Day Twenty

DAY 20: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews Joseph Goldstein

Video Objectives

You’ll learn:

  • A revolutionary way of understanding thoughts that will transform your life.
  • Practical tools to work with difficult thoughts and emotions.
  • A powerful practice to manage self judgements and the inner critic.
  • The powerful practice of acceptance and how this opens up greater possibility and freedom in your life.
  • A practical application to develop more mindful communication.
About Joseph Goldstein

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Your Meditation for today

Miracle Of Breath And Body Meditation with Elise Bialylew

A Meditation for Children

Peaceful Place with Susan Kaiser Greenland 

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, and families. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book The Mindful Child. Her second book, Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness games. In addition, Susan has recorded a series of brief guided meditations for grownups entitled Mindful Parent, Mindful Child.

Managing A common OBstacle: AGitation

I have the greatest admiration and respect for Joseph and his knowledge. I have learnt so much from him, and I hope you will find this interview as enriching as I did.

“How does feeling our breath or taking a mindful step help anyone else? It happens in several ways. The more we understand our own minds, the more we understand everyone else. We increasingly feel the commonality of our human condition, of what creates suffering and how we can be free. Our practice also benefits others through the transformation of how we are in the world. If we’re more accepting, more peaceful, less judgmental, less selfish, then the whole world is that much more loving and peaceful, that much less judgmental and selfish.”

~ Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Today you'll find one of my guided practices to help you tune into gratitude for the breath and body - it's one that's also quite calming - good for those agitated days. You'll also find a wonderful guest meditation from Susan Kaiser Greenland to support children in experiencing greater peace.  


Often, when we don't feel like meditating, it's because there is an underlying restlessness or agitation and we don't want to be still. Here are a few suggestions for managing this challenge.

1. When we are really agitated, sometimes meditation might not be what's called for.

It's good to take a mindful pause and ask yourself, "what do I need right now to support me?" It may be that going to the gym or going for a run or walk is a better way to release that agitated energy. While you move, you can practise mindfulness by anchoring your attention to the physical senses or sounds around you. Then meditate at a different time (possibly after you've released some of that energy).

2. When agitation is present, try just doing two minutes of meditation.

What usually happens is that, after a few minutes, you're reminded that it actually feels good to meditate and you may feel naturally pulled to meditate longer (or not). Either way, setting a smaller amount of time helps you get past the initial barrier.

3.Alternatively, experiment with doing a longer meditation at these moments.

Sometimes, when this hyped, agitated feeling is present, we actually need a longer meditation to help settle the nervous system.

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