The presenter is health care professional and mindfulness facilitator Jessica Maguire, who is practised in these types of conversations in a one to one setting.
She has worked in private practice as a physiotherapist for the previous ten years and also worked as a group facilitator on retreats and workshops.
Jessica lost her own brother to suicide following his mental illness. She has a compassionate understanding of what it’s like from a family member perspective, whilst she can also offer education from her experience as a health professional and as a mindfulness teacher.
She gently guides the story-teller through an honest and authentic memoir of their life, while respectfully and compassionately capturing each story.
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Three weeks after my brother took his own life I travelled the world alone.
In the depths of grief and sorrow I began a journey that changed my life forever.
I closed my Physiotherapy practice, left my home, family and friends and began a world-wide study sabbatical.
I studied with some of the greatest spiritual teachers in the world.
I learnt from those who had discovered the most cutting-edge research into the human mind and body.
I spent weeks on retreat embodying the teachings and practices that had been shared with me: many which were over 2500 years old.
I immersed myself in in-depth mindfulness training, modern neuroscience, psychology, somatics, ancient wisdom, eastern philosophy and spirituality.
Many of the teachings of the mind and body that I learnt came back to what’s common at the heart of many spiritual paths and have been used universally to help humans free themselves from suffering.
These teachings were the antidote to my profound sorrow and have continued to awaken me from the stories of the mind which can lead to fear, worry and feelings of unworthiness. I still get lost in thoughts, but these practices continue to provide peace and freedom to my life.
Awakening the Body and Mind Podcasts will be arranged around these gateways to peace and freedom.
Over the coming weeks I will be interviewing some of the greatest teachers of spirituality and awakening from Buddhist monks through to thought leaders.
I will be asking researchers and scientists to share their discoveries.
I will also be sharing stories from the alchemists - those who have experienced unbelievable suffering and transformed their pain to help others and also the world at large.
My job as a Physiotherapist has revolved largely around helping ease emotional and physical pain and creating transformation with my patients. I can confidently say after treating over 10,000 patients that how we experience and relate to our pain begins in the mind.
Watching my brother’s emotional turmoil in the years before he took his own life, I also learnt to understand how our mind creates our world.
Our perspective and perceptions of what’s happening outside of us, as well as our inner world are all created in the mind. Whether or not we feel at home inside of ourselves depends on the lens that we are looking at life through.
And that’s where our freedom and power truly lies. Because if we create our world through the mind, then we can also transform that.
I believe we need practices of awareness to better understand how our mind, our thoughts and our feelings are creating our world and how we are living. You might ask yourself, how much of today did I spend worrying about what might go wrong? How much time did I spend rehashing a scene from the past wishing that I’d done something differently?
May the podcasts be a place that you return to again and again.
May it also provide the mind-training that helps free you from stories and fears and connect you with presence.
May it help you feel at home inside of yourself.
Lastly, the energy behind Awakening the Body and Mind Podcast is the love that I hold in my heart for my brother, Sam. May this work continue to honour his life.