What Mindfulness Can and Cannot do at Work

While there is much excitement about the qualitative benefits of mindfulness programs in professional spaces, there isn’t as much quantitative data surrounding the benefits of collective mindfulness practices… yet.  Many researchers around the globe are working to...

Short Breathing Meditation

Join Jae with this lightly guided 13-minute breathing meditation to bring calm to the mind and body. Suitable anytime you need a short break to realign.

What is a Mindfulness Teacher and How to Find One?

With the popularity of mindfulness and meditation, there are still many questions people have about what mindfulness is, what a mindfulness teacher does and how to find a qualified teacher. What is mindfulness? Let’s start with what mindfulness is. There are many...

Workplace Presence for Consultants

To be great at anything, one needs to be fully present. For most people, a present mind state doesn’t come easy—not because it is difficult to do, but because most people are not taught how to do it; it’s not a skill we learn growing up.

Are You Done Yet?

We’ve all been there. The moment you realize that you’re doing something that is not in your best interest — and then continue to do it, over and over again, sometimes for weeks, other times for years.

Breath Awareness Meditation

Learn the process of observing your breath in this guided meditation designed to help improve attention and support an overall sense of well-being.

Sound Awareness Meditation

Learn the process of observing and working with the sounds around you in this guided meditation designed to help improve attention and support an overall sense of well-being.

Body Awareness Meditation

Learn the process of observing and working with the sensations of the body in this guided meditation designed to help improve attention and support an overall sense of well-being.

Four Types of Complaining

Humans love to complain. We keep ourselves off balance through the way we complain, or in some cases the way we withhold our complaints. The funny thing about complaining is, many people are not clear on what it is they are complaining about, and many people confuse complaining with criticizing.

Quiz: Do You Feel Empowerment at Work?

Do you operate from a mindset of empowerment or disempowerment? Take your work pulse with these seven true or false questions to determine whether you feel empowerment at work. 1) True or False: “I have a feeling of clear direction and connectedness to the goings-on...

Doing Skills + Being Skills = Career Success

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO Where did you learn how to adapt or how to be present? If you are like most people, you probably didn’t answer “at work”. The elements of creating a successful career are just as much about knowing how to DO the job as...

It’s Time to Ghost ‘Ghosting’

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO If you have recently been in communication with someone and they ceased contact with you without any warning or justification, and ignored your attempts to reconnect — you’ve been ghosted. It’s a phenomenon that started...

The Real Problem With E-mail

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO Despite what you may think, the real problem with e-mail has nothing to do with e-mail. The problem is not the volume of e-mail you receive. Nor is it that messages are poorly crafted, often lacking details and specific...

Three Steps To Internal Activism

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO Internal Activism essentially means being the change you wish to see in the world. It is a concept that Mahatma Gandhi became known for and a teaching that Martin Luther King Jr. carried forward.   Before one can be the...

Straight Talk

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [NOTE: This post originally appeared in the April 2017 print issue of Mindful Magazine] I’ve developed a theory that the biggest driver of mindlessness at work comes from lack of communication. Most times, this is...

States of Being

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared on Thrive Global] Never underestimate the impact you have on other people. It is almost impossible to fully understand how your behavior (actions and words) has impacted others in...

4 Ways to Mindfully Prevent Office Burnout

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO In 2007 I collapsed from exhaustion at an event that I was producing. It was the culmination of far too many hours working, the lifestyle choices I was making (and not making), and the always-present stress of trying to...

An Uncomfortable Conversation About Stress

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO WARNING: This content may be uncomfortable. Just like balance, stress means different things to different people and stress impacts each person differently. What is stressful to you might not be stressful to your...

The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO This is about the myths and misconceptions surrounding the many interconnected roles, relationships, and responsibilities we face each day, often referred to as this thing called “work-life balance.” When it comes to...

Assume Positive Intent

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared on Huffington Post] It’s easy to get hooked in our modern world. Meaning many times each day we feel resistance when conversations, outcomes, projects and meetings don’t go the way...

Stayin’ Alive

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared in the Oct. 2016 issue of Mindful Magazine] In 2007 I collapsed from exhaustion at an event that I was producing. It was the culmination of far too many hours working, the lifestyle...

Conscious Ingestion

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared in Huffington Post] What do you consciously ingest each day? If you are like most people, food is the first thing that comes to mind - as humans we intentionally consume food daily....

The Energy Spectrum Of Work-Life Balance

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared in Huffington Post] Energy can be described as a feeling you have, a charged or emotional thought you have, the way your body feels, or even the way the room feels in a meeting. You...

Talk to the Whole Person

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared in Mindful Mag] There’s a lot of talk about making workplaces more mindful, but what does that really mean? Mindfulness is more than meditation. It’s just as much about how we...

The Power of “No”

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared in Mindful Magazine] Have you ever said yes to a request at work when you knew deep down you had no intention of doing it? Maybe you said you’d meet a colleague for coffee, take...

The Linchpin To Balance: Boundaries

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder and CEO [Note: This post originally appeared on Huffington Post] Setting and communicating clear boundaries is the fulcrum to creating sustainable balance in whatever way you define balance for yourself (and for your team if...

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