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Change the Way You Cope with Stress

Change the Way You Cope with Stress

Counter the effects of negative thoughts by cultivating positive emotions So now that you’ve done the important work of quieting the mind, balancing your energy level, and becoming aware of the connection between your mind and body, you’re ready to begin putting these skills to work to help you effectively cope with the variety of situations you face every day. DID YOU KNOW: YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE OR WORK IN A PHYSICALLY DANGEROUS PLACE TO EXPERIENCE THE VERY  HARMFUL EFFECTS OF STRESS ON YOUR MIND AND BODY. Countering negative thoughts Unless you work in the kind of job that...

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Body Scan Meditation Benefits Stress

Body Scan Meditation Benefits Stress

You probably already know what stress feels like. Stress finds us on varying levels. We don’t have to look for it; it finds us. Whereas “rest” is something we must invite into our lives. We, as a society, must initiate rest. We often hear the term “stress,” often in phrases such as, “I’m so stressed out,” “I can’t take all the stress,” or “this job stress is giving me gray hair.” By definition, stress is a term for a biological response to physical or emotional threats, real or imagined, that bring about mental, physical or emotion strain. These mental, physical...

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Meditation Course Membership

Meditation Course Membership

Peaceful Wellness Institute has launched a new course membership and we invite you to participate. This membership gives you access to all of the courses available on Peaceful Wellness Institute (except the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training and the Inner Guide Training). If you would like to support your meditation practice with courses from a seasoned teacher and practitioner, enroll in this memebership so you can learn the techniques and deepen your experience. Mindfulness meditation helps you to see clearly, be compassionate with yourself and others, and learn to respond vs. react in situations. There are currently 24 courses and each...

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7 Steps To Instant Destressifying

7 Steps To Instant Destressifying

7 Steps To Instant destressifying by Davidji “destressfying” is a book by Davidji. Drawing on decades of experience working with individuals in extreme, high-pressure situations – including business leaders, world-class athletes, members of the military, Special Forces, and those in crisis – davidji will show you how to handle any type of stress that life throws at you. With his trademark easy-to-understand and entertaining writing style, he will transform your understanding of stress using time-tested techniques; cutting-edge science; real-world, practical applications; and in-the-moment stress busters. destressifying is a mind-set, a lifestyle. It’s not simply about conquering stress in the moment, but proactively shifting the...

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September Online & Madison Classes

September Online & Madison Classes

Our Theme for September is Stress Relief See below what is available both with the Online and the Madison Studios. Online Studio All classes are recorded from the online studio and placed in the Meditation Library or as an online course at Peaceful Wellness Institute. All times listed are in Central Time. This month’s classes featured classes with the Online studio: Mindfulness for Stress Relief held Mondays and Tuesdays starting 9/12-13 at 8:30 am CT (also as an online course) Held through end of October. Meditation for Relaxation, Concentration and Mindfulness on 9/6 at 8:30 am CT Other classes include:...

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Our Judgments and Self-Awareness

Our Judgments and Self-Awareness

In a recent discussion at the end of the Mindfulness for Social Change meditation class, we shared about diversity and how it is seen in various ways. The impetus was the excerpts that I read from Sharon Salzberg’s book Real Change in Chapter 7. Our Mindful Book Group will be discussing this book starting in September. Our sharing occurred around the idea of the awareness of our embodied self. If we are to see others more clearly, we have to see beyond. Now, we recite how we are dedicated to loving everyone, but assumptions about race, for example, can still...

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Chair Yoga – Can It Help You?

Chair Yoga – Can It Help You?

This is a great article by my friends at Aura Wellness Center in Massachusetts. It presents good information on what Chair Yoga is and what it can do for you. If you are in the Madison area, I am offering a new Mindful Chair Yoga class starting in September 2022. Our first series will be on Joint Mobility and I will incorporate mindfulness and breathwork into our 45 minute class. See the Madison class schedule. I hope you will join me as you bring more movement and mindfulness into your daily life. Enjoy the article! Chair Yoga – Can it...

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4 Factors for a Sustainable Meditation Practice

4 Factors for a Sustainable Meditation Practice

Watch this excerpt from Session 3: Building the Habits That Nourish You of my self-study course Mindful Resilience. The full course includes meditations and exercises for each of the five sessions. Transcript: This month, we’ve been talking about mindful resilience and ways that we can be resilient, using mindfulness. And one of the ways that we can do that is by developing a sustainable meditation practice. Now, it’s not always easy to do so. And we may say things like, when we are practicing, we may notice, “Oh, my day went so much better.” “There was a big difference from...

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Your Body on Nonstop Stress

Your Body on Nonstop Stress

In a Yoga Journal article I read not too long ago, the author outlined ideas on stress and the body, including how it affects our energy levels. Most experts agree that the adrenals play a pivotal role in maintaining everyday energy levels. Cortisol is your main stress hormone. In healthy individuals, cortisol runs on a 24-hour rhythm, normally peaking around 5 am and slowly tapering throughout the day so it’s lowest at bedtime. When you’re well-rested and your stress is in check, you can get through the morning and fall asleep easily at night.  Want to get help with stress...

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Focus on Wellness

Focus on Wellness

All during August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long and see how much better you feel! Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways. When my health was severely affected several years ago, I used many methods, some that I continue to embrace and also teach. I can vouch for the effectiveness of these self-care techniques as...

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No Mud, No Lotus

No Mud, No Lotus

One of my teachers is Thich Nhat Hanh. I know I have to move through the challenges in life, yet those challenges bring me the gift of inner strength. I find that strength when I meditate on words such has Thich Nhat Hanh’s. I would like to share with you some wisdom from his book, No Mud, No Lotus. Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud. Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means...

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Fostering Kindness

Fostering Kindness

Sound Healing Meditation from July 24, 2022 Watch the latest Sound Healing Meditation. Our session today invites us to breathe, and to foster kindness by using phrases similar to loving-kindness. During the meditation, we will experience sounds and vibrations of the singing bowls and instruments. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato Thank you for your donation to support Peaceful Wellness so we can provide this Sound Healing Meditation and other donation-based classes. What is offered is in the tradition known as dana (pronounced “dah-na”), a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time...

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