A Little Transformation

Richard Citrin Ph.D., MBA
Richard Citrin Ph.D., MBA

Our Resilient Mindfulness session last Friday focused on Managing Negative Emotions.

During the meditation, I shared a 3 part formula for addressing that pesky negativity which includes (1) recognizing and naming the feeling, (2) allowing the feeling to be there without judgement or criticism and  observe what happens during that time of acceptance and (3) sharing an appreciation with yourself for not getting hooked into or having the emotion control you.

When we debriefed from the experience, one participant shared that she had a meeting with her coach a couple of days before our program where her coach gave her an assignment that she did not want to complete. She ruminated about it, continued to fight the assignment in her head, and actually had trouble sleeping because she woke up and was thinking about this task. 

As she meditated on accepting the negative emotion, she found that her thoughts about the assignment changed and that she could modify it so it became more acceptable to her and she was  even able to see  important benefit she could derive from completing it.

One of the biggest challenges of dealing with negative emotions is that they hook us in and start to control us. This participant found a way to transform something that was unpleasant for her into something that would help her transform.

What a nice way to start the day!

Your Challenge This Week: Practice letting go of a negative and see what kinds of alternative options come your way.


  • Our next Resilient Mindfulness program will be Friday, July 24th at  8 AM (EDT). We’ll meet for a  40 minutes discussion and meditation on Working With Clarity. You Can Register Here
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:30 AM: My colleague Mike Couch and I will be leading a virtual webinar on Why Culture and Resilience Matters in a Crisis. We’ll be sharing findings from a global research project that has examined these topics. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association. Please pass this link onto your Chief Culture Officer in your organization!  You can sign up here.
  • You can check out some of my new short podcasts, entitled Absolute Citrin on my blog. The first one is about how our resilient can help us “Fight Back Against The Corona Virus.
  • Look for our new series of Leadership Webcasts, sponsored by Vaco, a global talent solution company entitled “The Leadership Café”. We’ll start posting these weekly in August and we have some amazing CEOs who will be joining us to discuss how they are leading their companies through this crisis and other great leadership ideas.

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