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Behind the Scenes of Happiness

67 EpisodesProduced by Christoph Spiessens Website

Author and Mindfulness Guide Christoph Spiessens interviews leaders from the self-help, HR, coaching and mental wellbeing sectors about how they keep their own cup full. Discover the heartfelt stories, challenges and success strategies from your peers in this no-holds-barred podcast.

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Connected to Heart and Life

August 13th, 2021


If you are feeling a little isolated and not so good about yourself, this secular mindfulness meditation can help you feel more connected again to …

Trusting Transition

May 16th, 2021


This is a Mindfulness meditation to help you cultivate calm and confidence in times of transition. Secular, paced, and following the popular …

Easing Stress

March 30th, 2021


A calming Mindfulness meditation to help you ease stress. Secular, paced, and following the popular three-stage breathing practice, this recording …

Mini Silent Retreat

March 16th, 2021


Join Christoph for a mini silent retreat; a mindfulness meditation with a minimalist approach, careful guidance and lots of space. Twenty minutes to …

Coming Home to the Body

February 15th, 2021


This relaxing meditation was recorded live during a Calm with Christoph mindfulness event. It is a calming interpretation of the traditional body …

Deep Stillness

January 18th, 2021


Join Christoph for a deeply relaxing mindfulness meditation. This recording is a blissful practice for meditators with some experience and contains …

Happy New Moment

January 4th, 2021


A new year is, ultimately, nothing but a sequence of moments. So what if you could learn how to be with moments differently - the easy ones and the …

Evening Meditation

November 30th, 2020


A spacious and sincere mindfulness meditation to help you unwind after a busy day. Includes breath and body focus as well as a loving-kindness …

Grounded and Hopeful

November 5th, 2020


These are extraordinary times and I have recorded this Mindfulness meditation to help you feel more grounded, hopeful, and positive. Not in a corny …

Letting Go

October 28th, 2020


This is a pure mindfulness meditation with lots of space to help you rest your mind in the present moment. With careful guidance, Christoph invites …

Weekend Mindfulness

October 17th, 2020


Recorded live during a "Calm with Christoph" mindfulness event on a Sunday night, in this practice, I share the importance of a Beginner's Mind and …

Three-Stage Breathing Space

September 17th, 2020


A beautiful and relaxing meditation, based on the 3-Step Breathing Space from the MBCT programme. With lots of space for practice, this calming …

Lake Meditation for Calm

September 17th, 2020


This recording is my adaptation of the beautiful and effective Lake Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Contrary to popular belief, this meditation is not …

Access Your Inner Calm

August 10th, 2020


Join Christoph for a relaxing and grounding mindfulness meditation. No fluff, simply an effective journey into the present moment to help you access …

I am Here and Now

August 3rd, 2020


An effective mindfulness practice recorded live during a ‘Calm with Christoph’ online meditation event. Learn how to hold space for yourself, stop …

Rebalance with Mindfulness

July 29th, 2020


In this “mediteaching,” Christoph invites you to relax and learn how to deepen your mindfulness practice to bring back balance. It is a helpful …

Beautiful Pure Mindfulness

July 20th, 2020


A beautiful, simple and effective mindfulness meditation to help you relax and create a gentle breathing space between you and your thoughts. Ideal …

Holding Space for Yourself

July 17th, 2020


This meditation starts with a relaxing body scan and then expands into a beautiful practice to help you keep your own cup full: Holding space for …

Guilt-free Deep Relaxation

July 10th, 2020


Allow your mind and body to relax without feeling guilty for taking some much-deserved time out. With beautiful background music and Christoph’s …

Ease in Uneasy Times

July 6th, 2020


We live in challenging times. Treat yourself to a moment of equanimity with this new recording that includes mindfulness meditation essentials such …

Calm Your Busy Mind

June 24th, 2020


This is an informative meditation to help you feel both relaxed and inspired to be more in control, more empowered, and more ready to invite the …

Mindfulness of Chakras

June 22nd, 2020


A beautifully calming meditation for extra stability in these challenging times. Christoph invites you to relax deeply into the present moment by …

Meeting the Calm Version of Yourself

June 17th, 2020


Fall awake to your uniqueness with this deeply calming yet empowering guided meditation. Christoph first helps you to relax fully, then invites you …

Tonglen Meditation

June 11th, 2020


Taken from a live online "Calm with Christoph" meditation event, this tonglen meditation is a special breathing meditation treat. Tonglen is a Tibetan concept made up of two words: tong (which means letting go, giving) …

Between Stimulus and Response

June 10th, 2020


There's a famous quote (often attributed to Viktor Frankl, although the source is unknown) that goes as follows, "Between stimulus and response, …

Interview with Christoph on Radio Plus' Health & Wellbeing Show

April 14th, 2020


It was nice to be invited back by Radio Plus on their Health & Wellbeing show, hosted by the inspirational Christine Charles. We discuss:

- What …

Loving Kindness Meditation

March 8th, 2020


The Loving Kindness Meditation is one of the core mindfulness practices in the MBSR programme, created by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who brought …

Mountain Meditation

March 3rd, 2020


This recording is my rendition of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn’s powerful and popular Mountain Meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn brought mindfulness-based stress …

Body Scan Meditation

February 26th, 2020


The Body Scan meditation is another great way to practice “taking the needle off the autopilot mind.”

Contrary to popular belief, this meditation is …

Mindfulness of Breath 3-Minute Meditation

February 25th, 2020


To me, the Mindfulness of Breath meditation is the cornerstone of all meditation. Although short and simple, keeping your awareness on the breath is …

EXPRESS don't Suppress!

February 8th, 2020


When he failed his medical exam for the British Army, Sam Moinet’s world fell apart. The upset, shame and confusion were almost too much to bare for him. However, Sam found a way to turn his failure into fuel. He …

Restore Your Self-Worth

January 16th, 2020


Our self-worth is a key to abundance on many different levels… And yet, for many people it seems to be such a fragile thing.

Or is it?

I believe that, on a spiritual level, our self-worth is not fragile. Why not take a …

Trauma and Shock Healing Attunement for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

January 14th, 2020


The pressure is on! Ecological grief, terrorism, political and social disruption, climate change, war… Sensitives are taking on a lot of extra heavy …

Self-Care for Empaths During the Festive Period

November 22nd, 2019


Are you sensitive to the energy of others, places and events? You might not be half as “anxious” as you think you are (or were told you are!) and …

Midlife Mastery

October 23rd, 2019


What happens when two coaches have an unexpected day off? They record an impromptu podcast about midlife mastery! Check out my conversation with …

Forgiving the Unforgivable

July 1st, 2019


After watching her Glasgow TEDx talk, “Unbroken - Speaking the Unspeakable,” I knew I had to reach out to Madeleine Black and invite her on my podcast. We both share a history of sexual abuse and, on our own terms, have …

Plant-based Food for Thought

June 17th, 2019


Join me for a healthy conversation with qualified Nutrition Advisor and Coach Coral Sirett from In this episode we discuss mindful …

The YES! Motivational Morning Meditation

June 13th, 2019


The first 5 minutes of your day are CRUCIAL! Set yourself up for a successful day by activating the energy of YES with this short, upbeat yet …

Being Alive to Your Spirit

June 11th, 2019


In this soul-soothing episode, I chat with Melody R. Green, author of the new book, “A Tipsy Man Goes Naked - Love Tales and Recipes.” This …

Creating Freeflow within Structure

June 5th, 2019


In this celebratory 20th edition of my podcast, I talk with Seb Wichmann who is a Learning & Development Expert, Master NLP Practitioner and accredited Business Coach. In 2014 Seb won the “SuperCoach” Award but his …

Exhibiting Success in Work and Life

June 4th, 2019


I first met Lee Ali, Founder of award-winning marketing agency ExpoStars, when he invited me to deliver a talk on Mindfulness in Business at one of …

The Benefits of Living in Emotional Freedom

May 22nd, 2019


“Our wounds are probably not our fault, but our healing is definitely our responsibility.” With this pivotal statement Ben Bidwell, aka “The Naked …

The Middle Way

May 17th, 2019


I chat with coach Kevin Young about “the middle way” for fellow wellbeing professionals. By choosing the middle way, you can have a happier, more …

Why Your Success Quotient is Proportional to Your Spiritual Quotient

May 1st, 2019


In this deep and content rich episode, I talk with Dr. Meenaa Mahaajjan, acclaimed spiritual counsellor and speaker, and founder of Siddhi, a not-for-profit organisation “Powered by Humanity.” She is the recipient of …

On Purpose

April 7th, 2019


Life Purpose -and the confusion around it- is a frequently recurring topic during coaching sessions and workshops. Do we have to find this holy grail …

Strategize with Stillness

April 4th, 2019


A 10-minute spiritual meditation to bring back inspiration, energy and clarity.

Using the Mosaic in Life and Business

March 28th, 2019


Daniel Bruce Levin: Visionary, mentor, speaker, and author of the paradigm-challenging new book, "The Mosaic." Daniel walked away from an opportunity …

Recycle Yourself

March 23rd, 2019


In July 2019, cyclist, fundraiser and founder of the Recycle Yourself campaign Ryan Anderton will take on the mammoth challenge of cycling from …

Self-promotion for Quiet Souls

March 13th, 2019


In this episode, I chat with author, trainer and coach Pete Mosley about self-promotion for “quiet souls,” such as shy people, creatives and …

Sexual Orientation Calibration

March 6th, 2019


We might be living in an era of #mentalhealth awareness (thank goodness), but one topic that’s a huge anxiety inducer and yet rarely talked about is sexual orientation. If you are considering “coming out” (I don’t …

Stop Pushing and Start Allowing

February 26th, 2019


Stuck? Trying too hard? Can't see the forest for the trees? I have recorded a 5-minute motivational message to help you release self-imposed pressure …

Episode 12 - Being Useful Not Helpful

February 6th, 2019


I have a deep, beautiful and nourishing conversation with coach Laura Beckingham from Space With-In about "capacity building" for our clients but …

Permission to Change (13-minute mindfulness recording)

February 5th, 2019


How aligned is your everyday life with who you are at the core of your being? Are you longing for a change but unsure of how to take the first step? Is the anxiety and other emotional discomfort of living an inauthentic …

Bonus Meditation: Prioritise Yourself (14-Minute Spiritual Self-restoration Meditation)

January 24th, 2019


Life can be overwhelming, especially when you often support those around you. And yet YOU are your number one priority... A difficult concept for …

Episode 11 - Making Our Biggest Difference

January 17th, 2019


How can we make a difference to others when we are fighting our own demons? By making a choice to step up and step out! In this episode I talk with record-breaking endurance adventurer Alex Staniforth. At just 23 years …

Episode 10 - Facilitating Self-care for Caring Facilitators

January 15th, 2019


Owning and transcending our “brilliance blockers,” exploring how we can become more than just knowledge experts, making sense of our facilitator identity changes, the spiritual aspects of facilitation including …

Episode 9 - Revisiting Resilience

January 14th, 2019


Has resilience become a buzzword? Or can we learn to use it as a competitive advantage? In this candid podcast episode I talk with Resilience & Talent Coach Anthony Taylor. We also discuss the power of small …

Bonus Episode: Team Synergy Meditation (10-minute guided meditation)

January 13th, 2019


Want to try a new way to enhance the mental wellbeing of your team? I have recorded a special, complementary meditation for you. Give your team huddle a makeover with a different kind of motivational support. Use this …

Bonus Episode: Reset to Calm (a guided spiritual meditation)

January 10th, 2019


I have recorded this meditation to help you get a positive perspective on your life. A short, relaxing yet motivational reminder of the totality of your journey and its purpose. 

Episode 8 - A Masterclass in Authentic Communication for Natural Game-changers

January 8th, 2019


How can you step up and step out in a saturated market without loosing your authenticity? Today I talk with Executive Communications Coach Monique Russell about showing up authentically on and off stage. We discuss …

Episode 7 - When Analytical Meets Spiritual

January 3rd, 2019


It may not be the norm for Irish men to talk about emotions but today’s podcast guest, Accounting Exam Coach James Perry, does it beautifully and …

Episode 6 - The Power of Authenticity in a Digital World with guest Dr. Natalia Wiechowski

December 21st, 2018


In this podcast episode, which is available in audio and video formats, I talk with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, Personal Branding Strategist and award-winning international Keynote Speaker who radically changed her life and …

Episode 5 - Healing The Childhood Memories of Sexual Abuse

December 12th, 2018


I had an unexpected opportunity to record a special podcast conversation with Childhood Trauma Consultant Zebedee Franklin. He helps men free …

Episode 4 - A Different Kind of Personal Best

December 11th, 2018


“Everyone, however experienced, can benefit from coaching and emotional skill development.” Wise words from today’s podcast guest, Elite Performance …

Episode 3 - On The Couch with Counsellor Natalie Rossiter

December 5th, 2018


In this episode I talk with counsellor Natalie Rossiter, and you are in for a real treat. Coming to counselling is a sign of self-respect and courage, but does that also apply to fellow therapists, coaches and other …

Episode 2 - Meeting Our Blocks

November 28th, 2018


In this episode I chat with Spiritual Mentor and Photographer Edward Pike, author of the meditative book, "I AM - Awaken Your Nature." We discuss how to meet our blocks (such as blame, fear, self-judgement) to …

Episode 1 - From The Heart

November 21st, 2018


Christoph Spiessens in conversation with coach Enrico Massani who lost his successful consultancy, house, and partner during a particularly …

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