Using Mindfulness to Declutter the Mind

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Vidyamala Burch on Mindfulness and Meditation

Thirty years ago, Vidyamala Burch began exploring mindfulness and meditation as a means of managing the pain of a spinal injury. In this episode of Woman Worriers, she talks with host Elizabeth Cush about her book Mindfulness for Women – declutter your mind, simplify your life, find time to ‘be.’

For most of us most of the time, our thought processes are not helpful.
— Vidyamala Burch

Show Notes:

Research shows that of the tens of thousands of thoughts we have each day, about 95 percent are thoughts we’ve had before and about 75 percent are negative. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Vidyamala Burch, an award-winning author, mindfulness teacher and co-founder of Breathworks, an international organization that brings mindfulness and compassion to people suffering from pain, illness and stress. They talk about how women can use mindfulness and meditation to change our relationship with our thoughts in order to reduce anxiety and stress and have more positive relationships.

Listen and learn:

  • Why we need to learn to train our minds and shift our thought processes

  • What decluttering the mind is all about

  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation

  • How mindfulness opens the door to clarity

  • What happens in our lives when we begin to use mindfulness and meditation

  • What mindfulness does that makes it easier to live with anxiety

  • Why it helps to spend more time in our bodies and less in our heads

  • How the body plays a key role in mindfulness and meditation

  • Why body can meditation can be a powerful tool for relaxation

  • The surprising things a journalist learned when she co-wrote a book on mindfulness

  • How stress and anxiety interfere with our personal relationships

  • How to get started with a mindfulness practice

  • How to find motivation to practice meditation

  • One of the most important benefits you can get from a mindful approach to life


Learn More

> Vidyamala Burch’s website

> Mindfulness for Women - declutter your mind, simplify your life, find time to 'be' by Vidyamala Burch and Claire Irvin

> Breathworks mindfulness training website

> Mindfulness resources

> Meditations from Mindfulness for Women on Soundcloud

> Insight Timer meditation app/website

> Calm (Email me to get one month free)

> HeadSpace

> Progression Counseling


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