034: How to Meditate in the Midst of Mayhem // Dr. Leah Weiss

Mindfulness for moms can seem like an impossiblity! Do you laugh aloud at the thought of having a few minutes to meditate during busy days with your children? What if I told you that you could be meditating THE ENTIRE DAY, even in the midst of chaotic, everyday moments with your little minions?

Dr. Leah Weiss–an author, a mindfulness expert who studied with the Dali Lama, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a mother of three little children–teaches that this is possible. It just requires that we redefine (or rather, correctly define) the word “meditation.”

The word “meditation” is a translation from the Tibetan word “gom.” Dr. Weiss points out that a more literal definition of this word is simply “familiarization” or “getting to know your mind and heart.” When explained this way, busy moms can let go of visions of silent meditation rooms and burning incense (though those things are great too!) and instead embrace every moment with their children as an opportunity to “familiarize” themselves with their own hearts and minds. In fact, motherhood itself can become meditation.

Join me for this fascinating conversation with a renowned mindfulness expert who teaches us the Tibetan process of “dampa sum,” meaning “good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.”

Show Notes


“How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind” by Dr. Leah Weiss https://amzn.to/2sz6Wby

“Motherhood Matters: Are You Willing to Suffer?” by Laura Fanucci: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638913/Motherhood-Matters-Are-you-willing-to-suffer.html

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3 thoughts on “034: How to Meditate in the Midst of Mayhem // Dr. Leah Weiss”

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  2. This has been one of my most favorite episodes. I always thought meditation and mindfulness were unreachable for me. But, the idea of making mindful moments throughout the day is so amazing. Thank you!

    1. Rachel Nielson

      Thank you so much! I completely agree that I always thought it was unreachable for me, but it feels so doable when it’s defined this way!! And potentially life-changing. Maybe this is how we all go about making the changes we need to make in all area of our lives!


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