Creating this app was vital to my own daily quality of life. As a developer, designer, and meditator I’m keenly aware of how beginning one’s day in rested mindfulness can mean the difference between happy productivity and overwhelmed fogginess. This app provides what we all deserve (but no alarm clock can give): a daily opportunity to start out joyful and present.
Waking up genlty with mindfulness will profoundly change your entire day and therefore, life. The same goes for your mental state before bed. Meditations allow you to let go of the day and a achieve a quality deep restful sleep.
Meditation is effective because when you meditate, you physically release negativity from your body. Once released from your body, it’s easier for your mind to let it go, too. Evening meditations are a great way to release the stressors that you encounter throughout the day. Release the negative energy from your body and mind before bed, and the quality of your sleep will improve, which in turn strengthens your ability to cope with whatever life throws at you. I’ve worked with talented writers and voice artists to create a new mobile app that plays guided audio meditations to relax you into a quality sleep, then gently wakes you up at your desired time. From your bed, choose your evening and morning Beditations and desired wake-up time. In the morning, a gentle alarm will wake you up, and a guided post-sleep meditation will begin.
After just a few minutes of Beditations at the beginning and end of each day, your brainwave pattern will enter an Alpha state. Once there, the mind becomes refreshed, clear and strong. When you go to bed at night, just start the app, and a guided pre-sleep meditation will ease you into a peaceful, restful sleep. These meditations will help silence mental chatter by relaxing the energy in the body and mind.
When you lay down to bed at night, do you find sleep elusive? Do you toss and turn, thinking about everything that has happened that day, or the things you have to do the next? Do you check the clock every now and then, saying to yourself ‘I’ll never be able to get to sleep’? Believe it or not, over ten million Americans report sleep issues to their doctor per year. Everyone has experienced it. In periods of stress, the body relaxes, but the mind continues to run – jumping from subject to subject, worrying, fretting. Insomnia can be irritating, but there is hope for the frequent insomniac.
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that by adopting a few habits and practicing proper sleep hygiene, you will find that your sleep issues will dissolve. The first order of business is to take account of how long you’ve been having sleep problems. Do you usually fall asleep with ease, with only a night or two of insomnia every now and then? Or do have you been experiencing insomnia for a month or longer? If the latter is the case, your first order of business is to consult your physician; insomnia may be a symptom of an underlying (and more serious) medical condition. This is not meant to create alarm. In many cases, insomnia is a standalone issue without any underlying medical problem. A standalone case of insomnia can be treated with ease, utilizing the relaxation and imagery skills you’ll soon be learning. The effects may not be immediate; you may have to experiment with them during periods of insomnia to find out what works for you. However, once mastered, these skills are safe, natural, and effective means of defeating insomnia. Meditation is one effective means of helping the mind to let go.
Meditation is a mental skill that can be used to release the activities of the day, rather than replay them on an endless loop as you’re trying to fall asleep. Even on the nights when you are experiencing insomnia, you can still use meditation to silence your mind and relax the body. Sleep is better than being awake; however, when you cannot sleep, being relaxed and calm is better than being stressed and anxious.
When the difficulties of life unfold, people naturally seek ways to help overcome struggle and safeguard feelings of inner harmony. Unfortunately, many lack the understanding of the physical reaction that stress produces in the body. As a result, most people just aren’t equipped with the tools to fight stress. After briefly explaining the chemical effects of stress, this program will help you access a peaceful state, combat stress, and take back your life. The body’s stress response is a natural reaction to managing life’s complexities. Stress can disturb the natural chemical balance of your brain, where highly refined mechanisms trigger physical responses. These can include low energy, headaches, stomach irritation, physical pain, excessive perspiration, sleeping disorders, chronic cold symptoms, reduced sex drive, nervousness, and more.
During stressful times, our responses to other people can become part a vicious cycle, creating even more and more stress, often posing a serious threat to relationships and making our lives miserable. Stress is a natural reaction to adversity or tension. Once it gains momentum it can spread like wildfire. However, there are ways to contain and control it. The human body can do this by activating its natural relaxation response, a state that once again balances the mind and body and releases our mental tension. Instead of remaining imprisoned by a stressful life, we will focus on developing the mental tools to consistently produce an experience characterized by a strong sense of well-being. The natural relaxation response has many benefits, including, but not limited to, reduced heart rate, lower blood pressure, relaxed muscles, and natural healing of the mind and body. Recent studies have given us detailed information about what stress does to the brain. During those difficult times we may have a sense of frustration, disappointment, anxiety, or anger. Stress is your sensory system reacting to those emotions by discharging a surge of anxiety related hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This energizes the body for crisis activity. Perhaps the most powerful anti-stress tool one can develop and hone is meditation. Through meditation we can learn effective ways to reduce stress and cultivate deep inner peace. This program will help you practice methods such as breath awareness, mindfulness and visualization to silence stress. The practice of meditation has been proven to reduce the release of those harmful hormones. The goal of meditation and awareness is not that of a magical experience, or to be stress free, but to be engaged in mindfulness.
As with many important goals in life, repetition is key to working toward the mastery of meditation. Through repetition you will begin to produce the desired results. Once we understand the fundamentals of stress, we can explore techniques to lower reactivity to it both naturally and effectively. Accessing complete mindfulness allows us to minimize the negative impact that stress has on your body and your mind. A new, grounded perspective will quiet your thoughts and produce profound experiences of calm.
When you undertake the mindfulness diet, you’re doing more than changing your eating habits. You’re getting a handle on your mental energy and guiding it toward a healthy, desirable end. Like a lens focuses sunlight to create fire, the mindfulness diet allows you to harness your mental energy and focus it on the goal of achieving your ideal healthy and sustainable weight.
Throughout this process, you will be grooming your subconscious mind to accept and incorporate the suggestions it receives during meditation. Our three-step method is simple: Motivation, Belief, and Expectation. First, you will develop the mindset necessary to maintain a high level of motivation. Next, you will cultivate the deep belief within yourself that your goal can be reached. Finally, you will create accountability through the personal expectation you place upon yourself to complete this journey.
You may be having trouble fully accepting the notion that your goal can be reached. After all, losing weight requires more hard work and dedication than perhaps anything you have ever attempted before. However, the power of positivity is all that you need to clear any hurdle that you may face. The connection between mind and body is extraordinary. By telling yourself over and over that you can reach your goals, you will begin to make that belief permanent in your consciousness, and eventually you will notice your body following your mind’s lead. No longer will you be held back by the limiting belief of “I can’t.” Instead, you will be propelled forward by the belief of “I know I WILL!”
The Mind/Body Connection Your conscious and sub conscious minds are in constant communication. Try an experiment: move your finger. Easy, right? You might say, “That was a conscious effort.”
But what happens on the subconscious level? What about the blood that flowed to the muscles in your finger, allowing it to move? Did you consciously cause your heart to beat, thus sending the blood to the finger? No. It was a joint effort between your conscious and subconscious minds.
As you can see, your conscious mind can have a tremendous impact on your body. Another experiment: think of a time when you were embarrassed. Maybe you feel heat in your cheeks. If you look in a mirror, you might see your face turning red. Your heart rate might increase. These physiological effects are the result of you using your conscious mind to create physical effects. Your thoughts can influence your body; likewise, your body can influence your thoughts. For example, when you feel tightness in your stomach, you might start thinking about food. When you feel dryness in your mouth, you might look for water. Those are two common examples of your body influencing your mind.
The whole body is interconnected – physiological components, conscious mind, and subconscious mind. Once you’re willing to accept that your goal can be achieved, you’re motivated to do so, and you’re expecting success. Then you can give shape and form to your goal. Once you’ve harnessed the power of your conscious mind, both your subconscious mind, and your body, will accommodate. The key to mastery of the conscious mind is mindfulness: master mindfulness, master yourself.
Meditations for Kids
Think back to your childhood: wouldn’t it have been wonderful to learn how to relax and stay calm in stressful situations when you were growing up?
You can give your children this gift by meditating with them. If you’re new to meditation, it may be intimidating at first, but don’t worry – your child is likely a natural. When it comes to learning the art of meditation and guided imagery, children may truly have an advantage over adults – unbridled, beautiful imaginations.
This is good news for anyone interested in teaching their children how to relax and stay calm in stressful situations; skills they can carry well into adulthood. Meditation is something everyone in the family can benefit from practicing, and it’s something you can do together.
Guided imagery is a way to access the images of the unconscious mind to help resolve problems and to gain greater insights and deeper understanding regarding a specific illness, issue, or situation. It may or may not be interactive and it usually uses prompted or suggested imagery.
Please note: In some cases, meditation can worsen symptoms associated with certain mental and physical health conditions. Be sure to consult your health care provider before meditating if you or your family members have any of these conditions.
As a key exercise in the mastery of meditation you will find that repetition brings a higher sense of peace and security.
The Path to Happiness
The amount of joy and meaning you experience in life is within your control. You have the power to make your life as meaningful as you wish. Sometimes you may stumble across purpose and meaning but you will have a much more contented life if you actively seek out such experiences.
This course is about learning to appreciate your own skills and your own strengths. Self-appreciation is such a valuable asset. Learn to hone in on what has gone well, and everything is more likely to go as planned in the future. You might not feel too upbeat right now, but here’s a secret. You can train yourself to think positively. You can train yourself to become an optimist. You can learn to see the best in every situation.
You do not need to start wearing rose-tinted glasses. The best way to be, and the most positive way to live, is in the spirit of realistic optimism. This course will help you learn how to become a realistic optimist who seeks out joy in life and avoids dwelling on the negative.
If you want to meet a goal, you must move from thinking to doing. Few of our achievements are accomplished through intention alone. However, once you understand and embrace the power of your subconscious mind, you will start to find that life gets easier. With your subconscious on your side, the way ahead will become clear. You will be able to release yourself from rumination, stop dwelling on the past and live a richer life in the present.
We get the most out of life when we can tap into our motivation. Motivation is the foundation of achievement. The great news is that you can cultivate it whenever you wish.
I make no guarantees that any of the practices will function in any particular way for you, and no claim to be any kind of medical professional. You are entirely responsible for how you choose to use this program. If conditions worsen, seek professional help.
When it comes to thinking about the future, you have a choice to make. You can choose to believe that the best possible outcome is not only feasible but inevitable, or you can choose to dwell on what could go wrong. This course is all about learning to focus on how well things could turn out as opposed to how they could unravel or cause you stress. When you learn to direct your thoughts about the future and choose to believe that things will work out, you will start to experience more joy and contentment in your day to day life. Your skills and work ethic are important, but your attitude will make a tremendous difference. Change your attitude and you will change your entire life.
Silence Your Pain
It takes a great deal of discipline to do what you know is beneficial, even when you don’t want to. But the very nature of discipline is what gives you power over your circumstances and a state of well-being.
Although there are likely to be experiences of well-being, great insight, and complete calm… these particular outcomes are not the goal. In fact, having specific goals of relieving pain or discomfort may compromise your ability to reach a state of mindfulness.
I make no guarantees that any of the practices will function in any particular way for you, and no claim to be any kind of medical professional. You are entirely responsible for how you choose to use this program.
As a key exercise in the mastery of meditation, Repetition will produce the best results. Although, it may possibly seem boring or monotonous at first. Daily, weekly, monthly, you will find that it brings a sense of peace and security.
It is necessary to be extremely powerful and useful. Just like any state of mind, boredom and disinterest will eventually pass. What follows is a response to repetition which allows the mind to be opened to new things. Of course, these things are not new—as they have been there all along. But they are new to you.
And those new things that you discover may be within yourself or outside of yourself, leading you steps closer in the healing process.
As your mind begins to relax, without expectations, you will become more familiar with your deep, inner place of pain. Although many of us seek to avoid the awareness of our pain, becoming mindful of its place give us power over it. In this way, we can become restored and free. Meditation leading to mindfulness does not simply provide a moment of relief from pain. It allows you to extend relief out over your lifetime, providing you access to portions of your mind to be completely and fully engaged. And to love your life.
Seeking awareness through the elements of the program allows you to have flexibility in your sessions, choosing one over the other, or creating your own fusion of the elements. In this way, you build ownership over the program for yourself, increasing its efficacy and power.
There are endless excuses: nicotine withdrawals are too much to handle, cigarettes are really enjoyable, and I’ve been smoking so long I wouldn’t know what to do with myself…the list goes on and on.
Nicotine withdrawal is pretty mild compared to other drug withdrawal and is completely gone from your system after just a couple weeks. Withdrawal symptoms tend to peak after just 3-5 days. Yes they’re uncomfortable, but not impossible to get past.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man. We’re feeding this addiction constantly, because nicotine acts really fast. We get our fix and nicotine levels begin to leave the bloodstream in as little as 30 minutes. And those nagging withdrawal pangs we’re all familiar with show up again. So we wait a bit, then light another cigarette, we get a small dose of nicotine that feeds our addiction, it quickly begins to leave the bloodstream, and the cycle continues.
You create your future with each thought. Each time you think, you’re are adding to the structure of your future. Do not worry about your past thoughts… what you have thought of each time you wake up in the morning.
Smoking is not a habit. We smoke because we are addicted to nicotine. But as smokers, we all tell ourselves differently. Smokers live in an illusionary world, in which they tell themselves all kinds of things about cigs. None of them are true, but smokers believe they are and continue to light up again and again and again.
Quitting smoking can be the best thing that’s ever happened to you in your life. Knowing without a doubt that you’ll never smoke another cigarette again and are actually happy about it, is life changing.
Anyone who’s ever tried to quit knows about the awful withdrawals that come along with it. The withdrawals after all, are what make us think quitting smoking so ridiculously hard to quit. It’s important that you realize these withdrawal involves a couple different things. Withdrawal from nicotine. That intense craving that feels like an insatiable hunger. Certain psychological triggers. In the morning with your coffee. After a meal. When you talk on the phone. Seeing your in-laws. Before a big meeting. Driving. Waiting for the train. After a meal.
You’ve got to be able to understand what these are and see the difference between them…or smoking’s going to forever seem impossible to quit. If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking before you know that there is absolutely no physical pain when going through withdrawals from cigs. You’ve been feeding your body little doses of poison for years. And your body has become accustom to it. But think about it. Why in the world would you think you needed poison to feel better? You don’t! If you can make it just a few days while the nicotine leaves your system, these awful cravings that make you feel like you’re crawling out of your skin will soon go away.
Once you understand how addiction works and the real reason why you smoke, quitting becomes much easier than you’ve been led to believe.