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Disciplines: Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Systems Thinking

"I have so much to do today, I need to meditate more than usual."
The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama's words don't make sense! If we have so much to do, most of us SKIP meditation, move faster, do several things at once. Often we only come back to ourselves when something forces us to: a tragedy, loss of a job or relationship, illness, death of a loved one.

I'm using "coming back to ourselves" to mean stopping, reflecting on who we are and where we're going, noting whether we're on the road we want to be on, noticing the flowers on that road.


Try these ways of coming back to yourself for a month. If you like the results, commit to the practice.
* Meditate, or just sit being still, for at least 15 minutes/day.
* When transitioning between tasks, stop, breathe deeply, and do nothing for at least one full minute
* Go to a yoga class regularly
* Keep a journal
* Make one day a week a Spirit Day: no work, even if you love your work....only playful, relaxing, shared or inspiring activities
* Take naps (if you need an article on power naps to justify naps to your boss - e-mail me)
* Get 8 hours of sleep a night, even if you don't think you need it.
* Get a coach - a coach helps you come home to your fullest self.

"Coming home to ourselves" is like being on a long road trip and remembering to stop periodically to fuel the car, check the map, get a bite to eat in a lovely little town. These practices enhance our chances both of getting where we want to go and enjoying the ride.


This month, instead of a telegathering, I invite you to e-mail me your stories of "coming back to" yourself. Tell me about dramatic times and ordinary times. Describe any practices you've developed or tips you have that might help others. I'll share them. Reach me: 1-888-769-3494 or e-mail

Each month FRESH VIEWS focuses on a single topic, relates it to one of the five disciplines of a learning community, and offers a coaching tip and a follow-up opportunity. Please forward it to friends and colleagues. My purpose in writing FRESH VIEWS is to nurture, prod and encourage readers to think and talk about these topics with their families, friends and colleagues. Mine is only one view. Multiple conversations may deliver us to insights only hinted at here. Such a process sustains the vitality of learning relationships, learning families, learning organizations and learning communities.

Sharon Eakes is a personal and executive coach. As a coach she helps people become clear and courageous, tap their own and other people's wisdom, and integrate work into a rich and meaningful life. She enjoys coaching teams about what they want and how to get it.

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