Julianna Raye | A Practical Approach to Being Grateful and Mindful During Difficult Times

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Julianna Raye | A Practical Approach to Being Grateful and Mindful During Difficult Times

Julianna Raye

Posted on August 11, 2020

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“If we improve the way we pay attention, we improve our capacity for experience. A pleasant experience becomes more fulfilling. Unpleasant experiences become more manageable. Mindfulness is just a practical resource for anyone and everyone.” —Julianne Raye, CEO of Unified Mindfulness

After losing her record contract, Julianna Raye was serving tables in L.A. and struggling with severe depression. Desperate to find a way out, she decided to give mindfulness and meditation a shot—and it would soon change her life forever!

Today, Julianna is the CEO and Head Mindfulness Trainer at Unified Mindfulness. She’s a wealth of wisdom on why becoming more in tune with our senses can vastly improve the richness of our lives. Julianna’s insights are practical and science-based while also heartfelt and vulnerable.

In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, learn about the basics of a mindfulness practice, what science says about those who meditate vs. those who don’t, and Julianna’s personal stories about the impact mindfulness practice has had on her life.

In this episode, you’ll also learn: 

  • Why mindfulness is useful during unpredictable times
  • What changed Julianna’s perspective on grief and death
  • How mindfulness helped Julianna cope with the death of her parents
  • About Julianna’s struggle with depression
  • How meditation and mindfulness saved Julianna’s life
  • What it means to have a strong mindfulness practice 
  • How our background shapes the lens we see the world through
  • Advice on practicing more mindfulness in our everyday lives
  • Why meditation retreats radically improve a mindfulness practice
  • How silent retreats prepared Julianna for COVID quarantine
  • What a scan showed about a meditator’s brain
  • Why mindfulness gives us a clearer, more pleasant view on our lives
  • How to learn Julianna’s mindfulness teachings for free
  • And so much more!

More About Julianna Raye

As CEO, lead content developer, and head trainer at UnifiedMindfulness.com, Julianna is devoted to deepening people’s understanding of research-supported mindfulness and empowering anyone to guide others in its practice. She has trained individuals, groups, and organizations in the practice of mindfulness for two decades and she developed the official teacher training program for the Unified Mindfulness system, designed by Shinzen Young

With more than 150 weeks of immersive silent retreat training in both the mindfulness and Zen traditions, Julianna has completed over 20,000 hours of formal practice. Her brain has been studied in neuroscience labs at Vanderbilt, UNM, and UCLA. She also designed and led the training for a workplace research study which was carried out under noted mindfulness researcher David Creswell out of Carnegie Mellon University. That study showed positive outcomes for improved employee well-being and lower stress. 

Julianna co-authored papers from the study published in two prominent science journals: Mindfulness, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. A novel aspect of the protocol was an emphasis on the application of mindfulness techniques in daily life, which is a strength of the Unified Mindfulness approach.

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