Do you have a set of fundamental principles that help to guide your life? How often do you take time out of your busy day to remain goalless and do nothing? Is it possible for our water and food to change it’s molecular structure when love and energy are directed toward them? What does the Sanskrit word ‘Namaste’ mean and how does it apply to those who cross our paths each day?

In the 12th episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Neila and Andy explore these questions by sharing their latest seeds of insight and inspiration related to living a more mindful life. Andy shares a powerful 7-Point Creed that he first learned about from listening to a Tony Robbins podcast from 28 years ago when Tony had interviewed world renown basketball coach, John Wooden. In the Robbins podcast, Wooden discusses the 7-Point Creed that his father taught him to live by. The 7-Point Creed is a special set of guiding principles that are very mindful in nature and can challenge us to reflect on the importance of creating our own creed to live by. Andy also shares an amazing study done by Dr. Masaru Emoto that has to do with how the molecular structure of water changes depending on the emotions and feelings that are cast upon it. In this comprehensive research project, Emoto exposes water to a wide range of both positive and negative emotions and proves how the structure of water can change from fragmented and chaotic forms to being beautifully crystallized in different shapes and sizes. A truly astonishing experiment with paying attention to.

As this episode was recorded in Italy, Neila delves into a wonderful Italian expression, ‘dolce far niente’, which literally translates into the ‘Sweetness of Doing Nothing’. She discusses how the Italians embrace this type of attitude each and every day through the interactions that they have with others and how they structure this type of time into their own lives. She challenges everyone of us to think about how we might carve out time in our daily schedules to do the same. Neila also shares the meaning of the Sanskrit word, ‘Namaste’ and why this is so much more than a single word but a beautiful philosophy to embrace in our lives.

Neila and Andy hope you find a gem or two that resonates with you in this episode which was recorded in the amazing, rustic, old fishing village of Monterosso, Italy.


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 and Andy


Twitter: @neilasteele



Twitter: @andyvasily


Themes Discussed:

John Wooden, Tony Robbins, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Gratitude, Energy and Love, Mindfulness, Principles to Live By, The Molecular Structure of Water