Tara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the Playing Big leadership program for women and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living and 10 Rules for Brilliant Women. An expert on women’s leadership and well-being, Tara’s work empowers women to play bigger in their work and in their lives.
1. What led you to meditation?
I grew up in a house where there was lots of talk about meditation, prayer, spirituality, psychology — all independent of adherence to any particular religious tradition. So I honestly can’t remember ever *not* knowing about meditation – it was just something my mom talked about a lot.
2. What value has practising meditation brought to your life?
For me, it’s all about 1) separating from my thoughts and being able to observe them, and therefore be less caught up in them and 2) connect to silence, to breath, to the present moment.
3. How has meditation supported you in your professional life ?
It helps me be more alert, more awake to what is actually happening in front of me and the opportunities inherent in the moment – instead of being lost in past, future or stories about what’s happening.
4. What are the biggest obstacles to your practice?
My hatred of boredom and my resistance to slowing down.
5. What is a quote that most inspires you and why?
This is the world I am here to save. From a Course of Miracles. And of course we are all here to save it – every one of us.
6. What is a book that has opened you to new ideas and inspired your growth and why?
Oh, there are so many. Right now I am loving The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault. I also love The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover, True Refuge by Tara Brach, and everything by Parker Palmer.
7. What Mindful Music do you listen to (ie. music that grabs your full attention and brings you into the moment.)
I dance about 2-3 times a week, and so there my whole meditation is a meditation on listening to the music and “being borrowed” by it – becoming an expression of the music, rather than being separate from it. And of course when my husband plays piano every night in our living room, that music brings me right into the moment.