“No-Fail” Friday: Zoned out

Plane wing sunset_Louis Magnotti_Stocksnap

You made it! It’s the weekend, which no doubt means you are eagerly awaiting your next mindfulness challenge. Right? Of course you are.

This week, we met Jenna and MP, two Wharton MBA students who have created a weekend mindfulness retreat designed for busy graduate students. Talking with them highlighted the importance of occasionally stepping back, in addition to trying to develop a regular mindfulness practice. Sometimes we need to actually physically remove ourselves from not only “the noise” of our everyday lives, but also our whole daily context, to reconnect to our inner selves. Weekend getaways are great, but not always possible, for loads of reasons. Good thing you don’t always have to go away to get away.  Read More

Change of scenery: Wharton’s LeadUp

Isolated tree & lake_Teddy Kelley_Stocksnap

By now you probably know that I appreciate a mindfulness habit. I encourage the people I teach to look for even small ways to incorporate some kind of meditation, movement, or other type of mindfulness into as many days a week as possible. Research has shown that 10-15 minutes of meditation consistently throughout the week is more effective at improving self-regulation than more sporadic, longer practices. But, I’m more than familiar with the various ways life can get in the way of the best intentions. Whether you’re new to mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner, sometimes the best way to (re)start is by diving all the way in for some full immersion, and taking yourself off the grid for a few. Read More