Fishing Without Bait: A Full Impact Mindfulness Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

458 episodes of Fishing Without Bait: A Full Impact Mindfulness Podcast since the first episode, which aired on June 23rd, 2015.

  • Classic Fishing Without Bait 350: Jesus the Socialist

    July 2nd, 2024  |  17 mins 52 secs
    compassion, fishing without bait, jim ellermeyer, mental health, mindfulness, podcast, political ideologies, producer mike, social awareness, sorgatron media.

    Join behavioral health therapist Jim Ellermeyer and producer Mike in this episode of “Fishing Without Bait.” They explore the power of words, discussing how often we label others without understanding the true meaning. Delving into the confusion around political ideologies like fascism, socialism, and communism, they highlight the importance of basing beliefs on facts, not misconceptions. The hosts also address the misuse of “wokeness” and emphasize the values of compassion, love, and forgiveness. Jim and Mike encourage listeners to pass their words through three gates: truth, kindness, and necessity. Visit Fishing Without Bait for more episodes and insights.

  • Passion, Perseverance, and Pro Wrestling: Zeke Mercer’s Journey and Life Lessons | Episode 427

    June 25th, 2024  |  24 mins 31 secs
    authenticity, determination, fishing without bait, inspirational, jim ellermeyer, life lessons, memorable matches, motivational, overcoming challenges, passion, personal growth, podcast, pro wrestler, self-awareness, wrestling insights, wrestling journey, zeke mercer

    In this episode of "Fishing Without Bait," host Jim Ellermeyer engages in an insightful conversation with pro wrestler Zeke Mercer. Zeke shares his journey in the wrestling world, emphasizing the passion and determination needed to succeed. He discusses the metaphorical parallels between wrestling and life, offering a unique perspective on overcoming challenges and pursuing dreams. Zeke's candid reflections on his experiences, including the importance of authenticity and self-awareness, provide valuable life lessons. Listeners will also hear about Zeke's memorable matches and the impact of wrestling on his personal growth. Join us for an inspiring and motivational discussion that goes beyond the ring.

  • Pro Wrestling Life Lessons with Zeke Mercer | Episode 426

    June 18th, 2024  |  21 mins 1 sec
  • Developing Who Pro Wrestler Zeke Mercer Is | Episode 425

    June 11th, 2024  |  22 mins 1 sec
    amateur wrestling, fishing without bait., in-ring experience, jim ellermeyer, pro wrestler, professional wrestling, wrestling anxiety, wrestling career, wrestling persona, wrestling training, zeke mercer

    In this engaging episode of Fishing Without Bait, hosted by Jim Ellermeyer, we continue our insightful conversation with pro wrestler Zeke Mercer. Zeke shares his journey from training to becoming a professional wrestler, emphasizing the importance of action, effort, and real-world experience beyond basic training. He discusses the transition from training to actual matches, detailing his first match experience and the essential role of in-ring etiquette and professionalism. Zeke also explores his approach to creating a wrestling persona, aiming for a multidimensional character rather than a stereotypical gimmick. He candidly addresses the anxiety that comes with performing and the significance of maintaining passion in the wrestling industry. Additionally, Zeke touches on his background in amateur wrestling, how it shaped his professional career, and his views on financial stability and personal peace. This episode is a must-listen for wrestling enthusiasts and anyone interested in the journey of a professional athlete.

  • A Weird But Nice Kid with Pro Wrestler Zeke Mercer | Episode 424

    June 4th, 2024  |  22 mins 1 sec

    In this episode of "Fishing Without Bait," hosted by Jim Ellermeyer, we welcome professional wrestler Zeke Mercer. Jim and Zeke delve into Zeke's unique life journey, from his early days in Mississippi to his experiences across the East Coast, eventually settling in Pennsylvania. Zeke shares how his unconventional path and distinctive personality, described as "weird but nice," have shaped his wrestling career.

  • Jenni Crumpton Ross's Story of Success and Service | Episode 423

    May 28th, 2024  |  25 mins 7 secs
    addiction recovery, community service, failure, fundraising, jenni crumpton ross, juvenile detention, kula for karma, mental health, mental health awareness, mindfulness, moves for mental health, personal growth, post-pandemic mental health, steve madden, success journey, yoga

    In this episode of "Fishing Without Bait," host Jim Ellermeyer converses with Jenni Crumpton Ross of Kula for Karma. Jenni shares her inspirational journey of becoming a "20-year overnight success," emphasizing the importance of embracing failures and personal growth. She discusses the transformative impact of mindfulness and yoga on mental health, particularly in underserved communities. Learn about Kula for Karma’s mission, their grassroots beginnings, and their efforts in addiction recovery centers, juvenile detention centers, and hospitals. Discover how mindfulness can be a vital part of mental health care and how you can get involved with their impactful work.

  • Breaking Chains: A Journey of Faith and Healing with Jenni Crumpton Ross | Episode 421

    May 14th, 2024  |  22 mins 38 secs
    faith, healing, interfaith dialogue, mental health, mindfulness, personal transformation, religious critique, social justice, spiritual growth, trauma recovery, women's empowerment, yoga

    In this enlightening episode of "Fishing Without Bait," host Jim Ellermeyer is joined by Jenni Crumpton Ross, President & CEO of Kula for Karma. Jenni shares her transformative journey from a restrictive evangelical upbringing to advocating for trauma recovery through yoga and mindfulness. She discusses her battle with complex PTSD, her shift from the corporate world to spiritual healing, and her impactful work with marginalized communities. This conversation delves into the power of redefining one’s spirituality for healing and empowerment, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in personal growth and social justice.

  • Conquering Challenges Through Mindfulness and Gratitude with Tara | Episode 420

    May 6th, 2024  |  21 mins 47 secs
    cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional management, gratitude, mindfulness, negative thoughts, personal growth, recovery, resilience, self-love, sobriety

    Join host Jim Ellermeyer in an engaging episode of "Fishing Without Bait" with guest Tara from This episode delves into recovery and mindfulness, showcasing Tara’s journey through managing negative thoughts and emotions effectively using cognitive behavioral techniques.

    The discussion highlights the challenges and strategies related to Tara's recovery post-surgery, emphasizing the crucial role of gratitude in overcoming adversity. Tara shares personal insights on the importance of self-love and confidence, enhanced by practical advice on affirming personal truths through "I am" statements.

    Whether you’re on a path of recovery or interested in mental well-being, this episode provides valuable tools for fostering resilience and gratitude.

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  • Transformative Tales with Tara | Episode 419

    April 30th, 2024  |  22 mins 22 secs
    12-step recovery, addiction recovery, mindfulness, self-service, sobriety, spirit guides, spiritual growth, spiritual practices, substance relapse

    In this thought-provoking episode of "Fishing Without Bait," host Jim Ellermeyer is joined by the insightful Tara from Tara delves into her poignant journey through the 12-step recovery process, exploring the deep connections between addiction recovery and spiritual growth. Her candid discussion reveals personal anecdotes about overcoming substance relapses with marijuana and the transformative power of spiritual connections, both in the context of the 12-step program and her unique experiences with spirit guides.

  • Transformative Journeys: Tara and the Power of 12-Step Recovery | Episode 418

    April 23rd, 2024  |  22 mins 48 secs
    12-step recovery, addiction recovery, behavioral health, community support,, life principles, personal transformation, recovery programs, sobriety stories, tara vieira

    In this deeply engaging episode of "Fishing Without Bait," host Jim Ellermeyer welcomes back Tara Vierria, the passionate force behind, a platform dedicated to sharing 12-step recovery stories. This episode not only delves into the mechanics of Tara's service work but also explores the profound impact of the 12-step recovery process on individuals' lives.

  • Celebrating Self-Care and Mindful Living | Episode 417

    April 15th, 2024  |  26 mins 17 secs
    behavioral therapy, emotional well-being, life balance, mental health, mindful living, mindfulness, personal growth, productivity, self-care, societal expectations, time management
  • Insights on Resilience and Identity with Mike Oglesbee | Fishing Without Bait 416

    April 9th, 2024  |  22 mins 22 secs
    empathy, healing and recovery, life challenges, life coaching, mental health, mental health support, mindfulness, overcoming adversity, personal growth, personal transformation, power of choice, resilience, self-discovery, spiritual journey, wisdom through experience

    Host Jim Ellermeyer engages with guest Mike Oglesby in a profound discussion about overcoming life's hurdles, the essence of making personal choices, and the journey towards self-discovery and resilience. Mike shares his personal narrative of estrangement and the transformative realization that individuals possess the power to define their identity and life's direction, contrary to societal impositions and expectations. This conversation delves into the philosophy that life, with its inherent unpredictability and challenges, offers an opportunity for growth and understanding, highlighting the non-existence of fairness as a concept and the importance of responding constructively to life's situations.

  • Planting Seeds of Change with Mike Ogelsbee | Episode 415

    April 2nd, 2024  |  21 mins 5 secs
    conscious choice, embracing imperfections, family estrangement, identity, mental health, overcoming adversity, personal growth, personal transformation, resilience, self-discovery, self-esteem, self-improvement, setting boundaries, societal expectations, toxic environments

    In this thought-provoking episode of "Fishing Without Bait," host Jim Ellermeyer welcomes guest Mike Oglesbee for a deep dive into personal transformation, the significance of setting boundaries, and the liberating power of choice. Oglesbee shares his profound journey of overcoming family estrangement and the challenges of growing up in a toxic environment, highlighting the pivotal decision to stand up for himself and the ensuing path to self-discovery. This episode sheds light on the destructive nature of imposed identities and societal expectations, especially on young women, and offers a fresh perspective on embracing imperfections and redefining personal success.