A few weeks ago, we celebrated World Mental Health Day – a day to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right. In our latest episode of the DE Talk Podcast, we sat down with Amy Woodall, award-winning host of the Conscious Habit podcast, certified meditation coach, and President of Sandler Training Trustpointe, to discuss how calming the mind and focusing on the things we can control will help us own our part in the challenges we face and get to the root of where results begin. See a snippet of this insightful conversation below!
What is your goal with meditation?
Well, as I mentioned in that sort of awakening of, “how do I find this peace and calm within?”, for me, I realized that all my dissatisfaction began with the voice in the head and not realizing that it wasn’t me and believing everything it had to say. So, I started practicing meditation just as a way to create some calm in the storm, and it was so impactful because what it allowed was for me to create space between the thinking and the realizing. That space between is awareness, and awareness is the start of any change that we want. That awareness molded into more consciousness, the ability to take on more ownership, more curiosity, more love for self. So I went through the certification, became a certified meditation teacher, and I don’t teach it in studio settings or group settings, except for when I do our retreats every year. I do host a women’s–
I still want to go sometime.
You will come! A High Vibe Tribe Retreat is what it’s called, I get to co-host with a dear friend of mine. That’s the only time I teach it in a group setting, but I became certified because there were certain clients where I’m like, I’ve got to teach them either how to breathe or mindfulness or meditation so that they can get that space themselves, they can create that space of awareness to allow those shifts to happen so that they can get to the root of where all of this drama begins, which is within.
I’ve actually, just so you know, I’ve actually utilized your breathing exercises that we learned. Haven’t done the meditation yet, but that’s on my list.
It’s a big start. That’s a big start, just keeping calm. I think especially if any listeners, and I mean I know for you, you definitely would put yourself in this category of high achiever, of just there’s stuff to be done. What’s the next thing? What’s the next, how do we grow? We get so caught up in the doing, which it has a lot of satisfaction in itself, but it can be exhausting, that we forget the being. We are human beings, not human doings. So, it’s good on you for connecting to the being with just breath.
That’s interesting. We’re not human doings, that’s good, I like that. So, let me ask you, how do you incorporate mindfulness practices into your work? What would you say to someone who says, “I don’t have the time to incorporate mindfulness practices,” like me, like the human doings? What do you say to those people?
Uncover Amy’s recommendations for finding peace and calm within, how to begin your consciousness journey, books and podcasts to help along the way, and much more, in Season 5 Episode 3! Stay tuned for more great podcast content in the coming weeks – and be sure to subscribe to the DE Talk email list to be among the first to be notified when new episodes are available!
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