enjoying the presents found in being present


What makes a leader effective? From my perspective, one’s education and experience isn’t enough these days. Interpersonal skills are essential. Having the tools to develop one’s compassion and empathy muscles will lift teams, encourage them to take ownership of who they are and the roles they play, ultimately driving forward the group mission.

Compassionate Leadership

More and more studies are highlighting the power of mindfulness as a practice that develops ones’ compassion. Mindfulness encourages growth in other areas as well:

  • Creativity is enhanced
  • Patience increases
  • Happiness/energy boost
  • Increased awareness of operational and relational issues
  • Improved focus and thinking
  • Executive functioning/strategic planning is better
  • Enhanced problem solving and decision-making ability

BE MNDFL: A Virtual, 8-Week Guided Mindfulness Experience

Over the course of 8-Weeks, participants in this virtual mindfulness experience will take time for self-care, compassion and being present. Together, we will simply practice giving our attention to one aspect of our lives, for 30 minutes. A new mindfulness theme – which I personally write using a blend of poetry and expressive writing – will be introduced each week and that will be the focus until our next digital mindfulness session. Together, we will relax, reflect, and record what unfolds for us during our weekly mindfulness experience. There are four (4) main components to this virtual experience.

To be clear, mindfulness is simply what it sounds like: it’s a mindset practice…it’s learning to be aware of your mind, what your mind regularly observes and how your mind tends to interpret what it’s witnessing. To build your mindfulness muscle, like any other skill, you’ve got to repeat the process regularly. Practice is also how you truly experience the array of benefits, including becoming a better leader.

Mindfulness is less about your location or your surroundings, being alone or in a crowd. But it can be helpful to prepare your environment and monitor your connections, if this is something that will be new to you. For our 8-Weeks together, you can either:

  • Choose a place where you won’t be disturbed. If you can, dedicate a place in your home or work environment to be used for our BE MNDFL experience. Make this place your safe haven. If you like, add aroma therapy oils or candles to the air to increase the calm in this space. Use a blanket, chair or pillow so that you’ll be able to sit comfortably with a nice, tall spine.
  • Make friends with your surroundings regardless of who or what’s around. There won’t always be peace and quiet everywhere you go, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to cultivate inner peace. Feel free to challenge yourself to practice mindfulness using my 8-Weeks guided experiences, even if you’re out and about. There is no right or wrong way to practice getting still from within.

NOTE: if you are a beginner, or re-establishing your mindfulness routine, it is encouraged to use these 8-Weeks, to get still in a place that you won’t be disrupted for 30min.

Each week, as we begin a new mindfulness experience, we are deliberately taking a moment to elevate our vibration – our inner being – so that we become open. Our hearts and minds will be alert to what is meant for us to receive and share.

We will each find a relaxing posture, gently, close our eyes should we chose to, and release the tension from our bodies or any upcoming obligations by focusing on our breath. We will breathe normally. I will lead a short mindfulness session with a personally crafted poetic expression that will reflect our theme of focus for that week.

After each guided mindfulness session, I will provide you with prompts to reflect on and record your thoughts about your experience. Mindfulness is about monitoring your mind and it’s important to make note – without judgement – of what comes up for you so that you can begin to assess what thoughts and emotions arise, and eventually learn to celebrate those thoughts and emotions that uplift you, while learning to discard those that don’t.

For joining me in one of my favorite experiences – mindfulness – I will be gifting you with one of my notebooks (which haven’t even been released yet)!! I encourage you to dedicate your new notebook specifically to this experience and any future mindfulness/meditation practices you carry on beyond our time together.

While you may be in another part of the world while participating in this 8-Weeks journey, this is a virtual group experience, and it is my hope that you feel encouraged to connect with those who have decided to join in.

I will share additional discussions in our private BE MNDFL community on my website as well as additional resources and inspirations. This is to ensure we remain connected to one another and the area of focus for each week. Ask questions, share your thoughts, be transparent with your challenges, intentions, areas of growth, what you wrote during your ‘Reflect & Record’ time, or whatever comes up for you.

We are in this together!


Leaders with varied mindfulness experience and professional roles have shared their praises about my BE MNDFL Guided Mindfulness Experience. Here’s the word on the street from a few participants:

This experience was awesome. I particularly enjoyed focusing on a specific topic and being mindful to focus on it throughout the day.

Marion, Michigan

I love that I was able to take time out of each day for myself. This experience made me relax and truly see what God is bringing to me each day

Ahren, California

’Chemistry’ was one of my favorite themes during this experience because Marisha’s perspective on ‘chemistry’ and ‘soul mating’ is different and I appreciate this outlook.

Linda, New Jersey

Enrollment for BE MNDFL begins February 2019.

Want to be the first to know when this experience goes digital? Sign yourself up now or be sure to get your team on the waiting list now!