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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Kristi Roe — Lessons learned from 9/11, Creating Shared Meaning, Building Organizational Resilience, Handling Difficult Conversations, and Cultivating a Greater Sense of Purpose (#130)

The goal in life is to not relieve suffering, but rather to raise the bar for the human condition.

Kristi Roe: A visionary, seasoned Healthcare Experience Strategy Leader with demonstrated success in developing and working on quality, service improvement, and organizational resilience programs covering the hierarchy from top to bottom in an ever-changing clinical and HR environment. Proven background in formulating patient and teammate experience objectives, identifying areas of improvement by assessing and tracking performance, deploying patient and employee satisfaction statistics, and implementing optimized solutions that drive demonstrable outcomes.

Skilled in collaborating and influencing cross-functional teams, interacting with executives and serving people from all layers of society professionally, and fostering teams that support the transformation in an organization’s experience strategy. Consummate communicator; possess robust consultation, leadership, and time-management skills with proven expertise in enhancing the human experience (Patient, Provider, Teammate, and Volunteer experience) by defining vision and strategy and ensuring the implementation in line with the set objectives. 

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  • Experience in health care industry
  • Desire to work in the healthcare industry
  • First day of job experience on 9/11
  • Lessons from 9/11
  • Dark Moments from from 9/11
  • Handling difficult conversation with a colleague or a friend
  • Cultivate purpose and calling
  • Building resiliency in organizations
  • Cultivating influential leadership
  • Managing stress
  • Cultivating the practice of self-awareness
  • The process of journaling
  • Suffering in childhood
  • Sharing a story about the father’s emotional absence
  • Low grade depression
  • Asking others for help 
  • and much more!

People Mentioned: Martin Seligman

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Dr. Maria Sirois — Overcoming Victim Mentality, Happiness in the Darkest Times, Finding Meaning in the Suffering, Lessons Learned from the Hospice Facility, and More (#129)

Live in life. Not around it. Not beside it.

– Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. 

Maria is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat.

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  • Morning routine
  • Guided imagery meditation
  • Recommendations to people who struggle with Meditation
  • Victimhood experience of getting married early in life
  • Practices to overcome victim mentality
  • Awakening at the age of 29
  • Open to the good within yourself and in life without denying or negating the bad
  • Business impact due to pandemic
  • Self care practices during pandemic
  • Nine short reflections
  • Courageous moment from a childhood
  • Graceful transition from becoming a spiritual leader
  • Find happiness in the darkest times
  • Poem by a woman named Rosemary
  • The art of losing
  • Death of brother at the age of 50
  • Find meaning in the suffering, loss and grief
  • Working with hospice organizations
  • Lessons from hospice facility
  • Conversations with family on resilience
  • Social Intelligence
  • Cultivating great moments
  • Accepting paradox enables us to grow
  • Characteristics of a non resilient human being
  • Correlation between resilience and mindfulness
  • Grounded optimism
  • and much more!

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Judi Miller — Healing Inherited Trauma from Ancestors, Forgiveness Recipe, Past Life Connections, 90 Seconds Rule, Reflections to Open Your Heart, and Much More (#128)

When we let go of the stories, the labels and the judgments, we experience everything through the eyes of love, where there is no separation

– Judi Miller

Judi Miller started her career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to excel in the world of corporate finance for some of the largest companies in the world. As a graduate of the Harvard Executive Leadership Program, she has been dedicated to personal development and helping others excel in a constantly changing environment.

Judi has worked with some of the world’s most spiritual visionaries and is trained in energy and ancestral clearing and is certified in The Energy Codes, Happy for No Reason, and The Passion Test.

Her journey has brought her numerous lessons around the nature of the creator, forgiveness and the trajectory each soul follows throughout the course of many lives. Today, sharing these lessons is an integral part of her mission. As a coach, speaker and author, she shares her relatable and heartfelt messages with others who want to awaken to their true greatness and experience lasting happiness.

Her book, Perfect: A Path to Love, Forgiveness & Transformation, is a four-time #1 Amazon bestseller and #1 international bestseller. It will inspire you to live a life filled with greater freedom, joy and happiness.

Judi’s book: Perfect: A Path to Love, Forgiveness and Transformation

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Topics we discuss

  • Fear of sexual assault
  • Surgery for hysterectomy
  • Inherit the pain and the trauma from our parents and our ancestors.
  • Give that younger version of ourselves a voice
  • Forgiveness prayer
  • N.E.S.T. practice
  • When in argument – grab another person by their nose.
  • Healing from the surgery
  • Create that sensation of love in any moment for ourselves.
  • A certified energy codes facilitator
  • Central channel breathing
  • Shocking past life connection to someone dear
  • Hypnosis of potential past life regression
  • Past life regression
  • Law of attraction
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Group meditation
  • Setting intention for other people
  • Reflections and exercises to help you open your own heart and access forgiveness
  • Shift toward spirituality
  • and much more!

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Alain Hunkins — Creative Problem Solving, Getting Through Ugly Phase, Success Fundamentals, Leadership Code, Two Minute Journal, and More (#127)

You don’t  need to change the world, you need to change yourself

– Miguel Ruiz

Alain Hunkins helps high achieving people become high achieving leaders.  Over his twenty-year career, Alain has worked with over 2,000 groups of leaders in 25 countries. Clients include Wal-Mart, Pfizer, Citigroup, General Electric, State Farm Insurance, IBM, General Motors, and Microsoft. In addition to being a leadership speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach, Alain is the author of CRACKING THE LEADERSHIP CODE: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders (Wiley, March 2020), which was endorsed by leadership luminaries Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, and Marshall Goldsmith. A faculty member of Duke Corporate Education, Alain’s writing has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., Forbes, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, and Business Insider. 

A sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator and coach, Alain Hunkins is a leadership expert who connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. Leaders trust him to help unlock their potential and expand their influence, leading to superior results, increased engagement, higher levels of retention, and greater organizational and personal satisfaction. He has a gift for translating complex concepts from psychology, neuroscience and organizational behavior into simple, practical tools that can be applied on the job.

Alain has authored over 400 articles, and been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, The Association for Talent Development, CEO Refresher, and the American Management Association.

Alain‘s book: CRACKING THE LEADERSHIP CODE: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders

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  • 2 minute Journaling process?,
  • What are the ways to use to solve creative problems?
  • When you are on a walk – do you think about the problem statement or you just try to let it go?
  • How to navigate through the ugly phase in any area and how to deal inner critical voice?
  • What are the questions to ask for self-reflection?
  • and much more!

Books Mentioned:

The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think

People Mentioned: Daniel H. Pink, Marshall Goldsmith, Tasha Eurich, Scott Peck

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Kelly Boys — The Blind Spot Effect, From Autopilot to a Life of Insights, Developing Intelligence, Stepping out of Lifelong Patterns, and More (#126)

It feels that my whole life feels meditative

– Kelly Boys

Kelly Boys is a trainer with the United Nations Foundation where she co-developed and works to deliver a mindfulness and well-being program called “Peace on Purpose” for UN humanitarian and development workers on the front lines. She has delivered programs with UNDP (UN Development Program), UNICEF, UNFPA (UN Population Fund), UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), and UNRWA (UN Relief for Palestinian Refugees) from New York to the Middle East to Central Asia. She was the host of the Mindfulness Monthly Program with Sounds True Media Company, which launched February 2017, featuring interviews and fresh content with leading meditation teachers on various themes each month. Her book The Blind Spot Effect was released July, 2018 in English, May, 2019 in Spanish, and September, 2019 in Chinese.

She spent two years volunteering with James Fox of the Prison Yoga Project to create and deliver a weekly trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga program at San Quentin State Prison for incarcerated veterans, and has worked extensively in the field of trauma sensitive mindfulness, teaching meditation to US veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Kelly has been mentored for several years by clinical psychologist and founder of iRest Richard Miller, as well as psychotherapist John Prendergast, author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself, with whom she teaches retreats. She holds a degree in Intercultural Religious Studies and is a certified iRest® meditation teacher, Search Inside Yourself teacher, and is the founding advisor for the meditation app Simple Habit. She teaches retreats and workshops at spots like the Esalen Institute.

Kelly’s book: The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You

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  • What kind of questions we can ask in Inner Inquiry?
  • What did Adyashanti tell you about spirituality?
  • You have a degree in intercultural religious studies. What did you learn from religious studies?
  • Did you learn anything special while working in the prisons?
  • What does your meditation practice look like
  • and much more!

Books Mentioned: Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering. The Deep Heart: Our Portal to Presence

People Mentioned: Adyashanti, David Whyte, Rick Hanson, Richard Miller, John J. Prendergast Ph.D.

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Johnny Crowder — Suicide/Abuse Survivor, Exploring Mental Health, Recovery, Healing Past Trauma, Overcoming Pain, Peer Support in your Pocket (#125)

Johnny Crowder is a suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, recovery advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries across the globe. With 10 years of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from UCF, and a full decade of peer support and advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness under his belt, his frank and youthful vigor for the topic of mental health is unmatched. Whether speaking at events or touring with his band, Prison, Johnny’s authentic vulnerability and firsthand experience with multiple mental health diagnoses (ranging from bipolar disorder and OCD to schizophrenia) uniquely equip him to provide realistic, yet hopeful insight into the pains of hardship with levity and wit.

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  • How do you explain mental health to your family?
  • How did mental health manifest in your life?
  • You were diagnosed ranging from depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia – when were diagnosed with depression?
  • What was your self-talk when you were in high school, if you remember when you were going through depression and all other illnesses?
  • Do you have other practices in your life now to cultivate more positivity and kindness?
  • and much more!

Books Mentioned: The Power of Positive Thinking

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