How Mindfulness Can Save the Planet

Eight steps to a greener, more sustainable world.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
—Robert Swan

Why do you meditate? To slow down, be more present in your life, release stress, change negative habits? These reasons might be the initial spark for the practice, but there is something even more profound that we gain through mindfulness. When we become more aware of our thought patterns and start to untangle from them a bit, our hearts open up and there is an opportunity to recognize that we’re all connected to each other on this planet. In this way, meditation becomes more than a solitary pursuit. My meditation practice is strengthened and maintained because of your meditation practice. With mindfulness, we can train the mind to pay attention on an individual and a global level. It’s with this global awareness that we can ask: “What really matters?” and then respond with wise action.… READ MORE...

Learn how to wait and everything will fall into place

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer. For todays post, I wanted to focus on the topic of patience. Most of my students and clients often ask me, “How can I become more patient?” Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Impatience, the opposite of patience is a flavor of anger. I wrote about the various flavors of anger several weeks back. When we listen and honor our impatience, we can sense what is at the root of it. Impatience arises for all types of reasons, but often it is because we are expecting a certain outcome or goal to happen faster than it actually is. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You are stuck in traffic and really want to get to where we are going.
  • You have a deadline that we have been told needs to happen today, but there is a hold up.
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Who is the best kind of leader? The one who you would follow.

Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts, it is about how we influence one another.

We all have strengths and weaknesses and our strengths usually dominate what we choose to focus on and these strengths get better over time. They say it takes 10,000,00 hours to really master something. I feel at this point in my life, I have mastered being a wonderful teacher, workshop and program leader, curriculum developer, and life coach. All these skills support each other and I have hours and hours and years of practice. I feel completely confident in these roles and at this point they feel somewhat effortless, hallelujah! However, what I am still mastering and learning is writing and leading and co-collaborating with teams. These skills are somewhat natural to me, but they also require more attention and discipline. They are still new and not as easy as the ones I mentioned above.… READ MORE...