Inspirational sayings mean well, they really do, but sometimes they just get it very wrong. You’ll be walking down the street on a beautiful Sunday morning when you see some ripped CrossFit guy in a “Can’t stop, won’t stop.” T-shirt. Suddenly you feel like you should be working out, finishing next week’s presentation and curing … Continue reading Are Motivational Sayings Stressing You Out?
In a culture driven by overdoing and overthinking, a daily dose of mindfulness training is not only helpful – it’s essential. The average human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds – thanks to smartphones. That is shorter than that of a goldfish. However, if the thought of adding one more activity … Continue reading Hint: You Are Already Mindful
The city of Louisville recently partnered with Whil to de-stress hundreds of their employees. About 700 of them and their dependents were gifted Whil free for a full year. Here’s the experience of one woman: “Usually those (body scan sessions) are about 20 minutes and it gets you to a place of absolute peace and full … Continue reading Whil Review from the Louisville Metro
When I need to solve a problem, I go for a walk in the woods. Living alongside a national park in Pennsylvania makes this easy to do. The open fields and quiet dirt paths offer me mental space to clean out the cobwebs, shift my perspective and return home with an answer. There’s science … Continue reading Move & Breathe: Shift From Frazzled to Focused
Moby is a long-time renowned electronic musician. He also happens to be an active yoga and meditation practitioner. Recently, he created an 11-part series of “really really really quiet music.” Lucky for us, the American DJ and producer decided to give the 4 hours of music away entirely free. It’s called Long Ambients 1: Calm. … Continue reading Free Yoga, Sleep & Meditation Music from Moby
Stress this, stress that. Everyone’s talking about it. We all know it’s bad for us. But do we really understand the extent to which stress impacts our bodies negatively? And how the heck it happens? This TED-Ed video perfectly illustrates how harmful chronic stress, i.e. life’s daily stressors like traffic and meetings, can cumulatively be … Continue reading How Stress Affects Your Brain – a TED-Ed Video
Here’s a challenge for the day. Every time you or someone else says “Thank you,” make a mental note of their response. You may notice the overwhelming response is likely to be, “No problem.” And that sucks. “No problem,” has become one of the most overused throwaway lines. Saying “Thank you,” is generally a sincere … Continue reading Why “No Problem” is a Big Problem
The business world is rapidly embracing mindfulness as a “productivity” and “performance” tool, with the thinking that calmer, more focused peeps make better employees. At the same time, I sometimes hear the concern that mindfulness meditation and awareness training is considered too spiritual or religious for people to give it a try. As someone who … Continue reading Mindfulness is About as Religious as Red Wine
I had the pleasure of speaking at Mainstream, a conference hosted by Eventful Group, in Denver a few weeks ago. Mainstream brings together the world’s leaders in maintenance, reliability, and safety in industries like oil, gas and power. I was asked to speak on “Leadership and Stress.” As a driven perfectionist, it’s a topic I … Continue reading I Don’t Need Mindfulness. But the Guy Next to Me Sure as Hell Does.
I recently had dinner with a global C-level advertising executive friend. Let’s call her Diva, because no one’s real name is Diva. During dinner, her energy went from bad to worse. She was complaining about clients, her staff, colleagues, having to wear multiple hats in a public company, you name it… and it was all … Continue reading If You’re Unhappy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands