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Author: Christoph Spiessens

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Author and Mindfulness Guide Christoph Spiessens interviews leaders from the self-help, HR, coaching and mental wellbeing sectors about how they keep their own cup full. Discover the heartfelt stories, challenges and success strategies from your peers in this no-holds-barred podcast.
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Grounded and Hopeful

Grounded and Hopeful

2020-11-0525:39

These are extraordinary times and I have recorded this Mindfulness meditation to help you feel more grounded, hopeful, and positive. Not in a corny way, but by cultivating a meditation practice that allows you to both relax and restore, using helpful mindfulness tools. Recorded live during a Calm with Christoph group meditation, this is a safe and gentle combination of guidance and lots of silent space to practice. No music to help with focusing on the now moment. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Letting Go

Letting Go

2020-10-2822:42

This is a pure mindfulness meditation with lots of space to help you rest your mind in the present moment. With careful guidance, Christoph invites you to gently return your awareness to the now using anchors such as the body and the breath. This meditation is loosely based on one of the foundational attitudes of Mindfulness: Letting Go. Not by pushing things away or by ignoring them, but by bringing kind attention to whatever is distracting us. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Weekend Mindfulness

Weekend Mindfulness

2020-10-1727:58

Recorded live during a "Calm with Christoph" mindfulness event on a Sunday night, in this practice, I share the importance of a Beginner's Mind and Non-Striving to help you settle into our meditation time together. We then explore the value of bringing kind attention to whatever wants to be acknowledged so we can still ourselves even further. This is a beautifully relaxing and yet empowering meditation to process the week gone by and welcome the week ahead. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
A beautiful and relaxing meditation, based on the 3-Step Breathing Space from the MBCT programme. With lots of space for practice, this calming meditation integrates Choiceless Awareness, Mindful Breathing and a Body Scan. No music added.  Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
This recording is my adaptation of the beautiful and effective Lake Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Contrary to popular belief, this meditation is not (just) about visualising your way to calm. In the same way a basin holds a lake no matter what the surface of that lake looks like -choppy or calm- we can learn how to hold space for ourselves, our feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Recorded live during a Calm with Christoph meditation seminar (Sundays 7:30pm UK, see Eventbrite). No music added. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Access Your Inner Calm

Access Your Inner Calm

2020-08-1021:35

Join Christoph for a relaxing and grounding mindfulness meditation. No fluff, simply an effective journey into the present moment to help you access a feeling of calm. Taken from a live "Calm with Christoph" online meditation session.   Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
I am Here and Now

I am Here and Now

2020-08-0324:15

An effective mindfulness practice recorded live during a ‘Calm with Christoph’ online meditation event. Learn how to hold space for yourself, stop ruminating and experience the calm that can be found in the now moment.  Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
In this “mediteaching,” Christoph invites you to relax and learn how to deepen your mindfulness practice to bring back balance. It is a helpful meditation for these challenging times. You are invited to gently explore which parts of yourself you may have been giving away -knowingly or unknowingly- lately and call those parts back to you with kindness and self-compassion. (No added music to help with focus and appreciation of the moment.) Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
A beautiful, simple and effective mindfulness meditation to help you relax and create a gentle breathing space between you and your thoughts. Ideal for focused relaxation and mindfulness practice. Taken from a live "Calm with Christoph" meditation event. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
This meditation starts with a relaxing body scan and then expands into a beautiful practice to help you keep your own cup full: Holding space for yourself. The idea is to help us become as good a friend for ourselves as we are to others. Christoph gently invites you to reflect on three questions and encourages you to observe what comes up for you without judgement, thus cultivating compassion, kindness and patience to enhance your own wellbeing. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Allow your mind and body to relax without feeling guilty for taking some much-deserved time out. With beautiful background music and Christoph’s reassuring voice, this new guided meditation will help you unwind, refill your own cup, and experience a whole new level of stillness. Ends with a loving-kindness practice. 17 minutes of pure bliss! Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Ease in Uneasy Times

Ease in Uneasy Times

2020-07-0620:33

We live in challenging times. Treat yourself to a moment of equanimity with this new recording that includes mindfulness meditation essentials such as awareness of breath, cultivating space between stimulus and response, choiceless awareness and even a brief body scan. Let Christoph help you fall awake to the present moment so you can restore a feeling of ease in these uneasy times. No added music to help with focus and appreciation of the moment. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Calm Your Busy Mind

Calm Your Busy Mind

2020-06-2420:33

This is an informative meditation to help you feel both relaxed and inspired to be more in control, more empowered, and more ready to invite the positive into your life. Part meditation, part “mediteaching,” Christoph helps you to relax and -in very accessible language- briefly explains why your busy mind can make you feel anxious and how mindfulness meditation can help you feel more grounded and balanced again. No added music to help with focus and appreciation of the moment.  Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Mindfulness of Chakras

Mindfulness of Chakras

2020-06-2221:17

A beautifully calming meditation for extra stability in these challenging times. Christoph invites you to relax deeply into the present moment by bringing your awareness to each of your main chakras. The more we can align our chakras with mindfulness meditation, the easier it is to recenter and rebalance. This practice is a beautiful variation on the usual body scan. No added music to help with focus and appreciation of the moment. Taken from a live Calm with Christoph meditation session. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Fall awake to your uniqueness with this deeply calming yet empowering guided meditation. Christoph first helps you to relax fully, then invites you to experience yourself judgement free, reclaim the parts of you that you have given away, call back your joy, and restore trust in yourself. No added music to help with focus and appreciation of the moment. Taken from a live Calm with Christoph meditation session. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
Tonglen Meditation

Tonglen Meditation

2020-06-1111:37

Taken from a live online "Calm with Christoph" meditation event, this tonglen meditation is a special breathing meditation treat. Tonglen is a Tibetan concept made up of two words: tong (which means letting go, giving) and len (which means accepting, receiving). I recorded this meditation practice in response to the many requests from people for help with managing stress related to the current state of the world. Tonglen is about taking ownership and then transforming discomfort, in a very empowering way. It's a great practice for expressing compassion to ourselves and the world.  Just like my other mindfulness meditations, this recording has no background music. The purpose of this practice is not to “escape” to some imaginary world, but to learn how to bring your awareness back to the present moment. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
There's a famous quote (often attributed to Viktor Frankl, although the source is unknown) that goes as follows, "Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." In this mindfulness meditation we explore finding and cultivating that space for better wellbeing. This recording is from a live online "Calm with Christoph" meditation session.  Just like my other mindfulness meditations, this recording has no background music. The purpose of this practice is not to “escape” to some imaginary world, but to learn how to bring your awareness back to the present moment and respond rather than react in life.  Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
It was nice to be invited back by Radio Plus on their Health & Wellbeing show, hosted by the inspirational Christine Charles. We discuss: - What could your lockdown ROI be? - The benefits of confronting your loneliness   - The beauty of angst-free moments of silence in friendships - How Mindfulness helps us respond to stress rather than react - Various wellbeing tools to boost your resilience in this pivotal time and beyond! #mindfulness #wellbeing #lockdown #selfcare #anxiety #loneliness 
The Loving Kindness Meditation is one of the core mindfulness practices in the MBSR programme, created by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who brought mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) into the mainstream of medicine and society. This meditation calls our attention specifically to encouraging the growth of compassion, both for ourselves, others and the world at large. It is especially helpful to those who may have a harsh inner critic or low self-esteem. We are setting an intention to nurture the quality of loving kindness that already exists within us, while being with whatever is present in the senses, thought, or emotions, without judgement. Another helpful meditation on your Mindfulness journey. A few notes: It can be helpful to choose a pet or person whom you admire for being kind or loving in general should you have considerable difficulty in bringing to mind a person who has loved or supported you. It’s advisable to choose “the person with whom you have difficulty,” before the meditation and to ensure the difficulty is minor, as other issues might require therapy before engaging in the healing process. Although this meditation is very beneficial therapeutically and for people in general, it’s not recommended to listen to this recording if you are in a state of acute depression. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable with closing your eyes, you can lower your gaze or alternatively pick a spot on the wall, on which to maintain your focused attention. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time. Just like my other Mindfulness Meditations, this recording has no background music. The purpose of this practice is not to “escape” to some imaginary world, but to learn how to bring your awareness back to the present moment. The repeating set of phrases in this recording are some of many possible phrases that can be used. If any part of the approach or of the four central phrases do not suit you, feel free to make any changes that make it more friendly or appealing to you.
Mountain Meditation

Mountain Meditation

2020-03-0310:13

This recording is my rendition of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn’s powerful and popular Mountain Meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn brought mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) into the mainstream of medicine and society. The purpose of this meditation practice is to help you become grounded by accessing your stability and inner strength. The mountain visualisation along with the ever-changing weather conditions it withstands, is helpful as an external form of mindfulness and is particularly suitable for people who are going through a challenging time, internal and/or external, and want to feel more balanced and centred. Just like my other Mindfulness Meditations recordings, the Mountain Meditation has no background music. The purpose of this practice is not to “escape” to some imaginary world, but to learn how to bring your awareness back to the present moment, and this time the mountain is the vehicle. Another helpful meditation on your Mindfulness journey. It can be helpful to choose the mountain you’re going to focus on during the meditation in advance to avoid unnecessary distraction. Please ensure you have no negative associations relating to mountains. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need full attention on something else. If you feel uncomfortable with closing your eyes, you can lower your gaze or alternatively pick a spot on the wall, on which to maintain your focused attention. If you feel uncomfortable in any way during the meditation it is advisable to stop the practice and consider trying again another time.
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