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A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Emotional Well-Being, Featured, Mindfulness | Comments Off on A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

A 10-Minute Meditation to Work with Difficult Emotions

When we deny what’s difficult by putting our heads in the sand, we create more suffering. Here’s a 10-minute meditation to reverse the tendency to start digging.

​​Can you feel the heat?

Life feels a little more intense these days: at home, work, out in the world. When life begins to feel more intense than normal, it’s important to remember to slow down, turn toward these bigger feelings, and see the bigger picture. Take each day at a time.

Life is always in flux. Every thought, feeling, and moment is quickly changing into the next. In the moment, when something feels difficult, it seems like it will never pass. The practice is learning how to stay with and turn toward the difficulty.

We never really know what is coming next and sometimes the best we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep breathing through all of it. I often remind myself that conflict is growth trying to happen. The power of learning how to live a mindful life is to embrace this truth as much as you possibly can and live for the moment with some future planning that you hold loosely.

What I hear from most of my clients and students is that uncertainty is what creates the most difficulty. As much as we would like to know, to control, and to plan every little part of our lives so that it all works out in a way that creates more security and ease, we cannot. Life will always be impermanent and therefore always uncertain. We never really know what is coming next and sometimes the best and most courageous thing we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep breathing through all of it. The power of learning how to live a mindful life is to embrace this truth as much as you possibly can and live for the moment with some future planning that you hold loosely.

The more we can meet any difficulty with presence, compassion, and kindness, the easier we can move through it. It requires that we learn to stay by turning toward the difficulty versus pushing away.

Meditation trains you to be resilient. The more you can learn to stay with all the highs and lows of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, the more strength you can bring to each moment and experience.

For example, the other week, a good friend was going through a lot of difficulty and loss. After meeting with him recently, I was struck by how intense the feelings of sadness and loss were transmitted between us. I spent a few days afterward feeling off center, crying off and on, and feeling a bit agitated in my body. At first, I was taken aback by how intense these feelings were and noticed my mind trying to make sense of what was happening. The more I could turn toward my experience, and the physical sensations in my body, with compassion and understanding, I could feel the emotions passing and releasing.

Meditation trains you to be resilient. The more you can learn to stay with all the highs and lows of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, the more strength you can bring to each moment and experience.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor shares in her research that most emotions don’t last longer than 90 seconds. I first heard about the lifecycle of emotions several years ago. I felt relieved to hear this 90-second timespan because it had mirrored some my experiences as a meditation practitioner for nearly 20 years. In the beginning of my practice, I had big waves of emotions that definitely lasted longer than 90 seconds. Why? I had never really sat with myself or allowed these feelings to be seen so there was a lot inside of me that wanted to come out. However, with time and practice, whatever feeling I was having passed through me more easily—as long as I brought my attention, understanding and compassionate observing to the table. In the case of grief, PTSD, and/or depression there may be more time needed to work with these feelings and I recommend that anyone with depression or mood disorders consult a mental health professional before beginning or altering any course of treatment.

I have also found, personally and professionally, that other somatic-based therapies can be complimentary to a meditation practice for approaching difficult emotions, including somatic release, acupuncture, yoga, and daily movement.

What Does Staying with Uncertainty Look Like?

We have a tendency to resist, reach for something pleasant, or deny the difficulty by putting our heads in the sand and this can ultimately create more suffering. This is a phrase I say to myself at any time I feel fear, anger, or confusion arising. It encourages me to stay and be here no matter what I am experiencing:

“I am here.”
“I am now.”
“All I need is within me.”
“All I need comes to me.”

Below is a meditation practice I have been using on myself and with clients that can support you to stay with what is difficult.

  • Come into a comfortable sitting position. Imagine something difficult that you are going through. It doesn’t have to be the most difficult, but something moderately difficult. We want to practice with moderation before we move into the most difficult. Now, recognize your desire to push away the difficulty, to reach toward something that would soothe the difficulty in the moment (reaching out to someone, chocolate, distracting with technology, etc.), or denying that this difficulty is actually happening.
  • Now turn toward it. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth a few times. Now invite into your awareness a large figure of compassion and strength who envelops you in a blanket of love, acceptance, and security. It can be a big cloud of compassion, a large grandmotherly figure, anything that feels loving and kind. Now, imagine this figure is holding you.
  • Turn fully towards your difficulty. Face it, head on. There is no need to be scared. Feel this wise being enveloping you and speaking kindly to you: “It will be okay, you are okay, you are lovable, you are enough, you are not alone, and we will get through this together.” Let yourself offer and receive loving and kind statements as many times as you need until your mind and body can soothe and slow down.
  • Each time, you notice yourself reaching for the old familiar way of turning away from discomfort, try gently turning toward it. The more you train the mind to acknowledge and name whatever difficulty is here, it won’t feel so challenging. In addition, your limbic system and specifically your amygdala will send a signal to your sympathetic nervous system that you can physiologically relax.
  • When I do this meditation, I often hold stones that are comforting to me, such as rose quartz, while sitting on my meditation cushion. You can find the props or comforts that speak to you.
To cultivate the tools to use every difficulty as an opportunity to awaken and live a mindful life, sign up for the free Mindful Living workbook.

 

Carley is a guest blogger on Mindful.org.

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Have you ever wanted a mind, heart, body lift? I have. Find out more…

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Mindfulness | Comments Off on Have you ever wanted a mind, heart, body lift? I have. Find out more…

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I feel very excited to announce a new awakening of my business.  Let me introduce you to . . .

Living Well Awake!

Ten years ago before I even knew that I was going to create a business, I had an intuition to buy a domain name and create a business called Intuitive Wellness.  This name has served me well, but over the last few years my vision and business has changed.  I am a strong believer in aligning my thoughts in action.  I feel the next frontier of my business as Living Well Awake will be expansive, impactful, full of heart, and continue to serve my community, students, and the world in the best of possible ways.   May it be so.

Personal & Professional Life Coaching

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Personal & Professional Life Coaching

Personal & Professional Life Coaching

Do you want to live a fully nourished life that you love? YES!

Are you tired of being caught in self-destructive patterns and want to claim your power?

Do you feel tired of all the “doing” and know that a slower pace of life is what you need to flourish?

I am so glad you are here.  I have felt all these things too and have gone through and come out the other side.  Most would consider me an encyclopedia of knowledge on the mind, body, and heart, but I didn’t always have the tools.  I found yoga and meditation at an early age of 19 and have been building my knowledge in neuroscience, somatic experiencing, buddhism, behavior change, nutrition, relationships, career development, and love personally and professionally for over 15 years.  I am trained as a psychotherapist and executive life coach and am innately a teacher.  I blend these qualities with my deep knowledge of buddhist psychology to support my clients personally and professionally.  I love empowering my corporate and individual clients in the areas of wellness, love & relationships, and career development.   

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I am 100% committed to guiding and supporting you in the most resourced and loving way possible.  

I observe my clients accomplishing profound change in our work together.  My clients and I work as a team where we both invest equally to ensure success and growth.  Most of my clients call me “a one stop shop soul coach“.  I inspire and shift negative patterns with an integrative approach of the mind, body, heart for work and home.   

My style is warm, interactive, compassionate, and direct.  It is my belief that each client has within them the knowledge and power to heal and grow.  My role is to help facilitate the discovery with resources, support, and tools.

14 things that lead me to this work

  • I have a high value for personal growth.   I set intentions for myself 3x a year and then align my actions behind those intentions.  I have learned to be a powerful manifestor when I commit to what I want.
  • I have spent over 15 years of my life practicing and studying Buddhism and the mind.  I am a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Centers Dedicated Practitioners Program.  
  • I have have had a yoga/meditation practice since I was 19 years old.
  • I hold certifications in mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), mindfulness based eating awareness (MBEAT), and am a certified vinyasa yoga instructor.
  • I have studied psychology, coaching, behavior change, neuroscience, happiness, buddhism, the science of relationships and attachment theory, and food as medicine.
  • I went through the Gottman Method training to support and counsel those in the aim of cultivating healthy, loving, and lasting relationships.
  • I am a research nerd and have been a lead consultant on several studies observing the long term benefits of mindfulness as it relates to weight loss, eating, stress resiliency, and well being at home and in corporate worksites.
  • I am innately a teacher and have developed curriculum for large scale corporate wellness programs, consulted on  research interventions, lead and developed weeklong and daylong meditation retreats, and have created several academic courses at Stanford University & UC Berkeley. I teach on the subjects of Happiness, Food as Medicine, Healthy Psychology, Integrating Mindfulness into your Professional Practice, and Mindful Nourishment at Stanford University.
  • I am an author and regularly contribute on the subjects of mindfulness and well being for Mindful magazine among other relevant blogs.
  • I have lead and developed large scale wellness programs to create impactful positive culture change at worksites such as LinkedIn, Pixar, Bank of the West, etc.
  • I grew up with Jewish grandparents who were caterers and owned grocery stores who shared with me their love of cooking and food.  As a result, I developed an interest in nutrition, the psychology of eating, cooking and the healing aspects of food which I share with my clients and students in my courses and coaching.
  • I worked with cancer patients for over six years while pursuing my masters degree in Health Psychology.  During graduate school, I developed an exercise and stress management intervention to enhance the quality of life in cancer patients.  This experience showed me how fragile life is and taught me the practices of gratitude and forgiveness.
  • I have completed over 3,000 supervised hours conducting group and individual psychotherapy.  At the same time I was receiving supervision as a life coach.   I decided I like life coaching better, and weave in my training and experience as a psychotherapist to support deeper work with my clients.  I have successfully coached thousands of clients in how to access the greatest possibility for their lives.  I was voted one of the best life coaches in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016.  Yes!
  • My last name, Hauck means Breath in German.

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What is my special sauce?

I find that all my clients initially come to me from a place of imbalance.   In our busy society, we are struggling to keep up with the “busy” pace of life.  As a result, we are depleted and stuck in some unhealthy patterns that don’t serve us.  When our minds, hearts, and bodies are not in balance, we can’t access our greatest potential at work or home.

I feel the most important skill for real change to occur is self awareness.  With the ability to see ourselves clearly, our patterns, and what is or is not serving us, we can change, heal, and grow.  I integrate my deep understanding of the mind, body, and heart with life changing evidence based tools and mindful practices  that inspire growth and sustainable transformation.

I help my clients to tune into what really matters by re-aligning the mind, body, and heart.  When balance is present, one can lead an inspired and amazing life.

I look forward to supporting you to live a fully nourished life that you love.

With love,

Carley

4 Questions to Foster Your Authentic Self

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Featured, Mindfulness | Comments Off on 4 Questions to Foster Your Authentic Self

4 Questions to Foster Your Authentic Self

When we fear that we can’t think and act as we truly are, we put parts of ourselves on hold. Here’s how we can begin to let go of expectations and pressures and tend to our wants and needs with kindness.

Did you know that authenticity is inextricably linked to happiness? To be authentic is to feel at home in your body, accepted into a particular group, and to feel true to our sense of values. It is a kind of confidence that doesn’t come from attaining something outside of ourselves, but knowing deeply we are enough whatever our particular feelings, needs, or skills are and that we add to the greater whole of life and matter. We can be true to our own personality, spirit, or character despite external pressures.

Authenticity is one of the most important ingredients in creating a healthy and sustainable relationship. Yet it can also be one of the most challenging to practice on a day-to-day basis. Why? the answer is simple: fear. We fear that if we showed up as we truly are—saying, doing, and feeling the real things that are going on within us without augmenting or censoring ourselves in any way—that others might disconnect from us, feel upset with us, or even leave us.

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.”
—Brené Brown,
author and researcher

Authenticity: The Ultimate Practice of Letting Go

Brené Brown, who has spent the past ten years studying authenticity, writes in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.” Choosing authenticity means:

  • cultivating the ability to be imperfect
  • allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, and
  • setting boundaries.

If we aren’t being authentic with our deeper feelings and needs, then we can’t establish healthy boundaries. (In my last post, I share tools for how to cultivate compassionate boundaries at home and work.)

One of the things I personally practice and share with my students that enhances authenticity is to choose “discomfort over discontentment.” For example, when fear arises, it can feel uncomfortable and to avoid discomfort we can distract or push away how we really feel and what we really need—but this is ultimately never satisfying.

There is a risk involved when we put ourselves out there personally and professionally. However, if we don’t honor our true feelings and needs, they will eventually leak out when we sometimes least expect it and cause harm to oneself and others. The more we practice authenticity, the easier it becomes to live and lead from this place.

Authenticity in Action

I was sitting with Amy, a student in one of my Mindful & Well-Being programs at work. We were speaking to the practice of authenticity when she shared her feelings: “I feel afraid to share something with my husband—I am afraid it will ‘ruin’ our night and he will disconnect from me. I am afraid of his reaction. So I tuck it under the rug. Then it arises again a few days later and I put it off again. Resentment builds within me and I start to feel disconnected from him. After a week, a wall begins to form between us. I start to feel less connected to myself. He asks what is wrong and notices that I feel distant. My feelings have built up so much that I explode in a fit of anger and frustration. We get into a fight. All of this could have been prevented if I had just had the courage to share what I was really feeling and needing.”

Authenticity Practice: 4 Questions for Authenticity

Think of a recent experience with a partner, friend, family member, or co-worker where you wanted to be authentic but weren’t. Imagine pausing at the height of this interaction and asking yourself the following questions:

  1. What am I afraid would happen if I shared my experience right now with this person?
  2. How will feel if I don’t share what I’m thinking and feeling?
  3. If I weren’t afraid, what would I most want to say to this person right now?
  4. How can I share this with even more vulnerability?

I asked these questions to Amy (the student above) and these were her responses:

  1. What are you afraid would happen if you really shared your truth with your husband? That he won’t love or accept what I want to share, and this will create conflict and he will become defensive and/or distant with me.
  1. How will you feel if you don’t share this? I will become angry at myself and him for not sharing my feelings and needs. I will then likely then be aggressive or distant with him.
  1. If you weren’t afraid, what would you most want to say? I would say, “Sweetheart, I know your mother is coming out for a visit next month, but I would really prefer she only stay with us for three days instead of a whole week. I understand you have a close relationship with her, but due to our work schedules during her visits, I often feel overwhelmed by her demands on top of our full schedules. I feel the duration of her visit puts a strain on our relationship and makes it difficult to enjoy the time she is here. I feel it would be easier and more enjoyable for everyone if she spent half the time with us and half the time with your sister, or maybe there is a way that you can take some time off to spend more time with her? I don’t know what the solution is and I would like your support and welcome your input. I want to have a good visit with her and I know that is important to you too. Could we come up with a plan that works for both of us for her visit?”

How Do We Listen to the Internal and External Pressures and Make the Right Decision?

When we meditate, we sense the interconnectedness of all beings and can tap into what matters to us. Authenticity is an important value of mine. I grow my authenticity daily by loving myself enough to take the risk to show myself warts and all to my friends, family, clients, and the world. It can be really scary sometimes and fear often shows up right before I show my truth. Fear will say, “What if others don’t love or accept this part of me?” They may not, but no one is ever going to love or like everything about me. The consequence of not being real and genuine is that I start to live only from a few rooms in the “Carley Castle” and I put the rest of me that is bright, loud, and a little silly at times in the closet. Who wants to live life like that? I have lived this way before and it wasn’t fulfilling. So I am opening doors, closets, and sharing these parts of me in skillful ways personally and professionally.

“Loving-kindness” is defined as a well wishing for oneself and others. It also has the meaning of trusting oneself and trusting that we have what it takes to know ourselves thoroughly and completely without feeling hopeless, and most importantly, without turning against ourselves for what we see.

The practice of loving-kindness has been a large support of mine that aids in authenticity. “Loving-kindness” is defined as a well wishing for oneself and others. It also has the meaning of trusting oneself and trusting that we have what it takes to know ourselves thoroughly and completely without feeling hopeless, and most importantly, without turning against ourselves for what we see.

8 Ways to Be True to Yourself

  • Maintain alignment between what you feel and need and what you say and do.
  • Make value-based choices while taking into account intuition, research, and the bigger picture.
  • Do something each day that reflects your deepest needs, wishes, and values.
  • Speak up for yourself and ask for what you want.
  • Don’t put up with abuse of any kind.
  • Give up designing your behavior by the desire to be liked (be imperfectly perfect and yourself!)
  • State and maintain your boundaries, especially about the level of energy you can handle being around or taking in.
  • Offer your fear loving-kindness and compassion.

Keep Learning and Growing

A regular meditation practice facilitates and enhances authenticity. When we are mindful, we are leaning in and listening to what is true and matters in the midst of the external forces, pressures, and influences that can often times be in opposition to our internal truth and knowing.

Another way to cultivate authenticity is setting goals for learning, which helps us experiment with our identities without feeling like impostors. We shouldn’t expect to get everything right from the start. We stop trying to protect our comfortable old selves from the threats that change can bring, and start to explore how we can lead our lives from greater authenticity, power, and well-being.

Carley is a guest blogger on Mindful.org.

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Compassionate Boundaries: How to Say No with Heart

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Featured, Mindfulness | Comments Off on Compassionate Boundaries: How to Say No with Heart

Compassionate Boundaries: How to Say No with Heart

How to get your needs met in a way that considers all parties with kindness.

Do you have a pattern of saying yes to others, but then feeling resentful later on? Do you believe that you must come to the aid of others and often give to get?

You are not alone.

Many of us have developed a belief that we must be nice, pleasing, or helpful to the exclusion of our own feelings and needs in order to be worthy of love or appreciation. This belief is, of course, not true and furthermore an impossible goal to meet. When we give to get, we can often end up feeling angry and as a result we don’t create healthy boundaries at home and work. Read full article >

Carley is a guest blogger on Mindful.org.

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How to Tame the Wanting Mind

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Mindfulness | Comments Off on How to Tame the Wanting Mind

How to Tame the Wanting Mind

What feels like “enough”? Carley Hauck explores how to build a healthier relationship to the things we’re attached to—and the things we desire.

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you prayed for it, you saved up for it, and/or you worked really hard for it? Then once you got it, you thought, “Hmmm, this wasn’t as great as I built it up to be and now I want something else”?

The mind always yearns for something more. It might desire a new experience, a pleasant feeling or sensation, or crave the acquisition of something that it feels will bring pleasure. However, the experiences, sensations, and/or pleasant feelings that we strive for don’t last and we often find ourselves wanting more. The one thing we can count on in this life is impermanence and continuous change. Read full article >

Carley is a guest blogger on Mindful.org.

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Conscious Leadership Retreat- Mexico- January 2017

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Featured, Mindfulness | Comments Off on Conscious Leadership Retreat- Mexico- January 2017

Conscious Leadership Retreat- Mexico- January 2017

IMAGINE…
A beautiful ecolodge along a pristine beachside in mexico, fresh organic farm to table cuisine, beachside access and views accessible from your room, daily yoga & meditation, massage, mindful eating, cooking classes, healthy comforts, transformative teachings, play, connection, and life long friendships and changes.

About the Retreat
Start the New Year off right in Mexico! Join us January 15th – 20th, 2017 in this powerful and transformative week in the setting of Playa Viva. A beautiful beachside retreat on the coast of Western Mexico, 40 minutes outside of the charming Zihuatanejo.

This six-day retreat will be held at Playa Viva in Mexico. During our time together we will cultivate wise leadership & authenticity through meditation, movement, writing, role-playing, connection, & team-work.

Each day will weave yoga and meditation practice with talks, reflection, interactive exercises and ample time to enjoy the beauty of Playa Viva. To optimally support your journey, each participant is entitled to receive a coaching session with Carley to support you in your greater vision for conscious leadership.

By deepening our listening skills to ourselves and to each other, we will create a nourishing environment where we can relax, grow our self-awareness, increase our emotional intelligence, and discover how to lead from the heart. This retreat is for men and women who want to hone their unique leadership skills, develop greater resilience, implement healthy boundaries, compassion, and create meaningful change in the world. You will leave with a toolkit of new skills, insights, & sustainable practices that integrate peak performance, vitality, balance, and joy at work and home.

What is included:

-Five Nights and Six days (double occupancy; single accommodation can be requested)
-Abundant, delicious, mostly local and organic food and non-alcoholic beverages: three gourmet meals a day, plus unlimited snacks and refreshments. Bar drinks are additional and charged to your individual guest account.
-Pick up and drop off from airport
-Daily yoga, meditation, and workshop classes
-One Mindful Eating and Cooking Class
-Unlimited on-site excursions (hiking, turtle sanctuary, etc.)

Prepare to:
Enjoy a beautiful,
restorative & meaningful week.
Take with you tools you can use for your
whole life.
Deepen your relationship with yourself and what really matters.
Create connections and friendships that you will never forget.

Space is limited to 16 men & women for this transformative week!

Specific topics we will address include:
Mindful attention
Grounding & centering in the body
Emotional intelligence
Lead with compassion
Authentic communication
Wise decision making
Enhanced resilience
Well being

“I have never been more in love with my life!
The time I spent with you and the other Blooming Lotuses in Mexico was a life altering experience for me. I was emotionally stuck and spiritually bankrupt! I felt guilty about decisions I had made in the past that really harmed me and my self-esteem. With your support, the tools you shared with the group, daily journaling, sharing and guidance, I found the courage to let go of some relationships that were not serving my greater good. I learned the concept about feeling safe in personal relationships and friendships. I left your retreat with a fresh perspective and an attitude of Grace and Self Compassion for myself. I also experienced first hand the benefits of having a dedicated meditation practice, farm to the table mentality and a better appreciation for Mother Earth. I have invested in a water bottle for my son and I and we use them faithfully. No more plastic bottles! I’m happy to report, I’m on this journey called life and I’ve never been more in love with my life! Thank you, Carley.”
– Kelly B.

 

Your Wise Leader

Carley-238x300Carley is the founder of Intuitive Wellness and works as a consultant, instructor, and executive life coach with worksites such as Pixar, LinkedIn, and Bank of the West. Carley holds a Masters Degree in health psychology and has over a decade of experience in designing, teaching and coaching thousands of clients in greater mindfulness, well being, and transformative change.

Carley has a strong background as a researcher and brings real evidence base to all programs and curriculum. She has been a lead consultant with UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine on studies observing the long-term benefits of mindfulness as it relates to health, well being, weight loss, stress resiliency, and the prevention of disease.

Carley teaches on a variety of health and well being courses at Stanford University. She is also the creator of Mindfully Nourished, an online evidence based course that engages one in how to live a fully nourished & meaningful life.

Carley has been studying and practicing Buddhism and meditation for over 15 years. She loves to write on the topic of mindfulness and well being and you can find her featured in Mindful Magazine, My Fitness Pal, and Oprah. Carley is in the process of writing a book on the integration of mindfulness and well being for work and home. This book is based on over a decade of working in a variety of settings from academia, hospitals, research institutions, community centers, and worksites. To learn more about Carley, go to www.intuitivelywell.com

 

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(Now though November 25th)

Double- $1800
Single- $2,100
OR…

2 easy monthly payments:
Double- 2 payments of $900
Single- 2 payments of $1050

Select Your Package Now!

For more information please go HERE.

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What We Love, We Should Protect

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Emotional Well-Being, Mindfulness | Comments Off on What We Love, We Should Protect

What We Love, We Should Protect

How a mindful approach to consumption can help us bridge the gap between individual efforts toward the environment and the bigger picture.

The subject of mindfulness, as it relates to climate change, may be the most important and timely practice of our times. Thich Nhat Hanh writes in his book, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology, “The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilizing ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.”

Every fall and spring, I teach on the topic of mindful nourishment at Stanford University. I developed this curriculum nine years ago and have researched it, taught it at worksites, online, and in academia. Within this class, I teach the foundations of mindfulness—to live a fully nourished life at work and at home. The class encourages practices that enable students to focus on how they are nurturing their minds, bodies, relationships, and hearts.

Carley is a guest blogger on Mindful.org.

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Mindfully Nourished Online Course- Starts March 8th, 2016

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Mindfulness | Comments Off on Mindfully Nourished Online Course- Starts March 8th, 2016

What if this moment is an urgent calling from your soul to choose more powerfully between who you are and who you are meant to be?  YES!

This is the time to live a fully nourished life at work and at home.  I am pleased to offer my Stanford taught course online in 2016.  In addition to the 8 weeks of LIVE classes with me, you will also receive some wonderful expert speaker interviews with my friends and colleagues like Dr. Christine Carter, the incredible Dan Barber, James Baraz, and many more.

The course starts on March 8th- April 26th, 2016.
Eight Tuesday nights from 5:30-7:00pm PST.

What do you get?
Eight LIVE classes with me every Tuesday. If you miss the class, you will receive the recording to listen at a time that is convenient for you.
Weekly handouts of the course topic
Weekly healthy recipes
Weekly inspiration emails and practice reminders
Six amazing guest expert speaker interviews (Dan Barber, James Baraz, Dr. Christine Carter, Donald Rothberg, & Juna/Justin Milano)
• A private Facebook community page so you can make life long connections and friends
Weekly coaching with yours truly
Eight weeks of tools, tips, and encouragement to support you in a way you have probably NEVER been supported.
• Lastly, a BONUS day on 3/28 to practice what you have learned in community in a very special daylong event.

We all have the power to change if we want to. It doesn’t have to be hard and from personal experience its a beautiful journey along the way. Click here and learn all about the many gifts I have in store for you in Mindfully Nourished.

If you have any questions about the course, please email me at support@mindfullynourished.org  I would LOVE to have you as part of this amazing course and support you to live a fully nourished life at work and home in 2016.

How to Be More Compassionate at Work

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Mindfulness | Comments Off on How to Be More Compassionate at Work

How to Be More Compassionate at Work

How compassion can short-circuit stressors in the workplace.

Have you ever dreaded going into work because the people around you were in a negative spiral of energy? We are emotional beings and we can’t help but be affected by the varying moods and interactions we have with others. Life is always changing and this constant change can create difficult thoughts and emotions, which can flow into the workplace. The silver lining is that if we can meet suffering at work with concern and care, compassion naturally arises. Work environments that cultivate compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work.

Carley is a guest blogger on Mindful.org.

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