It was a Sunday afternoon and I had just spent an hour and a half on a call listening and coaching a mentee who was dealing with a disappointment at work. After the call was done, I felt this curious feeling of expansion in my heart and chest area and a deep sense of gratitude and fulfillment. I felt alive, in the right place at the right time. I credit my mindfulness practice for helping me pay attention to that experience. It changed my life and my career trajectory.
This week’s practice is to notice what energizes you. It’s a true gift to ourselves when we notice what energizes us. One of my favorite quotes is by Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Many of us (including me) feel coming alive in our bodies. I chose to change careers 10 years ago when I realized that helping people connect deeply with themselves made me come alive. A feeling of expansiveness comes over me as I witness someone having an “aha” moment.
This week, to stay connected to your body, take a deep breath throughout the day bringing your attention to the now, so you can know your aliveness in the moments that matter.
As a bonus (for extra credit ???? ) you may even want to keep a journal where you jot down the moments that you felt aliveness.
I would love for you to share your experience from this practice and share what you’ve learned in the comments below.
To discover what makes you come alive, try the mindfulness practice of “Find Meaning At Work” here.
Wishing you a mindful week!
P.S. One-Minute Mindfulness are short reads that give you a practice a week so you can experience being mindful in the activities you’re already doing. If you’d like to create mindfulness habits with team members and friends, share this link for them to sign up.