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Increase your calm, focus and happiness through mindfulness & meditation. Learn from business experts and entrepreneurs like Jack Canfield, Dan Miller, Marie Diamond, and Dr. John Dimartini so you can be more relaxed, earn more money and be happy & contented. Interviews, tips and strategies to live in the moment and & be more centered. For entrepreneurs, executives, business owners, CEOs, teachers & parents. Hosted by Bruce Langford.

Mindfulness Mode Bruce Langford

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 65 Ratings

Increase your calm, focus and happiness through mindfulness & meditation. Learn from business experts and entrepreneurs like Jack Canfield, Dan Miller, Marie Diamond, and Dr. John Dimartini so you can be more relaxed, earn more money and be happy & contented. Interviews, tips and strategies to live in the moment and & be more centered. For entrepreneurs, executives, business owners, CEOs, teachers & parents. Hosted by Bruce Langford.

    Digital and Savvy Success; Maha Abouelenein

    Digital and Savvy Success; Maha Abouelenein

    Maha Abouelenein is the founder and CEO of Digital and Savvy, a success story in strategic communications. The firm focuses on creating value through powerful storytelling. Meeting Maha at the Collision Conference in Toronto recently #collisionconf was an honor. Maha has more than 30 years of global communications experience. She advises corporate giants and high-net-worth individuals across the world. The company is rooted in building meaningful relationships that yield incredible results. Maha launched some of the world’s largest tech companies in the Middle East from communications, policy, and business development perspectives – from Google and Netflix to Udacity and Careem (Uber) and more. She supported the largest IPO and the largest acquisition in Egypt’s history at Orascom Telecom. She also built sports marketing programs and strategic partnerships for the Olympics, NASCAR, the NBA, ATP Tennis, Golf, and the NFL at consumer product giant General Mills.
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    Book: 7 Rules of Self-Reliance by Maha Abouelenein
    Most Influential Person
    My father
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    When I feel anxious, upset, worried, or nervous, I take a deep breath and slow down.
    I always take a deep breath and keep that moment to myself, reminding myself that everything's going to be okay. And you know what? It usually will be okay.

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    Deepak Chopra introduced me to breath work a couple of years ago. I spent a lot of time with him, and he always talks about activating your vagus nerve. He taught me to practice inhaling and exhaling one side of your nose and then the other.
    I believe that just doing that right now can completely change our demeanor.
    Bullying Story
    Growing up as an Egyptian brown girl in Minnesota, surrounded by blonde hair and blue eyes, I stood out as the only diverse student in my school. Throughout elementary and most of high school, I was different from my classmates.
    Back then, without the Internet, many people didn't understand my Arab and Egyptian background. I was often called names like “camel jockey” or “towel head,” and when the song “Walk Like an Egyptian” came out, kids would mimic the dance at me. I faced a lot of bullying because of my ethnicity.
    Nowadays, people embrace and celebrate my Egyptian culture, but back then, it was a source of pain.
    I believe that mindfulness could have made a difference, helping people realize the impact of their words and actions on others' feelings. We've learned and unlearned a lot since then, and I think mindfulness plays a crucial role in that evolution.





















    Suggested Resources
    Book: 7 Rules of Self-Reliance; How to Stay Low, Keep Moving, Invest in Yourself, and Own Your Future by Maha Abouelenein
    App: Calm
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    Offer From Bruce
    Seeking relief from stress and anxiety? As a coach and hypnotist, I'm here to help you conquer your inner critic so you can confidently thrive. Email me at bruce@mindfulnessmode.com with ‘I Am Determined' for a free coaching session. Let me help you pave the way to a fulfilling life.

    • 15 min
    Atomic Habits For Transformation

    Atomic Habits For Transformation

    Atomic Habits For Transformation – the topic of today’s episode. I’ve decided to share with you thoughts and ideas from James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits. The subtitle is, An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. This book has been recommended by dozens of guests who have been featured on Mindfulness Mode. Do you find yourself being challenged with unproductive habits? Do you set out to cultivate positive habits that promise to transform your life, only to find them slipping away? In Atomic Habits, James Clear illuminates the profound impact the right habits can have on your life. To truly harness this power, you need to delve into the mechanics of how habits work and how to reshape them. When you read this book, you’ll realize that James deeply understands habits and how they work.
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    Atomic Habits, the book, will help you uncover the critical importance of habits and the three mindsets essential for cultivating them. You'll also learn about the formation of habits and the four crucial strategies for altering them. Moreover, you'll find strategies to refine and enhance the habits you've already established continuously. If you read this book, you’ll learn about insights from other psychologists and experts on habit formation, exploring how Clear’s ideas resonate with or differ from theirs.
     
    Law 1 – Make It Obvious
    To build and break habits effectively, awareness is crucial. Human minds respond to cues, leading to automatic behaviors. For example, museum curators can identify authentic art due to repeated exposure and subtle cues. Harness this by using habit scorecards, checklists of daily activities categorized as positive, negative, or neutral. This helps identify patterns that aid or hinder progress. By listing and rating your habits, you can understand how your behaviors impact productivity and become more aware of their triggers. This awareness is the first step to making your desired habits obvious and actionable.
    Law 2 – Make It Attractive
    In his second law, James Clear explains that habits operate on a dopamine-driven feedback loop, where increased dopamine levels enhance the urge to act due to reward anticipation. He suggests using temptation bundling, pairing a desired activity with a necessary one. For example, designate work blocks and reward yourself with a favorite podcast during breaks. Combine this with habit stacking for greater effect: after completing a current habit, follow with a necessary task, then a desired reward. Surround yourself with positive influences to boost motivation. To break bad habits, shift your mindset from “have to” to “get to,” associating difficult habits with positive experiences.
    Law 3 – Make It Easy
    “The most effective form of learning is practice, not planning.” Repeating a habit solidifies it in your brain, leading to physical changes and increased efficiency. Clear emphasizes that frequency matters more than duration in habit formation. Humans prefer the path of least effort, making environmental shifts crucial. For example, when introducing new software, ease the transition with training and support. The two-minute rule suggests starting new habits with tasks under two minutes, like reading a page daily. To break bad habits, make them impractical; use tools like app blockers to limit distractions. These strategies simplify habit formation and disruption.
    Law 4 – Make It Satisfying
    You are more likely to repeat a behavior if it is satisfying. Clear explains that humans prioritize immediate rewards over delayed ones. The key to behavior change is that “what is immediately rewarded is repeated; what is immediately punished is avoided.” To make habits stick, you must feel an immediate sense of success. Applying Clear’s laws—making habits obvious, appealing, and effortless—increases your

    • 10 min
    Preschool Parenting Secrets; Danielle Lindner

    Preschool Parenting Secrets; Danielle Lindner

    Danielle Lindner is an author who has released a new book revealing preschool parenting secrets. As a distinguished educator, she is renowned for her innovative contributions to early childhood education and literature. With a Master’s in Teaching and Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Danielle has over 18 years of experience in both public and private educational institutions. She founded the London Day School®, a leading preschool recognized for its innovation. Danielle's books, such as “Sofia the Snail,” “Arabelle,” and “Rupert,” feature enchanting characters and rhyming narratives that address everyday challenges faced by children. Her stories, inspired by real-life issues, provide valuable social lessons in an entertaining format. Danielle’s holistic approach to education emphasizes academic, social, and emotional development.  Her new book is entitled Parent's Pocket Guide to Surviving the Preschool Years: One Challenge at a Time






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    Website: www.DanielleLindner.com
    Book: Parent's Pocket Guide to Surviving the Preschool Years: One Challenge at a Time by Danielle Lindner
    How Did You Get Started?
    I always loved writing poetry. I actually did it. For my last three credits in college, I did an independent study on poetry, and I had to write 40 poems. And I just really enjoyed that. But I also really loved kids and working with kids.
    When I started having my own kids, you know, they were always afraid of the dark, and I thought about how I could explain to them in a really simple, easy, and fun way that they're safe and that the things they're seeing are not scary.
    So I wrote this poem, basically about Sophia, this little snail who's afraid to go into her shell because it's dark in there, so she doesn't want to go to sleep. Then, after I opened my preschool and realized that, wow, there are a lot of kids who are struggling with this, I thought, let me try and self-publish it and get a book and use it as part of a curriculum in our school.























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    I encourage kids to be divergent thinkers by asking questions without yes or no answers, opening their minds. For example, I might have a brown bag with a rubber band inside during circle time. I’ll ask the kids to suggest uses for the rubber band other than holding things together.
    Their creative responses, like making a fishing line, are amazing. I then ask them to explain how they would do that, prompting deeper thinking.
    This method helps develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The best innovators think outside the box, so I love fostering this in young kids.




    Bullying Story
    I believe that bullies are often kids who don't feel good about themselves. Feeling good about yourself includes feeling comfortable in your own skin and being able to self-regulate and calm down.
    If more schools practiced mindfulness from an early age through high school, kids would manage their feelings better, and much of the bullying would decrease.
    My daughter attended a public high school before switching to a private one, where meditation and mindfulness were required courses. This changed the entire school day and improved conflict resolution skills.
    We incorporate mindfulness into our preschool gym program starting at 18 months. Waiting until adulthood to discover mindfulness, as I did in my 40s, is a disservice. It should be part of the curriculum.





















    Suggested Resources
    Book: Parent's Pocket Guide to Surviving the Preschool Years: One Challenge at a Time by Danielle Lindner
    App: Headspace
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    Offer From Bruce
    Seeking relief from stress and anxiety? As a coach and hypnotist, I'm here to help you co

    • 32 min
    Naked In The Now; Marijke McCandless

    Naked In The Now; Marijke McCandless

    Marijke McCandless, author of the newly released book Naked In The Now, is a playfulness instigator and award-winning writer. She is recognized by prestigious outlets, including Spirituality and Health Magazine, Best Self, and Thrive Global. Through her dynamic online writing practice group, Write Now Mind, and a range of personal growth workshops, she empowers individuals to embrace the present moment with joy and authenticity. Her book, with the subtitle Juicy Practices for Getting Present, invites readers on an inner striptease journey towards self-discovery. With a passion for adventure, especially rock climbing, Marijke encourages others to step out of their comfort zones and live fully.






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    Website: www.MarijkeMcCandless.com
    Most Influential Person
    Joel Morwood (author of the book called The Way of Selflessness)
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    Mindfulness taught me that emotions can be separated into physical sensations and stories. Once I was willing to focus on the physical sensations and allow the story to go away, I could transmute the experience of a very strong emotion into its native, more pure energy.
    So, for instance, more anger is actually a form of clarity, but we experience it as anger, and it's an afflicted emotion. So I would say coming back into the body and learning to uncouple the story that I had told.
    Like, you know, the typical thing, a racing heart, maybe means I'm scared, or maybe it means I'm excited. So, I'm really uncoupling the physical sensations from the stories.

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    After 30 years of coaching, I now love breathing meditation. It took me a long time to get there. I always slightly controlled my breath. One of the tricks I used to begin uncoupling the technique was secretly matching my breath to my husband's.
    I didn't know what the rhythm of my breathing would be, so I had to pay close attention to another person's breath.
    Also, I have done this with a pet. It taught me not to be in control of my breath. Then I started doing breathing meditation as if I were that other person. I had to completely follow the breath, and I couldn't be even a tiny bit ahead of it.
    Bullying Story
    I wasn't bullied myself, but I experienced childhood abuse at a very young age. My journey of healing has been alongside my husband, who was bullied. He often says that mindfulness saved his life.
    Bullying can be an isolated incident, a weekly occurrence, or even a daily ordeal. The real challenge lies in how we internalize it—sometimes we take on inappropriate shame or hatred for the bully.
    We often replay these painful stories in our minds.
    While society must address bullying, it's also crucial for individuals to move beyond the victim identity. Focusing our thoughts and attention away from the negative energy—whether self-hate or hatred for others—can be liberating.
    My husband, bullied for years, began to hate others and himself. Mindfulness taught him to sit with his feelings, no matter how difficult, and find peace in the present moment.
    This practice helped him recognize that he also experienced love and kindness.
    By bringing his attention back to the present, he could accept his past and choose to grow from it rather than remain trapped in a victim identity.





















    Suggested Resources
    Book: There Is Nothing Wrong With You: Going Beyond Self-Hate by Cheri Huber
    Book: The Direct Way: Thirty Practices to Evoke Awakening by Adyashanti
    Book: The Way of Selflessness: A Practical Guide to Enlightenment Based on the Teachings of the World's Great Mystics by Joel Morwood
    Book: The Way of Liberation: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti
    App: Insight Timer
    App: Project Joy by Sheri Huber
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    • 34 min
    Getting In The Flow; Joel Bouchard

    Getting In The Flow; Joel Bouchard

    Joel Bouchard will discuss the topic of getting in the flow with me today. Joel Bouchard is a doctoral student in psychology at Liberty University in Virginia, a multi-instrumentalist record producer, author, painter, Army veteran, business leader, local government official, and host of the philosophy podcast From Nowhere to Nothing. His podcast explores complex themes such as the messy, misapplied, and contradictive nature of tribalism, commitment as a concept through ontological and ethical paradigms, and the life-encompassing yet nuanced concept of work.Joel’s diverse background includes discussions on shadow from the perspectives of physics, mythology, psychology, and cultural tradition, as well as debates on substantivalism and relationalism in defining locations. His intellectual curiosity extends to examining Donald Hoffman's ideas on reality and consciousness from “The Case Against Reality,” and exploring metaphysical, epistemological, and ontological aspects of consciousness through documentary scenes. Joel also engages in abstract discussions on the ontological impact of the present and delves into the past from both metaphysical and historical perspectives. His multifaceted experiences and deep philosophical inquiries make him a dynamic and insightful voice in contemporary philosophical discourse.






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    Website: https://jbouchard.podbean.com/
    Most Influential Person
    My mom
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    I would say that I've become better at expressing my emotions. My friends refer to me as the robot because I generally tend to be pretty unemotional. And, you know, that's good. It's good to be even-keeled, but it can also be negative if you freeze or shut down when in negative circumstances.
    So, the biggest impact for me is that it's helped me express happiness and joy and also to be able to identify with emotions without getting caught up in them without being angry.
    I can identify that this is an angry emotion and a justified emotion. Then I can decide how I should act with this information.

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    As someone who's pretty new to meditation, breathing is something that I still struggle with a little bit. They tell you that you're not supposed to breathe loud, but I always find myself breathing loud because I'm using that to focus my attention.
    In Zen meditation, this is a subject of controversy. Some Zen masters say you can count your breaths, while others say don't.
    So I mix the two. You know, for the first 10, I count the in-breath and the out-breath, one, two, and then for the next 10, I only count the out-breath. So in one in two, then after that, I go to not counting.
    But I find myself still breathing very deeply. I think it helps with relaxation and focus. Sometimes, it can steal attention away from the internal focus on what's happening in the mind.
    Bullying Story
    I believe bullying is a problem rooted in a lack of mindfulness on the bully’s part. I have a story about being mindful from the other side.
    During my time in the army, we had an exercise in basic training where we used pugil sticks, like on American Gladiators, to fight each other. The drill sergeant insisted everyone participate, but I didn't volunteer because I didn't want to fight.
    At the end, the drill sergeant singled me out to fight the biggest guy, nicknamed the Widowmaker, who was six foot five and 280 pounds.
    Though I didn’t want to fight, I had been mindful and observed the fights closely. When it was my turn, I pretended to cower, turned to the side, and ducked down. As he came close, I jammed the end of my stick into his helmet, causing him to fall.
    I won the fight. This experience taught me that mindfulness can help you navigate difficult situations, even when facing a bigger, more imposing opponent.





















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    • 37 min
    Unlearning Silence; Elaine Lin Hering

    Unlearning Silence; Elaine Lin Hering

    Elaine Lin Hering is the author of Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully. A facilitator, author, and speaker, Elaine helps organizations and individuals develop communication, collaboration, and conflict management skills. Her global experience spans six continents, and she has facilitated executive education at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Tufts, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. Formerly the Advanced Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Elaine has worked with diverse groups, from BHP Billiton coal miners to senior leaders at the US Department of Commerce. Her clients include American Express, Chevron, Google, Nike, Novartis, PayPal, Pixar, and the Red Cross. Her upcoming book is set for release by Penguin in 2024.[show-notes-bio]






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    Website: www.ElaineLinHering.com[show-notes-contact]
    Most Influential Person
    Sora Kim (Mindfulness Coach)
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    I learned a very expensive lesson at Harvard Law School: Emotions are valid. I did not know this from my family of origin.
    Mindfulness is the awareness of how I am feeling. What emotions are coming up? Can I give them names? Can I label them? Can I interact with them?
    But any of that action first requires awareness.
    [show-notes-emotions]

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    We should breathe regularly. Yeah. And deeply. And intentionally, right, the breathing exercises I've learned from my own therapist have helped me. It's nothing novel; four counts in, four counts out. As a singer, we always talked about breathing from the diaphragm rather than the shallow breath. And that's really similar to mindfulness breathing exercises.
    Again, the question to me is, why don't we do this more often, even if we know it is good for us? Even if we have experienced the positive impacts of the habit of breathing right, according to the pace around us.
    And that's the opportunity for each of us to choose.
    Bullying Story
    As a parent, I've had conversations about whether my kindergartener is being bullied or is the bully. Bullying is all about impact, regardless of intention. Take the kid who took a pencil to my son's head; the narrative was he wanted to play but didn't know how to approach safely.
    Bullying fascinates me because it's a disconnect between intention and impact. We often focus on our good intentions, saying, "That's not what I meant." But that doesn't absolve the negative impact or damage done to the recipient.
    Mindfulness, to me, is aligning good intentions with awareness of their impact on others. Are you receptive to feedback, whether it’s someone saying "I'm hurt" or being silent? How do you reconcile your intentions with the actual impact? This intentionality is deeply interconnected with mindfulness.[show-notes-breathing]





















    Suggested Resources
    Book: Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully
    Book: Micro Activism: How You Can Make a Difference in the World without a Bullhorn by Omkari L. Williams and Layla F. Saad
    App: The note-taking app on my phone[show-notes-resources]
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    Offer From Bruce
    Seeking relief from stress and anxiety? As a coach and hypnotist, I'm here to help you conquer your inner critic so you can confidently thrive. Email me at bruce@mindfulnessmode.com with 'I Am Determined' for a free coaching session. Let me help you pave the way to a fulfilling life.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

NatNatBe ,

Be on of light

Bruce cultivates a space of safety and honesty diving deep into mindfulness. He even allowed me to guide us in a meditation allowing the listeners to take a mindful moment. Thanks for having me really enjoyed our conversation.
I appreciate you.

Kristof Morrow ,

What a wonderful host

Truly, that was my best interview and Bruce does not misplace his considerable attention for thoughtful deliberations. He is direct, and passionate, and intelligent. To seek more would be to scorn heaven

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Squash Anxiety

I love it. There are lots of ways to live your best life and they are all right here. So if you’re looking for more calm, focus and joy in your life give this podcast a listen. You won’t regret it.

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