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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055 Mindfulness & Parenting: Michelle’s a guest on the Tilt Parenting Podcast

August 3, 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 is interviewed by Debbie Reber on the Tilt Parenting Podcast

More than 20 percent of today’s kids are in some way neurologically atypical, or what Debbie refers to as “differently wired.” And because the world isn’t set up to accommodate their unique way of being, these exceptional kids, and the parents raising them, struggle to navigate their journey. Mindfulness can support that path. If you are raising an exceptional kid and want to find out how to tap into the resources at TiLT parenting you can find Debbie at http://www.tiltparenting.com/start-here/  

Register for the free online conference Mindful Parenting in a Messy World which runs from September 18th-20th. 
Register here: https://conference.michellegale.com/podcast/

Sign up for the Mindful Parenting Online Course ‘The Foundations of Practice” offered October 2018. 
Register here: https://michellegale.com/courses/

 

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054 Using Mindfulness For Emotions - Tools for the Messiness of Everyday Life from the Happily Family Conference

July 27, 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 is interviewed by Cecilia & Jason Hilkey for the bi-annual Happily Family Conference. Learn more about Jason & Cecilia and the wonderful work they do at https://www.happilyfamily.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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053 Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, with Roshi Joan Halifax

July 20, 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 and Roshi Joan explore parenting through five psychological territories she calls Edge States―altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement―each epitomizing strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are. 

Joan Halifax has enriched thousands of lives around the world through her work as a humanitarian, a social activist, an anthropologist, and as a Buddhist teacher. Over many decades, she has also collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social transformation. Through her unusual background, she developed an understanding of how our greatest challenges can become the most valuable source of our wisdom―and how we can transform our experience of suffering into the power of compassion for the benefit of others. 

Joan's new book can be found on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

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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