Sandra Fry — Non-Violent Communication, Improving Self-Talk, Establishing Boundaries without Guilt, and Much More (#138)

Most of the communication that we have in life is based in a need

-Sandra

Sandra Fry is a certified Coach and Trainer and a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. She has a mission to help women and men rediscover the person they were before life got in the way. She believes you are more than the roles you take in life. You are YOU! A unique, creative and resourceful individual. In this episode, she helps you navigate through the challenges of change and growth back to the self you love by helping you define your values, dreams, and purpose. Identify what is holding you back from the life you want, Find the tools that help you grow and achieve your goals, and much more.

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  • On moving from  Pennsylvania to West Texas
  • Leaving job as a  government contractor
  • What did you learn while working in medical field?
  • When people get ugly to you nowadays, how do you respond?
  • What was your motivation to get started into the personal development space?
  • On verbal and emotional abuse
  • Creating “I am” Statements
  • Morning ritual
  • How to work on intrusive thoughts
  • Effective communication
  • what are some of the things you have changed your mind about in the last few years?
  • and much more

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Wendy Quan on The Calm Monkey, Beating Cancer, Taking a Leap of Faith, and Much More (#137)

We’re afraid of dying young. We’re afraid of growing old. Why not make the most of where we are, right now?

Wendy Quan is the pioneer and industry leader in workplace mindfulness facilitator training & certification through her business, The Calm Monkey.  Her program is very practical, showing experienced meditators the best practices of how to implement mindfulness at work and become a skilled mindfulness facilitator. 

She is also a pioneer in combining change management with mindfulness to help people through difficult change.  She has taught at high profile events such as the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley’s conference and other mindfulness industry conferences. 

With her corporate management background in human resources, information technology, organizational development and change management, together with her personal mindfulness meditation experience through cancer, she is a respected expert for workplace mindfulness. Her clients have included Google, the government of Dubai, Genentech, Citrix, the U.S. National Parks Service and more than 375 facilitators worldwide. 

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  • What is The Calm monkey?
  • How to live a life of less stress and more calm?
  • On discovering mindfulness and meditation
  • On her cancer recovery
  • Internal shift in the state of being
  • Integrative medicine
  • find credible sources of integrative and natural medicine
  • Difference between mindfulness and meditation
  • Spiritual type meditations
  • Facilitating and implementing mindfulness meditation teacher training programs in the workplace
  • Transitioning from a Corporate job to a full time business owner
  • Healing modalities?
  • Holistic way of looking at things
  • What is your relationship with self judgment as part of your mindfulness meditation practice?
  • and much more

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Ariel Garten — Co-founder of Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband, Meditation Practice, Kill Your Inner Critic, and Much More (#136)

“It is okay to suck at meditation”

– Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten is a neuroscientist, innovator, and entrepreneur whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential. Garten is one of the Founders of InteraXon, the makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Muse is the award-winning wearable technology that assists and trains meditation and mindfulness.

Before founding InteraXon, Ariel was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist, but also started her own international clothing line while she worked in labs researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis. Her creativity and entrepreneurial drive, combined with her fascination with the brain, lead her to bring together two like minded friends and together they founded InteraXon, a Silicon Valley backed startup that allowed people to control computers with their minds, the technology that sparked the creation of Muse.

The technology was the feature showcase at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where they allowed over 7,000 people control the lights on the CN tower, Canadian parliament buildings, and Niagara Falls with their brains from across the country. Muse is now used and loved around the world, in 5 languages with over 5,000,000 sessions of meditation.  Ariel and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including CNN, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, etc. and recipients of multiple innovation awards.

These days, Ariel can be found at home playing with her 2 year old or on stage across the world speaking about happiness, meditation, understanding mental health, empowering women in business, or telling her own innovation story, consistently giving her audiences the tools they need to help them become their best selves.

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  • How did you get into the creative mode of fashion Designing?
  • Using  scientific principles and concepts in fashion designing
  • How do you define consciousness?
  • Do you believe in a spirituality?
  • On her experience as a Reiki Practitioner
  • What are some of your spiritual practices that you have in your daily life?
  • On her upbringing in a  Jewish tradition
  • How much time do you spend in your meditation practice?
  • Morning Routines
  • Would you attribute your creativity and innovation to your mom is a renowned artist?
  • Creating anything from a blank canvas
  • Unconditional love from her mom
  • Meditation practice
  • how do we use Muse  brain sensing headband?
  • Kill your inner critic
  • and much more

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Dr. Susan LaCombe — Coping with Trauma, Emotionally Available Therapist, Somatic Models, Connection of Trauma with Nervous System, and Much More (#135)

People are not lazy,  a good chunk of it is that people are tired depleted on the inside

– Susan Lacombe

Dr. Susan Lacombe is a closet-rebel psychologist working through her fears, trying to make an imprint on the world for something she believes is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  She was once very troubled—her trauma history had caught up to her early two clinical depressions before age 30.  She turned to therapy for an answer. Turned out to be the wrong solution—well for about 14 times Until . . . . . . around her 4th decade on this planet she found the right kind of therapy . . . or was it the right type of therapist? Tricky question.

The type of therapy her therapist used was a whole paradigm shift away from the others. It was a trauma-based somatic model. It not only made sense of her life, it suddenly became clear that the mental health field was approaching anxiety and depression with outdated methods. After a thousand clinical hours as a psychotherapist/psychologist and responding to hundreds of questions from people in therapy and seeing needless suffering, she wonders if we’re going about it all wrong.  

She believes that if we harness our energies to helping the unborn and later infant child, we’ll have far less issues with emotional dysregulation and with that, far lower rates of mental illness, anxiety, depression and related issues of abandonment, transference, authority issues and the like. She asks if we did that, could we change the trajectory of our trauma pattern as nations.

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Resources: DeCoding the Brain

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  • Self-regulation therapy
  • Internal family systems
  • Two levels of talking therapy
  • Emotional available therapist
  • Why do we need therapy?
  • How to manage your emotions better
  • How psychotherapy changes the other person it’s through the nervous system of the therapist.
  • Health of the nervous system of the therapist
  • What does a trauma can do for a nervous system?
  • Why mindfulness can be hard for traumatized people in the beginning?
  • Setting up an agreement with the client before providing any tool in a therapy session
  • Practicing grounding technique
  • Flight exercise when mind is racing
  • What would you recommend to somebody to stop overthinking?
  • What challenges do you face when working with clients who are having anxiety problems, depression, stress
  • The right brain gives us purpose
  • and much more

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Scarlett Lewis on Horse-Riding, School Shootings, Nurturing Healing Love, Grieving the Loss, Choose Love Movement, and Much More (#134)

“We can’t always choose what happens to us, but we can take our personal power back and how we choose to respond”

– Scarlett

Scarlett Lewis is the mother of Jesse Lewis who was killed in his first grade classroom during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 along with 19 classmates and 6 teachers and administrators in one of the worst school shootings in US history. She founded of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in honor of Jesse and to spread a message he left on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died, Nurturing Healing Love, the formula for choosing love, and to promote social and emotional education in schools as well as a consistent message of compassion in our communities.

Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness. When she became a parent for the first time, Scarlett wrote and published a children’s book, Rose’s Foal. Following Jesse’s death, Scarlett wrote, “Nurturing Healing Love”, a story about her journey of turning personal tragedy into something that can positively impact the world. An artist and avid horsewoman, Scarlett lives on a small horse farm in Connecticut with her son and animals.

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Scarlett book: Nurturing, Healing, Love

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  • How did you fall in love with the horses and living in a horse farm?
  • How to start learning horse riding?
  • Would do you say that being around the horses help you to stay calm, present and mindful?
  • What is difficult in maintaining the passion of horse riding?
  • How do you find the balance between being appreciative of what you already have versus striving for more and more in life?
  • Learned an important lesson that switched her out of operating from fear to operating out of love and it’s made all of the difference
  • Transitioning from a place of fear to passion
  • Grieving the loss
  • Taking responsibility and being part of the solution
  • Forgiving the shooter in the school shooting
  • There are reasons for every suffering
  • Anti-bullying programs
  • How to address the cause of the sufferings
  • Taking your personal power back through forgiveness
  • Gratitude can help you shift your lens of focus into a more positive place. You can only focus on one thought at a time
  • How to practice gratitude
  • Social and emotional intelligence learning for children
  • What would you say to any parent who might’ve lost their son due to any tragedy?
  • Thoughts on self-love and self-acceptance
  • and much more!

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Ruchika Sikri — Head of Well-being Learning Strategy at Google (#133)

“You may control people physically by force, but you won’t change their hearts and minds—that requires trust and friendship”

– Dalai Lama

Ruchika Sikri is the Head of Well Being Learning Programs and Strategy at Google. For over 20years, her daily meditation and yoga practice is grounded in increasing clarity in mind, purity in heart and sincerity in action. She believes these skills are increasingly needed to uplift humanity, build genuine connections and increase respect for our planet. Her goal is to bring secular and science based mindfulness and compassion learning to organizations and communities globally.

Ruchika has successfully architected several well-being and mindfulness programs for over120,000 employees at Google. She helped establish a self-sustaining culture where tens of thousands of Googlers regularly practice mindfulness for better well-being, healthier interpersonal relationships and sustainable high performance. She leads a passionate community of 350+ employees who volunteer their time to make this reach and impact possible at Google.

Outside of Google, Ruchika is a board member and advisor to several nonprofits that are involved in empowering women in shelters, supporting mental health of at-risk students and providing a safe home to orphaned children around the world. She is a mother to 2 loving kids and lives with her wonderful husband in Bay Area California.

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Connect with Ruchika: LinkedIn

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  • Living a life of meaning and purpose
  • About her childhood and the positive influence of her grandmother 
  • How she started mindfulness practice
  • Challenges from childhood
  • Motivation to do well to become more financially secure
  • Advice or any recommendation to somebody who is struggling right now or who may not know what is going to happen next
  • Hidden lessons in the suffering of life
  • On the philosophy of standing like a flagpole in the tough times
  • Facing challenges in the beginning of starting a meditation practice
  • Mediation is like the nectar you have to drink every day in order to really stay present with whatever may come and show up at day.
  • Mediation practice 
  • Morning routine
  • Conversations with children
  • Validating others emotions
  • Recognizing the full plate and taking responsibility 
  • Mindfulness adventure at Google
  • Googlers would call her lavender
  • G pause community at Google
  • and much more

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Dr. Ronald Siegel — Full Catastrophe Living, Escape vs Engagement, Restoring Moments of Sanity, Healthy Romantic Relationships, and Much More (#132)

“Mindfulness practices amplify experiences”

– Dr. Ron

Dr. Ron Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serve on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the faculties of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at the Cambridge Health Alliance and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches internationally about mind-body medicine and the application of mindfulness and compassion practices in psychotherapy and other fields.

His clinical career has included working with low-income children and families, treating adults with chronic pain and other stress-related disorders, and providing mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy. He currently maintains a limited private clinical practice in Massachusetts.

Along with his colleagues, he has edited and written several books, including the critically acclaimed professional text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; the professional guides Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and a step-by-step self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates mindfulness practice, aggressive rehabilitation, and mind-body approaches to treat chronic back and neck pain. he has also created a number of courses for general audiences, including The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses, and Healing Through Mindfulness: Effective Practices for Chronic Health Conditions, produced by Sounds True. He is a regular contributor to various professional publications, and am co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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  • Started meditation in teenagers
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Use of substances for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
  • Did anybody in your family practice mindfulness when you were 16?
  • What was your parents’ reaction when they were found that you are into meditations and psychedelics?
  • Advice to 16 year old teenager to be experimenting with psychedelics
  • What have you gained from your meditation practice?
  • His heartbroken story at the age of 22
  • Silent meditation retreat
  • Full catastrophe living
  • Insight meditation society
  • Psychiatric facility
  • Practices for overwhelm and sadness
  • Misconceptions around mindfulness
  • Working with low-income children and families
  • Healthy romantic relationship
  • Escape vs engagement
  • Quality of our relationships
  • and much more!

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Dr. Dan Tomasulo — Learned Hopefulness, Science of Happiness and Hope, Cherishing Relationships, The Craft of Storytelling Writing, and Much More (#131)

“Hope is never further away than your thought”

– Dan

Dr. Dan Tomasulo as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. He is the Academic Director and core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, as well as the Learned Hopefulness blog for PsychCentral.com, and developed the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu. You can check out his blogs here.

His most recent book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression, is hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.”  by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Flourish, adds: “This is the best go-to book on how to use hope to relieve your depression.” 

His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit  (2018) tells of the first experimental group home releasing inmates from America’s most notorious asylum, Willowbrook, and his screenplay for American Snake Pit has won 35international film festival awards. From this early work Dan developed Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT), now the most widely used form of group therapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.

Dan is certified as a trainer, educator, and practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and is the 2017 winner of the International Positive Psychology Association’s Avant-Garde Clinical Intervention competition for the Virtual Gratitude Visit (VGV) and the 2019 winner of the case study competition for his research using psycho-dramatic methods to deliver positive interventions. Dan’s passion is Positive Psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on our weaknesses, positive psychology focuses on our strengths, cultivating our best selves so we can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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  • His struggle with depression
  • Depression from his marriage ending
  • On  traditional psychology to alleviate suffering
  • Traditional therapy
  • On his friendship with Joel Markowski and how they solve problems, and lessons learned in  40 years of friendship
  • Flow called autotelic
  • Advice to someone who doesn’t have that kind of long-term friendship?
  • Develop spiritual habits if you’re alone to begin with a meditation prayer
  • When you’re in a depression, it’s like looking through life with a dark screen
  • A morning search for gratitude
  • There’s a saying in meditation, there’s no such thing as a bad meditation.
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Dispositional mindfulness
  • Loving kindness meditation
  • Correlation between mindfulness, meditation and positive psychology according to you
  • How have you learned to be hopeful about things when life is not easy when there are challenging events
  • Risk assessment of the future
  • Positive psychology comes into play and then ask us to focus on things that we already have and focusing on our strengths.
  • The power of positivity to overcome depression
  • Cherishing or relationships
  • Dan’s relationship with her daughter
  • It wasn’t so much the children that needed the help, but it was their parents who were creating toxic or difficult environments
  • Creative non-fiction writing
  • The Art of story writing
  • Screenwriting craft
  • Compassion with people with disabilities
  • Story of a man Richie 
  • and much more!

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