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From Compassionate to 'Compassion It'

From Compassionate to 'Compassion It' | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Compassion It is a global social movement inspiring daily compassionate actions. How did it come to be? Founder Sara Schairer shares her story.     Did you know that.

 

Did you know that ‘compassion’ is a noun?  In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, you’ll find the definition: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  But, that sounds more like a verb to me.  And, thanks to a gift from the universe and many incredible people, compassion IS now a verb.


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"Compassion is the most important skill to teach our children.  If we teach a new generation to put themselves in others’ shoes, the world’s social problems would disappear.” We need to find ways to feel good about our self and others.

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Happiness is a Compass, Not a Destination – The Startup – Medium

Happiness is a Compass, Not a Destination – The Startup – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I’ve recently discovered a powerful set of ideas concerning happiness. More importantly, by acting in accordance with these ideas I’ve brought more happiness into my life than ever before. Given we…
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The article unpacks the Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. Myths offer humans a foundation on which to live. When we discard them, we lose their lessons.
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Happiness is about being non-attached – Kris Gage – Medium

Happiness is about being non-attached – Kris Gage – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The basic cause of suffering isn’t that bad things happen. Bad things will always happen. People will always fall out of love, or leave — in one way or another. The solution isn’t to cling more…
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The hardest thing about leaving the classroom three years ago was how much my identity was bound up in what I did. I was attached to being a teacher.
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7 Stoic Strategies For Navigating The Modern Workplace

7 Stoic Strategies For Navigating The Modern Workplace | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The image of the Zen philosopher is the monk up in the green, quiet hills, or in a beautiful temple on some rocky cliff. The Stoic, on the other hand, is the antithesis of this idea. The Stoic is the…
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Stoic philosophy shares much with Zen Buddhist, Sufi, and Christian mystic philosophies. It is about being mindful and attentive to the world and how we are living.

What stoicism suggests is a blending of practical and meditative practices.
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Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative?

Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic have all introduced mindfulness practices.
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There is excellent research (Richard Davidson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ellen Langer, etc.) about the role meditation can play in being more creative and present in the world. What I fear is that meditation becomes a means to an instrumental ends i.e. profit and not about well-being.
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What Would James Baldwin Do? – EIDOLON

What Would James Baldwin Do? – EIDOLON | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
James Baldwin, author and civil rights activist, has recently re-emerged in American life. Not in the Frederick Douglass sense of someone “who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and…
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Literature in all its forms is a source of wisdom. We cannot crawl inside the head of the author, but we can ask what their words mean in our times. Reading literature, like James Baldwin's, is a hermeneutic process. How do his words inform me in my context?
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Are You Culturally Appropriating Buddhism? – The Establishment

Are You Culturally Appropriating Buddhism? – The Establishment | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
White American religious traditions have always been respected more than Asian ones. Here’s how you may be culturally appropriating Buddhism and what to do.
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This is a wonderful and thought-provoking article.
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What Happens When a Taoist Feels Sad? – The Rabbit Is In

What Happens When a Taoist Feels Sad? – The Rabbit Is In | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
We have often heard it said that if we cannot first love ourselves, then we will not be able to love someone else. But what does it mean to love ourselves? Perhaps, like I sometimes do, you may try…
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We come to understand the world is big enough for good and bad days. We have company.
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EMPATHY: All About Empathy: A portal for information: articles, definitions, links, videos, etc. about Empathy and Compassion

EMPATHY: All About Empathy: A portal for information: articles, definitions, links, videos, etc. about Empathy and Compassion | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
All About Empathy: A portal for information, resources, articles, definitions, videos, etc. about Empathy and Compassion

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Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Therapeutic interventions that incorporate training in mindfulness meditation have
become increasingly popular, but to date little is known about neural mechanisms associated
with these interventions. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), one of the most
widely used mindfulness training programs, has been reported to produce positive effects
on psychological well-being and to ameliorate symptoms of a number of disorders. Here,
we report a controlled longitudinal study to investigate pre–post changes in brain
gray matter concentration attributable to participation in an MBSR program.

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The more research we have into the impacts of mindfulness and meditative practices the more they may become part of our daily living. Hopefully, this does not mean a formulaic way of meditating and being mindful
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The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion 

The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion  | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Via Stefano Principato, Dean J. Fusto
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Teaching children soft skills in schools is essential to their future world. In a world of digital tools and social media, the human touch and human relationships are essential.
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The Spirit of Mindfulness and the Spirit of Science Are More Similar Than You Think

The Spirit of Mindfulness and the Spirit of Science Are More Similar Than You Think | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
We’re so close to Earth that sometimes we forget how beautiful it is. Seen from space, our blue planet is remarkably alive — a living paradise suspended in a vast and hostile cosmos. On the first…
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This is an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh's The Art of Living. The gerund, rather than the noun, is essential.
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Mindful in Middle School

Mindful in Middle School | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One teacher’s experience incorporating mindfulness into her middle school curriculum.
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I used a dialogue circle to create time to meditate. It took less explaining and seemed less controversial. It allowed for moments of silence and being present. At other times, students talked and shared.

There is research evidence as to the benefits of meditation and how it can positively impact the brain.
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How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
New research is starting to explore how gratitude works to improve our mental health.

Via Stefano Principato, massimo facchinetti, malek
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Research has been helpful in areas such as meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude. Being present is one way to show one's gratitude.
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5 ways to make sure that work isn't your everything

5 ways to make sure that work isn't your everything | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Being passionate about work is definitely a good thing, but there's a difference between that and letting it completely take over every moment of your time.
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Take time to be with others and things you care about besides work. Don't let work be the only thing that identifies you.
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How to Refresh Your Brain to Restore High-Level Thinking

How to Refresh Your Brain to Restore High-Level Thinking | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
You can impact your brain function and cognitive abilities by making simple tweaks here and there to your daily routine. If you are looking to improve your concentration to perform better at work, or…
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Meditating is essential. It is non-thinking and giving the brain and body a break.
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What does the Bible really have to say about same-sex marriage?

What does the Bible really have to say about same-sex marriage? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As Australia faces a postal survey on same-sex marriage, we are seeing a steady stream of articles arguing the Yes or No case. Many on the No side are prone to citing the Bible or appealing to…
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When we cite bibilical (any religous sources), we should understand what the sources say about our topic. The author, a lecturor at a diviinity school, pointed out there are only six passages in the Bible about homosexuality and 2000 about money i.e. greed, owning property, sharing, etc.
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The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Quotes, and Books - Lion's Roar

The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Quotes, and Books - Lion's Roar | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
An introduction to the life and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, founder of Engaged Buddhism, prolific Zen teacher, best-selling author, and peace activist.
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This is an in-depth article about a great spiritual mind and leader.
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Alan Watts On Why Our Minds And Technology Can’t Grasp Reality

Alan Watts in a series of lectures I keep on my iPod at all times. He means that the world, as it really exists, does not comprise all the lines, angles, and hard edges that our various systems of words, symbols, and numbers do.
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Living and teaching are done in wiggly worlds. I used the wiggly part in my dissertation to undescore the need for pedagogic mindfulness in teaching in a world that is pluralistic.

Watts points out when we try to unbend the wiggly through our tools and thinking we get ourselves into more trouble.
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What the super survivors can teach us about resilience

What the super survivors can teach us about resilience | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Nothing can prepare us for the adversity life can throw at us.

We can't be sure whether our spirit would beam with resilience in the face of adversity or it would end up irreparably broken until we experience such situation.

So what makes a story of resilience successful? For one, it can be keeping on going and living a decent life after a tragedy. For another, it is to keep an attitude of enough even when homeless.

When we look adversity into its gaping mouth and walk through it without giving up, it's a great success in itself.

Every day millions of ordinary people face extraordinary hardships.

And sometimes these people grow into someone extraordinary.

You know them. You've heard of them!

They don't just survive.

They thrive and soar.

Their immense adversity sets them on fire. A fire burning with freedom and as if they no longer fear getting burned, they get back up in whatever manner imaginable and contribute to the world in remarkable ways.

They share heartbreaking and inspiring stories.

Those stories put our lives into perspective, but they are not to be compared or competed with instead we can learn from them and get inspired.

How did the super resilient get through adversity and thrive? What can we learn from them? And most importantly can we change our lives by enhancing and adapting some of the skills the super survivors possess?

Let's dive in and see what a resilient person is made of.

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When I saw the title, I thought of Viktor Frankl and a search for meaning in life.
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Corporate Mindfulness is Bullsh*t

Corporate Mindfulness is Bullsh*t | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Mindfulness matters, but make no mistake: Corporations are co-opting the idea to disguise the ways they kill us.


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Any time we co-opt a word and process, we excise them of their deepest meanings. Being mindful is a way of living and being. It is not to enhance one's financial bottom line.
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 3, 6:04 AM

Is the mindfulness boom really a revolution? If it is, what exactly has been overturned or radically transformed to garner such grand status?

 

Wall Street and corporations are still conducting business as usual, special interests and political corruption goes unchallenged.

 

As Nicole Ashoff points out in “The New Prophets of Capital,” “people must willingly participate in and reproduce its structures and norms,” and in times of crisis, “capitalism must draw upon cultural ideas that exist outside of the circuits of profit-making.”  Mindfulness is one such new cultural idea serving this purpose.

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What do you think?

Ian Berry's curator insight, August 4, 7:07 PM
Like this contrarian view. This doesn't mean that we as individuals don't notice (mindfulness) and take action to rid the world of arguably our greatest problem - inequality
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Practices From the Inside Out: The Stillness Between Words

Practices From the Inside Out: The Stillness Between Words | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Discerning. Monastic Strategy. Spiritual Practices.
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I write and read poetry. It is the stillness and space between words that draws me to poetry. I discovered that being still and present in my teaching was essential to growing as a teacher and reaching out to my students.
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It can be hard, but reflection is a powerful exercise

It can be hard, but reflection is a powerful exercise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Sometimes looking back is painful. Sometimes the memories of what has happened are not at all comfortable, not at all pleasant. It’s hard, so we lock it up deep in our minds and throw away the key…
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It is hard to reflect, in part because the objective is to critically self-reflect on who you are and what you are doing. I think the other challenge is finding a method that works for each person. It is somewhat idiosyncratic.
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The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You)

The DDI report reveals a dire need for leaders with the skill of empathy. Only four out of 10 frontline leaders assessed in their massive study were proficient or strong on empathy.

Richard S. Wellins, senior vice president of DDI and one of the authors of the High-Resolution Leadership report, had this to say in a Forbes interview a year ago:

We feel [empathy] is in serious decline. More concerning, a study of college students by University of Michigan researchers showed a 34 percent to 48 percent decline in empathic skills over an eight-year period. These students are our future leaders!

We feel there are two reasons that account for this decline. Organizations have heaped more and more on the plates of leaders, forcing them to limit face-to-face conversations. Again, DDI research revealed that leaders spend more time managing than they do "interacting." They wish they could double their time spent interacting with others. The second reason falls squarely on the shoulders of technology, especially mobile smart devices. These devices have become the de rigueur for human interactions. Sherry Turkle, in her book, Reclaiming Conversation, calls them "sips of conversations."

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Empathy and emotional intelligence are essential to leading and performing. Central to these are face-to-face conversations with people and providing people with time for conversations, instead of relying on digital tools and social media. Sherry Turkle refers to those as "sips of conversation."
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David Hain's curator insight, June 22, 6:15 AM

The state of empathy in leadership - and it's not healthy!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 26, 1:41 AM

We are human so empathy must be part of our leadership style or we are nothing but robots.

Bay Jordan's curator insight, June 26, 6:18 AM
Really useful insights here for anyone who relies on others to deliver performance - which is most of us! 
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The Flighty Nature of Attention - Mindful

The Flighty Nature of Attention - Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
How meditation allows us to stumble upon something we've always wanted: a settled, stable mind in the midst of the chaos of life.

Via Bobby Dillard
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I used a variety of minfulness methods to be more present. I meditated on my own, attended weekend events, attended intensive meditation events, etc. Using various ways to help me meditate benefited my mindfulness in the classroom and life in general.
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Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks 

Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks  | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Should you begin doing less, in order to accomplish more?

 

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Take time and listen to your spirit.
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Andrea Ross's curator insight, June 8, 8:37 PM

""Taking a break every 90 minutes - yes please""

Paulette Dotson's curator insight, June 9, 11:47 AM
Who knew that taking more breaks would lead to more productivity?  It gives us a chance to unwind and come back and see things with a new perspective.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 23, 7:43 AM

A lot of truth to this ....