meditation for beginners

TSHP023 – The Meditation Special (Part 1 of 2)

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Dr-David-Cox-HeadspaceMeditation can be an oasis of calm in the madness of life. For thousands of years, human beings have been using meditation to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Sean has been meditating since he was 10. Ed hasn’t yet got the bug, so this is meditation for beginners. Thankfully (for Ed at least) there are amazing new companies like Headspace on the scene that make learning meditation techniques easier than ever. We’re delighted to welcome Dr David Cox, Chief Medical Officer at Headspace, onto our show this week to talk about some of the science behind meditation. Part 1 of this Meditation Special has the shortened version of the interview.

After the interview Sean and Ed discuss meditation from their point of view and, towards the end of the episode, Sean delivers two practical meditations that you can all take part in. Nice! (Disclaimer – make sure you’re not driving/working whilst listening to these parts).

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes and Links

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Well it has to be Headspace doesn’t it? Visit the website, grab the app for your smart phone or follow them on Facebook/Twitter for more.

We must mention other services such as Meditation Oasis, Calm.com, Omvana and One Moment Meditation as well. Fantastic resources. Don’t forget out free meditation mp3s as well of course! Enter your email address on our site if you haven’t already.

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TSHP023 – Meditation Special Part 2: An Interview with Dr David Cox of Headspace

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Dr-David-Cox-HeadspaceMeditation can be an oasis of calm in the madness of life. For thousands of years, human beings have been using meditation to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. For a few years now, the ever-growing team at Headspace have been spreading the message of meditation via their wonderful guides recordings.

We’re delighted to welcome Dr David Cox, Chief Medical Officer at Headspace, onto our show this week to talk about some of the science behind meditation. Part 2 of our Meditation Special features the full version of the interview that Sean and Ed recorded.

Some of the questions asked:

  • How long should a person meditate for
  • Is meditation affecting medication levels for  conditions such as depression, anxiety, etc.
  • How many users does Headspace work with? Do people stick with it?
  • Does Headspace work for all religious beliefs?
  • What is the future for Headspace?

Enjoy the show! Links and show notes below as ever (part 1 available here…).

Show Notes and Links

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Well it has to be Headspace doesn’t it? Visit the website, grab the app for your smart phone or follow them on Facebook/Twitter for more.

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TSHP022 – The Secrets of Body Language

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You can say an awful lot without moving your lips, didn’t you know? Our bodies are talking constantly, sending messages to all who may be watching. We come in all shapes and sizes and, further more, we all move our bodies in different ways.

Body language secrets aren’t tricky to spot or learn, and many will invest a good deal of time (and money!) to learn them. Most people are aware that crossing your arms is a fairly negative sign if you’re talking/listening to someone. There are far more subtle cues to look for as well.

There are some great ‘self help tips’ this week from Sean so let’s dive in…

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TSHP021 – Are You the Master of Your Stress?

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Is it just us or does everyone seem stressed these days? Are we all just working too darn hard? Stress is an interesting thing in that it doesn’t really exist; it’s something that we create ourselves. With that realisation comes the power to wave goodbye to it at any moment. So… how stressed are you?

Are you really stressed? Are you sure you’re not just overly busy? If things are getting out of control then there are some great ways to bring your energy back to where it should be.

Enjoy the show!

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  • Sean has a very relevant resource this week – the Anti-Stress App for iPad
  • Ed has been using the Instant Heart Rate app for iPhone. There are loads of them in the App Store so take your pic but this one is good as, if you pay for the full version, it allows you to track your heart rate over time.

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TSHP020 – What Are You Afraid Of?

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Rational or otherwise, fear is something that affects us all in one form or another. For Ed it’s spiders (how predictable). Sean? He has a fear of drowning that stems, he thinks, from the day he was born. True story. Many phobias are completely natural. A fear of heights keeps from harm, as does a healthy respect for certain creepy crawlies.

There are a few techniques that we can use to overcome our phobias and Sean and Ed will tell you how. Be gone, nasty snakes!

Sean’s still feeling the effects of a full blown case of man flu at the start of the episode. Poor chap. This episode was, again, recorded at the offices of Rethink Mental Illness, a wonderful national UK charity based in London.

Fear explained. Enjoy the show!

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TSHP019 – Who’s Your Guru?

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A guru is defined, quite simply, as someone ‘who imparts initiations’. Guess what that means? YOU ARE A GURU! Yep, you are a teacher and you have an impact on every person that you have ever met or hope to meet.

On the flip side, maybe it’s time to look at who it is that you spend the most time with and assess whether those relationships are positive or negative. Deep. Don’t forget about Mandel, Mother Theresa and Ghandi too, of course.

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TSHP018 – The Trouble With The Secret

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It’s tough at the top. People are always slinging mud and taking pot shots. Today,we’re the mudslingers! The Secret is an amazing product full of superb wisdom, ideas and lessons. It also doesn’t explain enough, in our view, about the sheer hard work that needs to be put in to making big changes in your life.

Ultimately, the trouble with The Secret is the same for all self help books, DVDs and other products: they only work if you apply the lessons that they teach.

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TSHP017 – How to Keep Your Relationship On Track

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How’s your relationship? We all have our good and bad days and it’s hard to stay on track, but there are certain things that we can all do to help ourselves (and the ones we love). This episode is full of rock solid advice for those in relationships (and for those who aren’t – there are lessons here for all who interact with other human beings). Hint: communication is a big one here.

Ed’s been to a wedding where he danced like crazy and ended up with a tie wrapped around his head. Sean is gearing up for some singing with friends. What a pair.

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TSHP016 – Is Mindfulness Worth the Hype?

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The word ‘Mindfulness’ and the phrase ‘to be mindful’ seems to be cropping up more and more in popular culture. What IS mindfulness, what does it mean and is it worth the hype? Well, if it’s good enough for Novak Djokovic, then it’s good enough for us. Be calm, live longer! Sean and Ed dive in…

Enjoy the show!

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  • Sean wants you to check out an online exam that you can take in ‘benefits of mindfulness‘. Put together by the American Psychological Association. Nice!
  • Ed is a big fan of calm.com. Take a few minutes out wherever you are and focus. Available simply as a website or on your shiny iPhone.

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TSHP015 – Money: A Force for Good?

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Money is an amplifier. Spend it wisely and you’ll see positive changes in your life. Make some poor decisions and odds are that you’ll spiral downwards. Our relationship with money is programmed into us at an early age but, ultimately, we’re all entrepreneurs of one kind or another.

Thanks again to listener Vide Kadampa for being the inspiration for this week’s show. If there’s anyone else out there that has had similar (or other) thoughts about the show, drop us a line.

In other news, Sean wishes his mother-in-law a happy birthday and is slightly frustrated over the lack of progress on his loft conversion. Here comes the Autumn. Ed might just have taken the best photo of his life but curses the little man who posed for it as he kept our host up all night, meaning that Ed might sound a little more groggy than usual.

Full marks to the listener that spots Sean’s stomach rumbling on one occasion this week. Enjoy the show 🙂

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