Your Mindful Service Resource.


Bring joy, purpose and personal power to the art of service and hospitality. Service is self-mastery. 

Elevate your service role to your own mindful living laboratory. 



Transform your service role from something to "get through", to a powerful medium for skill development, personal growth, and self-understanding.



Master service as an entire way of life - making you a more mindful, effective and fulfilled person. 


Learn service from the inside-out: everything you need to know about thriving professionally and personally that no one is teaching you.

The Book.

Coming soon!  Stay tuned for the book I wish was available when I began working in the service industry.  Gives you the tools, techniques and principles to serve from a stronger, more fulfilled place.  Preview the book below and subscribe to the mailing list to receive free chapter excerpts.  

The Podcast.

Learn mindfulness, meditation, communication and interpersonal skills that transform your service and hospitality capability. The Serve Conscious Podcast is the voice of the mindful service movement, whose goal is to empower you in your service and hospitality work, making it a medium for your self-development.

Listen to inspiring guests and my own stories from the trenches of hospitality and meditation/mindfulness training to reveal the potential of your service role to bring you inspiration, wisdom and self-mastery.

The tools, techniques and principles we explore will not only upgrade your capability and career success, but also improve your health, well-being and happiness in every way. Achieve the empowerment, professional growth, success and fulfillment you’ve always wanted.


All Episodes.

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Latest Episodes.

Final Installment: The Unexpectedly Inspiring Hard Truths of Service – You Don’t Deserve Better | Ep. 51

Self-worth is not a function of how much you think you deserve. Shed this old conditioning, hack feelings of non-acceptance and take your service game to the next level. Final part in a series to help you develop strength, grit and self-sufficiency by reconciling with the tough realities of service life. Listen To Episode

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The Beginner’s Mind: Serving With True Wisdom By Forgetting Everything (You Think) You Know | Ep. 50

It’s the podcast’s 50th episode anniversary so I am discussing principles to take your service mindset to the next level – and it involves a starting from an open, unbiased perspective. The Zen principle of “The Beginner’s Mind” involves a sort of “wise innocence” that allows maximum readiness, learning and growth from any given moment without abandoning all the knowledge and skill you’ve developed over the years. Listen

All Service Is Empowering…If You’re Humble | Ep. 49

Understand what power truly is and how service is the perfect place to cultivate it. However, really tapping into its transformative power requires more humility than we are usually willing. Listen

The Unexpectedly Inspiring Hard Truths of Service Pt. 7 – Nothing Will Go Your Way | Ep. 48

Make a habit of the “internal yes” in order to learn how to thrive in situations we can’t control, predict or get the results we want. After all, self-discovery happens when we don’t get our own way. Listen

The Unexpectedly Inspiring Hard Truths of Service Pt. 6 – Everything is Your Fault | Ep. 47

Never feel deficient when someone reacts negatively to something you said or did by implementing a simple understanding of personal responsibility. Be caring and considerate from a free and empowered, not one where you feel shackled and obligated. Listen

The Unexpectedly Inspiring Hard Truths of Service Pt. 5 – You’re Never Right | Ep. 46

The customer is always right…and so are you (if you’re present, attentive, and truly serving). But you’re never right if you have something to prove. Learn how to let go of the beliefs that are holding you back from truly connecting to the people you serve. Listen

Kelsey Mathes Interview Recap: Key Points Plugged Into Mindful Service | Ep. 45

My reflections on my fascinating discussion with Kelsey Mathes in the most recent interview episode “Ego-Driven Fear, Self-Transformation, Empowered Work…and Other Barroom Chat – Interview w/ Kelsey Mathes.” Listen

Ego-Driven Fear, Self-Transformation, Empowered Work…and Other Barroom Chat – Interview w/ Kelsey Mathes | Ep. 44

Big doses of wisdom and inspiration from Kelsey’s journey from hospitality professional to meditation teacher and transformational coach. Learn to live with care and purpose…without the drama. Listen

The Unexpectedly Inspiring Hard Truths of Service Pt. 4 – You’re Gonna Die | Ep. 43

The untold power of gratitude – how to make every moment an opportunity for something that feeds you with inspiration, growth, self-understanding and tools for being even more of service. Listen

The Unexpectedly Inspiring Hard Truths of Service Pt. 3 – People Will Disappoint You | Ep. 42

Have a non-attached relationship to your expectations of the people your serve, while avoiding indifference and maintaining your preferences, priorities and principles. Listen

Donate to the Project.

Offer whatever you can to help me give more time and resources to educating the world on the power of mindful service.  Get rewards like coaching, courses, and advanced copies of the forthcoming book!

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Pertinent and Transformative

Jessica Brantley - Founder & CEO, Soulful Essence

So I've been listening to this podcast for a while and the two words I'd use to describe it are "Pertinent and Transformative". Even though I don't work in the hospitality industry, I find it extremely satisfying. Like taking your bra off or that first sip of wine at the end of a long day. Every time I listen I feel like I've come home. As someone who spends a lot of time in the mindfulness space, I've become more than weary of the delusional, woo-woo bullshit that seems to pervade the entire industry. You won't find that here. So if you're tired of the bullshit but you'd still like to refill your cup, give it a listen. ?

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Poignant & Insightful

cbox - iTunes Reviewer (Probably actually Gautama Buddha keeping a low profile)

Useful concepts for anyone who is looking to grow, both spiritually and professionally. Rendered from the perspective of a dedicated service industry professional, Stefan’s witty take on what most would consider mundane activities, reveals a blueprint for living a better, more fulfilling life. I really look forward to future episodes to discover new opportunities to find joy in my daily interactions with those around me.


The Blog.

Throughout the years I’ve collected knowledge, techniques and entertaining stories that have helped make every moment in service - and, consequently, living life - more meaningful and effective than I ever imagined.  Mindful practices have made me into a soldier looking for a battleground - a place to test and master what I've cultivated.  A place to show me how much I still don't know.  For me it’s service - both professional and personal.  Where is your battleground?  

Serve Yourself | Being Parental | Being Human | Mindfulness Anywhere = Everywhere | Boundaries
The life-upgrading power of Mindful Ninja Moves transcribed as a weekly review with links to Serve Conscious articles, guides and podcast episodes that take you deeper into the techniques and wisdom they propose.
Meeting Triggering Moments | Connecting Through Need | Helping Others | Listening | Breaking Obligations
The life-upgrading power of Mindful Ninja Moves transcribed as a weekly review with links to Serve Conscious articles, guides and podcast episodes that take you deeper into the techniques and wisdom they propose.
Being Yourself When You Serve (Part II)
This article stands alone, but also serves as an extension of themes discussed in of part I. The Case of[...]
Being Yourself When You Serve (Part I)
Powerful Ways The Service Environment Reveals & Tests Our Ability to Be Our Authentic Selves Probably the most played out[...]
Honoring Simple Moments or Embracing New Experiences? The Importance of Both At The Same Time
Originally written for the Be Here Now Network.  Check out the original article here. “We shall not cease from exploration,[...]
Abundance Consciousness – How Minimalism Makes It Unexpectedly Better
The most recent Serve Conscious podcast episode was about living with an abundance mentality. The concept might have seemed more[...]


About Me.

Writer, educator, podcaster and apparently a mindful service and hospitality "thought leader" (by default: no one else is really talking about it). My project Serve Conscious is the only major online resource for implementing meditation and mindfulness principles into service-oriented work and life - I am soon to publish the only book on the subject. 

Years ago I left a successful leadership career in the hospitality industry and traveled to the Indian Himalayas to learn how to teach meditation from Vedic masters.  And then to Taiwan to learn the Zen Way of Tea. I have since made it my mission to teach self-understanding, self-development and empowerment through whatever service roles we have in our lives.  My goal is to show people how they can find growth and fulfillment in their work, communicate and relate better, and generally live happier, healthy lives as service professionals. I provide the tools, techniques and principles that help people themselves through meeting the gritty, grimy and unsexy avenues of life (that service roles constantly confront us with).  

I'm also a co-founder of the upcoming Tenshin Mindfulness community where I get to keep doing what inspires me most - creating content and education programs that apply mindfulness to under-attended areas of life and work.

Donate to the Project.

Offer whatever you can to help me give more time and resources to educating the world on the power of mindful service.  Get rewards like coaching, courses, and advanced copies of the forthcoming book!

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A Special Kind of Teacher

Sabina Padilla - Life/Relationship Coach

Stefan's perspective is much needed in the community of conscious leaders. He takes intimidating subjects and makes them practical and accessible. He teaches in a way that is both entertaining, inspiring and free of fluff. There is no one like him!

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Life Changing!

Michelle Dickson

Truly a life changing experience - thank you Stefan.

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Stefan Helps You Absolutely Crush Service!

Mahatma Gandhi - Dabbles In Spirituality & Humanitarian Work

When I said "the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others", I was talking about Stefan. He's the man!

Make Life Your Self-Mastery Laboratory.

Live a life of growth, abundance and opportunity by applying mindful hospitality principles.

Become one of life's "hidden leaders" by practicing meditation and mindful living.

Transform every interaction & relationship with mindful communication techniques.

Learn "the art of conscious action" through ancient and modern principles.

Join The Community.


Get exclusive content & the free e-book: "5 Steps to Empowered Service".  Break "Obligation Consciousness", free yourself and find professional/personal direction.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

Mahatma Gandhi


Work with me to transform your life of service.

Consult with me directly over phone or video chat to learn meditation and mindfulness techniques that up-level the power of your service and life today.

Who Can Benefit?

Anyone.  Every aspect of your life can be improved by applying meditation and mindfulness principles.  And at least one aspect of your life involves some type of service - upgrading that means upgrading your whole quality of life.

Food & Beverage Service Employees.  You are changing the world and you are mastering yourself...you just need to be shown how.

Sales & Customer Service Representatives.  The essence of service is virtually the same across industries and cultures.  Serve Conscious works from that level, giving you seed knowledge to apply to the particularities of your service role. 

Business Owners. Whether independent or corporate entities that have a service component of what they offer.

Servants To Humanity.  Big thinkers with beautiful causes, you are among friends.  Some inner challenges you face will be addressed here.

People With Jobs.  If you are in any way employed, you are providing a service to your employer.

Join The Mindful Service Movement.
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