This is a podcast where we look into Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and Stress. How it affects the body, where in the brain it comes from, and holistic ways of working with your mental health.
Mental Health and Mindfulness
Today I talk to the Venerable Bhante Sujatha who is the Lovingkindness Buddhist monk. We discuss Mental Health and Mindfulness; specifically how a mindfulness based life can change someone who has anxiety, depression, trauma, or stress.
Here's a little about Bhante: When Bhante Sujatha was 10 years old, he told his parents he would throw himself off the bridge into the river below his childhood home in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, if they did not let him become a monk. Since that time, he’s remained just as certain and determined to live a life dedicated to adding more love to the world and helping people heal their wounded minds.
Bhante has always known he was born to serve humanity and he wakes up everyday committed to this noble cause, teaching meditation and helping people access the deeper parts of themselves so they can feel radiant joy and peaceful happiness. With a single robe and some leftover food, Bhante left his home country and eventually found his way to America, where he learned a new language and culture and discovered the aching desire people have for a more meaningful life.
In a old leaky church basement, Bhante was given a small room to teach meditation. The first night, two people showed up. A decade later, The Blue Lotus Temple is a world-renowned Buddhist temple and meditation center that serves thousands of people locally and even more all over the world, under Bhante’s leadership as abbot and spiritual director.
Bhante weighs in at 85 pounds, and fifth graders often tower of him, but make no mistake: This man is a powerhouse of focus, energy, and determination. Bhante leads more than 380 meditations a year, for which he travels hundreds of thousands of miles, often walking off a plane and onto a podium within minutes. He speaks to colleges and universities across the world, leads small group retreats, and consults with corporate giants, teaching them all that love is the way and peace is a constant practice.
Bhante’s humanitarian work spans the globe and most recently oversaw the re-fitting of five hospitals with significant need. In 2013, Bhante Sujatha was awarded the highest honor within his lineage, as a recognition for the incredible impact he’s made to spreading Buddhism across America, being named the Chief Sanhga Nayaka of North America.
On any given day, you’ll find Bhante on the West Coast leading retreats, in the Midwest running his temple, or on the other side of the planet providing refuge for those who suffer and inspiring others to give and do even more to help the world. The tireless crusader often sleeps only three or four hours a night and infuses every single waking moment with total purpose and dedication to his mission: adding more love to the world.
Being a Caregiver with a Dementia Parent
Today we talked to my friend Lindsey. Lindsay is a psych nurse who has taken time away from working to care for her mother. Her mother has early to middle stage dementia. We talk about anxiety with and someone that has dementia and the importance of making yourself first as a caregiver. Taking care of yourself and making yourself first as a caregiver is so very important. Lindsey gives us some tips on how to make yourself first, self-care, and how to take care of someone with dementia and staying calm.
Anxiety & Neurofeedback
Today we talk to one of my dear friends, Tom Fink, PhD. We talk about anxiety, how it ties into other things, and Neurofeedback. He also talks about his invention MindReflector. You can find MindReflector at http://mindreflector.com. Healthcare workers and First Responders, listen at the end for a special deal JUST FOR YOU!
Dr. Thomas E. Fink's clinical training, supervision, and experience have included the application of psychological techniques to diverse patient populations, including long-term care psychiatric facilities, community residential and mental health facilities, and general and specialized medical/rehabilitative outpatient settings.
Dr. Fink has directed an inpatient behavioral modification program, provided behavioral and psychological consultation to the medical and psychology staff of state mental hospitals concerning patients with complex behavioral problems, and managed outpatient rehabilitation and pain management programs. His current area of practice involves providing service in and managing an outpatient psychological service, Acorn Health Associates, P.C., that specializes in rehabilitation psychology. Areas of interest include the application of EEG Biofeedback techniques to a range of medical and psychological disorders, including chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, as well as depression and anxiety-related conditions.
Dr. Fink remains interested in theoretical psychology and has presented workshops over the past ten years examining the misleading and sometimes harmful assumptions and practices of a medicalized American mental health orientation. His current interest in EEG Biofeedback began when he watched an associate use these techniques to support dramatic and positive changes for patients with difficult medical and psychological conditions.
Welcome and a little about me
Welcome everyone! This is just a little bit of a background information podcast today on me, and some of the things we are going to talk about. Next week, let's dive into Anxiety.
Introduction to the Mental Health Toolbox
Hi Everyone and welcome to the Mental Health Toolbox. I'm Cindy Beers. I've dedicated my life to helping others with anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. In this podcast you will learn about the brain, the body and how it reacts, and holistic ways of working with your mental health.
A little about me:
Cindy Beers creates a place for people of all ages and body types to practice yoga and meditation in a safe, inviting, and authentic environment. Students experience a class which is tailored to the students’ ability, sprinkled with compassion and a touch of laughter that leaves them feeling content and at peace. Cindy’s teachings are informed from her extensive training and life experiences. She spent 18 years in the US Armed Forces and therefore has a special understanding for teaching yoga to veterans, teens, and adults living with anxiety and trauma. Cindy’s work with anxiety culminated in her recently published books, “Mindful Yoga for Teen Anxiety” and “Mindful Yoga for Adult Anxiety.” Cindy created the professional development training of “Yoga for Mental Health.” She is currently working on her next books, “Yoga for Mental Health” and “The Mental Health Toolbox.”
After having experienced a near death episode, Cindy views life as a gift and unabashedly lives it with zest, love and quirkiness.
Cindy, 500 E-RYT is a member of Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT), Yoga & Body Image Coalition, Yoga Service Council, and Accessible Yoga. She’s been recognized for her work in yoga and mental health by the American Mental Wellness Association. She is also trained in: Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, Mindful Resilience, Compassion Fatigue, Healing Trauma Through Yoga, Aqua Yoga, Prison Yoga, Yoga and Meditation for Military Sexual Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Y12SR, iRest, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Thai Yoga, Yin Yoga, Biomechanics, Somatics, Egoscue, Chakras, Ayurveda, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Reiki Master, and Body Rolling. She is also an expert on different types of meditations such as Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness, I Am, Vipassana, Body Image, and Third Eye. Cindy practices Transcendental Meditation daily. Her university degrees include a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Professional Communications and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Cindy also holds a Certification in Applied Neuroscience for treating Anxiety, Panic, and Worry. www.cindybeers.com