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Mindful Recovery

Mindful Recovery is a podcast devoted to helping individuals who are struggling with trauma and addictions. Mindfulness is a research-based method for dealing with anxiety and trauma. Psychological and neuroscience studies have found that it is possible to increase the growth of neuronal pathways and retrain our brains in coping with these issues. Basic techniques like learning to pay attention to our own breathing and looking honestly and non-judgmentally at our broken spaces can begin to create an emotional holding space that allows us to live without reacting to the pain and begin deciding how we want to act on the world we find ourselves in. This becomes the beginning of recovery and, thus, the beginning of a new and abundant life in recovery. Whether you struggle with anxiety, mental illness, complex trauma, PTSD, addictions or a multitude of other problems, becoming mindful is the first step along that path. Here we provide practice, education and support in beginning your journey to healing.
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Apr 19, 2021

Today we talk with Alyssa Scolari who produces the podcast "Light After Trauma".  

A very brave podcast where she asks therapists to come share their own trauma experiences as well as the hope of recovery.  We discuss everything from how awesome dogs are to food addiction.  What a fun interview!  Prepare to relax, learn and find hope in this one!

Apr 5, 2021

What is self-care?  Why is it important?  Why is it so easy to care for others and so hard to do it for me?  These are some of the questions we dig into this week on the Mindful Recovery Podcast along with a freebie meditation offer when you join our Facebook group!!  We deep dive into the wounds and fears that prevent us from taking our own care seriously while trying to keep everyone around us happy.

Mar 29, 2021

This week Mason Lumpkins returns to discuss the final 3 stages of change.  What does it mean to be ready to take action?  Once I am in the action stage of recovery how do I stay there and prevent lapse or relapse?  What is the difference between lapse and relapse?  Is relapse inevitable and how do I get back?  All of this and more on this week's episode of Mindful Recovery.

Mar 21, 2021

In this, Part 2 in our discussion of the stages of change, we talk with Mason Lumpkins who is a CRAADC and a CIT in the state of MO.  I provide Mason's supervision here at Life Recovery Consulting but he was a certified addictions counselor long before contracting at our clinic.  Today we discuss the Stages of Precontemplation, Contemplation and Preparation.  Next week Mason will be back to talk about the final three stages of change.

Mar 15, 2021

The stages of change greatly resemble the stages of grief.  In part, this is because grief forces change upon us.  In recovery from addiction, mental illness, trauma or any other issue, these stages hold true.  We introduce each of the six stages of change in this first of three episodes and then take a deep dive into them in parts 2 and 3.  The meditation here is meant to prepare you to find the changes you need to make through honest introspection and prepare you to move fully into the stages from pre-contemplation to contemplation to the action!

Mar 8, 2021

In a continuation of last week's episode and dealing with the grief of a loss, we dive into Kubler Ross's five stages of grief and the non-linearity of that experience.  We do a meditation to create a holding space for the emotions that the grief brings and discuss using those stages and the process of grief to create both empathy and change.

Mar 1, 2021

Tragedy strikes us all.  Pain and grief are an experience that we all will meet and all of us can share.  In this episode, I share what my family has experienced, how it has affected me personally and the hope of bringing something positive into the world out of unimaginable darkness. We talk about future upcoming episodes and how you can help with our healing mission by giving to "The Tristn Jevon Recovery Foundation" on GoFundMe

Dec 18, 2020

We are back!!  In this episode, I discuss my 2-year hiatus.  We are rebranding and starting again but you can expect the old format of mindfulness, interviews, and discussions on how we can recover from trauma, repair the brain, and lead abundant lives.  I include a really quick body scan here for relaxation anywhere in 5 minutes!  New episodes restart by January 2021!

Dec 28, 2018

The Podcast Returns. In this episode, we talk about what's in the future for the podcast, why I dropped out of sight for a while and we begin with the beginning...learning again how to relax and pay attention to the body and what it's telling us.

Mar 30, 2018

This Easter has me thinking a lot.  I don't normally share that I am a Christian but felt that it was time to step out as we discuss connection.  I want to connect with those in the Christian community still driven by fear.  Fear of other, fear of war, fear of death, fear of exclusion.  Fear is the real enemy that separates us from connection.  The real message of Easter is to let go of fear and brave connection.

Mar 29, 2018

In the final chapter in our exploration of connection we actually discuss disconnection. Specifically anticipatory grief or the grief we begin experiencing knowing a disconnection is coming. Death, divorce and other forms of disconnection begin affecting us way before we actually experience them and preparing for that event can help us cross the bridge more easily. It will not save us from the pain, but it will insure we meet the loss with eyes wide open and learn what it has to offer. This episode has a personal meaning for me and we discuss how I am crossing this bridge too.

Mar 22, 2018

In part 2 of our series on connection I speak with author, Johann Hari. His new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions" is a deep dive into the healing power of connection. We discuss depression, grief, mental health and healing.

Mar 15, 2018

How trauma can change our ability to regulate emotion and connect with others and what we can do about that. Connection seems to be key, but how do we learn to connect when connection feels unsafe? We begin this series with the discussion of how the nervous system is shaped by trauma and how that affects our ability to connect.

Sep 8, 2017

After over half a year we are back. Working with you to study and learn to overcome trauma. The new format will focus on all aspects of trauma and the power of mindfulness to overcome it and help us regulate through is. We begin the new beginning at the beginning, with an exercise in grounding in our own breath.

Jan 1, 2017

Often trauma results in the loss of self esteem and even the failure of a sense of self worth to develop. In this episode we look at how important these are to setting healthy boundaries and living healthy fulfilled lives. Your worth is inherent. It has been there from the day you were born and is not dependent on external validation. It's time to start believing in it!

Nov 7, 2016

The Holidays can be a real challenge when we’re struggling with trauma and addictions. The constant barrage of images of what family “should” be and what “holidays” should look like just throws out there that we are not that. Avoiding expectations and choosing our family wisely are only two of the suggestions I make this week. In this episode I suggest some concrete things we need to be doing to get through the holidays without relapse.

Oct 31, 2016

In part 2 of my podcasts about sexual assault I interview Laura Reagan, LCSW. Laura specializes in trauma and sexual assault and is a fantastic therapist in the Annapolis area. We talk about blaming the victim and changing attitudes in this episode of Mindful Recovery.

Oct 19, 2016

Sexual assault is an issue much in the news lately. We cover what it is, the effects it has and hold accountable those who would excuse it in this episode of Mindful Recovery. This week's episode is a call to listeners to stand against such behavior.

Oct 7, 2016

Michael Weinberger tells a powerful story of trauma, mental illness, addiction and recovery which culminated in the development of his own app for recovery. Join me in my interview of Michael as we follow him through his journey to recovery and discuss the development of his app and program called "A Plan For Living".

Oct 2, 2016

In the last few episodes we have discussed the ways the child gets hurt and looking honestly at the places that hurt child still resides in us. Meeting that child’s needs is something we grew up unaccustomed to. Today, we look at the child within and it’s need for play and joy. Reconnecting with the joyous child inside us becomes the focus of our recovery from addictions and trauma in this episode.

Sep 24, 2016

Today we speak with Adena Bank Lees, PhD who specializes in the treatment of trauma and sexual abuse.  She has written two books, the latest of which is a book on covert sexual abuse or the use of a child as an emotional surrogate for the missing spouse.  This form of trauma can be very impacting and is often at the root of addiction.

Sep 17, 2016

This week we dig into those childhood places where we are broken. The ones we have been trying to numb. In this mindfulness exercise we try and show that child the compassion it has always needed in an effort to reconnect with our own healing sense of worthiness. In this way we can begin moving into healthy connection.

Sep 12, 2016

Trauma is at the root of all addictions.  Connection drives our recovery but healthy connection requires being vulnerable and risking hurt.  Learning to do this again is foundational in our recovery because connection is the key to healing.

Aug 5, 2016

Brokenness is part of the human experience.  We don't have to run from broken spaces.  We can learn to sit with the hurt and create spaces of healing from them.  The poet Rumi said, "The wound is where the light enters you".  In this episode we explore sitting with that broken space and allowing the healing to enter us and grow out from there.

Jul 18, 2016

Compassion is something we all strive for and often the last thing we show ourselves.  Often this is because we were shown so little.   It is a learned skill.  This week we begin learning how to see ourselves through compassionate eyes and begin caring for ourselves the way we would a beloved child.

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