Mindfulness: A Path To Peace
January 19 at Swerve
Presentation by Cheryl
I am looking forward to being the featured speaker at Swerve’s monthly lunch for creative professionals and innovative thinkers on January 19 at 11:30 am at Flywheel in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. You can RSVP here.
“Believe it or not, the brain can be hacked, in a good way. Companies across the globe including Google, Apple, Yahoo, among others are providing mindfulness sessions for their employees. Why? The workplace can be a stressful environment and anything that eliminates stress and increases productivity is a benefit for employees and companies. Research on the subject matter proves mindfulness can improve attention span, develop self-knowledge and self-mastery, unlock creativity, zap stress, lower anxiety and depression while also increasing memory. With so many benefits to practicing mindfulness, who wouldn’t want to give it a try? Would you like to tap into your emotional intelligence? Join Mindfulness expert Cheryl Schirillo at the Center for Creative Economy’s Swerve meetup on Thursday, January 19 , from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Flywheel, located at 525 Vine Street, Winston-Salem. Lunch is included – registration is required. Potential new members can try the January meeting Free…” read the rest of this blog post by Taneka Bennet on Center for Creative Economies’ web site here.
1st Mondays at CDI
Mindfulness Lunch Downtown
This event takes place the first Monday of every month* from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, at Center for Design Innovation in downtown Winston Salem, NC. RSVP and get driving directions here. *Due to summer schedules in August we meet on the 21st. In September we meet on the 11th. At this monthly gathering you’ll be served a locally-sourced, homemade lunch while you learn a 3-minute mindfulness-technique to practice during your day. You will also have the opportunity to experience a short, guided-meditation. I ask people to arrive at 11:40 am for informal sharing. Our mindfulness practice will begin promptly at noon and end by 1:00 pm. The suggested donation of $15 – $20 helps cover the cost of food and the venue.
All Are Welcome
This monthly mindfulness lunch is open to everyone, lately it has been drawing a vibrant group of entrepreneurial and/or creative souls who are curious about how meditation can help you cultivate more business, peace, balance and radiant health in your life. Check out this blog post for some interesting research on the benefits of mindfulness.
Center for Design Innovation
CDI is a new, stunningly modern building with ample parking on site in downtown Winston. The new building is located at 450 Design Avenue, W-S, NC 27101, close to Salem College’s Fine Arts Center at the corner of Rams Drive and Salem Avenue, just south of Business 40, in the southern tip of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. For driving and parking directions go here.
1st Tuesdays at Unity
Mindfulness, Music and Movement
This donation-based event typically takes place on the first Tuesday of every month from 11:45 – 1:00 pm at Unity Church on Stratford Rd. Holidays, like Labor Day, push our meeting time back a week so in September we will gather on the 12th. RSVPs via Eventbrite are encouraged but not required. The address for GPS is 108 Hewes St, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Our lunch-time gathering is held in the church sanctuary, although it is not a religious event. We begin with music and gentle movement and then move into a guided-meditation journey. At 1:00 pm we adjourn to Unity’s kitchen table for informal sharing, laughter and lunch. Please bring your own bagged lunch if you’d like to join in for that part of the afternoon.
No Experience Necessary
All are welcome including those new to working with the present moment and experienced meditators. There is no fee for the program but heart-donations are appropriate and appreciated and will be shared with Unity. While this is not a religious gathering we deeply appreciate that Reverend Elizabeth Forrest hosts us each month in Unity’s beautiful, light-filled space.
Directions to Unity
Unity Church is located on Stratford Rd., 1.2 miles west from the intersection of Hanes Mall Blvd. From Stratford Rd., turn onto Hewes St. which runs between the church and a nursery/greenhouse.
Why I Practice Daily
I began my mostly-daily mediation practice 13 years ago when I launched my first start-up. My stress levels were off the chart and I was in critical need of a fix that would allow me to be at the top of my game when I was pitching investors and getting to the finals in business plan competitions throughout the southeast. By incorporating mindfulness into my day, I found I could more fully enjoy the wild ride I was on and be more present and peaceful when interacting with loved-ones and co-workers. Today, I meditate for 10 – 40 minutes in the morning — and create moments of mindfulness throughout each day. I make time for this in my busy schedule because I’ve found it is the best way for me to manage stress — and even more importantly — repeatedly connect with my desire to live an authentic, connected and joyfully-creative life.
Food, Nature and Mindfulness
Eating is one of the most sensual ways to practice mindfulness. When I lead my 1st Mondays Mindfulness Program (at Flywheel in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter) we begin by deeply tuning into what we’ll be enjoying for lunch that day. We notice the variety of colors and shapes laid out on the buffet table. The food artist who crafted our meal tells us about the local farmers who have sustainably-grown the ingredients with love and care. As we eat we pay attention to each bite with gratitude, appreciating the colors, textures and tastes that are providing nourishment for body and soul.
The practice of mindful eating is a sweet way of bringing our full attention into Flywheel’s beautiful light-filled meeting room as we get ready to learn a few easy and powerful mindfulness techniques to practice throughout the day. The one-hour program ends with a short, guided-meditation. By starting with appreciating our food all our senses have been awakened in a pleasurable way. As we finish our time together in meditation it is even easier to enter a state of gratitude and peace.
The best time to have begun your new mindfulness practice is ten years ago. The second best time is today. Join me.