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Mindful Work by David Galles Helps Many Realize Happier Lifestyles

Dear Wellness Seekers,

Mindful Work by David Galles Helps Many Realize Happier Lifestyles is worthy of sharing. Spanista discovered this book in the article I posted about yesterday titled ‘Good News Monday: NYTimes Article Aetna’s CEO’s Management by Mantra’. Just scroll down to read it. The reporter is also the author of this book. After I wrote my post to share with you, I jumped on Amazon to order Mindful Work straight away.  I look forward to diving into the contents.

But setting that aside, honestly, reading this did get me thinking about benchmarking where we are in our Self Awareness Journey right now. Why? Well, we are 60 days into the new year and this feels like a good time to check on how the Self Care Agenda we set in January 2015 is informing our lifestyle. Have we made progress with putting our Self Care needs first? Are we on track with adopting new practices outlined in the Spanista Self Care Philosophy? Are we learning some new things about our inner wellbeing? Have we found a new groove? Or, are we veering off track to return to our old habits? Depending on the answers, perhaps this could help, especially if your dedication to work is pulling you off track.

As you may know by now, Spanista advocates a form of mindfulness called Self Care Reflection Rituals. While I explored meditation it did not suit my life, but Reflection does – especially Reflection Walks. That is why I was attracted to both the article and the book which focuses on the role of the work environment in helping us.

I have experienced the benefits first hand and am very supportive of companies offering this type of modified mindful exercises in the workplace. The positive effects go with you when you leave the office and bleed into your lives, bringing emotional wellbeing over time. You must trust me with this – it really works.

Now back to the book – here is the overview of Mindful Work on

“A New York Times reporter reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: Meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace. For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Mindful Work is the first book to explain how all sorts of businesses and any kind of worker can benefit from meditation, yoga, and other mindful techniques. As a business reporter for the New York Times who has also practiced meditation for two decades, David Gelles is uniquely qualified to chart the growing nexus between these two realms. As he proves, mindfulness lowers stress, increases mental focus, and alleviates depression among workers.”
Here is a review from a CEO who gets it, “Gelles deftly shows the power of mindfulness to change individuals, businesses and our world for the better. Mindfulness is a practice we need to embrace, and we cannot be afraid to follow this path.”
Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce
Spanista Takeaway: Mindful Work by David Galles Helps Many Realize Happier Lifestyles can be a catalyst for both personal and professional changes in the workplace. He also has a website – Spanista encourages you to explore the topic more. It is time well spent if you want to create a more joyful life. If you are already a believer it will reinforce your beliefs. If not, you may be encouraged to explore it. Great.
May I ask, are you apt to share this with your Human Capital leader in your organization?  Do share your thoughts on this.

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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