TC357: The Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi – Harvard Medical School

TC357: The Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi – Harvard Medical School

The week we are pleased to welcome Elaine Brovont, a certified trainer of “The Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi” based on the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi by Peter M. Wayne, PhD and Mark L. Fuerst. Elaine is the first person certified to train this program on the West Coast. She describes this work as “Translating the Eastern concept of Tai Chi into Western language and bridging that gap.” Elaine describes how she originally got into Tai Chi, and then how she became connected with the Harvard research program of Dr. Peter Wayne. Can you apply it to your daily life? “You can change the energy in a room by changing your posture, and your demeanor, and passing positive energy into a negative environment.” The Eight...

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TC349: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 7:Compassion

TC349: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 7:Compassion

In this week’s podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Front continue their discussion of “The Book of Joy”. This week we focus on Pillar 7: Compassion – Something We Want to Become Compassion – All traditions carry the same message: the message of love. Compassion is a sense of concern that arises when we are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to see that suffering relieved. It connects the feeling of empathy to acts of kindness, generosity and other altruistic tendencies. According to the research, we are hard-wired to want to relieve the suffering of others. Can compassion be taught? How is compassion related to joy and happiness?...

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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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