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The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

I’ve been coaching business leaders, solo practitioners, and individuals from all walks of life for 15 years. An extensive portion of these clients have been in the wireless and health care industry, and I’ve also coached leaders in the fields of accounting, call centers, engineering, entertainment, financial services, higher education, law, ministry, non-profit service, pharmaceuticals, and retail.

While my coaching helps individuals and organizations get better at critical skills such as leadership, management, communication, and strategy, equipping clients with mindfulness practices is fully integrated into my coaching approach.

What do I mean by “mindful?”

Mindfulness is my core organizing and unifying practice for every moment and dimension of life–including self-care, family, friends, community, and professional work. It also fuels and informs my advocacy for anti-racism, feminism, and climate stewardship.

In a nutshell, mindfulness is the continuous observation of moment by moment internal and external experiences, without judgement, focused on the body, feelings, mind states, and the impermanent, selfless nature of all created phenomena.

The ultimate goal of mindfulness is awakening to one’s true nature of pure awareness and happiness, and being liberated from the dissatisfaction found in craving, aversion, and delusion. Some of the most common mindfulness practices include breathing meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking, reciting mantras, and doing a “body scan,” but there are many more.

I’ll admit that mindfulness is tough to do without ongoing practice. Most of us are facing similar pain points that were already significant before the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing awareness of the United States’ history and present reality of systemic racism: nonstop change, accelerating economic and technological disruption, accelerating climate change, and the collective “noise” of information overload that grows louder each day.

The impact of all of this, for so many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress.

Mindfulness can be your game-changer and world-changer. There’s more research (such as this Forbes article) on the benefits of mindfulness than you or I can ever hope to read, but here’s the highlights of why mindfulness is worth doing:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • Increased productivity
  • Healthier relationships
  • Increased happiness and inner peace

In addition to mindfulness practices, I also incorporate tools into my coaching sessions that include:

Here’s a little more about my professional background. Regarding formal education, I’ve completed the following:

  • Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course, University of Massachusetts Medical Center,
  • Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
  • Bachelor of Science, Communication, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Regarding professional certifications, I’ve earned the following:

If you’d like to schedule a complimentary coaching session for each of us to determine whether we’re a fit for a coaching partnership, please contact me here.

Finally, for a deeper dive on what coaching is, and how it’s differentiated from disciplines such as counseling and mentoring, check out this article.

Thanks and take good care,


John M. DeMarco is a writer, executive coach, and activist based in Nashville, Tennessee.