Mindfulness meditation sure is popular these days! However, I see it being misrepresented in the media—and therefore misunderstood by people—all the time. Here is the lowdown on what mindfulness is and why you need it. I'll also bust a few of those myths, and lead you through a short meditation exercise to get you started. Mindfulness can be the cornerstone of all your other efforts to build a richer, more satisfying life, and let you spend more of your time actually living it.
Welcome to the Right Life Project.
I'm Jim Hjort, LCSW, and I want to support you in building and maintaining the most meaningful, fulfilling, and healthy life possible. The kind of life that comes from letting go of habits of thought or behavior that have held you in place and cultivating others that promote feelings of freedom and wellbeing. One in which your daily life, whether at home, work, or play, is aligned with who you are at your core—allowing you to thrive, not just survive. Whether you're just here for interesting reading, there are some areas of your life that you’d like to work on, or you’d like to make radical changes and don’t know where to begin, I hope you’ll find something that speaks to you.
For the inaugural Right Life Project podcast, we start on common ground: the innate human desire to soar, no matter what seems to be holding us down. You're probably familiar with the concept of redemption in certain contexts, even if it's just because you watched a certain Tim Robbins film. But it's much broader than you may think. Redemption doesn't require that you suffer a tragedy or go to prison. It requires your willingness to do what's necessary to fulfill your potential, in your own unique way.
If you find that your mood suffers on the weekend, you might be experiencing the "Sunday neurosis," and researchers find that it becomes more common the more education you have. This can't mean that education makes you feel bad, can it? Or do these findings highlight things we already know to be true about the impact of work upon your wellbeing?
If you've ever witnessed something so amazing that you were awestruck, and saw the world in a new way afterward, then you've experienced the aesthetically sublime. Researchers have identified the conditions you need for those types of experiences. It so happens, they have a lot in common with what you need for a sublime life.