JL: “You were the first person to tell us your newfound mindfulness resulted in some unexpected and welcome weight loss.”
RR: “It did! I took what you taught us and realized that to be in the moment while eating, that instead of just wolfing food down to get it out of the way, I now take time to taste and really appreciate what I’m eating. I didn’t slow down consciously, my new awareness just made it happen.
I was a mindless eater before, but now I sit at my desk and look at what I packed and go, “Ooh, look at what I have” and really enjoy and appreciate it. That’s how I realized I actually needed only about half of what I normally brought with me. And nine pounds just kind of melted off.”
JL: “You also say your meditation practice rescues you from negativity. How?”
RR: “There’s a lot of stress in my life, stress I can’t control. Meditating has made me stop and think before I react, instead of firing off an angry reaction. Now I take a few breaths, and am able to not respond at all or respond with something that’s not negative. I used to be an impatient driver, just wishing everyone would get out of my way so I could get to where I’m going. Now when I drive I’m just chilling, I don’t rush anymore and amazingly I still get there on time without all the stress.
It works at work too. I just say to myself “Stay on task”. “Just get these three things done and you’ll soon be out the door.” And it happens! Much sooner than my old way of being so scattered.”
JL: You are the face and voice of EDSI, the first human interaction most people get here. Has meditation changed that role in any way?
RR: “For starters, when it’s super busy and the phone is ringing off the hook, I automatically slow down and take my time answering. That way the callers don’t hear the stress anymore.”
JL: “So whatever they call about becomes a whole new experience for them.”
RR: “I really love my job. I’m always happy to be here at EDSI and I know if I give happiness that I’ll get happiness back. Our Fed Ex guy says I’m always smiling, and it makes me feel good. I even use gratitude at places like Meijer. I not only establish a little eye contact, but I smile at strangers there, and you can see their face light up with, “Oh, it’s a smile!”
JL: “Through your mindfulness, we can spread what you practice to the customers you talk to, the Fed Ex guy, the people at Meijer, and beyond!”
RR: “You never know what you’re going to get when you answer the phone here. Sometimes I hear complaints from people who feel they’ve not been heard, and I am now quiet and listen, and I just say, “oh I’m so sorry to hear that, I hear you, I understand.” You know, just sympathize. And they are so grateful for the chance to have another human being listen.”
JL: “This is exactly the experience we hope for when we pull up to a company and invite a group of employees in to begin their mindfulness journey. Thank you for sharing these mindful victories!”
Robin has the unique opportunity to share her mindfulness with almost everyone coming into and calling on her company. We are so grateful to have her as an ambassador of friendliness, calm energy, and that warm and welcoming smile!
Until We Meet Again…