Be More Loving & Less Wise: How I talk about Meditation

Be More Loving & Less Wise: How I talk about Meditation

The best guidance I ever received on how to share and talk about meditation came after a week of silent retreat. 

I remember feeling so excited to share the breakthroughs and realizations with anyone who would listen. Not only had I spent a week without talking and felt eager to get back into it, but I sensed that this was a profound experience that was going to transform the course of my life. I wanted my loved ones to understand.

How Meditation Helped Me To Be More Patient

How Meditation Helped Me To Be More Patient

I’m a rather impatient person by nature. 

My life has often moved at an unsustainable speed. And when it has, I see the effects immediately — I’m more easily agitated, terse in my responses, and rush towards decisions, big and small. My thoughts, both the frequency and pace of them, start pulsing at an erratic rhythm. Think head-pounding EDM beat.

Why Chris Adamo Makes Time for Meditation

Why Chris Adamo Makes Time for Meditation

In this Journey Community feature, we’re chatting with Chris Adamo, Chief Business Officer at WhereBy.Us, a media and technology company that helps the world’s curious locals understand and explore their cities. Whether it’s through his business ventures, his move to Miami, or even the Hawaiian shirt on his back, you’ll learn that Chris is bold in everything he does.

How the Founder of Mom Culture Integrates Meditation Into Her Every Day

How the Founder of Mom Culture Integrates Meditation Into Her Every Day

Sarah Komers is a triple threat - Mom, Entrepreneur, and Meditator. Sarah is the founder of Mom Culture, a lifestyle shop selling fun and relatable merchandise such as t-shirts that say “Mother” and coffee mugs stating “Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting”. Not only is she making the world a better place one mom mug at a time, she’s also building a community that empowers and supports moms in their journey of raising good humans.

From starting company meetings off with a Journey LIVE session to encouraging her 12-year old daughter to meditate before school, Sarah has made meditation and Journey LIVE an integral part of her personal and professional life. We were excited to be able to chat with Sarah to learn more about her and her meditation practice.

How Mindfulness Can Improve Performance at Work

How Mindfulness Can Improve Performance at Work

It is no secret that meditation is a practice shared by high performers from a wide variety of industries. Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Weiner and Ray Dalio are all reported to practice regularly. Top performing firms like Google, Nike, Procter & Gamble, General Mills and Apple are said to have meditation programs embedded into their HR initiatives.

Can we say that meditation is these top performers’ secret to success? Maybe, but that would likely be oversimplifying things. There is no secret sauce to high performance (if there was, we’d all be Oprah), but there are undeniably several traits that many productive people share. Developing a mindfulness practice can help us sharpen these tools.

How to Make Summer More Mindful With Kids

How to Make Summer More Mindful With Kids

Summertime can be a much-needed break from our overly scheduled lives. This summer, resist the temptation to fill up your summer schedule with activities.  Instead, try these ideas to truly enjoy those beautiful summer days, giving yourself and your children the gift of slowing down and being more present.

The Power of the Pause

The Power of the Pause

Take a moment and count to 5. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Now, think back to the last time you felt overwhelmed, out of control or generally triggered. In that moment did you offer yourself the opportunity to breathe and be still for a few seconds? Or did you dig into the distraction and begin to spiral out? First, let me say there are no wrong answers here. Whether you gave yourself the pause, used every bit of your imagination to spiral into worst-case scenarios or fell somewhere in between; it’s all good. We’re all learning what it takes to show up in our fullness from moment to moment.

The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration

One of the most essential skills we are building in a mindfulness practice is the power of concentration. In our modern, busy world, we are constantly distracted and our attention is continually being drawn in many different directions. We live in a state of continuous partial attention. This is exhausting and stressful.  And, when we need to focus our attention, we often have trouble “turning off” all those distracting thoughts and reigning in our attention. Mindfulness practice, in which we are learning to intentionally bring our attention to the present moment and hold it there, builds our power of concentration and offers many benefits to our health and wellbeing.

The Keys to a Good Night's Sleep

The Keys to a Good Night's Sleep

My dear friend playfully refers to the obvious moments of self-awareness as “duh, jerk” moments—and the scientific fact that we need sleep for peak performance certainly qualifies as a “duh, jerk.” The CDC has shown that we need sleep for cognitive sharpness and that we’re chronically sleep-deprived. And while it’s annoying if one of our kids or a tossing and turning partner has denied us some shuteye, it can also be life-threatening.

Managing for High Performance

Managing for High Performance

Strong leadership is an act of balance. To ensure projects are successful, a team relies on guidance that is both emotionally and logically sound. When the going gets tough, it can be easy to lean to one side. A logic-driven leader might overlook a person's needs for the sake of task completion. While an emotionally-guided leader could focus too much on accommodating everyone that tasks start to slip through the cracks. That’s why truly effective, high performing teams require a balanced approach to leadership.

Countdown to Concentration

Countdown to Concentration

The First Step In Meditation

There are several ways to approach a meditation practice. From reading a book, to learning from a teacher in-person, listening to audio recordings or downloading a mindfulness-based app.

Regardless of your in-roads to the practice, and no matter the style of meditation, I have consistently noticed that there is one step any and every new meditator must take. This step is all about laying the groundwork and creating stability in order for the mind to be able to meditate.

Mindful Eating: Savoring Meal Time

Mindful Eating: Savoring Meal Time

As a New Yorker, I get it — we’re busy. I’m a long distance runner, and know that sometimes food is only fuel — calories consumed to keep our bodies in movement. I’ve squeezed plenty of packets of electrolytes in my mouth while running, and for lunch today I microwaved a burrito while taking a conference call and reviewing train times for my next appointment. But I also love cooking and eating. And, news flash: mindfulness is not a speed, it’s an attitude of curiosity and compassion for whatever’s happening.

Mindful Eating is often thought of as the classic “slow eating of a raisin” exercise made famous by Thich Nhat Hanh and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training. It’s a wonderful way to pay attention to the subtleties of eating.

Peace of Mind, One Breath at a Time

Peace of Mind, One Breath at a Time

Peace of mind, defined as “a feeling of being safe or protected,” is not something that is bestowed upon us when, say, all our ducks are in a row, or external circumstances are calm and harmonious. Peace of mind can be cultivated in the most turbulent times; amidst the most turbulent emotions. It is a continuously cultivated quality. One breath at a time.

Building Routine Around Self-Care

Building Routine Around Self-Care

Showing kindness to ourselves can be one of the more challenging practices to commit to. Life happens, challenges arise, we get busy, and it is only illness, fatigue, burn out, and moments of overwhelm that ask us, with urgency, to prioritize self-care. Yet, by living in a human body we have every tool needed to support ourselves in sustainable well-being.

One of the simplest means of showing kindness to ourselves is to create personal rituals. Rituals are a single action or series of actions that are meaningful and performed the same each time. Rituals are tools that offer us space to pause, honor ourselves, and become present. 

Make Peace with Your To-Do List

Make Peace with Your To-Do List

I dream of the day when I will methodically tackle each task on my to-do-list, crossing items off one-by-one, then feeling the great joy of accomplishment and lightness of being when I finish the last item on my list. Well, if you are a busy parent like me, this dream seems an impossible reality because, despite my best efforts, my list just keeps growing. The problem with endless to-do lists is that with them comes stress, anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed wondering, “How will I ever get everything done?

After many years of list making, I have come up with several strategies that can help busy parents like me tackle their to-do lists and actually feel good, rather than stressed out, at the end of each day. 

4 Ways to Manage a Restless Mind

4 Ways to Manage a Restless Mind

When life gets really busy it can feel like you’re always catching up on your to-do list. Even when there isn’t much going on, your mind may default to a pattern of restlessness.

For greater mental clarity, it’s important to develop your practice. Here are 4 strategies to help you manage a restless mind:

Meditation Cultivates Happiness at Work

Meditation Cultivates Happiness at Work

“True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future.”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The average American spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Cultivating happiness in the workplace is that much more important, given we spend so many waking hours there.

But it is not always easy to do. Many challenges can arise for employees, especially in high-stress environments. Time can go by, with no reprieve, feeling as though the days blend into weeks, and weeks into months. Dwelling on past mistakes takes us out of the present, as does worries about our future at the company. Meditation is a tool we use to learn how to be more mindful and present, focusing on the here and now, which leads to more happiness.

Happiness within Stressful Workplaces

Happiness within Stressful Workplaces

Americans spend more time at work than many industrialized nations (including Japan), which means that our coworkers outrank our partners and families for hours spent together. Unless you’re a cyborg, that will inevitably mean that frustrations will arise. How can we cultivate happiness—especially when work gets stressful? Here are some quick tips to help tilt the needle in the right direction.