UMBC Wellness in the Workplace

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Jill Weinknecht Wardell

During a stressful period in my life, I decided to begin a regular meditation practice. Before I began practicing, I noticed how tense my body would become under stress and how reactive and unaware I was in certain situations. When I became aware of this, I knew I needed a change in order to better serve my professional and personal relationships.

After a few weeks of meditating, I began to notice my breath flowing smoothly and a sense of ease return in my body. But most importantly, I began to cultivate a sense of being an observer and getting to choose my response instead of my response choosing me. With this ongoing practice, my mood improves and others think I’m so calm. I remind them it’s a practice!

Jill Weinknecht Wardell
Training and Development Specialist
Training and Organization Development