Dreamforce Recap: Donna Karan on Mindfulness

Two things I love: fashion and philanthropy. So when Donna Karan took the stage, it was just enough to distract me from the virtually inescapable pull of the Dreamforce expo floor. As someone who believes in mindfulness as a powerful change agent, I found myself silently affirming every initiative Ms. Karan detailed. Her Urban Zen Foundation “creates, connects, and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of preservation of culture (Soulful Economy), Integrative Healthcare (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program), and Education.” She wants to bring yoga therapy to the hospital bed—treating the whole person, not just the disease. She wants children to begin their school days with yoga and meditation to empower their learning. She wants to transform lives around the globe by giving them a platform on which to market their goods. She wants to change the world. “Who doesn’t?” you say. But who among us truly can? Only those selfish enough to make it happen. Karan said it best last week: “Consciousness of caring for another human being is rather selfish…Because the more we care, the more we get out of it for ourselves.” Whether we are conscious of it or not, giving our time and resources to others tends to lift our spirits as much as it does the recipients’. In short—good deeds equal good feelings. It’s why more than one million books were donated during the four-day conference. It’s why there’s a children’s hospital with Marc Benioff’s name on it. And it’s why we should consider ourselves lucky to live in a country filled with the most selfish people on earth. Photo by Ruven Afanador
Tina Bayles
Tina Bayles
(Senior Copywriter, Story Creator) I'm a transplant from Texas who has no business being in the coolest state in the union. But I moved here anyway and found a home at Bleu. I love creativity in any shape, form or fashion, and am lucky to have an outlet for mine in something they call a "job."

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