The Mindful Month

Week three

WEEK three

An interview with SUSAN PIVER

Overcoming the common obstacles of meditation to develop a mind that is focussed, clear and creative

This week is about continuing to develop our practice and learn ways to skilfully manage some of the inevitable obstacles that come up in practice. Susan talks more about this in the interview.

In this video you’ll learn

  • A common obstacle to making meditation a habit and tips on overcoming it
  • How mindfulness meditation can support you in relationships
  • How mindfulness meditation connects you with your “authentic self”
  • How we can navigate strong emotions more effectively through bringing mindful attention to our feelings

About Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the bestselling author of six books and frequent guest on network television, (including The Oprah Winfrey Show), Susan teaches workshops on meditation, relationships and creativity and the Open Heart Project.

Week Three Meditation

Today we begin the week with a new mindfulness practice.

This week we explore a mindfulness practice that directs our attention out into the world. This practice is mindfulness of sounds. In this meditation we use sound as the focus of our attention and just like the breath or the body practice, when our minds get distracted we come back to sounds as the anchor for our attention.

Apart from this formal meditation you can start to use sounds in your environment as a way to focus your mind during the hectic pace of a day.

If you work – try stepping outside in your lunch break and going for a mindful walk. As you walk focus your attention on sounds around you and when your mind gets caught up in thinking, let the thoughts go and come back to the sounds.

By integrating mindfulness into everyday life, you are going to be reinforcing the practice and developing the neural pathways that support greater focus and ability to let go of thinking when it is not serving you.