22 episodes

Practices and conversations in aligning our values and purpose with life, work, and relationships from coach/consultant/speaker Melissa Chureau at www.thefullymindful.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/melissa060/support

The Fully Mindful Melissa

    • Health & Fitness
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Practices and conversations in aligning our values and purpose with life, work, and relationships from coach/consultant/speaker Melissa Chureau at www.thefullymindful.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/melissa060/support

    Everything is Impossible and Possible: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Willard on Mindfulness, Recovery & Presence

    Everything is Impossible and Possible: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Willard on Mindfulness, Recovery & Presence

    It's kind of fascinating how much we don't really know, isn't it? Sometimes, though, when we look back, we can't believe what we didn't see or appreciate. Imagine the surprise at being whisked away in your early 20s by your parents in an effort to save you from yourself and try to get you on the path sobriety, only to find yourself at a retreat with the great Thich That Hanh. Just let that gel for a moment. It's kind of like being whisked away to learn a thing or 2 about basketball when you've hardly played, only to find yourself at a basketball camp with LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Damian Lillard and Shaq. Or a writing camp to find Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, and John Irving. You get the picture. 

    Enter Dr. Chris Willard, now a Harvard psychologist, author of 20 books including Growing Up Mindful and Alphabreaths--and soon out, AlphaBreaths 2. Now sober for decades, and trained in mindfulness and psychology, Dr. Willard talks early recovery, trauma, mindfulness, working with kids and adults, and how, as the title of the episode says, everything is impossible and possible, all at once.

    Truly a conversation you won't want to miss. Plus, I promise to share the mix-tape Chris mentions near the end....as soon as he sends it!

    More about Dr. Chris Willard and how to find him:

    website: https://www.drchristopherwillard.com

    insta: https://www.instagram.com/drchriswillard/

    amazon author page

    AlphaBreaths Too, out September 27, 2022

    Get Certified in Mindfulness for Kids & Teens with Dr. Willard with Growing Up Mindful


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    • 45 min
    The Only Way Out is Through: Former US Attorney, S Amanda Marshall,, Rising from the Ashes to Hope.

    The Only Way Out is Through: Former US Attorney, S Amanda Marshall,, Rising from the Ashes to Hope.

    “Yes there are 2 paths you can go on, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” —led zeppelin.
    Haven't we all wondered what life would be like if we had made other choices? 
    Haven't we all felt, at times, a little like Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hide? 
    S Amanda Marshall (Amie), former US Attorney for the District of Oregon turned lawyer for those of us who've hit our bottoms, been accused of doing perhaps worse, and those of us who need a true believer in our court, tells how her whole life aimed toward greatness, reached a fever pitch, and came crashing down all around her. Alcohol. Anxiety. Terrible mistakes. They nearly cost her her career, and nearly cost her family and her sanity. 
    But when there is an inkling of willingness to be pulled out of the pit of despair, a surrender to what is, and when one alcoholic identifies with another and believes for a moment that even they can be helped, the magic happens. And that is what happened to Amie Marshall. 
    We talk about what it was like, what happened, and what it's like now. And how surrender and humility combined with a willingness to believe and a whole lot of hard work, mindfulness, and self-care restored Amie to a woman of hope, a woman who gives, and a woman who is kind to others, to self, and who helps others climb out of the pit of despair and back into a life worth living.
    More About Amanda (Amie)
    https://maclaw.law
    For help with alcohol and addiction and mental health issues for yourself or a family or friend
    Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org
    Alanon for family and friends: https://al-anon.org
    National Institute of Health Alcohol Treatment Finder: https://alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.gov
    National Mental Health Hotline: https://mentalhealthhotline.org or call 866-903-3787
    SAMHSA Substaance Use Treatment & Behavioral Health Treatment Finder: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov


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    • 1 hr 57 min
    We are feeling machines that think: A mindfulness practice in feeling

    We are feeling machines that think: A mindfulness practice in feeling

    Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio famously observed, "We are not thinking machines. We are feeling machines that think." And yet we spend most of our days in the space between our ears and don't pay a whole lot of attention to the rest of our body, and what it might be telling us. And yet, the body is smart. It's where we first comprehend feeling--whether joy, fear, excitement. We feel it in the body first, and then our minds get into the game. So, what if we spent more time paying attention to the body? I'm not talking about exercise--which is great, and we should do--but instead I'm talking about listening in, really feeling what we feel. That's what today's practice is. Sensing into our bodies to gain that wisdom, that  insight. 
    If you are interested in learning more mindfulness practices or incorporating them into your daily life at home and work, reach out. I can help. Book a short call and we'll see if it's a good fit.
    https://calendly.com/thefullymindful/15-20-with-melissa-clone
    Or find out more about The Fully Mindful here: https://www.thefullymindful.com

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    • 15 min
    Debbie Harrell and The Secret Sauce of The Collective Good

    Debbie Harrell and The Secret Sauce of The Collective Good

    It's kind of crazy that we ever think we can do this thing called life alone. And yet we operate in this fantasy on the daily--with all sorts of negative consequences. We isolate. We fear. Or the opposite: We think we know it all, and well, we all know how that goes. One of the negative consequences of this "pull yourself up by the bootstraps---all on your own" mentality is that we kid ourselves into thinking everything is just fine, fine, fine (queue up Alanis Morisette for all you fell 90's music lovers). And this can make us numb to our reality. Until it all kind of falls apart. Turns out we can even be "fine" after something that we'd all agree is pretty traumatic. But at what cost? 
    In comes Debbie Harrell, resiliency coach with a hell of resiliency story of her own. Like me, and many others, she convinced herself that everyone was fine....until it wasn't. And when the reality of it all hit her, she re-awoke to something she's known all along: that we do not do this thing alone. And as f-ed up as the world can be, we can also do some pretty beautiful things together. And we're going to have to if we want this thing to continue. You're going to love this conversation as we get real about what happened and what life and hope and the collective good can do. 
    Find Debbie and join her collective to do good! Find her at:
    The Collective: https://newworldintentions.com/pages/our-community#
    The New World Normal Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-world-normal/id1558776039
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenewworldnorm/
    To find Melissa:
    Book 15-20 to talk about coaching: https://calendly.com/thefullymindful/15-20-with-melissa-clone
    https://www.thefullymindful.com

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    • 1 hr
    Repeatedly Dead Fred: The True Story of a Regular Man who Died 20 times and Found Recovery and Hope

    Repeatedly Dead Fred: The True Story of a Regular Man who Died 20 times and Found Recovery and Hope

    We're all going to die someday. It's this lesson of impermanence that none of us will escape. But imagine dying more than once....in one summer. And imagine that the medical experts you're relying on don't really seem to know what is happening with you, and you're not even sure they're actually listening. In comes Fred Rutman, a regular hockey-loving Canadaian man. An economics professor just living his life. And that is exactly what happened to him. Listen in on what he experienced, how he advocated for himself, how he recovered fully after one doctor literally threw a book at him--one that saved his life. Fred shares how he came to learn about and practice Intermittent Fasting--not to lose weight, but to recover from major cardiac events--and how this practice has not only led to full recover, but he's a better man with a better life. And he's helping others do the same. You bet your life, you won't want to miss this conversation.
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/repeatedlydf/
    Intermittent Fasting FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DelayDontDeny (semi-archived). DDD community: https://dddcommunity.circle.so/home, a fee-based IF fasting community
    Recommended resources :
    The Obesity Code - Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
    Fast. Feast, Repeat by Gin Stephens
    The Intermittent Fasting Podcast
    Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast by Gin Stephens

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The practice of being fully mindful, a guided meditation.

    The practice of being fully mindful, a guided meditation.

    Being fully mindful doesn’t mean we aspire to have no thoughts or feelings. Those are goals of dead people! The point is to be fully aware, not push away, but to practice giving space between ourselves and our thoughts and feelings and experiences. Join me in this short practice to become fully mindful.

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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Amybeth1126 ,

A very thoughtful and inspiring podcast!

I’m enjoying this podcast very much! Melissa puts so much thought and heart into her episodes, and her episode titles are very clever. I especially enjoyed the Repeatedly Dead Fred episode- that was an eye opener! Grateful to have found this!

Message in the Middle ,

Barely Still Breathing

Oh My Goodness, the episode with Katie Joy Duke touched me in so many ways. Her story is beyond inspirational, and as someone with a podcast focused on pulling out the “message in the middle” of other people’s stories, I want to applaud Melissa, the host of The Fully Mindful podcast, she created this beautiful and safe space for this story to be told in such a relateable way. Bravo!!!

Gretchen Camp ,

Very calming

Melissa has such a calming voice and presence. I enjoyed her meditation! I felt such peace and appreciation for her gift of leading me through a joyful moment in my day. Loved the ambient music 💕

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