Author Archives for Wissal Khadrouf

Gratitude 101

July 1, 2020 11:35 pm Published by 1 Comment

When life gets challenging, it can be difficult to feel thankful! For too long, we’ve taken gratitude for granted. We say “thanks” a dozen or more times a day: when someone holds a door open, let us pass, take our order... It’s a reflex, a reaction to simple daily transactions. We mutter it, often without really acknowledging the person we are thanking.

Mindfulness to deal with COVID-19 stress

May 26, 2020 12:01 am Published by 1 Comment

With Coronavirus anxiety running high, it's understandable that we do everything we can to think ahead, plan, analyze the facts, etc. But when our head-based fight-flight-freeze reactivity gets the best of us, it's much harder to stay grounded, think clearly, respond with care, and sleep well at night. My recommendation: Mindfulness.


April 30, 2020 7:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In these stressful times, I really want to be in a meditation retreat right now. Since it's not possible in this situation, I decided to create my own retreat at home on the weekend, and I decided to make it a silence retreat as I really wanted to try one.

A tale of stress and peace

February 29, 2020 10:43 pm Published by 1 Comment

Being in a foreign country, without our family, our cultural references, our favorite places, our local food, or a network of close friends, we lack the feeling of being psychologically and emotionally grounded. This can lead to stress and even anxiety.

Wind of change

July 25, 2019 2:46 pm Published by 1 Comment

Last year if you told me I would be serving at Microsoft Redmond, WA. I would probably laugh at you. And yet here I am, spending my second week in Microsoft Headquarters.