Meditation, Mindfulness & Hacking The Human Brain with Mike Cancellieri

All Clear - A Firefighter Health & Wellness Podcast

Nov 10 2023 • 44 mins

Ever had one of those days where stress seems to be piling up with no end in sight? Well, you're not alone. We've had a riveting chat with Mike Cancellieri from Frontline Foundations, an organization that provides indispensable support to veterans and first responders grappling with post-traumatic stress. Mike educates us on the power of mindfulness, a skill that when exercised and maintained, becomes an instinctive response to stressful situations. Our conversation even delves into Mike's personal narrative of acquiring and cultivating this vital competency.

Imagine the tranquility of being completely in tune with your senses and allowing your thoughts to drift by without judgment. That's the essence of meditation. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about emptying your mind. Instead, it’s about being present and acknowledging your experiences. We'll guide you through the power and benefits of meditation, its myths, and how it can be a lifeline for individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress.

Lastly, we'll demystify post-traumatic stress disorder and address it for what it truly is - an injury. A change in the brain and endocrine system due to horrifying experiences. You'll hear about Mike's personal journey navigating PTSD and how mindfulness played a pivotal role in his healing process. Furthermore, we'll underscore the importance of seeking help and breaking free from the stigma attached to it. Don't miss out on an episode replete with invaluable insights, practical advice, and a glimpse into the Firefighter Cancer Alliance Clear Podcast.

About Mike Cancellieri:
Mike is a founding member of Front Line Foundations and serves as our Executive Director. Mike attended Stockton University in Galloway, NJ where he earned a BA in Criminal Justice. After moving to New England in 2008, he began a career in behavioral health working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. This experience in mental health crisis work and inpatient psychiatric settings gives him a unique perspective on many of the challenges faced by first responders. His nearly lifelong study of mindfulness and Eastern thought dovetailed seamlessly with his interest in nature when he began working with veterans and first responders in 2018. Mike considers it a personal mission to share these skills and knowledge with our clients at Front Line Foundations.

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