Quick Start Guide to Mindful Muscle
While some of you have been following Mindful Muscle for a few years now (est. 2009), many of you are just getting acquainted. Check out the video* below to see how all of this started.
*I hope you appreciate the humble “quality” of the video.
I live a vibrant, minimalist lifestyle in Hermosa Beach, California.
Interests of mine (besides meditation) include Kundalini yoga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, spinning house music, writing, and web design. I enjoy “geeking-out” on quantum physics, human consciousness, life hacking, and philosophy.
I’m also a teacher of meditation and a contributing writer for elephant journal (lowercase “e” and “j” because that’s how they roll). Among other things, I studied consciousness, psychology, and Buddhism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Three of my favorite books on mindfulness:
- “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
- “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
- The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
My academic background is in consciousness studies, positive psychology, meditation, and business from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.*
- Studied under two of Western academia’s pioneering experts on consciousness studies (Dr. Richard Mann and Dr. Martha Travers) for five years.
- Studied both of the main divisions of Buddhism—Mahayana and Theravada—and specialized in Tibetan (Dr. Donald Lopez, Jr.) and Zen Buddhism.
- Studied for two years under one of the co-founders of positive psychology (Dr. Christopher Peterson), which is a recent branch of psychology that has its roots in the humanistic psychology of the 20th century.
*The University of Michigan has been very influential in the movement of consciousness studies, and is the first mainstream university to offer courses on meditation.
Need help getting started with meditation?
Check out the short video below and then click here for more tips on meditation.
Mindful Living isn’t about living like a monk or pursuing a mundane, bland existence. On the contrary…
This path is about waking up to the exhilaration of life. It’s about becoming deeply connected to your own presence through refined awareness. As a result, we make more effective choices in life as deep inner peace sets in and clarity of purpose surfaces.
You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to adopt this path; you can pursue mindful living with a secular, soulful swagger if you choose. Mindfulness shapes our be-ing in profound ways, and has a cascading effect in every area of our life.
Get started on the path of mindful living:
1. Check out our most popular post, “7 Top-Rated Guided Meditations.”
“I absolutely loved ‘How to Let Go.’ How reassuring and peaceful is it to know others can relate to the thoughts in my head. It seems that life has finally taught me the valuable lesson of mindfulness and all the things this blog has touched on.
All the lessons I have been learning about love, loss, heartache, and anxiety are finally pointing me in the direction of some MAJOR life changes, all starting with being mindful, being in the present, and how to TRULY live … finally!” –Jennifer Danner
Check out our in-house projects and resources:
- Meditate by Eight: Know of a child who may benefit from learning how to meditate? MB8 will introduce the “magic vitamin” that makes children healthier, smarter, calmer, and more compassionate.
- Mindful Strength: This program integrates different forms of meditation, breathing, visualization, energy-work, and focused intention with strength training. Collectively, these practices are designed to activate “flow” and harness the power of human consciousness to amplify your energy systems.