Are mindfulness and meditation a part of your life? Are they something you have thought about or are curious about?
Trish Tutton joins me for this episode and she will make you feel inspired to learn more and maybe even just give it a try – I know I left our conversation feeling this exact way! She tells great stories, has the best analogies, and beautifully articulates the benefits of pressing pause and taking time to focus on our breaths.
Trish is a speaker and mindfulness teacher who has taught mindfulness to thousands of people across North America for the last decade. She is deeply passionate about empowering people to meet the challenges of their life with more peace and presence; to use the practice of mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, and create individual and team resilience.
You can find her as a teacher on the #1 free meditation app in the world, Insight Timer, and she is the author of the Mindful Mornings Journal. Trish is on a mission to help you be calmer, happier, and more effective.
Listen in as we talk about:
- Falling into yoga through stress. Trish recalls how yoga became such a crucial part of her life and was awakened to its power after seeing how stressed out everyone around her was.
- Teaching corporate and personal mindfulness strategies. Trish shares about the powerful transformation her work provides to her burnt out clients. She talks about why it’s so important to really think about what you want out of life.
- Tips for adopting meditation, even when it’s overwhelming. Have you tried meditation and found it doesn’t stick? Trish gives us practical and realistic tips to incorporate it into our lives.
- The paradox of not having “enough” time. Do we really not have enough time? Trish challenges us to think about this phrase from a different perspective.
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FALLING INTO YOGA THROUGH STRESS
Stress has become a prominent issue in our society, and many people find themselves constantly battling its effects – oftentimes without realizing it. This constant state of stress can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health, including our immune system, cardiovascular health, and mental well-being.
Trish shares her deep and life-changing experiences with stress, and how her most critical and eye opening moment of how fleeting life is was when she lost her mother suddenly to breast cancer at the age of 55. This experience highlighted the importance of managing stress and taking care of our health.
Trish turned to yoga as a way to cope with her stress and found it to be a powerful tool for improving her overall health and well-being. By incorporating yoga into her daily routine, she was able to manage her stress levels more effectively, which had a positive impact on her mental and physical health.
Her experience is a reminder that taking care of our mental and physical health is essential, and incorporating stress-reducing practices, such as yoga, can help us to live a more fulfilling, balanced and healthy life.
TEACHING CORPORATE AND PERSONAL MINDFULNESS STRATEGIES
Trish has learned a lot from teaching mindfulness techniques, especially when it comes to the pervasive grip that stress has on our society and culture. She observes that there is a prevalent belief that stress is necessary for success, and this can lead to a chokehold on our definition of what success really means. She invites people to pause and reflect on what is truly important to them, but often receives resistance from those who feel too busy to take a moment for themselves.
Trish understands the dangers of this kind of thinking all too well. Burnout is a common issue with her clients, and she shares how those who are constantly stressed are unlikely to be truly aligned with their values and priorities. Trish herself has experienced burnout in the past and understands that it can be a sign that one is not living in alignment with what truly matters.
Despite the hurdles she encounters, Trish remains committed to teaching mindfulness techniques as a way to help people find greater peace and fulfillment in their lives. She recognizes that her teachings run counter to cultural norms, but she knows firsthand the transformative power of pausing and taking a moment to reflect. Through her work, she hopes to help people let go of the belief that stress is necessary for success and find greater alignment with what truly matters.
TIPS FOR ADOPTING MEDITATION, EVEN WHEN IT’S OVERWHELMING
Have you tried meditation and found it doesn’t stick? Trish gives us practical and realistic tips to incorporate it into our lives.
Let’s face it, meditation often feels intimidating. But why? One common belief is that the goal of meditation is to clear or shut off the mind, which is impossible. Instead, the aim is to let thoughts become like the background characters and to focus on the present moment. Mindfulness meditation is the most scientifically studied practice, and it involves focusing on the breath as a tool to help the mind stay present.
The breath is always with us, and Trish shares how it’s an easy tool to use for meditation. Focusing on the breath helps the mind stay rooted in the present, and when the mind drifts, attention is brought back to the breath. It’s essential to remember that meditation is a practice that takes time and effort. It takes practice to develop the skills necessary to benefit from meditation, so you have to try it more than once to see how it works for you.
THE PARADOX OF NOT HAVING “ENOUGH” TIME
“Live your life the way you want to live it, not just on autopilot.”
Trish speaks about the power of intentionality. It can be easy to fall into the trap of not trusting our gut because we worry about what people might think. It is all going to come to a head at some point. We are going to be the accumulation of all of our choices. A lot of us can feel like we don’t have a lot of choice about a lot of things. Living intentionally can remind us that we do have choices and every day we are making thousands of choices. Many of the choices that we are making are on autopilot. There is an opportunity every day to make conscious choices including about how to change things and how to improve things. Trish’s practice of mindfulness has helped her to be more aware of her choices. And – all the tiny choices that we make, do add up.
Many of the choices that we make are influenced by our thoughts about time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we don’t have enough time. We feel like we’re too busy and have too much to do. One piece of advice Trish gives in our episode is that there are ways to work through this paradox of not having enough time.
Firstly, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t have to take a long time to create a new habit, such as meditation. Starting small, like with just one minute of meditation per day, can be an incredible way to make a new habit sustainable and long-lasting. The cultural mindset of hustle and stress can exacerbate feelings of not having enough time. The solution is actually slowing down and taking a break, even if it’s just for a minute. By slowing down, we can gain a sense of time “affluence” and feel wealthy with time.
Trish shares that we don’t even need a recording to meditate. By learning to meditate on our own, without the need for apps or recordings, we can practice for just a couple of minutes at a time. This is especially useful for those who live busy lives (aka – all of us)!
It’s possible to work through the paradox of not having enough time, and you do so by starting small and slowing down so that you can create new habits and space in your lives.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
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1:00 Meet Trish
2:30 Trish’s story
9:20 Trish shares what she has learned through teaching corporate and personal mindfulness strategies
14:50 Trish talks about why meditation is important in our modern world and how can it support our modern life
20:00 Trish describes what meditation can look like
24:45 Trish discusses some of the biggest barriers for people to learn meditation and things that can help people overcome these
29:45 Trish shares some of the biggest misconceptions and truths about meditation
33:25 Trish reflects on her favourite learning experiences and teacher
37:30 What Trish is most proud of looking back on her journey so far
42:05 Trish answers some rapid-fire questions
49:00 Trish’s words of wisdom