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The Full Life
21 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
Flossing and A Positive Morning Routine
There is something I do EVERY MORNING, that I kid is more important than flossing my teeth (but I’m enough of a rule-follower that I do both), and it’s a huge part of my journey toward enjoying The Full Life. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time (3 minutes the science says, and I can corroborate that). It’s a positive morning ritual. Here is the skinny: Just a few minutes spent consuming negative news in the morning can affect the trajectory of your entire day. Research done by The Institute for Applied Positive Research showed that people who consumed as little as 3 minutes of negative news before 10am were 27% more likely to report their day as BAD, 6-8 hours later, regardless of what happened in their day. Episode #42 is all about how to have a positive morning ritual, even if you have kids, dogs and a job! For all the show notes with links I discuss, hope over to www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast . And, have a beautiFUL day!
11 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece, Your Life Is
When I was young girl I felt short and chubby. I felt awkward and not very athletic. I recall noticing the girls that were pretty. Noticed their beautiful hair. Noticed how the boys always wanted to talk to them. I’ve been journey through a path of greater self-love for about 10 years now, gradually redefining how I see my physical body and its purpose. And, today I wanted to share a beautiful passage with you that really shifted my perspective on our bodies and their purpose. I hope you’ll grant yourself a short 8 minutes to join me on this journey and see how lands on you today. “Your body is not your masterpiece – Your life is.” Glennon Doyle Melton Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast for more episodes and practices to get good at stress, reclaim your happiness and truly enjoy..The Full Life.
17 minutes | Feb 8, 2018
Energy Speaks Louder Than Words
Quite a few years ago when I was attending my first retreat at The Chopra Center for Wellness I sat in on a lecture with one of my favourite spiritual teachers and co-founder of The Chopra Center, Dr. David Simon. He shared the essence of a quote from Emerson, a writer and poet who led the transcendental movement in the mid 19th century. It went something like this, “What you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying”. Do you ever meet someone and although the conversation is fair, your intuition just doesn’t trust them? Or perhaps you just decide you don’t really like them but you are not sure why? Vibrational dissonance is an interesting term that describes how we connect to how someone “feels” vs the words they speak and it’s a very interesting awareness to have when you are seeking to live a more fulfilled and conscious life. Its no fun trying to “live and let live” and practice non-judgement with others when they spark these feelings you in. Like wise, others can feel “out of balance” around us if we aren’t speaking words that are true to our heart. Today I’m sharing a little exercise I do, when these feelings arise. Its really helped me to soften into the idea that we are all doing the best we can but that we each wake in the morning with a different level of self-awareness to carry on our day. Less Judgement, More Love. That’s the secret. Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast for more episodes and practices to get good at stress, reclaim your happiness and truly enjoy..The Full Life.
32 minutes | Jan 18, 2018
Learning To Trust Your Intuition with Lisa Stamper
We are all born with our very own navigation system. Most of us wouldn’t argue this and yet most of have struggled, at one time or another, with tuning into this inner pilot light and trusting it. How often do you go ‘outside’ yourself for answers or suggestions to validate what you know in your heart to be true? On this episode of The Full Life I had a rather practical and very insightful chat with Lisa Stamper. Lisa and her family knew from a young age that she had a very attuned ability to connect with her intuition. She recalls receiving messages from as young as 2. But, when we she had a premonition of her Oma’s passing when she was 16, it became very clear that she had a special gift. Not without hurdles, including trying to numb out these abilities with drugs and alcohol, Lisa has now fully stepped into her beautiful, unique self and shares her gifts with the world on Hearing Heaven. On this episode Lisa brings you actionable steps to get better at recognising your intuition and strengthening it. Trusting my gut is on my list of practices to cultivate more of for 2018 and I hope its part of your Full Life this year too. Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast for more episodes and practices to get good at stress, reclaim your happiness and truly enjoy...The Full Life.
14 minutes | Dec 7, 2017
Your Holiday Reboot: The Stress-Less Guided Visualization
Download Worksheet: http://amandameditates.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/StressLessHolidayWorksheet.pdf The holidays can be filled with contradiction; joy and overwhelm, abundance and clutter, love and frustration, harmony and reactivity, peace and resentment. Although we may not realize, we have a choice to choose nourishing feelings and reactions over those that leave us feeling stressed out. One of the best ways I know to increase the chances of things working out best is to get still and from that space of calm, visualize how we want things to unfold. This doesn’t mean that it will all be perfect; however, you might define that, but it does give you reference point to come back to. One created with best intentions for a joy-filled holiday. Let’s embark on a guided visualization here today for a stress-less holiday. Let’s plant the seeds of intention for the feelings we want to manifest most, especially at this time of year. As I guide you through this practice; use the worksheet (http://amandameditates.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/StressLessHolidayWorksheet.pdf) to capture the essence of your desires. Really take time to visualize pictures in your mind, to feel with full emotion, to create the experience within your mind’s eye. The more you can connect to your desire, the more likely you will be able to experience it outside the practice. From my home to YOURS, wishing the best of season with oodles of love and good memories. For this and more tips on a holiday season with less stress and more joy visit www.AmandaJWeber.com/Podcast Holiday series podcasts are episodes 36, 37 and this one, 38.
27 minutes | Dec 6, 2017
Gifting Experiences Over Things with Sandra Muir
Sandra Muir has been gifting experiences for years. She began this tradition when she realized that her 11 nieces and nephews enjoyed activity gifts much more than toys. In fact, she loved this so much she founded a company that helped adults do just this for the kids and teens in their lives. With the holidays upon us, I asked Sandra to share her best practices with us for gifting experiences that bring joy and connection with those we love. Her insight and tips make this really doable, fun and exciting for the recipient. And hey, who doesn’t want a little less clutter and a few more happy memories in 2017! For this and more tips on a holiday season with less stress and more joy visit www.AmandaJWeber.com/Podcast Holiday series podcasts are episodes 36, 37 and 38.
41 minutes | Nov 29, 2017
Entertain Like a Caterer (Without the Stress!): 10 Best Hacks from Professional Caterer Dana Shortt
Dana Shortt has been a foodie all her life. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, a professionally trained chef, owner of her own gourmet food shop and one of the warmest, most passionate and driven people I know. I am proud to call her my friend and excited to share with you her top 10 tips for entertaining like a caterer. I will add, these are stress-reducing, happiness-enhancing, joy-sparking musts for your holiday entertaining. Take it away, Dana! For a PDF of this amazing Top 10 List, just hope over to the show notes at www.AmandaJWeber.com/Podcast and check out Episode #36!
14 minutes | Nov 15, 2017
Do You Exercise Self Compassion?
Welcome to The Full Life! I’ve been on the horn lately about getting good at Self Compassion. For many, it’s the soft side of a more critical conversation we have with ourselves when we don’t measure up. “Good heavens, don’t be kind to yourself! You’ll never do better!” is more the norm. There is loads to cover here but today I want to provide some insight into 3 things; First, why should you care about practicing self compassion, then, what is it exactly and finally, how to begin to practice it. Baby steps as always! So, that’s exactly what we do today on the podcast! Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast for more episodes and practices to get good at stress, reclaim your happiness and truly enjoy..The Full Life.
10 minutes | Nov 8, 2017
Self Compassion Break
This week on our REBOOT episode (those short ones aimed at giving us a few minutes of “guided” stillness) we’re exploring a Self Compassion Break. This particular one is based on the work of Kristen Kneff. She is, in my eyes, a self compassion Guru (check out her TedTalk for more on this subject https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtZBUSplr4) We’re finding a quite place to sit. A moment to close our yes. And, yes, I will guide you through the whole process. Enjoy! Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast for more episodes and practices to get good at stress, reclaim your happiness and truly enjoy...The Full Life.
20 minutes | Nov 1, 2017
Busy is a Disease of Perception
I’m always open to chatting about busy; it seems everyone else is, too. Is epidemic too strong a word to describe the extent to which ‘busy’ is impacting our health, our happiness, and the quality of our relationships? I don’t think so. It really hit home recently when I read these words from Dr. Suzanne Koven, physician of internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston: “In the past few years, I've observed an epidemic of sorts: patient after patient suffering from the same condition. The symptoms of this condition include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, heartburn, bowel disturbances, back pain, and weight gain. There are no blood tests or X-rays diagnostic of this condition, and yet it's easy to recognize. The condition is excessive busyness.” Busy, the disease of perception. There is no real way to diagnose it but the effects are real; physically and emotionally. Today I share with you a story of how busy impacts life with our loved ones and a little inquiry to help you Trade Busy for Full. Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast
6 minutes | Oct 18, 2017
The Full Life Reboot: Your Joy Compass
It’s a Reboot Week! Let’s enjoy a few minutes to disconnect from the busy and reboot our beautiful lives. Although few of us would argue that we’d like to feel more JOY in our day to day lives. It can become a bit allusive with the always on, 24/7 nature of our days. Just like a compass helps us to get back on course when we are geographically lost, we can engage our very own internal JOY COMPASS when we have lost our way to joy. Let’s enjoy this little navigation exercise as we reboot our intention around bringing more joy into our lives. I must include that I learned of this beautiful little practice from the Happiness Guru himself, Dr. Robert Holden. I am going to repeat a “fill in the blank” sentence 10 times; it will be the same sentence. While you allow yourself some nice, relaxing breaths, each time I offer you the sentence, I would like you fill in the blank. If you get stuck, don’t worry just breath and continue. If you desire to fill the blank with the same word more than once. That’s totally fine. All I’ll offer is that you be gentle and open to exploring what bubbles up for you. Here we go….10 times…. I am following my joy when _________________________. Gently bringing your attention back. Set an intention to remain “aware” of the things that came up for you in this compass-setting exercise. Perhaps there was one thing in particular that you could commit to doing for yourself today or this week? Happiness and Joy are healing emotions; they rid us of emotional toxins and shine light on lives. Amazing that you allowed this for yourself today! I wish you a beautiful week as you live The Full Life. Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast
31 minutes | Oct 11, 2017
Making Each Day Matter with Cathy Anello
At one time or another we’ve probably all contemplated “would I do this if I only had 1 more day of life”. For my guest, Cathy Anello, this became much more than a contemplation, at a very difficult time in her life. It became a way of healing, learning to love her life again and then a book, podcast, radio show and life passion to share. The Beginning: With her devotion to the corporate workplace blurring her truth, Cathy found herself betrayed, alone, and questioning everything her future held. This began a quest for answers to why we often choose work or money over whom, or what, is really important to us. It provoked her to ask honest questions that we may only inquire if we knew life was going to end. Faced with a simple question "would this matter if it was your last six months" she started to live again. Each day finding joy and gratitude for the people and things that really matter most. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this interview! And, you can learn more about Cathy on her website www.CathyAnello.com, her Podcast Making Each Day Matter and her Blog Talk radio show Best Life Café. Her book Six Months to Live; Making Each Day Matter is available online, including Amazon. Making Each Day Matter: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/making-each-day-matter/id1269724889?mt=2 Best Life Cafe: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bestlifecafe Books: https://www.amazon.ca/SIX-MONTHS-LIVE-Cathy-Anello/dp/1504354273/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1504887153&sr=8-6&keywords=6+months+to+live
39 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
When We Shift, the Word Shifts with Us; Kristen Noel, Editor-in-Chief Best Self Magazine
Navigating information overload on the www can be draining to say the least. I bookmark, subscribe and frequent the outlets that consistently provide the voice of thought-leaders and those that feed my intellect as well as my requirement for “all things inspiring and easy on the eyes”. This is why I was so excited to sit down with the founder and editor-in-chief of Best Self Magazine. Its one of my go-to places for inspiration, motivation and FULLNESS in my life. Kristen Noel and I talk about the craziness of life, how far we’ve come and how much we still love to learn, getting stuck on autopilot and the joy of ‘aha moments that get us unstuck. I was also excited to dig into details of the inaugural Best Self World Summit, which is Kristen’s way of sharing wisdom from over 20 of today’s wellness, self-help and inspirational thought leaders. Its days away from launching (Sept 25, 2017) when this episode airs but archived forever which is great because pre-viewing it I can see that I’ll be going back again and again (with the accompanying workbook it comes with) to glean new nuggets of wisdom. Sharing is Caring so here are some links that I want you to have: Best Self Magazine Best Self World Summit 2017 (its free Sept 25-Oct1) and then after that date you can have it forever (with the workbook) at Best Self World Summit Member. https://bestselfmedia.com/ Free Conference Registration - Best Self World Summit 2017: kristennoel.ontraport.com/t?orid=7267&opid=3 Best Self World Summit 2017 Member: kristennoel.ontraport.com/t?orid=7267&opid=4 Check out the Podcast Website at www.AmandaMeditates.com/podcast
48 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Be, Feel, Think, Do with Anne Berube
What a gift this episode is! Exploring how to differentiate between our intellect and our intuition is just one of the enlightening topics I discuss with author Anne Berube. Anne shares personal stories, life lessons and really doable ways to navigate life with awareness and greater ease. Its truly a delightful conversation filled with wisdom and inspiration for anyone desiring more inner happiness. In her inspirational memoir Anne, a spiritual coach and public speaker, explores her journey of learning how to prioritize being and feeling in order to experience life richly, fully, and true to her soul's calling. At the age of 23 Anne's life was interrupted by a near fatal car accident and mystical experience. Trapped in the car, unable to breathe, she had a vision that forever realigned her life's trajectory. The following years were marked by chronic pain, emotional turmoil, and malaise, through which her journey of introspection and personal transformation would eventually lead to profound insights around self-healing, inner peace, and soul-realization. Anne opens her heart and her mind to the universe's wisdom, providing guidance and comfort to those who feel at the precipice of change and awakening. To learn more from Anne Berube you can find her beautiful new book, Be Feel Think Do, online and in stores. You can also learn more about her events and programs at www.AnneBerube.com, including The Happiness Sessions which will happen in April of 2018 in beautiful Nova Scotia. For all episodes of The Full Life and past show notes & downloads visit www.amandajweber.com/podcast.
22 minutes | Aug 29, 2017
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose. Yup. That’s the truth. But, I have a tool for that! Today on The Full Life I share where worry was resurfacing for me this week and the practice I go through to support my best self. I highly recommend you check it out but if you need the short-notes right now, here are your steps; 1. Notice the worry, get curious about it (vs trying to shove it away) 2. Cozy up to your worry, welcome it to come close and share how its feeling 3. Ask yourself where do I feel it? How does it feel? What are the main stories I am writing around the situation? 4. Breathe. Nice long slow breaths. We’ve got to settle the stress response so we can get perspective. 5. Retell the worry stories with a more calm, truthful outcome. I walk you through this with some great examples on the podcast and I welcome you to reach out and share or ask questions. Let’s get good at worry as we live The Full Life. For all episodes of The Full Life and past show notes & downloads visit www.amandajweber.com/podcast.
35 minutes | Aug 9, 2017
Living Your Truth with Nancy Levin
“Everything can be reframed by the way we relate to it. We have a choice”. When life gets busy, this can seem like anything but the truth. Life feels constricted, overwhelming and as though its happening TO us and not FOR us. Not surprisingly, sitting down with best-selling author and master integrative life coach Nancy Levin was a steady stream of awesome that I am so happy to get to share with you. On this episode of The Full Life we talk about beliefs that aren’t serving us, how they are reflected to us in our day to day lives, what happens when we aren’t aware of our power to shift perception and then we dig into some pretty transformational tools that you can try at home. Tools like what to do when you feel emotionally triggered. (I know! Me too!) Grab a refreshing drink, take a nice nourishing breath and prepared to feel a shift in perception as we explore what it means to begin Living Your Truth. To learn more about Nancy Levin and her transformational work I highly recommend you continue your journey here: 1. www.NancyLevinInsiders.com Join this free and private community on Facebook and enjoy amazing insights with Nancy and her super-fan base of thousands 2. www.nancylevin.com/ Where you’ll find a free master class, her newsletter, links to her best-selling books and an invite to a free group coaching session (which she offers weekly!) For all episodes of The Full Life and past show notes & downloads visit www.amandajweber.com/podcast.
17 minutes | Aug 2, 2017
Life Strategies for Sensitive People with Best Selling Author, Dr. Judith Orloff
How do you navigate the world if you are a sensitive person? What’s the difference between having empathy and being an empath? I’ve invited the perfect person to help us unpack this; Best Selling Author (x 6!!), Psychiatrist and Empath, Dr. Judith Orloff. Her new book and the focus of our chat, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life strategies for Sensitive People, is filled with so much wisdom. It’s a perfect read for empaths but also for those of us who have highly sensitive and empathic people in our lives. Understanding their needs and gifts can really make life sing, for everyone. Dr. Orloff shares practical strategies for staying fully open while building resilience along with some of her own journey as an Empath. You can find The Empath’s Survival Guide on Amazon and become part of Dr. Orloff’s empath support community through her free newsletter at http://drjudithorloff.com.
10 minutes | Jul 26, 2017
The Full Life Reboot: Exploring Why You Give
It’s a REBOOT week! Taking moments for gentle reflection has been and continues to be where my greatest ‘aha moments and perception shift have made themselves known. These are the practices that have allowed me to trade busy for full as I build this life I love while I care for those around me. But who has time!? You do! Let me take you on little guided journey to explore how you give. In its most healthy expression, giving brings joy. But, when your ego gets involved, giving turns into sacrifice. Have a comfy seat, close your eyes and let’s learn the gentle art of heart-centered giving. It’s a game-changer.
17 minutes | Jul 19, 2017
A Permission Slip for Self-Care
Today I want to talk about the one question that every single client I have coached answers the same way on my intake questionnaire. And it’s the ONLY questions they all answer the same. Today we are talking about permission. I have a great little worksheet that you can down load for free, the link is at www.AmandaJWeber.com/Podcast, just head to Episode #24, and I really encourage you to take advantage of it. “Giving yourself permission to be selfish is a vital act of self-love and self-care” Nancy Levin Although you may not buy this at first blush, today I wanted to share a story and some nuggets of wisdom with you and see if I can convince you to come over to the dark side of giving yourself permission. Permission for selfcare, permission to at least have a seat at the table. Why? Why do I feel compelled to hold your hand and ask you to join me on this journey? Because in order to live a full life, a life YOU can love while you care for those around you, you are going to need to give yourself permission to take care of yourself. So let’s get this taken care of right now. I promise it will be the best investment of your precious time today.
31 minutes | Jul 12, 2017
Meditating & Destressing With Your Kids
Just like adults, kids feel stress – for them it can be harder as they often lack access to tools and the ability to recognize that what they are feeling is actually stress. Speaking from experience with my older boys, I can say that the causes of their stress and the way it manifests can vary greatly with not only their age but also with their overall personalities. Even my sweet, sensitive 6-year-old finds life overwhelming at times. This week I share some really practical tools for introducing your kids to focused breathing as a way to manage their stress and anxiousness. Whether your kids are 4 or 24 I’ve got you covered in this episode so let’s jumps in. Holding a calm space for your kids to better manage life and its experiences will help them so much but it will also help you on your journey to enjoy….The Full Life.
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