What do you think of when you hear the word ‘mindfulness’? Does being alone with your thoughts scare you? Have you ever wondered about how meditation can help you or your clients?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Julianna Raye about the road that led her to meditation.
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Meet Julianna Raye
Julianna is the founder, president, and head trainer of Unified Mindfulnessis. She is also a founding member of Brightmind Meditation, LLC — the developer of the Brightmind mindfulness app. In addition to her work at Unified Mindfulness and Brightmind Meditation, Julianna consults and offers private coaching, onsite and online mindfulness trainings. Some clients include: Vigor, Lumosity, Case/Western University, Vector Marketing and Fathom Digital Marketing. Julianna is also the Mindfulness trainer for the Flourishing Leadership; she delivers keynotes; privately coaches executives, celebrities, and entrepreneurs; and leads group trainings for company leaders aiming to support preventative health care and improve the work environment through mindfulness meditation. In these roles, she delivers specific mindfulness strategies tailored to the individual’s or company’s needs.
Julianna Raye’s Story
Julianna received her BA in psychology from Duke University. As founder, president, and head trainer of Unified Mindfulness, she is dedicated to disseminating Shinzen Young’s comprehensive mindfulness meditation system through the creation and presentation of educational programs and teacher-training certification programs.
With more than 100 weeks of immersive silent retreat training in both the mindfulness and Zen traditions, Julianna has completed over 12,000 hours of formal practice. Along the way, she has participated in research including a UCLA study comparing long-term meditator’s brains with those of non-meditators. She also designed and led the training for a workplace research study which was carried out under noted mindfulness researcher David Creswell, PhD. out of Carnegie Mellon University. That study showed positive outcomes with regards to improved employee well being and lower stress.
Julianna is devoted to deepening people’s understanding of research-supported mindfulness and empowering anyone to guide others in its practice. She has been training individuals and groups in the Unified Mindfulness system for nearly two decades.
In This Podcast
In this episode Joe speaks with Julianna about how her professional musical career left her feeling unfulfilled and struggling with her mind to finding peace within meditation.
The Path To Meditation
Meditation has subtle rewards that grow richer over time.
Julianna’s parents were therapists and this was the lens through which she viewed her experience. Naturally she started therapy but found it to be a limited resource along with medication. Her therapist suggested that she try meditation despite her scepticism.
Over a period 3 months for 30 minutes a day she practiced meditation and felt a little more grounded.
Meditation For Beginners
Julianna recommends that beginners start with 10 minutes a day for 2 months, then it ‘s really about getting past the psychological hurdle about building this into a new routine. When this behavior change has been established and there is adherence then rewards can be experienced.
She personally used a calendar to check off the action so that it was a priority.
Understanding The World Beyond The Lens Of Psychotherapy
Two years into practicing on my own, things started happening that I could no longer understand through the lens of psychotherapy. I wasn’t prepared for how experiential it was.
Julianna realized that she needed a mentor, she was introduced to Shinzen Young and started training with him.
As soon as I heard Shinzen speak, it was like coming home, he sounded so pragmatic and logical.
- Concentration power, sensory clarity and equanimity
Mindfulness is a way to connect the dots in real time with what’s actually unfolding as it’s happening.
Things To Consider
Don’t be too concerned about the technique, what you really want to pay attention to is the quality of attention that you’re bringing to that.
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Meet Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.
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