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Hello & welcome to the Fearless Self-Love Podcast! Loving ourselves is the most selfless thing we can do. When we prioritize our own needs, we show up more fully for others. We are more receptive and aware. We begin to live with ease. Each episode features conversations with creatives and wellness pros, whose real-life stories will inspire you to take the next step toward living a life you love. Our bottom line is to cultivate communities of fearless self-love and compassionate connection…and you'll feel like you're right here with us, sitting around the table with a pot of tea. We'll walk you through an easeful living practice, and leave you with a courageous self-care tip. I'm your host, Andrea Catherine, Yoga Health Coach, & your advocate to live a flourishing Life You Love. [New episodes released on the 1st and 15th of every month.]

Feb 23, 2018

In life, we can often feel as if the present moment is escaping us. Between work schedules, family and relationship priorities, and our own needs, we can get lost in the illusion of busyness. Mindfulness can help bring us back into awareness, allow us more availability to be with ourselves and others, and inform every moment of our lives. Join me as I interview Meditation Teacher, Gina Garlie, who like most of us became caught up in planning for life rather than actively living it. With 15 years of experience, she shares about how meditation has benefited herself, her relationships, and the community around her. Listen as she explores how acceptance and the courage to notice our true self helps us find self-care in every moment, connection to all other things, and a clearer perspective.

  • How to become mindful without changing your routine
  • Why being present with ourselves informs our relationships with everything else
  • How to generate joy and hold suffering

Links Mentioned

Open Sky Sangha, Meditation Community in Kalispell, MT

Tara Brach, Author and Meditation Teacher

Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk and Author

“Peace is Every Step” Book by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Algebra Project, Nonprofit Organization

Grounded Here

Show Highlights

05:59   Easeful Living Practice, Simple Centering

12:52   Welcome to Open Sky Sangha in Kalispell, MT

17:10   Being available to yourself and others: “Enjoying the Present Moment”

19:55   Recognizing “bells of mindfulness” in everyday life

24:42   What it means to be mindful to the “fullness of life”

27:05   History of Open Sky Sangha and connection in practice

30:25   Three jewels of Buddhist practice: Buddha, dharma, and Sangha (community)

33:10   “Listening with bigger ears”- noticing how we relate to others

36:55   Mindful experiences in community- “we're all suffering”

41:19   How mindfulness changes our experience in being

45:22   Habit energy

39:00   Inter-are vs Inter-be: Inter-being= no separate self

52:45   Generating joy to hold suffering: Self-care in every moment

54:30   Cultivating Joy

Favorite Quotes

“[Mindfulness] really informs every moment.” - Gina Garlie

“If I bypass my emotions and my connection with who I am and what I'm feeling, then I'm not really being true and authentic.” - Gina Garlie

“You didn't change your routine; you just changed how your mind was in the moment.” - Andrea Catherine

“...allowing there to be pain and joy in the moment.” - Gina Garlie

“We all have aspects that are enlightened within us.” - Gina Garlie

“It's allowing us to use our mindfulness practice to deepen our relationships  and also come face to face  with our judgments- because we have them.” - Gina Garlie

“We can become more quiet and that can be a gift to a lot of relationships.” - Gina Garlie

“If you're not ready to forgive someone else, then you need more self-compassion.” - Tara Brach

“It's so easy to forget that all we have is this moment.” - Andrea Catherine

“We need to be able to hold the suffering but not until we're able to touch joy.” - Gina Garlie

Meet Gina

Meet Gina Garlie, 8th grade science teacher and meditation teacher at Open Sky Sangha in Kalispell, MT. She helps adults and children come into the present moment and teaches awareness techniques to help others listen to the “bells of mindfulness” in everyday life. Her personal experience and journey through meditation over the past 15 years gives her a wealth of knowledge about just being. Catch her at a meditation class, schedule listed here