Introducing The Fundamentals with Stephanie Netter
Welcome to the Fundamentals of BOLDFISH Mind
As the newest arm of BOLDFISH, BOLDFISH Mind is one of the ways we champion mindfulness practice. Inspired by Stephanie Netter, BOLDFISH Mind is the home to original guided meditations and podcasts that focus on bettering the self through various techniques and on finding tech/life balance.
The Fundamentals is a seven-session guided meditation led by Stephanie in which she paves the groundwork for deep reflection and relaxation.
Listen to session 1 below and read on to learn more about Stephanie!
Listen to Session 2 of the Fundamentals here!
Session 1 really is the place you decided to be more mindful and meditate. We know how incredibly hard it is to stop doing. There are so many distractions, but if you jump in with us we can make your busy days so much more meaningful and help you live in the moment. Your body and mind will live in the now if you take 10 minutes with us to do nothing. The Fundamentals are best done over the course of a week. Within these seven days, we will focus on different topics to get you thinking about something new, then letting all the thinking go… doing nothing can give you everything.
Stephanie has been practicing meditation for over 20 years while exploring Buddhism and mindful living. She starts off most mornings with meditative practice that draws from Buddha’s last sutra, The Lotus Sutra. She is has over 250 hours of yoga training and has a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She fuses her passion for mindfulness and her formal training by practicing and studying functional techniques related to the body and mind. She looks to find ways to improve our mental and bodily function in our ever-changing environment.
As a mother to two young children, Stephanie also strives to teach and demonstrate patience and kindness to her kids. Although she employs mindfulness techniques in all of her daily tasks, the most important piece of mindfulness she works on is what it means to be a mother.
Stephanie has partnered with BOLDFISH to share with us how we can embrace our spirituality and find inner peace through mindfulness practice.
You’ve been practicing meditation and Buddhism for over two decades. What initially made you interested in exploring mindfulness and your spirituality?
I have been interested in spirituality since I was a child because I have always been intrigued by how, we as humans, can tap into our spirituality as a means of creating a foundation for our daily lives. As I came into adulthood during my last year of high school and into college, I began to study yoga, meditation, and Buddhism. All three spoke to me more than any other philosophy and I have practiced in some form ever since.
Do you think your formal education in Physical Therapy has helped you better connect with your mind and body, and overall, practice mindfulness?
Yes. My training as a physical therapist laid the foundation for me to see the body as functioning in so many different ways — i.e. how we move about and how we posture when we’re still.
In PT, we often look at the person’s physicality in a sort of slow motion. We analyze movement and structure in a way to understand how we can help someone function better and ultimately feel better in his or her own body.
Mindfulness is a pervasive part of all of life, so, in a sense, anyone who lives can practice mindfulness if they are aware and willing.
What was your inspiration behind your BOLDFISH series, The Fundamentals?
I wanted to flesh out some starting points in meditation and wanted to bring in proper breathing function, tongue posture, sitting posture, and then talk about their corresponding focal points to make the exercise accessible to everyone.
How do you practice mindfulness in your day-to-day life?
I strive to be present in everything I do — to be thoughtful, kind, loving, and patient as much as possible.
I work on reminding myself not to react, to pause, and to see the situation as best I can with a clear mind. That’s when I can face life’s ups and downs and work to let go. Usually, if we take time to still our minds and learn to breathe through things, then what appears to be a mountainous obstacle starts to become doable as we learn to chip away at the task at hand.
How does mindfulness relate to tech/life balance?
EVERYONE living now is affected by technology. The question is: are we going to allow tech to drive us or are we going to hold ourselves responsible for our tech/life balance? If we are mindful in our daily lives- if we check-in with ourselves, then we will not need to “check-in” online. We just need to be more in touch with nature. Mindfulness is connected with our natural world and it’s our choice to embrace the natural world or to be involved with our tech world.
Do you think tech addiction and tech overuse are real problems plaguing our society today? Or is the whole thing overblown?
I think we all overuse tech and some of us don’t like to admit how much we engage with our devices. It can feel uncomfortable to reflect upon our digital decisions because often times what we do on our phones- what we do online is far from improving our quality of life.
As a mother to two young children, are you worried about the impact technology has on their lives?
Yes, as soon as the girls received tech devices we all came up with house rules which are taped to our refrigerator. We all signed it and are bound to adhere to the rules, or else!
Do you have any tips for people who are looking for ways to practice mindfulness in their everyday life?
The best way is to train your mind through meditation. As one of my very close friend’s brother, who is a Tibetan Lhama, said, “meditate for even 2 minutes and it will be like a vacation!”
Listen to Session 2 of the Fundamentals here!