Mindfulness training is about your life. It isn’t about the time you meditate on a cushion or chair. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. So bringing your training into the moments in the day is a necessary requirement.
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Stop for a moment, right now, and ask yourself ‘when was the last time I felt inspired?’ How did feeling inspired affect my performance, my life? Who inspired me and, more importantly, how did they do it?
When Janice Marturano, now Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership but then a VP/Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, invited me to participate in the 2nd Mindfulness Retreat she hosted, I immediately said yes. I had no idea what I had committed to.
Once, leading senior executives through a change management process, I was confronted part-way through an exercise by a top executive who had become visibly agitated. He said he lacked confidence in our process and thought it ill-advised, and frankly questioned our motivation and intelligence.