Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guest Post: Kimberly Wilson author of Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play

Kimberly Wilson, author of the book Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.


To start your journey as a tranquilista, let's get grounded and connect to your spiritual side, the foundation of enlightened living. I'll help you take your spirituality to the street by serving up real-world tips rooted in Eastern philosophy, ways to live mindfully despite your pesky BlackBerry, and my favorite can't-live-without tools to ensure oodles of calm.

The “act of being mindful” is a grandiose phrase for simply being in the moment. Ever notice that most of our suffering comes from rehashing the past, worrying about the future, or wishing things could be different than they are in the present? Being a mindful maven is not about perfection; it's about being fully and completely present with what is: the raw, the juicy, the not-so-juicy, the letdowns, and the celebrations.

Modern-Day Mindfulness Tips

Mindfulness is not something to practice only at church or the yoga studio, but is an important trait to adorn yourself with at all times. Ever had those moments of opening your mouth and immediately regretting what you've said? How about replying to an email and hitting “send” in a flash, only to wish you could crawl into a cyberspace hole afterward? What about forgetting to say thank you after being given a thoughtful token? Ever been snippy to the girl at the counter who isn't making your soy chai latte quickly enough? These are everyday moments of mindlessness of the sort that we're all guilty of from time to time. You're reading this book because you crave something different, a state of being kind, compassionate, fabulous, and giving. Following are my favorite modes of invoking mindfulness while on the go.

Say a Passion-Filled Prayer

When I grew up in small-town Oklahoma, giving thanks for food and requesting that loved ones be watched over (and saved) was the norm before meals. My prayers have evolved since those early days. Prayer offers the chance to connect to something larger than ourselves. I derive solace from bringing my hands together and bowing to something or someone else. This simple act is done regularly at the end of most yoga classes and is a sacred way of acknowledging the spirits of those around you. My beau reminds me that he was smitten after I did the hands-together-nod at the end of our first date. It is a very humbling action to bow to another being, especially an omnipresent God or Goddess. This simple gesture can be a reverent way to acknowledge your interconnectedness with other beings and even the unknown.

About the book:

Infuse Your Life with tranquility, Panache, and A Dash of Joie De Vivre

As defined by the author, "a tranquilista is a woman who embraces her many sides: spiritual (she's a tranquility-seeker), creative (loves style), and entrepreneurial (calls her own shots). She hears fashion and philanthropy . . . entertaining and enlightenment . . . . She is full of aspirations and always seeking inspiration. Oh, and she sparkles. Literally."

Presenting a potpourri of real-world tips, inspiration from modern-day muses, and savvy sources for further exploration, Tranquilista offers everything you need to bring balance and bliss into your everyday life. With spirituality as its foundation, the book highlights creative individual expression and offers an entrepreneurial approach to everything from homemaking to brand building. Step-by-step projects and to-dos cover a tranquilista's key pursuits: meditation, setting goals, personal style, living green, and even launching a nonprofit. The aim throughout is to help you realize-and revel in-your unique potential to make a splash and make a difference.

About Kimberly:

Kimberly Wilson is a teacher, writer, do-gooder, entrepreneur, and eco-fashion designer. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Tranquil Space - named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, author of Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat, and holds a Master's in Women's Studies.

When she's not bookstore browsing, you'll find her sipping pots of tea, creating versatile designs for TranquiliT, or leading retreats globally. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart Living Radio, in Daily Candy, Fit Yoga, US News, and Shape.

With a passion for do-gooding, Kimberly launched Tranquil Space Foundation to assist women and girls with finding tranquility through yoga, creativity, and leadership, and is currently pursuing a Master's in social work.

She lives in a cozy raspberry-colored flat in Washington, D.C. with two fancy felines named after French impressionists, a supportive beau, and a black pug.

Indulge in musings on tranquilology through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at


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