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Mettle Brain

Heather Brockbank Miller

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Mettle is this thing that we all have inside of us, it's capacity. This podcast brings guests from all over the world from all different backgrounds sharing ideas, stories, and their truth. My intention is that these episodes will provide you with a little more mettle for your brain and resilience for your spirit. Let's learn together. Did you enjoy the episode, have ideas for the podcast? Reach out at heathermiller@mettlebrain.com
 
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When it comes to being true, be true to you! Don’t think it through, you know what to do, just do it too! This episode is a short 10 minute Monday Morning Musing sharing my opinions about being yourself and finding that clear lens. Today’s episode is another Monday Morning Musing on perspective. I recently found some renewed clarity and then simult…
 
Magnus Toren is the Director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, which is tucked away in a spectacular redwood grove in Big Sur, California. Born in Sweden, we discuss a few highlights of Magnus's journey through life, including leaving Sweden for an epic seven years of sailing around the world. Magnus opens up about and what he's learned from ne…
 
In this episode I share my experience trekking in the Himalayas with my family and muse on this quote from William Blake: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things tho’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” –William Blake. Through the course of writin…
 
Today's episode is with Chris Blum creator of the podcast, Spirited Soul. Chris shares sound baths on her podcast that she records in her home, episodes range anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Chris started the podcast when she could no longer give her sound baths baths in-studio due to the pandemic. I sat down wanting to learn more about sound waves, a…
 
Today's episode is a short 13-minute Monday Morning Musing on soaking up all the goodness in your life through sincere gratitude. I share a metaphor involving a certain Parisian chair that showed me how easy it is to pine for something you already have but lack the awareness to see it. In this episode, I pose the question to the listener: are you'r…
 
Today's episode is with the ever charismatic Will Wood. Wil is a family man and business owner. He owns the shop Love to Cook with his wife Lauren Wood. Wil discusses his life learnings both personally and professionally. Wil is honest and open about his health: his journey with ADD, two very hard years he experienced after suddenly losing his ener…
 
This episode is a Monday Morning Musing on some interesting ideas from poet and author Robert Bly and Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. The poet Antonio Machado wrote, “All things die, and all things live forever; but our task is to die, to die making roads. Roads over the sea.” Woodman and Bly use this poem throughout their work to reference what it…
 
This episode is a short 10-minute Monday morning musing with me, Heather Miller. I read a poem by Antonio Machado called, "The Wind, One Beautiful Day." It goes like this. The wind, one brilliant day, called to my soul with an odor of jasmine. 'In return for the odor of my jasmine, I'd like all the odor of your roses.' 'I have no roses; all the flo…
 
This is a short 10 minute 'Monday Morning Musing' on three key grounding ideas to keep in the front of your mind as you pivot in new directions this 2021 year. First, find peace amidst the continual battle with the entropy of life. I share my own struggle with accepting the reality that yes, the second law of thermodynamics is real, the kitchen unf…
 
Today's morning musing is a re-release of one of my personal favorite Monday morning musings that I love revisiting from time to time. I discuss the idea of collecting and connecting to yourself. What does your internal morning sweep look like? Where is your awareness? Are you plugging into yourself or do you have displaced emotion landing on other…
 
This is a short ten minute musing on the wonders of the gingko tree. You may see gingko trees often lining your streets, but did you know that the gingko tree is actually one of the oldest species of tree or plant on earth? The gingko is sometimes referred to as a living fossil as its species is prehistoric. In this episode I share a few details on…
 
This episode is a short speech intended for anyone who has ever felt up a creek without a paddle. Today in this morning musing I share my belief that if you love what you have and use it-- with that mindset it will be enough. I share an experience I had fishing with my boys: my fellow fishermen on the dock said, "I didn't have enough line to catch …
 
This episode is a short fifteen-minute grab bag of ideas: a book and recipe recommendation, what I've been reflecting on these last two weeks, and the wonders of a handheld massager. Yes, you read that correct, where have you been all my life handheld massager? Does everyone but me know how grounding that is? I discuss briefly Atul Gawande's book, …
 
Today's episode is a morning musing on my recent move to the Central Coast of California and a few ideas that I have been reflecting on over the last month, i.e., "we all need to be carried sometimes". I share a thought from a new friend in passing that "there is a seat at the table for everyone." I recall a quote from a previous interview, "I love…
 
This episode is a Monday Morning Musing (recorded on a Friday for some extra enthusiasm). I have two beautiful thoughts to share with you to give you a boost in your week. The first is a recommendation from a podcast series that I am loving called, "this movie changed my life" which is a mini-series from On Being Studios. The episodes are short, an…
 
Kerry Wilde is a soul adornment stylist. In this episode we discuss the art of adornment: dressing for your second skin, having the outer be an expression of the inner like wearing a second skin. In this episode Kerry discusses her work around adornment, how she came to do this work, and how others can find their second skin. Kerry walks the listen…
 
Today's morning musing is about the middle way. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t feed the extremes?” I share how holding mentally to this phrase has provided fortitude in stressful situations, and helped me see more opportunities to let things be: "Don't Feed The Extremes". I came across this idea from Michael Singer and love it. I’ve always …
 
Today's episode is a Morning Musing with me, Heather Miller. This is a short 15 minute episode with some reflections and quotes from the book, "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer. I share my surprise of how powerful his ideas about navigating the psyche were, how systemic in nature the ideas felt—Singer overlays a framework of being along with …
 
In today's episode I talk with Djamila Zangre. She is from Burkina Faso (West Africa). We discuss women's empowerment, Burkina Faso, and her career trajectory. Djamila is a model and airmen in the US Air Force. Djamila's family came to the United States in 2009 when her father won the entry lottery. Djamila's mother was the first in generations to …
 
Atlanta native, spiritual and metaphysical enthusiast Nicole Perkins sits down with me and discusses her work as a certified Inner Voice Facilitator. She shares what it is, how she found it, and her experience working with her own inner voice. Nicole shares her journey of peeling back the layers of armor and taking continual baby steps to get to he…
 
Kera Thomspon is a force. We sat down together and discussed her work and other roles she juggles including: the on-court entertainment host for the Utah Jazz, yoga instructor, mother, and creative. She shared what keeps her in joy, and how she’s navigated what doesn’t. Thompson discusses balancing career and family. We compare notes on our individ…
 
Today's episode is a Monday Morning Musing about the underdog in us all. This is a great time to reflect and overview our life with this Covid-19 pandemic happening around us- slowing down our normal day to day pace of life. I pose a few questions intended to create a headspace to experience that underdog journey but through a podcast. Are you fami…
 
Today's interview is with Rachel Brockbank, or Tishmal as she's known to her fans. Rachel is a singer, songwriter currently pursuing a professional career in music. She is also family. She talked with me the same day she dropped her new song, I Have Dreams, that she wrote in collaboration with D.J. Kaskade. Rachel joined me remotely to discuss her …
 
Today's episode is a morning musing with some interesting facts about Bob Ross and his show, The Joy of Painting. I share a variety of clips from his show. There is also a small cameo from a true Bob Ross fan. (You'll have to listen to find out who!) Did you know that Bob Ross spent the first 20 years of his career as a drill sergeant in the milita…
 
Today's episode is a short morning musing update on my life here. I share a dose of optimism for our current COVID-19 quarantine with questions like, "why is the sky blue?" I am 11 days into our 'Stay at Home' order here in Orange County and things are feeling pretty heavy around here. I share a few excerpts from books that have serendipitously cro…
 
Today's episode is with my husband, Ryan Miller. We are home! To give you an idea of timelines, governor Governor Newsom has just ordered a stay at home order to all CA residents. The situation around this Corona virus is a fluid one and constantly unfolding. I asked Ryan to sit down with me and share his thoughts on COVID-19, his story, and a few …
 
We often hear the value of keeping a journal. Great minds like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Mark Twain, Oliver Sachs, and Frida Kahlo, to name a few, kept journals. My guest today, Allison Pond, shares a passion for maximizing the power of keeping a journal and writing in general. Allison Pond has a treasure trove of knowledge on expressive writin…
 
In this short 13 minute M.M. (Morning Musing) episode, I share my thoughts about not identifying with the thinking mind. I share my favorite thought influencers on the mind and what experience I remember to empower myself when I am buying into thoughts that don't serve my best interests. How many times have you realized you were wrong when you real…
 
Chances are you have heard of Roald Dahl, probably even read a few of his books. In today's Morning Musing I share a few insights that I have taken to heart from studying the life and works of Roald Dahl, did you know he's actually written 34 books? In Dahl's last book, Billy and the Minpins published after his death, there is a particularly poigna…
 
Today I am sharing the words of British philosopher Alain De Botton. Because of the busy holiday season and Christmas next week we discussed over e-mail. I am sharing his answers here in this short ten minute episode. I was fortunate to have stumbled onto Alain De Botton and his work years ago. His books cover subjects like love, travel, architectu…
 
This episode is with anesthesiologist Dr. Rachel Allen. In this episode we compare mutual life notes and learn from one another. We cover ground on topics like awareness, consciousness, the brain, how to create space in the mind to see who we really are and how we can differentiate from the not self narratives we buy into. Rachel discusses the dyna…
 
Jared and Erin are the creators of Mozz Artisan Pizza. In this episode we discuss their story, Mozz, and Jared's unique story overcoming a heroine addiction. Jared is one of the lucky few that have been able to thrive after being on the other side of a dabilitating heroine addiction. Jared shares his story overcoming some serious low points, i.e. r…
 
Today's episode is with Joanie Sprague, host of 'The Little Bit' podcast. We discuss getting out of the cycle of poverty, the privilege of beauty, and living life with integrity. Joanie shares a little about her experience teaching women of all ages how to use power tools in her once a month class in Huntington Beach. Joanie opens up about lessons …
 
This episode is with Dr. Nikki Arguinzongil, a naturopathic doctor in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Nikki and I discuss gut health, her experience with horrendous eczema, healing from leaky gut, and other related aspects of having a healthy microbiome. Dr. Nikki shares some inspiring words that will help you stay motivated or get motivated about your h…
 
Today's Morning Musing is about collecting and connecting to yourself. What does your internal morning sweep look like? Where is your awareness? Are you plugging into yourself or do you have displaced emotion landing on others. Today's short 12 minute musing is about owning yourself fully and how to do that. This episode promotes finding our indivi…
 
Lesa Vander Bie is an artist and psychotherapist in the Laguna, Newport Beach area. In this episode we discuss how to develop resilience in ourselves. Lesa shares some profound insights about what gets in the way of sustaining true resilience. Lesa shares her insight on recovery from compassion fatigue/burn out/loss of self. Lesa started noticing t…
 
In celebration of Mettle Brain's one year anniversary, I am releasing one of my earliest podcasts, re-produced in it's raw form. This episode is with Summer Myers. Summer is an art therapist and has become an expert at seeing the inner landscape of our lives. She shares how we can create more joy in our lives through creativity. Summer explains tha…
 
Jessica Bragado is a health practitioner formally trained in Holographic Kinetics, an Australian Aboriginal healing modality. Although Jessica primarily leans on her gifts working with spirit to address issues either trapped in the body or in the greater energy field of her patients. Jessica has a diverse clientele including Veterans and children. …
 
This episode is part of my monthly series, "Morning Musings" which means you are listening to me, Heather Miller. In the future if you like these short 10 minute episodes, just look for M.M in the title of the podcast and you will know whether or not it's a Morning Musing. Today I discuss one of my favorite messages on love that J.K. Rowling weaves…
 
Have you ever heard of "The Ship of Theseus"? It is a fascinating thought experiment that I discuss in this episode of Monday morning musings. I came across the allegory of The Ship of Theseus twice in a day and found myself deep in thought about how change is happening at a deep level. I pose some interesting questions and insights to think about …
 
This episode is with Paul Brockbank, when he was interviewed he was the current CEO of Yours.co. (You can now find him at Fat Cats Entertainment. He is a charismatic leader in his community and also my Dad. I am so proud to be able to share some of his ideas that have shaped and guided my life. Paul has developed a tried and true process of edifica…
 
Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Nikki (Arguinzoni-Gil) is back to share more about what she's learned and seen working with patients for over a decade. We discuss some of the differences she sees between men and women. Dr. Nikki does it all with her patients: inflammation, chronic pain, infertility issues, hormone balance. She is also a gifted cranial the…
 
Lynda Bunnell is the Director of The International Human Design School. She is also the author of the widely published book The Definitive Book of Human Design, The Science of Differentiation. Human Design is a growth system created in 1987 by founder Ra Uru Hu. We discuss how she came to study and teach Human Design. Lynda was initially a skeptic …
 
Karen Ogden is an author, speaker, and Marriage and Family Therapist in Orange County, California. Karen specializes in treating individuals with dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder, trauma victims, and empaths. We discuss integration, finding your fit, and how we grow and evolve. Karen teaches radical …
 
Nikki Arguinzoni-Gil is a naturopathic doctor. Nikki is the ultimate doctor for the mind, body, and spirit and with her unique ability to do cranial sacral treatments she has a unique approach to health. She's been practicing in the Los Angeles area for over nine years. We discussed her story, and the one thing we can all start doing today to trans…
 
Kelly Faust is a Marriage and Family Therapist working in the Orange County/Los Angeles area. In addition to working with clients, Kelly is a contributor for a number of organizations including local charter schools, and online magazines. In this episode we discuss family, including the loneliness some people feel while being with family, the reali…
 
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