065 An Exploration of Early Care and Education: Parent as Advocate, with Autumn McFarland

November 2, 2018

Join Michelle as she explores early care and education from the perspective of a parent advocate.

Autumn McFarland, founder of Family Factor and mother of two earned her Masters Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Human Development and Child Psychology.

Autumn brings more than a decade of experience working with both academic settings and families. She has taught children both here in America and abroad and has a rich understanding of what different family units can look like. Autumn found most of her passion for Family Factor in the meditation and learned patience of what it means to be a mother and a partner to her husband Shane. Autumn’s passion for child advocacy drives her work to ensure that every child feels safe and supported in their academic environment and that every parent feels supported and in partnership with those caring for their children.

Learn more about Autumn at www.Familyfactor.org

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064 Equanimity & The Calm In the Storm - Michelle is interviewed by Julie Neale of Mother’s Quest

October 26, 2018

This conversation, rooted in how to bring more equanimity to our lives–finding our center of calm in the storm– Michelle draws on that training today as an advisor to organizations like Wisdom 2.0, in trainings with corporations like Disney and Google, for summits and workshops for parents that she organizes, and as a parent with her own two boys at home.

An awareness of our impact in the day to day, through being a mindful parent, is something that Michelle embodies in her own parenting, in the appreciation she describes for her own mother, a single parent who adopted Michelle at the age of four months old, and in the ways that she makes mindfulness relatable and accessible to those she teaches.

As you listen to this episode, I invite you to slow down by taking your own three breaths with us, tap into Michelle’s intention for finding “equanimity,” your center in the midst of chaos, and open yourself to Michelle’s wisdom. If you do, I’m certain you’ll find more of your calm in the storm and connect more fully to your own mindful parenting in a messy world.  

You can learn more about Julie Neale and Mother’s Quest HERE.

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063 Just Breathe: A conversation with Mallika Chopra

October 19, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. 

Join Michelle and Malika as they explore her new book Just Breathe, which is a fun and accessible, fully illustrated go-to meditation guide for kids ages 8 to 12. This book is full of specific exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and tips to lead a healthier, happier, and more connected life.

Learn more about Malika here        

Purchase Just Breathe on Amazon  

Sign up for the Mindful Parenting Online Course ‘The Foundations of Practice” offered October 2018 here.

 

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062 Resilience - Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster with Linda Graham

October 5, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. 

Resilience is the learned capacity to cope with any level of adversity, from a series of small annoyances to the struggles and sorrows that break our hearts to the utter disasters that change our lives forever.  

Resilience is essential for surviving and thriving in a world full of troubles and tragedies, and it is completely trainable and recoverable - when we know how.

Linda Graham's new book has more than 130 evidenced-based tools to help you cope with anything, anything at all.

A step-by-step process to strengthen the foundations of resilience:

Somatic Intelligence: body-based tools to restore our baseline physiological equilibrium, and inner sense of safety, the range of resilience that primes the brain’s neuroplasticity for learning and growth.

Emotional Intelligence: managing the full range of emotions, empathizing with and managing reactions to other people’s emotions, cultivate practices to antidote the innate negativity bias of the brain and reliable shift the functioning of the brain out of reactivity and contraction into more openness, receptivity. Not just to feel better but to do better.

Relational Intelligence within Oneself: Using self-awareness and self-acceptance practices to foster inner capacities of response flexibility and claim and inner secure base of resilience, the “home base” of a wise, trustworthy, courageous self.

Relational Intelligence with Others: learning how to engage with other people, in both intimate and social relationships, in ways that allow you to trust and connect with them as refuges and resources of resilience.

Reflective Intelligence: cultivating the mindful awareness that allows us to see clearly what’s happening (and our reactions to what’s happening) shift perspectives, rewire habitual thought patterns that block response flexibility , discern options and make wise choices.

 

LINDA GRAHAM, MFT is an experienced psychotherapist, coach, and trainer in the recovery of resilience. She integrates practices of mindfulness, relational psychology, and modern neuroscience in her international trainings, workshops and conferences.

 

You can learn more about Linda at https://lindagraham-mft.net/

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061 The Science and Skill of Forming Positive Habits with Glen Lubbert

September 21, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. 

We are all creatures of habit aren’t we? Unfortunately,  some of our habits don’t bring out the best in us. So how can we change behavior, learn a new habit or just start over again? Listen in as Michelle interview Glen Lubbert who at the moment is experimenting living as a digital nomad while researching habit formation through a series of workshops. You can join his Habit By Design community on Facebook.

Sign up for one of his upcoming 5 Day free habit coaching sessions to learn more about habit creation and behavioral design.

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060 Reflecting on Childhood, Sleep, Full Hearts and Big Hugs with Andrew Newman

September 14, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. 

Michelle explores the practice of presence with Dr. Dan Siegel along with its many positive effects on the parent child relationship.  

Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life.

An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle "Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows." Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.

Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

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059 Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dr. Dan Siegel

September 7, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. 

Michelle explores the practice of presence with Dr. Dan Siegel along with its many positive effects on the parent child relationship.  

Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life. 

An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle "Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows." Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.  

Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

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058 Falling Awake: How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life

August 31, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. 

Michelle has been reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s new book Falling Awake, How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life and she wanted to share it with everyone.

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More than 20 years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we think about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. He followed that up with 2005's Coming to Our Senses, the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our well-being on every level, physical, cognitive, emotional, social, planetary, and spiritual.

Now, the original text of Coming to Our Senses is being repackaged into 4 smaller books, each focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness, and each with a new foreword by the author. In this second of these books, Falling Awake (which was originally published as Part III and Part IV of Coming to Our Senses), Kabat-Zinn focuses on the "how" of mindfulness - explaining how meditation brings us into intimate relationship with all our senses, how to establish a formal meditation practice, and how to overcome some of the common obstacles to incorporating meditation into daily life in an age of perpetual self-distraction.

By "coming to our senses" - both literally and metaphorically - we can become more compassionate, more embodied, more aware human beings, and in the process, contribute to the healing of the body politic as well as our own lives in ways both little and big.

Remember to register for the free online conference Mindful Parenting in a Messy World which runs from September 18th-20th here.

Sign up for the Mindful Parenting Online Course ‘The Foundations of Practice” offered October 2018 here.

 

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057 The Foundations of Mindful Parenting

August 17, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated.

Michelle explores the four foundations of Mindful Parenting: breath, body, emotions, and thoughts.  

Register for the free online conference Mindful Parenting in a Messy World which runs from September 18th-20th here.

Sign up for the Mindful Parenting Online Course ‘The Fundamentals of Practice” offered October 2018 here.

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056 Inspiration & Insights for Modern Working Parents with Sara Mauskopf

August 10, 2018

The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated.

Join Michelle as she chats about being a working parent with Sara Mauskopf who is the co-founder of the website Winnie, whose mission is to create and organize the information parents need and make it accessible through products, technology & community. Whether you want to ask other parents for advice, find new things to do with your kids, or just get to the nearest changing table in a hurry, Winnie can help. www.winnie.com

Register for the free online conference Mindful Parenting in a Messy World which runs from September 18th-20th here.

Sign up for the Mindful Parenting Online Course ‘The Foundations of Practice” offered October 2018 here.

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