When learning how to improve concentration in meditation, there is often a struggle to find enjoyment and pleasure in the process. It is normal to experience this feeling, and in this episode, Richard Shankman, author of the audiobook The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight suggests helpful, kind, and aware mindsets to adopt when learning how to improve concentration in meditation. In a world filled with trouble, we can all benefit by learning how to practice loving kindness meditation. With a focus on sending the love in your heart to those near and dear to you, as well as those it might be more difficult to extend kindness to, loving kindness meditation helps us to cultivate self-compassion and recognize the interconnectedness of the world. This excerpt is from the popular mindfulness audiobook, MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction In this episode, you’ll learn how you can access the power of meditation for personal growth, self-healing, to release anxiety, and to live on purpose. Our guest is David Gandelman, a spiritual teacher, author of "The 7 Energies of the Soul," and founder of Meditation School. David’s mission is to awaken souls on their path of growing into being human, and living an enlightened and purpose-driven life. Dive deeper into your meditation practice — David makes learning to meditate easy and accessible! Whether you are new to mindfulness practice, or a regular meditator, you may have wondered how to improve mindfulness meditation. Regardless of your level of experience, it may sometimes feel that your mind works against you or presents frustrations that ruin a peaceful moment. Creating a greater understanding of the obstacles you face in mindfulness meditation while learning compassionate responses will help you use each moment and breath as a path to a more fulfilling practice! 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. Mindfulness has been proven to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress while strengthening emotional stamina. Today mental health therapist Sheri Van Dijk introduces the basic techniques regarding how to to be present in the moment with mindfulness practice. The beauty of mindfulness is its accessibility—you can practice anywhere and anytime. In twenty minutes, you can feel clearer, calmer and more centered, regardless of what’s going on around you. And if you find yourself in the middle of an emotional storm, can you use mindfulness to get your bearings? Yes!