, The health, educational and business benefits of mindfulness and meditation are appearing with great frequency in the national press. Recently, the topic was featured locally as well. I was delighted to be interviewed, along with Karen Kreisberg and Betsy Krieger of The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund by Newt Fowler, a lawyer and writer for Baltimore Business Journal’s online citybizlist.
This article was one of a series, and is titled: Making Brain Science Shine: A Conversation with Karen Kreisberg, Betsy Krieger and Amy Bloom Connolly. The article explores the connections between toxic stress, trauma, neuroplasticity, empathy, and one’s capacity to learn. He points to the ways that the SHINE model supports children and families in developing the inner technology of mindfulness to handle the stress and challenges that are a part of daily life, particularly in urban settings. He also draws interesting parallels to the world of technology and business.
It is exciting that the business world is beginning to take note of the importance of mindfulness and the potential ways it can benefit the entire community. We are all touched by traumatic events and the stresses of life … and we each have the capacity to connect with inner resources and find more mindful and compassionate ways to relate to ourselves and others. In doing so, we are re-wiring our brains and co-creating transformation and resilience in our families, work environments and communities.
I want to express my deep gratitude to Karen Kreisberg and Betsy Krieger for inviting me to be a part of this conversation, and to Newt Fowler for his interest in bringing this transformational work to a new audience.
To what one breath can do,
Amy Bloom Connolly