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Chengdu Living is a blog about life in the Sichuan Capital, authored by expat residents since 2010. We analyze and discuss facets of the lifestyle and culture we encounter in China, in the form of blog posts and an active discussion forum. On the podcast we talk about our lives in Chengdu and share our observations and experiences with listeners living in the city, elsewhere in China, and abroad.
 
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Mindfulness helps to ease life transitions, especially menopause. Allowing and accepting, honoring, and feeling through your experience of menopause is a healthy way to traverse this inevitable stage of life. Today we share another mindful guest conversation - with Dr. Keira Bar, a dual board-certified dermatologist and menopause specialist. Maybe …
 
Setting intentions is a mindful practice that provides tremendous growth and has a powerful impact on your life experience. It is much more effective as a New Year tradition than making a resolution. Take a listen to hear about our intentions for 2022 and tips and pitfalls for intention setting. As we share in the episode, there is no exact right w…
 
Happy birthday to the podcast! Reflections on our journey co-hosting the Mindful Healers Podcast. We call out the common discomfort many of us have about sharing successes and wins with others and the guilt that can sometimes creep in during celebrations. We practice having fun with celebrations, share the story and some new sounds of the infamous …
 
A “hard reset” is when ctrl-alt-del happens in life. It very often feels “negative” but when the experience is approached with mindfulness and curiosity there is more comfort in the discomfort. And it can even be viewed as an opportunity. In today's episode normalize the challenges surrounding resets and how mindfulness can be used to both notice w…
 
Playing is not a waste of time. It is often interpreted as frivolous but it is actually an important source of both relaxation and stimulation for adults and children alike. Today we talk with special guest Dr. Brooke Buckley, CMO of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, about the importance of play at all ages. Playing is a stress reliever and it brings …
 
Mindfulness and intention are antidotes to consumerism, holiday excess, and overwhelm. In today's solo cast, Jessie explores her journey with Christmas over the years. More recently, she shares how mindfulness, intention, and mindful coaching have helped to decrease her holiday stress significantly. She offers the possibility that when you mindfull…
 
Milestones often involve numbers, and they are a natural opportunity to pivot or to reflect. Your story around milestones determines your experience. Episode 50 of the podcast, is dedicated to discussing milestone events, including Jessie’s 50th birthday, Ni-Cheng’s 10-year cancerversary, and 40th birthday. We discuss how intention and mindfulness …
 
Tips to mindfully approach charting or any other task you would rather not do. We share our own struggles with charting and ways in which a task such as charting can be mindfully completed by changing how one shows up for the task. We offer self-care as a tool to help one accomplish tasks that you would rather not do. Charting is an opportunity to …
 
Holidays often bring up stress and family drama. Today we share mindfulness and mindset tools to help you find more calm, peace, and joy during the holidays Setting a mindful intention helps guide you to respond and not react, even in the midst of the chaos. Having as few expectations as possible lessens disappointment and allows for opportunity an…
 
“Just Try it” Kristin Neff Ph.D. is an internationally renowned self-compassion researcher and teacher, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, co-developer of the mindful self-compassion curriculum, and author of multiple books, Self Compassion- The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Fierce Self-…
 
Mindfulness helps you both create and enjoy more intimacy and connection Mindfulness and intention can help you solve intimacy and sex “challenges”, struggles, conflicts and feelings of inadequacy. When you bring MF to intimacy and sex its possible find more connection, pleasure, peace and ease around this topic in your own relationship Connection,…
 
Life as a parent can be overwhelming. You are not alone in having moments when it feels like a lot or too much. Mindfulness and self-compassion offer relief in navigating the difficult patches. We are all more than capable of encountering whatever is happening in life, even when it feels overwhelming. And asking for help, resting, and connecting he…
 
Rest is of paramount importance to continue to function at the highest level. When we deprive ourselves of rest, we can do harm. In today's episode, we discuss why rest is essential for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. The weekends are supposed to be a period of rest. In other cultures, the siesta for instance, is normalized as a daily rest period…
 
Being mindful can make you more productive. Time management is about managing your mind, focusing and managing your energy. It is often making a choice not to do things. Join us for an interactive conversation with special guest Dr. Serene Shereef, a trauma and acute care surgeon, and host of the Mindfulness and Productivity Systems Podcast. Take a…
 
Mindfulness and intention helps you show up as the present parent you want to be. Showing up with fear, as a protector, and/or striving to be the best parent, even when it comes from loving space, limits our capacity for both giving and receiving love. When we show up with mindful intention, possibilities open up for expansive love and connection. …
 
In this episode we offer mindful tools and strategies when encountering those with different beliefs that help you connect despite differences. Exploration with curiosity is a mindful way for mutual understanding. Reminding you that differences are a normal and beautiful part of the human spectrum of experience. What’s your intention? What would Co…
 
In today’s episode, Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang interviews special guest, Dr. Steven Hickman, psychologist, internationally renowned mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teacher, and now author of his new book, Self-Compassion for Dummies. Steve is the Founding Executive Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and is the Executive Director of the Cen…
 
You are the utmost authority on your own life What is it ok to allow yourself or "approve" yourself to do? What rules do you have for yourself? Could you give yourself permission to be happy? Live an extraordinary life? Follow your authentic desires? Be yourself? Be different? Let others be themselves? Rest? Nourish yourself? In a world where there…
 
Decisions are a fork in the road. A pivot. Do you always want to make the “best“ decision? Do you spend time, energy, and lots of angsty emotion weighing your options? Do you think the “best” decision is the one that has the "best" outcome? Do decisions torment you? Mindfulness creates a clear lens of the circumstances and the actual choices. It he…
 
Getting Help is a strength not a weakness. Getting help is an act of kindness for you, and for others. You can go farther, faster with help. Help helps you and helps you help others. “When have you been at your strongest?'' asked the boy ``When I dared to show my weakness.” “What is the bravest thing you have ever said?” “Help,” said the horse. “As…
 
Title 36. Kindness Is The Answer You are worth the same kindness you give to others. The current pandemic is a radical opportunity to choose to show up with kindness- for ourselves and others. From a place of kindness to self, so much more is possible. Being kind to yourself is kind and is so much better than being mean to yourself. True kindness t…
 
If you are feeling “not ok” right now, you are not alone. In this episode, as the pandemic surges yet again, and tragedies are unfolding around the world, we invite you to pause and name what you are feeling. Naming emotions, especially difficult ones, is a tool to disarm the amygdala and soften the edges of difficulty. Some other strategies to pot…
 
Relationships, when someone is struggling with their mental health, can be amazing and full of love. When we change how we show up for them it can create space for the relationship to heal and even bloom. There are very real challenges when you love someone who struggles with their mental health. If you are in this situation, you are not alone. Men…
 
Joy is within you but it requires mindfulness and presence to find it. Allowing, finding, and creating joy is a gift to yourself and others. “The ultimate source of a meaningful life is within ourselves. If you live in this way, until your last breath comes you will be a happy person. That’s the goal of human life-- to live with joy and purpose.” -…
 
Time is one of our most precious commodities and we can choose how to spend it. In today’s episode, we reflect upon our relationship with time and provide ideas to change it for the better. Using a mindful lens to reflect upon time provides spaciousness. It helps you make intentional shifts so you can do more of what it is you want to be doing. Tim…
 
Today we share the magic of intentions and how this “mindful” approach to living helps you get closer to living the life you want to be living. Intentions can help you achieve your goals with more ease. They bring a different energy and vibrational frequency to our lives than when we focus on a goal. Intentions are light posts. They tell you where …
 
When you intentionally take a pause to attend to mind, body, and spirit - all at the same time- it’s powerful medicine. Taking time for yourself to experience a fully nurturing immersion experience shifts your perspective. Building in respite for ourselves is a necessity for a happy, healthy human existence. Don't hesitate. You are worth it Health …
 
Mindfulness can be a learned way of being that creates spaciousness in a healer’s life. In this episode we share the concept of building a scaffold of mindfulness as taught in Dr. Liang’s Mindful Physician course. From her journey through her own burnout and cancer experience, she could not wait for the system to change. Her suffering became a cata…
 
There is discomfort where you are and where you are going. Resisting it makes it more uncomfortable. Don’t let discomfort get in your way. Don't shy away from it. Accept and allow it, even expect it, so it moves through you more quickly. Use discomfort as a message to be mindful, pause and be present with it, and then move forward with purposeful i…
 
This special interview with Dr. Yvonne Ator was recorded on Juneteenth. The first time it was recognized as a federal holiday. Dr. Ator shares her story of how her mission-driven work manifested into her heroine’s journey, her poignant thoughts about Juneteenth, and provides some gold nuggets of wisdom from her vast expertise in coaching. She also …
 
Because we want the best for our children and we have smart brains that are trained specifically to think in certain ways- we often encounter a fair amount of conflict around this topic. “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.” Mindfulness and coaching tools can help you traverse the journey of co-par…
 
Nourishment is a prerequisite for transformation and a life better lived. There are many ways to nourish yourself beyond food. Today Jessie is joined by a special guest, Dr Anne Kennard. Dr Kennard is Board-Certified in ObGyn, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and is an herbalist and a yoga teacher. We discuss the art of nourishing oneself w…
 
In today's episode we talk about mindful and strategic approaches to emerging from the pandemic. This moment in time is an opportunity to be intentional about where you spend your time and energy, knowing that being busy isn’t better, less can be more. This moment is an opportunity to prune, consume less, and enjoy more stillness, quiet, and time t…
 
Experiencing delight is one of life’s joys, and is part of living into a variety of experiences. We can choose to live a light hearted life, and learn and practice experiencing delight while also knowing life won't all be fun and isn't supposed to be. “You need the darkness to see the light, the light to understand the darkness.” Delight is a count…
 
In today's episode, we share our stories of mindful entrepreneurship and the success and pleasure that can come when you apply pause and presence to business and personal growth. Key learnings and wisdom in this episode: It’s ok to do more of what you love and get paid doing it. If it doesn’t feel right, turn inwards and ask yourself why? Curious i…
 
The intention of this episode is to help moms all over the world tap into their innate capacity for mindfulness and intention as a key parenting and personal nourishment tool. We hope to help moms rest in the trust of their instincts and abilities as a mother, and be intentional about how they want to show up for themselves and their children. Mind…
 
Today, On Mother Day, we share how mindfulness can help guide us and ground us through this most intimate of life's relationship, the one we have with our mother. Love isn't always harmonious and it doesn't always feel good. Even and especially when it comes to our relationships with our mothers. We explore the idea of choice and showing up with mi…
 
Mother’s Day is not always rainbows and joy. When you approach the day with mindfulness and intention, it’s possible to experience beauty, connection, love, and a day you will remember with fondness- no matter what transpires. To help you prepare for an enjoyable Mother’s Day, we share several strategies and approaches, all grounded in mindfulness,…
 
Today’s episode is the first in a series on “Mindful Love” “We are not held back by the love we did not receive in the past but by the love we are not extending in the present.” Extend maximal love to both yourself and others by asking yourself “What would love do”? When you are feeling stuck, confused, frustrated, and resentful, ask yourself “What…
 
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