Making mindfulness simple again with Linda Esposito

Making mindfulness simple again with Linda Esposito - Episode 179 of The Slow Home Podcast

Meiying Ng

My favourite psychotherapist, the lovely Linda Esposito returns to the poggie today after last chatting with me way back in November 2015. Linda can always be relied on to cut through the BS that occasionally attaches itself to conversations about health, mindfulness and wellness, and I never fail to walk away from our conversations with a new perspective.

Recently Linda posted on Instagram about the overcomplification of mindfulness and why we need to bring it back to its simplest form, and we talk about that idea in today’s episode. Personally I worry that the over-engineering (and the commoditisation) of mindfulness is turning people away from an idea that, at its core, is incredibly simple and powerful, and Linda has some advice on how to adopt a simple kind of mindfulness for those of us who feel overwhelmed at the sheer volume of information out there.

I also ask Linda question I’m asked a lot: As we begin to make positive changes in our lives, as we begin to live more mindfully, why do we so often find ourselves feeling better in some ways but worse in others? Why do we feel more aware of the discomfort and overwhelm in our lives, when we’re actively trying to reduce these? And, importantly, what can we do about it?

Linda and I also talk about boredom and why it’s so important, and the benefits and value in not doing. We chat about meditation and the impact it has on our cognitive functions, as well as its far-reaching benefits.

Enjoy!

(Be sure to check out the links below to connect with Linda, and for more information on the live Patreon-exclusive video call early next week.)

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9 Responses to Making mindfulness simple again with Linda Esposito

  1. I think part of it comes down to the fact that adopting mindfulness practices, embracing them, means letting go of old ways and old lifestyles. The discomfort and awareness comes from the realization that the old wasn’t truly beneficial to you, even if you enjoyed those things. Growth always comes with growing pains! Ultimately, however, when we push through it it’s all worth it in the end to be a mindful, grounded human being.

    I enjoyed your post!

    – Shannon | http://www.goingwithhappy.com

  2. Just wanted to let you guys know that the sound was buggy in the episode. There were a few points where I couldn’t even hear what Brooke and Ben were saying.

    Regardless, the message still got through another great episode. :)

  3. Hey, as requeste, letting you know the sound was having issues. I had to keep my fingers on the volume buttons to constantly adjust the volume going up and down, mostly when Brooke spoke.

    I am using the apple podcast app on iPhone 6s and using apple earphones.

    Long time listener- thanks for al the effort you guys put in :)

  4. Hi

    You asked for feedback on any sound issues after 177. Sorry to say I am still having problems. The sound fades as though both Brooke and Ben are turning away from their microphones. Love the podcasts but the sound issues are very frustrating!

  5. This was an amazing conversation. Here’s my issue…
    I am mindful and more aware of myself and my feelings in the moment. The problem I run into is that I feel very aware of other people and situations. How can I tune into my own awareness but not everyone else’s.
    This is definitely an episode I want to listen to twice…it was that good!

  6. Thank you for the kind words, Joanna. Mindfulness takes a lot of practice, for sure. One strategy to overcome awareness overload is to gently take yourself back to focusing on your feelings. If that is challenging, perhaps focus on your breathing patterns and your physiological response to sitting in silence and practicing mindfulness. Feelings are a result of thoughts so asking questions about why you think the way you do, or “is there another way of seeing this situation?” may help with clarity.

    Hope this is helpful!

  7. Thank you Brooke and Ben! It’s always a pleasure to share mental health and wellness on your lovely platform, and I could listen to both your voices forever!

    Also, I apologize because I didn’t answer the question about Brooke’s common question from audience members re: ‘how to get others to practice mindfulness?’

    Because mindfulness includes many iterations (and asking someone to try it may include an actual or perceived value judgement), I suggest asking yourself why you would like this person to be more mindful.

    Often therapy clients will say that a particular person in their life “really needs therapy.” And while this may be true, I gently remind my client this person is not in the therapy room, “…but you are, so let’s focus on the changes you’d like to make.”

    The simple answer would be to share how mindfulness has helped you and if this other person asks questions or seems interested/curious, proceed with a resource or two. If they change the subject or yawn, now is probably not a good time to discuss mindfulness.

    Thank you again for allowing me to be a Slow Home guest :)

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