It is so easy at this time of year to feel overwhelmed. We work extra hours to bring our organizations to a satisfactory end of the year, to get things cleared away before 2012 appears, and with the often mistaken belief that getting a list of extra things done will allow us to have a more restful holiday. That belief would be more true if there were not an endless list of things that can keep our mind busy thinking about work .
And we have the additional errands and costs associated with entertaining, gift-giving and shopping. Add to those things the pressures of cooking and cleaning and decorating, not to mention the internal chatter of our minds that often arises from the gift selection process for parents, children and friends, and it is easy to find ourselves dropping into bed at the end of the day feeling totally exhausted. And we might conclude that "this is just how it is right now," hoping that someday it might be simpler. Someday when the kids are older or the business is less hectic or we have more money or...Read more »
Winter might be imminent, but the peak of the fall season is still vivid in my mind. While its brilliant colors are striking aesthetically, I also appreciate them as a reminder of impermanence. In our "autopilot existence," it may be easy to miss the springing forth of new green leaves and the warming days of summer, but it seems more difficult, at least for me, to miss the first biting breezes of fall and the colors that seemingly appear overnight—green leaves magically turning into red, yellow and orange. And then they are gone… a seemingly gentle breeze enough to change the landscape yet again.Read more »
A while back, I was guiding a mindful leadership session with a group of experienced leader-meditators. It was late afternoon, the ending of a work day, and we slowly moved from sitting practice to mindful yoga and then to a reflection on the following line written by David Whyte: “There comes a time when you find that you’ve promised yourself to things that are just too small.” Perhaps not surprisingly, this group of people found as many insights from that line as there were people in the room.Read more »
In my talk at Creating a Mindful Society, I introduced the concept of “the meditation hallway.” You might know what a meditation hall is—but what is a meditation hallway, and why should you have one?Read more »
Much will be written about Steve Jobs — his accomplishments, his courage... He was, indeed, an incredible inspiration. I am saddened by his death. Yet in his shortened life he lived fully, was not afraid to push the boundaries, and seemed to be guided by an inner compass and wisdom. And the world was touched by a single life. His "ripple effect" was powerful.Read more »