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A Keen Mind | Stress Reduction | Mindfulness | Meditation

51 EpisodesProduced by Jude Johnson, MA, LMFTWebsite

Welcome! Most people struggle with stress and feel overwhelmed when they can't keep up with life's demands. If you are battling stress over competing demands from work, home or both and would love to find relief from the onslaught of daily strains and pressures, this show can help. Jude Johnson, is … read more

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#51: Finding Hope and Healing

March 4th, 2021


2020 and the start to this New Year has been incredibly stressful with over half a million COVID-19 deaths in the United States and over 2.4 million …

#50: How to Enjoy the Holidays in 2020

November 25th, 2020


In this episode, you will learn practical strategies for finding joy and peace during the 2020 Holiday season.  I explore how we can gather together …

#49: Sleep Meditation

November 2nd, 2020


This episode is a sleep meditation and the first one I've recorded.  I hope you find this mediation helpful for getting to sleep and staying asleep. …

#48: Effective Tips for Improving Sleep

November 2nd, 2020


In this episode, you'll learn effective tips for improving sleep so you can wake up feeling more refreshed and energized.  I cover the benefits of …

#47: Becoming More Resilient and Developing a Positive Mindset

July 27th, 2020


This episode explores three ways to reduce stress that will help you become more resilient and develop a positive mindset.  I will cover the power of finding joy in movement, shaking meditation, as well as how to bring …

#46 Being Mindful of Race

June 24th, 2020


This episode explores how to become more mindful of race.  We explore some of the research on racial bias and how we can help facilitate healing …

#45: Responding with Wisdom and Gratitude

May 12th, 2020


**Announcement** A Keen Mind will host a NEW Online Community Meditation Group: Next Meeting: May 17rd, 4pm EST- Details and how to register below. 

 This episode will help you explore how to respond to stress with …

#44: Finding Strength with Self-Compassion

April 28th, 2020


Practicing mindfulness helps us manage stress and can also help you become more resilient in the face of challenges.  Being mindful also means having …

#43: Understanding Mindfulness & Meditation-Updated

April 12th, 2020


**Announcement** A Keen Mind will host a NEW Online Community Meditation Group: First Meeting: May 3rd, 4pm EST- Details and how to register below.

Meditation has been around for thousands of years, but it has not been …

#42: Two Mindful Tips, & Guided Meditation

March 30th, 2020


Welcome to the A Keen Mind Podcast.  I’m Jude a licensed therapist and meditation teacher.  Most people struggle with stress and feel overwhelmed when they can’t keep up with life’s demands and currently that’s …

#41: Calming Fear & Anxiety with Meditation

March 27th, 2020


This episode explores the use of a concentration meditation called soft belly. With this meditation, you breathe in slowly and deeply through the nose and exhale through your mouth. As you exhale, allow your belly to …

#40: Guided Meditation for Healthcare Workers

March 20th, 2020


This is a 5 minute guided meditation for healthcare workers.  Right now it's easy to keep a fast pace, and hard to slow down with so many people …

#39: Calming Anxiety with Meditation

November 26th, 2019


Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting about 40 million Americans.  While there are many effective treatments for anxiety, only about 36% of those with anxiety actually seek treatment.  While …

#38: Mindful Connections

October 22nd, 2019


This episode explores how you can use mindfulness to make more meaningful connections with yourself and others.  We look at the impact and prevalence …

#37: Finding Peace in the Midst of Stress

August 12th, 2019


 This episode is going to explore how we can stay mindful in the midst of stress.  You’ll learn effective strategies that will help respond to stress …

#36: Mindfulness Based Counseling

July 22nd, 2019


This episode is going to explore the use of mindfulness and meditation within counseling sessions. This show discusses the difference between …

#35: Mindful Living, Reflection & Meditation

June 28th, 2019


This episode looks at how we can use mindfulness and reflective questions to help us undo the strong pull within us to move away from being …

#34: Slowing Down & Being Mindful After Work

June 13th, 2019


This episode shares how to let go of work obligations when you are off the clock or on vacation.  This time of year kids are out of school and many …

#33: Finding Flow with Mindfulness

April 29th, 2019


 This episode will explore how mindfulness can help you achieve a state of flow.  Most of us have been in a flow state before, where we performed a …

#32: Being Mindful While Embracing Change & Loving Life

April 2nd, 2019


Through our life's journey everything keeps changing no matter how hard we try and hold on to what we have.  The famous quote by Heraclitus "the only …

#31: Quieting Your Inner Critic

March 22nd, 2019


This episode explores the value of seeking out support when we are caught in stress and doubting our self-worth.  While we can strive to manage …

#30: The Art of Self Compassion Part II

March 12th, 2019


This episode digs deeper into how to practice self compassion when our pesky inner critic won't seem to quiet down.  In this episode I present a question that was asked by a listener in response to the previous show, …

#29: The Art of Self Compassion

February 28th, 2019


In this episode I decided to use being mindful of the present moment to inform the content I provided instead of preparing anything formally.  I …

#28 Overcoming Barriers

February 19th, 2019


Welcome to the A Keen Mind Podcast, I’m Jude a licensed therapist and meditation teacher.  This episode will cover simple ways that you can nurture and sustain a meditation practice. I will discuss some common obstacles …

#27: Dissolving Stress Through Mindful Reflection

February 12th, 2019


This episode explores how to use mindful reflection as a means to learning how to work with uncomfortable thoughts and emotions.  We often don't take …

#26 Perception is Everything

February 6th, 2019


This episode explores the role that perception plays in how we communicate with others. I use a personal story to illustrate how easily we can become …

#25 Remembering Why You Started

January 29th, 2019


Setting intentions are essential for the development of a mindfulness-meditation practice.  When we remember why  we started practicing meditation, …

#24 Transforming Anger into Self-Compassion

January 21st, 2019


Anger is a normal human emotion, yet can become overwhelming when we are under a lot of stress.  Some of us are in the habit of directing our anger outwards while others keep their feelings buried deep inside.  This …

#23: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

January 15th, 2019


 This podcast provides strategies to reduce stress so that you can find more joy and peace in life. In this session, I will provide an overview of …

#22: Four Ways to Influence Habit Change

January 8th, 2019


This episode is about Habit change.  Habits are actually very difficult to develop because they don’t come to us naturally, Yet ever New Year, people …

#21 Love & Kindess

December 18th, 2018


This episode explores the benefits of letting go of being judgmental of others in order to cultivate love and kindness towards ourselves and others. …

#20 Gratitude: Embracing the Ups and Downs of Life

December 11th, 2018


In this episode a share a personal story about the fears and challenges I faced while driving for 9.5 hours through a snow storm with my two boys, Henry and Carter ages 5 and 8. I use this story to explore ways to use …

#19 Reducing Holiday Stress Part III

December 4th, 2018


In this episode I explore how to use mindful listening, assertive communication and forgiveness.


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#18 Reducing Holiday Stress Part II

November 27th, 2018


So many people want the holiday season to go perfectly! They want Norman Rockwell Moments that look picturesque, but what they really longing for is …

#17 Reducing Holiday Stress Part I

November 20th, 2018


While the holidays are a time of celebration, they often add more items to our to-do lists. The parties, the gifts, baking and entertaining or the …

# 16 Dissolve Stress in the Present Moment

November 13th, 2018


In this episode I explore how to dissolve stress in the present moment with mindfulness. We can learn how to let go of stress by inviting ourselves …

#15 Let Go of Overthinking

November 5th, 2018


When we analyze past events, negative feelings and plan for possible problems it is easy for us to start ruminating. Rumination is when we become …

#14 Rewire the Brain for Happiness & Decondition Negativity

October 29th, 2018


The brain's number one priority is survival. Our need to stay safe and survive has made us overly sensitive to potential threats. While detecting …

#13 Letting Go of Comparison In a Culture That Keeps Score

October 22nd, 2018


This episode explores how comparing ourselves to others can get in the way of living our best lives. How many times have you changed your mind about what was important to you, because someone else had a negative …

#12: Finding the Courage to be Authentic in a World Striving for Perfection

October 15th, 2018


This episode will explore the how to have the courage let go of perfection and be authentic in the face of our fears of being rejected, judged or criticized by others. Being authentic allows us to connect to others, …

#11: Insights From a Week of Silence

October 8th, 2018


In this episode I provide insights from attending a week-long silent meditation retreat. I will explore the challenges and benefits of silence as a …

#10 Loving the Present Moment

September 29th, 2018


This is a brief episode that explore how to use mindfuness to live in the present moment and love life. There is a brief meditation of breath wish …

#9: 5 ways Mindfulness Makes Relationships Happier

September 24th, 2018


In this episode I will explore how to use mindfulness to find more meaning in our relationships. There are so many distractions to pull us away from …

#8: Being Mindful After Disaster

September 17th, 2018


When someone goes through a disaster or a crisis it can involve emotional trauma related to sudden loss. Having emotional and social support can …

#7: Four Ways Mindfulness Can Enhance Happiness

September 10th, 2018


In this episode I explore how mindfulness can enhance happiness by interrupting negative thought patterns, improving connections with others, …

#6 Being Mindful Through Depression

September 4th, 2018


In this episode I explore how to use mindfulness to reduce sadness & depression. You don't have to be dealing with depression to benefit from …

Episode 5 Mindfulness & Grief

August 27th, 2018


This episode will explore how we can use mindfulness and other strategies to cope with grief. Following the talk there will be a guided meditation.

Episode 4 Mindfulness & Self Compassion

August 20th, 2018


In this episode I explore how to use mindfulness in life's most difficult moments. Practicing mindfulness helps protect us from becoming burned out …

Episode 3 Mindful Parenting & Guided Meditation

August 13th, 2018


In this episode I share a story about a parenting win with mindfulness, but I assure you it is not always that way. I explore how to use mindfulness …

Episode 2 What is Mindfulness & Meditation?

July 30th, 2018


Mindfulness and meditation will be described during the first 8 minutes of the show followed by a brief talk and guided meditation.


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Community Meditation Episode 1

July 23rd, 2018


In the episode I cover the basics of mindfulness and provide a guided meditation. The meditation covers awareness of sound, breath and body. Please …

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