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April 6, 2020 55 min
Episode #9 Speaking of Mindfulness Guest: Mona Antwan – founder of Mindfulness Leader On this episode we are speaking mindfulness with my friend and fellow Harpo co-worker Mona Antwan. Mona is the founder of Mindfulness Leader, the first of its kind after school program and high school elective in the City of Chicago to offer a 10-week, 92 hour curriculum, in under resourced schools and communities. The program teaches students life skills through the art of mindfulness. The 23- core principle curriculum helps young leaders develop emotional intelligence through an interactive and project based course load. Mona has excellent advice to people of all ages on how to tap into our higher selves and simple ways to make room for mindfulness in our lives. Listening notes: 0:56 Speaking of Mindfulness 1:10 Meet Mona Antwan 2:47 How is love speaking to you today? 4:13 Surrendering 5:08 Young Mona 5:28 Higher Self 6:59 The seed was planted 7:30 Finding purpose in 3 rd grade 8:30 Advocate 10:00 Mindfulness & Emotional Management 11:05 Lessons from The Oprah Winfrey Show 12:10 Excited to do great things 14:30 Being a mom 17:00 Souring Eagle 18:35 Community 19:59 Meditation & Mindfulness 20:53 23 principle curriculum 21:45 Kids want this and need this 23:25 Worry & Anxiety 24:20 Rituals 25:43 Mindfulness accumulates 26:35 No such thing as a positive mindset – it’s about your rituals 28:17 Speaking & Self-Talk 30:23 Secretly bless people 31:05 My life not working out for me is really working out for me 31:41 The more human we are the better speaker we are 34:00 Building leaders 35:05 Where do we go from here with Mindfulness Leader? 36:20 The program is exploding 36:55 The word mentorship 37:45 What Mindfulness Leader curriculum teaches 38:15 The 23 principles 39:26 Scholarships 39:38 Growing to other states 40:00 Instagram & TikTok 41:32 Mona’s big tip for parents 43:33 Life purpose 44:00 The curriculum is exploding 44:12 Erika’s Lighthouse 44:40 Building things 46:12 Using Oprah’s words 47:00 Funding 47:40 What can listeners do to welcome more mindfulness into their lives? 48:35 Where can we find you? 49:22 Advice to parents 50:34 Daily prayer & gratitude tears 52:39 If you weren’t running Mindfulness Leader what would you be doing? 53:20 Check out mindfulnessleader.org &; be a partner Connect with Mona: Instagram: @mindfulness_leader Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mindfulnessleader/ Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/mindful_leader Site: https://www.mindfulnessleader.org Resources: Soaring Eagle: http://bit.ly/2t9Poae
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