a guest post by Judson Brewer
How to break stress eating habits with mindfulness.
I recently released an app designed to help people quit smoking. While testing it, one woman reported that she’d cut down on her snacking. Cutting down on snacking while quitting smoking…this wasn’t something one usually hears, and it threw me for a loop.
A guest post by Ashley Turner.
Have you always wanted to start meditating, but don’t know how? Or started a meditation practice and quickly fallen off the wagon? It takes a little instruction, but it’s simpler and easier than you may think.
Celebrate National Meditation Month with us! For the next 12 days some of your favorite yogis will share why they practice meditation on Gaiam’s Instagram page.
Join in by sharing with us why you meditate using the hashtag #IMeditateTo. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive new meditation digs.
We are taught to move away from fear—to choose comfort and instantaneous satisfaction over the hard path. And yet, we who meditate are always choosing the hard path.
Brene Brown wrote, “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”
A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
When people practice mindfulness they say things like, it makes me calm, it softens my body, it helps me be more aware of choice or I seem to be more clear about what matters. The question I love to follow with is, “what would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there is more of this in your life?”
Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.
We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.
On a regular basis, I have people tell me all of the reasons they don’t do yoga: they aren’t flexible enough, they feel awkward compared to others in class, they can’t quiet their mind, they aren’t fit…the list goes on and on, filled with fear and uncertainty. While it makes me sad that so many people are holding themselves back from experiencing the transformative beauty of yoga, I am also happy that so many people are sharing these thoughts with me because in sharing they are looking for answers.
It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.
Photo of Meditation Studio app teacher, Koshin Ellison.
When I imagine peace, I think of a relaxing abode in a natural setting—no deadlines, grocery shopping, or distracting smartphones. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the advantage of an ashram or even a beach cottage to sink into our bodies and reconnect with our deeper selves.