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Holding Your Breath?


My relationship with quiet has been fraught. 

My relationship with my breath is complex. 

My relationship with meditation is messy.

I know I'm not alone. 

We live in a world that encourages numbing by scrolling, eating, drinking, or [insert your preferred numbing method]. 

Numbing keeps us from being present. Being present and awake in this world brings pain, fear, anxiety, and stress.

Numbing can separate us from joy, love, expansiveness, creativity, and our inner wisdom.

I truly hoped we'd come back from the COVID pandemic creating more space between meetings, openness, curiosity, and space to think. 

I don't find this to be true. 

We're slammed in back to back to back meetings, without time to think, breathe, pause, question, listen, or discern.

We are running on empty.

Holding our breath short-circuits our creativity, curiosity, openness, and love, blocking our capacity to work for equity.  

I offer you this simple, imperfect, four-minute sit designed to connect us to our breath.

Four Minute "Sit" to Connect to Breath - Deanna Rolffs - L3 Catalyst Group


My leadership practice has changed, not by reading fancy books on meditation, but by focusing on my breath

What grounding practices work for you?

Be curious and playful. Try something and see how it feels. 

  • Stare out the window for five minutes.
  • Walk around the block. Connect to yourself.
  • Hold curiosity about what you experience.
  • Embrace the experience with openness.
  • Take a few deep breaths before you enter a difficult conversation.
  • Explore how you feel if you sit quietly for five minutes instead of scrolling on your phone. 

Start your next team meeting with a short meditation.

See what happens. See what it feels like. 

May we all connect even more to our BEing in a world that values DOing. (Tici'ess, 2024)

Fellow leaders and learners, I wish you courage, rest, and beloved community along the journey.

Together we catalyze a brave, bold, and liberatory future.
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Deanna Rolffs (they/them)
Post by Deanna Rolffs (they/them)
June 19, 2024
Deanna Rolffs (they/them) is a strategist, facilitator, coach, systems thinker, and Process Consultant who works with executive leaders and teams at the intersection of organizational theory, leadership development, justice, and equity. Their process consulting approach focuses on organizational transformation via thriving teams, brave leadership, equitable systems, and inclusive communities. Deanna served as a Senior Consultant with Design Group International since 2018, became a Senior Design Partner in 2021, and launched L3 Catalyst Group in 2023.