Uncovering Meaning By Gaining Access to Your Values

An 11-minute meditation from Rich Fernandez that guides you through discovering the attributes that bring the most meaning to your life.

Our deepest held values deserve gentle excavation and understanding. This practice is about gaining access to our values at a very fundamental level.

I’m Rich Fernandez, CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), a non-profit that brings mindfulness and emotional intelligence to communities and organizations around the world. I’m a psychologist by training and was formerly the head of executive education at Google. And I’m really happy to be sharing with you meditations for living with meaning, purpose and resilience. So let’s get started. 

I like to call Module 1 “Discovering Meaning,” but in some ways that’s a misnomer. I’d prefer to think of it as uncovering meaning—because from my perspective, what’s meaningful resides in each one of us. The purpose of this session, then, is to invite reflection and offer a few ways to practice uncovering what’s most meaningful and important for you. I like to invite this quality of vividness and clarity to understanding yourself and your values because it’s those values that are most important to each one of us. It’s really that simple. The question then becomes: how do we gain access to our values at a very fundamental level?

So I want to…


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About the author

Rich Fernandez

Rich Fernandez is the CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). He was previously the director of executive education and people development at Google, where he was also one of the first SIY teachers. Rich previously co-founded Wisdom Labs and has also served in senior roles at eBay, J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America.