How Elementary Mindfulness Teaches Adult Leaders

Mindfulness meets minimalism. Elementary mindfulness in practice: “Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep… I just, like I picture me being in a certain place I like… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do…” All clutter is removed. Mindfulness clears a path. Together, mindfulness…

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The Importance of a Daily Defrag

I remember my first computer like it was yesterday. It was a Christmas morning gift – a bulky Christmas gift at that. I remember how that big, beautiful, and extremely heavy monitor whirred like an airplane engine as it powered on. I remember how a black screen would suddenly come to life with strange combinations…

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How to Be a Mindful Strategist

Being a mindful strategist creates the next advantage for your business and organization. Mindful practices heighten our attention in the right places.

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Thoughts on Being Present and Staying Centered

Throughout April and May, the Thin Difference team focussed on mindfulness and self-awareness. We shared the thoughts, experiences, and challenges we face when trying to stay present in this busy world. By having the whole team write about one topic, we were able to highlight different perspectives, facilitate discussion and achieve one of Thin Difference’s goals of cross-generational…

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The Good Kind of Overwhelmed

A few weeks ago as I was leaving work, I looked up and saw a strange, ominous, and darkening skyline. While thunderstorms aren’t unusual for Dallas, this one was different. Shooting up thousands of feet into the air was a fearsome thunderhead. Underneath it, a strange, turquoise glow emanated from a lower band of clouds…

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What Happens When Silence Isn’t Golden?

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” – Francis Bacon At ten years old, I longed for silence. My house was fairly loud and chaotic — a revolving door of visiting family and friends along with a blend of different languages streaming in the background. You could find me holed up in a bedroom with…

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Is it Time to Take Your Eyes Off the Map?

As a Millennial, I don’t remember what it’s like to travel without a GPS (either the antiquated dashboard version or on my iPhone). When I first started driving, my parents would try to tell me how to get somewhere with “traditional directions.” Most times, I would just ask for the address, so I could type…

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Repetition

Repetition has a bad rap. It’s not hard to see why. If your childhood was like my childhood, at some point you had to write lines as a form of punishment. There were more than a few afternoons spent writing, “I will not hit my brother,” one hundred times, or longer depending on the severity…

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The One Job You Cannot Delegate to Anyone Else

I have a confession to make. Sometimes, when my phone rings, I ignore because I don’t want someone to ruin the plans I have for my day. Typically, I’m afraid that my kids’ preschool will be calling to announce my kids have caught the latest bug, and my schedule is obliterated. Every time I hear…

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Want a Different Outcome? Take a Mindful Minute

I am the definition of a planner. Every week, between home, school and everything else in between I spend hours just planning things literally because I can and because my mind just goes there. Some people call it daydreaming. I prefer to think of it as considering possibilities. I get a thrill from the anticipation…

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Practicing What I Preach: How a Trip to Target Made Me More Mindful

Guest Post by Kelly Olenski As a DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) clinician, I am all-too-familiar with mindfulness. DBT is a therapy model developed by Dr. Marshan Linehan in which she used the concept of dialectics – the construct that two seemingly opposing concepts can be true at the same time, specifically acceptance and change – to…

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Practical Tips to Improve Self-Awareness

I have writer’s confession to make. Brace yourself, it’s a big one: I have never written in a journal. Can you believe it? If you’ve ever listened to an interview with a writer, you may have heard that it’s common for writers to have piles and piles of old journals tucked away somewhere safe, with…

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