Last week blogger Andrew Price shared his story of turning to meditation to help overcome “Internet Brain,” which he described as “..jumping from one diverting link to another, and sampling little snippets of text and imagery for as long as they hold your increasingly attenuated attention… [a]ny task that requires the sustained and focused application of your brain has become impossible.”
I may be weird, but I’m also in charge of the company.
– Mark Bertolinin, CEO of Aetna, Mindfulness-at-work Advocate.
A recent article by Peter S. Goodman tracks some of the corporate wellness programs that utilize “Mindfulness,” “Meditation” or more broadly branded programs like Chade Meng-Tan’s “Search Inside Yourself” to promote employee well-being.
Approximately one-fourth of all major American employers now deliver some version of stress reduction..
What I Know of this Life
But what of our lives
Sunlight warms the crinkly bark,
Birds touched by morning sun
Sing cantatas at daybreak.
The clouds at this hour
While even the waves
Pounding the shore
Fail to stir the stillness,
Which can be carved with a blade.
What I love in this life
Are the simple things.
The curved reach of the sun,
Leaves fallen to earth
Left behind by the passing moon
And feathers found on a path
Gifts from the secret lives of birds..
Mindfulness meditation is not a nice little thing…it’s not like frosting on a cupcake. This is a major major transformation.
This insight comes from Gary, a 42-year-old former drug addict, and contributor to the Atlantic’s recent article “How Meditation Works.”
On the surface, mindfulness works in seemingly boring swaths of activity: Long lengths of time, sitting in quiet spaces, with or without other people nearby, sometimes thinking, sometimes feeling one’s breath. It doesn’t sound too dynamic.
Fab illustrator, designer & hand-letterer of the Living with Mindfulness logo, Erin Ellis, just shared with me this beautiful photo of her work process.
The practice of hand-lettering is like a mindfulness exercise. Each loop and curl of the brush shows you just how you are paying attention (or not) in any given moment. This was a challenge for creating this particular logo, in which Erin so deftly engaged.
Thank you Erin for the beautiful work, attention and inspiration.