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#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...

What you won’t hear about during halftime at the Superbowl

According to the Centers for Disease Control approximately 90 percent of doctors’ visits are stress related. Stress comes from all areas of life: home, work, school, community, medical conditions, and relationships. We are often contemplating the next tasks on our endless to-do lists, anticipating scenarios in our minds that have yet to occur, and revisiting past events, resulting in a cycle that can be difficult to manage and may feel overwhelming.  While it is normal for our minds to wander into the past and future, this kind of mental gymnastics itself generates even more stress! As the scientific community understands more about the surprising impact of stress on our health, stress management has increasingly become an important focus of studies and research. As a consequence, recent...