Top 10 Mindfulness Tips from the Wisdom 2.0 Conference

I was privileged to get to attend the second annual Wisdom 2.0 Conference this year. The founder and host, Soren Gordhamer, is an amazing example of what you can create with good intentions and hard work–the second year of the conference brought about 400 in-person attendees and over 130,000 visitors to the web stream!

Here’s a taste of some of the tremendous teachings of the impressive array of speakers:

Top 10 Mindfulness Tips  from the Wisdom 2.0 Conference

Wisdom 2.0 panel

10. 1 Breath, 1 minute every day. Gopi Kallayil suggests this simple practice every day. Everyone has time to do one minute of breathing every day. And when you just take a minute, it’s easy to string a lot of days in a row. You find a sense of accomplishment–hey, you’ve practiced every day. From there, sometimes that minute might become five. So take that minute and who knows where it can lead.

9. Be intentional about what you’re doing. When you whip out that cell phone mid-conversation, announce what you’re doing, “I need to just text this person that I am running late” or “I need to send this email so I don’t leave this project hanging.” That let’s the person you’re with know that you are being conscious and not dismissive of their company and it also keeps you accountable for putting that phone away after you do that thing you needed to do–and not finding six other emails to address or getting sidetracked with another tweet. Or as Chris Sacca puts it, “I’m intentionally not doing the dishes when I’m not doing the dishes.”

8. Use moments of waiting as opportunities for mindfulness. Gopi Kallayil has transformed his relationship with traffic lights by using them as moments for meditation. Sharon Salzberg proposes doing at least one thing a day that isn’t multi-tasking and at least one thing that is fun. Practice letting that phone ring three times before picking it up and experience not having to jump to answer it immediately.

7. “Just live.” Seane Corn related a moving story and the advice of her father who recently passed away. “Just live”, Seane advises. When you dedicate your actions to the benefit of something greater than yourself, your every action becomes an embodied prayer and the length of time you spend on the yoga mat or meditation cushion becomes irrelevant.

6. “Don’t call it mindfulness.” Translate mindfulness into a language that your audience will be receptive to and be motivated by”, says Rich Fernandez. Todd Pierce agrees. “Focus on business results and document how individual mindfulness translates into organizational improvement. Those who get a taste of the experience will end up being your biggest advocates.”

5. “Take tea time”, says Kevin Rose. Have a break from the computer, let the tea leaves seep, enjoy the aroma, and take a deep breath or two.

4. Pause What is your best intention before entering conflict? Bradley Horowitz has staff take a moment at the beginning of meetings to pause and acknowledge everyone there to set intention for the meeting. Gopi Kallayil has his team take a moment of gratitude before beginning a meeting. Once a week, he purchases a bouquet of flowers and the team decides which member to award the flowers based on their efforts.

3. See the shades of grey. “It’s important to acknowledge the difference between judgement and discernment”, Jon Kabat Zinn counsels. When you practice mindfulness, you can see beyond the black and white of your own judgements. This unlocks creativity and insight which leads to innovation in ways you can’t push by thinking alone.

2. Re-examine what makes you happy. Study after study shows that most of us are terrible judges of what makes us happy. As David Rock reports, “What makes us happy is the impact we have and the connections we make.”

1. Go back to your intention and let this dictate your actions in everything you do. “Don’t let strong emotion betray everything you care about”, advises Jack KornfieldMeng Tan lets his intention of creating conditions for inner and world peace drive everything he does. “Anything else is just a detail.”

Photo courtesy of @rjenbarr

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