The Fully Mindful with Melissa ChureauJul 15, 2022
The Power of Awe: Microdose Mindfulness in Less than a Minute a Day to Transform Your Life | An Interview with Author Dr. Michael Amster
Have you ever wanted to meditate but thought you could not quiet your mind or just can’t find the time, or maybe you have tried and it just hasn’t “worked?” You’ve been frustrated because you understand that science has proven the physical and emotional benefits of mindfulness, but you just can’t get over this hump or plateau.
Today’s guest, Dr. Michael Amster, has the solution–and it takes less than a minute a day. With this practice, the practice of accessing awe (as in wonder), Dr. Amster and his colleague, Jake Eagle, found an easy, and remarkably simple, scientifically-proven practice to overcome burnout and anxiety, ease chronic pain, find clarity and purpose–and a sense of calm and acceptance with what is, all the while savoring what is–in less than a minute a day. They call it The Power of Awe, which handily, and helpfully, was recently published and available as a remarkably accessible book, with science, observations, history, and practices.
When Dr. Amster is not blazing the trail for new mindfulness practices and conducting scientific studies that back their effectiveness, he’s a pain management specialist, leads meditation practices, and engages in the power of awe every day.
In this interview, we dig deep into the Power of Awe, its benefits, and how you just might tap into what is arguably the most powerful tool we can tap not only to ease this daily practice of being human, but to learn to experience life as it truly is, full of wonder.
Find out more about Dr. Michael Amster, his colleague Jake Eagle, & The Power of Awe
Website with Book & Practices: https://thepowerofawe.com/book/
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Presence in the Ordinary is Extraordinary | A Mindfulness Practice
We get used to the everyday, the ordinary. And we sometimes (maybe often!) forget to notice what we see, hear, touch, feel every day. The other week, in the 3rd episode of The Last of Us, where 2 souls met and began to share a life in the post-apocalyptic world, where even basic goods, much less water, was available, there was this incredible moment: Frank shows Bill to a hidden garden, where he's grown strawberries for him. And they each take bites of the strawberry, and are overcome with effusive joy at the flavor, the texture, the experience. Oh, to have that kind of awe for the everyday!
Well, today, that's our practice. We will practice being present for both the ordinary experience of annoyance, and the everyday (or could be!) experience of joy and awe.
If you'd like more of this, toss me a line, or sign up for a free call to talk about working with me on how presence and purpose can collide and transform our lives.
Self-love is a superpower: How to be body-positive and take charge of health in teens and adults with Dr. Karla Lester
Usually, we don't think of love or self-compassion when we think of the actions needed to have a healthy body. If you're anything like me, you think of pulling yourself up by the boot-straps, or hunkering down, or really "following the rules." Turns out, that's part of our culture too. And this toxic sort of thinking has seeped into how our teens see themselves too. So-called "almond moms" (and dads) think they're helping their teens be healthy (aka attaining "thin privilege") when the real culprits are shame and often a health condition called insulin resistence.
In comes Dr. Karla Lester, board certified pediatrician and life coach and founder of IME Community, who is working tirelessly to teach kids--and their parents-- to love themselves as they are and also take empowering action to improve their health.
Dr. Karla and I talk about how she found her purpose in teaching self-love and healthy habits, and we delve into everything from "thin privilege" and toxic media messages to body positivity and the science around insulin resistance, and living a healthy lifestyle--physically and emotionally.
You’ll want to listen to this episode, about how Dr. Karla has her own lived experience with weight, and being a human, making mistakes , developing her own self compassion and working to help others do the same. It’s a message of humanity, a hard look at media and our own complicity in the childhood obesity epidemic. And an educational look at weight gain, insulin resistance, and shame—and mostly, it’s a message of hope.
Find out more about Dr. Karla Lester:
Free IME Resources: https://imecommunity.com/free-stuff/
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De-stigmatizing Mental Illness with Kitt O'Malley, Mental Health Advocate & Author of Balancing Act – Writing Through a Bipolar Life
You’ll want to hear this intimate, candid story that will surely offer insight into living with mental illness….and hope for those who do.
For more on Kitt O’Malley:
Book / Balancing Act - Writing Through a Bipolar Life, available on Amazon
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15-20 with Melissa to talk about transformative coaching can help you uncover your worth and living a deep, impactful life
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Present for What Is | A Mindfulness Practice to Be in the Now
Anyone else "shoulding" all over themselves now that we are closing in on the end of January? Maybe even regret or self-flagellation, or is that just me?
That's why we practice--to remember who we are, what is happening right now, and that we are humans just like everyone else.
So, join me on this short practice that allows us to be in the here and now, present for what is.
Did you know you can work with me? I coach people just like you, come into the present, appreciate your worth, uncover your purpose, and live the big, meaningful life you deserve.
Find me at https://www.thefullymindful.com.
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Living the Big, Full, Happy, Joyous Life, Alcohol Free | A Conversation with Kay Allison, Author of Juicy AF*(Alcohol Free)
Who Am I? What's the Cure to BurnOut and How do I Find Purpose? and Other Important Questions--and Answers--with Mayda Pac, International Coach to Professionals and Other OverAchievers
In so many cultures—including western culture—there is emphasis on career success, and we have learned—and given kudos for—to work harder and harder and harder.
And don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with working hard or being ambitious or wanting to succeed. But where things unravel is when we focus so much on this success, so much on our jobs, that we lose our sense of the whole self, lose our relationships, maybe even lose ourselves.
And that’s what happened to today’s guest, Mayda Pac. She spent 16 years in high finance, from Paris, to London, to Wall Street. And she excelled. And she pushed herself to the point of ignoring cancer for 2 years and passing out on the street. And even that did not stop her. She still had deals to do.
It was only when she had a moment of clarity that she took the terrifying leap of leaving her career in high finance, knowing what to do with her life at all. But she knew that if she didn’t take that leap, she might not be so lucky next time.
Listen in to this conversation, where Mayda candidly tells her story and how she ended up where she is today, along with many, many pearls of wisdom that will undoubtedly resonate for you today.
Find out more about Mayda:
Free meditation for Serenity at Work: maydapoccoaching.com/free-resources/
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Marlita Hill: Dancer, Choreographer, Author & Entrepreneur | How to Plié at 23, Listen to that Voice that Tells you to Just Do It, and other Inspirations
At the age of 15, Marlita Hill heard the words---very clearly--"Go Watch." Go watch a dance performance. While she did not know where there words came from, she knew she had to go. And there started her journey into her passion--dance and choreography. Despite the many odds stacked against her--and having to train for a dance audition next to six and seven year olds at the age of 23--Marlita put one foot in front of the other, with her heart leading all the way.
Join us in this inspiring--and often downright funny--conversation, with a woman who followed her heart and listened to that all-knowing voice to a career in dance, choreography, education, authorship, and now, entrepreneurship. She's witty. She's humble, and she just might get you to try that plié.
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Filling Your Cup: A Mindfulness Practice to Calm the Mind, Body & Spirit
Don't Be Scared. Be Prepared | An Inspiring Conversation with Dane McCormack, a Regular Guy Who Lost His Memories only to Regain Real Perspective & Love of Life
And yet, for Dane McCormack, a Tasmanian-born and raised man living on mainland Australia, it never occurred to him. Instead, despite having lost most of his short and long term memories to cancer and its subsequent brain infection, amongst other devastating losses, Dane methodically went in search for his memories. And he did so through writing.
He spent 12 months in the hospital where he was given 24 hours to live several times. Despite losing the toes off his right foot, 20cm of his bowel, his long and short term memories, his sense of smell and taste, he did not lose his sense of humor.
His story is one of inspiration, and as he explained about his incredible journey, “I'm a lot worse off because of it, but I'm also better because of it.” Listen in to this captivating story about a regular man who lost his memories, only to gain the gift of slowing down, being present, and accepting—and loving—life as it is.
As Dane says, “Don’t be scared. Be prepared.”
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Riding the Wave of Mindfulness with Sarah Ariaudo, Author, Speaker & Leader Supporting Cancer Fighters & Their Families
For me, there is nothing quite like a deep conversation with a fellow mindfulness practitioner and teacher. And that is exactly how I felt—and I think you will feel—in this conversation with Sarah Ariaudo, author, speaker, mindset coach, and creator of the Mindful Based
Healing program to address the mental and emotional
well being of cancer fighters and their family.
After ignoring her own health for the sake of her dedication to work, she was forced to confront her situation—and found yoga, and mindfulness as two core practices that brought her back to health, and brought her back to her whole self.
Her practices are accessible for the everyday person, and are created to support cancer fighters whose lives have been disrupted by all the anxiety, planning, financial and family stress this disease causes. She’s a leader in this area, forging new avenues for science-based practices that, if she has it her way—and she should—would be available to every single cancer patient, for free.
What really struck me in this conversation, though, was her utter humility, and how she walks her talk by using mindfulness in her every day life, and especially with her family.
If you’ve ever wondered about mindfulness and thought you could not access it, I get it. But you’ll walk away after this podcast with the hope—and the tools—to give it a try, one minuet at a time.
Find out More about and connect with Sarah Ariaudo
Read her book: Cancer Journey | Cancer Journey Guidebook
LinkedIn / Insta / Facebook: @SarahAriaudo
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Finding Her Purpose in Finding Food Freedom for Herself and Others: A Conversation with Melissa Rohlfs, Board Certified Health Coach
I know. I know. Just what you wanted right before the holidays! That's exactly why I chose to publish this podcast about eating well post-Halloween, and pre-Thanksgiving here in the US.
It's because I needed to be reminded of eating well, for health and well-being--and where eating unconsciously, or to "eat my feelings" backfires.
Welcome to this honest and practical conversation with Melissa Rohlfs, a Board certified health and life coach, who understands all too well what it feels like to stuff feelings, treat emotions with the sugar demon, and how out of control and serious this really can be.
And how it isn't our fault. How a multi-billion dollar industry has gamed us into eating more. And more importantly, how we can give ourselves the gift of eating for health and well-being--and the grace to be human.
We talk about some of the solutions Melissa has found over her years as a health and life coach, and she lets you in on them right here, on the Fully Mindful.
In fact, that’s kind of her style—generous and real. She offers a free guide to body freedom and peace, and if you’re interested, follow her on instagram and set up a call with her. You won’t regret it.
Find out more about Melissa Rohlfs:
Podcast: Mondays with Melissa https://anchor.fm/melissa-rohlfs
Calendly for a coffee chat; https://calendly.com/free2bcoaching
Her ultimate guide on body freedom and peace! (free!):
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Empathy, Self-Compassion & Self-Care: Coach Kristin Taylor's Journey into the Dark Night of the Soul (and out the other side)
Have you ever felt like your mind was spinning out of control and you just thought that if things could just slow down, maybe, just maybe, you’d get a handle on things?
Or ever felt so disconnected from your body that you honestly felt like a head walking around on a stick?
Well, I sure have. And it turns out I’m not alone. And more importantly, there’s a way out of this morass that we get ourselves into sometimes. And even better? We don’t have to do it alone.
Kristin Taylor is one of the good people out there who know just the right tool to give you at just the right time to help us when we need it. With 20 years of experience as a coach and counselor, Kristin uses mindfulness, psychology, and somatics—along with her insanely beautiful soft empathy and her keen observation and intuition—to help us dig our way up and out and into something really beautiful.
And in this pod, she lets us in on a couple of these tools that we can use right away.
So, whether you're a coach who wants to learn from an exceptional coach, or a fellow human on the long journey into the night themselves, you'll want to check out this conversation with Kristin.
What I love about Kristin, is not only is she ridiculously well trained and educated in this stuff—she’s lived it herself. Which always, always earns credibility in my book. If you’ve lived it, you know it, and I’m ready and willing to learn from you.
So settle into this intimate conversation on coaching, mindfulness, body-oriented insights and self-compassion.
To find out more about Kristin:
podcast: How I Made it Through
To find out more about Melissa and The Fully Mindful:
website and podcast: https://www.thefullymindful.com
Creating Space: A Guided Practice for creating space for our busy minds.
More of a Veronica: A Conversation with Heather Weigler, Lawyer & Comedian who Stepped Out to Step In
As a lawyer myself, I honestly can't think of anything funnier than being a lawyer. It can actually be pretty ridiculous. The stories. The contortions we put ourselves in. Yeah. But perhaps even funnier than being a lawyer is being a parent. How many stories do you have--or have your heard--about crazy kid stuff?
Enter Heather Weigler, a successful government lawyer (yes, government lawyers can be successful!) who is also a parent, and also a comedian. She found comedy in lieu of jumping out of planes in order to come back to self. Always serving others as a lawyer and a parent is hard work. Just getting out there on the comedy stage and being funny. Well, that's another thing.
Heather and I explore how comedy is a release, a freedom. And that vulnerability is a superpower. And finding one's purpose is a journey, not a destination.
And if you like this conversation--and you surely will--you will want to check out Heather's comedy clips on TikTok!
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Everything is Impossible and Possible: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Willard on Mindfulness, Recovery & Presence
It's kind of fascinating how much we don't really know, isn't it? Sometimes, though, when we look back, we can't believe what we didn't see or appreciate. Imagine the surprise at being whisked away in your early 20s by your parents in an effort to save you from yourself and try to get you on the path sobriety, only to find yourself at a retreat with the great Thich That Hanh. Just let that gel for a moment. It's kind of like being whisked away to learn a thing or 2 about basketball when you've hardly played, only to find yourself at a basketball camp with LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Damian Lillard and Shaq. Or a writing camp to find Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, and John Irving. You get the picture.
Enter Dr. Chris Willard, now a Harvard psychologist, author of 20 books including Growing Up Mindful and Alphabreaths--and soon out, AlphaBreaths 2. Now sober for decades, and trained in mindfulness and psychology, Dr. Willard talks early recovery, trauma, mindfulness, working with kids and adults, and how, as the title of the episode says, everything is impossible and possible, all at once.
Truly a conversation you won't want to miss. Plus, I promise to share the mix-tape Chris mentions near the end....as soon as he sends it!
More about Dr. Chris Willard and how to find him:
The Only Way Out is Through: Former US Attorney, S Amanda Marshall,, Rising from the Ashes to Hope.
We are feeling machines that think: A mindfulness practice in feeling
If you are interested in learning more mindfulness practices or incorporating them into your daily life at home and work, reach out. I can help. Book a short call and we'll see if it's a good fit.
Or find out more about The Fully Mindful here: www.thefullymindful.com
Debbie Harrell and The Secret Sauce of The Collective Good
In comes Debbie Harrell, resiliency coach with a hell of resiliency story of her own. Like me, and many others, she convinced herself that everyone was fine....until it wasn't. And when the reality of it all hit her, she re-awoke to something she's known all along: that we do not do this thing alone. And as f-ed up as the world can be, we can also do some pretty beautiful things together. And we're going to have to if we want this thing to continue. You're going to love this conversation as we get real about what happened and what life and hope and the collective good can do.
Find Debbie and join her collective to do good! Find her at:
The Collective: newworldintentions.com/pages/our-community#
The New World Normal Podcast: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-world-normal/id1558776039
To find Melissa:
Book 15-20 to talk about coaching: calendly.com/thefullymindful/15-20-with-melissa-clone
Repeatedly Dead Fred: The True Story of a Regular Man who Died 20 times and Found Recovery and Hope
Intermittent Fasting FB group: www.facebook.com/groups/DelayDontDeny (semi-archived). DDD community: https://dddcommunity.circle.so/home, a fee-based IF fasting community
Recommended resources :
The Obesity Code - Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
Fast. Feast, Repeat by Gin Stephens
The Intermittent Fasting Podcast
Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast by Gin Stephens
The practice of being fully mindful, a guided meditation.
Whole Medicine that Treats the Whole Person with Dr. Delia Chiaramonte.
Katie Joy Duke: "Still Breathing," an incredible Journey of Love, Loss & Reinvention
Eileen Joy: A Mom Who Nearly Lost it All Only to Find her Purpose to Make Money Approachable and Even Joyful
Eileen Joy, host of Moms who Money, a mom who nearly lost everything, only to find her way into financial freedom, and a passion for making money approachable and even fun for mothers and their kids by shifting mindset and practices to live life fully and purposefully, and joyfully. She’s a coach, a speaker, and an incredible resource for moms (and dads too) for all things money.
Check out her podcast, Moms Who Money, full of practical and useful tips and practices to make money easy and live fully.
Or work with Eileen and getting your mind right around money. Check her out at https://www.momswhomoney.com
You can also find Eileen here:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eileenjoymoneycoach/
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/momswhomoney/
And if you're looking to coach with Melissa at The Fully Mindful to uncover your worth and align your purpose, book a free call with me here. I can't wait to talk about your purpose!
Eyeless Mind: The Incredible Story of a Blind Teen and His Family's Journey to Diagnosis, Recovery & Advocacy for CVI
Eyeless Mind https://a.co/d/dfD7E9u
Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give Up—A Practice of Being on Your Own Side
Everything Changes. Like All the Time. A meditation on the reliability of change.
Landing Mediocrity | A Conversation with Joshua Stewart, Author, Traveller, Friend, Dark Memoir-ist
A musician, writer, and author of the book Landing Mediocrity, Reflections of an Underperformer.
Josh is passionate, intense—funny, and deeply feeling
We talk about everything around what motivated his memoir, Landing Mediocrity, how we regular folk should write and read, getting outside to find oneself, traveling to learn how to cultivate compassion and understanding, and what it's like to practice mindfulness as an active mind and person.
We also talk about Josh’s desire to connect and find relief from his own anxiety and depression that have helped him move him towards a send of purpose—what we are all after.
So, sit back, enjoy this conversation which I know you’ll find as interesting as I did. Feel free to comment here.
And find Josh’s memoir Landing Mediocrity on Amazon here
And his pity newsletter The Mediocre Observer | Bearing Witness to Subtle Insanity here