Mindful Spotlight

January - Creating and Setting Intention
Gaining Focus

Creating and maintaining focus has been shown to be a leading indicator in highly successful people. Focus is important. It is how we get things done - it is how we make changes. In today's busy world with access to all the incredible technology, we are increasingly connected and yet easily distrcted. It is getting more and more difficult to remain focused and yet studies show it is a skill that is incredibly important.

  • "To lose yourself in the righteous service of others can lift your sights and get your mind off your own problems if not put them into perspective."

    ~ Ezra Taft Benson

  • "It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. "

    ~ Ralph Ellison

  • “You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus”

    ~ Mark Twain

  • "Focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But its worth it in the end because once your there, you can move mountains.”

    ~ Steve Jobs

  • "Instead of focusing on circumstances you cannot change, focus strongly and powerfully on circumstances you can."

    ~ Joy Page

  • "Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We’re proud of you for having them. But it’s possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that’s really frightening you—the shift in daily habits that would mean a re–invention of how you see yourself."

    ~ Seth Godin


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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.

Review: by Jon Kabat-Zinn - Coming to Seattle - See our Events page

“Daniel Goldman has surpassed himself in the breadth, depth and readability of this fascinating mediation on what is most important for human, organizational and planetary flourishing. Focus shows us how to go about paying attention in all the ways that really matter”. Jon-Kabat Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and author of Mindfulness for Beginners

The Smart Spot: 4 Steps to Setting Intentions and Using Intuition to Achieve Success by Dia North

This work unveils a well-tested new synthesis of concepts and lays out breakthrough methodology for managing personal power which literally brings deep spiritual wisdom "down to earth." Dia North's work is cutting edge with its sharp emphasis on an expanded redefinition of intuition as the intentional direction of the interactive functions of intellect, spirit, emotion, physical awareness, and more.

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte

Goal-setting just got a makeover.With The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte brings you a holistic life-planning tool that will revolutionize the way you go after what you want in life. Unapologetically passionate and with plenty of warm wit, LaPorte turns the concept of ambition inside out and offers an inspired, refreshingly practical workbook for using the Desire Map process.

Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today's Hectic World by Dr. Kristin Race

Rooted in the science of the brain, and integrating cognitive neuroscience and child development, Mindful Parenting is a unique program that speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what Dr. Race calls "Generation Stress." Research has shown that mindfulness practices stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Regular stimulation of this part of the brain helps us feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and makes it easier for us to concentrate and think clearly—the very behavior we are hoping our children will display.


Dr. Kristen Race - a mindful approach to parenting that helps children (and their parents) feel happier, healthier, calmer and less stressed in our frenetic era.