Are you happy and fulfilled with your career and life at this moment? You have worked hard to acquire titles, possessions, and achieve goals on your life checklist. Perhaps something feels as if it is missing from your life, so you reassess or reassign another goal to cross over to the path of contentment.
I too spent my years checking off the lists to make sure that I became a doctor, got married (and then divorced) in style, and collected designer high heeled shoes.
There was a signature sound of my designer high heels that echoed in the hospital corridors where no stilettos had ever roamed before. The click-clack of my heels was the signal to my physician colleagues, nurses, and patients that I had arrived. Female brain doctor, epilepsy specialist, and never-to-recover chocolate addict. The truth of the matter was that I was overwhelmed and sleep-deprived trying to keep up with 80-90 hour work weeks. Despite professional success, I felt all alone. My single prayer every morning was that no one would discover my shame and loneliness that was I hiding underneath a starched white lab coat.
DO YOU HAVE A BUSY BRAIN?
So let's start with what I call the ‘busy brain.’ When we are in the busy brain state, we can find ourselves overthinking, and in the situation of, "I can't shut my thoughts off at night."
I would like to introduce you to my simple mindful prescription that I have been teaching to corporate clients all over the United States. This practice is based on brain science, psychology, and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. I include a simple five-step meditation practice that anyone can start at home. The goal of this practice is to reduce stress levels, improve sleep, and feel more focused during your work day.Read More
Do you sometimes wonder if kindness is slowing becoming extinct in your community, our country or our world
I am often asked by clients and audience members, "how can I hold a positive intention for myself or for others?"
Today given all that is unfolding in our world, I thought it was a gift to be able to share one of my favorite mindfulness-based practices.Read More
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
* NOTE: This article originally appeared on LinkedIn in an interview with Jeanne Thompson, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments.
Some days it doesn’t take much to feel stressed out: a horrible morning commute, a hectic day at work, arriving home in the evening to find breakfast dishes still in the sink and dinner left to cook. You realize that it will be hours before you are able to kick back and relax. So much to do–and so little time. And it can feel impossible to de-stress, be mindful and find the calm that’s key to being the real you: productive, creative and innovative.