I am thrilled to share my Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with you.

This podcast is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated. My intention is to share a collection of supportive conversations, meditations, and nuggets of practical wisdom to help you embrace the parenting journey as your greatest potential for growth.

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Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster with Linda Graham

October 7, 2018

Resilience is the learned capacity to cope with any level of adversity, from a series of small annoyances to the struggles and sorrows that break our hearts to the utter disasters that change our lives forever.   Resilience is essential for surviving and thriving in a world full of troubles and tragedies, and it is completely trainable and recoverable – when we know how. Lindas new book has more than 130 evidenced-based tools to help… Read more

Reflecting on Childhood, Sleep, Full Hearts and Big Hugs with Andrew Newman

September 24, 2018

Join Michelle & Andrew as they chat about conscious parenting. Andrew Newman has followed his deep longing for connection and his passion for spiritual development in a 12-year-long study of healing. His unique series of books are part of The Conscious Bedtime Story Club where you can also support his kickstarter campaign to bring his latest two books into the world. Read more

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dr. Dan Siegel

September 11, 2018

Listen in as Michelle explores the practice of presence with Dr. Dan Siegel along with its many positive effects on the parent child relationship. Dan’s latest book is titled Aware: The Science and Practice Presence  Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life. An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to… Read more

Falling Awake, How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life

September 1, 2018

Michelle has been reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s new book Falling Awake, How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life and she wanted to share it with everyone. From Amazon… More than 20 years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we think about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. He followed that up with 2005’s Coming to Our Senses, the definitive book for our time on the connection… Read more

Inspiration & Insights for Modern Working Parents with Sara Mauskopf

August 14, 2018

Join Michelle as she chats about being a working parent with Sara Mauskopf who is the co-founder of the website Winnie, whose mission is to create and organize the information parents need and make it accessible through products, technology & community. Whether you want to ask other parents for advice, find new things to do with your kids, or just get to the nearest changing table in a hurry, Winnie can help. www.winnie.com Register for… Read more

Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, an exploration of parenting with Roshi Joan Halifax

July 22, 2018

Michelle and Roshi Joan explore parenting through five psychological territories she calls Edge States―altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement―each epitomizing strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are. Joan… Read more

Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, with Debbie Reber

July 17, 2018

  Right now, millions of children are growing up in a world that doesn’t respect, support, or embrace who they inherently are. These are children Debbie refers to as “differently wired”—the kids with neurodifferences such as ADHD, giftedness, autism, learning disorders, and anxiety, as well as those with no formal diagnosis, who are being told day in and day out that there is something wrong with them. And because their differences are for the most… Read more

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

July 10, 2018

Listen in to this short podcast where Michelle shares some of the basics of what meditation is and why we do it. Our regular daily practice supports our path of mindful parenting. Read more

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

June 30, 2018

Listen in as Michelle explores mindfulness of thinking.   Read more

Mindfulness in Society, with James Gimian, Executive Director of the Foundation for a Mindful Society

June 18, 2018

Join in as Michelle and Jim explore how and where mindfulness is expanding into many parts of society. This podcast will not be parenting focused, but instead, give an overview of the state of Mindfulness in our country today. You can learn more at www.mindful.org Read more

Getting to know Mindful Magazine and Mindful.org with founder Barry Boyce

May 28, 2018

Join Michelle and Barry Boyce as they explore Mindful, which is a mission-driven non-profit. Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. They are the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully. From their flagship bi-monthly Mindful magazine and mindful.org, conferences, and collaborations, their activities support people seeking to learn more as well as those leaders working to bring genuine mindfulness practices into the mainstream. They… Read more

The Four Postures of Mindfulness

May 24, 2018

Listen in as Michelle explores the four postures of mindfulness and how to integrate each into day to day life. Read more

Hey Working Parents… Bring Your Whole Self to Work with Mike Robbins

April 29, 2018

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into fourteen different languages.  His fourth book, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, comes out May 1st. As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike delivers keynotes and seminars around the world that empower people, leaders, and teams to engage in their work, collaborate, and perform at… Read more

Activate more inspiration, love, and generosity in your life with the game Sparked, with Lisa Rueff

April 22, 2018

Lisa is an entrepreneur who has accomplished more in the last 5 years than most people do in a lifetime. From creating Sparked, an innovative game company, to building an orphanage and school in Haiti, leading international humanitarian retreats to running a wish-granting music foundation and most recently launching Collective Hearts, her mission is to ignite and amplify more inspiration, love and generosity worldwide. Today, you’ll be learning about Sparked, the game with Inspiration, Heart… Read more

Exploring the Spiritual Path with Children: A Conversation with Ariane de Bonvoisin

April 8, 2018

Join Michelle & Ariane as they talk about exploring the spiritual path as a family. Ariane has a wonderful book series for children ages 2-10 called Giggles and Joy. You can learn more about Ariane on her website www.arianedebonvoisin.com Read more

Raising Children with Challenges: Celebrating the Uniqueness of Every Child with Susan Stiffelman

March 16, 2018

Join Michelle as she interviews Susan Stiffelman who shares supportive lessons from her upcoming online conference. Listen in to the podcast then register for the free conference here. Speakers include Dan Siegel, Laura Markham, Susan Kaiser Greenland, and more!  The Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast with Michelle Gale is for parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated.… Read more

Everything Is Fine. Until It Isn’t. Then It Is Again: How Do you Relate To Discomfort?

March 9, 2018

Join Michelle this week as she explores our relationship to things not being “ok”. What kind of practices support another way of holding the stress and worry in our lives? Read more

Kids & Tech: An Exploration…And Some Hope. A Conversation with Andrew Dunn

March 8, 2018

This week, join Michelle and Andrew as they explore the tricky business of our relationship to technology and what it all means for our kids growing up in the information age.Andrew is a San Francisco-based conscious entrepreneur who envisions a world in which technology supports humans being. A digital native who struggled with tech addiction for over a decade, he is currently working on Siempo to give people their lives back. Siempo’s first product is… Read more

Hey Parents….Let's Talk Money: Our Values, Strategies, and Relationship with Finances, with Adam Koren

March 8, 2018

Adam Koren is a Financial Coach who joins Michelle to talk about our relationship to money and how we might share our values and strategies with our children. A touchy subject brought to you with a little levity. If you love this podcast please head over to iTunes to leave a favorable review and don’t forget to check out Michelle’s book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World” on Amazon.  Read more

As we rise, our children rise…and other nuggets of parenting wisdom with Tami Astorino

February 17, 2018

 This week, Join Tami and Michelle as they explore why nurturing ourselves nurtures our children. Tami Astorino, M.Ed. is the Co-Creator or Rise Gatherings. Tami is a national speaker, yoga instructor, educator and plant nutrition enthusiast who facilitates classes and retreat experiences to empower women.  She combines her 25 years of experience in the fields of counseling psychology and fitness to create opportunities for people to grow and experience more joy. Her organization, Rise Gatherings,… Read more

Breathe….Smile….Let Go (2018 edition)

February 11, 2018

Michelle recorded the first version of this podcast title early in 2017 and now has a brand new edition for 2018! Listen in…. Please consider leaving a favorable iTunes review for this podcast and check out Michelle’s book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World” at Amazon. Read more

Motherhood Reimagined: When Becoming A Mother Doesn’t Go As Planned

November 18, 2017

At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski heard her biological clock ticking, loudly. A single woman harboring a deep ambivalence about motherhood, Kowalski needed to decide once and for all: Did she want a baby or not? More importantly, with no partner on the horizon, did she want to have a baby alone? Once she revised her idea of motherhood―from an experience she would share with a partner to a journey she would embark upon… Read more

Dharma Comics: Uplifting Comics On The Curious Journey Through Life And Love

November 4, 2017

Ever wonder who designed the stick figure meditator in Michelle’s podcast logo? Leah Pearlman is the creator and founder of Dharma Comics, a popular web comic series. She is also the author of Drawn Together: Uplifting Comics on the curious Journey through Life and Love. She had originally started her career as a technologist, most recently working for Facebook where she co-created both Facebook pages and the Like button, the very features that later helped her comics… Read more

Michelle Reads Chapter 1 Of Mindful Parenting In A Messy World

October 21, 2017

Michelle shares Chapter 1 of her newly released bestselling book, “Mindful Parenting In A Messy World: Living With Presence & Parenting With Purpose”.  Read more

Michelle Reads The Introductory Chapter Of Mindful Parenting In A Messy World

October 14, 2017

Michelle shares the introductory chapter to her newly released book, “Mindful Parenting In A Messy World: Living With Presence & Parenting With Purpose”  Read more

The Reluctant Parent: Stories of Love, Adoption, Diversity, and Self-Care

October 8, 2017

Michelle interviews the inspiring Lynn Johnson. Lynn is a visionary entrepreneur, speaker, girl advocate, and Co-Founder/CEO of Spotlight: Girls– a certified B Corp that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage. A multi-media platform and summer camp, Spotlight: Girls gives girls the skills to step into their light and become the leaders we’ve all been waiting for. In 2016, Lynn raised over $300,000 in capital to grow her business and prepare to… Read more

Understanding Our Misunderstood Kids: A Different View On The Difficult Child

September 18, 2017

Listen in as Dayna Abraham, Author of the new book The Superkids Activity Guide To Conquering Every Day shares her philosophy on how parents can help empower their children. Be ready to flip your views and see how a child’s struggles and differences  can help them grow. Dayna is full of practical tips and offers a ton of free resources on her Website and Facebook Groups.Dayna is the mother to three totally awesome superkids who inspire her every… Read more

What Is Your Mother’s Quest? Digging Into Our Purpose With Julie Neale

September 11, 2017

Join Julie and Michelle as they discuss the importance and sacredness of mother’s connecting to their purpose. We also discuss how Julie’s quest has brought her closer to social justice work and you can listen in to her podcast with Nicole Lee about Courageous Conversation about Race here. During our conversation she also mentioned a podcast she recorded with her son Ryan and you can listen to that here. Mother’s Quest Founder, Julie Neale honors… Read more

Annmarie Chereso

Why Is It So Hard To Ask for Help? A Conversation with Annmarie Chereso

August 31, 2017

First and foremost a parent, Annmarie has spent the past 18 years perfecting the art of parenting imperfectly in balance with the rest of her life. Annmarie believes that the most valuable tool we have is presence. She guides parents, educators, and children to cultivate presence and unconditional love in all areas of their lives. She lives in Chicago with her partner and their blended family of five children.You can learn more about Annmarie at… Read more

Busting the Inner Critic: A Conversation with Mark Coleman

August 27, 2017

Parents can be some of the guiltiest people on the planet! Join Mark and Michelle as they explore ways to get to know and quiet that pesky inner critic.Mark Coleman has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Teacher and has been teaching Insight meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature. He is author of Awake in the Wild:… Read more

Helping Kids Go Back To School With Intention: A Conversation with Christine Carter

August 19, 2017

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). Drawing on the latest scientific research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Carter demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more. A sought-after speaker and coach, Dr. Carter also teaches online classes and writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on Huffington Post, U.S. News… Read more

Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year: A Conversation with Cassandra Vieten

August 1, 2017

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and a licensed clinical psychologist.                                                                                      … Read more

Conscious Bedtime Stories, Savoring the Last 20 Minutes of the Day: A Conversation with Andrew Newman

July 21, 2017

Join Michelle Gale and Andrew Newman as they explore why and how the last twenty minutes of the day between parent and child can be such a special time. Andrew loves all things creative and spiritual. He has been training and working in healing and community building for many years. His Conscious Bedtime Story books are a culmination of the depth to which he has lived in this lifetime. You can find Andrew and the… Read more

Mindfulness, Authentic Communication, and Parenting: A Conversation with George Taylor

July 14, 2017

Join Michelle Gale and George Taylor as they explore the parent child relationship through the lens of mindfulness and authentic communication.George Taylor has taught the Ten Practices for Love and Joy to thousands of couples in his twenty-five year career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has had a long time interest in creating more love and awareness in relationships, including his own.You can learn more about George and his book A Path for Couples… Read more

Sibling Struggles, Stressors, and Solutions: A Conversation with Cecilia & Jason Hilkey from Happily Family

July 6, 2017

Join Michelle as she explores the ups and downs of sibling relationships with Cecilia and Jason Hilkey.  Cecilia Hilkey, MA and Jason Hilkey have worked professionally with children and families for 20 years. They’ve taught parents and educators to use compassionate methods to talk to kids, worked with children with special needs, and even taught together in the same preschool classroom.They founded Happily Family to respond to the needs of parents and teachers who wanted access to… Read more

Bringing Mindfulness Home: A Conversation with Ali Smith from the Holistic Life Foundation

July 5, 2017

Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director.  He has over 15 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Through his work at the Holistic Life Foundation he has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally.  Ali has authored a series of children’s… Read more

The Masks We Live In: A Conversation with Ashanti Branch

June 25, 2017

Ashanti Branch is the Founder and Executive Director of the Ever Forward Club, a nonprofit committed to supporting young men of color in middle and high school by providing them with save, brave communities that build character and transform lives.  The Ever Forward Club’s work was featured in the documentary titled ‘The Masks We Live In” which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.Ashanti… Read more

Loving Kindness for Parents: A Conversation with Sharon Salzberg

June 9, 2017

Join Michelle as she explores the practice of Loving Kindness through the principles of Sharon’s new book Real Love, The Art of Mindful Connection.  Sharon is the founder of the Insight Meditation Society, the author of ten books and a sought after speaker who travels the world teaching mindfulness, loving-kindness, and compassion. Read more

Peaceful Parenting: A Conversation with Eric Greene

June 4, 2017

Eric is a dad who has developed a passion for advocating that children be treated with respect and dignity. He manages a Facebook page with almost 30k followers and offers a wonderful online Facebook community where parents can come together, get support, and share their journey’s with peaceful parenting.You can find Eric on his website here and on Facebook here. Read more

Self-Care for the Soul: A Conversation with Suzi Lula

May 28, 2017

Suzi Lula, M.A., A.L.S.P., is a much-sought-after Spiritual Counselor, Teacher and Inspirational Speaker who is an expert in the field of human transformation.Combining her innovative teachings over her 18 years in private practice, along with her master’s degree training in spiritual psychology, Suzi is transforming the way people think about motherhood. Known as a visionary leader, Suzi challenges conventional thinking that says mothers must sacrifice and martyr themselves to be good mothers and instead, guides… Read more

What Does the Jewish Practice of Mussar & Mindfulness Have in Common?

May 19, 2017

Join Michelle as she explores the 1000 year old Jewish Practice of Mussar with Greg Marcus. Along the way they offer practical tips and wisdom to allow you to incorporate the learnings right away. Greg Marcus is an innovative Mussar maven and the creator of American Mussar, a 21st century Jewish spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. He is a recovering workaholic, who has been practicing and teaching Mussar for five years. Greg… Read more

Confessions of a Mindful Parent

May 13, 2017

Listen in as Michelle shares a few confessions…. Read more

Parenting as a Spiritual Path

April 15, 2017

Join Michelle & Miriam as they explore parenting as a spiritual practice.You can learn more about Miriam and explore her 8 week course which starts May 1st at the links below.www.integralparenting.com/ref/mindfulparentingwww.miriammartineau.com Read more

A Conversation on Fatherhood with Soren Gordhamer, Founder of Wisdom 2.0

April 6, 2017

Listen in as Michelle & Soren talk about fatherhood, parenting, and the adventures of the teen years. Within these thirty minutes you will hopefully be inspired and gain practical ideas for living more consciously with your children. About Soren Gordhamer Soren Gordhamer works with individuals and groups on living with greater mindfulness and purpose in our technology-rich age. He is founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, and the author of Wisdom 2.0: Ancient… Read more

Embracing the Messiness and Magic of Motherhood

March 30, 2017

Amy Ahlers is the author of two books titled “Reform Your Inner Mean Girl” and “Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves”. She’s also a speaker, life coach, and founder of the incredible Mama Truth Circle which is a truth telling sanctuary for moms to embrace the messiness and magic of motherhood.Listening to Michelle & Amy chat about motherhood will make you feel like you are all sitting down for tea together. Tune in to hear… Read more

Sharing Mindfulness & Meditation with Children, Teens & Families with Susan Kaiser Greenland

February 24, 2017

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, and families. She is the author of The Mindful Child and most recently Mindful Games. She has been studying meditation with teachers from the Tibetian Buddhist tradition since 1997 but is best known for her incredible skill in making these practices simple and accessable to share in a secular context within schools, families, and the broader community. Tune in to… Read more

Breath. Smile. Let Go.

February 1, 2017

Join Michelle as she shares a few ways to practice staying present in the midst of a wonderfully messy family life.If you liked this podcast, subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss a thing! Read more

Welcome to Mindful Parenting in a Messy World

February 1, 2017

In this episode, Michelle Gale welcomes you to her new podcast and shares a little about her background and what inspired her to create Mindful Parenting in a Messy World. Thank you for listening.If you liked this podcast, subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss a thing! Read more

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World Kick Off Interview

February 1, 2017

Podcast teacher and producer, Shann Vander Leek and Michelle Gale discuss the inspiration behind her new Mindful Parenting in a Messy World podcast along with what you can expect when you listen in. If you liked this podcast, subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss a thing! Read more