Let’s Talk About Meditation
In this episode 007, we are in week 2 of the meditation and mindfulness challenge and it’s time to check in and see how things are going! We discuss the basics of meditation and how we are feeling a week into the challenge. We introduce a mindfulness exercise using your non-dominant hand and we also ask the question:“Do you like abundance vs simplicity, do you like a lot of choices or few choices?” Both of us are diggin something beauty related this week.
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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)
2:25: We update how the monthly challenge is going and introduce the basics of meditation that have been helpful for us.
5:30: Jenny quotes Jerry Seinfeld’s take on the benefits of meditation.
11:00: Jenny describes how she is incorporating reading our monthly book 10% Happier by Dan Harris into her meditation routine. We are also going to be taking excerpts from How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
11:49: Peggy describes how she has incorporated meditation into her morning routine
12:54: More details on our monthly book report: 10% Happier by Dan Harris
14:41: Peggy and Jenny gush a little bit about the fact that we have reached the milestone of 500 downloads and we are really excited that people are listening! If you are one of those people, we appreciate you!!
15:56: A mindfulness excerpt from How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays for this week. Use your non-dominant hand for tasks like brushing your teeth or eating for at least part of each meal.
19:50: Who are You Anyway? This week’s question is: Do you like a lot of choices or fewer choices? Do you like abundance or simplicity?
24:23: What Are You Diggin Lately?: Both of us have a beauty related fun thing this week. Peggy is loving her eyelash extensions and Jenny is big on her Revlon Color Stay Over Time Lip Color in Always Sienna
29:37: You Win or You Learn: Peggy’s learn this week is related to a meditation challenge and Jenny shares a win that has to do with her ongoing meditation streak.
34:48: We wrap it up and remind you to keep it up with your meditation!
Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:
Book: 10 % Happier by Dan Harris
Book: How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
Book: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (we talked about the Questioner tendency in this episode)
Meditation App: Headspace This one has a free 10 day beginners pack
Meditation App: Calm This one is great for meditation and sleep and has a 7 day free trial.
Meditation App: Insight Timer. This one is a great free app
“Do you know how three days a year you get a good night’s sleep? And you wake up and feel like “Oh, this is how I should feel all the time!” But you can’t get more than 3 good night’s sleep per year because of the circumstances of your life. Well, with TM (meditation) you can have that everyday.” Jerry is talking about a very specific type of meditation (transcendental meditation) but I think that the quote resonates for sure. Another quote from Seinfeld: “You Know That Tremendous Feeling Of Power When Your Phone Is Fully Charged?”– Jenny quoting and discussing Jerry Seinfeld’s take on the benefits of meditation.
“I just feel a little bit calmer”– Peggy describing how meditation makes her feel.
“I feel like meditation slows things down. I notice more. I’m more present in my daily life. I’m not just going through the motions. It is the one habit that makes it (routine) feel less like drudgery” -Jenny describing how meditation makes her feel.
“It’s a 10 minute investment that pays off all day” – Jenny’s pithy quote on meditation
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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse. Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness. She is wife to John and mom to fur baby Calvin the fat orange cat. Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her! Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector. She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan. Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.
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Let’s get to work on improving your most important project. That’s YOU! Stay focused and get after it!
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Peggy and Jenny