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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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Trusting Transition

Trusting Transition

2021-05-1625:43

This is a Mindfulness meditation to help you cultivate calm and confidence in times of transition. Secular, paced, and following the popular three-stage breathing practice, this recording can help you feel more centered and optimistic. Recorded live during a “Calm with Christoph” meditation event. No background music added.  Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need your full attention on something else.
Easing Stress

Easing Stress

2021-03-3027:53

A calming Mindfulness meditation to help you ease stress. Secular, paced, and following the popular three-stage breathing practice, this recording can help you feel more grounded and balanced again. Recorded live during a "Calm with Christoph" meditation event. No background music added. Please, DO NOT listen to any of this recording whilst driving or operating machinery, or when you need your full attention on something else.
Mini Silent Retreat

Mini Silent Retreat

2021-03-1620:31

Join Christoph for a mini silent retreat; a mindfulness meditation with a minimalist approach, careful guidance and lots of space. Twenty minutes to hold space for yourself, reground and recharge. A welcome self-care treat in a hectic world. No background 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 relaxing meditation was recorded live during a Calm with Christoph mindfulness event. It is a calming interpretation of the traditional body scan. A helpful practice for cultivating non-judgmental curiosity toward the body and sustaining kind attention. No background music was added to help with staying focused. 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.
Deep Stillness

Deep Stillness

2021-01-1826:14

Join Christoph for a deeply relaxing mindfulness meditation. This recording is a blissful practice for meditators with some experience and contains longer stretches of silence. You are invited to unwind and yet bring a sense of wakefulness to your meditation practice. A helpful session for developing resilience and groundedness. Recorded live during a "Calm with Christoph" online meditation event. No music to allow for extra focus.   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.
Happy New Moment

Happy New Moment

2021-01-0428:15

A new year is, ultimately, nothing but a sequence of moments. So what if you could learn how to be with moments differently - the easy ones and the challenging ones? Mindfulness meditation can be your helpful practice. A secular skill you can learn and cultivate to bring back balance in your life, one moment at a time... This introductory mindfulness meditation was recorded during a live Calm with Christoph online event and contains an inspirational intro message and guided meditation. Suitable for beginners and more advanced practitioners. 
Evening Meditation

Evening Meditation

2020-11-3022:42

A spacious and sincere mindfulness meditation to help you unwind after a busy day. Includes breath and body focus as well as a loving-kindness practice. Recorded live during a Calm with Christoph mindfulness 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.
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.
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