TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost begin their review of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. The book explores how to live a more joyous life and is broken down into the “Eight Pillars”: Perspectives, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity. This is one of a hundred or so (!) books  that the Dalai Lama has authored or lent his name to, and the first one with Archbishop Tutu. The Four Independent Brain Circuits In this week’s show, Robin mentions the “four independent brain circuits that influence our well-being. According to Davidson: “There are four independent brain circuits...

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TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

This week host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Joyce Sportsman and Darwin Bosen, co-founders of Trauma Recovery Yoga. Established in 2016, TRY is a team of trauma-informed yoga teachers who are dispatched to service individuals who have experienced trauma or are living in crisis. Trauma informed yoga incorporates a series of meditation, strengthening postures, and breathing which magnify the mind-body-spirit connection after the experience of trauma. The effects of trauma Trauma is emotional shock that follows a deeply distressing or disturbing incident such as: war, crime, accident, assault, or natural disaster. While shock and denial tend to immediately follow a traumatic event, its long-term effects can include: unpredictable emotions,...

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TC328: What Now? Accepting “What Is” and Turning Anger into Compassionate, Meaningful Action

TC328: What Now? Accepting “What Is” and Turning Anger into Compassionate, Meaningful Action

In this timely episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Mikki Wade, a grief recovery specialist and life coach. This show was recorded on November 8 – Election Night in the U.S. Amy observes that whatever happens with the U.S. election, nearly 50% of the population is going to be unhappy. The night of the election as people began to realize the outcome, some people were happy and excited, and others were shocked and depressed. The only thing that is certain is that the future is uncertain. Change is hard, and even positive change can cause uneasiness and anxiety. Since the election there has been protests in major U.S. cities: Los Angeles; New Haven, Connecticut; Orlando; Chicago; Boston; Asheville,...

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TC 295: How to Pose for Presence and Self-Nudging

TC 295: How to Pose for Presence and Self-Nudging

We are concluding our review of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, PhD, Social Psychologist and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this episode of the Transformation Cafe Book Club, we’ll be highlighting chapters 9 – 11 of Presence. This section summarizes some of the main points of this great book and shows us how we can apply what we’ve learned. You don’t have to try and turn yourself into a super-hero overnight. Anyone that’s made a New Year’s resolution to achieve some huge goal like “lose 100 pounds” knows that by February you’re back to your old habits. Research tells us the key is to nudge ourselves; take baby steps...

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TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish!

TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish!

In the Cafe Book Club we’re reviewing Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, PhD, Social Psychologist and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this week’s podcast host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss posture, the benefits of Yoga and dance positions, and what research tells us about high- and low-power poses. Let your body tell you you’re powerful and deserving, and you become more present, enthusiastic, and authentically yourself. -Amy Cuddy iHunch  – ruins your posture and can affect your mood Amy Cuddy discusses the effects of constantly hunching over a mobile device in this article. Research shows it can not only ruin your posture, but can have a...

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TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work

TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work

This episode continues our discussion of treating veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Many veterans do not want to be treated with drugs or go to therapy, but until now there have been few alternatives to get the help they need. Presence and PTS We’ve been studying Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy in our Cafe Book Club. In chapter 7 Amy discusses how Yoga has been very beneficial in the treatment of PTS, when drugs and traditional cognitive therapy were not enough. She discusses Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. author of The Body Keeps the Score, and his work with healing trauma. According to Van Der Kolk “the goal of treatment of PTSD is to help people live in the present, without feeling or...

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