What are common core values of leaders who practice mindfulness in both their personal and professional lives?
Mindfulness-based techniques include a core practice of meditation.
"Meditation is medicine for the mind and a core practice required for mindful leadership."
1. A mindful leader cultivates compassion, focus, and creativity while being of service to others.
2.. A mindful leader creates present-centered awareness through a personal mindfulness-based practice such as meditation.
3. Meditation is the action of making an appointment with yourself. During meditation we distant ourselves from the distractions of the outside world, and shift our focus inwards.
4. Start your meditation practice by turning off digital devices and sitting comfortably in a quiet place. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Inhale to the count of three, and then exhale to the count of four. If you find your mind wandering, focus back on your breath.
5. A regular meditation practice has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, build emotional resilience, foster creative thinking, and improve memory.
Below you will find a link to a free gift I am offering that discusses a key concept in mindful leadership, setting intentional boundaries. These techniques will help you avoid negative energy and stay grounded in present-centered awareness.Read More
Do you feel heard?
As I tour the country giving lectures on mindful leadership practices to corporate clients, I hear a similar struggle about communication in the workplace. Daily meetings feel like a verbal battle to express your thoughts. You may leave a company meeting or sales call feeling uncertain if any one heard you, remembered your pitch, or even wanted to be present.Read More
As a mindfulness teacher, I am a firm believer that social media is a powerful extension of our consciousness- you receive back what you tweet/pin/post/share/like.
And as a female brain physician and social media influencer in health and wellness, I am the first to admit that my brain is rewired to think in Tweets. I listen to conversations, read books, and watch the news all the while my brain is restructing sentences into 140 characters or less. At times I am prone to random outbursts "A-ha that's a tweetable moment!"Read More
Mindfulness can shift you to a success model as an entrepreneur.
For almost a decade, my contemplation, meditation and yoga practices were a separate identity than the practicing neurologist role I played. They would often get pushed aside when I was "too busy" being a doctor. When career-burnout took its toll on my mental and physical health, I would hide in my office practicing pranayama (yogic breathing techniques). While it calmed me down for the moment, it wasn't long before the calm transformed to chaos again.
Are you juggling multiple roles in the workplace too?
In 2013, I left my role as a traditional medical doctor working in a hospital, studied Integrative Medicine, and launched my own business. While I held on to my mindfulness practices, they still seemed to be a separate part of my day than being a physician entrepreneur. I now spend my weeks juggling my roles of physician healer, professional speaker, and media expert analyst. During down time I am managing my business, writing, and trying to be mindful of creating personal time. Sound familiar?
This week let your mindful mantra be: “I welcome abundance.”
The last 18 months have led me to the test of faith every solo-preneur reading this will understand. I am walking that fine line between fears of falling into poverty and dancing for joy at opportunities abound. Sounds extreme right? These are the tricks that our mind can play with us.
Most of you are aware of my story. I chose to leave a job in traditional medicine about 18 months ago. Along with leaving that job, I left a secure 6 figure salary. I knew I was making an exit and starting my own business, so I started to put away money into savings. I was mentally prepared to give up what the comfortable income had given me in terms of material security, as it did not bring me mental security.
I ended 2014 full of gratitude for the many successes my business celebrated.
I would also be lying if I didn't admit I went into a deep period of reflection and self-doubt if I could sustain myself into the New Year. And then in quiet meditation over the new year, I realized it is time for a new mindset. I realized something needed to shift -my mind. My business may be a solo journey, understanding abundance was a gift that I received from having an abundance of support from friends that believed in my mission, even when I thought I was crazy.Read More