Today I’m joined by holistic organizer Julie Gray. Julie runs an organizational coaching firm, helping clients gain the mindful awareness and system alignment they need to develop, organize and achieve a business they love and a lifestyle they enjoy. Today we’re talking about the impact that meditation and mindfulness have played in her personal life as well as her professional life.
Tracy: You’ve been meditating for a while now, how did you get started with meditation?
Julie: I started dabbling meditating in 2003 or 2004 and I would go thru stages of being consistent and then I would stop for many months or years. In 2011/2010 I really got more committed to the idea of it. Just started reading more about it and fitting it into my day, not in any formalized way. And then last year I took a mindfulness based stress reduction class that teaches you mindfulness meditations, and since then I have gotten committed to a daily meditation practice.
Tracy: Are you coaching clients on meditation and mindfulness, is that what that class was about?
Julie: Yes. I integrate the mindfulness and the meditation sometimes in a formalized way – we talk about utilizing it as a stress reducer, giving yourself that moment to pause. And sometimes in more of an informal way – having them stop and breathe deeply for a few moments at the beginning of a session, or in the middle of a session. And I’ll talk about some about the brain – the science behind meditation and the mindfulness actually really helps people cognize the information. So it’s kind of a blend of informal and formal integration based on the particular client.
Tracy: How has your own meditation practice impacted your work with clients or how you work with clients or how they react to you?
Julie: The biggest thing that has helped me is if I get triggered I know that I have a tool to get me get “untriggered”. If I get worked up either in a session (that doesn’t happen all that often, but if it does) there’ s a little bit of space between what they have said that may have triggered me (and I don’t mean necessarily anger when I say triggered it could be anything) I know I can take that back and process that in an effective way, I don’t have to immediately respond. The biggest thing is that it gives me space in between what might trigger me and my response to it, so I have a choice in how I want to respond. The other big thing is that it helps me protect my energy – in any session of coaching or organizing I will protect myself and my energy. I’ll set the intention, so I know that they won’t deplete me. I’m going to give them what they need but they’re not going to take more than they need.
Stay tuned next week for part two in this interview with Julie Gray!
Holistic Professional Organizer and Clutter Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC
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