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

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

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. […] for modern moms. I heard about this during my friend Rachel’s podcast interview with Leah on 3 in 30, and knew I had to hear more. It’ll be great prep for my talk about mindfulness at SALT […]

  2. Kendra on 06/30/2018 at 5:29 AM

    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!

    • Rachel Nielson on 07/03/2018 at 10:56 AM

      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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