Meditation, acceptance and relinquishing control with Kevin Janks

“Trying to control our thoughts is like trying to put a meteor out with a garden hose.” 

Kevin Janks

No doubt we’ve all heard about the transformative power of meditation, but is it possible to access that power when uncertainty, stress and living through a pandemic make it difficult to simply sit still and breathe? (I’m asking for a friend ;)

In today’s episode I’m joined by friend of the show, friend of the Slow Beginnings retreat and founder of Centred Meditation, Kevin Janks, and we have a wonderful chat about the power of meditation – particularly in challenging times. 

Meditation allows us to decompress from ‘fight or flight’ mode and as Kevin explains, the time investment doesn’t need to be excessive. (Research has found that meditating for as little as 12 minutes a day can have a substantial impact on our well-being and mental health over the course of just three weeks).

Over the past couple of months I’ve really found myself grappling with the issue of control within what is ultimately an uncontrollable situation, so Kevin and I dig in to that too. He shares how meditation can be used to shift our perception of control, and by doing so, release us from the stress of trying to manipulate circumstances we have no control over. (It’s really helpful, I promise!)

We also talk about the ways in which meditation allows us to accept our current circumstances – not in order to accept and give up, but in order to accept the way things are in that moment and move on.

There’s so much to be learnt from meditation, particularly during such stressful times, and this conversation with Kevin is full of tools and takeaways that will hopefully help you. I hope you enjoy it!

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51 Responses to Meditation, acceptance and relinquishing control with Kevin Janks

  1. Loving your work as always! The show notes mention a free 14 day trial with Centred Meditation which I am extremely keen on. I followed the link, but it seems to link to a paid version? Was a free trial available?

  2. This was so timely. I love journaling as well and recently picked up some old journals and you captured what I thought beautifully. Thank you for this and for your work. I am reading Slow now.

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  4. I really loved this episode and I feel like it’s helped me continue with a new meditation practice. Your podcast has been such a huge inspiration for change for me in so many ways. I’ve reduced my waste, decluttered, am trying to minimize plastic, sending my husband to work with a bag of food scraps to take to his work composting bin. My kids and I have experienced the joy of watching tomato flowers bloom, wither, and day by day, watch them grow into little baby tomatoes and it’s… magic. I just wanted to say thank you to you and Ben for being so authentically you and allowing us to peek into your lives in such an uplifting way. It’s really given me a really lovely tether in all this turmoil.

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