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Interviews

In conversation with:
Rachael Kable

Posted on 9th Dec 2018 by

Rachael Kable is a mindfulness and meditation teacher in Melbourne, Australia. As the host of the top-rated podcast, The Mindful Kind, Rachael shares fun, simple and meaningful ways to practice mindfulness and manage stress.

Connect with Rachael via her website at www.rachaelkable.com

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“Treat yourself in the same way you would treat someone you love”

 

I’m over the moon to have this opportunity to ask Rachael Kable my 10 Happy Questions. Rachael is as lovely as I imagined and has been inspiring me in so many ways the last year.

Mindfulness is something that changed my life – in the sense of being more aware of how I feel, my experiences and how I react to situations. My relationship with meditation has not always been straight forward because, like most people, I can over-think it and find it stressful.

Mindfulness and meditation can initially seem quite complicated, Rachel manages to take all of that away. Even her podcasts episodes are simple, short and to the point.  Only this morning I see that Rachael has now released a self-compassion meditation. Need I say more?!

Mindfulness is a topic I am always talking to clients about, however, I am no expert and that’s why people like Rachael are so brilliant and needed in this world. I can’t tell you how many times a week (or day?!) I direct people to Rachael.

Get to know Rachael a little better and see what makes her happy. Have a read below, take any tips and most importantly, check Rachael out and spread the mindfulness word 🙂

 

1. What makes you happy?

My two sweet dogs make me smile all the time. A good cup of coffee. I love quiet nights on the couch with my fiance, watching animated movies and eating chocolate. Taking and editing photos makes me happy because it feels creative and fun! And I enjoy yin yoga classes and looking after my growing collection of indoor plants.

 

2. What are 3 things you do to take care of your wellbeing?

I meditate most days, spend quality time with great people and practise yoga (and get enough sleep!).

 

3. What would you say to someone who is going through a tough time at the moment?

Create a self-care plan with regular activities that make you feel good and be self-compassionate towards your thoughts and feelings. Treat yourself in the same way you would treat someone you love – encourage and reassure yourself, use kind self-talk and try to stay away from unnecessary things/people/activities which make you feel worse.

 

4. What helps you keep your stress levels at bay?

Being mindful during times when my thoughts are starting to spiral into stress by focusing on my breath and senses or doing a body scan. I also write in journals to stay organised and to practise gratitude.

 

5. What makes you feel better when you’re sad?

Taking a bath and reading a good book, listening to my favourite meditation music, going to the park with my dogs, catching up with a friend or watching a fun television show.

 

6. What song makes you happy?

I’m Still Standing by Elton John and Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Ray.

 

7. What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given?

To stop being so hard on myself. I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist and my inner critic kicks in during difficult times, so when I heard that I needed to be kinder towards myself, I struggled at first! It’s still a work in progress, but the more self-compassionate I am, the more I realise I don’t need to put myself under so much pressure.

 

8. What book should everyone read?

The Happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris and Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck. And my book, The Mindful Kind, when it comes out next year!;)

 

9. What activity makes you forget about time?

Taking photographs, especially of animals, waterfalls and flat-lays.

 

10. What is one thing you like about yourself?

I love learning. Being passionate about learning new things has driven me to discover a career I really enjoy and I’m curious about learning new things about myself so I can grow. Researching something I genuinely want to learn more about is so fulfilling!

 

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Rachael’s answers spoke to me on so many levels. The fact Rachael seems to have a focus on Self-Compassion makes me love her even more. Self-Compassion and treating yourself like a best friend is the key message I spread so I now feel even more connected to Rachael and look forward to watching her grow and continue to improve lives.

 

Carly Ann xx

 


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