Body Mindful Yoga with Jennifer Kreatsoulas
Monday, December 31st at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a certified yoga therapist specializing in eating disorders and body image. Jennifer provides yoga therapy via online and in person at YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA, and leads yoga therapy groups at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia.  Jennifer is a partner with the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and writes for Yoga Journal and other influential blogs. She has appeared on Fox29 news and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Real Woman Magazine, Medill Reports Chicago, Philly.com, and the ED Matters Podcast. www.Yoga4EatingDisorders.com

Pause with Rachael O’Meara
Sunday, December 30th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Rachael O’Meara was a customer support manager at Google when she realized she was burned out and needed to reassess her path. The best way to do this was to take a “pause”—a time-out to create space for her inner voice to be heard and to align her actions to lead a more fulfilled life. Pause is her new book, serving as a GPS for others looking to slow down before speeding up again.  https://www.rachaelomeara.com

Beyond the Mat with Dr. Julie Rosenberg
Thursday, November 1st at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Julie Rosenberg, M.D. is a pharmaceutical executive and global healthcare leader. Dr. Rosenberg is also an executive coach who helps successful leaders get even better by developing themselves, their people and by embracing more conscious living. Julie has devoted the last 16 years to the in-depth study and practice of yoga and meditation. Her work demonstrates that the discipline of yoga not only supports good health and wellbeing, but also helps to strengthen one’s personal and professional leadership skills. http://www.julierosenbergmd.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 

Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To with Julie Potiker
Monday, August 27th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Author and mindfulness expert Julie Potiker is an attorney who began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She went on to study with Brené Brown (the Living Brave Semester) and become a graduate of Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity Training (Professional Course) as well as the Mindful Self-Compassion program created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University.  www.MindfulMethodsForLife.com

The Mindful Day with Laurie Cameron
Thursday, March 22nd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Mindful leadership expert Laurie J. Cameron is author of “The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening” (March 27, 2018). Laurie is founder and CEO of PurposeBlue, an organization that brings evidence-based mindful leadership programs to companies, change makers, culture-shifters, universities and federal agencies. For more information visit www.PurposeBlue.com

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World with Michelle Gale
Thursday, March 1st at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Michelle Gale is a mindfulness educator, corporate trainer, executive coach, podcast host and author of the book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World,” an Amazon bestseller. She is on a mission to support parents in staying meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexity of contemporary life and work are accelerated. She works in schools, communities, and corporations teaching mindfulness and speaking to parents.  https://www.michellegale.com

At Peace with Dr. Sam Harrington
Thursday, February 22nd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Dr. Samuel Harrington, MD, is the author of At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life. In this important book, which James Fallows of The Atlantic calls “deeply humane,”  he argues the case for taking a clear-eyed yet compassionate view towards the end of life. Most people say they would like to die quietly at home. But overly aggressive medical advice, coupled with an unrealistic sense of invincibility, results in the majority of elderly patients misguidedly dying in institutions while undergoing painful procedures, instead of having a better and more peaceful death they desired. https://samharrington.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

A Mind At Home With Itself with Byron Katie
Monday, January 1st at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves—radically shift and their lives are changed forever.  http://thework.com/en

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!

Finding Tranquility in the Moments

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With the accelerated energies on the planet, many people are coming face-to-face with issues that they have either not dealt with or lessons that need to be experienced in one degree or another.  With all of this taking place, there is great opportunity for personal development like never before and at the same time, there is also a lot of energetic chaos that feels more like blindly walking through a dense fog, unable to distinguish any path leading out.

Staying centered allows us to move through these transition points with grace, while finding tranquility in the moments offers a greater sense of peace. Developing a consistent practice of mindfulness eventually makes these moments of internal bliss last for longer periods of time.  Ultimately we become more focused on the miracles that each moment brings as opposed to the perceived chaos that surrounds us.

When we take personal responsibility for the world that we choose to live in, we realize that we are the direct creator of what we are experiencing.  The inner journey for peace starts with me, only then can it be reflected in the world around us.

Make Every Moment Count!

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How Our Perception Changes Our World

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With so much going on in the world, how we choose to perceive things seems to be more important than ever.  While putting on rose-colored glasses isn’t something that I would suggest, choosing to change our perception of the challenges we face gives us the opportunity not only to shift how we show up in the world, but also allows us the opportunity to view the outer world and our inner world with more compassionate and grace.  This discussion often has me thinking about this quote from the Dalai Lama:

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

If we’re having a difficult time liking ourselves, how can we like those around us?  If we allow ourselves to fall into judgement or criticize those that are different, how can we love the uniqueness that we alone bring to the world?

The journey of developing and maintaining inner peace  traverses a road with no end, yet the journey itself offers new vistas, plateaus and valleys of who we really are. Thus granting us a deeper awareness and understanding that we truly are one, regardless of our outer world and differences.
Wishing you much peace, grace and love.

Make Every Moment Count!

Marianne

Conscious Writing: How to Write from Your Heart with the Voice of Your Soul by Julia McCutchen

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Conscious Writing by Hay House UK author Julia McCutchen is an original approach to creative awakening which leads you to discover your true self and express your true voice – on the page and in the world. It’s a journey of self-realization (conscious) and self-expression (creativity) which can be applied to any and all types of writing, and fluently blends soul with craft to reveal your richest insights and ideas.

Whether you dream of writing but haven’t started yet or are an experienced author, Julia will guide you through this tried and tested step-by-step process for releasing your fears and writing what you are truly here to write. Drawing on an inspiring mix of perennial wisdom, psychological research and modern neuroscience, she teaches how to:

·         Apply the 7 Core Principles for individual experience of transpersonal Truth, and emerge transformed and ready to write.
·         Align all aspects of yourself – body, emotions, mind and soul – to bring your whole self to the creative writing process.
·         Dive into deep creative flow and play with possibilities in the quantum realm of infinite potential.
·         Visit the Conscious Writing Sanctuary, a powerful inner space out of which timeless words flow freely.
·         Realize your full potential and effortlessly stand out from the crowd as you express yourself consciously and creatively as an author in the world.

Conscious Writing is a truly wonderful book that will sit next to Writing Down the Bones and other classics on writing, and will be well-used by me!’- Robert Holden, author of Happiness NOW and Shift Happens

To order the book click here!

 

The Five Levels of Attachment by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.​

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The Five Levels of Attachment by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.​  This is a book that picks up where The Four Agreements left off. Building on the principles found in his father’s bestselling book, Ruiz, Jr. explores the ways in which we attach ourselves inappropriately to beliefs and the world.

Ruiz explores the five levels of attachment that cause suffering in our lives. The levels are:
Authentic Self
Preference
Identification
Internalization
Fanaticism

Accessible and practical, Ruiz’s exploration invites us to look at our own lives and see how an unhealthy level of attachment can keep us trapped in a psychological and spiritual fog. He then invites us to reclaim our true freedom by cultivating awareness, detaching, and discovering our true selves.

You can order the book here!

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.

Click here to order your copy today!

Life in Life with Dr. Laurie Ann Levin

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Join me TODAY, Dec 10th at 5pm EST/3pm MST with special guest Dr. Laurie Ann Levin on Moments with Marianne at 1510AM WMEX BOSTON and Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network as we talk about her new book LIFE IN LIFE: Live Longer, Strengthen Your Relationships & Create a Healthier Life! This is a fabulous interview!

In 1977, Dr. Levin launched her career at what was to become Hollywood’s premier talent agency, CAA. She was responsible for signing such celebrities as Michael Keaton, Madonna and Michael Jackson. Then in 1985, she began her own film production company.

After almost 20 years in show business, she made the bold move to follow her true calling as a psychologist. Her breakthrough came as her mother was dying of cancer. With the recognition that death is simply a passage way to the next life, she helped her mother find peace in her transition. Dr. Levin was inspired to return to school to obtain her doctorate to explore new frontiers of health, wellness, and spirituality.

In 2004, Dr. Levin founded Moonview Sanctuary, a collaborative treatment and research institute created through the careful integration of modern psychology and neuroscience, together with ancient knowledge and spiritual practices from around the world.
In 2009, she published her award winning memoir, God, the Universe and Where I Fit In, illustrating her spiritual journey of transformation through intuition. Dr. Levin and her husband, Jerry Levin, have recently co-founded The Levin Center for Parkinson’s Transformational Health.

Visit Dr. Laurie Ann’s website at: http://laurieannlevin.com
Dr. Laurie Ann will also be featured on NBC’s Today Show December 16th at 9:00am!

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 over 1 Million listeners in over 135 countries.

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