Thursday, July 23, 2009

Got stress? Take One Minute

It has been a while since I posted but really wanted to share some reminders with you about the importance of taking one minute to get present especially when you have a lot of stress going on -- which is pretty common these days.

Yesterday I spoke with 2 people who recently had great results with The One Minute Meditation. One of them is a client who has 4 major stressful events going on including a physical move, starting a new company, an aging pet who has been sick and an aging relative who's mental and physical health is declining. Whew!

I had recently encouraged him to do the OMM every hour instead of once in a while. He started doing this and found that every time he took one minute to get quiet, he got clarity on a piece that he needed -- as long as he did not demand clarity :) He found it exceedingly helpful to do the OMM every hour.

Note that when we have a lot going on, is when we think we don't have time to take one minute or forget to take one minute and that is when we need it the most and it can be most beneficial.

I also talked to a team member yesterday who has been going through a lot of stress with her teenagers. She was sharing with me how helpful it has been to do the OMM and how it takes her back into the present moment.

She also shared the video of the OMM with her teenage son and he has started doing it. WOOOHOOOO! That makes me so happy.

So, how about you? All of the change that is happening right now - whether you consider it good change or bad change or choose not to label it -- change is often stressful and taking just One Minute can really help.

So take a minute to do the OMM now. And then set your reminders to do it again and again. It's not the cure all (no such thing) but it sure does help.

Let us know what your experience is.



Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bringing Your Energy Out

During the longer 5 minute meditation which is included in the Stillness Experiment, I suggest that you bring your energy out. Over time, I have had a number of people ask me what I mean by this.

When I say bring your energy out, simply imagine it – if you are good at visualizing you can visualize it filling up your body and seeping out the pores of you skin into the field 3 feet around you

Or if you are not so good at visualizing, like me, you can just sense it – imagine it is spreading out from the sides of your body – basically just use your imagination – energy is everywhere but we cannot see the tiny particles so you must use your imagination. Our mind impacts our energy all the time so when you imagine it you are actually impacting it.

To learn more and join the Stillness Experiment go here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Video of OMM

I have been meaning to do a video of the One Minute Meditation for a long time. So here it is. Perhaps it will help you in your practice in some small way. Enjoy and feel free to pass it along to your friends who could use a little more peace in their lives.

Let me know what you think. I know people's attention spans are short so perhaps I need to do a shorter video with just the meditation?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Grumpy for No Reason

Have you ever been grumpy for what seemed like no reason?
Well, there is probably a reason. It could be that someone triggered something inside of you or someone is mirroring a part of you that you have not accepted. It could simply be that you need to drink more water or you ate a food that your body cannot digest properly. I was grumpy last night and it turned out that I was eating a particular food every day and my body could not digest that much of it

When you feel grumpy for no reason, take a minute to do the One Minute Meditation with the intention to get clarity. Because there probably is a reason. Before getting quiet, ask what is in the way of my being happy or what does my body need to feel better? Then do the OMM and let go. After doing the meditation, pay attention to what shows up in your life. It may show up now or later … be open.

Let me know what you notice.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shhh, keep quiet

"Keep quiet. Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet. Then all will come to you."
-- Nisaragada Ha Maharaj

The thing that most affects our productivity as well as our peace of mind is our mind chatter. Thinking about all the things I have to do today or could do today, or what will people think if I do this thing, only get in the way of your making a contribution in the world today.

So take a moment and do the One Minute Meditation now. Before going into the meditation, set the intention for what you want i.e.; clarity, productivity, creativity, opportunities, etc. Then do the One Minute Meditation and let go of attachment to how this will show up.

Let me know what you notice in the comments section.

To learn the One Minute Meditation, sign up for the 30 day Stillness Experiment at the link above. It's free.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Why Lead From Stillness?

These days all you have to do is open your email to read someone’s opinion of what you MUST do to succeed in these economically challenging and chaotic times. Many of these letters are really well-written and will convince you that this expert has all the answers to your problems. But then someone else has another answer and insists that is the correct one. Who are you to believe?

Well, that depends :) Those of you who have taken my Life Transformation Tools and More program know that I do not believe there is any one answer, tool, solution that fits all people at all times. It will depend on what is in alignment with you, your values, your beliefs, your situation and a bunch of other factors that could come into play.

That is why it is important to lead your life… your business… your career from a place of stillness.

What is stillness?

It is the practice of being in the moment rather than in the past or future. It is a place inside of you where inner peace can be found.

It is from this place that intuition can be heard more clearly and from which brilliant ideas are born. Creativity gets unleashed from this quiet place where there are no interfering thoughts. Connections to higher guidance are remembered and strengthened when we are not busy trying to figure things out.

This sense of peacefulness, knowing and connection can and does lead to more happiness and contentment with life in this very moment - rather than being hinged upon some future event.

You may be wondering what this has to do with leading your career or business. Perhaps it seems a bit contradictory to all the information out there about how important it is to act with speed. You may find yourself thinking: “For goodness sake, in these crazy times, who as time to be still?” You may even feel like being still is lazy.

But really nothing could be farther from the truth. Please understand, I am not suggesting that you sit on the couch all day and eat bon bons or that you sit on a mountain top and contemplate the meaning of life all day.

It doesn’t have to take long to quiet the mind. Remember you can do the One Minute Meditation(TM).

But let’s come back to the bigger question at hand. What is the value of stillness in running your business or career?

When you ask for clarity and then get quiet and relaxed, you will be able to hear the answer. It may not come all at one time. It may feel like gentle nudging to do this thing here and then this other piece over there that may seem unrelated and then another, and then at some point in time, when you are totally relaxed, your answer… the one that brings these pieces together and totally resonates with your soul… comes up and whispers in your ear (or in an email or someone else’s speaking or a million other ways). And it feels so right, you just want to shout “YES” this is what I am to do next.

And when you know your “BIG YES”, acting from that place is joyful and easy and fun.

That doesn’t mean that your gremlins won’t show up later to doubt that you can do this. But you can face and clear those things with tools such as those I provide to my Life Transformation Tools members.

That is why leading from stillness is a process…

It must be learned because everything we have been taught is contradictory to that.

There are many factors that contribute to being still and leading from stillness. More than I can put into an article.

And it takes support because it is so contradictory to what we have been taught all our life and what the media and experts tell you everyday.

That is why I am creating some programs to support you in leading your life… your career… your business from a place of stillness.

Stay tuned.

The Peaceful Entrepreneur(TM) — coming soon

One program that is evolving and is a “Big Yes” for me is The Peaceful Entrepreneur: Leading from Stillness. If you are tired of being stressed out over your business or thinking of starting a new venture and want to lead your business from a place of peace and stillness with extraordinary results, you can sign up here to be the first to get information and apply for this special program which will be limited to a small group of people so you can get plenty of attention. I am considering an individual program and a group program. Those who sign up for early notification will also be asked your opinion, so you can have input on the final details of this and future programs.

If interested in receiving more information on this program, sign up here to be added to our early notification list. Then be sure to check your inbox and hit the link on the email to confirm your request.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Creativity from Stillness

Did you know that the One Minute Meditation can be used as a gateway to creativity? I have been meaning to post about that and will be writing about it more in my upcoming book.

Here is what one participant in the experiment told me happened to her quite spontaneously.

"Hi Stacey,
Thank you for the reminder to do the one minute meditation, I did and here's what came to me.
In the haven of your life, leave your doors unlocked and your windows open. Allow strangers to enter freely.
Do not be afraid. No one can harm you. You are protected.
I am a mountain. I am a tree. A Pine tree by the beach. And I dance with the wind of life!
Thank you, Ruth."

You can use the One Minute Meditation to relax before writing, composing, singing. As you relax, your creative energies can flow more easily -- thus enhancing and allowing the creative process to flow through you.

Take a moment to be still right now and enjoy the peace. Then throughout your week, try using the OMM with an intention to allow your creativity to flow. Let me know what happens.


Welcome to the Stillness Experiment

Welcome to all who would like more stillness, peace and joy in their life.

I started this experiment for a variety of reasons. the main reason is that I personally need more structure to remind me to be quiet. And I wanted to structure to be easy to use and not take a lot of time.

I've been a student of stillness for a long time and know its benefits. And yet somehow, I still manage to get out of the habit. I will think I haven't mastered it and don't need to practice any more. But that is only my ego fooling me.

I also started this experiment because I am curious about what would be available if many people around the world were practicing stillness at the same time and for an extended period of time, such as 30 days.

You see when you are still, you are not in resistance. And when we are not in resistance with ourselves or others, what is possible in our lives and in their lives.? And even in the lives of those who do not participate because our energy is connected to others energy.

I had many reasons not to start this experiment. The biggest of which is that I have a shoulder injury/torn rotator cuff. It is very painful at times and is interfering with my sleep. So I thought to myself, how can I possibly be quiet when I am having this much pain?

And then I awakened and remembered that being still is probably the best thing I could do for myself right now. And as I re-engaged in my stillness exercises, I found I was much better able to be with my injury and indeed the pain lessened.

I imagine you have reasons to why this might not be the best time for you to be still or participate in this experiment. I encourage you to think of those reasons, as the very reason for you to participate right now. There is never a great time to do this according to our ego.

There will never be a time; a time when we have nothing going on in our lives. Stillness does not take away from what is going on in your life. Rather, it enhances your life.

You may have a concern about whether you will be able to do this regularl y---to set aside time and to remember to be quiet. for one minute every hour. I encourage you to let go of that concern. You will do what ever you do, and it will be just perfect. Haves the intent to learn from what ever you do and don't do an experiment. I don't know that I will remember or take the time to do it every hour. Even know that if my commitment. And I will notice what comes up to get in my way both inside of me and outside of me. And it will all be very interesting.

I look forward to being on this journey with you. The more the merrier. So please invite your friends to play with us. They can sign up at