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Podcast by Marc Balcer

Your Mindful Teen Marc Balcer

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Podcast by Marc Balcer

    Mindful Exercise: Twenty Breaths

    Mindful Exercise: Twenty Breaths

    This episode introduces the practice of "Twenty Breaths". This simple exercise can be used any time to return to the present moment. I original learned this practice from Dr. Michael Baime of the Penn Program for Mindfulness.

    • 5 min
    Mindful Exercise: Gratitude

    Mindful Exercise: Gratitude

    The following is a meditation on gratitude. We begin with the body and allow a feeling of gratitude to arise for the gifts we hold inside of us. The ability to breathe and move, connect and engage with our world.

    Gratitude practice is an aspirational practice. We work to incline our mind toward recognizing those things that bring meaning to our lives. This isn’t always easy but intentional practice can be helpful to generating happiness and satisfaction with life while still acknowledging the difficulty and suffering that goes with being human.

    • 9 min
    Mindful Exercise: Can You Soften This?

    Mindful Exercise: Can You Soften This?

    The following is a type of body scan meditation where we soften areas of tightness, tension or stress in our body. In this practice, we give our mind a job to soften or relax various areas of our body. This may help to calm the busy mind and create a feeling of peace or ease. That said, an actual softening isn’t necessary. Just by offering an intention or wish for softening can trigger our body’s natural relaxation response.

    • 10 min
    Mindful Exercise: Can You Feel or Imagine?

    Mindful Exercise: Can You Feel or Imagine?

    The following meditation is based on the work of Dr. Les Fehmi and was shared with me by my teacher, Jonathan Foust. I’ve found it a helpful meditation on those busy, hectic days where slowing down might allow me to become more focused and also relaxed.

    The process of "feeling or imaging" can take us out of our linear, problem solving mind into a more creative experience of spacelessness and timelessness.

    You might enjoy Jonathan's longer version of this meditation available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OsotDvMJmk.

    • 13 min
    Mindful Exercise: Self-Lovingkindness

    Mindful Exercise: Self-Lovingkindness

    This month I’m teaching a workshop called Fierce Self-Compassion. Today, I’ll be sharing a brief lovingkindness meditation from that class that focuses on yourself. Self-love is not selfish. I see it as a crucial building block towards living an authentic, wholehearted life.

    You can find an extended 20 minute practice of lovingkindness on my website, www.yourmindfulcoach.com by clicking on the “guided mindfulness recordings” button and selecting the entry from September 2015, “Body Sensations and Lovingkindness.”

    • 10 min
    Mindful Exercise: Lovingkindness

    Mindful Exercise: Lovingkindness

    The following is a lovingkindness practice. Lovingkindness uses words, images and feelings to produce an inclination towards kindness and care for ourselves and others. Through regular practice, our hearts open and we begin to recognize the interconnection we have with all beings.

    You can find an extended 20 minute practice of lovingkindness on my website, www.yourmindfulcoach.com by clicking on the “guided mindfulness recordings” button and selecting the entry from September 2015, “Body Sensations and Lovingkindness”

    • 8 min

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