Filomena Leonardi: Mindful Holidays: The Gift of Presence – Podcast 297


The Holidays are a season of joy, gratitude, family and friends … and anxiety, sadness, chaos and conflict. In this episode, we begin to unpack this contradiction, and investigate the role of mindfulness in helping us navigate the holiday season. This talk was recorded in 2017, and is part of our podcast series on compassion and tonglen practice and relevant as we approach this year’s holiday season.

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Filomena Leonardi has been practicing in the Shambhala tradition since 2009 and a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2016. She is a partner at a global consulting firm, focusing on leadership development. Through her work as an executive coach, she aspires to bring the principles of Shambhala Dharma to the corporate world.  Originally born and raised in Milan, Italy, Filomena has lived in several cities, including London and Sydney. She has made  New York City her home since 2005. In her (limited!) spare time, Filomena is an enthusiastic ceramics student at Greenwich House Pottery, and considers clay and the wheel her very first mindfulness teachers.