You can control your stress response with mindful breathing

While thinking about the best way to teach optimal relaxation using breathing, I heard a commercial for a Sleep Number bed and had a eureka moment: I could teach breath relaxation using a relaxation number! Your relaxation number is the ideal length of your inhalation and exhalation, and it’s a number you must identify for yourself. But before doing so, let’s look at why controlling your breathing can be a powerful stress control technique. Read More

Higher consciousness is needed for mindful leadership


“Consciousness is contagious.”
– Sigmund Freud

Increasing your consciousness is like climbing your inner mountain. You can see and perceive more as you ascend. The bigger your perspective, the greater number of possibilities you have or can create. Read More

Want to develop stronger willpower and mindfulness? Turn off your auto-response.

When you master your willpower, you’ve come a long way toward mastering your mind and life! Strong willpower is an important characteristic for leaders in all positions —whether you’re leading a family, a small business, a team or organization, or, most important, leading yourself! Read More

ICU staff decrease stress reactivity 40 percent with mindfulness training.

Do you sometimes react like your stresses are life-and-death? Most of us do, and it sucks the energy from our minds and bodies. How would you handle stress if you were really dealing with life-and-death situations and decisions, like ICU nurses do? Read More

What does mindfulness have to do with personal or leadership success?


“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
– James Baraz

The extensive benefits of mindfulness training for your mind, body and spirit are amazing. It wasn’t many years ago when an executive said, “Why would I ever want to run if I wasn’t playing a sport or a game?” Now, most executives recognize the many mind/body benefits from physical activity. Have you noticed the mindset change in you? Others? Read More