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Get Merry is a show that covers real life stuff. It's a conversation with your best friend. They don't skip the struggles, and you'll laugh along with the surprisingly fresh honesty your hosts Emma and Carla Papas bring each week. Walk away feeling inspired with doable action steps and realise that you're not alone in the magical mess of your life.

Let's Get Merry!

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Get Merry is a show that covers real life stuff. It's a conversation with your best friend. They don't skip the struggles, and you'll laugh along with the surprisingly fresh honesty your hosts Emma and Carla Papas bring each week. Walk away feeling inspired with doable action steps and realise that you're not alone in the magical mess of your life.

Let's Get Merry!

    259: COVID kilos got you feeling down?

    259: COVID kilos got you feeling down?

    Have you ever felt that putting on those few extra kilos consumes your mind and steals all your attention? Why does putting on a few kilos have to be a problem? Why do we even have to make it a big deal? For many of us, (and this has been 100% us in the past!) putting on weight is one of the biggest issues in our lives.

    And during this whole pandemic thing, we've both actually put a few extra kilos on. We've spoken to a number of people who have also and we've overheard several conversations about missions to lose weight.

    In this episode, we chat about why a little weight gain during a global pandemic (but anytime really!) doesn't have to be the end of the world. Instead, we can choose to see it as an amazing opportunity to experience growth.

    Stuff we talked about…
    - You're amazing. You're still awesome. But it's also OK to work on yourselves.
    - How acceptance can help us make better decisions and decide from a place of love instead of fear.
    - Be kind to yourself and give yourself a bit of leeway.
    - We put such high standards of ourselves and this takes us away from experiencing the magic of life. (Tune in to Episode 257: Check in with your expectations and life will be better)
    - If you put on a few kilos, it DOES NOT matter. Period.
    - STOP - Stop. Take a deep breath. Observe how you feel. Proceed.
    - Taking away the attachment of what is good and bad. Our body is just what it is. (Tune in to Episode 258: Negative body image, interview with clinical psychologist Miriam Emad)

    We loved this chat so much! And, it is getting us excited for our next challenge inside MerryBody. It's the 10-Day Body Confidence Challenge starting on the 20th of August.

    We will use Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Breathwork and daily action steps to welcome in more body confidence. We will share everything that we ahve learnt and what we do that has helped us create acceptance with our bodies.


    If you're not yet a MerryBody member and want to be part of this challenge, you can sign up at www.themerrymakersisters.com/merrybody and enjoy our 7-day FREE trial.


    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
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    • 29 min
    Negative body image, interview with clinical psychologist Miriam Emad

    Negative body image, interview with clinical psychologist Miriam Emad

    Miriam talks about where and when negative body image originated and how it’s adapted in our modern society, why we compare ourselves to others and how we can begin the practice of just observing our body rather than forever judging and criticizing it. In this interview, you’ll gain a psychologist’s perspective on negative body image. You'll also leave with ideas and ways to deal with your negative thoughts around the way you look. Miriam talks about where and when negative body image originated and how it’s adapted in our modern society, why we compare ourselves to others and how we can begin the practice of just observing our body rather than forever judging and criticizing it.


    Stuff we talked about…
    - Self-restricted dieting dates all the way back to the 13th century due to lack of resources. It was the women who would first deprive themselves so they were able to provide for their families.
    - During industrialisation, as women began work and do hard labour, they became darker skinned and muscular. However, in this time being frail and pale was an upper-class statement, “There was this real cultural idealisation of thinness from that point because it became an upper-class statement, so women started to strive to be frail and pale.”
    - Now everywhere you look whether you’re opening Instagram or a magazine, from such a young age you are being exposed to countless frail models. So it’s only human for you to ask, “Why don’t I look like this?”
    - After this action of comparing ourselves and because we don’t look like the model we label ourselves ‘bad’ or ‘not quite right’ or ‘not good enough’.
    - Miriam talks about changing our perspectives. To practise not defining anything as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but change to non-judgemental language like ‘I am’ and ‘I exist’.
    - Welcoming this change from harsh self-judgement to non-judgmental and non-labelled, we put ourselves in a space where we don’t have to love something about ourselves to accept it.
    - Miriam talks about moving away from ‘how does my body look’ to ‘how does my body work’.


    If you’d like to contact Miriam you can chat to her via email at… miriam.emad.psych@gmail.com


    More about Miriam Emad, clinical psychologist.


    Miriam is a registered psychologist and holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She is experienced providing individual and group-based psychological interventions to clients with complex needs across a range of settings, including private practice, psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient services. Her work has spanned alcohol and other drugs, harm reduction programs, and adolescents and youth.
    Miriam’s clinical practice is focused on supporting clients with severe mental illness to live meaningful and productive lives. She has worked extensively with individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, mood disorders, and complex trauma. Miriam is especially skilled in assisting patients to enhance emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.


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    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla


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    • 29 min
    257: Check in with your expectations and life will be better

    257: Check in with your expectations and life will be better

    Lately, we've been having many conversations about expectations. Expectations on ourselves and the expectations, we feel from others. We know they're all made up in our heads but they really do make a huge impact on our lives. And can create A LOT of unnecessary stress.

    Stuff we talk about…
    - How we create high expectations of ourselves and attach to the idea that we're not good enough until we reach these expectations.
    - It's okay to expect but also accept because no human is perfect.
    - Not being afraid to have a difficult conversation because you hate conflict.
    - Household chores, random? Tune in, it will make sense!
    - How it's important to check in with your goals and be mindful of the positive and negative impacts. Example, your job promotion might mean more money BUT it might mean more stress and less time for stuff you love.
    - It's easier to judge and label others, it's more difficult to take action with love.

    Remember that right here, right now, you are amazing just as you are. Hold this in your heart and go on with your life.

    Yes, grow and achieve, but also remember... before you were amazing! Now you're amazing and once you achieve your desired goals you are amazing.

    If expectations cause you stress, sign up on our FREE Masterclass called Manage Your Stress with Yoga, Pilates and Breathwork happening on the 21st of July 11AM EST. You can sign up HERE.

    Please rate and review our podcast and share it with someone you love. Thank you for tuning in and being here!

    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
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    • 35 min
    256: The 5 levels of the mind – The Yoga Philosophy Series

    256: The 5 levels of the mind – The Yoga Philosophy Series

    This Get Merry Podcast episode is the second of our series on Yoga Philosophy, where we delve deeper into the mind because it is really the root of all our sufferings.

    Tune in and hear us chat about the 5 levels of the mind as described by the yoga teacher Swami J.

    Stuff we talk about…
    - The 5 levels of the mind: disturbed, dull, distracted, one-pointed focus, Samadhi
    - How your disturbed mind keeps you from doing anything else because of the spinning thought patterns in your head.
    - How being in the state of dullness (Tamasic) is similar to a candle that's not lit.
    - When you're in a distracted state (Raja), you feel super motivated and energized, and then get pretty tired.
    - How the practice of concentration allows you to be in a one-pointed state (Pratyahara).
    - How finding a really purposeful work can move you to the state of bliss (Samadhi).
    - How knowing these 5 levels of the mind and being aware of which level you are in can help reduce suffering.

    As soon as you realise that you are not your thoughts, you can be who you want to be.

    If you loved this episode and want to learn how to master your mind, you'll probably love our FREE Masterclass called Manage Your Stress with Yoga, Pilates and Breathwork happening on the 21st of July 11AM EST. You can sign up HERE.

    Please rate and review our podcast and share it with someone you love. Thank you for tuning in and being here!

    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
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    • 40 min
    255: How to surrender, let go and trust or Ishvara Pranidhana - The Yoga Philosophy Series

    255: How to surrender, let go and trust or Ishvara Pranidhana - The Yoga Philosophy Series

    When everything goes your way it all feels so good and easy, it flows. But how you do respond when all of a sudden, it stops going according to plan? Do you feel stressed, agitated, anxious, worried or angry? We're guessing if you're human (which you are) you probably do feel one of those? And we know this episode will definitely help you.

    This Get Merry Podcast episode is the first of our series on Yoga Philosophy, tune in and hear us chat about Ishvara Pranidhana or Surrender.

    'Ishvara' in Sanskrit translates to supreme, or personal, God. 'Pranidhana' translates to dedicate, devote, or surrender. So this practice of Ishvara Pranidhana is to surrender or let go of our individual ego to the bigger picture, to your higher self or to God. If you don't like to use the word 'God', simply use the other options. Or find something that works for you.

    Stuff we talk about…
    - How practising Ishvara Pranidhana (the 5th Niyama of Yoga), the practice of surrender or letting go can help in every aspect of your life.
    - How to surrender to the external forces around you and the things you have no control of.
    - How to find the flow.
    - The amazing life changes you'll experience when you get better at surrendering.
    - Reaching out and seeking help when everything feels like it is falling apart.
    - Trusting in what is happening around you and not being afraid of the process.
    - Our mantra "Let go. Let go. It's OK. I'm OK." OR, you can just lie down on the ground, close your eyes and let go. This works.

    We also just added the ultimate meditation inside the MerryBody Online Studio, which we know you will love.

    It's 17 minutes of original music composed by Damiano Mex. It's a Guided Savasana that will take you on a journey to help you let go and surrender.

    If you're not yet a MerryBody member, sign up for our FREE 7-day experience where you get to try all the magic inside MerryBody at no cost.

    If you loved this episode please rate and review our podcast and share it with someone you love. Thank you for tuning in and being here!

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    Emma + Carla
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    • 29 min
    254: Do the work, be productive, find the flow.

    254: Do the work, be productive, find the flow.

    How do you do the things you need to do... when you don't want to do the things you need to do? There's just so much resistance and friction stopping you from doing these important things!
    In this episode, we chat about doing the work, being productive and finding the flow.

    Stuff we talk about…
    - Struggling with resistance (laziness, comfort and overwhelm)
    - Doing the work and being present
    - The things that we do in our business to make it more productive, effective and run better
    - Being organized and creating processes
    - How assigning someone to do the tasks for you allows you some space to be more creative
    - Use your calendar
    - Setting up the right environment for the tasks you're doing
    - How productivity isn't about using a tool or an app, but making sure that you do the things

    We are excited to hear your takeaway from this in your life and business. While you're listening to this episode, we'd love for you to take a selfie and send it to us.

    If you have a request on what topic to feature on this podcast, send us a DM on Instagram or Facebook, or email us.

    If you loved this episode please rate and review our podcast and share it with someone you love. Thank you for tuning in and being here!

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    Emma + Carla
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    • 26 min

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