Inspired Life: Mindfulness Expert Sunny Wight

Sunny Wight – Founder & Executive Director of Mindfulness First

What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
Creating Mindful classrooms and schools in the Balsz District (the nation’s 5th most economically segregated school district) and becoming a Sociocratic organization, which means we’re non-hierarchical and everyone’s voice is heard and matters. We are modeling Mindfulness!

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What failure did you learn the most from and what did you learn?
Getting caught up in what I thought I ‘should’ be and do in my life. I spent more years of my life doing this than not and paid dearly for it when I broke apart. But as a result, I now truly live in this moment with deep appreciation.

What is your go-­to strategy in moments of self doubt?
Firstly I work on relaxing myself with Mindfulness techniques; once I move out of fight, flight or freeze I become much more rational. If that doesn’t work I am very fortunate to have my husband, and my colleagues Kim and Stephanie who all help me to to see sense and know my capabilities.

Who or what are you most grateful for?
My health. When you’ve experienced debilitation from sickness, you know first hand that you truly have nothing if you don’t have your health. By taking care of myself, it means I can truly be there for the people who matter the most to me, my family, my colleagues and those I serve through my work.

How do you recharge?
I come to a complete stop, which means I put everyone aside and do what my body and mind need to feel my best. I might lay down and read, watch a movie, I might sit quietly outside, or I might take a bath. Sometimes a really good workout recharges me. I just listen to what my body tells me it needs.

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Favorite inspirational quote:
Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails. Let us rise early and fast, or break fast, gently and without perturbation; let company come and let company go, let the bells ring and the children cry- Thoreau

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