Mindful Living Guide

Stephen Downey

The Mindful Living Guide is a Podcast about how we can use principles from Mindfulness to navigate the many Ups and Downs of life.

It is brought to you by Stephen Downey, a Mental Health Ambassador, TEDx speaker and Mindfulness coach.

27 - 3 Steps to Self-Compassion
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This week is an extra special episode.  Before starting this interview, I knew very little about my guest Fiona Doherty, a Psychotherapist for teachers.   She was highly recommended by a friend, as Fiona "has deep interest in Mindfulness and radiates Positivity".    I was quite nervous about the interview, to be honest.  I felt a little like Tommy Tiernan speaking to a mystery guest on his show.  However,  it turned out to be one of the most interesting conversations I have ever had.   Fiona was a teacher for many years before transitioning into Psychotherapy.  She has worked in some very challenging roles, yet she still managed to really connect with her students on a deep level and be there for them, at some of the most difficult times.  Our conversation touches on many elements of her life, from deep spiritual experiences when she was younger to the grief of loosing a parent. I really hope you enjoy listening to this beautiful soul and learn from the wisdom she shares about what Mindfulness has brought to her life. 

Oct 15

50 min 13 sec

This week on the Mindful Living Guide, I have the pleasure of talking to Amanda Delaney, a business Mentor, Tedx Speaker, Founder of We Can and We Will Talk networking events. We chat about the recent event she organised around the theme of Compassion as well as how compassion has made a major difference to her this year.  Amanda shares what she learned from her TEDx talk and the journey that led her to share her story on that famous Red dot. Its a journey of standing up for what you believe in and never giving up on yourself.

Oct 8

31 min 45 sec

This weeks episode is a change to the usual format.  I was invited recently to speak to a group of business owners at an online event about Compassion.  The event was part of the networking group called We Can and We Will and is run by Amanda Delaney. Amanda has very kindly allowed me to share the recording from the night so I have converted it to a Podcast Episode for today.  In the talk, I speak about a 3 core concepts of Self-Compassion: The Compassionate Mess The Two Arrows Self-Compassion Break by Kristin Neff I was actually nervous about this talk so I decided to Pause the talk at the start and demonstrate how we can easily take a Self-Compassion break.

Oct 1

17 min 11 sec

In this weeks episode of the Mindful Living Guide, we return after a few months rest between episodes.  I am joined by Selene Brennan, a Self-Love Coach, Podcaster and all round amazing individual. Selene made the transition from Personal Training to Coaching a few years ago and has never looked back.  We speak about Selene's journey as well as the 3 guiding Principles that she lives by in her journey to Self Love.

Sep 24

28 min 59 sec

This week I speak to the beautiful Debbie Boyle of Angelic Connections about her journey from a Police Officer in the Ireland to a Holistic Teacher.  We touch in on how she started on this path and the difference it has made to her life. We also talk about the history and importance of sacred sites in Ireland such as the Hill of Tara as well as the influence Angels have had on her life and her own practice. If you have ever been curious about Angels, this episode is for you.

May 14

35 min 19 sec

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode discusses the topic of Death by suicide  This weekend (8th May 2021) 100's of thousands of people around Ireland will walk at Sunrise to raise awareness of Death by Suicide and the effect it has on people.  This is the silent killer in our society and our guest this week knows all too well about effect it can have on a family.  We talk about the effect this has had and the difference it has made to her own path in life.  It is my hope that having open conversations like this might help someone have a conversation with a friend or family member that they have been putting off. 

May 7

35 min 14 sec

There are times in life when we need to dig deep and our guest this week is stranger to digging deep.  In 2018, Paul was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer and giving just a 10% chance of survival. Paul shares his journey from that shock diagnosis to where he is today. He also shares how Mindset made a massive difference in that journey as well as the reason he would not give up.

Apr 30

21 min 56 sec

It is quite often the quietest voice in the room that holds the most wisdom.  This week I have the pleasure of talking to Life Coach and Author, Siobhan Mungovan about her journey from being "the quiet person in the room" to the inspirational voice she is today. Siobhan has overcome so much in her life from growing up with Spina Bifida to Kidney failure later in life.  We talk about the difference it makes when you give yourself permission to be yourself and not just grow but glow. I know you will learn a lot from Siobhan and the great advice that she share in this episode.

Apr 23

29 min 16 sec

Have you ever wondered why our Minds relax when we concentrate on our breath or a simple count?  How practicing Gratitude can change your brain?   This week I have the pleasure of talking to Neuro Coach and Resilience expert Paddy Moran.  Paddy has a wealth of knowledge in this area and shares some amazing tips for helping you to switch off when you need to.    I learned a lot from this interview myself and I hope you will find it just as interesting as I did.

Apr 16

38 min 47 sec

This week I have the absolute pleasure of talking to Jane Negrych of The Sanctuary Jane has been teaching for the Mindfulness Association in the UK for many years before moving to the Sanctuary in Dublin, Ireland.  Jane has also been my teacher for the last few years and I have learned so much from her wisdom so it was an honour to be have her on the show. We talk about Janes own practice and how she first studied Mindfulness.  There are many Mindfulness nuggets weaved into this episode.  We also talk about The Sanctuary and how it has adapted to teaching online as they approach the 1 year Online Anniversary.  You can learn more about their online community in the show notes.

Apr 9

33 min 20 sec

This week I get to interview a fellow Podcaster, Jayann Walsh.  Jayann is a trained Life Coach, Mentor and Podcast Host of the Mastering Your Mindset Podcast which regularly features in the Top 10 Self Improvement Podcast Charts in Ireland. Through her work as a coach Jayann helps professional women to stop listening to the negative voice inside their head to truly unlock their potential. I appeared in episode 82 of  the "Master your Mindset" Podcast podcast during the week so this is my turn to ask Jayann the questions.  We chat about how we can work with and challenge overwhelming thoughts.  Techniques for being present as well as being some self care practices into your life.

Apr 2

34 min 58 sec

This week I have the pleasure of talking to Karen Dwyer.  Karen is an Author, Speaker, Coach and TV Panelist.  Karen's life was changed dramatically when she was suddenly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  Karen struggled with this change to her life until she decided to focus on herself.  What followed was something quite dramatic when the MS went into what is termed burnout.   She now helps individuals to use an MS diagnosis as a catalyst for a positive change in their lives.  As she says herself in the podcast, she is not in the business of curing people but she is quiet moved when she sees the difference this can make to her clients.

Mar 26

45 min

On this weeks episode of the Mindful Living Guide, I get to talk to Nuala O’Connor, an Author, Tapping Expert, Energist and Kinesiologist - who is about all things Wellness. We cover how tapping can help you to reframe your old thought patterns, Biophotonics - measuring our light energy, as well as the advantages of Rebounding for your lymphatic system. We also talk about Nuala’s journey from Religious life - where she devoted 18 years in the service of others - to the life she now lives; committed to enabling others resolve and retune their stressed states for wellness and success. You can find out more about Nuala and her new book "Tapping into Success" on our show notes page.

Mar 19

38 min 22 sec

In this weeks episode I get to talk to Darren Cawley about his unbelievable journey.  Darren's life was all about sport until one days in his early 20's his health took an unexpected turn.   What followed was more than 1800 hospital visits and 2 kidney transplants.  During this time, Darren had to find a new identity for himself and in doing so inspired 1000's of people through his speaking career.   He has since gone on to speak to the EU parliament and countless companies as well as representing his country at the transplant games. Darren is a really inspiring guy and shares many golden lessons in this episode.  

Mar 12

34 min 46 sec

In this weeks episode I get to talk to Miss Positively Positive aka Sue Masterson.  Sue is a beautiful soul that is always encouraging people around her to have fun and enjoy life. Through the many challenges she takes on for fun and charity, she is always pushing herself forward.  We chat about giving up alcohol, how facing her fears and the little consistent actions that have brought Sue to where she is now.  We also talk about self care practices and Mindful Walking. I hope you enjoy this episode and it inspires you to see the positive in every day.

Mar 5

25 min 3 sec

This week I am incredibly lucky to chat to Lynsey Bennett.  Many people in Ireland will know Lynsey from the letter she wrote to the Irish Government or her heart breaking interview on the Late Late show. Despite many years of negative smear tests, Lynsey knew something was wrong.  Her worse fears were confirmed 4 years ago when she was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer.  Unfortunately at the end of 2020, Lynsey was told that her Cancer is no longer treatable.  She is currently undergoing alternative treatment in Mexico. Despite all of this, Lynsey continues to face each day with Gratitude and Positivity.  She is an inspirational person to be around. My hope for this episode is that it will teach us about the power of Positivity.

Feb 26

22 min 55 sec

This week I chat to Suné Markowitz-Shulman about the Menopause and how Mindfulness can help in this journey.    Suné is a Peri-menopause well-being coach. She combines (MBCT-L) mindfulness with nutrition, and lifestyle coaching to help women over 40 be the best versions of themselves through the ups and downs of peri-menopause and beyond. Its a lovely episode about self-care and falling in love with ourselves again.

Feb 19

25 min 42 sec

This week I talk to Rachael Smith, a teacher and coach, about the journey she has been on the last few years.  The events that led to her looking for more from life as well as how see now aims to live her life with Intention And Ease. Its a heart warming episode about embracing everything life throws at you and not giving up.

Feb 12

29 min 10 sec

In this weeks episode, I return from an extended break. I have been a bit hard on myself for taking so much time off so I thought it would be good to talk about the practice of Self-compassion. I talk about Kristen Neff, one of the leaders in Self Compassion and I share a Meditation called the Self-Compassion break (7:25) created by Kristen.

Feb 5

15 min 4 sec

This week I am chatting to Clare Bassett, a Yoga and Meditation teacher who is also one of my first Meditation Teachers.   We have a great chat about creating a practice that works for you.  Accepting when it doesn't work and the power of just noticing what is going on around you. You can find more about Clare on our show notes page. http://mindfulliving.guide/clare-bassett-interview/  

Dec 2020

22 min 6 sec

In this weeks episode I talk about my own experience with the Law of Attraction earlier this year.  It helped me to manifest a ticket to one of the top conferences in Europe. At that conference, I was introduced to Stedman Graham, an amazing speaker who read a very special book called The Race by Dee Groberg.  I enjoyed it so much I tracked down the book and will share it with you.   The Race is the Story of a boy and a race, the temptation to quit - and the inspiration to keep going.

Nov 2020

19 min 8 sec

This week I get to talk to the inspiring Jack Kavanagh about Acceptance and overcoming Adversity in life. Jack is a professional speaker, performance and wellbeing Coach and the subject of an Award winning Documentary.  Jack has had an unbelievable journey through life but more importantly Jacks response to the events that that changed his life is inspiring.  He is a realist and recognises the realities of the challenges of life but strives to challenge his own perceived limitations and in doing so inspire others to do the same. As Jack says himself, his story is just your story written in different words.

Nov 2020

41 min 2 sec

This weeks episode is another solo cast where I talk about the importance of creating an Awareness of your Moments.  I talk about my own experience and why I started became so aware of my Moments.

Nov 2020

11 min 28 sec

In this weeks episode I talk to Harriet McGuigan.  Harriet is a Mindset Strategist. We both share a love for Mindfulness and an appreciation for how everyone's practice is unique to themselves.  We chat about lots of things, from Acceptance and Curiosity to Self-Compassion.  We also talk about how Mindfulness can mean different things to different people but what is important, is that "our version" of Mindfulness works for us.  Whether that is a consistent formal practice or simply pausing to check in with yourself each day. I really enjoyed our chat and I hope you do too.

Nov 2020

26 min 39 sec

In this weeks episode I talk about how our energy can be influenced by the actions of others and how we can protect that energy by operating from our core values. I share an exercise I learned to help us identify our own core values.  Its a short but powerful episode that may help you in the future when you feel you are knocked by other peoples actions or words.

Oct 2020

10 min 1 sec

In this weeks episode I get to chat to the lovely Christine Duff.  Christine, in my opinion, is what resilience is all about.  I first met Christine when I saw her speak earlier in the year about her journey through life. Christine has had many ups and downs in life but has managed to get through them all.  Along that journey, she has not only learned to forgive people who have caused her hardship but also herself.   We also talk about how Christine learned to deal with grief at such a young age.   I had so much fun chatting to Christine and I know you are going to love this episode.

Oct 2020

26 min 38 sec

In this episode we discus what I believe to be a secret weapon of mindfulness; Curiosity.  By bringing Curiosity rather than judgement to our thought patterns, it can bring great awareness to how we are thinking.  It can also stop us from going down a rabbit hole of negative thoughts as we feel guilty for having a negative thought in the first place. We also have a short meditation practice about bringing curiosity to our thoughts so I recommend finding somewhere comfortable to enjoy this episode.

Oct 2020

11 min 4 sec

In this episode of the Mindful Living Guide, I get to chat with Korina Duffy, a Body & Mind Transformation Coach.  Korina helps women to upgrade their Health, Mindset & Body. Release Excess Body Weight & Declutter The Mind. We talked about how Meditation played a major role in Korina's journey over the last few years.  It not only helped her to release her inner child, that was trapped for many years but it is now an important part of the programs that she delivers to her own clients.  this was important in the run up to a talk she gave in January which you can see in the show notes here: http://mindfulliving.guide/korina-duffy-interview-releasing-the-inner-child We are only starting out so if you enjoy the show, please share it with your friends.

Oct 2020

20 min 25 sec

In this episode, I discuss what I hope for the podcast and discuss my first ever experience with Mindfulness.  Its not everyone first introduction to Mindfulness but it was my first step in this beautiful journey that has been with me ever since.

Sep 2020

9 min 5 sec