Mindfulness

  • Mirror, Mirror

    As my client appeared on Zoom, I was happy she looked relaxed and upbeat. My shoulders softened, and my mood lightened. She has a challenging role that often leaves her stressed and overwhelmed – the familiar dance of more #1 priorities than she and her team have the capacity to address. She began to update…

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  • Be A Liver

    Recently, a dear friend described me using an unexpected metaphor. She said I was like a liver. From her tone of voice, I could tell this was intended as a compliment, but my brain was fixated on the bile-producing qualities of a liver that did not feel flattering. When she clarified what she meant by…

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  • Beneficial Communication

    There is wisdom in Buddha’s teachings, regardless of your religious or spiritual inclinations. In her book Tea and Cake with Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy, Adreanna Limbach does an excellent job presenting a modern interpretation of Buddhist teachings. Today, I want to explore one aspect of Buddha’s Eightfold Path, often called Right Speech.…

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  • Presence

    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou  I have a request. I request that you read this post at a time and in a space where you can be fully present with it. If…

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  • Creating Space

    Last week, I was invited to facilitate a session with an HR team. As they planned for 2024, they wanted to brainstorm techniques to improve their effectiveness as a team and in support of the broader organization. They quickly generated over 30 ideas and then used multi-voting to determine which ones to spend time developing.…

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  • Prince Kohaku

    I had this week’s blog post all planned out. Then, on Saturday morning, my cat Kohaku climbed into my lap, requesting love. I set aside my phone and began to pet him. At that moment, a new blog post idea climbed into my head, requesting my planned topic be set aside like my phone. So…

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  • The Golden Mean

    “Remember your Aristotle – Everything in moderation.” – James Harris, Haserot Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, College of William & Mary Professor Harris wrote that when he signed my copy of Single-Malt Whiskies of Scotland: For the Discriminating Imbiber. Initially, this served as a simple reminder not to drink to excess, and over the years, that reminder has…

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  • Meditation Has Gone Mainstream

    Several years ago, I gave my doctor a list of things I could do to improve my overall health and asked him if I only added one thing, which would he prioritize? The answer surprised me: Meditate more. He said, “Little brain holidays are one of the healthiest things we can do, short and long-term.”…

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  • Building Resilience

    I recently connected with a good friend who was processing the loss of someone close to her. A fellow coach, we were both comfortable holding space. She was grateful for that space. Many of her friends wanted to offer advice and tell her how to grieve – techniques she did not find helpful. “They don’t…

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  • Raising Awareness

    When it comes to personal growth, there is no more foundational component than awareness. Our most significant opportunities for growth arise when we can unearth the subconscious aspects of our way of being and make them conscious. Only then can we examine them, challenge them, and identify new possibilities if they no longer serve us.…

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