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.

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Latest Episodes.

Practice: Emergency Lifeline | Self-Compassion

A game-changing in-the-moment mindfulness practice that will allow us to meet the reactions we have with the kindness and support of a good friend.

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Practice: Emergency Lifeline | Self-Compassion

A game-changing in-the-moment mindfulness practice that will allow us to meet the reactions we have with the kindness and support of a good friend.


Practice: Pre-Service Care Activation

A guided practice that will set up your service mindset to meet the challenges of work and life with more energy, patience and capability.


Selfishness…And Other Surprising Mindful Service Skills | Ep. 86

Learn how our self-sacrificing tendencies can ultimately compromise our service game. This episode hopes to disrupt the myth that good service somehow needs to involve a constant outward flow of our energy into “helping” others. Bring care to yourself that truly fills your service tank – starting from the moment you open your eyes.


True Service Emerges From a Culture of Intra-Service | feat. Neal Woodson | Ep. 85

Good service requires the people serving to feel valued, engaged and, well, like dignified human beings. And to always have opportunities to practice service on each other. This is a very important discussion with service coach and author Neal Woodson. Service professionals looking to bring more mindfulness and inspiration to their work and leaders that want to elevate their team’s culture and effectiveness are sure to gain a lot from his wisdom.


Be A Steward of Well-Being | Ep. 84

Think you love “making people happy”? Well, that good intention isn’t always what you think it is. Learn the more mindful, skillful approach to bringing out the best in others. And, actually, take the pressure off of yourself and expand your idea of what “making your customers happy” needs to look like.


Beat Burnout & Reconnect With Your Service Purpose | Feat. Dushan Zaric | Ep. 83

What personal practices and mindsets prepare you to meet the challenges of service life, prevent burnout and brave all the other challenges ahead? Hospitality torchbearer, self-cultivation wizard and generally rad dude Dushan Zaric shares more of his wisdom, plus some impactful hits from the very special live service course he’s running.


Service Life is An Emotional Economy – Learn The Game! | Ep. 82

Learn how mindfulness, self-development, and our success at doing almost anything are matters of emotional mastery. And this doesn’t mean learning to feel our preferred emotions, but having the capacity for the uncomfortable ones. This episode looks at powerful techniques for observing where and how emotions are actually happening and how to support ourselves like a friend would (rather than an adversary).


How Hospitable Are You Being To Yourself? | Ep. 81

How can you get the most out of your meditation and mindfulness practice? Is it just about technique or can you look at your whole relationship to your program – and you life…


“Fulfillment” is a Mental Program – Install It Into Your Service Life! | Ep.80

What if fulfillment wasn’t some huge “ultimate aspiration”, but a natural emotional state that we can tap into at any time – all we need is the right tools. This “fulfilled mindset” can transform your relationship to your work and the effectiveness with which you do what you do.


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?


Could change your work, your relationships, and your life!

I love what Stefan is bring to the world through this project. It's incredibly helpful — not only for service professionals, but for everyone. Stefan's work is a much needed reminder of the power of mindfulness. This could change your work, your relationships, and your life.

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?  

Why You Need to Learn How to Trust Your Customers
Originally published here for the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness.  All service roles require trust, but not in the way you[...]
The Celebration Mindset Pt. 3 – Celebrate Happiness…The Right Way
Originally published here for the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness (IOM). For both your own fulfillment, and the people you serve,[...]
The Celebration Mindset Pt. 2 – Our Faults Are Service Superpowers
Originally published here for the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness. “Never let ‘em see you sweat.” I have very distinct memories[...]
The Celebration Mindset Pt. 1 – Taking Resilience to the Next Level
Originally published here for the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness. A true person of service lives and works in constant readiness[...]
The Best Way To Handle Mistakes in Service? Be Your Own Yoda
Originally published here for the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness. Service is full of mistakes. You’re dealing with endless highly-individual needs,[...]
The Power of Asking “What is this really costing me?”
Originally published here for the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness. No service professional likes being run around. We retrace the same[...]

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.


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!


Life Changing!

Michelle Dickson

Truly a life changing experience - thank you Stefan.


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.

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 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.

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