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Thomas Bushlack

Mindfulness & Meditation. Evolved

Improve Focus, Productivity & Decision-Making.

To Unleash Your Inner Wisdom.

Once you have mastered the basic skills and competencies in your field, the single most important leadership skill you can develop is the ability to maintain a non-judgmental, present-centered awareness and to bring it into everything you do.
You possess unlimited resources for focused, productive, and creative work that is meaningful and adds value to the world. But all the distractions and stress of modern life mean that we can lose touch with our center of wisdom, our ground. Everyone has “triggers” or distractions that cause us to make bad decisions. When we’re cut off from our inner wisdom, we feel frustrated, have less energy, and wonder why we’re running the rat race. It’s okay – I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. That’s why I created the Centering for Wisdom™ programs and resources to help you learn mindfulness and meditation and to get you back to center.

Leaders who practice Centering for Wisdom™ enjoy the following benefits:


Less Anxiety


Less Stress


Less Depression

The following topics are available as Keynotes, Workshops, or Consultations.

Centering for Wisdom™

This presentation will deepen your leadership effectiveness by enhancing your skills of wise and ethical decision-making for success in personal and professional life.  You will learn how to integrate simple contemplative practices – such as mindfulness, meditation, or contemplative prayer – to help you remain centered for wisdom amid the challenges and distractions of daily life.  Centering for Wisdom™ is a universal human ability.  Persons from any spiritual or religious background, or none, can learn and benefit from this program.  In addition, both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations will find these skills helpful for improving focus, productivity, and alignment.

This program combines humorous and honest personal stories with validated data and research to teach leaders how to lead effectively from their center of wisdom.  You and your team will be challenged to evolve your organization to its next stage by aligning leaders’ self-awareness with corporate mission and purpose.

This practical session is available as a keynote address, breakout session, or workshop.  Organizations can get the greatest benefits by pairing the learnings from this session with individual participants’ feedback from the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment.  Contact us for group rates on offering the CWA along with your next keynote or employee development workshop.

This program will enable you to:

  • Respond, rather than react, to stress in order to avoid burnout
  • Develop practical ways to remain centered and focused on your highest priorities amid the distractions of daily life
  • Build trusting relationships and teamwork with colleagues and clients by listening with empathy

Root WHY Analysis

You may be familiar with a Root Cause Analysis, or Simon Sinek’s work on the importance of staying centered in the WHY that motivates your products and services, your work, and sense of purpose.  The Root WHY Analysis combines these two ideas to create a whole new way for employees to align personal goals with organizational mission.

The Root WHY Analysis was developed as a follow-up session to help leaders deepen their practice of Centering for Wisdom.™ It can also stand alone as a practical and transformative keynote or workshop.

Businesses and organizations use all kinds of proven tools to build awareness of personality styles – such as DiSC, Myers-Briggs, Strengths Finder – and to improve systems – such as LEAN and Six Sigma CQI, Root Cause Analyses, and others.

In this session you will learn how to perform a “Root WHY Analysis” that will empower employees to make wise and ethical decisions in alignment with personal and corporate mission and values.

This session will enable you to:

  • Discover connections between personal meaning – your Root WHY ­- and organizational purpose
  • Improve focus, efficiency, and decision-making skills
  • Find more purpose and meaning in work and relationships

“Kick Start Your Centering for Wisdom™ Program”

One-to-one coaching to help you learn Centering for Wisdom™ for making wise and ethical decisions that align your personal mission and values with your business development and strategy.  


  • Improve focus, efficiency, and decision-making skills
  • Remain more centered and calm amid daily life and – most importantly – amid distractions and stressors
  • Connect with a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in work and in relationships

Included Benefits:

  • Unlimited licenses to take the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment online ($39.99 initial value) to measure your progress
  • Coaching Sessions (In-Person or via Zoom): One meeting per month for 50-55 minutes
  • Individualized Plan to improve decision-making and efficiency, based upon your individual Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment scores and feedback
  • In Between Sessions: Short phone calls or emails are included in coaching

Coaching Session Topics

  1. Desire
    • What dissatisfactions currently exist that you want to change?
    • Identify/clarify your highest goals and ideals (personally, in business, for your community) 
  1. Centering Down
    • Commit to daily practice(s) that you will use to ground yourself into the present moment and to orient yourself toward future growth 
  1. Detachment
    • Work selflessly toward your desired goals (#1), while remaining detached from controlling outcomes 
  1. Decluttering
    • Let go of obstacles and old habits that prevent growth and success 
  1. Discernment
    • Hone your skills of “reflective action” by responding wisely to your thoughts, memories, feelings, and intuitions in the present moment 
  1. Determination & Decisiveness
    • Fortify your will-power to push through temporary setbacks and remain focused on ultimate goals 
  1. Deep Consciousness
    • Trust your deepest instincts in order to make wise and ethical decisions with clarity and confidence 
  1. Inter-Dependence
    • Attune with others to align your personal and business success with the common good of your community 
  1. Lifelong Discovery
    • Discover the ultimate paradox of increasing power and effectiveness through surrender in to something bigger than yourself
“In a world desperately in need of wise leadership and decision-making that benefit all people and the common good — including our planet and natural environment — we hope that the CWA can make a small contribution to enhancing this virtue of contemplative practical wisdom.”

(Thomas Bushlack and Tonia Bock 2018, p. 21)

Click here to view the published validation study


Dr. Bushlack has presented several workshops for our organization and the response has been overwhelming. They have found his information helpful and insightful. With his humble spirit shining through, Dr. Bushlack is definitely a favorite.

Paula Kaempffer
Paula Kaempffer
Director of Education
Basilica of St. Mary
(Minneapolis, MN)

As a busy, stressed-out business owner, Tom's workshops have helped me to recognize the value of a centering practice in making better decisions, using my energy efficiently and being more creative in my work.

Aimee Dunn
Aimee Dunn
COO, BGI & Principal
The Coras Group
(St. Louis, MO)

Tom combines exceptional wisdom with a warm, approachable and engaging style. An outstanding speaker and presenter, Dr. Bushlack has exceeded our expectations again and again.

Greg Pope
Greg Pope
Chief Mission Integration Officer
St. Thomas Health System
(Nashville, TN)

Thomas Bushlack and Centering for Wisdom’s approach to leadership and training was unlike anything our team has experienced previously. The message surrounding ideas of mindfulness and meditation was intellectual, inspiring and humbling. As a team, we learned how to recognize behaviors within ourselves and how to approach our work from a more centered place. Our team came away with a better understanding of self and our teammates. I’m looking forward to experiencing the long-term positive changes as a result of our experience with Centering for Wisdom.

Our team thanks you!

Brandi Unger
Brandi Unger
Director of Sales
Amplified Digital Agency
(St. Louis, MO)

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