My wife Sarah and I have two little boys, aged nine and seven. Jackson and Will have given our lives new meaning in ways that any parent knows you simply cannot put into words. At the same time, they’ve injected new challenges that only parents can understand. In the past six months, I’ve heard more … Continue reading 3 Easy Ways to Make Movie Night an Exercise in Mindful Parenting
Ah, insomnia—my old friend. How is it that I’ve come to know you so well? The science behind mindfulness training suggests we’re training our brains all the time. We actually get better and better at the things we do most. Those of us who practice piano or violin regularly get to the point where the brain … Continue reading Why Am I So Damn Good at Insomnia?
I recently had the privilege of training 25 companies on mindfulness practices. Part of our session was on corporate culture. It’s a topic that I love to speak about because most companies have a candy coating to their true corporate culture. My favorite definition of culture comes from the Harvard Business Review. They refer to … Continue reading What is Your True Company Culture?
It’s a great time to be a human resources executive. Over the past five years, technology has entered the previously tech-ignored HR space in a big way. There are now a wide array of products, programs and training to help employees live healthier, happier and more productive lives. And increasingly, HR finds itself back where … Continue reading 4 Areas Where Technology Is Helping HR Make A Difference
Want to outsource your thinking and lose more of your cognitive functions? There’s an app for that! Tons. In the wonderful world of technology, we’ve all seen so many amazing apps to help us to outsource the need to think. If you think about all that has occurred in the world of mobile apps, the … Continue reading Offset the High Cost of Outsourcing Your Brain to Apps
Here at Whil, we work with companies all around the world. One of the questions we get most often is, “What’s the right age for employees to try mindfulness?” Getting into a mindfulness practice is like going to the gym. People generally start when they’re going through something difficult (e.g., a breakup, putting on weight, … Continue reading What’s the Right Age to Try Mindfulness?
Do you have an office Joker in your life? Have they gone out of their way to create arch enemies, real or imagined? Do they consider themselves the mastermind of the entire operation? Do they have a sadistic sense of humor and sinister smile? Are people getting a little tired of their goofy pranks that … Continue reading Mindfulness for Dealing with Office Villains: The Joker
A few years ago, a friend recommended that I try journaling when I was working in the ad agency world and suffering from stress. At the time, I was in my early 40s and my response was literally, “Do I look like a teenage girl?” This was meant to be funny. At the time, I looked … Continue reading If Journaling Is For Teenage Girls, Buy Me Some Hair Clips
How many people have you written off in your life because you thought they were jerks? Think about it. How many people have you completely cut out, determining that they’re a specific way that you want nothing to do with? This is something I practiced and developed some expertise with as a stressed out corporate … Continue reading Mindfulness Leaves Room For the Jerks in Your Life to Be so Much More
I have the good fortune of traveling the world to speak about the health and performance benefits of mindfulness training. Our company, Whil, specializes in digital training. We offer up a wide array of programs to help people reduce stress, be calm and focused, increase their resiliency and improve their performance. There’s a misconception in … Continue reading Why Tough Guys Like Digital Mindfulness Training