15 | Lucy Sternburgh
Lucy Sternburgh is a Ph.D. in Wellness & Health Promotion. She is a Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trained at the UMass Medical Center’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. Lucy is the Manager of Employee & Community Health Promotion at Beaumont Health & Special Lecturer at Oakland University in Wellness and Health Promotion, in addition to a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Coach, Teacher, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Mother of 2 Rescue Dogs.
Lucy teaches mindfulness to Beaumont employees & families, Oakland University students & the general public.
In our podcast, we discuss:
- Lucy’s definition of mindfulness as “the awareness that arises when we are paying attention on purpose in the present moment.”
- As humans we constantly appraise everything that comes up / judging – mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness. Let things arise & disconnect with it being “good” or “bad” and just be with it.
- How to detach from life in a healthy way.
- Mindfulness can be replaced with the word “heartfulness” or “kindfulness”
- Learn what mindful eating is & how it will help you get full quicker, taste your food more thoroughly & ultimately, lose weight.
- Why “single-tasking” is the new “multi-tasking” & will help you live a more full life.
- The 4 foundational practices to gain mindfulness:
o Sitting meditation to gain mental and emotional stability
o Mindful movement (yoga, chi-gong, slow movement connected to the mind)
o Walking meditation (no goal, being with each step)
o Body scan meditation (systematically sense different parts of the body to notice & move attention to different parts of the body & reduce chronic pain)
- Why beginners might want to try guided meditation & our favorite free app (Insight Timer) for guided meditations
- Mindfulness is deeply rooted in many ancient wisdom traditions
- Mindfulness is breaking the train of everyday thinking
- Why a tool is beneficial and necessary to learn mindfulness
- The courses available for mindfulness based stress reduction are rooted in the neuroscience
Click the links below to listen to this podcast, as well as connect with Lucy at Beaumont.