Many who work in the social sector are familiar with the phrase ‘overworked and underpaid’. Starfish Impact has even written about burnout in the nonprofit sector previously (here and here). Despite this sentiment, there are a number of incredibly meaningful experiences nonprofit employees enjoy on a daily basis. We are noticing that those that take part in active mindfulness have higher employee satisfaction, tend to be more productive with their time, and stay longer at their organization. The following are a few free mindfulness resources we suggest:
Breethe offers five-minute mindfulness coaching sessions that are designed to help you de-stress and sleep better. Users describe the app as useful in helping to quiet the mind and accept the learning process of meditation, which for some may feel strange or uncomfortable.
Questioning mindfulness? If it works? If it is worth the time? Take time to read this Harvard Business Review article that is grounded in scientific study about the value of mindfulness. They make the case for executives, and all individuals, that mindfulness is a critical part of a healthy brain.
Many refer to author, Thich Nhat Hanh as the Zen master, but this Vietnamese monk is a leading source and prolific writer in the mindfulness space. Read this book to better understand how each moment can be tied to increased peacefulness and a greater self-understanding.
Podcast: Tara Brach
Tara Brach is a widely known leader in mindfulness that combines Western psychological teaching and Eastern spirituality. Her podcast goes as far back as 2005 so if you’re in need, she has countless hours to lean back on to try to refocus yourself on the here and now.
Web Resource: Mindful.org
Mindful.org is a mission-driven nonprofit that is dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society. Their website has readings, stories, news you can use, and a variety of voices to deepen your understanding and enrich your mindfulness practice.
Place: The Underground Museum
If you live in Los Angeles, take some time to explore The Underground Museum for the free yoga class, guided meditation, and incredibly peaceful garden. All of their events are free and open to the public and their inclusivity, impressive exhibitions, and approach to what a museum ‘should’ be lends to a moving visit.
Looking for other resources? Try your university, company’s hiring manager, or any affiliation or membership associations you may belong to. More and more are including mindfulness resources as a part of their benefits.
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