Ep 0149 – Bonus – Mindful on the Mountain

Laurie looks up seated in front of a background of trees at the Upper Zen Spot
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I’m feeling great in this moment on the mountain. A last minute decision results in a bonus hike and a bonus episode.

Podcast Recap

I thank our Veterans for their service then muse about the unexpected benefits of mindfulness.

Valley view from the mountain framed by a canopy of oak trees

A lovely look at the view from the Top Zen Space.

Path winding down the high chaparral mountainside

Some of the path down the mountain


Last show

BC’s Dave’s comment about mindfulness that inspired me

Insight Timer – the Meditation App I use

Ways to support the show financially


Host: Laurie Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
  • Applause
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10 thoughts on “Ep 0149 – Bonus – Mindful on the Mountain

  1. Dave


    Thank you so very much for the BONUS podcast. Thank you for acknowledging the difficulties being mindful while thinking about being mindful.

    Also thank you for leading by example. The fact that you made a life affirming choice (going for a hike when you plans were changed) and then another life affirming choice (going for a hike and creating a bonus podcast despite not being “ready”.)

    Like you I struggle with perfectionism, and if there is any thing out of line then my projects don’t get done.

    Recently Kathleen and I chose to go sling plastic (play or practice disc golf) despite the heavy rain and our coach cancelling). As you know at this time of the year in Washington, it is a challenge to plan around the weather (mostly rain), in fact most “true” north-westerners make and execute plans regardless of the weather we just assume it is going to rain at some point and go prepared. Kathleen and I went to a park with a large open field and spent 1.5 to 2 hrs practicing, it was wet and the grass slick, but not raining and it was a big mood lifter for both of us.

    Some times we just have to do, to move forward in life.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hey there my inspiring friend! Hooray for you and Kathleen braving the Washington “dew” to get in some practice. I so value your thoughtful comments and your take on the joys and perils of moving beyond perfectionism. I really enjoyed my hike that day and am happy I went with the bonus route. It was pretty freeing and might try to do more of these when I can. I also super enjoy the produced versions where I can highlight all of you too and have fun with the silly segments Mark and I fool with. These days, I’m finding so many challenges in life – outside of eating and weight – that I am very glad to have had the practice with my familiar nemesis in order to use those skills in other areas. It makes me ponder if everything isn’t in fact for some reason. Much as I rant against my weight fate, many cool things have blossomed from it. Thanks again for letting me in on how your life is faring and for supporting me and the other BCs. Love to you both. xoxoxoxox

  2. Josephine

    Hi Laurie,
    I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond recently (had to travel a couple of weeks) but rest assured I am still here and one of your loyal BCs. Like BC Dave, I was thrilled to see the bonus podcast! And are all of us BCs from the same pea pod or what? So many of us have this perfectionist voice in our heads that wants perfection or nothing….and I for one have been trying to ‘let it go!’ extra hard since I found your podcast. One of the most endearing things (I think this was a couple episodes back) is what you said about so many of the BCs sharing with you that they no longer feel all alone. Isn’t it sad that so many people, in this day and age of instant communication, are so terribly lonely? When the loneliness almost overwhelms me, I listen to you, Dear Laurie. You are my friend and a dear friend to all of the BCs. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hey there sweetie Josephine! How wonderful to hear from you.I’m glad you are back from your travels and sharing your thoughts with us. Yep, I agree, we must have some whoppin’ big physic pod out there to hold all of us BC peas. It’s ironic that so many of us feel alone and isolated – yet, with every BC story, we hear some form of many “Me Toos!” It has been my greatest joy to discover that our tribe isn’t really the sad, compulsive, wall flowers – but, in fact the caring, creative, self-reflective loving types who resonate with kindness and compassion. I have never seen or experienced such a loving, supportive community that also values the autonomy of belief and self direction. That to me is a miracle. You, dear Josephine are a very good friend to me. xoxoxoxox

  3. Dawny

    Yay for spontaneity. Love it. Working on this myself.
    Trying to just let go. Live. Love. Laugh often. If I can’t effect the situation or change anything then fret stress or worry is useless
    Life is short.
    I’m loving my home. I’m starting to feel it’s Home. After 2 months I found a few places that needed changed. And wow. Such a good change lol. Made 3 situations tons better. I had no idea. Feeling thankful.
    Now finding places inside of Dawny that need a slight re-org. Hoping for the same success. Lol.
    I appreciate with every episode you produce Laurie the thinking you create in my head.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hi Dawny, I’m so happy to hear that your home is starting to feel more familiar. That change, after all of those years must be a big adjustment. Please don’t redecorate inside of Dawny tooooooo much, as I’m so very fond of the Pooh-chic loveliness that is so apparent there. xoxoxoxox

  4. Jeanette marsh

    Hi, I have just stumbled across both your podcast. Thanks for sharing yourself. The nature of the struggle is shared by many.
    When you put things in words it has been helpful for me . Thanks


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