You Can’t Stop Your Brain from Thinking

So many people tell me things like – I can’t meditate – I can’t turn off my brain – I can’t stop worrying – I can’t stop thinking – etc. Here’s the simple truth: Your brain – your human brain – was designed to do something no other animal on earth can do: Think! Yes, […]

The 1-2-3 Method for Addressing Monkey Mind

One of the challenges of someone who’s new to meditation (or is getting back into it after being away for awhile) is Monkey Mind – the chatter of your brain switching to a contemplative mode. Monkey Mind is a little different for everyone, but basically consists of the flood of thoughts that come into your […]

First, Second, Third Meditation

I’m a huge believer in “quiet time.” That is, sitting in a chair and taking in the universe without contributing my two cents. It can be hard to get started with meditation, so let me recommend three easy “starter” meditation ideas. I call it Shut Up, Relax, and Pay Attention. 1. Shut Up This is […]

Meditation Part 3 – Picking the Right Pillow

I hope you looked at the last two posts and started meditating – at least one minute per day. If you try this consistently, it will be easy to get up to five or ten minutes per day. For many people, that’s all you need until you get to a deeper level of meditation. This […]

Meditating: Get Started – Part 2

Last time I started with the most basic step: close your eyes and meditation for a minute or two. That’s pretty easy, no matter how much “monkey mind” you have. Monkey mind is that crazy blur of thoughts that jump all over inside your head when you try to meditate. Today we’re going to talk about […]

Meditating: Get Started – Part 1

I have recently talked to several people who are trying to figure out how to get started with “quiet time” or meditation. So I thought I’d give you my recommendations. There are no hard, fast rules here, so relax and enjoy. I plan to have several posts on this. So go slow and check back […]

The Trap of Over-Working

One of the most obvious examples of “workaholism” is simply over-working. Over-working means that you continue working after you are no longer productive. You might do this out of guilt or frustration. You might just be completely overwhelmed. And that’s precisely why you need to force yourself to stop working and recharge your batteries. Here’s […]

New 5-Week Course: Relax Focus Succeed®

Relax Focus Succeed® Balance Your Personal and Professional Lives and Be More Successful in Both Five Mondays – July 28 – Aug. 25, 2014 Registration includes a copy of the book Relax Focus Succeed® by Karl W. Palachuk. Save $50 right now with code RFSClass Register now: Only $199 – $50 with code RFSClass to bring this price to […]

Revised Edition of Relax Focus Succeed – Now Available

The Revised Edition of Relax Focus Succeed is now available to purchase in both paperback and as an e-book. Very soon we’ll have the audio version as well as Kindle and other e-reader formats.   Also check out the free 60 minute recorded seminar I posted on The Book page.   Focus on the positive, make […]

How I Became One of the Healthiest People I Know

When I was very young my knees were pretty messed up. So I was either excused from physical education or given alternative (stupid) activities to do. I gradually improved and even took up running a bit in college. Then in graduate school I started playing racquetball and lifting some weights. When I was 39 I […]