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#33: Finding Flow with Mindfulness

This episode will explore how mindfulness can help you achieve a state of flow. Most of us have been in a flow state before, where we performed a task with such intense focus that all our mental chatter fell away and we become completely consumed with the activity at hand. Being in a state of flow helps us find more enjoyment in life. In this episode I will cover 3 specific strategies for developing a flow state. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation. ...

Reducing Compassion Fatigue

Wouldn't it be nice to take a few hours off of work on a Friday afternoon to care for yourself at a FREE mindfulness workshop? This training will provide some gentle yoga anyone can do, guided meditations and instruction on how to take better care of yourself through mindful self-compassion. A certificate of attendance for 2 contact hours will be provided to any health care provider who needs contact hours towards licensure, like LCSWs. This training does not provide CEUs. If you are a health care provider, you witness human suffering first-hand. When you're seeing patients back to back, the human suffering you witness can start to take a toll on your well-being and can lead to burn-out. If we want to take good care of our...

#32: Being Mindful While Embracing Change & Loving Life

Through our life's journey everything keeps changing no matter how hard we try and hold on to what we have.  The famous quote by Heraclitus "the only constant is change" is true.  If things are going poorly, just wait.  If things are good, just wait.  The inevitable ups and downs of life are going to occur whether we want them to or not.  Knowing that change is coming doesn't mean that we should coast through life on automatic pilot.  The fact that everything is changing, is an invitation for us to inhabit each moment as though it was our last.  This episode explores how we can capture the moments in our lives that remind us how important it is for us to be present.  This...

#29 The Art of Self Compassion

In this episode I decided to use being mindful of the present moment to inform the content I provided instead of preparing anything formally.  I explored the need for mindfulness in schools and touch on the impact of bullying, as well as mindful parenting.  The bulk of this episode dives more deeply into self compassion and how self esteem can actually trigger stress.  Following the talk there is a guided meditation. [podcast_subscribe id="4179"] [podcast_subscribe id="4182"] ...

#28: Overcoming Barriers

Welcome to the A Keen Mind Podcast, I’m Jude a licensed therapist and meditation teacher.  This episode will cover simple ways that you can nurture and sustain a meditation practice. I will discuss some common obstacles people face as they develop a  meditation practice and explore ways to overcome these obstacles. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation. ...

#28: Overcoming Barriers

This episode of the A Keen Mind podcast will cover simple ways that you can nurture and sustain a meditation practice. I will discuss some common obstacles people face as they develop a  meditation practice and explore ways to overcome these obstacles. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation. ...

#27: Dissolving Stress Through Mindful Reflection

This episode explores how to use mindful reflection as a means to learning how to work with uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. We often don't take the time to reflect on what is painful in our lives because we spend so much energy pushing away pain and seeking pleasure. Avoiding our painful emotions may be necessary for a time, however to resolve these feelings, we need to express them. If you have been through trauma or are having difficulty expressing your feelings, you may need to see a professional counselor to help you with this process. Following the talk there will be a guided reflection and meditation. The skills taught in this podcast are no intended to replace traditional medical care....

#26 Perception is Everything

This episode explores the role that perception plays in how we communicate with others. I use a personal story to illustrate how easily we can become locked in to our way of seeing situations and how we can use mindfulness to gain a broader and more flexible perspective. Practicing mindful communication can give us the resources to avoid unnecessary conflicts and help us find a greater sense of connection with others. Following the talk there will be guided meditation....

Is Meditation Right for Me?

Written by: Jude Johnson Many people are skeptical of mindfulness and meditation because it has been presented as complex and difficult. Some practitioners and meditators have used terms that are hard to grasp or presented the concepts in a manner that is completely un-relatable. The way we present our ideas matter and may put distance between those who practice meditation and those who are new to the concept. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who created Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, has brought his approach in teaching mindfulness into the mainstream.  Jon has shared that he hopes that mindfulness becomes as popular as jogging-studies indicate it is on its way with approximately 18 million Americans reporting to meditate.  While the mainstream medical community has adopted mindfulness-meditation as an effective strategy for working...

Why is intention important? Really?

This questions could be answered so many different ways and many of us have different answers based on our circumstances and life experiences.  However, I believe that there are essential ways of paying attention that can allow us to experience the richness and beauty of life.  One practice that has significant value to me is remembering to have gratitude. As I was driving today, I was reminded  of a moment that I shared with my four year old son Carter.   We admired the beauty of a sunrise.  Reminding Carter that being grateful is important, reminds me to have gratitude. It is hard to remember what’s important when we are faced with stress, pain, illness or loss.  When you are under stress how do you respond?  Many of...