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EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #

Listen to "Ep 230 - Focus, Mindset, and Meditation" on Spreaker.

What’s this episode about?
Skill seeking! So you wanna build a new skill, and you want meditation to help.

First, do your homework. What skill? What evidence is there to support a certain path to build a skill?

Second, find a teacher to guide you or/and help you stay accountable to your goal.

Third, if your goal is targetable / trackable or time sensitive, set up a means to track progress a) assess where you are now, b) track at regular intervals, c) if the trend isn't upwards, change what you're doing. Repeat until you reach your goal.

Meditation can help you build your ability to hold your attention on something. You could track your progress using the meditation, but not being attached to your results is a requirement for practice - which means it's gonna be more effective to have a separate test of progress.

Despite loving education and being a teacher, skill seeking has not been my thing. Interestingly, it wasn't until I started teaching that my mindset began to change. See --and the teachers in the room will recognize this-- when you teach, you either know it all or you don't. Trust me, you don't. Or I certainly don't.

And the moment when a student asks a question you realize you can't answer, it becomes obvious that there's more work to do. I love teaching because I learn during it and it's exciting to see others learn. And I didn't want to give that up, so I was motivated to change. Also because very often I'd realize while teaching that I was making connections and learning new things --improving while practicing.

And if you want to improve a (narrow) skill like focusing your mind --meditation can help. But only if you apply some effort, practice through discomfort, and stay at it!!

Here it is important to keep coming back to do your homework because of different meditation techniques will be better suited to different skills. Listen to episode # for more on that.

Keep coming back and you'll likely see change.
 

Ready to practice a meditation?

Below is the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" instructions.

Listen to "Ep 227 - Full Arohan Awarohan Kriya Practice - SUN mon" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Practicing with you,
esther
 
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EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #195

What’s this episode about?
Compassion meditations can boost your compassion and more. I talk about how that can be useful in your relationship not only with others, but also yourself.

Plus, the one reason I'm ready to add a compassion meditation to my regular practice!

What can I do with that?
I hope it inspires you to look a little deeper into where compassion comes into your life and the effects you feel or observe!

Go on and give it a listen, here:

Listen to "Ep 195 - Meditation, Compassionate Action, and Unconscious Bias" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Below is the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" instructions.

Listen to "Ep 192 - Full Self Awareness Meditation Practice" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Practicing with you,
esther

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #188

What’s this episode about?
What is compassion? What is kindness? I give you my off the cuff definition and, thankfully, the definition used by researchers in studying the effects of compassion meditation.

What can I do with that?
I'm a big believer in the power of words --and the meaning they convey and confer-- to shape our thinking, which can shape our actions. So I hope you're inspired to consider your "definition" of compassion and kindness, how they match up with the actual definitions, and what that might mean for the way you take action in the world.

Give it a listen and find out 🙂

Listen to "Ep 188 - Compassion and Kindness" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Below is the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" instructions.

Listen to "Ep 185 - Full Sat Yam Kriya Practice" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Practicing with you,
esther

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #181

What’s this episode about?
A little bit of the brain science behind how meditation can help you improve your attention and focus.

What can I do with that?
I go into that in the episode! In brief, if you want meditation to help you improve the way you use your attention, you have to train --like an athlete training for the olympics (or little league, that'll do, too ;).

Don't want "training" to be part of your meditation practice? That's A-OK, too! Just don't expect amazing transformations in your attention skills.

Give the episode a listen and experiment with what works best for you!

Listen to "Ep 181 - Meditation and the Science of Attention" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Below is the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" instructions.

Listen to "Ep 178 - Full Hum Sa Kriya Practice" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience.

Practicing with you,
esther

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EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #174

What’s this episode about?
Attention (effort?) and meditation (ease?).

Can you tell me more now?
I thought you'd never ask!

I'm taking a personal tack in today's episode: I share what attention means to me and how it does or doesn't come into my meditation practice. Ease and effort take center stage for a lot of it.

I also break down 5 different types of attention (who knew?!), and next week, I'll talk about all the juicy brain activity details that show how meditation appears to help improve attention and focus.

What can I do with that?
I share my perspective and personal experience both so you can understand where I'm coming from in my teaching, but more so that you can ask whether there's any similarity in your own experience. If so, maybe this can help you create a perspective shift to make your meditation more effective... whether that's by making it "easier" or more "effortful."

I hope you’ll give it a listen:

Listen to "Ep 174 - Should meditation be easy or effortful?" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Below is the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" instructions.

Listen to "Ep 171 - Full Apa Japa (Breath Awareness) Practice" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Click on the bar below to get in touch!

Practicing with you,
esther
 

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EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #167

What’s this episode about?
Meditation and how to calm stress in the short term.

Can you tell me more now?
Yup. I dive in to the reality of dealing with stress on the fly.

Can you meditate and create stress reducing brain changes when you're in the middle of chaos? I talk about why we need to set ourselves up with physiological changes that can help lessen stress in the moment, and then make it easier to meditate and make those lasting brain changes.

What can I do with that?
This week's meditation practice (listen below!) is also a stress reduction aid - no meditating required!

I explain how it works and give you just a little taste of the practice.

I hope you’ll give it a listen!

Listen to "Ep 167 - Finding the Eye of the Storm" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Here's the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" walk through!

Listen to "Ep 164 - Full Arohan Awarohan Kriya Meditation" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Practicing with you,
esther

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #160

What’s this episode about?
You've probably heard that meditation can reduce your stress.

And, yes! It can!

But in what way? And which kind of meditation? And how much do you need to do?

Can you tell me more now?
In today's podcast, I tackle the answers to these questions with the help of research reported and interpreted in the book Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. (A book you should absolutely pick up --it's a great read with tons of sobering information about what we know and don't know about the effects of meditation. I loved it.).

What can I do with that?
I go into that in the episode! Today's break down should help put meditation practice into context, especially if you're using meditation to calm the frig down and get rid of stress.

I share which style of meditation may be the best for stress reduction, based on available research, and frame this week's ISHTA sat yam kriya practice in light of this stress reduction style.

I hope you’ll give it a listen:

Listen to "Ep 160 - How does meditation reduce stress?" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Here's the week's "full practice" episode with a mindfulness bent. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" walk through!

Listen to "Ep 160.5 - "Mindful" Sat Yam Release Kriya" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Click on the bar below to get in touch!

Practicing with you,
esther
 

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EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #153

What’s this episode about?
Today I'm talking about the question "why should you meditate?" -- a question I'll revisit often from various angles including those personal, scientific, anecdotal, and philosophical.

Can you tell me more now?
Sure thing. Here’s one key bit:

There are so many reasons why you "should" meditate! But "should" always needs context. Find the context and it's just a matter of cause and effect.

What can I do with that?
Ask yourself: are you trying to accomplish something (that you think meditation can help with)?

If so define it --it can be a vague goal or a crazy targeted goal, the articulation doesn't matter at this first step. From the existing science alone, we can probably drum up an answer as to whether meditation of some kind is an appropriate tool to help you move toward your goal, even if that goal is still hazy in your mind.

I talk about this from a personal/anecdotal perspective in the episode - I hope you’ll give it a listen!

Listen to "Ep 153 - Why Should You Meditate?" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Here's the week's "full practice" episode. Click here to listen to the "how to practice" walk through!

Listen to "Ep 150 - Full Hum Sa Kriya Meditation" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Practicing with you,
esther

EVERYDAY MEDITATION PODCAST: EPISODE #147

What’s this episode about?
Mantra, where it comes from and what you can use it for.

Define that for me.
The word mantra means "mind tool" or something that "expands the mind". You can use it to focus the mind in meditation and in everyday life.

Can you tell me more now?
I'm so glad you asked.

Mantra in the sense of "mind tool" is a device you can use to focus your mind. By repeating the mantra, you train your mind to stay focused on it... to the exclusion of other thinking.

In meditation, the result is a feeling of "expansion". In meditation and in life, reflection upon this "expansion" can yield a shift --or an expansion, if you will-- in your perspective. You might be more likely to observe your own thoughts, feelings, and emotions, which helps create just enough distance that you can act consciously rather than reactively.

What can I do with that?
I go into that in the episode! Here's a quick summary:

- Choose a mantra to use in meditation based on your gut instinct. Pick one you like from the 7 options I offer.
- Use the same mantra throughout your day when you need to calm yourself down or reduce the effects of internal or external distractions.

I hope you’ll give it a listen!

Listen to "Ep 147 - Using Mantra in Meditation and Everyday Life" on Spreaker.

Ready to practice the meditation? Here it is:

Listen to "Ep 148 - Hum Sa Kriya Meditation Practice" on Spreaker.

I'd love to hear about your experience -- and help out with any questions you have.

Click on the bar below to get in touch!

 

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