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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Mar 12, 2021

In this episode, high-performance coach and respected author Dr. Amy Baltzell discusses the power of mindfulness.  She elaborates on:

  • The Olympic journey that led her to devoting her life to helping athletes and performers
  • How mindfulness and self-compassion are transformative and liberating, and how they can help us deal with fear, anxiety, and self-doubts
  • How accepting reality as it is – including all of our emotions – can be profoundly helpful
  • The concept of Fierce Presence and the Domino of Goodness
  • The power of self-compassion
  • The Mindful Meditation Cycle – how meditation can help train your mind and your heart so you can be more efficient in your practice
  • Tips to cope with undesirable results and things we can focus on to improve our performance
  • The power of acceptance and surrender
  • What Reiki is and how it can be helpful
  • Why we must let go of our fears of mistakes
  • Her message of hope: there’s a way out of anxiety



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Dr. Amy Baltzell, Ed.D., is an Author, high performance coach, Sport Psychologist, Speaker, Reiki Master, Potter, mother-of-three, and the co-creator of Mindful Meditation Training in Sport. 


Dr. Baltzell is a high performance and well-being coach for athletes, musicians, sport coaches and business. She has offered invited keynote talks and workshops in the US, Canada, England, The Netherlands and Sweden. She has worked with Olympians, professional athletes, athletic coaches as well as classical musicians, and was Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University for over 20 years.

Dr. Baltzell is a CMPC-AASP Certified Mental Performance Consultant via the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and a Reiki Master Teacher, Men Chhö Rei Kei certified practitioner. In 2016 Amy was elected president of AASP, serving 2017-2018.  She was a member of the 1992 Olympic Rowing Team and a racing team member of 1995 America’s Cup women’s sailing team. 


Dr. Baltzell is the author of The Power of Mindfulness (2018, Springer International); Mindfulness and Performance (2016, Cambridge University Press) and Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life (2011, FIT). 

Dr. Baltzell will offer insights and lessons learned from creating, implementing and studying Mindful Meditation Training in Sport (MMTS), a 6-hour program designed to help athletes integrate a mindful approach into practicing and competing. Synthesizing her academic and applied understanding, she offers a conceptual model of the intersection of mindfulness, self-compassion and flow in sport.



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A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting