Welcome! Most people struggle with stress and feel overwhelmed when they can't keep up with life's demands. If you are battling stress over competing demands from work, home or both and would love to find relief from the onslaught of daily strains and pressures this show can help. Jude Johnson, is a licensed therapist who teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which has been shown to help with stress, pain and illness. This show provides effective tips for stress reduction and includes a guided meditation.
While the holidays are a time of celebration, they often add more items to our to-do lists. The parties, the gifts, baking and entertaining or the absence of these things can make the holiday season feel stressful or even lonely. In part one of this three part series, I am going to explore how to be mindful in-spite of having more to do during the holidays. I will also discuss practical ways to be mindful when you are a part from family or feeling lonely during the holidays.
In this episode I explore how to dissolve stress in the present moment with mindfulness. We can learn how to let go of stress by inviting ourselves into the present moment by giving our full attention to the now. Most of the time, the now if perfectly fine, it is rather the stories we make up about yesterday and tomorrow that keep us trapped in the illusion of our own thoughts. I will discuss practical ways we can break free of this trace with mindfulness. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation. The next several episodes that follow will focus on ways to manage holiday stress.
When we analyze past events, negative feelings and plan for possible problems it is easy for us to start ruminating. Rumination is when we become compulsively focused on our distress, its possible causes and potential consequences. This episode will explore who we can let go of rumination and use mindfulness to start living a more joyful life. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.
The brain's number one priority is survival. Our need to stay safe and survive has made us overly sensitive to potential threats. While detecting threats could save our lives under the right conditions, much of what we see as threatening are really just stressful events that don't require an immediate response. This episode will explore the six ways our brains make us vigilant to threats and how we can decondition this response by taking in the good. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.
This episode explores how comparing ourselves to others can get in the way of living our best lives. How many times have you changed your mind about what was important to you, because someone else had a negative opinion? Marcus Aurelius puts it this way “We love ourselves more than other people, but we care about their opinion, more than our own. Be sure to stay tuned for the guided meditation that follows the talk.
This episode will explore the how to have the courage let go of perfection and be authentic in the face of our fears of being rejected, judged or criticized by others. Being authentic allows us to connect to others, however we cannot share with others who we really are when there is an underlying belief that we are flawed and unworthy. How can we strike a balance between sharing our vulnerabilities and setting healthy boundaries with others? Listen and discover how you can become more mindful and authentic. Be sure to stayed tuned for the guided meditation that follows the talk.
In this episode I provide insights from attending a week-long silent meditation retreat. I will explore the challenges and benefits of silence as a formal mindfulness practice. I will also discuss the importance and benefits of developing and maintaining a regular meditation practice. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.
This is a brief episode that explore how to use mindfuness to live in the present moment and love life. There is a brief meditation of breath wish aspects of loving kindness. I apologize for the audio quality as this was recorded in the fly, but valuable.
In this episode I will explore how to use mindfulness to find more meaning in our relationships. There are so many distractions to pull us away from truly connecting with one another and mindfulness can help us slow down and appreciate each other more. One of the most fundamental ways to show someone we love them is to listen with an open mind and heart.
When someone goes through a disaster or a crisis it can involve emotional trauma related to sudden loss. Having emotional and social support can really made a difference in our long term recovery and well-being. It is comforting when we listen patiently to those who have recently suffered a serious stressful event. We can use mindfulness to remain calm and comforting as we validate their feelings. While disaster can lead to anxiety and depression, there is a lot of research that shows meditation is linked with lower stress levels and increased positivity. In June of 2018 a Thailand boys soccer team that was trapped in a cave for 12 days and their coach reportedly helped them stay calm during this life threatening event by teaching them meditation. In this session I will explore how to use mindfulness & meditation in the aftermath of a disaster. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.
In this episode I explore how mindfulness can enhance happiness by interrupting negative thought patterns, improving connections with others, enhancing our ability to have gratitude and providing a sense of well-being. So often we become trapped by the belief that "if I only had" fill in the blank, then I would be happy. The trouble with the logic is that when we get the thing we want to be happy, our happiness does not last. Listen to the episode to find out how to use mindfulness to be happier and healthier. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.
In this episode I explore how to use mindfulness to reduce sadness & depression. You don't have to be dealing with depression to benefit from this talk. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation. This show is not intended to be a replacement for medical care. Please seek out professional help if you are dealing with depression that is causing suicidal ideation. If you are in crisis please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 or visit crisistext.org and text 741-741 and text "Connect" to get help. If you are in the Charlotte, NC area and are interested in learning more about the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course register now for the orientation by clicking on this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-fall-mbsr-introductory-session-ehc-southpark-tues-pm-tickets-48200476924
In this episode I explore how to use mindfulness in life's most difficult moments. Practicing mindfulness helps protect us from becoming burned out and developing compassion fatigue. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation with aspects of loving kindness.
In this episode I share a story about a parenting win with mindfulness, but I assure you it is not always that way. I explore how to use mindfulness and empathy in parenting, but also relate this lesson to all of our relationships. Following this brief talk I provide a guided meditation. Links mentioned in the show: http://www.jonathanleague.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/JonathanLeagueLPCC/. The episode of Bulletproof radio that was mentioned was John Medina episode #509.