Finding Brilliance in Politics.

 

 

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Welcome to The Studio today:)
What a political time of mayhem and excitement huh?
For today’s show, I want to introduce you to a local friend of ours here at UVA, Jonathan Haidt. Jonathan is a social psychologist, and former professor at UVA.  I came to know Jonathan for his book, The Happiness Hypothesis, but today,  I want to introduce his research on The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives.
Perspective matters, and interestingly, the first time I had a political perspective shift was about 10 years ago…from a South Park episode – not kidding. I do think there is some brilliance in South Park, however, I can’t back up that brilliance with any valid research- but! Jonathan can.
Why is Jonathan’s work so important and impressionable at this time in the midst of our political uproar? Because the research he presents is utterly brilliant, and highlights the larger picture of the political mayhem.
Click the link below, and enjoy the show!

The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

 

Laura

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

Are You Depleted of Life Vitamins?

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to The Studio. 
Today I just want to share a fun little except from my manuscript: 
I once had a dream that I was in the doctor’s office complaining of fatigue, and just not feeling myself. I told him that it had been a long time since I’d genuinely felt happy. 
He ran some tests, and I waited in the lobby with eager anticipation for my results. 
The doctor came back with my test results and said, “Ms. Meyer, your test results show that you haven’t ridden your bike in two months, you haven’t had time with friends and family in five weeks – no quiet time in three weeks, and what happened to Sunday trips to the beach?” 
“Huh?” I muttered. 
He continued, “What they do show is you putting in extra hours at work. Ms. Meyer, you are depleted of your life vitamins. I am writing you a prescription for one life vitamin a day, and when you feel better, you can take two and so forth. Have a good day Ms. Meyer.” 
I dream of the day this really happens in a doctor’s office! 
Be well, and take your life vitamins today. 
laura 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

Say Yes to Your Life.

 

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Hola my friends! 
Our guest today is Shonda Rhimes, author of Year of Yes.

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I wish I could get my clients to read her book, and I do suggest it, however, most of them won’t. But, I do not let that stop me from offering her valuable insight and life changing wisdom. 
I give my clients an appetizer version of the book so they still get benefits, and I want to offer the same to you today. 

Say yes to something that scares you. 

Because standing here sucks. Say yes to something that scares you. Why? To move you forward a little. Because saying yes might get you where you want to be, or at least somewhere different. 

Yes to speaking more truth. 

Where in your life do you need to speak more truth? To yourself, or someone else? Saying yes to speaking more truth is an act of courage.

Say yes to your body.

This week I will say yes to _________________ because my body is priceless. My body is how I experience and live in the world. 

Say yes to doing.

Do more doing about your dreams, and less dreaming. 

Say yes to play.

This week I will say yes to: _______________________

Say yes to ask for help. 

In Rhonda’s book, she writes about someone asking her the question, “How do you do it all?” and she answered, “I don’t.”  This week I will ask for ___________. 

Say yes to your desires! Stop giving up! 

Have fun with it:) 
laura

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia School of Medicine, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Life Can be Easy & Fun.

Hi Everyone:) Welcome to the show today.
Our guest today is Jon Jandai. His story and his perspective on life is AMAZING, and will forever change your life.
Enjoy.


* Laura C Meyer is a writer, mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, and founder of livemorestudio.com.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

How to Mindfully Catch Happiness.

 

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Hi Everyone, and welcome to The Studio:)
Today I want to help you catch more happiness.
Happiness does not stop because we don’t see it — nor does having ours eyes closed lose us the ability to see it. Happiness is happening all around, it’s available every day; it’s free, and we just have to catch it.
Seeing by itself is a mindfulness practice that can be life changing. Unfortunately, for many of us our eyes can default to see all that is wrong in our lives. Or, we are not tuned into much of anything –  leaving our daily lives feeling dull and lifeless. But there is another way! We can train our eyes to catch more happy moments throughout the day.
Mindfulness is a practice of awareness, and we can help our eyes become more aware of seeing happiness. Our eyes want to be happy; they want to see happy.
Start seeing acts of kindness, or a smile. It can be a fun challenge to start catching smiles. See a couple in love as they hold hands. See someone laughing, see success, and someone enjoying the day. See written words of encouragement, anywhere. See natural spaces of peace; maybe in the sunset, or the open field as you drive by. There is so much happiness right in front of us, every day, we simply have to see it, name it, claim it, and catch it!
I am reminded of the song Beauty in the World by Macy Gray; “When I look around I see blue skies, I see butterflies for us. There is beauty in the world. So much beauty in the world. Always beauty in the world.” 
Moments matter. In essence, moments are the pearls that make up the stings of our lives. Life starts looking better when we catch more pearls (moments) of happiness, and there is so much happiness- here -now.
Enjoy the catch!
laura

 

* Laura C Meyer, MS, is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, a mental health and addiction therapist, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

Mindfulness & the Great Ocean of Self.

 

 

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I once heard a story about a frog. 
At the bottom of his dark and cold well, the frog feels so happy. He is happy because he is bigger than the tadpoles, worms, and insects. He lived to play in the small puddles of water until one day he looked up and noticed light at the top of the well. He got curious.
The frog decided to explore the light and hopped his way to the top of the well.
At the top of the well, much to his surprise, he saw a hundred times more water in which to play! There was a pond out there.
He played in the pond for a while, and continued to hop until he found himself staring at a lake. The lake was so much larger than the pond!
He continued to journey on, finding his way into a stream, which finally lead him to the great ocean.
A vast ocean! More water than he ever imagined. It was there all along, just waiting to be discovered.

The Great Ocean of Inner Discovery.

Sometimes we find beautiful places in which to snorkel; seeing beauty we never knew existed, because it sits just below the surface. Sometimes we want to go deeper, and we put our scuba gear on. And as we go deeper into the unknown, we may discover an abandoned ship, and decide to explore.
The practice of mindfulness takes us on an inner exploration that can be ridiculously fun. It doesn’t always feel safe and comfortable in there, but neither does scuba diving. Much like scuba diving, when the “not so pleasant” elements are present, the undercurrent of exploration, fun, and discovery, help support us in the process. We can discover long, lost, abandoned places within ourselves that we have been longing for.  And when we rise to the surface, we are overjoyed with the entire experience!
You are waiting to be discovered! Get out of the well. Take the adventure into the great ocean. 
laura

 

 

* Laura C Meyer, MS, is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, a mental health and addiction therapist, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

 

 

 

 

Eat More Love: The New Year Weight Loss Plan

When our wanting feels like not wanting…and we don’t do what we want to do. 
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When we don’t feel like doing that which we know will be good for us. 
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When you start eating exactly what you want in life: the resistance will decrease. 
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This is a giant block of whatever is most difficult for you to carry & trust me on this, you’ll carry it more times than you can count until you decide that’s exactly what you want to do most & then it won’t weigh a thing anymore. 

 

We all have our own limits of how we give and receive love. We have our programs and systems, and ways of blocking love in our lives. 
We don’t let love in, even when it’s staring at us. 
We all want more love…so the question becomes, how do we get it?
We start eating it!
Ask yourself, What is the loving thing to do for my life?  Take some time to digest the reality of your current life experience. What does your life look like? What do you want it to look like?  
What if we took more responsibility to have more love in our lives? What would be the loving thing to do for our body? Our financial health, our relationships, and our future? Whatever the answer, start eating on that. 
Be forwarned, you won’t feel like doing the loving thing. It won’t taste good at first. 
Why? because we have to change the old system (patterns, defenses, behaviors), and change takes energy. The new system will not feel comfortable, it will not feel normal, and it’s not going to (until it does), because it’s new. 
And most of us are afraid to let love in! such madness we create for ourselves. 
We change our body system, our financial system, life system, and relationships by loving them a little everyday. We allow more love to be present in our lives by engaging in exactly what we want. 
Take your time. It can be a slow process. Eat a little love everyday until it starts to taste good. Continue to eat, to engage, to lean in, until it’s your new normal. 
It comes down to which type of discomfort you want to live with – 
1. The discomfort of carrying around the giant block.
2. The discomfort of starting to eat more love.
Which do you choose?  and the latter eventually feels amazing…just sayin’

 

Happy New Year! 
laura

 

 

* Laura C Meyer, MS, is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, a mental health and addiction therapist, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer