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In today’s episode, Neila and I share our go to sources of insight and inspiration for the week that are rooted in the seeds of mindfulness. Neila does a reading of her all-time favorite poem written by Max Ehrmann entitled ‘The Desiderata’ and explains why she is so deeply moved by this piece. She discuses specific connections made to mindfulness in this poem and challenges the listeners to reflect on the signifance that the poem may play in their lives. Neila also discusses a powerful mantra that she learned a few years ago that she shares with her yoga students at end of each class that she teaches. Andy shares a story that he first heard on the Ted Radio Hour that helps to emphasize the importance of keeping our internal flames of motivation lit. This story is a metaphor for the need to always strive to empower ourselves and those around us. As well, Andy also shares the importance that reflection plays in better appreciating the small wins in our lives. We hope you enjoy the second installment of 4 x Mindfulness.


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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Twitter: @neilasteele



Twitter: @andyvasily


Discussion Topics

The Desiderata, Appreciation, Mindfulness, Empowerment, Ted Radio Hour, Gratitude, The Jar of Awesome

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