Archive for 2014

Pause. Power. Mindfulness for Every One.

November 7th, 2014 • by Laura Scott •

Excited about our first Pause Power Retreat coming up in December in beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Mindfulness for Every Day for Women, Men , and Couples

Mindfulness for Every Day for Women, Men , and Couples

When I present programs on mindfulness, people always assume I mean meditation. Well, that’s one way to practice mindfulness but it’s not the only way. In fact, when my retreat partner Mickie Brown and I teach mindfulness to our clients we rarely suggest sitting meditation as the first option because we know it’s a hard habit to get get into and an even harder to maintain over time. Instead we teach breath work, walking meditation, and brain-based mindfulness techniques that can be easily integrated into every day life.

I practice mindfulness in the car, in the shower, and while I walk from place to place. I also use mindfulness techniques when I teach emotional intelligence or mastery, and conflict resiliency.

If there was just one habit I could point to that has made me more focused, peaceful, and happy, it would be my mindfulness practice. And no, I don’t meditate every day for 30 minutes; I meditate 30 times a day for 1 minute.
Are you with me?

If you want to learn how to do this, please consider joining us for the Pause Power Retreat. Come for the whole weekend or come for the day. December 5-7, 2014.

Click here for the flier and click here for the registration form. Email info@180coaching.com for more information.

For professional coaches: 5.5 ICF CCEU’s available for this!!

Mindfulness: It’s not just what you do, it’s who you are.

August 26th, 2014 • by Laura Scott •

I had the privilege of sharing some of my Every Day Mindfulness tips with the readers of D.I. magazine. It’s sometimes a challenge to explain how to be mindful in 500 works or less because Mindfulness is not just what you do in the moment it is also who you are.

In a state of mindfulness I am:

  • Without Judgment
  • Curious
  • Compassionate
  • Relaxed
  • Hyper Aware

Can you be all those things at once? Yes, yes you can….

Learn more about how to be Mindful Every Day at our upcoming Pause Power retreat. December 5-7, 2014. Clearwater Beach, Florida, and register and reserve your spot now!

How to Speak So That People Will Want To Listen

July 10th, 2014 • by Laura Scott •

Julian Treasure’s brilliant TED Talk on communicating effectively is not just for aspiring Distinguished Toastmasters!

It’s the most empowering and informative video on how to speak powerfully and how to create sound consciously.

Watch, learn, and speak–mindfully and beautifully!

 

Are you Cirquing it?

June 25th, 2014 • by Laura Scott •

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I always marvel when I see top performers. They bring something that sets them apart from the rest. Beyond experience, knowledge, and conditioning, they express what it means to be in the flow.

Flow is a state that can only be experienced when you stay in the moment and are fully present. The masterful gymnasts and acrobats featured in this video aren’t thinking about their to-do lists, judging the fashion sense of the attendees, or worrying about their tax bill. If they were they couldn’t do what they do.

What is occupying your mind right now that is blocking your ability to flow?

Just asking….

Are you Living Life in the Default Zone?

April 17th, 2014 • by Laura Scott •


Last week, Belinda Brown interviewed me on her Empowered Women series. The intent of the interview was to talk about my research and book on voluntary childlessness but we ended up taking most of the hour talking about the link between mindful, conscious, decision making and success.

Over the course of our lives we develop habitual patterns of behavior which become the default. It’s feels like we are on auto pilot and our brains are not fully engaged moment to moment. You have experienced this I am sure–the times when you pull into your driveway and have no recollection of how you got there, or the time when you catch only the last sentence of what your child or spouse just said. Don’t worry, you are not losing your mind! You are just not being mindful, or engaging your brain in a conscious way.

The severe expression of this default zone is a zombie-like existence: when you sleep walk through life utilizing only habitual patterns of behavior. The Zombie doesn’t get to make a choice, but you do. In every moment and in every day.

Take a moment to watch the video of this interview. The juicy bits are after the intro, at about 8 minutes in when I talk about mindfulness and the default. Enjoy!

Laura’s Playlist

March 21st, 2014 • by Laura Scott •

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Pharrel Williams’ song HAPPY is my theme song this year. I can not help but jump up and dance when I hear this tune. Apparently people around the world feel the same way! Check out this video and you will be dancing along…

Making the Most of the Moment

March 5th, 2014 • by Laura Scott •

dscn0194_0016I have been a mindfulness practitioner for some time so I don’t recall the moment when I began to more consciously live in the moment but when I started making the most of the moment I began to live a better and happier life.

I also became more productive, more focused, more loving, and more grateful. I also became a more effective coach.

How did I do this? I stopped worrying about the future. I stopped thinking about the past and second-guessing. I just asked myself “Okay what are we going to do NOW?” or “Who do I want to be NOW?

When you live in the moment you become more creative about what you can do in the moment. The moment is where we have choices. The moment is where we create the future.

One of my favorite quotes about mindfulness is from Ellen Langer, a mindfulness researcher, who says: “Life consists only of moments, nothing more than that. So if you make the moment matter, it all matters.”

So take a few moments today to focus on the now and express who you want to be in those moments. The world is your oyster…

Photo credit: Sharon Marino