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Interoception and Meditation (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 2/2/20 •  Interoception is a sense that provides information about the internal  condition of our body—how our body is feeling on the inside.  Interoception allows us to experience many body sensations such as a growling stomach, dry mouth, tense muscles or racing heart. •  Interoception is contemporarily defined as the sense of the internal  state of the body.[1] This can be both conscious and non-conscious. It  encompasses the brain's process of integrating signals relayed from the  body into specific subregions—like the brainstem, thalamus, insula,  somatosensory, and anterior cingulate cortex—allowing for a nuanced  representation of the physiological state of the body.[2][3] This is  important for maintaining homeostatic conditions[4] in the body and,  potentially, aiding in self-awareness.[5] Feel In/Feel Out/Feel Rest • When you locate a feeling or emotion internally and it's correlating manifestation in the body label it as "feel in". •  When you notice a feeling generated by physical sensations like pain,  discomfort, hot, cold, external sounds or smells label it as "feel out". •  When you are completely neutral and aren't being affected by any  internal or external sensations and are at ease label it as "feel rest". • Noting and labeling our emotions it decreases our stress response and is a form of emotion regulation visible in the brain. •  Instead of saying "I am ______" saying " I feel _____" helps to  disassociate oneself or not identify as the emotion itself. Then follow  this statement with identifying if and where it manifests in the body. --- Support this podcast:
Interoception (A Word A Day) 2/2/20 --- Support this podcast:
Somatosensory (A Word A Day) 2/5/20 --- Support this podcast:
Attention and Meditation (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/27/20 •  There is growing evidence that shows that mindfulness and meditation  practice increases sustained attention and inhibitory control. • Strengthening these 2 cognitive processes: 1. Allows to be more fully present. 2. Resist our impulses towards distractions 3. Selectively filter out irrelevant information. 4. Respond more wisely 5. Accomplish tasks with less mind wandering. 6 Effectively increases our overall efficiency •  A study published in the " Science News Magazine " found that 5,000  people from 83 different countries across all ages mind wonder about %47  of their daily life no matter what they're doing. Most often wondering  to something connected to negative self reflection which turns out to be  causally linked to they're unhappiness. • One of the biggest benefits of practicing focused meditation and mindfulness: Ironically,  as soon as you notice that your mind is wandering your mind is no  longer wandering. Instead you're aware. In that awareness you realize  you have a choice of what to pay attention to.This inevitably increases  sustained attention, inhibitory control and naturally entertain less  distractions. • Practicing keeping your attention on  the breath helps to cultivate sustained attention. It helps to inhibit  the impulse towards distraction and emotional reactivity. --- Support this podcast:
Renege (A Word A Day) 1/27/20 --- Support this podcast:
I Can't Keep It Going (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/16/20 •  Progress. Vs. Perfection....It's normal to have times in your practice  where you lack consistency. Don't judge yourself and realize that using  short times of deep breathing and mindfulness can happen anywhere and at  any time. The goal is momentary intention which leads to consistent  progress....not the unrealistic idea of perfection. * Set goals that are so realistic and easy that it's virtually impossible to be inconsistent.  Then add other more involved and complex goals on "top" over time. This  way no matter what you always achieve consistency. • Take time to "do nothing". With our day to day movement this practice  can actually feel more stressful than other more obvious stressful  activities. The goal is to practice this little by little to change our  relationship with stillness over time. • Periodically drop noting  and focus and allow your mind to wander. The simple practice of doing  this intentionally initiates reverse psychology allowing you to focus  better when needed. • Learn to enjoy your own company and always  extend gratitude, gratefulness and thankfulness to yourself for  intentionally making it a priority to make time for your self care. --- Support this podcast:
The Brain On Meditation (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/17/20 • Cross sectional studies show that atrophy of the brain happens significantly less with those who meditate regularly. • Exploring shifts between focused attention and mind wandering develops intentional and aware mind control. • Through focused attention alone you are dampening and decreasing  activity in the limbic system, a primitive area of the brain important  for initiating and sustaining the stress response. • This type of practice offers a chance to explore what it's like to direct our attention in two very different ways. 1. Focusing your attention helps to stabilize the mind from frequent distractions, improve stress, depression and anxiety. 2. Letting the mind wander intentionally improves understanding of how  the mind works, flexibility, a non judgemental attitude and acts as  reverse psychology toward the goal of becoming more focused. •  The more we can understand how the mind works and our capacity to train  it, focus and be flexible the better resourced we are to meet the range  of emotions, perceptions and thoughts that we have every moment of every  day. --- Support this podcast:
Atrophy (A Word A Day) 1/17/20 --- Support this podcast:
Simper (A Word A Day) 1/15/20 --- Support this podcast:
"________" Is My Meditation (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/15/20 • Meditation and mindfulness can be done during ANY activity. In fact  the more activities the practice is invited into the better. Intention  is the only ingredient needed to initiate this formula. • Welcome everything into the experience and make a decision that you're going to work to not get uptight about anything. • Always start with a focal point (the breath, point in the body, sound  etc.) and use noting to bring you back "home" to the focal point when  you inevitably get distracted. * "Welcome to the party" - Use  this statement to have a gentle and friendly approach to your  surroundings. At some point nothing or no one will have to leave the  party in order for you to be in a state of mindfulness and meditation. • Periodically allow yourself to detach from your focus to examine and  explore the other aspects of your surroundings. This actually creates  better control to stay focused on your home base by not trying to block  out, but welcoming your surroundings. Try to scan your surroundings  without over analyzing. --- Support this podcast:
I'll Loose My "Edge" (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/14/20 •  Many people think that meditation will make them "soft". It's actually  quite the contrary. Meditation and mindfulness breeds equanimity,  compassion, clarity, clear and rational thinking and an "even keel-ness"  that actually allows you to deal with all situations better. Those that  require calmness and those that require aggressive alertness. • The tendacy is to think that the best way to deal with stress or stressful  situations is to agressively "stuff it down" or "be stronger" however  the more rigid you are the more deeply it permeates your system. Opening  up to it allows the energy to move through giving you the ability to  reset and come back to an experience more healthy, positively and fully. • This practice increases your capacity and develops invaluable skills  for high intensity jobs especially where deescalating situations is a  regular part of the daily work like being a police officer, fire  fighter, etc. because you develop the ability to deal with intense  situations with more clarity and less mindless impulsiveness. • Clarity is the ability to "tease out" the details of our experience. • Equanimity - Mental calmness, composure and evenness of temper  especially in difficult situations. The ability to receive challenging  energy without returning the favor. • Learn to enjoy your own  company and always extend gratitude, gratefulness and thankfulness to  yourself for intentionally making it a priority to make time for your  self care. --- Support this podcast:
Do NOT treat others the way YOU desire to be treated. In general instances where your preferences “just so happen” to match you’ll be spot on. However with the reality of living in a world of different preferences  you’ll inevitably be unintentionally assuming and unknowingly dismissive  to what other desire even before putting the principle into action. In my opinion the more appropriate mantra should be..... “Treat others the way THEY desire to be treated so long as it doesn’t jeopardize your morals and values”. This way you can be respectful, sensitive and mindful of others desires while maintaining your personal values. Everyone wins. Aaron Hill --- Support this podcast:
Enjoying the warm weather huh? It's an implication of a larger problem....... --- Support this podcast:
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Biomorph (A Word A Day) 1/13/20 --- Support this podcast:
R.A.I.N (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/13/20 R.A.I.N is a handy way to explore any sensation, thought or emotion. - Recognize - Accept - Investigate - Non-identification 1. This practice boosts your emotional literacy. You become curious of  an emotional reaction as opposed to being lost inside of the  emotion/experience. 2. You'll notice fewer negative emotions in general because of the regular practice of observing emotional habits. • Sometimes meditation can open "Pandora's Box" exposing various  subconscious feelings, emotions and habits you were previously not aware  of. • Recognize (without judgment) the emotions you are currently experiencing in the moment. • Accept. Whatever the emotional sensation allow it to be, open up to  it and even care for it. Instead of suppressing it simply allow yourself  to feel and be with it. In this you are integrating your emotions with  your cognition. Marrying what we feel with what we know. •  Acceptance is the most important practices for humanity. (imho) It's  also known by synonyms such as equanimity, forgiveness, maturity, love,  being present etc. • Investigating is expanding and deepening the  volume of what we're accepting by getting interested in what we're  feeling and working at a pace that is acceptable for us. • Be objective.....but friendly with yourself while investigating. When we open this way to a feeling mindfulness takes over. If you do this enough times you create a new healthier habit. • The way to change a habit is by working to create a new habit. Not by  trying to abruptly stop a habit. There is a subtle, nuanced difference  to this approach but the effects are monumental. •  Non-identification is the attitude of not taking your emotions  personally. Say ________ is happening similar to saying "A thunderstorm  is happening" Making this "room" or "wedge" allows for you to observe  the emotions, sensations or thoughts without becoming the emotion,  sensation or thought. • Periodically come back to your "home  base" (breath, being with the body etc.) during this mindfulness process  and practice to practice settling in, detaching, having self compassion  and overall....relaxing. --- Support this podcast:
imho.... You are the MOST motivational to others when you’re just positively  living your life and not trying to “be motivational”. Authenticity with who you naturally are speaks volumes over the person you “suit up” to be. This is something I continue to learn everyday as I unapologetically display my vulnerability in full confidence to the world. And with each step I realize there was nothing to ever be afraid of or reluctant for. The highest respect comes to those who unapologetically live their truth. No matter what side of the “moral fence” they fall on. We all are impacted deeply by the deepest levels of human authenticity  because as a social species we know the courage it takes to truly.... Be Yourself. Aaron Hill --- Support this podcast:
flex·u·ous /ˈflekSHo͞oəs/ adjective literary adjective: flexuous full of bends and curves. "he put an arm around her flexuous waist" --- Support this podcast:
Meditation Is Self Indulgent (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/9/20 • It's normal to feel guilt for putting aside time to practice. The  mind can wander thinking about all the things you "could" or "should" be  doing. • If you're a very busy person you can face "burn out" by  not setting aside the time or putting your self care as a priority. In  order to continue to put time into other people, activities and daily  responsibilities you must make time for yourself, your mental clarity and physical well being. • Equinimity (mental calmness, composure, evenness of temper) is  achieved by making self care a priority. Remember, you can't be there  for others until you are there for yourself first. This is a good place  to be selfish. • Whatever you fight you ignite and whatever you  resist persists. Be gentle with yourself in meditation and take it one  focused moment at a time. • Self Compassion is the most important  medicine in the world that's needed whether you're feeling fine or not.  In extending it to yourself regularly you're practicing "preventative  self care" • Acceptance vs. judgement is key as you feel the range of emotions, thoughts and sensations while practicing meditation. • Using a phrase like "May I be well", "It's Ok", "Feel better" etc.  periodically while breathing can help with inducing mindfulness,  compassion and acceptance. You can also make up any personal phrase that  works for you. • Using imagery can also assist with this process. • Thinking of others while extending compassion, well wishes and  intentions of positivity adds to your personal experience of  mindfulness, relaxation and happiness. • Don't forget to thank yourself and extend a few moments of gratitude for taking the time to devote to your self care. --- Support this podcast:
People Might Think I'm Weird (10% Happier Self Care Journey) 1/8/20 • Meditation is starting to become more and more socially acceptable  abroad among people with various belief systems, religions and spiritual  paths. • Pattern noticing/investigation is how we become less and less pulled away by the natural distractions. • Your breath is always your home base to come back to whenever you're mind starts to wander. • If focusing on breathing bothers you use the sensations of the body  or even some other sound to focus on. Meditative music is a good source. • Make a mental note of the direction your mind goes when being  distracted, make a mental note of that then refocus on the breath. • Use gentle non-judgemental curiosity to explore your distractions. This is mindfulness. --- Support this podcast:
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