Hamilton Talks Mindfulness

Hamilton Talks Mindfulness

Ernie Schramayr

As a former professional athlete and continued personal trainer, medical exercise specialist, and now, life coach, Ernie Schramayr shares his story on mindfulness and what mindfulness looks like in professional sports. He provides tips on how to shift one’s perspective on mindfulness, dealing with failure, and how to begin when you don’t know where to start. Finally, Ernie shares a bit more on maintaining and gaining a positive mindset when making changes in your life.

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Sharon Babineau

Sharon Babineau shares her beautiful and inspiring story about overcoming loss and how mindfulness played a role in transforming her thinking. She discusses transformative mediation, stress, compassion, and finding purpose in dark times. She concludes with how mindfulness can be used as a tool to deal with the world around us.

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Steve Ferrell

In this episode, Steve Ferrell shares his mindfulness journey and how he was practicing mindfulness before he even knew it. He discusses the value of adding movement to our mindfulness practices and shares how mindfulness in combination with the knowledge of evidence-based psychotherapy principles like CBT, ACT and FAP can shift our perspectives towards our everyday thoughts and behaviours. Similarly, in this world of endless information, Steve explains how mindfulness can help manage reactions to our everyday lives. Finally, Steve shares why his classes are different from others.

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Melanie Schwindt

Melanie describes a life experience that brought her to begin her mindfulness journey. She gives us an insight into how her workshops are different and even gives us a sneak peek at what you can expect. Breaking mindfulness down into the first and second wing, she reminds us about the importance of being human and showing compassion to ourselves and others. She also shared first hand experience with an online mindfulness course offered by an academic institution. Learn more about Melanie’s work here.

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Mike Masse

Mike Masse shares his mindfulness journey and his experiences working with every type of demographic. From farmers to children, he has taught and shared mindfulness to all. With his unconventional approach to workshops, he describes how important it is to connect with your audience and their reason for stepping into the mindfulness space. Mike explains how his personal mindfulness journey has adapted through time and shifted between formal and informal practices. In this podcast, Mike shares his philosophy on mindfulness and the power of informal practices. 

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Allison Liss

Our most recent podcast provides a stimulating discussion with meditation
and mindfulness teacher, Allison Liss. At a 10 day Vipassana silent retreat, Allison
had a direct experience that changed her perspective on life. She recognized
the power of the mind and that things are not as obvious as we think. Over
several years, she has developed a sequence of meditation techniques to help
people have a direct experience more quickly. In this podcast she touches on
those techniques, why we benefit from meditation, the difference between
meditation and mindfulness, how to get started, and much more.

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Kelly Smith

Our latest podcast features Kelly Smith, an occupational therapist with the Welland McMaster family health team who has helped introduce mindfulness bedside protocols to health care professionals and mindfulness moments to help relieve anxiety to clients in the Niagara region.  In addition to her mindfulness training, Kelly is just completing her yoga teacher training. In this podcast she discusses mindfulness as an emergent practice to treat stroke and other physical conditions, including the importance of trauma informed mindfulness practices. She also talks about her research on the impact of COVID-19 on primary care frontline workers who have experienced burnout, moral dilemmas, and a lack of time to unpack their experience.

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Har-Prakash Khalsa

Har-Prakash shares his personal journey with mindfulness and how he is carrying those lessons forward in his curriculum and upcoming workshop.

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Carla La Bella and Erika Casperson

Interview with Carla La Bella and Erika Casperson.

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Dr. Ken Burgess

Opening up this new podcast series is known other than physician and co-founder of Mindfulness Hamilton, Dr. Ken Burgess. You will hear how his practice has changed over 25 years, how mindfulness has become a tool for patient care, and how impactful learning this skill has been for patients and health care professionals. The 21st century has become known as the “Century of the Brain” and the exponential growth of the study of mindfulness is leading to more skillful applications of the prescription of mindfulness to increase emotional intelligence and resilience.

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