January 2017 - In This Issue:
"Each one of us is a visitor to this planet, a guest who has only a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time lonely, unhappy, and in conflict with our fellow visitors? Far better, surely, to use our short time in pursuing a meaningful life, enriched by a sense of connections with and service toward others." - Dalai Lama

That is how the book by Holly B. Rogers, MD, The Mindful Twenty-Something, opens.
I imagine the authors begin their book with this quote because practicing mindfulness is a way to quiet oneself. When we take the time to be in silence, we open ourselves to discovery.

When I was a 20-something, I was often lonely and not sure of how or where I wanted to live my life. I am much more settled now, but not settled in a stagnant way, as I am probably more curious than I have ever been. I feel settled in the sense that I am living a meaningful life while still investigating ways to make more of a contribution. I too have learned that through practicing mindfulness, I am open to learn what a meaningful life, in connection with and in service to others, looks like for me.

During this holiday season, my husband and I got out in nature to two new areas we had not yet visited in Louisiana. We drove southeast to Grand Isle, a narrow jut of land in the Gulf of Mexico, where I was struck by all the fishing boats and the homes standing on stilts, with the mosquitoes buzzing my ears and sucking blood from my ankles in December. On a day trip south and west from our home, we explored the Creole Nature Trail, where we were treated to birds - migrating ducks and geese, shorebirds, and my favorite, the roseate spoonbill. We walked trails in the crisp air and marveled at how we had never visited this magical spot before.

Birds at Grand Isle State Park
Grand Isle State Park

For me, being in nature and exploring new sights, and sitting on the meditation cushion bring me a sense of well-being and discovery of myself and how I want to be in the world.

What strategies do you use to quiet your mind? To allow yourself moments to pause and reflect on your life? The new year is a wonderful time to do that. To ask the question, how do I want to be on this planet? What kind of visitor do I want to be?


In the newspaper this week I read that President Obama told David Axelrod: "Look I have to be quiet for a while. I don't mean politically, I mean internally. I have to still myself. You have to get back in tune with your center and process what's happened before you make a bunch of good decisions." May all leaders do this in the coming year.

A workshop for adults 50+ who are ready to think about and design the next life chapter. Would you like to rethink your work? Perhaps you are retired or planning for retirement and wonder how you will make this time of your life meaningful. Have you considered volunteering or adding a new activity to your life but are not sure what or how? How would you like to live your encore?
We will dive into fun and engaging thought exercises, discussion, and discovery to help you design and build your life.   

Six-week workshop series, 1.5 hours per session, $120 for series. Lafayette, LA

Thursdays, 10:30am - noon
January 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23

Please contact Sue with questions and to express interest. Only one spot left!

A webinar-based workshop is also available. Let Sue know if a webinar works best for you. And, soon I will offer an evening workshop in Lafayette. Let me know if that interests you.

Writing and Mindfulness Workshop

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2 - 4pm, Lafayette, $20. Contact Sue to register. No writing experience is necessary. Sue will lead the small group in alternating mindfulness exercises and writing prompts.

If you can't make the January workshop, let Sue know of your interest as she schedules this workshop regularly.

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Would you like someone to listen to you deeply, with compassion, and with questions that will break open understanding and new perspectives?

Would you like a partner to help you develop practices to live a healthy, creative, and vibrant life?

Would you like to feel greater satisfaction in your work life but are not sure how to make that happen?

Perhaps you want to develop better communication strategies with your team or learn how to apply the ideas of  Conversational Intelligence in your work or organization?

Contact me for a complimentary consultation to learn how we might work together for your success and happiness.
Cultivating a Mindful Life book cover
The Key to the Castle

Both books are available for purchase from Amazon and Smashwords and other digital download sites.






Sue Schleifer 
Oak Communications Coaching and Consulting
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