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#39: Calming Anxiety with Meditation

. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting about 40 million Americans.  While there are many effective treatments for anxiety, only about 36% of those with anxiety actually seek treatment.  While there are many approaches to help manage anxiety, this episodes explores how meditation can help you calm anxiety.  Jude shares a personal story about how meditation helped him calm down in the midst of a recent moment of panic.  This episode also includes a guided meditation. While meditation can be very helpful in managing anxiety, sometimes we need direct support.  If you are in the Charlotte area and would like to learn more about counseling or 1:1 meditation click on the links that follow: Counseling or 1:1 Meditation I recently released...

#38: Mindful Connections

This episode explores how you can use mindfulness to make more meaningful connections with yourself and others.  We look at the impact and prevalence of loneliness in our society and practical steps that we can take in order to connect with one another.  We look at the some of the challenges that people may face when they are managing depression or mental illness and the importance of listening and supporting each other. Following the talk there is a guided meditation with a focus on gratitude. Please be sure to tune in to WBTV’s Dedrick Russell for his next Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body & Soul - It airs on Oct. 24th from 7-8PM and can be viewed live at wbtv.com/live - My portion of the...

#37: Finding Peace in the Midst of Stress

 This episode is going to explore how we can stay mindful in the midst of stress.  You’ll learn effective strategies that will help respond to stress instead of being emotionally reactive.  Some of the skills included will be grounding techniques, walking meditation, self soothing and mindful observation.  These skills can be used to help calm the body and mind when stress has become overwhelming.  Connect with me on Facebook or Instagram where you will find inspiring posts about mindfulness and meditation. I will be providing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction this Fall through the Charlotte Center for Mindfulness and the orientation will be on September 9th at 630pm.  To learn more follow the link MBSR ORIENTATION Subscribe to the show through the Anchor app where you can find the show...

#36: Mindfulness Based Counseling

This episode is going to explore the use of mindfulness and meditation within counseling sessions. This show discusses the difference between feelings of sadness and clinical depression and how mindful inquiry is used in therapy.  Following the talk, a guided meditation is provided. The release of this episode marks exactly 1 year of the A Keen Mind podcast!  Thank you all for listening and helping this show be listed in the top 25 mindfulness podcasts of 2019 by Feedspot.  Below is a link to Feedspot's article featuring the A Keen Mind show. https://blog.feedspot.com/mindfulness_podcasts/ I will be providing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction this Fall through the Charlotte Center for Mindfulness and the orientation will be on September 9th at 630pm.  To learn more follow...

#35: Mindful Living, Reflection & Meditation

This episode looks at how we can use mindfulness and reflective questions to help us undo the strong pull within us to move away from being vulnerable.  Asking important questions and reflecting on what matters most in our lives can put us in touch with our intrinsic values.  When we are in touch with what really matters, were not consumed with competing with others, but in pursuit of living.   Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.  I started the A Keen Mind Podcast almost 1 year ago and I am proud to announce that this show has been listed as one of the Top 25 Mindfulness Podcasts of 2019 by Feedspot.  This would not be possible without all of you who listen to...

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...

#31: Quieting Your Inner Critic

This episode explores the value of seeking out support when we are caught in stress and doubting our self-worth.  While we can strive to manage stress on our own, sometimes, being wise, means being vulnerable .  I also explore how to use mindful observation to step outside of your negative stream of thoughts.  There will be a brief guided reflection to help you be the observer of your experience, rather than believing all of the negative thoughts you have.  Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.   [podcast_subscribe id="4179"] [podcast_subscribe id="4182"] ...

#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. ...