The Mindfulness Recipe

Published: February 18, 2014

A meditative lifestyle practiced for centuries has suddenly become the hot mantra in workplace wellness. Mindfulness is the new remedy for chronic career stress. It's simple - when the pressure of your job grows too intense, invite a deep breath to be the pathway to awareness of the sights, sounds, and smells of your surroundings. All is now well, right?

It’s a question of prevention versus repair. Stress is far easier to manage before it spirals to fear. Perhaps a mindfulness recipe that cooks up a career path impervious to stress might prevent the need for repair. Consider the following ingredients:

  1. Only engage in professional activities aligned with your core interests, values, and purpose.
  2. Choose your teammates carefully and make sure to include a mentor.
  3. Embrace struggle as fuel for understanding. Don’t meditate it away until you know its role in your growth and development.
  4. Stretch your goals beyond easy victories. Settling for good enough doesn’t advance you or the world.
  5. Take joy in the art of resilience. Adapting is art to the science of change.

Ready? Inhale deeply into your diaphragm and imagine, as you exhale, the flow of your fit in the professional universe. You’ve become the ideal teammate.

Photo of Steve Ritter, the co-founder of The Center for Team Excellence

Steve Ritter

Steve Ritter is an internationally recognized expert on team dynamics whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, and many educational organizations. He is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst University where he earned the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Steve is the former Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Leaders Bank, named the #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois in 2006 and winner of the American Psychological Association's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2010. Steve provides ongoing workplace culture consultation to many thriving companies including Kraft Foods, Advocate Health Care, Kellogg's, the Chicago White Sox, AthletiCo, and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.