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Kindness has the exponential power to transform how we think, feel, and behave in the world.

Those who are familiar with my work know that I am passionate about helping individuals and organizations lead meaningful and kindful lives. As an expert in mindfulness skills, positive psychology, and mind-body medicine, I know first hand that we can change our lives through practices of kindness, gratitude, forgiveness, and serenity. And the science?  It’s simply proving our ancient wisdom that love heals. I want to share this prescription with the world. The 6 pillars of my work include:

  • Curiosity
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Connection
  • Confidence
  • Commitment

I can be available to give presentations in colleges, organizations, businesses, and health and wellness settings.  If you’re interested in booking, please contact me.

Sample Topics

Kindness as a Prescription for Living Your Best Life

Based on my book, The Kindness Cure, I share the relevant findings about the science of kindness and compassion; how we can make sustainable changes in our lives, encourage more kindness for individuals, teams, and organizations we work with, and how to ignite goodwill and generosity for what we stand for, even in times of hardship and uncertainty. Through specific skills and daily practices, I will help you cultivate a kinder, gentler orientation to life that dissolves feelings of fear, apathy, and stress — and ultimately help you feel more connected, courageous, and inspired.

The Secret Sauce for Success: Self-Compassion

In a world that reinforces success, performance and productivity, it’s easy to habituate to high levels of stress and to lose a sense of self. This is especially so in cultures that reward pleasing, performing, perfectionism, and productivity. While ambition, passion and motivation are key values in seeking goals and dreams, can they co-exist with a sense of inner peace, calm, and serenity? Practices of self-compassion, courage, and “kindfulness” in daily life can offset the stress response. Learn how to strengthen your resilience, confidence and purpose with certain self-care skills, that when practiced regularly, can promote positive “neuroplasticity” and build enduring positive traits.

Creating Kinder Cultures at Work

Truth be told, kindness is a good prescription for a life well lived. Kind actions and a compassionate attitude bode well for both physical and mental health. We might try to be kinder than we think we are, especially at work. Why? For one, according to research, a majority of people are miserable at their jobs even if they say they’re happy to have one. Two, we spend over 30% of our lives working. Might as well try to enjoy it, right? Third, when we behave in kind ways, the positivity that arises then spreads to others. Moreover, new leadership models show that soft skills, like mindfulness, compassion and selflessness, make for better workplaces and more engaged, productive employees. Learn how kindness works—at work.

Cultivating Resilience in the Workplace

Instinctually, women are caring, kind and compassionate people. We carry empathic traits honed over generations of caregiving and kinship that have allowed humans to survive. Yet, pressures to perform at the highest levels, strive for excellence, and also protect personal time, are unprecedented and growing. Naturally, women may feel the strain of appearing that they have it together and that work-life balance is a myth. No matter how well-educated, resourced or supported one may be—at work or at home—the demands may exceed any one’s ability to cope, leading to discontent and burnout. Certain self-defeating patterns may emerge, including negative inner dialog of never being or doing enough. The goal of Dr. Tara’s session is to redirect attention to ways of increasing self-compassion and resilience, rekindling joy in your work, and reclaiming a sense of confidence.

Overcoming the Negative Effects of Perfectionism

What if I told you that you don’t have to give up striving for excellence when you drop perfectionism? You might say “But my perfectionism keeps me sharp, on my toes, ahead of the game!” I get it.  But it’s not so. Perfectionism is a habit of mind that arises out of a genuine human need to feel accepted and respected, avoid abandonment, do the right thing, be a good person, and succeed. 

But at some point, it becomes an energetic pattern that is no longer useful. It feeds into a core belief that is hard to shake: the belief that you must keep pleasing, perfecting, performing, and producing in order to feel worthy, be successful, and achieve your goals. Over time the negative effects accrue. A pervasive self-doubt manifests through inner critical narratives that drive behaviors like workaholism, procrastination, avoidance, numbing, and burnout. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the EVOLVE method for transforming perfectionism into happy achievement. More at KindMinds.co.

Other Topics

I can speak on a variety of topics, including mindful eating, parenting, and climate anxiety among others. Contact me to discuss tailored topics.

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