340 Meet The Queen Of Impact, Odette Peek Laurie

July 19, 2018

Odette Peek Laurie is a speaker, a coach, and an author and she's known as the Queen of Impact. She has a vision of a world where fear is eliminated from one million people across the globe by 2020 so they can live their life with power, purpose and without apology. She now works with unlikely leaders and game-changers who have a burning desire to change the world, but lack a strategy. Using her proprietary, seven-step proven process, they will craft a strong, unique message and amplify it to create a successful and impactful business.

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Most Influential Person

  • Gabrielle Bernstein, American motivational speaker, life coach, and author.

Effect on Emotions

  • I am way more chill, way more calmer. And whenever I find myself getting all out of sorts, I just grab myself and take 15 minutes of positive manifestation thought.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I never used to breathe. And my daughter has anxiety and she has tattooed underneath her heart, it says, 'just breathe'. So together, wherever we're freaking out, it's just three deep breaths.

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Bullying Story

  • I do actually have a story about bullying. That's a great question because I do talk about bullying in my Tedx talk and how bullying is so prevalent in our schools today.
  • Bullying is a leading cause of anxiety, depression, suicide amongst kids. And so when I wrote the Tedx talk, I looked back on my own life and I remember two very distinct moments.
  • One was in grade seven. I was a small person for grade seven and it was a new school and there was this grade eight girl who was, what I would say huge. In fact, she was half a foot taller than me. She was on the basketball team. She was strong and I was just kind of meek and mild. She wanted to beat me up. And we used to walk to the variety store.
  • I was scared to death, but I had friends that were literally like an entourage and they supported me and they were like, no way, we're going to have to make sure that she gets stays away from you.
  • She came up to me and she's bullying me and I was literally surrounded by friends and I felt so protected, scared out of my mind, but so protected.
  • I've had a few of those moments in school like that and I look back now and I decided, you know, when I was I think 27 I took, took up martial arts and got myself a black belt in karate.
  • Part of it was because I wanted to know how to defend myself physically in case I ever got into another altercation. But what I actually got more out of it was the sense of determination and mindset around protection of self.
  • I think if anything, it taught me a lot about discipline for my own head space, if that makes any sense. So I don't feel bullied and haven't felt bullied for a long time.
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339 Heal PTSD Memories With Mindfulness and Soul Link; Gary Sinclair

July 16, 2018

Gary Sinclair helps people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as  PTSD. His system is called 'Soul Link' and he's been using it to neutralize PTSD memories in over 10,000 people since 2014. Gary grew up with asthma and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 22. By age 36 he was wheelchair-bound and had lost 80% of his mobility.  As a result of a miracle at age 42, Gary regained full mobility and became an acclaimed Senior Figure Skater, winning as the US National Senior Olympic Free Style Figure Skating Champion.  

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Effect on Emotions

  • Because I live and breathe and have my being in that, which is the energy mindfulness is, it's where we're at. We walk and talk and live it and we don't realize we do. We think we don't.
  • We think it's something we have to go for; something we have to get. But the reality is it's who we are. Move into it, become that which you are.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • The answer is simply take a deep breath, hold it, and then just slowly let it out and notice what happens to your entire being. What changed in your thought while you were doing it? There's your answer.
  • Two things you have to have: the energy of the heartbeat and breath, in order to live. Breath of life. Enjoy it

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Bullying Story

  • The quickest story about bullying is one that just came to mind. I can remember standing on the edge of the ice rink getting ready to go out and compete.
  • The judges had told me that they didn't have a high enough category age level for me to really be there and if I didn't mind, they would combine me with the 21 year and over. But I needed to understand that if I didn't win the course, I wouldn't receive a metal. That was fine with me. I said, I'm here to win it.
  • As I go onto the ice, the young man standing there who just came off said, okay, pops, go show us what you think you can do. And my mind immediately popped to what I knew was a mindset and I said to him, sir, if you don't mind, if I were you, I'd stand right here because I'm not going out there to show you how I win a medal, I'm going out there to show you why I won it already.
  • That's mindset. That's mindfulness. That's about putting life in preview and living it.
  • You know, the average person has 60,000 complete thoughts a day. 80 to 85 percent of those thoughts they had yesterday, and tomorrow doesn't become different.
  • Life is different for me because I look at tomorrow knowing that's my future, it's my job to create it. It's my job to live.
  • It is my job to be who I am in my mind, in a mindset now that produces the future that I desire and the change in other people's lives because of it.
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338 Build A Radical Platform Through Visibility With Debbi Dachinger

July 12, 2018

Debbi Dachinger is an expert in visibility. She is the author of best-selling books including Dare To Dream, Wisdom To Success and PR Magnet. Debbi does red carpet interviews and was previously an award-winning actress and singer. She is a media personality, has been interviewed on over 800 radio and TV shows, and is a dynamite keynote speaker onstage. Debbi helps leaders and global messengers write bestselling books, learn what their message is, and schedules clients on media interviews.

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Most Influential Person

  • My dog.

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness is the great leveler of my emotions.
  • Mindfulness is the greatest tool I know. In a moment I can use it anytime and it has caused me to widen back so I can see all options. It has caused me to calm down. It has caused me to love myself and see opportunities and has created an immense healing inside of me that honestly it's an ROI; the more I use it, the more returns I get.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is tremendous, right? If you do nothing else, you can change your breath.
  • If you do nothing else, if you're in a room and you don't want to do anything, you don't want to do EFT tapping or suddenly start meditating, you can literally just [focus on] your breath and watch your breath come in and out and that will alter everything.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: Anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • App: Calm With Cancer (An app for cancer patients but anyone can use it)
  • App: Deepak and Oprah's Meditation App

Bullying Story

  • When I was in sixth grade; so I was unpopular by the way. I was really awkward, really shy. And that went on for quite some time and for whatever reason when I got into high school, I completely changed. I then became very popular. So during this unpopular phase of my life, I was in sixth grade as I told you.
  • I was acting and singing since I was a peanut and I was cast as the lead in our school play and the people who were the popular kids sat at the very front lunch table in the lunchroom, eating together every day.
  • And one day when I was in this play, one of those people came up and said, would you like to join us? And I'm like, oh my God, they're talking to me. So cool. I take my little lunch bag. And it's like, hell yeah, this is awesome. Play goes on. I'm sitting everyday with them as part of their group. It's wonderful as far as I'm concerned. And then the play ends and I got there to the lunch table one day early, same popular lunch table. And Larry Asacaro looked over at me and said, what are you doing here? I said, this is where I eat, is with you guys, and he said, just so you know, nobody here likes you.
  • And I looked at him and I was so shocked and I said, you're a liar. That's not possible. You're a liar. He said I'm not a liar and to prove it to you, I want you to come out to the playground after school is over. So at 3:00, because I had no mindfulness to protect me at all, no choice. I just knew he said it.
  • I went out to the playground and what happened Bruce, is, I stood on the playground and all of those kids, guys and girls ten to 12 of them stood around me and they went around and each one of them told me why they didn't like me and why they didn't want me to be hanging around with them.
  • And Oh my God, can you imagine the impact of a sixth grader being told all of what's wrong with you and all why they're begging you to go away. And stop spending time with them? Devastating.
  • I didn't have anyone to go talk to at home about it. So I just ingested that trauma and of course never ate with them again.
  • Had I had mindfulness; like I said, observer rather than reactor. I mean, first of all, I really believe if I had been mindful and the energy had changed or even when it started, I might've noticed. They are just looking at me like I'm the star of the show. I'm the newest thing to come along and the 'it' girl for the next 15 minutes. So I might have even been aware of that.
  • And had I not, certainly when this boy turned to me, I would have been mindful enough to say no. I probably wouldn't have trusted going out to a playground or seeing what's happened.
  • And then if I'd gone out to the playground, I would have been mindful enough to take care of myself and say, you know, this is pretty interesting, but I don't need to hear this anymore.
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337 The Conscious Power Of Awareness In Business and Life; Bob Rosen

July 9, 2018

Bob Rosen is a trusted CEO adviser, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. He has long been on a mission to transform the world of business, one leader at a time. Bob founded Healthy Companies International over twenty years ago with the singular goal of helping executives achieve their leadership potential. Bob and his colleagues started an in-depth study of leadership. Since then, he has personally interviewed more than 500 CEOs in forty-five countries in organizations as diverse as Ford, Citigroup, Pepsi, and Johnson & Johnson. He has become an adviser to many of these companies and coordinates the Healthy CEO Roundtable. Bob’s most recent book is called Conscious: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life.

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Most Influential Person

  • My husband, Jay.

Effect on Emotions

  • I think that everybody feels their emotions in a band and some people have a narrow band of emotions and some people have a medium band and some people have a very wide band, like a manic depressive would have a very wide band and some people are stoic and have a narrow band.
  • I'm in the middle. And so I feel life intensely; both the ups and the downs and so my mindfulness has enabled me to manage that so that my band isn't too wide and hijack me in the process.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Oh, I have to remind myself all the time. I sort of laugh at myself when I'm in the shower or I'm walking and I notice that I'm not even breathing. I'm like holding my breath and so deep breathing is such a wonderful skill to develop in terms of getting more peaceful and mindful.

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Bullying Story

  • I'll give you a personal example and then a business example. A personal example is I'm a gay man and I, I've been with my husband now for 35 years, but I've been very sensitive to watch how society has changed on its consciousness about gay and lesbian people.
  • I also look at the 'Me Too' movement and women, and there were so many men who were abusing women and they weren't conscious of the fact that they were doing it.
  • The norms were such that they could get away with it and women for their part may or may not have been conscious of being abused or they didn't want to talk about it and they developed their own consciousness to speak out and to be comfortable with their own personal power in the world.
  • So those are examples where I think bullying has affected my life. In a real life example take ABC studios and Roseanne Barr. It's a great example. People knew Roseanne's track record and they knew her prejudices, but they wanted a hit series.
  • They hired her and one wonders whether if they were a little more conscious and aware of the potential impact, the inevitable impact of Roseanne discovering that she can speak out and say her mind in the most prejudicial way, you know, maybe they wouldn't have made that investment.
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336 Be Bold and Never Be Old Says Fitness Trainer Rico Caveglia

July 5, 2018

Rico Caveglia is a trainer specializing in being totally vital and fit even if you’re older. Rico’s chronological age is 76 years, yet his fitness age is 35. He’s creator of The Ageless Living Lifestyle, The Vitality For Life Training System and the Be Bold Never Be Old wellness Club. He is a speaker, an author of 17 books, and has been a personal trainer for 36 years. He is a multi Gold and Silver Medalist in the California State Senior Olympics. Rico’s specialty is all about helping others have high energy and be motivated and fit so they can be as successful as they want to be. Rico is the host and creator of the Fearless Aging Podcast.

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  • Website: www.BeBoldNeverBeOld.com
  • Join Rico's 'Be Bold, Never Be Old online Wellness Club' (You can join for just $1 for the first month just to check it out and you get 4 personal training videos. And then after that, it's only $20 a month.

Most Influential Person

  • Deepak Chopra

Effect on Emotions

  • We've got to move. Our bodies are meant to move. I want to mention, have you heard the term sitting is the new smoking? It's so true. You know, at first we thought that, you know, well, sitting too much, of course it gives you a stiff back and the spine and it means my back's gonna hurt and you're not feeling too good.
  • But now there's been studies that it shows that it really slows your metabolism down, you know, blood pools in your legs, it's really bad for your digestion. And most of all metabolic functions are hindered by sitting too much.
  • So what I recommend is don't try and sit for more than 30 to 60 minutes at the most.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Well, our breath is really the connection to, however you want to think of it, to your higher self, to spirit.
  • It is the main component of our life. We can only stay alive for a few minutes if we don't breathe. Right? So breathing is so important.
  • What we have to realize is, it is our most powerful tool of all. If you're feeling really anxious or upset or excited, if you just take some nice deep, slow breath, they'll calm you right down.
  • And on the other hand, if you're feeling kind of, I'm a little funky, little tired, a little fuzzy, just take some, some short, some deep, powerful breaths, called the breath of fire. It'll energize you.
  • So our breath is our most important tool that we need to stay connected with. Realize that our breath is actually called inspire.
  • It's our connection to our higher self until all the knowledge that we actually need. So you just need to really focus on your breathing anytime that you're feeling unsettled.

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Bullying Story

  • I'm not sure that I can pick up an actual story. I guess laughing and teasing someone; that is a form of bullying. I guess we wouldn't have thought about it in those days; it wasn't even a term, but that was a form of bullying without either party understanding that.
  • Yes. I mean if we had the capacity to be mindful in those days and realize that if anybody is being unkind or hurtful to anybody else, you actually have to feel sorry for them because they have something going on. They're not feeling comfortable with themselves.
  • And so if we could have been mindful in those days, then you wouldn't let it bother you. Right? You would just say, well, these people are being silly or being stupid and I feel sorry for them.
  • I don't know if I can think of an actual story. That moment of something where I had the experience where I use mindfulness, but I try and do that all the time now. If someone is that way, you know, so many being stupid or saying bad things to someone or to yourself you just let it go.
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335 Mindful Marketing From Within; Cindy Schulson

July 2, 2018

Cindy Schulson shows coaches and consultants how to stand out in this noisy online world by marketing with heart versus hype. One of her greatest gifts is helping her clients sort through their “brain dump” of ideas so they can find the golden nuggets that make them shine in their own unique way. Cindy is known for her down-to-earth approach – what you see is what you get. Her love of adventure has led her to live and work in five countries, and she continues to bring that adventurous spirit to both her business and life.

Listen & Subscribe on:  iTunes / Stitcher / Podbean / Overcast / Spreaker / Spotify

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Most Influential Person

  • My 13-year-old son

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness keeps me grounded. I'm all about nature and if something's on my mind, I go out for a hike and I can take the time and space to look around and appreciate the beautiful tree that I see. It just brings me back to who I really am at my core and what's important.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I need to practice. I'll be honest. I need to practice that more. I don't have a quick temper. I don't need to do that as much, [deep breathing] but I'm sure there are moments like when I'm pissed off at my kid that I need to do that better.

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Bullying Story

  • I do have a bullying story. I mentioned to you that I was a bit of an awkward kid and I was actually quite bullied all through high school.
  • I was not at all in tune with who I really was at that point. And I think that's quite common with teenagers and I think that's why it's so much harder for kids to be bullied because they don't have that skill set yet.
  • I would have really benefited from it. And again, my 13-year-old teaches me. Here's a quick story. He plays hockey and he came out of hockey practice and he was saying, Oh, this one person was giving me a hard time today.
  • He was criticizing all my plays and stuff. I said, look, didn't that bother you? Like he's your friend? And he said, no, I know who I am. It doesn't matter what he thinks about me.
  • If I had had that skill set when I was young, I would have dealt with things much better.
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334 Expand Your Mind With Julius; Brad and Kasey Wallis

June 28, 2018

Kasey and Brad Wallis are authors, international speakers, and workshop leaders, with an expertise in releasing limitations, lack and need. They have been featured guests on over 400 media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, NBC, and ABC, as well as mainstream radio, podcasts and telesummits. Brad and Kasey’s passion is to help people transform themselves and their lives. Their expertise allows others to know the highest version of themselves. They offer workshops and training experiences on their beautiful property in Utah.

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Most Influential Person

  • Kasey: My father and my brother.
  • Brad: Ghandi

Effect on Emotions

  • Brad: Mindfulness has certainly made me more aware of my emotions. I was very much afraid not to show emotion. In fact, I was raised to not be an emotional person. And since becoming who I am today, I have no problem whatsoever showing my emotion about anything.
  • Kasey: [Mindfulness and emotion] go right in alignment. Once you become aware of one thing, you automatically become aware of everything else and the mind and the emotion click engage together to create everything for you. But learning that you can choose, that helped me honor my emotions, helped me want my emotions, helped me to love my emotions and to help me dig those emotions out of everybody that I come in contact with because that's where intimacy lies.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Brad: I'll say I breathe more today than I ever have in my life. I do understand the power of closing my eyes and taking a few breaths. I get that now. Yeah, it's very powerful.
  • Kasey: Breath is the physical action of alignment and quiet and calm and it was meant for physical embodiments to keep us in that state continually as an automated system just like blinking. And yet we've completely lost our acknowledgment and appreciation for it. So like anything else in life as we go back to everything that we appreciate and we love, we become masters of.

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Bullying Story

  • As you know, the bullier is also a victim. They are on the other side of the victimhood ball by being the implementer of victimhood upon someone who chooses to be a victim.
  • They will eventually figure out that bullying is not bringing them joy either, but we understand what you're saying as far as, as the person being bullied. We actually have experience with this because of my son.
  • We live in southern Utah. And so without having to say blatantly to everybody, I'm sure you can probably figure out what the dominant religion in Utah is. It's extraordinarily judgmental and extraordinarily controlling and their behaviors are very much dictated to them.
  • I brought my children to southern Utah when they were very young and my son is gay and not Mormon. And he doesn't hunt or fish or kill things to be manly. And he was a bullying magnet as a child. [We tried] to keep him out of the way of some of these horrible, horrible kids.
  • We also taught him empowerment of, not taking the role on in the sense that, your reaction to an action continues to conflict in the action. Okay. To stand up and say, no, I'm not gonna be in conflict with you.
  • Now some people will say, yeah, that's all fine and dandy, but he's gonna get his ass kicked a few times. We say, yeah, a little bit, but he got better. He got better at not crawling around almost looking for the kid to kick him. Now, of course, working resourcefully with the kid that was bullying as well.
  • We're not going to just stand back and allow that process to take place, of course. Because it is a two-way street. It's a massive street, a speedway of parents and kids and society and instructors, you know, those people that are in charge. They don't get it. So having conversations with principals and parents and the kids in the room and talking about love and compassion and tolerance and victim hood; that seemed to help.
  • It really did seem to help to understand that the bully is a victim also, and part of that is him or her desperately seeking acknowledgment, desperately seeking some form of empowerment and to help teach them that there are other ways to get your empowerment than trying to take it from somebody else.
  • So we worked that way with my son and all of his friends because he was in theater. So growing up then into high school at a performing arts high school, there were transgender children, bisexual children, homosexual children. We were the cool house everybody wanted to come to because they could all talk about whatever they wanted. It was actually quite eye-opening.
  • But our job was to empower these kids to let them know who their soul was and their whole energy shifts. They'd go from really almost attracting the bullies to having some protection.
  • That was a great experience to be able to walk through and continue to walk through because we work with those groups still.
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333 Don’t Wait To Be Great Proclaims Raven Blair Glover

June 25, 2018

Raven Blair Glover is an interview expert, a three times award winning talk show host extraordinaire also known as the  Talk Show Maven. Jack Canfield referred to Raven as "One Of The Best Interviewers On The Planet". She has interviewed such stars as Lou Gossett Jr, Brian Tracy, Montel Williams, Ali Brown, Sherri Shepherd, Brendan Bouchard and Lisa Nichols. Raven is a former CNN radio personality and is known by many as the queen of Internet radio. Raven is recipient of the Barack Obama 2016 Presidential Achievement Award. She is also the inventor of HatWraps; the first ever patented hat accessory that turns one hat into several looks.

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Most Influential Person

  • Alex Mandossian

Effect on Emotions

  • Well, mindfulness has helped me be a calmer person.
  • It's helped me to be more clear of where I'm going; more laser focused. It's helped me to understand sometimes I got to go on lockdown to get things done.
  • This is what I teach my clients, lockdown is where you cut off your phones and your texts. You contact the people that you need to get in contact with; family members and stuff and say, Hey, for the next 24 hours, 48 hours, weekend or week, I'm on I'm on lockdown because I'm going to finish this book, I'm going to finish the project, and it helps me to be on purpose with a definite purpose.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Meditation helps me to breathe; to have my breathing in balance. Okay. Where I'm not that anxious. I'm trying to rush because when I get anxious, my blood pressure shoots up.
  • So I've had to learn to be calm and take deep breaths, inhale and exhale and push out the negative and suck in the positive.
  • When you let go, kind of like a balloon, let go of it and feel yourself being free to be you.
  • So having a pattern of breathing calmly and breathing rhythmically, you know, has helped me stay clear, be more positive, be more focused and like I said, being more on purpose with a definite of purpose.

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Bullying Story

  • You know what? I can't say I ever was bullied. I can say that I was probably someone that was looked at as a bully, not to the extent of a bully as [people see it] today because it is really bad today, but this was years ago.
  • When I think back to grade school, I was in fights. And guess what, bringing it back to mindfulness, it was because my parents were very strict on me. We used to get whippings and and it was the fact that I was just living out anger because of what I was going through.
  • I believe people are a product of their product. Many people that have been abused, become abusers, right? Many people who were on drugs, are on drugs now. Their intentions were never to be on drugs, but they were brought up around that.
  • And so a lot of times people take their anger, they're really angry at themselves or what they're going through and they take it out on those that are weaker. So that's why I'm so glad now I get a chance to serve and I've become such a better person and, and all that.
  • And when I thought about your show and I know you're about bullying, I would have to say that I probably would have been considered someone that bullied those that seemed to appear to be more timid and stuff because of the anger.
  • So with that said, one of the things that I had to do to change my life was read and listen to audios and videos. I had to do a lot of reading interviews. Well, they were my therapy because I couldn't afford therapy.
  • I made a list of people that could help me. And as much as I love my audience, I asked them the questions that I needed to know because I needed to get better and it certainly has helped me.
  • Am I where I want to be? No. But like that old saying, thank God I ain't where I used to be. I just want to tell people, whatever you did in the past, the good news is you can correct it. It's not something I'm proud of.
  • I don't even know if anybody called me a bully. And because I knew your show was about that, I really meditated on it and I said, well, you know, I was probably bullying people that were more timid because I had so much anger.
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332 Be a Mindful Master Connector Says Virginia Muzquiz

June 21, 2018

Virginia Muzquiz is known as the Referral Diva. She is an Executive Director with Business Network International, the Chief Connections Officer with Master Connectors, Inc and the host of the Passion+Purpose=IMPACT podcast. Well-known for her ability to connect the people she meets with people they need to know, Virginia is on a mission to help solo business owners connect to their purpose and their passion so they can build businesses that fund their dreams and have massive impact on the community where they live and serve.

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Most Influential Person

  • Callan Rush

Effect on Emotions

  • I'm no longer a reactive slave to my emotions. I'm actually a casual observer.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is what ties the mind to clarity. I think breathing is what gives me clarity, focus and vision.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: Anything by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • App: iTunes - Meditative music which I preview on Pandora and then purchase on iTunes
  • Also search for Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. It's a Buddhist chant.

Bullying Story

  • I'll tell you a story because it does have that 'if I had known how to deal with it different' slant because I actually had a similar situation. I was 12 years old, 11 or 12 and it was in fifth grade and I was invited to Dana Amoli's birthday party. I felt like, oh my God, I made it. Dana was going to have me over to her house. I was going to get to go to the party and everything.
  • What I didn't know is I was the entertainment. Like if you've ever seen the movie mean girls, like I was the entertainment. So after all the parents went to bed, it probably was 11 or 12:00 at night.
  • The girls, they were all doing that thing where you lay down and you do light as a feather, stiff as a board and lift with two fingers.
  • Well, they got me to lay down, but instead of doing light as a feather stiff as a board, they held me down. They smeared me with green Jello and they shoved me in a closet and that's where I slept. I pounded on the door. I begged for them to let me out. And they didn't let me out until the morning.
  • I can't even remember really what happened because I'm sure that Mrs Amoli was horrified and talked to my mother. I don't remember.
  • That moment is like sticky and in the dark and laughing and, you know, that was just like, it's so wow. It's so present for me and how cruel and ucky that was.
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331 Become An Empowered Educator With Jen Molitor

June 18, 2018

Jen Molitor is a teacher who believes we should teach children, not curriculum. She’s on a mission to empower and unite teachers and parents all over the world. Her superpower is getting teachers to smile and enjoy teaching again. She brings a refreshing perspective that lifts you up when you want to walk out, reminding you of the real reason you became an educator.
We are all teachers. Let’s spread the message that powerful teaching is done through the heart. Start there, and as if by magic, the mind also opens to learning.

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Most Influential Person

  • Louise Hay, Author

Effect on Emotions

  • I'm more centered. I'm a better mom, a better wife, a better person.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • It helps to slow me down, helps to connect me and get in touch with my body in a quicker way.

Suggested Resources

Bullying Story

  • I think there are a lot of stories about people being bullied and picking on them and I have some. However, I don't want to share that. I want to share one from a teacher perspective and what I'm seeing in schools because I think it's really powerful.
  • I think it's powerful as a parent too, to model these kinds of things. I think that parents and teachers in this authority type of responsibility, we're taking care of kids, we're in charge of them.
  • We can tend to bully kids ... because I said so and this is how it's done and we have all these other things to get through. So just sit down and this is what you have to do and I don't care if you dropped your pencil, you know, like this kind of thing.
  • And I think inadvertently we are really sending this message to kids that they're not as important. Right now I work as a gifted intervention specialist and instructional coach and so part of my time I work with kids in my room who are identified as gifted. It's a pullout type of atmosphere.
  • So I have between eight and 20 kids in my room and when they come to my room I hear some of the grumbling that happens from what teachers told them in the hallway, like their whole class had to go back to the class and sit down because two kids were talking in the hallway or one kid got in trouble and everyone else had to get the brunt of it.
  • So what I've come to discover is that we need to have more mindful conversations with kids and step out of our ego for a little bit. And if a kid is misbehaving, it's usually because they're discouraged.
  • They don't wake up one day and say, who can I tick off today? I can't wait. It's more of, I'm feeling uncomfortable if something's going on, I'm discouraged. And, I need attention. I need this. I'm going to throw this or get in trouble there.
  • I don't eat the teacher's lounge anymore. I stopped that and it's been helpful. So that kind of complaining and venting about kids and other people.
  • Even as a mom, if there's another mom on the soccer field and all the moms are talking about that person, well that's, that's kind of bullying too.
  • And I think we have to model for others, you know, like grace. I think we have to model grace. Like, no, she doesn't wear what I would wear and maybe she doesn't do what I would do or drive the car that I would, or treat her kid like I would.
  • There's got to be a place for some grace for kids, for teachers, for adults.
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