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A growing number of organizations are using Mindfulness Meditation as a success strategy and improving their health and financial performance.


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Mindful Leadership
The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself
and Inspiring Others

Effective leaders are self aware and empower those they influence to achieve their potential. Mindful Leadership is a guide to leadership that starts with the self—for business people, members of the public service, professionals, and anyone else in a position to influence others.  Essentially, it is of value to anyone who aspires to make a difference.

Maria Gonzalez shows you how to use a single tool—Mindfulness meditation—to achieve clarity, focus, and self-awareness, enabling you to
transform yourself and achieve positive results by inspiring those you lead.

Mindfulness is a process of training the mind that anyone can follow, and Mindful Leadership provides simple techniques you can use anytime,
anywhere, to improve yourself as a leader. Beginning with the simple act of being fully present, mindfulness opens up the 9 ways to become more effective in every aspect of life.

Maria Gonzalez Blog
Mindful Leadership

Inspiration Requires Stillness

March 31, 2014

Have you ever noticed that it is in those moments of stillness that you experience the greatest inspiration? Inspiration arises only in the “gap”, in the gap between each thought, and in the gap between each breath. But we so … Continue reading

How We Know What Isn’t So

March 11, 2014

Ignorance, confusion and delusion collectively are one of the hindrances that impede success.  Essentially, this hindrance describes “how we know what isn’t so”.  The mind is rarely comfortable not knowing. Additionally, it attempts to create patterns and certainty.  It wants … Continue reading

Stress Impacts Everything…Including the Markets!

February 24, 2014

Anyone who has experienced stress in their lives (and who hasn’t?) knows the impact it can have on the body and the mind.   At minimum, we know that cortisol levels increase and with that, a general state of uneasiness and … Continue reading

Unrecognized Aversion Can Impede Success

February 1, 2014

The last blog dealt with the first of the 5 Hindrances which is attachment.  Aversion is the second Hindrance that can impede success.  Aversion is not merely the opposite of attachment. Aversion is the fear of losing what you have, … Continue reading

5 Hindrances that Impede Personal and Professional Success

January 22, 2014

It’s been a while since I addressed the “5 Hindrances” in a blog.  I have written at length about the Hindrances in Mindful Leadership and how they can negatively impact your life. Over the next few blogs I’d like to … Continue reading





Maria Gonzalez
Maria Gonzalez is founder and President of Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Inc. She works with corporations around the world to create successful strategic alliances and develop their business strategy. With the experience of having built over 70 alliances around the world, she works with her clients to create strategic alignment and determine cultural compatibility to create alliance success.
A growing number of organizations are using Mindfulness Meditation as a success strategy and improving their health and financial performance. This easy-to-learn technique increases focus and concentration, job satisfaction and the soft skills required for effective leadership.
what our clients say
  • "... I'm calmer, more content and less flustered about the past or the future. Meditation adds a great amount of sanity to life... In my professional life, people see me as being more present and more confident..."
    Sean Foran
  • "... I find that my ability to concentrate is much greater than before I started to meditate. I also find that I am more creative than I was in the past… I am also able to anticipate client needs as well as manage stress better than I did before."
    Gaetano Geretto, President, Pelecanus Strategic Advisory Services Inc.
  • "... Maria brings a powerful combination of wisdom as a senior business leader and negotiator and enormous talent in guiding the deeply personal meditation process. This blend of experiences gives her the ability to understand and relate to clients on many levels."
    Lesley Parrott, Principal, Lesley Parrott Consulting
  • "... Working with Maria has taught me the difference in results that come from focus as opposed to multi-tasking. I have learned to get present before I interact with people so that I can devote my full attention to the issue at hand. I can also move through a very large list of things that need to be done and am more in control of my day."
    Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics
  • "... Meditating... has enabled me to be more calm and focused in meetings, making me more effective at my job. Small things that at one time may have bothered me tend to roll off, having minimal effect. I feel more connected to my inner self, more confident and optimistic for the future."
    Judy Sims, Vice President, Product Development and Business Management, Thestar.com
  • "... I apply Mindfulness in the workplace to better manage relationships. It has helped me to look at myself in a much more objective way. ... Instead of being judgmental I can be more introspective and make a situation pleasant rather than unpleasant."
    Jocelyne Achat
  • "... Meditation is a powerful coping skill for times of stress, and an amazing, life-enhancing practice in ordinary, daily life. It is simple, and its effects are immediate."
    Peggy Guest, President, Imperial Street Design
  • "Mindfulness Meditation provides a time to calm the mind and go within to find peace. It helps me to be more aware (and mindful) of everyday experiences and to listen better. It positively impacts communication. Meditation helps to put things in perspective."
    Kathy Wilkie, Registrar & Executive Director, College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario
  • "I started meditating... because I wanted to quiet my mind and learn how to be present and in the moment. My meditation practice has transformed my life, personally and professionally. I feel calm, patient, peaceful, present, kind and joyful...It has allowed me to be more productive because I'm able to stay focused."
    Peggie Pelosi, Founder/ President, Orenda Connections
  • "I attended Maria's Mindful Golf Workshop in 2007... I am calmer and more thoughtful on the golf course and I don't get down on myself as much for poor shots. ...After taking the course I won the Senior Ladies Club Championship. I can honestly say that I believe that the learnings from the Workshop contributed to this latter success."
    Gail Kilgour – member of St. George's Golf & Country Club
  • "I am thrilled to let you know how your Mindful Golf Workshop has helped my golf game; bottom line: my scores are better, my handicap is lower. I have more confidence that I can execute the shots that I want; I have more good shots and fewer bad shots... I can highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their game, and their enjoyment of this great sport."
    Janice May – member of Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club
  • "I've been thrilled with the results I've seen after having attended the Mindful Golf Workshop. ... I immediately started putting the techniques and concepts I learned into practice on the course. Over the season I took ten strokes off my game... I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to improve their game, be more relaxed, less frustrated, and have more fun."
    Gloria MacDonald - member of ClubLink

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