with Denver Zen Center’s Dr. Peggy Sheehan
Mindfulness: The ability to stay grounded in the current moment, and simply be present with whatever is happening. So simple, yet so hard. What’s easy? Getting swept away by distractions, thoughts, feelings, daydreams, and worries about things that might happen. When we live in our heads, which most of us do most of the time, we’re not really here. And that’s too bad, because the world is a beautiful place.
Our ambient stress and future-focus is even more pronounced in the weeks leading up to the holiday season, so I thought that this would be a good time to revisit some simple mindfulness skills that will help you be able to slow down, breathe, and enjoy this special time of year.
My guest on The Love, Happiness and Success Podcast today is Dr. Peggy Sheehan. She’s a Denver-based physician who teaches Dr. John Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program through Kaiser Permanente, as well as a spiritual director of the Zen Center of Denver. She knows a lot about mindfulness: The benefits of the practice, and everyday practices that will help you to slow down, and be more peaceful and present with your life. Today, she’s sharing her wisdom with you.
Also, during our interview, Dr. Sheehan alluded to a “body scanning” exercise developed by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn which is very helpful to use when you’re struggling with insomnia. I tracked down the recording that she mentioned (on YouTube) and am including it here for you…