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With a penchant for kindness and a heart for service, Doro Bush Koch answers the call of the mindfulness movement to connect those who want to improve their lives with the resources needed to make it happen.
Doro Bush Koch is committed to a creating a life of mindfulness and personal well-being.
Staying present and grounded has made such an impact on her life that she has spent the last two decades focused on sharing this powerful message with the world.
Throughout her early life, Bush Koch felt that all politics was personal. As the only woman in history to have both a father and a brother as president of the United States of America, she worked to live a private life in a very public family – raising four children, working on campaigns, and volunteering for numerous philanthropies.
In 2001, on a walk in the woods with her sister-in-law Tricia Reilly Koch, who is a nutritionist and health counselor, she was introduced to the ancient science of mindfulness. It changed her whole perspective, and with it, she found a path toward calm. “I knew it was just the thing that I needed, being from a family that is in the public eye. It was an enormous help and a great tool to use,” says Bush Koch.
In her years of practice, Bush Koch has studied and mastered the technique of mindfulness and holistic thinking. She helps share and teach it to others through BB&R Wellness Consulting, a company she co-founded with her sister-in-law. As an extension of their business, the duo also produces a podcast called Health Gig that focuses on leaders and their personal journeys to health and wellness.
To help educate people on the benefits of this dynamic force, the BB&R partners are writing a book highlighting the transformative experiences of the thought leaders behind today’s mindfulness movement. The authors are also creating an app to help readers transition from theory to practice, with several different approaches to embracing mindfulness in their lives.
Bush Koch’s previous book, New York Times bestseller, “My Father, My President,” chronicles both the personal and public sides of her father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. Drawing on her own recollections, her father’s papers, and interviews with colleagues, family and friends, it offers an adoring account of the man the world knew has a successful businessman, seasoned diplomat, and artful politician, and the man she knew as a brave, loyal, generous, and fun-loving father.
Bush Koch was also an early supporter of her late mother’s clarion call to increase family literacy. Since 2012, she has served as the National Chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Adult Literacy, where she works tirelessly to reduce the number – now estimated at 36 million – of functionally illiterate people in our country.
Grounded, deeply faithful, and kind, Bush Koch connects with her audiences as she relates stories of her famous family or reveals mindfulness practices meant to ease harried minds. Listeners respond to Bush Koch’s palpable empathy and gracious spirit as she carries on, in her own inimitable way, her family’s tradition of serving others.
“It’s important to work out, but it’s also important to work in,” says Doro Bush Koch of the connection between mind and body. She believes both need proper care and feeding to ensure health and happiness. We have to control our thoughts before they control us, she says. “The whole reason we want to be mindful is that we want to reduce stress.”
Bush Koch believes that kindness is the most important human value. “Mark Twain said that kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. My dad, who was my greatest teacher, taught me that and my mindfulness practice reinforces it,” she explains. Kindness and compassion are universal truths, says Bush Koch, that when practiced can lead to a lifetime of meaning.
The Mindfulness Map: How Mindfulness Can Change Our Lives, Our Relationships With Others, And Our Relationship With The World
For Doro Bush Koch, an introduction the concepts of mindfulness and meditation marked the beginning of her journey toward calm. Now a mindfulness advocate and trained meditation teacher, she runs workshops and trainings to help others achieve spiritual and physical health.
In this session, Bush Koch will help audience members understand the value and health benefits of finding their passions. She’ll teach them key methods behind mindful listening, and ways to channel attention through the concept of “powering down” – a process of disconnecting and learning to tune out the constant whir of digital communications and the 24-hour news cycle.
“My favorite definition of mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally with kindness,” explains Bush Koch.
Both a testament to the power of mindfulness and a primer on how to begin practicing, this wide-ranging talk will offer a rare mixture of entertainment, education, and personal stories from Bush Koch – a perceptive, thoughtful, and compassionate expert in the science of mindfulness and holistic thinking.
The Art of Giving Back
Leaders are first and foremost givers – sharing time, resources, and vision as they inspire others to action. And Doro Bush Koch should know. For her family, giving back is more than a moral obligation—it's a part of their daily lives.
Her family's tradition of volunteerism informed Bush Koch's own philanthropic endeavors. She established the Maryland Family Literacy Initiative, as well as other national and local charities.
Long before her father became the 41st president, he instilled in Bush Koch the message that serving others is not limited to holding office or working with charitable causes. It is also about small, everyday gestures – the little things you do that make a difference to someone else.
Compassion and kindness have become hallmarks of her mindfulness practice and are keys, she believes, to leading a meaningful life. Through inspirational stories and moving anecdotes, Bush Koch illustrates how everyone has the ability to make an impact through kindness and compassion within their organization or community.
A Conversation with Doro Bush Koch
Most of the U.S. saw President George H. W. Bush as a statesman and leader, someone perpetually on the world stage. But, as the daughter of the 41st president, Doro Bush Koch was close to the man the cameras and reporters never saw: a father, a man with strong personal convictions, and whose humility ran deep.
“It was one of the greatest joys of my life,” says Bush Koch of writing her New York Times bestselling book, “My Father My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush.” Published in 2006, she added six new chapters to cover the remaining 12 years of his life and legacy.
In a unique presentation, Bush Koch engages the audience in a highly personal and candid conversation about the George H.W. Bush that few people saw. Opening herself up to questions, Bush Koch – at once charming and disarming – draws back the political curtains to reveal her late father in anecdotes that show his leadership style, his endless sense of fun and humor, and his ability to connect emotionally with those around him.
Audiences discover what many of the world leaders, politicians, and journalists Bush Koch interviewed for her book already knew: that George H. W. Bush was a savvy politician and effective leader, while remaining humble, generous, and kind.
My Father, My President: George H.W. Bush's Values of Leadership
“A daughter may not have either the expertise or objectivity of a historian ... but a historian doesn’t know a father the way his daughter does,” writes Doro Bush Koch in her New York Times bestselling book “My Father, The President.”
In this highly singular, personal perspective of her presidential father, George H.W. Bush, Bush Koch speaks about the leadership qualities that contributed to his success in the political arena: his enduring ability to lead during times of strife, the humility and modesty that drew loyalty from people of all walks of life – including world leaders and former political foes – and the optimism that fueled his perspective on his country and the people in it.
With humorous and moving stories about life beyond the public glare, Bush Koch offers glimpses of her father’s richly layered life guided by family, faith, and friendship.
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