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Integral Life Weekly Update: Conscious Leadership for Sustainability

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Integral Life Weekly Update | Conscious Leadership for Sustainability with Barrett Brown and Ken Wilber

Via Mary Meduna, PhD
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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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Remember this

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Peace is found inside yourself. Do what you must do daily to preserve it.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Take time and spend time in solitude.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 23, 6:10 PM

Take good care of yourselves! ♥

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Loving Ourselves, Warts & All.

Loving Ourselves, Warts & All. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Loving ourselves is a journey of accepting more and more deeply until it is transformed into joy as we realize we are all lovable and we’re all held in love.
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Identity often overrides the subjective person we meditate over. The two work together. Identity is the many roles we play, the names we carry and subjectivity is how we make sense of who we are in those roles. It takes care and compassion in meditative moments.

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John Florez: Technology disrupts cultural values - Deseret News

John Florez: Technology disrupts cultural values - Deseret News | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
John Florez: Technology disrupts cultural values
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Fifty-eight years later, our society continues to struggle with the same challenges now brought about by technology that has created today's digital revolution.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
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I read Wendell Berry's work and he asks many of the same questions. Values are what give us strength and courage (the French valoir). They ground us in our working and living giving us a sense of purpose and trueness. Trueness is the moral compass we seek in making sound ethical choices in daily life.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 19, 4:03 PM
I thought this was an interesting study of how Technology impacts cultures and values.
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On Leadership & Forgiveness

On Leadership & Forgiveness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via Amy Melendez, AlGonzalezinfo
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Forgiveness is hard work. Asking for forgiveness is even harder work.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 10, 8:37 PM

It was truly an honor to have been joined by Professor Kim Cameron, on Leading Beyond the Status Quo this week.   He is a true advocate for the power of forgiveness and its relevance to good leadership.


Professor Cameron explained that to be a strong and mature leader, we need to have the courage to face those who may have done us wrong and present an objective description of the issue. Strong leaders overcome the desire to get even and are able to list the negative consequences because of the action taken against them. 


Unbeknown to me, Professor Cameron researched the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings in South Africa and has actually visited the prison cell where Nelson Mandela was held.  


Check out the post at: http://bit.ly/1fQVSMJ

donhornsby's curator insight, March 11, 7:23 AM

(From the article): Strong leaders lead towards a positive outcome by partnering with the other party in preventing the issue from happening again. This way, both parties create a collaborative partnership and a positive future for them AND the organization.  

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 18, 12:40 PM

A tribute to a man who lead global change through forgiveness!  #Leadership

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Creating Change: Start with the Heart & Not the Self-Help Section. ~ Michelle Matthews

Creating Change: Start with the Heart & Not the Self-Help Section. ~ Michelle Matthews | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For many people, change can be hard to come by. Here are a few tips to help get unstuck and create the life of your dreams!
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We start with the heart. Parker Palmer and Thomas Merton wrote about voice coming from vocation. When we speak from the heart, change is possible.

 

Today, I played with the words transform and reform in School. Transform comes from a word meaning metamorphosis suggesting the change is obvious between one thing and something else, but still retaining features from the previous form. Reform means to take the existing parts and shuffle them around until the change meets particular need. Transforming is something that happens from within and reforming is something done to something or someone. Transforming comes from the heart. Reforming comes from the intellect.

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6 Steps to Mindfully Tune the Instrument of Self

6 Steps to Mindfully Tune the Instrument of Self | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness improves your capacity to be reflective and receptive. Being reflective gives you access to information in your unconscious that's hidden from your conscious mind. It lets you receive subtle communications to help you live with more happi...

Via Bobby Dillard
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Take a breath and pause. Enjoy and savour the world. I used to have a talking circle in class. Many days little was said. It is OK to listen to one's voice in meditation, even in school.

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Why We Need Softies in Leadership | Institute of the Southwest

Why We Need Softies in Leadership | Institute of the Southwest | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Power to the peaceful. -- Michael Franti “ said that he could kill me at that very moment, and no one could or would do anything about it, as we were in
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This is an interesting and thought provoking article. It speaks about humility and leading which are not words we usually connect.

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Are You Mind Full or Mindful?

Are You Mind Full or Mindful? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Thoughts are just products of our minds. They are a part of ourselves, but they do not define us. Our thoughts influence our behavior, but they do not control it. This idea is central to mindfulnes...

Via Anne Leong, Suvi Salo
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The title is a nice play on words. Mindfulness is slowing down and emptying our, letting go.

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Steve Bavister's curator insight, July 18, 4:20 AM

Stop thinking! Start being!

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Meditating through the madness

Meditating through the madness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You may have heard about the buzz around meditation and mindfulness as of late. Everyone from celebrities to entrepreneurs to big-time techies are looking for a little stillness amidst the rush of everyday life. Workshops and retreats are ...

Via craig daniels
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Meditation practices moved from the cushion to life are important. It is about being and becoming a better person and contributing to a better world.

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The Mindfulness Backlash: True or False?

The Mindfulness Backlash: True or False? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"has mindfulness become another form of snake oil, claiming to cure everything under the sun from anxiety to sneezing?"


Via craig daniels
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Mindfulness is an important part of human growth and forming. The backlash might more accurately be seen as against making mindfulness into a commodity. This diminishes its value which is intrinsic to the practices involved and not something which adds to corporate bottom lines which is often what it is being used for.

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The Real You Is All Of Us

The Real You Is All Of Us | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Real You Is All Of Us

Via Suvi Salo
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Awareness and being present are important to living life fully. Teaching requires being awake.

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How To Mute Your Negative Inner Dialogue

How To Mute Your Negative Inner Dialogue | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Stop being your own worst critic. Here's how you can clear your mind chatter and live in the now.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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Being aware and working with the negative thoughts is important and challenging work. Trying to be present is a continuous journey navigating those distractions and negativity that sometimes overwhelm.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 2, 1:39 PM

"Stop being your own worst critic. Here's how you can clear your mind chatter and live in the now."

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Why are people sad?

Why are people sad? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Paulo Coelho
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Paulo Coehlo is a brilliant writer who blends biography with mysticism.

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Do We Really Need a Purpose to be Abundant, Happy & Successful? ~ Mirror Living

Do We Really Need a Purpose to be Abundant, Happy & Successful? ~ Mirror Living | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

eIt's a lie.

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There is a hermeneutic quality when we say we don't need to know our purpose. It does not mean our life does not have purpose, but it gets us away from the rat race concept where bosses, self-help gurus, professional development experts, etc. get to order you have to passion. I think of the best people and things in my life and they found me. I had to be awake, present, and reading the lay of the land (hermeneutics) and be open to the possibilities in front of me. I could not plan for that.

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Contemplative Based Resilience Training

Contemplative Based Resilience Training | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Humanitarian relief and development work takes place in an often stressful and frequently traumatic environment, which can create an enormous psychological burden for the workers – and result in a similarly negative impact on the organizations that employ them and on the beneficiary populations they seek to serve.

Via craig daniels
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We don't build. It is a matter of trans-forming and per-forming in compassionate ways in daily life.

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Six Mindfulness Habits | Wellness Warriors - Wayne State University Blogs

Six Mindfulness Habits | Wellness Warriors - Wayne State University Blogs | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

“I just can’t do it.”  The excuses for not engaging in mindfulness are endless — you either don’t know how or worse, you don’t have time. You may think that being mindful on a daily basis is something that’s more of a pipe dream than a reality, but don’t count yourself out so quickly. Mindfulness is simply about being fully present in the moment, whether it’s through meditating or just in conversation. The truth is, some of your everyday habits are mindful at their core — you just didn’t know it. Below are six mindfulness habits you’re probably practicing already.

 


Via Bobby Dillard
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Mindfulness is about being in the moment and becoming a new person in a better world. It does not help corporate bottom lines directly, but might indirectly. I found students appreciated me more when they felt I was listening and attentive.

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The Mindful Counter-Revolution

The Mindful Counter-Revolution | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"I go back about 35 years in the do-good PR and communications field and have spent much of the last decade working to build awareness of specific ways contemplative practice can facilitate deep social and environmental change. So I’m heartened by the surge of mainstream media coverage of mindfulness"


Via craig daniels
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Mindfulness the way it is approached can be referred to as McMindfulness where we look at instrumental outcomes rather than the benefit to people and the world.

 

This is not a lot different than the way we do School. It is not about growth but about some bottom line which is corporate rather than humane.

 

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Friends Resemble Each Other Genetically | IFLScience

Friends Resemble Each Other Genetically | IFLScience | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

An analysis of nearly 1.5 million gene markers found that friends who aren’t biologically related resemble each other genetically -- about as much as "kissing cousins."


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It makes some sense. We look for kinship and people who are similar. There is enough difference to make relationships interesting and provocative.

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The Brain Is Not Computable: Why Singularity Will Not Happen and Humans Will Assimilate Machines

The Brain Is Not Computable: Why Singularity Will Not Happen and Humans Will Assimilate Machines | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines.

 

Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, says computers will never replicate the human brain and that the technological Singularity is “a bunch of hot air.”

 

“The brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it,” says Nicolelis, author of several pioneering papers on brain-machine interfaces.

 

The Singularity, of course, is that moment when a computer super-intelligence emerges and changes the world in ways beyond our comprehension.

 

Among the idea’s promoters are futurist Ray Kurzweil, recently hired on at Google as a director of engineering, who has been predicting that not only will machine intelligence exceed our own, but people will be able to download their thoughts and memories into computers (see “Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google—and Have It Serve You”). 

 

Nicolelis calls that idea sheer bunk. “Downloads will never happen,” he said during remarks made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston on Sunday. “There are a lot of people selling the idea that you can mimic the brain with a computer.”

 

The debate over whether the brain is a kind of computer has been running for decades. Many scientists think it’s possible, in theory, for a computer to equal the brain given sufficient computer power and an understanding of how the brain works.

 

Kurzweil delves into the idea of “reverse-engineering” the brain in his latest book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, in which he says even though the brain may be immensely complex, “the fact that it contains many billions of cells and trillions of connections does not necessarily make its primary method complex.”

 

But Nicolelis is in a camp that thinks that human consciousness (and if you believe in it, the soul) simply can’t be replicated in silicon. That’s because its most important features are the result of unpredictable, nonlinear interactions among billions of cells, Nicolelis says.

 

“You can’t predict whether the stock market will go up or down because you can’t compute it,” he says. “You could have all the computer chips ever in the world and you won’t create a consciousness.”

 

The neuroscientist, originally from Brazil, instead thinks that humans will increasingly subsume machines (an idea, incidentally, that’s also part of Kurzweil’s predictions).

 

In a study published last week, for instance, Nicolelis’s group at Duke used brain implants to allow mice to sense infrared light, something mammals can’t normally perceive. They did it by wiring a head-mounted infrared sensor to electrodes implanted into a part of the brain called the somatosensory cortex.

 

The experiment, in which several mice were able to follow sensory cues from the infrared detector to obtain a reward, was the first ever to use a neural implant to add a new sense to an animal, Nicolelis says.  


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The human soul it has been argued is an energy source. It is good to see an article bringing into question the concept of singularity.

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Bernhard H. Schmitz's comment, July 16, 2:33 PM
I agree that too many people think it would be sufficient to plug a bunch of neurons together and consciousness will happen. Ridiculous. But I am convinced that it is not necessary to simulate a brain or reverse engineer it. Brains are developed by random incidents and evolution - and it's a mess. I am strongly convinced that a conscious mechanism will be developed from scratch. And it will outwit us.
Bernhard H. Schmitz's curator insight, July 16, 2:37 PM

I agree that too many people think it would be sufficient to plug a bunch of neurons together and consciousness will happen. Ridiculous. But I am convinced that it is not necessary to simulate a brain or reverse engineer it. Brains are developed by random incidents and evolution - and it's a mess. I am strongly convinced that a conscious mechanism will be developed from scratch. And it will outwit us.

Marco Bertolini's comment, July 17, 2:52 AM
@ Bernard Schmitz : I think you have a point there and I like the verty elegant way you put it : a conscious mecanism coming out from the chaos.
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8 Ways to Teach Compassion to Kids

8 Ways to Teach Compassion to Kids | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

In turn, experts agree that fostering compassion in young people is among the best ways to prevent verbal, physical, and emotional aggression from taking root....


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Walk the talk is the first one. Children see through the inconsistencies and it creates issues for them. School and home can work together to help children learn compassion.

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3 Ways To Work Meditation Into Your Busy Day

3 Ways To Work Meditation Into Your Busy Day | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
No doubt you’ve noticed that mindfulness and meditation have moved out of the monastery and into corporate America.

Via Bobby Dillard, AlGonzalezinfo
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There are three good ideas in the article and some links.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 14, 7:16 PM

Great scoop here by Bobby Dillard at @Bobby Dillard, so very helpful.  

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Quantum Theory Proves That Consciousness Moves to Another Universe After Death – Expanded Consciousness

Quantum Theory Proves That Consciousness Moves to Another Universe After Death – Expanded Consciousness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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Via Vilma Bonilla
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Quantum theory and physics provides us with considerable new insights about what is possible. Karen Barad writes about the entanglement of phenomena. This is an important subject in teaching and forming human subjectivity. We are not disconnected, but rather connected in ways that we are not always aware of. This is important in teaching from an ethical consideration. We are not outside the world and ourselves, but in both the world and our lives as teachers.

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18 Spiritual Teachings that Blew my Mind Wide Open.

18 Spiritual Teachings that Blew my Mind Wide Open. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
At certain points in the past, I have wished for epiphanies, signals and sudden enlightenment. Of course, life doesn’t work that way. What we seek eludes us.
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Letting go is a moment-to-moment process and when we do this we let go of held beliefs.

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“Never give up.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“Never give up.” ~ The Dalai Lama | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Times have been tough right? Bordering insurmountable tough? Avalanches of challenges blocking the sight of inner wisdom? Yes I have been there dear friends and
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Never give up on anyone miracles happen every day. They do and we notice them when we are mindful and are paying attention seeing through the challenges.

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Soul Spelunker » Protean Soul

Soul Spelunker » Protean Soul | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The myth of Proteus powerfully  displays the nature of Soul, exhibiting various archetypal faces. Drawn from the earliest Greek legends, Proteus appears as an old sea-god, Poseidon’s right-hand man, so to speak. He was said to be Poseidon’s shepherd of sea-beasts. According to Homer, he could see through all the depths of the sea. If one were to ensnare him, and, without releasing him, endure his shape-shifting tricks to the end, Proteus would reveal great knowledge of the present and future.


Via Zeteticus, Keith Wayne Brown
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Without soul, teaching is Technique. With soul, it is artistry.

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