Solutions to Common Obstacles When Practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

We know we should probably meditate, but we may find ourselves distracted by dozens of different impulses the second we try to clear our minds. The benefits of practices like mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are well known, but many people still struggle to keep up a consistent meditation practice. If you’re looking for a little less frustration on the path to being more present, today’s episode is a great place to start!

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from an audiobook full of techniques to help you mange stress: MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Dr. Elisha Goldstein and Dr. Bob Stahl. MBSR Every Day introduces you to mindfulness-based stress reduction, a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This audiobook offers dozens of daily practices to handle stress, gain insight, and live more fully in the present moment.

 

What’s in this episode?

In today’s excerpt, Drs. Goldstein and Stahl address the problem that many people have with meditation: it’s harder than it seems! Identifying and understanding the obstacles to practicing meditation and mindfulness can reduce frustration and help transform challenges into opportunities for learning and growth. Drs. Goldstein and Stahl identify five common obstacles that can derail your best efforts to meditate, as well as five complimentary antidotes to those obstacles. Armed with these tips, you can meditate and practice mindfulness-based stress reduction with a sense of self-compassion and a greater sense of ease.

 

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