Meditation & Mindfulness Podcast Episodes

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Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

When you’re meditating, does it ever feel like you‘re struggling or working hard? Do you have a sense that you should be having a different experience? Even in times like these you can learn to rest and relax. Today we’re exploring the Buddhist meditation skill of “right effort”—being fully in the present while naturally moving toward more peace, clarity, and awareness. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook "The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight," written by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.   Developing the meditation skill of “right effort” will help you let go of struggle and fully open to the present moment. You’ll learn to meet yourself with kindness, compassion, and a sense of exploration and experimentation.
Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

How many times a day do you criticize or judge yourself? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Lynn Rossy shares a short guided meditation from her audiobook "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life." This guided mindfulness practice will help you notice thoughts without judgment or trying to change what arises. You can learn to not be affected by your thoughts and relate to them in a way that ends their control of you and your behavior.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Five Tips to Improve Your Practice

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Five Tips to Improve Your Practice

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. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from an audiobook full of mindfulness techniques: MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Dr. Elisha Goldstein and Dr. Bob Stahl. In this episode, Drs. Goldstein and Stahl address the problem that many people have with meditation: it’s harder than it seems! They identify five common obstacles that can derail your best efforts to meditate, as well as five antidotes to those obstacles. 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!
Mindful Eating: Revolutionize Your Relationship with Food

Mindful Eating: Revolutionize Your Relationship with Food

What are you really hungry for? Is it food, happiness, or something else? Dr. Lynn Rossy is a clinical psychologist, expert in mindful eating, and author of the audiobook “The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution.” Dr. Rossy has discovered a few simple truths: diets don’t work, and mindfulness is the secret weapon that will help to revolutionize your relationship with food. Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with Dr. Rossy. She offers her insights on mindfulness and specifically, mindful eating, which helps create healthy eating patterns. She talks about one of the most freeing and radical ideas in her audiobook: there are no forbidden foods. She gives some actionable tips that will help set you on the road to a healthy, nourishing relationship with food. If you’re ready to say goodbye to confusion, shame and despair, and open the door to peace, enjoyment and self-acceptance, then you’ll appreciate this lively and information-packed interview.
Understanding Overreactions

Understanding Overreactions

Have there been times when you found yourself so angry that you couldn’t see straight? Have reactions that seemed justified in the moment later turned out to be inappropriate and damaging, leaving you feeling regretful? If you’ve had these experiences, today’s episode can help you understand overreactions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle. Today we have an excerpt from the audiobook "Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions" written by marriage and family therapist Judith Siegel. "Stop Overreacting" helps you learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of losing control. In this episode Judith Siegel discusses the factors that can lead to overreacting. She talks about two different patterns of overreacting: exploding and imploding, as well as why we react the way we do. Understanding overreactions is a helpful step in learning to respond rationally in moments of stress and crisis.
Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Do you feel caught in a trap where life looks like a never-ending to-do list without enough time to do get everything done? Pushing yourself too hard for too long can lead to fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout. Today we’re sharing a short guided meditation you can listen to anytime you need to take a brief time out from other people and endless tasks—and restore your energy. In this episode, we present an excerpt from the audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths & Thrive in a Loud & Crazy World” by psychotherapist and mindfulness expert Dr. Arnie Kozak. While it is primarily for introverts, it’s a helpful resource for anyone looking to feel more calm and peaceful. 
Dr. Kozak offers tips for how to protect your energy throughout the day, followed by a short guided meditation that will help you feel rested, recharged and renewed.
Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Simple Tips

Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Simple Tips

What is the secret to overcoming loneliness? How can you can learn to live with, or even embrace, those moments when you feel alone? In this episode, we're sharing a helpful excerpt from Dr. Karyn Hall’s audiobook "The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You." In this audiobook, Dr. Hall shares proven-effective cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques designed to help you cope with intense emotions. In this episode Dr. Hall addresses one of the most pervasive and least discussed taboos in our culture: loneliness. In her discussion of loneliness, Dr. Hall lifts the veil and reveals how common it is to feel lonely, and she offers some inspiring and helpful tools for overcoming loneliness.
Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Many of us over-think the problems in our lives. Maybe you over-think your relationships or eating habits. Perhaps you worry compulsively. You may even have started to over-think over-thinking! If you’ve ever wished you could stop over-thinking, this simple guided meditation may help. In this episode, clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Taitz discusses the pitfalls of rumination. Dr. Taitz is the author of the audiobook, “End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food.” Today she walks us through the links between over-thinking and suppression, avoidance, and distress—and offers a way to stop over-thinking with a soothing and centering guided mediation. This meditation is designed to bring you out of your thoughts and into the present moment.
How to Practice Mindfulness: Three Exercises to Become More Present in the Moment

How to Practice Mindfulness: Three Exercises to Become More Present in the Moment

Mindfulness is a "superpower" that has been proven to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress while strengthening emotional stamina. In this episode, mental health therapist Sheri Van Dijk introduces the basic techniques regarding how to practice mindfulness. You’ll learn where to start and what mindfulness can do for you. You will learn three basic mindfulness exercises, which will help you become more present and receptive in the moment—and calmer in an emotional storm.
Simple Mindfulness Practices to Open Your Heart

Simple Mindfulness Practices to Open Your Heart

Being kind to yourself and opening your heart to others are two important aspects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Simple mindfulness practices can enhance the experience of connection we feel with ourselves and with others. In this episode, Drs. Elisha Goldstein and Bob Stahl discuss the power of small acts of kindness and generosity — for ourselves and for others. The best place to start practicing these simple mindfulness practices may be with yourself!

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