201 How Your Dog Can Improve Your Leadership Skills Explains Dr. Ann Gatty

March 23, 2017

Dr. Ann Gatty is a business consultant with a difference. She partners with her dog; a Great Dane therapy dog named Baretta. Baretta, with Dr. Ann’s help, guides entrepreneurs & executives to a deeper level of mindfulness and other helpful strategies so their businesses will thrive. Dr. Ann is an expert in understanding and improving workplace culture. With lessons shared through Baretta’s perspective, Dr. Ann has authored a book called Leadership Unleashed: A Great Dane’s Wisdom for the Business World.

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Most Influential Person

  • Dr. Jerome Bruner (an American psychologist who made significant contributions to human cognitive psychology and the world of education)

Effect on Emotions

  • I think it just keeps me healthier. I think, mental health-wise, you stay calm, but then you understand how to celebrate and how to show gratitude and how to be thoughtful. That's what I like to do if something goes wrong, rather than saying, 'Gee, this was a loss, I won, I lose. No, I win and I learn so that I do something better. I think that mindfulness is a way that allows you to be introspective. It allows you to show a little metacognition where you can look outside and say what's really going on so that you can have a better perspective on how to analyze situations and how to learn from them.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • One thing you don't know is that years ago when I first arrived in Pennsylvania, I always wanted to sing well so I started to take singing lessons, voice lessons. If you know anything about voice lessons, the first thing they teach you is diaphragmatic breathing. The woman I studied with actually had a heart issue and she said, because of the diaphragmatic breathing it helped her a great deal to overcome some of the heart issues. It's just a healthy way to calm you down and you can reset easier and you're refreshed when you're using diaphragmatic breathing.  This is something that I take with me and if I start to feel that stress feeling, there's nothing like taking three breaths and you start to feel calm and that you're back in control of things and you can move on and be reset.

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Bullying Story

We have to be mindful of what is going around and also we have to be able to come forward if there is an issue and make certain there are specific rules. Just like we have a pack mentality here with the canines. I don't see any bullying there. If one dog starts to bully, you'll see another one coming forward and saying, hey, what's this? This isn't how we play. They sort of monitor each other to make certain that they're not getting into any of this.

In the workplace ... we do a lot of employee policy manuals that we create for our clients as we're helping them with their workplace culture. We just put that right out there because the worst thing you can have is a hostile work environment or anything where there is the slightest concern about bullying because the entire organization goes down; the productivity goes down. People don't do well if they're afraid. People don't do well when they're fearing that there can be some retribution for what is occuring with them in their lives. We put it out there that we won't tolerate this sort of thing and if it does, these are the steps you are to take.

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200 Cancer Mindfulness With Cancer Radio Network Founder Lee Silverstein

March 20, 2017

Lee Silverstein supports people dealing with cancer, and he's an all round connector of individuals. He has a podcast called The Colon Cancer Podcast which he created in 2015, after being diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2011. Since then, Lee has created The Cancer Radio Network. Lee has helped countless numbers of people through his show and his all around caring personality.

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Most Influential Person

  • My youngest sister, Margie.

Effect on Emotions

  • It's helped keep me centered and it's helped me enjoy the little things that are in front of us every day. In our society, you hear phrases like, thank god it's Friday, or the weekend's coming. I just don't subscribe to that because you're ignoring what could be right in front of you today on Monday. Monday could be an amazing day. And Tuesday could be an amazing day. Why do we have to look forward to something in the future to find that happiness? You can touch someone and have an impact on someone's life or something special could be right in front of you if you just take the time to look.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I watched a video a couple of years ago by Dr. Andrew Weil who shared a calming, breathing practice. Perhaps many of Mindful Tribe have heard this. It's the 4 - 7 - 8 breathing cadence. You slowly inhale for the count of 4. You hold your breath for the count of 7. You exhale for the count of 8. You do that four times. It brings you centered, it slows your heart rate and brings you calmness.
  • It's a nice thing to do if you're having a little trouble trying to fall asleep. When you first lay down, do four of those and it calms you, keeps you centered and really helps you take on a mindfulness mode.

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Bullying Story

I grew up in a very close family. I have two younger sisters. I'm very close with my sisters, my parents, all of my cousins. But we moved around fairly frequently all through grade school. Dad was fortunate in that new and better jobs seemed to come his way fairly often which meant I didn't spend more than two years in the same school from kindergarten up until ninth grade.

Being the new kid in school is not most student's favorite role to be in. That resulted in quite a bit of bullying until high school. In high school that was not an issue. There's a lot of not great memories of being bullied, for being the new kid, for not being the most athletic kid. All the same reasons unfortunately that kids like to pick on other children. I do have some fairly vivid memories about that.

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199 Learn How To Know Yourself Better With 5 AM Miracle Author Jeff Sanders

March 16, 2017

Jeff Sanders is an author, keynote speaker, and founder of the Rockin’ Productivity Academy. Jeff is host of the 5 AM Miracle Podcast and author of a book of the same title. He’s a marathon runner, passionate raw vegan and all-round mindfulness kind of guy. Jeff has a degree in Theatre and Psychology and lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife and their pet Pug, named Benny.

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Most Influential Person

  • Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathon Runner)

Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has made me less overtly emotional. Less angry and less extreme. If anything, it has emotional. It calms me down and allows me to be more rational.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing's a big part of [my mindfulness practice]. I think especially as an athlete and someone who likes to have a lot of good oxygen to live and to do things well. I find that also breathing a lot or breathing really intensely also calms me down and prepares me for an event; before a speaking engagement for example. I do a lot of breathing techniques to give my self-confidence a boost and to physically feel better.
  • One of those breathing techniques is from Wim Hoff who is very famously known as The Iceman. I do a lot of intense breathing where you inhale more than you exhale over and over again, basically until you feel light-headed. You are kind of oxygen packing your body for a few minutes and it really does give you this strong sense of confidence and you feel very awake and alert. It's pretty cool.

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Bullying Story

When I was younger, in elementary school aged 7 to 10, I was not quite confident as a kid yet. I was still trying to find out who I was.

For a lot of my years growing up, I viewed myself as a follower. I would find other people who I thought were a strong personality or someone who could hold their own and I would follow them around.

In the process of that, I got a hold of some fairly difficult friends or friends who were not genuine. They were bullies, and tough guys. I was a small, scrawny little kid and I didn't have a lot of self confidence. It wasn't bullying in the traditional sense, but it definitely was this sense that I felt inferior to them all the time and it took a long time before it wasn't the case any more.

For many years I was in this position of, I don't know who I am yet, so I'm just going to follow someone else until I figure it out eventually.

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198 How To Find Clarity and Forgiveness With Men’s Coach, Tim Matthews

March 13, 2017

Tim Matthews is a hero at helping men chop down limiting beliefs and regrow their mindset into that of a powerful man who is able to achieve and expand with confidence and contentment. In fact, Tim calls his business, The Powerful Man because he understands how negative self-talk can be flipped into a positive empowerment tool. Tim is totally, 100 percent sold on helping guys reach their next level of happiness, income, success, freedom and impact, through transforming their mindset.

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Most Influential Person

  • Tom Crawshaw (Writer of theatre, comedy, radio and TV)

Effect on Emotions

  • Allowed me to feel them.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Everything. If I notice my breathing's tight and I'm fearful and I want to connect to the moment, I breathe through my nose. The first thing I do in the morning is breathe. Everything for me is about breath. It tells me everything about my connection.

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Advice For a Mindfulness Newby

Allow your breath to be your guide. Your breath tells you a lot about where you are and where you're operating from. Allow yourself to follow your feeling. Identify the feelings that you know you experience when you're in your head which has been busy, has been judgmental, has been chaotic. Identify the feelings you have when you are being really mindful. That's usually peace, love, joy, balance and flow. When I say mindful, I really refer to a way of being; a state of being.

Bullying Story

In primary school when I was in year three, I was probably around seven or eight, I moved to a new primary school and I felt bullied. People were saying certain things to me and acting so weird, there was a feeling of heaviness.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't the majority of the time. I used to use intimidation quite a lot and I'd use it in retaliation for something happening. I used to be quite reactive, so in terms of mindfulness and in terms of calm there wasn't anything really there when I was younger. I can remember when I went to high school I really made the promise to myself; I'm really going to study and stay out of trouble and try hard and that's what I did.

I've never been a bully but I feel like I've been on the receiving end of banter if you want to call it that. Having fun taken out of me and taking fun out of people. It's always come from a place of vulnerability. What I mean by vulnerability is not wanting to be seen. It was almost like retaliationg before I felt the attack. It was almost like a retaliation in case of an attack.

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197 Overcome Obstacles With Focus and Belief Suggests Tim Laskis

March 9, 2017

Tim Laskis is trained as a clinical psychologist and holds a PhD. Although successful as a psychology student, Tim pushed through many challenges and failures in his life, including almost flunking out of high school. He failed at almost every sport and was even demoted to sweeping floors inhis Dad’s family business. In spite of this track record, Tim pushed forward and became a successful business owner and entrepreneur, even moving to the point where he became a mental skills coach. Tim knows exactly how to manage his emotions and use mindfulness to be a high achiever while still being content in his life.

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Most Influential Person

  • My dad.

Effect on Emotions

  • It's helped me to keep things in check. It's helped me to regulate my thoughts and my emotions because I'm a practitioner of cognitive behavioral therapy which is; your thoughts really control your emotions and your emotions control your behavior. Being able to utilize deep breathing and being able to relax yourself to help you analyze situations more clearly. When you see them more clearly you have less intense emotion and your reaction and behavior then is much better. When people aren't very mindful they have these negative thoughts that impact others, that impact how they feel and then their behaviors negatively impact others and themselves.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Belly breathing is the go-to tool. It's where you take in that deep breath through your nose. You fill that lower diaphragm, you hold it, you exhale, you do that a couple of times, it helps to restart and erase everything that's going on and put you in a neutral state.

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Bullying Story

In high school I wasn't in the cool group. There were times that I might have been targeted. Kids might say something, but for the most part I got along with everyone. There were probably one or two people that I didn't. When bullies go after someone and they target their victim, a lot of times it's about the bully, it's not about the victim.

The victims will often look at themselves and go, what's wrong with me. What's so bad about me that they pick on me? And they will often internalize it. In working with adolesents who have been bullied, to a really high level, they turn that anger inward.

Many times they will get into cutting themselves and self-harm and these really deep down negative thoughts about themselves. That's the real danger with bullies is that mental impact that they make. Maybe they give you a wedgie or they put you in a head-lock or punch you or something.

That kind of stuff, the bruises go away, but the mental scarring of that is what is the real dangerous part with bullies. It's to help victims understand that it's not about you as the victim, it's about them. And don't internalize that negativity about yourself. That's what often happens with victims.

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196 Be Mindful Of What You Want To Create Recommends Media Expert Esther Kiss

March 6, 2017

Esther Kiss works in the field of marketing and publicity where she helps experts and personal brands get exposure. She uses elements of mindfulness to be a true connector of people. She is founder of a one-of-a-kind agency called Born To Influence and co-founder of Strategic Influence. Esther gets her clients on traditional TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, as well as online telesummits, podcasts, and large publications. Esther has interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk, Perry Marshall and many others for her own show; Born To Influence, The Marketing Show.

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Most Influential Person

  • Keith Ferrazzi  (Author of Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time)

Effect on Emotions

  • It made me incredibly more conscious of being grateful for things and being more high vibe.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Breathing is part of the audio meditation that I use when I'm trying to calm down and go to sleep.

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Advice for Newbie

Think about how you want to feel and who you want to be and what you want to create in your life. Just focus on those goals and start making a list of up to a hundred of the things that you want to be and do and have. Brainstorm and then pick your top ten to fifteen priorities and see how you can be mindful around that. Focus on that every day and commit to actions that you'll do to actually accomplish those goals.

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195 How Mindset Will Improve Your Business With Donnie DeSanti

March 2, 2017

Donnie Desanti is a health & wellness coach, teaching people to lose weight and regain their energy naturally so they never diet again ever. Before coaching, he battled ADHD and had some medication challenges before making changes in his diet and lifestyle. He has successfully been medication free for over 20 years. He also witnessed his mother go through a similar struggle, clearing her breast cancer through holistic methods. She is now cancer free and has been free of cancer for 19 years. It has become Donnie’s passion to help others renew their health and enjoy life to their fullest potential.

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Most Influential Person

  • Deepak Chopra

Effect on Emotions

  • It goes back to what I was saying about growing up. Things don't really stick so much. Life's struggles. Of course, I still have them; I'm human like everyone else. If you're working on that mindfulness, you control your emotions a little more, or you don't wear them on your sleeve so much. Some of life's struggles don't really stick to you so much. You really try to protect that inner peace as much as you can. I try to keep my emotions steady, but there are times when we have those ups and downs. For the most part, I think that being more mindful just helps a lot with the emotions.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • If we go from a health standpoint, we could talk about eating nutrient-rich food and drinking water and exercising but our breath is [so important] we can't survive without it. Some of us can only go a couple of seconds without it. It's something that I encourage my clients to and promote to get in touch without breathing and to breathe more and to breathe purposefully and to really concentrate on that. I try to get some kind of breath work in on a daily basis. Whether it be a meditation practice concentrating on the breath or a deep breathing practice. I think it's so essential because it is that kind of life force that many of us don't pay attention to, we take it for granted, but we get stressed out, we get angry, the first thing that starts to become restricted is our breathing. It's so important and I try to make a daily practice for myself.

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Bullying Story

In my own life growing up, I was kind of a worrisome kid. I had my share of getting picked on and getting bullied. There were times when kids picked on me and it would hurt. There'd be that one kid I struggled with in class. Looking back I think as I got more into mindfulness and meditation, certain things just don't stick to you as much when you have that kind of practice going where you are more mindful. I think that would have helped a lot. These kinds of fears and worries that I had of just calming down, getting that quietness. I think a lot of these things that I struggled with probably wouldn't have stuck as much. I would have brushed them off a little bit more.

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194 Love That Which Impedes Your Harmony Explains Nicholas Upchurch

February 27, 2017

Nicholas Upchurch is a Digital Marketer. In fact, he has owned companies that have generated millions of dollars in sales in relatively short periods of time. He’s obviously successful at business, but it was something completely different that changed Nicholas’s life. That was when he visited the Sacred Valley of Peru. As a result, he has now dedicated his life to helping people find their true purpose and while doing it, succeed in business along the way.

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  • My Mother. My mother and I are very alike. These things that are deep inside of us. Sometimes we think they're really bad because our parents are doing ___(fill in the blank), and making us crazy. But actually, it's a great gift because maybe now I can see things from a different perspective. It will help me to love what I think I should hate about whatever happened growing up and things that our parents do that make us crazy.

Effect on Emotions

  • My emotions are becoming more harmonized. When I feel cycles, whatever the cycles are; some days are bad and some are good. Right now I could be more centered, but the world is what it is so I'm happy to be the way I am right now. Mindfulness is just a realization. It's awareness. My emotions are becoming more in harmony, the more that I'm loving and accepting and letting the energy flow through all those cycles and appreciating it versus feeling guilty and hating it.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I could do this more. In Kundalini Yoga you do this for hours, and also in other practices too. You become a different person. For whatever reason, I didn't do that today. That's okay. If people don't do it every day, they do what they can. Probably we could say they should, but breathing can really be a life-changing thing.

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Bullying Story

I would say I bullied myself. I would say even on this interview and I would emphasize to people out there, I've been very peaceful, I've helped a lot of people. I've had really tough times that I've put myself through. We can resist. I have healed people remotely. That works. Raiki remotely, and moved bones. People that were very skeptical. When you're most mindful and things are opening up to you and there are some very amazing things that are possible. On the flip side, that strong (whether it's a masculine energy) that we can see as evil. It's just the strong potential. Think about if that energy was going in the right direction. That energy can be so strong, and as we start to harmonize, it can shift and we can bully ourselves and resist, because we think we're going to fail.

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193 Create a Life Around Who You Truly Are Says Computer Zen Guy, Calvin Correli

February 23, 2017

Calvin Correli is a software engineer, a creator, a meditator, a musician, an online entrepreneur and an all round mindful guy. He was born and raised in Denmark and currently lives in New York City.  Calvin has created a million dollar software company called Simplero which is an all-in-one solution forselling courses and knowledge online. Calvin once created a product called Computer Zen which helped people use computers while using a Zen mindset. Calvin is a meditator and feels that’s a great way to spend quality time with your inner child.

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Most Influential Person

  • Gay Hendricks

Effect on Emotions

  • Radically. I was completely cut off from my emotions for the majority of my life and so starting to get all that untangled. In the beginning of that process it seemed like everything was like a yawn of this untangled stuff. I couldn't tell things apart but now I see my emotions, which is great. I love my emotions. I want them.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I do Gay's [Gay Hendricks] 'Yes Breath' every morning as part of my routine. I work a lot with my breath, trying to get different breathing techniques down.

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Mindfulness Meets Bullying

As a child, I was bullied quite a bit. I think people quickly figured out I was a pretty easy victim. Throughout the whole thing, mindfulness pretty much from anyone or anywhere, mindfulness in me and really seeing what was going on [would have made a difference]. It personally wasn't about me. Mindfulness in any of the teachers who were actually present to what was going on. Mindfulness in my parents. Anyone of those places would have made a big difference. What tended to happen was that, if they say something, people would be like, 'oh we've gotta do something' and then there would be parental intervention that was just not helpful at all, it just makes it worse. Being with me and how I was feeling, them and how they were feeling, Any of those things would have made a huge difference.

There were some kids in the class just above me, for some reason they thought I was the funniest thing in the world to go after. Anytime they saw me around school they would hit me. They would just be looking out for me [to hit me]. During wintertime, I would never make it outside when there was snow because the minute they saw me, there would just be snow all over.

Advice for Newbie

Pay attention to yourself more than anything. Listen to other people and get inspired. Trust your own sense of what resonates with you because we're all alike in many ways but we're all different and what's gonna work for you is not necessarily what's gonna work for somebody else. Allow yourself to be selective, allow yourself to see what you resonate with and pick that. Do expose yourself to a bunch of stuff. That's helpful.

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192 Mindfulness Wisdom With Blockgeeks Co-Founder, Ameer Rosic

February 20, 2017

Ameer Rosic is an entrepreneur through and through. He's created and sold businesses. He's a connector, a practical systems guy and he calls himself a 'wild dog'. He's intense, determined and focused on what matters in his world. Part of what matters is being fully in the game which he achieves in part with his own brand of mindfulness.

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Most Influential Person

  • Joseph Campbell (Author)

Effect on Emotions

  • It made me more aware and conscious of what emotions I have.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I would say this is the best thing I've added in my life in the last six months. It gives you clarity. It's not like, this is going to happen next week. It's like after ten minutes, I'm humming. It gives you clarity of mind. It gives you this energetic hum on your body. You feel euphoric. You literally feel like a million bucks. The great thing about this breathing is that you can't concentrate on anything else. It's so heavy, you have to be concentrating on the breathing because it's hyper ventilation. Hand's down I would call breathing a technology like meditation is. Breathing is a technology.
  • In a nutshell, it's like this: you have thirty rounds of this. You would inhale as much as you can. Then exhale fast. Do that thirty times and on the thirtieth round, the last inhale you have, you exhale and you hold as long as you can. You have a stop watch. So you have no oxygen, you have no breath in you. If you can't hold it any longer, you time that and take one big breath and then you hold that too. There are two holds back to back. Then you let go. Then do the whole process again. Do the whole process between three to five rounds. That takes about ten minutes. I learned this from Wim Hoff, it's the Wim Hoff Breathing Method.

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Bullying Story

I was bullied as a child. My parents were imigrants. Culturally we're different. I grew up in Toronto, but my parents were from Yuguslavia. Back then it was communist Yuguslavia; very different then. I was bullied, not too much in elementary school, but I was more bullied at the end of grade 8; the last year of elementary school. Then in grade 9, I was bullied at the beginning and something switched in me and I snapped one day and I beat up my bully. Then I realized that's power. That was kind of like the stepping stone for me.

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