Finding Center On Your Lunch Break

Those of you who know me personally, know how into nature I am. There is nothing more grounding for me than sitting outside and taking in the beauty of our natural environment. I recently met Christine Elder through a colleague. She does amazingly realistic nature sketches, with a focus on birds. Thanks to her, I’ve realized how therapeutic creating nature sketches can be!

Take your lunch break outside and give it a try! You’ll be amazed by how much more centered you’ll feel when you return to your work! There’s something so meditative about getting outdoors, observing nature and creating something beautiful. Everything else seems to melt away while your attention is focused on your subject and your drawing, and in the end, you really feel a sense of renewal. It’s such a great way to get your mind off of work for a few minutes, and can make all the difference in the remainder of your afternoon.

You can grab Christine’s step-by-step tutorial, Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners here. 

Mindfulness in Business

Mindfulness means being in the present. In business, I believe it’s important to be ever aware of what we’re doing when carrying out our day to day work. It’s so easy to just operate on auto-pilot, especially when we’re working on tasks that we carry out frequently. However, every job we do, every client we work with, every assignment we delve into, has some human element to it. Keeping in mind why we’re doing what we’re doing, and for whom we’re doing it, produces a degree of thoughtfulness that is meaningful and authentic. So make a note in the corner of your to-do list, or put a sticky note on your monitor reminding yourself to be mindful each and every day.   

Mindfulness

"Mindfulness isn't just something you practice during a 10-minute morning meditation session. It can be incorporated throughout your everyday life by simply paying a little more attention to your daily activities as you're performing them." - Carolyn Gregoire, 13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day