Meditation: The Power of Presence


With the constant chaos of everyday living, it can be hard to be present. Meditation is one evidence-based way to access our inner peace and wisdom and better connect with ourselves and those around us. That said, meditation takes effort and practice. This episode can help you at any stage of your meditation journey, especially if you’re just thinking about getting started.

“It has been shown that when people practice mindfulness meditation, people tend to become more empathetic. The capacity to connect with others is more enhanced.” – Dr. Eric López

Join Paul Deger and Marjorie Morrison as they talk to various experts about what meditation is for them, how to get started and misconceptions about meditation that prevent people from implementing this practice.

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Christina Lynn, MD is an experienced Medical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. She is part of HCA Healthcare and uses meditation with her patients and how to get beyond barriers and be successful with this evidence-based tool. To learn more, click here:

Andrés González is a Puerto-Rican American teacher, author, and musician. Heis a Co-Founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, founded in 2001. Andrés is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and maintains a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Maryland.To read more, click here:

Ali Smith is a teacher and author. He is the longtime Executive Director of the Holistic Life Foundation and has had a life-long study of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness has served as the impetus for his pioneering work bringing trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness to underserved youth–and influencing education curriculum worldwide. To read more, click here:

Atman Smith is a teacher and author. He has served as Director of Programming and Development for the Holistic Life Foundation and is a lifelong student of yoga and meditation, his teaching focuses on empowering marginalized communities through yoga and meditation, transforming the minds and hearts of individuals who face racism, poverty, drugs, and oppression. To read more, click here:

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Eric López Maya, Ph.D. is the Director of the Mexican Institute for Mindfulness, a leading Institution in Mexico and Latin America which is part of the Global Mindfulness Collaborative at the Brown University Center for Mindfulness and offers mindfulness-based interventions, as well as teacher training programs for mental health, well-being and stress reduction, both for companies and the general public. To read more, click here:

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