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Learn practical tips for improving your stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Each week, meditation coaches Ofosu and Leah will turn their own everyday successes and obstacles into chances to explore the science behind health and wellness. Along the way, they'll talk to experts and seek appreciation for the natural ups and downs we all experience. (Brought to you by the makers of Balance: Meditation & Sleep, the top-rated meditation app on Apple's App Store. Learn more at www.balanceapp.com.)

Well Balanced Balance

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 163 Ratings

Learn practical tips for improving your stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Each week, meditation coaches Ofosu and Leah will turn their own everyday successes and obstacles into chances to explore the science behind health and wellness. Along the way, they'll talk to experts and seek appreciation for the natural ups and downs we all experience. (Brought to you by the makers of Balance: Meditation & Sleep, the top-rated meditation app on Apple's App Store. Learn more at www.balanceapp.com.)

    How to feel all your feelings (and why you should)

    How to feel all your feelings (and why you should)

    Ofosu and Leah are together in Los Cabos, Mexico, and take advantage of this face-to-face time to check in with their emotions. They discuss what it means to be able to express exactly how we’re feeling and why we don’t give ourselves permission to do it all the time. They also share their tips for embracing more joy, and why leaning into sadness can actually make us happier.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/dTldF6_BATQ

    🎧 What’s in this episode:


    (00:00) Why Ofosu and Leah are together in Los Cabos, Mexico
    (01:40) Letting yourself feel sadness
    (03:35) Would you ever cry in public?
    (04:35) The fear of being vulnerable
    (08:20) Meeting sadness with compassion
    (09:28) Being okay with showing your darkness
    (10:12) Letting yourself fully experience joy
    (12:43) "Not enough" versus "too much"
    (13:30) Subconsciously sabotaging our joy
    (15:07) Owning your accomplishments
    (17:27) How a gratitude practice helps Leah experience more joy
    (18:42) Why Ofosu embraces discomfort

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 21 min
    Discipline vs. compassion: What's more motivating?

    Discipline vs. compassion: What's more motivating?

    Can you be disciplined and nice to yourself? Ofosu and Leah believe it’s possible. Actually, they say self-compassion is essential to reaching your goals. They also discuss their experiences of putting intense pressure on themselves to improve (and why this didn’t work in the long term) and share practical tips for incorporating more compassion into the ways you stay motivated.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/ec5jRYmU-zM

    🎧 What’s in this episode:


    (00:00) Building discipline and having self-compassion
    (02:42) What does discipline mean to you?
    (03:38) David Goggins’ “Embrace the suck”
    (06:10) What’s motivating for different personality types
    (07:48) Why self-compassion creates long-term change
    (08:42) Dr. Kristen Neff de-bunks: Does self-acceptance lead to complacency?
    (11:04) Cultivating a lifelong relationship with your body
    (13:47) Comparison is the thief of joy
    (15:57) The importance of rest
    (16:55) Finding your “why”
    (18:15) Consistency is key
    (18:37) Reframing discipline as an expression of love

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 20 min
    MLK Day 2023: How to use words the MLK way

    MLK Day 2023: How to use words the MLK way

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is proof that our words have power. So to honor MLK today, Ofosu and Leah look back on their conversation from MLK Day 2022 and discuss what his impact means to them in 2023. They listen to some of Dr. King’s moving words, reflect on what we can learn from them, and share ways to use our own words for good.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/EOaAoGcMv44

    🎧 What’s in this episode:


    (00:00) A message from Ofosu and Leah for MLK Day 2023
    (01:54) Words from MLK's speech, "The Other America"
    (02:25) How to apply MLK's words to our own lives
    (03:37) Leah's favorite MLK quote
    (06:05) Ofosu's favorite MLK quote
    (08:42) How to remember the good in ourselves
    (09:44) Using your words to support others
    (11:56) What words come to mind when you think of Dr. Martin Luther King?
    (12:20) Creating visions in your mind of a more just world
    (13:55) Reflections on the power of Dr. King’s message in 2023

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 16 min
    Is mainstream wellness culture toxic? (with Thosh Collins)

    Is mainstream wellness culture toxic? (with Thosh Collins)

    Ofosu talks with photographer Thosh Collins about what we can learn about wellness from an Indigenous perspective. They also discuss the toxicity of mainstream wellness culture, the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and spirit, and how to take inspiration from others without appropriating their culture.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/F4DoK-71fHo

    📚 More about Thosh: Thosh Collins was raised in Salt River, Arizona. He works as a photographer and serves as a board member for the Native Wellness Institute. You can order his and Chelsey Luger’s book, "The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well," which offers wisdom for achieving spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing rooted in Indigenous knowledge here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-seven-circles-chelsey-lugerthosh-collins?variant=40244015333410

    📱 Follow Thosh Collins on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/thosh.collins

    📱 Follow Chelsey Luger on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/chelsey.moves

    🎧 What’s in this episode:


    (00:29) Meet Thosh Collins
    (01:24) Inspiration for “The Seven Circles”
    (03:30) Aspects of Indigenous culture that affect your physical and emotional wellbeing
    (03:49) The toxicity of mainstream wellness culture and how to avoid cultural appropriation
    (06:50) Why inspiration isn’t the same as cultural appropriation
    (07:18) Thosh’s #1 tip to support your wellbeing
    (08:02) “Nature versus not”
    (09:17) Finding nature wherever you are
    (10:19) How Thosh uses visualization to cultivate his wellbeing: “Think, feel, act.”
    (14:13) Earth Gym: A new way to approach physical fitness and working out
    (17:11) What’s giving Thosh Collins life right now

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 21 min
    What's your word of the year? (And tips to make it last)

    What's your word of the year? (And tips to make it last)

    So you found your word of the year in last week's episode, instead of making New Year's resolutions. Now what? Ofosu and Leah share practical tips for incorporating your word into everyday life, and they reveal theirs for 2023. Plus, hear Well Balanced listeners' words of the year, in case you need some last-minute inspiration.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/w_M7JQCl9UM

    💭 And if you still need help finding your word for 2023, you can watch last week's episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/zh5bKKQv3bo

    🎧 What’s in this episode:


    (00:00) What Leah thinks about new year's resolutions
    (00:57) Why Ofosu avoids new year's resolutions
    (01:35) What to do if you're still finding your word for 2023
    (02:35) Hear Well Balanced listeners' words of the year
    (05:20) Leah and Ofosu reveal their words of the year
    (07:55) Ensuring your choices align with your word of the year
    (10:05) Why your word of the year is different from a resolution
    (11:16) When Leah's word of the year didn't work (and why)
    (12:10) Having fun while growing along with your word
    (14:26) Having an accountability partner
    (15:30) Get 75% off a lifetime of personalized meditation
    (15:57) The power of positive self-talk

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 17 min
    Find your word for 2023 with Susannah Conway

    Find your word for 2023 with Susannah Conway

    Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, author Susannah Conway chooses a word to represent the intention she wants to bring into the new year. She talks with Ofosu and Leah about how to find your word for 2023, shares the questions to ask yourself as you reflect on 2022, and helps them choose contenders for their words of the year.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/zh5bKKQv3bo

    📚 More about Susannah: Susannah Conway is an author, photographer, and teacher who’s been sharing her heart online for over a decade. You can download her free workbooks, “Unravel Your Year” and “Find Your Word” here: susannahconway.com/word

    🎧 What’s in this episode:


    (00:24) Meet Susannah Conway
    (01:18) Susannah’s inspiration to create her workbooks
    (03:52) Why Susannah doesn’t set new year’s resolutions
    (04:13) Choosing a word of the year
    (05:05) Susannah reveals her three words for 2023
    (06:31) Leah and Ofosu share their words for 2023
    (07:50) The questions to ask yourself to find your word of the year
    (10:36) How to incorporate your word while meditating
    (14:30) Susannah’s tips for choosing your word
    (17:23) Get 75% off a lifetime of personalized meditation

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Rachelmomoftwins ,

Love this podcast

I’m so glad I found this podcast - the hosts are calming, reassuring and offer great insights for how to appreciate the everyday and ways to reconnect with ourselves.

Gigi LC ,

Reconnect

What appreciate about this podcast is that there are these deep, engaging conversations that reconnects me to my humanness and the humanness of others. Takes me away from mental chatter and brings me to awareness in everyday life experiences.

Dandy Lionness ,

Balanced for YOU

I used Balance for the free first year and then purchased a lifetime subscription.
I’ve tried SO MANY meditation apps over the years and never was able to connect. Balance is customized to how you are feeling and what you are experiencing in the moment. It’s a choose your own adventure for meditation. As as he is a different human being, my husband has a very different experience with the app because it has been customized to him. It’s amazing. You don’t spend forever trying to find the right meditation. It’s as easy as picking your current situation (very easy menu) and then selecting the options from there. Both coaches are wonderful. Thank you Balance!

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