It today’s episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’ the themes of happiness, fear, vulnerability, and inner criticism are explored. Can happiness be tracked in an effort to understand important patterns in our lives? How can quiet reflection help us to identify whether the fears we experience in our lives are genuine or irrational? Does being vulnerable and sharing our authentic self open the door for others to do the same? How can we tame the inner critic within us?

Neila delves into a recent party that she organized called a Shakti Circle and the main purpose of this evening. She goes into detail about the types of mindfulness activities that were focused on and the impact that this night had on her. As well, Neila shares some great strategies for being more aware of the self-critic within us and how this inner critic voice can be tamed.

Andy shares his thoughts related to fear and how quiet reflection can play an important role in assessing to what degree our fears are genuine or not. We often create irrational fears in our lives that can rob us of our talent and our happiness. He references both Jamie Foxx and singer/songwriter Jewel and their perspectives on overcoming irrational fears in our lives. As well, Andy dives into the theme of happiness and references the work that the greats minds at are doing in an effort to help people better understand what brings them genuine happiness.


Neila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.

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Themes Discussed:

Shakti Circles, Fear, Vulnerability, Happiness, Reflection, Inner Criticism