How do our personal perspectives shape our lives when we experience upheaval and hardship? How often do we genuinely invest ourselves in others? What role do personal stories play in helping us to connect with other people? Do we show ourselves enough self-compassion?

Andy Dutton, an excellent educator currently working in Bucharest, Romania, joins Neila Steele and Andy Vasily in the latest 4 X Mindfulness podcast series.

Andy Dutton shares two seeds of mindfulness in this episode which relate to his own journey of mindfulness and the importance of investing in his own mental health through a variety of strategies. In sharing the mantra, ‘This too shall pass.”, Andy discusses the importance of being aware of our own negative thought pattern loops that hold us back from living a more genuinely happy life.

As well, Andy also shares the importance of having more self-compassion and taking time away each day to regenerate and recharge in order to be our best personal and professional selves.

For Neila Steele’s seed of mindfulness, she shares the importance of investing in others by being curious, by asking questions, and showing a genuine interest in others. When we invest in others, we put our own needs and wants aside to better connect and get to know other people in our lives.

For the fourth seed of mindfulness, Andy Vasily shares the power of personal stories in helping to make stronger connections with others. By making ourselves vulnerable and genuinely sharing our experiences, we can better connect with others and give them permission to do the same.

Lots of powerful themes discussed in the latest 4 X Mindfulness series. We hope you are able to gain some new insight from this episode with Neila Steele, Andy Dutton, and Andy Vasily.


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.

Connect With Neila, Andy Vasily and Andy Dutton

Neila Steele
Twitter: @neilasteele

Andy Vasily
Twitter: @andyvasily

Andy Dutton
Twitter: @PEAndyD

Themes Discussed:

Empathy, Efficiency, Self-Compassion, Personal Upheaval, Coaching and Counselling, Vulnerability, Human Connection, Relevance