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Do you struggle with being present? Do you beat yourself up for perceived mistakes or imperfections? Do you subscribe to the myth that if you're hard on yourself you'll be more motivated? Today I talk with Laurie Cousins, mindfulness and self-compassion educator, about how she got into the field of mindfulness and self-compassion and how this path helped her heal from a history of addiction, disordered eating, and co-dependency. Now Laurie helps countless adults, children, and families use mindfulness and self-compassion to alleviate stress, cultivate well-being, and to connect in more meaningful ways to the people in their lives. In today's episode we talk about: 

  • How she internalized painful childhood experiences and sought soothing in unhelpful ways: addiction and disordered eating. 
  • How a 12 step program and being paralyzed from a rare virus that attacked her nervous system set her on a path of healing through mindfulness and self-compassion.
  • How her mindfulness practice changed after having kids.
  • How mindfulness can help you feel less bored and more engaged in your day to day life.
  • The ABC's of mindfulness.
  • Sharing mindfulness with your children.
  • How mindfulness can help regulate your emotions.
  • The importance of self-care and why we need to treat self-care like a learned skill set. 

You will love learning about Laurie's story, her work, and what she has to say about mindfulness and self-compassion. Check out her website: http://www.healingwithmindfulness.com/. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!