June 2017 - In This Issue:

I sat on my pile of cushions in our front bedroom to meditate. I have done this many times before, at home and in Zen centers and at meditation retreats around the country. And yet this week, I rediscovered why I do this.

Meditation is called a practice. Like mastering an instrument or a sport, one practices on a regular basis in order to play more efficiently, beautifully, and in tune.

My Aha moment was that I realized in meditation, when I pay attention to thoughts that arise and I decide to bring myself back to my breath and let go of the thought, I too am practicing. I am practicing so that when during my normal day something happens that irritates me or a thought arises and stays in my mind, I have the ability to choose what to do. I have practiced enough in meditation that now I am able (usually) to let go of the irritation. I have the option to move on or through the thought. I am building mental muscle as I meditate.

If you practice meditation, you may be thinking, "well, duh." And that is what I thought too when I told my husband about my Aha moment after the bell chimed. Sometimes we must learn the same lessons over and over.

Have you experienced an Aha moment, repeatedly?


How to Meditate by David Gelles - A comprehensive article with lots of resources from The New York Times/Well.
Inspired thinking

A workshop for adults who are ready to design the next life chapter. Would you like to rethink your work life? You might want to add some spice to your life or consider new skills or activities to bring into your life. This workshop will help you envision your next steps.

We will dive into fun and engaging thought exercises, discussion, and discovery to help you design and build your life.

Six-week workshop series, 2 hours per session, $150 for series

The workshop uses as its framework the book, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans.

Some of the questions we will answer in the workshop include:
  • What's next for me in my work/life?
  • What action might I take to kick my life up a notch?
  • How might I make a larger contribution in my community?
  • How do I meet people who might be interested in my ideas or from whom I may learn?
In a small group, we'll explore these questions and more. We will have fun. We will be inspired and challenged. We will be curious together. The experience just might change your life.
Please contact Sue with questions and to register. We will decide on the workshop dates/times once we have formed a group. sue at oak-communications dot com or 337.534.0954

Designing Your Encore

This workshop is similar to the one described above except it is for those people who are 50 years old and above. You may be thinking about making a job change or considering adding something new to your life. Perhaps you are planning for retirement or already retired and wonder how you will make this time of your life meaningful. How would you like to live your encore?

Designing Your Next Chapter Webinar

And, if you do not live in Acadiana, this version of the workshop is for you.
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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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