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The Conscious Lifestyle: Awareness Skills - Holding focus

The Conscious Lifestyle: Awareness Skills - Holding focus | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
This is the third in a series of posts about skills in awareness; the first two were being centered and paying attention. Being centered brings you into the present moment. Paying attention allows

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The notion of a conscious lifestyle intrigues me in an age of rapid busyness.

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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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Wendell Potter Shares The Quote He Reads Every Morning

Wendell Potter Shares The Quote He Reads Every Morning | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The author and founder of Tarbell.org on overcoming failure and how he handles email.

Via Pavel Barta
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He begins each day with a quote from the Dalai Lama about how precious one's life is.
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Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?

Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The ubiquitous technique for relieving stress and pain has remarkably little scientific evidence backing it, a group of scientists contend
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"Lead author of the report Nicholas Van Dam, a clinical psychologist and research fellow in psychological sciences at the University of Melbourne, contends potential benefits of mindfulness are being overshadowed by hyperbole and oversold for financial gain."

It is the last point that concerns me. Being mindful is to be present to people and things most immediate in our lives.
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Alan Watts: 33 of his Best Quotes and a Video – The Mission – Medium

Alan Watts: 33 of his Best Quotes and a Video – The Mission – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a philosopher, writer, and speaker. Although best known for popularizing Zen and Buddhist teachings to a Western audience, Watts wrote on a variety of other topics…
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I used Alan Watts in my dissertation. It was about how we live in a wiggly world.
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What I Learned on My Sabbatical – Andrew Winston – Medium

What I Learned on My Sabbatical – Andrew Winston – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For most of July and August, I didn’t work. It was a sabbatical of sorts, but not as long or productive as what academics do. A friend asked me how my “walk-about” went, but it was more of a stay…
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Taking breaks from work, the digital world, news, etc. leads to greater creativity. I use Wayne Muller's aptly named book Sabbath to guide me.
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Inside Everything – Thrive Global

Inside Everything – Thrive Global | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Keep trying to hide and in time. “Inside Everything” is published by Mark Nepo in Thrive Global
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This Mark Nepo poem reminds me to remain true to who I am and my values. It is about what calls me to do better in the world.
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Take A Knee – PoliticsMeansPolitics.com | The new platform for citizen response.

Take A Knee – PoliticsMeansPolitics.com | The new platform for citizen response. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In college I learned that symbols matter. One of my professors explained that in ancient times, the teacher would sit and the students would stand, a kind of reversal of the modern status quo. To sit…
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What does taking a knee mean? Yes, it is symbolic. It has deep spiritual and religious meaning to me. When I walk into a church, I bow my head, I kneel, I genuflect. It is a moment of prayer. I am asking for and listening as I ask a power greater than I i.e. God, the Universe, my country, etc. to respond.
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The Secret to Success Isn’t What You Think – Personal Growth – Medium

The Secret to Success Isn’t What You Think – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
They think of their favorite writers, musicians, and athletes, and they reflect on the attention they get, the money they have accumulated, and the level of skill and the quality of work that seems…

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Being mindful and present to whatever is immediately in front of us and those people we are with is essential. Mindful teaching is listening to each student in a way that focuses on what they say to you and listening deeply.
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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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5 Hidden Gems From Ancient Philosophy That Will Immediately Improve Your Emotions

5 Hidden Gems From Ancient Philosophy That Will Immediately Improve Your Emotions | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Very few ancient philosophies can be traced back to an entrepreneur, but one can: Stoicism. Around 304 BC, a merchant named Zeno was shipwrecked on a trading voyage. He lost nearly everything. Making…
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Stoicism, particularly the philosophy of Epictetus and Seneca, are making a rival. Like to mysticism, Taoism, and Buddhism, it is about being present and mindful.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Awareness

A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Awareness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The vast majority of people — up to 95 percent, in fact — believe they have a decent amount of self-awareness. And maybe you’re one of the lucky 10 to 15 percent who really does have an accurate view of themselves — but if we’re going by the numbers, well, the odds aren’t in your favor.

Those statistics are based on years of research from psychologist Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight. “On a good day, 80 percent of us are lying to ourselves about whether we’re lying to ourselves,” Eurich says. Making things extra tricky is the fact that self-awareness has two components: Internal self-awareness is the ability to introspect and recognize your authentic self, whereas external self-awareness is the ability to recognize how you fit in with the rest of the world. “It’s almost like two different camera angles,” Eurich says.

The two are independent, entirely different variables, meaning you can have one without the other. For example, maybe you know someone who is a complete navel-gazer with a high level of internal self-awareness. Yet you and everyone else think this person is a selfish jerk, but because he never receives external feedback, he has no idea. Conversely, someone could have a high level of external self-awareness, a clear understanding of how they fit in with the rest of the world, without knowing what they want and what makes them happy. To be truly, fully self-aware, though, you need both components — a feat that’s difficult to pull off for pretty much anyone. But, it’s worth noting, not impossible.

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Mindfulness and being present make a difference. When we are attentive to another person, we show we care for them in more than a superficial manner. In that moment, they are the most important person.

Being self-aware and present made a difference in my teaching.

Self-awareness is being aware of how we are reacting and responding to the world, animate and inanimate.
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Empathy Lesson One: Empathy is different than compassion

Empathy Lesson One: Empathy is different than compassion | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

One reason that empathy training programs have not worked or have had mixed results is that they train the participants in compassion, being nice, conflict resolution, baby and child care, and a number of worthy and related tasks. This is all excellent, and the use of empathic methods in these areas is making the world a better place, so keep it up.

 

There is nothing wrong with being nice and so on. Pardon the double negative: don’t not be nice. But something is missing – empathy. Expanding one’s empathy requires an engagement with one’s own inauthenticities around empathy. Most people would rather not look at their own blind spots about empathy. Most people would rather not look at how their own empathy breaks down and fails. Expanding one’s empathy requires engaging with one’s own resistance to empathy. Until we engage with our own resistance to empathy we will remain stuck in our blind posts, break downs, burn outs, and compassion fatigue.


Via Edwin Rutsch, Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS
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Empathy is the ability to relate to what another person or other people are experiencing. It is not just loving and sharing with them. It is being able to relate in some manner to their experiences.
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When you learn these 7 mindful habits, you'll live a more calm and focused life

When you learn these 7 mindful habits, you'll live a more calm and focused life | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I’m sure we can all agree that life is better when you fully bask in each and every moment. The question is, how do you…

Via Oliver Durrer
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The article is based on mindfulness based stress reduction based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. Being present and calm made me a better teacher.
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My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use

My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The problem I’ve had is that it’s one of those topics that people love to complicate. The reason for the complication is that many of the teachings that come from Stoicism are spoken in English from…
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Although there are differences, Stoicism overlaps with other meditative practices i.e. Buddhism, Yoga, mysticism, etc. This article is helpful in making sense of the overlaps and differences.
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Walking Meditation – What Is It And How To Do It?

Walking Meditation – What Is It And How To Do It? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Walking meditation? What could it be? Nothing too complicated here. It's pretty straightforward. Walking meditation is a form of meditation done while walking. Yes, it's that simple. But there is, of course, more to it.

Via Suzanne Izzard
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Thich Nhat Hanh also has great material about meditation, including walking meditatation
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The Most Important Asset in Your Life – Personal Growth – Medium

The Most Important Asset in Your Life – Personal Growth – Medium | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The most important asset in your life isn’t time, but attention. The quality of the experiences in your life doesn’t depend on how many hours there are in the day.
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Being mindful to what we are doing and the people who we are with is essential to living. In short, it is being fully present. It is what is described as "ruthless single-tasking."
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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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