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Let Go Or Be Dragged

Let Go Or Be Dragged | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent.
— Thich Nhat Hanh Next time you feel upset, zoom out a bit. What are you…
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Mindfulness and being present to the world and others is essential.
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Learn to Respond, Not React! #1 Liked Blog!

Learn to Respond, Not React! #1 Liked Blog! | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

One of my favorite stories is a lesson about taking responsibility for our own lives. It is about learning to respond rather than react when we are confronted by “life”. 


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Respond and responsbility come from the same etymological roots.
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David Hain's curator insight, December 5, 2016 10:01 AM

Great parable and lesson about leadership form Dr Marshall Goldsmith!

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10 Tips To Easily Understand Mindfulness

More and more we see or hear the word Mindfulness nearly everyday. But what does it mean and will you benefit fro


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This is a quick easy read.
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How Prioritizing Spirituality Made Me Better At My Corporate Job

How Prioritizing Spirituality Made Me Better At My Corporate Job | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Being a spiritual woman in a corporate world—and practicing meditation on a daily basis—has taught me certain things about how to survive and thrive in today's modern workplace. Here's what I've learned over the years, and my advice on how to use mindfulness to your personal and professional advantage.

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Who we are away from work informs who we are at work. Mindfulness is part of who we are as a person.
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A Basic Meditation to Tame Your Inner Critic - Mindful

A Basic Meditation to Tame Your Inner Critic - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
An in-the-moment exercise for confronting the nagging voice in your head.

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Mindfulness and meditation are practices we can undertake in the moment.
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The Shapeshifting Mind, & What to Do about It.

The Shapeshifting Mind, & What to Do about It. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Just as tea takes the shape of whatever container it’s poured into, the mind tends to assume the shape of whatever thought, emotion or sensation captures its

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The world shapesus and it is important to be aware of what is emerging.
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The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc.

The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As the practice of mindfulness is packaged and peddled, it’s hard not to wonder if something essential is being lost.

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When we package anything, what does it become but a new quick product. Mindfulness is a way of living that cannot be packaged as a one-size-fits-all and super-sized. I am always wary of corporate views of anything.
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How To Practice Mindfulness When You Don't Have The Time

How To Practice Mindfulness When You Don't Have The Time | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

We now have the scientific evidence to back up those claims. Research conducted by Greg Feist of San Jose State University found that when people let their focus shift away from others around them, they're better able to engage in "metacognition," the process of thinking critically and reflectively about your own thoughts.

 

Where things get tricky, though, is figuring out what to do in order to encourage metacognitive thought in the first place. When we're routinely overwhelmed with outside noise, carving out space for unstructured daydreaming takes planning, structure.

 

Sometimes the most productive periods of contemplation come to us unawares and don't last very long—but that doesn't mean they aren't useful.


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I close my eyes and recite a short set of lines I have used for a number of years. It calms when things are harried.

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You Don’t Need Time To Practice Mindfulness

You Don’t Need Time To Practice Mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
People often tell me that they don’t have time to practice mindfulness and I tell them that you don’t need time to practice mindfulness. In fact Mindfulness is the one thing that you don’t need time for. You can only practice now!

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Make you life a practice of meditation.

 

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Mindfulness Is More Than Being Focused

Mindfulness Is More Than Being Focused | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
There is a lot of misunderstanding around what mindfulness means. No doubt we all give meaning to what it means to us in our lives. But as a way of life and h…

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This is a very good article with a thorough explanation of mindfulness. As someone who worked on this in the latter stages of teaching, it was beneficial. The gentle curiosity and inquiry are hard work in our culture where everything is about immediacy with a sense of panic attached. Chogyam Trungpa and others say the ultimate meditation is in our daily lives rather than in the sitting meditation. The latter is practice for the real thing.

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The art of mindfulness: What is it and how do you do it?

The art of mindfulness: What is it and how do you do it? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
News, style and advice for professional women through the filter of success (Looking for a way to be more attentive and fully present all aspects of your life?

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I don't think it is sitting on your desk, but the article is an easy read with straightforward description.

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How Mindfulness Can Help Your Writing

How Mindfulness Can Help Your Writing | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"Just 20 minutes of meditation a day, in a quiet place and doing this for a few weeks, can do wonders to increase your focus. By being more focused, when you sit down to write you’ll be able to devote your time completely to your writing."


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What begins to happen, without any intention for it to happen, is the 20 minutes becomes 45 minutes and an hour. We become present with the person we are and the world we live in through meditation in any form. What would happen if teachers and students meditated in classrooms. We spent about 15 minutes each day after lunch in what we called a 'conversation circle' for several years before I retired. Many days, we just sat and did not say anything. Regardless, the afternoons were far more focused.

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craig daniels's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:43 AM

Any program or exercise that can foster creativity and help make your writing flow is worth a look. Mindfulness may be the simple routine to do just that for many writers.

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Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite

Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Focus, clarity, creativity, compassion, and courage. These are the qualities of the mindful leaders. They are also the qualities that give today’s best leaders the resilience to cope with the many challenges coming their way and the resolve to sustain long-term success.

 

The real point of leverage — which though it sounds simple, many executives never discover — is the ability to think clearly and to focus on the most important opportunities.


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It concerns me when we see mindfulness as a "real point of leverage". That diminishes the meditative purpose underlying it and shifts it to a calculative way of thinking. Don't we already have enough of the latter and not enough of the former?

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Peace Overtures's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:36 AM

The important thing is to have a regular introspective practice that takes you away from your daily routines and enables you to reflect on your work and your life — to really focus on what is truly important to you. By doing so, you will not only be more successful, you will be happier and more fulfilled in the long run.

Chris Shern's curator insight, March 12, 2014 6:08 AM

Things are not changing as fast as the world around and within business. There are still far too many managers in a world with an increasing need for mindful leaders.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:48 AM

YES!

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Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs - Mindful Schools

Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs - Mindful Schools | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What are the similarities and differences between mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL)? How do the two approaches converge or collide? How might integrating mindfulness amplify the effects of existing SEL programs?

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Mindfulness benefits teachers and students.
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This Is Why Meditation Makes You Feel Better

This Is Why Meditation Makes You Feel Better | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
After just four days of mindfulness meditation training, people reported feeling 21% less pain

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When Senryu Suzuki contracted cancer, he spoke about it and the pain as his friend.
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Why Your Mindfulness Efforts Aren’t Working

Why Your Mindfulness Efforts Aren’t Working | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Give it at least 10 minutes a day.
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St. Francis de Sales said to set aside time each day and, when we think we do not need to meditate, set aside more time.
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Why Do We Feel Awe?

Why Do We Feel Awe? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
News stories and social media posts inundate us every day with tips for greater happiness, health, and general well-being. But who has the time to fit them into our already packed schedules?
Recently, though, my research has led me to believe that one simple prescription can have transformative effects: look for more daily experiences of awe. This doesn’t require a trek to the mountains. What the science of awe is suggesting is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound.

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Does it have to extraordinary to feel awe? Or, can we experience the extraordinary in the ordinary?
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David Hain's curator insight, May 12, 2016 3:46 AM

"Don't underestimate the power of goosebumps!" - Berkeley Greater Good. The importance of bringing some awe into your life! 

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 12, 2016 6:54 PM
We can all be more childlike and less childish. Every day my wife and I and our dog Molly walk the same path (we are blessed with sand and sea, and bush and scrub!) Every day Molly finds something new because her curiosity knows no bounds. She reminds us daily that every moment has never happened before and therefore we cannot help but be in awe.
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How Meditating Helps You with Difficult Emotions - Mindful

How Meditating Helps You with Difficult Emotions - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In this five-part series, we look at a range of emotions and some meditative practices to work with them more creatively.

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Finding ways to pause and allow yourself to take a deep breath is important. To be present is key.
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The core skill of meditation is showing up

The core skill of meditation is showing up | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One of the biggest myths about meditation is that it involves experiencing blissful or "spiritual" states of mind. It doesn't. It's about experiencing and

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Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that meditation and mindfulness help us see the extraordinary in the ordinary
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Practice Improvised Mindfulness At Your Desk - Mindful

Practice Improvised Mindfulness At Your Desk - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom, offers this mindful improv practice. 
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This is a good practice. How attentive am I of my environment? This would work well for students and teachers.
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20 Simple Things You Can Do Daily To Become A Mindful Person

20 Simple Things You Can Do Daily To Become A Mindful Person | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The world we are living in today has taken away our ability to truly appreciate the little things that we should be thankful for.

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Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we can find the extraordinary in the ordinary when we stop and are present to the world.
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Mindful Monday: 11 Secrets to Successful Meditation - Kara Lydon

11 secrets to successful meditation are all about shifting your attitude during the practice.

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Some excellent points are made in the article about meditation.

 

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Christi Krug's curator insight, February 27, 2015 11:25 AM

I'd agree with all of these, with the caveat that anything that resembles thinking - #9 and #11 - can be done outside the meditation sit. Sitting in meditation and having a meditative lifestyle go hand and hand - but don't try to do all mindful practices in a single sit!

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A Moment of Mindfulness

A Moment of Mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"Doing something to awaken a curiosity within us. Intrigued by someone else. Wondering for that moment as to what simple thing we can do to make them happy. Our only motivation is to see the joy spread across their face."


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There is no distinction between the giver, the receiver, and the gift. The author concluded the article with that incredible insight.  Education could be that way. When I think of pedagogy, it is an invitation into learning. Teachers invite students to enter into their learning and the acceptance is the student's choice.

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craig daniels's curator insight, April 5, 2014 2:27 PM

When you give a gift you've stepped out of yourself for just a moment and thought about someone else... Step Out Of Yourself.

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The Simple Philosophy That Can Supercharge Your Life

The Simple Philosophy That Can Supercharge Your Life | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Author and business adviser Greg McKeown believes that each of us falls into one of two groups: essentialists and non-essentialists. Essentialists are men and women who make wise investments of their time and energy in order to "operate at their...

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It sounds like essentialists choose to be in particular relationships in the universe.

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Mindfulness: Think About It

Mindfulness: Think About It | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Can you go from minding to doing?

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When we understand mindfulness and meditative practices as strictly instrumental, it is fair to be skeptical. When we see meditation as the practice ground for living life, the two become inseparable. There is a validity in the idea that mindfulness and its practices can become the next fad. That is a real concern. It does not mean that we cannot use it to be better and make the world a better place by being more aware of who we are and what we do.

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craig daniels's curator insight, March 15, 2014 12:46 PM

The article makes for a good read for those who seek to better understand or not understand mindfulness... The cartoon is for everyone who wonders about the time we spend being "mindless"