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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.read more
We all have access to a deep well of inner wisdom—a source we can draw on for clarity when determining the best course of action in any area of life.
But when we’re in the midst of stressful and challenging times, it can be difficult to access inner wisdom.
In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit,” written by psychologist Amy Johnson. Dr. Johnson draws on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality to illustrate a profound truth: your mental patterns are the result of simple brain wiring that can be easily changed.
Today Dr. Johnson discusses the spiritual component of breaking a habit—though the advice she shares applies to any area of life where we need to access inner wisdom—the deep knowing of our true self.read more
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!read more
How many times have you heard people say that change is hard, or painful? In today’s episode, Bob Litwin, a Wall Street performance coach and world champion tennis player, addresses the common misconception that change is difficult. In fact, if you tell a new story, change can be fun and surprisingly simple.
Bob is author of the audiobook “Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion’s Guide to Lasting Change.” This audiobook offers 33 personalized coaching sessions that will help you reach new levels of success in every area of your life. His groundbreaking technique of changing your story is a fast, easy and effective way to create lasting change.read more
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.read more
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.read more
The amygdala is a part of the brain that is the source of many of our emotional reactions—both positive and negative—and it plays an influential role in anxiety. Understanding the amygdala is an important foundation in learning how to change your brain—and reduce anxiety.
In today’s episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry,” by Catherine Pittman, PhD and Elizabeth Karle. This audiobook is an evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. You’ll learn how anxiety is created in the brain, as well as techniques to overcome it. Your brain is a powerful tool, and the more you focus on changing the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you’ll become.
This excerpt offers an understanding of the amygdala and anxiety, which is an important step in learning to change your brain and overcome anxiety.read more
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.read more
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.read more
Do you ever find yourself wishing your life were different than it is? If only we could wave a magic wand and fix the annoying job, the inconsiderate friend, or the distant partner. But we can’t. The good new is, we don’t need to. Chuck Hillig, author of the audiobook “Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are” shares a profound insight: the key to how to live your best life isn’t outside you—it’s within you.
Chuck speaks to those who are looking to take control of our lives and escape the feelings of helplessness that often plague periods of stress and pain. He believes that you can live your best life by beginning to look at your feelings and experiences differently. He inspires us to explore our own vast potential and start taking ownership of our lives and live as the source of who we are.