Tuning Back In
Help for Creating New Habits

We’ve all been there: we start a new exercise routine, we step up at work, we shift the way we communicate with a family member — and then we fall back into our old ways. We forget or get distracted or life gets busy.

It’s totally normal to go off course. Just try sitting meditation and see how easily your mind loses focus, drifts from the present moment. Before you know it, you’re going over your grocery list or replaying yesterday’s encounter or planning tomorrow’s meeting … Most meditation teachers will tell you that your job is to notice when it happens and train yourself to come back, again and again.

It’s the same with making positive change in our lives. When we practice “tuning back in” to ourselves, and to what matters most to us, success comes more easily. But how exactly do we do this?

In this video montage, you’ll hear insights and inspiration on tuning back in from LifeWork faculty, including Eileen Fisher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Faulds (Shobhan), Katie Hendricks, Tami Simon, and Jack Kornfield.


Can you relate? What helps you stay focused on positive changes?

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  • Joan Stenzler says:

    This was a lovely montage of beautiful faces and powerful messages to remind us to stop, take a look around and remember to tune into where you are right now. Also a gentle reminder that each of us forgets this and can always remember and then come back to the present moment like that!

    Eileen, thank you for the wonderful programs you are bringing to the area. I look forward to attending another one soon!

  • Mary Lee Cole says:

    Thank you for this presentation–so brief but so full of helpful insight. The practice of noting and returning from “drift” is one I’ll try to draw upon throughout the day; I’ll combine it with taking a breath to power my course correction from drifting. Very useful. Also appreciated the observation: Where are you rushing to? Your grave?

  • Marla Del says:

    Here’s a few of my little ‘secrets’ (“Dragonflying”/dragonflydynamics®

    I am more present, positive, and focused (dragonflying) when I eat NO SUGAR and NO GRAINS (not even fruit!)
    I am more present, positive, and focused when I eat small meals of protein and lots of fat (all forms of fat (but NO trans-fats).
    I am more present, positive, and focused when I don’t let myself get low blood sugar.
    I am more rejuvenated when I dance/yoga as a prayer to a higher consciousness.
    I am less anxious when I remind myself that we are traveling within a generative form of order (growing)—nature’s creative process, and within that order we are moving from one phase to another more complex phase recognizing that that periods of chaos (transformation) btw the phases, are essential for the act of growing to take place. I love your little reminders as we move along in conscious awareness! Be Well!

  • Karen says:

    Thank you.

  • Inge says:

    Dear Eileen, I’m so glad you are doing this. I remember your talk with Eckhart Tolle, who is one of my Gurus, and how excited I was to find you there.

  • Janice says:

    This is timely in our world today. I am just beginning my mindfulness practice. Thank you for the opportunity to hear this!

  • Rachel says:

    Welcome back — I love that. The drift, too. This excellent reminder is inspiring! Thank you.

  • Shira says:

    My new mantra: “Notice the drift and make the shift.” Love this.

  • victoria says:

    Calling on spirit to help stay in the moment when I wake up, throughout the day, and when I go to bed at night. I’m going to use Drifting – Shifting to see if that helps when I become aware I have drifted. Thank you.

  • Kitty says:

    Shifting from “it’s not safe to be present” to “It is safe to be present… even enjoy being present>”

  • Stephanie DeBroux says:

    Thank you- this is me, In a sliver of Awareness, I realize the “drift”; but,
    don’t necessarily return to focus on my prior intention.
    Now, I have a fresh mindfulness!

  • Stephanie DeBroux says:

    Thank you- this is me,

  • susan says:

    That’s it! Over and over, brief moments of awareness practices daily, bringing us back and building our capacity, that as JKZ says, begins to work for us. Thank you, lovely.

  • Elena says: