Reasons To Be Mindful
Jaja Dare | Deep Listening

Jaja Dare | Deep Listening

October 26, 2020

Summary: 

Wiradjuri woman, Jaja Dare, illustrates that there are many pathways to presence as she shares her unique practice and commitment to being aware, grounded and connected to self, others and the Earth.

In this powerful, final episode of Season 1, Jaja talks about her daily practice of checking and tuning in; deep listening, what it is and why we need more of it; the importance of nature and connecting back to country; healing, music and self-expression; and the Decolonise movement, Black Sovereignty and how important it is for everyone, black and white.

 

Don’t miss:

  • Jaja’s process for practicing awareness.
  • The importance of staying connected to oneself, others and nature.
  • Dealing with discomfort, a doorway to connection and understanding.
  • Deep listening, what it is and why we need more of it.
  • How we often seek comfort over freedom and give up the richness of life as a result.
  • Jaja speak about the Decolonise movement, what it is and how we can all play a part.

PLUS, the intelligence of the body and how to access it. 

 

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Produced by Jen Hill on Kaurna land. Music by Gary Martin.

 

Tim James | You Are Not Your Mind

Tim James | You Are Not Your Mind

October 19, 2020

Summary: 

From CEO and corporate gun to meditation teacher and nature lover, Tim James has followed an interesting career path; one that passed through burnout, stress and depression and ultimately led him back to (him)Self. Tim shares how learning about meditation was a revelation for him at a time when he was low, unclear and needing a change in life.

In this episode, Tim talks about his experience of mindfulness, self-inquiry and the nature of who we are. Tim also discusses some of the common misconceptions about meditation and mindfulness and how it is not as woo-woo, difficult or unrelatable as one might think.

 

Don’t miss:

  • Tim’s tips on dealing with thoughts during meditation.
  • How meditation helped Tim work out what he wanted to do with his life.
  • How mindfulness can help you through and out of low points in life.
  • Tim's perspective on self-inquiry, what it is and how to practice it.

PLUS, Tim shares one essential insight that transforms everything in life! 

 

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Produced by Jen Hill on Kaurna land. Music by Gary Martin.

 

Rob Gordon | Stop Thinking, Start Living

Rob Gordon | Stop Thinking, Start Living

October 12, 2020

Summary:

Rob Gordon was introduced to meditation early in his career through reading about the practices of successful businesspeople, but only came to find the true personal value to him during his recovery from deep depression. Mindfulness is now a daily practice for Rob, enabling him to better manage his mental health and create space between his thoughts, feelings, words and actions.

In this episode Rob talks about how he brings mindfulness into every part of his day and how he sees his meditation practice as an act of deep self-love, rendering him a more effective, creative and a nicer person for himself, his family and his business, and ultimately making his life more pleasant and his business more successful.

 

Don’t miss:

  • Why meditation is a decision that can save or make your business a lot of money.
  • How Rob punctuates his day with moments of mindfulness.
  • Rob’s car metaphor for looking after your mind.
  • Why Rob’s practice benefits his family.
  • Robs tips for living in the present moment.

 

PLUS, hear why Rob’s practice is an act of deep self-love.  

 

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Produced by Jen Hill on Kaurna land. Music by Gary Martin.

 

Candice and Lachi | Reset and Recentre

Candice and Lachi | Reset and Recentre

October 5, 2020

Summary:

Regular meditation helps Doggy Grub founders, Candice Ollivier and Lachi McGough, stay centred, organise their thoughts, reduce anxiety and reactivity, sleep better and enjoy life. With a rapidly growing business, Candice and Lachi rely on their practice to stay clear and intentional, present and attentive, calm and composed and keep things in perspective. In this episode, Candice and Lachi share their tips for managing overthinking and overreacting.

 

Don’t miss:

  • How Candice and Lachi use meditation to set themselves up for the day with a clear mindset, purpose and intention .
  • How Candice and Lachi use meditation as a tool to manage anger and anxiety.
  • Tips to help with stress and overwhelm.
  • Tips to stay present and attentive.
  • How resetting your energy and training your mind can make a huge difference to quality of life.

PLUS, great tips for beginners interested in starting meditation practice.

 

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Produced by Jen Hill on Kaurna land. Music by Gary Martin.

 

Mark Gregory | Zen

Mark Gregory | Zen

September 28, 2020

 

Summary:

After meditating for most of his life in the Sōtō Zen Buddhist tradition, Mark Gregory is a relaxed guy with a cool perspective on life, and despite his senior role as a University Chief Operating Officer, he finds work and play blur and peace and joy in both simple and complex activities.

In this episode, Mark shares the insights revealed during his 30+ year meditation practice during a fun, funny and fascinating conversation about clearing one’s mind and paying attention. Here is an example of how life can be when one learns to meditate young!

 

Don’t miss:

  • The ins and outs of Zen meditation.
  • How a long-term meditation practice can influence everyday life.
  • How meditation practice helps manage anger and other difficult emotions.
  • The art of acceptance and letting go.
  • Why meditation is as good as a holiday.

PLUS, Mark’s valuable advice for people for people curious about meditation.

 

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Natalie Michels | Mindful Leadership

Natalie Michels | Mindful Leadership

September 21, 2020

Summary:

CEO and daily meditator, Natalie Michels, discusses Mindful Leadership, how her meditation practice supports self-awareness, emotional regulation, mental health and being a better person, and how mindfulness in the workplace fosters better connection, communication, teamwork, staff retention and productivity.

 

Don’t miss:

  • How emotional regulation is good for business.
  • Advice from a female CEO on thriving in a male-dominated industry.
  • What Mindful Leadership looks like.
  • How to get the best from your staff.
  • Natalie’s advice for beginners who want to get started with meditation.

PLUS, Natalie’s simple technique for dealing with unwanted thoughts!

 

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Tarik Sammour | The Power of Visualisation

Tarik Sammour | The Power of Visualisation

September 14, 2020

Summary:

Tarik Sammour, colorectal surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide, talks about using visualisation to improve performance and surgical outcomes.

Visualisation is used by professionals in many fields to manage stress, enhance focus and communication and may be used in the health sector to improve patient healing, pain management and recovery times.

In this episode, Tarik shares his tips on using this powerful tool and also discusses the link between stress, mental health and the bowel, and the importance of mindset and psychology on health and patient outcomes.

 

Episode features:

  • How visualisation and mental rehearsal improve performance.
  • How emotional stress affects the bowel and vice-versa.
  • The influence of mindset and psychology on physical health, recovery and wellbeing.
  • How mindfulness and visualisation may be used for pain management, improved teamwork, risk management and resilience.
  • How we can all use visualisation deliberately as a skill that leads to success.

PLUS, Tarik’s insights into using visualisation in everyday work and life!

 

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Kadri Auvaart | Meditation Not Medication

Kadri Auvaart | Meditation Not Medication

September 7, 2020

Summary:

Kadri Auvaart speaks candidly about the need for discipline in managing her thoughts and emotions at a time when she was caring for both parents with Alzheimer’s whilst also supporting two young sons and working as a counsellor for vulnerable teenagers. The need, at this time, to be present for herself and others, for deep listening, authenticity and to maintain her own mental health was the impetus to begin a daily meditation practice.

 

Previously an overthinker who suffered from social anxiety, self-judgement and depression, Kadri now has a tool to deal with feelings of stress, helplessness and overwhelm. In this episode, Kadri speaks about emotional health and how even when we can’t control what happens to us, emotional regulation skills help us to maintain balance, nurture our wellbeing, and navigate our next steps in life.

 

Don’t miss:

  • Profound lessons and insights from Kadri’s long-term meditation practice.
  • How Kadri stays present and in control of her thoughts and feelings.
  • Kadri’s powerful daily mantra that programs her mind for success and sets herself up for the day ahead.
  • How mindfulness helps manage mental health and provides relief for anxieties, depression, self-judgement, overthinking, racing thoughts and catastrophising.
  • Kadri’s tips for being mindful in everyday life.

PLUS, Kadri’s tips for beginners who want to get started with meditation! 

 

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Dr Huu Kim Le | Being Present for Health and Humour

Dr Huu Kim Le | Being Present for Health and Humour

August 31, 2020

Summary:

As a psychiatrist and stand-up comedian, Dr Huu Kim Le is very aware of the importance of being present, and the value of meditation for his own success and the treatment of video game and technology addictions.

In this episode, Kim talks about how meditation supports emotional regulation, anxiety and addiction management, groundedness, presence, connection, empathy, resilience, creativity and purpose, and how practicing loving-kindness helped him deal with job burnout, making big decisions and managing ego dramas.

 

You don’t want to miss:

  • How Kim uses the power of presence to help and entertain people.
  • How overfocusing on results and self-identity can lead to failure and burnout.
  • Why people get addicted to video games and world-leading examples of how mindfulness is used to treat it.
  • How meditation increases connection, focus, resilience and relief from the pains of life.
  • Kim’s tips for comedians and creative thinkers.

Meditation is the best thing you can do for yourself and the world around you because it just makes you more connected to yourself, other people and the earth.Dr Huu Kim Le

 

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Kathy Coutts | Be Here Now

Kathy Coutts | Be Here Now

August 24, 2020

Summary:

Meditation has been life-changing for Kathy Coutts. Learning to meditate over 20 years ago gave her the ability to stay calm and centred during the emotionally turbulent breakdown of her marriage and busy work life. Since then, Kathy has established a daily practice of formal and informal activities and rituals that allow her to stay present, aware and mindful, and support a sense of inner contentment.

In this episode, Kathy shares the insights she’s gained about letting go of thoughts, dwelling in the past, managing emotions, self-reflection, self-care and spirituality.

 

You don’t want to miss:

  • The #1 lesson Kathy has learned from her 20+year meditation practice.
  • How Kathy maintains inner contentment, happy relationships and good holistic health.
  • The formal and informal activities that help Kathy stay present, aware and mindful.
  • The healing potential of working with emotions as energy in the body.
  • The power of gratitude.

 

PLUS, Kathy’s advice for people who say they can’t shut their mind off!

 

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