Mindfulness & the Wheel of Life Retreat

Caitlin Magidson

Caitlin works with students and alumni in Washington DC as a transformational Career Coach. She provides guidance around self-exploration, job search strategy, and networking through individualized coaching and professional development courses.

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Mindfulness.

The word is all the buzz in today’s business world, but what does it really mean and why does it matter? “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them as good or bad; you live in the moment.”

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and stress. Studies show that the practice of mindfulness also increases positive mood, cultivates compassion, and can help people cope with illness and pain. Companies like Google and General Mills have built mindfulness programs for employees.

Future business leaders at Carey jumped on the mindfulness train and participated in “The Wheel of Life Retreat,” an innovative Saturday retreat to practice mindfulness. Students from the Global MBA, Flex MBA, MSREI, MPH, and MICA programs learned about progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing, gratitude practices, and the connection between body and mind in emotional awareness through the lens of career and life development.

At the end of the day, participants were surveyed about their experience. Click the graphics below to view our results:

Positive increases across the board!

Students also reported:

  • “Mindfulness techniques help! I need to work on eliminating judgment from my thoughts.”
  • “I learned about mindfulness, meditation, how to celebrate small wins, and find the power that drives [me] to feel excited.”
  • “You’re not alone, it’s all about prioritization and time management. Being mindful can help you get more out of each day…it was very relaxing.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the practice of mindfulness, take a look at mindful.org, download a mindfulness app, or take the 21-Day Meditation Challenge to improve your self-care. In today’s attention economy we can retrain our brains to be more present and find more enjoyment in life and work. They say every day is a gift … so make a plan to live in the present!

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