Breath is life!
After 25 years in a health and fitness career, Rebecca Kordecki always felt along her journey that she was meant to do more in a different way. She was completely focused on working with people from outside in, through fitness and nutrition, but she felt that she was always meant to touch people from the inside out.
Her big “Aha” moment came when she discovered breath work three years ago and she realized that she found the tool to help herself and others – from the inside out. She had been excavating through her own work and it became such a great tool that she started teaching it to her clients and in classes. She says that it has never failed her.
Holly highlights how different kinds of breath work techniques are the perfect way to insert into applied mindfulness into people’s busy schedules.
Rebecca shares that the beauty of breath work has so many facets that will calm, energize, induce sleep, reduce asthma, and release trauma. She suggests Box breathing, or a four by four. It goes as follows: inhale for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts doing this for six to eight cycles. There are variations that can be applied, such as inhale for four, hold for seven, exhale for eight. The point is to just BREATHE consciously!
She mentions her teacher, Dan Brulé, the world’s foremost expert and renowned pioneer in the field of breathwork, and leader of the worldwide Spiritual Breathing movement. She wanted to share his outlook on playing with every single breath. Play with the inhale, the hold and the exhale. Just breathe… and play! Learn more about Dan at https://www.breathmastery.com/.
The biggest gift you can give yourself is a big inhale and a big sigh of relief exhale. Create space, release anxiety. Create levity.
Try incorporating people in whether you’re a busy mom, salesperson, manager, leading a small group, just play with breathing together.
The question they presented for audience consideration for the break was:
- Can I be willing and open to allowing all the possibilities and opportunities that are showing up around me right now?
After the break Holly shares that she has a word of the year – this year’s word is “allowing”, which was the perfect segway for being open to the opportunities, and Rebecca’s new book that will be released in 2020: Flip Your Switch. Rebecca got the idea when she was questioned about how she came out of the childhood and addition to cocaine – what was the trick? How did you flip your switch? She feels that surviving these came through many different techniques and the book is a result of gathering her remembrance of all the things that she did to get to where she is, fulfilling her purpose.
Rebecca asks, “Do you choose to stand in your story, or on your story and inspire from it and spin gold.
She offers a two weekend The Breath Zone Teacher training can be a great way to deepen a personal practice as well as become a teacher of her method.
About Rebecca Kordecki (from www.rebeccakodecki.com)
Rebecca Kordecki, the creator of Booty Slide and owner of RK FIT, has enjoyed a robust 20-year career as a Beverly Hills Celebrity Trainer, Group Exercise Teacher, Diet Coach, Corporate Wellness Advocate and Speaker.
Rebecca has been featured on “The Today Show”, “EXTRA”, and has been written up in periodicals such as Vogue, The New York Times, Hamptons, InStyle, Shape, TimeOut NY and Daily Candy amongst others. Rebecca most recently hosted her own radio show for 2 years on Healthylife.net called Get Lifted that focused on health and wellness.
As a passionate and tireless Personal Trainer Rebecca provides clients with a disciplined, focused strategy and most importantly, results. Because of her hard work and dedication she was voted “the Best of the Best Personal Trainer” in the Hamptons two years in a row while living on the east coast. She has also earned an impressive client roster from all walks of life including high profile Fortune 500 executives, professional athletes, and celebrities.
Also, Rebecca is now offering wellness retreats in resort locations. You can spend 3-5 days away with Rebecca and a small group of like-minded people in a beautiful and relaxing setting. During the retreat, you have daily workouts with Rebecca while getting away from the daily grind and with Rebecca’s Booty, Body and Breath approach to refreshing and recharging every aspect of your being, you will head home with valuable tools to sustain a healthy and balanced life.
You can also find more about Rebecca at:
Instagram handle: @rebeccakordecki
Jim Spellos is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology. Holly talks with him about the past ten years or so that they’ve known each other and how a health crisis helped Jim implement a routine of meditation, exercise and a new eating lifestyle. As mindfulness returned, he supported it with technology and apps that helped him find restaurants and places that were conducive to his new healthy lifestyle. He and his wife implemented their new eating regimen based on Mark Bittman’s book, Vegan Before 6pm (VB6).
Jim also shares that he is building a community through Patreon.com. He offers courses for subscribers for $5 a month. He shares various content to help subscribers stay up to date with changing technology, through his Minute Tech video education series. Check it out at https://www.patreon.com/jspellos.
One support tool that Jim is particularly passionate about is In Case of Emergency or I.C.E. apps. He encourages listeners to download one ASAP so that first responders have critical information that is easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
Jim encourages people to not be afraid of using technology to balance their lives.
Jim delivers over 150 keynote and educational sessions annually on how to use technology more efficiently. In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Focus magazine. He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award.
With a passion for helping people and companies understand what’s new in current and future technology including the latest information about virtual & augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.
Find out more about his work at https://www.meeting-u.com/.
“Grategy” = Gratitude Strategy
Lisa Ryan, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), talks with Holly about making gratitude matter and how she turned a major bump in the road into a success strategy. One day, she woke up and by lunch, she found herself without a job. Fortunately she had implemented a gratitude practice about a year before her job left her.
Not knowing what she was going to do, she asked herself what she could be grateful for and what came to mind was a goal list that she had written many years prior. She realized in that moment of gratitude, that she had already accomplished many of her goals. She said to herself, “I’m going to laugh about this someday, why not now?” and she set out to recreate herself.
Out of this time was born a career as a best-selling author and international, award-winning speaker and trainer. Ryan’s programs focus on positive workplace culture, inter-generational communication, employee acquisition, engagement, retention, and gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) for personal and professional development. Her down-to-earth approach and willingness to share best practices have proven to be a winning formula for her clients.
With her clients, she highlights the power of authenticity. She recommends feeling the depth of whatever emotion that is being experienced, and then find what can be appreciated. These conversations about gratitude raise the energy of a room and halts the negative spiral where so many find themselves. Most talk about gratitude for friends, health, family, education and the “things” that they have. Lisa encourages people to find the surprises and be grateful for the little things – running water for example.
Lisa’s daily gratitude practice includes a morning and evening journal. Her morning journal gives her gratitude in advance. She also writes on the ABC’s of gratitude – using the letters of the alphabet, she writes all the things associated with each letter, giving the monkey mind something to do in alphabetical order.
Write a hand written thank you card every day. Lisa shares that she takes pictures with her clients and makes a card to send to that client as a thank you. Sometimes it isn’t about the cards, or the handwriting, its about the show of gratitude! Use every day technology well: tweet your gratitude! She also gives her clients thank you cards to send out. One of her clients buys a sheet of stamps every month and sets a goal to use all of them.
With her “S.H.O.W.” (Self, Health, Others, Wealth) and THANKS programs, she teaches leaders that gratitude grows employee engagement. She encourages leaders to start meetings with a positive note, catch employees doing something well and recognize staff for what they contribute.
Since 2011, Lisa has used a weekly gratitude thought of the week to engage her loyal followers. It includes a quote, a story, a lesson and an action. From this, she says that she gets the gift of heartfelt responses and authenticity with her subscribers and readers.
What can you be thankful for in advance as the holiday season unfolds?
Lisa says “gratitude is very easy to do and very easy not to do.” Challenge yourself for 30 days to write down 3-5 things each day, and at the end of the month you’ll see that it works! Create your own “Grategy!”
“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” – Mother Theresa
Holly interviews Sandra E. Johnson, LCSW, and author of Flowers for the Living and Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South who joins Holly to discuss her latest release, The Mind-Body Peace Journal: 366 Mindful Prompts for Serenity and Clarity.
The journal was born out of Sandra’s work at the South Carolina Correctional Department’s psychiatric hospital.
“The inmates showed me no matter how mentally ill they were, they benefited from counseling that included the teaching of mindfulness. Through engaging them in this type of therapy, I watched them make light years of progress in comprehending their psychiatric disorders and how to better cope with them. They loved when I would quote sages like Patanjali and give them mindfulness-based writing exercises to do. Their enthusiasm sparked the idea of creating a 30-day meditational journal for them to complete while attending the weekly group sessions I led.” from https://sandraejohnson.net/about/
Coupling this experience with a deep rooted practice of yoga which she started some twenty-five years ago, she created The Mind-Body Peace Journal. She saw that, even for people with severe mental health issues, mindfulness really helped improve the quality of their lives and contends that it can help anyone from any walk of life. Studies have proven that meditational journaling helps with all kinds of physical and mental issues.
The author shares how her quotes showed up throughout her life, coming from a long list of her favorite writers, singers, religious and spiritual leaders. “Developing mindfulness offers a way out of the never ending cycle of misery.”
Sandra also shares how many times in her life she felt small, disempowered and unworthy. Two of her favorite mantras are “I am enough and “everything is going to be ok.” Both have given her the ability to get through many situations that seemed hopeless. This combined with meditation, prayer and scripture creates the foundation for her spiritual practice and gives her a sense of peace.
Holly and Sandra share a discussion about a like minded documentary called The Dhamma Brothers which brings eastern and western meditation program into a southern correctional facility and follows how dramatically ancient meditation program changes the men who participate in the intensive program.
Sandra leaves the listeners with encouragement that, “This book is for anyone who wants to connect to the present moment where we find peace and balance in a society that has us worrying about the future and fretting over the past.”
Get Sandra’s book here on Amazon, or wherever books are sold.
What would you like to create as your life and your living?
In her first team interview, Holly joins Chutisa and Steven Bowman from Australia. This amazing couple have joined forces for the last forty-seven years, living and growing several businesses and their personal lives together. This duo speaks to honoring each other individually and together, as they have grown seven global businesses. They have worked together over a quarter of a century, mastering the art of blending business and building family together. Chutisa loves to write and Steven loves to work with executives who lead companies. Together, they are a powerhouse of mindful leadership knowledge.
The duo’s shared motto is, “What would we like to create as our life and our living?” Life is different than living and living is different than life. With this as their driving force, the have created seven global business and tap into the key to having multi streams of possibility. Their secret to running several business, is, as they share “We contribute to one another, though not always physically contributing to each others ventures, we put energy toward them.” The side conversation is that “we never withdraw our energy from any of the businesses.” They are constantly asking “Where does our energy need to be today?”
Some of the questions Holly explores with the couple are:
- How do you handle conflicts? To which Steven presents listeners with the questions: “Are you doing that to prove or to create?” and “What would this be like if I was doing this to create?”
- How do you overcome bridges to create mindful change into organizations?
- How do you help people let go of old views of wealth to have a more mindful view?
- What is your favorite source to expand people’s view?
- What is on your dream board that is keeping you stimulated to move forward?
Wealth is so much more than money. It is about choices and possibilities that we have in the world. Money is the easy bit. The bit that people trip over is their view about money and about how they can get it. The Bowmans advise listeners to not totally buy into other people’s reality. We recommend education about personal finance. It doesn’t matter where or how you start, just start! Trust in yourself and become a conscious leader in your own life. See yourself as your biggest asset. Be the creative source of your life.
Chutisa’s new book launches in January, Conscious Leaders for Futures That are Sustainable: The gift of inner leadership. It asks the question: Are you a conscious leader of your own life, if not, who is? She is also working on a YouTube channel to support her work on inner leadership.
The Bowmans express that we must continue functioning from a place of curiosity. Asking, “What else can we add to our life?” and to keep asking EVERY day, “How much fun and joy will that create in my life?” Most people have a full time job as wishful thinkers, but taking action is essential. Many people keep wishing but take no action. The universe thrives on change. Keep looking for things that bring change to your life. Know that every choice creates, but never judge any of your choices as good or bad and from that space everything is possible.
Steven and Chutisa Bowman are global business advisors, authors and speakers who have spent the past 30+ years working with many top society changing companies and entrepreneurs of our time.
The2Bowmans have devoted their career to inspiring people to challenge today’s certainties and consciously create a future of their choosing.
They are recognized worldwide as Pragmatic Futurists and “thought leaders” on:
Benevolent Capitalism and Benevolence@Work
- Conscious Leadership for sustainable futures
- Prosperity Consciousness and Business of Wealth Creation
- Strategic Awareness and business transformation.
Intersection of Emotion and the Law
Holly and Melody Kramer explore mindfulness in the legal realm through Melody’s book, Lawyers Decoded: Essential Knowledge for Saving Money and Reducing Legal Hassle.
Melody is trial lawyer, author, speaker, innovator and visionary who shares her experiences in the legal arena and how she continuously saw a lack of human connection and caring, and wanted to create change in relationships between lawyers and clients.
Melody talks about how she has even shifted her fee structures to create a more peaceful resolution timeline, by giving incentives for handling cases more quickly.
Some of her recommendation for creating positive outcomes during legal interactions include writing down goals, budget, and expectations so that a client has an upfront understanding of the path they want to forge with their attorney.
Kramer also recommends a life affirming approach of writing your own obituary in order to provide insight into the bigger picture of one’s legacy and estate planning steps that come from this.
Find out more about Melody’s work through her website: www.melodyannkramer.com.
I am love, I am in my heart, I am listening.
In this episode, Holly interviews Juha Riverhill, spiritual teacher from Finland.
Juha’s inspiration comes from a lifetime of difficulties, from being bullied as a child to a tumultuous divorce in his later years. out of the worst moment of his life. A difficult divorce, overwhelm of the aftermath and the whisper from his spirit guide, Cecelia, led him to channel/write his book, The Golden Book of Humanity.
Questions Holly and Juha explore include:
How did you come to the understanding of spirit guides?
What is something that you may be resisting in your life that gives you an opportunity to find a greater guide in your own life?
Where do you start and how can you implement a sense of curiosity in your daily life?
How can we ponder and practice the mantra I am love, I am in my heart, I am receiving?
The Divine approached Juha in many ways from the time he was a child. He asked to be shown the way to communicate on a deeper level with his spirit guides.
During a time in Paris, his time with Cecelia and other guides gained clarity and understanding the gifts they could help him bring to the world.
He set a goal of becoming a spiritual teacher.
Coming from a Christian background, he always had an understanding of the Holy Spirit, but he came to crave more of a spiritual exploration to a connection with unconditional love. He found this by bringing his living from his head to living in his heart. Through this it fulfilled an aching heart and created a raised vibrational state of sending and receiving perfect unconditional love with his life.
Find out more about Juha’s book here.
Leave the mind aside and dive into intuition and your own knowing!
Holly has some fun with Doris Schachenhofer, international coach and speaker, as they translate thru a multi-language interview. Doris shares how she teaches others to find their intuition and really embrace and trust it.
Doris talks about staying out of the mind and go with the first thing that comes in the present moment. Stop! Don’t go any further.
She shares 5 Practices of Intimacy and how to really have the courage to do what they really desire. Play with the way you think and feel and the way intuition comes in. She offers the perspective of having our stories, but not being broken by them. She encourages us to focus on feelings of “light” and “heavy” to really navigate and understand what is truly relevant for our lives.
Questions to ponder during this show:
Does it feel light or heavy?
Embodiment gives you a voice – are you losing it?
How much are you willing to get comfortable with silence?
What do you know here if you trust yourself?
What difference are you being?
How can you use anger as a catalyst for personal change?
Silence opens possibilities! Take a breath and stay in a moment to see what comes in for you.
Every wrongness is a STRONGNESS! Doris has always been rebellious in her interactions and has strength in her ability to stand up for herself and have her own back. She examines where to use rebellion to fight for what is right in your life. Unbox and explore how you can use this in your own life and business and see what creativity is unleashed. Be you fully in your joy of creation!
Find out more about Doris, Her feature on Woman Entrepreneur and the workshops and conversations she is presenting at her website at www.dorisschachenhofer.com.
Connection, Communication and Commitment!
Holly talks with Jonathan Aslay about his new book What the Heck is Self Love. He touts belonging to the Self Love Club – there are t-shirts on Amazon! Known as America’s Leading Midlife Dating & Relationship Coach, Jonathon Aslay is a defender and protector of women’s hearts around the world. He helps women transform from attracting Mr. Wrong into finding their Mr. Right.
Jonathan talks about his journey to self love. After losing his nineteen year old son, he created his book. He tells that it took the years of his mindful practice that prepared him for getting through the loss of his child. He calls it “a vaccination for impending chaos.”
The questions explored in this episode include:
How can we shift to love?
What investments are you making to address the chaos that interrupts your every day peace?
How can we choose ourselves enough to let each other choose the methods of love they need?
What works for YOU?
How did I create this suffering that is occurring?
How can I best love you in this moment?
By taking charge of your own sovereignty this creates the essence of self love. This will align you with the love that you want to attract.
Jonathan recognizes the need for men to have open, vulnerable conversations with women. He also recognizes that men have a lot of fear around doing this. Men truly do want to open up, they just don’t know how.
He leaves us with “speak your truth and do it with kindness” and The Platinum rule: Treat people the way THEY want to be treated.