It’s Getting Crunchy in Here.

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And I like it. 

I remember Gabrielle Bernstein saying at a workshop once that when she got on “the path,” she wasn’t really concerned with actively dating because she was “working shopping, vibing, all around town,” or something – that’s totally paraphrased (sorry Gabby!). Although I am dating someone right now (it’s very new, I’m trying to remember that and keep my cool), I’ve been dealing with some obsessive thoughts and so I’ve been throwing myself into as much meditation as much as possible (and my regular yoga classes, of course).

I already meditate regularly, once in the morning and once before bed (more if I have downtime and my thoughts are spinning). I also lead tiny 5 minute meditation breaks twice a week (three starting next week) at my office.  

So here’s what I’ve been doing in addition to that to keep myself out of my head:

  • An awesome woman named Tamara comes to our office every Friday morning before office hours to lead a 20-30 minute meditation for whoever wants it, so that’s definitely always apart of my week.
  • Tamara’s 30th birthday party happened to be two weeks ago which started with a 30 minute meditation too. Awesome. Maybe I’ll do that this year….
  • Tamara and her business partner Mikela (also awesome) run a nomadic meditation gathering called the “BE Society” that meets in different spaces every Tuesday. This past Tuesday they met in a loft on Bowery which was very close to my office so I walked over there after work. I can’t go this Tuesday because I’m seeing Guster (also awesome!)
  • This Sunday (tomorrow) I am attending a meditation gathering at the Community Meditation Center and Sharon Salzberg is going to be leading it. I just started reading her book Lovingkindness so I’m super excited for that. 

If you haven’t meditated before, I’d highly suggest it. And now I’m off to yoga. Namaste. 😉

Be the light: check.

I’m in charge of HR and team building at my new-ish (I’ve been there for a month and a half already) job and one of the first things I talked to the CEO and co-founder about was a mini mid-day meditation break. The CEO is huge into meditation, mindfulness, yoga, etc. It was something that I made sure to bring up in my second interview with him when I was asked to come back in. 

So, I sent out an invite on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm for a mini 5 minute meditation break. Yes, I know, it’s tough to drag yourself away from whatever you’re doing in the middle of the day, but trust me it’s worth it.

Last Wednesday the CEO told me I’d lead the meditation. Although I’ve been meditating regularly for almost two years, I’d never led a meditation. But whatever: It’s only five minutes. And five minutes is really a blip.

So we all sat down in one of our conference rooms and I regurgitated a lot of what I’d heard from teachers in my yoga classes and meditation workshops. I felt like kind of a fraud. But after five minutes had passed, everyone felt better. Less stressed. They thanked me, told me it was awesome, and the CEO gave me a high five. 

And today I walked into the office to find a colleague burning sage to get rid of a smell, and also to, you know, clear the energy. I asked if I could borrow the sage for my apartment and she said to ask the CEO, because it was really the office’s sage. My office has it’s own sage. I died. The CEO gave me the OK and it’s in my apartment now.

Another colleague told me about an hour-long Monday morning meditation group and that I should totally come next week.

Needless to say: I am so, so happy with my decision to work at this company. I’d been waiting to hear about jobs with huge companies like Disney Theatrical Group when I got this job offer and I’m so glad I didn’t wait. I actually like working at a smaller company.

Especially a smaller company that encourages meditation and sage-burning.