In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #6 - James Roberts

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On the podcast, I talk to James Roberts. He is an online training and nutrition coach but was an elite Paralympic athlete for just over a decade.

James was born with a congenital disability called femoral dysplasia and a floating hip of the left leg as well as scoliosis of the spine.

He has been lucky enough over those years to have represented Great Britain at countless World Championships and 2 Paralympics Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) to just name a few.

He started out in his sporting career as a swimmer, and progressed on to other Paralympic sports, such as rowing and sitting volleyball.

He competed for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, finishing fifth in the trunk and arm classification in adaptive rowing.

He also competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, finishing 8th in the sitting volleyball. More recently he has begun playing wheelchair basketball for local side Rhyl Raptors.

That’s an impressive resume.

But James has also suffered from feelings of low self-worth around his body, and anxiety.

As a teenager he would hide his disability avoiding wearing shorts in summer and would struggle to explain his disability to others.

And a recent health scare found him struggling with anxiety.

Through daily meditation, concentrating on his breathing to get in touch with his thoughts and emotions he has learned to see his thoughts just as thoughts passing through his mind.

You can connect with James through;

His website.

On Facebook.

On Twitter.

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In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #5 - Andy Hobson

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On the podcast, I talk to Andy Hobson and talk about his journey from rock star drummer to rock star mindfulness teacher.

Andy started life as a drummer after following his dream to be a professional musician. But as he admits on the podcast he was always more concerned with the nature of the human experience constantly asking his school friends how they knew they were them.

We talk about the most common myths of mindfulness, how he transformed his life from rockstar to mindfulness teacher and what is it really like playing to tens of thousands of people.

Oh and a top tip on how to mindfully connect with a toddler having a tantrum.

Now with over 77,000 followers on Insight Timer - The largest free library of guided meditations on earth with more than 20000 titles - Andy’s vision is to create a happier, kinder, more conscious world through teaching meditation.

Since starting to teach meditation in 2010, he has helped millions of people around the world through his online guided meditations and courses.

Andy draws upon many traditions, philosophies, therapeutic approaches and his personal meditation practice to teach how we can return to our true nature, free ourselves from the voice in our head and find lasting happiness, purpose and freedom.

You can connect with Andy through;

His website.

On Facebook.

On Twitter.

On YouTube.

And on InsightTimer.

Books mentioned on this podcast

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself.

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In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #4 - Matt Fox

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In this episode, I talk to Matthew Fox

Matt is a parental narcissistic abuse and childhood emotional neglect recovery expert.

The recording of this episode was life-changing for me because it introduced me to the three principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought.

On the podcast, we talk about the effects of childhood narcissistic abuse and emotional neglect on your adult life.

We also have a discussion about the power of the three principles to change your life and how a simple understanding of the three principles has changed people beyond all recognition.

You can find out more about Matt at https://www.mattdfox.com

Books mentioned on this podcast

Rethinking narcissism - https://amzn.to/2WmIyuW

Encounters with an Enlightened Man: The Early Years with Sydney Banks - https://amzn.to/2X8ktVX

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In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #3 - Rachelle Balez

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In this episode I talk to Rachelle Ballez.

Rachelle is a PhD student and one of 80 women selected globally for the 2018 Homeward Bound women in science leadership initiative.

In the episode, we talk about her journey and experiences as a woman in STEM, connecting with life and how she combines a love for art with science.

I was particularly inspired by Rachelle love of science and art and her connection with her greater purpose in life.

Connect with Rachelle on Linkedin, Twitter and see her wonderful photography on Instagram.

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In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #2 - Brian Pennie

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On October 8th 2013, Brian experienced his first day clean after 15 years of chronic heroin addiction. Instead of perceiving his addiction as a failure, he embraced a second chance at life and went to university to study the complexities of human behaviour.

Since then, he has become a writer, fully funded PhD student, lecturer in Trinity College and University College Dublin, self-development coach, business owner, and motivational speaker for high-performance and personal growth.

With a relentless belief that we are what we think, Brian’s mission is to show people that change is possible, demonstrating actionable steps through a lived experience.

You can connect with Brian through his website and on Twitter.

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In at the deep end with Gary Bridgeman #1 - Chris Winson

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Chris is an author, psychology student and a huge fan of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to help manage depression and overall mental wellbeing. 

In the podcast we talk about his journey through depression, helping others and the importance of compassion as a tool for transformational life change.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @chisi_98 and read about his mental health journey on his blog at Breath Underwater

You can also join in on Twitter using the hashtag #365daysofcompassion and post a daily compassionate message, quote or article to help spread some compassion, both to yourself and others

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