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Give your mind a little love with Mind Love, a podcast dedicated to the exploration of the power of the mind, focusing on mindset, mindfulness, mind-body-soul, and science-based approaches to mental health. Each week, Melissa Monte hosts interviews with inspiring guest experts, delving into evidence-based mind science and real-life stories from those who have overcome their mental challenges.
Whether you’re looking to find purpose and inner peace, rewire negative thought patterns, manifest your goals, or simply treat yourself with more kindness, Mind Love will help you unlock your mind's potential. Get ready to expand your understanding of the mind and learn practical tools for a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.

Mind Love • Modern Mindfulness to Think, Feel, and Live Well Mind Love

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 858 Ratings

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Give your mind a little love with Mind Love, a podcast dedicated to the exploration of the power of the mind, focusing on mindset, mindfulness, mind-body-soul, and science-based approaches to mental health. Each week, Melissa Monte hosts interviews with inspiring guest experts, delving into evidence-based mind science and real-life stories from those who have overcome their mental challenges.
Whether you’re looking to find purpose and inner peace, rewire negative thought patterns, manifest your goals, or simply treat yourself with more kindness, Mind Love will help you unlock your mind's potential. Get ready to expand your understanding of the mind and learn practical tools for a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.

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    How to Speak Up for Yourself with the Soul Instead of the Ego with Amy Green Smith

    How to Speak Up for Yourself with the Soul Instead of the Ego with Amy Green Smith

    We will learn:

    How to master the art of setting boundaries without drama

    Why people emotionally regress and how to handle it with empathy

    How specificity in conversation might save your relationships


    Every gift has a shadow, and every shadow a gift. This has been one of my biggest lessons throughout my spiritual growth. I've learned that the impact of our actions or words can vary dramatically based on the energy we bring to them.
    Take serving others, for instance. It can spring from a sense of purpose and self-worth, or it can be rooted in people-pleasing. Same action, totally different vibe.
    This duality is everywhere in our lives. Confidence can be empowering or arrogant, depending on how you use it. Ambition can drive you to reach for the stars or have you stepping on others to get there.
    But is there a way to honor our truth while leaving space for others? I think there is.
    It's about finding that sweet spot between doormat and bulldozer. It's speaking your mind without steamrolling others. It's setting boundaries with kindness. It's disagreeing without dismissing.
    So that’s what we’re talking about today. Our guest is Amy Green Smith. She is a life coach and hypnotherapist, speaker, and communication expert. She helps people find their voice and move to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-worth.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Unconditional Love, Healing, and Life Lessons from Dogs with Brianna Madia

    Unconditional Love, Healing, and Life Lessons from Dogs with Brianna Madia

    We will learn:

    How feeling "too much" impacts lives and relationships, and how you can embrace your full self without apology.

    How Brianna's dogs led her to make radical life choices and what she’s learned from her aging dogs about slowing down and living in the moment

    The heart-wrenching yet empowering conversations about navigating relationships with imperfect parents—and how it shapes us.


    Dogs have a lot to teach us. They don’t care about our flaws or past mistakes. They don’t hold grudges or criticize our choices. They simply love us for who we are in the purest, most genuine way possible.
    They remind us to enjoy the simple pleasures—a walk in the park, a game of fetch, a quiet moment of cuddling. They teach us the value of being present, of living in the moment without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
    In many ways, dogs embody the best qualities we aspire to have. Their love is a light, guiding us through our darkest times and celebrating with us in our happiest moments.
    Today, we’re unfolding a few more life lessons learned from love, loss, and dogs. And I love this type of episode… very conversational, raw, and real.
    Our guest is Brianna Madia. She has lived a life of relentless intention, traveling the deserts of the American West in an old Ford van. She made a name for herself on social media with her inspiring captions-cum-essays about bravery, identity, nature, and subverting expectations, and, of course, her 4 dogs.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How a Single Conversation Could Improve Your Relationship Forever with Topaz Adizes

    How a Single Conversation Could Improve Your Relationship Forever with Topaz Adizes

    We will learn:

    The hidden power of acceptance in relationships.

    How asking thought-provoking questions can revolutionize your conversations and relationships.

    How to craft questions that avoid dead-end answers and spark powerful, transformative discussions.


    Have you ever noticed that certain conversations or people leave you feeling a particular way? Maybe it’s a really good feeling—like true connection, fulfillment, or belonging. Or maybe it’s not so great, leaving you frustrated, disconnected, or defensive. Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint why.
    The question is, do certain dynamics just exist as they are, and you’ll never feel that harmony? Or is there something you can do to spark it? To align better with the other person?
    Too often, when we shift our own patterns, the people and circumstances around us shift too. And that starts with our own communication.
    So today, we’re going to learn how to shift your life by asking better, more intentional questions and how to create those moments of true connection more regularly.
    Our guest is Topaz Adizes. He is an Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and experience design architect. His works have been selected to Cannes, Sundance, IDFA, and SXSW; featured in New Yorker magazine, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times; and have garnered an Emmy for new approaches to documentary and Two World Press photo awards for immersive storytelling and interactive documentary. He is currently the founder and executive director of the experience design studio The Skin Deep.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Post-Traumatic Growth and the Beauty in Brokenness with Edith Shiro

    Post-Traumatic Growth and the Beauty in Brokenness with Edith Shiro

    We will learn:

    How belonging creates healing

    How spiritual development changes your brain

    The five stages of post-traumatic growth that turn our pain into power


    Why do some people seem to bounce back from life's hardest blows, while others stay down?
    Sometimes, you might be the one who can't seem to find your footing after a struggle. And if you're actively denying your pain or comparing it to others, thinking, "What I went through isn't that bad; I shouldn't be feeling this way," you're going to miss the lesson.
    Instead, if you can be honest and say, "This is breaking me. What is the lesson here?" and dive deep into that pain to uncover the growth beneath, you're going to change the way you experience your life.
    Our guest today, Edith Shiro, a clinical psychologist and the author of "The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Post-Traumatic Growth." Edith is here to teach us how to transform our suffering into our superpower. She'll share insights from her book and her clinical experience, helping us understand that while trauma may not always be visible to others, it's our own personal experience that matters most. By embracing our pain and looking for the lessons it holds, we can unlock a path to profound personal growth and transformation.
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    Show Notes: https://mindlove.com/354



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Zen Principles in Motion with Ultrarunner Katie Arnold

    Zen Principles in Motion with Ultrarunner Katie Arnold

    We will learn:

    How a radical use of present-tense affirmations can reshape your reality.

    How to embrace boredom and repetitive activities as a superpower

    How to truly flow with life


    If you’re anything like me (and I’ve got a hunch that you might be, given that you’re listening to this podcast), you have spent quite a bit of time working on yourself.
    But eventually, you get to a point where you think, okay, this is all good in theory, but what about in practice?
    It’s easy to feel enlightened when you’re off in a cave or an ashram, but it’s our real lives that are the portal to our own awakening.
    When you can find the bliss in doing the dishes, the meditation in running on a trail, or… find God in the brother you haven’t spoken to in years… that’s when you truly start to understand what zen is all about.
    So today, we're diving into how we can bring these zen principles into our everyday lives, transform mundane tasks into moments of mindfulness, and navigate the complexities of life with a sense of calm and presence.
    Because the true test of zen isn't how peaceful you feel in solitude but how centered you remain in the midst of it all.
    Our guest is Katie Arnold. She is an award-winning journalist, longtime contributor to Outside Magazine, and author of the acclaimed 2019 memoir Running Home. She’s a Zen practitioner and champion ultrarunner, and she teaches writing and running retreats, exploring the link between movement and creativity, wilderness and stillness. Her new book, Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World: Zen and the Art of Running Free, is a spiritual guide and an exploration of how to be.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Secrets to Inner Sovereignty: Reclaiming Your Freedom, Energy, and Power with Emma Seppälä

    The Secrets to Inner Sovereignty: Reclaiming Your Freedom, Energy, and Power with Emma Seppälä

    We will learn:

    The true consequences of external validation

    How to shift from time management to energy management

    How your relationships reflect your self-worth and how to break the cycle


    Do you want to know a powerful question you can ask yourself every time you react to something: Am I responding this way because it’s necessary or because of a past experience?
    Our experiences, especially from childhood, shape a huge part of who we are today. Memories, beliefs, and habits get deeply rooted in our subconscious minds. Then, they control our actions and reactions more than most of us even realize.
    But here's the good news: becoming aware of this starts to loosen the grip your past has on your present and future.
    So today, we’re talking about sovereignty, or the inner power, independence, and self-control to make choices based on your true self, not outside pressure or past conditioning.
    Our guest is Dr. Emma Seppälä. She's a speaker, author, and lecturer at Yale University. She's known for her expertise in the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. She wrote the book, “The Happiness Track,” (Harper One, 2016), and her latest work, “Sovereign” (Hay House, 2024).
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
858 Ratings

858 Ratings

Astrid-O ,

Actionable, thoughtful, and so relatable

Mindlove is the mindfulness podcast I’ve always wanted to find and now I’ve found it! Melissa is a great interviewer who asks questions that really dive into the nuance of complex topics; I love the challenges she creates to help move things from abstract idea to real life tool. She is so relatable…I find myself wondering if she’s been reading my diary 😂 Mindlove is such a treasure trove of aha moments! I love the subtle but hugely impactful perspective shifts Melissa shares!

MR And Tye Fan ,

Awesome Podcast

Mind Love is an awesome podcast!!
Melissa I have been listening to you for a few years now. I can truly say, my admiration and respect for what you bring has only grown. Also, your personal story never gets old for me. The fact that you not only survived all that but rose above it. And now you found a wonderful partner and have 2 kids and your business is doing well.
Your are a living inspiration.

Jodi FTM ,

I love this podcast!!!

Melissa is an amazing podcast interviewer. She is prepared for her guests, she’s relatable, smart, and inspiring. What better way to spend an hour than learning, laughing, and growing?! Highly recommend!!

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