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Blog - November 2018

Live in Joy

Live in joy, In love, Even among those who hate.
Live in joy, In health, Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy, In peace, Even among the troubled.
Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of the way.”

          – The Buddha

Mindfulness Beyond Meditation!

                         Mindfulness is about living my life,
                         collaboratively and relatively calmly,
                         allowing me to be myself while
 .                       still being respectful of everyone else around me

                                              – Ari Weinzweig, CEO Zingerman’s

As you probably know, meditation is the practice of setting quiet time aside and turning your attention to a single point of reference (anchor) like your breath, body sensations, sights, sounds, or word mantra.

BUT maybe you DON'T want to meditate (it's not for everyone!) – or you just want to complement your meditation practice. Why not give mindfulness a try?

Ari Weinzweig's mindfulness definition (see above) really resonates with me as well as Ellen Langer's. Langer is professor of psychology at Harvard University and claims you don't need to meditate to be mindful, describing mindfulness the process of actively noticing new things. That as you notice new things that puts you in the present.

I think of a mindful leader as someone who brings out the best in oneself and others by consistently “showing up” present, grounded, and compassionate—especially in challenging situations.

Tips to Be a More Mindful Leader!

Journal – Write down how you want to “show up” for the day. Write it down on a note card, put it in your pocket, and periodically check in with yourself, “How am I doing?” At the end of the day, check in and journal about how your day went.

Prepare – Take a few minutes to prepare yourself for an upcoming meeting. This will help you be more proactive (versus reactive) in how you engage. By simply preparing for a potential conversation, you will be able to remain more grounded and calm. Plus, as one of my clients shared, you might even get a good night’s sleep the night before a challenging situation.

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Your One Wild and Precious Life

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean––

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down––

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

            —Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"