In the World

In The World But Not Of It

It all starts with expectations. We’re expected to keep up with the Jones’, but who are those people anyway? Are they actually happy or just putting on a good front while secretly stressing over credit card bills? [...]

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Are You Really Centered?

“Come back.” “Come back.” “Come back to center.” We’ve heard it a million times, but what is “center” and how do we know when we get there? In mindfulness training, students are taught to “center in” for [...]

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Letting Go of the Need to Know

It’s been said the only constant in life is change. While I can’t promise I’ve always embraced change, through mindfulness I have learned how to surf its waves versus pointlessly swimming against the tide. In the first [...]

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Cleaning the Lens of Perception

Some of you may know the most influential book in my life – by far – has been A Course in Miracles*. There are countless quotes I could share from the text that have shaped my thinking, [...]

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Big Picture

Keeping the Past in the Past

If I gave you a penny to carry for the rest of the day, it probably wouldn’t be a big deal, right? But what if I gave you a penny every day for years and expected you [...]

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Choosing the “True” Perspective

If I asked you to touch your head right now, you could. If I asked you to touch your belly button right now, you could. If I asked you to touch your anxiety right now, you couldn’t. [...]

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Thoughts Are Just Thoughts

One of the questions I get asked most often is “why did you decide to teach mindful leadership?” My answer is an honest one, albeit clichéd at this point. We teach what we most need to learn. [...]

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The “No Language” Exercise

As I was leaving for the airport after a recent speaking gig, I heard a voice calling me from behind. “Ms. Bennington?”  I turned around to see a handsome guy of around 30 staring back at me. [...]

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Step Away from the Story 

I travel a lot for my job. Usually it’s pretty uneventful but today was a notable exception. As I boarded a flight to Chicago, I noticed the attendant was greeting passengers while forcefully scooping ice into a [...]

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The REAL Key to Connection 

In my career, I’ve been lucky. Call it the right place. The right time. Fate. Chance. Who knows. But I’ve been blessed with five extraordinary mentors. Not just one – five. They each have completely different jobs [...]

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Something BIG to Share With You

In my work, I meet a lot of people who feel stuck somehow. Stuck in jobs that don’t feel remotely meaningful. Stuck in reactive, compulsive behaviors that damage relationships. Stuck in comparison traps that trigger feelings of [...]

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What Is Mindful Leadership Anyway?

It seems this post is overdue. For years I’ve been touting “mindful leadership” as the intersection of career advancement and personal fulfillment – and yet a lot of folks have no idea what I’m talking about. I’ve [...]

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Perfect is Inauthentic and Unsustainable

As someone who teaches emotional control, I have to admit it was embarrassing to be hiding out in an Embassy Suites bathroom trying to pull myself together. Especially since just moments earlier I had breezily walked onstage [...]

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Ready To Lead Enrollment is OPEN

Yesterday I hosted a webinar called Authentic Power: Cultivating the Six Pillars of Presence. Here’s the replay if you’d like to check it out. In the training, I spoke about the fact that authentic power isn’t something [...]

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