Mindfulness: Slowing Down To Speed Up. Inspiration Sauce With Paige Burkes

Stack of Rocks, Cattle Point, San Juan IslandHere’s the next installment of Inspiration Sauce – my new interview series where I delve into fun conversation with some of the most interesting and inspirational midlife women I know.
Women who have touched my life and healed my spirit in some way, women that might do the same for you.
I originally envisioned interviewing herbalists and health coaches for this series.
But then I thought, why stop there?
After all Holistic Hot Sauce is about much more than wellness for our external bodies. Here, I explore my own journey (and YOURS) to healing and wellness from the inside out, and how to turn up our inner pilot lights so we can shine that beacon out to the world.
Inspiration Sauce will highlight women that are blasting their own light out into our (sometimes) bleak world. They are making a real difference – not just in the lives of countless women but to our planet as a whole.
as I mentioned in my first Inspiration Sauce session with Amy Grams, I’ll be varying the format of these interviews. Sometimes they’ll be in text form, others I’ll offer you an audio or video experience.

Thoughts from Mindfulness Mentor Paige Burkes

Have you ever felt like life is speeding by way too fast – there’s not even enough time to take a deep breath, much less make steps toward your goals?

Paige Burkes, of Simple Mindfulness has some real experience and practical tips for slowing down that speeding train we call life.

After reinventing her own life and finding inner resources and strengths she never thought she had, Paige now lives amongst the natural glory of the Colorado mountains where she raises her family on her own terms.

And by the way, this is while working full time! And here I thought that juggling multiple responsibilities and remaining mindful were somehow impossible to do together! This is just one of the reasons why Paige inspires me so much.

I feel like we need a drum roll here:  today I present to you the first video blog ever on this site!

Wait, don’t get out the popcorn just yet.

It’s not Hollywood, and you don’t have to actually ‘watch’ this video to get the benefit. You can also download it to your phone or mp3 player and listen to the interview while walking, driving to work, or doing whatever. No need to stay glued to your computer unless you love watching our beautiful faces, LOL.

I’ll confess:  getting this video up is a pretty big deal for me. I’ve wanted to experiment with video on the blog, like, forever – but somehow it never happens. In addition to resistance and technophobia, this is related to my huge (HUGE!) aversion to seeing myself on video.

But I’m slowly busting through those mental obstacles.

I tend to be a perfectionist, and to say that it is ‘difficult’ or ‘challenging’ to just post this video today would be an understatement. It is far from perfect, and I finally just accepted that right now I am not going to create the “perfect” video.

It’s dawned on me that what’s more important than perfect is sharing this information – my hope is that you glean some inspiration to bust through some of your own internal obstacles.

Or, right-click here to download this interview to your phone or mp3 player. (Control-click on the mac.)

Listen to our conversation and learn:

  • How Paige found the courage to quit her corporate cubicle job to jump into the unknown and ultimately find her life purpose.
  • What is mindfulness really? How this ‘buzzword’ can make a huge difference in YOUR life.
  • What are some steps to moving to a more mindful lifestyle.
  • What is is mindful eating, and why is it important?
  • The paradox of slowing down to speed up. The counter-intuitive pathway to creative inspiration (and getting more done!)
  •  Why the practice of mindfulness can hold a special resonance for midlife women.
  • How to take the angst out of making choices and decisions.
  • How we can use mindfulness to cultivate the body we want to live in. (Hint – it’s not about just the diet and exercise)

If that last is of particular interest to you, be sure to check out Paige’s amazing Mindful Body Program. Paige takes you on a journey to loving your own body – while achieving the weight loss results that have eluded you thus far. You can also download her free MIndful LIving Guides.

And now it’s your turn! How does mindfulness fit into YOUR life? (Or does it?)
I’m so curious to hear your thoughts on this video format, and this interview in particular. Drop me a comment below (note you don’t have to sign in anymore!), or hit me up on Facebook!

14 Responses to Mindfulness: Slowing Down To Speed Up. Inspiration Sauce With Paige Burkes

  1. Sarah,

    Thank you so much for this interview! It was a ton of fun recording it (and Sophie liked it too)!

    The beauty of the internet is that we can share awesome conversations like this with so many people and it’s perfect the way it is.

    Think about Gary Vaynerchuck’s hundreds of videos. Even when he has the money and a team, he knows that making them looked all polished doesn’t matter. Real is much better.

    I love that you had the courage to post this! It’s a perfect example of one of the cores of mindfulness: accepting what is without judgment. How/if you judge people and things is simply a set of stories you’re making up for yourself. Stories are easy to change.

    Keep telling yourself encouraging and empowering stories to create your own amazing life!

    Big Hugs!!

    • I had such insights while interviewing you Paige – and thank you so much for that! I also enjoyed meeting Sophie…:-)

      Changing those stories is exactly my work right now. It’s even been scientifically proven that those deep grooves and pathways in our brains can be reworked and redirected with conscious practice. No reason to get stuck in old stories just because ‘that’s how I’ve always been.’

      How freeing is that? So… even if I’ve seen myself as a bit frazzled and juggling 47,000 things at once in the past – a mindful attitude and lifestyle is still possible. The point of power is right now!

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Love this new format. I can now take you along on my afternoon walk. Though I’ll be doing all of the listening and you and Paige will being all of the talking, lol.
    I enjoy using other media such as video and audio. These days I have stopped watching TV and listening to the radio preferring to choose what I want to watch and hear.
    I have adapted mindfulness into my own daily life with my own twists.
    Though I am supposed to do one thing at a time with mindfulness I find that when I take a podcast or audiobook on my afternoon walk it really helps me to listen. In the beginning my mind used to wonder off from the audio and I would bring it back to listening, these days it doesn’t wonder as much.
    On my walk I make a point of using each of my senses which makes the walk a really pleasant me time. I take my shoes off to feel the lush grass under my feet, observe the scenery, sometimes stopping to take a photo of an interesting rock, leaf or flower, I sit down to catch my breath and feel the breeze or sun on my face or shoulders. When I return home I feel re energized because I have had valuable me time living in the moment.
    I used to be too busy to eat and grazed all day on nuts, fruit and stuff.
    For the past year I have stopped doing this and have taken the time to stop and prepare something healthy like a bowl of porridge with nuts, berries and yoghurt. I then sit on the balcony (I live in a tropical climate) and enjoy the taste and texture of all of the ingredients. The surprising side affect of doing this is that I enjoy shopping and preparing food much more. Shopping and cooking used to be a chore.
    My weekly attendance at a Zen meditation group has helped me retain mindful habits even though I’ve made my own adaptations.

    • Ah Priska – I absolutely love your description of your walks! I enjoy the same sorts of walks (although not the lushness and warm air of the tropics currently). I also like to listen to audios sometimes on a long walk. Something about moving helps to integrate the information I think. This is not multitasking I believe, but a form of mindfulness too.

      I’m happy to report that I figured out how to correctly get the mp3 download link on here – so the link is now working and you can take Paige and I on your next walk! Enjoy!

    • Priska – It sounds like you’ve perfectly captured the essence of mindfulness in your walks and your relationship with food – noticing all the beautifully luscious details of the little things in life. It’s amazing how the little things in life can magically transform when we slow down enough to notice them.

  3. So nice to hear this conversation between two very wise women! Thanks for the lessons from both of you!

  4. When you slow down you can speed up is so utterly true. I had a job as Company Manager, which had five whole jobs in one. I was proud of the multi-tasking I was able to do. Talking on the phone about in depth items and writing at the same time about something equally in depth on something else. I was on call 24/7 364 w/people calling me on many time zones. I hit with a bang before the sun and stopped when I got in my car at 1am after an opening night or board meeting, antiques show, you name it. I started to get sick. I am dealing with that now though mindfulness is always hard for me as I took care of other people and I was a second thought. I learned this through Priska’s site, through my own ‘stop and breath’ techniques. And it all really is a gut-check quite literally. Thank you for taking the time both you, Sarah and Paige to help us remember all of this. So important!!

    • Our bodies always have ways of telling us what’s best for us, as you’ve found, Lee. I’ve been in very similar situations where I’ve pushed hard and put myself last – and got sick. I tried to push through the sickness only to get more sick and for longer periods of time.

      When I was home and too sick to do anything, I realized how good it felt to sit and do nothing. I noticed how much better it felt to read a book instead of looking at my computer. That’s when I started to tune into the messages my body was always sending me.

      Checking in with myself throughout the day and asking myself if what I’m doing or about to do will help me or keep me from what’s important keeps me from getting back into those unhealthy situations.

      Our bodies always know what’s best. We just have to slow down and get quiet enough to listen.

  5. I love mindfulness. I’ve found my life transformed for the better by it, in two ways – 1) I’ve found myself enjoying my life more, spending more time being mindful of the countless opportunities for joy each day presents (like mindful eating), and 2) I’ve learnt a tremendous amount about myself (like being annoyed triggers headaches).

    As for the video… the first few minutes were good 🙂 It was nice seeing you live, so to speak. I won’t lie and say I watched the whole thing though. I’m a huge anti-fan of audio/video information transfer.

    • LOL, thanks for the honesty Amit! Truthfully I’m not the hugest fan of video learning myself – I’m a reader through and through. But I know we’re all different and that some people love to learn with video or audio. And also some of us like to take this stuff on the go – that’s why I made the downloadable Mp3.

      That’s wonderful to know how you’ve transformed your own life by attention and mindfulness. I agree that it can allow you to experience a deeper enjoyment of life. Plus – how awesome is that to recognize your triggers? The first step to changing a pattern.

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