Mindfulness, Anxiety and the Digital Nervous System

September 22, 2017

At the turn of the century, I recall Bill Gates of Microsoft describing his vision for how the IT infrastructure could be likened to the nervous system of humans. Gates popularized this idea of a digital nervous system in his 1999 book, “Business @ the Speed of Thought”. I was driving home from Indianapolis listening to an interview with him when he noted that in the new millennium humans would be able to communicate at the speed of thought. That ideas, inventions and system improvements would accelerate in our businesses. He imagined a world of highly effective teams embracing this technology.

Mindfulness and What’s Important Now (WIN)

August 22, 2017

Years ago I was fortunate to meet the legendary Lou Holtz when he was still coaching football at the University of Notre Dame. I was in an administrative role and had gone to a leadership training program where he was speaking. That day, he taught me several lessons on leadership, but one has stood out and been quite influential for me as a leader, husband, father, and now mindfulness junkie. Coach Holtz called it the WIN principle, which was an acronym for the very important life question, “What’s Important Now?”

Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Home

July 27, 2017

There is a bird bath that sits in front of the home of Dave Johnson, PhD, RN, LMFT, employee assistance specialist. It represents the elements – air, water, earth, fire – but also, it represents the undeniable power of awareness and connection. When Dr. Dave was just 16 years old, working as an orderly at a local hospital, he was asked to assist with a young female patient. "I looked down, into her heavily mascaraed, sad eyes,” he recounted. "And it was so powerful.” On that day, as a young man, Dr. Dave had a hand in saving that teenage girl’s life. Then, just shy of a decade later, while out with a group of friends, he met those same heavily mascaraed, sad eyes. While he immediately recognized her face, the two did not speak. Then, shortly after beginning his family, Dr. Dave spotted the bird bath in a yard sale. "I pulled over and, when I went to ask about the price, I looked up to meet those same heavily mascaraed eyes. Would you believe it?” Only this time she thanked him for what he did for her all those years ago. And the sadness seemed to have dissipated from her eyes. "When I see this bird bath, I’m reminded of the synchronicity of noticing.”

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