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The OneMind Meditation Podcast with Morgan Dix: Meditation | Mindfulness | Health

How on earth can you squeeze meditation into the accelerating pace of a 21st century lifestyle? On OneMind we explore the art of meditation and mindfulness and interview meditation teachers and every day practitioners. We share tips and find stories that illuminate why this ancient practice matters now more than ever. You’ll learn the latest science and how to bring the benefits of meditation into your work, your health, your play, your relationships, and your life. OneMind is brought to you by AboutMeditation.com.

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OM052: Guided Meditation For Deep Sleep

Photo via Flickr CC: Pedro Plassen Lopes Do you ever struggle to get to sleep? Finding the right guided meditation for deep sleep isn’t always easy. In this guided meditation designed to help you fall into a refreshing slumber we focus on relaxing and letting go of the past. Is Insomnia An Epidemic? If you struggle with insomnia or just logging a sound night of sleep, then you’re definitely not alone. According the the popular UK newspaper, The Telegraph, “in the US alone, it was estimated that $32.4 billion was spent in 2013 on things that help us get some kip [sleep].” That’s a staggering figure. But if you look at changing lifestyles over the last 50 years and even the last decade, it’s not a total surprise. Why? We’re doing more in less time, we’re bent under the weight of information overload, and thanks to our hyper-connectivity, we experience in graphic detail tragedies happening 10,000 miles away in real time. We’ve got issues! All of the above is a recipe for chronic stress. Why We Struggle With Sleep That same Telegraph article cited two primary reasons for sleep deprivation. First, there’s not enough time in the day to get things done and second, it’s hard to switch off our racing minds. What leads to this widespread predicament? For one thing, we’re more stressed than ever. That stress cranks up our nervous system, releasing a veritable cocktail of chemicals designed to keep us alert and ready for threats to our survival. And the problem is, that heightened stress state is the new normal. Often we’re hitting the pillow with very little transition time between finishing up our last work tasks and lying in bed. There’s no ramp down time. And we all need ramp down time. The transition times are important because they help our nervous system, and our minds, downshift. So when this pattern becomes a habit, your body and your mind aren’t ready to let go when you’re ready for sleep. They don’t know how to shut off. And neither do you. Guided Meditation For Deep SleepPhoto via Flickr CC: Yumbrad The thing is, by the time you’re going to bed, you want to make peace with your day and let go of what happened. That’s important. We’re all collecting baggage every day, and we have a chance to let it go at night and start the next day with a clean slate. This guided meditation for deep sleep will help you do that. It guides you through a short process of taking stock, relaxing and letting go. This can actually help you reverse the effects of stress. The goal is to lighten your load and help unburden your body and mind while stimulating your relaxation response, all to help you fall into a restful slumber. Feel free to use this guided meditation as often as you like and enjoy the rich and restful benefits of saying sayonara to the past. Show Notes If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to Meditation and explore theMeditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM052: Guided Meditation For Deep Sleep appeared first on About Meditation.

30mins

29 Feb 2016

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OM035: The Golden Rule of Meditation (Everything You Need To Know)

Photo via Flickr CC: elwillybobby There are a lot of evergreen meditation tips. There are techniques and tricks you can learn along the way. But I’ve found that one lesson stands above the rest. After meditating for more than two decades, I’ve come to call it the Golden Rule of meditation. The Golden Rule is simple. In essence, it tells us to never make a problem during meditation. And the reason I wanted to share this with you is because it’s a cornerstone of any thriving meditation practice. So, why is this so important? There are a lot of reasons. In this episode we touch on just a few of them. My primary goal is to impress upon you the simple fact that if you take the Golden Rule to heart, it will save you trouble, reduce inner friction, and spare you from getting stuck in some perennial meditation pitfalls. In essence, the Golden Rule is about hewing to an inner posture where nothing is ever a problem during meditation. No matter what happens or doesn't happen, it's not a problem. Three Scenarios Where You Can Apply The Golden Rule It’s simple, but it’s hard. Often you can break this rule, and not even know it. Here are a few examples where it can be especially challenging but helpful to practice the Golden Rule. 1. Side-Stepping Stress Scenario one, you sit down to meditate when you're really stressed out. You've got things going on at work, at home, or in your relationship and you're stressed. So you're sitting down in meditation to let go of that stress, calm your nerves, relax your body, and rest your mind. But as you sit there meditating, you're all over the place. Your mind is link a ping pong ball going back and forth on this problem and that issue and on it goes in an endless loop… In the end, you feel like you never really settle down, you never really relax, and you don't feel much relief or release from your mind and your stress. This is exactly when the Golden Rule is so important. In a moment like that, if you can be cool with all of it and not make a problem or feel like a failure then that's a victory. 2. Short Circuiting Self-Criticism Here’s another scenario. We all have that hyper-critical voice in our head that's just waiting for the opportunity to confirm our suspicions that we have failed in today's meditation session. This is moment to invoke the Golden Rule. When you do, that the hyper critical voice doesn't stand a chance. Why? Because you aren't making a problem out of anything, that self-critical voice has no traction. It lives and thrives on problems. However, during your meditation you’re asserting that there aren't any problems. In the process, you short circuit an entire mechanism in your mind that leads many people to give up or feel guilty or feel stressed out. 3. Practicing The Golden Rule Means Letting Go And here's another part of the golden rule. It's a sneaky strategy for letting go. If you can let there be no problem at all, you end up letting go of a lot of the things that undermine your practice. Here are some of the pesky question that tend to send us down the rabbit whole: Am I doing this right? Am i making progress? Am i having the right experience? Am i having the wrong experience? Oh god I haven't meditated in days i'm out of practice… I don't think I meditated long enough… Am I getting any results from this all? While meditating, you want to let all that go, because it focuses your attention on problems. When you follow the Golden Rule, you sidestep that business altogether. So that's a brief lesson on the Golden Rule. I encourage you to make it a cornerstone of your practice. Before you know it, you’ll marvel as you cut through thorny issues that were holding you back. If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like our Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about the Golden Rule in this self-paced course, How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to Meditation and explore the Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM035: The Golden Rule of Meditation (Everything You Need To Know) appeared first on About Meditation.

15mins

3 Nov 2015

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OM028: How To Practice Basic Mindfulness with Julianna Raye

(Photo via Flickr CC:Justin Kern)What can you learn from the practice of mindfulness? Why has this ancient practice exploded into the mainstream? You may have noticed the long-time meditators among us looking bewildered but happy about this geek-to-chic transition. One definition of mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with nonjudgmental awareness. That sounds simple, but it’s endlessly subtle. The truth is, mindfulness can alter your relationship to your self, others, and the world around you in dramatic fashion. And now, as you’ve probably heard, there are a host of scientific studies confirming the benefits of this practice. What Can Mindfulness Do For You? If you spend consistent time practicing mindful awareness, you start to notice things that you missed before. At first, you become aware of what you think and feel. But then how you think and feel starts to become apparent. You notice how your relationship to your mental and physical state affects you moods, feelings, and emotions. In turn, you realize how much your choices are guided by habitual thought patterns. Slowly but surely, mindfulness yields to insight, empowering you to respond to life in new ways. Situations that felt stagnant become fluid again. Your relationships evolve because you are changing. In the end, mindfulness is training for your attention. Because awareness is the backdrop for all of our experience, refining your attention through meditative practices can lead to breathtaking transformation. Exploring Basic Mindfulness with Julianna Raye In this episode of The OneMind Meditation Podcast, we explore Basic Mindfulness training with meditation teacher Julianna Raye. For Julianna, mindfulness is more than a practice, it’s a way of life. Julianna has an amazing story. She’s a long-time singer songwriter, and in her early career she received critical acclaim for her first album on Warner Bros Records. Then her life took some unexpected turns, and she found herself waiting tables just two years later. She was drawn to mindfulness to manage debilitating anxiety. Today, having attended over 70 retreats and racked up 12,000 hours of formal practice time, Julianna has rewired her brain. In fact, in a recent study at UCLA comparing long-term meditators' brains with non-meditators, the results of Julianna's MRI led to interviews on media outlets like ABC and GLOBO news. Julianna currently teaches a form of mindfulness called Basic Mindfulness to executives, performance professionals, TV personalities, entrepreneurs, executives, and corporate groups. Basic Mindfulness was developed by meditation teacher and scholar Shinzen Young, and it is the subject of studies at Harvard University, the University of Vermont, and other research institutions. In this episode, we explore Julianna's journey from musician to meditation teacher and then we delve into the nuts and bolts of how to practice Basic Mindfulness. In this interview with Julianna Raye, we discuss: How meditation helps you lift your center of gravity How an intimate encounter with a radish changed her life Why your body and mind are more resilient than you think The value of hard work vs peak experiences in meditation How meditation helped her overcome anxiety and depression What is basic mindfulness How running an ironman marathon can be a great exposure to mindfulness How mindfulness can help you locate where emotions manifest in your body How to develop a mindful relationship to your emotional life What Julianna finds to be the biggest challenge of meditation for her clients Julianna’s advice for new meditators Show Notes Try a free guided meditation with Julianna Visit Julianna’s website PopGoZen.com Listen to Julianna's Music (highly recommended) Learn more about Basic Mindfulness Learn about Shinzen Young’s Harvard Study Get Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarno Read 4 Mindfulness Tips To Reclaim Your Center & Ground Your Being Leave a rating & review on iTunes The post OM028: How To Practice Basic Mindfulness with Julianna Raye appeared first on About Meditation.

1hr 1min

15 Sep 2015

Rank #3

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OM032: Growth & Insight Through Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Photo via Flickr CC: David Gabriel Fischer Where do meditation and psychology intersect? For several decades, these two models of self-understanding one based in religion and the other in science have started to mingle and merge. As mindfulness steadily develops a body of research to support it’s efficacy in treating stress, depression, anxiety, and emotional trauma, we’ve seen the simultaneous rise of mindfulness-based psychotherapy. In this episode of the OneMind Meditation Podcast, we explore mindfulness-based psychotherapy with Ava Pommerenk (M.A. In Clinical Psychology), and the role of meditation in her own journey of healing and thriving. The Union Of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy According to the World Health Organization, over 350 million people globally suffer from depression. Over 40 million people in the US 18 years and older have some form of anxiety disorder. That number translates to a staggering cost of more than $42 billion a year in treatment. Fortunately, we live in a unique moment when traditional psychotherapeutic modes of treating mental illness are co-mingling with new (old) forms like mindfulness and meditation to produce compelling hybrids. At the same time, it seems the basic thrust of many therapy models is evolving from treating mental illness and emotional health as a static problem that needs to be fixed to a dynamic process of healing, growth, and thriving. Signs of this evolution abound in the media. Phychology Today has a section of it’s website devoted to meditation, mindfulness, mindful eating, and a mindful life. The American Psychological Association (APA) cites extensive research that outlines the benefits of using mindfulness in the context of psychotherapy. Popular self-help books like Radical Acceptance, from psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher Tara Brach, have further blended these two models while providing enormous support to countless people. Understanding Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy But what is mindfulness-based psychotherapy? The Therapy Center for Embodied Transformation offers this definition: Mindfulness-based psychotherapy teaches one to learn to relate to their self, others, and environment in a more mindful way, and to practice greater self-acceptance and self-compassion in the process of continued healing and growth. In Ava’s own work, she has seen her clients heal anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, chronic relational issues, and more. And yet, meditation-based psychological models have a long history that predate the recent intersection with Western psychotherapy. Buddhist psychology, for example, has steadily evolved over the last two and a half thousand years from the moment when the Buddha first identified the essential source of human suffering as fear and desire.Ava PommerenkA Mindful Approach To Life If you remember that awareness of whatever occurs is meditation, then meditation becomes much easier than you think. ~Mingyur Rinpoche It’s also important to remember, you don’t need to suffer from anxiety or depression to benefit from meditation and mindfulness. Just as exercise keeps our bodies in shape, so can meditation keep our minds balanced and healthy. Of course, it can also lead us on a deeper journey of learning, growth, and insight. And as Ava likes to remind us, just because you aren't sitting on the cushion that doesn't mean you aren't practicing mindfulness. Once you understand the basics of mindfulness and meditation, you start to see that all of your life is an opportunity to practice mindful presence. Ava practices as a Psychological Assistant (PSB: 37799) under Dr. Miguel Hidalgo-Barnes (PSY: 24974) In this episode of the OneMind Meditation Podcast, Ava and I explore: How Ava realized that she was enacting self-aggression in meditation How ego can manifest in your practice and why it's not always a bad thing The difference between the psychological and spiritual ego The layers of insight and understanding that occur through the meditative process Why and how self-deception happens in meditation and how to deal with it Why meditation is a process of developing compassion, love, humility, empathy, and greater self awareness. How Ava’s meditation supports her practice as a psychological assistant How she helps clients become more mindful of the present moment in order to track painful emotions in their bodies and minds How to bring your mindfulness practice with you throughout the day Ava's advice for new meditators SHOW NOTES Get in touch with Ava at the Therapy Center for Embodied Wisdom Buy The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer The post OM032: Growth & Insight Through Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy appeared first on About Meditation.

1hr 1min

14 Oct 2015

Rank #4

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OM030: 4 Mindful Steps To Manage Stress With Meditation

Photo via Flickr CC: Roberto Trombetta Do you have a clear way to manage your stress? When your stomach drops out and your adrenaline kicks in, what do you do? According to a mountain of scientific evidence, stress erodes nearly every significant system in our body. That’s why it’s important to develop some conscious tools to help you mitigate the effects of stress on your mind and your body. Fortunately, it’s abundantly clear that stimulating your relaxation response is one of the best ways to combat, and even reverse, the negative effects of chronic stress. Can you guess one of the best ways to trigger your relaxation response? Exactly, it’s meditation. These days, we are used to living with stress, but let’s break it down for a second. What’s actually happening when our stress response kicks in? And why does chronic stress lead to hypertension, headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic low back pain, as well as heart disease, stroke and cancer? Fight Or Flight First, stress is built on the idea, real or imagined, of scarcity. You don’t have enough time. You don’t have enough money. You don’t have the resources you need to get the job done. Stress has the effect of shrinking your world down to the size of a pea. In essence, once your stress response has kicked in, it’s easy to feel like everything is a problem. And it feels bad, like you’ve got acid running through your veins. You’re nervous system is racing and red-lining like a high-performance sports car with smoke spilling out from the hood. There’s a good reason for that. In response to a perceived threat, your biological system has kicked into primitive survival mode and flooded your body with the kind of stimulants epinephrine and norepinephrine that give you the strength to fend off enraged gorillas. Consequently, your ability to concentrate is impaired. Your breathing is shallow, your heart beat surges, and your blood pressure spikes. At the same time, your immune system is severely compromised. At the biological level, the executive function in your brain is shutting down and your primitive amygdala brain the one designed to deal with lions and tigers and bears has seized the steering wheel. Tranlation? Say good bye to short-term memory, concentration, inhibition, and rational thought. So long to your social coordination too. Oh, and I forgot to mention, your brain has also released an array of hormones and proteins that modulate stress by decreasing sleep and increasing alertness and anxiety. Now here’s the problem. Most of us live with a measure of stress which is ok. But a lot of us live with chronic stress, and that’s not ok. In that case, the above scenario is happening as a baseline response to non life-threatening events, like criticism from your boss, bad traffic, or from watching the news. See the problem? The Relaxation Response Now think of your relaxation response. It’s the opposite. Your mind is clear, calm, and centered. Your body is supple and relaxed. You’re grounded in the present moment and you feel a sense of abundance and expansiveness. The world around you is a creative and dynamic space of relationship and ideas. You’re happy to be alive and you feel that life is good. Physically, your blood pressure normalizes along with your heart beat and breathing. Your body returns to a homeostatic state. Since 1971, when Herbert Benson released the landmark book, The Relaxation Response, there have been numerous studies on the relaxation response which have highlighted the following short-term benefits to the nervous system: lower blood pressure improved blood circulation lower heart rate less perspiration slower respiratory rate less anxiety lower blood cortisol levels more feelings of well-being less stress deeper relaxation How To Manage Stress With Meditation For those of us who live in the West, stress is a normal part of our achievement-oriented culture. But is chronic stress an acceptable cost of our success? In this episode of the OneMind Meditation Podcast, we discuss physical, emotional, and psychological costs of stress and some of the science around stress. Then we examine four mindful steps you can take to manage stress through meditation. We explore stress in the context of: Burnout Stress Addiction Lack Of Focus Spreading Yourself Too Thin Show Notes If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like our Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about our free awareness meditation course, How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to Meditation, explore the Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM030: 4 Mindful Steps To Manage Stress With Meditation appeared first on About Meditation.

26mins

29 Sep 2015

Rank #5

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OM056: Guided Meditation For Stress Relief

Guided Meditation For Stress ReliefThis episode of the OneMind Meditation Podcast is an abbreviated version of our last episode which addressed the stress associated with the US presidential election.Several of you requested an abbreviated version of that guided meditation, without the prelude and commentary.So this guided meditation for stress and relaxation will ground you in the part of yourself that is always at rest.It will help you let go into the deepest part of each one of us, a part that is forever untouched by the drama and trauma of the world.I encourage you take the time and let yourself enjoy the unbounded freedom and release that comes from immersing yourself in pure being.Meditation Stimulates Your Relaxation ResponseWhat is stress exactly? According to Psychology Today:Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the fight-or-flight response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, scheduling regular times each day for relaxing activities like meditation is one of the best things you can do to mitigate your stress.Why is meditation such a great response to dealing with stress and anxiety? Most importantly, it stimulates you relaxation response, which is the opposite of your fight or flight response.In essence the relaxation response kicks your parasympathetic nervous system into gear. That’s a hallmark of mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.When that happens, you’re on the right track!Enjoy!Show Notes If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to meditation and explore the Meditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM056: Guided Meditation For Stress Relief appeared first on About Meditation.

28mins

28 Mar 2016

Rank #6

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OM044: New Year Guided Meditation on Mindful Presence

In the spirit of the New Year, here is a new year guided meditation on mindful presence. Mindfulness is all about paying attention. We all have these wonderful and rich organs of perception. Our senses. Mindfulness is about getting out of your head and into your world and we do that through paying attention. Your five senses are your probes and your receptors. They are constantly receiving information from within and without. I think of paying attention as a sort of prayer to the community of life and being. Mindfulness is the act of waking up to life again and again. It allows you to attend to your life, your relationships, and your world with all your faculties. This guided meditation will bring you into a state of deep ease and presence. If you find you get lost, come back to the inner warmth or to listening or to complete presence. Allow yourself to be here, relaxed and without judgement. Savor this space of inner quiet and stillness. You can think of this guided meditation as a moment of deep pause. It’s like the eye of a storm, filled with perfect peace and quiet. At a certain point in this guided meditation, towards the end, I’m going to ask you to pause for a moment, and think about this question. How are you going to be more mindful in the year to come? What will you do? You don’t need to answer this question right away. Instead, allow yourself to sit with the question. Enjoy! New Year Guided Meditation: 2016 Show Notes If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to Meditation and explore theMeditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM044: New Year Guided Meditation on Mindful Presence appeared first on About Meditation.

30mins

17 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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OM093 – A Brief Meditation On The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer On a recent weekend retreat, I experienced some challenging moments. It's not the first time. In my life, I've gone on more silent retreats than I can count. Two-day, ten-day, 21-day silent meditation retreats. So it wasn't the first time I encountered some turbulence. But what was different was the guidance I received from within. It was super simple be grateful. Say thank you! Discovering the Power of Gratitude This simple inner directive changed the way I experienced the retreat. And more importantly, it changed the way I experience my life beyond the retreat. In today's show, we explore the life and brain-changing power of gratitude. What does the science tell us about the benefits of gratitude? What are the psychological, emotional, physiological, and spiritual effects of practicing gratitude every day? Studies show that gratitude can change your life. Here's how. It can: Make you happier Reduce your inner fears Strengthen your positive emotions Make you more optimistic Increase your self esteem Improve your sleep As we buckle up for yet another orbit around the sun, let's take a moment to reflect on what we're grateful for and more importantly, let's give gratitude its due. If you look with patience and perseverance, I think you might find that you have more to be grateful for than you originally thought. Links In Praise of Gratitude Harvard Health How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain  Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude  Psychology Today The post OM093 – A Brief Meditation On The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude appeared first on About Meditation.

21mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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OM067: How To Practice Mantra Meditation

Do you know how to practice mantra meditation? It’s a lot easier than you might think.However, there are a few things you need to understand before you get started.First, you need to know the different between free and focused awareness. Then, you need to know where to put your attention while you’re chanting.And then, it’s often helpful to get a sense of what you might experience when you practice mantra meditation.In this episode, I share some of my recent experiences in practicing mantra meditation as well as some tips on how to practice.How To Practice Mantra MeditationRecently, after 14 years practicing a style of free awareness meditation that comes from the Advaita Vedanta tradition, I started experimenting with a mantra.It's a tibetan Buddhist mantra which goes like this: Om Mani Padme Hum. So this six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra is associated with the tibetan Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion.According the Wikipedia,The first word Om is a sacred syllable found in Indian religions. The word Mani means “jewel” or “bead”, Padme meaning the “lotus flower”, the Buddhist sacred flower, while Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment.As I was originally taught, the most important thing in practicing a mantra, is your intention. To give all of yourself and bend your mind completely to the chanting of the mantra, whether silently or out loud.While your chanting, it’s also important to keep in mind the core meaning of the mantra…in this case, compassion.Show Notes If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to meditation and explore the Meditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM067: How To Practice Mantra Meditation appeared first on About Meditation.

20mins

7 Jun 2016

Rank #9

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OM096 Harnessing The Power of Intention & Creating A Virtuous Habit Loop

What is intention and why is it one of the most important pillars of meditation and our spiritual life in general? Two events brought this to mind for me recently and they were important enough to me that I wanted to share them. And for context, I've thought a lot about intention. When I lived full time in a meditation ashram for 13 years, the bedrock of our practice in the context of the spiritual teaching we followed was Clarity of Intention: “Do I want to be free more than anything else?” What Is Intention? So I have a few simple things I want share on the topic of intention for sure. But first, let’s take a quick look at the definition. intention (n.) late 14c., entencioun, “purpose, design, aim or object; will, wish, desire, that which is intended,” from Old French entencion “intent, purpose, aspiration; will; thought” (12c.), from Latin intentionem (nominative intentio) “a stretching out, straining, exertion, effort; attention,” noun of action from intendere “to turn one’s attention,” literally “to stretch out” (see intend). Also in Middle English “emotion, feelings; heart, mind, mental faculties, understanding. -Etymology Online And now, why did this topic come to my attention? Intention Creates A Virtuous Loop First, a member of the aboutmeditation.com community recently commented on the importance of intention in his practice and how, when he doesn't focus on and nourish his intention, his meditation practice falls apart. He wrote: For me, it's all about intentionality and discipline. I have to be intentional in my practice and I can't take long breaks away from it. When I'm disciplined, I look forward to the next practice. When I start giving myself outs , then things fall apart and I feel less inclined to keep doing it. And when that happens, I start falling apart in other areas of my life. So I'm mindful of the snowball effect! When it comes to intention, I thought this was spot on. Before anything, you have to ask yourself, what's most important to me. Why am I doing this? For example, I meditate now because I know that it affects every part of my life. And that's implicit in his words too. He knows that when he's consistent, he's entering into a virtuous loop where practice begets more practice. Everytime he meditates, he wants to meditate more. Inspiration begets more inspiration and all the while, your motivation is deepening and your momentum is growing, and little by little, inch by inch, you are changing. Little by little, you’re nurturing your connection to the infinite. And conversely, when you miss a few days, it becomes harder to meditate and to feel motivated. You lose touch with why it was so important. You lose touch with that. And then you give yourself outs. Here's a personal example from my own life. Meditation helps me to be more patient across the board. That makes a really big difference when my little girl, as we're trying to get out the door for school, is refusing to put on the Minnie Mouse shirt she just made me spend 10 minutes looking for. But she won't consider wearing anything else. That’s patience is really important. It gives me a beat to make a creative slight of hand to divert her before my blood starts to rise. In those moments, an extra shot of patience can make all the difference. Intention Dispels Confusion And that game-changing patience? It all started with my intention to meditate earlier that day. For me, I gained a deep understanding of the power and importance of intention when I lived in a spiritual meditation ashram for 13 years. At the ashram, we adhered to a rigorous schedule of spiritual practice. The goal, according to our teacher, was enlightenment or spiritual freedom. For me, intention had everything to do with cutting through confusion and inner challenges. When I felt divided, when I questioned my motivations, when I was confused, or even if I just felt like somehow I wasn't living my fullest or best self, I came back to the first tenet of our teaching, clarity of intention. And in that context, it meant wanting to be free more than anything else. Wanting to align myself and my momentary purpose in this instant right now, with my deepest experience of reality and to be true to that. This never failed to help me penetrate my confusion or malaise and find direction and contentment. Knowing what is most important to you in a given context is like a superpower. It gives you clarity, direction, purpose. And that does amazing things for you. It gives you confidence but it also helps you give confidence to others. So…take a few moments every day and reflect on your intention. Why are you meditating? Why is it important to you? The more clarity you gain around this question, the more confidence you’ll start to generate in and through your meditation practice. The post OM096 Harnessing The Power of Intention & Creating A Virtuous Habit Loop appeared first on About Meditation.

25mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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OM095 – Early Mornings, Intermittent Fasting, And Tips To Propel Your Practice

How do you keep your meditation practice strong and steady? How do you stay inspired? In this episode, I share some of the things that have added fuel to my fire and helped a lot to keep my meditation practice fruitful. In particular, we explore the power of getting up early as a way to boost your practice. For me, it's a game changer. I went from never setting an alarm to setting it for 515am every morning and I feel awesome as a result. Why? Because I'm logging a minimum of 30 minutes of meditation. I'm reading 10-20 pages of a book each morning. And I'm managing to squeeze in deep breathing and exercise (running) as well. And usually I'm done with all that by around 730. Coming out of the gates like that every morning affects every aspect of my life and I haven't looked back. I love it. Another game changer? Intermittent fasting. During the week, I've been experimenting with having just miso and chicken broth at dinner time. So effectively, I'm giving up dinner during the week. The result? I feel incredible. I don't miss eating dinner. I bounce out of bed in the mornings. I feel lighter and I'm shedding unnecessary pounds. Also, there is something deep and peace inducing about giving up food. There's a reason that fasting has occupied a hallowed place among the spiritual practices of the great mystical traditions since time immemorial. Renouncing your core cravings makes you strong and gives you spiritual vitality. And although I'm only fasting from after lunch to breakfast the next morning from 2pm to 6am or about 18 hours it still makes a difference physically, emotionally, and psychologically. If that kind of thing resonates with you, I can't recommend it highly enough. And finally, I share some tips and advice that I gave to one of our members who was struggling with motivation. I think you'll find it useful. The post OM095 – Early Mornings, Intermittent Fasting, And Tips To Propel Your Practice appeared first on About Meditation.

24mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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OM039: Can Brainwave Entrainment Meditation Accelerate Your Growth?

What is brainwave entrainment and what does it have to do with meditation? Often referred to as binaural meditation, many people claim this technology can enhance your meditation practice and actually accelerate your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. In fact, there’s a body of research which supports these claims. Brainwave entrainment has even proved effective in helping to heal people with trauma, mental illness, and addiction. Whether you’re new to meditation, or a long-time practitioner, you might want to consider adding brainwave entrainment to your transformational toolbox. We recently featured an article on this topic, but to help you understand more about this fascinating contemplative technology, I interviewed one of the leaders in the field of brainwave entrainment meditation on the OneMind Meditation Podcast. Meet the soulful and inspiring John Dupuy, founder of iAwake Technologies and author of the award-winning Integral Recovery. Discovering the Power of Brainwave Entrainment John Dupuy John discovered the power of brainwave entrainment after tragedy struck and he lost his brother to suicide. That was the beginning in a series of painful and challenging events in his life. Soon John was struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. He was already an on-again off-again meditator, but after four years of hardship and struggle, he discovered a new depth of faith through his spiritual practice. The catalyst for this change was brainwave entrainment meditation. As John tells it, the technology had a huge effect on his meditation practice, enabling him to go deeper and farther than he had before. It was this spiritual breakthrough that initiated a deep and lasting healing process. It also led John to found iAwake Technologies, a company dedicated to sharing brainwave entrainment meditation with the world. John is passionate about the potential of brainwave entrainment to support healing and spiritual growth. But he never claims that this technology is a surrogate for meditation. On the contrary, John is a firm believer in the power of daily practice. Instead, he asserts that brainwave entrainment can enhance and deepen your meditation practice, not replace it. In that spirit, we wanted to invite John to share his expertise and his story with the About Meditation audience. Also, don’t miss this complimentary 20-min brainwave entrainment meditation track from John and the iAwake team. In this episode, John and I explore: -How binaural meditation unites the body and mind -The healing properties of brainwave entrainment -Why John meditated intensively to heal from personal trauma -The discoveries in neuroscience that led to the creation of binaural technology -How brainwave entrainment technology can help accelerate your access to deeper states of awareness -How spirituality becomes a felt reality -How brainwave entrainment improves your focus and creativity -Why it's in the suffering and pain where John finds the light -Some of the scientific research demonstrating the efficacy of brainwave entrainment -Brain science, Epigenetics, neuroplasticity, and the wonders of life-long learning -How brainwave entrainment can accelerate your capacity for learning Show Notes Get a free brainwave entrainment meditation music track (Disclosure: We have a business relationship with iAwake technologies. If you buy a program on the iAwake website, it will return an affiliate commission to About Meditation.) Learn more about iAwake Technologies and John Dupuy Buy Integral Recovery The post OM039: Can Brainwave Entrainment Meditation Accelerate Your Growth? appeared first on About Meditation.

54mins

1 Dec 2015

Rank #12

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OM038: Harvard’s Guide To Tai Chi (Moving Meditation)

What is tai chi? Is it true that this ancient martial art, often referred to as a form of moving meditation, can impact the health of your mind, heart, bones, nerves, muscles, and immune system? In fact, the latest research out of Harvard supports these claims and more. Of course, Tai Chi masters have known this for hundreds of years. And the benefits, they say, go much deeper than physical and mental wellness. Tai Chi is also a powerful and honored mindfulness practice. As Harvard’s Dr. Peter Wayne puts it, “I think of Tai Chi as a form of meditation or mindfulness on wheels!” The Harvard Medical School Guide To Tai Chi I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter for this episode of the OneMind Meditation Podcast. He authored The Harvard Medical School Guide To Tai Chi and serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine jointly based at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Peter is passionate about the art and science of Tai Chi. When he’s not at his day job, researching and studying the health benefits of Tai Chi, he’s teaching and practicing with students at his Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Somerville, MA. To date, Peter has has led or collaborated on more than 15 peer-reviewed studies at the Osher Center. These studies include evaluation of the clinical benefits and physiological basis of Tai Chi for: -Chronic heart failure -Obesity and cardiovascular risks -Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -Vestibular (inner ear) balance disorders -Osteoporosis (low bone density) -Depression -Parkinson’s disease At the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, the curriculum focuses on Tai Chi Chuan, qigong, meditation, and related healing and martial art. The Center also offers a teacher training program. In this episode, we explore the art and science of Tai Chi with Dr. Peter Wayne and discuss: What Is Tai Chi? What is Chi? What are the health benefits of Tai Chi? Why is Tai Chi such a good compliment to seated meditation? Why Tai Chi is often referred to as a form of “moving meditation” The 8 active ingredients of Tai Chi How and why ecological principles provide a helpful framework for studying Tai Chi What science is showing us about the multidimensional impact of tai chi on our health Some of the exciting Tai Chi studies taking place at Harvard Show Notes Buy The Harvard Medical School Guide To Tai Chi by Peter Wayne, PhD Explore the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center Learn more about the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Buy A brief history of Chi by Yu Huan Zhang Buy Waking the Tiger by Peter Lavine Buy The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD The post OM038: Harvard’s Guide To Tai Chi (Moving Meditation) appeared first on About Meditation.

51mins

24 Nov 2015

Rank #13

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OM071: The 5 Steps To Mindful Grieving

It’s been a challenging few weeks here in the United States. There’s been a surge of violence on a number of fronts.Because of social media and our 24 hour news cycle, we are all a lot more exposed to the violence and trauma of these events.If you’re like me, it hits you right in the gut and knocks the wind out. When that happens, it’s important to find ways to mourn and grieve.So this week I’m sharing a wonderful and insightful interview with neuropsychologist and professor Dr. Jennifer Wolkin. She lays out 5 essential steps in the process of mindful grieving.And one thing that amazed me about this interview – and about grieving in general – is how ultimately life positive it is. As Dr. Wolkin says, we all need to grieve to move forward.It’s not always easy, but it’s important for the health of our heart, mind, body, and spirit.The 5 Steps To Mindful Grieving Learn more about the work of Dr. Jennifer Wolkin and BrainCurves Email Dr. Jennifer Wolkin Download this mp3 audio of Ram Dass on grief and loss The post OM071: The 5 Steps To Mindful Grieving appeared first on About Meditation.

49mins

12 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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OM070: Healing Emotional Trauma With iRest Meditation

iRest is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that: releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life. -Dr. Richard MillerHealing Emotional Trauma With iRest MeditationYou can read the full writeup on the show from the original episode here. If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to meditation and explore the Meditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM070: Healing Emotional Trauma With iRest Meditation appeared first on About Meditation.

1hr 4mins

28 Jun 2016

Rank #15

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OM082: Former Navy Seal Errol Doebler on Wim Hof Meditation

BIO Errol Doebler is the founder of Leader 193. He brings passion to leadership based on his experience as a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, FBI Special Agent and SWAT Operator, as well as his time as a leader in the private sector in New York City and Washington, DC.  Errol’s diverse experience in leading combat operations, international terrorism and criminal investigations, and business transactions provides his clients with a unique, unparalleled perspective on leadership. He believes that each person has the ability to lead and inspire. Errol is committed to applying his leadership experience directly to the specific needs of his clients. LINKS: Errol’s Website Wim Hof Method Website Errol’s Email Errol’s Blog Errol’s Twitter Errol’s Instagram Errol’s Podcast – Leadership in Tech Errol’s LinkedIn 10 week training program with Wim Hof (Price is $199) Super Human World of the Iceman, Watch this Vice documentary with Wim Hof Get a Health IQ Quote The post OM082: Former Navy Seal Errol Doebler on Wim Hof Meditation appeared first on About Meditation.

1hr 19mins

10 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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OM094 – The Finder’s Course, Permanent Enlightenment, & Fundamental Wellbeing with Dr. Jeffery Martin

BIO: Dr. Jeffery Martin is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. He spent the last 10 years conducting the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, unitive experience, and hundreds of others. More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way. His research began with over 1,000 individuals who claimed to experience PNSE. This resulted in the first reliable, cross-cultural and pan-tradition classification system for these types experience. It also led to the fundamental discovery that these were psychological states that had been identified and adopted for thousands of years by many cultures and belief systems. They were not inherently spiritual or religious, or limited to any given culture or population, and could be molded in many ways to shape the experience. Jeffery's current work involves helping people use what's been learned to make the life-changing transformation into PNSE. His most recent study achieved strong validation, with approximately 73% of participants who successfully completed the program reaching ongoing non-symbolic experience in less than 4 months (FindersCourse.com). His interest in Transformative Technology comes from a belief that findings like his can be translated into mass consumer technologies and affect billions of lives worldwide. Since 2008 he has worked to bring together the stakeholders from academia, technology, business, finance, and public policy to create a sustainable technology space that dramatically improves human well-being. BOOKS: The Finder’s Book by Dr. Jeffery Martin End of your World by Adyashanti LINKS: Jeffery’s Website Finder’s Course Explorer’s Course (Free Mini Course) Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness Tranformative Technology Conference Arnaud Delorme SPONSORED BY: The Meditation for Life Mini Course The post OM094 – The Finder’s Course, Permanent Enlightenment, & Fundamental Wellbeing with Dr. Jeffery Martin appeared first on About Meditation.

1hr 18mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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OM042: How To Turn Meditation Into A Keystone Habit

For this holiday week we are replaying the episode on How To Turn Meditation Into A Keystone Habit. This is one of the most popular episodes of the OneMind Meditation Podcast.If you’d like to learn more about how to turn meditation into a habit, here’s a list of resources.Listen & Read: Listen to: OM 006: Build Confidence and Healthy Habits Through Mindfulness with Author Barrie Davenport Listen to: OM 017: The Ashram & The Entrepreneur Exploring Meditation As A Habit with Sonia Thompson Read: 5 Simple Steps To Create A Meditation Habit That Sticks Read: The Surprising Statistics Behind Creating A New Meditation Habit Read: The One Thing You Must Do To Make Meditation A Habit The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod The One Thing by Gary Keller The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg [Video] How to Break Habits: Charles Duhigg Habit Study from University College London The post OM042: How To Turn Meditation Into A Keystone Habit appeared first on About Meditation.

36mins

22 Dec 2015

Rank #18

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OM045: Two Mindfulness Tips That Can Change Your Life

How do you practice mindfulness during your day? What are some mindfulness exercises that can connect us more deeply to ourselves and to the world and people around us? In this short audio, we explore two mindfulness tips that will ground and deepen your connection to life. Two Mindfulness Tips First, we explore the power of listening. When we immerse ourselves in our immediate soundscape, we discover new layers of presence. When we listen with all of our being, it requires that we bring all of ourselves to the task. And when we do, we suddenly find ourselves in a vast space of present moment awareness. From that ground, we can discover new dimensions of ourselves, others, and the world around us. Second, we dive into the ancient art of observing the movement of our minds. This is a more advanced mindfulness practice, and it demands a lot of patience. However, this mode of mindfulness boasts a rich bounty for the diligent practitioner. Slowly but surely, you learn how to dis-embed your attention from the conditioned momentum of your own mind. In doing so, you create a space within yourself where you can actually observe habitual responses and patterns of thought. Through the simple act of observing and paying attention without judgement, you begin to free yourself from these habitual patterns. That is the miracle of mindfulness. Show Notes If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to Meditation and explore theMeditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes The post OM045: Two Mindfulness Tips That Can Change Your Life appeared first on About Meditation.

21mins

11 Jan 2016

Rank #19

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OM051: How To Nurture Mindful Relationships

How do you nurture mindful relationships? And what is a mindful relationship anyways?Every adult who’s had an intimate partner knows that healthy relationships take work and a lot of practice. They’re like a a garden. You can’t take it for granted. If you tend it carefully, mind the bad weather, and nurture it over time, then good things flower from the soil.But how do you do that and how can mindfulness and meditation help?In this episode of the OneMind podcast, we explore mindful relationships. What are they and how can you bring the fruits of your mindfulness practice into your most intimate relationships?In the end, I find a lot of it comes down to communication and paying attention. Let me explain.What Do Mindful Relationships Look Like?Recently a small bolt of lightning struck my home. Not literally, but figuratively. There we were, my wife and I, moving along through our lives together when suddenly there was a flashpoint that erupted between us.We are about to cross the 13 year threshold of our marriage. And over that time, I’ve learned that you can never predict when flashpoints are going to emerge.They just hit when they do. And they always test your mindful presence.Do you react? Do you lash out? Do you suppress the injured feelings? Or do you endeavor to build a bridge across the chasm that suddenly opened up between the two of you.Recently my wife and I hit one of these flashpoints. It reminded me of why it’s so important to cultivate mindfulness every day.For me, there’s no question that my meditation and mindfulness practice (and my wife’s training in the same) enable us to meet in these moments and forge a deeper connection.We’ve both realized that these moments are some of the most important. And no matter how hurt one of us feels, the rewards of a mindful approach patience, listening, renouncing the natural reactivity, and trying to understand the other side always pays off in the form of deeper trust and intimacy.Cultivating Non-Judgmental AwarenessThe science seems to corroborate my experience. In a recent post on Psychology Today, Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. writes:If, in the midst of a fight with your partner, you can label your angry thoughts and hurt feelings as just my rejection script, or if you can notice your blood pressure rising and your face getting redder, then you have a greater degree of choice about how to behave. Rather than feeling compelled to scream and attack or vigorously defend your position, you can instead choose to take a break, connect with your love for your partner, or try to understand his/her point of view. As a result, you should have reduced stress and more loving, connected relationships.This makes sense to me. Mindfulness is a form of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. Cultivating that skill and capacity is invaluable when the you-know-what hits proverbial fan.In those moments, a little presence in the face of a rising hurricane of righteous indignation can make all the difference.I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about. Pausing in the face of that inner momentum is all it takes to keep yourself from saying the thing you’ll regret and making space for your partner’s perspective.In this episode, I share some tips on mindful relationships along with a recent story from my own life about how the mindful pause helped my wife and I navigate some tricky terrain.Show Notes Check out the Podcastica Podcast Network Read How Does Meditation Improve Your Relationships? If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also like the Meditation for Life Mini Course Learn more about free awareness meditation with How To Free Your Mind & Discover Deep Peace Take a self-paced introduction to Meditation and explore theMeditation For Life Core Training Program Leave us a rating & review on iTunes Photo Credit via Flickr CC: Ed Yourdon The post OM051: How To Nurture Mindful Relationships appeared first on About Meditation.

23mins

22 Feb 2016

Rank #20