day, directly, simply easily. By improving your days you improve your week, your month, your life - and by extension, the lives of those around you. This is simple, but hard - and is, I truly believe, the most important skill we can learn. And in this episode, I talk about how it seems like we could be reaching a critical mass of people who are demanding more from the workplaces than just a ping pint table and snacks. That we are reaching a turning point where people are simply going to expect and even require the culture to be kinder, more inclusive, and less toxic. That is what we need as species and as individuals to thrive and nothing less will do. Best to you. Brett Hill. languageofmindfulness.com
#39 - The Future is Mindful, The Time is Now
There is a lot happening these days in the world of "organizational mindfulness." In this episode, you'll hear the story of how I came to be a co-founder of a virtual conference called The Future is Mindful, happening March 29th and 30th 2022. This is an incredibly important conversation on how businesses are in response to the "the great resignation", businesses are urgently trying to shapeshift to become more human-centered organizations. I know a lot of people are skeptical, but this is happening folk. Listen in to hear about. Sign up for free registration.
#38 - Saving the planet with Short Mindfulness! A great interview with Mark Leonard
Mark Leonard is one of a kind. One of the founders of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, he has an incredible knowledge of the history and evolution of mindfulness training and has a few things to say about it! He created a unique training called Mindfulness-Based Organisational Education incorporating "short mindfulness" which has been studied and found to be effective in reducing stress and increasing self-reports on scales of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. He's now on a mission to help people become more conscious, cause when you do, you'll be an advocate for helping the world become a better place. And that's a rather personal and urgent mission, as you can hear for yourself from Mark.
You can learn more about his work at https://www.mindfulnessconnected.com/mboe
This is one of my favorite conversations, and I think you'll enjoy it too.
Episode 37 - The Power of Connected Conversation
Most people have not spent much time The Language of Mindfulness Podcast
Episode 36 - The Power of Connected Conversationthinking about what they are connected to during a conversation. Are you worried about what to say next? Thinking about how you want to be acknowledged or accepted as a friend? Afraid of disappointing them? If so, then what you are connected to will show up in your conversation and you will miss opportunities to connect authentically, which is your best chance of having things go well. In this episode, I give some examples, tips, and scenarios that can really be helpful in how to get past focusing on yourself and let yourself "create space" to be present fully with someone else. It really makes a huge difference in the quality of your relationships and the outcomes of your conversations.
#36 - Listening Has Consequences
"Listening has consequences." When I read that phrase in a speech delivered by the famous psychologist Carl Rogers on Interpersonal Communications, I knew I had to talk about this. There is a lot of goodness in that speech and in this episode, you'll hear a few of the gems including "can I hear the sounds and sense the shape of this other person's inner world" and "beyond the immediate message of the person, no matter what that might be, there is the universal." This is master class stuff. I hope you enjoy it.
#35 - Billy Lahr is in a Mindful Midlife Crises
Billy Lahr, one of the hosts of the popular Mindful Midlife Crises podcasts, joins me in this funny and light-hearted yet serious episode where we discuss such topics as his recent midlife crises world tour involving paddleboarding, geomancy, and "pizza dough as a metaphor for living outside your comfort zone". (PS I am totally stealing that pizza dough metaphor Billy ;) He has some great insights ranging from "why would I end my vacation and go back to Minneapolis in winter? What was I thinking?" to "you need people in your life that add bumps." and "sometimes you just gotta say 'F it'". Words of wisdom indeed. Billy is funny and uniquely straightforward with his struggles to be mindful and real, even as an out-of-place tourist in a foreign country as he discovers ways to connect with "now" wherever he is, and it's a really fun ride.
Check it out, it out and also check out the Mindful Midlfe Crises podcast for more mindful mayhem.
Episode #34 - Stress, Anxiety, Cheesecake, and Mindfulness
Modern life creates a lot of anxiety and stress. Mindfulness helps us re-connect to the beauty that's right in front of you. Your problems don't disappear, they just get smaller because you get bigger. You become aware that it's not productive or healthy to be focused 24/7 on what happened yesterday, last year, or earlier in your life - or forward-facing into what calamities may await you the next hour, day, or decade. Sure, you need to plan effectively and respond objectively, but that's no excuse for being in a self-created hurricane every day, all day, and wondering why you're so stressed out. I'll talk about getting present with you in the moment experience as a way to disempower the past or future from taking you away from the beauty of now. You may not see it right away, the dust has to settle first.
Oh yeah, and you'll hear about "the cheesecake that cannot be named." ;)
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I'm happy to help you learn how to use mindfulness to be calmer, happier, and more whole. Reach out on my website at languageofmindfulness.com
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#33 - Keith Fiveson - Author of The Mindfulness Experience
When I first met Keith, it was like I had found a kindred spirit. He's been practicing mindfulness for a long while and came about his wisdom through the heat of adversity, the way most real wisdom is forged. Keith has put his commitment and focus into helping business professionals be better people, and thereby, better at business. And because what he's learned is very practical and applicable to our lives, he wrote the book, The Mindfulness Experience, providing a roadmap to becoming more mindful in a way that is effective, practical, and accessible. That is no small task. In this episode, you'll hear Keith talk about his journey and some of the lessons he's learned along the way. "Change your story, change your life."
Keith W Fiveson is a sixty-five-year-old Army Veteran, early internet pioneer, turned yogi, executive life coach. He has studied life in all its challenges. For the past thirty years, his mission has been to help individuals and organizations become more conscious, awake, and alive to life and all its opportunities. His recent book, “The Mindfulness Experience 8 Strategies to Live Life Now“ distills the wisdom of the ages into a pragmatic plan to live in the present. Anyone can be a survivor, but to be a thriver you need to build a life of presence, to be aware of every sacred moment of truth, so you can overcome challenges and adversity. Keith has had cancer twice, a heart condition, a broken home, challenging relationships, and a childhood family life that was dysfunctional and abusive.
Keith has traveled extensively, working, and studying, in over forty-five countries worldwide. He is a certified life coach, Thai yoga therapist, and meditation teacher. He has practiced and studied Eastern and Western mindfulness/meditation for over twenty-five years. He started to cultivate his practice over thirty years ago, using his army training to balance a very hectic corporate career. He has extensive experience in the corporate world, working under extreme pressure and stress with incredible people and companies.
Keith is an alumnus of Price Waterhouse Coopers and the founder of IT Enabled Services Alliance, Inc., a global consulting firm. He has held executive positions at British Telecom, AT&T, and MCI Telecommunications, later to become Verizon Business. Back in the early days of the internet, he helped develop cloud-based solutions for Best Buy, CUNA, Apple, McGraw-Hill, Time Warner, Autism Speaks, General Electric, Citibank, and Merrill Lynch, among others.
He lives in Port Washington, NY, and he works actively in several communities. He coaches several high-functioning executives and individuals who wish to live their best life now, with balance, in an unbalanced world.
You can find out more about him at www.workmindfulness.com
#32 - This is about you
This episode is my heartfelt effort to ring a particular bell. The one that rings when something is important and urgent and needs your attention. A call to action. This week, it has come into high-resolution focus for me that mindful communications has the capacity to recast your life into a much more satisfying, connected, engaged, resilient, and calmer moment-to-moment life. And more. To live a life connected to the beauty and presence between us and the vast common ground of human experience. It has the power to build bridges made of the fabric of presence where none other can be built. What would your life be like, what would the world be like if we could all be more mindful and somewhat skillful in connecting authentically and communicating about what matters to us? To be heard, be seen, and have the capacity to be present for others. How would that change the choices we make as individuals and as a society? This is the promise of mindfulness plus communication skills. But even with that kind of potential, how much effort goes into learning how to use this instrument? The instrument of our brains, our neurology, our voice, our hearts. How and we tune and play that instrument to create something other than cacophony? If we can't communicate well how can hope to address the big issues of our time such as racial issues, intensity about political differences, and poverty - much less manage a pandemic. Pretty much zero goes into these skills on a day-to-day basis in our culture. If we are going to thrive, and some might argue, survive, personally and culturally. That has to change.
#31 - Mindfulness Coach Kristen Manieri: Waking Up to Your Potential
Just listen to the tone of her voice, pacing, and choice of language - you can literally hear her connection to presence.
Kristen Manieri, host of the 60 minutes podcast, mindfulness life coach, author, and teacher - now, THAT is a teacher. Check it out.
In this conversation, we talk about how she realized she was not living the life she was meant for and made a big shift. After doing the hard work of creating a connection to her authentic self, she now leads workshops, coaches, writes and helps others find their way to who they were meant to be. There's actionable intel in this episode. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Check out her website for links to her free workshops and offerings.
#30 - Clarifying Eckhart Tolle - Acceptance Does Not Mean Approval
This one goes deep on mindfulness and a couple of some issues related to Eckhard Tolle's teachings. People confuse the notion of acceptance with approval. I often hear "accepting the moment is just a way to teach people to be ok with abuse" for example. This is an easy misconstruction of Tolle's (and other mystics who teach 'being'). I think the source of this confusion is because of the way we often use the word "acceptance" to mean to approve of a deal "I accept your offer", "I accept the apology". You effectively approve an exchange as reasonably fair. But this is not commerce. We are not talking about a transaction. In this case, we're talking about accepting the facts of an event.
I do my best to make clarify this point and give examples that highlight how this works in real life. It's hard. And you have to be willing to be uncomfortable and take the time to practice to create a neurological capability that creates gives you your best chance at dealing with challenging situations effectively resulting in less disruption and a better life overall than when you are reactive.
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You can find a mindfulness meditation blueprint at langaugeofmindfulness.com/now
I'm available for coaching! Interested? Let's talk and see if there's a good fit.
Best to you! Stay present.
#29 - Aaron Huey - Mindfully Parenting At Risk Teens
This is a-rockin' conversation with a great guy who is wired to "on." He's a force for major change in people's lives in an area where few dare to tread. His work is with parents and teens who are not at "at risk" in that the risk is a possible future event but are in fact in danger, actively engaged in behavior impacting their well-being. That's why he calls his work "Beyond Risk and Back." I think you'll agree this is courageous, powerful, and inspiring. He dives into the hard stuff without hesitating.
This show is a good example of what happens when two people have a good, authentic, and immediate rapport as we had a great time and I think it shows. Check it out.
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28 - The Difficult Monk, Sam Thiara
"Everyone’s life is an autobiography…make yours worth reading"
Meet the incredibly talented Sam Thiara. In this conversation, you'll hear how he has managed to transform himself from a person who is focused on achieving success to someone who inspires others through his storytelling, guidance, and insights into human nature. That transformation occurred, "the moment I stopped thinking about what I'm doing, and focused on who I am." And that my friends, is the Langauge of Mindfulness.
Sam is not an actual monk, but his clients treat him as a sage. In this conversation, he relates how he's a "difficult monk" because he doesn't tell his clients the answers to life problems, but rather helps them explore who they are, so they arrive at answers themselves.
Sam Thiara is a professional who has created a personal journey as a speaker, storyteller, writer, educator, mentor, coach, entrepreneur, problem solver, and community activator.
His goal is to engage individuals in their personal and professional development, work with teams and organizations on alignment and the 45+ non-profits that he has worked with over the years. Presently, he teaches at the Beedie School of business, at Simon Fraser University and is also the Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting, a platform that engages his audience to define their path. A key element is transformational practices where he has become an expert in career coaching (15-40 year old’s) with over 5,000 conversations to date and supporting teams and organizations. He has authored two books, one on storytelling and the other a travel memoir about his journey to India to find his ancestral roots with a faded photograph. He has also spoken at two different TEDx conferences.
You can find his work and connect with Sam at:
Website – http://sam-thiara.com
Book - http://www.sam-thiara.com/mywriting/
Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/s?k=sam+thiara&ref=nb_sb_noss
Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sthiara/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/samthiara/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sam.thiara.site
If you'd like to get started on a Mindfulness practice, check out this free guided meditation template and FAQ.
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#27 - A Chat With Jonathan Reynolds, Founder Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc.
In this episode of The Langage of Mindfulness podcast, you'll hear the story of how Mindful Life, Mindful Work Inc. (MLMW) evolved to be a successful organization helping companies to learn and adopt mindfulness. Jonathan tells how he got started on a path to mindfulness and how that grew into a practice of teaching mindfulness to individuals, then evolved to organizations. We discuss the challenges encountered along the way, how he goes about determining what a company needs, and his personal approach to growing his practice and organization.
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26 - A Conversation with Lodro Rinzler - author of Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times
Lodro Rinzler is an unusual man. In this episode, you'll hear how he started meditating at age SIX and went on to be a co-founder of MNDFL meditation studios in New York, the author of 3 books, and a full-time, professional meditation instructor. He provides insight on obstacles people face when they start meditation, the benefits of meditation as well as stories and practical advice from his personal experience.
Named one of 50 Innovators Shaping the Future of Wellness by SONIMA, Rinzler's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Good Morning America, CBS, and NBC.
You'll find him online at lodrorinzler.com and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as @lodrorinzler.
#25 - The Tyranny of Meaning
This episode has so much! Some real gems in here including how to not be so beholden to the "tyranny of meaning", how bankrobbers get to "yes, I'm going to rob a bank today" and why it can be so hard to open to the goodness in life.
Check out this episode for real and let me know what you think!
Also, I get a lot requests like "how do I get started with a mindfulness meditation" so here it is! A free Guide to Starting a Mindfulness Meditation .
Episode 24 - You are not your story
Ben Franklin had an interesting approach to dealing with politicians with whom he disagreed. He allowed them to save face before he challenged them. There's a lot of wisdom in this which leads us to the topic of how to talk with people with whom you have big, huge differences. Should you even try? How do you engage? Why are people so threatened by differences of opinion? What about our own strongly held beliefs? Are they in the way of connecting and seeing clearly how to proceed? We'll examine this and other topics in the podcast on "you are not your story." You'll find a beginning meditation blueprint available for free at https://languageofmindfulness.com/now
Episode 23 - Empathy, Boxing, and the Incredible Kristin Moody
You'll enjoy this conversation with the unique, articulate, powerful empathy scholar, coach, and boxer, Kristin Moody who uses the science of empathy to build authentic connections across diverse people. She is inspired by the biological instinct humans have to empathize with one another and the potential empathy has to address the most pressing threats to civilization. She first learned about the power of empathy as a high school teacher, where she saw the impact relationship-building made on student and teacher outcomes. Kristin went on to formally study empathy and integrate that understanding into support for individuals and organizations seeking improved culture, equity, and access to authenticity. She now teaches, researches, and explores empathy frameworks to help diverse people connect in ways that promote, celebrate, and leverage authentic diversity.
A proud graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts, Kristin is part of the founding board for Atlanta School for the Arts. She enjoys boxing, learning American Sign Language, and volunteering as a reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service.
22 - Career ProSkills plus Mindfulness FTW - An Interview with Don Jones
Meet the ineffable Don Jones, a legend in the field of technology who is also a fantasy fiction writer. Why is he on the Language of Mindfulness? Aside from being a great guy, after decades of success in IT, he is starting a venture that helps people, anyone actually, but with a special emphasis on IT, to learn and use the skills needed to have a successful career. Don fully embraces the principle that you need more than professional skills to be successful in the business world these days. Skills that you need include emotional intelligence, mindfulness, group dynamics, and it wouldn't hurt to learn some public speaking as well. He's offering support for these and others through his membership non-profit, The Ampere Club.
In this episode, Don and I talk about how "soft skills", including mindfulness are essential in today's workplace to help you stand out and succeed.
21 - Don't Judge Me!
Judgement is a natural thing and we need it to simply function, but when and how does it get in the way of seeing people clearly? What can we mindfully do about that? How do you practice being non-judgmental? In this episode, I talk about the difficult problem of judgment and how to practice being less judgemental, one of the pillars of mindfulness.
20 - Can Mindfulness Meditation Be Harmful?
For some, a mindfulness meditation practice is not the best approach. But how can you tell? Is it normal to get uncomfortable doing such a practice, and should you keep doing it? These and many other questions are addressed in this episode, along with advice and practices you can use anytime, anywhere to learn to have more mindful moments in your life without meditation. You can watch this episode on youtube as well. You'll find a beginning meditation blueprint available for free at https://languageofmindfulness.com/now
19 - The Power of Listening in Context
There are few skills more useful than skilled listening. In this episode, I explain a technique that has been immensely helpful in my personal and professional life. This can help you defuse conversations that are about to blow, cool down temperatures when the lid is already off, and connect authentically to people in a deeper way in your personal and professional life. Check it out!
18 - Mindfulness and Educator Resilience with Megan Sweet
Meet Megan Sweet, a woman on a mission to help educators be more present in the classroom and resilient in their lives through mindfulness and self-care. Educators are overworked and stressed, especially in these trying times. Megan has stepped up to help deliver tools, training, and advocacy, to support teachers
Megan has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about equity, mindfulness, and the power of love to heal our world. She has 25 years in education as a teacher, school administrator, and school district leader. She's the author of Your 3 Eyes (Intellect, Insight, and Intuition) and is on a mission to create a more equitable and inclusive education system by using its greatest assets—the people. You can connect with Megan at Your3eyes.com
If you'd like to learn how to start or deepen a mindfulness practice, see How to Start a Mindfulness Meditation Practice
17 - A Powerful Guided Meditation - Re-Sourcing Yourself
In the episode, I provide a guided meditation that helps you access a very powerful resource - your own wisdom and knowledge. We all have had rich lives in many dimensions. Victories and celebrations. Losses and disappointments. A LIFETIME of learning. How much of this knowledge, from your own direct experience - do you bring into the moments of your life? This meditation helps you access your own depth of experience and wisdom that can only be earned through direct experience - and bring that knowledge and experience forward into now. From this place, you then look out of the landscape of your life and engage from an enriched, resourced, informed place. Use this technique to help you feel more resourced, connected, and resilient. If you want help with this or other techniques and practices of this sort, schedule a free getting acquainted session with me at languageofmindulness.com/coaching.
16 - Interview with the brilliant Claire Parsons of Brilliant Legal Mind
In this episode, I talk with the brilliant Claire Parsons of Brilliant Legal Mind (https://brilliantlegalmind.com/). You'll hear how the stress of motherhood drove her to try meditation to help her manage. Then she explored mindfulness and the benefits were so great, she went all in. Now, she's a leader in organizing, advocating, and teaching mindfulness and meditation in the legal profession.
She says "When we use the term “brilliant” we often mean “smart,” or “talented” or “insightful.” But the term has other meanings too. It can also refer to a very bright light or the clarity and cut of a diamond. Mindfulness practices have helped me keep my mind clear, sharp, and bright so I can better serve my clients and community."
You can find here at the website already listed, on Twitter @brillantlegalmind, and her great content on linked in at https://www.linkedin.com/company/brilliantlegalmind/
15 - Say That You Care
In this episode you'll hear a story about how learned an important lesson: if you want people to hear you, let them know you care before you tell them what you know. This is a very powerful way to help you connect with people you may not know very well, and yet be heard when you have something to say that might be sensitive to hear. To use this technique, you need to be mindful first! (To get started with a mindfulness practice, see languageofmindfulness.com/now). People have good radar for those who are just giving advice to elevate themselves vs legit trying to be helpful from a caring place. So, when you feel the urge to offer advice, insight, or reflection - take a break and connect to why you want to. Then, if it's real, express your caring first. It matters. It changes the conversation and helps you have better, closer connections.
14 - The Importance of Moving Past Your Story with Nick Pags
Nick and I have a great time in this conversation, which you can also see on youtube . He explains how he moved into being a mindset coach by getting real with what he had to offer and getting over his own judgments that were holding him back. He now helps people get past their own stories to help them step into expressing their authentic lives and living fuller, more meaningful lives.
After 11 years as a leader in the fitness industry and owning a gym in NYC, Nick Pags stepped out of the fitness scene and shifted his attention to coaching the mindset of high performers. Even the most elite understand they have the capacity to evolve. Nick's incredible ability to unlock human potential through live coaching is unmatched. This past year he created his signature 8-week group mindset coaching experience, Project Limitless. After a life-altering move from NY to Brazil in the middle of the pandemic, Nick continues to exemplify what it means to live a limitless life. His gift is his ability to guide people to find the clarity they are looking for within themselves, consequently empowering them to create the life of their dreams. Nick has continued to virtually speak all over the world, inspiring and motivating people to thrive through the challenges of COVID-19.
Link to application to work with Nick - https://nickpagsllc.typeform.com/to/TGaQE7k7
13 - Mindfulness and Public Speaking with your Authentic Voice
In this episode, you'll hear from Sean Tyler Foley who has been acting in film and television since he was 6 years old and is an accomplished film and stage performer. Sean shares with us his amazing journey from child actor to a speaker coach and best-selling author. Having been on stages since childhood, he was comfortable in the lights. The notion of stage-fright was something that happened to other people. Till one day, unexpectedly, he experienced paralyzing stage-fright himself just before going on. Now he coaches others about how to embody their voice, make the room their own, and speak from the authority of your story.
He has appeared in productions including Freddy Vs Jason, Door to Door, Carrie, and the musical Ragtime. Tyler is passionate about helping others confidently take the stage and impact an audience with their stories. He is currently the Managing Director of Total Buy In and author of the #1 best-selling book The Power to Speak Naked.
You can reach Sean on his website at https://www.seantylerfoley.com/ and of course on social media.
12- A Guided Beginning Mindfulness Meditation (As a Blueprint)
Make no mistake, this basic practice can change your life.
Lots of people ask me "how do I get started with Mindfulness?" so I recorded this mindfulness meditation for you to use as a blueprint to get you started. In order to apply the communication practices, I talk about at languageofmindfulness.com, you must first have a foundation in some kind of mindfulness practice. It's not hard and it doesn't take long to make a difference in your life. So why not try it? It matters and the science is in - mindfulness helps you in many ways, personally and professionally.
In episode 11, I discussed many of FAQs and such as "what is mindfulness", "how often should I practice" and more. This episode is a guided mindfulness meditation to help you get started with a mindfulness meditation practice. This exercise is "foundational" and is the beginning of many more to come. Yes, it's foundational, but it is superpowered. Like learning a C chord on a piano, you will use it a million times in your practice and it lays the foundation for many other lessons.
I'm planning on a series of these, each building on the other. If you'd like to find out when they are released, signup for the announcements at https://www.languageofmindfulness.com/how-to-start-a-mindfulness-meditation-practice/
#11 - How to Start A Mindfulness Meditation Practice
I am often asked, "how do I get started with a mindfulness meditation practice?" So I recorded this podcast which goes over the FAQs and how-to, (plus a couple of what not to do!) - to help get you started. After listening to this, you'll be ready to begin a simple, yet powerful meditation practice that can help you be more present, happier, more engaged, and resilient. I really believe there are few things you can do for yourself more important than taking a few minutes a day to focus on being mindful. It really is the path to better for you, those near you, and indeed the world.
You can find the mindfulness meditation referenced in this podcast at https://www.languageofmindfulness.com/meditation
Episode 10 - How Mindfulness and Creativity Heals - with Jeff Leisawitz
IN THIS EPISODE
I've worked with Jeff before and he's inspiring every - single - time. He gets what's really important and will help you (and me) drive to that lane and stay in it.
Jeff Leisawitz is driven to help people express their truth. Their raw, unfiltered, in-the-moment mess of an experience as a way to not only heal but inspire. And he lives that in this talk as we explore his work in helping people find their voice - find a way to put down on paper (or otherwise) your personal struggles and inspirations. This isn't about fine art or looking good to the crowd. It's about honesty, vulnerability, and courage. You looking for your fire or way to unblock the logjam? Meet Jeff. Understated and overpowered.
In this episode, I talk with Jeff about his vision, his passion, and work.
Listen up, take notes, and get creative!
Let me know what you think !
Jeff is a life coach for heart-centered creative types. He burns with a mission— to inspire and teach writers, artists, songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, solopreneurs, arts organizations (and every other human with a heartbeat) to amp up their vision, tap into their potential and shine in the world.
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Episode 9 - Triggered? How Mindfulness Can Help.
Triggers. We all have them. We all know what it's like to "lose it." You get some feedback or criticism and suddenly you blurt out something you wish, in hindsight, you hadn't said. Now, not only do you have to deal with the mess you made, but the angst of losing control. What's that about anyway?
In this episode, I discuss how we get triggered and provide a process for learning how to be less reactive.
If you do just the first tip in this process, it will make a huge difference.
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Episode 8 - How to Be More Accessible and Authoritative at the Same Time
Most people are not very good at "The Language of Now", which is speaking about your somatic, in-the-moment experience. Yet learning how to express your actual experience is both liberating and powerful. This gives you the opportunity to inhabit your words and imbue them with authentic meaning. In this way, people will often experience you as more accessible and also more authoritative at the same time. This is the power of the Language of Mindfulness. Check it out.
Episode 7 - Creating Freedom
“Between stimulus and response, there is space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
– Victor Frankl, Austrian Neurologist and Holocaust Survivor
Mindfulness in conversation is a creative act, not a passive event. When you are mindful in conversation, you have the opportunity to choose a considered response. You literally create the opportunity to have a choice. And isn't freedom all about having choices? There are two actionable techniques in this podcast that can give you choices and make a huge difference when mindfully applied to your conversations. Check it out!
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Episode 6 - The Power of Wow! - Mindfulness without Meditation
I hear from people all the time that the technique in this podcast is the one that people say has changed their lives in a powerful way. Simple, direct, and available to everyone - the foundational practice in the Langauge of Mindfulness cuts through thoughts, questions, and concerns such as "what is mindfulness?", "Am I doing this right?", "I don't have time to meditate", "What's the point of not having thoughts?", "Do I have to be a spiritual person to do this?"
ALL GREAT QUESTIONS - which fade into the distant background like melting snow when you practice mindfulness using this method of connecting to your direct experience.
Episode 5 - The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations with Kern Beare
"How do we be the people we need to be to have the conversations we need to have." - Kern Beare
This is an amazing story told first hand by our guest Kern Beare (pronounced 'Berry'), who, in coming to grips with Trump's election, decided he was out of touch with some new, unknown reality in America. In a dramatic leap of faith, he and his son packed up and headed out on a month long road trip across the country. The purpose? To have conversations with people on the opposite end of his political beliefs. Listen in to hear the incredible story of what he discovered and how it resulted in a book and workshop that has touched thousands.
To help others learn what he learned from this journey, he created a book and workshop - "Difficult Conversations" The workshop is free. That's right free. Who does that? I can personally recommend the book as easy to read, inspiring, clear, and backed with neuroscience references on why we get triggered and how to create authentic connection with people holding divergent views.
His mission to help us connect, person-to-person and heart-to-heart, is more than just another workshop you can take - it provides a worthy model that can make a real difference, and we don't have a lot of those right now. And surely, we need them. Timely. Powerful. Field-Tested, Relevant. And free. That's pretty compelling.
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Episode 4 - Why Mindfulness in Communications is a required college class at NHTI - with Dan Huston
In this episode, you'll hear from Dan Huston who created and teaches the college class on Mindful Communications at NHTI. Over time, the faculty noted that Dan's students stood out in their classes as more engaged, better communicators, and simply better students! They wanted to know why, so he trained the faculty as well. As the staff experienced the benefits of mindfulness first hand, they began to include mindfulness content in their own courses and recommend Dan’s class, leading to expanding the mindfulness curriculum and creating a mindful communication certificate. It's even a required course for some degree programs including IT!
You'll hear how he got started on the path to mindfulness and how the entire program and textbook grew over time to become the success it is.
Interested in contacting Dan? You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://communicating-mindfully.com/
- For more information about his book: https://www.augustlearningsolutions.com/products/communicating_mindfully/
- For more information about the mindful communication micro-credential for businesses: https://www.nhti.edu/workforce-training/business-industry-training/microcredentials-non-credit/
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Episode 3 - The Power of Listening Behind the Story
People love to tell stories but often, embedded in these tales is a deeper meaning even the storyteller probably isn't aware of. But you can be.
When you listen "behind the story", you hear not just the details of a specific situation, but also our common human struggle. If you then acknowledge that deeper meaning, you can open doors to connect deeply with people, even those you don't know well. Words spoken from this place are powerful and have the ability to shift you and others into a deeply connected place.
In this episode, I talk about listening "behind the story", then speaking simply and directly to people from a place of authentic, natural, connected authority in a way that is both nurturing and supportive. Ask questions or sign up for our newsletter! Would love to hear if you try this!
Episode 2 - Reclaiming Your Authentic Voice with Tucker Stine
Talking Heads, the spirit in exile, and finding your authentic voice are part of this episode where you'll hear from personal brand architect, speaker development guru, and all-around great guy TUCKER STINE - who said:
"Have you ever woken up and thought to yourself that you’re living someone else’s story? At the age of 40, I had an epiphany, well you could say a crisis of sorts. If I wanted to impact people the way I always imagined, help others, and find authentic happiness, I had to do one thing. At that moment, the only thing I had to change was everything.”
From that moment he pivoted to help people turn their stories into powerful messages that inspire and motivate others. His clients have been featured on TED, Goalcast, Upworthy, The Today Show, the Sundance Film Festival, and hundreds of podcasts.
Tucker was one of the first people I worked with in crafting the ideas and messaging behind the Language of Mindfulness TEDx talk and in fact was the person to say the words "language of mindfulness" to me which inspired the podcast, book, TEDx talk, and coaching practice. That's what he does. Connect people to their passion, and mindfulness is a big part of that.
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You can hear more from Tucker with this recording from his presentation at the Women in Cloud conference at Microsoft, in Jan 2020.
Tucker Stine | Creating a Story that Sticks: Narrative Solutions · SlidesLive
The Language of Mindfulness - Premier Episode
Want deeper personal connections? Tired of endless small talk? In this premiere episode, hear mindfulness coach and TEDx speaker (2021) Brett Hill, talk about the importance of bringing mindfulness into our day-to-day conversations. From this mindful place, a few mindfulness-based communication skills give you a golden opportunity to deepen your connections with others, authentically and meaningfully. He explains what he means by The Language of Mindfulness and gives an example of a technique he calls "the big picture" which helps you start almost any conversation on common ground.