Quickeners: A Podcast to Inspire Self-Care
Quickeners are inspirations. Quick ones. To help you move forward with your lifestyle of self-care. Quickeners podcast aims to inspire your self-care.
This podcast is an audio collection of things that I’ve noticed are keys to shift. They are consistent with the science of change but often embrace wisdom traditions and mystery.
In the first episode, I share a few stories of people I’ve worked with who inspire me, and some tips on how to get inspired.
I hope you enjoy!
Below is a summary of episodes. Listen away and let me know what you think!
Life is tough – and it’s moving fast. For me, it’s the quick and easy little changes that add up to self-care.
Inspiration for that change is everywhere. You just need to look – with an open mind and heart – at everyday people doing extraordinary things.
I’ve been filled with inspiration lately. I’m inspired by the people I’ve been encountering as an integrative lifestyle teacher and counselor. People that, despite the odds, despite the hard work involved, have made a change in their lives.
I’d like to tell you a couple of stories of inspiration to shift toward – better. This episode includes 3 stories, 2 things I notice that create inspiration, and easy practice to help you create an internal environment that can help you see inspiration and to inspire others.
Thanks for listening.
Episode 2: How Transformation Works
There is a science to change, and things we can do to support ourselves along the way. In this episode, I’ll talk about an aha I had when my science-packed brain ran into a spiritual transformation teacher.
I’ll tell you a (hopefully not) secret to transformation, and little things you can do to sustain the practice that will support your transformation – be it eating more healthfully, meditating or practicing self-care with love.
Episode 3: Maitri (Metta - Loving-kindness) Meditation
Mindset is everything. Yet, for most of us, a protective mindset dominates and keeps us from becoming the fullest expression of who we are. While that protective mindset has value – it can help keep us safe and help us learn how to create our own safety – it can also undermine happiness and interfere with our ability to manifest.
A simple practice to quickly shift away from an over-protective mindset is Maitri or loving-kindness Meditation.
Maitri is a Sanskrit word that means benevolence, loving-kindness, goodwill, an active interest in the well-being of others. Maitri (Metta) meditation is the 1st of the 4 sublime states of being in Tibetian tantric yoga.
In this episode we chant this Metta meditation together:
May I be happy;
May I be healthy;
May my heart be open;
and may I stand in the light of my own true self.
This is a modification of a Metta meditation that I learned from my beloved mentor and friend, Stephen Cope (Kavi).
May it help you open your heart, find happy well-being, and anchor yourself within.
Moving Grief with Courage: Special Episode
This episode focuses on what courage is and why we need it.
It was taped during stay-at-home for COVID-19, after nearly a month of national quarantine. We are all grieving what we’ve lost, and figuring out our way forward.
What a time!
I’ve included a simple, slow, gentle warrior breathing practice to help you through. Doing this practice, then the metta meditation practice is a great combo for what we are moving through now, or if you just need to summon your courage to keep going.