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Trish Kinney
Trish Kinney is an entrepreneur, motivational public speaker, author and documentary filmmaker. Her company, CalmCircle, delivers meditation, mindfulness, mental rest and relaxation to the workplace and the college environment. She also owns a management corporation that includes a BBQ restaurant/catering company, a production company, and a real estate management company included in the Top 25 Woman Owned Businesses in Arizona.

Trish is an active advocate for the use of mental training to combat the stress epidemic that exists in the global workplace and on college campuses across the country. Her work is inspired by her long time business ownership and direct experience with the impact of stress on health and well being. She is a high risk cancer survivor and survived a bone marrow transplant twenty years ago.

Trish's first film, Home of the Brave, explored the experiences of Vietnam combat veterans, both in-country and upon coming home. It aired on PBS and became a therapy tool in VA facilities across the country as well as a resource to families coping with a loved one with combat induced PTSD. For ten years, she served as President of Operation Freedom Bird out of the Phoenix Vet Center, an organization that takes 50 Vietnam combat veterans on a therapeutic journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial every year for Veteran's Day. Trish had the privilege of traveling with the veterans and witnessing the enormous healing that took place.

Trish is the author of Silver Platter Girl, an exploration of the mind-body connection and the power of healing.

Entries by Trish Kinney

Falling Asleep... On Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 3:56 PM

We have tens of thousands of thoughts each day. These thoughts range from mundane to creative, silly to productive, and funny to serious. While we can sometimes feel overwhelmed by our constant thoughts, the brain is designed to think and it is how we get things accomplished. Thinking is a...

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A Great Night's Sleep Starts When the Day Begins

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 8:27 AM

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are one of millions of sleep deprived Americans. In a 2008-2009 study by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), approximately one third of respondents aged 25-65 and an astonishing 43.7 percent of 18-25...

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Learn to Love Your Sleep

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 4:24 PM

A strange thing happened to me while I was spending a considerable amount of professional time on the subject of sleep. I already knew a lot about it through my work but day after day I was learning more about the importance, the near miracle, of sleep. So each night...

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How to Be Grateful When Bombs Are Falling

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:54 AM

This morning I received this essay from Judi Cohen, a meditation and mindfulness teacher whose focus is training attorneys and judicial system workers through her organization, Warrior One. It speaks to the special circumstances surrounding this Thanksgiving and so, with her permission, I offer it to you.

I'm approaching...

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Cinderella and The Hunting Ground

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 4:40 PM

The Hunting Ground was playing in the campus area of Arizona State University, my alma mater. I made a point to sneak out of work early and catch the 415 showing because I knew it wouldn't stay around for long. There were three of us in the theatre. The only...

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What I Learned by Winning my Fantasy Football League

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:26 PM

In my second season of fielding a Fantasy Football (FF) team, I won the first place prize. And I won the high point total also. It was impossible to predict when the season began how much a person could learn about himself by truly committing to the process. Here is...

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How Meditation Saved Sarah McLean

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:54 PM

In person, Sarah McLean literally shines. It is part elegant and statuesque good looks, with her blonde hair and golden complexion. But it is the kindness and compassion she emits that makes her exactly what you would hope for in a meditation teacher.

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The Sexual Violence Culture and How It Empowers Abuse

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Much of my life has been about the fight against sexual abuse, first on a personal level, and then as an advocate for those who have been touched by its profound misery. My advocacy has taken many forms but is mostly based on doing what sexual abusers hate the most....

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Loving Your Feet

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 2:17 PM

It was a sunny, warm winter afternoon and the idea of getting on my bicycle and pedaling to the local nail salon for a pedicure seemed suddenly irresistible. In fact, the spontaneity of the idea made it even more thrilling.

The lovely Korean gentleman who owns the shop allowed...

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MTV Video Music Awards Musings in the Form of Questions

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Has the younger generation organically developed a case of ADD with MTV just giving them what they want and need as in the letters that are all sideways and upside down and how fast they appear and disappear on the screen including exactly how many minutes they have to text...

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The Spiritual Army of Caroline Myss

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 1:45 PM

On a brilliant, sunny Monday in early March, we arrived at an old castle in rural England from all over the world. We represented the south, southwest, and middle of America, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka, Norway, India, the Caribbean and England. Our voices reflected our origins with too many accents...

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Finding the Heart by Way of the Mind

(7) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 2:00 PM

My son recently assisted me with the annual ritual of providing a beautiful poinsettia plant for the desk of every employee that works for our family business. It gives the offices a nice holiday spirit, and when we break for Christmas, they take the plants home to enjoy with their...

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Krakow's Surprising Autumn Charms

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It became commonplace to see surprise, concern and even amazement on the faces of those I told about my upcoming visit to Poland. My friends assumed that the trip must be some type of effort to find my roots by climbing the family tree. It wan't. Beyond that, they couldn't...

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(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 3:34 PM

While walking fast on the treadmill in the no-frills fitness facility in my neighborhood clubhouse, music driving in my earplugs, I began to watch two men in the weight room as they went through their carefully executed routine. Without question, they were father and son and what they were doing...

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A Practical Approach to a More Spiritual Life

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 8:00 AM

It happened about 10 months ago. It wasn't a moment, or even a revelation. It was a gradual intuitive feeling that something was coming to an end and a new way was quietly making its presence known. Once it reached conscious awareness, it felt natural to begin to act on...

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The Politics of Child Protection Led by a Motley Pirate Ship of Pissed Off People

(16) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 3:41 PM

To understand the mission set forth in the website "", one need only spend an hour or so with Grier Weeks, Executive Director of the National Association to Protect Children. Ask him how we got where he is and he will tell you that after 20 years of...

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The Universe Takes on Sexual Abuse

(13) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 5:49 AM

The moment I realized that the Penn State scandal was breaking, and breaking big, I knew that the universe had taken over. My prayers had been answered. Lots of us have tried for a very long time to bring the issue of sexual abuse to the mainstream media without success....

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Kids Kicking Cancer Teach Us How to Live Healthier Lives

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Kids Kicking Cancer, a Detroit based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids with cancer, doesn't have the global visibility of the wildly successful pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness that is front and center each October. At least not yet. But if Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, or Rabbi...

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A Non-Feminist Role Model

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 1:50 PM

My husband's parents were born shortly after the turn of the 19th century and lived well into their nineties. His Dutch father was a kind, pragmatic, small town Iowa physician, and his mother a fiery Irishwoman. The rich collection of family photos revealed my husband's grandfather to be a terrifying...

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Yoga Practice: The Gentle Warrior in the Battle Against Stress

(8) Comments | Posted July 16, 2011 | 11:39 AM

Stress must be one of the most oft-invoked words in our modern vocabulary. It is used in relation to jobs, finances, family, health and the attempt to manage them all at the same time. I used to joke about how my business was trying to kill me until I came...

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