Meditation is a burnout balm – a way to get still to get going. We often hear messages of rise and grind, get up and get after it, be a goal getter.  But I want to suggest an easier, softer way of learning to be in the world. Because you can learn a new way. Well-being can be learned. It is not something you have or don’t. You can cultivate it different ways and the path we often do not choose is stillness. 

Here is what you can expect to hear on the episode:

  1. What the research says about meditation and burnout prevention / recovery
  2. Meditation to soothe mental, emotional, and physical pain
  3. A mindfulness meditation to overcome procrastination

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  • Learn more about the lifelong friendship between the Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama by watching Mission Joy on Netflix
  • Download free breathing exercises from Sustainable Sue at this link and this link
  • Meditation for overcoming procrastination available from Inner Health Studio at this link
  • Links to references on evidence based meditation research:
    • Koyama T, McHaffie JG, Laurienti PJ, Coghill RC. The subjective experience of pain: where expectations become reality. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005;102:12950–12955. [PMC free article]
    • Cahn BR, Polich J. Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies. Psychol Bull. 2006;132:180–211. [PubMed]
    • Grant JA, Rainville P. Pain sensitivity and analgesic effects of mindful states in Zen meditators: a cross-sectional study. Psychosom Med. 2009;71:106–114. [PubMed]
    • Brown CA, Jones AK. Meditation experience predicts less negative appraisal of pain: electrophysiological evidence for the involvement of anticipatory neural responses. Pain. 2010;150:428–438. [PubMed]
    • Zeidan F, Gordon NS, Merchant J, Goolkasian P. The effects of brief mindfulness meditation training on experimentally induced pain. J Pain. 2010b;11:199–209. [PubMed]

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