Lynne Goldberg on Overcoming Struggles with Meditation (Plus an App Giveaway)


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We all have our struggles, but it’s how we emerge from them that makes us who we are.

That’s one of the big lessons I took from my recent interview with Lynne Goldberg, meditation teacher and creator of the popular OMG I Can Meditate guided meditation app.

If you’ve been following Health Room for a while, you’ll know that meditation is something that I’m quite a big fan of. I’ve talked about how I learnt to meditate, and my favourite guided meditation sites that I use to relax, control stress and improve creativity.

I’ve been trying out Lynne’s OMG meditation app for a few weeks now, and I’ve really been enjoying it. As I mentioned in an email to one of the OMG guys the other day, I really think it’s up there with Headspace in terms of the quality of the content they provide.

In our discussion below, Lynne shares her remarkable story towards meditation, along with some great tips for beginning your personal meditation practice, starting your own business venture, and much more.

But before we get to the interview…

Lynne and the guys at OMG have been kind enough to give away five free premium one year memberships to their meditation app, OMG I Can Meditate (usually priced at $12.95 a month).

To be in the chance of winning one of those premium memberships, you just have to do two simple things:

  1. Subscribe to the Health Room Newsletter, so that I can email you across the activation codes. You’ll also receive a free ebook on healthy habits. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’re half way there!
  2. Leave a comment below, sharing how the meditation app would help you in your daily life. On the 14th December I’ll pick out five of the most insightful comments, and gift those people the one year memberships.

Competition is now closed – congrats to Kathy, Scott, Beverly, Emma and  Nicole. Check your inbox soon for your activation link to the app. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Now, onto the interview…

1. Hi Lynne, thank you for taking the time out to answer these questions! I wanted to start by asking you a little bit about your own story. Could you perhaps share with the readers the journey that led you towards meditation?

I went through a very difficult period in my life. In a very short period, my mother passed away at a young age, I lost twin baby girls, lost my job and got divorced. I hit rock bottom, was depressed and felt like I had nowhere to turn. A friend suggested I go with her to a yoga retreat. I reluctantly agreed and was introduced to meditation. I kept up with it and my life began to turn around.

Eventually, I decided to make it my life’s work and became certified as a meditation instructor and life coach. Many of my clients were asking how they could “take me with them” beyond our personal meditation sessions. That was the birth of OMG. I Can Meditate!

 

2. How did the meditation practice start to affect your day to day life?

I started to just feel calmer and less reactive to situations that used to set me off. At first the difference wasn’t so noticeable. People actually started telling me there was something different about me, something calmer and happier. They noticed before I did. I also became more self-aware and clearer in my thinking. My relationships approved and I actually started to feel better physically.

 

3. Many people like the idea of meditating regularly, but struggle to put that idea into action. What are the three top tips you would give to anyone who is looking to start out with a meditation practice?

1) Make it a habit: Do whatever it takes to build consistency at the beginning. We humans are naturally wired to be resistant to change. So bringing something new into our daily routines can be an upward battle. Fortunately, it only takes about 21 days to create a new habit. So using a bit of willpower in the first few weeks can be all it takes to get people to the point where the power of habit starts to work in their favor.

2) Set realistic expectations: Don’t expect huge change overnight. Don’t expect your mind to be able to calm down as soon as you start meditating. The average person has 60-80,000 thoughts a day. It can take a bit of time to start feeling that sense of calm. Many people are surprised at how busy their minds are.

3) Bring meditation into your daily life: That doesn’t mean closing your eyes and zoning out when you’re in meetings, or worse, while driving a car. It means becoming more present with whatever you’re doing. Meditation is a practice of present moment awareness. We can do it by sitting down to a meditation session and closing our eyes for 10-15 minutes, but we can also do it by taking a conscious breath or two during the day, or taking time to enjoy the smell of a flower or the taste of our food.

 

4. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with a really difficult situation in life and can’t seem to get past it?

Of course, it all depends on what the situation is. Obviously, situations that are threatening to physical well-being, abusive, or that require medical attention must be dealt with. But that being said, meditation can often be helpful in bringing clarity and new perspectives to difficult situations opening the door to self-awareness, personal responsibility and conscious action.

 

5. What inspired you and your husband to begin working on the OMG I Can Meditate app?

Two factors.

One, more and more of my clients were asking me for something they could take home with them. And, two, my husband has a background in technology.

 

6. I really like the variety of meditations you present in the app – what would you say is your favourite feature of OMG?OMG I Can Meditate Shot

My favourite part is the daily program. We put a year of work into that part of the app. There’s wisdom from hundreds of books and many of the best teachers distilled down into everyday language that anyone, from young kids to type A business executives, can understand and make use of in their lives.

I love the way each day builds on the day before and creates a sense of continuity. I get people writing me all the time and saying that they love the daily connection with me, that this program changed their life in some way. We get so many emails like this. They make my day!

 

7. What words of advice would you give to anyone who is looking to start their own business or develop an app?

Don’t underestimate the challenge of creating awareness.

Building the app is only the beginning. Positive word of mouth has been really effective for us and is the best free marketing available.

 

8. Is there anything else you would like to share with readers before we wrap things up?

Only that meditation has the potential to change your life in ways you may not even be able to imagine. I have people telling me all the time that they don’t have a “meditation personality”, that their minds are too busy, or they can’t sit still, or whatever their objection. We all start out with the same thoughts and objections and concerns.

If I was able to bring meditation into my life, anyone can. Trust me. I was the most anxious and stressed out type A you can imagine.

Just give it a chance for a few weeks, and then decide for yourself.

 

Thank you Lynne for taking the time to share your story and ideas with the readers. Great job with the app, and I wish you all the best in the future!

 

About Lynne Goldberg and OMG I Can Meditate

OMG I Can Meditate LogoLynne is a meditation teacher, life coach and co-creator of the OMG I Can Meditate app. The app features a wide range of guided meditations, including a daily program, meditations for kids, night-time meditations and much more.

You can find out more about OMG over at their website, or test drive the app over in the iTunes Store.

OMG are also on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram if you want to get connected.

 

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8 Responses to “Lynne Goldberg on Overcoming Struggles with Meditation (Plus an App Giveaway)

  • I have turned to meditation because I suffer from anxiety disorder and chronic depression. While the drugs help, pharmacology is not enough.

    I want to be calm and centered. I believe meditation will help me attain that state.

    I meditated years ago and it helped. But I got away from it. Now I am back, determined to let it master me so I am a better person.

  • Cullen
    1 year ago

    Life is a drag sometimes. Working everyday, tending to children, owning a home and all the cheer that is brought by that, eventually it all gets to you. I’ve found that if I take fifteen minutes (generally one of my breaks while I’m at the office) and simply meditate, everything suddenly seems much better. I’m happier, more relaxed, more at ease. I can focus on my task at hand with a much higher degree of concentration. I’m hoping that the app will increase the already positive affect I’m experiencing from my mediation.

    -Namaste

  • aaron broad
    1 year ago

    I would give this to my gf as think would help keep calm at work

  • I’m 3 months pregnant and find it hard to switch off and sleep!! So many thought whirring round my head! I know I should be finding time to relax and properly disconnect, but it’s been a bit tricky! I like the idea of guided meditations leading me in practising, and guiding me through the process!

  • Nicole Sinclair
    1 year ago

    Hi, I suffer with OCD and due to the general overthinking that comes hand in hand with that I sometimes find myself unable to concentrate or create ideas due to “writers block” and while I took part on a 8 week mindfulness course last year, I found this to help relax my thoughts and create space for creative thinking. However, after completing this course I fell out of practise and I feel using an app such as this to guide me through the exercises again, will help me to re-introduce it into my daily routine.

  • Hi Luke,
    After being diagnosed with Breast cancer a year ago, I made some drastic changes to my lifestyle; eating more organic, whole foods, cutting out sugar, processed food & alcohol, among other things, exercising more, using essential oils, keeping a gratitude journal, etc. I recently have tried to incorporate meditation into my self-care regime, but after participating in a free 21 day series have had trouble keeping up with it on my own. I spend so much on groceries, supplements, yoga classes, oils, etc, that the idea of receiving this subscription for free is exciting. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest. I enjoy receiving your e-mails and reading your blog.

  • Beverly Ward
    1 year ago

    I’m a newbee with meditation at 63 years old. I’ve struggled with depression for years and tried every antidepressant in the book, been in research studies, which included electromagnetic studies, and for the most part have never been satisfied with any of these therapies. I’m now trying meditation to help with my sleep and am very impressed with how well this seems to work. I’m hoping to meditate at other times of the day, but haven’t been able to stick to a real pattern so far.

    I really enjoyed the article and hope to get a lot more serious about setting up a time.

  • I am new to meditation and am trying it as one of a few tools to help me transition off of anti-depressants. I have experimented with some free guided online meditation options but don’t want to commit a lot of money to something that I don’t really understand yet. There is a lot going on in my life (dying mother in law, new rescue dog having adjustment issues) and it is hard at times for both my wife and me to stay afloat emotionally. Ideally, if I can find a formula that works for me, I can help my wife as well. I’m also an educator who is seeing an uptick in anxious students. I’ve been researching mindfulness and meditation in schools and would love to have some positive personal experience to draw on before pitching my administration on these new ideas. I am hoping /expecting meditation can become one (powerful) technique of many that can help on a lot of fronts.

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