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061 Are you “doing” your being | Dr Kathy Gruver

Telling me to sit on a pillow and still my brain I’m thinking: Why am I in time out? What did I do wrong? Why are you making me sit here?
— Dr Kathy Gruver -

Multi-passionate is the best description for Dr Kathy Gruver, PhD who is a massage therapist, hypnotherapist, Reiki master, award winning author, educator and lecturer on the global stage. She helps people facilitate their healing and lets them know they have choice. Kathy is warm-hearted, funny and pragmatic as she shares perspectives on stress, mindfulness and meditation.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Dr Kathy Gruver

We spoke about

  • Kathy’s journey of alternatives, choices and options

  • Letting life unfold

  • Escalating stress and what we can do

  • Responding versus Reacting

  • Breaking the cycle of negative thinking

  • The value of positive reinforcement

  • Addressing the busy mind

  • Benefits of presence

  • Overcoming the perceived barriers to meditation

  • Mini-meditation that’s accessible anytime anywhere

  • Flexibility of what meditation you do and how you do it

  • Choices for life

Value Quotes

“I thought I would have a massage career in between those award-winning films I was going to be doing. The award-winning films didn’t come but the massage stuck”

“It’s been an incredible journey and it’s all unfolded in front of me and I still don’t know where it’s going to go. I have no idea what I’m going to be when I grow up”

“Stress is not our problem but managing and controlling our thoughts is ours to choose” Bev’s summation

“We want first responders, we don’t want first reactors”

“If we just take that pause there’s such power there to give ourselves the chance to really formulate what we want to do next”

“It’s estimated we have 60,000 thoughts a day and 50,000 of those are negative”

“We can put these little reminders up of be positive and breath and our subconscious starts to react to that”

“When we are positive we perceive ourselves as luckier”

“Our stress is behind us or in front of us. It tends not to be in the present moment”

“Telling me to sit on a pillow and still my brain I’m thinking: Why am I in time out? What did I do wrong? Why are you making me sit here?”

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Episode Links

You can find Dr Kathy Gruver at:

Website: www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrKathyGruver4health/

Kathy’s TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abMj0hCGEic

Dr Kathy Gruver on Living Fabulously with Bev
Dr Kathy Gruver on Living Fabulously with Bev
Dr Kathy Gruver on Living Fabulously with Bev

044 The secrets to more time | Tom Evans

I noticed on days that I meditated I had a much better day and the world seemed to be kinder to me. On days I didn’t, I felt it was like pushing water uphill
— Tom Evans -

Many people talk about the value of meditation yet Tom Evans adds so much more to the conversation by focusing on the investment of even 10 minutes a day to achieve practical outcomes. Tom provides meditations for many and varied topics like weight management, relaxation, boosting creativity and avoiding jet lag. We touch on Tom’s concept of managing time mindfully to be more effective and create better outcomes for ourselves by not being enslaved by our relationship to time

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Tom Evans

We spoke about 

  • How a BBC engineer became a spiritual engineer of mind, body and spirit

  • Discovering practical mindfulness

  • Making meditation playful and accessible

  • Investing time for practical outcomes

  • Scale of effects from 10 minutes of daily meditation

  • Where to begin with meditation

  • Tom’s two main applications of meditation

  • Switching on new super sensibilities

  • Reaping the benefits of meditation

  • Tom’s course Mindfulness Based Time Management

  • Seeing life as a joy

Value Quotes 

“I started meditating like many people to reduce stress and anxiety but I very quickly discovered this practical aspect to it”

”I noticed on days that I meditated I had a much better day and the world seemed to be kinder to me. On days I didn’t, I felt it was like pushing water uphill”

“The normal human mind can only have one thought at a time”

“As soon as you start to flip the attention away from the now you lose efficiency and so what mindfulness techniques get you to do is to be present in the now”

“You don’t have to meditate formally with your eyes closed and headphones on. You can meditate just by getting out in nature”

“Every day you’re going to treat yourself to 10 minutes of me time”

“One of the things I’ve noticed about Insight Timer app is that the most popular meditations are those that help people get to sleep”

“To me meditation has two applications. One is remedial where it fixes something… but my main area of work, research and fun is generative meditations that awaken us to new levels of consciousness”

“The main benefit [of meditation] is that you become luckier. Instead of pushing water uphill the world starts to work for you”

“With the quiet mind you get from meditation, that continues out of the meditation throughout the day so you become better at noticing things”

“If you look down it switches the internal dialogue on in the head and if you look slightly up it switches it off”

“See life not as a chore but as a joy”

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Episode Links 

You can find Tom Evans at:

Website:  http://www.tomevans.co/  

Insight timer app: https://insighttimer.com/tomevans

Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now! 

Tom Evans on Living Fabulously with Bev podcast talking about practical mindfulness
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