Former TV person, current college professor and media researcher. Ironman triathlete, meditation teacher and yoga instructor.

Bringing a fresh stream of thought can break the loop.

Many people abandon meditation practices because they can’t get beyond their ruminating thoughts. Our thoughts, particularly if they’re laden with negative emotions, can hijack our ability to concentrate.

It’s almost like a Catch-22. Although research shows that meditation and mindfulness can alleviate depression and anxiety, those anxious and depressing thoughts…

Dubious research can seem legitimate in promotional material.

Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

In this era of misinformation, we’re called to question what we read and hear. This means a little more homework for us in challenging sources and questioning their motivation. It also means discerning marketing efforts disguised as truth.

For us to be responsible media consumers, this can be difficult, particularly…

It’s been a beautiful 25 years, but now I’m done.

Image by Jills from Pixabay

It’s not me, it’s you.

I’m grateful that you’ve kept me filled with hope. Your positive messages have illuminated my path and kept me from living a life of despair. You kept me thinking that there is something deeper and more meaningful in life.

But you kept me from acknowledging…

Why our need to belong can limit our authenticity.

Photo by De’Andre Bush on Unsplash

I recently discovered the crowd-funded show, The Chosen. Because I devour anything related to Mary Magdalene, the first episode truly captivated me.

Then I found myself in a trap. I wondered, “Is it ok that I love this story?” I needed to have my opinions validated by others. …

Beth Bradford, Ph.D.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store