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Find What You Want Most

Find What You Want Most

What do you want more than anything in your life? You might be surprised to learn that it’s probably not what you first think! In this episode, noted psychiatrist Dr. Shelley Uram offers a simple exercise from her audiobook “Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness & Peace.” This exercise will help you peel back the layers to find what you want most.

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Overcome the Fear of Flying

Overcome the Fear of Flying

One out of every six people fears flying. It’s a solvable problem, and yet many people who’ve tried to face their fear of flying find that the harder they try to control it, the worse it gets. Anxiety expert and clinical psychologist Dr. David Carbonell has helped thousands of people overcome fears of all kinds. Today he’s sharing some helpful information from his audiobook, “The Fear of Flying Workbook” for anyone who wants to overcome the fear of flying.

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Emotions and Anxiety: The Science of Emotion Regulation

Emotions and Anxiety: The Science of Emotion Regulation

Dr. David Klemanski, psychologist and author of the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” talks about the science of emotion regulation and the latest and most effective techniques available to reduce and eliminate anxiety. If you’re ready to take steps to skillfully manage anxiety, then you’ll appreciate this informative interview with an expert in overcoming anxiety.

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Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

In moderate amounts, anxiety and depression can improve our focus and performance. That doesn’t mean that depression and anxiety are always useful. In large doses, they are debilitating. However, one of the most important truths about our minds is this: we don’t always have to obey them.

In this episode, we hear from psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith, author of the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It.” Dr. Smith talks about the biology behind anxiety and depression. He calls them “ancient tools”—tools that aren’t well-suited for modern times. While anxiety and depression can often be debilitating, in small doses, these seemingly negative feelings can actually help you excel.

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A Guided Meditation for Stressful Moments

A Guided Meditation for Stressful Moments

Today we’re sharing a soothing guided meditation that will help you find your center in stressful moments. This guided meditation for stress can also help any time you just want to feel more grounded. This meditation is from psychologist Ted Zeff’s audiobook “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World.” In this episode, Dr. Zeff shares a meditation that will help you come back to center. You’ll be guided through a soothing, grounding meditation, which will leave you calm, centered, and happy.

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A Simple Mindfulness Practice

A Simple Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness practice can help bring us, moment by moment, into a greater sense of spaciousness, calmness, and a deeper connection with ourselves and the world. Today we’re offering step-by-step instructions for a simple mindfulness practice you can return to over and over again.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the popular audiobook “The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight,” by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.

In this episode Richard offers step-by-step instructions for a foundational mediation practice: Mindfulness of Breathing. This simple mindfulness practice helps us learn how to be present as we connect mindfully with the experience of breathing—just as it is happening now.

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Inner Wisdom and Clarity: A Conversation with Robert Rabbin

Inner Wisdom and Clarity: A Conversation with Robert Rabbin

We all want to live a fulfilling, authentic, and expansive life. But how do we do that? How can we access our deepest inner resources? Today, author and coach Robert Rabbin shares his thoughts about discovering the inner wisdom and clarity hat lies inside of everyone.

Robert Rabbin is the author of the audiobook “The Sacred Hub: Living in the Shimmering Light of Your True Self.” This audiobook is an inspiring guide through the process of questioning, reframing, and deepening awareness that will help you discover your own infinite nature–one of enduring happiness and peace.

In today’s conversation, Robert talks about how to reframe problems so that we aren’t contracted and anxious, allowing us to more easily access inner wisdom and our capacity for insight, presence, and action. He shares thoughts on the power of accessing the still space beyond the mind—the source of our deepest inner wisdom and clarity.

Stay tuned after the conversation—Robert shares an excerpt from “The Sacred Hub” audiobook.

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The QUIET Technique: Stop Stress in Only a Few Seconds

The QUIET Technique: Stop Stress in Only a Few Seconds

We can all benefit from a quick and easy way to stop stress and bring ourselves back to the present moment. QUIET is an acronym for a simple technique that helps you quiet your mind in any given moment. Best of all, it only takes a few seconds!

In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from psychotherapist Dr. Arnie Kozac’s audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World.” In “The Awakened Introvert,” Dr. Kozac shares mindfulness and cognitive behavioral tools that will help you unlock the full potential of the introvert brain. In this excerpt, Dr. Kozac shares a great technique to access mindfulness on the go—a series of five steps designed to interrupt automatic mind patterns that lead to stress. You can do the QUIET technique multiple times a day to help feel grounded and calm.

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Anxiety and Avoidance: A Vicious Cycle

Anxiety and Avoidance: A Vicious Cycle

In the short term, it might seem like it makes sense to avoid things that trigger fear or anxiety. But this strategy to manage anxiety can actually increase your anxiety response in future situations. This cycle can lead to increased anxiety and worry, and a loss of confidence in your ability to cope. In this episode we offer an excerpt from the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” written by doctor of psychology David Klemanski and Joshua Curtiss. In this excerpt, David and Joshua discuss the problems and pitfalls of common strategies to avoid anxiety.

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Learn How to Handle Rejection

Learn How to Handle Rejection

Belonging is a basic human need. Any rejection we experience tends to create a normal sense of discomfort. When rejection triggers a deeper feeling of pain, it may come from a belief that we are worthless or unlovable. We may also feel an emotional intensity that is greater than the situation calls for. But even in the midst of an intense reaction, we can learn how to handle rejection and find our way back to emotional balance.

In this episode we’re sharing 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 identify your emotional triggers and neutralize overwhelming emotions—choosing healthy responses instead of losing control.

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