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It's an interesting dynamic to find a deep connection when you're sitting in complete silence with a complete stranger, but that's how my relationship with this week is do nothing Podcast guest, Janet Solynjes, started.

On my first long silent retreat as a student, few, if any, words between Janet and myself were actually exchanged. Despite this communication hurdle, I immediately knew that my mindset as an entrepreneur would change with her after a week. Janet has unsurpassed insight, serious wit and a compassionate spirit, and has the innate ability to listen with everyone from dedicated healthcare professionals to skeptical CEOs.

Janet is more than a mindfulness virtuoso and understands the complex society of today in a different way. Unpretentious and rooted in reality, its wisdom is perfect for leaders looking for a stronger connection with themselves and their employees. If we can not snap our fingers in our stressful moments and bring ourselves to a quiet, safe room, how do we find him mentally instead?

Since this first introduction, I am pleased that Janet has become a friend, a colleague and a teacher. Thanks to five years participate in this retreatI have grown immensely as a leader and promote their programs to anyone who will listen. It has improved my life and expanded my understanding of the world both personally and professionally,

Janet Solyntjes

Currently, the co-owner of the
Center for courageous life
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Janet has also been a leader in other organizations. She is an associate professor
Naropa University
and a fellow at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness, including in the US and abroad.

When we met my podcastI had the opportunity to really find out how Janet started her meditation and how she made her practice what it is today. It also explains how practicing mindfulness has more impact on your life than you would imagine, just as I did.

Talented from the beginning

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Janet attended Catholic elementary school, and although she has never had a deep interest in the church, she notes that this gave a first glimpse of the "ritualistic and enigmatic" and Eastern philosophies that eventually led to this curiosity fulfilled.

Until then, her passion was full of her love of dance and her incredible talent. She provided her with a commitment and focus on the body and eventually moved west, where she began teaching and teaching at the dance department of the University of Colorado.

In Boulder, her future in the study of mindfulness finally became reality. Naropa University, an institution known for integrating Eastern and Western studies, called her to ask if she would like to join her faculty. This moment sealed their future in the world of mindfulness and meditation.

Dive into the world of meditation

Believe it or not, Janet's journey into mindfulness began with a risk. "I was surrounded by people meditating, and I did not really think I would, until another member of the faculty said to me, 'I dare you. & # 39; & # 39; , Instead of running into a challenge, she dove headfirst.

Although she is now just an expert, Janet's entry into mediation did not come by itself. It took patience, discipline and a bit of humor. This early hurdle now helps her to deal with newcomers and people with little or no meditation.

That's one of the reasons why their practice has been very well received by me – and I encourage leaders to make our experience no repatriations in the lead and workshops. Everything you learn can be applied to the top management to drive a better business from top to bottom. Mindfulness for the real world.

She has now become a leader dedicated to a more grounded niche of mindfulness. Instead of strictly practicing the traditional meditation teachings of the East, their lessons are always due to the practical reality and benefits of time out for themselves. Why work on a new way of thinking if it has no relevance at home or in the office?

The way to mindfulness

"My whole life … is a series of accidents." Does not that sound like how many of us ended up where we are today? Janet is no exception. By accidentally stumbling across a Salvation Army find, she discovered the next great passion of her life. This book was Jon Kabat Zinn's product Full life in the disaster,

"I bought it and put it on my little shelf," she says. "I think I decided to read it a few years later. From the introduction, I knew intuitively that I would teach it. I thought, "It will bring me to an empire where I can teach something to a wider audience."

Her new life's work was to teach the mainstream audience meditation and mindfulness. She completed Zinn's program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and soon became a fully certified MBSR instructor. By connecting meditation with medicine, Zinn brings "traditional meditation practices and yoga practices into a medical environment focused on stress reduction."

Far from chakras and peace signs, this form of mindfulness focuses on looking at us and our actions from a different perspective – an essential component to growing as a leader. This method, often referred to as secular or mainstream meditation, removes much of the spirituality inherent in traditional meditation and makes it accessible to a wider audience.

People use techniques learned from mindfulness and apply them to physical and mental illnesses that are often triggered by stress. The belief is that all humans naturally have the tools to handle many of these problems. The key is to learn how to use it properly.

It's also a reminder to take a real break. If you only need five minutes to disconnect alone, this is a good first step. However, getting permission to switch off for a few days – or even weeks – can make everyone a better leader.

A few glimpses of Janet's basic mindfulness meditation techniques and how you can stay with your breath to make up for distractions can be found in this short video from our interview:

Find your better self in silence

Janet currently sees a growing gap between the general public and the concept of mindfulness – especially in the business world. "We are a society in which a lot is going on. If we do not do something that seems to bring us forward, it does not make sense. "She believes that the perfect recipe for overstrained people is the MBSR practice, which she passionately preaches.

By the Center for courageous lifeJanet currently offers everything from free half-hour courses for meditating enthusiasts to extended silent retreats for business leaders– the same ones I do with my team. She also notes a trend in business that emphasizes meditation and mindfulness in the workplace and beyond. When pulled from her cell phones and from her 9 to 5 business-oriented routines, she realizes that "humor comes out. Vulnerability arises. These are the human things that come out. "

How Does Janet Everyday Advocate Better Mindfulness Practices? First, stop connecting your value to what is achieved every day. "Whether it's email or to-do lists … this fear is related to one's own value and identity." In our networked world, an unplugged lifestyle is often not realistic, but we need to create a "counterweight" to it.

And one of my favorite lessons she pulled out of her meditation classes? When it comes to most things in life – personally or professionally – avoid beating stressful decisions or actions. There is nothing positive in creating your own mental battle. Instead, relax and focus on gently centering your mind.

"Get your breath back," says Janet. "It's really easy. Bring it back to your breath. "

Would you like to know more about my chat with Janet Solyntjes? Curious about the benefits of integration Meditation with business management? Listen to the entire conversation this week do nothing Podcast. ~

Connect with me Twitter and LinkedIn and continue with imageOne Here, For more information on how mindfulness will change you and your business, see my book do nothing and visit The website for more informations.

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It's an interesting dynamic to find a deep connection when you're sitting in complete silence with a complete stranger, but that's how my relationship with this week is do nothing Podcast guest, Janet Solynjes, started.

On my first long silent retreat as a student, few, if any, words between Janet and myself were actually exchanged. Despite this communication hurdle, I immediately knew that my mindset as an entrepreneur would change with her after a week. Janet has unsurpassed insight, serious wit and a compassionate spirit, and has the innate ability to listen with everyone from dedicated healthcare professionals to skeptical CEOs.

Janet is more than a mindfulness virtuoso and understands the complex society of today in a different way. Unpretentious and rooted in reality, its wisdom is perfect for leaders looking for a stronger connection with themselves and their employees. If we can not snap our fingers in our stressful moments and bring ourselves to a quiet, safe room, how do we find him mentally instead?

Since this first introduction, I am pleased that Janet has become a friend and colleague as well as a teacher. Thanks to five years participate in this retreatI have grown immensely as a leader and promote their programs to anyone who will listen. It has improved my life and expanded my understanding of the world both personally and professionally,

Currently, the co-owner of the
Center for courageous life
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Janet has also been a leader in other organizations. She is an associate professor
Naropa University
and a fellow at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness, including in the US and abroad.

When we met my podcastI had the opportunity to really find out how Janet started her meditation and how she made her practice what it is today. It also explains how practicing mindfulness has more impact on your life than you would imagine, just as I did.

Talented from the beginning

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Janet attended Catholic elementary school, and although she has never had a deep interest in the church, she notes that this gave a first glimpse of the "ritualistic and enigmatic" and Eastern philosophies that eventually led to this curiosity fulfilled.

Until then, her passion was full of her love of dance and her incredible talent. She provided her with a commitment and focus on the body and eventually moved west, where she began teaching and teaching at the dance department of the University of Colorado.

In Boulder, her future in the study of mindfulness finally became reality. Naropa University, an institution known for integrating Eastern and Western studies, called her to ask if she would like to join her faculty. This moment sealed their future in the world of mindfulness and meditation.

Dive into the world of meditation

Believe it or not, Janet's journey into mindfulness began with a risk. "I was surrounded by people meditating, and I did not really think I would, until another member of the faculty said to me, 'I dare you. & # 39; & # 39; , Instead of running into a challenge, she dove headfirst.

Although she is now just an expert, Janet's entry into mediation did not come by itself. It took patience, discipline and a bit of humor. This early hurdle now helps her to deal with newcomers and people with little or no meditation.

That's one of the reasons why their practice has been very well received by me – and I encourage leaders to make our experience no repatriations in the lead and workshops. Everything you learn can be applied to the top management to drive a better business from top to bottom. Mindfulness for the real world.

She has now become a leader dedicated to a more grounded niche of mindfulness. Instead of strictly practicing the traditional meditation teachings of the East, their lessons are always due to the practical reality and benefits of time out for themselves. Why work on a new way of thinking if it has no relevance at home or in the office?

The way to mindfulness

"My whole life … is a series of accidents." Does not that sound like how many of us ended up where we are today? Janet is no exception. By accidentally stumbling across a Salvation Army find, she discovered the next great passion of her life. This book was Jon Kabat Zinn's product Full life in the disaster,

"I bought it and put it on my little shelf," she says. "I think I decided to read it a few years later. From the introduction, I knew intuitively that I would teach it. I thought, "It will bring me to an empire where I can teach something to a wider audience."

Her new life's work was to teach the mainstream audience meditation and mindfulness. She completed Zinn's program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and soon became a fully certified MBSR instructor. By connecting meditation with medicine, Zinn brings "traditional meditation practices and yoga practices into a medical environment focused on stress reduction."

Far from chakras and peace signs, this form of mindfulness focuses on looking at us and our actions from a different perspective – an essential component to growing as a leader. This method, often referred to as secular or mainstream meditation, removes much of the spirituality inherent in traditional meditation and makes it accessible to a wider audience.

People use techniques learned from mindfulness and apply them to physical and mental illnesses that are often triggered by stress. The belief is that all humans naturally have the tools to handle many of these problems. The key is to learn how to use it properly.

It's also a reminder to take a real break. If you only need five minutes to disconnect alone, this is a good first step. However, getting permission to switch off for a few days – or even weeks – can make everyone a better leader.

A few glimpses of Janet's basic mindfulness meditation techniques and how you can stay with your breath to make up for distractions can be found in this short video from our interview:

Find your better self in silence

Janet currently sees a growing gap between the general public and the concept of mindfulness – especially in the business world. "We are a society in which a lot is going on. If we do not do something that seems to bring us forward, it does not make sense. "She believes that the perfect recipe for overstrained people is the MBSR practice, which she passionately preaches.

By the Center for courageous lifeJanet currently offers everything from free half-hour courses for meditating enthusiasts to extended silent retreats for business leaders– the same ones I do with my team. She also notes a trend in business that emphasizes meditation and mindfulness in the workplace and beyond. When pulled from her cell phones and from her 9 to 5 business-oriented routines, she realizes that "humor comes out. Vulnerability arises. These are the human things that come out. "

How Does Janet Everyday Advocate Better Mindfulness Practices? First, stop connecting your value to what is achieved every day. "Whether it's email or to-do lists … this fear is related to one's own value and identity." In our networked world, living an unplugged lifestyle is often not realistic, but we need to create a "counterweight" to it.

And one of my favorite lessons she pulled out of her meditation classes? When it comes to most things in life – personally or professionally – avoid beating stressful decisions or actions. There is nothing positive in creating your own mental battle. Instead, relax and focus on gently centering your mind.

"Get your breath back," says Janet. "It's really easy. Bring it back to your breath. "

Would you like to know more about my chat with Janet Solyntjes? Curious about the benefits of integration Meditation with business management? Listen to the entire conversation this week do nothing Podcast. ~

Connect with me Twitter and LinkedIn and continue with imageOne Here, For more information on how mindfulness will change you and your business, see my book do nothing and visit The website for more informations.

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