What Is Fight or Flight?

Your heart rate speeds up … your blood pressure soars … your breathing gets shallow … your palms start sweating … your mind begins to spin … sounds familiar? These are all normal symptoms of the acute stress response commonly known as fight or flight. The next two things I say shouldn’t surprise you: 1. Our culture […]

11 Meditation Styles and Techniques Explained

*This post was adapted from the book, The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People. Available in paperback or Kindle edition on Amazon. The first thing most people think of when they hear about mindfulness is seated meditation—which is by far the most discussed and studied tool for mindfulness. But […]

Video: The Mindfulness Movement in America With Jon Kabat-Zinn

This conversation between Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the eight-week mindfulness-based stressed-reduction program, and Soren Gordhamer, founder of the Wisdom 2.0 conference, was one of my favorite sessions from Wisdom 2.0 this year. It’s full of humor, inspiring quotes, research, and interesting perspectives on why mindfulness is gaining interest in America. It opens with a meditation, which […]

What Is MBSR?

I’m not a huge fan of how today’s culture overuses abbreviations and actually turns them into words. But because the name of this program is such a mouthful, I put this abbreviation to good use. I learned in my first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class that the founder actually named it such a long and […]