The Meditative Shift Podcast with Susan Taylor, PHD

Doctor Susan Taylor hosts the Meditative Shift Podcast – Author of Return to Radiance, Feeling Good Matters, and the Vital Energy Reset. Susan guides us as we navigate ancient wisdom and modern science across the topics of mind, medicine, and holistic health.

Neuroscience of Focus: A look at how the Brain Focuses

What exactly is does it mean to focus? How does our brain work when we are distracted VS focused? In this episode of the Susan Taylor Podcast, we’re going to: Talk about what goes on in our brain when we focus. Discuss the changes that take place when our mind drifts off when we meditate and in life for that matter. Discuss some ideas for you to develop more focus in your life.


Train Your Focus, Rewire Your Brain

We have all heard the expression “practice makes perfect” throughout life starting in childhood. Then in 1993 Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, l went on to popularize the concept that a person becomes an expert with just “10,000 hours” of focused practice. This has been debated and proven incorrect on many levels. What we do know is that practice is needed to learn and improve on any function. In today’s episode, Susan discusses: The importance of practice How special brain tissue helps us acquire mastery Four ways to get the most out of your practice


Mindfulness Works Best with Focus

Training the mind to focus requires skill and precision, the same ingredients needed for conducting a scientific expert. What we focus on is reflected in our mind field which leaves an impression on our brain. The great news is that we can train our mind to focus and create new brain pathways to support how we manage ourselves. In today’s episode, Susan discusses: Mindfulness and what it means The benefits of having an essential component of concentration to create change Three tips to get started on the path of focus


Is Mindfulness Enough?

Over the past decade our media channels have been flooded with articles in the management and the literature proclaiming the marvels of mindfulness. This movement presents mindfulness as the panacea for all ills ranging from individual unhappiness to lack of work productivity. And if so, can its claims be justified? In today’s episode, Susan discusses the following topics: Mindfulness and what it means How mindfulness is not enough for change to happen Why mindfulness needs the essential component of focus to create change  


Conscious Leadership

Everyone aspires to be great and possess the freedom and fulfillment that life has to offer. But few take the path of looking inward and recognizing that the fundamentals of leadership lie in “well being”. Leadership is  an inner skill set rather than what is most often seen with outer technical and psychological skill sets.  We define  a leader as an embodiment of consciousness that represents the desires and attitudes of a group:  family, community, or country.  Leaders represent the collective consciousness and this is why we must look at who are chosen to lead and who are not. In today’s episode, Susan talks about Leaders and leadership The benefits of focusing on well-being Tips to get inspired on the  leadership path


Create A Personal Practice for Healing

The deepest desire that you possess is to be happy.  Everyone wants to feel good so that they can enjoy what life has to offer.  Where does one begin to design a life that promotes and supports this concept?   In today’s episode, Susan: discusses using our body as feedback to gain health and vitality  provides the three keys to getting results presents a 5 step process to discover what is your unique practice


Five Steps to Restore Vitality

Restoring our vitality requires not only that we identify what is needed but that we follow a systematic pathway to accomplish our goal. In today’s episode, Susan discusses the following topics: the five steps to restore vitality after being depleted how we create space through cleansing why nourishment raises our vibration And learn the importance of living our life’s purpose in order to create an extraordinary balanced life.


Vitamin D: The Happy Hormone

Can the sun make you happier?  Did you know that Vitamin D is responsible for activating more  than 900 genes and helps fight preventing cancer, inflammation and cognitive issues like Dementia and Alzheimers? In today’s episode, Susan discusses The science behind the Vitamin D and our gut brain axis The role of Vitamin D in gut health The  connection between Vitamin D and our  brain Important tips on how to get enough Vitamin D


Do You Have the Guts to Be Happy

Did you ever wonder why so much of how we feel  registers in our stomach?  Terms like butterflies in our stomach, or a gut feeling, or gut wrenching experiences are all tell tale signs of how our gut has feelings too.   Today, what yoga science has known for thousands of years becomes recognized by modern day science. In today’s episode, Susan discusses The science behind our connection between our gut and our brain 5 diet and nutrition practice tips  to reset your gut health Guidelines and principles to keep your health and vitality via your gut


Access The Healing Force with Meditation

Have you tried to meditate, but it seems impossible to manage?  Did you know that meditation is a practice and it takes time to learn? In this episode, Susan talks about meditation as a practice and not something that just happens without certain criteria.  She includes: Pointers to refine a practice Discusses a strategy to get started Gives a meditation practice to show you a systematic approach

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