In order to
become a coach, you are coached in the process.
Hence, my introduction to the practice of breathing. I never knew breathing practice was a “thing,“
but between my learning through coaching certification, my adoption of a
sitting practice and a recent read, Breath by James Nestor, I am a
when my coaching partner suggested I adopt a 5-minute daily sitting practice to
which I said in all seriousness, “I couldn’t possibly
commit to that. I simply don’t have the time.”
She then countered with the suggestion that I take 10 mindful
breaths per day, which of course in my then-reality, was simply not possible. We
landed with me agreeing to (and doing!) 3 mindful breaths per day because
that’s all I could ‘realistically’ fit-in.
I was busy, after all, crazy busy.
to the present…. I (nor anybody who knew me) would not have imagined 8 years
ago that I would be such a strong advocate of introducing mindful presence to
the workplace. And, that is in fact
where I find myself today, as I focus on People Matter – encouraging
every person to bring and be their best self at work.
Genentech/Roche, Moment To Arrive is being introduced to teams (I also
use during my 1:1s), to allow us, literally, a couple of minutes to center our
attention and become present through breath and stillness. SAP and Google have been implementing this exercise in many of their
meetings, with great success.
Often when we arrive to meetings or conversations, our
bodies are in one place, but our minds are somewhere else. We’re thinking about
what happened in the past, or worrying about what’s going to happen in the
future. I describe it as my “commute from one (Zoom) meeting to
another,” clearing headspace for the next topic for discussion.
View this script that you can use
as a model
for guiding this exercise. As is the case with me, I will often go off-script
based on the events of the day, audience, meeting timing and topic… While it may be easier if you have meditated
before, this is not a requirement for leading this exercise.
you arrived? If not, what is your ETA?
Why not give it a try this week?
Nancy is a
Senior Development Excellence Leader at Genentech, driving the implementation
of cross-functional, global initiatives with an emphasis on culture and people
practices. Currently, she is focused on People Matter, where every
person has the opportunity to bring and be their best self at work.