I am coming to the gradual recognition that mindfulness is deeply connected to the pace at which we move, think, and act. From rushing through my tasks and days to lazing slothfully in fits of exhaustion, I tend to oscillate between two states which are completely counter to mindful living. I’ve named these states the busy bee and the lazy loo – you might be familiar with them. The Busy Bee As a chronic high achiever, people pleaser, and do-gooder, I often neglect my capacity
Last month, I walked a labyrinth, a circular path for walking meditation where your journey to the center helps you encounter “self”. As I made my way through the labyrinth, I reflected upon a troubling pattern within my mindfulness practices. Often, I take my stories of not being good enough and needing to prove my value, and I let this stress and perfectionism be the main driver in my pursuit of being. Instead of using mindfulness as a tool to unlearn these old patterns, I
This blog series has showcased inspiring, moving, and convincing content regarding the importance of mindfulness. My own posts have illuminated the ways in which mindfulness, as an approach and practice, has been critical to helping me act rather than react and reflect on how and where feminine and masculine energy are present within me. What has not yet been discussed in this blog series is how tiring mindfulness practices can be. From meditation and intention-setting to ref
In your daily life, do you: Sense that you could be happier? Regularly complain? Feel exhausted or overtaken with busyness or stress? Feel like you’re not in charge of yourself? Feel like you’d rather be doing something else? If you said “yes” to two or more of the above questions, then it’s time for a change. You’re probably not living in a way that honors your core values. In the book Start with Why, Simon Sinek encourages business people to think with their gut, to use the
Author’s Note/Acknowledgment: In addition to the specific research hyperlinked below, I could not have written this piece without the insight and accompaniment of three body-wise women: Lori Ann Arsenault, TRE trainer and facilitator; Carol Martin, spiritual director; and Terri Monroe, faculty and mentor. My current learning centers around one, sometimes embarrassing, revelation: most of the time, I have no idea what is going on in my physical body. Walking around with what s
I often find that I hold back when it comes to sharing my leadership reflections. It may appear to some that I exercise leadership actions and inquiry with ease; however, often I am only relaying half my message. In the past, I was burnt by offering my voice, particularly when individuals or groups were not ready to digest the message that I was offering. I took away from these interactions the belief that I needed to calm the flame inside of me. I believed that I was too pas
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” -Prayer of St. Francis Assisi As a child, how often were you asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Adults probably encouraged your aspirations when you replied with the usual suspects: doctor, artist, astronaut, professional athlete. As a teenager heading off to college, I remember feeling the pangs of uncertainty while trying to answer this question, yet I also had a sense of urgency to resolve it.
The most impactful thing I did in 2015 was to create a new structure around my reflective practices. Two friends and I agreed to be in community around our learning for the year; we selected the Power Path’s Monthly Forecast— a shamanic reading of the month— as the platform for our exploration. At the beginning of each month, we each read the forecast, pulled out excerpts that resonated with us, and wrote a reflection on how those pieces connected with our lives. While I love