Category Archives: Meditation

Loving Your Inner Critic

It’s a new year, which means… well, whatever we want it to mean. For some of us, it means new beginnings, for others it’s continuing on a particular trajectory or slightly changing course. For others still, it’s just another day, but with an infuriating new digit to mess up on checks and forms.

Let’s pretend, however, that you’re not completely happy with something, and you’d like to make some changes. Maybe you make it a formal resolution, or maybe you just hope that you’ll conduct yourself a bit differently this year. I was taking a mental inventory just now, and I was hoping to eat better, exercise more, and… then I stopped.

Those are both worthy goals, to be sure, but I noticed a parallel line of thought: “I’ve got to stop putting so much garbage in my body. How am I going to reach my goal weight if I keep having 1000 calories of popcorn after dinner?” and “I’ve got to get back to the gym, I need some muscle.”

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Guided Meditation for Sleep

I made an 18 minute guided meditation meant to be listened to as you go to sleep. It has some pretty groovy music made by DJ Cold Duck.

This one uses the principles of progressive muscle relaxation along with a bit of imagery, but I’m fairly sure it should be effective even if you don’t listen to the words. I want your brain to get the idea that it’s in a safe place, doing exactly what it needs to do.

Give it a listen, and let me know if it works for you. If you can think of any other guided meditations you’d like to hear, or any goals for meditation you might have in mind, leave me a comment!

How to Kick More Ass: Accessing Your Wisdom and Inspiration

Think back to the last time you really outdid yourself. Maybe it was at a business meeting, or on a school project. Maybe you whipped up this amazing loaf of banana bread, or crane kicked a bully to win a karate tournament.

There's not even a guy there.
Credit: Haley, via flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I’m serious, think back to instances of yourself¬†surpassing your own expectations, because this proves two things:

  1. You are capable of great things.
  2. Your expectations are bullshit.

Riddle me this, Batman: How did you manage to exceed your expectations? Was it dumb, luck, the stars aligning? Waking up on the right side of the bed and having a decent breakfast? No matter how you justify your low expectations,¬†they’ve been wrong in the past, and they’ll be wrong again. Self-limiting thoughts and language are real psychological phenomena, and we’ll talk about them more in the future, but today we’ll skip straight to kicking ass.

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