Meditate Awake

Meditate Awake

anchor.fm/meditateawake
Created to help you unlock deeper meaning & stronger connection in daily life through meditation, insight, and action


SLEEP: Common Myth BUSTED!
Jul 12 • 1 min
The largest global sleep study ever undertaken included 10,000 participants aged from 18 to 100. Analyzing data from people of such different ages allowed researchers to bust a common sleep myth: that sleep is less important for your brain function as you…
MEDITATE: Stress Relief Practice
Jul 12 • 1 min
Where are you? Notice. Notice the ground beneath your feet. The walls or the space around you. Allow your eyes to blur a little and become aware of colors and shapes within your field of vision. And then focus your eyes and notice distinct objects; notice…
MIND: Do This Each Day!
Jul 12 • 2 min
DAILY INSIGHT Earlier this week we talked about using stories, and the power of your imagination, to help you fall asleep happily. You can also use your storytelling skills to improve your state of mind at any other time. We all have stories on repeat;…
BODY: Are You Doing This For Your Brain?
Jul 12 • 1 min
Different intensity of exercise has a different effect on the brain. Extensive research over the course of decades has shown that physical exercise causes functional and structural changes in the human brain — which massively benefit cognitive function…
CONNECTION: How Big Is Your Brain?
Jul 11 • 1 min
Neuroscientist and social psychologist Matthew Lieberman writes that close relationships are essential in order for a person to thrive in life. But those close relationships and intimate connections are more and more absent for many of us. 

In the words…
CAREER: No Experience? No Problem!
Jul 8 • 1 min
In the early stages of a new career, many people get stuck in a cycle of needing to gain experience, but not yet having enough experience to get the jobs or projects that will give them that experience. You can’t get the job because you don’t have the…
DE-STRESS: Do You Know This Mantra?
Jul 7 • 1 min
What winds you up? What thought or what kind of experiences make you feel tense, stressed, frustrated or even angry? Understanding the root of intense emotions is key to managing them skillfully. You don’t have to suppress or hide your emotions. Instead,…
SLEEP: Benefits of Melatonin
Jul 7 • 1 min
How’s your sleep? The hormone melatonin is naturally produced in the body as a response to darkness, and is crucial for regulating sleep. If you’re exposed to high levels of light for many hours each day — for example, if you work long hours in front of a…
MEDITATE: Pride Practice
Jul 4 • 2 min
This is a practice to share with a friend. So once you’ve tried it yourself, tag someone who you think deserves to acknowledge how brilliant they are today! Close your eyes and place your right hand on your chest. Take a few moments to notice your breath.…
MIND: The Key To Happiness
Jul 4 • 1 min
In an inspirational Ted Talk, psychologist Shawn Anchor suggests that we might be looking at the relationship between work and happiness the wrong way round. Most of us work with a mindset that tells us happiness will come as a result of working hard. If…
BODY: Your Mom Was Right!
Jul 3 • 1 min
As well as improving your physical health, lots of plant-based foods can also improve your mood. Bananas are rich with vitamins A, B6 and C; iron and phosphorous; and also contain the amino acid tryptophan. That combination of nutrients means that the…
CONNECTION: What’s The Power of Storytelling?
Jul 1 • 1 min
Anthropologists suggest that storytelling is a vital part of the way humans connect with one another. Storytelling is a communication form that exists across cultures. We use it to share information; to form and sustain bonds with other people; and to…
CAREER: Do You Focus on the Process?
Jul 1 • 1 min
Are you a creative person or creative professional? Do you feel a sense of disconnect between your process and your product? Anthropologist Stephanie Bunn argues that too much focus is placed on the end product of a creative process. When for the maker,…
DE-STRESS: How to Create Stressful Thoughts
Jun 29 • 1 min
What is the most calming and uplifting thought you’ve had today? Tell us in the comments — your thought might improve someone else’s day! Studies show that stress and anxiety are self-perpetuating. The more you focus on a stressful thought, the more your…
SLEEP: Processing Emotional Pain
Jun 29 • 2 min
In his book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, neuroscientist Matthew Walker explains that dreaming is not just a side effect of sleep. Dreams actually play an important role in our wellbeing. He writes that dreaming is like therapy…
MEDITATE: Gangaji Practice
Jun 29 • 1 min
The following words were written by Gangaji, an American spiritual teacher. Read them slowly while breathing steadily. Read them again; absorbing the meaning of each word into your mind. And then close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths as the words…
MIND: Top Tip to Overcome Negative Thinking
Jun 27 • 1 min
Don’t think of a purple elephant! Did you just…think of a purple elephant? This is called the ‘ironic process theory’. It’s a kind of psychology paradox: if you’re trying to avoid thinking about something in particular, you’re more likely to think about…
BODY: How Humans Fly
Jun 27 • 1 min
Our bodies are capable of more than we think. Extreme action specialist Elizabeth Streb has had a lifelong mission to figure out how to fly. Obsessed with flying from a young age, she set out to defy gravity and enhance her body’s natural capabilities so…
CONNECTION: What is Holding Hands Saying?
Jun 26 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Why do we hold hands? Over the years, scientists have conducted numerous studies to figure out the reasons and benefits for hand-holding in close relationships. Professor Eric Rabquer, a biologist, suggested that the high number of nerve…
CAREER: Collaborate Don’t Compete
Jun 24 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT When it comes to your work, do you favor competition or collaboration? Lots of us see our peers as competitors. But seeing everyone who does similar work as a competitor comes from a sense of scarcity; and actually, cooperation and…
DE-STRESS: Die Hard De-Stress Technique
Jun 24 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Stress relief comes in many forms — and different things work for different people. In Die Hard, John McClane is scared of flying. The man sitting next to him on the plane says, “you wanna know the secret to surviving air travel? When you…
SLEEP: Does Mood Effect Sleep?
Jun 21 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT We know that poor sleep affects our mood. But did you know that your mood could also be affecting how well you sleep? Sleep studies show that people who feel anxious, constantly ‘switched on’, or who move through their days with low energy…
MEDITATE: “Be Here Now” Technique
Jun 20 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT This moment matters. The next one will matter too — but right now, it’s OK to focus on this one. Life won’t fall apart if you spend a second in the present. DAILY ACTION Take a deep breath in through the nose. Exhale through the mouth with a…
MIND: #1 Relationship Tip
Jun 20 • 2 min
DAILY INSIGHT To change what’s happening in your life, you must first change what’s happening in your mind. Instead of focusing on external occurrences that you can’t control — which makes you feel powerless — focus inward, on your thoughts and emotions.…
BODY: Herbs for Immune Health
Jun 20 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Astragalus, black elderberry, and oregano. What do these three herbs have in common? They all help to boost your immune system, with powerful revitalizing properties. If you’re feeling unwell more often than normal, or generally a bit low…
CONNECTION: Online Vs. In Person
Jun 18 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Many of us now spend more time communicating with our friends online than we do in real life. But studies show that online friends cannot replace face-to-face connections when it comes to our wellbeing. We need up close and personal contact…
DE-STRESS: The Power of Hugs
Jun 17 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Hugs feel good. But did you know that a hug can actually work to reduce your stress levels instantly? When you hug another person, your body releases a hormone called Oxytocin. It’s the hormone of love — and it’s so powerful that it’s…
SLEEP: Learn a Language?
Jun 15 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT You know that old idea that you can learn a language if you hear it while you’re sleeping? New research published this year by scientists at the University of Bern in Switzerland says it might actually be true. The key is not just in…
MEDITATE: Awareness of Sound
Jun 15 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Get quiet to hear more. Meditation can help to train your listening skills — which will make you more present and compassionate with everyone you meet. Focusing on awareness of sound during meditation will help you to arrive in the present…
MIND: Should You Sleep On It?
Jun 9 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Did you know that making decisions makes your brain tired? Every choice you make (even choosing between the mint tea or the oat milk latte) draws on the brain’s executive function, and asks the ‘active self’ to work. This active self is an…
DE-STRESS: Hand Massage Method
Jun 9 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Yesterday, we touched upon the power of tapping the body to help shift your energy and manage stress. Today, let’s talk about self-massage. Lots of us neglect to care for our hands; but aren’t they amazing?! They’re constantly moving,…
BODY: Have You Tried the EFT Method to Reduce Stress?
Jun 9 • 2 min
DAILY INSIGHT Your body, mind, and emotions are all connected. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) actually uses a method of tapping at the end points of energy channels in the body to support emotional wellbeing. It is known to reduce stress and create a…
CAREER: Does it Pay to Be Dishonest?
Jun 2 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Last week, we mentioned the value of becoming more visible in your business. Building on that, we want to ask: how honest are you with your colleagues, clients or employers? A study at the University of Massachusetts found that 60% of people…
CONNECTION: Why to Talk to Strangers!
Jun 1 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Momentary connections with other people can improve your day and your long-term wellbeing. Close friendships are important; but that doesn’t mean that fleeting encounters can’t be significant, too. Have you ever met someone, just for a few…
MIND: The Power of AND
Jun 1 • 2 min
DAILY INSIGHT Renowned author Jeannette Winterson said “Life has never been all or nothing — it’s all and nothing.” We seek to find the meaning of life; to explain everything, and to understand everything. To fill the void we feel when we acknowledge that…
BODY: What is HIIT?
May 28 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT You can get fit with very short bursts of intensive exercise. Really fit, if you want to — even if you only have 20 minutes a day to dedicate to working out. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been proven to increase the amount of…
CONNECTION: How to Grow Intimacy
May 28 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT One of the most common reasons for the breakdown of intimate relationships is a loss of connection. One or both partners feels a sense of disconnect; a lack of the closeness that they once felt so strongly. Over time this disconnect can turn…
MIND: Do You Have a Gratitude Jar?
May 27 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Patch Adams famously said, “At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into an endless sea of gratitude from which I’ve never emerged.” Can that be true?! We think so. Because although life will…
BODY: Is it Vain to Care?
May 25 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Your body deserves your care. Loving your body and nourishing it is not inherently vain; it is an act of self care. This body has been with you since the day you were born, and will be with you until the day you die. You don’t need to…
DE-STRESS: What Causes Stress?
May 25 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Eckhart Tolle wrote that “stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.” A mentality that tells you the grass is always greener will stop you from feeling contentment. And that’s where the power of mindfulness comes in:…
MEDITATE: Practice Non Attachment
May 25 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Buddha is thought to have said “you only lose what you cling to.” In a number of different meditation traditions, non-attachment or non-possessiveness is a central intention. Attachment and grasping creates suffering; because the tighter we…
MIND: How to Embrace True Joy
May 24 • 1 min
Have you heard of The Work? It’s a method for self-inquiry developed by author and speaker Byron Katie. She experienced a cascade of huge life challenges which led her to a kind of epiphany — and then she created a new way to identify the thoughts that…
CONNECTION: Why Trust Matters
May 24 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT: Honesty and trust are two vital ingredients for human connection and close relationships. This is true of relationships with romantic partners, parents, siblings, children, friends, colleagues…and everyone else. If you are not honest with…
BODY: How to Make the World Less Intimidating
May 24 • 1 min
Research from psychology, sociology and anthropology across decades shows that your body influences how you see the world. Psychological research shows that your body directly affects how you interpret and experience the environment around you. You body…
CAREER: Work To Become, Not Acquire
May 24 • 1 min
Elbert Hubbard was a writer, publisher, philosopher and an artist. He believed that we could all live more fulfilling lives if we “work to become, not to acquire.” What does your job or career help you become? What do you want to become? Whether or not…
MIND: Why Not To Take Criticism to Heart
May 24 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Who do you take criticism from? How do you choose which external doubts about yourself or your work to listen to? Brené Brown powerfully tells us that we should not absorb the doubts and criticisms of people who are not living their own…
SLEEP: Does Movement Help You?
May 24 • 1 min
Babies are often rocked to sleep in the arms of an adult; it’s said that the movement replicates the movement they recently experienced in the womb. But research published this year in the journal Current Biology suggests that slow, repetitive movement…
MIND: Choose the Pause
May 13 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT The philosopher (and Roman emperor) Marcus Aurelius famously said, “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” It’s a simple truth that we cannot control what happens around us, and…
BODY: Why Massage
May 11 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT Massage is more than just a feel-good treat. Various forms of massage therapy have been proven to ease digestive disorders, reduce inflammation and pain, soothe headaches, help injuries heal faster, and calm anxiety. DAILY ACTION You guessed…
CAREER: How Vacation Helps
May 11 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT When it comes to work, days off are just as important as days on. Numerous studies have shown that switching off from your job (and really switching off; no checking emails or ‘just replying to this one thing’ allowed) increases productivity…
MIND: What’s a Growth Mindset?
May 3 • 1 min
DAILY INSIGHT: Shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset doesn’t mean you have to ignore all of your negative thoughts. In fact, those negative thoughts are really important to you growth; they highlight potential problems as well as showing you…
DE-STRESS: How being Assertive Helps Stress
May 1 • 1 min
INSIGHT FOR TODAY: Assertiveness vs. aggressiveness. What’s the difference — and how does each affect your stress levels? To be assertive is to express your opinions and choices firmly and with confidence. Assertiveness is rooted in confidence; if you…
CONNECTION: Take the Love Test
Apr 29 • 1 min
Have you seen the list of questions that will make you fall in love? Psychologist Arthur Aron created a list of 36 questions specifically designed to create intimacy between strangers. The questions are divided into 3 sets — with each set more personal…
SLEEP: Have the “Night Owl Gene”?
Apr 29 • 1 min
In 2017, the Nobel prize-winning research in medicine was all about sleep. Subjects were confined in a room for two weeks with no clocks, windows, TV or internet. The point was to remove any way for them to know what time it was, or how much time had…
MEDITATE: Connect Words With Emotions
Apr 29 • 1 min
Yesterday we touched on the power of words to create what you want in life. Today, we go further and use words in a simple practice to change your state of mind. Studies show that labelling your emotions with words can instantly reduce their power to…
DE-STRESS: Your Mantra
Apr 24 • 1 min
Let’s talk about the power of words. Repeating statements to yourself that reflect things you want to achieve, feel or be, is proven to be effective when it comes to making those things happen. And if you feel stressed out or worried, or regularly…
BODY: Taking Responsibility
Apr 24 • 1 min
What motivates you to get fit, lose weight, stay fit, gain muscle — or whatever your body goals are right now? Hugh Jackson said “There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your…
CAREER: Staying in a job you hate
Apr 24 • 1 min
Directing your energy towards the career and the work lifestyle you really want is crucial to achieving those dreams. And the Law of Attraction reminds us that directing our energy towards the right things also means turning our energy away from the wrong…
MIND: Key to Big Thinkers
Apr 13 • 1 min
Do you see yourself as a big thinker? Michael Port writes that we assign the role of thinking big to certain people in our lives, but not many of us apply that role to ourselves. Allowing judgemental voices to tell us what could go wrong or why something…
CONNECTION: Dance In the Rain
Apr 13 • 1 min
When psychologists talk about the elements that create a happy and enduring romantic relationship, there are a few things that come up again and again. Having positive thoughts about your partner, sharing good memories, and enjoying new experiences…
SLEEP: Why Men Get Less Than Women
Apr 13 • 1 min
Biomedical and social research has repeatedly found that men sleep less than women. Scientists suggest various reasons for this — from differences in work, social expectations, and physiological makeup. But why is it important to know about this? Because…
CONNECTION: Boys to Men (not the group)
Apr 13 • 1 min
Boys crave emotional closeness with their friends. But by mid to late adolescence they turn away from that platonic intimacy. Why? Because that’s what they’re taught to believe is required of them in order to become men. Developmental psychologist Niobe…
PRACTICE: Try This Exercise of “Noticing”!
Mar 30 • 2 min
How aware are you? Have you noticed what’s going on around you right now? The simple act of noticing is a powerfully meditative practice that you can use to enter the present moment. Any time. Take a closer look around. What do you see? Look up and look…
DE-STRESS: Listen Before Making a Decision!
Mar 30 • 1 min
Stress can affect your ability to make decisions. In 2017, a study found that stressful experiences influence human decision making in ways that are far more complex than previously thought. Stress can create an internal bias towards habit, and against…
BODY: Break Your Comfort Zone
Mar 30 • 1 min
The human body is capable of incredible things. We’re equipped with something unique: the drive and mental power to achieve physical feats far beyond the things we need to do to survive. Take Ross Edgley; the first man to circumnavigate Great Britain in…
CAREER: Build a Door
Mar 30 • 1 min
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” These wise words from comedian Milton Berle hold within them an important lesson for anyone seeking to build a career that fulfills them. The perfect opportunity for you might not exist yet — and there’s no…
MIND: Is Personal Development Selfish?
Mar 30 • 1 min
Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, said “Nurturing your own development isn’t selfish. It’s actually a great gift to other people.” This is such a profound statement in a world where we are constantly under pressure to be busy doing everything other…
SLEEP: Full Moon Effect
Mar 30 • 1 min
The full moon might have an impact on your sleep. Nope, it’s not just a myth! Several studies have found that people sleep, on average, 20 minutes less than usual on full moon nights, and take five minutes longer to fall asleep. But intriguingly, less…
PRACTICE: Fight or Flight
Mar 30 • 1 min
Find three minutes today to stand outside and look up at the sky. Set a timer on your phone with an alert so that you don’t have to look down for the entire three minutes. You could do this first thing in the morning after you wake up — just go outside…
STRESS RELIEF: Foods and Moods
Mar 25 • 1 min
Turning to sugar in moments of stress is something that lots of us do. The pleasurable experience of eating some sweet, delicious treat makes us feel as though we’re taking care of ourselves in a way. It takes our attention and temporarily puts our stress…
BODY: Affects of Negative Male Body Image
Mar 25 • 1 min
Today, while everyone’s talking about love and romance and sex, let’s talk about…sex. Last year, a team of psychologists in the Netherlands highlighted a common issue faced by men when it comes to sex. They found that men who had a negative perception of…
CAREER: What is Success?
Mar 25 • 1 min
The definition of success: ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.’ So success doesn’t really mean having a big house, an expensive car, or even being respected as an expert in your field. Those things could be your version of success, of course — but…
CAREER: Power of “No”
Mar 22 • 1 min
They say “choose a job you’ll love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” But…that’s not exactly true. Actually, the lived reality of many people who choose to follow their dreams is…no boundaries between work and personal life. An inability…
CONNECTION: The Modern Man
Mar 16 • 1 min
A new study published in the journal Men and Masculinities says that young heterosexual men get more emotional satisfaction and fulfillment from their close friendships with other men than they get from relationships with girlfriends. As society’s taboo…
SLEEP: TV and Your Dreams
Mar 16 • 1 min
YOUR SLEEP Do you dream in color? According to self-reporting studies, around 12% of people dream only in black and white. As dreams are so difficult to measure, it’s hard for researchers to figure exactly why that might be. But a study published in 2008…
PRACTICE: Short Guided Meditation
Mar 16 • 2 min
Imagine: you are sitting on a boat, alone, in the middle of a vast lake. It’s evening; darkness is falling around you. You are completely safe. And completely peaceful. You notice the way your breath travels through your lungs as you sit still. You feel…
STRESS RELIEF: How Moments Matter
Mar 13 • 1 min
Stress has a habit of piling up. Something that would usually only be a little bit stressful becomes incredibly stressful when you’re already stressed. And the more stressed you get, the harder it is to engage with those activities — like exercise and…
BODY: Okinawa’s Advantage
Mar 13 • 1 min
The Okinawa islands in Japan has the longest living population in the world. Unsurprisingly, researchers around the globe are interested in this - so why are people from Okinawa more likely to live to 100 than anyone else? It’s got a lot to do with diet.…
YOUR MINDSET: Why Not to Avoid Criticism
Mar 9 • 1 min
Norman Vincent Peale said “the trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” Isn’t that true? If we have the choice to listen to someone who thinks we’re completely perfect and only says positive things about…
YOUR MINDSET: Find Out Yours - Growth vs Fixed
Mar 9 • 1 min
Mindset researchers Nussbaum and Dweck wanted to find out what kind of feedback people seek after a struggle. They set up a study in which they asked participants to take a difficult test — and then they told the participants that they’d done badly.…
HUMAN CONNECTION: The Vagus Nerve
Mar 7 • 1 min
Have you heard of the vagus nerve? And did you know that it plays an important role in our ability to connect with other people? The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the human body’s autonomic nervous system. We’ve known for a long time that it…
YOUR SLEEP: The Best Type
Mar 7 • 1 min
In 2015, a group of sleep researchers conducted a study on 62 healthy men and women. The participants were randomly subjected to three different experimental conditions: being forced to wake up during the night; going to bed late; and uninterrupted sleep.…
MEDITATION PRACTICE: Power of Pause
Mar 7 • 1 min
Yoga Master T.K.V. Desikachar said “Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause. Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.” Today, notice doubt. Don’t be scared of it. Indecision holds potential for change — because if…
STRESS RELIEF: The Reason To Be Ridiculous
Mar 3 • 1 min
When was the last time you did something…ridiculous? Studies show that humor and laughter have an instantaneous impact on stress levels. And this can lead to long term improvements in mental and physical health. In the 1960s, a man named Norman Cousins…
YOUR BODY: Why To Avoid Uncertainty
Mar 1 • 1 min
Think about the characteristics of the people you know who have achieved — and continue to maintain — their fitness goals. Take Simeon Panda. He’s a global fitness professional and entrepreneur who has turned his passion for training into a lifestyle and…
YOUR CAREER: How RISK Can Work For You
Mar 1 • 1 min
Ray Dalio, a successful investor named the richest person in Connecticut in 2018, points out that we often think a risk is…well, riskier, than it really is. Instead of being the actual risk that holds us back, he says it’s the limitations we place on…
YOUR MINDSET: AVOIDING THE PITFALLS OF PROCRASTINATION
Mar 1 • 1 min
It’s easier to keep promises to other people than it is to keep promises to yourself. Why? Partly because when you promise something to someone else, they hold you accountable. Your sense of commitment overrides procrastination, laziness and personal…
YOUR BODY: A Message For MEN
Mar 1 • 1 min
Male bodies in the mainstream media are…confusing. Our bodies are less sexualized and less criticized than female bodies, and yet still sexualized and criticized a lot. And at the same time there are less messages out there encouraging us to love our…
MESITATION PRACTICE: Floating Feet
Mar 1 • 1 min
Yesterday we touched on taking care of yourself to stop short term stressors leading to poor health in the long term. So today we’re giving you a simple meditation exercise for stress relief that you can integrate into almost any moment in the day. Sit…
YOUR SLEEP: The Scientific Reason Not To Go To Bed Early
Feb 25 • 1 min
You’ve probably heard someone say “never go to bed angry”. And it’s very good advice. When we’re in the midst of a conflict, our bodies are flooded with hormones — in particular, the stress hormone cortisol. If you go to bed without reducing your cortisol…
MEDITATION PRACTICE: Water Method
Feb 21 • 2 min
Find a body of water. Any body of water. If there’s a river, a lake or the ocean nearby, perfect. If not? Find a pond. A stream. A puddle. Or fill up a glass and place it on your desk. Take a few deep breaths. And then softly focus your gaze on the…
YOUR CAREER: Mentor Magic
Feb 21 • 1 min
Have you ever met someone who you wished could be your mentor? One of those people who stands out as an expert in your field or an inspiration for the lifestyle you want. Imagine if you could benefit from their wisdom — learn from the mistakes they’ve…
STRESS RELIEF: Woodcarving Wisdom
Feb 21 • 1 min
Woodwork is known as a method of stress relief. Speak to any carpenter or weekend woodcarver and they’ll tell you that it’s just as much about the process as the product. Losing yourself in a project, focusing on natural materials and creating shapes and…
YOUR MINDSET: Resolution Reset
Feb 17 • 1 min
It’s a new day. Does it feel like it? The start of the year is always rich with potential and intention. We make resolutions, decisions, and commit to letting go of old habits. We’re going to get fit this year. We’re going to learn more; read more; drink…
HUMAN CONNECTION: Assumed Understanding
Feb 17 • 1 min
The words “I understand” are used frequently in intimate relationships. But it’s worth considering whether you really do understand before you tell your partner that you do. Instead of saying “I understand”, try this: repeat back what the other person has…
YOUR BODY: Men and Yoga
Feb 17 • 1 min
Let’s talk about yoga. We get it — you look at the people walking into a yoga class in the gym or at that studio down the road, and they’re all women. You see images of yoga poses all over the Internet — and they’re all women. If you feel intimated by the…
YOUR SLEEP: Smells for Sleep
Feb 17 • 1 min
Have you ever used essential oils? These highly concentrated plant oils aren’t overwhelmingly popular among the majority of men — but they’re worth your attention. If you’re suffering from sleep deprivation, certain essential oils can be incorporated into…
MEDITATION PRACTICE: The Tree Key
Feb 17 • 1 min
Did you ever climb trees when you were a kid? Remember that feeling of strength and adrenaline rushing as you climbed higher and higher. Hands reaching, legs pushing, the texture of rough bark against your skin and then rich scent of green and wood and…
STRESS RELIEF: The Reading Remedy
Feb 17 • 1 min
Did you know that reading a book can physically relax your body? It’s been proven to lower your heart rate and ease muscle tension, and a study at the University of Sussex in 2009 found that reading can reduce stress by as much as 68%. And we need that…
YOUR BODY: More Than a Vessel
Feb 17 • 1 min
Your body is your temple. We’ve all heard it. But does it really mean anything?

It’s easy to see the body as nothing more than a vessel for life — to be used and abused. But ancient wisdom from a number of traditions tells us that the body is more than…
YOUR CAREER: Energy of Habit
Feb 17 • 1 min
In a well known Zen story, a horse came galloping at high speed down the road — as if the rider had somewhere very important to go. Another man standing at the side of the road shouted out “Where are you going?” and the man on the horse answered, “I don’t…
YOUR MINDSET: Comparing Yourself
Feb 17 • 1 min
Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson says you shouldn’t compare yourself to other people. Instead, “compare yourself to who you were yesterday.” Instead of trying to defeat others, try to defeat your former self — become better than him/her. And Peterson…
HUMAN CONNECTION: Fact About Eye Contact
Feb 17 • 1 min
Eye contact. Do you make it? And how often? And for how long? Looking into someone’s eyes is a powerful way to connect quickly and deeply. In fact, Eye Gazing is used as a relational therapy because it allows us to have a profound experience of connection…
YOUR SLEEP: Find Answers in Dreams
Feb 10 • 1 min
“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” Carl Sandburg may have been talking about dreams in an aspirational sense but this is true of your actual during-the-night-while-you’re-asleep dreams too. Nothing happens unless we dream — or at least, unless we…
MEDITATION PRACTICE: Floating Feet
Feb 10 • 2 min
Yesterday we touched on taking care of yourself to stop short term stressors leading to poor health in the long term. So today we’re giving you a simple meditation exercise for stress relief that you can integrate into almost any moment in the day. Sit…
STRESS RELIEF: Tip for Avoiding Long Term Stress
Feb 10 • 1 min
What’s the difference between a short-term problem and long-term stress? Challenges, failures and losses don’t have to lead to poor mental, physical and emotional health. But they often do. When we don’t take care of ourselves during times of immediate…
YOUR BODY: A Man’s World
Feb 10 • 1 min
Male bodies in the mainstream media are…confusing. Our bodies are less sexualized and less criticized than female bodies, and yet still sexualized and criticized a lot. And at the same time there are less messages out there encouraging us to love our…
CAREER: THESE 3 WORDS CHAMGE EVERYTHING
Feb 7 • 1 min
Do you aspire to a creative career? Three words: Hone Your Craft. The people who can help you make a good living out of your passion will be interested in working with you if that passion is blindingly visible to them — and your skill is unmissable, too.…
YOUR MINDSET: How to Increase Good Opportunities
Feb 2 • 1 min
When you have a new idea — or when someone suggests an idea to you — look at how it could work before you think about why it might not work. Lots of us are programmed to look at the negatives first; to be cynical about new ideas and reject them with the…
HUMAN CONNECTION:Is polarity is affecting your love life?
Jan 29 • 1 min
Love and sex are intertwined, but they don’t always go together. The difference between love and sex lies in acceptance. Genuine love is complete acceptance of another person. Sex — particularly the deeper attraction — is about polarity; the masculine and…
NEED SLEEP? Read This!
Jan 23 • 1 min
Struggling to sleep? You could be deficient in magnesium. This essential mineral helps you to fall asleep, as well improving the quality of sleep. It aids the function of a number of other physical processes too, and it known to lower blood pressure and…
MEDITATION PRACTICE: Texture & Smooth
Jan 22 • 2 min
No time to meditate today? Not true! Do this right now to incorporate a moment of meditative work into your day: Place the palm of your hands again a textured surface. It could be a tree, the fabric of your chair or clothing, a wall, or any other surface…
HUMAN CONNECTION: Relationship Key
Jan 22 • 1 min
In a good relationship you don’t have to feel restricted. You don’t have to feel as though you’re sacrificing your freedom in order to be with that person. In fact, it’s the opposite. The support of a loving and trusting relationship makes you free. It…
YOUR BODY: What’s Spiritual Connection Matter?
Jan 13 • 1 min
In the words of the Terminator himself, “training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.” What Arnie is getting at is that our spiritual health is improved through…
PURPOSE & MEANING: Don’t Miss Your Community
Jan 9 • 1 min
As social creatures, humans crave — and thrive within — community. But many of us don’t think about this in relation to our careers. Actually, considering the kind of community that would give you the most motivation, support and inspiration and then…
MINDSET: Avoid This Esteem Killer
Jan 9 • 1 min
Admitting when you’ve made a mistake is important. And saying sorry when you’ve hurt someone is crucial for healthy and loving relationships. But apologizing when you haven’t done anything wrong, or saying sorry just to make yourself more likable, can…
HUMAN CONNECTION: “Properties Perspective” Explained
Jan 4 • 1 min
Philosopher Baruch Spinoza suggested that we should look at each other’s characteristics and perceived faults “not in the light of vices of human nature, but as properties…” — with all of those properties being part of the human organism as a whole. He…
SLEEP: Is Your Foundation Solid?
Jan 2 • 1 min
Sleep may not be at the forefront of your thoughts on the eve of the new year — but how about making 2019 your Year of Better Sleep? Actually, it’s an all around life hack. If you commit to improving the quality and duration of your sleep throughout the…
MEDITATION FACT: What Does Harvard Say?
Jan 2 • 1 min
Do you struggle with tense personal relationships, or find yourself getting frustrated frequently at work? If conflict and irritation is the norm for you, it’s worth considering that other people might not be to blame. You don’t have to be impatient and…
STRESS RELIEF: #1 Anecdote That Works!
Jan 1 • 2 min
STRESS RELIEF: Feeling stressed? A lot? Every day? Every hour, even? Don’t worry — you’re not alone. But you don’t have to feel this way. A simple solution for stress which works in the short term but can actually have long term positive implications for…
YOUR BODY: Short vs Long Term
Dec 30, 2018 • 1 min
YOUR BODY: It’s easy to think about health and fitness in terms of right now. In terms of how our bodies look, how attractive we are, and how much weight we can lift. But what about the long term? Thinking about your body in the future is less popular…
YOUR CAREER: This Principle Pays Back
Dec 30, 2018 • 1 min
YOUR CAREER: Billionaire entrepreneur Charlie Munger says that the “safest way to try and get what you want is to try and deserve what you want.” What does that mean? In essence, it means you need to give before you receive; be generous, share what you…
YOUR MINDSET: Why Clarity is Important
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
YOUR MINDSET: What does clarity mean to you? Clarity is important in a short term, micro sense and in a long term, macro sense. In this moment right now, conscious awareness helps you to see things as they are. It cuts through delusions and illusions and…
HUMAN CONNECTION: Power of Love
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Happy Holidays from Meditate.Awake! What is this time of year really about, if not love? Forget about the daily grind today. Relinquish responsibility for the pressures in your life, whatever they may be. And love the people you’re with. This can be…
YOUR SLEEP: What You Need to Know About Your Sleep Cycles
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
You’ve probably heard that there are different stages of sleep — but do you know what those stages are and why each one of them is important? The five stages are build one on another starting with light sleep; then deeper sleep, when eye movement reduces…
MEDITATION PRACTICE: Affects on the Brain
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Studies which use brain imaging to look at what happens to the brain while meditating have shown that meditation can actually change the brain physically in a number of different ways. One such change is an increase in tissue in the brain region that…
STRESS RELIEF: How to Break Through Your Comfort Zome
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Sometimes, to get out of a stressed, anxious headspace, the best thing to do is something completely out of your comfort zone. Think of it like this: our stress is relative. People who are financially secure, for example, might be more likely to worry…
YOUR BODY: Is Food Important?
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
A vast number of men try to exercise their way to fitness, thinking that by training hard they can override the importance of healthy eating. This was the preferred method of Kevin Curry — now a men’s nutrition guru — before he realized that it just…
YOUR MINDSET: Use this Concentration Technique!
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
MINDSET: For those moments when you need to regain your focus and mental clarity quickly, use this practice — inspired by a traditional Indian technique called Trataka. You’ll need a flame; it could be a match, a lighter, or a candle. Light the flame and…
YOUR SLEEP: Why to Avoid Common Disruptors
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
In today’s world there are many things affecting our sleep, hear some of them and why it’s important to avoid them!
MEDITATION PRACTICE: How Attachment Holds You Back
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
In this episode you’ll hear the effect of attachments and a practical way that you can harness more gratitude through simple awareness!
STRESS RELIEF: Practical & Effective Tip
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
In this episode you will hear how the power of choice can break you out of that stressful and repetitive loop. Try it the next time you’re in a stress loop!
YOUR BODY: Express vs Suppress
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Hear how expressing your natural emotion and inclinations differ from suppressing them and how finding outlets can be positive things in your life!
STRESS RELIEF! Hold On vs. Move On :)
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Move on instead of holding on. When we’re stressed out we hold on tight to everything we can. We create more and more tension in our minds and bodies — it builds, and builds, and on and on; and we get wound up so tight that we can’t see anything clearly.…
CAREER: The Shame Effect
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Shame is one of those things that can be underlying our limits. So whether we seek to have a better career, make more money, or find a deeper purpose that serves humanity - hear how shame can play it’s part to hold you back!
MENTAL CLARITY: Affect of Quiet
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Often times the understanding we seek can come in different ways. Hear how “quiet” can be the gateway to a deeper understanding!
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS: Affect of Waiting
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
Often we wait for things to change before we make decisions that will improve our relationships with others. Here are the effect of waiting and what you can do to bring about what you want most!
SLEEP: Food Tip
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
The foods we eat I have a direct effect on our sleep and I sleep influences the food to eat. What do you need to know to feel better in your daily life!
MEDITATION PRACTICE: How to Integrate
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
You were meditation practice is yours. Trying to fit yourself into somebody else’s habits and routines may not always work, that’s why you will benefit from finding the meditation practice that works for you. Meditating in the morning is often beneficial…
STRESS RELIEF: How laughter helps
Dec 26, 2018 • 1 min
It’s easy to get absorbed in our lives and focus so much attention to our thoughts, this is one way that you can snap yourself out of it and come back to the present moment with laughter.
CAREER: Is this holding you back?
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
In this episode hear how failure can be used as an asset and fear can be used as fuel for your future!
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS: Insight for you
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
In this episode you’ll learn how mindfulness can arm you with certain “superpowers” that allow you to have more for filling and loving connections with those about you!
SLEEP: How To Lucid Dream (Tip)
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
In this episode you get a very practical tip on how to start being aware that you’re dreaming and experience seeing the benefits of lucid dreaming for yourself. Try it tonight!
MEDITATION INSIGHT: What it is… and isn’t.
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
In this episode you’ll learn what meditation is and is not, and pick up a practical way to apply it in every day life!
MENTAL CLARITY: Your Insight for Success
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
For mental clarity and the ability to focus, you’ll learn why less is more!
PHYSICAL HEALTH: What’s Food For You?
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
Asking yourself a few simple questions can really help with your relationship with food, which will have many benefits to your overall!
STRESS RELIEF: Practical Tip
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
How being around others can actually help you reduce stress!
PHYSICAL HEALTH: What To Eat
Dec 17, 2018 • 1 min
The right foods go a long way to feeling healthy. How to figure out the foods that are right for you.
CAREER: Two Tips For Success
Dec 13, 2018 • 2 min
What Creativity and Risk have to do with your success.
MENTAL CLARITY: A practical tip to improve your clarity in everyday life
Dec 9, 2018 • 1 min
I was walking down the street and was practicing a technique I use quite often to soften my perspective and increase my awareness, so I thought I’d record it for you. Please forgive the background noise as I wanted to capture it in the moment, and at the…
STRESS RELIEF TIP
Dec 5, 2018 • 1 min
Some easy ways to reduce your stress and get back in life.
Relationships: crack codependency and bring curiosity into disagreements to free yourself.
Dec 5, 2018 • 2 min
Taking a step back and asking the right questions can stop a bad situation from getting worse and set yourself up for healthier conversations with your partner.
SLEEP: What You Need To Know
Dec 2, 2018 • 1 min
Being aware of this aspect of sleep can greatly improve your performance and quality of life. Enjoy!
THIS ONE THING WILL GET THINGS TO FLOW MORE SMOOTHLY FOR YOU
Dec 1, 2018 • 1 min
This simple daily practice will help you focus and achieve better mental clarity so YOU can unlock your life and tap into deep purpose and connection.
Sleep Better and Wake Up Easier With These 2 Tips!
Nov 27, 2018 • 1 min
Sleep is such an important part of a balanced & awake life. Here i touch on two things you can do today to help you unplug and fall asleep faster as well as wake up easier in the morning. Try it today!
Feeling stressed?? This quick exercise will get you back on track.
Nov 27, 2018 • 2 min
We all get knocked off center sometimes. This is a quick and effective way to reset. Find a place where you have 2-3 minutes to not be bothered and give it a shot… what do you have to lose besides stress??
Unlock Your Career With This Tip
Nov 25, 2018 • 1 min
Today’s clip combines insight and action to help you unlock your career with deeper purpose.
This is key to your physical health.
Nov 23, 2018 • 1 min
Balance is important to help your body stay fit and healthy!
ACTION: Change Your Reality in 5 Min!
Nov 22, 2018 • 1 min
Gratitude in action. Notice what happens when gratitude fills your awareness in just 5 minutes!
This Secret Unlocks Success!
Nov 20, 2018 • 1 min
Malcolm Gladwell writes that “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” To get where you want to go in life you have to start practicing now. Today. If you save your dedication and focus for when you are…
How Living Awake Works for YOU
Nov 18, 2018 • 4 min
Often times I say “Bring meditation to life” and this story illustrates just how that looks like in life. Meditation is the foundation, one side of a triangle, with the other to sides being “insight” and “action”.
One Of The Greatest Challenges Men Face
Nov 11, 2018 • 2 min
In this episode I talk about the challenges and opportunity for emotional growth and the effect it has on mental health and personal relationships.
What you need to know about awake living!
Nov 10, 2018 • 2 min
Today’s message explains what awake living is and offers some insight to help you relax and reframe your experience to approach life more fully.
Negative thoughts? Listen to this!
Oct 18, 2018 • 5 min
Do you get swept up in negative make believe you create for yourself? We all have some version of hypnotic thinking that takes us away.
Meditation is more than this
Sep 9, 2018 • 4 min
Why to look at meditation as more than an escape from daily life.
This is the Key to Happiness
Aug 22, 2018 • 4 min
Sorry for the Santa Monica background noise, but I was feeling inspired by the moon!
Why I created Meditate Awake
Aug 20, 2018 • 5 min
Why Meditate Awake was created and the Network of Awakening Minds
What you need to know about Peripheral awareness
Jul 7, 2018 • 1 min
I tell you how peripheral awareness opens up your practice and share an old saying that transcends time!
3 Freedom Tips on July 4th
Jul 4, 2018 • 3 min
In honor of Independence Day, I offer 3 easy tips to make your day more free.
What is Awake Living?
May 15, 2018 • 0 min
The blueprint for awake living.
Tip for the Negativity Trap
Apr 30, 2018 • 2 min
Something to remember in this world full of messages, not all of them positive. Keep this in mind and you’ll be free!
Is assuming holding you back?
Apr 27, 2018 • 3 min
Feel stressed? Try this!
Apr 18, 2018 • 2 min
A quick tip to try when you’re feeling stressed!
How Not Complaining Will Change Everything
Apr 4, 2018 • 3 min
In as little as 20 days you can turn from negative to positive, it’s simple but not easy. But the impact on your inner life will be worth it.
The #1 secret to your success
Mar 26, 2018 • 3 min
Negativity can be destructive to success. Hear how to be free and rise to the top!
Top tip to unwind
Mar 7, 2018 • 2 min
Learn these tips to prevent sleepless nights and recharge your batteries night and day
How to cure negativity
Feb 8, 2018 • 4 min
In this episode I share with you a little bit about my past and how meditation has helped me dissolve negativity.
Creating space creates balance
Feb 7, 2018 • 2 min
In this episode I share what’s happening in my life and how creating space gives me the balance I need to have a productive day.
Nighttime sleep helper
Feb 1, 2018 • 4 min
Listen to this to help get to sleep or just relax after a long day
How Being Boring Benefits You
Jan 26, 2018 • 4 min
in this episode I share how telling the boring daily things of your life will connect you to your friends and open up a new relationship with how you communicate.
Success consciousness debunked
Jan 24, 2018 • 4 min
Success consciousness debunked
Power of emotional detachment
Jan 24, 2018 • 4 min
In this episode I talk about the secret of emotional detachment and why it holds the key to freedom in your life.
Power of a positive mindset
Jan 24, 2018 • 4 min
After listening to this episode you’ll understand the power of a positive mindset and how to apply it to your life to get more out of every situation.
Successful people habits for u
Jan 24, 2018 • 4 min
In this episode I share the habits of successful people and their morning routine that you can do to bring success in your own life.
12 Tips to overcome laziness
Jan 23, 2018 • 4 min
Here I share 12 tips to overcome laziness, feel free to use one or all of them. It’s really helped me - even in the creation of meditate awake. I know it will help you, give it a try!
4 TEFLON TIPS FOR LIFE
Jan 22, 2018 • 4 min
Simple but not always easy, I share with you four things that I did that help me be Teflon for today.
20 Minutes Changes Everything
Jan 20, 2018 • 4 min
20 minute mornings change everything
HOW TO MEDITATE: keeping focus
Jan 14, 2018 • 4 min
In this episode I answer the question of how to keep focus and attention when meditating, what that means, and some practical tips to save you from drifting during your meditation.
HOW TO MEDITATE: Breathing
Jan 11, 2018 • 4 min
Have you ever wondered how to breathe during meditation? Well, take a listen and find out more.
TIME SAVER: Top Passages
Jan 4, 2018 • 7 min
TIME SAVER is a series that brings you top passages from the best books so you can experience the highlights of some of the best authors. Passages will be thought provoking, motivational, funny, educational, and always with the purpose of supporting a…
January 3, 2018
Jan 3, 2018 • 2 min
In this episode Erik shares how and why to create a point of reference so you don’t miss out on what’s happening now.
Happy NYE, thanks for 2017!
Dec 31, 2017 • 1 min
Have a safe and fun New Year
December 29, 2017
Dec 29, 2017 • 4 min
5 Reasons Goal Setting Is Important
H.A.L.T. For The Holidays
Dec 22, 2017 • 2 min
Hungry Angry Lonely Tired… four filters to scan your experience and get calibrated during the your day. Get the extra support you need when you’re around family, friends, or coworkers by supporting yourself with the H.A.L.T. test.
Holiday Season Serenity Tip
Dec 21, 2017 • 4 min
This way of looking at holiday family interactions will help free you from unmet expectations and hurt feelings.
Watch for these 5 hindrances
Dec 19, 2017 • 4 min
These 5 obstacles may try to stop you, so being aware of them can help you move on and practice.
Should I meditate before bed?
Dec 18, 2017 • 4 min
So does meditating at night make a difference, what if I already meditate in the morning, does doing it before bed have benefits? This will answer that question and more.
6 To-Do’s For Every Meditator
Dec 7, 2017 • 11 min
The 6 Things To Do Before Meditating • The 6 Things To Do Before Meditating • The 6 Things To Do Before Meditating
5 Meditation Myths Busted 4 U
Dec 7, 2017 • 13 min
5 Meditation Myths Busted For You • 5 Meditation Myths Busted For You • 5 Meditation Myths Busted For You