The power of planning: Embrace mindfulness and prioritize with ease

The power of planning: Embrace mindfulness and prioritize with ease

By Kimine Mayuzumi In a world that seems to revolve around deadlines and outcomes, I’ve found myself immersed in enlightening dialogues with clients about the power of planning.  One question, in particular, lingers in my mind:  “How do you navigate planning when it tends to make you become outcome-oriented?”  Echoing the ethos of our “Be mindful, Trust the process, Let go of outcomes” philosophy, this query on planning is especially relevant in today’s fast-paced world,…

In Support of Doing Nothing

In Support of Doing Nothing

By Roxanne A. Donovan March 20th marked the start of spring – a dynamic period of rebirth after the doldrums of winter. This sense of renewal is probably why commitment to personal change comes easier this month (think spring cleaning).   For me, spring’s beginning provides the perfect opportunity to recommit to my New Year’s resolution. Like many, there is usually slippage or complete abandonment by the time the calendar turns to March.  This year’s resolution…

What Does Being Busy Mean?

What Does Being Busy Mean?

By Kimine Mayuzumi After moving to North America over a decade ago, I realized being busy had some kind of badge for many people to be proud of. During my graduate studies, I heard a lot of phrases like “I am busy with this or that,” and “I am too busy right now to do anything else.” People were stressed. But I also sensed that the busier they were, the more important and worthy they…

Where are our feelings of guilt and shame coming from?: A webinar clip

Where are our feelings of guilt and shame coming from?: A webinar clip

By Kimine Mayuzumi I decided to share a video clip of the webinar that Soko Starobin and I co-hosted a few weeks ago. The title was “how can busy academics slow down without guilt?” In the clip (Youtube video) below, I show you  the part that interrogates our feelings of guilt and shame, which oftentimes keep us from stopping or slowing down. Where are the feelings coming from? I draw a diagram to show a possible…

Can I be “productive” by slowing down?

Can I be “productive” by slowing down?

By Riyad A. Shahjahan “That ever-elusive more–did you ever notice how more is unattainable moment? More is a trap!” -by Victoria Castle We often hear the phrases: “be productive,” “a productive day,” “I need to be more productive” and/or “s/he is so productive.” The “productive” adjective becomes the single definition of our lives to the extent that a lot of negativity is associated with NOT being productive and “being lazy.” As such, being productive and…