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15 Jun

As a practice, meditation can open up a whole realm of possibility. We derive many different benefits from cultivating greater mindfulness in our daily lives.

Don’t worry; this is not going to be another article touting the many benefits of meditation. This article is going to explore how meditation and mindfulness can transform our relationship to our sexuality and the way we intimately relate.

Mindful sexuality and intimacy are still topics vastly unexplored in the mainstream. We exist in a society and culture that has a significant pleasure deficit.

By pleasure deficit, I mean that we have an incredible deficiency in pleasure and an overabundance of stress and suffering.

The collective trance that we’ve all bought into champions being constantly-on-the-go and participating in the endless rat-race.

Between our innumerable to-do lists, familial, and occupational duties, we reserve very little time to enjoy the things that give us the most pleasure and make us feel the most alive.

I am assuming you are reading this article today because you are searching for a way to maximize pleasure in your life. Whether you’d like to have a better sex life or cultivate a more profound connection with yourself or intimate partner, these concepts that we are going to discuss can help you reach your goals.

First off, to reiterate, meditation brings us into direct contact with our present moment reality. Our senses become heightened.

We are more aware of our emotions and physical sensations. There is greater space in which to observe our thoughts. The act of being mindful helps us to become more physically present in our bodies.

Naturally, as we cultivate a meditation practice our ability to stay present in all areas of our lives grows exponentially.

When we begin to utilize meditation concepts like presence, relaxation, listening, and letting go, in our sexual and intimate relationships, it’s a complete game changer.

Presence:

Just like in meditation, we can begin to practice becoming more present within the realm of our sex lives and intimate relationships.

When we start to apply presence practice to sexual intimacy, we are cultivating our ability to become more aware of our own physical sensations, bodies signals, and cues.

The more present, embodied, and connected we are, the greater our ability to tap into the  body’s innate sensitivity. This allows us to be more aware of our own feelings and desires and those of our partner’s.

Relaxation/Slowing down:

There’s a reason that there is so much hype about foreplay. I promise it’s not an urban myth.

In meditation, we give ourselves the opportunity to stop, slow down, and take an out-breath. We might notice that our breath naturally deepens and becomes more expansive.

Any tension or pain we might be carrying in our bodies starts to soften. Physiologically, our nervous system is shifting from an activated state to a more restful and restorative state.

When we relax and slow down during sexual intimacy, we are creating a greater degree of safety and building the foundation for a deeper connection.

The more that we allow ourselves to slow down, the more we increase our capacity to tune into what feels good and pleasurable. Slowing down actually increases the intensity of our sensations.

We are not only able to feel more pleasure, but we are also able to more easily discern what doesn’t feel good or what isn’t working. When we slow down with each other, we naturally create space for increased communication and collaboration on all levels.

Listening:

Once we’ve developed our ability to be present, relax, and slow down, a deeper level of listening becomes available to us.

One of the many benefits of meditation is that it augments our connection to the more subtle realms of energy beyond the physical. I’m sure that we’ve all wished that our intimate partner could anticipate exactly what we desired without us having to communicate it.

Sometimes, communicating our sexual desires, likes, and dislikes can feel like the most uncomfortable part of the exchange. I have good news for you.

When we have a strong foundation of being anchored into our present moment experience from an embodied place, and we’ve learned to consciously relax and slow down, we have the opportunity to more easily connect and experience these subtle realms of energy.

From a space of deep self-connection and presence, we are very much in-tune with our own pleasure and desires, and those of our partners. We are no longer trying to determine or blindly guess at what would feel the most satisfying.

We are able to utilize our body as a finely honed, intuitive compass, and easily read the subtle shifts in our partners energy and body. This supports a mutual deepening in connection, synergy, love, and flow.

Letting Go/Surrender

In meditation, our ability to let go and surrender often dictates the degree to which we find our practice satisfying. Most meditation traditions are advocates of letting go of the attachment to any outcome, even satisfaction.

The gift of this practice of letting go is that it enhances our ability to welcome all that is arising in our experience.

When we attach to an outcome of how we want our practice or experience to be, we are contracting against the expansion, connection, love, pleasure, and freedom that is our natural state and birthrate.

Similarly, when we are fixated on a specific outcome and goal in terms of our sexual intimacy we limit what’s possible.

When we have the courage to surrender, let go, and follow our natural instincts and intuition we are able to transcend the physical limitations of the mind and dissolve into a deeper union.

As we practice the art of letting go and opening, we might reach a point in our practice that we realize that it is not our partner that we are surrendering to, but the pure awareness and consciousness reflected in the eyes of our lover.

By cultivating greater mindfulness and presence in our sexual and intimate relationships we can effectively transform the habits, beliefs, and patterns that perpetuate disconnection and dissatisfaction from the bedroom to the workplace.

When we make the choice to consciously awaken from the autopilot of our lives it not only amplifies our own self-connection, but strengthens our capacity to connect with the people we love most.

Interested in learning more about awakened sexuality and conscious partnership? Check out Intimate Communion by acclaimed Spiritual Sexuality teacher, David Deida.

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15 Jun

Bio

Matthew Ferry creates lasting results by teaching you how to be happy now, regardless of the circumstances of life.

For over two decades, he has coached and trained CEOs, top sales professionals, entrepreneurs and Wall Street heavy hitters to thrive during chaotic and devastating circumstances.

Matthew Ferry is the worlds preeminent authority on The Drunk Monkey, his nickname for the mind, and the underlying cause that blocks you from attaining what you truly desire.

As a happiness and success expert, he literally wrote the book on The Drunk Monkey and is passionate about sharing his street-tested techniques to get it under control so you can make more money, have better relationships, and finally experience the balance and life satisfaction you’ve been craving.

Known as a global thought leader in personal transformation, Matthew Ferry has penned many powerful books and life-changing programs including Instant Inspiration, The Truth Virus, Transforming Fear into Action, Creating Sales Velocity and Ridiculous Bliss.

If you are ready to get into massive action on your goals while being in a state of unexplainable happiness and peace, then Matthew Ferry’s provocative, left field approach is perfect for you.

Links:

Pick Up Your Gifts from Matthew Here
Matthew’s Website
Matthew’s Facebook Page
Matthew’s Youtube Channel
Matthew’s Article Ten Myths About Enlightenment

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15 Jun

Part 1: Stepping into Perpetual Freedom

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ― Albert Einstein, physicist

When I speak of spiritual freedom I’m speaking about being released from the hypnotic bonds of the current paradigm.

In my work I spend a great deal of time supporting people to understand the insidious ways that we become ensnared in the perceptual sensibilities and limitations of the dominant paradigm.

We are taught to believe that we live in reality when in fact we live in a very convincing illusion of reality. That illusion is formed by conditioned patterns of thought and feelings and the habitual ways that we respond to them.

We’ve been trained what to think and how to feel, and then we’re taught to use our thoughts and feelings to tell us what is real.

This circular loop creates an illusion of reality that is so convincing that few of us ever suspect that the way things really are might be radically different than the way we think and feel they are.

It is important to emphasize that the liberation I’m speaking about is not meant to be a transitional step designed to take us from one reality to another.

It is a state of perpetual freedom that leaves us always open to new possibilities. We never forget that there is always more possible no matter what may feel real to us now and so we are always ready to let go discover something new.

Part 2: Discovering the Reality of Unity and Love

“Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows ‘I am!’ No one can deny his own being.” – Ramana Maharshi, Hindu sage

One of the great spiritual awakenings that I work with is the awakening of non-dual awareness. The term non-dual is sometimes translated as oneness, but in a sense, it is not really oneness at all.

Non-duality does not mean only-one. It means not-two. It does not imply unity as much as it implies no separation and inclusivity.

The idea of oneness too easily suggests an undifferentiated uniform mass, and that kind of oneness excludes difference, diversity or uniqueness.

Non-duality cannot be that kind of oneness because anything that it excludes becomes a second to itself and then there would be two.

The nature of non-duality is radical inclusivity. It is one without a second. It is an inside that has no outside.

My deepest experiences of what I could only call non-dual awareness did not leave me with a sense of oneness or even wholeness. They left me with an all-encompassing sense of love and connection with everything everywhere.

We exist in a continuous field of inseparability, in constant relationship with everything. In the current paradigm we’ve developed habits of perception that cause us to feel separate in a reality in which no separation actually exists.

Part 3: Liberating Ourselves from Separation and Isolation

What we experience as separation emerges largely out of the experience of mystery. I experience you as separate not because you are, but because I don’t, and maybe can’t, know everything about you.

If we make a slight perceptual adjustment the sense of separation becomes an encounter with mystery.

The existence of mystery gives rise to a feeling of loving curiosity that naturally wants to merge with that mystery by knowing it through direct contact. This desire to merge with mystery is a spiritual love that wants to unify all of life.

The first spiritual practice I worked with was meditation in the lineage of the Hindu teaching of Advaita Vedanta and the teachings of Ramana Maharshi.

Meditation in the way I teach is a practice of consciously merging with the mystery of being.

Even as the language of my work has evolved to focus around the language of paradigm shifting I still find that non-dual awareness and the practice of meditation are a central part of what I teach.

This is partly because meditation as I teach it is never just a solitary practice done in isolation.

If we think sitting down and closing our eyes means that we are alone, then we misunderstand the true scope of what it means to be human. Closing your eyes can’t separate you from the rest of humanity or anything else.

Every thought and feeling you have in the seeming privacy of your own mind has been shaped in relationship with the thoughts and feelings of everyone you’ve ever known and everyone they’ve known and so on and so on.

And we are influenced by much more than just other people. Every experience we’ve ever had of every living and non-living thing has had a shaping influence on us.

And those things have been shaped by the encounters they’ve had. There is no separation.

Nothing is ultimately separate from anything else.

Experiencing the truth of no separation directly and resting in that recognition is how we rewire our nervous system and tune our sensibilities to the experience of the continuous field of being that we live in.

When you close our eyes to meditate do so knowing that there is nothing separating you from anything else.

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14 Jun

Bio

Julie Hunt is a Chopra Center Certified Meditation Instructor passionately devoted to helping people live healthier and happier stress free lives, using the tools of meditation, yoga and Ayurveda. She has inspired thousands of people as a teacher, coach, entrepreneur and author of Shout from the Rooftops in Your Stilettos.

She teaches regularly at the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health program and hosts
workshops and retreats in Philadelphia and San Diego. She has served on The
Chopra Center’s leadership team as Senior Manager of Digital Products where she
helped to bring online programs to life featuring Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle,
Martha Beck, Dr. Andrew Weil, and others. She enthusiastically shares great knowledge and simple techniques to help people tap into infinite possibilities and remember their true nature, which is perfection.

Links

Julie’s Website
Julie’s Email
Free access to Julie’s eCourse Spontaneous Meditation
Free meditation hosted by Julie at the Chopra Center at the Carlsbad in San Diego on Thursday Mornings at 7:45am.

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14 Jun

I run a meditation group at my office twice a week. Not too long ago, someone lamented after a session, “I couldn’t relax, I kept hearing the ticking of the clock – it was so distracting!”

While I understand what she was saying, and certainly have had times when I was unable to let go of a thought or a noise, the issue of distractions is rooted in a fundamental perspective that, when shifted,  paves another way forward.

What Are Your Priorities?

Distractions are only distractions if we choose for them to be. When we say we’re distracted by something, we are giving that thing a higher priority in our mind than our task at hand.

I have a client who wanted to work on his road rage. With some introspection, we were able to determine that his sudden bursts of anger were rooted in a sense of feeling trapped in life.

I offered him some techniques he could employ at home before our next session to understand how this feeling of his shows up in his day-to-day in more subtle ways.

He came to his next session and I asked him how it went. He said, “Well…. you know, I wanted to do that, but I kept getting distracted by my wife or the news or my dogs…” and he trailed off.

Knowing he’s a big football fan, I asked him when he’s watching the Patriots and his wife comes in the room and asks him to do something, is he distracted then? Does he get pulled away from the game that easily?

Without hesitation he replied, “No way man! When I’m watching the game, I’m in it. I don’t even know what else is going on around me. My wife has to say things three times before they register when the Pats are on.”

The “distractions” that show up when he went to do some of his homework were things that show up regardless if he’s being introspective or immersed in the game on TV.

When he “wanted” to look internally, he considered these other things to be a higher priority so he gave his attention to them. But when watching football was his highest priority, other things had a much steeper hill to climb to make a dent in his awareness.

Distraction In Meditation

The same is true in meditation. When we are distracted by noise or a twitching muscle in our eye, we are prioritizing that sensation over our practice. We are saying it is more important to pay attention to that noise than it is to be still.

We have a lot of cultural conditioning which reinforces this. We live in a world of instant gratification and the expectation of immediate response to communication.

There is a competition for our attention, and an expectation that our attention is up for grabs to the highest bidder who uses the specific alarming tone or eye-catching combination of superlatives.

Consider your own experience reading this article. How high a priority is this? If you receive a text message or an email while you’re reading this, do you stop and tend to that?

I’m not judging where you place your priorities. That is your choice for you to determine what is most important to you.

However, I invite you to consider that you have more control over where your focus goes than you may have otherwise thought.

It is important for us to realize we have control over our own attention.

We get to say where we are focusing and where we are not.

We get to decide where our priorities lie.

We are in control of what we pay attention to.

The Highest Priority

When you meditate, make that your highest priority. There is a conditioning to pull you away to the newest stimulus, but any conditioning can be adjusted. Any learned behavior can be unlearned.

Just because a clock ticks or a phone buzzes does not mean it is more important than what you are doing.

Make being still your highest priority, and see how that control of your awareness can filter out into the rest of your life.

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14 Jun

I’ve been meditating daily for about 18 years. I’ve been selling professionally for almost 16 years (I was previously a social worker).

I’ve been running as a spiritual practice for 15 years.

Typically, these three areas act as a virtuous circle in my life; my activity in one area will energize and inspire novelty in the others, which then reciprocate.

But recently, they’ve become a kind of crucible.

I wanted to share some thoughts on what I’ve found supportive when things don’t go your way and seem to be conspiring against you.

Selling and Running

What I love about selling and running is you are negotiating with forces that are outside of your direct control.

You cannot make someone buy your offering; that’s called extortion.

Your body will not do whatever you ask of it; it will rebel at some point through injury or stagnation. And yet, my family’s financial stability and my well-being absolutely depend on how well I get along with these forces.

Meditation, on the other hand, has no concern whatsoever with anyone or anything other. As long as my body and mind are sound enough to sit still and quietly, I’m good to go: I’m free.

Usually, spending time experiencing this depth of freedom spills over into the rest of my life.

It is a remarkable thing to engage in a business conversation, or run hard for 10 miles, with a whiff of meditative infinity circulating in my consciousness.

I endeavor to express it however I can, whether through my vulnerability in an unlikely situation, or by charging through time and space faster than I ever have before.

Where Is the Magic?

However, for countless reasons I can speculate on but not confirm for certain, the magic hasn’t been there.

It’s been raw toil these days with seemingly little to show for it. The money’s not coming in fast enough. I’m running slower than I was last training season.

Now of course, some of this is simply a matter of patience.

Business agreements in my field take time to finalize (I sell for a consulting firm to banks and technology companies). The body needs time to be tuned to higher levels of efficiency (I started training later this year than last season).

But thoughts have haunted me like ominous clouds: of lack, of barren struggle, of a general impending decline.

This is in the context of my past two years, which has been an unprecedented period of flow and plenty in almost every area of my life.

What Is a Stable Source of Confidence?

I found my underlying zest for life getting slowly gnawed away by fears of the minutiae of my daily obligations that essentially boiled down to: am I not as capable as I thought I was?

I found this to be a particularly challenging test because to excel at selling and running each demand a certain kind of verve and depends so much on one’s confidence. But what to do when confidence was the very opposite of what I was feeling?

But then, I started to contemplate: what is confidence? Where does it come from?

Clearly, there’s a reality to how we measure ourselves that is quantifiable and unmoving.

I can feel awesome about myself, but if I’m not bringing in sufficient revenue for my firm, or achieving specific speed times, I will face unavoidable consequences.

Conversely, if I’m over-delivering, my family’s bank accounts expand enormously and my middle-aged body transmutes into a lethal machine before my very eyes. That typically makes me feel pretty good.

However, I’ve seen how we can become a slave to our own metrics: one’s self-worth relies on fluctuating calculations that aren’t entirely in our control.

Like a hyper-aggressive investor fixated on the global stock market, I value my life by whether I’m up or down on this index.

And the insidious nature of this index is that there is no top and no bottom.

Look in either direction and there will be numbers towering and descending without end. Holding one’s self to an arbitrary standard is a never-ending hell that is difficult to escape.

Thank God for meditation.

In its immediacy, this index crumbles.

Finding Faith Through Meditation

Lately, as I’ve clung on to the sanctuary of nothingness that is meditation, I’ve been drawn to a source of confidence that is not so fragile and full of flux.

Until I can refine my thinking (and come up with a better word), I call it the Dream.

Why do I meditate just about every day without fail? Why am I so motivated to bask in nothing at all?

Because it’s not really “nothing”. It is something. I don’t know what it is. I can’t put my finger on it. It has to do with why I am alive and why it is worth living.

It is reminiscent of a hope for a perfected world, but as that’s a vision impossible for the mind to comprehend with any specificity, it is like a glorious Dream that you can never remember.

Yet, that doesn’t mean the Dream’s not totally real, meaningful, and full of purpose.

You just can’t hang your hat on it or put it in a box on the mantle.

Perhaps a more accurate word for it is faith.

And the nature of faith is that it relies on something that you cannot see. That can seem like a bad bet to base your confidence on.

As our our world grows more volatile than ever, I think the strength and stability that comes from a conscious and open-eyed faith in our existence is a most powerful resource to draw from.

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14 Jun

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


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13 Jun

As an intuitive mentor, healer, and fellow spiritual explorer, I encounter a lot of individuals who have a longing to be connected to their intuition.

They yearn to be in a state of flow and trust in their natural direction and inner wisdom. The ironic thing is most people are already accessing their intuition on a daily basis.

The common question I hear is that, well if I’m already connected to my intuition than why am I still struggling?

Why do I still feel like something is missing?

Why do I feel overwhelmed and like the path ahead is unclear?

Why do I still feel trapped and misaligned with the love, abundance, and freedom I desire?

The quick answer is, the only reason we still feel out of alignment is because we aren’t heeding the call of our intuitive wisdom and inner guidance.

We are continuously receiving subtle cues and feedback from our bodies and environment.

Our bodies are incredibly sensitive and powerful conduits for discerning, experiencing, interpreting, and shaping our environment.

Our body can tell us the moment that something feels off, painful, or unsafe. We get instantaneous feedback when something feels nourishing, pleasurable, or aligned.

The majority of the time we end up ignoring these subtle cues.

Learning how to be in our bodies and listening to our bodies wisdom isn’t something that has been traditionally instilled in our society and culture.

The Trance of Our Daily Lives

We are unconsciously programmed to fall prey to self-created stories, beliefs, drama, other people’s feedback and criticism, and social conditioning.

We learn, and are even encouraged, to make excuses, play it safe, compete and compare ourselves to each other, and settle even though we know it’s not what we truly want.

We forget to take care of ourselves and can be easily seduced by addictive tendencies that have become a part of the larger status quo.

Social, media, binge-watching, drugs, alcohol, hook-up culture, are just a few of the pastimes that have been normalized.

We allow our own fears and inhibitions to dissuade us from leaping off the edge of our comfort zone and moving towards what we most deeply desire.

The truth is, the only thing blocking us from living in communion with our intuition and higher wisdom is our own fear, lack of trust in ourselves, and the degree that we are willing to courageously act in the face of our fears.

When we are disconnected from ourselves, our tendency to want to ignore our needs intensifies.

  • What body cues and signals have I been ignoring?
  • Where have I been leaking energy and vitality by not setting solid, energetic boundaries?
  • What have I been avoiding for fear of failure?
  • Where am I still compromising and not fully honoring my truth?
  • Where am I not caring for myself and giving myself the love and support that I really deserve?

These are all questions I ask myself when I feel out of alignment and like I am struggling to hear my intuition and inner voice of wisdom.

When I am feeling powerless and disconnected from myself, my personal inclination is to want to avoid my experience rather than confront it.

Asking ourselves questions like the ones above can feel intensely confronting because they can instantaneously illuminate where we aren’t living in alignment.

Re-alignment With Our Intuitive Ground

To re-align ourselves with our inner ground, intuition, and inner-compass, we begin to gently shine the light of awareness on the areas in our lives that we feel like we haven’t been living in full integrity.

We go back to basics.

We assess where we haven’t been caring for ourselves in the ways that make us feel most supported and nourished.

For instance, you might check-in and take note of how much sleep have I been getting lately?

  • What types of foods have I been putting into my body?
  • Have I been eating on a regular schedule?
  • Am I getting enough rest time?
  • Am I moving my body and getting enough exercise?
  • Have I had any time for things that I enjoy and have fun doing?
  • Have I been able to connect intimately with those that I feel close to and love?

It might seem tremendously basic and obvious, but it’s amazing how easily these things can fall by the wayside when we feel out of alignment with ourselves.

If you were to just pick two of the things on this list to start consciously tending to on a daily basis, your relationship to yourself and sense of self-connection would drastically transform for the better.

I would recommend choosing the two areas of your life that you feel your needs aren’t being consistently met.

Once you’ve selected your two areas, block out time in your schedule this week, so you can meet those needs.

For example, if sleep is a need you haven’t been able to meet, make it your priority for one week to go to sleep at a consistent time every night.

If you find yourself rushing through your meals and not eating the foods that make you feel your best, for this next week, give yourself at least 50% more time than you usually do to enjoy your meals.

See what happens as you slow down and actually tune into what your body wants to eat, as opposed to just grabbing the fastest thing from the fridge.

If it’s been weeks since you’ve taken a break and done something nourishing for yourself, what’s that thing you’ve wished you had the time for and haven’t given yourself the space to do?

Becoming Self-Care Savvy

If you want to take it a step farther, make a list of all the things that make you feel the most nourished and cared for, and then block out self-care time in your schedule for the week.

You might physically block out time for a nap, meditation, bath, exercise, a date night with your intimate partner or friend, time to read, write or pursue other creative pursuits.

It’s your self-care time, and you have access to a boundless well of knowledge and wisdom to know how to best care for yourself in this moment.

It’s amazing what happens when we begin to create regularity and consistency in the way that we take care of ourselves.

From a space of deep self-connection, we can access deeper clarity around what supports our highest expression and what inhibits our highest expression.

Higher Alignment Through Intentional Action

With a stable foundation, we don’t have to fight so hard to hear ourselves. Our ability to reside in a space of trust in ourselves and our direction is amplified because we are maintaining our bodies vessel with tremendous care.

We are resourcing ourselves, filling up our proverbial cups, and consistently meeting our own needs.

When we are resourced, then it becomes that much easier to discern where we haven’t been honoring and expressing our truth and setting clear boundaries around what we need and what most deeply serves us.

We no longer have to reach outside of ourselves for an external sense of validation or stability, we have learned how to be our own anchor.

We no longer negate our needs for other people, we recognize by listening to our own intuitive wisdom that we will align with the awareness, energetic resonance, and vibration necessary to creating the foundation for the life we most desire to create.

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13 Jun

I recently had the privilege of reconnecting with an old friend of mine, Tola Oguntoyinbo, an artist and entrepreneur living in Chapel Hill, NC.

I had a blast in this conversation with Tola. In addition to exploring how meditation practice compliments his art, we explored Tola’s life-changing experience on a 10-day Vipassana Silent Retreat.

Vipassana–a non-sectarian technique which focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body–is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques.

If you’ve been curious about going on a retreat yourself, definitely check this out. Or, if you’ve struggled with stress, I think you’ll find this interview helpful.

If you liked this interview with Tola on Vipassana Meditation, you’ll love these other interviews and articles focused on Vipassana: OM064: How To Practice Vipassana Meditation

BIO:

Tola Oguntoyinbo is an artist and entrepreneur living in Chapel Hill NC. You can find his artwork @ babatola.com or check out his current start-up project @ shinebig.com.

LINKS:

Tola’s Website
Tola’s Start Up Project – ShineBig.com.

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13 Jun

BIO:

Gabriel Baldwin began learning mindfulness as a fifteen year old at a mindfulness retreat for teenagers at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). As a depressed and bullied teen, learning mindfulness was invaluable to overcoming these challenges. As a staff person on these retreats since 2008 he has now participated in well over 25 with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and IMS. After transitioning out of a successful career as an engineer and consultant in the field of energy efficiency and green construction during his 20s he now teaches mindfulness in public schools and after school programs and camps in Greater Boston and beyond. He has now taught mindfulness to over 3,500 youth.

Gabriel has trained with Mindful Schools, Mindfulness in Schools Project, Calmer Choice, iBme, Center for Adolescent Studies, and the Hakomi Institute. He attends regular silent retreats and weekly sits at local meditation centers. He can also be seen in parks around Boston doing Primal Practice, a playful embodied movement practice that draws from multiple yoga, martial, meditation, and movement disciplines.

LINKS:

Gabriel’s Website
Gabriels’ book recommendation: How Emotions are Made by Lisa Fieldman Barret Ph.D
If you are interested in teaching mindfulness in schools and would like to apprentice with Gabriel in the Boston area, Contact him here.

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