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Jase Te Patu - Māori mindfulness, decision making, and hauora (wellbeing) (#11)

Season 1, Ep. 11

Jase Te Patu is the founder and driving force behind M3 Mindfulness, a programme designed to improve mental health and wellbeing of students, teachers and whānau. Jase uses Māori stories, mindfulness, and movement to make this important mahi happen. 

In this kōrero we discuss mental health (hauora hinengaro), mindfulness, decision-making, emotional maturity and Jase's journey. He explains how he channelled early pain and suffering into a positive outcome, reaching a place where he can thrive and carve out a position of happiness from where he can awhi and support others to do the same.

Jase talks about the difference good teachers made in his life, and 

We talk about crying and how as men especially, we're conditioned to hide our emotions, especially our tears. Jase has a small tangi during our kōrero. Because that's what we're meant to do with tears, cry them out.

I loved this kōrero and appreciate Jase's open-ness in our conversation. I hope you find it as valuable as I did.

Mauri ora,

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Tipene Harmer - tūpuna (ancestor) driven (#13)

Ep. 13
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