Three Breaths and Begin with William Meyer
Friday, May 17th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

William Meyer has long taught history, economics, and humanities in urban and suburban high schools, where he has also taught meditation in a variety of forms. He has worked with fellow educators in workshops and professional development courses, is the author of two published middle-reader novels, and is currently working to augment his MA in education from Harvard with a PhD from NYU.  www.BillPMeyer.com  

Practical Meditation for Beginners with Benjamin Decker
Monday, September 24th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Benjamin W. Decker, is a social activist, meditation teacher and entrepreneur. His love for meditation & the spiritual teachings of ancient traditions goes back to childhood. Ever the idealist and enthusiastic learner, this enthusiasm for meditation has won him praise by Conscious Lifestyle Magazine as “one of the world’s leading meditation teachers,” and Well + Good as a “superstar meditation instructor.” His work is universal, well-rounded and rooted in ancient wisdom & modern pragmatism.  http://bendeckermeditation.com 

A Mind At Home with Itself with Bryon Katie
Sunday, February 18th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self-loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work. The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering. www.thework.com

Yoga Rising with Melanie Klein
Friday, February 16th at 8PM ET/5PM PT

Melanie Klein, MA, is a writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.

Following Your Intuition with Dr. Ira Israel
Monday, January 15th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Ira Israel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mindful Relationship Coach. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Ira has taught mindfulness to thousands of physicians, psychologists, attorneys, engineers and creative professionals across America. www.IraIsrael.com

Breathing Love with Jennie Lee
Monday, January 8th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Jennie Lee is a certified yoga therapist who has spent two decades coaching people in the healing tradition of classical yoga meditation. Using the practices she writes about in Breathing Love, Jennie helps people overcome grief, depression, anxiety, and stress as well as create lives filled with greater joy. Author of the award winning book True Yoga, Jennie’s writing has also been featured on dozens of wellness blogs and in magazines including the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Yoga Digest, and Yogi Times. She counsels via phone or Skype internationally and from her home studio on the island of O’ahu. Visit her online at www.JennieLeeYogaTherapy.com

Mindfulness as a Path to Self-Care

While out walking the other day, it seemed like I had just stepped into the perfect day. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing and birds were singing as my thoughts wandered to the topic of mindfulness as a path to self-care. While self-care and mindfulness are not new topics, both still offer a greater shift in perspective when we choose to dive deeper into the practice of caring for our mind, body and spirit.

Many times, self-care only captures our attentions while we are on vacation or out of town on some far away trip, miles away from the typical stresses of everyday life. Self-care is often placed at the very bottom of a never-ending list of things to do. Meanwhile, busy work and being overly connected take center stage in our lives, drowning out our body’s cry for some major tender loving care.

But how important is it to devote time to ourselves? Can we really find moments in our already overbooked schedules and hectic lives to develop a solid routine of self-care?

When the topic of mindfulness finally does surface above the daily noise, it is often thought we need to have a serene place, void of distractions to develop a state of awareness with everything around us and, most importantly, with ourselves.  However, cultivating mindfulness as part of a self-care regimen can take place anywhere, regardless of what is going on around you. The advantages of this practice can be immense.

Science has now proven the wide range of benefits derived from practicing a state of mindfulness as a path to self-care. These benefits include…

  • Reduction in anxiety and stress
  • Improved cognition
  • Elevated happiness, contentment and gratitude
  • Increased immune function
  • Boost in memory
  • Improved moods
  • Slowing of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Increased creativity
  • Lowered blood pressure

I would like to share with you a very simple mindfulness exercise that I use on a daily basis which only takes a couple of minutes.  It doesn’t matter if you are at your desk, just got off a phone call with a difficult client or you’re feeling generally overwhelmed. This practice can bring you back to center allowing you to focus on what is truly important — your inner peace.

Close your eyes (not while driving) and focus on your breathing.  Feel the expansion of your body with each inhalation and rhythmic flow as each exhalation leaves the body. Clear your mind. When thoughts arise without judgement, gently allow those thoughts to drift away while bringing your attention back to your breathing.

Initially, it might seem like a battle to win over the quiet moments of your mind, but with each practice it gets easier and the times that you experience peacefulness will last longer. In time, you’ll find that it’s extremely easy to drop into a mindfulness state and that those few moments allow you to recharge quickly.

This simple mindfulness tool has allowed me to remain centered and focused over the years even during a bustling workday. You see, it’s not about finding the perfectly quiet and serene place to refocus and find your peace. It’s about finding the mindfulness practice that is the perfect fit for you, plus getting in the habit of using that practice to improve your self-care if even for a moment.

Our minds, bodies and souls are always working hard, so show yourself some love and take a deep breath. Kick off your shoes. Find your center. I hope it brings you peace like it has for me.

 

Make Every Moment Count!

Have a More Peaceful & Fulfilling Life in 2016!

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Would you like to have a more peaceful and fulfilling life in 2016? Join us on January 15th at 5pm EST/3pm MST and Saturday, January16th at 5am EST as we talk to bestselling author of The Five Levels of Attachment by don Miguel Ruiz Jr. published by Hierophant Publishing on Moments with Marianne at 1510AM WMEX BOSTON and Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network

Miguel Jr. has taken the lessons of his father and grandmother and discovered his own personal freedom. Being able to apply his teachings to the world around him gave Miguel Jr. a new understanding of the lessons his father and grandmother had passed onto him, once again giving him the desire to pass on his beliefs.

You can visit don Miguel Ruiz Jr.’s website here to purchase the book and for upcoming events! http://www.miguelruizjr.com

Moments With Marianne is heard on Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network every Thursday & Friday at 5pm & 5amEST, Saturdays at 5am EST and every 2nd Sunday at 8pmEST when Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network is live at 1510am WMEX Boston with listeners in over 135 countries.

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Life in Life: Live Longer, Strengthen Your Relationships, and Create a Healthier Life by Dr. Laurie Ann Levin

laurieannIlluminate your spirit. Cherish your well-being. Become a source of positivity in the world. Find your life in life.

For centuries, experts have extolled the virtues of meditation, and countless people have used it to become happier, live longer, strengthen relationships, and create healthier lives. Studies show that just a few moments of meditation each day can be extremely beneficial to overall well-being.

In Life in Life, Dr. Laurie Ann Levin, award-winning author and renowned holistic psychologist, guides you effortlessly into loving yourself through meditations that spark connection to your highest self. An interactive, easy-to-use, personal journal, Life in Life will inspire individual exploration and spiritual expansion with exercises that build insight, intuition, and a capacity for calm.

Almost all of us struggle with destructive thinking and toxic self-criticism. Life in Life can help you overcome past traumas in your career, relationships, health, and love. Whether you are beginning your journey or have experience meditating, Life in Life will elevate you to a new level of wholeness. The exercises in this journal can be done anywhere, anytime, in private, with a partner, or in a group.

Let Life in Life  guide you on your daily journey toward well-being as you learn to love . . . both yourself and others at the same time.

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