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Closing the Books on Opening to Meditation: And Up Next CHI FOR YOURSELF..


Last week’s visit to CHI FOR YOURSELF by Diana Lang gave us a great look at the simplicity of meditation. Diana is the author of Opening to Meditation: a Gentle, Guided Approach and if you missed the interview you can listen to it by clicking on this player:


…and here’s a list of some of the talking points from the program:

  • Meditation and the mystical
  • The media’s effect on meditation
  • How a meditation practice is good for one’s self-esteem
  • Why meditation is getting so popular
  • The connection between yoga and meditation
  • The effect of your practice on your relationships
  • Why we seem to have such a “disconnect” in our society
  • The difference between the spiritual and the religious
  • Dealing with mind chatter
  • Setting up a “sacred space”
  • The corporate community embraces meditation


Plans are being made for some outstanding guests to share their wisdom with us in the coming weeks on CHI FOR YOURSELF. On the next program we’ll take a look at Ayurveda- what it is and how it can help you. Details coming your way in another GenuLines post.

Be well..


JohnK June 1, 2015

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Meditation Today on CHI FOR YOURSELF- Ponderous!


picture of Diana LangBe here for today’s CHI FOR YOURSELF interview. We’ll hear from Diana Lang, author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach. Hear the interview  at 4pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific time at chiforyourself.com.


JohnK 5-28-015


Next CHI FOR YOURSELF: Meditation Made Easy!


picture of Diana LangMeditation takes center stage on this week’s CHI FOR YOURSELF when we welcome Diana Lang. She’s the author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach, a book for meditators of all levels of experience. Diana reminds us that meditation teaches us to reconnect with the self and to tap into the limitless potential within us.


Be with us on the call for Diana Lang this Thursday May 28th at 4pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific time at chiforyourself.com

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A Few Thoughts on the Inner Workings of Meditation

Meditation can be a useful tool in your overall health and wellness. We live in an electronic society and most might find sitting in silence and tapping into their quiet consciousness a bit challenging at first.

Our culture revolves around smartphones, electronic applications, social media and selfies. Most people shudder at the thought of not having their phone in their hands during their waking hours. This is a new form of stress and anxiety we’ve created as a modern society. Life can be stressful at times due to school, work, finances, family and relationships. We’re bombarded with negative news stories from television, cable, radio, internet and social media.

The average person will process the stresses of life and not think twice about it, unfortunately some will turn to prescription medications, alcohol and drugs to alleviate depression and anxiety. When we are out of balance we seek peace and serenity in any form to make us feel better. Meditation will help you quiet your mind, center your spirit and balance your life.



JohnK 5-26-2015

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stick figure of manOverheard: “You don’t have to try, you just have to be”

~ David Viscott

Wallowing Over Google Gremlins :-( And a Link to The Tina Gilbertson Interview


Picture of Tina GilbertsonApologies for problems on the Google Hangouts page that muted the audio for the Tina Gilbertson interview! Tina is the author of Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them. Tina turned conventional wisdom around with her explanation of how “constructive wallowing” can help in dealing with feelings. A list of talking points follows, and you can hear the interview by clicking on the BlogTalkRadio logo.


CHI FOR YOURSELF guest: Tina Gilbertson talking points:

  • Isn’t wallowing an oxymoron?
  • Having a good cry might not be enough
  • Self-criticism is not healing
  • Anger, temper, and wallowing
  • The T.R.U.T.H. Technique
  • Hatred, and working through it
  • Self-compassion toward yourself
  • Trying to replace a feeling with a thought
  • The benefits of constructive wallowing
  • Forgiveness- the policy and the emotion
  • The wallowing end-point


You can hear the CHI FOR YOURSELF interview with Tina Gilbertson by clicking on the BlogTalkRadio logo:



JohnK 9-12-2014

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Today: Wallowing is Good For You!


Child hiding faceToday’s guest on Chi For Yourself is Tina Gilbertson. She says pushing bad feelings away never works, and she’ll offer us a practical approach to the more liberating alternative of allowing yourself to feel them. Chi For Yourself – at 4pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific time. Hear the interview at chiforyourself.com




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Tina Gilbertson is the author of Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them.

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Tina Gilbertson


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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love an affection”

~ Gautama Buddha




JohnK 9-11-2014

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Feeling Down- Your First Step Toward Feeling Better



“Constructive wallowing” seems like an oxymoron. Constructive is a good thing, but wallowing is bad. Right?

But wait a minute; is it really so terrible to give ourselves a time-out to feel our feelings? Or is it possible that wallowing is an act of loving kindness, right when we need it most?

We’ll look at these questions and more on Chi For Yourself when we’re visited by Tina Gilbertson, author of Constructive Wallowing:How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them.

Tina will be the guest on Thursday, September 11th at 4pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific time. You’ll be able to hear the interview at chiforyourself.com


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Tina Gilbertson



JohnK 8-12-2014

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Happy Ways Are Here Again: Happiness as a Matter of Choice

Be with us for today’s Chi For Yourself and guest Daniel Parmeggiani. Daniel is the author of The Magnificent Truths of Our Existence: Unlocking the Deeper Reality of Permanent Happiness.

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Daniel Parmeggiani

The interview can be heard live at 1pm Pacific time at www.chiforyourself.com





” Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”




Article: The Simplicity of Choosing Happiness
In our new age of spirituality, where east meets west in the modern labyrinth of mental and spiritual healing, two clear definitions to happiness remain; (1) that happiness is a value synonymous with well-being and thriving, and (2) as opposed to depression, it is something we as humans seek. In essence happiness itself remaining the primary goal – and more elusive.

Psychological research suggests that each individual has what is called a ‘Happiness Set-point’ (HSP) determining overall well-being; happier when things balance our inner HSP and quite unhappy (even miserable), when things go against us, or fall short of it. We alone draw that line and in so doing compound our intrinsic belief, that sentience has a right to happiness, no matter what. Even an animal (and our basic survival instincts) will seek comfort against pain, to find it.

Evidence from research shows that 40% of our happiness is within our control and a voluntary choice we make. Psychologist William James, adds that it is our attitude that hinders or helps us reach our HSP. It seems that it is a natural human reflex to alter our attitude to achieve it. We want to maintain our HSP at all costs. Ironically, the indifference of the depressed, is a matter of ongoing research on lower HSP levels as per socio-economic standards, environmental and chemical imbalance.

Biblical and Buddhist philosophy maintain that all happiness comes from seeking it, yet ironically, a principle point of Buddhism is that all striving is suffering. This would explain why realistic goals are paramount, as true happiness may only be achieved through the balance of effort and suffering, and not the eternal ‘good-time’ that modern pop-psychology would have us believe. Being happier takes effort, especially if it’s a choice we make and maintain with mindfulness. Without effort, one can argue that happiness is hollow and not happiness at all.
Transformation might well be as simple as ‘Seek and ye shall find’ and no matter your labour to your HSP (health, diet, supplements; yoga and exercise; meditation, gratitude, education, journals, self-help, new-age, and/or new-thought mindfulness); the bottom line is that you are still only partaking in the most natural human birth-right of our species. Best to keep it simple.


JohnK 5-29-2014

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