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This week is "Rise with the Sun" week on the ZfEL podcast and this week's guided meditation is a guided morning meditation self-titled after this week's theme that's all about getting started on the right foot. When you first wake up, do you rush up from bed, scrounge together your things, and race out the door? Do you take a second to stop and rea…
 
This week is "Rise with the Sun" week on the ZfEL podcast and today's talk episode is all about crafting both a powerful and nourishing morning ritual (or morning routine). I've tried countless different morning rituals over the past 5-6 years and have learned some really important things. Today, I'm going to share some of that with you. Also, make…
 
This week is "Zen week" on the ZfEL podcast and this week's guided meditation is the traditional Zen meditation practice of Zazen (literally meaning "sitting/seated meditation" in Japanese). I covered this meditation practice in a previous episode, however, I felt it could have been better and didn't express the nuances of the practice as well as i…
 
This week is "Zen week" on the ZfEL podcast and today's talk episode is all about how to live with the spirit of Zen in your everyday life. This is a subject I haven't much talked about yet on the podcast and so I'm excited to be talking about it with you now. In this episode, I explain what I mean by "living with the spirit of Zen", why that's so …
 
This week's guided meditation is another unique practice- mindful smiling. A smile is a power symbol of joy and happiness. However, most don't know that smiling more than just a symbol (or the result of something), it's a powerful tool which can be used intentionally to make us happier and more at peace. This week's guided meditation is all about u…
 
This week's talk episode is replaced by a special guided meditation episode to accompany my new Meditation for Everyday Life video series, which was just released this week, on how to create and stick to a strong and consistent daily meditation practice amid the chaos and busyness of everyday life. This guided meditation is a preview of my full Med…
 
This week's guided meditation is the nourishing practice of mindful eating. If you're looking for a way to live your everyday life more mindfully and even meditatively, this is a great practice which serves as one of the core mindfulness exercises. Also, don't forget to check out this week's talk, episode #32, which is a special episode on an upcom…
 
This is a special episode on an upcoming Meditation for Everyday Life video series I'll be releasing next week. The video series will show you ways to create and stick to a consistent daily meditation practice amid the chaos and busyness of everyday life, which I've found to be one of the greatest challenges for meditators. Sign up at meditationfor…
 
This week's guided meditation is the "everyday" informal practice of mindful walking. We've covered the formal practice of walking meditation before, where you walk back and forth or in a circle typically in your room or wherever you meditate (anywhere really) and generally at a very slow pace. Practicing mindful walking in daily life is similar, b…
 
Having a bad day? This week I talk about important things to know, remember, and be mindful of that are sure to help bring balance and peace to your state of mind. This episode ties in a lot of what I talk about on the podcast and has a lot to do with the insights we come to from mindfulness and meditation practice. Also, make sure to listen to thi…
 
This week's guided meditation is the fundamental practice of mindful breathing. When you hear "mindfulness meditation" (which typically refers to the secular practice of mindfulness), this is the practice that's being referred to (hence the slash in the title). This week's guided meditation is the perfect guided meditation for those just beginning …
 
This week I talk all about improving, expanding, and deepening your mindfulness meditation practice. From major general advice for your practice as a whole, to technical tips for improving your sessions and deepening your practice, to simple ways you can improve or expand your practice today. Also, make sure to listen to this week's guided meditati…
 
This week's guided meditation is mindful driving, a powerful mindfulness practice for turning a typically mindless autopilot activity into an opportunity for peace and mindfulness. This is a powerful mindfulness exercise that can transform the act of driving. Also, don't forget to check out this week's talk, episode #26: The Story of Frederick (Or:…
 
This week I highlight and remedy the dangers of busyness and the pursuit of a "cure" for the void we feel in our hearts. Today's talk is a reading from one of my favorite books, Thich Nhat Hanh's The Art of Power, about the story of Frederick. I won't spoil the story for you. Suffice it to say, the true story of Frederick is a powerful message that…
 
This week's guided meditation is mindfulness of body or a mindfulness body scan. Mindfulness of body is a foundational mindfulness practice that allows you to heighten your ability to notice the sensations and communications of the body and better come in touch with the physical body as a whole. Also, don't forget to check out this week's talk, epi…
 
This week is "Mindfulness of Body" week on the ZfEL podcast. Today I talk about the Buddha's first establishment of mindfulness, mindfulness of body. We'll cover the 4 major elements or "sensations" you can notice through your mindfulness practice, why that's so important and do a short "mindful check-in" to get a feel for the practice itself. Also…
 
Today's episode is a special bonus preview episode of my new book This Moment: How to Live Fully and Freely in the Present Moment. This is the complete Preface + Introduction of the book which not only sets up the book and explains what it's all about but explains a number of key insights I've discovered from my own practice as well. If you enjoyed…
 
This week's guided meditation is mindful cleaning, a powerful mindfulness practice that takes a typically boring and mundane activity and turns it into something nourishing and delightful. Mindful cleaning can be done while sweeping, mopping, dusting, scrubbing the bathroom, washing the dishes, or while doing anything else. This is a unique practic…
 
This week I talk about 3 major keys to a fulfilling life I discovered while researching the top regrets of the dying. In the episode, I talk about what the common denominators were among all the top regrets and show a straightforward path to living a more fulfilled life of no regrets. Also, make sure to listen to this week's guided meditation, ZfEL…
 
This week's guided meditation is the formal version of the cornerstone mindfulness practice of mindful walking (also called walking meditation), which is great when paired after your formal sitting meditation practice. Mindful walking is one of the primary mindfulness practices and for good reason. Mindful walking is something we can do throughout …
 
This week is all about practicing mindfulness at work. What are the key characteristics of practicing mindfulness at work? How can we work more mindfully and easefully? That's what we'll explore this week. This week's talk is paired best with episodes #12: How to Live More Mindfully in the Modern World: 10 Keys to Reducing Distractions, Combatting …
 
This week's guided meditation is A Mindful Welcome and it's about welcoming difficult thoughts, emotions, and sensations with the healing energy of mindfulness. The way we typically approach our lives, we push away or bottle down our difficulties in order to avoid the pain and suffering involved with them. But that just leads to more pain and suffe…
 
This is Journey to Yourself week on the ZfEL podcast. Today, I talk about how to make friends with yourself with mindfulness practice. I take you through that path with the metaphor of you traversing a forest with the light of mindfulness as that of a torch by your side. This is a topic that often really resonates with people, and is one of my favo…
 
This week's guided meditation is Loving-Kindness Meditation. Loving-kindness meditation is the traditional Buddhist meditation practice of cultivating positive feelings and well-wishes for all beings. I've found it personally to be one of the most powerful meditation techniques, especially in combination with mindfulness practice. Also, don't forge…
 
This is love week on the Zen for Everyday Life podcast. Today I talk about healing with the practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness. I talk about the significance of loving-kindness in mindfulness practice, why it's such an important quality in the practice of peace, and how to do a simple version of loving-kindness meditation to help overcome …
 
This week's guided meditation is Healing Through Understanding. Healing Through Understanding is an active meditation which has a remarkable ability to heal internal wounds caused by conflicts with others. I've personally used it countless times and still do on a frequent basis. Its use in everyday life is truly endless. I hope you find it useful. …
 
This week I'm giving a little preview of one of the 4 major principles from my upcoming book, This Moment: How to Live Fully and Freely in the Present Moment. Today I talk about living naturally, within that specifically the principle of friction, or resistance. It's the understanding that our resistance to what goes on in our life causes friction.…
 
This is Modern Living week on the ZfEL podcast. I hope this week has helped you surmount the chaos and craziness that is so often our everyday lives and move to a place of greater peace and mindfulness. Today's guided meditation is "Just Being" and it's about just being, fully, in this moment no matter what's going on around us. Taking everything i…
 
This is Modern Living week on the ZfEL podcast. Today I talk about how to how to live more mindfully in the busyness, fast-pace and complexity of the modern world. I cover 10 keys to reducing distractions, combatting busyness and finding ways to live more fully present in the chaos of everyday life. To go along with episode #12, episode #12 and thi…
 
This is fresh start week on the ZfEL podcast. I hope this week has helped you start your New Year, your week, or any day of your life off with a renewed spirit. Today's guided meditation is "Mindful Refresh: A Guided Morning Meditation" and it's intended to help you let go of what you're holding onto, create space with mindfulness practice, and sta…
 
This is fresh start week on the ZfEL podcast. Today I cover how to let go of what holds us back and start fresh with mindfulness practice. Mindfulness gives us the ability to start each new moment off fresh, free from the chains of the past and the weight of our conditioning. Whether you're looking to start the new year, this month, week, or just t…
 
This is meditation week on the ZfEL podcast. I've really enjoyed recording both this week's full episode and guided meditation episode and I hope you get a lot out of them. Today I'm covering zazen, the Zen practice of sitting meditation. This is the basic meditation form I typically write about on the blog being that I essentially "grew up" in Zen…
 
This is meditation week on the ZfEL podcast. Today I cover everything you need to know to create your home meditation practice including the 5 steps to making meditation a daily habit and the 5 major resources you should utilize to do so. Meditation is the foundation of a strong daily mindfulness practice and it's the first of the 7 keys I covered …
 
Today is the start of a brand new weekly segment to the podcast where I'll be covering one new guided meditation each week. Today's guided meditation is the mindful breathing practice of Going Home creating by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Going Home is a simple mindful breathing practice that's one of the simplest and at the same time most powerful …
 
In this week's episode, I talk about how to make mindfulness a daily habit. How do we really bring mindfulness into our daily life to experience the full transformative effects of the practice? I talk about the 7 keys I've discovered from my own practice and experimentation and show how each can work seamlessly together to create an effective strat…
 
In this week's episode I talk about the wisdom of mindfulness in our everyday lives. How mindfulness aids us in working through issues of lack (such as financial issues), relationship problems, and a lack of self-worth. I also take you through a quick guided meditation I call "mindful wisdom" to help you move through everyday challenges with more s…
 
This week's episode is all about nightly rituals and establishing a nourishing and restful nightly routine. Your time for rest is a special time and space which should be treated with respect- and I show you how to do that. In this week's episode I cover what I believe to be a complete and highly effective 5-step nightly routine that: Helps you in …
 
This week's episode is all about cleansing the mind and nourishing wholesome seeds in our day-to-day life. It's the process of demoting, or turning away from, unwholesome seeds and watering or promoting wholesome ones in an effort to provide ourselves with the proper nourishment for our heart and mind. I talk about the 6 "channels" with which we ab…
 
For many of us, they are the hardest things we will ever do: to face the fear of what others think of us, to work through the inner dialogue that keeps us questioning our self-worth and perpetuating the feeling of voidness (something is missing) and to push further to the deepest reaches of spiritual practice to reunite with, and fully express, our…
 
Welcome to the introductory episode of Zen for Everyday Life. This first episode is meant to give you a complete introduction to the show, from the background & origin to the theme and structure of the podcast itself. Thank you for listening & let me know what you think. :) Download Audio ♫ Subscribe Right click the "Download Audio" button above an…
 
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