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 When your mind has free reign over your feelings, it becomes difficult to find an awareness of the present moment. Thought patterns with a tendency to drag you into spirals of worry are all too common and can appear without a moment’s notice. Thankfully, there is relief to be found in the mindfulness techniques of learning to mind your thoughts and harness the power of the five senses. This episode offers an excerpt from the popular audiobook, MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction . 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! Have you ever tried to avoid mental burnout or relieve stress by exploring how to open up to joy? Creating happiness in your everyday life is just a small part of MBSR, or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a method developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. With a history of helping patients with anxiety, chronic pain, panic, depression and more, MBSR is the perfect tool to relieve stress by living more fully in the present moment. 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!